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Good Mourning America!

Good Mourning America!

14th Amendment, 9-11, awareness, bigotry, citizenship, civics, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, election year, First Amendment, hate, Ideology, injustice, Islam, Minorities, Paris attacks, peace and justice, Pentagon, political rhetoric, Politics, Presidency, progressive politics, republic, social justice, Supreme Court, terrorism, Trump, Uncategorized, war
I cannot vouch for the source, but Mark Twain is reputed to have once remarked “History doesn’t repeat, but it sometimes rhymes”.  For reasons of both personal history and temperament, I have always found it difficult to be optimistic. But in the wake – an apt word, if ever there was one! – of the recent presidential election, I find it flatly impossible, and even trying to be such would grate on my sensibilities as an exercise in dishonesty.  The most I can do at this point is to offer some perspective. But even this, modest as it is, may turn out to be considerably less than comforting and encouraging. For the precedent I am going to cite, the most relevant template, will be the final death throes of the Weimar Republic and the rise of fascism in Germany, as embodied in Adolf Hitler....
Guns, Planes, And The Second Amendment

Guns, Planes, And The Second Amendment

14th Amendment, citizenship, civics, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, Evidence, Fear, Freedom, Gun violence, Guns, Ideology, Incarceration, justice, law, peace and justice, Rationality, Second Amendment, Supreme Court, terrorism, Uncategorized, violence, war
The late William F. Buckley once said “A conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling 'Stop!'” Buckley was a member of that generation of conservatives, along with Russell Kirk, James J. Kilpatrick, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Mary Ann Glendon, and William Rusher – and very much unlike so many of today’s conservatives -- who were thoughtful, learned, witty, urbane, and well-schooled in nuanced rhetoric.  For that reason, I would recommend that leftists and progressives heed the wisdom in Buckley’s maxim, and, likewise yelling “Stop!”, similarly stand athwart their own almost-unanimous consensus about the supposed inconsistency in prohibiting people with suspected terrorist proclivities from boarding planes while nevertheless allowing them to purchase firearms.  For the cont...
Some Notes Toward A Theology OF Arse-Kicking

Some Notes Toward A Theology OF Arse-Kicking

autonomy, awareness, Christianity, citizenship, contemplation, critical judgment, culture, Enlightenment, Ethics, Hebrew Scripture, Human Condition, Judaism, justice, Literature, Military, nonviolence, peace and justice, progressive politics, Religion, Religious War, Scripture, soldiers, Tragedy, Uncategorized, violence, war
Here’s a sterling opportunity for someone to educate me. Why do so many – I won’t say “all,” but I feel pretty safe saying “most” – progressives / liberals / left-wingers almost reflexively and uncritically take such a dim, jaundiced, and suspicious view of the military and of members thereof? I am prompted to ask this question by a recent post on Patheos; that begs a multitude of questions the author rather blithely skates over.  But in particular, at the very beginning, the writer simply asserts with no apparent justification that (boldface added) … from an American mindset, original Christianity and the first Christians appear nuts: they were universally nonviolent (against capital punishment, abortion, military service and killing in self-defense), rejected individual ownership of p...