Some Observations

A lot seems to be going on lately, so I guess I’ll write a little bit about each topic.

– The terror attack in Nice, France has brought out the usual reactions. People blame “religion” and “extremism” for violent, bloody murder, rather than the very specific and prolific religious ideology that is actually responsible. The usual suspects wail that “this isn’t Islam!” and wait with bated breath for the anti-Muslim backlash that never comes. The same people put a filter on their Facebook profile image and start a hashtag, while some jackass drags a piano to the scene and plays a tune.  It’s easy to imagine these selfsame people angrily decry the “thoughts and prayers” of others. Meanwhile, world leaders “condemn” the attacks while doing nothing to address the source of the problem.

Violence and bloodshed in the streets should not and cannot become the norm.  Yet, the people who throw shade favorable to the Islamists do this very thing.  They tell the common people that we can do nothing to counter the very real danger, not without “losing who we are.”  Last I knew, dead men aren’t the same, either.  And should the elite who rule over us continue along this dangerous and bloody path, peace will not be long maintained, neither from the forces without that seek to kill us, nor the forces within who only desire to be safe.

– As someone who does not support the Black Lives Matter movement, I still cannot deny that there is a legitimate need to root out corruption within the criminal justice system, particularly as regards minorities. On the other hand, this very legitimate impulse is overshadowed by the blatant anti-cop viciousness from some portions of BLM.  It doesn’t matter if the majority of the movement doesn’t agree with this notion; far too many of its supporters (carelessly) celebrate the murder of police officers and perpetuate the myth of policemen hunting down blacks in the streets. The men and women charged with keeping our streets safe are being turned into demons to satisfy the victim mentality of people who have never had to suffer under Jim Crow or the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement.

– I think I’ve made it abundantly clear on the show that I believe this entire election cycle to be a mess of colossal proportions. We’re in the heart of the summer and there’s little hope I’ll have a horse in the race come November.  Bear in mind, I’ve not completely discounted the idea of voting for Donald Trump, but as he is now, I cannot support him, and he has not shown any evidence that he will be worth supporting in four months time. It is impossible for me to throw my lot in with a man who has shown none of the qualities I consider vital for a leader.

On the most basic level, I do not trust him when he says he has become a conservative.  A man does not spend his entire life as a liberal, vociferously supporting leftism’s greatest champions, and suddenly have an overnight conversion. Even Christians coming into belief in God and Jesus often take baby steps, slowly subsuming their old worldview with God’s. If something that transformative requires time, then surely changing one’s political ideology, with no concurrent change in one’s character, is even more difficult.

Furthermore, I believe Trump lacks the character to be a good president. He lacks grace, not just in the form of how he carries himself, but how he carries himself towards others.  He’s entirely tactless and undignified in how he presents himself.  His treatment of those opposed to him is no better. Additionally, combining his lack of humility with true power is asking for trouble.

– Part of me genuinely hopes that, given recent events, people at large will wake up to the fact that the world is still a dangerous place.  We, as a society, have managed to live very comfortable lives since the end of the Cold War.  No major international threats, no looming threat of global war or atomic annihilation.  We’ve grown complacent in a world that rewards complacency and apathy with death.

But that dangerous world hasn’t gone away; it only went silent in the face of American power. But as this nation wanes, so to do our enemies wax. And I dread the day that we must see the fruit that our weakness will bear.

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