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Politically Correct = Reality Challenged part 3

What is the difference between the two kinds of partisan, can either be trusted to babysit your yak? Not much, and heck no are the answers that ring in the ear of anyone with a partisan-free outlook.

Again and again it will be seen that both sides share common mental frameworks and have preconceptions and presumptions that are essentially the same. There are, however, differences in how they see themselves, as rebels to the system of values by which they were raised, (or mis-raised) or as a defender of that same, or a purer, system. In other words the Right works the system and the Left games it but, they both are justifying their black and white, dissent-denouncing tactics by resorting to some ultimate authority whether it is a blatantly human-created set of “values” to be rigidly adhered to or a “sacred and revealed” text direct from God commanding obedience to various tribal codes to avoid divine retribution.

by both self-delusion and pathological self-interest is this mythical authority that can be verified by none but the faithful spread, entrenched and enforced be it laws closing businesses on Sunday or one demanding dogs not be walked on the street in front of a mosque, or laws to prevent public expression of religion and laws that seek to “pick someone’s pocket or break their leg” for the “good of all”, or even a few; all of these are in the partisan’s Box of Pandora.

Both sides seek to use their authority’s ultimate nature as a lever against any and all dissent or opposition. Regulations, whether secular or theological in nature abound and censorship along orthodox lines is promoted as a penultimate virtue, the greatest virtue being faith that any abuse that the partisan becomes aware of is a sadly necessary price on the road to Utopia*/Salvation/Nirvana.

*Utopia is a word as well as a fictional nation embodying the word. The meaning of the word is “No Where.”

Politically Correct = Reality Challenged – Part 2

My Party needs no ethics

The first step in being able to recognize the dysfunctions of partisans on both sides of the spectrum is to know what it means to be non-partisan. IIIB DFI / IIIB FI is the basic DNA of the moderate political viewpoint. (I)f (I)t (A)in’t (B)roke (D)on’t (F)ix (I)t coupled with (I)f (I)t (I)s (B)roke, (F)ix (I)t .The moderate mind has no ax to grind on the back of the rest of society. They respect traditions that are respectful of individuals who do not choose to follow them as well as those who do. They look at problems that consistently vex any part of society and seek solutions that remove both the present problem and the broken social compacts involved from all sides. In criminal law the ultimate rule they follow is one at the heart of our Constitutional system of laws and legislation and was best enshrined in words by Thomas Jefferson when he declared issues that neither picked his pocket nor broke his leg as being outside the authority of the law.

This is not as radical as it might sound. Even in this lawyer-plagued age the majority of American law still comes down to there being a need for economic damage or personal injury of a definable sort for there to be a criminal matter at hand. Granted that there have been far too many decisions that have hinged upon “injury” that was, at best, a pleasant figment of the plaintiff’s imagination this is still the hard core; it is time that we stripped away the dross and remembered it, purified it, made it enduring once again. With more and more moderate viewpoints this self-reinforcing foundation of U. S. legislation will assume the prominence that Jefferson would have wanted to see.

There is no crime more partisan in nature than to declare yourself “harmed” by the expression of an opinion that disagrees with your own. Because of this a reliable self-check on the peer-induced pull of a slide back into a partisan mindset is to force yourself to ask “what’s in this for me?” If you answer “nothing”, then you are either lying to yourself, or you have no reason to think the solution or change you desire would be good for anyone, let alone everyone. If you answer honestly and, after examining your own self-interest in the matter, would still publicly endorse it including the fact of your own lack of “altruism” then you have passed your self-check with flying colors. This is all that is needed. A willful process for denying yourself the luxury of self-deceit. Self-deceit, cognitive dissonance and and group-think are the flying monkeys of partisan thought; they will not only get your little dog they will feed him to their cats for his own good.

 

Forget Faith in Jesus or Mohammad – I Believe in Bugs Bunny

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One thing seems to be consistent about religions all through human history; faith in the literal truth of the religion’s doctrines and dogmas is strongest in the least educated and least widely experienced, while the “elite” tend to range from religious beliefs with agnostic admissions to full-blown, cynical atheism.  This aspect of societal religion tends to favor the more partisan of each camp; the “masses” are peer-pressured to “show faith” and not think too much, while the “elite” are pressured in the same way to deny ALL aspects of deity and belief and God(s).  For those of us to who seeking understanding of God in a REAL sense, as opposed to a political or emotional/security sense, this is a bit of a hindrance.

To try to avoid the almost inevitable miscommunication that occurs when attempting to discuss God let me define my own terms; belief is not the same as faith; faith is something that causes grief and only causes good by accident; belief is what built civilization as we know it.

Faith is defined in Western culture as belief in something unseen, unproven, un-EVIDENCED other than by conflicting scriptural testimonies; this is a fool’s game at best!

