Cult of Personality

Wednesday, January 25, AD 2017

 

The sendoff of Saturday Night Live to the worst President of my lifetime, which is about to stretch back 60 years.  It is sort of precious, the Obama kids all grown up:

 

 

Too bad kids that he doubled the National debt, now at an eye-popping twenty-trillion dollars, presided over a growth-less economy and weakened the US around the globe.  Challenges for your generation to address, or not.   Life is a big learning curve, and if you take anything from the Obama years take this:  reality is not amenable to change by political slogans and wishful thinking, and a lot of people in politics are always ready to sell, at a very high price indeed, magic beans to gullible buyers.

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  • Ben Franklin, “Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.”

    Obama wins the Crowd Size Competition. But, Bush and Nixon had higher average approval ratings than Obama’s 47.9%.

  • Hitler’s Youth had to sing or die in the ovens.(“Sir” means father. Obama did nothing to father our nation. Obama ignored our Founding Fathers.)

  • Was the SNL song meant to mock Obama Worship? Or was it real? I’ve heard both, and nobody seem to know for sure.

  • It’s a disservice to America to believe that there was any form whatsoever of positive race relations ushered in by the first black president. To Sir with Love must be looked upon as a slap in his kisser and a boot in his ass as he trips out the White House.

    https://www.google.com/amp/www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/07/20/cop-deaths-double-2016-amid-obamas-anti-cop-rhetoric/amp/

    Thanks be to God this imposter is toast.

  • I agree with Dave Griffey– it’s hard to tell if SNL is snarky or serious here. I suppose Georg
    Lichtenberg’s aphorism applies best: “A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it, you can’t
    expect an Apostle to look out”. If someone watching SNL is so blind that they refuse to see
    the damage Obama’s administration has done over the past eight years– to his own party,
    to the rule of law, to world stability, to this nation’s economic and military well-being, and
    to race relations in this country– then when that person looks at this SNL skit, he’s likely
    going to be oblivious to the irony of it all.

  • Clinton.
    Great observation.

  • “Was the SNL song meant to mock Obama Worship? Or was it real?”

    Who knows? SNL in the past has not been noted for being subtle.

  • Somewhere around 10,000,000 babies never got to see, hug or kiss their fathers during Obama’s “rule” [yes-he did refer to his presidency in a public speech in 2008 of his WH time as “under my rule”] because they were killed by their mommys in their mommys’ warm wombs. Ironically, about half of them were black and brown-and each one of them descended from a freed slave had infinitely more African-American blood than Obama, because he had none, being half white and half ArabAmerican. Guy McClung, San Antonio TX

  • The Obama Kids Music Video is more than creepy. It’s frightening, almost idolatry, and puts one in mind of Communist China.

Abraham Lincoln Sums Up the Obama Years

Friday, January 20, AD 2017

“It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words, “And this too, shall pass away.” How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!”

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  • Sherman did worse to Georgia, but not much.

  • When Obama took office in ‘O8 I wasn’t happy.

    Planning to go ballistic and run wild in the streets wasn’t a thought, however the “tolerant left,” seem to be enthusiastic to continue to divide…not mend the tare.

    Like Trump or not, it’s better than the Clinton Fungus. May God Almighty guide the outsider in our national interest.

    Goodbye traitor.
    Hello President Trump.

  • As we speak, I think American history had decayed into an apologetical subdiscipline. The time it takes for American specialists in the history trade to take their work seriously as something other than a buttress for race-class-gender discourse will delay the advent of sensible assessments of these years. Where that’s not at issue, you can look back after 40 or 50 years and get an idea of an administration. I don’t think time will make BO look any better to an honest man. We have partisan Democrats in our Facebook circle who say the most bizarre things about him (“scandal-free administration”).

  • By certain measures Obama was highly successful. So, I fear that President Trump may not match zero’s achievements: Democrat election losses – 63 House seats, 10 Senate seats and 14 governorships.

  • To quote another famous Black leader “Free at last, free at last. Thank God almighty, I’m free at last.”

  • Touche c matt. Touche. 🙂

  • The commentaries from the ABC, CNN, NBC inaugural event are comical.
    They just can’t get it.

    They are tripping over themselves.

    It’s great.

    The best part is that they can’t admit that their choice for president, Clinton, is WHY this outsider is in the house.

    I love it!

    Pop the cork.
    It’s the “Left” behind party.

