~ SO WHO DOESN’T LIKE the idea of being the big boss? It’s even a kid’s game, as you try to scramble and push to the top of a pile of dirt or snow or whatever: “I’m the king of the castle! / And you’re the dirty rascal!” No doubt Apple has an app for this now, so no kids or risky outdoors activity need be involved.
Actual power– at work, in a family, in business or politics– is a much more difficult balance. Canada– and America under Obama– war us of what power is like when misused by narcissistic bullies, as power OVER, versus duty and responsibility TOWARDS.
Recently, a Canadian reporter broke the news that Justin Trudeau had decided to cut short a proper court case, and issue an apology and $10.5 million payout to admitted murderer and terrorist Omar Khadr, of the Khadr Terror Family or terrorists and murderers for Islam. The news broke on July 3rd (you’re welcome, America!), and since then the uproar has hardly down-roared.
Survey says… 91% of Tory voters, and even 2/3 or Liberal and NDP voters oppose what Trudeau has done. That’s pretty astonishing, given the ideological differences amongst many Canadians.
The current Ottawa regime has been in full red alert damage control mode since then, but none of the manure they are throwing seems to be sticking to the wall, or calming the country.
This Khadr issue is a symptom. No matter if you think Trudeau did the right thing, the larger and nagging question about Canada’s White Obama is getting pretty clear: Shiny Pony Trudeau is not a lover of due process, of moderation, or of duty, responsibility, and deliberation. He’s more of an.. autocrat. The Rule Of One: King Selfie I.
Sadly, studies warn that positions of power attract the sociopaths, the narcissists, the autocrats and users & abusers, whose concerns about absolute power are not that it corrupts absolutely, but that it is rather nice. In America, just-past President Chocolate Jesus and now in Canada Prince Selfie I both seem to be world-class needy & deeply broken people presenting themselves as charming Glorious Leaders who deserve absolute utter unquestioning adoration and obedience.
Such absolute corruption is no solution for politics, but is an abiding problem, and a failing of the power of the vote, when the times, they are foolish and fad-following and OMIGAWD THAT HAIR.
Actual Power Serves
Being unaccountable– downwards, or upwards– is the very shape of dictatorial rule, and taking the place of God. “What I and people who agree with & advise me” taken as the law of the land or the eternal Law Of Heaven is usurpation on both accounts. “Believe it simply on my say-so”? Solid as quicksand.
I have had minor power in the past, and still exercise it as a husband and father and person in the community, and it’s properly not a club to threaten with or abuse, but a crown of humbling thorns, a calling to do the right thing in the changes and chances of this fleeting life, an opportunity and calling to redeem the time, and leave people and the world better than you found it. It’s not all about “Me”.
May God save us from ourselves, from ungodly demigods and autocrats and power-lovers. May he teach all in power to be servants first. +
~ OH DEAR.. A ‘Back In My Day’ post from a 1/2 centarian.
Ah, the olden days! Our songs, our dreams and goals, our minds were pondering life & jobs, but usually with dating, fabulously-haired boyfriend-girlfriend, and marriage as the goal. How different from the West in 2017.
The sexual revolution, broken homes, & feminism & biased divorce law & constant texting– all have made it clear to many younger men that hook-ups are barely worth it; relationships very risky, and marriage a non-starter. Many of these kids come from what we used to call broken homes, now.. uh ‘blended families’ or some such euphemistic lie.
Of my younger son and his immediate circle of 10 friends (18-24), only 1 has a current (short term) girlfriend. Others haven’t even been dating for AGES.. all their female friends or co-workers are just that, minus a hook-up here and there. Not with a bang or a whimper– just a “Meh?”
And their wider generation is very much the same… don’t dismiss this, for the family/ marriage/ kids Titanic is long past the iceberg moment.And babies? You’ll have to import people to have them…. you know, like the Khadrs. Or the welfare-people born in another land.
For a post-feminist Christian take on all this, try Dalrock.
