Conservatives exact their Revenge on a Tyrannical Government in the Voting Booth
The Obama administration is working hard to protect Americans. By keeping an eye on what they feel is the greatest threat to American security. Anti-government conservatives. Who they want to track. They want to monitor. They even want people to report friends, family members, neighbors, coworkers and acquaintances who say anything critical of government. Even in jest. This is why they kept the reviled and most hated Patriot Act law. That thing the left attacked the Bush Administration for using to spy on Americans talking to people in other countries with known ties to terrorists. Once in power, though, they found the Patriot Act not all that bad after all. For it gave them a lot of power to track enemies of the state. People that disagree with them.
Timothy McVeigh hated the federal government. And he blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995 because of what the federal government did in the Waco Siege (1993). Ending that siege by burning the place down. Killing some 76 people. And what happened at Ruby Ridge (1992). Where the federal government brought in the FBI, U.S. marshals and the ATF to take on a man, his children, his wife and a friend. The government laid siege to this family’s cabin in remote Montana. That ended after government agents killed the man’s son and wife. Both sieges were examples of excessive use of force by the federal government against private citizens. Which angered McVeigh. Who set off that bomb at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building to incite a revolt against the Federal government. To get the people to rise up and throw over this tyrannical federal government.
But no one rose up. He was alone. The Waco Siege and Ruby Ridge started a militia movement. Where private citizens dressed up in camouflaged uniforms. Went to meetings. Practiced combat drills in the field on the weekends. And did a lot of speaking out about the abuses of the federal government. But then they put away their camouflaged uniforms Sunday night. And went back to work Monday morning. For these people did not think like Timothy McVeigh. They only talked about fending off the government’s assault on the Constitution, their religion and their traditions. Things that they held dear. And these same things prevented them from ever doing anything like what McVeigh did. No. Their fight was in the voting booth. That’s where they exacted their revenge on a tyrannical government. By voting them out of office. The legal way. The way the things they held dear told them how to exact their revenge on a tyrannical government. Peacefully. And lawfully. By keeping true to the Constitution, their religion and their traditions.
The worst Attacks against America were by Radical Islamists or People with Mental Health Problems
The so-called anti-government conservatives are not a threat to America. Unless you call being good, law-abiding citizens a threat to America. They may be opposed to government policies they see as attacking the things they hold dear. Burt they’re not out there committing violent acts of terrorism. They are not inciting people to commit violent acts of terrorism. They are only exercising their right to free speech. Yes, there have been some who have broken the law. But these were lone wolves if ever there was a lone wolf. Like McVeigh. But the most infamous mass murderers have not been conservatives. For conservatives love America. And the culture and traditions that made this country great. They are proud to be Americans. Which is why they don’t attack America.
The Boston Marathon bombers were radical Islamists. Who hated America. Adam Lanza suffered from mental health problems and felt no empathy for the innocent children and adults he killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre (2012). Radical Islamists killed the American Ambassador in Benghazi and 3 others (2012). Because they hate America. James Holmes suffered from mental health problems and felt no empathy for the innocent people he killed in the Century movie theater in Aurora, Colorado (2012). Jared Loughner suffered from mental health problems and felt no empathy for Representative Gabrielle Giffords or the others he shot in a supermarket parking lot in Casas Adobes, Arizona (2011). Seung-Hui Cho suffered from mental health problems and felt no empathy for the 32 people he killed at Virginia Tech (2007). Nidal Hasan was a radical Islamist who hated America. Shouting “Allahu Akbar” before he killed 13 and wounded 30 at Fort Hood. The 9/11 terrorists were radical Islamists who hated America. They killed about 3,000 Americans in one coordinated attack (2001). Radical Islamists bombed the American Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya (1998). Killing in excess of 200 people. Because they hated America. Radical Islamists bombed the World Trade Center (1993). Killing 6 and injuring more than a thousand. Because they hated America. Between 1978 and 1995 Theodore Kaczynski (aka the Unabomber) killed 3 and wounded 23 in a mail bombing campaign. Because he was as leftist radical that hated Western Civilization. Wanting America to stop using technology. And suffered from mental health problems.
These are some of the worst attacks against America. And there are two common threads in all of these attacks. The perpetrators were either radical Islamists. Or people suffering from mental health problems. Neither of which embraces the U.S. Constitution, our Judeo-Christian values or our traditions. Unlike the conservatives the Obama administration works so hard to protect America from. No, they attack law-abiding conservatives. Call them radical. Anti-American. For not blindly supporting the Obama administration’s policies. And they blame guns. Not the failure of our mental health system to pull these dangerous people off the streets.
Everything is Political to the left—even National Security
They blame guns because the Constitution protects gun ownership. Another Constitutional right the conservatives support. Giving the Obama administration another way to attack conservatives. Telling people that conservatives would rather see innocent men, women and children die from gun violence rather than place any restrictions on gun ownership. Which is but one way the Obama administration attacks conservatives, their religion and their traditions.
An NBA player recently came out of the closet. Announcing that he was gay. And the Left rejoiced. The Daily Show audience roared with applause. As they do every time there is positive news about anything LGBT related. Why? Because the left rejoices any time someone attacks American culture and traditions. Especially those Judeo-Christian values we built the country on. Or the concept of the traditional family. Things the left hates. Continues to attack. And indoctrinates our children to reject. So the left can pull these children away from their parents. Teaching these kids to look to the government instead of their parents. That the federal government is the source of all of our happiness and prosperity. Thus making them lifelong Democrat voters.
It is hard to conclude anything else when the left believes conservatives are a greeter enemy to America than radical Islam. Or the failures of our mental health system. Things the left doesn’t attack. Always finding some sympathetic way to explain them away. Finding some way to blame them on America in general. And conservatives in particular. For everything is political to the left. Even national security. Everything is about winning the next election. Which they work on by constantly attacking their political opponents. Christians. Traditionalists. The family. Parents. And, of course, conservatives.
