12.20.2015

MY FRIEND, THE HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR




 “Surely there is no more wretched sight than a human unloved and uncared for.” 

Corrie ten Boom













     When I was a teenager, oh so many years ago, there was an old-fashioned dry cleaning/tailor shop in the neighborhood in which I grew up. I came to know the proprietor, first as a customer, then as a friend. He was a quiet, diminutive old man. The sort of man you’d expect to find in a dimly lit little shop, a shop that somehow felt haunted.
     On one of my frequent visits, I noticed two gaunt faces peeking out at me from behind a curtain which separated the shop area from whatever was in the back. The tailor called out two children, introducing them as his son and daughter. They looked to be no more than nine or ten. Though I was just fifteen, I could sense these kids were troubled. They didn’t speak much. They looked like happiness was not a part of their lives, and their expressions and complexions suggested they didn’t do much playing out in the sunlight.

      One day, I asked the tailor where their mother was. He looked me square in the eye, sizing me up – was I old enough or bright enough to hear his story. He decided I was.

      “She’s dead,” he said. Just like that.
      With measuring tape hanging about his neck, and straight pins held between his lips, he described how he and his wife were Polish Jews who were picked up and put on a train straight to one of Hitler’s death camps. When, after interrogation, the camp staff learned he was a tailor, they decided to let him live. They needed tailors to maintain Nazi uniforms. Unfortunately they had no use for his wife. So, he said, they murdered her right in front of him. His eyes weren’t exactly wet, but the look on his face... that story... aged me ten years right on the spot. I don’t think I spoke or even swallowed for a long while after he stopped talking.

      I’m not Jewish. But I felt his pain. Their pain. It was the 1950’s. I had only heard about things like this in the grainy, black-and-white movie newsreels of the time. A sense of the individual human toll had never touched me so deeply before.
      I asked about the children, but too many years have gone by, I don’t recall what he said. I think they were too young to have been born before their mother was murdered. Perhaps they were adopted children. I do not know. But I do know this: the Holocaust happened, and you better believe it and keep believing it because there are always those who want to convince you it didn’t. And if you think there aren’t people in this world who are crazy enough to try again, you are lying to yourself.
      There were almost 50 million people killed in that terrible war – WWII. Can you comprehend that number? 50 million! More than 17 million young men in the military. 18 million civilians. More than 12 million people were killed by the Nazis. The dead were Germans, Poles, Russians, Jews of many nations, Americans, Japanese, Chinese, Brits, Italians, Northern Africans, Arabs and just about every other nationality on the planet. The Nazis attempted to eradicate the Jews – and Christians as well. Oh yes, Christians. When the Russian Army overtook Nazi camps in Poland, they discovered enough Zyklon B crystals to kill 20 million more people. But there were fewer than three million Jews remaining in Europe. Hitler and his crew had already murdered more than 5 million Jews and 7 million Christians, but the devil contemplated killing 20 million more. This is what happens when nations appease psychopathic leaders who have delusions of world domination and the means to that end.                 

      Islamic fundamentalists have delusions of a new world-wide caliphate. Or maybe they just have plain ol’ revenge deeply woven into their subconscious. Revenge for how the Old Testament describes Abraham and Sarah treated Ishmael, half-brother of the younger Isaac. If you have not read this part of The Old Testament, I urge you to, as Ishmael is considered by many to be a seminal figure in their tribes. And as an ancient proverb suggests; “Revenge is a dish best served... cold.”
      I can think of another biblical admonishment which applies here. It is sage advice for our next president. “If you learn that a man is planning to sneak into your tent to kill your family, sneak into his and kill him first.”

12.16.2015

DOES PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP REMEMBER THIS ABOUT THE JIHAD?








“Pretend inferiority
and encourage your enemy’s arrogance.”