WHICH IS WORSE? Rebellion, or Blind Obedience? Or, is there another way?
In Tolkien’s story, times are dark and dire– Éomer son of Éomund, Third Marshal of the Riddermark– one of the great Captains of Rohan and nephew to the King– has seemingly gone rogue, to fight the enemies of Rohan as he sees fit. That’s the merest start of the woes.
To the North-West, the dark pinnacle of Isengard stands, surrounded by armies of huge mutant orcs, evil men, giant wolves, and the darkened powers of the fallen wizard Saruman. Rohan’s neioghbour is preparing for war on that kingdom.
To the East and South, mighty land of Mordor broods under Sauron’s cruel domination, his countless forces massing for an assault on Gondor– last bastion of the West and of all free peoples– then to fill all the lands with a second darkness. Doom will soon fall.
Worst of all, the king himself, Théoden King son of Thengel, a seeming lesser son of greater rulers, sits bowed and cowed, listening to the poisoned words of Isengard and Mordor via his usurping advisor, Grima Wormtongue. All faithful folk of the Rohirrim wait, and suffer, and hope for they know not what.
What then shall we say of Captain Éomer? Faithless traitor? #NotMyKing perhaps? Seeking his uncle’s crown? Enemy of Rohan and the King and the official direction of officialdom? So says Master Wormtongue into the King’s ear.
So the U.S. is currently embroiled in what amounts to an attempted coup d’etat– the Left-wing establishment & media are seeking to effectively un-elect the new president, because he’s not one of them. He’s a bad, bad, evil man, a traitor, an icky, and anything is more “truly” loyal than observing the rule of law, or respecting results of a democratic vote by the American public. Heaven knows, those who oppose you must be enemies of all things decent and right or are you an enemy, too?
The current U.S. crisis– as driven by radicals– gives a bad name to bullshit & nonsense. Yet all this is very serious, and not to be dismissed as some kind of insane joke.
We moderns love the advice of Jim Morrison & The Doors to “break on through to the other side“, and spent centuries now– since the European Protestant Deformation and the French Devolution– imagining ourselves as virtuous and innocent rebels against The Evil Them. All are shaped and entangled in this revolution, whether we are herd-minded, or cheering the revolt directly.
What is less common is a noble political, religious, and principled position of Loyal Opposition, if the times demand it: to have a sense of abiding right and wrong, of the good and true, beyond the momentary tug of war of the present, the misrule of rulers, and to abide faithful even in difficult circumstances. How to be good when the times are evil? How do we stay faithful if the government is bad, or the king is mad, or traitorous to his people?
The weakness of Rohan has had a cost. Éomer is caught between two obediences: his loyalty and his duty. For war marches on Rohan, but no orders come from the indecisive throne; orcs raid and plunder and kill the helpless farm-folk in Rohan, yet “Indeed in this riding north I went without the king’s leave”.*
How shall duty and loyalty and truth and love and hope serve in the seeming chaos? How shall we judge and be sure of anything? Tolkien writes—
‘As he ever has judged,’ said Aragorn. ‘Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear; nor are they one thing among Elves and Dwarves and another among Men. It is a man’s part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house.’
As in pre-Norman England, the battle is not between blind obedience to authority, or a chaotic popular revolution. The English sought one obedience, but defined in two ways– (a) Liberty Under Law, and (b) Freedom Under Faith. Without both parts of each, neither will be enough.
Lawless liberty cannot make a lasting society; Law without freedom is slavery. Likewise, faithless freedom tends towards chaos, for God is the greatest lawgiver, and saviour of mens souls and bodies; faith without freedom is cultish and demeans the faithful, and is not Christ’s way.
See Ya, Yahweh!
