Monday, January 16, 2017

John Lewis: Civil Rights Icon or Fort Sumter?

Guest post by Albert Perez:

People either aren't getting it or are being deliberately disingenuous. If Mr. Lewis had said he was boycotting Mr. Trump's inauguration because he felt the Donald was a racist misogynistic jerk, I'd say fine. If he said he could not support Mr. Trump's policies and had to boycott the Inauguration for this reason I'd say good on Mr. Lewis. What he said was that he did not consider Mr. Trump to be the legitimate President of the US. This is a step towards calling for civil war. Maybe it's a tiny insignificant step, but it is exactly such a step. Now I know many people will claim I'm being extreme in pointing this out. However, if the President is not legit then he is a tyrant and it is the duty of people to resist his exercise of the presidential office, by force if necessary. There is no room in between for honest men to reasonably disagree, either Donald Trump is legitimately the President or he is a tyrant who must be forced out of office, even at the cost of a shooting civil war. People accused Trump of fomenting civil war by suggesting he might refuse to accept Hillary Clinton's legitimacy if she won the election. Now Mr. Lewis must answer the same accusation, either by owning it or by denying that he was calling for civil war and explaining why his words do not go there. Not his apologists, but he himself must explain why he was not calling for civil war when he said he did not believe Donald Trump was legitimatetly the president of the US.

This appeared on social media, and Matt Bailey replied:

The people who think Trump should be ousted from office think dildos and bongs are weapons. They haven't thought this "war" thing through. Just let California Exit and absorb all the rabbit people (They're not even tough communists like in the Cold War, these people are hot-house plants) and let the rest of America be America.

Which I made into a quibcag, of course.
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Quibcag: That's Haruhi of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱 Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu) . She's not a rabbit person in the sense Matt means it. She's just a person who likes to dress up like a rabbit. And she does it very well.

He Had the Dream, we have the Nightmare

Nice quote, eh? It's from a video you can see over at Quartermain's site here [link]. Now, as I've said lately, I was around when all this was going on, and I very quickly grew to admire Malcolm X a lot more than Martin Luther King, especially when I learned about their respective personal lives. And at the time, the Black community was pretty much run by their natural leaders — businessmen, clergymen, some academics, etc. Now, of course, it's run by con men, like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Obama. And now we have Cory Booker sticking his head up. These "leaders," for the most part, haven't really been selected by Blacks, but by White liberals, the worst enemy Blacks have ever had in America. White liberals, you see, dote on Black criminals and degenerates, which is hardly helpful to those Black who want to live decent, productive lives.

Anyhow, I rather think that the American electorate is no longer impressed by the sort of person described by Medal of Freedom recipient Joe Biden, thus:

"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man."

But that's okay, you see, because Joe is a Democrat, and a liberal one at that. But I sort of think I'm right, and we've been through the "elect the cool Black guy" phase, so we'll have to move on to electing the first woman. Maybe Kellyanne Conway [link].

The point of all this is to get across the fact that MLK and his movement not only harmed the White majority, but wreaked much worse harm on the Black minority. Before King and the whole civil rights mess, most Blacks, believe it or not, lived in families with a father present, and most births were legitimate. Black unemployment was very low, and Black neighborhoods were paradises of safety compared to what they are now. So hesitate no longer, go over to  Quartermain's site, "Quartermain's Quarter," and watch the video [link].
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Quibcag: I found the illustration of MLK on the net somewhere, and I added the exasperated girl, who is from Lucky Star (らき☆すた Raki☆Suta).

Civil Rights Fatigue — Yes, you have it, I have it, most all of us have it.

I had an interesting exchange with a SJW on the net the other day. He'd been spouting the usual myths about Trump (read about those myths here [link]) and I asked him if he had any disagreements at all with the liberal narrative. He replied by sneeringly asserting that I had no disagreements with the conservative narrative. He certainly hadn't paid any attention to what I was saying there, and definitely had never looked at this blog. I ended by sort of congratulating him on his loyal adherence to the liberal narrative, and stating that I was sure he'd continue to do so, no matter how many times the narrative mutated into something else. You know, "We have always been at war with Eastasia" sort of thing. Much like, as I remember the youthful era of the modern left back in the Sixties, the practice of calling conservatives or anybody on the right "queers." Yes, Virginia, the left used to denigrate homosexuals, accusing everybody to the right, from J. Edgar Hoover to Joe McCarthy to George Lincoln Rockwell, of being homosexuals. The have now stopped doing that, because homosexuality has become a sacred thing in their holy narrative. How will it change in the future? Which will become sacred next — pedophilia or polygamy?

