Today I’ve posted the first ever Word on the Street video. Word on the Street takes the latest headlines and news talking points and goes deeper. Reading past the headlines and between the lines, connecting dots and presenting the word on the street that makes sense of what is really going on.
Sometimes that word on the street is rumor, other times conjecture. Sometimes vast conspiracy of the dark web, and other times intuition and old-fashioned logical thinking.
Here are some takeaways in the aftermath of the events in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday August 12, 2017.
I disavow all people and groups associated with, or representing, Nazism, national socialism, and the KKK.
Nazism was dead and gone long ago. It’s only trotted out by simple-minded fools who are trying to be edgy, or when there is a legitimate target to smear, as the corpse of David Duke keeps doing.
President Trump disavowed David Duke 17 years ago. Now he endorses Trump as revenge. Dukes comments wreak of a paid smear job.
National Socialism is of not the Right; it’s of the Left. National. Socialism. Is. Not. Of. The. Right. Nazi LARPers are not a part of the right, let alone the One Real Alt-Right.
“White Nationalism” makes no sense. Only Americans with a vague sense of white/black/other nationality distinctions use the phrase.
Most Americans don’t stop to realize that Swedes, Poles, French, German, Brits, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, Dutch, Finns, Swiss, etc, are ALL WHITE, but of DIFFERENT NATIONALITIES. Have Europeans found solidarity in the color of their skin, or do they value a much deeper understanding of their own distinct peoples and culture? When the white nationalist William Wallace fought the white imperialist English, was he the good guy or bad guy? Continue reading
At least the portion applied to freedom of religion.
The City of Belle Plaine has received pressure from atheists and Satanists to remove a war memorial that
featured a cross. After their efforts failed, the Satanic Temple proposed their own monument, called the “Baphometic Bowl of Wisdom.”
It is a black, steel cube. Inverted pentagrams (a universal Satanic symbol) are etched into the sides of the monument. A pitch black, overturned soldier’s helmet is planted on the top.
It is named after Baphomet, an androgynous half-goat, half-man demon.
Satanists are claiming that this monument respects veterans. And the city of Belle Plaine has accepted it.
I wonder how many years out America is from restricting or amending the 1st Amendment to the Constitution. Or more likely, no legal change will be made, but rather the spirit of freedom and tolerance for other beliefs, which is quickly eroding, will simply disappear.
This is the catch-22 of American freedom that allows the existence of beliefs and behaviors that undermine the core values it rests on.
For example, Libertarianism is completely untenable; as follows. Libertarianism > freedom of commerce, association, and travel > libertarian values allow no restrictions on who can move into the community or what values they should hold > new arrivals much prefer authoritarian policies > poof! Your free society is gone. Libertarian values restrict the group’s ability to maintain its libertarian community. Sown into core of the system is its own self-defeating value.
Same is true for Christian communities (or those who wished for one). When your societal ideal rests on freedom of religion, tolerance, acceptance, and not the Gospel of Jesus Christ, you’ll soon find you have no ability to influence your culture or community. Your own values require you to support the rights and access and influence of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and even Satanic worship.
Well, that certainly is diverse.
You are witnessing insanity. I am not referring to the insanity of Islamic terror – that’s not insane, just demonic.
You are watching the destruction of a culture, built over thousands of years – destroyed in a few generations. I am not referring to the destruction of jihadis who just detonated a nail bomb to rip apart children, including 8-yr-old girls, as they enjoy an Ariana Grande concert.
The insanity belongs to the people of the West; the so-called “leaders” of democracy and liberal values. To those who continue to spout banal, poopy-talk like
The destruction is not by suicide vests, but by a domestic security policy that allows, nay invites, a foreign invasion on a scale unprecedented in human history. I say again – unprecedented in human history.
Former US Vice President, Dick Cheney, on Monday, began his attempts to prime the pump for a US war with Russia. Speaking at the Economic Times & Global Business Summit, Mr. Cheney made the case that the alleged Russian interference in the US 2016 presidential election “could be considered an act of war”.
It has been interesting to watch US media spend so much time on the Trump/Russia/election angle. It seemed their approach was to undermine the credibility and legitimacy of the President. Maybe they could get him into a bigger scandal; get him, or someone in his inner circle to make a false statement about any communications with someone in Russia in order to prosecute a process foul. But it seems our government and Deep State operatives, of which Dick Cheney is certainly a part, wants much more than that. I thought that after Hillary Clinton lost, they’d slow down with the war with Russia talks. Remember, during the 2016 election season, candidates from both parties were calling for the enforcement of no-fly zones over Syria. People with half a brain then knew that meant war with Russia. (The war-monger John McCain has been calling for war with Russia in Syria for more than 18 months now.)
But back to Dick Cheney. You know what? Never mind. We can probably trust a guy who was the Secretary of Defense during the first Iraq war, served on the Council of Foreign Relations, was CEO of an American multinational corporation, and one of the world’s largest oil field services companies, and was totally right about Iraq’s WMD’s after 2001.
1 a (1): a state of usually open and declared armed hostile conflict between states or nations; (2): a period of such armed conflict (3):state of war
b: the art or science of warfare
2 a: a state of hostility, conflict, or antagonism
b: a struggle or competition between opposing forces or for a particular end <a class war> <a war against disease>
From Merriam-Webster, this definition of war makes one thing immediately stand out: that war is armed conflict between states or nations. Since the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648, the State has had a monopoly on war (in the West, anyway).
On a parallel track to the idea of who can call for war, who can conduct war (and for what reasons), there has also been the moral and ethical dilemma for Christians of participating in such conflict as armed combatants. For most, this idea has been settled since the idea of Just War was brought forth by St. Augustine of Hippo, and later codified by St. Thomas Aquinas some nine hundred years later. Augustine, leaning heavily on the Romans 13:1-4, gave reprieve to the Christian conscience by indicating that the State was appointed by God and was His instrument to execute “wrath on him who practices evil”, and therefore not guilty of violating the commandment thou shall not kill.
Aquinas then offered criteria for establishing Just War, which has been supplemented in the years since:
- Just Cause – a nation must have a just cause to go to war, like defense of self, or innocents, against aggressive or oppressive nations
- Legitimate Authority – only political authorities, duly appointed, may have the right to wage war
- Right Intention – war can only be to right a wrong, not for material or economic gain
- Last Resort – all possible diplomatic options must have been exhausted
- Proportionality – weighing the harms of war, such harms must be outweighed by the harms and evils of not going to war
So, for hundreds of years, Christians in the West Continue reading