Sunday, November 23, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
More disturbing news from Ferguson:
Two men suspected of buying explosives they planned to detonate during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, once a grand jury decides the Michael Brown case, were arrested on Friday and charged with federal firearms offenses, a law enforcement official told Reuters. Word of the arrests, reported by a number of media outlets Friday, came ahead of the grand jury's widely anticipated decision on whether the white police officer who fatally shot Brown, an unarmed black teenager, should be indicted on criminal charges. The Aug. 9 slaying of 18-year-old Brown under disputed circumstances became a flashpoint for U.S. racial tensions, triggering weeks of sometimes violent protests in the St. Louis suburb by demonstrators calling for officer Darren Wilson's arrest.Oh, brother, I can hear Mark Potok now, with his voicebox set to full outrage. The actions of these violent nutcases will be used to discredit the entire conservative movement. I'm just puzzled that this story hasn't been ballyhooed in the mainstream media. Odd... But wait - what's this?
Against this backdrop of heightened tensions, according to a law enforcement source, two men described as reputed members of a militant group called the New Black Panther Party, were arrested in the St. Louis area in an FBI sting operation.Oh, that explains a lot. But I'm sure the SPLC will issue trembling denunciations of these domestic terrorists ... any time now ... wait for it ...
Posted by Old Rebel at Saturday, November 22, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
The people of Britain have an alternative to the pro-immigration, pro-European Union parties. Nigel Farage's U.K. Independence Party scored a major political victory yesterday:
The populist U.K. Independence Party won its second seat in the British Parliament early Friday with a striking victory that threatened to destabilize the Conservative Party of Prime Minister David Cameron. The right-wing party, known as UKIP, won a parliamentary by-election in Rochester and Strood in southern England, in a contest prompted by the defection of a lawmaker, Mark Reckless, from the Conservatives. ... In response to the rise of UKIP, Mr. Cameron has already toughened his position on immigration and the European Union, the two main issues on which UKIP campaigns.Looks like there are still some in Britain who refuse to go gentle into the night of Third-World colonization. Here's to you, chaps.
Posted by Old Rebel at Friday, November 21, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
They might as well, says the New York Times:
This region has become so solidly Republican, particularly since President Obama was elected, that there isn’t much left there for the Democratic Party to defend or salvage. For instance, prior to the 2010 midterms there were 54 Blue Dog Democrats in Congress. In the outgoing Congress, there are only 19 left, including eight from the South.... After the midterms, The Associated Press provided this tally: “In January, the G.O.P. will control every governor’s office, two U.S. Senate seats, nearly every majority-white congressional district and both state legislative chambers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas.”This assessment echoes Pat Buchanan's post-election observations. Both Buchanan and the Times conclude the South is becoming "solid" again, though this time under the Republican banner instead of the Democratic one. And the Times piece ends with this: "We are self-sorting ourselves into hardened, impenetrable citadels of ideological sameness." True. But isn't division what one would expect from importing diversity? Those who expected DC's insane immigration policies to lead to Kumbaya-style group hugs are in for a real shock.
You'd expect voters to feel some relief after blowing off a lot of built-up steam in the recent midterms. But they don't - in fact, pessimism has ratcheted up. To a huge majority, D.C. means corruption, waste, and tragi-comical dysfunction:
The recently concluded midterm elections cost billions of dollars, generated thousands of different headlines and resulted in Republicans winning control of the U.S. Senate. But they didn’t change much else – especially the public’s attitudes about politics in Washington, D.C., according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Consider: •More than three-quarters of Americans say the election won’t substantially change the nation’s direction;Again, we're seeing why more voters look to their State legislatures to get things done. That's the ONLY way we can get anything done on a growing list of pressing problems from illegal immigration to domestic spying.
