Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Why President Trump Will Win a Second Term

On February 13th, 2019, I called the 2020 United States presidential election for Donald Trump (Wikipedia):

The post was written in the heat of high emotion. For I could clearly see in my mind’s eye how the Left (Wikipedia) was a snake eating its own tail and how this would result in certain reelection for Trump. I thought my post would be largely ignored, like most of my others. I didn’t mean for it to be so dark and ominous. I clearly should have broken it into two separate, unrelated pieces. I definitely would have taken greater care had I known the post would provoke such a big reaction. Ultimately, however, I have no regrets. It revealed a lot about who my friends are and who they aren’t.

Here, almost a year and three months later, I maintain my prediction: Trump will win a second term as President of the United States (Hanson, 2019).

The Left has gone too far (Benko, 2014). Examples abound but in the interest of brevity I submit the debacle well documented by Vice News (Wikipedia) (2017), the New York Times (Wikipedia) (Weiss, 2017) and thoroughly covered by Benjamin Boyce in his Complete Evergreen Story YouTube video series.

Of particular note is the scene reminiscent of descriptions of the struggle sessions (Liu, 2014) of China’s (Wikipedia) Cultural Revolution (Wikipedia) (Noonan, 2019) where the students confront Evergreen State College (Wikipedia) president George Bridges (Wikipedia):

Professor Bret Weinstein (Wikipedia) had the temerity to suggest that racism against white people is still racism and that it is just as reprehensible when directed against white people as when directed toward people of any other skin color.

“There is a huge difference between a group or coalition deciding to voluntarily absent themselves from a shared space in order to highlight their vital and under-appreciated roles (the theme of the Douglas Turner Ward [Wikipedia] play Day of Absence, as well as the recent Women’s Day [Wikipedia] walkout) and a group or coalition encouraging another group to go away. The first is a forceful call to consciousness which is, of course, crippling to the logic of oppression. The second is a show of force, and an act of oppression in and of itself.”

But don’t take my word for it, or Vice News’, or the New York Times’, or Boyce’s. President Obama (Wikipedia) himself has warned of the circular firing squad and purity testing of Radical Leftism. Tim Pool (Wikipedia) reported thoroughly on Radical Leftists‘ tendency to label as alt-right (Wikipedia) other Leftists, such as Professor Weinstein, who happen to have a nuanced opinion that isn’t in perfect lock-step with the very loud and vocal extremist point of view:

Socialism used to be a four-letter word. Socialism, meaning the wholesale government ownership and control of industry, and everything a consequence of it, will go down in history as one of the greatest blunders of humankind, if not the greatest blunder of all time (Paul, 2019). The difference between socialism and communism (Wikipedia) is by degree only (Gindler, 2020).

“The goal of socialism is communism.” —Vladimir Lenin (Wikipedia)

The difference between democratic socialism and socialism is that one is voted for and the other isn’t, a distinction not relevant to the prisoner of a gulag but an especially cruel and inconsequential technicality since most socialist systems were initially voted for.

“Socialists have always spent much of their time seeking new titles for their beliefs, because the old versions so quickly become outdated and discredited.” —Margaret Thatcher

You can couch socialism in whatever kind of language you want in order to make it seem like it serves the common man, but it isn’t. Socialism is about government ownership and control of businesses. Most people want the government out of the way so they can live life as they wish, intervening when and only as needed to protect the everyday citizen from those who would disrupt their peace and security. Socialism is about big government. The reasons for a healthy capitalist system where the government only intervenes to remove bad actors is obvious to anyone with even a remedial education in basic economics (Sowell, 2014) and with even a passing understanding of how the Soviet economy operated (Popov & Schmelev, 1990).

I come from the Left, maybe not the Radical Left but considerably further from the Center than recently. I understand perspective is everything. I don’t believe in evil with a capital E. But if I did, I would say the political philosophy that brought us socialism, Marxism, is the closest phenomenon of its kind, maybe any kind, to being truly diabolical I’ve really ever seen.

The best way to learn about a topic is to include its history in your studies, and the best way to do this with Marxism is to read its founding document, The Communist Manifesto (Marx & Engels, 1848). Marxism, rooted in dividing humanity into adversarial classes, divides humanity from itself and then pits those factions against each other, reducing all of human relations now and throughout history to class struggle. Beliefs common to nearly all religions are incompatible with Marxism. Marxism is violent; Chairman Mao (Wikipedia) said, “Revolution is not a dinner party. Be violent.” Marxism is so flawed even its highly educated university professor proponents can’t form cogent arguments in its favor even when they have a whole book to do so (Burgis, 2019).

Marxism’s greatest sin is in its promotion of the view that socioeconomic groups are homogeneous, made up of people that think exactly alike. In reality, however, it is self-evident to most that the atomic unit of society is the individual. Writer and Professor Bo Winegard said it best when he said, “people should be treated as individuals not as representatives of a demographic. (2020)” I used to think that was the fundamental tenet of Leftism.

