13 Oct 2017

America the FUBARed

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Bill Jacobson feels gloomy (with good reason) on the occasion of Legal Insurrection’s 9th Anniversary.

I don’t know if there are any uncorrupted institutions left that matter. The education system, from public grade school through public and private higher ed, is gone. The frontal assault on free speech on campuses is the result. If you think this is just a Humanities and Social Sciences problem, stay tuned. In 3-5 years, if we’re still here, we’ll be writing about how the social justice warriors have corrupted the STEM fields. It’s happening now, it’s just not in the headlines yet.

There is a rising tide of absolutism in ideas and enforcement of ideological uniformity that is palpable. I feel it in the air, even at Cornell which is far from the worst. Incredibly, the new Cornell President has charged a newly-formed task force to explore, among other things, “legal mechanisms [which] are available to the university to prevent, address and counter situations in which protected expression on campus is harmful to those vulnerable to its effects.”

Even language as a means of communication is corrupted, with terminology manipulated and coerced to achieve political ends. It started on campuses, and it’s moved into the AP stylebook and the mainstream.

The press could stand as a bulwark against this slide, but it too is corrupted. The greatest threat to freedom of the press is not Donald Trump’s bloviating about FCC licenses (which has been a favorite threat traditionally of Democrats), but the mainstream press itself which has abdicated even the pretense of neutrality and joined #TheResistance.

The lack of respect for the vote is also what has alienated me from the so-called conservative movement. There now is a cottage industry of self-appointed guardians of conservatism whose main job is to delegitimize the vote, and to encourage a soft coup because they didn’t get their way in the primaries.

The Republican Party? Hah. Don’t get me started.

So I’m thinking through what it will mean to live without institutions.

Sorry to be a downer on our blog birthday. I’ve always tried to be honest with you, and honestly, this blog birthday I’m filled with dread, not good cheer.

It’s impossible not to agree. Just name an institution, from the Boy Scouts to Colleges and Universities, from the NFL to the Entertainment Industry, everywhere you look Progressivism has taken over, revolutionized, gutted, and destroyed.

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Seattle Sam

I’d characterize this a little differently — as a typical shakedown scheme. It always seems (at least in the short run) to be cheaper to pay protection to the mob than to stand up and fight them.

The NFL owners may be in the process of discovering that they misjudged. College administrators will eventually discover that once you start paying protection, the demands simply escalate. Once you concede the mob’s contention that words are violence, you can’t draw the line anywhere.

And the left and media (pardon the redundancy) are good at misstating the issue. No, it’s not about contraceptives. It’s about religious freedom. No, it’s not about tolerance of homosexuals. It’s about redefining the institution of marriage by judicial fiat.



Spurt Reynolds

The pendulum has started to swing back in the direction of the good guys. Obama took the democratic party so far left, that they may be out of power for a generation.

Children who were born after 9/11 are a larger group and much more conservative than Millennials.

The NFL is going to find out the hard way how wrong they have been on the kneeling issue.

I’m much more optimistic than the writer of this story.



Boligat

Spurt, I really hope you are right, but I’m more inclined to side with Seattle Sam. We may see temporary swings back to sanity, but they will not last long. With each swing, we seem to go further and further into the left.

It looks like a cashless society is in the crosshairs of the power elite and if that happens then some of the verses in Revelations concerning the mark of the Beast make very good sense, especially the part about not being able to conduct any economic activity without the mark.



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