•More say they have less confidence that elected leaders in Washington will start working together to solve problems
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
One of my favorite iconoclasts, Thomas Sowell, rips up liberal know-it-all Nicholas Kristoff:
New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof asserts that there is “overwhelming evidence that centuries of racial subjugation still shape inequity in the 21st century” and he mentions “the lingering effects of slavery.” But before we become overwhelmed, that evidence should be checked out.... Kristof’s other “overwhelming” evidence of the current effects of past slavery is that blacks do not have as much income as whites. But Puerto Ricans do not have as much income as Japanese Americans. Mexican Americans do not have as much income as Cuban Americans. All sorts of people do not have as much income as all sorts of other people, not only in the United States, but in countries around the world. And most of these people were never enslaved.Sowell then marches out some cold, hard facts demonstrating how Blacks in the US were better off BEFORE the Civil Rights Revolution. Despite the rhetoric that heralded that revolution, it in fact increased Black dependence on government and devastated Black families. Worse, it siphoned off the most capable Blacks into the White mainstream, which culturally, intellectually, and financially impoverished Black society. Not only are we still seeing the effects of that today, it's getting worse. But try explaining that to Al Sharpton, Morris Dees, Jesse Jackson, or any other merchants of perpetual resentment.
Posted by Old Rebel at Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
Only in America. Thomas Duncan lies about having been exposed to Ebola, then makes his way to Texas where he's given FREE TREATMENT. He dies of Ebola, which has a 70% mortality rate. So what does his family back in Africa do? They sue the hospital, of course. The hospital decides to settle out of court:
The undisclosed settlement paid by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital is described by attorney Les Weisbrod as 'a very good deal' for Duncan's four kids and parents. It comes just a month after the 42-year-old Liberian national died of Ebola at the Dallas hospital.The "multifaceted" agreement includes - now get this - a new charity for Ebola victims to be funded by the Texas Health Resources Foundation, and a fuzzy promise to make a movie about Duncan's death. We are the world's crazy rich uncle.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
We are used to our current political divides, but in many ways the political alignment of 1896 also makes economic sense, with the richer northeastern states supporting more conservative economic policies. Even in a world in which parties have static positions on issues, there is no obvious way that liberal New Yorkers, say, should vote: should they follow the 1896 pattern and support business-friendly policies that favor local industries, or should they vote as they do now and support higher taxes, which ultimately redistribute money to faraway states with more conservative values? A similar conundrum befalls a conservative Mississippian or Kansan in the other direction. In that sense, it perhaps is plausible that, although economic issues have been and remain most important in any particular election, social issues can be the determining factor that can, over a century, reverse the electoral map.
Think the big corporations and pressure groups pushing for amnesty are motivated by compassion for the huddled Hispanic masses? Think again - what drives them is their insatiable appetites for cheap, exploitable labor. If they win, the poor and middle class will take another painful hit to their pocketbooks. That would mean more money for obscene profits and executive bonuses:
When President Obama announces major changes to the nation’s immigration enforcement system as early as next week, his decision will partly be a result of a yearslong campaign of pressure by immigrant rights groups, which have grown from a cluster of lobbying organizations into a national force. A vital part of that expansion has involved money: major donations from some of the nation’s wealthiest liberal foundations, including the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Open Society Foundations of the financier George Soros, and the Atlantic Philanthropies. Over the past decade those donors have invested more than $300 million in immigrant organizations, including many fighting for a pathway to citizenship for immigrants here illegally.A true picture of who's behind this drive would forget the propaganda shots of dewy-eyed Hispanic toddlers and focus instead of George Soros and the Koch brothers picking the pockets of middle class workers.
Friday, November 14, 2014
The Obama regime comes clean on DC's illegal and immoral acts after 9/11. After years of outright denial, as well as a shameless barrage of weasel words like "enhanced interrogation," the US government admits to what everyone already knew about its use of torture:
In a two-day presentation in Geneva, the American delegation acknowledged that the United States had tortured terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11 attacks. It emphasized, however, that the government had since tightened its rules, including with a 2005 statute against using cruelty and a 2009 executive order by President Obama that limits interrogators to a list of techniques in an Army field manual.Confession is good for the soul, but the Evil Empire has none. It lied about torture and WMD in the past, and will lie again. Remember this the next time you're asked to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
This is priceless. I can't imagine a better illustration of how other-worldly the Cultural Marxist agenda is. Watch the delusional White SJW robotically recite the leftist catechism, only to be dressed down by an ABW. Too funny!
