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When God Goes Fishing

July 25th, 2014 - 5:36 pm

There are some subjects that are almost too large for literature, even for Tolstoy, who tried to answer the question “how should one live a moral life in an ethically imperfect world?” by following the fortunes of characters in his novel War and Peace.

Some characters seek fame, others sensual gratification, a few — like Napoleon — pursue an egotistical sense of power. But altogether too many of the rest are content to gnaw their way through the world like insects, not only incapable of answering Tolstoy’s question but unable to even ask it.

Some even want to meet God, a few glimpse the answer fleetingly and are content. One suspects the present time, like 1812, is a special era, one when more people than usual ask: “Where is God in this amoral world?” The answer may be that “God is away on one of His customary disappearances.” For one of the hallmarks of historical discontinuity is that God vanishes temporarily, during a time when old loyalties, ideologies and beliefs lose their power to bind.

The last 70 years have been spent dismantling the mental world of our fathers; in teaching us about the corruption of America, the emptiness of patriotism and the hypocrisy of organized religion. But along the way it has been impossible to deny the brutality of Communism, the fatuousness of manufactured causes, and the perversity of Hollywood.

That cumulative deconstruction has cheapened everything we fought for and everything we might fight for. Like Tolstoy’s characters in 1812, it has left us with nowhere simple to turn; with no easy way to live a moral life in an ethically imperfect world.

Dick Diver in Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night explained the consequences of lost faith when he took his friends on a tour of the old Somme battlefield. Looking out on that undistinguished stretch of land Diver explains that “this land here cost twenty lives a foot that summer”:

“See that little stream–we could walk to it in two minutes. It took the British a month to walk to it — a whole empire walking very slowly, dying in front and pushing forward behind. And another empire walked very slowly backward a few inches a day, leaving the dead like a million bloody rugs. No Europeans will ever do that again in this generation.”

“Why, they’ve only just quit over in Turkey,” said Abe. “And in Morocco—”

“That’s different. This western-front business couldn’t be done again, not for a long time. The young men think they could do it but they couldn’t. They could fight the first Marne again but not this. This took religion and years of plenty and tremendous sureties and the exact relation that existed between the classes. The Russians and Italians weren’t any good on this front. You had to have a whole-souled sentimental equipment going back further than you could remember. You had to remember Christmas, and postcards of the Crown Prince and his fiancée, and little cafés in Valence and beer gardens in Unter den Linden and weddings at the mairie, and going to the Derby, and your grandfather’s whiskers. …

This kind of battle was invented by Lewis Carroll and Jules Verne and whoever wrote Undine, and country deacons bowling and marraines in Marseilles and girls seduced in the back lanes of Wurtemburg and Westphalia. Why, this was a love battle — there was a century of middle-class love spent here. This was the last love battle.”

But of course Fitzgerald was wrong. Within a few years men had found enough love and loyalty and faith to climb Mount Suribachi, endure the Frozen Chosin and win the Cold War. They found it in the memory of shared myths, and even shared silly songs:

Who’s the leader of the club
That’s made for you and me
M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E
Mickey Mouse!
Mickey Mouse!
Forever let us hold our banner High!

Today we might accept the argument by our intellectual leaders that the past was a pile of propaganda, but they taught us too well not to avoid the conclusion that the debunking intellectuals were themselves logically just another pile of propaganda also. In destroying faith in the old things, they’ve destroyed faith in everything.

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>>>Today, as Russian troops mass on the border of Ukraine, move rockets to the frontier; as the Middle East goes up in flames and Central Americans flood the southern border the question is not only what is there left to defend but why it should be. What for?<<<

The government of the United States is by no means the government of the American people. For those who remain free citizens [at best 1/2 of those inside the borders (at least on 3 sides ...) of the entity known as the United States], as old as it may be our secular polestar is the Constitution. Our spiritual centers may differ, but that is as it should be.

For the 1/2 to whom the government, celebrity, and approval of the mob is all; the Constitution is something to destroy. And they have done and are doing one hell of a job of it. And because we have not yet been cowed, they will destroy us, or die trying. Fair enough, I accept those terms.

What will I fight for? While I am not of the Judeo-Christian tradition, I will fight for a society where they, and all others [including your humble servant] are tolerated and accepted so long as they obey laws fairly and freely made and enforced. You know, the ideal of the Constitution. I will fight for the chance for my children to live in that world.

And I probably will fight because I have a certain talent for being a pain in the ass to those who piss me off. And I suspect that I will end up alongside Annoy Mouse, and others here and elsewhere.

