Monday, October 12, 2009

Monday Morning Rant 114

Does it seem to you that all I write about is rain? Well this time it’s another 7” which really got our attention. That was the accumulation over about 24 hours. The bridge north was cluttered with 20’-30’ logs over the roadway and the road south had water up to the bottom of the doors on the Exploder. Ah yes, the bucolic life of the country squire. All is well now and we both made it to church.

Gandhi Wuz Robbed

For an interchange with two former presidents I highly recommend that you read the article by Maureen Dowd in the New York Times.

If you would rather not sully your screen with the usual content from the gray lady, you can also find it posted on Giovanni’s World and I guarantee it will come up faster.

It’s a hoot! If dyed in the wool sympathizers such as Dodd and others can take such deadly aim at the “One,” there must a problem. Seems just about everybody is stunned by the award and they all ask the same question: “What for?”

More Wisdom in Comments

I think I’ll just skip reading the posts and devote my full time to the comments. Some of these guys have ability to wrap up complex problems in very few words. See if you agree.

This is from Bob Campbell in response to an article in American Thinker.

“Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisers.”

Now there are ten well spoken words that will haul you up short. If that strikes us a little too close to home maybe we should all rethink our relationship with Him.

This one came from neil c., commenting on the same post on American Thinker:

“I can agree that it is important to maintain objectivity when scrutinizing one's values. I often ask myself why I hold the values I hold. I do my best to live by the same moral and ethical standards that any devout Christian would, yet I am not a Christian. I am an agnostic. It is not my emotional attachment to a god or the fear of the afterlife that drives my conservative beliefs. I like to think that it is sheer logic."

Here's another phrase maybe we should all consider: Ideological Defensiveness. I have yet to meet a liberal who is willing to get into an intellectually honest debate on pretty much any issue. Their logic is circular or incoherent. The same logic can never be applied to more than one topic.

Try this one on a liberal and see how he responds:

If healthcare is a right (which it's not; at least not according to the constitution) and it is government's responsibility to provide it, then why is it not the government's responsibility to provide me with a gun (which the constitution does say is my right)?

If a women's body is so important that the government has no right to tell her she can't have an abortion, then why is it ok for the government to tell her she must have healthcare? (It's implied that if the government mandates health insurance for everyone, then everyone must receive the treatment.)

I could go on and on with examples, but you get the point.

Liberals deflect attack, lie, deny, rationalize, or ignore logical arguments against them. All of them seem to have an uncanny ability to turn a logical argument into a personal attack, making themselves the victims and you the evil attacker. Logical arguments are useless. You can't win an argument with liberals; all you can do is shut them up. The best way to do this is to call them Nazis before they can call you one. Most liberals will at that point realize you have pretty much disarmed them. That's what Republicans need to do in Congress.

When Joe Wilson called Obama a liar, the only response he had was, "nuh uh... no I'm not." That's just about all he could say. He couldn't defend his position. He couldn't debate it. And, at that point it would have made him look very childish to say "nuh- uh, you are."

So you can remain objective all you want, but when it's time to hit the ball field, you better stand with your team mates and call that umpire a blind old fool if he makes a call against you, because you know darn well the other team will.”

Unreal Reality

It is surreal to observe our government in decline. It is happening so fast that one hesitates to get out of bed, crank up the computer, read Drudge or other sites in the morning just to see what outrage has been perpetrated overnight. I truly believe that an outright blitzkrieg would be easier to handle than the creeping onslaught of attacks on the Constitution and the people.

As control of our lives is regulated into oblivion, or at the least attempted, we see little which we can physically accomplish to stem the tide. The biggest challenge is which issue to confront as a valid threat and which one has been thrown up as a smoke screen to cloud other issues which are genuine. While the Nobel Prize was ridiculous and an obviously contrived device to further the agenda of European socialists, the matter did serve to divert our attention from the mischief in the congress to enslave our citizens. Enslave is the correct label to attach to their goals.

Any abridgement of the rights of the Americans people is a step toward enslavement. That condition arises further with each choice denied. Think about it. Consider the simple act of riding a bicycle. Are you wearing your knee pads? Is your helmet on securely? Have you reviewed all the rules for bike safety? Did you do a full safety check--brakes, tire pressure, seat firmly attached, proper handle bar location, all nuts and bolts secure—before you departed? Your mother didn’t even require this of you in her everlasting worry over your activities.

The end result is the over-regulation and policing of everyday activities while law enforcement is diminished at the borders and the penalties for actual crime are reduced. What have we come to?

And Finally

Even with the disruption of activities caused by torrential rains we are peacefully enjoying the good life here on the top of the bluff. The biggest thrill of late has been the presence of the deer extremely close to the house. One of the oaks closest has been shedding acorns at a record pace. Unlike the clutter of the forest which hides that bounty, the acorns lie on the ground, easily accessible to the deer on mowed grass. The dogs go nuts which does little more than keep the deer alert. Given their speed, they have little to fear. We thank God for this entertaining spectacle and the peace it brings.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

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