As I mentioned in the opening of this series a few months ago one of the things that kept Soviet Union society cohesive and peaceful was NOT the KGB, Secret Police or the Gulag. What kept the day to day life predictable and even keel was the ability of the citizenry to plug away each day knowing the lines would be long, bread would run out, gas rations never lasted the month and the light was always broken on the street corner. It was an innate feeling that this is just how life is under Communism; that in time they would rise above, overtake those selfish Capitalist pigs and Communism would be the future of the world.
It is the ability of the human animal to endure the unendurable in order to survive. It is why camp fulls of Jews in 1940 went to the chambers under a few armed guards. It is why truckloads of Christians were slaughtered by a few ISIS holding AK-47's. It is why tens of thousands of Venezuelans are held at bay by a couple dozen police with water cannons and tear gas. It is why Soviet citizens would stand in line for hours waiting for bread.
If we revisit the Five Points we close the loop at this point. And if you remember? One can enter this closed loop system at any point and all Five Points fall right into place.
A Lack of Principle allows for a Cognitive Dissonance. This separation of reality and removal of foundational truths makes it easy for one to be Convinced of their Position on an issue regardless of how it may run counter to a related issue a Liberal may be for or against. This is Selective Outrage. (As I quoted in the last segment from Dr. RD Laing). The employing of all these points demands a contortion of one's mind in order to make sense.
It requires an Acceptance of The Absurd.
In the Westborough Mass. District Court House there is a plaque with an Orwellian inscription. "Obedience to The Law is Liberty". This is a constant reminder to the poor saps who have to stand before a Judge with no idea of their Constitutional Rights. George Orwell himself wrote in '1984' about the ability of the masses to carry on their assigned tasks, waiting in line, keeping quiet. Once and awhile being Selectively Outraged because one of them dared to rebel. In the movie version Winston meets his neighbor while in prison. He asks why his neighbor is there. The neighbor says his own son turned him in because he heard him uttering 'un-words' while in his sleep. Though fictional, in this one scene all Five Points are employed at once leading to the final Acceptance of The Absurd allowing this man's own son to turn him into authorities.
Today, our society is rife with oxymoron's and contortions of the mind. The level is palpable to the point where 1 in 10 average persons are clinically, yet functionally insane. (Cornell U.). Between 2012 and 2014 the amount of school aged children nationwide on SSRI drugs reached 17%. (CDC). With this emerged a side affect of that epidemic. The school shootings. Yet, our societal-wide Cognitive Dissonance to the growth of mental illness and Selective Outrage towards guns (an object) allows for the dismissal of one simple Principle.
The Principle that society is totally fucked up.
Social Media has expanded upon this 1 in 10 concept. The billions of people who are logged in on the multitude of platforms are primarily narcissists, antagonists, trolls, angry and more than willing to shut you down. The algorithms from these companies are set up to allow the antagonist while censoring the person who speaks out.
Insanity is institutionalized.
You can argue facts all you wish. It won't matter. There are too many people Convinced they are right in how they 'feel'. A perfect example is the Anti-Trump hysteria gripping the Left, and many Republicans. It has become an anchor of their 2018 and 2020 election season. Where this comes from God only knows but one thing is for sure: It is based on an absolute falsehood.
This is textbook Acceptance of The Absurd. A fake dossier (admitted so by the author) becomes the basis of an investigation. This launches a nationwide, governmental witch hunt. Still 20 months and $50 million later no evidence has surfaced. It has gone so far badly that a former porn star from 2006 is now the focus. Sadly, the same people who are convinced of a failed Russian Collusion accusation are as convinced this porn star has all the answers. Just as every Congressional Hearing from witnesses where the media was convinced this was the smoking gun, none of this has presented the evidence that President Trump is guilty of anything.
None of this matters. An entire media industry and scores of Americans are sure that President Trump is guilty of.... Something. And this Acceptance of The Absurd fuels this societal-wide psychosis.
It may have deep and lasting political ramifications our Republic wont recover from.
As we always see.. The Left thrives on crisis.. A crisis (as Rahm Emmanuel once said) should never go to waste. In fact it has become so commonplace with the Left to protest everything and anything that it is losing it's ability to mean anything anymore. People get tired of this crap after awhile.
In the book, 'The Tea Party-Three Principles', Elizabeth Price Foley puts forth her premise:
1; Limited Government
2; Unapologetic American Sovereignty
3; Constitutional Originalism
If you take these three 'principles' then all "feel-good" arguments lose merit. The entire Convictions of Position (as I posit in my blog) of beliefs and feelings hold no bearing on what is rooted in our Foundation.
The entire Leftist mantra is lost in it's own (as Jefferson said) "..foggy field.." Outside the preview of these these principles. Outside the purview of our Constitution. Sure, we can claim 'rights', we can claim 'demands' but as Alvin Toffler said in his book 'Future Shock' those voices become sub-groups all clamoring at the teat of our Republic.. Demanding this.. Demanding that.. All the while destroying the very pillars on which our society is based upon.