  • “By certain measures Obama was highly successful. So, I fear that President Trump may not match zero’s achievements: Democrat election losses – 63 House seats, 10 Senate seats and 14 governorships.”

    And almost a thousand state legislative seats.

  • “Zero’s achievement…”
    Donald.
    With those losses you mentioned, indeed Obama was successful! Thanks Berry!
    One of the GOP’s best friend.

  • I would certainly say Obama was successful in advancing left wing policies. And I would venture to say the left will still have greater control of government bureaucracies (and that’s who really controls our government, not the elected politicians) when Trump leaves office than they did when Obama took office. And to a hard line left wing ideologue like Obama, that’s success.

  • “This too shall pass away.”
    I don’t like it. In good times it seems to ultimately say that nothing really amounts to anything lasting and could lead to a sense of futility, and in bad times it seems to teach us that there’s no sense in trying to change things for the better– it won’t really matter what you do in the long run.
    Inexorable change is a source of insecurity– especially after studying history just enough. That is why we cling to the Lord in Whom there is no shadow of change. The Rock.
    There has been a lot written speculating about Lincoln’s spiritual life and Donald McClarey probably has a lot of insight into it.
    Perhaps when he made that statement about the passing of human events he knew that kind of thinking was a way out of a knot.
    Faced with the slaughter and mayhem of the War and his personal troubles he was seeking that eternal unchanging Truth and steering toward Love even though committing to war seems counter-intuitive to it. A man doesn’t lead like he did if he doesn’t believe it matters.

  • “And I would venture to say the left will still have greater control of government bureaucracies (and that’s who really controls our government, not the elected politicians) when Trump leaves office than they did when Obama took office.”

    How?

  • How? Do you really have to ask that question? The government bureaucracies have been growing for decades as it is. And Trump has really put forth no real plan to change that. In fact, his “infrastructure” plans will actually grow government bureaucracies.

  • “Do you really have to ask that question?”

    You really have no conception yet Greg of what a Black Swan event Trump is do you? Trump is going to govern as he campaigned judging from his inaugural speech and he will go to war with anything or anyone that stands in his way.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-announces-regulatory-freeze-in-first-executive-orders/article/2612536

    http://thehill.com/policy/finance/314991-trump-team-prepares-dramatic-cuts

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/11/21/trump-republicans-plan-to-target-government-workers-benefits-and-job-security/?utm_term=.b569170307db

    Before you engage in gloom and doom prophecies wait for six months. Trump is sui generis and people who underestimate him have a very bad track record for the past year and a half.

  • Philip…the word “tare” is most appropriate ! Obama has spent 8 years being just like the man in the Parable…the Parable about the man who spent all night sowing “tares” in his neighbor’s field. TR

  • Timothy Reed.

    If a grammatical errors can be found in come boxes on TAC, undoubtedly they will be under my name. Proud? No. I apologize.

    Your take on my mistake however is cleaver and most appropriate.
    Obama has been sabotaging the field.
    Very good.

    For the record…tear. 🐒

  • Philip….I admire you, Lad. There are people who cannot explain their own errors so eloquently. TR.

  • Eloquence?

    It is more acceptance than eloquence.
    I continue to work in a field that does nothing to sharpen the full noodle that is above my shoulders, but my heart has been expanding each year that I stay in the trenches. I love our elders. I wash them with Christ’s heart in the morning. Make them laugh in their long lonely hours in what is not their home. Pray with them and stay with them to their last breath if providence provides.

    Eloquence?

    No.
    Just aware of my many faults.
    TAC has been very patient with me over the course of the last four years.

    I thank them, and you.
    Your career as a patrolman is / was a heart expanding endeavor. Who else could walk in harm’s way to care for the addict, mentality ill or fearfully terrified individual who has lost all sense of reality.

    Doing your job was another chance for the fear ridden to be healed by our Merciful Savior.

    Well done officer.

  • When I was nine years old, I was diagnosed with a rare bone disease that was destroying my body. The best doctors promised my parents that I was going to be bed-ridden, in traction, for years. After which, I was only going to be able to walk with crutches and braces, for life. I was never going to be able to become either a Police Officer, or a Soldier. In my autobiography entitled, “Wings held up by Hope”, I relay those years in the hospital and the struggle to walk again. Those same doctors, who guaranteed me a life of disability, wrote me up in their Journal as a “Miracle Child”. God raised me up for His purposes ! I have two pictures on my dresser. One shows me standing with my brothers and sisters, held up by the crutches and braces. The other picture shows me working with my K9 ( Ex ) outside of my barracks in Germany, wearing the uniform of a Military Policeman. The time lapse between those pictures is exactly Six Years ! The book, “Wings held up by Hope”, by Timothy Reed, is available at all major book outlets. And I am not trying to sell books. I have something to say about the Lord’s love ! TR

  • Beautiful.