If there are stories to be told of our time, they will be clear that what happened was rape and not consent. At least for some of us.

It is indeed a good day to die, and to take as many sideboys with us on Charon's Ferry as we can.

Subotai Bahadur
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Just yesterday, I spoke with a friend, an acquaintance, as all friends are mere acquaintances to me, and I told him that I am with the Christians. He said, sure, but Christians are hypocrites, he should know, he met them all in private school growing up. I am not sure exactly what to make of that. Christians are hypocrites, modern parlance just weaves those association together like they were loops of the same bow. So let me say that yea, I am a christian, not a very good one. Not very likely to obey very well gods commandments though I can see nothing wrong with the ten I know of. What makes me a Christian I have realized is that Christianity is my birthright.

Norman Rockwell Sunday mornings with mom trailing her three boys in the best attire past father, half hiding behind a newspaper. Christianity is my people, my heritage and the culture I was raised in. It is the traditions and the pile of bones upon which my society, my people raised themselves out of savagery to make something for themselves and a future of their descendents. It is the great hall where spirits reside, the watchful eye out of the depth of eternity that solemnly nods you on with unwavering certainty like the granite of the mountains.

For me Christianity is no more a religious circle of friends than it is an idea like the constitution is more powerful than any parchment. It is the idea that we all live and die together in this age and we can recognize the gift that each and every day brings or we can squander it while looking for a better moment. Pressing the fast forward on the movie only to get to the good part too soon. So when I think of what the tyrants of Obama's evil army have promised, it looks no better than a boot on your neck for eternity. ACA, IRS, VA. This spells out a great terror and a promise. Cast off this yoke or die like dogs in cattle cars.

And so when the great war for independence starts I seek to be deep in the heart of the bible belt. That is where Christians, Minorities, and Jews will be safe. There. Not behind the razor wire of the great oppressors that promise all and deliver nothing. Hypocrites. Let us just say that of the meanings of hypocrite, a dissembler does not at all fit the Christian persona. Sanctimonious? Maybe, salvation does that to a person. But what is the lessor of evils really? A sinner is sanctimonious, a satanist is a liar and a nascent statesman. One could offend your senses, the other can destroy all of civilization. So please join us for our fight. We do not require that you join us in prayer. But if you want to, that would be nice.
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Entropy. It takes hundreds, perhaps thousands of years to build culture and civilization that can be destroyed in a generation or two.

It has taken about 150 years for the termites to chew up the foundation of Western Civilization. At first the termites seem only to be clearing out the excess, like a controlled burn in a forest to leave room for the new trees to grow and as a supposed prevention of a full scale conflagration. But eventually, when the new trees do not grow and no one rakes away the fallen leaves and branches, the stage is set for accelerating destruction.

For a few generations, say from 1848 to 1913, it seems to proceed at a snail's pace. There is a burst of activity in 1913 -- the eve of the Great War, the start of the Federal Reserve and the Internal Revenue Service in the US, the development of "progressive education" around the world.

After each round of destruction there is a temporary respite and faux recovery -- the Roaring Twenties, the Go-Go Fifties, the "peace dividend" of the 1990's. But underneath the termites are at work. Infiltration of the Universities that started in the 1930's metastasizes in the 1960's and is ubiquitous in by the turn of the 21st century. The toleration implied in multiculturalism leads to a nihilistic equating of all cultures and the dissolution of national cultural pride and identity. The intrinsic contradiction between amoral multiculturalism and universal human rights is not noticed by advocates of either.

Opposite trends pull at each other with increasing force: inflation vs. deflation, secularism vs. religious fundamentalism and fanaticism, globalism vs. tribalism. Each side increases in strength until something will eventually snap or collapse.

The better the world actually becomes the more discontented the utopians become and the more envious become those who are rising more slowly. No matter that they are all hugely better off than they were a generation or two ago. Their absolute prosperity pales in their eyes in comparison to the perceived gap between those on the lower end and those above.

To far too many, excoriating ourselves for our supposed flaws and imperfections breeds acceptance of adversaries whose goals, values, methods, and actions dwarf ours in their evil. Thus feminists and gay activists can overlook what life would be like if Islamists prevailed.

They assume that all the good things about Western Civilization will remain after the belief in the West and the safeguards of Constitutional Government and the true Rule of Law are broken.

