When deciding which candidate for the Presidential nomination to support, one should take a step back, look at the larger picture of where we stand in the tragic debacle called history, and take both the long-term strategic goals into account as well as the short-term tactics.
The big picture is a dark one indeed.
America, as the world’s sole superpower, is effectively beyond the strength of any foreign enemy to defeat, or even to wound severely. We cannot be killed, that is the good news.
But we have committed suicide. That is the bad news. We have already swallowed the cold poison, soaked in the tubs, and slashed our wrists. The question is whether enough time remains ‚Äď even as the warm, fuzzy, comfortable sensation of numbness comes over us and urges us to close our eyes ‚Äď to rouse ourselves, vomit out the poison killing us, and bind up our wounds to stop the bleeding.
Even the destruction of the Twin Towers, which killed as many Americans as a Civil War battlefield, was due not to the cunning and might of the enemy, but to political correctness that forbade the government officers who allowed the terrorists into our nation to expel or investigate them, for fear of being called racist.
The shootings in San Bernardino likewise were due not to cleverness or strength, but to the politically correct unwillingness of a suspicious neighbor to report the arsenal she saw being gathered.
The case Ahmed the Clockmaker is even more instructive: a Muslim boy brought a mock bomb to a school as a prank, and, after being warned, displayed it to teachers who were required during wartime to treat all terrorist threats as real. He found himself suddenly invited to the White House, and lavished with praise and adoration for achieving the one supreme felicity political correctness holds up as the goal of all life: to be the victim of racism.
What does one conclude from this firestorm of evil and nonsense?
The proper conclusion is there are two religions, two cultures, and two Americas in America. One is the real America, lived by real people living their real lives. These Americans believe in individual liberty, the free market, the rule of law and the Word of God.
The other is a sick delusion that is created and maintained by the press, by the academics, by the entertainment industry, and by flocks of hysterical liars. In this America, a patriarchy of white, straight Christian males ruthlessly and by numberless invisible and undetectable evil magic spells oppresses, robs, cheats, rapes, and kills all its helpless and saintly victims.
But, by the twisted logic of modern Leftwing lunacy (a doctrine called intersectionism) everyone is also an oppressor in turn, so that a black Christian is an oppressor of heathens and homosexuals merely by virtue of his Christianity; a homosexual male oppresses women merely by virtue of being male; a white woman oppresses blacks merely by virtue of being white; all hale people oppress all cripples merely by virtue of being non-crippled; all sane people oppress all crazies merely by virtue of being neurotypical; all non-perverts oppress all perverts merely by virtue of being cisnormative.
The religion of the real America is anything within the Judeo-Christian tradition. The religion of delusional America is Political Correctness. The real Americans love America, see it as a shining city on a hill, and as the last best hope for human liberty on the planet. The Delusional Americans see America as the only evil in the world, a pathless forest of monsters and boogermen, and the only threat to the planet.
Ironically, the main engine of the destruction of America selected by the Delusional Americans to do their heinous work is the Federal Government. Whether this is deliberate on their part or merely a side effect of their delusions is an academic point. When you are in a sinking lifeboat, and half the passengers are bailing to save their lives and half are drilling holes in the hull, it does not matter whether they think they are drilling for oil or think they are making holes to let the water run out. The end result is swamping the boat and death by drowning. In this case, the drill being used is the continual growth of the federal government as one constitutional limit after another chaining the Beast is hacksawed away.
One by one by one, the chains on the Beast are parting. The Constitution forbade the laying of direct taxes or capitation: the Sixteenth Amendment broke that chain. Roosevelt, and later, Nixon, took away the chain of the Gold Standard, and allowed the printing of endless IOUs to inflate the currency endlessly. The popular election of senators was another broken chain. The creation of the alphabet soup of agencies, the New Deal, the Great Society, and the basic overthrow of the three-branched system of government in favor of a permanent Mandarin class of unelected bureaucracies snapped more chains, so now nothing was out of reach of the jaws of Caesar. The abdication of the Congress to use the power of the purse to rein in spending, the abdication of the Supreme Court to rein in blatantly unconstitutional power grabs by the Executive branch, the abdication of the Press as a watchdog against corruption and treason in high places, and, indeed, since 9/11 the full-blown aiding and abetting by the press in that corruption and treason, all have set the Beast at liberty to ravage us, and for the public never to hear our cries.