    God is so good.
    He is the end of all things, has the last say, searches hearts and sees to completion His works in us.

    Especially the ones that the world has defined.

    In my care at the moment I have a 96 y.o. Family Practitioner. Still very coherent, he speaks of the relationship between his abilities and God’s influence. He had found the balance of Science and the creator of Science. In that relationship he testifies of never loosing any of the deliveries, over 1,000, and attributes the successful deliveries of newborns in the most difficult positions and circumstances to his willingness to pray and believe in the Divine physician.

    Your message is one I wish to read.

    Please direct me to your internet purchase site where I may obtain a copy of “Wings held up by Hope.” Amazon?

    Miraculous outcomes are glorious testimonials to the love God has for all his children.

    Looking forward to your book.

  • Timothy Reed.

    Just ordered your story through Amazon.

    Peace.

  • Thanks Philip. I guess I never was able to completely work thru my experiences as a child. For, when I first sat at the PC and began to write about my hospital experiences, I had to get up often and walk around my den, crying like a little child. And each time I sat down to work on my book, I prayed and asked the Lord to keep me from saying anything that would challenge another’s Faith. My book is dedicated to Him. Timothy R.

  • TR.
    🙂

    Fear not!

    Giving witness for His glory is priceless.

  • “You really have no conception yet Greg of what a Black Swan event Trump is do you?”

    I do understand the Black Swan event, but Trump himself is as white as every other swan in the pond. He has effectively exploited the cult follower like tendencies of those who have made up his most ardent supporters. Watching these people deny that which has unfolded before their very eyes with everything from Trump melting down like a three year old during the primary debates to his brushing away his bragging about engaging in sexual assault as mere “locker room talk” is disturbing to put it mildly. If Barack Obama had struck a deal like what Trump did with Carrier, DaDonald’s supporters would have rightly condemned it. But they are gushing over Trump doing it. On a somewhat positive note, the Trump phenomena did expose much of the conservative punditocracy as the unprincipled sycophants they really are, especially Sean Sycophannity (er, Hannity).

    “Trump is going to govern as he campaigned..”

    At what point during his campaign are we talking about Donald? For example, although now he talks tough about defunding Planned Parenthood, but just as recent as the later primary debates, he was singing the praises of PP and was, at best, non-committal about defunding them.

    “and he will go to war with anything or anyone that stands in his way.”

    Donald Trump will only go to war with those he knows he can bully. Look at how he reacted during the debates to tough questions. And his treatment of Megyn Kelly. It was Trump who had the vendetta against her more than the other way around. That’s why Trump only went on shows where he got his buttocks massaged by people like Hannity and O’Reilly. Megyn Kelly refused to act like his surrogate anymore than she would Hillary or any of her surrogates. And Trump couldn’t take it. Her exchange with Newt Gingrich showed just how low his surrogates were willing to stoop to protect him.

    “Before you engage in gloom and doom prophecies wait for six months.”

    I’ll do better than six months. I’ll give it four years. Trump’s plan to “improve” our infrastructure will involve spending on a massive scale that would more than offset any savings made by any of these things you link to. And that’s assuming these things will actually take effect. And on that note, you apparently don’t understand who controls the Federal Government on a day-to-day basis. It’s not elected politicians, it’s the entrenched career bureaucrats. And to actually get a hold on the growth of government, you have to do more than elect the right people. You have to get people in these career positions who share a conservative view of government. This is something the left has understood for a century and the right, by and large, refuses to understand. Presidents are there for eight years at the most and individual political appointees are four and out the door at best. But the careerists remain long afterward and further consolidate their power as time goes on. That’s just basic inertia. And that’s what I have seen over the last 24 years as a federal civil servant. If that’s what takes place at the very low level I am at, you know it is even more the case the higher you go up.

    Sui Generis? Yes and no. No, in that his views (such as they are on any given day) are not unique. In many respects, he is a Teddy Roosevelt Bull Moose wannabe. Yes, in that he is the first third party candidate to win the presidency, albeit under the banner of one of the two parties.