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Oh, dear. Ed Sebesta has caught me red-handed. He says I'm guilty - that is, G-U-I-L-T-Y - of "playing with the facts" on European secession movements. Here's his post, entitled Neo-Confederates play with the facts on secession:
The League of the South is reporting on a recent Catalan vote on secession. http://www.lsrebellion.blogspot.com/2014/11/81-of-catalans-vote-for-independence.html The headline proclaims "81% of Catalans Vote for Secession." Is that true? No. The facts are in this article: http://www.newsweek.com/spains-catalans-vote-secede-symbolic-ballot-turnout-low-283306 Turn out was very low as reported in "Newsweek." "Turnout was also relatively low, at around 2.23 million out of 5.4 million potential voters."Playing with the facts, huh? Where to start? Whenever you respond to anything Sebesta writes, you have to realize you've chosen to deal with a swirling mass of half-baked notions and, um, "creative" interpretations of the facts. It's like trying to organize a bucket of squirming worms. So you just pick a spot in his dizzying narrative and go from there. We'll start with my "misleading" headlines. For one thing, I didn't compose them. Both were taken from the original headlines from the news articles I linked to. For example, the original Business Insider headline was "81% Of Catalans Vote For Independence From Spain In Symbolic Referendum." In my post, I quoted the original source stating that the vote was "a simulated referendum." And the original headline from the PressTV report on the Venetian vote was "Venetians call for independence from Italy." I linked to both stories so readers could see for themselves. Did I pick two unrepresentative sources that were biased toward the secessionists? Here's the BBC's headline from its article on Catalonia: "Catalonia vote: 80% back independence." And Time Magazine's story bore the following headline: Catalonian Vote for Independence Could Lead to Compromise There were two votes. Both were for self-government. In fact, here's what Time had to say about the self-determination effort in Catalonia: "The results represented a triumph for the pro-independence movement, not only because they managed to pull it off in the face of fierce Spanish opposition, but because the returns were so overwhelmingly in their favor: nearly 80.76% answered those two questions in the affirmative." Guess we can only conclude that PressTV, the BBC, and Time are all Neo-Confederate news organizations. Sebesta clutches to the report that turnout was low in the Catalan vote, ignoring the fact that Madrid refused to allow a referendum. The Catalan self-determination movement still managed to round up over 40,000 volunteers to conduct the vote. That's quite an accomplishment in the face of threats from the central government. Funny how Sebesta poses as a champion of "democracy," yet stands with Generalissimo Francisco Franco to deny self-government to minorities.
The reason the turn out was low was because it wasn't a real ballot. It was at places run at by pro-independence groups and not official polling places. This is another League of the South headline: "Venice votes to cut ties with Italy"
Posted by Old Rebel at Thursday, November 13, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Once again, DC usurps State sovereignty and imposes its radical egalitarian agenda on the people AGAINST THEIR WILL:
Federal Judge Richard Gergel of Charleston overturned state law and ruled Wednesday that couples of the same sex have a right under the U.S. Constitution to marry in South Carolina. Allen Wilson, the state’s attorney general, said that he will file a quick appeal.The bright side of this story is that South Carolina's attorney general has the backbone to resist this completely unconstitutional intrusion, unlike many other attorneys general, including (ugh!) Roy Cooper, North Carolina's attorney general (and future FAILED candidate for governor).
