Sharia is to Islam what Natural Law is to Nature’s God, what the Law is to Judaism, what Liberty is to Americans, what Critical Theory and weaponized Political Correctness is to The Left, and what the Gospel is to Christianity.
Cleansing or rebirth? Which is the meaning, a proper understanding of baptism? Both. Though according to Joseph Campbell, writer of The Hero with a Thousand Faces rebirth is ascendant, rises to greater importance in an individual’s heroic quest to make a difference or to become all one can be. Campbell includes St John’s gospel account as evidence rebirth is greater, when Nicodemus furtively met with Jesus after nightfall. I am said, “You must be born again.”
We can’t be sure what is going on in Washington, DC that is; because liberal firebrands like Senator Jeff Flake can appear on Bret Baier’s Special Report at Fox News masquerading as a conservative without push back, can write a book Red State takes seriously titled: Conscience of a Conservative, and can have a Red State article written about him titled: Senator Jeff Flake’s Commonsense Call To The GOP To Face Washington Dysfunction.
Congress either budgets by keeping revenues and expenses equal or Congress swindles. Those are the two options available to Washington’s politicians. We can count on one hand the number of politicians of either party that consistently vote against spending bills violating the principle of authorizing only what a taxpayer can afford. Meaning Congress is 98.44% pure, a pack of swindlers: those who promise much more than they can deliver.
The Power of The Purse is a budget, not a willpower of House members to act decisively and not a willingness to “shut down the government;” but a budget. Without a budget a purse is almost always empty, useless, and defenseless. With a budget, an honest to goodness budget that balances (what other kind of budget can there be?) a purse remains solvent, generally ready to supply the needs of most any circumstance, expected and unexpected.
As Americans we own what we work for. It’s been that way from the beginning, confirmed July 4, 1776, when a working team of Americans declared the United States free from British rule. Over and over again without using the words own or ownership its signers attested to an individual’s, a local government’s, a state’s, and a nation’s right to govern and dispose of what they considered theirs without interference by outside agents.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s image of a caravan’s wearied trek across a could-care-less desert only to stake final hopes and dreams on a useless well was clearly clairvoyant; an insight on today’s Main Street Media: frozen in time, breaking Oval Office tables, toppling lamps and shades, their sun-whitened bones scattered around a dry well, specifically The Trump Is Colluding with the Russians Dry Well. Exupery wrote in his book The Wisdom of the Sands, originally titled The Citadel in French editions, of a desert’s harsh conditions, of what’s really important when real wells are scarce and mirages are plentiful. His language is the substantive wrapped in mysticism and prose, also a scarcity in today’s America bereft of Liberal thought and imagination.
This past November, after unseating a thousand Democrats nationwide in state and federal elections over the past few election cycles, Republican voters thought finally they had government under control. With a strong President as leader, figuring Republican members of both houses in Washington would be grateful, thankful for the majorities graciously handed them, voters expected campaign promises made would be kept. In particular they counted on repeal of Obamacare. “Repeal Fixes Obamacare,” they said. So they were content to let markets restore healthcare to its former health. Fifty times Republicans had repealed Obamacare. Just one more time, they thought.
The term-limited president listened while his aides related news of a youthful, totally unanticipated candidate for president. He had just shown up and asked for an audience with America’s voters. Audience warily granted, the candidate delivered a brash message promising a Yuge reversal in America’s fortunes, much for the better.
Ownership is the difference between an American and a Global Citizen. Americans own. Global Citizens share. Americans individually own their innovative ideas, the hours they devote to labor, the hours they boat or fish, the inheritance received from father or mother, rich aunt or opulent uncle. Whatever an American owns he can barter, negotiate, retail or wholesale at will, disposing of, at will, whatever it is he owns that another individual sees value in. The only coercions an American condones are his own wily impulses to buy and his neighbors’ insatiable cravings to keep up with the Jones’.
If it’s truly an abyss and the edge is already a distant memory, it’s a deep dive whether thought of as a deep dive or not. There is no turning back, no applying the brakes, no slowing down, no point harboring a second thought. All that matters is who has been taken down, is along for the ride; because suicide is one thing, murder something else all over again, especially if the tag-alongs are family members, countrymen, or even a President.