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Week in Review
The U.S Constitution forbids the government from establishing a religion. Or interfering with a state’s religious business. For if a state wanted to establish the Catholic religion that was their business. Not the federal government’s. If a state wanted to establish the Protestant religion that was their business. Not the federal government’s. If a state wanted to establish the Calvinist religion that was their business. Not the federal government’s. So the Americans distanced themselves from the Church of England. But most Americans were still practicing Christians. Like the English. So they didn’t stray far from the mother country in their religion (see Teaching of Christianity ‘lacks intellectual development’ by Judith Burns posted 11/27/2012 on BBC News Education & Family).
Almost two-thirds (64%) of adults questioned for Oxford University agreed pupils must know about Christianity to understand English history.
Absolutely. There is a reason why European nations became the dominant world powers following the Mediterranean empires. Christians brought back the great books of knowledge from libraries around the Mediterranean. Christian monks translated these books. And while they used the knowledge in these books to advance the European nations Christian values settled Europeans into a common, Christian people. European kings exercised moral restraint in deference to Christian virtue. At least they tried to look as if they were. For they did not want to be excommunicated from the Church. Cities grew where people lived peacefully together. Commerce and trade flourished. Making Portugal, Spain, France, the Netherlands and England rich and powerful nations.
And then England rose above them all. Thanks to English common law. Representative government. Laissez faire capitalism. And Christian virtue that made good leaders. And honest people. They weren’t perfect. But it was that combination that made the British Empire. Which gave us some of our greatest countries. Australia and New Zealand down under. Canada and the United States up on the other side of the globe. And other countries scattered across the globe. Sure, some will say they oppressed and conquered people. But as far as oppressors and conquerors went they weren’t all that bad. For life under British rule sure was better than life under other conquerors and oppressors throughout most of history. For anyone who had a choice to pick their conqueror who do you think they would choose? An Islamist conqueror? A communist conqueror? A Nazi conqueror? A Mongol conqueror? Or a British conqueror? Most would probably choose a British conqueror. During World War II the worst Nazis fought hard to surrender in the West. To become a prisoner of the British or the Americans. For being their prisoner was going to be far better than being a Soviet prisoner. A country they brutally raped and pillaged. An atheist, communist nation that had no Christian qualms about exacting their revenge.
It is Christianity that made Europe different. And it is Christianity that made England great. For it was Christianity that softened the brutal hand of power. Emphasizing that we are all God’s children. Urging us to extend Christian charity to our brothers. They didn’t do that in Eastern Europe under Soviet rule. Where the people did not embrace their forced socialism. They tried hard to escape it. And many who saw no hope of escaping it committed suicide. The number one and two countries for suicide in Europe were Hungary and East Germany. Which is why the West won the Cold War. For life behind the Iron Curtain was wretched. Where there were no moral restraints on the state. Who tortured and abused their people at will. Leaving people broken, frightened and despondent. Which did not help the state provide for her people. Instead everyone did the minimum to escape the brutal oppression of the state. And tried to be as invisible as possible. For if you drew too much attention onto yourself the state may just round you up for questioning. This is why East Germany did not produce a Steve Jobs. There was no reward for taking such great risks of bringing government scrutiny on every aspect of your life. It was easier and safer to sweep floors than create new technology.
We can trace back some of the finest institutions free people enjoy everywhere to that country that adopted Christianity as their state established religion. For Christ is the Prince of Peace. And you want your rulers to favor peace over brutality. Not warrior kings bent on world conquest. Who rule by force and intimidation. With absolute power and no moral restraint. No. That’s not what you want. You want a ruler who lives by the Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The kind of thing that made England great. As well as the nations she gave us.
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Week in Review
It would appear the Americans aren’t the only ones voting down gay marriage. When it appears in a referendum the Americans have consistently voted against the measure. While Left used the courts to go against the will of the people in some cases. But, by in large, despite President Obama’s changing his position on gay marriage this election cycle, the Americans are not ready to redefine what marriage is. A union between a man and a woman. Just like in Australia (see Gay marriage ‘conclusively’ defeated, says Kevin Andrews by AAP posted 10/6/2012 on The Australian).
THE gay marriage debate had been “conclusively won” and the matter was “settled”, a Liberal frontbencher told a Christian lobby group today.
Opposition families spokesman Kevin Andrews addressed the Australian Christian Lobby’s national conference in Canberra today…
Outside the conference at the Hyatt Hotel about 20 marriage equality campaigners protested with banners and chanted “hey hey ho ho these homophobes have got to go,” as a sole policeman watched on.
I don’t know if those who oppose gay marriage are homophobes. It is just a matter of conscience. There are a lot of Christians in the world. And the world is a better place for it. Even those who fought their parents all during their turbulent teens will agree. Which is why so many of them now take their children to church. So their children will grow up without doing everything they did as a child. And not make the same mistakes they did. Despite all of their parents’ protestations. It’s not because they are hypocrites. Is just that they grew up. And have learned that their parents were only trying to do what was best for their children. As they are doing now that they are parents. Funny how that works.
Faith is important. And when their faith does not include gay marriage they cannot in good conscience vote for it. Nor can their representatives. But it doesn’t make them homophobes. For they’re just saying ‘no’ to gay marriage. They’re not trying to round up gays like they are in Iran. They just want to keep marriage what it has always been. A union between a man and a woman. The partnership that makes it possible to raise a family. Should a married couple choose to raise a family.
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Week in Review
The Founding Fathers owned slaves. They took the Indians’ land. They said all men were created equal but they treated women as second class citizens for over a hundred years. Rich white men wrote the Constitution for rich white men. These Christian barbarians even burned witches at the stake in their early history. At least, these are things we hear the Left say all of the time about our Founding Fathers. Their Constitution. And the God-forsaken country they created. These are the things they are teaching in our public schools and in our universities. With no consideration of the context of time. Unlike they give to every other culture on the planet. Including cultures that ritually sacrificed their own people (see ‘Conclusive’ evidence of human sacrifice found in Mexico posted 5/3/2012 on The Telegraph).
Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History said the finding clearly corroborates accounts from later cultures about the use of sharp obsidian knives in sacrificing humans…
The collection of stone knives is from the little-known Cantona culture, which flourished just after the mysterious city-state of Teotihuacan. Cantona preceded by more than 1,000 years the region’s most famous human sacrifice practitioners, the Aztecs…
While historical accounts from Aztec times, as well as drawings and paintings from earlier cultures, had long suggested that priests used knives and other instruments for non-life-threatening bloodletting rituals, the presence of the muscle and tendon traces indicates the cuts were deep and intended to sever portions of the victim’s body…
Gillespie said human sacrifice practices either described by the Spanish conquerors or depicted in pre-Conquest paintings include heart removal, decapitation, dismemberment, disembowelling and skinning of victims.
To hear those on the Left speak all Americans are guilty for the sins of the Founding Fathers. Which when taken in the grander scheme of things weren’t that bad. At least they were nowhere as bad as the sins of the Cantona. Or the Aztecs. Who did some really horrible things.
Human sacrifice and cannibalism made it into the 20th century in some remote tribes. But the Left will never condemn these people like they condemn the Founding Fathers. They will treat their culture with respect for their ancient religious beliefs. While calling Christians every derogatory name in the book. They will put the religious ceremonies of the Cantona and the Aztecs into the context of their time. While judging the Founding Fathers by today’s standards. Why is that?
When one is blatantly biased against a group of people one can only conclude that they don’t like that group of people. Or the country they created. Even though their country never condoned ritual human sacrifice. And when you put the Founding Fathers into the context of their times they were pretty enlightened when compared to countries in the Old World. As well as the ancient cultures of the New World.
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Greece gave Western Civilization Math, Science, Engineering and Philosophy
History has been a political struggle over power. Kings and emperors and priests and nobles had it. While other kings and emperors and priests and nobles wanted it. They fought wars. They oppressed their people. They’ve committed acts of genocide on their enemies. And on their people. To get that power. To keep that power. And that’s the way it was for a long time. The ruling class at the top battling it out. While the people suffer abject poverty, famine and genocide at the bottom. Until something came along to change that. An advanced civilization. That could produce a food surplus. Freeing up people to become artisans. Specialists. Who could invent and make things. To make life better. Especially for a large group of people called the middle class.
The Greeks and Romans took civilization to new heights. When Edgar Allen Poe wrote To Helen (1845) he chose Greece and Rome to describe his most beautiful Helen. Because Greece and Rome were that beautiful.
On desperate seas long wont to roam,
Thy hyacinth hair, thy classic face,
Thy Naiad airs have brought me home
To the glory that was Greece,
And the grandeur that was Rome.
Western Civilization began in Greece. Food surpluses freed the great thinkers. Math, science, engineering and philosophy took roots in Athens and spread through the Greek world. The Hellenistic civilization. That Alexander the Great spread east all the way to Iran and the Indus Valley. And south into Egypt. Where he founded the great city of Alexandria. Repository of some of the greatest Greek books of knowledge. When Rome conquered Greece they spread that great Hellenistic civilization east to Spain. North to France and Germany. Even to England. London itself was once a Roman city. Londinium. And everywhere the Romans went they brought with them Greek math, science, engineering and philosophy. Building engineering marvels. And creating a very high standard of living.
Where the Romans went they also built roads. Primarily to move their legions throughout their empire. But they also used them for trade. Where they traded the goods made by that rising middle class of artisans. Economic activity was bustling. Until the government grew. To pay for an ever larger government bureaucracy and military they started taxing that economic activity. And regulating it. Rather harshly. Restricting freedoms. Eventually tying farm workers to the land. Even their children. Turning that once bustling economy into feudalism. Serfdom. Until the growth of government expenditures made the Western Empire so weak that the Germanic barbarians sacked Rome.
Enlightened Thinking and Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations helped make Great Britain the Leading European Power
While Europe went through the Dark Ages the Eastern Roman Empire continued on. Centered on Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) on the Bosporus, she was smack-dab in the middle of the trade crossroads between Europe and Asia. And continued to prosper economically. Until the Arabs began attacking her. And the Christian Crusaders. Who came down to reclaim the holy land for the Catholic Church. Where they fought Muslim Arabs. As well as Orthodox Christians. While in the area they visited the sights. Including that great repository of books in Alexandria. Which they packed up and brought back to Europe. And changed the world.
As the Christian monks translated these books all of Europe read them. Math, science, engineering and philosophy. Kicking off the Enlightenment. Advanced economies appeared in the Italian city-states as they controlled trade in the Mediterranean. But with all that Greek knowledge Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands built bigger ships and learned to navigate across the oceans. Moving the center of trade from the Mediterranean to northern Europe. The Europeans established colonies in the Old World. And the New World. France and England soon followed. Trade exploded. And fortunes were made. But something really special was happening in England.
Thanks to all that enlightened thinking the English took the lead in Europe. And the world. Modern farming practices improved yields and created great food surpluses. She had representative government in her Parliament. The rule of law. Banking institutions. Joint-stock companies to raise large amounts of capital. An insurance industry to manage the great risks of transoceanic trade. And an economist up in Scotland who wrote a book about new ideas in economic thought. Adam Smith. Who wrote The Wealth of Nations. Championing something he called the Invisible Hand in free market capitalism. Taking away the economic decisions making from the kings and emperors and priests and nobles. And giving it to the people. Which Great Britain embraced. Kicking off the Industrial Revolution. Other European nations followed her lead. As did one young upstart nation. The United States.
Famine has been Rare in Western Civilization since the 18th Century
Western Civilization dominated the world in every measurable way. Economic output. Living standards. Public health standards. Gender equality. You name it and the free market capitalism of Western Civilization made it better. The general path of emigration of great minds traveled in one general direction. From eastern/southern Europe to Germany, France and Great Britain. Then on to the United States. Or directly to the United States. Where free market capitalism was the freest. Making the Untied States the new world superpower. Following the Industrial Revolution with even greater innovation. Providing ever greater living standards. And individual liberty. For everyone.
