Unctuous Moral Exhibitionism
In yet another thought provoking cartoon, D.T. Devareaux addresses the unctuous moral exhibitionism of the left.
My interpretation is that both things are mutants liberals who are taking comfort in the platitude, "At least we aren't hypocrites" in the aftermath of an Iranian attack on the west.
Precisely, I couldn’t resist doing the piece after listening to an analyst on CNN discussing the merits of the Iranian nuke; namely, wouldn’t it be hypocritical and unfair of us to deny the Islamic Republic of Iran nuclear technology? After all,Charles Martel
Americahas nukes; has nukes; the damn dirty Joooos have the nukes! Why not the Iranians? Never mind the doom-tongued proselytizing rumbling out of India for the past 30 years. Never mind Iran ’s proud contributions to worldwide jihad. Never mind the repeated threats to wipe an entire county off the face of the earth and to incinerate Iran with a fiery, nuclear Holocaust. Never mind Washington Iran’s contributions to the unrest in , the deaths of coalition troops and Iraqi civilians. None of that matters. What is paramount is that our foreign policy with proven belligerents must be sensitive, considerate and unequivocally non-judgmental. Iraq
Uproarious is the fact that in all other cases you can find these same backstabbers bemoaning nuclear proliferation yet here, for some unfathomable reason, with
they’re encouraging it. “Ok, naughty Communist dictator, if we give you all these nukie toy parts, you absolutely double-dog pinky swear have to promise not to make a super duper big bad bomb, ok?” Iran
We’ve all become so crippled by the fetish of our own high-mindedness that making simple, prejudicial, but informed judgments about how best to insure our own survival are scoffed at as lacking “nuance.” Instead, we must submit, lest we be accused of being hypocrites, the question of our very security to some perfectible process whereby our national interests must be weighed [equally] against the interests of polities that are unabashedly hostile to our own.
And so we have to ask, what kind of person would be reluctant to draw the obvious conclusion that nations such as
should be denied nuclear weapons? And the answer is, only those whose minds have been addled by the leftist mist. Only individuals whose intellectual apparatus has been thoroughly corrupted by multiculturalism and PC gibberish. It cannot be stated often enough or emphatically enough: A society can only survive in an environment replete with a cultural pride that refuses to succumb to the malevolent forces of the world. It can only survive when we as a people are sufficiently confident in our values and culture to defend and unambiguously assert them. We in the West have been rendered soft, flaccid and effete by the chaotic forces unleashed by a mindless consumerism and an unhinged leftist nihilistic world view. We've become disconnected from our past traditions and beliefs and all that is left is the husk of our once great civilization. Iran
In order for us to survive there must be a resurgence of cultural and nationalistic pride. We must once again unapologetically embrace our cultural and our national heritage. For nationalism and cultural pride are absolutely essential attributes of a vibrant and healthy society. We must reject once and for all that pernicious lie that nationalism equals Naziism. For Naziism was totalitarian socialism pure and simple. The left has employed this slander against nationalism to further its own ambitious utopian schemes. For the only bulwark against totalitarianism is a nationalism rooted in our Christian civilization.
I'm tired of debating these sorts of questions with mental and moral pygmies. These parasites deserve only our ridicule and derision. One cannot help but wonder where the rigorous spirit of free inquiry prevalent in the Middle Ages has gone. Today PC has been substituted for revealed truths. And reason, cut adrift from revealed truths, can only lead to tragedy which the 20th century has aptly demonstrated again and again. Our inability to unambiguously lay claim to our cultural heritage and maintain against all gainsayers its superiority highlights the extent to which post modern nihilism has enfebled us and rendered our once vibrant Western Civlization listless and confused.
I don't see how Western Civilization can triumph against Islam unless the various Western nations suspend Writ of Habeas Corpus, impose censorship of the Media and throw literally thousands of Leftists and Muslims into concentration camps and exile millions more from the West.
The problem is that in creating such authoritian regimes you would destroy that which you would defend.
"It was necessary to destroy the village in order to save it."