~Sun Tzu











     As readers of this blog know by now, I have been Donald Trump’s number one supporter from before day one. So I want to remind the newly forming Trump Administration of Senator Rick Santorum’s reply, in an early Republican Debate, to the question of how he would defeat ISIS. His answer was both insightful and important. If our new president ignores it, it is at his own (and our!) peril.
     I am paraphrasing and expanding on it here because the good Senator only had about 60 seconds to try and get this across to the audience. I’m not sure how many are familiar enough with religious sentiment to grasp the deeper meaning and significance of his reply. Santorum is, being himself a devout Catholic.
     The Senator explained that Islam is different from other religions, and that this difference is critical to understanding the jihad. Islam is somewhat similar to other religions before they were reformed. It is still inextricably intertwined with politics and law.

      We in The West have, for the most part, successfully separated religion and government. So, for example, Catholic politicians in America don’t govern according to the Pope’s decrees. Many of us think other religions have gone through the same reformations. They haven’t. To be a faithful practitioner of “true” Islam requires that you adhere to all three parts: the day-to-day religious practices, the political/governance (the re-emergence of a caliphate), and sharia law.
     Therefore, Santorum concludes, as Muslims around the world see how ISIS has begun the successful building of a new caliphate centered in the Middle East, their faith calls them to support it wherever they may be, and in any way they can. Never mind the methods. Those who have already joined in this effort are the first wave of jihadi warriors. As they become more successful, and Muslims around the world see the caliphate grow, rather than be attracted to the weak position of someone like Barack Obama and most leaders in the West, they are attracted to the strong horse. The new caliphate.
     Santorum claims the only way to stop this spread of a modern death cult is to defeat ISIS where they are; to win back the territory they have taken, and return it to the moderate Muslim native population freed from the threat of death. Make no mistake; many jihadists actually look forward to the apocalypse – the final clash between Islam and the West.
     Applying psychology 101, Santorum claims once the strong horse begins to weaken, once the Muslim world begins to see the caliphate shrink, those who once supported it will lose their respect and taste for the jihad.
     The Senator seems to have it right. He understands faith in a way which those who are not religious cannot. Politicians, for the most part, who claim to be religious but are not really, and media mavens who mock religion at every turn, simply cannot grasp the fervor with which those in the jihad believe in the apocalyptic vision. It’s the foundation of their hatred for the West. It’s precisely why they seek to draw the Great Satan and his little brother, Israel, into the final battle. It’s a war which the West will certainly win, but at what cost?
     If Iran gets the nukes they so dearly want – and mark my words, unless the United States stops them, they will –  they will use the nuclear threat to make the West bend to their will. But the down card is, if they wind up using those nukes anywhere in the Middle East, they risk poisoning their own territories, making it a caliphate of death. So their targets will have to be elsewhere. Which is why Obama’s Iranian nuclear deal must be overturned.
     We do not know with any degree of certainty that Obama has a Muslim heart. But he grew up with Islam, and he surely displays his affection for it. Just as those who grew up in Christianity or Judaism, but who may no longer practice it, will still have affection for it in some emotional way. Even if it’s just the holidays, or just the music!

       Some believe this is why President Obama seemed to be doing whatever he could to help the spread of Islam, or at least not trying to stop the actual growth of the caliphate while pretending to be trying to stop it. This very tactic – taqiyya, lying to non-believers in order to advance the cause of Islam by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them – shows Obama’s understanding of Islamic political practices.
     But does he understand that, while he may think the Muslim’s morning call to prayer is the most beautiful sound, if he continues to champion its spread across the landscape of the West, there will be hell to pay.

12.12.2015

“AMERICAN VALUES?” HA!



If you have small-government,
traditional values,
you may be considered
by your own leadership
to be an enemy of the state.

