BALLGAME, THANKS FOR PLAYING

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 | Uncategorized

If you have not yet bookmarked Ace of Spades HQ, do so at once.  Now and then, the language there might not appeal to some of you.  But when Ace is good, there are few better and right here, Ace is off the charts:

The point of government is to run an orderly house in which a great many people may live together in relative harmony despite sharply disagreeing with each other on many things.

A hotelier, if his goal is to just run a successful hotel, should not care very much if some rooms are rented by Jews, and some by Catholics, and some by atheists; and some by families, and some by pairs of cheatin’ spouses.

Only if the hotelier puts his own moralism over the business would he attempt to force his guests to live by his specific rules of life.

Obama is a moralist, and an arrogant one. For all the talk of Christians being rigid moralists, the dirty little secret is that the left is far more rigidly, arrogantly moralistic, and it is cheerleaded by our cultural institutions (media, academia) rather than pushed back against, so its arrogance is encouraged.

Obama is pushing, very hard, a rigid moral system, and attempting to “shove it down the throats” of people who do not seek nor need his moral instruction.

It just happens to be that his code of morality is an unconventional one, borne not in the first century but in the twentieth, and which, when taken to extremes, has included conceptions of sexuality which are essentially Satanic in their license.

Can he make a little space for those who do not rush to embrace his Madonna Moralism?

No. For to do so would be to confess doubt about the Moral Scheme he has in mind for people; it would signal that he’s not utterly certain of his own moral beliefs.

And few on the political left have any sense of modesty about any of their culture-changing schemes.

They are so right that of course the coercive power of the state — with its machinery of stripping away the property and liberty of those who run afoul of it — should be deployed to wipe out mendicants and heretics.

One of the most cherished rights, never expressed anywhere but truly central to any truly free society, is the right to be Wrong. By which I mean, you should not just be free to do the things which the hegemonic culture deems to be “right.” No one ever tries to outlaw that which they themselves believe to be right.

What they attempt to do, of course, is outlaw that which they believe to be wrong.

If you do not respect a citizen’s right to be wrong — if your first impulse is to use the frightening machinery of state coercion to compel him to be “right,” as you see “right” — then you do not respect him at all.

This is the chief character flaw of the leftist movement — their inability to respect anyone at all but their own. A very provincial and solipisitically childish way to view the world, of course, which leads to a vicious arrogance in attempting to pound, pound, pound square pegs into the round holes the state has cut for them.

The left would just be wrong, and not dangerous, if it weren’t so arrogant about disposing of people’s freedom with a single thoughtless line of legislation.

It is that, the arrogance and the profound disrespect of anyone who does not wear the feathers and warpaint of their tribe, that makes them not just wrong but sinister.

23 Comments to BALLGAME, THANKS FOR PLAYING

Michael D
January 31, 2012

One of the most cherished rights, never expressed anywhere but truly central to any truly free society, is the right to be Wrong.

Exactly.

Well said.

Here’s the catch: do we also give governments the right to be wrong? For example the government’s right to be wrong about restricting others from being “wrong”? The US Constitution is in place to limit that right, or at least slow down the speed at which a government can be wrong. But recently it has seemed inadequate to stand against an activist judiciary and legislature.

Truth Unites... and Divides
January 31, 2012

“And few on the political left have any sense of modesty about any of their culture-changing schemes.”

Why do so many people who profess to being Christians vote for the Political Left?

Athanasius Returns
January 31, 2012

Why do so many people who profess to being Christians vote for the Political Left?

One of the great questions of the age…

Ed the Roman
January 31, 2012

Because giving alms is good, and the program of the left is sold as the state giving alms.

Barney
January 31, 2012

“Why do so many people who profess to being Christians vote for the Political Left?”

Lack of moral courage?

Very few people have the courage to stand up for their ideas when those ideas are contrary to the public standards.

I didn’t drink until I was 21… made me an odd ball

I have never used illegal drugs… mad me an odd ball

I admit to my failing and work to correct them and do better the next time.

When every teacher in my building was bad mouthing me, because of my military service… I asked them, who protected their RIGHT to freely speak their minds?

Freedom needs work or it becomes oppression.

[...] Via MCJ, here’s Ace (of Ace of Spades HQ) on what lies behind this decision, a bit of cultural [...]

Michal
January 31, 2012

[i]Freedom needs work or it becomes oppression.[/i]

Thomas Jefferson said something about that: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.”

There’s a red, white, and blue ‘ribbon’ on my car that reminds other drivers “Freedom isn’t Free”.

Smurf Breath
January 31, 2012

“Why do so many people who profess to being Christians vote for the Political Left?”

Most people lack the ability to make fine distinctions. The lies that the left tells are put into terms that conflate, confuse and equivocate. They are indoctrinated by their teachers and the entertainment they consume, and thus never question whether what they are told is true. That’s why it’s so important that freedom of speech/press/internet/radio must be preserved. It’s the only hope people have of hearing an alternate viewpoint and thinking it out for themselves.

Mark
January 31, 2012

In nearly 30 years of voting I have never yet seen The Political Left on a ballot. Have I just lived in the wrong states?

Confessor
January 31, 2012

“Can he make a little space for those who do not rush to embrace his Madonna Moralism?”

Actually, Lady Gaga better personifies the Obama Presidency.

I came to recommend this article on the 1st Amendment just in time.

Our Constitution, Bill of Rights, laws and heritage \are a great blessing…if we remember the highest Law and Book.

Confessor
January 31, 2012

A rare court decision issued on the side of the righteous for a welcome change, by a judge who coined the saying that I hope will go viral and infect future court decisions: “Tolerance is a two-way street.”

