Truth or Consequences

by Deana Chadwell2/20/18
What do humans do when they discover – albeit subconsciously – that everything they’ve believed in is wrong — is, in fact, evil?  Are folks likely to do a face-palm, shake their heads and say, “Can’t believe I bought into such stupidity!” Sometimes the truly honest amongst us will do that, but it doesn’t happen often.  When the ground shakes under us, we are more likely to just mindlessly grab for the nearest support.

If we grew up sure

that God is just a convenient fairytale,

that the government’s purpose is to take the place of indulgent parents,

that sexual desires, all sexual desires should be fulfilled ASAP,

that people are just the evolutionary top of the food chain,

and are merely animals and therefore expendable,

that drugs are enlightening,

that truth is nonexistent,

and that, most important of all, utopia is within our reach because we know better than God how to organize a nation, — then what do we do when we see even our most important leaders functioning as if there is no moral code? What do we think when the people we see as special turn out to be sexual predators? How are we to understand our misery when our children OD on opioids, kill themselves over Facebook bullying, or kill others just because they are angry or want to be famous? How do we handle it when we pray to the God we no longer believe in and get no response at all?

What do we do? Most people look around desperately for someone else to blame, or, even better, some inanimate object to hold accountable. Ban guns! It takes no moral courage to blame a thing, but it takes massive internal fortitude to look in the mirror and blame the unsustainable ideas that we’ve held dear now for several generations.

It’s hard to look at the slaughter of our children in a schoolyard, but we are still willing to kill them by the thousands in an abortion clinic. It’s horrifying to see the damage wrought by social media, but we don’t have the stomach to face down our spoiled children and deny them access.  It makes us sick to see the sexualization of our young children, but we’re too spoiled ourselves to limit our own indulgence in nearly pornographic television. We don’t seem to have the national backbone to admit our part in the destruction of our offspring.

So we demand the banning of guns.  We don’t fall on our knees and confess our faithlessness to the God who made us free and prosperous.  We don’t change our own behavior, vow to make a go of our marriages and raise our children with both love and discipline. We don’t look with a more critical eye at the policies that contributed to our fractured families, our failing schools, our angry, drug-addled youth. No. We scream, “Ban guns!” Maybe if we scream it loudly enough the guilt will go away.

And the screamers don’t follow up their hollering with careful thinking about what taking guns out of our society would look like. There are over 300 million privately owned firearms in this country. We understand – those of us who know anything about history – how important it is that we keep them.  We know that all our other rights rest on the right to defend ourselves against tyranny. I’m not giving up mine without a fight and I don’t think I’m alone in that. The confiscation of guns in America will be a blood bath that makes Parkland look insignificant.

But the deep panic that the unwitting left feels at the blatant, obvious, horrifying evidence that all their most prideful beliefs are bogus is not going to allow any self-searching. Will there be curriculum meetings sprouting up all over the country to try to determine if we’re teaching only what’s truly wholesome and productive? I don’t see that happening. Will Congress take a fresh look at how welfare policies affect family structure? Not likely, and if they did, where would we find the strong, stalwart men to step up and become great fathers? We are training our young men to be women, so how is that going to work? Are we likely, as an entire culture, to realize that law and a godless moral code can’t protect us from evil? It’s easier to ban guns, or at least to vociferously demand that; I’m not sure the reality really matters to the screamers.

I take heart in knowing that a society can be swayed by only a small percentage of us thinking clearly. I am reassured when I remember Abraham bargaining with God over Sodom; God agreed to save it if only 10% were good, God-fearing people. I take heart in our current administration; Trump seems to be thinking clearly and several steps ahead of his opponents. His cabinet appears to understand what is at stake here.

It was Jesus Christ who said, “And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”  The truth isn’t always comfortable, or flattering, and when ignored long enough, it can be excruciating when finally acknowledged. Therefore, truth is under attack today, but it is still readily available; if we want truth, we can still get it, though it wouldn’t be surprising to find that after they ban guns, the Bible will be next.