    I don’t underestimate him. I just don’t trust him. He masterfully exploited an overcrowded GOP field. To win against such a field, you have to be able to stand out like salt and a pepper shaker. And Trump did exactly that! He was able to portray himself as an outsider when he was and is really nothing of the sort. He was also able to take advantage of people like Ted Cruz’s kissing his ass in the early campaign while Trump was stealing the anti-establishment mantle from him. I think it is safe to say that Cruz, for all his conservative orthodoxy, is a moronic, self-serving demagogue.

    Trump is better than Hillary and Obama, but he is still a gutter rat.

  • ‘I do understand the Black Swan event”
    No, you don’t. Trump should have had absolutely no chance in this race, especially being outspent two to one, with virtually the entire media against him. He broke all the campaign rules and won. Absolutely astonishing.

    “At what point during his campaign are we talking about Donald?”

    He is not making peace with the establishment, he is going to war against it. His inaugural speech was a declaration of war against business as usual as practiced in this country since the 60’s.

    “Donald Trump will only go to war with those he knows he can bully.”

    Simply not true. In the last campaign he beat both parties, the media, the entertainment establishment and academia.

    “I’ll do better than six months. I’ll give it four years.”

    Good.

    “And on that note, you apparently don’t understand who controls the Federal Government on a day-to-day basis. It’s not elected politicians, it’s the entrenched career bureaucrats.”

    Scott Walker in Wisconsin has provided a blueprint to Trump to cow public employee unions. Trump is already demonstrating with the National Park Service who is in control.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/21/politics/trump-national-park-service-tweets/index.html

    “Trump is better than Hillary and Obama, but he is still a gutter rat.”

    In many ways I think that is correct. He is not a gutter rat to be underestimated. I made that mistake before and I will not make it again.

  • The power of the press! They have been embarrassed by this black swan. . They are like a wasp nest that Trump and voters just hit with a stick. They are going to get meaner and meaner. Something about Trump’s run and win brought out who/what people are deep inside. The snarks are snarkier while the optimists are more optimistic than ever.

  • The “entrenched career bureaucrats”, in Russia, both during the Soviet era and today, are called the “Nomenclatura”. The simularities between them and our ECB is striking, and terrifying. A good place to start, if one wishes to see what they are capable of, is with studying what happened to Yuri Andropov. TR.

Obama: Founder of the Modern Republican Party

Monday, December 19, AD 2016

 

Michael Goodwin sums up the Obama years:

 

So this is how it ends — in a whimper wrapped in self-pity and recriminations. With President Obama on the defensive at his final press conference and Hillary Clinton’s last campaign event resembling a wake, the Democratic Party is limping off the stage and into the political winter.

It was supposed to sit atop the national power pyramid for decades, a new paradigm of liberals, progressives, the young, the old, the unions and blacks, Latinos, Muslims and Asians.

The torch would be passed from Obama to Clinton, a liberal Supreme Court would vastly expand executive power and the regulatory state would enforce climate-change orthodoxy on all industry and elitist dictates on every American. Globalism would be the new patriotism.

But a funny thing happened on the way to one-party dominance: The people who work for a living said no, hell no. Their revolt brings Donald Trump to the White House amid hopes of a revival of the economy and of the American spirit.

Thoroughly beaten, the Dems are at their lowest point in nearly a century. From the White House to Congress to statehouses, they are on the outside looking in.

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  • Outstanding! Let’s hear it for schadenfreude. Next target, Pope Francis.

    Most so called liberals will go along with the Trump agenda because if nothing else it’s a winning combination and there’s money in it. Only the die-hards will resist the Trump agenda. What Liberals have for sale is disunity, distrust, and dis-ingenuousness. The dogs don’t want it, won’t eat it.

  • Cenk Uygur has the worst traits of a partisan combined with the worst traits of a lawyer. He will argue any position if it protects his side. He’d stop mid-sentence and switch positions, Ministry of Truth style, if it were required of him. And since he doesn’t have a point to make, he’s always attacking his enemies.

We Have Met the Enemy, and He is Us.

Tuesday, February 11, AD 2014

ONG

 

 

 

Well, yet another example of the military choosing to envisage terrorism coming from a home grown source, this time from people who have the temerity to believe the Second Amendment says what it says:

 

 

The ONG 52nd Civil Support Team training scenario involved a plot from local school district employees to use biological weapons in order to advance their beliefs about “protecting Gun Rights and Second Amendment rights.”

