We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It demonstrates just how racialized liberal thinking—liberal in the American sense, not in the classical, Adam Smith sense—has remained in America. Once you start down the road of equality of outcome as the measure of justice, rather than equality under the law, you inevitably start dividing humans into groups, and one of the most obvious ways to do so is race. So, having spent years denying that there is any objective reality to racial classifications, liberals start sifting people into racial categories with an obsessiveness that puts South African policemen under the old regime to shame. Race, among other classifications, becomes a lens through which the whole of social life is examined. In short, there is no racist as fanatical as an anti-racist.
G.K. Chesterton on bigotry, such as is on display by Elizabeth Warren and her tribe:
"Moderns have not the moral courage, as a rule, to avow the sincere spiritual bias behind their fads; they become insincere even about their sincerity. Most modern liberality consists of finding irreligious excuses for religious bigotry. The earlier type of bigot pretended to be more religious than he really was. The later type pretends to be less religious than he really is. He does not wear a mask of piety, but rather a mask of impiety – or, at any rate, of indifference." – Illustrated London News, Dec. 27, 1919
“There is no bigot like the atheist.”
“Bigotry is an incapacity to conceive seriously the alternative to a proposition.” – “The Bigot,” Lunacy and Letters
“It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.” – “The Obvious Blunders,” The Catholic Church and Conversion
I agree with Simon and Dalrymple. What I pray for is this:a day will come that being in a quarrel with one Jewish person does not mean you are a racist. Does not mean that you will be savaged by a group of people from the Jewish community in some kind of communal defense of the community.
I also dream of a day when a whole Jewish community is not attacked based on a 2,000 year old ideological conflict.
I dream of the day when we speak freely of racism based on facts and thus destroy racism's evil adherents. Truth will beat down racism every time.
I dream of the day when the young people are free of centuries old biases to truly design a better solution -- a better way. Hillary and Obama and Jimmy and none of those people tried--really tried. They were simply too lazy. You know who tried--really tried? Ytazk Rabin.
Illinois is a mess and the linked article above is quite accurate.
The atmosphere is so dire and corruption is such a part of the culture that everybody is doing it and don't know that it's wrong.
The socialist school system is a brutal top down state monopoly who runs a "say no to drugs" program and anti bullying campaign while bullying single moms to allow them to drug their kids into compliance.
Investment is left to large companies with government trough rights. They are the only ones investing since they get offsets to the high taxes on property, income, sales, regulations and fees.
We are watching Sam McCann closely and are hoping he gets 5% of the governors vote. That will allow third parties to offer candidates against the current two party system.
Other rumblings are starting about bottom up management by the counties. Petition driven changes about gun sanctuaries are already on the books. Soft secession is a made up term for downstate collecting their own taxes and redistributing the taxes themselves instead of paying homage to Chicago. Electoral college up to civil war are also up for discussion in the coffee shops.
We went to the Trump rally the other day in Murphysboro. Good show. And good turnout. It was the day of the Pittsburg synagogue shooting. The Pres did a good job of discussing that issue first before starting the political rally. Trump snubbed the current Gov who had previously snubbed him.
The current gov is toast. He doesn't even want to get re-elected. JB will be our new billionaire minder. Another tax increase in the name of the children to pay teachers pensions might be the spark that ignites the local populists. We can only hope.
Other than that it's a beautiful fall day and the harvest is bountiful.