Well, one thing that's been sacred to the left for many, many years is the Civil Rights Movement, and you can tell because every time the controversy about John Lewis refusing to attend Trump's inaugural comes up, Lewis is referred to as a "civil rights icon." And I believe "icon" is just a step on the way to liberal sainthood.

And speaking of remembering what the left used to be, I'm clearly old enough to remember the Sixties. I was in my teens and early twenties, and at first I thought the civil rights thing made sense. I even joined the NAACP, and I'm glad I did, because I saw first hand who was running the (((NAACP))) and the intentions of the Black members. Oh, some of the Blacks were sincere, and honestly were not up to no good. But many, especially the young ones (John Lewis' generation and younger) were big on hating Whitey and wanting not rights, but revenge. They had adopted (and exaggerated) Malcolm X's anti-White principles and rhetoric, while also adopting MLK's technique of forcing themselves into White institutions with "passive resistance" with a clear threat of violence. The worst of both worlds. They wanted into Whitey's schools and churches and other institutions, not to benefit from the centuries-long development of Western Culture, but to destroy it.

And before I hand this post off to Vox Day, I want to say this: I wouldn't argue that many Blacks have personally benefited from the civil rights movement. One prominent one is James Meredith, who, if you're not aware, ended up doing rather odd things for a civil rights veteran [link]. They never call him an icon. But the race as a whole? Before the CRM, you never had the "knockout game" or mall riots, or the likes of Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, They weren't perfect, of course, but Black leaders prior to the CRM were at least dignified and maybe among the best of the race. Now they're let by charlatans. And of course they're murdering one another at a much higher rate than they were prior to the Sixties. And now, Vox Day, on his website here [link], writes:

Martin Luther King, in his own words

The myth of Martin Luther King often appears to have more to do with Gandhi or the Buddha than to the actual man himself. It can be amusing to use his words to trigger SJWs, who don't hesitate to declare them deplorably racist right up until the moment they discover whose words they are.
Alex Haley: Your dissatisfaction with the Civil Rights Act reflects that of most other Negro spokesmen. According to recent polls, however, many whites resent this attitude, calling the Negro “ungrateful” and “unrealistic” to press his demands for more.

Martin Luther King: This is a litany to those of us in this field. “What more will the Negro want?” “What will it take to make these demonstrations end?” Well, I would like to reply with another rhetorical question: Why do white people seem to find it so difficult to understand that the Negro is sick and tired of having reluctantly parceled out to him those rights and privileges which all others receive upon birth or entry in America? I never cease to wonder at the amazing presumption of much of white society, assuming that they have the right to bargain with the Negro for his freedom. This continued arrogant ladling out of pieces of the rights of citizenship has begun to generate a fury in the Negro. Even so, he is not pressing for revenge, or for conquest, or to gain spoils, or to enslave, or even to marry the sisters of those who have injured him. What the Negro wants—and will not stop until he gets—is absolute and unqualified freedom and equality here in this land of his birth, and not in Africa or in some imaginary state. The Negro no longer will be tolerant of anything less than his due right and heritage. He is pursuing only that which he knows is honorably his. He knows that he is right.

But every Negro leader since the turn of the century has been saying this in one form or another. It is because we have been so long and so conscientiously ignored by the dominant white society that the situation has now reached such crisis proportions. Few white people, even today, will face the clear fact that the very future and destiny of this country are tied up in what answer will be given to the Negro. And that answer must be given soon.

Alex Haley: If it’s morally right for supporters of civil rights to violate segregation laws which they consider unjust, why is it wrong for segregationists to resist the enforcement of integration laws which they consider unjust?

