Vices right and left

Liberal vice is want of power. Conservative vice is want of money.

Bush did stuff. Liberals accuse him, charging that it was all for his oil buddies, big corporations, blah blah blah.

Obama does much the same stuff. Conservatives accuse him, charging it was all for his thirst for power, trying to become a dictator, executive over-reach blah blah blah.

South Africa apartheid. The whites did stuff. They held all the money. The blacks were mad.

Post-apartheid – the blacks did stuff and got the money. The whites are mad.

Both are elitists. Conservatives ode tradition and patriotism and national ancestory: “Every citizen bearing the load for the country, we’ll trade you your money for the security we provide.”
Liberals stir the masses, create class warfare, calling, “redistribute the fat conservatives’ wealth to the people.” Then get in power and become dictatorial, like the Romans, feeding the masses ‘bread and circuses’ in exchange for overlordship.
At least the conservatives admit they’re elitists. Liberals make believe they’re not. They are.
People seem doomed to having terrible leaders, who are out to either get power or money, and get both in the end, while the people starve and hope and scramble.

Too angry at WorldVision?

In Christian news, quite a bit of upheaval around WorldVision, a Christian aide organization. They changed their policy to allow those in same-sex relationships to be hired. A bunch of Christians got angry. They reversed their decision. Some other more progressive Christians got angry (angrier?).

I found the progressive reponses appalling. Vicky Beeching called it “truly awful behavior.” Really?
If the tradition of the past 5,500 years of Jewish history and 2,000 years of Christian history universally held to a particular ethic, it should not be dropped lightly – if it is to be dropped, it should at least be done cautiously and respectfully and with understanding of those still holding to a millenia-old religious belief. Calling it “truly awful” is some of the strongest language you can get while still being polite. Others were not so polite, which I won’t quote here.

This virtrol against WorldVision from progressive/liberal Christians is really odd, especially when they’re supposedly all about love and peace and understanding. Even if you think Jesus was okay with gay sex, it doesn’t follow that those who think otherwise are equal to the Pharisees, or slapping Jesus in the face. For all of their “maybes” and “seems” and “dialogue” the the postmodern Christian project is starkly black and white in painting their theological enemies. Funny, for all this accusation of ‘homophobe’ and ‘bigot’ against the traditionalists, the only ones I see hating on gays are Westboro Baptist – a minority of a minority of a minority. These traditionalists sure seem to say “I love homosexuals” quite a lot for being so homophobic. The Christian rapper Bizzle, Rosaria Butterfield, etc. pretty strongly oppose both homosexuality and LBGT politics, but also talk about loving them.

The real tragedy is the liberal betryal of liberal thought. What makes liberal thought strong is its high regard for a multiplicty of opinions, pluralism, dialogue, respect for the other. The LGBT movement and its allies are restricting all of these things by their perjorative labeling. I’m sorry, but I would adjust my rhetoric a bit if my opponents keep saying how much they love my kind, despite the fact that they disagree with what makes my kind my kind. Think they’re illogical weirdos, but don’t call them discrimating bigots. Maybe it’s illogical, naive, or stupid to love someone yet think their lifestyle is wrong. But illogical doesn’t equal evil. Seriously, if you think all illogical people are evil… everyone’s evil. And all of us are illogical at some point.

 I don’t think LBGT discrimination is a non-issue, but the hype is artificial relative to the massive discrimination elsewhere – there honestly aren’t many LBGT people on earth. It doesn’t mean that they can’t claim minority status and protection in a secular state, but the imbalance of the supposedly enlightened, liberal humanitarians is, frankly, disgusting: Hundreds of thousands are dying in Syria and we’re concerned that what, perhaps a few dozen gays who would have applied for a job at WorldVision but can’t apply there now? Gee, there aren’t enough other NGOs in America/world that wouldnt hire them? Or other jobs in general? Write a memoir on the American gay experience, they’re selling well these days after all. Assad systematically starves entire cities of people in Syria, drug lords are running roughshod over South America, the homeless are kicked out of US city parks and languishing under substance-adiction, and we’re creating a twitterstorm over this? I can’t compute.

We are witnessing an intellectual failure of progressive thought, at least as exemplified in Christianity, which might act as a sort of baromoter to how liberalism is doing generally. If so, it doesn’t fair well to the earth.

 

Prayer of the Disatisfied Sex Worker

(One of my non-rhyming poems, inspired by research I did on prostitution and sex slavery. Estimated 16 million sex slaves alone, not including prostitutes who aren’t ‘slaves.’ But ‘choice’ and ‘slave’ are very slippery, grey, vague terms in the sex worker industry).

“Prayer of the Dissatisfied Sex Worker”

Don’t buy me.

Please don’t let me be bought again,

Not yet another night, not yet another hour.

