Wednesday, 10/21/15

  1. Abolishing the unforeseeable
  2. Canadians: You my lower your noses now
  3. Relative scandal
  4. Subliminal paganism
  5. Thrilled by bigness

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The big pretense, of course, is the idea that congress holds hearings “so something like this will never happen again.”

It’s an interesting neurosis we’ve developed since the heyday of the assassinations in the late 1960s, this continuing promise to abolish the unforeseeable. Of course new atrocities happen all the time despite these ritual committee inquiries — these days, the mass murder of strangers is more in fashion than targeted political slayings — and there’s always another incident, and it ought to be obvious by now that we’re not so good at making sure that bad things don’t happen.

But that’s the Republican-controlled Benghazi Committee’s mission: to demonstrate that Mommy can’t fix stuff. It will be easily left to Hillary herself to prove that she’s not much good in the Mommy role either — reassuring the multitudes that everything’s going to be all right. Instead, Hillary falls back on an obsessive-compulsive pander tic, kind of an incessant hash-tag jabber of promises to the familiar cast of supplicants. Give it twelve months and see how sick of it the voters will get.

But the disorder across the gradient is equally impressive. The large Republican field of professional politician candidates is held in such bad odor as far as being able to fix anything, that the sinister clown Trump is able to put over his idiotic act of being a Daddy who can fix everything and anything, just by blustering. I suspect he’ll wear out his welcome — but if he doesn’t the Grand Old Party is showing serious signs of a serious crack-up.

(James Howard Kunstler)

You do know how they abolish the unforeseeable, don’t you? They foresee it. It’s called a police state The Patriot Act.

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Considering what the Roman Catholics have on their hands with the Synod on the Family and progressives who want doctrinal change sub nom “pastoral practice,” I am somewhat consoled that the Orthodoxy scandal du jour is a sort of parachurch group honoring a hardy perennial, foot-in-mouth Roman Catholic Democrat (which of course implies support of legal abortion, any time, for any reason). Mercifully, they honored him for his work on behalf of born humans.

4

There will not be transformation in the headwinds now facing us if there isn’t deep identity and resolve to orthodox Christianity. No longer can parents simply rely on an ambient culture to disciple their kids in the way of the American way of life if the American way of life means subliminal paganism. There’s a realization setting in that the faith of their childhood cannot be passively absorbed. It will require catechesis. I see this happening within my own ranks of conservative Christianity, most of which unabashedly loves culture and wants to benefit it.

(Andrew Walker via Rod Dreher) “If the American way of life means subliminal paganism”? I think Walker knows it does.

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It is the vice of a vulgar mind to be thrilled by bigness, to think that a thousand square miles are a thousand times more wonderful than one square mile . . . That is not imagination. No, it kills it. . . . Your universities? Oh, yes, you have learned men who collect . . . facts, and facts, and empires of facts. But which of them will rekindle the light within?

<convoluted citation>E. M. Forster, Howards End, via Wendell Berry’s 2012 Jefferson Lecture via Rod Dreher)</convoluted citation>

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“In learning as in traveling and, of course, in lovemaking, all the charm lies in not coming too quickly to the point, but in meandering around for a while.” (Eva Brann)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.