Martin Luther King: Because segregation, as even the segregationists know in their hearts, is morally wrong and sinful. If it weren’t, the white South would not be haunted as it is by a deep sense of guilt for what it has done to the Negro—guilt for patronizing him, degrading him, brutalizing him, depersonalizing him, thingifying him; guilt for lying to itself. This is the source of the schizophrenia that the South will suffer until it goes through its crisis of conscience.
Read the rest here:
http://voxday.blogspot.com/2017/01/martin-luther-king-in-his-own-words.html
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Quibcag: Since the 'civil rights movement' was just a return to reconstruction after a hiatus of 75 years or so, and reconstruction was a direct result of the Northern victory in the civil war, this is illustrated by a Southern belle with her flag. Southern belles were pretty much wiped out by the war plus reconstruction (doesn't "reconstruction" have an Orwellian Newspeak feel to it?). Just see Gone with the Wind, book or movie. Oh, the illustration I found at: http://hetaliafanmadecharacters.wikia.com/wiki/Confederate_States

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Pragmatism v. Moralism, plus a Comment on Originality

First, the originality. Some SJW on Facebook really hates the quibcags I do, and stated that he didn't want them on his page, or whatever you call it. When asked why, he said that it wasn't "original work" (he's a cartoonist) and I'm some kind of poltroon who "steals" quotes from people. Then he deleted all my comments. Well, the cartoonist half of this blog disagrees. That's Baloo. He puts the quibcags together, but either one of us might come up with the ideas. Interestingly, this blog is a collaboration, and therefore a better thing than either one of us could make individually. And that's the quibcag theory, too. A quibcag is usually a "collaboration" between some anime artist, some person who said or wrote something very meaningful and pithy, and Baloo (and often me, too), who puts them together. Actually, the Facebook fellow just wanted an excuse to reject the quibcags, because they very effectively refute his silly SJW arguments.

Okay, that's my rant about that. Now, as you know, our liberal/neocon leaders are all horrified that Trump might work out a mutually beneficial relationship with Russia (they all seem to prefer armed conflict with Russia) and are doing everything they can to undermine any efforts in that direction. And it's not just that. Trump threatens to drain the swamp, and many of our politicians have money invested in all the alligators and other creatures there, and will do their best to prevent Trump from upsetting their lucrative apple carts, and I can mix metaphors with the best of them!

Over at Had Enough Therapy? [link}, Stuart Schneiderman performs a public service by refuting the left's arguments in favor of belligerence towards Russia with quotes from the left, including some from Andrew Young (if you're not old enough to know who he is, click here [link]), of all people, which we excerpted for the quibcag up there. And here's what Stuart wrote:

A New Cold War with Russia?


Barack Obama is riding off on a wave of glory. The media is pushing the narrative that Obama really was the Messiah—and thus that the media was right, the American people notwithstanding.

And the same media have been peddling the story that Donald Trump is the Antichrist. Thus must mean that they are looking forward to the Second Coming of Christ… after they destroy the Antichrist. 

As always, all good things are to the credit of Barack Obama. All bad things are the fault of Republicans, whether Trump or G. W. Bush.

It is such a flagrant lie that it rates with the notion that Hillary Clinton was the most qualified presidential candidate in American history. Anyone who believed that suffers from a thought disorder.

Today, the national hue and cry is directed against Russia. Obama spent eight years ceding authority and power to Russia (and to China, if you wish).  The picture of an all-powerful Russia—one that was pulling the strings in the American election by manipulating a weakened American mind--  makes clear that Obama yielded to Russia, just as he yielded to Iran and just as he let the Chinese do what they wanted. Attacks on Russia show that Obama made Russia powerful.

Incidentally, how did it happen that, according to this scenario, the American mind is so easily manipulated?

And now Obama’s supporters are insisting that Donald Trump get into a fight with Russia. They have been attacking Rex Tillerson for being soft on Russia. Mostly, this is coming from the left, the same left that cheered Barack Obama’s retreat from world leadership. Though naturally, John McCain and Lindsey Graham have hopped on the bandwagon.

Where Trump seems to be reviving the policy of détente, even Republicans like Marco Rubio are beating the drums for toughness against Russia. For the record, Rubio’s mindless insistence that prospective Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declare Vladimir Putin a war criminal tells us that many people seriously overestimated the political savvy of Marco Rubio. Can you imagine an American Secretary of State making his opening gambit in a negotiation with Putin the statement that Putin is a war criminal?

Anyway, the long knives are out for Donald Trump. Leftist forces have been in overdrive trying to discredit his election and to undermine his administration… even before it starts. It tells us that however much Barack Obama was courtly and eloquent and reasonable in his own comportment, he was ultimately a divisive president. 

Anyway, the other night on Tucker Carlson’s show, many of us saw a conversation between Tucker and Stephen Cohen.  See this link also. Cohen is a retired academic, an expert on Russia, who often writes for The Nation—which is not a publication of the alt-right. As it happens, Cohen is married to Katrina vanden Heuvel, the publisher of The Nation. 