Portsmouth Chief of Police Bill Raisin told NBC 3 WSAZ-TV in Huntington, West Virginia that the drill accurately represented “the reality of the world we live in,” adding that such training “helps us all be prepared.”

Internal ONG documents provided to Media Trackers after repeated delays provide further context to what WSAZ-TV reported last winter.

In the disaster-preparedness scenario, two Portsmouth Junior High School employees poisoned school lunches with mustard gas, acting on orders from white-nationalist leader William Pierce.

The ONG team discovered biological weapons being produced in the school, requiring activation of containment and decontamination procedures.

Participants in the disaster drill located documents expressing the school employees’ “anti-government” sentiments, as well as a note identifying Pierce as the fictional right-wing terrorists’ leader.

ONG’s 52nd Civil Support Unit participated in a similar drill involving left-wing terrorists with Athens County first responders last year; public officials apologized for that training the next day in response to complaints from local environmentalist groups.

No apology to Ohioans who supported limited government and the Second Amendment appears to be forthcoming.

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  • The signers of the Declaration of Independence depicted as Right Wing Extremists is absolutely perfect.
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    Obama has no conscience or he would protect ours. Obama does not know what virtue is. Obama does not know what government is, or what being president is or what taxation without representation is or what the rule of law is. The lust for power is Obama’s god. Right Wing Extremists from no point of reference.

  • Obumbler is nothing but an empty suit, hungering for money and leisure. His ideology is what it is and anyone who differs from it is an enemy to be destroyed. Fortunately for us, Barack Hussein Obama is a dumbass. Someone with his ideology and greater skill in speaking and manipulating would have moved this country along much farther to destruction.

  • Penguins Fan: “Someone with his ideology and greater skill in speaking and manipulating would have moved this country along much farther to destruction.”
    .
    Saul Alinsky asked God to send him to hell.

  • What is amazing to me is that so many regular American people like police chief Raisin are carrying this stuff out.

  • “They fired the first shot”

  • Jeanne a friend gave me a copy of that to read but I have been daunted by the size and time I don’t have! My friend actually bought a copy for everyone in our prayer group… so I need to find the time to take a look

  • Obama can take my Bible, my Rosary and my mini-14 rifle only from my dead hands. God taught Nebuchadnezzar a lesson in Daniel chapter 4 and his successor Belshazzar a lesson in Daniel chapter 5. That baby-murdering, filth-sanctifying man of sin and depravity had better sit up and take notice because no military on God’s Earth can protect him from the eternal justice of Heaven above. It will not be the guns of right-wind activists he need to fear.

    PS, I haven’t been commenting much because every time I read about that evil man, I get so incensed.

  • Thinking about converting our “enemies” as the only way to win a culture kampf that is World wide.
    The first images that came to my brain, is a Charlton Hestonian epic with the intensity and speed of hunger games. Then the kent state image of a flower being placed in the barrel of a National Guardsman’s gun. Sit-ins and demonstrations, the frenzied attack on the young men and the cathedral in Argentina
    Overwhelming.

  • PWP: Bryan Preston asks, “Which product was more dishonestly marketed: Amazing Live Sea Monkeys or Barack Obama? In other news: one-in-four Americans unaware that the Earth circles the Sun; just over onein-two voted for Obama. Just saying.

  • T. Shaw, it gives me little comfort that you are once again correct. But what does give me comfort is our Blessed Lord, His Holy Mother and my Beloved fiancee with whom I am dining this St Valentine’s Day.

Meanwhile, Back at the States

Monday, February 4, AD 2013

 

 

 

It is an odd thing about the United States that the activities of the Federal government tends to dominate news coverage, while the activities of the States get short shrift.  I say this is odd, because State government still tends to impact the lives of most Americans far more than the Federal government.  This can give us a rather distorted view of what is going on in the country.  Conn Carroll in an editorial in the Washington Examiner, reports on a largely unknown story as far as most of the national media is concerned:

 

The United States faces a crisis in our political system,” the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne wrote last December, “because the Republican Party is no longer a normal, governing party.”

Dionne is half-right. The United States does face a crisis in our political system. Last week, Pew released a new study showing that trust in the federal government remains near all-time lows. Worse, for the first time ever, Pew found that a majority of Americans believe the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms.

And it is not just Republicans who now see the federal government as a threat. A full 55 percent of independents agree with them, up from just 50 percent only two years ago.

But the story is completely different at the state and local level. According to a September 2012 Gallup poll, a full 65 percent of Americans trust their state government — a 14-point jump in confidence from 2009.