The freedom in free market capitalism brought women into the workforce. Take the automobile. When Henry Ford first mass produced the car it was not people-friendly. Men started our first cars by turning a hand crank. Sometimes losing a finger or breaking a wrist in the process. Once started he adjusted his goggles and gloves and took the wheel. His face being the bug screen. His muscles being his ‘powered’ steering. Clutching through the gears. Gearing down and stomping down on the breaks to stop. It was man’s work driving our first cars. Dirty, filthy man’s work. The automatic starter, automatic transmission, power steering and breaks, though, changed all of that. All American developments. Allowing women in heels and a short dress to start and drive a car as well as any man without losing any of her dignity. And she could sip a latte on her drive to work. While listening to music. And on those hot days she didn’t sweat through her clothes before getting to work. Thanks to air conditioning. Another American invention for the car. And she’s able to enjoy this freedom because of some other inventions. Two in particular that let her pursue a career. And enjoy any activity whenever she chooses. The birth control pill. And the tampon. Again, products of Western Civilization.
Women in Western Civilization have it pretty good these days. Where for the most part their standard of living has caught up to men. There are some earning disparities. But a lot of that is due to women leaving the workforce to raise children. And then reentering at a later time. Having to play catch-up with those who didn’t leave the workforce to raise a family. Not too bad when you consider what women are going through where they don’t embrace free market capitalism. For not only do they have none of these everyday comforts we take for granted but they often go without food. Up until the 18th century famines were pretty common. But with the advances we’ve made in farming and our other institutions we have that give us a modern and bustling economy (and our high living standards) there really haven’t been any famines in Western Civilization since the 18th century. There may have been a few but they were very rare. Unlike the famines in the 20th century that killed tens of millions in Russia, the Soviet Union, China, North Korea, Southwest Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa. But famine is not the only thing killing people in these countries. They have also suffered the greatest acts of genocides. As rival groups battle each other for political power. With the innocent masses stuck in the crossfire. Something a prosperous middle class has put an end to in Western Civilization.
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Europe began to Awake from its Slumber of the Dark Ages in about 1300 Italy
Once upon a time the only lending was to help someone in need. Such as someone with a poor harvest to survive the winter. We did it out of the goodness of our hearts to help others in need. So to charge interest for a loan like this would have been cruel. Taking advantage of someone’s misfortune wasn’t the Christian thing to do. Or the Jewish. Or the Muslim. That’s why no one then charged interest for loaning money. You just didn’t kick a person when he or she was down. And if you did you could expect some swift justice from the religious authorities. As well as the state.
Rome was once the center of the civilized world. All roads led to Rome, after all. Then Diocletian split the Empire into two in 285. Along the Line of Diocletian. Into East (Greek) and West (Latin). The West included Rome and fell around 486, ushering in the European Dark Ages. Meanwhile the Eastern half, the Byzantine Empire, carried on. And skipped the Dark Ages. Its capital was Constantinople (named in 330) . Formerly Byzantium. Modern day Istanbul. Where all Asian overland trade routes led to. This city of Emperor Constantine. His city. Who reunited East and West. And adopted Christianity as the Empire’s new religion (381). Located at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, trade flourished and made the Byzantine Empire rich. And long lasting. Until weakened by the Venetian-financed Fourth Crusade (1202–1204). (The Latin Christians’ attack on the Greek Christians was fallout from the Great Schism of 1054 where Christianity split between Latin Catholic and Greek Orthodox). And then falling to the Ottomans in 1453.
Europe began to awake from its slumber in about 1300 Italy. Great city-states arose. Genoa. Pisa. And Venice. Like those early Greek city-states. Great ports of international trade. Rising into trade empires with the decline of the Byzantine Empire. Where these Italian merchants bought and sold all of those Asian goods. Putting great commercial fleets to sea to bring those Asian goods into Genoa, Pisa and Venice. Getting rich. But to make money they had to have money. Because in the international trade game you had to first buy what you sold. Which included the cost of those great merchant fleets. And how did they pay for all of this? They borrowed money from a new institution called banking.
That Europe that Slumbered during the Dark Ages Arose to Rule International Trade
Modern finance was born in Italy. Everything that makes the commercial economy work today goes back to these Italian city-states. From international banking and foreign exchange markets to insurance to the very bookkeeping that kept track of profits and losses. It is here we see the first joint-stock company to finance and diversify the risk of commercial shipping. London would use the joint-stock company to later finance the British East India Company. And Amsterdam the Dutch East India company. Where the Dutch and the English sent ships across oceans in search of trade. Thanks to their mastery of celestial navigation. And brought back a fortune in trade. Putting the great Italian city-states out of business. For their direct sea routes were far more profitable than the overland routes. Because the holds of their ships could hold far more than any overland caravan could.
The Catholic opposition to usury (charging interest to borrow money) opened the new banking industry to the oppressed Jews in the European/Christian cities. For it was one of the few things the Christian rulers let the Jews do. Which they did. Even though it was technically against their religion. And they did it well. For they had an early monopoly. Thanks to that same Catholic Church. Then came another schism in the Christian church. The Protestant Reformation. Where, among other things, Protestants said the Old Testament did not bind them to all rules that the Jews had to follow. Then John Calvin took it a step further and said commercial loans could charge interest. And, well, the rest is banking history.
Europe was then the dominant region of the world. That region that slumbered during the Dark Ages arose to rule international trade. Thanks to their navigational abilities. And their banking centers. Which financed their trade. And the great things to come.
The Enlightenment led to the Modern World, Limited Government, the Industrial Revolution and Beyond
With the fall of the Byzantine Empire and the rise of the Italian city-states, Greek thinkers left the Byzantine Empire and went West. To those rich Italian city-states. Bringing with them great books of Greek knowledge. The intellectual remnants of the Roman Empire. Translated them. And massed produced them on the new printing press. And kicked off the Enlightenment. Which then spread throughout Europe.
The Enlightenment led to the modern world. From limited government. To the Industrial Revolution. And beyond. All thanks to those Italian city-states. International trade. And banking.
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Religion Allowed Sumerians and Egyptians to Work Together and Live in Crowded Urban Cities
The world’s first civilization was Sumer. Which included a series of city-states in Mesopotamia. That land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Modern day Iraq. And at the center of each city was a temple. A ziggurat. A multilevel structure that was broad at the base. Narrow at the top. Kind of like a pyramid. But it wasn’t for entombing the dead. Its height made it a ‘bridge’ to their gods. It was at the top of these ziggurats where the priests performed their sacred rituals. Ruled over the people. Organized their large-scale farming. Irrigation. And their civilization. Their food surpluses, the key to an advanced civilization, were stored at or near the ziggurat. And the priest-king distributed the food to the people.
