Thy will be done.

Basically speaking, 73.8 million prayers were lifted. The realist in me has come, sort of, to a reconciliation that the Biden/Harris ticket won. All that’s left to do is the crying.

It’s especially hard, I think, for Christians who do firmly believe in the power of prayer. How do we ‘measure’ the effectiveness of prayers against actualities not of our choosing? While we may be hurting, I think it’s important to step back and look at things dispassionately.

First of all, America has been moving in this direction for quite some time. We did little to recognize it, let alone stop it. We just went along because, well, we’re busy and who has time to work these things out while juggling kids and work and family issues and the day to day trials and tribulations of the work a day world. Secondly, who could have foreseen the tremendous accomplishments of President Trump when he assumed power four years ago – did any one of us think he’d have such breath-taking success?

The thing to remember, when we scratch our heads and wonder if God has deserted us, is that for God, this is all just one long day. He sees the beginning, the middle, and the end of all things all at one time. He knows and sees what we can never know and see. There is always a reason. There is always the fulfillment of His plan. This turn of events may be a chastening; it may have an outcome, over the next four years, that we simply can’t imagine. But whatever the future holds, He is still in charge and ultimately, His will will be done – on earth, as it is in heaven.

So, as folks say, buck up, buttercup. He’s given us the strength to get through all that we’ve surmounted throughout our lives and we’ve lived through tough times as a country and we will, with His help, get through this as well. Don’t stop praying for our country; don’t stop praying for the President of the United States no matter who he or she may be; don’t stop praying for our governments and the people who man them. He hears us. But always remember, “THY will be done”

Now What, America?

One of the things that feels strange lately to me is that I’m only really writing one post a week. Mind, it’s a good thing, I was burning out till first Audrtre and then Jessica (God love ’em) rescued me. In truth, I don’t read quite as much either, and my viewpoint tends to be a little longer, which is where I’m at my best. But not writing a book every week does feel strange. But you all benefit from it.

One of the things that were written about this week, from all over the right is essentially “Now what??? Where is America going?” It’s a fraught question, so let’s look at some options.

In American Thinker, Frank Friday thinks we and Canada ought to trade some territory.

Let’s take the blue parts of America along the East and West Coast and put them in Canada. I mean, it’s so obvious, so simple — Canada already is what American liberals have always wanted. Complete government-run health care; gun control; a make-believe military; high taxes; and impossibly snooty, elitist politicians. Even Barack Obama, when he sees the effortless way Justin Trudeau can lift an eyebrow, or stick his nose in the air, just melts with envy. We’ll call this new country Canada-America to start with, Can-America for short.

Then, for red America, we will add the Prairie Provinces of Canada, the Yukon, and all of British Columbia except the southwest corner. This is the part of Canada that talks like Sarah Palin; owns all the guns, such as there are; and has no problem with great big machines strip-mining the earth to get all the good stuff, like the Alberta Tar Sands or Tony Beets’s gold-mining dredge. We’ll call this amalgamation Big America.

That’s far more elegant than simple secession and likely would make a lot of people on both sides of the present border happy. New England threatened this once before of course, during the War of 1812. In short, I like this idea, but since it would reduce the coasts to depending on a foreign power – Red State America, for their very sustenance (as in fact, they do now) It’s probably not very likely.

But Robert Lopez, writing in American Greatness seems to think America will split, as well. His scenario is more history-based, which can be useful but should never be carried too far into the details.

The Supreme Court seems to have made peace with its own irrelevance vis-à-vis the irremediable schism between two halves of the country. The Texas-led half is not, despite some people’s surface reading, a resurrection of the confederacy. Territorially the states that joined Texas’s case form a column reaching from the Mexican to the Canadian border, including the northernmost state, Alaska, and Indiana. Georgia and North Carolina, obviously, are not aligned with Texas anymore, while several northern states like Ohio are moving toward alignment with the red camp.

