Tuesday, 7/26/16

  1. Why not Hillary?
  2. Religious extremism according to government
  3. Two-party system unmasked
  4. History resists whitewashing
  5. Borderline personality Mommy vs arch-narcissist Daddy
  6. The root of our political problems
  7. No longer the party of Sarge & Eunice
  8. Just stop it!

1

I resolved early on when it appeared that Trump was going to win not to fault anyone for voting for either candidate as the lesser evil. I intend that to cover third-party votes and write-in votes as well. Forgive me if I lapse from time to time.

I appear to be an outlier in that resolve, as I’m being told by many Facebook friends that not voting for Trump = voting for Hillary (and by a few that not voting for Hillary = voting for Trump).

I’ve loudly criticized Trump and there’s little need to repeat that. Why then won’t I vote for Hillary? In short, because I’m not convinced she’s a lesser evil.

Unlike Donald “Pinball” Trump, I’ve got a pretty good idea what she’ll do:

  • She believes that government is the judge of religion:
    • She has for several years demoted “free exercise of religion” into “freedom of worship.”
    • She has said that religious beliefs that condemn “reproductive rights” have to be changed.
    • She has said that deep-seated cultural codes and religious beliefs have to be changed.
    • The Democratic Platform supports “a progressive vision of religious freedom that … rejects the misuse of religion to discriminate.”
  • The Democratic Platform calls for condemnation, apparently by government (else why is it in a party platform?) of the imaginary category of “hate speech that creates a fertile climate for violence” — a plank whose realization will chill free speech.
  • She is famously hawkish and will continue starting and maintaining wars of choice throughout the world. (What Trump might trigger is worrisome, too, but we know we’ll get this with Hillary; the Platform promise to “ensure war is the last resort” rings hollow.)

Religious freedom is my number one issue and a litmus test as well. Hillary is not a suitable person.

But how can I vote for a narcissistic pinball who has spent a day obsessing about a non-endorsement by a primary rival?

I’ve stated my support for the American Solidarity Party, but thought an explanation of why I cannot, yet again, vote for a “lesser evil” was called in response to those who, in the spirit of “misery loves company,” want to shackle those who unlike them have shaken off their two-party chains.

2

Speaking of government illegitimately trying to establish what is or isn’t orthodox in religion:

[O]pposition to faith is rising in America.

The most ugly example of this emerged in 2013 when a U.S. Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief designated “Evangelical Christianity” and “Roman Catholicism” as extremism alongside groups like al-Qaeda and Hamas.

As CP reported at the time, the official training documents read, “‘Extremism is a complex phenomenon’ that is present in every religion due to ‘some followers that believe that their beliefs, customs and traditions are the only ‘right way’ and that all others are practicing their faith the ‘wrong way,’ seeing and believing that their faith/religion superior to all others.” Evangelical Christianity was placed at the top of a bullet-point list of extremist groups in a government training slide-show.

(Religious Freedom in the Military Under Increased Assault, Advocates Say)

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4

Everything has a beginning, a middle, and an end. It’s a good idea to remind ourselves of this every once in a while. I can’t see myself voting for either of the presidential candidates on offer come November, but it may not matter who wins. All the sturm and drang we see these days is largely beside the point. The candidates aren’t the problem. Instead it’s the mood of the population and the spirit of the times that summoned them that’s at the root of the troubles.

(Johnny at Granola Shotgun, The Road Ahead) Short and hopeful, albeit in a conclusory way that I don’t find very convincing.

5

The New York Times is blaming the Ruskies for releasing those thousands of new emails disclosing the perfidy of the Democratic National Committee staff in pimping for Hillary against Bernie and trafficking with the major network news operations to manage and spin things Her way — and especially to rig the electoral machinery against Sanders …

For my money, the Ruskies should get the Nobel Peace Prize if they were behind the email release. What higher service to democracy than to expose the anti-democratic workings of the party that affects to call itself Democratic? The sudden appearance of 20,000 smoking guns made party chairperson Debbie Wasserman-Schultz vamoose faster than you can say Debbie Wasserman Schultz, though her replacement, Donna Brazile is every inch just another blatant HRC foot-soldier …

The election is now between the borderline personality Mommy and the arch-narcissist Daddy for the hearts and minds of a public sore beset by the initial spasms of economic and cultural collapse. Perhaps Big Brother is waiting in the wings ….

(James Howard Kunstler)

6

In their relations with the non-West—the peoples of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East—Western powers have rarely demonstrated a desire to be left alone. They have instead sought to subjugate and exploit populations classified as inferior. In pursuit of their objectives, they have relied not on suasion but on violence and intimidation.

To be sure, present-day Europeans and Americans bear no responsibility for the sins that their forbears committed in civilization’s name. Neither, however, should they indulge in the pretense that hostility toward the West today springs out of nowhere. History resists whitewashing. Although the tide of Western imperialism may have receded, it left behind a stain that time has yet to eradicate.

This describes the essence of the strategic dilemma that Europeans and Americans confront today. Having belatedly discovered the virtues of peaceful coexistence, Western nations confront adversaries who have long memories and a hunger for payback. Yesterday’s instigators have become today’s targets and cry foul. Now that we have all that we want, they say, please go away.

(Andrew Bacevich, Kill All the Terrorists?) Thank you, sir, for telling it as it is.

7

Of Hillary’s VP choice:

Kaine has a perfect rating from Planned Parenthood, and he’s one of these tame Catholics who don’t let their faith inform their position on abortion and same-sex marriage. But even that’s not enough for these extremists. It sounds like they want to Brendan Eich him — that is, reject him for not totally, 100 percent, being on board with Right Thinking since the beginning. You can’t be “personally opposed, but” anymore; you have to affirm abortion as a moral good.

The Republicans just had an openly gay man, Peter Thiel, speak in one of the most valued slots in their convention, and say that he is proud to be gay. You think the Democrats will allow a pro-life liberal speak? Please. It’s not the part of Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver anymore.

(Rod Dreher)

8

Why don’t these women just stop it? Rather than get drunk in order to have casual sex, why don’t they put down the glass and the condom? The world we have created for these young people is a world which welcomes every sort of sexual behavior except chastity. Anal sex? Okay! Threesomes? Yep. Sex upon the first meeting? Sure! Virginity until marriage? What the hell is wrong with you? I am going to go out on a limb here and suggest that the reason so many college-aged women binge-drink is so that they can bear their own closeted sorrow about what they are doing … Small wonder that the number of women suffering from eating disorders, addiction, anxiety, and depression is at an all-time high.

(Anne Maloney)

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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.

One thought on “Tuesday, 7/26/16

  1. Excellent thoughts from Andrew Bacevich (as always). I think the American Solidarity Party seriously missed a bet by not recruiting Col. Bacevich as their presidential candidate. Not to take anything away from the candidates that they have chosen, but Col. Bacevich has a solid presence in the public square and would get a hearing that the existing candidates will not.

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