The world’s second civilization was Egypt. Home of the pyramids. That entombed their dead in elaborate rituals. To help them enter the afterlife. During the Old Kingdom one man ruled all of Egypt. The pharaoh. But he wasn’t just a king. He was a god. The people worshipped the pharaoh. And worked at his direction. The pharaoh directed the massive irrigation works. The farming. Managed the food surpluses. And the people served their gods. Possibly built the pyramids for them. Out of love. For some evidence suggests that slaves may not have built the pyramids as once thought. But that they willingly joined together to build these tombs out of love and/or respect for their beloved pharaohs.
The first two great civilizations were theocracies. Religion was the basis of their governments. And the religious authority ruled. Whether it be a priest-king. Or a pharaoh. A god to the people. They organized and directed the people to do the things that made these civilizations great. And the people did great things. For their cities. And their god(s). For their religion was the great unifying factor that allowed a great number of people to live in crowded urban settings. And work towards a common goal.
During the Dark Ages Charlemagne used Christianity to Unite Europe
Civilization advanced from these humble but great beginnings. Religious thinking led to other thinking. And everything great that followed. Math. Science. History. Physics. And metaphysics. We were thinking about our present. And remembering our past. The Greeks took thinking to great heights. Figured out much of what we know today. Alexander the Great took the glory that was Greece and spread it to the known world. Then the Romans spread it to the parts of the world Alexander did not conquer. The grandeur that was Rome was, in fact, Greek.
But the greatness peaked during the Roman Empire. And then the Germanic tribes to the north sacked Rome. And plunged Europe into the Dark Ages. A world devoid of glory. Where the hands of time were turned back a millennium or two. Or three. But all was not lost for Europe. Because there was Christianity. For the Roman Empire was a Christian empire. And that’s something the people of Europe did not lose. Their religion. Which was the unifying force of the kingdoms that followed. Including the great Charlemagne. The unifier of Europe during the Dark Ages. For Charlemagne was a devout Christian. And even ascended to the throne as Holy Roman Emperor.
The rise of Islam in the holy Christian lands led to the Christian Crusades. While in the ancient cities around the Mediterranean the Christians found a lot of lost Greek texts. Brought them back to Europe. To Christian monasteries. And started that thinking all over again. Leading to the Renaissance. And the Enlightenment. Picking up basically where the Greeks and Romans left off. Making Europe the dominant region for centuries to come.
A lack of Religion and Spiritual Understanding Empowered Dictators to Kill their own People
Throughout history religion has made life better. From its earliest days that simply allowed people to live and work together. To developing a love for our fellow man. Which restrained our most base instincts. And calmed the savage breast. Don’t believe this? Just look at the worst genocides.
In sheer numbers it’s a tossup who killed more of their own people. Joseph Stalin (the Soviet Union). Or Mao Tse-Tung (the Peoples Republic of China). In terms of a percentage of their population it’s no contest. Pol Pot (Cambodia) wins that honor. He killed some 20% of his own people. And what do these three have in common? They were all communists. And their official religion? None. They were atheists.
Which is probably what let these dictators commit these cruel acts of barbarism against their own people. Because they had no spiritual understanding of this life. Or the afterlife. So they had little to lose in their eyes. Nothing to give them pause in unleashing all that repressed cruelty that advanced civilizations worked so hard to suppress.
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The Attacks on Oslo and Utoeya Island
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those in Norway. The Oslo bombing and the shooting rampage on Utoeya island were horrific acts of cruelty. And no doubt will leave long lasting scars on a great and peaceful people.
Norway is a beautiful country. You can hear it in the music of Edvard Grieg. Who drew inspiration from the rich cultural heritage of his beloved land. The country. The people. The beauty.
So sad that a lunatic grew up in their midst. Unbeknownst to them. This singular aberration from normalcy and sanity. A merchant of death. Who preyed on the innocent. Because of a sick mind.
Something that Spilled out of a Diseased Mind
The man they arrested on Utoeya is Anders Behring Breivik. And he is insane (see An Interview with a Madman: Breivik Asks and Answers His Own Questions by Beau Friedlander posted 7/24/2011 on Time World).
The 32-year-old gunman — with his blond hair, green eyes and a six-foot build — is a Nordic ideal, and for at least nine years, he meticulously crafted his plan to root out anyone different. Breivik’s rambling writings, grandly titled 2083: A European Declaration of Independence, present him as a right-wing nationalist fueled by a combined hatred of Muslims, Marxists and multiculturalists. His beliefs recall neo-Nazi politics that continue to linger throughout Europe, but freshened with a new, 21st century toxicity.
As part of the manifesto, Breivik interviews himself, offering a highly personal Q&A in which he throws himself admiring questions and answers them with disturbing calm.
You can read an abridged version of this self-interview on Time World.
Breivik is insane. Or very stupid. Because a sane person does not believe they can change the world by going on a killing spree. Unless he is so stupid that he believes the people will rise up and join him in his crusade. Of course, the odds are slim for that happening when you are killing not your enemies (in his case Muslims) but the people you want to join your crusade.
This was not part of an organized movement. This bloody day was just something that spilled out of a diseased mind.
Only an Idiot would think Mass Murder would help Advance his Agenda
And what may come as a shock to Breivik, the aftermath of his massacre is not playing out as he no doubt hoped (see Analysis: Brutal attack tests Norwegian society by Wojciech Moskwa posted 7/24/2011 on Reuters).
In a low-crime country where a single murder is front-page news, the shock from the scale of the violence would drown out any message on immigration Breivik was seeking to make, said Matlary. Even politicians who usually espouse anti-immigrant views, will above all seek to distance themselves from Breivik.
“This will surely tone down the debate on immigration ahead of local administration elections in September,” said Frank Aarebrot, political scientist at Bergen University. “In the traditional way, politicians will self-censor themselves.”
What sane person could not see this coming? Breivik sure didn’t. Because he’s not sane. His actions have made the problem (as he saw it) worse. He wanted more restrictive immigration policies? Thanks to him, no one will dare speak about any immigration reform lest they be associated with a homicidal maniac. Only an idiot would think mass murder would help advance his agenda.