Their eyes gawk at me;

I am their idol

An idol, indeed, in my heart’s feeling…

      cold, lifeless, stone, with silver overlay

Oh, they love their idolatry, not me.

How shamefully they treat me, their goddess,

Touch of so many, verbs of the mean,

Sure guys, come in…

     I’ll be silent or give you a little laugh,

     A moan or squeak to make you feel satisfied that you made me so,

    Spare me your toxic whispers and sweaty hands,

    You don’t hear my moans and squeaks and cries when I’m alone,

     Not of laughs, but of tears.

To be the one of just one, oh God, but I can’t get a good one,

Go ahead pimps, have you fun,

But please, tonight,

Someone else, somewhere else,

That I may cry a little again…

    Over all the innocence I’ve lost,

     All the things I wish I’d never seen,

     All those words I long to never hear again,

Please for one night, God, let them not come.

Here is an excerpt from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s  Notes from Underground, (page 71 of Kaufman’s translation in Existentialism: From Dostoevsky to Sarte) a profound work that served as part of the inspiration for this blog’s title. Take note of the last half- especially the end.

Man is stupid, you know, phenomenally stupid; or rather, he is not all stupid, but he is so ungrateful that you could not find another like him in all creation. I, for instance, would not be in the least surprised if all of a sudden, o propos, of nothing, in the midst of general prosperity a gentleman with an ignoble, or rather with a reactionary and ironical, countenance were to arise and, putting his arms akimbo, say to us all: ‘I say, gentlemen, hadn’t we better kick over the whole show and scatter rationalism to the winds, simply to send these logarithms to the devil, and to enable us to live once more at our own sweet foolish will?’ That again would not matter, but what is annoying is that he would be sure to find followers — such is the nature of man. And all for the most foolish reason, which, one would think, was hardly worth mentioning: that is, that man everywhere and at all times, whoever he may be, has preferred to act as he chose and not in the least as his reason and advantage dictated. And one may choose what is contrary to one’s own interests, and sometimes one positively ought (that is my idea). One’s own free unfettered choice, one’s own caprice, however wild it may be, one’s own fancy worked up at times to a frenzy — is that very ‘most advantageous advantage’ which we have overlooked.

Typhoon

Nature’s cruelty. 

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/11/world/asia/typhoon-haiyan/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

http://www.worldmag.com/2013/11/typhoon_survivor_you_can_only_pray

In America, the beach is the abode of the wealthy. In the Philippines, the beach is the abode of the fisherman, the poor… Why didn’t the storm hit those who were better able to deal with it. No seawall here. Just a beach and houses of wood. Wordless pain.

Missiles come to Syria

Missiles flow into Syria, risk falling into hands of al Qaeda

The world’s silence on massacre will lead to massacre of themselves. If the world, the US, the UN, NATO whoever would have helped in the beginning, there would not be so many angry young men becoming terrorists and getting missiles to defend themselves against the regime’s planes. The Syrian people are our allies, the chance for a free democracy and more peace. The US hung them out to dry die, and we’re surprised when they rise up to defend themselves?

 

Snowden blows smoke

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/03/world/europe/edward-snowden-manifesto/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

This guy’s a traitor to his country. This conclusion is unavoidable when you know the facts. What’s worse is that Snowden makes believe he’s a hero, one that didn’t betray his country at all, “Freedom of information” I’m a “whistle-blower” and all that. 

To hell with excuses. He could have used other means to ‘whistle-blow’ without helping Al Qaeda and harming the reputation of the United States around the world. Obama is right. He’s a hacker, or if not a hacker, a hack.
I can respect a traitor who’s honest that he’s a traitor – but he refuses to own up to it. Snowden is either in la-la land or is a masterful liar. I mean, come-on, he has plenty of ammo – the US is an evil imperialist power, capitalist ideology is ruining the world, etc, etc. But he doesn’t use that logic. He just wants people to like him. He wants to be seen as both a good American and a citizen of the world when he is neither. People-pleasers are a bane to the world. And the US goverment hired one. That was a dumb decision. Where did they get this guy, Hollywood? 

I’ll end by quoting what a comment on the above article said, named “mountainlady”

Edward Snowden is an attention hungry liar and cheat. I think you should all form a little fan club and nominate him for pop star of the year. He has caused his country and his family unnecessary grief and embarrassment. If he really cared about the people of America he would have used channels available in his own country for dealing with suspected over reach of a government agency. He didn’t. He went to the first newspaper willing to print his story and his picture. First England…. they must have gotten tired of him because he moved on and now he’ calling them names as well. Now Germany. I’m sure he gets a nice little check every time he has a new “revelation”. If this is the kind of man American young people want to hero worship…. the country’s future may indeed be in grave danger.