when faced with the same dilemma did not hesitate and his justifications were far less compelling. General William Tecumseh Sherman engaged in unimaginable tactics, "I would make this war as severe as possible, and show no symptoms of tiring till they beg for mercy." If the Islamic savages were smart they would simply conduct jihad demographically and allow the multicultural and PC poisons to continue to disseminate, further weakening our civilization. But they are not patient and will, as they must, strike viciously every chance they get. They will strike prematurely with some sort of nuclear device and at that point all bets will be off. Lincoln
Our first duty is to protect our civilizational values against the barbarism and darkness that is Islam. Islam is pure evil and must be utterly and completely defeated. It will take men such as Lincoln and Sherman to carry they fight to the enemy. Such men will emerge. Remember, it was only 70 years ago that Americans were firebombing European and Japanese cities with arguably more catastrophic results than the small nuclear devices used at
Hiroshimaand . Western Civilization and Islam are absolutely incompatible. And I use as my sole source for drawing this conclusion the Koran and Hadiths. The sooner this war starts in earnest the better for the West for the longer we wait the more destruction the multicultural toxins will exert. Nagasaki
The fledging, but increasingly more powerful blogosphere, is amplifying the message daily, "Islam is the enemy and must be defeated." The blogosphere gives voice to the inchoate feeling of rage felt by a growing minority of citizens in the West. The failure of Western democratic institutions to deal with the cancer of multiculturalism and the secondary infection of Islamic supremacism has brought the West to yet another dangerous impasse, not dissimilar to that which gave rise to the fascist nightmare 70 years ago.
I for one do not believe that "the problem is that in creating such authoritian regimes you would destroy that which you would defend." A society at war MUST subordinate certain values to the cause of survival. This is natural and good. Nationalism does not equal fascism! A strong national pride is necessary for our survival. Bush with his ham fisted pursuit of the chimera of Democracy in the
Middle Easthas done little to clarify the seminal issues of this war. For as Spengler has said at the Asia Times: “Something more than democracy is required for peace and prosperity, and that is a people committed to good rather than evil. Democracy in the Middle East means something quite different: Hamas in Gazaand the West Bank, Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egyptand Muqtada al-Sadr in . The sooner President Bush changes the subject, the better.” Iraq
“Fear is the beginning of wisdom.” And it works both ways. Until we feel fear we will not mobilize sufficient will to take the battle to our enemies. And until they feel fear they will not come to realize the folly of their ways. Only fear will motivate our population to finally accept the realities of war. This war was started by the Islamic savages and they do deserve “all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out.”
’s Axioms of War: Sherman
My aim, then, was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.
Every attempt to make war easy and safe will result in humiliation and disaster.
War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out.
War is cruelty. There's no use trying to reform it, the crueler it is the sooner it will be over.
I would make this war as severe as possible, and show no symptoms of tiring till the South begs for mercy.
War is the remedy our enemies have chosen, and I say give them all they want.
If the people raise a great howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity seeking.
This war differs from other wars, in this particular. We are not fighting armies but a hostile people, and must make old and young, rich and poor, feel the hard hand of war.
The whole army is burning with an insatiable desire to wreak violence upon
. I almost tremble for her fate. South Carolina
If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast.
I make up my opinions from facts and reasoning, and not to suit any body but myself. If people don't like my opinions, it makes little difference as I don't solicit their opinions or votes.
--- William Tecumseh Sherman
So I ask you: this thing [environment replete with a cultural pride that refuses to succumb to the malevolent forces of the world] of unfathomable magnitude—this great collective force of wills; what ever it may be—can it be reconstituted? (And are we contributing to the malaise ourselves with all of this self-referential abstract BSing when we already know what’s to be done?) In my estimation, we continue to pine for a reality that, given the current state and direction of our nation, is simply untenable.
Yes and no. In the current environment, where our cultural mainstream has been polluted by the left’s toxic brew of multiculturalism, socialism, relativism and nihilism, even our best efforts at raising our children are being undermined by the relentless drip, drip, drip of our caustic culture. Can we rekindle our confidence in our values and culture in such an environment? Honestly, No. Our current trajectory has been long since irretrievably established. Without the action of some outside agent or agents our fate is sealed.
And in this very ironic sense, perhaps Islam, as that outside agent, will serve to save us from ourselves. For Islam will, as it must, overplay its hand. Were Islam to patiently sit by and allow us to destroy ourselves we would be ripe for the picking. But they will strike prematurely and the dogs of war will be unleashed.
As I said in an earlier post, “fear is the beginning of wisdom.” -W.T. Sherman Islam WILL strike fear in our hearts – trust me that day will soon be upon us. And the West will no longer be able to afford the luxury of the sort of idle narcissism that has dominated our culture. Fear will squeeze the cultural toxins from our system. And leaders will emerge who will articulate the wisdom of the ages and the verities of the past.
The world has faced worse and survived, but not without a terrible destructive fallout. And this time will be no exception. Man cannot ignore the immutable Truths forever without consequences. We’ve neglected our invaluable legacy – that of the Western concept of liberty and its attendant responsibilities and duties built upon the bedrock of Judeo-Christian values. These values are unfortunately ephemeral and need constant nurturing and support. This precious heritage we've taken for granted has fallen into disrepair. And there will be consequences. Terrible unavoidable consequences.
