Did No One See this Coming?

HandAndBallby Deana Chadwell    10/14/14
Why Liberals Wear the “What-me-worry?” Face  •  We’re not supposed to worry about what Obamacare will do to the nation, or what Islamic purists will do to us, or whether or not we’ll catch Ebola. We’re not supposed to look far enough ahead to see the damage that unlimited immigration will shred our society. We’re not supposed to worry about the results of widespread abortion and sexual promiscuity. If we do any of these things we’re called racist, homophobic, intolerant bigots – just for looking ahead with what Thomas Sowell calls “Stage Two” thinking.

It’s one thing for a group of children to walk through the wardrobe into a world of winter for a grand adventure and quite another for those children to have dragged all the neighborhood kids in there with them. It was one thing for Eve to defiantly take a bite of that “apple”, ignoring what God had warned them not to do, never thinking at all that there will be repercussions. Eve didn’t believe what God told her about that fruit and the eating thereof. She thought she knew better. Liberals think they know better, too.

It was another thing for Adam – who had a clearer view of the consequences – to take that bite. Perhaps he couldn’t have known the mind-boggling effect that would have on the billions of offspring he would produce, but he knew that both of them would have to suffer some consequence. And he did it anyway.

Look back at Eve. She remembered God’s warning, but the serpent told her it would be all right; she’d just be a lot smarter (Was she blonde?). A lot of the liberal left functions the same way. These folks know the warnings. Back in the dark places of their souls their common sense still struggles for breath, but it must be stifled at all cost.

If one thinks ahead, factoring in the fallen nature of man (liberal no-no #1), the likelihood that not everything on this planet is physical – that we’re trapped in a much bigger battle (liberal no-no #2), that decisions have consequences, as Adam and Eve discovered the hard way, then one can clearly see what results will accrue if we walk too abruptly away from the morés of the past.

I listened the other day to a discussion (a shouting match, actually) between a Ben Affleck and author Sam Harris about the dangers of Islam. Harris knew the facts, the history, the actual texts of Islamic dogma and was sounding the alarm: this ideology is dangerous. Affleck got hysterical, claiming loudly that over a billion of the world’s Muslims were nice people and we couldn’t lump them in with a few bad apples. No pun intended.

He didn’t want to look that far down the hallway because he’d already committed to the Doctrine of Non-Judgment – never judge another person, and to avoid having to think too hard, never even judge an idea or a belief system.

Affleck didn’t realize that Harris wasn’t dissing Muslim people; he was pointing out the heinous nature of the ideology of Islam, it’s historic, consistent, scripture-validated violence and barbarity. He wasn’t calling all Muslims barbarians, but he was pointing out that people who strictly adhere to those Islamic scriptures tend to commit barbaric acts. I don’t think Affleck ever considered how much damage just a few of those people can and will do if we let them. He wasn’t looking ahead that far.

ISIS will kill a lot of us before the left will admit that maybe there’s something rotten at the core of Islam. Apples can be like that – rotten cores with still some good fruit around the edges. If we don’t face the vile worm that is thriving at the center of this ideology it will cost us dearly. Of course there are nice Muslims – no one is advocating killing them all.

But that’s not the only danger skulking about unrecognized. The federal government, the CDC, and the White House are more concerned with slogging through their ideological swamp than they are about looking ahead and realizing the danger the country is in from the Ebola virus. We can’t stop flights from West Africa because we once held slaves from that part of the world? Really? Is that an actual mental illness, to be so guilt-ridden that you’re OK with having medical workers in Dallas pay the penalty for regrettable acts committed 200 years ago by people not even their ancestors? Looking back selectively is evidently OK (note they miss the bit about us getting rid of slavery.), but looking ahead and seeing the likely damage to innocent people is not allowed.

Let’s do look down that road:

  • We live in an extremely mobile society.
  • We live in an extremely social society.
  • Very few of us have ever lived in areas where the virus is endemic; we’ve not built up a natural immunity.
  • This disease looks at first a lot like the flu.
  • And doctors are trained to expect the flu and not look for exotic diseases. “If you hear hoof beats behind you, don’t assume it’s a zebra.” But Ebola is a zebra, a deadly one. The doctor(s) in Dallas thought “horse” instead of “zebra” and sent the man home with an antibiotic.

Given that scenario, which road should we travel? The we’re-dreadfully-sorry-about-slavery route? Or the let’s-protect-as-many-people-as-we-can route?

That seems self-evident, but if the left admits to what it sees down this terrible road, it will have to admit that its backward-looking, guilt-ridden stance is all wrong, and people will die before the folks caught up in national flagellation will admit they were wrong.