The Bible states clearly about a house built upon sand. That, as political winds shift that house cannot stand. However, a house built upon rock (principle) can weather any shifting sand (or, political wind).
And it is this Acceptance of The Absurd that we find ourselves today. Always shifting. Always holding a wet finger to the wind to see which way we should go. Outside that prevue, in that, "..foggy field.." Our foundation has become lost.
Recently we have become fixated upon the rhetoric from a 17 year old who has become the poster boy for gun control. David Hogg is now the point person who has the finger on the pulse of America that demands more gun legislation.
Now, before you blindly accept his rational you must first look back at simple principles that you enact upon every day in your lives as parents: And those principles are,
When have you EVER taken advise from a 17 year old on anything? Is it NOT your job as a parent for the child to listen to YOU (the parent)? Are you NOT the protector and educator of said child? Sooo, then why is this kid now become the be all and end all of the conversation around gun control?
Would you take marriage advise from a 17 year old? Investment advise from a 17 year old? So, why is it we are putting this kid up as the arbiter of the 2nd Amendment?
Because we Accept the Absurd.
The Left is calling out Laura Ingraham because she had the audacity to call this child and his Leftist Media sycophants out. Immediately cries of boycotts swirled around social media. Meanwhile Leftist Media outlets called Laura a "Nazi pig'.. Perfectly OK.. But her challenging the legitimacy of this person was considered worthy of censure and boycott.
This is Absurd. Yet we are Accepting of it. We are Selectively Outraged by one person's rhetoric while ignoring the rhetoric of the other side. We, Cognitively Disconnect to fit the Conviction of our Position because...
.. We are Lacking in Principle..
Rush Limbaugh was sure that the Feminists would call this out. How dare you call a woman a 'pig'.. No, this does not fit the narrative of The Absurd. No Feminist came to the defense of Laura Ingraham. As a bumper sticker once displayed ".. Its not that she is a woman, she is a Republican.."
Lets visit more Absurdity as we go further down this rabbit hole; If you are proposing that you cannot own a weapon until 21 then why would we listen to a 17 year old on guns? On that same level of Absurdity why then would you claim that a person is unable to own a gun, drink, rent a car until the age of 21 yet demand that the voting age be lowered to 16 (Gutteriez/Braude). How do you you square this round hole? How does one rationalized this?
It does not matter how it is rationalized it only matters that you get enough Cognitively Disconnected people without Principles to champion your Convictions who are Outraged at what the current outrage is all about. As Dr. Hacker explained; they ACT before they think.
Liberalism demands reactionary-ism. Liberalism demands a constant manufacturing of anger, separatism, victim-hood, class warfare, a constant barrage of the 'have's' and the 'have-not's'. This is why Communism never survived. It was always a struggle between classes and ideology. Capitalism over Collectivism. Conservatism knows none of these bromides. Liberalism is constantly indoctrinating the youth of America to supply a fresh generation of 'useful idiots'. A fresh generation of the disenfranchised.
How has Republicanism and Conservatism 'stolen' from the poor? We wish only for the growth of economy. The growth of and expansion of Freedom and Liberty. Let everyone rise and be who they want to be. Get Government out of the way.. Get all of the Advocates out of the way.. Leave everyone the F alone..
This is probably why Hillary Clinton still has traction. She presents herself as the woman scorned, the stolen election.. The victim of a misogynist, white male dominated society. This is also why the homosexual community must indoctrinate youth and demand laws to be accepted (absurdly) as normal. Homosexuality is not a 'natural order of things' (Dr. Scott Lively). It cannot exist on it's own merits. It is NOT principle based.
2014 and 2018 Gubernatorial Candidate for Massachusetts Dr. Scott Lively was so gracious to come onto my radio show. We spoke about this very subject.
His thesis was simple; that God has set into motion certain laws and these laws are immovable. Our human interpretation of these laws has lead us to our Judeao-Christian roots that which our nation is founded upon. These laws are also found in the Torah, 10 Commandments, many Buddhists texts, Hindu texts and our Constitution. What we are experiencing now is a complete repudiation of all we have known for over two millennia. It is as if all the laws of God (and science) are now up to interpretation.
If we are able to negate God we can negate our individualism. We negate our sovereignty. We can negate our principles. Everything becomes interpretative. It becomes how one 'feels'.
We even adopt the idea that our self absorbed man-centric absurdity is what we 'believe'.
This is also how we have lost all semblance of rational thinking and old fashion Common Sense. In a brilliant article written April 8th 2018 by Dr. Michael Hurd he opines with this perfect assessment of society today:
" Common sense used to be a great concept. Unfortunately, it has been co-opted and abused by irrational people. Today’s culture is FULL of irrationality and irrational people, more than ever before."
"What is common sense? It refers to the self-evident based upon the fairly easily provable. The way we use the phrase common sense today is not that way.
At its best, common sense is not a substitute for highly technical or specialized knowledge. It’s a way of coping with the limited knowledge most of us have in a highly specialized world. It’s a way of insisting we reason and think about both what we do know and do not know."