In cultural terms, the California-led states have reversed their historic position on civil rights and now oppose the fundamental purpose of the Fourteenth Amendment and equal protection under the law (which I review in some detail here.) In their successful pleading to the Supreme Court, they rejected the notion that outside forces can intervene in a state’s voting or judicial process, thereby resurrecting the arguments from former confederate states about their right to block African Americans from suffrage through practices like a poll tax, literacy test, or KKK-style voter intimidation.

“But the courts said so!” is a cold argument to raise given the history of Dred Scott, Plessy v. Ferguson, and Korematsu v. United States.

So much of the way we look at ourselves has been formed by the history of the Roman Republic, maybe he has a point when he says that the US will split much as the Roman Empire did, with the blue states playing Rome with its multiple sackings while the red states (including the leadership of Texas) continue for maybe a thousand years as Constantinople did. It’s an interesting thesis, in any case.

Then there is Steven Hayward at PowerLine who posits that Trump is (whatever happens now) the most consequential one-term president since Lincoln. He makes the point that Trump has led a realignment that may be as great as that led by FDR who took four terms to accomplish what Trump has in one. I agree with him.

In two posts, The Adaptive Curmudgeon summarizes his (and my) view from the trenches, in the first, published just before SCOTUS ran and hid in their bunker, he said this:

[…] Resignation has not been the feel of the world. The press is screaming at me until every intellectual circuit is muttering “we’re doomed” but my soul senses otherwise. I know “doomed”. This ‘aint it. Doomed is a gutless leader facing a wise and implacable foe doing incremental measured misdeeds. We have a guy who’s never backed down from a fight facing a stupid, overconfident, and power drunk group that just plain isn’t up to the task of coup. Yeah, I said it. It’s a coup. They’re chumps for initiating it. Sloppy, uncontrolled, incapable of recognizing a time to retreat, domestic (and foreign?) enemies have acted like toddlers with a machine gun. Our would be oppressors are dangerous, but they’re losers and idiots.

Yup, that’s what I saw as well, and to a point still do. In the second just a day or so ago he says this:

Texas offered an “all in” argument but the SCOTUS took a powder. Fuck them. Texas wasn’t the only game in town. Ironically, it was the argument least likely to publicize the cheat. Meanwhile, each “contested State” has one or more independent legal actions. They’re still ongoing.

I like this movie. I’m not a “sprint to the finish” kind of guy. I like to win with grinding certainty. Slow and steady, hard to refute, documenting every step of the way. Legal action in every State is doing what I want; carefully establishing facts.

So do I, the legal equivalent of Grant’s Overland Campaign. grind them up till they’re destroyed, and about that time Sherman will come along and kick them in the ass. It’s a decisive war-winning strategy.

At The American Spectator, Lou Aguilar reminds us of something else: Real Men voted for Trump. He writes:

A new poll from the Survey Center on American Life found that self-reported “masculine men” overwhelmingly supported President Trump in the last election, 55 percent to 35 percent (“less masculine” men went for Biden 58 percent to 40 percent). Yet even without the alpha dog in the White House, these masculine men will battle the Swamp. That’s because tough guys will do what they always do: usurp tyranny and unreality, beginning with the liberal dream of a Rainbow Coalition. The greatest obstacle to a permanent majority of minorities is male bonding, which partly explains the record high non-white turnout for Trump. In the same poll, 71 percent of black men and 70 percent of Hispanic men (a group that includes me) identify as “completely masculine.” Pitiably, only 54 percent of white men do — too many having buckled under their racial and gender shaming by liberals.

And that is what makes red states red, in my experience, the men (and women too) here are people who actually do things, make things, fix things, and above all live in the real world. We simply know that anyone who says there’s an easy way is full of bullshit, and not fit to lead a horse to water. He also reminds us of the cycle that Spencer Klavan summarized for us.

Weak men make bad times.

Bad times make strong men.

Strong men make good times.

Good times make weak men.

He says we are someplace between the first and second cycles, I think he’s right.

That’s the major takeaway today, the corollary is from our history.

Hold the Line and keep your powder dry.