Not only that, but we’ve walked into the whole mess of gender fluidity with no thought at all about the social problems we are creating. I think of the white lesbian couple that is upset because their in-vitro baby is black. Did no one see that coming? Now schools are having trouble figuring out whether transgendered students should play on the boys’ or girls’ teams. Evidently no one thought about those tangles before we started slicing and dicing the human sexual anatomy. Some schools now have unisex bathrooms and dressing rooms where teens can decide on their own gender du jour. Couldn’t be any problems lurking there, right?

And what happens when those of us who still have a common sense crystal ball speak up and point out the rough roads ahead? We get called names, shouted down, and generally picked on. Why? Because the left knows darn well that the road ahead is falling off the cliff and instead of being honest and saying, “Whoa – guess we’d better turn around, “ they clamp their hands over their ears and shout, “La, la, la, la,” as loud as they can. Don’t want to interrupt the fantasy – not even if people die.


Deana Chadwell blogs at ASingleWindow.com.
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I have spent my life teaching young people how to read and write and appreciate the wonder of words. I have worked with high school students and currently teach writing at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. I have spent more than forty years studying the Bible, theology, and apologetics and that finds its way into my writing whether I'm blogging about my experiences or my opinions. I have two and a half moldering novels, stacks of essays, hundreds of poems, some which have won state and national prizes. All that writing -- and more keeps popping up -- needs a home with a big plate glass window; it needs air; it needs a conversation. I am also an artist who works with cloth, yarn, beads, gourds, polymer clay, paint, and photography. And I make soap.
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31 Responses to Did No One See this Coming?

  1. GHG says:

    It may or may not be a mental sickness, but it’s definitely a spiritual sickness.

    Recall Hillary’s despicable quote when she challenged the testimony of Gen. Petraeus, saying it would take “a willing suspension of disbelief” to believe his report on the surge strategy in Iraq. It seems to me that quote encapsulates their mindset. Each one an “ends justifies the means” whore in service to themselves.

  2. Rosalys says:

    Of course there are those who have been able to see this coming and can see even worse coming in the not too distant future. You really don’t have to be a prophet of Biblical proportions to see it, either – just open your eyes and look around. They must be warned, I suppose, even if they won’t listen – but gosh it’s tiring. I don’t bother much anymore. And they call us crazy!

    I am beginning to think that which truly distinguishes man from lower animate creation is that man is the only creature who can choose insanity and can teach insanity to others! I don’t get it! I really don’t get it!

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Robert Heinlein once observed that when you see 2 trains heading toward each other on the same track, you can guess what’s about to happen. But there are always those who don’t want to make that guess because it’s so unpleasant.

  3. Timothy Lane says:

    I call this Guilty Liberal Syndrome, and the hallmark is the need to feel better about themselves — by making other people pay the price, as we see with Ebola and ISIS. (And no, nothing ISIS does will ever make such people see the reality of Islam. They will always claim it’s merely some abusers. The only people they denounce as a group are conservatives, because those actually get in the way of their will to power.)

    • Rosalys says:

      Which just goes to show you that not all liberals are insane. Most of them are; but the ones who aren’t are evil dictatorial tyrants.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Now, now, hardly any liberals are dictatorial tyrants. After all, only one person at a time can be a tyrant in a given nation. The rest, of course, can and do support evil dictatorial tyranny.

        • Rosalys says:

          Exactly! That’s why I said most of them are insane.

          Dictatorial tyranny is a condition of the heart. You can be inclined toward dictatorial tyranny, but not get the opportunity to actual become top dog. But then the top dog always has to watch his back, surround himself with insane and adoring toadies, and always sleep with one eye open.

    • Rosalys says:

      And I believe the evil dictatorial tyrants think that they are just using Ebola, the muzzies, etc. to their own ends and that they’ll take care of those problems later. Trouble is, sometimes your partners in crime can bite you in the rear – or cut off your head.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        I just started Master & God by Lindsey Davis (about the reign of Domitian), and noticed in scanning through it that the epigraph for the final part is “Few tyrants die in their beds.” (And some of those who do are simply murdered in their sleep, when they are most vulnerable, after all. I understand this was common among the later Ottoman sultans.)

        • Rosalys says:

          I just recently discovered Lindsey Davis and Marcus Didius Falco and am greatly enjoying the series. She (Davis) seems youngish, so it’s a joy to know that she should be around for a while to keep writing many books. I just hate it when my favorite authors die!

          • Timothy Lane says:

            Those are quite good, but she has also done straight biographical novels about Vespasian and (now) Domitian. Incidentally, two other writers with series about Roman investigators are John Maddox Roberts and Steve Saylor (set a century before Davis’s books).