Pseudo-religion has taken over much of the world’s “Faithful” by taking advantage of the tendency of the masses to desire a simple creed with an un-questioned authority to follow – just so that they do not have to ponder things that they do not have the experience or education to ponder with any confidence.

It is not enough, their preachers say, to believe in the bridge over the canyon, you must have and prove absolute faith that it is there…

The next sound you hear is the sound of crunching bones at the bottom of the canyon; and if the snake-oiled social-system-from-perdition that they are selling fails the test in the real world they have an escape clause; it is the fault of the poor soul who failed to “show enough faith”; you know who I mean, they are most likely a victim of the situation for which they are receiving (divine sanctioned) blame!

As you can see Virginia, I have never completely gotten over my desire to seek God, and lead others to know God better! Mea culpa; I still care. But, at some point I recognized that all the “Organized Religions” have long since been co-opted by pirates, parasites and reactionaries – who are their own enemies as well as everyone else’s; never thinking, believing then acting – just fighting the others while stealing as much power over people’s souls as possible.

Oh, let me point out that yes, Atheism is a faith; it takes a lot of ego-based, un-founded faith to KNOW that “our reality contains no form of anything that might be called God, period, debate closed; it is not even possible you know, why even bring it up in ‘intelligent’ company?”

Belief on the other hand is based on facts and experience and even intuition, if that intuition has a good track record; if every time you had something very bad happen in your life, and you had ignored a strong, distinct feeling to avoid the situation, eventually you would “believe” enough to listen; even though for years you might not have the “faith” to gamble on your premonitions being something other than a coincidental case of indigestion!

I have beliefs, I have very little faith; I like it that way.

Faith has to be blind; the blind tend to step on things, including other people’s toes, property, pets and even bridges that are NOT over canyons.

Of course many of the things that can fall under either label are good, or useful!

In a documentary film about the life and death of comedian Andy Kaufman (Man on the Moon) there is a scene where he is waiting to undergo a faith healing in India with full belief, from things he has seen and read and experienced, that he would find healing given by an honest healer. But instead, he sees from where his stretcher is laid that the “healer” is faking the procedure, and his belief dies.

Of course, the proponents of “faith” will tell us that if he had continued to ‘have FAITH ™’, instead of merely believing, the placebo effect would have worked with a holy head-start, and he might have found healing; I do not disagree but, I find that level of blind faith an evil, black magic; one that is less a slippery slope than a swift escalator to horrific abuses ( ones that we have seen over and over again in history when people forget the reality of their fellow man, and treat them solely according to their “faith.” Q.E.D. Virginia, Q.E.D.!

The bottom line is that true lover’s of God are recognized despite their religion, not because of it; mostly everyone stays for their entire life in the religion that they were born into; in some religions it can be fatal to become an Agnostic let alone change your religion; so much for an honest quest for God.

Yet there are good, godly, devout people wherever you find human hearts and human tears.  You can’t avoid that simple, obvious truth; unless you cling to “faith” in the notion that God made a special effort to make sure that you were born in the faith that you “happen” to believe in – all just so you could be “saved“! Of course, anyone not so favored was chosen by the ‘Infinite Power and Mercy of Deity’ to be born in an “un-Godly cult” that destines them to almost certain “damnation”!

If you do believe that this is true, then there is a quote from the Christians’ Bible that I believe is appropriate: “Jesus Wept“!

The Partisan Destruction of America

UPDATED!

Guy DeWhitney at Heretics Crusade says democrat and republican partisan politics do not serve the people or the united states

I won’t try to pretend that when I was a child growing up in the 60’s and 70’s that I understood everything that was happening on my family’s TV screen.  But some  things were obvious as far back as I can remember.  I did not need to be told that the words and actions of many Southern whites were wrong, I could see that they were being mean.

To a child, nice people are nice,and bad people are bad, it is that simple.  I liked the Flower Power movement because they were nice.  I did not like the people who were angry and making other people upset and afraid (Ranting Righties and violent Lefties).  I always had this stubborn opinion that the one who started the fight were probably the bad guys.

My folks were conservative, but never discussed “grown up” stuff in front of my sister and I.  Somethings they did  speak out; about landing on the Moon, Munich, Apollo 13, raised fists at the Olympics.

I remember all of those, and my reactions even then were pretty much the same as now; Wow, ASSHOLES, why the negative message.

In the 70’s I never liked the Black Panthers, their anger and hatred and violence made me dislike them as much as I was drawn to the words of Martin Luther King.

I did like the way the fun stuff from the 60’s was being incorporated into daily culture (a la The 70’s Show).