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The illegal alien invaders have a nifty new trick up their sleeves for bilking American taxpayers. From a WSOC-TV investigation:
It’s called a U-Visa, and the government hands out 10,000 of them a year to victims of certain -- mostly violent -- crimes and their family members. Fernandez and his mother received theirs’ in July and it immediately began opening doors.... A U-Visa is good for four years and just filling out an application can delay or stop deportation proceedings altogether. Not surprisingly, that's led to a flood of applications at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, where they have had more than 700 thus far in 2014.Oh, good. We needed another flood of scams perpetrated by our colonizers. And I have to admit I've never heard of the U-Visa, which sounds like it was designed to encourage fraud and further colonization. I cannot keep up with all the idiotic schemes our back-stabbing government has concocted. It staggers the mind.
Posted by Old Rebel at Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
The U.S. House will reconvene on Thursday. President Obama is still threatening to give an executive amnesty to 5-6 million illegal immigrants in December, perhaps before. The main tool Congress has to stop him is to defund it. Tell your representative to defund amnesty NOW, so that it cannot be implemented in the Lame Duck Session. Tell them not to approve any funding plan that might allow Obama to fund amnesty. DO NOT TAKE YOUR REPRESENTATIVE'S VOTE AGAINST OBAMA'S AMNESTY OR TO DEFUND HIS AMNESTY NOW FOR GRANTED. Contact their office by phone, email, or fax immediately. Please do it ASAP. There is no time to lose. If Obama gets away with his administrative amnesty, he will have destroyed the Constitution and almost guaranteed a One Party Socialist Government with a few years. This is very important. Please Act now. Click here to look up your representative's contact info by zip code.
Nearly 81% of 2.25 million Catalans who participated in a simulated referendum Sunday said they wanted autonomy from Spain, according to preliminary results cited by the Financial Times and other news outlets. Catalan Vice President Joana Ortega announced the results of the vote on Monday morning at 12:30 a.m. with just over 88% of the returns in from polling stations, according to the Spain Report. 80.72% of Catalans voted yes-yes to a two-part question asking if they wanted Catalonia to be a state and if they wanted that state to be autonomous.What's funny is how both the left and the US corporate media sneer at European self-determination movements. In this case, they're taking the same position as Generalissimo Francisco Franco - who, like the 19th- and 20th-century megastate he held together by terror, is still dead. They just don't know it yet.
Last Tuesday, the last Southern Democrat went the way of the Dodo bird in the Deep South. And White Democrats are getting hard to find anywhere below the Mason-Dixon line. As the New Republic reports in its latest issue, the Solid South has arisen once again, this time for the Republican Party. Not that the GOP is a desirable or capable champion of Southern values, but folks see it as the best deal going. What's significant is that North and South are slipping away from each other like two tectonic plates along a fault line. Stay tuned. This is going to be interesting.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
The spirit of self-determination is haunting Europe. Now it's Venice's turn to shake up the globalists:
The leader of the Venetian independence movement has called for the secession of the wealthy and industrial northeastern Italian region of Veneto from Italy. Italy “must leave our territory” and “give our people freedom to decide. It is an act of democracy and freedom,” said Alessio Morosin on Friday. "The Veneto is self-governed as an independent state - it was called La Serenissima, an organization that has a distinguished history, and that had nothing to do with Italy for 1,100 years. Meanwhile our attachment to the Italian state is no more than 148 years. It's absurd compared with our history," he added. Morosin said Venetian officials are concerned that Italy’s paralyzing economic crisis would also affect Veneto, adding that the region’s independence from Rome will improve its economic situation.I bet ol' Benito is spinning in his grave...
Posted by Old Rebel at Saturday, November 08, 2014
Friday, November 7, 2014
Here we go again. Let me know when you've had enough.
