by Brad Nelson 12/28/13
“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier’…” ― Alfred Tennyson • I was struggling a bit with whether or not to do some type of “Year End Review.” I struggle because it sounds pretentious and pompous. Plus, we haven’t been around quite a year yet.
The web is a great cacophony of interests, opinions, information, and just plain junk. The last thing it seems the world needs is more noise in the blogosphere. Reading the opinions of other people — even good people — can often be insufferable. Everybody has The Answer.
But the fact is, never has Western Culture been as ignorant, uninformed, and just plain stupid as it is now. Everyone most assuredly does not have the answer. And that is the problem of a culture with a memory that extends no further than AJB (after Justin Bieber). We are a culture out of touch with its past. And that means we are a culture out of touch with experience, for experience is the greatest teacher of all.
Even so, the web is chock full of fancy doctrines and clever rationales. But, to my mind, it is bereft (except in a few places) of much wisdom. And like a leaky boat, it does little good to just row faster or to put more oars into the water. We must first plug the leak in the boat.
That is the central dogma here at StubbornThings.org. Let’s find our past in the midst of this politically correct fog of revisionism and untruths. Let’s compare George Washington with the various derivatives of Karl Marx (including Obama) and see what is best. Let’s wonder if there isn’t possibly a better grounding for a life than various feel-good conceits.
And the reason I feel pretentious and pompous for writing this Year End Message is because I have no desire to be the next Bill Buckley, Jr. Although I have my hand at the tiller, this site is yours. We are a republic, not an oligarchy of intellectuals (something many other conservative sites easily forget). Your average man or woman has more wisdom in his or her little finger than 99% of professional politicians and bureaucrats. So if one’s goal is to change the country for the better, it will not be a purely top-down solution. There will have to be a lot of sideways motion in and amongst those who are tired of all the crap at the top. And much of this crap at the top is the product of an “intellectual” class that doesn’t know its ass from its elbow but sure knows how to sweeten excrement with a dash of pomposity.
And that brings us to the million dollar question. Who will speak up? The Left’s power comes almost exclusively from its ability to intimidate good people. And I’ll admit that it is very difficult to argue with people who use deceitful, feel-good language to hide their true motives. It is generally the American ideal to live and let live and think well of others unless given a good reason not to.
This is made doubly-difficult by a populace now long exposed to, and penetrated with, Leftist propaganda. The immune system of our common sense has been corrupted by such propaganda. We now commonly think ourselves reasonable, compassionate, tolerant, and damn near the second coming of Albert Schweitzer by nodding our heads in quiet approval of complete nonsense.
So what I’ve always recognized is that the heart of our problem isn’t an economic problem or even a political problem. It’s a moral problem. And a good morality cannot be had without wisdom. And wisdom cannot be had without the benefits of knowledge and experience.
So a sincere thank you to those who have been forthright enough to share their knowledge and experience, as well as a bushel full of their wisdom. This is a collaborative effort. This site doesn’t happen without you. And it has happened. As much as I might pine for having Andy McCarthy and Mark Steyn as contributors, I don’t miss them all that much because we have our Andy McCarthy (Nahalkides) and Steyn (Kung Fu Zu) here, as well as our Buckley (Glenn), Palin (Deana), and VDH (Timothy). We even have our own Koch Brother (Pat) who has funded us through next year. (By the way, I style myself as sort of a Rush Limbaugh meets Ann Coulter).
And a thanks to Selwyn Duke, Bruce Price, Linda Harvey, Mark Tooley, and many other established columnists for allowing us to share some of their wisdom, to spread it just a bit further. The goal of this site is nothing less than the overturning of Leftism, to replace Karl Marx with Adam Smith, to replace the awful religion of “Progressivism” with something more nourishing and true.
America is too great, and Western Civilization too highly paid for, to simply let them whither from neglect as we chase our foolish narcissistic dreams of Utopia. • (891 views)