As soon as the Beast is free of all restraint, and the last spark of liberty extinguished, the monster will grow weak and weaker and eventually destroy itself, as all unfree societies sooner or later do. That is the nature of tyranny: all exceptional men must be killed in the first generation, lest they threaten the party in power, and all merely competent men in the second generation, because the party in power is not manned by exceptional, or even competent men.
So the large picture is of a struggle, a culture war, between Reality-based America and Delusional America. The two main weapons of Delusional America are the press and the federal government. To survive, we must elect leaders who will disarm the Beast.
So, in the large picture, to decide which candidate to support for office, one has to decide what is the main problem facing the nation, and who is best suited to fight that problem?
If you think the main problem facing the nation is the federal government, the swaggering and overweight whore of a gluttonous government that consumes lives and taxes with reckless abandon, and, with the bailouts of Wall Street and takeover of General Motors and the Student Loan Industries, not to mention the insolent abandonment of the rule of law in favor of executive decrees, had waded ever deeper into fascism, I suggest you support Ted Cruz. He seems to be a strong supporter of basic Reaganesque principles.
That is not what I believe. I say the main enemy is the Press. Destroy the Press, and the federal government can be driven back into its proper constitutional limitations. With the Press at large acting as the False Prophet for the Beast, it cannot be driven back, because the people are deceived into thinking the Beast will not consume their lives.
The enemy is the Press. The enemy is not the Democrat Party, for they have little power if the Press were not their Praetorian Guard that both defends and elects them. The enemy is not the Jihad, for they would be hunted down and destroyed in a decade, and their known centers destroyed in a day, if the Press were not deceiving the people as to the nature and extent of the threat.
Why is the Press the enemy?
The internet gives you endless opportunities to listen to the Political Correctness mavens in their dens, holes and warrens muttering their thoughts to each other as the gnaw on the bones of their malice. You will hear them again and again talking themselves into hysterics over utterly nonexistent threats. They sound like small children in bed after light’s out trying to convince each other that there is a monster in the closet. They are panicked into screeching spasms about global warming and frothing over Chik-fil-A or college students dressed as Red Indians for Halloween.
But Major Hasan, known to associate with a terrorist cell, guns down disarmed soldiers on a military base, the same children in the dark room yawn and laugh and say this is a non-threat, this is workplace violence, this is an isolated incident, not one example of a typical tactic of attack by Mohammedan Jihad, and his suspicious activities, albeit known to his superiors, were not reported and never acted upon. Three guesses why? For fear of being called racist.
And if you point at this incident, yes indeed, you will be called a racist, and harassed, and sued, and slandered, and libeled, and subject to the attacks of the Social Justice Warriors who have eaten the brains and replaced what few rational people were once on the Left.
The children in the dark bedroom, eagerly trying to scare each other to death with tales of monsters in the closet, ignore the real axe murderer in the hockey mask standing in the hallway
It does not matter that Islam is a religious heresy, and not a race. The accusation of being called racist like a Puritan calling an old woman a witch: it is an accusation needed to confirm the faith of the faithful by identifying an innocent scapegoat as an outside threat.
None of the delusional Americans of Delusional America actually believe that there are any racists worth mentioning left in America: it is merely an article of faith with them, not a matter of fact. Facts to them are as a crucifix to a vampire.
The real Americans want America restored to her lost greatness.
The faithful followers of Political Correctness wants America destroyed.
