Friday, September 10, 2021

Dumb Struck


Dumb Struck

*Pope Francis recently criticized the West’s involvement in Afghanistan as an outsider’s attempt to impose democracy. Unfortunately for the pontiff, he did so by accidentally citing Russia’s Vladimir Putin while thinking he was actually quoting Germany’s Angela Merkel.

Asked during a radio interview about the new political map taking shape in Afghanistan after the United States suddenly withdrew from the now Taliban-controlled country after 20 years of war, the pope said, “It’s necessary to stop the irresponsible policy of enforcing its own values on others and attempts to build democracy in other countries based on outside models without taking into account historic, ethnic and religious issues and fully ignoring other people’s traditions.” This was the Pope’s own translation into English of a quote he attributed to the German chancellor, whom he touted as “one of the world’s greatest political figures.”

In any case, couldn’t one say the same for Catholicism? Is it “irresponsible” for missionaries to travel to foreign lands? Is it wrong to “enforce” our own values over other cultures’ traditions of, say, enforcing female genital mutilation and child marriage?   

*Several Democratic lawmakers (now there is a frightening term) want the Federal Reserve to focus on climate change and social justice and not concern itself exclusively on its frivolous task of providing the nation with a safe, flexible, and stable monetary and financial system. Most Democrats would like the National Education Association, the Center for Disease Control, the National Aeronautic and Space Administration, the Department of Defense, and the Girl Scouts to focus on climate change and social justice.

If we really wanted to change the climate and get closer to achieving social justice, we would toss Democrats out of Congress. And the White House. And maybe the country. (Just kidding on the latter. Don’t want to be accused of appropriation.)

*Schools in the United States are prioritizing diversity over merit, allowing China to become the world’s leader in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). “Merit” is on the verge of becoming a bad word in the U.S., symbolic of “white supremacy.” China doesn’t give a rat’s ass about diversity, only competence and world domination.

*U.S. President Joe Biden claims Texas’ abortion “heartbeat” law violates women’s Constitutional rights in light of the court’s Roe v. Wade decision. Yes, there is a Constitutional right to take life, not to life, Mr. President. Nice take! Is there a right to burglarize retail stores in there, too, Sherlock? Or a right to sniff women’s hair with impunity? Does the right to bear arms really only mean we can wear short-sleeved shirts?

*Harvard University chaplains recently elected an atheist and humanist who says he doesn’t look to God for answers as president of the Harvard Chaplains. Greg Epstein, no relation to Harvey, says he looks to humans for answers. Nice job, Harvard University chaplains. Greg God help us all.

*National Public Radio (NPR) recently aired a show during which various leftists ripped the very concept of free speech. A recent “On The Media” episode featured the authors of an article titled “Free Speech is Killing Us,” and the book “The Case Against Free Speech,” among other anti-First Amendment zealots. A media outlet against free speech? Seems to be a lot of that about these days. What should that tell us?

When an ostensibly free press reflexively savages everything one party—or one member of that party—says, does, and believes, while going to truly preposterous lengths to fawn over the alternative party or party member, regardless of the real world affects of their respective policies…it doesn’t take a genius to predict the outcome. When free speech is dispensed with, all other freedoms are soon to follow.

*Project Veritas captured Advanced Placement government teacher Gabriel Gipe on an undercover video saying, “I have 180 days to turn them [students] into revolutionaries…scare the f*ck out of them.” Gipe, a teacher at Inderkum High School in Sacramento, California, has rainbow and Antifa flags adorning the walls of his classroom, as well as a portrait of Chairman Mao. He told Project Veritas that a student complained about the Antifa flag, stating that it made him uncomfortable. But, rather than asserting that he wanted every student to feel safe, comfortable, and welcome, he opined: “If you feel uncomfortable, I don’t really know what to tell you. Maybe you shouldn’t be aligning with the values that this [Antifa flag] is antithetical to.” In other words, “Change your beliefs, ignorant, intolerant scum.”

Gipe’s goal is to aid and abet the fundamental transformation of America and its system of government. And he uses and abuses his impressionable young students as a means to that end. He notes: “What can we do now to root out this culture that keeps perpetuating hyper-individualism, hyper-competitiveness, capitalist exploitation and consolidation of wealth…I do think that it’s important to understand that as an extension of an economic revolution, they [Chinese Communist Party] were changing the base, and then they went to change the superstructure. You cannot change one without the other. You can’t have cultural shifts without the economic shift, and vice versa.”

Would NPR be against Gipe’s abuse of “free speech?”

You get what you tolerate. Period. Ignorance in the guise of “tolerance” can only lead to the end of “the Grand Experiment” and our representative republic.

I am struck dumb by the idiocy those in positions of power and influence exhibit on a daily basis.





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