Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Gullible Nation Should Get Serious

I listened to my favorite thoughtful and gracious conservative talk show hosts, today. I fear they were more than a bit more sanguine than I feel. Bill Riggs also has put a resigned and constructive-going-forward semi-smile on it.
The depth of my discomfort is not specifically with the threat of Barack Obama personally, especially when surely Republicans will mount a filibuster against most extreme liberal measures, such as card-check, The Fairness Doctrine, and even huge tax increases.

But what is most sobering is that a majority of Americans were incapable of what ought to be the most common-sense understandings: that Barack Obama manipulated his audiences as necessary, changing his punch lines when moving from circumstance to circumstance and audience to audience. Perhaps there is an audience for the contemporary equivalent of the old medicine-show (booze-spiked) tonic peddlers. I’m not saying that Republicans and conservatives (not always coincident) should not approach Barack Obama with genuine positiveness about what we truly believe will help America.

But it’s true in fact for example, that large companies are marketing "green" products to "help the environment" and forestall global warming. Hey, I agreed with Huckabee's steering of the issue to the simple call to be stewards of the environment. Surely we know from our own history and the local legacies of reckless Soviet industry, that we can scar and tarnish the land with careless human commerce. However as to anthropogenic global warming, I see only frantic and cynical posturing on the part of a few to mobilize the many: a lynch mob on steroids.

On that subject I say, "Don't listen to me. Don't listen to any organization or individual, conservative or liberal or ostensibly otherwise. Go directly to the historical and scientific data. Not anyone's presentation of it: the historical facts, the numbers, and the graphs. I have. There was for a relatively long time a very slow global warming trend, as there have been warming and cooling trends through history, mostly evidently owing to solar activity. In fact, for the past few years, average temperatures have actually fallen. But the idea that carbon dioxide (a not only common but ubiquitous and essential element) in the atmosphere poses an imminent threat to life itself simply is not in the data. Human caused global warming is a secularist sin account and a proposed consequent of global calamity is a secular apocalypse.

But back to the point: Is this vulnerability to the simplest manipulation the result of or even related to an increasingly federally-dominated education system (in which G.W. Bush played a greatly facilitating role, by the way)? Are we becoming a nation of dupes? Our primary preoccupation not with the sober essentials of life but with amusements such as television, music, I-pods, and video games (not bad things; just not primary) hasn’t helped. You may not want to listen to a curmudgeon like me. But if you can spare a few minutes, aside from reflecting on what we curmudgeons are talking about with regard to essential principles like life, liberty and property, you should also consider that Europe is awash and near drowning in an Islamic influx and growing domination. Do a little study of Geert Wilders’ description of this European problem and the Islamic aggression that is only fainter in US due to relative distance, which may only offer us a little more time. You can fin Geert Wilders and his short movie, “Fitna,” on the web. He is a lead character in a coming December meeting to discuss opposition to “Islamicization.” It will convene in Israel, which Wilders describes as not the unique target but only the leading edge Of Islamic aggression against Western Democratic Judeo-Christian values. On the other hand, you could just turn the music up louder.

17 comments:

Borghesius said...

My wife and I (mostly my wife) have tutored (5) children over the last 8 years or so, trying to bring them back up to speed after the local public school system first completely failed to teach them how to learn, them gave up on them and asigned them a role in the permanent underclass. In the process there was substantial social programming, to the point of being the primary purpose of school.
I have B.S. Physics, minor in economics, M.Arch Architecture. My wife has B.A. English Education, Masters in Moral Theology. We know about schools then and now. Critical thinking is not a priority. To bad, because a good basic course in Logical Fallacies and Advertising would have great value and would be fun. But to a certain extent, all of this requires the underpinning of "there is Truth".

My bad call on Ohio Election.

BHUVAN CHAND said...

I really appreciate this blog...............global warming is very serious topic.

Larry said...