The American Schism

Depending on your knowledge of church history, you may or may not know the term ‘schism’. There have been three in Christendom, and one that is but is not called so. The first is when the Nestorians (including Alexandria and the Copts left after the Council of Chalcedon in 451, the second is when the Eastern Orthodox left after the addition of the filioque in the Creed, the one not really called that is the Reformation, where the Protestant churches left Rome’s sway. The third one is the one that concerns us here, the one sometimes called the Babylonian Captivity. where there was a Pope in Avignon, France and for most of the time there was also one in Rome. None have been good for Christianity.

It was political, as the Papacy was getting too involved in politics for the Pope’s taste, and then after the papacy moved back an overmighty bureaucracy (The College of Cardinals) appointed a second Pope in Avignon. This went on for 69  years.

So what has this to do with 2020 America? This, that schism divided the church rather badly because both sides were hurling thunderbolts, excommunion, interdict, heresy, all those fateful words that made fellow communicants into the other, and not entirely human. And that is where we are. Writing in American Thinker, Steve Deace says:

History may not repeat, but it often rhymes. America is not merely divided, as many of today’s political commentators claim, but it’s in the midst of a Great Schism as the church was in Avignon. Two completely distinct cultures are now simultaneously claiming the same nuts and bolts of the structure of America as their own, but with holistically different reasons and visions for doing so. One side wants to use it to maintain a way of life that was once considered traditional in America. The other desires revolution to undo many of those traditions it views as standing in the way of their reimagining of America.

Unless President Trump’s court challenges to the integrity of the election are successful soon, Joe Biden is going to be sworn in as the next president of the United States on January 20. Given the fact that Biden represents the left’s cultural revolution, on top of the ongoing controversy surrounding his potential election, it’s quite likely that many of the 74 million people who voted for Trump’s re-election would see Biden as an illegitimate president from the get-go. And we’ve already lived through four years of Democrats and their media attempting to de-legitimize the Trump presidency even before it began.

This is the language and behavior of schism.

He’s right, I will not, no I can not, receive as legitimate an election so rife with fraud that it was prima facie stolen from the president. I could not have if it had been this obvious that President Trump had in 2016, even though I agreed with much of what he said, and I certainly can not with Joe Biden, who from reports may have sold his loyalty to the Chicoms and the Ukrainians for money, not to mention to every tinpot globalist, and proposes almost every policy that has been proven to bring about the death of prosperity and the rule of law. Nope, can’t do it. And you know what, there about 70 million Americans who think just like I do.

Obama, you may remember whined that America is ungovernable (he’s not wrong, it’s a feature of a free country, not a bug) but you ain’t seen nothing yet. When people who don’t get involved in politics, get involved in politics, things change.

If Trump is ultimately denied the presidency, he will not drift off into irrelevancy as his detractors hope. Quite the contrary: Losing this way despite massively growing his appeal among voters compared to 2016 will only make Trump stronger in the hearts and minds of his base. He will become a living martyr — something even more powerful than a president in some ways, a symbol of how far the left in America is willing to go to end anything American conservatives view as worthy of conserving: Fake News, Fake Borders, Fake Laws, Fake Genders, Fake Science, Fake Russian Collusion, Fake Pee Tapes, Fake Independent Counsels, Fake Ukrainian Collusion, Fake Social Media, Fake COVID Panic Porn, and now Fake Elections.

The right in America has finally gotten the message the American left has been trying to convey — leftists have no intent of sharing Americana with those who still believe in it. If you cherish normalcy, let alone righteousness, you will be made to care — to the point that nothing remains sacred or agreed upon. Nothing is exempt from the gaslighting — not even a drug that is suddenly claimed to be dangerous after 60 years of being publicly certified as safe.

The American left is altering the deal, and it now stands as this: either you end your way of life voluntarily, or we end it for you. That’s it, take it or leave it.

To lose to these leftists, and this disputed way, will make Trump president in absentia to millions of Americans.

Do read the article, but

Yet yes, all of that and more, the representative constitutional republic is the holy of American holies, second only to God Himself, you profane that temple at your peril. In a very real sense, none of what is happening now in the legislatures or the courts matter, we are watching the last chapter of a dismal play whose actors are mostly pseudo men of no vision or leadership, less in intelligence than the Wuhan Flu and the backbone of a worm. The upshot is that Joe Biden (or Kamala Harris) will never be the legitimate president of the United States of America.

