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And Speaking of the Cold Civil War…

April 6th, 2014 - 11:48 am

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Your kids are all crazy — give them drugs!

Your cars are going to kill us all – better to ride bicycles, even in sub-zero weather! Right down the middle of the internal-combustion-engine-propelled traffic we haven’t managed to eliminate yet!

Religion is the opiate of the masses – so go see a shrink!

Cow farts are destroying the ionosphere, or whatever it is – eat veggies!

Criminals should be allowed to vote!

Marriage is an outmoded, sexist, patriarchal institution – but let gays marry!

And it’s all your fault! So shut up and die, already.

It’s like that scene in Goldfinger, when Bond, James Bond, is lying there strapped to the table, with a laser beam (standing in for the usual buzz saw) slowing sliding up his legs towards his crotch, and he asks the villain, “You expect me to talk?” To which Goldfinger replies, “No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die. There is nothing you can talk to me about that I don’t already know.”

Or, if it’s a movie closer to our own time you’re after, what about this exchange from Independence Day. You remember, the scene where the Area 51 alien has wrapped his tentacles around Brent Spiner’s neck so he can communicate with the pitiful earthlings:

THE PRESIDENT: What is it that you want us to do?

ALIEN: Die.

Well, those two scenes pretty much sum up our attitude vis a vis you.

And now you’ve reached the central conundrum, which is why you’re having such a hard time engaging us on the field of battle. And for this I must reach for an unpleasant metaphor from the so-called “war on terror,” now blessedly over, to explain our position.

Think of us as slow-motion suicide bombers. In the end, we understand that we will have to go, too, certainly if we follow through on the logic of our positions, such as it is. But, as proud atheists who see nothing beyond but darkness, we don’t care. We don’t care what happens in the long run, because, as John Maynard Keynes said, in the long run we’re all dead. And he should know, because a) he’s the guy whose cockamamie economic nostrums basically wrecked the soundness of the American dollar when Nixon took us off the gold standard in 1971 (I try to tell my progressive friends that Nixon was the greatest friend we ever had, but they’re still mad about the “Pink Lady,” Helen Gahagan Douglas), and b) he’s dead. Meanwhile, we’re damn well going to enjoy living in each and every “moment” while we’re here – being atheists, we are nothing if not “in the moment” – and failing that, at least make sure that your lives are as miserable as ours are.

I don’t want to bore you all with a lesson about, you know, ancient history that happened way before I was born, and about which I wouldn’t care a fig were my family not so heavily invested in the outcome, but – given my marching orders from Che and his homies down there in Lanskyland to at least try and bring you up to speed, it’s important that you get at least some of the deep background on the seminal events of our time. Much as we all would like to, we can’t blame this fight on Clinton or Bush and the “polarization of our politics” that the chin-waggers like to wag about. You think we’re polarized now, you should see the family photographs of Che and Uncle Joe, blood streaming down their faces from the truncheon beatings they got as, for some reason now lost in the mists of history, they tried to prevent Hubert Humphrey from becoming President of the United States.

I mean, you could practically pick an arbitrary starting point just about anywhere in American history to kick off the fisticuffs between Left and Right, and I realize those terms have changed meanings a lot over the past three centuries, but the point I’m trying to make here is that the Cold Civil War started during the Nixon Administration, and really is nothing new. The difference is that now it is no longer a battle between generations, but a civil war within a generation, yes, the good old Baby Boomers. If their parents were the Greatest Generation, what can we say of our glorious Boomer forbears? The Worst Generation slips trippingly off the tongue. The Me Generation got hung on them long ago. The Narcissistic, Irresponsible, Arrogant and Entitled Generation is a little long. So how about this: the Viper Generation.

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We are in a Civil War status and the last presidential election which was stolen by the Progressive Democrat party has destroyed whatever was left of the old Republic of diverse opinions. Now we live under a fascist/liberal dictatorship where you will not yet be sent to concentration camps for disagreeing with the regime but you will not get a decent jobs; you will not get a decent education and you will never be able to express an opinion or disagree with the American Ministry of Propaganda. Stop your children from joining the American federal forces and let the rich liberals send their own children off to their foreign wars; stop supporting the government schools which are run by the ministry of propaganda; stop participating in the civic life, absolutely refuse to serve on a jury in the corrupt legal system or try to undermine it; boycott the TV industry and the Entertainment industry which are controlled again by the Ministry of Truth; teach your children the truth about the corrupt amoral culture and government that the modern Americans have inflicted on the world.
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I notice that comments I saw just a short while ago have now disappeared. Did Firefox just buy PJM or did GLAD send over a censor?
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So the Left is beating it's chest and announcing "victory" in the Culture War? Nothing lasts forever; the Left is doomed if it thinks there won't be pushback, and a counter-revolution by the next generation.
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IT IS ALL BY DESIGN……
OUR MAN-CHILD’S DEEP HATRED OF AMERICA….THAT IS WHAT WE SHOULD FEAR RIGHT TO THE BONE !!! OBAMA, THE WORLD’S SOCIOPATH HAS THE EARTH’S FREEDOM LOVING & GOD LOVING NATIONS LIVING IN FEAR. #1 HE IS A MUSLIM TERRORIST. HIS “FAVORITE TIME OF THE DAY IS PRAYER TIME< WHEN HE HITS HIS KNEES AND BOWS TO THE EAST, #2 HE HAS EFFECTIVELY REMOVED ALL AMERICA’S ALLIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST #3 HE HAS SCHEMED WITH AL QAEDA --- IN THE WHITE HOUSE --- TO DESTROY ISRAEL. #$ HE HAS DISMANTLED OUR MILITARY TO THE POINT WHERE WE PROJECT NOT FEAR, BUT LAUGHTER. #5 HE HAS BEEN WORKING DAY AND NIGHT --- UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF SOME FINE COLUMBIAN COCAINE --- TO DESTROY THE NATION’S RELIGIONS. #6 HE DESTROYED AMERICA’S PRIDE IN SPACE EXPLORATION. #7 HE HAS FOLLOWED THE COMMUNIST GAME PLAN OF DESTROYING OUR MOST CHERISHED AND MOST PERSONAL PRIVATE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. MY FAMILY IN CANADA USED TO RUN HERE FOR SERIOUS MEDICAL PROCEDURES --- NOW THEY SIT HOME AND LAUGH AT US……AND ONE MORE THING: IT IS NOT INEPTITUDE…IT IS ALL BY DESIGN.
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So let me get this straight: all of the bile, all of the venom in baby boomers is the response to overcrowding? They were the proverbial bulge in the python and because of that, because competition for everything from parental love to college admission to simply being seen was fierce, because of that so many of them became vicious tearer downers of everything? Well, it's a theory.
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"...the student protestors got an ugly lesson in the first rule of protest – never throw rocks at guys with guns."

