by Brad Nelson
Zen usually means liberal-flaky. Never mistake me for a so-called “crunchy con.” But when you’re surfing the web, are you as tired as I am of websites that basically mug you as you enter them? Instead of a Zen-like experience, it’s more like Mortal Combat as you fight back all the things that get between you and where you want to go.
Things pop up and won’t shut up. Images and ads float around the screen as you sometimes have to chase them down. Sometimes sites open a new window which auto-plays some horrid ad and you suddenly wonder where the hell that noise is coming from. Dismiss. Attack. Confront. Blow up. It becomes like that scene from “Airplane” where Robert Stack is just trying to get from Point A to Point B in the airport and has to run a gauntlet of pop-up interruptions.
But Zen is how I’d rather surf the web, not have to beat back the ads. I think of the web more as an extended encyclopedia. It should be passive. It should not fight me. But web sites typically do all they can to throw as much in your face as they can all for the holiest of holies, the click count.
You may beat me over the head with a wet liberal before I ever introduce any of those obnoxious elements here. Mark my word. What brought this subject to mind was surfing American Thinker this morning on my Android tablet. I was suddenly assaulted by a floating add at the bottom of the screen that kept returning like a bad penny. And as good as some of their articles are, I may not return because of it. One must filter out the announces in one’s life to some extent.
Andrew McCarthy is King
No, not the actor from “Weekend at Bernie’s.” I mean Andrew C. McCarthy, one of the finest conservative writers today. He’s back with another good article, The Art of the Impossible.
I consider National Review to be a lost cause. It has become like the Republican Party: apologists for statism and inherently dishonest in its ongoing prevarications. It really does effect me that Jonah Goldberg, that former bastion of wit and common sense, has sold out. To what, I’m not sure. But the man has lost it.
But Andrew in his latest article gives you a much-needed dose of sanity. I had a friend call me up the other day and he said, “Brad, I just needed to call someone who wasn’t insane.” And then he proceeded to tell me about the local political hijinks of the Republican operatives, full of double-talk, dishonest machinations, and anything but sanity.
And that’s part of the reason I started this site, so I could have somewhere to go where I could converse with sane people. Oh, we don’t have to agree on everything. But we must at least agree that the sky is blue, a multi-trillion dollar debt is a bad thing, and that there is no such thing as “priming the pump” unless you’re actually watering the cattle.
Socialism will Kill Jesus a Second Time
Those few not lost in the fog of our detached and narcissistic culture may have noted (as Dennis Prager regularly does) how much of Christianity and Judaism have been given over to Leftism. As Dennis says, many Christians, and most Jews, have replaced their traditional values for Leftist ones. Instead of emphasizing “thou shall not kill” or “thou shall not covet” you get “social justice” (a coveting notion if there ever was one) or mindless lip service to “diversity.”
I think it’s difficult for Christianity to exist in the face of socialism. Europe is proving this. They are now proudly a denuded and shrinking “secular” people while the churches remain mostly empty. I have personally witnessed otherwise hardcore fire-and-brimstone religious fundamentalist have their heads turned by entitlements. How can people who believe in Eternity be so easily swayed by “free stuff” that isn’t even free and that certainly won’t last forever?
As I say, socialism corrupts both the state and the citizenry. And there is no room for having one’s sites set over the horizon while one fixates on gaining (from others, via the government) worldly entitlements. Jesus is relegated to just another entitlement in a mix of them. We are being turned by government from spiritual creatures with sites set on Cosmic things to mere groveling animals with a lust for earthly “free stuff.”
As Glenn has noted in several of his fine articles, secularism puts an emphasis on eternity being measured in how long you can stay alive in this world. Think about what it means when the state now owns your body more and more through socialized medicine. They are now god. And people have little room for another.
Maybe Women Shouldn’t Vote
I’ll mention no names. But this one lady that I know has been a buzz in my ear for some time now over negatives advertisements being put out by (or for) a local Republican candidate for office. She is absolutely incensed that this candidate has flooded her mailbox with negative assertions about her opponent. I asked her if these assertions might be true. But for her, for some reason, this was quite beside the emotional point.
I haven’t seen any of these mailers. But the point is that this lady doesn’t care if the information is true or not. She’s only annoyed that it is being put out there. Yeah, I get that some don’t like negative advertising. But I still don’t understand what’s behind this purely emotional reaction, particularly when the opposing candidate is doing the same thing. I therefore did a little digging into the candidates for the benefit of trying to get to the bottom of this. And I know which issues are paramount for this one voter.
Well, as it turns out, the Republican candidate is against abortion, against gay marriage, and is a Christian. I couldn’t confirm if this candidate’s Democratic opponent was a Christian, but he is endorsed by NARAL, believes in late-term abortions, is endorsed by the Washington State Communist Party, and, last but not least, is endorsed by NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association).
You will, I hope, trust me when I say that this lady I have been referring to, after having been informed of this information, still was as incensed as ever against the Republican candidate — even those this person is typically a one- or two-issue voter (abortion and gay marriage).
Yes, yes. There are men who are this daft as well. But I think the ladies take the lead in this kind of irrationality. And I think it is primary in terms of how much debt we are running up and why nobody dares put a stop to it. After all, any attempt to simply stay within our means is called “starving the children.” Ladies, you need to man-up a little. • (1713 views)