Each society, each soul, each age will fight the same battle, in different forms and garb. What is new since the Revolting Age is the attempt to live, legislate, and rule under freedom from faith, where man– or at least the ruling class and its guns & thugs and bankers– seeks to take the place of God, and dominate all things, and call it good, and true, and right in itself.*
That modern hubris and madness has also infected the Church, via the poisons of various kinds of utopianism. Man is now innately good, needing only guidance, freedom, and liberation to attain perfection. Jesus is a helper and example, and God is our ever-variable and surprising cheerleader. The Holy Spirit is constantly giving us novelties in thought, truth, worship, and everything else, leading and blessing the revolution.
Shall we submit to evil by blindly obeying power gone wrong, or become crazy rebels– or, the third way: suffering and even Martyrdom? Accused on all sides, and rejected by the spirit of the age, and the herd, and the power-mongers, and even the worldly rebels, too? St. Thomas More is an example to us all in this age of conflicting loyalties & duties.
Dissent is not automatically disloyalty, or destruction. Not all watchdogs are rabid. ~
~ Teh Binks
* As the story unfolds, faithful Éomer son of Éomund becomes a war hero for Rohan, and when Théoden King (having come to his senses) is slain in the Battle of Minas Tirith– having bravely led his armies to the rescue of Gondor against Sauron– loyal Éomer becomes king of Rohan. ~
~ YOU MAY FREELY ignore all that follows.. after all, I’m merely a non-Harvard educated white male cisgendered Canadian elf. As a white male of my species, I’m no doubt a patriarchy racist sexism, and one of the micro-causes of endless micro-aggressions.
Still and all– the other day, in the face of the black-run Baltimore #Negrogeddon, POTUS & constitutional expert Chocolate Jesus gets his fine half-white Harvarded self up to the big podium and has the grumpy-faced cojones to mumble “Jim Crow… Slavery.. Christianity” as the cause of it all. Now, I’m not a noted constitutionalist and smartest man ever like the Emperor of Obamistan, but still– what are they teaching at schools these days?
Don’t Know Much About…
How do we explain this? Surely all of his constitutional law professors did not neglect to mention a very few facts?
Such as– the agricultural and Democratic SOUTH was largely in favour of slavery? That there was a whole set of Lincoln-Douglas Republican/ Democrat slavery debates, a.k.a. “The Great Debates Of 1858“, in which the Republicans sought to prevent slavery spreading Westward into new territories (like Missouri)?
I believe Harvard may have a liberry or two, and in said book repositories may even repose a book or fifty on the matter. But.. what do I know?
That the aforementioned Jim Crow Laws (1890-1965) of racial segregation were Southern Laws, beloved of Democrats, following on older laws of the same type? No? Nobody at Harvard ever pointed this out to you, sir? Not once, in passing, even in a single wee footnote?
Nor that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 repealing all Jim Crow Legislation was voted in via largely Republican votes (80% vs. Dem 63%, despite ex-KKK member Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia (D), who personally filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for 14 straight hours to keep it from passage)? That the KKK was a Democratic-backed mob, that the Democrats largely backed the Dred Scott Decision, and that the Republican-supported NRA taught black (mostly Republican) men how to shoot, to defend themselves from lynchers and mobs. But– what do I know?
It Gets Even Worse, Factually
Oh, and Mr. Obama, I’m worried that the following may cause a blood-vessel in your head to pop– so read this slowly, pausing for breath– but black slavery (and white slavery, and virtual Pakistani & Filipino slavery) is not illegal in 2015 in many Muslim countries, and was only officially de-legalized in Saudi in the 1960s.
Worse? OK. Age-old Islamic slavery also contributed to the slaves bought and sold to America back in the day, and to the sales of human castration equipment. Nice slag there on blaming Christianity for slavery and Baltimore, Mr. President, Sir– but you clearly can’t or won’t history very good.
Now, I’ve neither been to ivy-covered Harvard, nor have I secretly funded anybody to the tune of $1 million in tuition and stuffs to go there (like someone did for former foreign student Mr. Barry Soetero), but if this is the quality of the education resulting, I think Harvard (and her profs) owes somebody a big apology, and a generous partial refund, along with curriculum reform. And POTUS may need some serious & supervised remedial reading.