America (Wikipedia) was built on a fundamental idea – an idea that was the product of nearly three thousand years of philosophical evolution. That idea, planted at Sinai (Wikipedia), watered in the Galilee (Wikipedia), pruned through the thought of Athens (Wikipedia) and strengthened by the push and pull of reason and revelation for centuries, was embedded by our Founders (Wikipedia) in the Declaration of Independence (Wikipedia) and the Constitution of the United States (Wikipedia), and that principle was simple: that human beings are made in the image of God (Wikipedia), that we are therefore beneficiaries of inalienable God-given rights, that government was created in order to protect those rights, not invade them, and that we must use our freedom to pursue virtue. God said to Pharaoh (Wikipedia), ‘Let my people go so that they may worship me.’” —Ben Shapiro (Wikipedia). Liberty University (Wikipedia). Lynchburg, Virginia. 25 April 2018.

I have faith that enough Americans know this stuff already, at least intuitively, to preclude the election of anyone the Democratic Party of the Radical Left can offer. Finding common ground and coalition building win the day. Even small children know that. If you want others to play with you, you have to make compromises. This is a concept lost on the Left (Brooks, 2020), who increasingly openly embrace extremism and radicalism. Another concept the Radical Left seems oblivious to is that in nature lasting progress is gradual and incremental. It is tragically ironic that people who pride themselves on a wish to preserve nature have such little respect for her ways. Considering how far to the Left the party has swung, the Democrats will probably not come up with a candidate that will categorically renounce the unmitigated catastrophe of socialism. I do not feel the Democrats have or will offer up any candidate who makes people feel inspired, hopeful, and empowered the way Presidents Obama and Clinton did. Rather, their platform is predicated on blaming ‘the rich.’

Contrast this with Trump’s optimism (Barro, 2016) and that for all his faults he’s wise enough to know enough people are concerned about socialism and that the issue needs to be addressed.

“Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence – not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free.” —President Donald Trump. State of the Union Address. 5 February 2019

Considering how cruel the Left is to it’s own people, that they embrace an unnatural and violent ideology, that a major front runner for their political party has so many nice things to say about dictators and the benefit of food lines, and that they spend so much time redefining problematic words to make them more palatable to a broader audience (Hockett, 2020), is it any bloody wonder why I think Trump will be reelected?

“Socialism is the philosophy of failure,
the creed of ignorance
and the gospel of envy.” —Winston Churchill. Scottish Unionist Conference. Perth, Scotland. 28 May 1948

Marxism is an ideology of hate. Hate will never win permanently. Hate will always eventually be vanquished. Love always eventually triumphs:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.” —Martin Luther King Jr.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

All Lives Matter

I started this blog saying that I want to rise above the mindless Internet chatter with sound reasoning and credible sources for my arguments.  At the risk of some, perhaps many, thinking ill of me, I feel that I must have the courage of my convictions to make a stand on something I feel very passionate about: All Lives Matter.

Of course black lives matter.  White lives matter.  Brown lives matter.  Red lives matter. Yellow lives matter.  Atheist lives matter.  Jewish lives matter.  Christian lives matter.  All lives matter.

Those in power who view common people as cattle rely on us being divided. While we are fighting each other we cannot fight them.  Now, as it has always been, is a time for all good people to be united against our real oppressors.  How can we unite under a banner that implies one type of person's suffering is somehow intrinsically greater than another's?  How can any just, moral person embrace a political or social movement that does not seek liberation for everyone?

Unity is impossible when any segment of society is allowed the luxury of indulging in the fantasy that the oppression they have endured is in a class all by itself.  Sure, all minorities have been oppressed each in their own unique ways, but as soon as we say that any one minority's suffering is of magnitudes greater than that of any and all of the other groups, we are enabling a culture of victimhood which engenders a runaway sense of entitlement and a brand of elitism particularly insidious because to be brave enough to challenge it is to risk being labeled a bigot.

This is the very first sentence of Wikipedia's entry on Black Lives Matter: "Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an international activist movement, originating in the African American community, that campaigns against violence toward black people."

Where is the "international activist movement" to "campaign against violence" toward all people? The only explanation I ever get is that others "aren't getting killed in the streets the way black people are."  Exactly how so?  Does a police baton upside the head of a brown or white or yellow person hurt less or do less damage?  Why is it that these same people who rightly distrust the media's sensationalism and slant on most issues now decide to accept at face value the quality and quantity of reportage about violence against black people versus white people versus brown people?

We need a movement that sees no color or race.  We need a movement that speaks the language of personal empowerment rather than that of victimhood and powerlessness.  We need a movement that encourages meaningful and civil participation by all in shaping a society and government where all are truly equal.  We need a movement about all people of all races taking their rights back rather than waiting for said rights to be "given back." We need a movement that sees all people as masters of their own destiny and encourages us to make the changes that we need to make to live the lives we deserve rather than to wait for forces beyond our control to magically align in our favor.  We need a movement that fully and explicitly acknowledges that #AllLivesMatter.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Thanks for Reading

Welcome to my new blog.  This blog will be less about me and more about you.  I will write about relevant, meaningful and helpful topics.  I will write with love and compassion for my fellow humans and other living creatures.  I will know WTF I'm talking about, even when some insist that I don't.  I will be able to look back at old postings and feel that what I've said is still smart and mature.  I will only be stupid and immature when that's what I'm going for.  When I make arguments I will support them with sound reasoning.  When I make factual statements I will back them up with accurate, credible sources.  Postings I write will be at once timely and timeless.  I will do my best to view what I write through the eyes of my future 90-year-old self.  I will only offend those with no sense of humor and those who deserve it.  I make no promises.