America is engaged in a religious war

Although it’s presented as a political battle, what we see in America has all the earmarks of a doctrinal struggle between God and His opposite.

We should have realized a long time ago that the battle raging across America, in its streets and its cultural institutions, is a Holy War. In some ways, the first shot fired was the universal ridicule from the left when Tim Tebow kneeled before God at football games. Just a short time later, that same leftist establishment was exultant when Colin Kaepernick “took a knee” during the “Star-Spangled Banner,” not as a sign of respect but as a form of insult.

Marxism, after all, is a doctrine of faith just as surely as the traditional Judeo-Christian religion is. What Kaepernick did was the American equivalent of tearing the crucifixes off the walls in Catholic Churches during the 17th-Century wars of Reformation in Europe.

While Marxism is deeply hostile to traditional religion, it has all the hallmarks of a religious belief system, even though it lacks a divinity at its center. Writing at American Thinker a couple of years ago, Bruce Walker developed the theme:

What is the religious dogma of leftism?  There are several sacraments, each made utterly resistant to treason, experience, or logic by the druid clergy of leftism.  (1) There are immutable classes of victims and victimizers beyond remediation except through a constant procession of human sacrifices.  (2) There are institutions that demand more and more resources and that can never been considered failures.  (3) Nations are to be compressed into provinces of a world government and peoples into a single undifferentiated humanity.

As with all faiths, Marxism’s belief systems are irrefutable. Global warming, when it fails to materialize, morphs into climate change. Unseen magic transforms humans, with their binary male/female DNA, into an endless mélange of changing sexual identities. Marxism’s unbroken string of failures, when put into effect, are explained away with the irrefutable (to Marxists) line that those past efforts “just didn’t do it right.”

Marxism also has its saints and martyrs. In classic Marxism, they would have been poor people exploited by evil capitalists. In America, however, with its extraordinary economic and social mobility, that’s not going to fly. Instead, the saints and martyrs are racial figures.

Trayvon Martin is transformed from a violent, drugged-out, small-time thug into a childish, smiling figure who could have been the son of America’s black president. Michael Brown is not a hulking figure who engaged in strong-arm robbery and tried to steal a police officer’s weapon. He’s a “gentle giant.”

And lastly, George Floyd is not a violent felon and petty criminal who held a gun against a pregnant woman’s stomach, and who was so hopped up on fentanyl and a variety of other intoxicants that it’s unlikely he would have survived the night (and his inability to breath probably arose from acute fentanyl intoxication). Instead, he’s a beloved family man whose image blooms on urban walls across America.

When it comes to traditional saints, Marxists have a different take. Father Damien of  Molokai was a Belgian Catholic priest and canonized saint who went to Hawaii in the 19th century and was so moved by the plight of the lepers there that he gave the rest of his life to be of service to them. Working alongside the people, he made the wilderness to which they confined a habitable place, cared for the sickest residents, and buried them when they died.

His sacrifice was genuine, for he eventually sickened with leprosy that killed him. Hawaiians revere him, but to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, he’s just a remnant of “white supremacist culture.”

The religious war aspect of what’s happening in America came into tighter focus on Friday with two almost perfectly parallel events, each representing the two faiths at war here. In Portland, Oregon, at a Black Lives Matter protest, a crowd of people stood around to watch an American flag and a Bible burn. That is what religious conquerors do.

There are warriors on the other side, though. Most of them appear in secular circumstances. They’re John Kass, who won’t back down when he’s falsely accused of anti-Semitism. They’re Trader Joe’s, which refuses to repackage all its food to appease the woke mobsters. They’re the Wall Street Journal, which won’t conform its editorial page to its own woke mobsters’ demands.

And on Friday, it was also 22-year-old Jonathan Isaac, a forward for Orlando Magic, an NBA team. At the first game of the season, while every other player on his team wore a black Black Lives Matter t-shirt and took a knee (and many held up “black power” fists), refusing to respect the American flag, Isaac stood tall in his white jersey.

Afterward, when a hostile and perplexed press tried to attack a black man for being insufficiently respectful of the Black Lives Matter movement, Isaac said what needs to be said, which is that the Movement doesn’t actually support black lives:

This is some very powerful imagery:

At the end of the day, Americans are going to have to make a decision: Are we all individuals made in God’s image, but nevertheless reflecting the infinity of the divine, each with our unique exteriors? Or are we biological organisms that mutate constantly according to the demands of an external power structure and that have lives defined by the needs of the state?