Not a day goes by anymore that we don’t come face-to-face with the evidence that our progressive worldview stands on a weak and crumbling foundation. Science is dealing blow after blow to evolutionary, God-less theories. Our liberal educational ideas are proving counterproductive. Our laissez-faire child-rearing practices are evidently inadequate. The way we care for our poor causes more problems than it solves. We don’t want to control our own behavior, but we resent the police who then have to do it for us. The Parkland shooting proves that our culture is a disaster, not that our gun policies are. We need to be able to face that fact or there will be hell to pay.

Deana Chadwell blogs at She is also an adjunct professor at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. She teaches writing and public speaking.
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About Deana Chadwell

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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63 Responses to Truth or Consequences

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    A fine analysis, but one little correction: God promised Abraham that he would save Soddom and Gomorrah if he could find 10 righteous people in them (I don’t know if Lot and his family and servants counted, but probably not). He sent some angels in to check the cities out, and they were accosted by citizens seeking homosexual encounters. They concluded that there weren’t 10 righteous people, and we know what happened next as a result. I wonder if they found anyone righteous, and if so whether those were given the same option as Lot and his crowd.

    • You know, I always assumed that God, being omniscient, knew there were not 10 righteous people there when He was dickering with Abraham — that’s why it was so easy for Abraham to get His consent. The sending-in of the angels spy team was for Abraham’s benefit, for his assurance. But, we don’t know for sure.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Ten was such a generous figure. God was so easily bargained-down that me thinks that Mr. Omniscient already knew that game was stacked against Abraham.

      In “The Ten Commandments,” Moses states, “There is no freedom without the law.” If any one principle could be said to define the Left (and their fellow travelers, such as Libertarians) it is the idea that restraints on human urges are wrong. This is based on a Utopian outlook on human nature (always good unless warped by external authorities, particularly religious authorities).

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    The Parkland shooting proves that our culture is a disaster, not that our gun policies are.

    I don’t disagree with anything you’ve said here, Deana. One of the interesting things is that it is human nature (particularly Leftist human nature) not to admit error.

    I read a report yesterday — granted, it’s just one article presented by an increasingly unreliable media — about the problem of frog populations decreasing. The godless atheist “science”-based Snowflakes had been blaming it on “global warming.” But it apparently turns out that it is caused by some kind of bacteria or fungus brought into these frog communities from the gunk on the bottom of researchers’ boots. But are you going to hear that from them?

    All that the Left believes MUST be true, despite the facts. This is what you get from brainwashing. The brainwashed, of course, don’t know they’ve been brainwashed. And it wouldn’t be proper brainwashing if they did.

    This is what I find so disturbing. Your average American — including more conservatives than we’d like to believe — have been absorbed into the pop cultural collective. And whatever good Trump has done (and I gladly concede he has done a lot), it worries me that he has put the final dot on the “i” and the cross on the “t” in regards to this pop cultural collective now completely blurring the line between politics and entertainment.

    The ratings on the Olympics are down. I refuse to watch them. And it’s not a protest, per se. It’s because these Social Justice Warrior punks won’t just let the sports be sports. So I don’t watch. Why should I? I don’t find being insulted by these people to be a form of entertainment. Why should anyone?

    • The frog problem is really funny — well, not for the frogs, but for us. I’ve also lost all interest in the Olympics — I used to love the winter games, but I just can’t be bothered anymore; arrogance + ignorance is just not fun to watch.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        I do miss the curling. It’s the one sort of anti-sport sport that I learned to love when I had cable TV (which had a channel from Vancouver, BC at one time). Take a rock and slide it along the ice and try to hit something. I’m pretty sure this game was conceived with a good infusion of grain alcohol. But it’s a charming sport nonetheless.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I read years ago that the frog problem was caused by a fungus — but one brought in by the researchers themselves? That’s rich. No wonder they were so eager to blame the chimera of global warming.

  3. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    To quote Pogo, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

    I am fairly convinced that those of us at ST are fighting a rear-guard action. The retreat continues.