The Nixon scandal was another case of the mean showing themselves to be mean; whatever brilliance Nixon had had he had sold it for a mess of politics.  To a youngster Gerald Ford was just amusing, but, the only good things I remember about the Carter administration were Schoolhouse Rock and a sincere attempt to put all that Miles/Feet/Pounds garbage behind us and get on with the Metric System. I wish that those two things had been kept; I hate the fact that I think miles feet in daily life but use metric for all real measurements that involve calculations, and my entire generation knows how a Bill becomes a Law and what a conjunction is. Can that be said of any generation since SR went off the air?

In the later 70’s people were starting to have a more positive attitude again after the post-Vietnam malaise; new trends, inventions, media and fashions caught people’s entrepreneurial spirit again after the Malaise of the crash and burn of the 60’s.  Then Disco and the Moral Majority showed up, and everything went to hell… at least on the cultural scene.

All the progress that had been made toward making nudity and sex things that were not evil in themselves, but just there turned into Madonna prostituting her body to bring attention for her otherwise adequate talents (for music fans, Madonna was the Anti-Kate Bush) and Falwell and his ilk trying to drag human bodies back under the blanket of a 1900’s “sex, what sex?” mentality.

Meanwhile both sides of the spectrum kept taking turns racheting up the partisanship; a major casualty – after 1974 the environmental movement was pretty much dead-  a zombie under the control of political Leftists who DID nothing while gathering as much poltical power as possible while “saving the Planet.”.

Leftists will tell you the 60’s were ruined by Right-wing bigots and Imperialistic greed; and in part they are right, they just do not tell the whole story – like who started most of the conflicts the Right-wingers handled badly (shades of McCarthy).

Right-wingers harp on the fact that the reins of control for the peace movement ran to Moscow, and how the violence and purges were just kept out of the public eye behind a wall of flowers. And they too are right; but they miss the fact that most of the *people* on the ground in the 60’s were, for the most part,  good hearted souls who just wanted everybody to stop FUCKING with others in cheap power that solved nothing – it is a hard stance to argue with, except that we live in a world where the other guy may decide he LIKES being mean and we have to get aggressive in defense of what we cherish.  It was naive but, it was sincere for the majority of them.

The 90’s were a pretty good time for most of the country. But, the wealth gap kept increasing and more and more people became more and more upset at the witch hunts by the Republicans against Clinton; Whitewater produced nothing after years, until the Revenge of Linda Tripp debuted in DC.. Partisanship ratcheted up one more notch, and axes were ground all across the Left.

We all remember the joy of the Bush Years; Liberalism in the US seemed to have fully morphed into Left-Wing attack politics; RIP Feminism, Race Relations, Environmentalism and Freedom of Religion being Liberal movements Rather than cynically deployed political tools.

At the same time those on the right took pride in stripping themselves of any perceived “Liberal” taint in their move to finally throw real Conservatives into the background of their Neo-Con, Right-Wing and often Theocratic power structure.

But Virginia, all is not lost! Even as their hubris takes the country to the brink we see that their very excesses have begun to waken the American voters to the truth of their anti—American partisanship.

Bush II began it, Religious Christians realized they had been used, and used badly in the election and began to withdraw much of their support for partisan politics from the pulpit.  Now Obama is working hard to put the final nails in the coffin of PC politics with HIS excesses and obfuscation.  Is there any group but the DADT opponents that he hasn’t betrayed? I hear his latest is to instruct the Fed to aggressively attack the Ca medical Marijuana situation… a 180 degree turn around from his election position.

I put my faith in the American Public, the fools on the radical ends are nothing but self-serving bags of hot air!

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Why Does MY Party Need Ethics Laws? WE Are The GOOD GUYS!

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Partisans suck on both sides!

Anyone who thinks their party is somehow less corrupt in its own way than the “opposition” deserves whatever idiots they elect!
Classic Liberals hold up as an ideal the underdog successfully gaming a corrupt system; the Conservatively oriented uphold the concept of WORKING the, not perfect but necessary, system for success.

But, the Leftist believes that “The System”, or “The Man” is ALWAYS inimical; while a Liberal understands that this is something to be guarded against while not an inherent facet of all “authority.”

The Right-winger holds the belief that those within the system are somehow protected from being abusive, and corrupt within the rules…
Obviously these are both utter fallacies!

Leftists seek to game the system; to use self-righteousness as a champion of “the downtrodden and powerless” as an excuse to do things that would make their blood boil if attempted by “the other side”!

Liberal thought respects the gaming of the system by truly oppressed folk, while also respecting the honesty and integrity of those in the majority who play by the rules of the healthy systems to prosper.

But the “leadership” of “Left” and “right” promote the idea that THEIR fantasy is the ONLY valid attitude, and the only one that DECENT people would follow.

I have TWO things to say to both mentalities; the 2nd thing I want to say to them is…”and the horse you rode in on”!

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