~Monica Crowley





             These days, we hear a lot from the Left defending “American values,” and how certain ideas are “un-American.” Imagine,  an international criminal like George Soros lectures us about American values.
       Listening to their supercilious pontification, one suspects they believe there is some list, chiseled in stone, enumerating these values. Maybe on the Lincoln Memorial, or in The Constitution, or maybe a plaque bearing a poem adhered to the base of the Statue of Liberty. As if, even if there were such a list, it would be immutable, never varying with time or situation, over the history of a nation.
         What are these so-called American values imagined by these pretend patriots?
         Millions of needy American citizens – families, individuals, children – who have been American citizens all their lives, can eat dog food. But the Left cries crocodile tears to help anyone from any foreign nation who claims to need help – as long as they are seen to be bringers of chaos (or future liberal votes) to our shores. While America’s poor gets lip service, in many communities such as those in California, immigrants are provided with new homes, fully furnished, with creature comforts many poorer, or even hard working Americans, cannot afford. The social contract rationalizes this by suggesting they will find a job within six months, then return the “loans” by paying taxes.
          But they don’t want jobs. They may be unfamiliar with our traditions, but they are not without guile; they know that after six months of (not) searching for work, they become eligible for dozens of government programs wherein they may receive unconditional benefits, seemingly forever! But needy traditional Americans don’t even get to suck hind teat; they get zip. That’s “American values” according to the Left.
         What about Democratic Congress passing the sweeping health insurance law we call ObamaCare, with thousands of unread pages, paying not the slightest attention to the opposition’s warnings, never asking “traditional” Americans if they even wanted it; passing it by some arcane Congressional rules maneuver in the dead of night? Democratic deceit. Another American value.
         Or maybe it’s the Left’s passionate support and defense of those who profit from the mutilation and killing of almost-born babies. There’s a real American value for you.
         How about one of their favorite Presidents and one of his recently dearly departed minions selling our technology secrets to China and other adversarial nations? Another one of their “American Value$$$.”
        The current leader of the Democrat Party rushes to judgment on criminal cases based on the race of the victim and alleged perpetrator, influencing the authorities, judges and juries.  I do not recall anyone asking for the President’s opinion before the facts are in. “Rushing to judgment.” Another American value according to the President.
         While using the full force of the Democrat’s media arm – i.e. virtually all major media in America! – to drown all of America in a waterfall of guilt and street retribution for any incident where a non-white is killed or harmed by a white person, they continue to ignore the horrible slaughter of blacks killed by other blacks in gangland’s drug and turf wars. Looking the other way while thousands of American children – some as young as four years old! – are lost to street violence; Liberals’ idea American values.
         One of my personal favorite American values is sending our brave leader overseas to apologize for things with which you and I and most Americans had nothing whatsoever to do. That really swells my pride in American values.
        Or using the IRS and other government agencies to “legally” punish the Left’s opponents? Then, when caught red-handed, to not prosecute the perps on the pretense that they themselves performed the investigation and found no evidence. There’s real American value.
          Or droning on about taking away the ability of American citizens to protect themselves and their families by voiding the Second Amendment, while inviting thousands of unvettable potential terrorists (not to mention rapists and drug gangs) into the nation’s cities... good ol’ fashioned American values, eh?
         How about the quadri-annual pounding of Wall Street by the Left’s presidential candidates... the very same ones who receive major contributions from the same Wall Street and K Street lobbyists? Hypocracy? Even Bernie Sanders didn’t think that was an American value.
         Then there’s the old Washington DC tradition of elected officials putting the interests of any crony with influence or cash ahead of those who pay their salary – something which is generally punished in the private sector but taken for granted by government officials. American value.
         The aforementioned are just a few of the more controversial expressions of the Left’s idea of American values. The list is much longer.
         There are minor American values, such as threatening arrest, punishment and infamy for a little white boy who bit his Pop-Tart snack into the shape of a gun while at school. One of those terribly dangerous Pop-Tarts capable of squirting a drop of filling almost 3 inches! But when a boy of another complexion brings what looks to his teachers like some kind of improvised explosive device, he is celebrated as a science genius rivaling the likes of Isaac Newton, brought to the White House by President Obama, given awards, offered scholarships, flown around the world to meet with Muslim royalty. The Left celebrates because he is associated, in their minds at least, with those who bring chaos to America. Then to cap it all off, his parents bring a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the school. Meanwhile, the little white boy and his family are humiliated for bringing an unlicnsed, dangerous, loaded Pop-Tart to school. That seems fair, doesn’t it? Like an American value.
         Political correctness which shuts down access of even the most moderate Republican spokespersons to speak at many publicly funded universities – funded incidentally in a good part by these very same Republicans. Or to even set up military recruitment kiosks within university bounds. The very same military which insures the university faculty’s ability to flaunt The Constitution. As red-blooded an American value as Old Glory.
         And what about that awful, horrible tradition of Christian Americans to display symbols of their faith at Christmas and Easter? Obviously any expression of faith by Christians in America goes against the Left’s most treasured American values.
         Wealthy and powerful Americans like Al Gore and President Obama travel around the globe, spewing untold tons of pollutants into the atmosphere on their way to preach about how you and I are flouting American values by polluting the atmosphere with our little 60-watt incandescent light bulbs, and destroying the planet’s balance by eating too many bacon cheeseburgers. These Amerikan values – the belief in global warming and climate change, more as a religion than a fact, have become as big a business as any major religion.
       But what exactly is the Left’s absurd belief in global warming or climate change as a miraculous cause of anger within some Middle East nations – anger of such magnitude that they want to destroy America and her little brother Israel? Nothing other than simple belief. Belief!
        There is no more reliable, reputable scientific proof of global warming as cause of terrorist activity (or anything else) as there is proof that Jesus is the son of God. These things are beliefs. And belief in unprovable things is just faith. And faith in the unprovable is really another way of describing religion. The religious cult of the Left conducts its unholy agenda according to the canon of Marxism, all the while pretending its opposition, not itself, is against American values.