  4. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I was thinking about Ecclesiastes 1 the other day. (“All is vanity.”) Versus 1 to 18 are some of the greatest words ever written. One can’t even begin to plumb the depths of those words.

    And when I look out upon The Daily Drama, and people tying themselves into great “vexations of spirit” (a good phrase, that), I can easily see how this site went astray. I didn’t mean for it to. But it catered to purely vane self-publishing. Where I wanted people to share a spirit of inventive adventure and creative expression, it was too often treated as just an avenue for vanity. Some have done it justice. We miss dear Annie for this fact. But too often The Daily Drama is just a chock-board for our conceits, not our interests and pleasures.

    We have lost the ability to deflate ourselves, to wonder if our Daily Drama isn’t just so much hot air in the scheme of things. Most have lost a context for their lives. People do not walk into a school and gun people down if they don’t think the sun shines out of their bum, if they have a sense of purpose other than vane glory.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      There are many famous quotes from Ecclesiastes, though I don’t know if they’re from chapter 1. There’s the section Orwell quoted (and rewrote in modern style) in “Politics and the English Language” (L. Sprague de Camp made use of it for the title of his autobiography, Time and Chance). And there’s the famous observation, “There is nothing new under the sun.”

      In the novel of Fahrenheit 451, Montag has memorized one book of the Bible and part of another by the time he gets to the book people outside his city. As I recall, one of those is Ecclesiastes.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        I was reading a little background on that particular section of Ecclesiastes 1. The long assumption is that Solomon wrote that but then maybe not. It matters not if it was an “internet troll” of the time. I think there’s a deep message in that.

        Consider that God has all the time in the world and that the universe we live in is just one creation in an infinity of creation and works. From that perspective, our Daily Drama seems downright silly. All is vanity. There is nothing new under the sun.

        Maybe the only sane people are the nuns and monks who live everyday for God and with their heads appropriately in the clouds. Maybe most of us are living for the wrong things.

        And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.

        Now, in the immediate conservasphere, that doesn’t speak well of Trump who is amongst the most vain men on earth. But sometimes people can do the right things for the wrong reasons…or just do the right things with a patina of crude. And it matters to make these distinctions because a false and shallow “stylishness” pervades the silly ideas of the Left. If you are “cool” in a way that the little monsters think is cool, all is okay. The ideas don’t necessarily matter.

        Thus to have truth and facts we must make a distinction between style and substance….including Trump.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          That’s an interesting idea, the Preacher as perhaps the first troll. After all, he said that he was (not is) King of Judah. So what king ever abdicated and went off to preach? None that I know of — certainly not Solomon. But considering what the Preacher had to say, he really doesn’t deserve to be called a troll regardless of whether he was Solomon or not.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            Jesus was a troll of sorts regarding the Pharisees and others in the power structure. Being a troll isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s when it’s done anonymously on the internet for the purposes merely of being a smart-ass that trolling gets a bad name.

            Trump trolled the Pharisees of the NFL and I’m glad he did. We should troll the Left early and often if only to expose them as the thought police and bullies that they are.

            Too bad that more preachers today don’t tell their congregations what they need to hear.

            • Timothy Lane says:

              Well, if the Preacher was indeed a troll, then he was anonymous. I checked in wikipedia, and it’s commonly thought that Ecclesiastes was written after the Exile (it apparently has Persian loan words). They did confirm that Montag had memorized parts of Ecclesiastes (and Revelation). Of course, another section of the book was used as the basis of “Turn, Turn, Turn” by the Byrds.

        • Rosalys says:

          “The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. – Ecclesiastes 1:1”

          The identification couldn’t be any clearer; the preacher was Solomon.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            Or he wants to claim his mantle. He does that “I was King of Israel in Jerusalem” — which implies that he abdicated to become the Preacher. Solomon didn’t. (Tsar Alexander I of Russia was suspected of doing something like that — right after he died, some monk who apparently resembled him turned up at a monastery in Orenburg. But it’s generally though Alexander really had died.) Such claims happened frequently (it’s thought that Isaiah represents 2 or 3 different writers at different times, for example).

