5 years on Neo

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The blogging world is, as Neo and I have often had occasion to comment, an odd one. Posts on which one has laboured hard go down poorly, ones where less perspiration has been expended, go down a bomb, and anything controversial will get comments. But inspiration sometimes flags, and when I look back to who was active then and now, one notes with some sadness that some good blogs have come and gone, and with pleasure, new ones arrive, and flourish. But I think 5 years in the blogosphere, not least for what is essentially a one-man (and occasionally his moll) blog, is an achievement worth noting and a milestone worth celebrating.

And what a five years! Back then ISIS was an ancient Egyptian goddess, Donald Trump a reality-TV host and property mogul, and ‘Brexit’ a word no one had heard of. There were hopes that after four years of Obama, the Republicans might get their act together and take back the White House – but they didn’t. Now there are hopes they will and stop Bill Clinton’s third terms by proxy; no one s holding their breath.

Across the world the conservative and Christian values this blog has always stood for continue to be under attack. Sometimes directly from Islamists, sometimes indirectly from pressure groups and lawyers in the West. Our politicians seem keener to pay homage to religious minorities than to our Christian heritage, and the shared culture which once underpinned our society is less and less shared. Relativism is all. If you say you are a woman you’re a woman, and the entire social media world will attack you with Twitterforks if you dare dissent. Freedom of speech is at a discount.

That’s where, for me, blogs like this and others play an important role. They are not afraid to challenge the dominant media narrative, nor are they afraid to tell it like it is. It is like the militias in colonial America – small battalions of citizens who will continue to arm themselves (with knowledge) to challenge the powers that be in the name of freedom. Freedom comes with the price of eternal vigilance. It is not free, neither is it easy, and a quiet life can be had on the teat of the State. But America was not founded on such values or by such people. It is a rough, tough and sometimes quarrelsome place, where clamant voices struggle against each other; it’s called freedom of speech. Increasingly we are trammelled, told we can’t say this, that, and especially the other – and then the media classes wonder why Trump gets votes; which part of ‘we’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it any longer?’ do they not get?

In the UK we have seen this robust Anglo-Saxon spirit reject the EU and the scare stories of the media and the establishment. People had had enough of being told what to do and what was good for them and how it was, not least by unelected legislators whom they could not throw out – so they threw out the bathwater (and the baby too perhaps) because that was the only thing they had a choice of doing: in or out, said the establishment, with many threats about what would happen if we voted ‘out’. Well, Neo could have told them it isn’t a good idea to threaten a stubborn people of Anglo-Saxon stock. Our favourite poet, Kipling, knew this and put it best in the words of the Norman baron to his son:

The Saxon is not like us Normans. His manners are not so polite.
But he never means anything serious till he talks about justice and right.
When he stands like an ox in the furrow – with his sullen set eyes on your own,
And grumbles, ‘This isn’t fair dealing,’ my son, leave the Saxon alone.

And that is Neo’s creed. In the words of the great Duke, John Wayne:

“I won’t be wronged. I won’t be insulted. I won’t be laid a-hand on. I don’t do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”

So – happy anniversary Neo – and we’re glad you’re here.

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About JessicaHof
Anglican Christian, evangelist, survivor, grateful

10 Responses to 5 years on Neo

  1. NEO says:

    Thanks so much, Jess, my dearest friend! 🙂 xx

    Liked by 1 person

    • JessicaHof says:

      My pleasure – couldn’t let the occasion pass without noticing it 🙂 xx

      Liked by 1 person

      • NEO says:

        The only thing you left out is how much my ‘moll’ had to do with it. You’ve been a key part of it for over four years. 🙂 xx

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  2. Semper Fiidelis…Always being faithful to one’s self and vision & belief. Such has been NEO since I have known him! Rock On!

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    • And we have NOT always agreed! But hopefully given each other respect! 🙂

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      • NEO says:

        All true, we don’t always agree, but we always respect! Thanks! 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      • JessicaHof says:

        That’s very true Father – and good robust discussions are part of what makes our democracy great!

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        • 🙂

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  3. the unit says:

    Happy Anniversary to you for five years of a great blog. Posts nearly always make me think and often do research to more fully understand the world about me. Even these times that try men’s souls. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • NEO says:

      In many ways, that is our goal: to make people think. We just saw that recently with Brexit, Jess didn’t get as loud a voice as she deserved, she had good arguments, but she was very busy, on the ground: in Scotland, and in England, making them. That’s also why we so often refer to people whose thinking ability we admire, and Kipling is far from the least of them.

      We’re both very glad you enjoy our witterings, and also that you often go beyond what we say.

      Yep, no sunshine patriots allowed here. 🙂

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