Cohen believes that Trump wants to pursue a policy of détente toward Russia, a policy that was first practiced by Richard Nixon,that was denounced but eventually revived by Ronald Reagan. But, he says that certain forces do not want this to happen and are trying to delegitimize the Trump administration in order to produce a new Cold War. Moreover, Cohen suggests, those who are blaming Putin are trying to find someone to blame for the failure of the Obama administration foreign policy.

Read the rest here:
http://stuartschneiderman.blogspot.com/2017/01/a-new-cold-war-with-russia.html
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Quibcags: The businessgirl in the first one I found here [link]. The hacker in the second one is, of course, Hatsune Miku 初音ミク), sometimes referred to as Miku Hatsune.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Nationalism, Globalism, Imperialism, and Trump

Lots of posts on this blog have dealt with nationalism v. globalism. Just enter the latter word in the search box over there to the right and you'll find many of them.  But like a lot of important concepts, it doesn't hurt to point out the difference and its significance over and over again, because "nationalism" is  still a dirty word to the MAG (Media, Academia, Government, not to be confused with MAGA, which is an unfortunate coincidence as acronyms go. Maybe I should use GAM instead).

But if nationalism is a bad thing, then its opposite must be a good thing, right? I've always maintained that globalism is the opposite, because if you don't have sovereign countries, you must have, in effect, one big government over the whole world. Joseph Pearce uses "internationalism" as the opposite, which seems to mean precisely the same thing as "globalism." And Pearce goes on to say that "internationalism" and "imperialism" are essentially the same thing, and he has me convinced, because what is imperialism other than the expansion of a national government to rule other nations as well? Rome was once a nation, and it expanded its authority to all of Italy at first, and finally to the Roman Empire as we remember it.

And the United States, whatever it calls itself, has been operating as an empire for decades, extending its rule over such far-flung places as Iraq, Vietnam, and Libya. And our liberal/neocon leaders seem to think that somehow our empire should include Ukraine and the Baltic states and various places in the Caucasus, right up to the borders of Russia. Bad idea. Joseph Pearce thinks so, too. His essay is from: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/01/trump-nationalist-imperialist-joseph-pearce.html


by Joseph Pearce

If Donald Trump fights the globalist Empire and defends the weak against the strong, he will be a nationalist; if he employs his strength against the weak for what he claims to be American interests, he will be an imperialist. So, is there any indication as to which President Trump will be?…