He’s Faking It, Anyway
Still, it’s no surprise. Holy Chocolate Jesus is not any friend of his faithful 13 million 97% for him voters, or the 317 million others, either. In fact, blacks have in some ways had it even worse under “The First Mulatto President” Obama.
Oh no, I didn’t. Yep.
I>> Black youth and general black unemployment has skyrocketed and soared ever higher into double-digits since Obama’s coronation, and not once has he spoken to or made any serious policies, executive orders, or whatever to help them. Double the white rate?.. thanks for the votes, bitches. And that’s on top of the economic fails of this misadministration.
I>>Black abortion is still in the high 30% of total U.S. abortions (it used to be 40%+). This is a racist black genocide, a laMargaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood-founding racist extraordinaire.
Dead black babies? In heaps? No word or shame or effort from Partial Birth Barry & his friends at the Planned Parenthood death mills. You wear this in your time, Obama. That green thing is the buck which stopped in front of you, boss-man.
I>> Nor have the disastrous effects of the welfare state on black families been addressed by this president. But his $100 mill vaycays are really great, thanks y’all.. and the 2-3 billion in same since 2008 was just lying around anyway, and could not have helped poverty or education or a new Presidential Fund For Education or anything.
I>> The Shiny New Jim Crow, run by the police and cash-for-prisoners jail companies (COUGH attention, Marco Rubio COUGH), assure that any young black men who do survive the womb and largely fatherless (72%) homes and inferior black schools don’t get any help or support to better themselves, they get overcrowded jail-time galore. Keep dem darkies under control. Obama? Silence.
But Wait– There’s Mores!
On top of this, whilst tax-gouging the multi-coloured middle class, the establishment and Obama have continued to support long-term FED RESERVE™ stimulus money-magicking, which– while it keeps the well-holed U.S.S. Titanic afloat a little longer– actually devalues the spending-power of each dollar via inflation (shrinking money). Everybody is stolen from, especially the non-rich.
I>> Taxation hits the middle class, but devalued dollars (inflation) means that marginal wages buy even less every year. So, there’s less food on the table, less for the poor all ’round, including American black people & families. The 2013 dollar was only a $0.63 dollar, compared to 1985– and actual 2008-2015 inflation in some sectors of the economy is ( shhhhhh! ) upwards of %15. Your dollar is even less, now.
I>> Then again, since race-baiter Obama and his minions Holder & Sharpton happily threw gasoline and TNT onto the racial fires of Trayvon, and Ferguson, and Baltimore (yay, burning black-owned homes and businesses! a victory for race equality!), all this black death and misery and poverty and gun violence is actually quite useful, in a revolutionary Alinskyite sense, isn’t it?
Because– and Binky has been saying this on and on since 2007, as this blog can attest– Obama and Soros and Jarrett and Holder and Herr GoebbelsSharpton and Boehner and all the other human toothaches, malcontents, and race-card players in the Republicrat party really don’t care about anybody, or justice, or black Americans, because you have to smash a few millions of eggs to make a Utopian omelette, and the fewer blacks at the end of it, the better.
Obama isn’t opposed to black slavery– he wants to enslave everybody in his New Omerica.
Shut Up, White Elf!
Am I racist? Yup, because every human ever born is one. But not everyone is [cue evil music] Racist™ in the U.S. Demopublican sense.
I was partly raised in 1960s Montreal, as much as my uber-liberal mother could make it so, to be somewhat colour-blind. My first kinder-crush was Michelle, a dark beauty whom I serenaded (bilingually, back then) with the Beatles song therefore named. Weird little passionate elf, I was.
Michelle, ma belle Sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble Très bien ensemble.
My second pre-school crush was a half-black girl named Kimberley, daughter of family friends in an (gasp!) inter-racial marriage. Hubba.
My Hawaiian born & bred Grandma Jean was so full of the Portugee that in the Summer, she was much darker than Obama now is, and in the Winter, was a medium dark roast coffee with milk. ‘Coloured’? Nah. Grammaaaa!