Borghesius:

That underpinning of "there is truth" isn't going to be stressed in public grade schools or colleges. What can be done? All that some people have done is pull their kids out of public schools for private one or homeschooling, while continuing to pay at the
same time for the
miseducating of the majority. Can anyone explain how that is possibly going to get better under Barack Obama and a Democrat Congress. Don't be fooled. That miseducated and dependency-minded populace is exactly what they want: it spells perpetual power for a ruling, crumb-distributing class.

BHUVAN CHAND:

You would think that global warming issue would be more approachable over time, when the catastrophes don't come or even if the temperatures aren't rising for a while. Incidentally, of late there has been a notable lack of sun spot activity. But, they won't recant, by and large. They might just shut up. Dennis Prager says, "Being liberal means never having to say you're sorry." When they're big scares don't happen, they just move on to another one. When I was young, there was supposed to be another ice age on the way.

Stephen R. Maloney said...

Larry, I can't get an e-mail thru on your sbcglobal e-mail address. I will be writing a fair amount in the future on Mike Huckabee. Although I'm opposed to Sarah Palin giving any interviews outside Alaska (for now), I believe she should (and will) appear on Mike's show, just a one-on-one for an hour. I think it's essential for people to understand that the hatred of the media against people like Sarah and Mike (yes, he would have gotten the same treatment) derives from their main similarity: they are Christians doing their darndest to live Christian lives. When someone got the video of Sarah back in the AOG Church, she talked about it as the site where she was 'saved." The MSM looked at her as if she had been a cannibal rhapsodizing about eating human flesh. She, like Mike, is the type of Christian that scares the suburban ladies obsessed with their "reproductive rights." We need to find creative ways to overcome the biases against people exercising THEIR religious freedom. Do I believe Bristol Palin was "pressured" to have her child? I don't believe Bristol, and two of my daughters made the same decision, ever considered having an abortion. The attempt by the extreme Left to use Bristol's pregnancy against Sarah failed. That was a sign that Christians supporting the Palins are mature enough to share Todd's and Sarah's obvious joy at becoming grandparents. My impression is that Bristol would be totally mystified by Obama's notion of a pregnancy as "punishment." I've found that if your child becomes pregnant, the only proper response is, "How can I help?"

I'd love to see Sarah and Mike discuss the role of love and forgiveness in families.

Larry said...

Steve:

I'm pretty certain that disomfort among Republicans from DC north with Huckabee's evangelicalism was the reason he caught so much flak from them. That "on-your-sleeve" Christianity was just de-riguer for their group. But, I think they would find out he's pretty broad-minded if they got to know him. If you haven't paid close enough attention before, I think you can ascertain that from watching his television program.

For his own part, I think Mike could go a long way toward easing the resistance of some by dropping his primary call for an Amendment to the US Constitution about the sanctity of life. I would welcome one too, if it ever was in the offing. But it isn't going to be in the offing until the national thinking has changed. So calling for it is just a sop to pro-life people.

As a primary objective, I'd call for the overturn of Roe v. Wade, explaining that that would preserve the deference for solidly "pro-choice" states. Even more pro-life states would probably retain abortion with some regulation. Yes, I think the practice of abortion is in defiance of both The Constitution and The Declaration of Independence. But as of now, that's water almost 35 years under the bridge. 1) Are you going to wage a civil war over abortion? And 2) How would you do that? Republicans need to get out front quickly with this to Obama before an Obama-appointed judiciary makes the point moot for the rest of MY life.

From where we are, I say let states be laboratories on abortion policy. Frankly, I think that states that hold fast to the unfettered practice of abortion will gradually become inhospitable places to raise families and conduct civil human commerce.

Beyond saying that she's pro-life, Sarah was not explicit about abortion policy, and she also needs to be more so and unthreatening. Yes, it would be good to see her on Mike's show, and I wish they could get the message to be more explicit about a constructive polict path beyond a blunt expression of sentiment.

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