As a kid I used to see this phrase on the back of comic books or magazines as part of an ad for a religious group. But it always stuck with me. Particularly today.
Just look at the latest frothing, rabid, utterly unhinged tweet from someone like Rob Reiner or Ted Lieu or Kathy Griffin. Have you asked yourself, just why are these people so off-the-rails crazy with blind hatred?
Contrast this with 2008. I despised Barack Obama, mainly because I knew what a fraud he was, what he really stood for, and how much he hated this country. (I don’t think Hillary Clinton has the same hatred for America. I think she’d be fine in any country where she was queen.) Nevertheless, neither I, nor almost any conservative I knew had this kind of unhinged, lunatic, completely insane rage—“heathen rage”—against Obama.
Why the difference?
I think it comes down to faith. For the most part, conservatives have faith—faith that the American people ultimately are fair and just and courageous, that things will be better in the future than in the past, and that America’s laws and institutions can survive a lot of things, including an Obama. We survived a British invasion that burned down our capital, a sneak attack that took out our Pacific fleet, and a cowardly terrorist act by Islamic whackadoodles that destroyed the Twin Towers. And we’re still here.
We even survived a war against ourselves in which as many as 700,000 died over a principle. (I’ll leave it up to you to debate whether that principle was “states’ rights” or slavery, but either way, it was a fight over an abstraction, not sheer power.)
Conservatives by nature are more religious than liberals, and this plays a part in that faith. Conservatives believe, on the whole, that the earth will be around a long time and that people can’t do much to seriously harm it short of an all-out nuclear war. This element of faith in fact is what infused our early space program—that exploring space was a good thing, because someday we would colonize these places and make them “mini-earths.” Indeed, the 1960s view of space in most movies, television, and magazines was one that involved heroism, adventure, and progress.
Contrast that with modern liberal Hollywood’s view, in which space is overwhelmingly angry, desolate, threatening, limited, and inhabited by planet killing douchenozzles of all sorts. It’s a 180-degree turn from where JFK’s generation was when it set out to land a man on the moon . . . and did. (Oh, and Neil Armstrong planted an American flag there for good measure!)
Instead we are faced with this liberal mindset: monkey bars are not a place of fun, adventure, and play, but a dangerous, evil design in which kids can break arms. High dives in swimming pools are a thing of the past because of lawsuits over the harms they posed. Almost anything that involves danger, achievement, overcoming, or adventure is prohibited or padded/helmeted/buffered in such a way as to remove all the thrill of victory or agony of defeat.
So the answer to “why do the heathen rage” about Donald Trump is really pretty simple: they have no sense of future. Today is all that matters. When we looked at Obama’s election, most of us knew it would be over in eight years, max. Only a handful of conspiracy theorists believed he would institute martial law or refuse to leave. (I recall similar things being said about Bill Clinton). In other words, we had faith the little man would go away at some point, and we’d get our turn at bat.
But liberals really don’t believe that, because at heart, they no longer really believe in the democratic system. Look at their screeching about the electoral college, the senate, and the Supreme Court. How many times in the last two years have we seen liberals argue for eliminating the electoral college, or whining about how unfair it is that a handful of “unpopulated states” decide who sits on the Supreme Court? This is a lack of faith in America and its institutions, and should tell you they really never believed in these institutions at all.
The unbridled rage against Donald Trump? He is not only a threat because he’ll be there at least two more years (and likely six), but because he is carrying out his campaign promises to deconstruct the “New World Order.” Now, faced with a similar situation, a conservative would say, “Well, we’ll just reverse it when we get power again.” But liberals have such short horizons, they can’t see two years from now, let alone six!
Trump represents to liberals permanence–the permanent reversal of everything Obama achieved. In truth, we conservatives know that Trump’s policies, while welcome and absolutely correct in their intent, hang by a thread, and that as of today a different senate and a new president could vote or executive-order them right out of existence. Only the Court is somewhat permanent.
This is why liberals resist the wall so much. Of all Trump’s proposals, the wall would be a near-permanent fixture. Even if unguarded, it would still constitute a barrier to illegal immigration, where as e-verify can be wiped away with a vote.
The heathen rage because they see in Trump the final reversal of liberalism (which, of course, is far from the case). They rage because their hope for the future is dark and dystopian. They rage because they have no faith.
Next time you see a Rob Reiner or Ted Lieu tweet, take just a moment to pity these ogres. They have no more hope for a beautiful future than the orcs storming Helms Deep.
As the Global Economy Craters, Bill Gates Buys New Oceanfront Mansion for $43 Million
Gates lives the high life while the rest of us suffer.
Technocratic oligarch Bill Gates is living high on the hog while the global economy crashes, picking up another mansion at the height of the coronavirus pandemic to add to his collection.
Gates purchased a $43 million beach home in Del Mar, Calif. with his wife Melinda last week. He bought the palatial estate from Madeleine Pickens, the widow of deceased oil baron T. Boone Pickens, which includes six bedrooms and four bathrooms in a lavish 5,800-square-foot home.
Architect Ken Ronchetti designed the home in 1999, and it is supposedly considered “one of the most prominent coastal contemporary beach homes on the West Coast.”
“Wide windows throughout the living spaces open to the back patio, offering a seamless flow between the indoor and outdoor spaces. The large patio also provides awe-inspiring vistas of the Pacific Ocean,” Realtor.com wrote in their description of the property.
“Rich wood ceilings throughout the home evoke the feeling of being on an island, and the gorgeous pool beckons, should the owners desire to take a break from the salty ocean water,” they added.
Gates newest beach home accompanies his primary compound in Medina, Wash., a garish horse property in Rancho Santa Fee, Calif., and a massive plot of land in Wellington, Fla., which is considered the equestrian capital of the state.
Gates isn’t the only oligarch flaunting his extreme wealth during the greatest economic calamity since the Great Depression. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is also piling up many more billions due to human suffering.
Reports have indicated that Bezos has added a stunning $24 billion to his personal wealth throughout the coronavirus pandemic:
While many businesses are suffering during the global coronavirus crisis, Jeff Bezos is flourishing. In the midst of the backlash Amazon is facing due to its alleged treatment of employees, Bezos’ wallet remains obscenely healthy. As of last week, his net worth has reportedly increased by five percent, or better put, by a staggering $23.6 billion.
Over the last months, Amazon has seen a rise in demand as its customer base continues to self-isolate. To cope with the surge of orders, it has already hired thousands of new employees and aims to hire an additional 175,000. It has also pledged to prioritize essential items such as sanitizers and baby formula.
However, the increase in workforce has been met with controversy. Amazon has been repeatedly accused of failing to protect its staff from Covid-19 by not providing enough face masks, not implementing regular temperature checks as promised, and refusing paid sick leave.
Amazon has fired employees who’ve publicly criticized the company for its coronavirus response; the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is currently looking into these claims. Last week, the New York Post reported that an Amazon warehouse employee had passed away from the virus.
“We are calling out because Amazon is putting its revenue above our safety,” Jaylen Camp, an Amazon worker told The Guardian. “We are not essential to them – they just think of us as numbers and quotas. They are not protecting our health.” This failure is leading to huge warehouse strikes after over 130 Amazon warehouses in the US have contracted the virus, leading to more than 30 confirmed cases.
Gates can now enjoy beautiful oceanfront scenery to help inspire his vaccine-pushing schemes worldwide, as he regurgitates Chinese propaganda.
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