" People who say "common sense", in today’s context, often want to bypass the reasoning required to make their claim about something highly questionable, radical or untenable."
" Increasingly, common sense is a tactic of intimidation.... The purpose of such shaming is to arrest or obliterate dissension or discussion. It’s intellectual dishonesty or fraudulent elitism at its worst...The death of common sense was inevitable in a culture where reason has been slowly perishing for some time...."
This leaves us only with Absurdity. There is an old saying that goes; "In a world of insanity, insane becomes the only way". In a conversation with one of my Liberal nemesis' on Social Media I found myself astonished at his interpretation of our Constitution (surprise-surprise). He described the additional Amendments as an expansion of Rights and the First Amendment as protection of speech from Government intrusion. I hardly see the 16th and 18th Amendments as 'expansions of Rights'. And he fails to grasp the simple concept of ".. shall not be infringed". In fact he fails to grasp the entire concept of our Constitution all together. He angled his argument from the idea that the Constitution 'gives us rights'. If this were true then a sweep of the pen and all those rights disappear.
And trust me! There are plenty of activists out there openly campaigning for such an idea!
It became impossible for me to get through his thick skull (and this is an educated man in radio and media himself) that rights simply exists. They are not 'given' to us by any man or government. They are (as Jefferson pointed out in the Declaration) ".. self evident..". Or, as Dr. Hurd would posit; 'Common Sense'.
This lack of collective (common sense) understanding of our Constitution further erodes our collective (common sense) understanding of our system of government. Nothing grinds my gears more than the use of the word 'Democracy' when talking about The United States. It dates back to Detouqueville. Though his observations of early American life are eloquent, his basic understanding of a Constitutional Republic was lost in his well steeped European mind. In the very early days of our Republic we lacked sufficient Professors in the few colleges so we imported Academics from Europe. Again, these people (though highly educated and esteemed in their circles) lacked basic understanding of a Constitutional Republic.
It has been ever thus as my mother would say. Franklin was correct when he remarked to the woman outside Independence Hall; ".. a Republic, if you can keep it.."
Today people react with incredulity when you claim that we are NOT a Democracy. This is why Progressives constantly turn to Hillary winning 'the popular vote' as reason why she should be President. They are convinced of this and no amount of factual, historical precedence will pry them away from such Absurdities. The term is bandied about with no thought at all. The concept has filtered to our public offices and schools where Biblical quotes are removed because it violates the absurd notion of '.. separation of church and state..' No such thing exists. It manifests itself in equally absurd notions that America is ".. a Nation of Immigrants..". No! We are NOT!
This from a woman who slept her way into political office; Kamal Harris:
In a stunning display of dysfunction one of the characters from the Parkland shooting Emma Gonzalez openly admitted she bullied and taunted Nikolas Cruz for years. She is now one of the spokespeople for national disarmament. Her challenging of Dana Loesch was seen as brave but it was the way her question was perfectly scripted to fit the narrative and how CNN posted the question on the screen. Watch..
In the realm of the sublime, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has proclaimed there is ".. no need to carry a knife..". London has instituted a 'Stop and Search' Policy.
In London there has been a concerted effort to reign in Knife Violence. The rise in crime from knife related incidents has skyrocketed. There is now 'Common Sense Knife Regulation' in London. Of course real criminals have neither observed this law or care to. What has resulted in is regular people being labeled as criminals. We all know that this policy will only apply to white, male, citizens. Because, targeting black, African, refugees will be considered 'racial profiling'.. Regardless of the preponderance of crimes committed by black, African refugees.
It takes a contortion of the mind to Accept the Absurd. The purposeful disregard of Common Sense and the adoption of Cognitive Dissonance fractures normal thinking. Is it any wonder why mental illness is on the rise? Why so many people are prescribed psycho-active drugs by the millions?
An entire media industry promotes, extols upon and insists that The Absurd is the paradigm. Any challenge to it is summarily singled out. There is no more rational behavior, let alone moral behavior. The FBI gets away with whatever it wants, The Elite gets away with whatever they want. Murder, rape, human trafficking, rigged elections.. The attempted take down of a Presidency...
"... And if that wasn't evil enough. We get the drunken and passionate pride of the citizen along for the ride..." Rush.
I have played a piece many times on my show titled "The Story of Your Enslavement". We are so afraid to see the cage we are born into. We are so afraid to see the farm we are forced to work in. We Accept the Absurd because it keeps life steady, keeps life.. Quiet. It is the reason why nothing ever gets done. Nothing gets solved. Diseases never cured. People still poor. Entire nations wrenched with war. Religion and Ideologies at each other's throats.. Constantly.. All of it... Always.. Constantly..
To lose your Principles you become Cognitively Dissonant as you Selectively Outrage, Convinced of your Position (however Impossible) until you find yourself one day Contorting your mind and....
.... Accepting the Absurd..
To see the cage is to be free....
....And That Is The Diatribe....