But is my hope and belief that we will emerge strengthened and invigorated with a renewed appreciation for all that makes us strong and unique in the annals of human history.
Granted, there have been persistent elements in this country bent on destroying or at least fundamentally changing America's charter since its inception, but the extent to which we are witnessing the disintegration of America has not been accomplished without the complicity—conscious or no—of a sizable population of its people. Prosperity gives way to excess of wealth. Confidence is exchanged for unrepentant arrogance. The gritty struggle for liberty devolves into otiose, childlike dreaming; and
The excess of wealth – therein lay the problem. Only a wealthy people can afford the luxury of ignoring the real world. Only a wealthy people can afford to build an elaborate edifice of deceit, politically correctness, wherein nearly everyone in that society is complicit in denying reality. Just start with the obvious deceits: Islam is a religion of peace! There are no differences between the sexes! Profiling is discrimination! All people are equal! All cultures are equal! All ideas are equal! There is no difference in criminality between different groups of people! All people want to work! There’s two sides to every story! Guilt is a bad thing! Alcoholism is a disease! Love should not be conditional! Express your anger! Women never lie! Children never lie! Priests are guilty till proven innocent! There is no difference between the major religions. Immigrants of whatever stripe are good for our country! Tolerance is good! Intolerance is bad! The list is endless.
Our “leaders” shrink from the truth as though it had some talismanic powers. The superstition of political correctness has trumped the faculty of reason itself and brought us to our current impasse. We have allowed ourselves to become intellectually denuded and our political voices silenced by our slavish desire to “fit in” and not rock the boat. When the immutable values of Truth, Duty and Honor are trumped by the blind unhinged “pursuit of happiness” we have become an imperiled culture. Our most fundamental freedoms have taken a back seat to that which is cheap, meretricious and evil. We've allowed our natural inclinations and instincts to become eroded by political correctness. We've become too effete to speak about that which needs to spoken.
Our freedoms have been and will continue to be sacrificed not on the altar of national security but on the altar of political correctness. We refuse to take the measures necessary to protect ourselves because of deference to a set of leftist rules which do not account for present (or past) realities. We've been able to afford the luxury of this sort of infantile extravagance because of our affluence and relative isolation. When confronted with the choice of sacrificing our freedoms or the cherished nostrums of the left we invariably opt for the former. A people so enervated by leftism that we would so easily give up our liberties do not deserve the spoils earned by men far greater than themselves.
When we are struck with fear we will FINALLY begin to behave more certainly in our own self interest. We can only hope and pray that the Islamic savages strike sooner rather than later. Our institutions are worth protecting. Our nation is worth protecting. Our freedoms are worth protecting. And we as a nation, will once again appreciate these facts once we are shorn of the shackles of political correctness. For only then can we begin to act like a nation serious about its very survival.
Frankly, I find no difference whether we eliminate moral categories or not. It leaves us in the same place as we were before. Because, even if you do trash all of those preconceived notions of right and wrong, good and bad, and whether they spring from religious or secular sectors you still must contend with that self-interest. (And sometimes, one may find their self-interests bettered by nuking your hometown to cinders.)
Your initial point is well taken, that those who promote the equality of all cultures, are of course, though intellectual slight of hand, disingenuously promoting their own agenda. The contest of who is more evil is never fought on an even playing field. For one’s status as an aggrieved victim trumps rational discourse. And the left play this trump card INCESSANTLY.
But I do take great issue with the above statement. For if we abandon absolute standards of right and wrong we no longer have any measuring stick. Our claim to legitimacy is founded on our values. That’s not to say that we’ve always observed those values, that we are perfect, that we are without sin or that we cannot incrementally improve. But if we resign ourselves to the solitary standard of self-interest with no other competing interests then condemn ourselves to a brutish existence indeed.
As I’ve said, “A society can only survive in an environment replete with a cultural pride that refuses to succumb to the malevolent forces of the world. It can only survive when we as a people are sufficiently confident in our values and culture to defend and unambiguously assert them.” If all that matters is “whose side you’re on” then we’ve entered the very dangerous territory of nihilistic relativism. That particularly brutish and nasty brand endorsed by Friedrich Nietzsche that gave birth to Adolph Hitler.
I accept as axiomatic that Western Civilizational values are superior to other competing systems particularly those espoused by the raving lunatic Mohammad (MHRIH). I agree with you that getting into nit picking arguments with the left about the superiority of our values is pointless particularly when we’ve ceded the terms of the debate to them. I also agree that there is some value in the clarity that can be derived in an us vs. them construction. But I reject wholeheartedly that it matters not “whether we eliminate moral categories or not.” For without these moral guideposts we would surely loose our humanity.