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            I’m happy with it being attributed to Solomon. I did no great research on this. I have no idea. At the end of the day, one has to evaluate the words at face value anyway:

            For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

            Anyone ever had an experience of that, if only by hitting your thumb with a hammer?

            • pst4usa says:

              I will admit to the cost of this kind of knowledge Brad. I was doing some repair work around our first house and made the stupid mistake of cutting the top 1/4 of my thumb off at about midnight. I went to urgent care and was told I needed surgery at 6:00 am to cover the exposed bone. I promptly went home and climed to the very top of a 16 foot ladder and proceeded to hit the same thumb with the hammer. Well the human body is a remarkable system, give it enough pain and it will shut down, (no matter where you happen to be). So I learned a valuable lesson though it did come with some measure of pain.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                I’m laughing, Pat, but only in a Three Stooges sympathetic way, if such thing is possible.

                When I was a kid, I split my forehead open three times in the exact same spot in a 2-week period. It was three different accidents. By the third accident the doctor said that stitches were no longer useful. (Nothing left to stitch.) I have a small scar on my forehead to this day. I’m not sure any Solomonic wisdom came out of it.

              • pst4usa says:

                No Solomon like wisdom here that is for sure.

              • Timothy Lane says:

                I only recall getting stitches once during my childhood. My brother was carrying me on his shoulders, and I ended up falling through a glass door at the entrance to our sleeping area (which included 2 bedrooms and a bathroom). There was a bad cut on my left hand that needed stitches.

                I don’t know of any cosmic wisdom from that incident, but we never tried that again.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                I should have mentioned that Pat’s story kept me in stitches. As did Timothy’s.

            • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

              It used to be the case that such wisdom was gained in growing up. It may have not been worth the pain, but there was a gain in being able to navigate the world on one’s own.

              • pst4usa says:

                That was back before the feminazis took over and sold most women on the idea that they do not need a man, so no one was there to let boys be boys.

              • Timothy Lane says:

                While we lived in Greece, there were a few nearby marble quarries (I don’t think any were still in use). One had a route by which one could climb down it. All of us boys were expected to climb down eventually, and I did, too. What’s a little acrophobia when a rite of passage is involved?

    • Rosalys says:

      ” ‘Everything is meaningless,’ says the Teacher, ‘completely meaningless!’

      What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? [Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again. The wind blows south, and then turns north. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles. Rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full. Then the water returns again to the rivers and flows out again to the sea.] – Ecclesiastes 1:2-7 (New Living Translation)

      Funny. I rather take comfort in verses 4-7 (the bracketed lines,) the continuity of creation. Solomon started out well; because he asked not for riches, but for wisdom, God gave him just about everything. Somewhere along the line he stopped realizing that all he had was a gift, and not an entitlement. When this happens, everything becomes “…wearisome beyond description.” and then, “No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.” (v. 8) He just became bored with it all.

      Life becomes meaningless without God. That’s why so many seek cheap thrills.

      • pst4usa says:

        Well said!

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Funny. I rather take comfort in verses 4-7 (the bracketed lines,) the continuity of creation.

        Meathead, Troglodytes, atheists, Leftists, and just all-around nincompoops would read those words, Rosie, and find a sort of brave nihilism in it, the idea being to face the pointlessness of life is what the Brites do.

        But that’s not what I got out of it, not being a nincompoop and all. I got out of it that we humans can so easily forget that we are not the center of the universe, that the sun doesn’t shine out of our bums, that our Daily Drama — the things we think are of such vital immediate importance — are likely laughed at by the angels.

        Those words, to me, are a reminder about what to hold important: the eternal.

        As for Solomon, it’s interesting that he (if he is the “he” here) comes off a bit like an ancient Snowflake. He’s given or achieved all these worldly things. And at the end he says it’s not enough. Okay. But I can’t help wondering where this thought was during the decades when he was busy accumulating. Surely the accumulations had their uses then.

        We can certainly live and learn. But I roll my eyes a little at those who have relatively everything and have the Snowflake-like perch of all these comforts and protections to then say, “Ah, well, wealth isn’t everything.”

