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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Embracing Barbarism: The Death of a Nation

By Tom Rhodes, 12/28/2016

Why should Modern Western Civilized Societies take barbarians, who don't value civilization, nor want to become civilized, who want what civilization produces, but reject what Modern Western Civilized Societies require? Why should barbarians be allowed to reap the benefits of Modern Western Civilized Societies , without conforming to the norms of that society?

Societies that don't value treat all people as equal in their laws and customs are not civilized. Modern Western Civilized Societies are based on the idea that all men are created in God's image, therefore by the basis of being an image bearer of God should be treated equally under the law, and be allowed all the same rights as any other person, regardless of race, class, sex, etc. etc. etc.

The result of not being willing to stand up against barbarian invasion is plainly evident in Europe. Violent crime, especially rape, is rising as the barbarians who’ve been allowed to enter unfettered, take what they want and not only refuse to conform to the norms of Modern Western Civilized Society, but demand that society conform to their barbarism.

Embracing barbarism, hedonism, and rejecting our Christian heritage, is bad enough. On a global scale this rejection and model for society is a direct way to the degradation and primitivization of culture. This has led to a demographic and moral crisis in the West.

Even Vladimir Putin has recognized, and observed this fact. In a recent speech he stated;
Without the moral values that are rooted in Christianity and other world religions, without rules and moral values which have formed, and been developed, over millennia, people will inevitably lose their human dignity and become brutes. And we think it is right and natural to defend and preserve these Christian moral values.

One has to respect the right of every minority to self-determination, but at the same time there cannot and must not be any doubt about the rights of the majority.

“At the same time as this process plays out at a national level in the West, we observe on an international level the attempts to create a unipolar, unified model of the world, to relativise and remove institutions of international rights and national sovereignty. In such a unipolar, unified world there is no place for sovereign states. Such a world needs merely vassals.

From a historical perspective, such a unipolar world would mean the surrender of one's own identity and of God-created diversity.

It is sad indeed when Vladimir Putin better articulates the value of diversity, sovereignty, and liberty, than our own democratically elected leaders in the west. Modern Western Civilized Societies refusing to stand up and protect the norms of their culture, are doomed to lose their culture.

“If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.” ~ Thomas Sowell

John Stuart Mill is often quoted by Libertarians. Mill's philosophical treatise, On Liberty, makes a very strong case for the radical permission of individuality. The problem is that libertarians skip and ignore other parts of that same treatise where he also makes strong claims for restrictions on barbarians. Even this permission of individuality had legal limits. In the first chapter of On Liberty, Mill recognized that barbaric peoples were to be placed under great restriction. Recognizing that radical liberty entrusted to barbarians is disastrous.

If Modern Western Civilized Societies are to confront the barbarian, even supposing that the civilization is in theory a liberal democratic republic, certain aspects of individuality must be condemned according to that nation's identity, with the majority acting for the whole. Whether these aspects are challenged by the state or by social means is dependent upon the circumstances, but reason and order demand that they cannot simply go unchallenged.

if America, as a Modern Western Civilized Society, is not wise nor strong enough to return to the God of her fathers, or to the Law which gave her liberty, then as her borders become meaningless, from both within and without those borders, will come forces she cannot oppose. They will come with smiling faces and murderous intents - to conquer not with the sword, but instead by pressing upon the hollow shell of a once civilized nation. The veneer that is our post-modern culture unsustained by its barbaric tenants, will give way. Then, like with Europe, our cities raped and pillaged and America's daughters will be at the mercy of the barbarian.

Let’s not forget that John Stewart Mills in his treatise, On Liberty, also said:

"A civilization that can thus succumb to its vanquished enemy [barbarism] must first have become so degenerate, that neither its appointed priests and teachers, nor anybody else, has the capacity, or will take the trouble, to stand up for it. If this be so, the sooner such a civilization receives notice to quit, the better. It can only go on from bad to worse, until destroyed and regenerated (like the Western Empire) by energetic barbarians."

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Citizens United is a Red Herring

By Tom Rhodes 12/20/2016

This Election proved one thing. Citizens United is a Red Herring. Corporate money in politics has little or no effect. Big Oil backed Clinton, not Trump. The Stock Market backed Clinton, not Trump.

Hillary spent double what Trump did on the election. That means with ½ the money Trump got 1/3 more electoral votes. Money doesn’t matter, spending big money on TV is a waste of money. Things have changed. A virtually free tweet is worth more than a 30 second spot on ABC, NBC, and CBS during prime time combined. People can and do fast forward and skip the commercials. Things have changed and limits on spending money on “electioneering” are clearly wasted and restrictive for no benefit.

YouTube Twitter, Facebook, blogs, GAB, etc. are all more effective today than, old-line network audiences. A good tweet is more effective than $Millions on TV. TV audiences are far smaller technology allows people to skip TV ads altogether. The Democrats' obsession with the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which allowed corporate political communications, is utterly beside the point. The fact is major corporations don't take partisan sides. If they do public relations departments always pick the PC choice.

The people are so tired of being told what they can and can’t say, not being politically correct and saying what you feel can and will win votes over carefully crafted politically correct pablum. Hillary wasted a lot of dollars pointing out that Trump is a man, and in private talks like other men. Yawn, nobody cared.

Big money on polling with polls carefully crafted to shape a message also proved to be another waste of money. The polls were wrong and most of the country won’t even participate in what they know are polls rigged by big money.

The Democrats continued whining about big money in politics is just a Red Herring designed to keep people distracted form their desire to control everybody from cradle to grave and not have any opposing ideas heard or shared. That’s why they want to control the news, and label as “fake” anything they don’t think you should know or hear about. They are up in arms about Russia, but have yet to prove anything they exposed is false. Why exactly wont’ the FBI tell congress the details of how they came to change their mind and support the CIA’s claim that Russia hacked the US elections. The same CIA who claimed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, thought waterboarding was OK, etc.

From the US Presidential Election to the Hugo Awards, the events of 2016 proved that Freedom of Speech and the Press are more powerful than big money. Government restrictions only and always support what big money wants. So why does big money want to restrict small money speech? This election proved Big Money no longer works and was proof that liberty and protecting the rights of all people to equally, provides the best way for more people to be heard and ideas to be shared.