  4. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    It was another thing for Adam – who had a clearer view of the consequences – to take that bite.

    This first example of a male’s temporary loss of sanity when ensnared by womanly wiles. Not much has changed.

    We can’t stop flights from West Africa because we once held slaves from that part of the world?

    you’re OK with having medical workers in Dallas pay the penalty for regrettable acts committed 200 years ago by people not even their ancestors?

    Now we’ve done it! We are punishing descendants of those Vietnamese freedom fighters who defeated us in our immoral South East Asian war. Further sly manifestation of American imperialism. Will we never learn?

  5. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    We’re not supposed to look far enough ahead to see the damage that unlimited immigration will shred our society. We’re not supposed to worry about the results of widespread abortion and sexual promiscuity. If we do any of these things we’re called racist, homophobic, intolerant bigots – just for looking ahead with what Thomas Sowell calls “Stage Two” thinking.

    One thing that occurs to me after doing some studying of the theory of intelligent design is that nothing good appears by mere chance. These things have to be planned. There has to be a conscious insertion of good sense, apt information, and wisdom — and all built upon a scaffolding of good ideals.

    And this is why all libertarians are fools. They seem to believe that a good and free society will just self-organize if we get out of the way. (Mr. Kung, I mean to raise my average this week.) Progressives are no better in this regard.

    She remembered God’s warning, but the serpent told her it would be all right; she’d just be a lot smarter (Was she blonde?).

    If I said that, it would be considered sexist. (By the way, I wouldn’t flinch for a moment from saying that.) Given that Eve was a woman, she was likely just following her “f-e-e-e-e-e-lings.” Men, generally speaking, are the keepers of the standards. This is one reason why society is moving in the irrational direction that it is where laws don’t seem to matter and whatever sympathies can be dredged up at the moment are what drive events.

    Of course, I think having run this experiment long enough, we can see how pathetically girly-man so many men have become because of our wimpy Progressive culture. If we re-ran the Garden of Eden situation today, who’s to say that some effeminate man wouldn’t have picked the apple first, perhaps thinking it was an iApple or something?

    And given that there are women with obvious wisdom (including an author who isn’t a million miles away from the subject at hand now), we could say the real snake in our current garden is Progressivism/Leftism which acts to turn both sexes into creatures who bear the sudden need to cover themselves (perhaps not just because of sin, but because of all those stupid tattoos).

    • Timothy Lane says:

      The serpent takes many forms. Of course, it was pure coincidence that the Devil (in the temptation of Jesus scene) in The Bible resembled Obama — but a very appropriate coincidence.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      Batting 700 now.

    • “There has to be a conscious insertion of good sense, apt information, and wisdom — and all built upon a scaffolding of good ideals.” Yes, yes, yes. And I love the picture of some metro-sexual twit flirting with the serpent and biting the apple first — and then what? A Michelle Obama/Eve slapping the bitten fruit out of Adam’s hand and screaming at him for being so stupid? 🙂 Funny thought.

  6. Misanthropette says:

    What does the current state of affairs say about the rest of us? I know it’s unpleasant to turn those high-beams around on ourselves, but I agree with Aristotle: an unexamined life is not worth living. That dovetails nicely with my Roman Catholic upbringing and religious teachings concerning preparation for confession. What have I done? How have I failed to live up to God’s commandments? What can I do to reform my life?

    Have we spoken out? Have we challenged, truly challenged the insane left? How have we done so? I’m sorry if this is unpleasant or uncomfortable, but I know too many who slog along with the left because the thought of losing a job, a promotion, an “A” in a class needed to apply for law school, med school, etc…, friends, social circles, cocktail party invitations or golf partners is more than they can bear. This suggests misplaced priorities. Christian ethics dictate we put others before ourselves. If we are not willing to do something, say something, which will help those who come after us, we do not at all deserve what the Founders labeled, “the blessings of liberty”. Current circumstances indicate that the majority of Americans do not, in fact, deserve those blessings. If God gives everything at the price of an effort, then he expects us to make one! I’m not at all accusing those who read this, but the wider population. Aren’t you tired of seeing nodding heads agreeing with you until something needs to happen and you’re left holding the bag?

    When my “Social Justice” teacher, Sr. Mary Marxist, called in my parents for a conference because I refused to agree with her inane and completely ignorant statements about business, profit, entitlements and other nonsense, I paid a very concrete price – it cost me my GPA. That incident was my introduction to Repercussions 101. That goes for too many university level courses, too. Philosophy, literature for engineers (especially combative meetings with that professor who did not know what to make of a female conservative), political science, even higher math courses. Then there was law school, which intensified the debate and made the consequences even uglier. I have often been told by bosses, “Go along to get along.”