What will happen, no one really knows, but I fear we will find out.

 

 

Sacred

Putting religion aside just for a moment, there are things in life which we hold sacred. Our families and loved ones are sacred to us; we don’t want anyone or anything interfering with them. The relationship between pet owners and their animals is sacred; one of the great betrayals is an owner who abuses his animal. There are other sacred situations but the one I want to talk about right now is voting.

When I saw this video, I quite literally gasped. I was astounded and horrified. Shocked doesn’t even begin to express how I felt.

Voting, in America, is a sacred duty and a reassurance that we are, indeed, free to vote for whomever we decide is the best person for the office. Conservative news reporting on our current situation is absolutely correct; every single voter in America should be up in arms about this election fraud. It affects every single one of us, whether we voted or not. But we all pray, or keep our fingers crossed, or hope that the person we want is also wanted by enough other people to get that person in office. Voter fraud nullifies your vote! It makes us, the voters, immaterial. It puts a gag in our mouths and silences our voices. ALL OF US!!! No one – NO ONE – gets to take away our vote. It is our duty and our privilege as Americans to vote and be heard. “The people have spoken” is a joke if the voting process is tampered with. When I saw that video, my reaction was the same as if someone had spit on the consecrated bread at the Communion rail. It’s one and the same to me – the Body of Jesus is sacred; my vote is sacred.

As rational adults, we try to reconcile the actions of the world around us to whatever paradigm one has that defines their lives. I am Christian; my paradigm is Christianity. You may be an atheist, you may be a liberal, you may be a Muslim, but as an American registered voter, you have the right to vote for whomever you decide will make the best choices for our country. No one should be able to interfere with that. Interfering with our voting process undermines the very thing that makes America great – our voice.

I believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Right after that, I believe in America. That there has been a seemingly orchestrated exercise to take away my voice – YOUR voice – is so abhorrent, so frightening, so earth-shattering, that we should ALL stand up and express our outrage. Something must be done that nothing like this can happen again. You can’t tell me that the country that is at top of the chart in every category cannot conceive of a fool-proof voting mechanism.

I hate to admit it but I cannot deny that my faith in America has been shaken. Not in America, per se, but that the love of this country has sunk to such an abject level that interfering in an election has become a game, a sting operation. I have been gamed. YOU have been gamed. This cannot be allowed to stand.

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This has been around for a bit but it’s still valid. Neo.

token[ˈtōkən]NOUN a thing serving as a visible or tangible representation of a fact, quality, feeling, etc..”I wanted to offer you a small token of my appreciation” · [more]synonyms: symbol · sign · emblem · badge · representation · indication · mark · index · [more]a voucher that can be exchanged for goods or services, typically one given as a gift or offered as part of a promotional offer.” redeem this token for a free dessert” synonyms: voucher · coupon · chit · docket · stamp · order · credit note · IOU · chitty linguistics an individual occurrence of a linguistic unit in speech or writing, as contrasted with the type or class of linguistic unit of which it is an instance. Contrasted with type. computing sequence of bits passed continuously between nodes in a fixed order and enabling a node to transmit information.ADJECTIVE done for the sake of appearances or as a symbolic gesture.” cases like these often bring just token fines from the courts” synonyms: symbolic · emblematic · indicative · peppercorn · perfunctory · slight · [more] (internet definition; unknown attribute)

It’s just a word, folks. One of … “It may be difficult to say exactly how many words we have in the English Language, but going by Harvard University and Google Research on English Language vocabularies, the English Language has between 1,022,000 and 1,200,000 Words.” (Quoro)

Just in case I have you totaled confused and scratching your heads, refer to this video

If you’re looking for insult and injury, you can even find it in your breakfast cereal. Or dust bunnies under the bed, or road signs along the highway.

Context. Intent. Those are words, too.

The Democrat used the word ‘token’ correctly with the intent of explaining his understanding of items in a bill and read within the context of his statement, it is used correctly.

