Man, Thinking
I.M.H.O. (In My Haughty Opinion)

Why Conservatism?

George Bernard Shaw - no Conservative, he - nevertheless wrote "In truth, mankind cannot be saved from without, by schoolmasters or any other sort of masters: it can only be lamed and enslaved by them. It is said that if you wash a cat it will never again wash itself. This may or may not be true: what is certain is that if you teach a man anything he will never learn it; and if you cure him of a disease he will be unable to cure himself the next time it attacks him."<< MORE >>

Once Upon A Time In America

"I [believe] with you that there is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.The Negro race, like all races, is going to be saved by its exceptional men. The problem of education among Negroes must first of all deal with the Talented Tenth. It is the problem of developing the best of this race that they may guide the masses away from the contamination and death of the worst, in their own and other races...Can the masses of the Negro people be in any possible way more quickly raised than by the effort and example of this aristocracy of talent and character? Was there ever a nation on God’s fair earth civilized from the bottom upward? Never. It is, ever was and ever will be from the top downward that culture filters. The Talented Tenth rises and pulls all that are worth the saving up to their vantage ground. This is the history of human progress; and the two historic mistakes which have hindered that progress were the thinking first that no more could ever rise save the few already risen; or second, that it would better the uprisen to pull the risen down."<< MORE >>

News and Blogs - Na'er The Twain Shall Meet

As if you didn't know, unbiased reporting has gone the way of the Model T, Beany Babies and drug-free athletes. Years of experience has made it obvious to most that print media (newspapers, magazines) are biased. The New York Times and the Washington Post lean leftward and the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times lean to the right. At the risk of sounding like a GEICO commercial, everybody know that. Blogs (such as this one) are nothing but opinions and interpretation of news. They are not to be confused with "the facts and nothing but the facts" that news services (AP, Reuters) should be reporting.<< MORE >>

Winners and Losers

In the 19th Century, it was generally accepted knowledge - since it was true - that we ran the race of life from very uneven starting points. And, of course, the race had winners and losers. Nature, we were told by Charles Darwin, always had winners and losers. Darwin's cousin, Herbert Spencer, told the world that these same theories were applicable to man. No different than "lower" animals, mankind is in competition with nature and his fellows to succeed and thrive.<< MORE >>

Happy Countries and Hidden Agendas

Well, finally we know why we are so universally unhappy: we are not socialists. Nevertheless, I say hurrah for the Danes and I wish them all the best. They have been officially named "The Happiest Country in The World"! And by no less authority than the United Nations! We, as usual, are ranked well back in the pack.<< MORE >>

To Begin Anew - And Political Correctness be Damned

"Under the names of the poor and the weak, the negligent, shiftless, inefficient, silly, and imprudent are fastened upon the industrious and prudent as a responsibility and a duty. On the one side, the terms are extended to cover the idle, intemperate, and vicious, who, by the combination, gain credit which they do not deserve, and which they could not get if they stood alone. On the other hand, the terms are extended to include wage-receivers of the humblest rank, who are degraded by the combination. The reader who desires to guard himself against fallacies should always scrutinize the terms “poor” and “weak” as used, so as to see which or how many of these classes they are made to cover."<< MORE >>

Walking a Fine Line

The American political system started being more intellectually challenging when communism retreated (some still prefer the overly optimistic "communism was defeated") in 1990. Not surprisingly, a Republican Party, bereft of ideas, lost the 1992 Presidential election to a liberal Democrat, President Bill Clinton. He, like many before him, managed to scandalously fumble the ball and, in 2000, the Republicans were able to win the White House for the last time in 2000. It was the "hanging chad" election fiasco and it was the death knell of the Republican party as a viable entity in America. << MORE >>

Equality

If there is a shibboleth for liberalist thought from its inception it is equality. It is one of Jefferson’s "self-evident truths". It was, along with liberty and fraternity, the guiding triad of the French Revolution. Karl Marx reached for it. Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson won votes with its promise. Equality has been the carrot of governmental systems as varied as communism, socialism and (especially) democracy throughout history. And, as every thinking man knows - but, God Forbid, never confesses - is a lie. << MORE >>

Three Little Words

Pop Quiz: What landmark historical American document was ratified 225 years ago this year? For all the pomp, circumstance and History Channel specials I have not seen, the majority of people don’t have the slightest idea. We may know (in all alarming detail) the latest on the porn star formerly known as Miley Cyrus and are distressingly familiar with Duck Dynasty but, when it comes to our nation’s past, we seem to be sublimely ignorant. Not to mention - though I am about to - what effect that history has on our lives today. << MORE >>

Rest in Peace: Ronald G. Albright, Sr., 1928-2010

Today is a day, not to mourn the passing of a simple man with humble roots, men to whom monuments are never built but who, themselves, built a nation. It is a day to remember how this simple man with meager talents forged a full and happy life through sheer force of will and the sweat of his brow. He lived to walk the streets of Moscow, Rome, Berlin and all of the Carribean with the love of his life. He leaves this unforgiving earth owing no debts, begrudging no man, and the love of his life secure for her remaining days. << MORE >>
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