It seems that nationalism in its various guises is on the rise. It also seems that the political establishment, or what might be called the liberal ascendency, is not very happy with the phenomenon. The response from the liberal globalist old guard has been, for the most part, shrill and irrational, animated by a reactionary descent into the reductionism of stereotypes and name-calling. Thus, anyone who voted for Donald Trump or for Brexit is a xenophobe, a fascist, a racist, a bigot or any number of other labels that can be spat venomously in the venting of one’s spleen. Amateur psychologists will note that this sort of knee-jerk name-calling, and descent to the language of the lowest common denominator and the stereotype, is not that dissimilar from the manner in which xenophobes, fascists, racists and bigots conduct themselves. There is, therefore, more than a little irony in the manner in which such mudslinging and smear-mongering have replaced rational discourse.
It is, however, in the spirit of rational discourse that we should proceed, irrespective of the anti-fascist fascism of the enemies of reason.
Let’s begin with a basic definition of nationalism as a belief in the political sovereignty of nations. Its antonym is internationalism, a belief in the absence or minimizing of the political sovereignty of nations. Beyond this basic and fundamental definition, of which we should never lose sight, there are different manifestations of nationalism, as there are different manifestations of internationalism.
Take Irish nationalism, for instance. It would seem to have little or nothing in common with British nationalism. Indeed it is, at its core, antagonistic towards British nationalism. Isn’t this the problem with nationalism? Doesn’t it lead to tensions between nations? Isn’t the answer to such tensions their eradication by means of some form of internationalism which weakens or destroys the cause or source of enmity between nations? If there were no nations, the argument runs, there could be no enmity between them. This is true, to be sure, but it’s like saying that if there were no neighbours there would be no enmity between them. Nations are like neighbours; like the poor they are always with us. We can only destroy them by placing something far worse in their place. Were anyone to seriously believe that a One World government would be better in terms of political liberty than the relatively smaller governments of sovereign nations, they know nothing of the nature of political power. Nor would it eradicate tensions among nations, which might then be called merely “regions.” Faced with a globalist Empire, we would see the rise of “regionalism” demanding political freedom from Big Brother. And this is, in fact, exactly what we are seeing today. The rise of nationalism is nothing other than a healthy rebellion against the globalist Empire.
But what of the problem of nations hating nations? What of the British and the Irish? These are good questions but they are rooted in a misunderstanding of the political relationship between nations. Most of us fail to understand that the tension between nations is not caused by nationalism but by internationalism. Thus the problem between the British and the Irish is not rooted in nationalism but in imperialism, the latter is merely a synonym for internationalism. When one nation imposes its will on another nation, it is acting as an imperial power, not as a national power. Since this is so, a true nationalist can never be an imperialist because an imperialist is an internationalist. An English nationalist, as distinct from a British imperialist, does not seek to impose English power on Scotland, or Ireland, or Wales. On the contrary, insofar as he is a nationalist he respects the nationalism of his neighbours and would welcome an independent Scotland and Wales, as he welcomes an independent Ireland. In this sense, one who boasts that the sun never set on the British Empire is not a British Nationalist but a British Imperialist. In the same sense it can be seen that the Nazis were not German nationalists but German imperialists, as the German invasion of Poland illustrated all too grimly.
Having discussed what nationalism is and, equally importantly, what it isn’t, we can perhaps better judge whether Donald Trump is truly a nationalist. If he seeks to liberate the American economy from the encroachments of globalist economic imperialism, as he has promised he will, he will be acting as a nationalist. If he comes to the aid of a small sovereign nation, at that nation’s request, when it is the victim of the imperialism of another nation, he could be said to be acting in accordance with nationalist principles; if, however, he exerts American political muscle on small sovereign nations to their detriment, in order to pursue America’s interests, he will be acting as an imperialist or internationalist. Thus, for instance, Germany’s invasion of Poland in 1939 was an act of imperialism, whereas Britain’s declaration of war on Germany in order to defend Poland was not; Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990 was an act of imperialism, whereas the USA’s declaration of war on Iraq to liberate Kuwait was not. On the other hand, the USA’s invasion of Iraq in 2003, deploying weapons of mass destruction on the dubious grounds that Iraq possessed such weapons, was an act of imperialism.
With these criteria in mind, we can begin to judge whether Donald Trump’s presidency will be nationalist or imperialist. If he fights the globalist Empire and defends the weak against the strong, he will be a nationalist (and a hero); if he employs his strength against the weak for what he claims to be American interests, he will be an imperialist (and a villain). For the sake of justice and peace, we can all hope he proves to be a nationalist, and not an internationalist, imperialist, and globalist.
Books by Joseph Pearce may be found in The Imaginative Conservative Bookstore.
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Ex-Army here again. I agree with practically everything Pearce says above, except that his classification of acts of nationalism and imperialism may be a trifle oversimplified, if only because almost all acts of imperialism such as those he mentioned can be justified, or at least obfuscated, by explanations that make them seem like acts of nationalism. And the converse is often true as well. And where do you put invasion of country A because it is oppressing its own people? But the basic principle remains, and is valid, despite the efforts of politicians to confuse the issue.
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Quibcag: These three girls are what is known as Nyotalia, which is the female version of Hetalia, which you can find explained here: Hetalia: Axis Powers (Axis Powers ヘタリア). That is, while most or all of the Hetalia characters are male symbols of various countries, the Nyotalia characters are their female versions. I of course usually lean towards Nyotalia, because they're cuter. Now, I picked this illustration because it was very appealing visually, but I'm not certain which countries are symbolized here. The one on the right looks a lot like the USA girl that I've seen elsewhere, and the center one certainly looks Japanese. And if I had to bet, I'd say the one on the left is the UK.
Maybe you can figure it out for sure. I got the image from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/479000110351342867/

Friday, January 13, 2017

Viktor Orbán on Borders, Christianity, and Civilization

It's funny how these things work. A snapshot of the world situation would look this way — countries with sensible, patriotic leaders: Hungary, Russia, China (as near as I can tell), Israel, Poland; countries with flaky, unpatriotic leaders: the United States, Canada, the UK, France, Germany. And there are many more in each category, but these are the ones I'm fairly sure of. This would lead you to think the first group are countries with sensible electorates, while the second group have ditzy electorates. Not necessarily so. That was a snapshot, but things change. In a few days, the United States will move from category two to category one. 