        • pst4usa says:

          But that is the whole point, as you yourself said, “what to hold important: the eternal.” Whether you have the wealth of Solomon, or are the poorest person on the planet, what you have in this life really is not all that important in the grand scheme of things. If you are a Bill Gates or any of the other leftist atheist snowflakes, I would agree with you. But Solomon had the gift of knowledge of and from God, so I think he finally got it. Just my take.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            I guess, Pat, that I have a little more respect for the Saint Francis type who, upon encountering the Godly vibe to change, dispense with most earthly concerns of wealth, etc. I just find Solomon’s pontifications on the subject to be a little convenient and a little late.

            • pst4usa says:

              My take on Solomon’s story takes us back to the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had it all and it was not enough. Solomon had everything and one assumes more wisdom than anyone else and without a focus on God, you will lose your way. So from that sense, I would say you are right. Saint Francis surely did seem to have the right focus, as did others in the Bible. But again, my take, it does not matter what we do, or what we have, if we do not put Him first in our life, all is meaningless. I guess the Bible is trying to tell us not to put our trust or expect too much from man, he is going to fall short every time, no matter how smart or rich or how good they are, they are not God.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                Even flawed messengers can deliver a good message. I certainly understand that and have no problem, per se, with Solomon — after decades of enjoying wealth, power, and harems of women — stating “There’s more to life than this.”

                Still, a truly wise man might remember what George Bailey said in his exchange with Clarence:

                CLARENCE: Oh, no, no. We don’t use money in Heaven.

                GEORGE: Oh, that’s right, I keep forgetting. Comes in pretty handy down here.

                As much as we might all agree that there is more to life than money, there is an “It’s easy for you to say” aspect of this coming from the mouth of Solomon.

              • Timothy Lane says:

                In The Mouse on Wall Street, the third of the contemporary Grand Fenwick books, the Count of Mountjoy observes that only the rich realize how unimportant money is because they have enough of it not to worry about it.

  5. pst4usa says:

    Great post Deana, I think this line really nails the problem the left has, “Maybe if we scream it loudly enough the guilt will go away.”; deep down they know the truth, but the truth cannot be allowed into their minds or the guilt will overwhelm them.

  6. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Here are some apparent consequences. Thomas Lifson has a short post about Another Trump-hating Olympian wipes out.

    One thing conservatives need to do is shut this stuff off and let the advertisers know why you are doing so. Let there be consequences.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I do like the point that mayhe toxic hate isn’t conducive to good performance. Maybe that, ultimately, is why Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have a job — he no longer does well because he’s playing for hate, and that doesn’t work.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        This likely has nothing to do with Trump. It’s just coincidence. People have been falling on the snow and ice in the Winter Olympic events for ages.

        Still, you have to wonder if being a nasty person doesn’t have a physical effect on one’s performance. I know it never bothered McEnroe. But then he wasn’t a politically nasty person. Just a regular nasty person. Maybe Trump is living rent-free inside these athletes heads and the cost of rent is sometimes high.

        When centered on hate (rather than just being an obnoxious punk such as McEnroe), maybe it makes it harder to evince beauty. Whatever the case may be, another Nelson said it best.

        • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

          Maybe these people are just phonies who were not that good, or are no longer that good and simply wanted to draw attention to themselves for egotistical or marketing purposes.

          I never liked Cassius Clay aka Mohammed Ali, but thought his public persona very clever. On the one hand, he had people pay to see him beat the “man” (symbolically) and on the other, they paid to see the “punk” get beat. He won both ways.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            Maybe these people are just phonies who were not that good, or are no longer that good and simply wanted to draw attention to themselves for egotistical or marketing purposes.

            That possibility exists, Mr. Kung, as surely as a Jeff Gillooly’s whack to the knee proved that Tonya Harding was an inferior skater. (Hint: I believe she and Jeff were in complete cahoots on this.)