       The Left claims it is against American values to suggest – as Donald Trump and others have – that the American people – including the Left! – must be protected from enemies sworn to kill us. Mr. Trump might have modified his declaration a bit, which might have made it sound more reasonable. He might have said we should temporarily stop the immigration of any “unknown” or “unvetted” foreigner. That is, any foreigner who we do not already know... so that the many Muslims who we regularly do business with, or educators, scientists, ambassadors, leaders and so forth would not be subject to the pause.
         It’s obvious that had yesteryear’s leaders been infected with the same Leftist religious orthodoxy; coddling the enemy, denying they even are the enemy, inviting them into our land, allowing them to capture our weaponry, punishing any military leader on our side who dares speak out or tries to take the fight to the enemy, we would never have vanquished our enemies in WWII, and bad as it is today, the world would be in a much worse fix .
          If the idea of pausing immigration until our leaders can figure out “what the hell is going on” is called unAmerican by Hillary Clinton and the Left, I suggest that their “religion” has converted large segments of our government and populace. So why shouldn’t government employees who believe in this religious claptrap be subject to the separation of church and State rule they are so fond of siting? They, including President Obama, should stop foisting their religion on America, or declare we no longer are governed by a secular government.
         It appears to this writer that to our President and his Leftist minions, anything – from Pop-Tarts to unvetted and illegal immigrants to the unwillingness to clamp down on street gangs – anything that brings chaos to our streets brings them closer to their goal of transforming our nation into another Marxist failure.
        As a political tool, chaos is the Left’s traditional international value.

12.06.2015

TERRORISM, IMMIGRATION AND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PARANOIA AND BEING CAREFUL.