The Rush to Judgment to Blame Islamic Terrorism
Of course, now the media is focusing on what’s really important in this massacre. Not the dead and traumatized. But the rush to judgment to blame Islamic terrorism (see Media Reacts to News That Norwegian Terror Suspect Isn’t Muslim by Ujala Sehgal posted 7/23/2011 on The Atlantic Wire).
Yesterday’s first reports on the massacre in Norway suggested that there was a link between the horrific attacks, which left 92 dead at latest reports, and Muslim extremists. Only later was the news released that the suspect taken by police, Anders Behring Breivik, was apparently a conservative, right-wing Christian with strong anti-Muslim and anti-immigration beliefs. Many in the media were left reeling over the fact that others were so quick to report and comment that Muslims were involved, before there was clear evidence.
In all fairness, there’s a reason a lot of people jumped to that conclusion. Such as recent history. Or they may have read an article in The Atlantic (see On Suspecting al Qaeda in the Norway Attacks by Jeffrey Goldberg).
Well, perhaps it was because [Jennifer Rubin] was reading the Atlantic. Shortly after the bombing in Oslo, the Atlantic re-posted on its home page a very interesting piece from last year by Thomas Hegghammer and Dominic Tierney entitled “Why Does al Qaeda Have a Problem With Norway?” You can read it here. In the piece, Hegghammer and Tierney discuss why Norway, against all odds, has become a favored target of al Qaeda. They give several reasons, among them fallout from the Danish cartoon crisis, and Norway’s participation in the war in Afghanistan. And then they bring up a third possibility: The presence in Norway of the aforementioned Mullah Krekar…
So there’s that. And a history of terrorism by people in the name of Islam.
It is not perverse or absurd for normal people to think of al Qaeda when they hear of acts of mass terrorism. It is logical, in fact, to suspect al Qaeda. The Norway catastrophe does not negate the fact that the majority of large-scale terrorism spectaculars by non-state actors over the past decade have been committed by Muslims. For the Right, Norway should underscore the point that Christians (and Hindus, and also Jews) are just as capable of committing murderous atrocities as Muslims.
Yes, they are. But more times than not when it is a Christian it’s usually a lone idiot and not part of a bigger international movement.
Helping the People he Hates
When you have a large scale coordinated assault directed against multiple targets, something that is very al-Qaeda-esque, you think al-Qaeda. And you start worrying about other possible attacks. Like the Americans did on 9/11. Like the Spanish did during their multiple train bombings in 2004. Like the British did during their multiple subway bombings in 2005.
Not only did Breivik make it easier for radical Muslims to get into Norway (by making everyone nervous about being too anti-Muslim), he also gave al-Qaeda a present. Killing people al-Qaeda would have loved to kill. Never in their wildest dreams did they think a Christian would kill a bunch of infidels for them while at the same time gaining sympathy for the Muslim people. They must love this guy. Helping the people he hates.
You may be able to uncover and stop international plots of terrorism, but you’ll never be able to stop the lone idiots. A lone idiot is completely inside his head. All but impossible to find. Virtually invulnerable before he attacks. And irrational as hell. That’s why we keep reading about them in the news. And why we’ll keep reading about them.
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Who would Jesus Vote For?
One thing I learned about demons and vampires from watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer is that they lay low on Halloween. Except for the few that like to bother the Scooby Gang, that is. But for the most part, the evil beings don’t like Halloween. It’s just a bit silly for them. So the evil and undead stand down on this day. When the non-evil dress up and pretend to be evil. A bit of professional demon/vampire courtesy. They let the people play their scary games. Then resume their bloodlust the following day.
You’d think those on the Left would extend the same courtesy to Christians on Easter Sunday, the most holy day on the Christian calendar. Let up on their Christian disdain for this one day. So Christians can worship this special day in peace. But no. Someone has to invoke Jesus Christ in the budget debate (see The Democrats’ secret budget weapon: Jesus by Brad Martin posted 4/24/2011 on Salon).
There are signs that the 2010s could be a fertile ground for using Christian ideals to pursue goals of social justice…
If the moral test of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable, the emergence of What Would Jesus Cut? may be the flashlight leading us out of the dark cave of budgetary wrangling. But it should also provide progressives with a model for marrying religion to politics in a way that reinvigorates their agenda, rather than simply leaving the field wide open to often intolerant evangelicals and social conservatives.
Why, this is a fascinating concept. And practical. Especially at Easter. The day of the Resurrection. When Christ rose from the grave He was sent to after dying for our sins. Yes, what a fine day it is to politicize Jesus Christ. But I’m game. Hmmm. Let me think.
What would Jesus cut? The defense budget? Well, if we did that we couldn’t stop the genocide Muammar Gaddafi is perpetrating against the Libyan people. That’s bad. So bad that liberals who champion social justice sent our military to Libya to stop that genocide. Cutting defense spending will leave us little more than an observer of these crimes against humanity. Much like the rest of the world that isn’t a superpower. So I don’t know if Jesus would cut defense spending. Not when we’re using it for humanitarian reasons. So, could there be something else to cut?
Would He cut programs like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? These programs are very kind to those who can’t afford to buy a house. By putting them into a house that they can’t afford. Hmm. That didn’t end too well in 2008, what with the subprime mortgage crisis and all. No, putting people into houses they can’t afford turned out to be a bad thing. It gave us the worst recession since the Great Depression. And this hit art and charitable foundations especially hard. With record unemployment, no one has any money to donate to the needy. So, yes, I think Jesus would cut programs like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Anything else?
Oh, here’s a no brainer. Planned Parenthood. Because I’m pretty sure Jesus Christ would oppose anything remotely connected to abortion.
How could no one on the Left see this coming? What would Jesus cut? Number one on the hit parade would be abortion. And any public spending that could provide ‘aid and comfort’ to the abortion providers. This is Jesus we’re talking about. And I just don’t see Him being pro-choice. Sure, Planned Parenthood’s abortion unit is only a small part of their business (3%). But government funding pays the overhead where they provide their real services. Breast exams. Pap smears. Pelvic exams. AIDS screening. Birth control. Etc. That’s why they don’t have stand alone abortion clinics. Doing so few abortions makes the unit cost per abortion too high to recover the overhead. But if the overhead is already being paid by Uncle Sam, why, then that’s a different story.