            That’s not to dismiss the fact that even third-tier athletes in this day and age could arguably been easy gold metal contenders forty years ago. I think even the also-rans have tremendous talent given how many people now are competing for so relatively few slots.

            I’m not a cynical man by nature. But I remember all the weepy-eyed baloney over Mohammed Ali when he lit the torch, his mind and brain battered not by some disease but by the results of his brutal sport.

            Listen, I think he along with McEnroe contributed significantly to lower sports to the level of the gutter. I admire Dr. J, Wayne Gretzky, and John Elway. But most of today’s athletes leave me cold. The best demeanor I can give them is to just not care as opposed to outright disliking them.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      I admit it, I have not watched any of this Olympics.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        I was sitting in a sports bar last week having lunch. Every wall had a big-screen TV. I caught a little bit of curling. Other than that, I haven’t watched. I don’t want to watch.

        And not all of this aversion, or perhaps even much of this, is about being disgusted by the homo and Social Justice agenda on display at NBC and with the athletes. It’s the “there’s nothing new under the sun” factor. I’ve seen this all before. Different names same schtick. And I guess the thing is, I have no personal stake in anyone winning or losing. It just all looks the same to me. Meaningless.

        And don’t take that for an ennui of spirit. I’m just recognizing that these completely artificially constructed events — driven by concerns of money, not athletic prowess — are superficial exhibitions of little worth of merit other than the spectacles that can be artificially created by the media.

        And it’s not that these athletes don’t have talent and dedication, etc. They do. But then, who cares? Not to sound too liberal about this, but I would find more merit in a program that highlighted the advances that doctors are making. I just have no innate love left for what I view as a bunch of self-involved athletes grabbing for the brass ring of stardom and having this laundered as “patriotism.”

        Call me cynical, Mr. Kung. Perhaps I am.

        • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

          I have no personal stake in anyone winning or losing. It just all looks the same to me. Meaningless.

          Just so. Due to the constant advancement of technology and innate laziness of mankind, we are living in a world where vicarious “experience” is not even second-hand. How bad is it when our faux-experience is even phony? I think reality shows are a perfect epitome of this phenomenon.

          Just think how much better for us, in every way, if people would use part of the time they spend watching this nonsense by actually getting some exercise. But that would hurt the bottom line of TV channels, snack food producers, advertising agencies and sports bars, amongst others.

          I like your idea re medical highlights. A little more education is something we can all profit from.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            Some of the work of Terry Gilliam and others show us as these passive beasts overcome by the system. Think of the big screen in “Fahrenheit 451”. I love Gilliam’s paradigm of ducts and hydraulic tubing pervading society in “Brazil,” this infrastructure making a cumbersome and dehumanizing network that quite literally can suffocate you.

            TV, Twitter, Facebook, the internet, etc., is a hodge-podge of virtual experiences. Granted, I do love watching movies and good TV series. Maybe one reason I like to write about them after-the-fact is so that I am not absorbed by them. I can kind of hold them out at arm’s length and by doing so state implicitly that they are not real. I can comment on how they intersect reality, for better and for worse, or don’t do so, for better or for worse. But I know it’s not reality.

            Thinks of the boobs who sit at home and absorb their fake news and then ball their fists up in fury decrying everything that contradicts their brainwashing as “fake news.” We should all take some minimal pains, Mr. Kung, to avoid living in that world.

            God, I hope the sun comes out and it warms up a little. I really would like to get outside.

            • Timothy Lane says:

              Of course, in both Fahrenheit 451 and Brazil there are people not ground down by the system. Note that Montag himself, as a system enforcer, revolts against it. Much the same thing is true of the main character in Brazil, who finally defeats the state by retreating into his inner mind. “We’ve lost him, sir.”

        • Steve Lancaster says:

          I quit the olympic nonsense about 20 years ago. The Olympics is a utopian fantasy founded on the idea that in spite of political differences the nations of the world could get together, have sports and sing kumbaya.

          The whole idea comes from the early 20th century progressive movement and has nothing to do with the archaic Greeks of the Bronze Age. Of Course, there was no such thing as winter Olympics; might have been if the Greeks had ABC sports and air time to fill.

