Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

The Sun Sets in the West #5: Changing Course

February 18, 2019

I started this series with the intention of methodically explaining my views about what happened in the 2016 election. I wanted to build my case like a lawyer, step by step, but I find that I can’t do that. After 12 and a half years of working on a book, my brain rebels at doing that kind of dry structuring  again. The reason I wanted to do this carefully is that my understanding will be considered radical and crazy. But it’s not. I started seeing certain things around 50 years ago and they have been borne out continually. I’m not the only one who thinks the way I do. But it is less common nowadays–at least since Reagan. My essential point is that America is an empire and that, like all past empires, it has entered a state of collapse. But simultaneously there is something else going on. I believe that Western Civilization has peaked and is on its way down as well. I don’t consider this a bad thing. I think our civilization was built on a number of false assumptions, and nothing built on false assumptions lasts.  I’m going to go into all this, but not in any orderly way. I also want to address what I think will, or should, take its place. All hope is not lost. But those who see Western Civilization as humanity’s great effort to get things right will surely disagree.

More as the mood strikes.

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The Arrest of Roger Stone

January 25, 2019

Stone is saying that he won’t testify against Trump, and, for all I know, he might have “practical” reasons not to. But both he and Trump are genuine psychopaths (meaning “total egotists,” unprincipled men for whom their own personal survival is paramount). People like them will throw their own wives and children under the bus before taking any heat themselves. It will be interesting to see how this all goes down.

The Wall

January 7, 2019

There has to be a point where the Democrats stop ceding ground to Republicans. The Wall has to be that point. It’s an ugly, hateful idea. There can be no compromise–regardless of the consequences.

Fools

December 22, 2018

A caption on a photo of Trump in the New York Times says, “President Trump has grown increasingly suspicious of many of the people around him, convinced that they are fools.”

Classic psychopathic mindset!

No Wall

December 21, 2018

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.” Robert Frost.

Trump’s wall is an insane idea, a paranoid idea. I’m fine with keeping the government shut down as long as necessary to bring him to his knees. But if the American people decide they should give him his wall just to put it to rest, woe unto us. He’s a relentless psychopath and has to be stopped somewhere. This is a fine place to do so. The wall is evil.

Dumpy Trumpy

December 20, 2018

Dumpy Trumpy stands firm for his wall
Dumpy Trumpy will have a great fall
All the bling tchotchkes and all the bling trash
Is not gonna stop Wall Street’s epochal crash

Obamacare struck down by Texas Judge

December 14, 2018

I find Texas law every bit as unacceptable as Shariah law. I will not live under the rule of these assholes. There is a real need to oppose absolutely the so-called conservatives who are in reality just monstrous egotists. They think they are winning a culture war, but they are really tearing apart the nation. Their ideas are evil, and evil ideas are self-destructive. Fact.

Where It All Began

December 5, 2018

During the over-the-top eulogizing for John McCain, it was occasionally pointed out that he was the one who opened the door to a nonentity like Donald Trump by choosing Sarah Palin as his vice presidential candidate. I would like to point out that it was George H. W. Bush who opened that door even earlier by elevating Dan Quayle to national office.

Something is Happening

November 29, 2018

Like most people I know, I was relieved that the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives. In the long run, though, I don’t believe it’s going to make much difference. It should be obvious by now (although I don’t think it is to most people) that this country, this empire, is in a state of collapse. Once an empire starts to go down nothing can stop it. The momentum is too great. All the classic signs are there—endless, expensive imperial wars; high levels of decadence and greed; a population obsessed with frivolous entertainment and celebrity; massive debt, a diabolically dishonest leader, and so on. Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again” is evidence of the collapse. But I think we’re seeing something more than the death of an empire, and what that is will be the focus of my blog in the coming months. Having tired of the hostile and just-plain-weird environment of Facebook, I intend to return my attention here now.

God and Mammon Again

July 14, 2018

I don’t know if there are any Christians supporting Trump who read any of what I write. But in case there are, I would like at least one of them to answer this question: Trump has said many times that he loves money. In the Bible it says you cannot love both God and Mammon (Mammon means money) for you will inevitably hate one and love the other. So how can it possibly follow that, as many evangelical types assert, that Trump is God’s man?