Having just read a disturbing post by Askmom regarding the teaching of her daughters hygiene class, now corrupted to a sex education class; I am moved to post an excerpt from a full length rant on which I am working. This rant I have chosen to name, “The View at 80”. A perspective from which one has a better vision of what has transpired to get our nation and our culture to the point at which it appears to have arrived. It is a point not unlike that at which Rome found itself in its latter days. The problem begins well before the Civil War even unto the days of the Industrial Revolution. Many aspects of our current situation are but collateral damage in the war between the burgeoning working class and industrial capitalism. To reverse the process, or even to stop it is akin to the Hindu Zealots attempting to stop a Juggernaut. It is virtually impossible. In the attempt they will be crushed into martyrdom. Excerpt follows:

…by 1950, while everyone was busy raising families and enjoying the fruits of a lifestyle and culture their fathers never knew. In 1965, 100 years after the spread of the teachings of Marx and Engels, a festering pustule broke open on an unsuspecting society which by now is embroiled in Viet Nam on a desperate attempt to stem the tide of socialism/communism from the outside not realizing radical left-wing ideologies had been growing and putrefying in our colleges and universities over the past century. Our response was talk of tolerance, understanding, and political correctness. The result—a thousand political activists, all products of our institutions of “higher learning” which had been infiltrated over the ensuing years. [by collectivist followers of Marx and Engel, et alii. ] Institutions now disgorging by the thousands; activist lawyers (neo Lysander Spooners), pseudoscientific environmentalists (neo-Thoreaus), free love feminists (neo-Virginia Woodhulls), left-wing journalists (neo-Benjamin Tuckers), and homosexual any of the above (neo-Walt Whitmans). The enemy is among us, they look, talk, and act like us because they are us. Years of conditioning by advertising psychology has dulled our ability to question anything we see or hear in the media which has expanded to literally everywhere. Product ads on our clothes; fashions set by the lowest common denominator of taste all because it sells. We are treated to every kind of sleaze under the banner of free speech. Rock and Roll, Heavy Metal non-music, or worse yet, “gangster rap” fills the airwaves. If it is on TV, in a magazine or newspaper—wherever, we believe it’s true without a question. It sounds like nonsense when one points out that the hamburger just removed from the foil steam-wrapper looks nothing at all like the picture on the menu board. Nobody challenges it and it really doesn’t matter if they are that gullible. But—and herein lies the problem—the same attitude obtains as they listen to the political rhetoric or to some Hollywood celebrity promoting a half-baked, bleeding heart cause. For all our talk of freedom of speech we’ve become delusional with all the Politically Correct bunkum and balderdash. And, it may well be our undoing. All manner of obscenity is foist upon the public, but vehement criticism of it is deemed hate speech and thereby forbidden by law. So much for freedom of expression if it goes against the secular agenda… .

One must wonder exactly what the “feminist movement” has accomplished for the betterment of women and the American family—the very cornerstone of American culture.

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Remembering Joe McCarthy

April 19, 2008

In the years following WWII, while the returned veterans were enjoying this “best of all possible worlds”; there were signs of problems and harbingers of what lay ahead. There were those who warned of the communist threat in our midst. Notable among them was Joseph McCarthy a Senator from Wisconsin. He was a regrettable ombudsman for the cause of seeking out those in our government and elsewhere who had collectivists leanings or were outright communists. His demeanor, lifestyle, and tactics were a distraction from the purpose for which he claimed to be dedicated. This notwithstanding, his warnings ultimately proved to be well advised. There were indeed people in the government who were bent on the destruction of our free and democratic republic. But, more so in Hollywood which had become a hot bed of radical thinkers in the lower echelons of writers and creative personnel. They would eventually rise to the top like scum on a stagnant pond. Even more frightening were those who were then ensconced in our colleges and universities who perceived Marx and Engels as heroes of their utopian thought process. We had just defeated two of the most formidable enemies the world had seen since Genghis Kahn and no one was willing to believe that victory could be abrogated by the likes of government servants, egg-headed professors, or Hollywood numb sculls. As so often is the case, we judged the message by the messenger and set aside his warnings. As a result others were cast in the same light who carried similar messages. There was a cartoon strip around that period called “Pogo”. The little Pogo character at some point made the statement; “we have met the enemy and he is us.” The nation was accustomed to big aggressive enemies and was concerned about the spread of communism everywhere in the world but where it mattered—here at home. Would that we might have seen past McCarthy’s feet of clay and observed the real threat that would burst forth upon us in the mid 1960s and throughout the 1970s. There is a Zen koan which tells of the monk who is attempting to point out the moon to his dog. The dog will only look at his finger. This same wisdom, had we been able to see past the messenger, might have saved our culture from itself.

Roe v. Wade explained…

April 16, 2008

Joy Whatshername, one of the mental mastodons on ABC’s “The View” has favored us with greater understanding of precisely what the motivations are of those who would repeal Roe v. Wade. They are simply “against women”. All along I foolishly thought the opposition was based on a concern for the life of the unborn. If this legislation had been promulgated by conservatives liberals would be accusing them of promoting genocide. Inasmuch as most of those seeking abortion on demand are poor and/or ignorant; with government funding we could likely achieve what Adolf Hitler and Josef Mengele were unable to accomplish.

Were it not for her arrogance and ignorance one would suspect the woman to be the comedy relief on the show–if only she were funny.