          The original Olympic sports were essentially training for war, boxing, running, discus, high jump, hurdles, hammer and of course, javelin. The competitors were paid by their city-state and not in anyway amateur. Politics was the game, just short of actual war.

          So now we have spoiled prima-donnas whose sole goal is rooted in the pretense that they are “just amateurs off the street”. Give me a break!

          • Timothy Lane says:

            I don’t watch, but back when I was still getting the newspaper (this doesn’t work so well in a hotel or a rehab center), I paid a bit of attention to the results. The amateur ideal seems to have fallen by the wayside, sparked by the fact that Communist states faked their amateur status decades ago. The globalist idea (which had nothing to do with the original Greek games, which were quite nationalistic) disappeared long ago — if it ever even caught on at all. Certainly it was gone by the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              A real cynic would say that the point of the Olympics is feathering the nests of the Olympic officials and the various networks selling lots of advertising.

              What we have is yet another governmental bureaucratic monolith that has taken on a life of its own. I’m supposed to get warm-fuzzies and root for “my team”? My team was Bruce Jenner before he went nuts and before NBC put promoting homosexuality and Social Justice before the sports themselves.

              Kids these days are now steeped in this so they could not imagine any objection to the spectacle….other than perhaps that video games have not yet become an Olympic sport.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            The Olympics is a utopian fantasy founded on the idea that in spite of political differences the nations of the world could get together, have sports and sing kumbaya . . . So now we have spoiled prima-donnas whose sole goal is rooted in the pretense that they are “just amateurs off the street”. Give me a break!

            I don’t think it takes a cynic to understand that the Olympics have been over-sold. Either you go along with the illusion or you don’t.

            I guess what I see now is similar to what Steve sees. I see a bunch of Snowflakes competing for fame. I do not see countries halting wars and forgetting national boundaries in the ideal of human excellence and achievement. These things are highly nationalistic events.

            It’s supposed to be the liberals who hate the idea of nations. But I have to agree with Steve the modern Olympics is a piece of Progressive utopia. I don’t begrudge the athletes their dedication or skill. But as a viewer, I don’t see why I should become invested in any of this.

            • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

              This is a somewhat long article on the real origin of the modern Olympic Games. As one would expect, the good wholesome side of them came from a Brit and a G-D continental screwed it up.


              • Timothy Lane says:

                This leaves me wondering what Flashman thought of the Olympics. I don’t recall it ever coming up in the books, all of which are set much earlier than that. I will also note that Desborough was the name of the horse that came in second in “Silver Blaze”.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                Mr. Kung, if this means female volleyball in the nude, I’m all for getting back to ancient traditions. And I can’t read an article that long that doesn’t get to the point.

                I have no problems with new traditions emerging out of the old. The idea of the Olympics is a good one. I guess I’ve just moved on from getting involved in these artificial dramas. I don’t really care who can run fastest or jump the highest.

                I think at one time the modern Olympics were relatively fresh and new. It was satisfying when Jesse Owens poked a finger in the eye of Hitler and his views on racial superiority.

                But the history of the Olympics is also a history of fraud. As Timothy noted, the fake amateur status of the Communist states was the biggest open joke in the world. There have been various doping scandals since then. We’ve had Tanya Harding (and the “corny” Nancy Kerrigan). Bruce Jenner changed sexes. Or so he says.

                I think part of the problem is that television is now full of bizarre “extreme” athletic competitions. I don’t watch them either. I do think the Olympics is now propped up, much as the useless United Nations is, because it’s a tangible utopian ideal.

                Hell, I don’t even follow NASCAR anymore. Have I become a boring person or one who has better things to do than to waste time watching these gross events that keep getting bigger and bigger until watching them gives one a sense of excess and overload and you feel like that guy from “The Meaning of Life?” I think the sane have at least an inkling of an urge to just unplug from the spectacle.

              • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

                Brad, there is no question in my mind that the people who get the real gold in the Olympic scam are the committee members and various officials who work for the International Olympic Committee around the world. This is an organization known for its corruption. Basically, there is nobody to oversee the place and for years it was run by a real oily autocratic man named Juan Samaranch who ruled the IOC like Caesar.

                FIFA is a similar institution.

              • Timothy Lane says:

                Yes, there’s a lot of corruption in the site selection process for the Olympics. When the Obamas lobbied for Chicago and lost, there was a good bit of humor — Chicago had failed to rig the selection, after all. I noted that it should have traded on its reputation as “the city that works”. If they had been selected, one could have counted on the facilities being ready in time (which wasn’t the case with Rio, which won instead). And who would care about the cost and how much of it was graft? No one at Olympic HQ, anyway.

            • Steve Lancaster says:

              Given the propensity of Olympics to spend other people’s money. The taxpayers of Illinois, Chicago and the United States dodged a bullet. Consider China, all the money spent and the buildings are turning into ruins. In Sarajevo they are in ruins from warfare. It is rare for an Olympics to break even, let alone make money.

              I give Mittens Romney credit for keeping the 2002 Winter Olympics from turning into a complete disaster. Romney is a capable manager if not a viable political leader. Romney even fired people for corruption when he took over management, and some of them went to jail–imagine that.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                Good point about Romney, Steve.

                As an aside, I’m trying not to make a sweeping objective judgment about the Olympics. If that is one’s thing, go for it. I like watching old movies (or not-so-old movies). I like reading books. I’m not against idle forms of passive entertainment.

                But I think the stench of cultural Progressive excess hangs over the Olympics. I have better things to do then watch Snowflakes in the snowflakes reaching for their endorsement fame while helping to enrich the obnoxious National Broadcasting Company, the corrupt Olympic Committee, and various advertisers.

            • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

              But I have to agree with Steve the modern Olympics is a piece of Progressive utopia.

              I was flipping through the channels this afternoon and when I hit NBC, which I believe is still doing Olympic coverage, I saw a photo of those two bums from the 1968 Summer Olympics, Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the winners’ podium with raised fists, i.e. the Black Power sign. I waited to see what followed and it was a political statement from NBC. I immediately switched channels.

              From what I have read, this is the least viewed Olympics for some years.

              Unfortunately, I cannot register my further disdain for NBC’s coverage as I have not been watching the games.

              That being said, I have cut back my viewership of anything NBC.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                Mr. Kung, I’ve asked people here and there about the games. I’ve found almost no one is watching them. I mean, yes, someone is, just no one I know.

  7. Rosalys says:

    “It’s hard to look at the slaughter of our children in a schoolyard, but we are still willing to kill them by the thousands in an abortion clinic.”

    That just about sums it up Deana. I think it’s called hypocrisy. Not that we all aren’t capable of a little hypocrisy, now and then.

    Good post.

  8. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    A professor has been sanctioned for, among other things, pointing out that her law school review has racial mandates.

    (You might recall my comments about a professor who over thirty years back told me about the unwritten rule of his university was to give blacks a 200 point handicap on SATs.)

    The professor “also claimed in a Philadelphia Inquirer op-ed last year that America should return to the bourgeois culture of the 1950s. In that article, she condemned “the single-parent, anti-social habits, prevalent among some working-class whites,” ”the anti ‘acting white’ rap culture of inner-city blacks” and the “anti-assimilation ideas gaining ground among some Hispanic immigrants” and said they were not suited for a “First World, 21st-century environment.””

    And, exactly, how she is mistaken?????

    • Timothy Lane says:

      The leftist way of dealing with unpleasant truths is to punish those who utter them so that they can more easily deny them. One horrifying recent example came when Brad Weinstein’s wife (they were both formerly of Evergreen, leaving after the disasters there a year ago) was giving a lecture and noted the obvious truth that men, on average, are taller than women. A number of students walked out over this heresy, and also did what they could (which was quite a bit, and caused the lecture to be drastically shortened) to close her down. This, Kung Fu Zu, is lunacy. (In the original, it was a bitterly ironic “Heaven” instead of lunacy, but what the heck.)

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