Fundamental dishonesty and malevolence: The Left’s modus operandi

Let’s play a guessing game. Last week I watched an interview on TV.  The interviewer, working in a union shop, interviewed a pro-union leader, whose national operation is a non-union shop. The interviewer works for a for-profit company that pays lots of taxes. The interviewee works for a non-profit organization that doesn’t pay taxes. The interviewer gives 20% of his pre-tax income to charity. The interviewee gives 2% of his pre-tax income to the same organization he works for and no other charities. The interviewer was raised in poverty and had to go to work right out of high school. Everything he has earned has come from his hard work. The interviewee went to a Catholic university in Canada his parents paid for and then finished a master’s program in Economics, then went to work for an anti-American organization that was funded by a foreign government. Now he is the chairman of that organization.

Who were these people?

The interviewee was Sam Webb, the president of the Communist Party USA (cpusa.org). It was an anti-American organization funded by the USSR until its fall. The interviewer was Glenn Beck, modern-day Cassandra and bane of the neo-commie far left.

The Communist Party of the United States of America runs probably the only weekly publication in New York City that is non-union. How is it that an influential publication that constantly advocates for workers’ unions and that reaches into the fiercely pro-union bowels of the Democrat party does not have, let alone require union representation in its shop? Does it have anything to do with the suppression of labor unions in the former USSR, China, the former Warsaw Pact, and Cuba? The CPUSA chairman Sam Webb, who claims improbably to live in New York City on a salary of $26,000, and who has held his job as a sinecure since being named as the successor to Gus Hall, believes in unions for everybody’s business but his own. That is almost as unbelievable as his claim to live in Manhattan with a wife and child on $26,000. By the way, something struck me as curious. Webb’s lifetime appointment to chairman of his organization preemptively shatters any and all claims by the CPUSA and like-minded socialist and communist organizations to value democratic principles. Any so-called “democratic” values held by the CPUSA are not democratic at all, but are lies intended to distract and fool those who don’t comprehend the fundamental dishonesty and malevolence of the CPUSA and other socialist/communist organizations operating in the US and elsewhere.

This is not a reason to despair. Communist and socialist ideas (and fascist too, for fascism is just another form of socialism) are dictatorial caveman economics with the iron fisted caveman political systems non-functioning economic systems require to maintain power over their miserable citizenry. They will function, if function is defined to mean keep the people cowed and starving under the iron fist of a tyrant. But for those who have a higher standard for function, such as allowing the people to live in freedom, to better themselves, and to increase their family’s opportunities for happiness, tyranny won’t do as a synonym and socialism will never do as a system.

Remember these things and cheer up. We must become happy warriors who fear not to enter into the elitist dens of the left. We will alternately be damned as unwashed hoi polloi and as the lapdogs of the corporate overlords by the governmental elitists and their groupies. The answer is to laugh and stride laughing into intellectual battle. In such a battle our weapons are true, our victory inevitable. They will use personal attacks, logical fallacies, and violence to upset the board when they realize they are losing. But even in the face of their bad faith, we can win. Remember, nothing gets on the nerves of a socialist elitist more than having his or her clock cleaned by a happy warrior who dismantles every argument and laughs at how easy it is. Sure they laugh a lot. But it is sarcastic, cynical, mocking laughter: not a joyful, positive exaltation of inner happiness. Angels laugh one way; devils another.

Promise with me to tell the truth and keep your laughter close. The conservatives’ part, our part, will be to laugh as angels laugh. That and and the truth will be enough.

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Rehoboam’s warning to the young prince Obama

From 2 Chronicles 10 we have the story of Rehoboam the son of Solomon. Now Solomon was a king so wise his name became a synonym for a wise king. But the wisdom he exemplified was not a godly wisdom, or one that inspired the productivity and ambition of his people, but more of an academic, philosophical, or even sorcerer’s wisdom. And so the wise king as attested by learned men did not produce such a wise son and heir in his 40 years of rule. Instead he produced Rehoboam.

Now this is the story of how the new king Rehoboam at age 41 lost the support of Jeroboam and his tribes when the new king promised to increase the burden they bore for their government, which were already too high, and instead provoked the tribes of Israel into rebellion against the house of David that continued for the remainder of his life, and even after it ended.

1 And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to Shechem to make him king. 2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it, (for he was in Egypt, whither he had fled from the presence of king Solomon,) that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt. 3 And they sent and called him; and Jeroboam and all Israel came, and they spake to Rehoboam, saying, 4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee. 5 And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the people departed.

6 And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people? 7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants forever. 8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men which they had given him, and took counsel with the young men that were grown up with him, that stood before him. 9 And he said unto them, What counsel give ye, that we may return answer to this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke that thy father did put upon us lighter? 10 And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou say unto the people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger is thicker than my father’s loins. 11 And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king bade, saying, Come to me again the third day. 13 And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men, 14 and spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. 15 So the king hearkened not unto the people; for it was brought about of God, that the LORD might establish his word, which he spake by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

16 And when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So all Israel departed unto their tents.

17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them. 18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram, who was over the levy; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. And king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem. 19 So Israel rebelled against the house of David, unto this day.