The Republican CHOSE to misunderstand the use of the word. Sad when ‘my side’ gets it wrong.

Unless the words are along the lines of ‘I’m gunna kill you!’, words are simply how we convey thought, they are not, in and of themselves, violent or hateful or biased. The context and intent can be what makes them violent, hateful, or biased.

Oh. Why no title? Because I didn’t think Neo would allow me to entitle this piece ARE YOU F’ING KIDDING ME?

The Suicide of Fox News; Now What?

Bookworm has a question many of you may be asking, “Where will you go without Fox News?” It’s a very valid question, as she says.

Fox News didn’t shoot itself in the foot. It dealt itself a death blow. With it out of the picture, what are you watching?

I watch Tucker Carlson every night. I think he’s intelligent, funny, moral, honest, and genuinely conservative. I watch a little bit of Sean Hannity because he comes on immediately after Tucker, but usually don’t stick around. Sean’s a true conservative, but I don’t have the time to watch more TV than 1 hour per day, and Tucker gets that hour. For the same reason, I don’t watch Laura Ingraham, another consistent conservative.

I’m not currently boycotting the rest of Fox News when I don’t watch it. I’ve never watched it.

Having said that, if I had been watching other Fox News shows, I would be boycotting them now. I think the Fox News corporation’s behavior has been heinous. Chris Wallace’s debate performance was a disgrace. The Outnumbered panel’s decision to censor Newt Gingrich when he discussed George Soros was a disgrace. And Fox New’s election night coverage went beyond disgraceful.

We knew when Roger Ailes got pushed out and Rupert retired in favor of his sons that the station would struggle to remain conservative. Sadly, it didn’t struggle much. It put Paul Ryan on its board, hired Donna Brazile, and let its left-leaning people know that they didn’t need to pretend anymore.

According to reports, with its ratings crashing, Fox News has hired an expensive PR firm to help it out. It can pay me the money, instead, and I’ll tell it what to do.

She gives her list in the article, and it’s a good one. I mostly gave up Fox News when I cut the cord several years ago, even then I was occasionally yelling back at it. I don’t miss it, and doubt I would go back under any conceivable circumstances. I often watch Tucker as well, someplace on the web, don’t mind Sean and actually like Laura and a few of the weekend people. That’s not even close enough to justify a cable bill again.

Besides, as many of you know, I’m a reader, not a watcher, and always have been. I read the Economist for years until it fell in the left ditch and US New & World Report. But now, it’s all online for me. Now? These: (and note there is no pretense of balance here, no real order, either.)

  • Ace of Spades, especially The Morning Report, a good summary of what’s going on.
  • The Other McCain, measured and rational analysis from a real journalist and southern American Patriot
  • The Powerline Blog, like the two above it a veteran blog, which does an exceptional of reporting current events
  • American Thinker. one of the best sites for reasonable analysis
  • Town Hall, another really good site
  • Second City Cop, what’s really going on in my old stomping ground, where the city administration is trying to kill the police department
  • Chicago Boyz, good rational thinking
  • The Duran, in a sense the Russia Today of the internet. Lots of videos and a different (but mostly conservative) take on events
  • Althouse, interesting, but often frustrating look at many things. About as middle of the road as one can expect, especially from Madison.
  • Samizdat, Anglo-American blog named after the subversives in Soviet Russia, and serves the same purpose for us.
  • Watcher of Weasels, where I stumbled across and often read Bookworm
  • Victory Girls, news and analysis, from all over the country.
  • The Conservative Woman.co.uk, one of the best conservative British sites
  • The Salisbury Review, another British site, this one founded by Sir Roger Scruton
  • The Spectator, British, Australian, and American editions, the electronic form of the world’s oldest magazine, and still fairly conservative.
  • Guido Fawkes, The big British aggregator
  • And many others, often through The Morning Report
  • Plus whatever videos Audre sends over, since she a visual type which I’m not as stated above.

I do watch some Newsmax, and events on RightSide broadcasting

That should be enough to keep you out of trouble, although not the re-education gulag.

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