     President Obama needs to be schooled on the difference between sticking to one’s beliefs and dangerous stubbornness.
     As I ponder the  question of whether or not “refugees,” illegal immigrants and other “unvettables” should be welcomed by the thousands into the United States in these troubled times,  I am reminded of a meeting (perhaps better described as a confrontation) I had with the CEO of the then largest ad agency, for which I worked.
     “I want you to think about letting Jesse go,” says the CEO. “He’s paranoid.”
     Jesse was a young fellow I superviseda good creative guy. He was off-beat in a business as full of off-beats as Dave Brubeck’s brilliant drummer (Joe Morello – RIP).
     “Paranoid?”
     “Sure, he’s a bright kid, but he’s hanging around my office asking my secretary too many questions that are none of his damned business.”
     “Hmm... really?”
     “Really. Hes been acting weird with our suppliers and even our clients. We can’t afford a loose cannon on this ship.
     “Look... if a guy can’t leave a meeting without turning around to see if anyone is going to stab him in the back, that, is paranoid!”
     I stared, wondering if this is all he had to worry about as a CEO.
     “Well, isn’t it!?” he demanded.
     “It depends,” I mused.
     “On what!?”
     “Well... if, when he turns around, nobody is holding a knife – yes, he might be paranoid. But, if when he turns around, somebody is holding a knife... he’s just being careful.”
     The CEO glared at me.
     In retrospect, I can see that I had been sheltering Jesse because he was inexperienced and I didn’t think he posed any real problems for the company. But hearing the CEO’s concerns, I allowed how I might have let stubbornness – my reluctance to accept what was obvious to others concerning Jesse – influence my decision to shelter the young fellow.
     The CEO pointed to the door. I left. And yes, just this once, I did turn around.
     Shortly afterward, sadly, Jesse weirded himself over the edge. I had no choice. We let him go.
     
     Getting back to the question of who should or shouldn’t be coming into our country, it strikes me that President Obama could stand to take a lesson from the foregoing. Rather than insinuate that the vast majority of Americans is either racist, or anti-immigrant, or whatever today’s confidential White House eMail tells the media to call us, he might try to understand our sense of discomfort... no... considering the recent events in San Bernardino, perhaps our sense of dread or foreboding are more descriptive... about inviting the wolves into our fold. We are getting tired of the excuse that not all immigrants are lupine... of course they are not all anything... how ridiculous... but if only 5% of them are, that’s 50,000,000 potential terrorists! Only a stubborn fool refuses to acknowledge that hidden among the sheep may potentially be some of that 5% of wolves in sheepskins. President Obama may be stubborn, but he is no fool. There is something else at work here.
     That Americans of good sensibility have concerns about this issue does not signify hatred, bigotry or paranoia. Being extra careful, extra vigilant in times of trouble is simply common sense.
     On the other hand, what do we call the deliberate act of someone who, in the face of ever-mounting evidence, stubbornly continues to go out of his way to invite what he surely knows are significant numbers of hidden wolves into our nation – a blatant violation of his oath, and the faith we put in our President to protect the homeland?

     It’s called treachery.

     

12.02.2015

TRUMP’S “CONSERVATISM” MISUNDERSTOOD

    If there are any conservative readers of The New York Times, they will surely be disheartened by comments posted by readers of the Times article: Wary of Donald Trump, G.O.P. Leaders Are Caught in a Standoff.”
    That the article itself is so obviously anti-Trump is no surprise at all. But apparently Times’ readers so despise Republicans that they are unable or unwilling to articulate one single positive thought about anyone or anything on the right. We have reached a new low, when Times readers’ comments – every one well-written by seemingly educated people – express such vehement hostility toward those with whom they disagree. Seven years into the Obama administration, they are still blaming Bush, the Republicans and conservatives in general  for everything Obama has been unable or unwilling to fix or change. Reading the comments, I could not avoid the feeling that I was reading the notes from a lodge meeting of the International Soros Club. I could take just so much of this torrent of hate spewing, so stopped reading the comments after a couple of dozen, uninterrupted by one single positive word.
     It strikes me that the left simply doesn’t understand what the right actually is! For example, they characterize Republicans as obstructionists because they have done whatever they can to stop President Obama from getting his way on every one of the progressive goals he has sought to achieve. Do they not understand that Republicans are basically conservative? Do they not exactly grasp what “conservativism” actually is? According to Webster:

Conservatism
a political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development to abrupt change which leads to instability.