The Left should stop talking about Jesus. For they’re going to hurt themselves with the political contortions necessary to make their case. Besides, if you asked who would Jesus vote for, I’m guessing he or she would have an ‘r’ after their name. The bitter God-clingers they are. So why even bother? They should just take a lesson from the evil/undead and show a little magnanimity on this day. If they had it in them. Like the evil/undead do at Halloween.
Syria and Egypt, Similar yet Different
Egypt and Syria are very similar countries. Both are in the Middle East. Both are secular nations with Christian minorities. And both outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood. The main difference between the two is that one is an ally of the United States. The other is an enemy. Another difference is U.S. foreign policy. They abandoned the ally. And showed patience with the enemy.
Some are urging caution in Syria. Worried about what may replace the current regime should it fall. The Israelis for one. And possibly the Obama administration. For now, at least. Interesting, because they had no such reservations with our ally. And how are things in Egypt? Suffice it to say there is cause for concern (see Crowds protest Christian governor in south Egypt by Maggie Michael, Associated Press, posted 4/22/2011 on MSNBC).
Since President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in February after an 18-day popular uprising, ultraconservative Islamist groups have been flexing their muscles and vowing to take a more active political role as Egypt charts its transition to democracy…
Coptic Christians make up an estimated 10 percent of Egypt’s population of nearly 80 million and complain of discrimination. Relations between the two faiths plunged to new lows after a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Coptic church in Alexandria on Jan. 1, killing 21 people and injuring 100 others.
Salafis, who seek to emulate the lifestyle of Islam’s early days in the seventh century, have for the past year played a key role in fueling sectarian tensions, spearheading protests against the Orthodox Christian church.
Salafis? One of their Islamic theologians was Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab. As in Wahhabi. As in Saudi Arabia. As in al Qaeda. As in Osama bin Laden. Yes, bin Laden is a Wahhabi. This is old school Islam. The way it was mean to be. In Salafi eyes. As the Taliban thought, too, the world should be.
The only upside to this is that the Salafis are Sunnis. Who don’t much care for the Shiites. Which is what the Iranians are. So, to recap, the Salafis are not Shiites. Which may place them out of the Iranian orbit. Which is good. The bad news is this. It was the Wahhabi that attacked us on 9/11.
So maybe we should have encouraged more reform in Egypt and less ‘Mubarak has to go’. Perhaps we learned our lesson. Perhaps that’s why we’re not pushing our enemy in Syria (see For Syrian Christians, protests are cause for fear by The Washington Post posted 4/23/2011 on The Washington Post).
For decades, the government of President Bashar al-Assad has protected Christian interests by enforcing its strictly secular program and by curbing the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood. In recent years, Assad has visited the town of Maaloula and other Christian communities to pray and pass on messages of goodwill. At Christmas, he addresses Syria’s Christians, carrying similar tidings. Assad is himself from the minority Alawite sect, a branch of Shia Islam, and many Christians feel they can relate to him…
Many Christians interviewed said their biggest fear was the growth of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is banned in Syria. About half as many worshipers as usual attended Good Friday church services this year because people are afraid to leave their homes.
Maybe these ruthless despots know something we don’t. Maybe their tyrannical and oppressive rule is the only way to keep things secular in the Middle East. And peaceful. At least, under them, the few Christians in their countries could live in relative peace. Whereas it’s looking a bit harder these days.
So on this Easter Day, we can reflect on Jesus Christ and His message. Such as judge not lest ye be judged. Pity we rushed to pass judgment on Hosni Mubarak. Perhaps that wasn’t the Christian thing to do. But we did. And now Christians in Egypt are getting worried. And Christians are nervously sitting out the protests in Syria. Afraid of what their future may hold. But instead of showing genuine concern for the oppressed (and possibly the soon to be oppressed), some instead think of politicizing Jesus Christ to advance a political agenda.
I wonder what Jesus would think about that.
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Roman Barbarism begets Christian Charity
This is Good Friday. The day Jesus Christ, a Jew, was crucified by the Romans. In the land of the Jews. Palestine. Then occupied by the Romans. Which came after the Egyptian occupation. But before the Byzantine occupation. Yes, there was always a power struggle there. And Jesus was a part of it. Though His struggle against the powers that be was not to gain their earthly powers. But to usher in the Kingdom of Heaven. Despite their earthly powers. Starting in Judea.
Things went from bad to worse on the temporal side. On the spiritual side, though, things went pretty much according to plan. Jesus endured great suffering. For death by crucifixion is about as bad as it gets. Which is quite the testament of the man Jesus was. For He suffered as a man. Not a god. His pain was real. And it lasted a long time. Then He died. Ascended to heaven. And ushered in the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. Where His words and deeds became the greatest force for peace the civilized world has ever known.
Now this is the Christian view of history. Not everyone agrees with it. But it is impossible to refute the role of Christianity in civilizing the barbaric lands of Europe during the Middle Ages. It was a civilizing force that transcended the warring tribes. And ultimately brought peace, the rule of law and civil society to Europe. And the Western world. It was the one force in the world that restrained the arbitrary power of kings. And the phrase ‘Christian charity’ entered the lexicon as people chose to live in peace and love their neighbor. To live by the Golden Rule. And this all goes back to southern Palestine. To Judea. Where one man once walked among us.
Assad worse than Mubarak but gets better U.S. Treatment
The Arab world is ablaze. Tunisia and Egypt saw regime change. Libya is embroiled in civil war. The UN passed a resolution to help Libya. So we started bombing Libya. There’s been further unrest in the Arab world. But nothing rising to the level of a Libya, though. Not serious enough for the international community to step in (see Shameful U.S. inaction on Syria’s massacres posted 4/22/2011 on The Washington Post).