But… DEEP SIGH.. what do I know, compared to Obama the Great and Powerful, the last word in education, leadership, and compassion?
~ WATCHING THE AWESOME citizens of Concord, Mass. stand up to the proposed militarization of the police is worth watching at length.
I’m going to violate the rules of online argument now: Hitler! Old Adolf knew what he wanted, he told everybody, then he tried to do exactly that. When he first got legitimate political power, he asked for a very little are of concern, which merely allowed him to control the German police. Mostly harmless. All of this BEFORE 1933, and his rise to supreme power as chancellor.
No, this was not a backwater in his socialist master-plan, it was the start of a close-control of the populace, dissidents, making little lists, and getting people used to the idea of a militarized police-force. The Gestapo was created, and the police-forces were quickly filled with Nazis– the police became agents of one political machine, and the uncooperative were retired, fired, or shipped off to special camps, you know, “for their own safety”. Very considerate, that.
Comes The Destructor
Like Adolf, Barack Obama has made it clear what he wants– direct one-party rule, and his personal power superseding all law, Constitution, the Senate-Congress-Courts system of checks and balances, and anything else which he decrees. He was perfectly happy to expand the ‘legal’ powers of his police-state with the power to arrest, detain, and even kill Americans without arrest, warrant, or reasonable suspicion. Under Holder & Napolitano, he has continued the militarization of airports, borders, state and local police forces across America– many now essentially operating with the same equipment and armored vehicles of the U.S. military, except in police blues.
Having been in leadership myself, I know it’s always important not only to look honest and sensible, but to be honest and sensible, and not to pooh-pooh even the potential appearance of a conflict of interest, or the potential of abuse of power and responsibility of office. Sadly, Obama is all about appearances in a superficial way– content to go about his plan, dodging criticism here and theoretically rescinding a blinding obvious possible evil (say, drone-kills of American potential Domestic Terrorists™ like the Tea-Party, libertarians, Occupy, pro-lifers, constitutionalists, religious people, preppers, gun-owners, etc. … you know, normal non-Leftist Americans).
It’s all bullshit, this current push to “homeland security”. Runny, smelly, with flies buzzing around it. Yes, I made a swear.
Why? Because there are already police & emergency responders; beyond that, the State Police, then the FBI, the National Guard; beyond that, the U.S. Armed forces on sea, land, air. That is, if all you are actually concerned about is real threats to actual Americans. We’d all be much “safer” in a nuke-proof bunker with prison-bars.. but it’s not free, or necessary, or good.
You don’t have to sport a tinfoil hat or subscribe to every conspiracy theory to wonder what is going on in Obama’s captive bizarroland, formerly known as the United States of America. Not only that, we have more than enough warnings from history about setting up all the required mechanisms of a police state, making the rise of such a state not only possible, but much more likely. No doubt some alleged “Emergency” will be the pretext for the clampdown, if it comes (and really, it doesn’t matter which Washington DC politician might take the step, the Republicrats are all a blend of grey political sludge). Ideological opponents of the present Regime (a.k.a Domestic Terrorists™) have been under digital, financial, and personal threat for some time– why not move to drones, cops, curfew, and armored force?
Warrants? Habeas corpus? Due process? Timely trials? Bwahahahaha! Luxury!
Blatant Fraud Is Fun!
The best moment [ around 1:25:00 forward ] is when the guy who occasionally marched with Occupy, Massachusetts, points out that the group is pretty much defunct, therefore buying fancy armoured cars to prepare to oppose said Domestic Terrorists™ including Occupy was nonsensical. The scariest & Orwellian moment came when the Town Manager leading the meeting said that he’d talked to some other bureaucrat, and they’d agreed to remove the hair-raising short list of “potential domestic enemies”, so could they just move ahead and buy the armored car anyway?