What a joy to hear that.

Pray that this concept will reach Obama’s ears, mind and heart.

and spread over the world.

Truth Unites... and Divides
February 1, 2012

“Why do so many people who profess to being Christians vote for the Political Left?”

Answer 1: “Lack of Moral Courage?”

Answer 2: “Most people lack the ability to make fine distinctions. The lies that the left tells are put into terms that conflate, confuse and equivocate. They are indoctrinated by their teachers and the entertainment they consume, and thus never question whether what they are told is true.”

These answers are as good as any. I’ve also enjoyed reading the post and thread by Matt Kennedy titled:

Three Ways Christians Rationalize Voting for Pro-Abortion Candidates

LaVallette
February 1, 2012

“I am from the government and I am here to help you whether you like it or not!” Was Barry Goldwater right after all in his resistance to government dictating to individuals what they can and cannot do in their personal relationships and how to do business with others?

In what way is Obama not behaving like a classical Fascist or Communist????? After all their is no difference in the practice,only in the appellation?

David Fischler
February 1, 2012

In nearly 30 years of voting I have never yet seen The Political Left on a ballot. Have I just lived in the wrong states?

I don’t know. Do the states you’ve lived in bar the Democratic Party from the ballot? That’s where the political left can be found in most parts of the country.

WannabeAnglican
February 1, 2012

Chris, thanks for posting this. This is part and parcel of the totalitarian impulse of Obama and the Left:
http://wannabeanglican.blogspot.com/2012/02/obamacare-and-dangerous-moralism-of.html

(And, Confessor, be nice to Lady Gaga. She is not quite this bad.)

Gregg the Obscure
February 1, 2012

I’d like to find out where Mark is. It’s rare for anything but extreme leftists to make any ballot in Colorado in either major party. There were leftists and moderates in the 2010 elections for Senate and Governor, but the moderates (Ken Buck and Tom Tancredo, respectively) lost resoundingly. Northeastern Colorado had a decent moderate member of Congress briefly, but the left engaged in massive character assassination against her because she sponsored the Federal Marriage Amendment – a proposal that didn’t go nearly far enough, but that is itself a small necessary step.

Truth Unites... and Divides
February 1, 2012

Ace of Spades: “And few on the political left have any sense of modesty about any of their culture-changing schemes.”

And sometimes snark is best met by snark.

Mark: “In nearly 30 years of voting I have never yet seen The Political Left on a ballot. Have I just lived in the wrong states?”

David Fischler: “I don’t know. Do the states you’ve lived in bar the Democratic Party from the ballot? That’s where the political left can be found in most parts of the country.”

LOL!!

Allen Lewis
February 2, 2012

TUAD asks…
Why do so many people who profess to being Christians vote for the Political Left?.

They want to be liked. Since the Political Left dominates most public discussion – because the Mass Media is controlled by such people – then in order to seem “with it,” or “hip,” or “cool,” or whatever the jargon of the day, such moral cowards support the Political Left so they will not be criticized. That way they have the fig leaf of respectability which being “Christian” provides as well as being socially popular.

When Christianity is no long respected, but universally vilified by society – we have not quite yet reached this point – then those people will stop pretending to be Christians and be the selfish little agnostics or atheists they have always wanted to be.

If you want to escape personal responsibility, the last thing you want to be is “Christian.” Real freedom is a frightening thing for most people because they cannot handle the responsibility that real freedom carries with it. If one is free in his actions and choices, then one is also responsible and accountable for those choices. Christianity has never been about herd mentality.

Sinner
February 2, 2012

Why do so many people who profess to being Christians vote for the Political Left?

You’re asking the wrong question. The right question to ask is:

Why do so many people who vote for the Political Left profess to being Christians?

It is of course prima facie obvious that they are not Christians – in fact they are damned. So why pretend? My answer is the age-old one: they want to be saved, so they lie to themselves that they can be on the left and be saved.

Smurf Breath
February 2, 2012

Sinner, Christians can believe others are mistaken yet still Christian. In that case they will try to correct them, or if they have slipped into heresy, they will try to witness to them.

Now let’s take your milieu. Let’s say you come across a fellow homosexual like Peter Tatchell, who is in favor of abolishing age of consent laws, so he can have sex with minors. Would you try to correct him on moral grounds? Would you even care?

You seem to be trying to accuse people of a hypothetical fault which you suspect they are engaging in, yet you and your community are rushing ahead and trying to promote real abuse and harm of people.

And yet you expect us to take your theoretical rebuke seriously. Why do you think we should do that? Aren’t you just projecting your spite on other people as a hypothetical motivation?

Why do you still cling to your lifestyle as the be all and end all? Why not let it go? There is more to life than that.

Smurf Breath
February 2, 2012

“And sometimes snark is best met by snark.”

Yes, it’s not at all clear what Mark is getting at here. There are different brands of food and different brands of cars. The Democrat name is like a brand name. So just because brands like Kraft, Chrysler and Democrat exist, does that mean it is inappropriate to talk of “low cal”, “automatic” or “political left” or must we always reference the brand name? I’d like to ask Mark to please flesh out what he was getting at.

Truth Unites... and Divides
February 2, 2012

Allen Lewis: “They want to be liked. Since the Political Left dominates most public discussion – because the Mass Media is controlled by such people – then in order to seem “with it,” or “hip,” or “cool,” or whatever the jargon of the day, such moral cowards support the Political Left so they will not be criticized.”

This explanation probably accounts for the bulk of professing Christians who vote for the Political Left.

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