Why is Americans’ confidence in state and local government surging while their frustration and fear of the federal government are growing? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Republicans govern at the state level.

Republicans currently occupy the governor’s mansions in 30 states, representing 58 percent of the U.S. population. They control both the governorship and legislature in 25 states, representing 52 percent of all Americans. Democrats enjoy such control of only 14 states, representing just 33 percent of the country.

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  • 1. With a few exceptions, state governments are in passable fiscal condition. Ditto localities.

    2. Conrad Black recently offered the opinion that the political class had in the last 20 years flubbed every notable issue bar welfare reform.

    a. Welfare reform was road tested by state governments, most notably and successfully Wisconsin’s.

    b. One very notable success in recent decades has been in the control of crime. Eighty-nine percent of the manpower devoted to police and prisons is located in state and local government and federal funding of local police, state police, and state prison systems is sufficiently circumscribed that Congress and the Department of Justice have not been able to leverage it to disrupt the delivery of services in the manner in which they have for primary and secondary schooling.

    c. Lots of people have social contact with school district employees. The corps I am acquainted with offer this assessment of No-Child-Left-Behind: it induces reams of paperwork. Full stop.

  • Interesting article. If you don’t mind me getting hung up on one small point, do you really think that state governments have a greater impact in most of our lives? National defense, tax rates, inflation and interest rates, and ultimately legal interpretations are all in the hands of the federal government, and those are just some of the biggies. Trade policy is another one whose effects are ubiquitous, although not obvious.

  • If the Catholic schools at the elementary and secondary levels would teach about Rerum Novarum and the principle of subsidiarity there might be a lot more citizens out there who understand why the Federal government can’t do what it claims to do effectively and efficiently. Virtually every Catholic I know thinks the Federal government is more able to solve all of our problems.

  • “do you really think that state governments have a greater impact in most of our lives?”

    Yes I do. Property taxes, state income tax, local taxes, sales tax, zoning laws, the schools, laws impacting businesses, laws governing divorce, child support, child custody, adoption, state courts, traffic laws, criminal statutes and the list could go at considerable length. If we have a war with a draft the Federal government looms pretty large, but absent that, even with the radical expansion of the Federal government since the New Deal, I think for most people the State government has a much bigger impact on their day to day lives

Live Not By Lies

Thursday, January 24, AD 2013

 

 

Live Not by Lies is the last thing Alexander  Solzhenitsyn wrote before his exile to the West in 1974.  Solzhenitsyn was one of the giants of the last century.  Thrown into the Gulag while he was an artillery officer in the Red Army during World War II, he tirelessly, at the constant risk of his life, fought a lonely battle for freedom for three decades in the Soviet Union.  His courage and literary skill inspired people around the globe, including me as a teen-ager and a young man.  I never thought what he wrote would be applicable to the United States, the land of the free and the home of the brave.  Alas, in the Age of Obama Solzhenitsyn’s writings have an increasingly unpleasant contemporary ring to them.

 

So in our timidity, let each of us make a choice: Whether consciously, to remain a servant of falsehood–of course, it is not out of inclination, but to feed one’s family, that one raises his children in the spirit of lies–or to shrug off the lies and become an honest man worthy of respect both by one’s children and contemporaries.

And from that day onward he:

  • Will not henceforth write, sign, or print in any way a single phrase which in his opinion distorts the truth.
  • Will utter such a phrase neither in private conversation not in the presence of many people, neither on his own behalf not at the prompting of someone else, either in the role of agitator, teacher, educator, not in a theatrical role.
  • Will not depict, foster or broadcast a single idea which he can only see is false or a distortion of the truth whether it be in painting, sculpture, photography, technical science, or music.
  • Will not cite out of context, either orally or written, a single quotation so as to please someone, to feather his own nest, to achieve success in his work, if he does not share completely the idea which is quoted, or if it does not accurately reflect the matter at issue.
  • Will not allow himself to be compelled to attend demonstrations or meetings if they are contrary to his desire or will, will neither take into hand not raise into the air a poster or slogan which he does not completely accept.
  • Will not raise his hand to vote for a proposal with which he does not sincerely sympathize, will vote neither openly nor secretly for a person whom he considers unworthy or of doubtful abilities.
  • Will not allow himself to be dragged to a meeting where there can be expected a forced or distorted discussion of a question.
  • Will immediately walk out of a meeting, session, lecture, performance or film showing if he hears a speaker tell lies, or purvey ideological nonsense or shameless propaganda.
  • Will not subscribe to or buy a newspaper or magazine in which information is distorted and primary facts are concealed.

