The Common Defense

English: Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

English: Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let’s start with some basics, way back when, we instituted local government amongst ourselves to protect our group (family, clan, hunting party, whatever) known as us, from everybody else, known as them. Later on, we combined our group with others who thought more or less like we did and combined our power. this is where state (State, federal, whatever) power comes from.

So you see, the first and overriding job of government is to protect us from them. In theory, it’s pretty simple, not always so in practice, but it has worked as a mission since before there was history and still does, where practiced mostly honestly. Here how James Madison put it.

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

But that is true for all legitimate government, even the farce of democracy that is the EU. In this sudden refugee crises, I think they (and we) would be wise to make sure we are not being exploited. Because something just doesn;t smell right here.  Bret Stephens wrote in The Wall Street Journal the other day ( link, permeable paywall.)

In 2003 the political theorist Robert Kagan wrote a thoughtful book, “Of Paradise and Power,” in which he took stock of the philosophical divide between Americans and Europeans. Americans, he wrote, inhabited the world of Thomas Hobbes, in which “true security and the defense and promotion of a liberal order still depend on the possession and use of military might.”

Europeans, by contrast, lived in the world of Immanuel Kant, in which “perpetual peace” was guaranteed by a set of cultural conventions, consensually agreed rules and a belief in the virtues of social solidarity overseen by a redistributive state.

Sadly, our President (and a lot of our ‘elites’) thinks like the Europeans, and the result is the catastrophe enveloping the world. The next decade may make the 1940s look like the good old days.

In any case, about those ‘refugees’. I can accept that they have no paperwork, I can accept that conditions are bad where they are from. I can accept many things, and feel much sympathy for them, just as the Europeans do. But there is this nagging little voice in the back of my ear, that wonders why refugees would be so insistent that only Sweden, Germany, or maybe the UK, are good enough for them. Is it a coincidence that these three have some of the highest welfare rates and payments in Europe? If I was a citizen of one of those countries, I’d be doing some thinking. And there is this, from Great Satan’s Girlfriend.

According to the United Nations, 49 per cent are non-Syrian. As to whether they’re refugees, well, usually, refugees flees as families. Yet here, from those UN statistics, is he breakdown of those “refugees”:

13 per cent children
12 per cent women

75 per cent men

That’s not the demographic distribution of fleeing refugees, but of an invading army.

 

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7 Responses to The Common Defense

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  2. the unit says:

    Other sites have mentioned these jihadist aged males invading the West. So invasion… not refuges maybe? I think they right. We will get to see, I think. Maybe in my time.

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    • NEO says:

      I think so too. But it seems like it’s mostly us Hobbsean Neanderthals noticing. But I​ think it is going to turn bad,

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