I know that seems incredible. Why would Hollywood starlets, showered with fame and wealth by America, or politicians, or the moguls in charge of vast media empires, seek to reduce the nation to a bombed-out violence-torn hellhole like, say, Detroit? The answer to that is complex, and beyond the scope of the present column, but the short answer is that they want to give their pride, their lust, their greed, their gluttony, their wrath and their self-righteousness free rein to indulge themselves in vice beyond vice, and to this requires first that spirit of Christ be removed from our souls, logic and reason from our minds, and normal human decency from our hearts. The decency is removed in the name of being non-judgmental, the logic is removed in the name of being multicultural and open-minded and other forms of doublethink, and the spirit is removed in the name of Political Correctness. Out of courtesy to sinners, we now make sin a Constitutional right, and speaking against sin is a hate crime.
But sins are the things that destroy man’s relationship with God, that is, with the source and summit of goodness, truth, beauty and virtue, and so siding with sin against God is inevitably the same as siding with whatever destroys goodness, truth, beauty and virtue. Walk into the any jurisdiction where the Left has had power, from Moscow to Detroit, and you will see ugliness and inhumanity writ large.
It is not easy to convince an entire generation to commit mass suicide, and to obliterate the most wealthy, most free, most sane and most benevolent nation ever to exist in history, and to rush toward the chains and bloodshed, poverty and misery of subhuman Second World socialism.
It required over a century of continual and unopposed effort on behalf of the school system, the newspapers, and most importantly popular books and films. But the effort was unopposed, and the lies won out. We now have the political absurdity of a federal government that operates without passing a budget, the economic absurdity of socialized medical insurance imposed by law upon us, and the logical absurdity of same-sex marriage.
And these things cannot be discussed by plain speaking men in plain language, because America, thanks to our press corps, our public schooling, and our entertainment industry, has been lobotomized.
The best evidence for the lobotomy comes with this very subject of political nominations for president. Each time I have turned on the radio in the last week, each political pundit was discussing one and one issue only: the dispute between Donald Trump and Pope Francis.
As a newspaperman, I knew at once what had actually happened. The press misquoted Trump to the Pope and asked a leading question trying to get His Holiness to say something bad about Trump. Being a Jesuit, the Pope answered in a nuanced and qualified manner, and merely spoke of how, in a general case, Christians are good neighbors, and build bridges rather than only building walls. This, of course, was not referring to any real wall on the Mexican border or anywhere else: it was a pastoral comment about the nature of Christian love. I knew that before I looked up the quote.
The press, grinning and sniveling and whining like Gollum, then misquoted these remarks to Trump, and likewise tried to trick the unwary businessman into some remark of his that could be slanted and misconstrued. Which they then proceeded to do.
It took me less than one minute to find the original quote in its original context online. One. Lousy. Everloving. Minute. And none of the conservative pundits from Sean Hannity to Michael Savage could do the same?
Here is the link.
And here is the quote:
Phil Pullella, Reuters:¬†Today, you spoke very eloquently about the problems of immigration. On the other side of the border, there is a very tough electoral battle. One of the candidates for the White House, Republican¬†Donald Trump, in an interview recently said that you are a political man and he even said that you are a pawn, an instrument of the Mexican government for migration politics. Trump said that if he‚Äôs elected, he wants to build 2,500 kilometers of wall along the border. He wants to deport 11 million illegal immigrants, separating families, etcetera. I would like to ask you, what do you think of these accusations against you and if a North American Catholic can vote for a person like this?
Pope Francis:¬†Thank God he said I was a politician because Aristotle defined the human person as ‘animal politicus.’ At least I am a human person. As to whether I am a pawn, well, maybe, I don’t know. I’ll leave that up to your judgment and that of the people. And then, a person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel. As far as what you said about whether I would advise to vote or not to vote, I am not going to get involved in that. I say only that this man is not Christian if he has said things like that. We must see if he said things in that way and in this I give the benefit of the doubt.