Image: YouTube screengrab

Mark Cuban: Bernie, AOC recognize socialism as ‘trigger word’ (Fox Business video)


Published on May 13, 2019 by Fox Business
Billionaire investor Mark Cuban says that he is a hardcore capitalist and believes that people don’t understand what socialism is.

While the following statement is far reaching over the heads of the indoctrinated, this comment says it all:

You can vote your way into socialism very easily, but you may have to shoot your way out.


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Is #AOC-ward (aka Ocasio-Cortez) a mere puppet for sinister people?

Is a video arguing that Ocasio-Cortez isn’t a real politician but is instead an actress being used by hard-Left conspirators real or a conspiracy theory?

A conservative Facebook group to which I belong, one with several hundred members, has seen at least four people post a video in which a man calling himself Mr. Reagan, who has a fruity, game-show host voice, advances the theory that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (aka #AOC-ward, pronounced “awkward”) is not a ditzy Leftist millennial politician at all but is, instead, an actress. According to Mr. Reagan, Donkey Chompers is the pretty face for a radical Leftist group that wants to remake the entire Democrat party by defeating establishment Democrats using people just like #AOC-ward: telegenic and able to recite their lines.

Because people whose intelligence I have come to respect through years of following this Facebook group thought the video was important, I took the time to watch it. And you know what? I can’t decide whether it’s a brilliant insight into what’s going on in American politics or if it’s the sane-sounding ravings of a delusional man. Some of what Mr. Reagan advances makes absolute sense in a scary way; some of what he describes sounds more like the organic coming-together of like-minded people rather than a vast conspiracy; and some of it sounds as if it came out of a Hollywood scriptwriter’s conference.

The one thing the video does, which is true for both real conspiracies and conspiracy theories, is to make sense of several ongoing mysteries: (1) How a bartender could swiftly rise out of nowhere and defeat an incumbent who was bringing home the bacon for his community; (2) why #AOC-ward is undeniably one of the most telegenic politicians around; and (3) most of all, why #AOC-ward is an idiot when speaking impromptu but an effective political dynamo both on Twitter and when speaking in controlled situations.

Conspiracy theories can be both frightening, because they purport to reveal dark forces at work, and comforting, because they make sense of events that are both random and unpleasant. In the latter case, the events remain unpleasant but, insofar as they are no longer random, they make the believer think that, if he can just can convince enough people to believe along with him, working together they can take down those shadowy, nefarious forces.

What helps hold conspiracy theories together is that history shows that real conspiracies do happen. From Caesar’s assassination, to the Gunpowder Plot against James I of England, to the Steele dossier, people really do come together in secret to effectuate grand plans to overthrow government. Sometimes real conspiracies seek good outcomes (as when people tried to assassinate Hitler, although they failed), but more often the whole notion of a “conspiracy” implies dark and evil deeds.

Anyway, that long intro is my way of saying that I’m not sold on the following video and am therefore not selling it to you as the ultimate explanation for all things political in America nor am I endorsing it in any way. As far as I’m concerned, rather than looking for identifiable sinister forces, it’s just as likely that fifty years of hard Left influence in academia, media, and entertainment, along with heavy immigration from people who left behind totalitarian hells and then promptly started trying to recreate them in America, naturally gave rise to Occasional Cortez and her ilk. Either way — a sinister, well-funded conspiracy or the natural growth of America’s intellectual corruption — the outcome is bad for a nation once nicely governed by a now-forgotten creed:

I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag; and to defend it against all enemies.

So to repeat my point, by posting the following video I’m just saying that I’m intrigued by it — in significant part, as I said above, because people who have shown themselves to be solid political analysts feel that the video has something important to say. And speaking of solid political analysts, I’m interested in all of your takes about this video. So please, if you have the time, watch the video and tell me what you think:

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#AOCaMovie — the latest Twitter meme with AOC-ward as the star

#AOCaMovie is today’s hot meme applying Alinsky-esque ridicule to AOC-ward (pronounced “awkward”) and the Twitterati are showing their collective genius.

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Bookworm Beat 3/4/2019 — another illustrated edition

Usually, I give these illustrated edition posts names that emphasize something; today, not so much. This is a delightful hodge-podge of idiocy and wisdom.

Illustrated Edition

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Bookworm Beat 2/24/19 — the Billy Porter illustrated edition

Billy Porter’s Scarlett O’Hara attire at the Oscars thrilled fashionistas and depressed me, so it’s the lead entry in tonight’s illustrated edition.

Oscars Billy Porter Bruce Jenner Caitlyn Jenner Fred Astaire

Oscars Billy Porter Bruce Jenner Caitlyn Jenner Fred Astaire

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