This is disingenuous. Clearly it’s being sold by Homeland Security on those lines; deleting the scary language doesn’t address the scary fact & idea behind the militarization of local police all across the united States. The Department of Homeland Security apparently considers itself above the law, and above the constitution, and unaccountable to the people.. especially those is chooses to designate Domestic Terrorists™.
Sheeps & Wolves
Now, as a male, I like stuff, and man-gear, things that go bang, armor, and cool vehicles, and used to love playing army. But this is big-boy time, and the public allowing their police to become potential prison-guards, or putting up with needless SWAT-style raids, check-point, scary drills, and an already renegade government to buy up enough weapons and guns– for domestic use– for what, exactly.. to re-fight D-Day and beyond 5 times over?
It’s doesn’t pass the smell-test, the republic/ democracy test, and the don’t hand a radical socialist a loaded gun test.
America, beware. So saith Binksy — ITYS, with tears in my eyes. ~
~ IN ONE WAY, HE’S A GIFT that keeps on giving, is our Canucki Clown Crown-Prince.
Now, sometime weed-smoker Prince Justin panders to the hippies, the kids, and the libertarians.. even though modern pot is 20 times stronger than Woodstock-era bud, and proven to damage brains, induce schizophrenia, promote emotional immaturity and escapism, and (of course) support the mafia, the Taliban, and organized crime. Yay, Prince Justin.
Lots of people like to laugh at Justin– his foot-in-mouth disease, his smug presumption, his manure-eating-grin, his lack of actual accomplishment or political experience. Sound like someone we know, south of the border, down District of Columbia way?
Danger, Will Robinson!
I’ve said it before, and it deserves repeating, that Justin Is Not A Joke, however much he deserves mocking and slighting. He is a useful idiot. He is ready to be (and very well will be) Canada’s Second Obama. His horrid father, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, dragged Canada into big government, social radicalism, nationalization, multiculturalism, official bilingualism, easy divorce & promoting homosexuality, severe debt-budgeting, and aligning Canada with China, Cuba, and anybody radical he could find. He created a powerful crony-fied Liberal party that continued his radical ways for decades.
“The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office. Every man but one a subordinate clerk in a bureau. What an alluring utopia! What a noble cause to fight!”
~ Ludwig von Mises ~ (1881-1973) Economist and social philosopher
~ ITEM: The Naked Communist–[.pdf format].. where they openly told us what would come next over the next 60 years.
~ LET ME CLEAR: Obama– and all the other radicals like him around the world and in Western nations want some basic things. They won’t come out and say so, but here it is: the list (and note, a lot of the alleged “Left” and Right” both support many of these goals). Remember: there is no idea so evil, crazy, destructive, and wrong-headed that somebody some where won’t back it to the hilt.
Fun With Crazy Schemes
A Disarmed Populace.
A legally unfree populace.
Side-lining and abolition of any non-compliant serious organized religions.
No free press, free speech, freedom of association, freedom of conscience.
Deconstruction of the nuclear & extended family structure.
Complete government control of the economy.
A large dependent-class in each nanny-state society.
Expropriatory taxation-levels, fees, energy costs, food costs, leading to the impoverishment of the middle class.
Various levels of liberty, freedom, & citizenship. No equality before the law.
The destruction & effective legal abolition of marriage, and encouragement of sexual extremity, pornography, desensitization to polygamy, incest, and pedophilia.
The destruction of the nation-state, absorbed into a global government.
Government-controlled births.. one-child policies or worse.
An “education system” that creates uninformed people, subject to propaganda.
A small world population, kept around 500 million – 1 billion.
The effective erasing of all legal principle, constitution, government, precedent, or set of laws opposed to their plans.
Total surveillance of all activity: digital, financial, personal.
The environmental & other “crisis” movements like Agenda 21 used to forward all these various projects.
Read It & Weep
There. I told you. None of this is inevitable, only hoped-for, planned, and partially in effect. It is deliberate, and part of a scheme for global governance, down to the microscopic & individual level. Nor will a lot of it work real-world, but reality never stopped a utopian, or a tyrant.