Did you notice the nature of the qualification in that last sentence? The Holy Father is wisely not believing the report of the Reuters reporter as to what Mr. Trump said.
Now, the next question is one of motive. Reading the sentence in context, its meaning is plain. The Pope said nothing about the Southern Border, he spoke of the soul of a man who thinks never of building bridges but always of building walls against his neighbors. It was controversial, to be sure, but not in the petty and mundane way every fool reads the Holy Father’s comment: he is challenging you to embrace the love of Christ, the self-denying, self-abnegating love that gives and gives to the poor and needy, he unwashed and the unworthy.
Why would the Press lie about such a thing, and lie so blatantly, and, in this case, a lie that is easily dispelled by anyone who takes the one lousy everloving minute it takes to look up the original quote? Because, in this day and age, they know the lobotomized consumers of prepackaged infotainment will not take that minute. Even professional reporters did not take that minute. Even professional reporters of Catholic newspapers did not. The cynical liars are as accurate about the wide-mouthed gullibility of the chumps and rubes as is Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man about the rubes in River City.
But, again, this tells us why the Press thought they could get away with it, but not why this is what they wanted to get away with.
That answer is obvious. If you have two foes, you want them to fight each other, not you.
And there are only two potent and dangerous enemies of the Political Correctness religion at large in the world today: Donald Trump and the Holy Father.
Donald Trump is an enemy of the Political Correctness religion because, as a self-made man not indebted to the Donating Class of the Republican Establishment, he has no reason to bow to their idols. He hates the Press and they hate him, and, more to the point, he is largely immune to their slimy tactics of white blackmail, which depends on the weakminded kindheartedness of the victim to allow the professional liars and character assassins to do their work.
Pope Francis is the enemy of Political Correctness because the Catholic Church is the sole standing fortress in the fetid swamp of postmodern, postchristian, postrational nonsense and nonlogic and non-thought still standing firm on the rock of faith and raising high the towers of intellectual clarity, ringing the peal of sanity, speaking the truth in an Empire of Lies. The Church is the Western Civilization. The Church is Christendom. So Pope Francis is the foe of the Press for the opposite reason: he is not self-made but relies entirely on Christ. His debt is infinite but he owes it to Christ who paid an infinite debt for him.
The Press is Political Correctness. Political Correctness is the Press.
So of course the Press wants the Pope to fight The Donald. Of course.
What shocked me and continues to shock me is how transparent this trick is, and how obvious it is.
But every pundit I heard, with the sole exception of Catholic talk radio, trusted the press report and took the lying weasels at their word rather than looking up the original sources. Even Catholic websites and newspapers repeated the lies like parrots.
The mesmeric power of the press is disconcerting to say the least, like seeing a scene out of A Wrinkle in Time, where on the street of some dark world ruled by a single evil brain, all the children are bouncing their balls in unison.
So, while I have, as all true conservatives do, very deep reservations about Donald Trump’s lack of strong conservative values, or indeed any conservative values strong or weak, his lack of knowledge in significant areas and so on, my decision is determined by who I think the main enemy is, and who will strike the most powerful blow against that enemy.
The enemy is Political Correctness. The enemy is anyone who calls anyone a racist for any reason. The enemy is anyone who calls anyone a sexist, or a homophobe, or a transphone, or an Islamophobe, or uses any of these other goobledegook blither and jabberwocky to express themselves: for such words are the tongue drippings of a self-imposed lobotomy victim.
The enemy is the Press.
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John C. Wright is a retired attorney and newspaperman who was only once hunted by the police. He is a graduate of St. John College (home of Mortimer Adler’s “Great Books Program“). In 2004 he foreswore his lifelong atheism and joined the Roman Catholic Church. He has published over 10 SF novels, including one nominated for a Nebula award, and was described by Publisher‚Äôs Weekly as “this fledgling century‚Äôs most important new SF talent.” He currently lives in fairytale-like happiness with his wife, the authoress L. Jagi Lamplighter, and their four children.
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