Yeah, guys who shot indiscriminately into a crowd, killing four, including two non-protesters who were just walking between classes. If you read about what happened, you'll learn that the students had largely dispersed as the guardsmen advanced. And there is no credible evidence that shots were fired at the guardsman (although who knows what you might find in the files of Hoover's FBI). Ugly lesson indeed.

What really ended the protests was the end of the war and the end of the draft. Bring back the draft, start another illegal war like Iraq, and the '60s will be back in a flash.

PS -- Of course some of these 60s radicals, who dodged the draft, later became chicken hawks. Some write for PJM.
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"..... like the syphilis virus..."

It's not a virus but a gram-negative bacterium.
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"...brigades of shrinks and “social scientists” (novelists manqué without any talent, otherwise they would be real scientists) arose to counsel us not to suppress our deepest id, but to let it have free reign in the real world lest it damage us in the imaginary world in which they habitually dwelled."

Said "imaginary world" is known as 'Meinong's Jungle.' (Google the Etymology of the word.) It's where you'd find Unicorns, floating cities, the sound of one hand clapping, honest politicians - you get the idea.
As for the state we're in? That is more like an abyss we're trapped in than a 'Civil War.' Wars can be WON! It may take several generations and millions of casualties to climb out of the mess we're in.
My attitude is, there's only one way out. Regardless of whether you're a subscriber to this blog (Read, conservative) or "opposition researcher," (Read, 'other!') the only way to discern truth from fiction, wrong from right, black from white? "Fact checking!" The truth is all that will set us free.
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Perfectly put! The 60's generation of American Liberals are hilariously pretentious asses, pompous snobs and cowardly hypocrites.
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We are in a Civil War status and the last presidential election which was stolen by the Progressive Democrat party has destroyed whatever was left of the old Republic of diverse opinions. Now we live under a fascist/liberal dictatorship where you will not yet be sent to concentration camps for disagreeing with the regime but you will not get a decent jobs; you will not get a decent education and you will never be able to express an opinion or disagree with the American Ministry of Propaganda. Stop your children from joining the American federal forces and let the rich liberals send their own children off to their foreign wars; stop supporting the government schools which are run by the ministry of propaganda; stop participating in the civic life, absolutely refuse to serve on a jury in the corrupt legal system or try to undermine it; boycott the TV industry and the Entertainment industry which are controlled again by the Ministry of Truth; teach your children the truth about the corrupt amoral culture and government that the modern Americans have inflicted on the world.
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It's a subject for another time and column, but I disagree with the notion of boycotting Hollywood, for reasons I've made amply clear on the "David Kahane" Facebook page. If more conservatives would steer their kids toward the Industry, some much-needed diversity of opinion would start to form.
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I notice that comments I saw just a short while ago have now disappeared. Did Firefox just buy PJM or did GLAD send over a censor?
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There has been a lot of spamming by people inviting the participation in too-good-to-be-true internet cash-making projects (I think the whole gig is just the spamming & nothing else). People click on the "Report Abuse" link & they have been coming in here lately & deleting those. Obviously, they are also deleting any commentary that is posted that someone clicks on the said "Report Abuse" link.
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They own it and this is America where one can do whatever he wants with his own property ... oh, wait.
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"PJ Media reserves the right to delete your comments or revoke your registration for any reason"

So then PJM is much less tolerant than FireFox and even less tolerant than the Gay Gestapo, or at least part of PJM is. Is there a group vote or does any PJM'er have Queen of Hearts authority? I suppose you will now delete this comment and revoke my registration too. Facepalm.
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Please check the PJ comments policy.
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Michael:
Last 2 posts have been perfectly awesome - thanks
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Eliminate God's laws. Declare Him dead. Replace him with god-kings, Lenin, Mao, Pol Pot, Hugo Chavez, Barrack Obama. Revel in the 7 deadly sins But most especially in the lusts of this world, sex, drugs, 24/7 video-games, all obsessions. Make killing easy as in abortion so that the mass elimination of the human species to levels your new god-kings say are necessary for Gaia to live won't affect your faith. Be convinced that the world was stolen by those who have from those who have not which justifies your stealing it back by any means necessary. Do all of these things and you have our world today.

We view these people as our bothers, our sisters, our neighbors, and we continue to play by rules of fair play. Unfortunately for us, they are ruthless and absolutely committed to the total destruction of us and all we hold dear. Yes, it's a Civil War but in the end it won't be bloodless.
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