FOR THE PAST five weeks, growing numbers of Syrians have been gathering in cities and towns across the country to demand political freedom — and the security forces of dictator Bashar al-Assad have been responding by opening fire on them…
Massacres on this scale usually prompt a strong response from Western democracies, as they should. Ambassadors are withdrawn; resolutions are introduced at the U.N. Security Council; international investigations are mounted and sanctions applied. In Syria’s case, none of this has happened. The Obama administration has denounced the violence — the White House said it “deplored” Friday’s slaughter — but otherwise remained passive. Even the ambassador it dispatched to Damascus during a congressional recess last year remains on post.
This is very interesting. For Colonel Qaddafi was killing his people, too. And we bombed him for that. In Egypt, Mubarak wasn’t killing his protestors but the Obama administration said he had to go. Even though he was a strong U.S. ally. And a strong force for peace in the Middle East. Egypt has recognized Israel. And remained at peace with them. Allowing free transit of the Sinai for Jew and Arab alike. But he had to go. As does Qaddafi. But Syria can kill their own people. Why? Is Syria a better force for peace than Egypt?
The administration has sat on its hands despite the fact that the Assad regime is one of the most implacable U.S. adversaries in the Middle East. It is Iran’s closest ally; it supplies Iranian weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip for use against Israel. Since 2003 it has helped thousands of jihadists from across the Arab world travel to Iraq to attack American soldiers. It sought to build a secret nuclear reactor with the help of North Korea and destabilized the pro-Western government of neighboring Lebanon by sponsoring a series of assassinations.
No. They are not a better force for peace in the Middle East. In fact, they’re the exact opposite of that. You couldn’t find a bigger enemy to peace. Or the United States. Well, except for Iran, of course. Who we’ve handled in the same way when their people protest their totalitarian rule.
Yet the Obama administration has effectively sided with the regime against the protesters. Rather than repudiate Mr. Assad, it has proposed that his government introduce reforms. As The Post’s Karen DeYoung and Scott Wilson reported Friday, the administration, which made the “engagement” of Syria a key part of its Middle East policy, still clings to the belief that Mr. Assad could be part of a Middle East peace process; and it would rather not trade “a known quantity in Assad for an unknown future.”
An unknown future? Syria and Iran are at the top of our enemies list. We worry about radical Islam taking hold in Egypt as that democracy movement looks less and less democratic and more theocratic. But it’s already there in Iran and Syria. What ‘unknown’ are we worried about? That the Syrians may convert to Christianity? To Judaism? That they may stop killing Jews and Christians? That they may stop killing Americans?
If we were going to practice restraint anywhere, it should have been in Egypt. We probably should have considered long and hard what may happen in Egypt before throwing Mubarak under the bus. We should have asked him to introduce reforms. We were already engaged with him. And he wasn’t killing Americans. As far as peace partners go, that’s a pretty big plus in my book.
The Sinai Peninsula – A Great Crossroads of the Middle East
Do you know where the Sinai Peninsula is? It’s between Israel and Egypt. On the other side of Israel is Jordan. Above Jordan is Syria. Above Israel is Lebanon. Also bordering Israel and Egypt on the Mediterranean is the Gaza Strip. And who is the ruling power in the Gaza Strip? Hamas. And who do they hate? Israel. Who else hates Israel? Hezbollah. In southern Lebanon.
Israel has fought a lot of wars to stabilize their borders where they currently are. They still deal with the occasional rocket attacks. But there has been an uneasy peace along the eastern coast of the Mediterranean. They still hate each other. And they’re still trying to kill each other. But it hasn’t blown up into a full scale war. Partly because of the stabilizing force of Egypt. Under the steady rule of Hosni Mubarak.
Of course, the Obama administration threw Mubarak under the bus. And the future of Egypt is unsure. If it falls to the Iran-friendly Muslim Brotherhood, that will empower Hamas to make a whole lot of mischief in the Gaza Strip. Which may encourage a little mischief from Hezbollah in southern Lebanon. Which Syria no doubt will exploit. And if all of this happens, Iran will swoop in and be the major power in the eastern Mediterranean. Putting Israel in a very difficult position. Fighting for her existence. Which could plunge the region into war. And the world into war. And the flashpoint for all of this may be in the Sinai Peninsula. A great crossroads of the Middle East.
U.S. Boots on the Ground in…the Sinai Peninsula
President Obama promised the American people that there would be no ‘boots on the ground’ in Libya. That we would only use air power to protect civilians from Colonel Qaddafi. And maybe advisors. Because the rebel forces, though filled with the spirit of liberty, lacked a certain military discipline. But no combat troops on the ground in Libya. Of course, that didn’t mean there wouldn’t be boots on the ground elsewhere (see Md. National Guard Members Prep For Egypt Deployment posted 4/22/2011 on WBAL TV).
More than 400 soldiers from the Maryland National Guard will spend the next 10 month in Egypt. 11 News reporter Sheldon Dutes looks at how they’re preparing.
And guess where in Egypt these troops will deploy? Here’s a hint. Think of the worst possible place. Are you thinking the Sinai Peninsula? The potential tinder box for World War Three? If so, you thought right.
If Egypt goes Iran’s way, there will be a lot of traffic through the Sinai. And not the good kind. People with guns. And bombs. Going into the Gaza Strip. To kill Jews. And anyone that supports the Jews. Like Americans. Who are now about to deploy to the Sinai Peninsula.
Palestine’s Elusive Peace
Egypt and Israel go a long way back. Two of the world’s oldest kingdoms. Three, if you count the Kingdom of Judah. And they haven’t always been the best of friends. But they made their peace. Thanks to Jimmy Carter‘s diplomacy. And billions of dollars of U.S. aid. The Camp David Accords brought some peace to the Middle East. Despite hostile feelings that simmered throughout the region. So hostile that they did boil over in Egypt. When those unhappy with the Israeli peace assassinated the Egyptian president who made that peace. Anwar Sadat. The world held its breath. Would Egypt collapse into anarchy. And break the Israeli peace? No. Because of one man. Hosni Mubarak. Who we just recently threw under the bus.
Some in the world hold their breath again. Mostly grownups who remember what happened in Iran in 1979. What will happen in Egypt this time? Will it continue to honor its peace with Israel? Or will there be world war? Hard to say now. It could go either way.
Some things never change in the Middle East. Especially in Palestine. Where happiness is as elusive there as it was during the Roman occupation.
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