Over the past couple weeks we have gradually pulled ourselves around to ask if Britain can come to terms with the no longer latent threats they have knowingly, willingly incubated over the past few decades. Sadly, at last report, overnight, seven civilians on or around London Bridge have died at the hands of three knife wielding strangers to the UK. Strangers because even though it might be revealed they were born or naturalized citizens of Britain, they had refused to assimilate to the culture.
There wasn’t any. The title (my mistake) implies conservatism and liberalism were opposing factions in the culture and politics of early America. Nothing could be further from the truth. There was no conservatism or liberalism. At least it looks that way. Noah Webster’s First Edition published in 1828, neglected to include either word: conservatism or liberalism. Makes one wonder. What was all the fuss about during the first congress: the arguments, the great compromises; if there were no conservatives and liberals to do the fighting. Nonetheless it’s reported the fledgling legislators were sufficiently nonplussed, so much so they resorted to prayer.
Voters listened. They spoke. Three times they gave Republicans a majority in the House to repeal Obamacare. Twice voters gave Republicans a majority in the Senate to repeal Obamacare. Then one time Donald Trump spoke to voters much like this past week he talked to fifty-five Arab leaders in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia reminding them about their very important responsibilities they have neglected for far too long. To voters before election day in November candidate Trump said:
Before Moses met God in the Middle East he spied a bush burning in the wilderness, perhaps not so unusual, except it kept burning and burning. The flames remained strong and bright. If anything, they stretched higher as if to wrest his attention out of him, “Hey dummy, what are you waiting for. You’ve got to check this out.” He headed that way, taking his time at first, figuring the bush would soon be consumed. If the fire died out, he could be quickly on his way without a several mile detour.
Even Fair and Balanced: Fox News that is, according to a Harvard study is practicing the art of insinuation 52% of the time when it comes to its President Trump coverage. Would your local channel’s News at Five report live from a vehicle accident scene if no damaged vehicles were present? If a lack of evidence assured reporters on scene and producers in studio a wreck had never occurred? Of course not. Howie Kurtz does. So also Chris Wallace, John Roberts and others at Fox News. And of course most every anchor on CNN and MSNBC report the nonexistent, insinuations ninety-one to ninety-three percent of the time according to the same Harvard study.
A scripture reads, “Peace I bring to you, peace not as the world gives….” A similar peace the world gives was parodied in Miss Congeniality and Groundhog Day. Sandra Bullock quipped the obligatory “and world peace” during the pageant’s can the contestant think and talk while maintaining political correctness segment. Bill Murray wooed Andie MacDowell with repeated, quite insincere “and world peace,” pleas, day after day after day. Both occasions belie the seriousness of those who tout world peace with the likelihood world peace is but a pipe dream. World peace is to peace what Utopia is to civil society: unattainable.
This is not a “Once upon a time” tale. It really happened. A young man ventured out into the world and realized very soon it was necessary for him to make a living or he would be “at the mercy” of those who were much smarter than he was. He joined the journalism circus and learned various skills of the trade, became most adept at ventriloquism: the art of insinuation and innuendo. His name is Washington Post. As the story goes he later learned another skill, hot air balloonist. While out and about in his balloon one lazy afternoon he was carried aloft by winds “with a mind of their own” across a vast desert to a make believe world we know of as Oz: the bubble.
The Yellow Brick Road passes through the Land of Oz and the Forest of Bloomenwald. It’s not made of one piece, but of a million parts. No individual owns the Yellow Brick Road, yet one can take possession of what’s at its end. Perhaps the yellow is reminiscent of gold, making it a road of potential promise, richness, fullness. Both roads lead through hazards tending to forgetfulness induced by fields of poppies or woods of psychedelics. Consequently a traveler however strong, courageous, and true might very well not complete his or her journey due to the very calming nature of sleep or an ecstacy laced high.
With 217 aye votes House Republicans under Paul Ryan’s leadership on Thursday afternoon saved Obama’s signature government run healthcare program from almost certain ruin. President Trump’s voters and those who gave Republicans majorities in both houses over three and four different election cycles, those who gave Republicans a mandate to repeal Obamacare, not to resurrect it, subsequently remain burdened with the whims and follies of central planners, guaranteeing a long line of kindly, round faced benefactors, beginning with HHS Secretary Tom Price, will for decades in the future make large and small decisions individual Americans used to make for themselves before free markets were disabused and all but abandoned, bereft of their former usefulness.
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