What Does a Normal Person Do in the Face of Madness?

by Brad Nelson   11/4/14

If you ever had any doubt about the ideological madness (technically speaking) of the Left, read this calm, reasoned analysis by Dennis Prager: When the Left Attacks: A Personal Tale.

On the second page of that article you will be shocked — or not — to learn that the Sarasota Republican Party caved and disassociated itself from Prager’s remarks.

This is why I think it matters not a damn if the Republicans win a majority in the House and Senate. Not a damn. A pox on both houses. But do read the article. Anger is appropriate. But when that emotion passes (and you can’t live on it and you shouldn’t try to do so), what do we do in the face of this madness?


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I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.
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2 Responses to What Does a Normal Person Do in the Face of Madness?

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    This would be a good place for me to discuss John Stossel’s recent article on why he thinks it’s best to vote Libertarian sometimes rather than Republican. He rightly points out that the GOP often stands for restrictions on freedom, and that’s enough to reject them for their impurity.

    In doing so, he carefully ignores the fact that the Democrats are the Government party, their whole basis for existence being to take wealth and freedom from some to give to others. The GOP, by contrast, despite its flaws does not exist for that purpose and represents the victims of the Democrats as well as its own dependencies. He also carefully ignores the increasing liberal hostility to free expression, both by Fascists in government and by their supporters (including an active campaign of intimidation of dissenters). And finally, he ignores the fact that libertinist liberalism doesn’t simply call for toleration of socially deviant behavior, but forced approval — which isn’t at all libertarian by any definition he would admit to.

    In other words, the difference between Democrats and Republicans is the difference between the demonic and the weak and corrupted.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      This would be a good place for me to discuss John Stossel’s recent article on why he thinks it’s best to vote Libertarian sometimes rather than Republican.

      Stossel’s got to get out of that cloud of smoke and look at what Libertarians actually stand for. I mean, just the dope issue alone is not bringing us limited government. Washington State legalized pot sales. But the sales are legalized with very intrusive state control….and this after we just got rid of the state liquor stores. The state has grown thanks to the pot issue.

      I think John Stossel is okay, generally speaking. But a lot of people keep Libertarianism at a convenient arm’s length, holding it is as an airy ideal. But when you get down to reality, and into the details, almost every one of their ideas are stupid, if not also extremely liberal/leftist.

      Libertarians aren’t looking for the return of George Washington. They are libertines who are part of this highly materialist generation who is in a constant state of juvenile-like rebellion, viewing any constraint by government as intolerable. These are children with aspirations of being adults.

      Libertarianism is a kooky philosophy and one highly deserving to be associated with pot heads and other ABC Cafe revolutionary hot-heads who sit around (not unlike Karl Marx) and imagine how the world could be if only they could run it. That injustices are committed in this world in no way validates stupid ideas that pretend to be a corrective. Racism is horrible, for example, but the existence of it in no way legitimizes the racial grievance industry.

      My eyes were opened about who these libertarians are. We allow them into the GOP are our own risk, for they will subvert it just as the Leftists subverted the Democrat Party (which was never my ideal, but it wasn’t always as Communist as it is now) — and just as the RINOs are subverting it now.

      One thing I was hoping for at StubbornThings is that the light of reason and reasonableness itself would shine out and attract fellow thinkers and writers. So far that has only been partially achieved. We’ve gained some good fellows here. But truth is still often not spoken as plainly or succinctly as it could be. God bless Selwyn Duke, for example, who is remarkable in the way his thoughts are generally on-target, succinct, logical, and organized. I like reading him because it helps make me a better writer and thinker. I want people to come here and at least have the feeling they may have a 90% chance of encountering truths they will not get elsewhere. And for free. You can’t beat that.

      In other words, the difference between Democrats and Republicans is the difference between the demonic and the weak and corrupted.

      Speaking of truth, I believe there is a lot of truth in that.

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