    I’m sick of it. Guess what? I’m tired. I’m extremely tired of those who talk, talk, talk amongst themselves, but when, like the Little Red Hen, a candidate needs help with a campaign, a lecture, organizing canvassing or writing letters to the editor, they can’t be found. Or, those who complain, but have never picked up the phone or written an email to their representatives in Congress.

    My mother and father used to attend Cardinal Mindszenty programs back in the day. Mom was extremely motivated to take on the post-Vatican II socialists in her local Catholic parish by running for parish council president. She paid a very heavy price for that. It isn’t exciting or fun doing other peoples’ dirty work so they can enjoy the benefits of remaining silent. There comes a day when people are going to ask not, “Did no one see this coming,” but “What the heck did YOU do about it?”

    • Mis — Exactly. This is why I always write in the 1st person plural — it’s not just “those people,” it’s “we” “us” — though I speak out now and started doing so a long time ago, I know I’ve never made as big a fuss about things as I could have. I’ve gone to the liberal movies. I’ve been jocular when friends ribbed me about my “Legalize the Constitution” bumper sticker. Today I am grateful for the opportunity to write for web sites like Stubborn Things — we need someplace to scream — not just talk — about what’s happening to all of us.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        I don’t know how much good it does, but I also do blog posts at such sites as Politico, Bloomberg, and the Washington Post when hotair.com has links to an article that inspires me to comment. (In fact, blog postings at Politico have a heavy conservative component.) This at least exposes some others to conservative arguments.

        • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

          At the risk of beating a dead horse, the single most important thing most of us can do is to get involved politically. That means, not only voting, but getting your friends and families to vote after you have educated them about the issues, both short and long term.

          Put a sign up in your yards. Visit your various representatives and let your views be known. Send money to individual candidates who espouse your views and values. Write your newspapers. Visit school board meetings, city meetings/etc. Let your views be heard in public.

          Again, vote!!!

          Politics is a battle which is never completely won or lost. It is an ongoing struggle which good people must sometimes force themselves to become involved in as otherwise the villains will win.

          And we must never fool ourselves that our choices are perfect. They are not as we are dealing with human beings, i.e. ourselves. But there generally are better or worse choices. As I say, I would rather have pneumonia than lung cancer and today’s Democrats are a metastasized cancer.

          As Burke reputedly said, “the only thing necessary for evil to triumph, if for good men to do nothing.”

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            Again, vote!!!

            Or as Vaugn Meader would say

            • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

              That was great. It brought back my childhood years!

              Next you will bring up some album by Brother Dave Gardner or Tom Lehrer.

              • Timothy Lane says:

                We had The First Family, but for some strange reason my parents never were willing to play it again after the deaths of C. S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley. I do have a complete collection of Tom Lehrer. I don’t recall Dave Gardner by name, but I do remember some such comedian from my youth who pointed out how “In Hot Springs, Arkansas, I saw some of those ignorant, stupid southerners selling water to some of those brilliant northerners. And the government owns it!”

                And while I’m at it, I can also recommend another youthful delight: the Canadian comedians Wayne and Shuster. I was able to save our family album, though of course we generally don’t play LPs today. But I still have that capability.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            Well, we regularly put up signs for Anne Northup (in both meanings of the sentence), and I did other volunteer work as well (and sometimes put up signs for other candidates). I have occasionally made small contributions, but this requires having their mailing address available. I haven’t done anything this year because McConnell never repudiated the race-baiting that Henry Barbour arranged in Mississippi (though I do expect to vote for him).

            As for persuading my friends to be conservative, they already are for the most part. And the liberals among them aren’t going to be persuaded otherwise, though I’m always ready to engage their arguments.

  7. SkepticalCynic says:

    When you are dealing with a group of people such as Nazis, Muslims and Japanese, Lenin, Stalin and many others, I have to agree with Ms. Gabriel, the peace loving members are totally irrelevant when they do nothing to stop the horrendous acts committed by their brethren. So, whether you like it or not, these peace loving members are guilty of the same crimes simply through association, apathy or indifference. I personally, do not have the time or inclination to sort them out.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      In his final public appearance in Spain (in late 1936), Miguel de Unamuno bravely denounced the Nationalists (whom he had initially supported). He said that he felt obligated to speak out: “Sometimes to be silent is to lie. Because silence can be taken as assent.” I will note that conservatives denounce those rare crimes in their name (such as murders of abortionists), whereas liberals (who demand such behavior from conservatives and thus are well aware of the point Unamuno made) never criticize (and often justify) the far more numerous crimes committed by obamathugs such as the Occupiers, SEIU, and the recent anti-police rioters.

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