Of course we have not listed all of the possible and necessary deviations from falsehood. But a person who purifies himself will easily distinguish other instances with his purified outlook.

No, it will not be the same for everybody at first. Some, at first, will lose their jobs. For young people who want to live with truth, this will, in the beginning, complicate their young lives very much, because the required recitations are stuffed with lies, and it is necessary to make a choice.

But there are no loopholes for anybody who wants to be honest. On any given day any one of us will be confronted with at least one of the above-mentioned choices even in the most secure of the technical sciences. Either truth or falsehood: Toward spiritual independence or toward spiritual servitude.

And he who is not sufficiently courageous even to defend his soul- don’t let him be proud of his “progressive” views, and don’t let him boast that he is an academician or a people’s artist, a merited figure, or a general–let him say to himself: I am in the herd, and a coward. It’s all the same to me as long as I’m fed and warm.

Even this path, which is the most modest of all paths of resistance, will not be easy for us. But it is much easier than self-immolation or a hunger strike: The flames will not envelope your body, your eyeballs, will not burst from the heat, and brown bread and clean water will always be available to your family.

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3 Responses to Live Not By Lies

  • Will not raise his hand to vote for a proposal with which he does not sincerely sympathize, will vote neither openly nor secretly for a person whom he considers unworthy or of doubtful abilities.

    Will not subscribe to or buy a newspaper or magazine in which information is distorted and primary facts are concealed.

    With just these two convictions, you can pretty much count out voting for 99.99% of American candidates, and reading newspapers and magazines (although I notice he said “subscribe to or buy,” so maybe he still allows you to read, just not support financially). On the bright side, that would leave you with a heck of a lot of time on your hands to surf the net for interesting blogs!

  • I don’t remember ever hearing God’s truth from the current administration.

  • “you can pretty much count out reading newspapers and magazines”

    I presume that would also count out working for or contributing any articles to a newspaper (which I do occasionally) or magazine, although I suspect he was thinking primarily of pure propaganda outlets like the Pravda and TASS of his day, or of Communist Party organization publications, rather than the garden-variety American newspaper. Although many American newspapers do have a left-leaning editorial stance, there are letters to the editor published with differing points of view and often guest editorials or columns presenting the “other side”, which someone has to contribute.

Kipling’s Commentary on the Age of Obama

Thursday, November 29, AD 2012

The seventeenth in my ongoing series examining the poetry of Rudyard Kipling. The other posts in the series may be read here, here , here , here here , here, here, here, here, here, here, here , here, here, here and  here.   Throughout his life Kipling was ever the foe of cant, especially when the cant was dressed up as the latest new thing.  In 1919 he aimed his poetic skills at various latest new things in the modern world that Kipling realized were very old bad ideas dressed up with jargon and sold to the gullible.  His poem The Gods of the Copybook Headings reads like a current commentary on our predicament, and more is the pity.

AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race,

I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.

Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,

And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn

That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:

But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,

So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

 

We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,

Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,

But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come

That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

 

With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,

They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;

They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;

So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.

 

When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.

They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.

But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,

And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.”

 

On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life

(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)

Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,

And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “The Wages of Sin is Death.”

 

In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,

By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;  

But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,  

And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “If you don’t work you die.”

 

Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew

And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true

That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four

And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

 

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man

There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.

That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,  

And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

 

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins

When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,

As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,  

 The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

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10 Responses to Kipling’s Commentary on the Age of Obama

  • Awesome . I wish we could read it to Congress

  • I cannot help but think of good men like George Bush and Mitt Romney and the lying, liberal (I repeat myself again) media when I read these lines from “If.”

    “If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, ”

    Kipling takes “wisdom” from Proverbs.

    “For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear. For a servant when he reigneth, and a fool when he is filled with meat; for an odious woman when she is married, and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.” — PROV. XXX. 21-22-23.

    “Three things make earth unquiet
    And four she cannot brook
    The godly Agur counted them
    And put them in a book —
    Those Four Tremendous Curses
    With which mankind is cursed;
    But a Servant when He Reigneth
    Old Agur entered first.

    “An Handmaid that is Mistress
    We need not call upon.
    A Fool when he is full of Meat
    Will fall asleep anon.
    An Odious Woman Married
    May bear a babe and mend;
    But a Servant when He Reigneth
    Is Confusion to the end.