This is triggered by the fact that Hungary, of all places, seems to have a super-sensible patriot at the helm, in the form of Viktor Orbán. Maybe there's something about living in the ruins of a communist dictatorship that sharpens the mind. Sharper than the minds of our local liberals and neocons, most of whom, to be frank, are communists of one sort or another, though they dress it up and call it by other names like "progressive" or "neoconservative," while fighting actual progress and/or trashing our history and heritage and calling a slightly skewed version of progressivism some kind of opposition to progressivism instead of the fellow-travelerism that it is.

And, here is Viktor Orbán himself, on the subject of borders. This is from Gates of Vienna [link]:

“The World is Not Moving Towards Order, But Rather in the Direction of Jittery Unpredictability”

The following speech was given yesterday by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at a swearing-in ceremony for new special units of Hungarian border guards. CrossWare, who translated the speech for subtitles, includes this explanation of the new guards’ duties:
These are military-level units, but under the Ministry of Internal Affairs (like police). They are kind of like border control SWAT teams. The literal translation of their name is “Border Hunter”.
Mr. Orbán, as usual, speaks the truth clearly and eloquently. There is no other national leader in the West who is willing to discuss mass immigration so frankly.
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:



For a transscript of his speech, go to:

http://gatesofvienna.net/2017/01/the-world-is-not-moving-towards-order-but-rather-in-the-direction-of-jittery-unpredictability/

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Quibcag: Crusader girl is from http://www.theanimegallery.com/gallery/image:160896/anime-girls:crusader



What makes Trump tick? And why does he tick so WELL?

What makes Trump tick? Pretty much the same thing, or set of things, that makes a great many Americans tick, and that includes me.

It's not a matter of ideology in the usual sense. If you think of the dominant ideologies here in America — the virtually identical liberalism and neoconservatism — both are hysterically hostile to Trump because he doesn't belong to either and doesn't even seem to respect either. He adheres to something deeper. Below, Victor Davis Hanson calls it "traditionalism," and that covers Trump's attitude better than any other single word I can think of. It includes a great many things that have been lost over Trump's lifetime and mine — moral and ethical things, and some things that are just symbolic. Perhaps most importantly, traditionalism includes patriotism, which of course requires nationalism if it is to mean anything at all, and nationalism is the opposite of globalism, and if the liberals/neocons believe in anything, it's globalism. And of course both groups despise and fear patriotism, calling it "xenopobia" or "bigotry," or any number of such terms.

Over at Vox Day's site [link], there is a long  quote from Hanson, and Vox's own reaction:

The Politics of the Possible

Classicist and historian VDH attempts to make sense of the Trumpist ideology, such as it is:
Tradition

Trumpism promotes traditionalism. Trump showcases “Merry Christmas!” because his parents did. He believes in dressing formally and being addressed as Mr. Trump. And he insists that his children be well-behaved and polite.

You might object that Trump is thrice-married, Petronian in his tastes, and ethically sloppy or worse in his own business dealings. No matter: Trump seeks a return to normalcy all the more. His personal excesses apparently spur his impulses for traditional norms.

Perhaps Trump is like many Baby Boomers as they enter their final decades: They look back at their parents and grandparents, and wonder how they put up with their offspring — and see how far this generation has fallen short of their forebears’ ideals, which in turn sparks a desire for a return to normalcy in the wayward. Deists were believers in the abstract who otherwise shunned a living Christianity yet thought that active religion had social value for others. Similarly, Trump is a non-practicing moralist who believes traditional morality can restore structure and guidance to society.

So Trump is foul-mouthed but wants a return of decorum; he has been conniving but thinks his own recklessness is not necessarily a model for the nation.


National Greatness 

Nationalism is another Trump axiom — the deliberate antithesis to the progressive and Socratic idea of being “a citizen of the world.” In Trump’s mind, the U.S. is a paradise thanks to its exceptional values and the hard work of past generations; the mess elsewhere (to the degree Trump worries about it) is due to human failing that is not America’s fault. Trump laments self-inflicted misery abroad but feels that he and his country are not culpable for it, and, other than Good Samarian disaster or famine relief, we cannot do too much about it in the long term.

Read the rest here:
http://voxday.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-politics-of-possible.html
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Quibcag: Doesn't seem all that relevant, does it? Well, it is, though. The girl in the foreground is Narue of The World of Narue (Japanese: 成恵の世界 Narue no Sekai). She is an immigrant. From some alien world. Unlike a lot of immigrants, she assimilates and loves her new home.