     Allow me to ask this impertinent question of my friends on the left: do you expect people in the Republican Party to agree with you... to go along with each and any idea you come up with? Wouldn’t that make them Democrats? Wouldn’t that give America one-party governance? That is what you really want, isn’t it? Is that because you can’t win every voter over to your side with your ideas? So you have to attack, fabricate and lie about those who disagree with you?
     Before throwing the “racist” epithet at Donald Trump, understand this: the very idea of this America we live in was conceived, designed and brought about by men like him: strong-willed white men of European heritage. Those seeking a new kind of freedom from their old bonds. And they won it under the leadership of many men of the likes of George Washington. Liberals and weak-kneed Republicans may not like to hear this. America was conceived to be a nation with limited immigration, governed by white people of European background.
     It was not a perfect union, but it contained the mechanism for reforming itself in an orderly fashion: if slavery was a bad idea, statesmen convinced the nation it was, and at great cost this ancient evil tradition was discarded. The evolution in our immigration policy was more the result of the need for more workers in our amazing industrial revolution than of moral sentiment.
     America’s Western traditions are much older than our nation, coming from centuries, even millennia, of slow evolution in cultures going all the way back to Sumer, Greece, Rome and England where the ideas of Western civilization were born and raised. These remained relatively stable all the way into the 1950s, when Caucasians amounted to somewhat more than 25% of the world’s population. Since then, however, the percentage of whites in the world’s population has been steadily dropping due to the skyrocketing birth rates of non-white populations around the world. Unless trends change, by 2050-60, estimates of the percentage of whites in world population will drop precipitously to well under 10%. Of course the various groups of Asian-Indian peoples, each with their own ancient traditions, now comprise and probably will continue to be the largest percentage of world population.
     The big gainer in the population derby will be blacks or sub-Sahara Africans. This group will expand to about 2.5 billion. By the middle of this century, blacks will represent 25% of world population, up dramatically from the almost 9% they comprised in 1950.
     Let us explain, for New York Times readers, who undoubtedly are ecstatic over these numbers but who don’t fathom the implications, what the results will surely be. Assuming liberal policies remain unchanged, it is inevitable that America will reflect these population shifts, and be overwhelmed by an influx of non-whites. As a result, America’s age-old traditions will disappear, replaced by a melange of foreign traditions which, while just as old, reflect many cultures incompatible with the America we currently know. It is therefore inevitable that America, if still handcuffed by liberal policies, will no longer be able to advance its unique Western traditions; no longer be able to set standards of freedom, higher education and inventiveness; but will accede to political correctness which will negatively affect everything from commerce to education, to religion, politics, health, diet, morality and world relations. We already are seeing this pushed upon us by leaders who put America’s interests at the bottom of their agenda.
     I am quite sure there are many who think this is just fine. Their attitude being, well, whites have enjoyed “privilege” for so long, now its others’ turns. But one need only examine the cases of those nations which have gone from white leadership to non-white leadership to see the folly in this optimism. While nations like Japan, led by Asians, have generally done very well, the Japanese are a very disciplined, homogeneous culture with very evolved traditions. They are self-sufficient and very industrious; traits leading to a successful, prosperous culture. We, here in America, are moving in the opposite direction.

     All of which brings us back to the Times article. If the GOP and the liberal press still don’t grasp why Donald Trump is so popular with conservative Americans, let me make it clear: it is because we do not want to lose those traditions and freedoms won at the cost of our most precious blood. It is because timid Republican leaders – RINOs — who do not have enough foresight or love for our Western traditions to fight for them, have worn out their welcome.
     Oh, immigrants will still be welcome according to Trump, but with the understanding that they must come in legally, gradually, and with the intention of assimilating into our traditions, not the other way around.