    “His feet are swift to tumult,
    His hands are slow to toil,
    His ears are deaf to reason,
    His lips are loud in broil.
    He knows no use for power
    Except to show his might.
    He gives no heed to judgment
    Unless it prove him right.

    “Because he served a master
    Before his Kingship came,
    And hid in all disaster
    Behind his master’s name,
    So, when his Folly opens
    The unnecessary hells,
    A Servant when He Reigneth
    Throws the blame on some one else.

    “His vows are lightly spoken,
    His faith is hard to bind,
    His trust is easy broken,
    He fears his fellow-kind.
    The nearest mob will move him
    To break the pledge he gave —
    Oh, a Servant when he Reigneth
    Is more than ever slave!”

  • Donald McClarey I know this is not an open thread but reading this (and with the awareness of Coptic Catholics under death sentence for their part in the movie that Obama/ Clinton made famous, building on the work of some mullahs) puts me in mind of something else I have read and I wonder if you would be interested in it.
    http://drsanity.blogspot.com/2006/05/four-pillars-of-socialist-revival-and.html

  • Can we Turn the Tide?

    Our nation is really losing ground.
    Moral values are now seldom found.
    Life is held in such low estate,
    murder is unborn children’s fate

    Our leaders pander to greed and lust.
    God is no longer the one they trust.
    With them in charge of public discourse,
    religion is allowed no recourse.

    Genocide being proposed as a right,
    is an abomination in God’s sight.
    The family is under assail.
    It must be protected without fail.

    Free speech is a vanishing right.
    Protest must be kept out of sight.
    We are governed by a dictator’s hand.
    Liberty is silenced throughout out land.

    The future now rests in our care.
    No way can they silence prayer.
    If everyone will do their share,
    we can depend on God to repair.

    Thank you so much for reminding us of the poetic artistry of Rudyard Kipling.

  • “puts me in mind of something else I have read and I wonder if you would be interested in it.
    http://drsanity.blogspot.com/2006/05/four-pillars-of-socialist-revival-and.html

    Obama comes out of the left of the Democrat party and is a fairly typical specimen. What we are seeing happen to the Democrat party during his Presidency is fairly interesting however, with it going ever further to the left. The Blue Dogs were largely wiped out in 2010 and there are few moderate Democrats left in Congress. While the Democrats now control with an overwhelming predominance blue states like California and Illinois, they have become less competitive in other many states where the GOP controls both the legislature and the state house. I expect this trend to be reflected in the 2014 election with the Republicans strengthening their control in the Red States and the Democrats doing so in the Blue States, with fierce battles being waged in purple states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

    The Democrats in the most recent election won and have convinced themselves that they can always win nationally by running to the left especially on social issues.

    As a result of all of the foregoing, I anticipate the Democrats morphing into a European style socialist party with election contests becoming increasingly bitter as the parties follow their divergent paths farther from each other.

  • I hope you are right that they will trend further from each other. Some of the discussions I hear from some Republicans now seem to favor becoming more like each other, being for what Democrats are for.

  • Wow. Thank you Donald. Timely indeed.
    As I finished the last stanza an infamous sign came to mind; “Arbeit Macht Frei.”
    Work sets you free.
    Something for those new residents of Auschwitz to ponder.
    Again thanks for this “soul food” from Kipling.

  • “Some of the discussions I hear from some Republicans now seem to favor becoming more like each other, being for what Democrats are for.”

    Parties that have suffered an electoral defeat, especially an unexpected one, often make those type of noises in the aftermath of defeat. I expect nothing to come of it, as is usually the case. The Republican party is a conservative party and draws its strength from conservative voters. That will not change. As the economy slips back into recession next year, and Obama begins the popularity plummet that I anticipate for him as a result, the GOP will regain their nerve and begin looking towards 2014. The party of two term Presidents often get shellacked in the third election cycle of their term, think Bush in 2006, and I suspect that Obama will be looking at a reprise in 2014 of 2010 on a lesser scale.

  • Like Chesterton, Kipling has a sound and prophetic ring, like some others from that era. Its sad that our education institutions has been infected with this rabid socialism, entitlement mentality, and human rights that aren’t, and will take much to reverse. Cataclysims have that effect.

  • The breakdown of our educational system Don has destroyed our memories throughout the Western World of most of what came before circa 1965. A similiar process has been at work within the Church with similar dire consequences.