The foolish young partisans who recommend that Obama crush the opposition have urged onerous taxes, suppression of domestic energy sources, price increases on energy, dithering instead of an aggressive search for and punishment of the financial swindlers whose Ponzi schemes have brought our financial system to the brink of collapse, stealth attacks on free speech and the right to bear arms, doubling down on vote fraud with ACORN running the US census, secret conspiracies with news reporters to slant the news in the administration’s favor, and constant demonization of Republicans for Democrat sins. They seek to transform the country into a one-party state. Their plan, if it works, will lead to a tyranny of niceness and obsequious deference to the hurt feelings of protected victim classes. On the other hand, the mandatory oppressor class will be crushed by the weight of government regulation.

It will be a good time to emigrate to a free land. If any can be found. If none can be found then men who cannot live under anything less than freedom will have their backs against the wall.

UPDATE: As pointed out by E Pluribus Unum at RedState, “this rift split the kingdom into Israel (northern 10 tribes) and Judah (Judah and Benjamin, with some Levites). The split was never undone, and eventually the north and their heritage disappeared forever.” The product of Rehoboam’s foolishness was not minor. It was major and led to the ten tribes of wandering Jews.

And now you know the rest of the story. R.I.P. Paul Harvey.

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Why is necrophilia wrong?

This is one of those commenter posts, where a blogger copies a comment left somewhere else as a complete post. This time it’s a response to Homosexuality and Traditional Christianity, by Robert Gressis on The Prosblogion (which I added to my blogroll today). One of Gressis’s points was that most people couldn’t explain why they believed anything was wrong, even something as revolting as necrophilia. I couldn’t resist taking the bait. Here goes with a slightly edited version of the comment.

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As an amateur political philosopher this is extremely interesting to me because it gets down to what I believe are the important bits of philosophy: Answering the question “what now?”

First, why, other than the obvious ad hominem argument (what kind of evil freak would do that?), is necrophilia wrong? I can answer this in short order. One of the properties of the good thing known as sex is that it requires consent. Nonconsensual sex is commonly taken to be wrong and is rebranded “rape,” “bestiality,” “pedophilia,” “sexual assault” or “sex slavery.” A corpse has no effective way to consent to sexual advances, so sex with a corpse cannot be consensual. Therefore it is not the good kind of sex, but wrong sex: Necrophilia.

Note: I have some ideas on the philosophy of why nonconsensual sex is wrong, but it’s a longer argument and off-topic. Besides, keep reading for the argument from property rights.

There’s another reason sex with the dead is bad. It is abuse of the body of a formerly living human, and thus a crime against property, giving us two reasons to reject it. This gives me an excuse to introduce property rights into the argument, so here goes.

Any moral theory stands on principle, and the most basic principle for Americans, and also for Christians at least of the Catholic persuasion (I don’t care to debate predestinationists on this topic), is inalienable free will in conjunction with free action, the freely assumed obligation to obey God the Creator’s moral principles, and inalienable responsibility for the consequences of one’s actions. Let’s call this principle Liberty.

Liberty requires that a person owns himself, the product of his labor, and his improvements to the freely obtained blessings of nature. His self-ownership is inalienable, or not severable by any means, and thus we reject slavery as always wrong. This is true for all of us, male and female (despite my old fashioned preferences on language). Nobody has the right to infringe on the rights of any other. Any infringement on these requirements steals away some of his life, labor, or ability to choose freely. Slavery violates Liberty, as does theft, as does murder, vandalism, and even slander and libel (the kind of falsehoods that “thou shalt not lie” warns against). Liberty also leads to a theory of contract by which it is possible to voluntarily transfer ownership of something between two persons or entities. Nobody can rightfully sell your future labor, thus selling you into slavery, or anything else about you without your consent. That is wrong. The theory of inalienable rights including property rights found in the US Declaration of Independence (and Jefferson’s constitution for Virginia) is the clearest way to defend people against slavery, which is historically speaking the most commonly excused offense against Liberty.

I hope that isn’t too clumsy an introduction to property rights for all the professional disputers in the audience. I hope it also explains why property rights and Liberty are useful principles which everyone should follow. Namely, they prevent slavery, necrophilia of your and your spouse’s or child’s corpse, and many other vile things that you wouldn’t want to happen. Judging from what happened in places where God’s moral principles were rejected and property rights were routinely broken, such as the socialist “paradises” of the USSR, Cuba and the PRC, dictatorship (which is mass slavery by another name), genocide, mass murder over political whims, loss of the right to travel, and denial of free speech follow the repeal of property rights in short order, if other traditional (Christian) protections are lacking.

The third major objection to necrophilia, and possibly a mechanism to explain why necrophilia is traditionally shunned, is the pragmatic responsibility to survive and help others to survive. A society that engages in necrophilia instead of normal, heterosexual sex will have a lower population growth than an exclusively, or mostly exclusively, heterosexual populace. And over years and generations, small differences in population growth lead to huge differences in populations. Huge differences in populations lead to conquest of the weaker society and destruction of its losing value system. History isn’t over. It never is. We will only reach paradise in the afterlife, not on earth. And conquests may not be in our recent past as Americans, but they will happen again. Better to be strong than weak and all that.

Extending the historically pragmatic argument to other disputatious moral questions is trivially easy. I’ll leave it at that.

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