Was November 2014 the last off-ramp on our race to self-destruction? I try to think "no" but I increasingly fear "yes."
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God has not moved and is in full view for those seeking Him. A nation birthed by men steeped in His word will last for a while in the shade of their greatness, unparalleled greatness, but as the crucible that made them sinks from view in the rest they provided; those reared in rest prove shallow and weak.
No one is more pained by those irresolute deluded useful idiots selling Satan's agenda than those still seeking God.
Neither any more crushed by flippant untrained eye's claiming He has gone fishing.
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Barack Obama has already checked out of his job. “The degree to which Barack Obama is now phoning it in – sleepwalking perfunctorily through his second term, amid golf rounds and dinner parties – is astonishing.”

Obama performed his job as head of the Government back in 2009 when he replaced pretty much every Republican in an appointed position with a leftist. I think it would be inaccurate to say that he chose Democrats. What they were looking for was capable (of anything) Leftists. These would then identify like minded sorts in the professional Bureaucracy to move up the ranks. that is why he can now go golfing and raise money to help keep the Crony Class Left in power. The Crony class wants to preserve and expand Crony Class Privilege. They are doing well but are not the type to be satisfied with what they have. They must be ever alert lest they lose some of their privileges.
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God has gone for a long Cold fishing campain
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Very sentimental, mystical piece, Richard. I relate to the posts about California, also being a native Californian. Perhaps it was something like Utopia at one point, though it also always held the divisions and conflict that existed throughout the country. I agree with Art Chance that the ties to the land are increasingly tenuous. And I am glad for Israel, on many levels. Perhaps the patriots will rise again soon in America. I hope so. It would help a lot towards that end if the impostor Obama was tossed out of his white house first.
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What happened to the "Christmas in July" thread? The whole thread vanished while I slept.
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Old Doug hijacked that thread, and so it migrated to his hard drive, and then his hard drive crashed, Lois Lerner style.
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A not so modest proposal (second edition):

http://sallysaidlou.wordpress.com/a-message-to-all-july-21/
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For those of us who know our history, know our families, know our place, and how our people built this country, there is no fear. We will fight as we always have, we will fight in the hallows, in the vails, in the deserts, in the mountains, in the beaches, in the towns, and the cities. There will never be a surrender for it is not in us to surrender. And frankly there are to many of us. In total we might number 85,000,000 or so who might be termed people of the soil. The remaining 215,000,000 or so are new comers we let in as guests and other assorted squatters. Perhaps maybe only a third of us have the spirit right now to fight. But, a third of 85,000,000, a third of such people like that, well, I fear for the poor S.O.B.s. Just wait and see what happens you bunch of cry babies......
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The ignored elephant in this post is that the dreams of God and Country have been hijacked by the genocidal, racist forces of capitalist greed. The genocidal conquistadors such as Columbus and Cortes sought "God, Gold and Glory" in theory; in practice they sought only gold and killed all who stood in their way. The invention of the greed-based institutions known as joint-stock companies a century later sealed the deal. Patriotism and religion became mere vehicles for greed-filled , capitalistic oppression, racism and genocide. I notice how some of the commenters mindlessly parrot CIA propaganda about "Gulags" and "Killing fields" when the real crimes against humanity come from American bombings

The comments supporting some sort of "scientific atheism" of one sort or another are also just side of the same coin. The Islamophobic racism of the New Atheists is a disgusting spectacle to be held. Science or religion--the corporation always rules. Like Star Wars Chancellor Palpatine, the corpoacrhy controls both sides of the "science" vs."religion" debate and distracts the people from what really matters--the clandestine machinations of the greedy corporate overlords who oppress us all. The twin towers were not bright down by "Muslim religious fanatics" but rather by thermite installed in the buildings by the Republican establishment at behest of the oil industry.
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today gold has become a synonym of petro-dollar

anyways may God hear your complain in his off shore trip
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One hundred years ago all that New World gold that had been transported to Europe found it's way back to the New World again, a little army base in Kentucky to be precise, It seems those Honkies were hell bent on waging a war for control of Europe, and wars cost money. As for the bombings, I find it interesting that you find time to complain about US precision bombing of jihadi ammo dumps but have nothing to say about the bozos wearing suicide bombs taking out dozens of women and children in the marketplace. And so it seems that we have picked up a Truther tick.
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I will fight against those who destroyed God and Country and the Dream. I fill fight to ensure that those people fail. I will fight to ensure they curse the impotence of their god. I will fight to ensure that their new country dies stillborn. I will fight to ensure the dream is a nightmare for them.
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It's like our entire Civilization has been propagandized into the Jim Jone's free Kool Aid line.
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