It is amazing how many problems in the world are caused by short-term thinking. Continue reading “TOTD 2018-08-17: The Perils of Short Term Thinking”
I know that we have many flavors of conservative here. Do we have any rules on who we exclude? This is not for the sock and the scientist, this is for all of us, the people who form the Ratburger community. It is we who decide whom to include and whom to exclude.
Now, Ratburger is a right-wing, conservative site. I will fight tooth and nail to ensure that remains the case, to avoid invoking Conquest’s Second Law.
Any organization not explicitly and constitutionally right-wing will sooner or later become left-wing.
(I note with some irony that I linked to National Review, which seems like it is following the 2nd and 3rd laws – that post is from Derbyshire) However, what does that mean for Ratburger?
I know several people who are not Republican or even conservative, but might enjoy this site. Moreover, they have knowledge that might benefit Ratburghers, such as preparedness and urban architecture. Should I invite them? The most liberal of the group is around David Rubin level. Should they expect a torch & pitchfork mob if they come by here?
More broadly, how do you maintain a conservative organization without being obsessed with purity tests?
Religious freedom is a powerful and vital right. More than any other right, it dethrones the State, placing it subordinate to the conscience of the individual and the Supreme Being he chooses to acknowledge. This is why the Left cannot stand it – they cannot bear the competition. Only the Party and the State can define meaning – in essence, they want to establish Leftism as State religion, and block the free exercise of any other faith. Social Justice is indeed a jealous god, wrathful and merciless.
That said, there are limits to religious freedom. You cannot claim that heinous crimes are justified by your religion and expect to get away with it – no sacrificing children to Moloch (unless they are aborted fetuses). You need some degree of common sense restrictions – you cannot form the Church of Rockso and claim tax exemption along with having cocaine consumption as a sacrament. This is all common knowledge.
Now for a tougher situation. The Church of Scientology is a fairly small, but extremely rich organization. It does not acknowledge a supreme being, nor does engage in much charitable activity. More than anything else, it resembles a corrupt business selling self-help techniques, while using mental manipulation to control its members. The abuses and cruelties of this organization have been well-documented – there are numerous books, a documentary movie, and even a TV series.
When the Church of Scientology is challenged, they run behind their tax exempt status, which was obtained by a relentless campaign of harassment against the IRS. Eventually, the IRS bowed down before Scientology and its sociopathic leader, granting them a tax exemption. So now the IRS is cast as official arbiter of whether or not some group is a religion. While there is discussion that Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin have some interest in changing this, Scientology regularly swats away lawsuits with the stamp of approval they extorted from the US government. How do we work to break the power of this vile organization, without jeopardizing all religious freedom.
If that was a thorny issue, this one is acid-coated razor wire. Political Islam is very tightly related with religious Islam, and Political Islam is blatantly incompatible with Western democracy. Yet there are vast numbers of Muslims who like the good life in the US, and do not want to make women wear sacks and decapitate everyone who disagrees. On the other hand, we see the continuing problem of Sudden Jihad Syndrome. Some scumbag watches some ISIS videos online, then decides to kill as many people as possible.
I understand that some people here think all Muslims need to be expelled from the US. I have had close co-workers who are practicing Muslims, and other Muslim acquaintances (even a guy named Jihad!) and I just can’t square kicking all of them out (much less killing them) with freedom of religion. CAIR and the various other terrorist-hugging mounds of porcine excrement certainly should get treated as enemy agents. I want people facing treason charges and similar treatment to Nazi agents in WWII. That still leaves a lot of people who follow Mecca Islam (to use Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s phrase) and have no real interest in decapitation. Do we need to toss them out? Hell, the Left hates us more than ISIS does. Can we trust that they would not expel Evangelicals if they had the chance?
That said, we do need to be mindful of the people following Medina Islam, and who are inclined to dominate or destroy us. How do we address this problem?
(This is not a modest proposal, because Planned Parenthood eats all the surplus babies already.) Continue reading “TOTD 2018-07-06 – An Immodest Proposal on Immigration”
I’ve always been infuriated by people whining about the US and how oppressive it is. There’s this constant moaning about how victimized they are and oh the humanity think of the children it’s like Donald Trump is raping us all. This is coming from people who are in secure, well-paying jobs or people going to school on other people’s money. It’s like bragging about how victimized you are. Continue reading “TOTD 2018-06-22: Cultural Sadomasochism”
On October 11. 2017, there was an atrocity in Vegas. After it was over, the FBI and local police rushed to declare that it was a lone nutcase, not at all terror related, despite ISIS claiming responsibility. The media promptly dropped it into the memory hole next to the attempted massacre of Congress by a Bernie supporter. But not everyone was following the script from the Party.
I understand the concern about the increase in abortion of Downs Syndrome fetuses. That clearly has all kinds of ethical problems, and opens a giant can of worms – what genetic abnormalities get the axe? That’s not what I am talking about here. This is about something different. Continue reading “TOTD 2018-06-08: An End to Downs Syndrome?”
I am sick as a dog, still having chills shaking me like a leaf. But I made a promise, and I intend to keep it. Sorry if this is silly.
I had several ideas for what to write about today, then I read something that filled with me with cold fury.
Not sure what's grosser here, @JPodhoretz: you demanding that @MZHemingway pledge allegiance to her husband's former boss whose minions constantly attack her, or implying that her husband is a welfare case rather than a fantastic writer and editor who earns every dime he gets. pic.twitter.com/FxvRcR76z6
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 25, 2018
“Nice job your husband has. Shame if something were to happen to it.”
Or perhaps Mollie is expected to kiss Kristol’s ring?
I am ashamed that I ever respected the Weekly Standard / Commentary crowd. J-Pod and Kristol follow one of my favorite religions, and still support Israel, unlike his fellow neocon Max Boot Other than that, they have gone completely off the rails, especially on Twitter. Did constant exposure to alt-right trolls offering them an express trip into an oven break their minds? Do they just hate Donald Trump as much as HAMAS hates Jews, and his election drove them to madness? More disturbingly, were they always this way, and twitter just revealed their true selves?
As a neocon myself, the descent 0f these second-generation neocons into standard democrat territory disgusts me. (I was always more a follower of Victor Hanson and his view of history) Moreover, I never root for the US to lose, especially on the battlefield. No End But Victory! Thus, I ended up supporting a war that seemed poorly timed and lacked proper planning. I have not abandoned the label, but I am sick of listening to people who supported voting in Iraq infuriated at voters in the USA.
Last but not least, I think I (along with the Ricochet admin staff) owe Ball Diamond Ball an apology. Jennifer Rubin and Bill Kristol really are deserving of being called Vichy-cons.
Apparently an exuberant chap has deleted some of his worst tweets spreading falsehoods about me. A good start. He continues to say I attacked one of my husband's colleagues by *linking to and accurately summarizing a favorable article* about him. That is … obviously not true.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) May 25, 2018
The Hemingways are treasures to the conservative movement.
What if I told you that I could travel faster than light? Or that I am the reincarnation of Theodore Roosevelt? Or that socialism is the most ethical and rational economic system? Or that being overweight is good for your health? How would you respond? Continue reading “TOTD 2018-05-18 The Boundaries of Plausibility”