December 14, 2015 11 Comments
Andrew Klavan. But no video this time. He doesn’t need to do one, he expresses himself just fine in proper English. Yeah, I like his videos too, but some things are too deep to penetrate from a video. This is, I think, one of them.
The left is simply and completely bankrupt. They have ruined Europe, wounded, perhaps mortally, the United Kingdom, and inflicted severe damage on the strong horse, the United States. And yet they still try to inflict their nihilistic, anti-liberty, and yes, anti-Christian so-called philosophy on us. Well, quite a few of us read history, ours, and the history of (especially) the west, and we can see what has driven our civilization. It was driven to heights never before glimpsed by man by the role of the individual, first espoused by the jews of the Old Testament, and brought higher still by Judaism’s daughter: Christianity.
When one looks at the U.S. Constitution, one finds very learned men writing a document, to build a document to minimize the role of what has (for 2000 years) been called ‘original Sin’. If you don’t understand the term; you would be wise to blame it on those who taught you your life lessons, in the schools, and yes, often in our churches as well. That those who hate freedom, don’t teach the underpinnings of freedom should be no surprise.
To sum up, perhaps we should turn to a great Briton, one who understood America perhaps better than Americans do: Margaret Thatcher, who once said this:
In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.”
― Margaret Thatcher
Was she talking about the ancient Athenians, or about us?
Watching Obama’s speech Sunday night, it occurred to me that we are watching the death of a bad idea. The idea that there is no moral truth — and that therefore no one culture is better than any other — and that therefore any dominant culture must have become dominant through injustice — and that therefore the dominant west is to blame for the rest of the world’s ills — follows from a certain strain of western thought, call it the Nietzschean strain. It is incorrect and it has failed and now it’s crumbling.
Under the duress of mounting evidence, the president was forced to abandon his euphemisms and denials, to admit that we were under attack from terrorists, and that the ideas and motivations of those terrorists arose from Islam. To be sure, there were the usual hemmings and hawings, but the very fact that he was forced to drop these few little crumbs of truth to a populace hungry for moral leadership is proof that his underlying philosophy — the underlying philosophy of his administration and of his political party — is in ruins.
This doesn’t mean Obama will abandon that philosophy. He can’t. It has given him everything he has. It’s the reason he was promoted so far above his competence, the reason he was elevated to a power he does not have the first idea how to use effectively. Rather than abandon that source of his strength, he will continue to do what he has done up to now: engage in dubious battle with make-believe enemies like the climate while appeasing and hiding from real enemies like the makers of worldwide jihad. […]
Source: The Death of a Bad Idea | PJ Media. There’s more, it just as good. Go there now, read and understand I’ll wait over here.
As always, when Donald Trump came up, his followers displayed his glass jaw, I’ve never had much respect for a man who likes to dish it out, but can’t take it, and so it is here. Maggie understood quite well:
If you just set out to be liked, you will be prepared to compromise on anything at anytime, and would achieve nothing. ”
― Margaret Thatcher
So said someone who won a war halfway around the world without recourse to bankruptcy, lawsuits, or the overbearing and inappropriate use of eminent domain, not even making personal attacks on Twitter.
A famous half-American said this, perhaps we should try a bit sooner!
You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.
– Winston Churchill