Morrison invited Tim Wise to come to Charlotte and lecture Whites about how eeevil they are. Wise, who is just a little butterball of smug superiority, apparently wasn't enough. So Morrison tried to bring in Glenn Singleton, a "Critical Race Theory" huckster who eclipses even Tim Wise in heavy-handed and tendentious grandstanding. Fortunately, enough opposition rose up to keep Singleton's noxious presence out of CMS schools - at least for the time being. Earlier this week, Morrison unexpectedly announced he had to quit his job because of "family issues." When pressed, he explained he had to look after his ailing mother. My BS detector nearly blew a circuit breaker. Turns out CMS has just compiled a report documenting how Morrison had misled the Board of Education about cost overruns on pet projects. Worse, the report claimed Morrison had created a "climate of fear" among CMS staff. One assistant told investigators that she was constantly in tears from Morrison's verbal abuse. So while Morrison was conducting "anti-bullying" indoctrination for CMS students, he was bullying his underlings. The other big news is that Patrick Cannon, who pled guilty to multiple counts of bribery while mayor of Charlotte, has been placed under house arrest for voting despite being a felon. Cannon, you'll remember, was the public official who leaned on area hotels to deny the civil rights of Jared Taylor and others to hold a conference in Charlotte. Local pundits are trying to figure out why Cannon filed an absentee ballot knowing full well it was illegal to do so. I have a guess. Cannon is the type who thinks he can get away with anything. He thought he could get away with taking bribes, and apparently imagined it was a fluke that he got caught. I believe that by voting, he was trying to prove he was still bulletproof, and could fool the people at least one more time. Turns out he was wrong.
Those scary people who want the States to assume more authority from DC are just a bunch of extremist neo-Confederates who must be shunned, if not exiled. Right? Well - it turns out there are quite a few left-leaning folks who also realize that DC is so corrupt and moribund that the people of the States have little choice but to roll up their shirtsleeves and do for themselves what DC will not or can not do. Ex-New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is one of them. Writing in the Bloomberg View, he notes with approval (and more than a little immodesty) a number of local efforts he backed that won the approval of majorities in several States:
Here's the big news from Tuesday’s election: Faced with gridlock in Washington, more and more voters are turning to states and municipalities to do the work that the nation's capital seems increasingly unable to do. ... I would have preferred to see Congress pass an expanded earned income tax credit, which is the most effective way of increasing real incomes for low-wage workers. But after it did nothing, voters decided to take matters into their own hands. Waiting for Washington is like a Samuel Beckett play without any of the intrigue or humor -- just absurdity. And voters have seen enough. I share their frustration, and as a strong believer in the idea that cities and states are the laboratories of democracy, I share their determination to act. This fall, I supported state-level efforts on several ballot measures designed to bypass Washington on three major issues that are hurting the country: gun violence, obesity and political polarization.Now, I don't care for most of what Mr. Bloomberg is pushing here, but then I have no problem with people in the Northeast and West Coast opting for an agenda that people in the mid-West and South would find repugnant. But Bloomberg's core idea here is what matters: National consensus is dead. There is only frustration to be found expecting DC to pass legislation supported by majorities in all 50 States. It ain't happening. The only solution is devolution, and it is coming, like it or not. Best to prepare, because it's only going to grow. Tick-tock...
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
This article from the New York Times nicely summarizes the growing divide between the North and the South:
new Democrats illegal aliens -- as the Hispanic Fifth Column within the Democratic Party increasingly demands -- look for that divide to widen, and for the Democratic Party to vanish below the Mason-Dixon line.
For generations, Southern Democratic politicians could count on doing better at the ballot box than the national party, which had long been abandoned in the South in presidential elections. No longer.... The inability of Southern Democrats to run well ahead of a deeply unpopular Mr. Obama raises questions about how an increasingly urban and culturally liberal national Democratic Party can compete in the staunchly conservative South. It raises serious doubts about whether a future Democratic presidential candidate, like Hillary Clinton, can count on faring better among Southern white voters than President Obama, as many political analysts have assumed she might.When Obama issues his mid-December diktat granting amnesty to some 40 million
Coachella, California is a small community 120 miles east of Los Angeles. It is 97% Hispanic. It's the site of two recent shootings. One of the shootings is a matter of utmost concern. It troubles the good folks at the SPLC, who think of nothing but "Fighting Hate, Teaching Tolerance, and Seeking Justice." The other shooting didn't merit a blip on the SPLC's Hatewatch page. See if you can guess which is which: 1- At 5:00 AM Tuesday, bullets hit a local mosque. No one was hurt. No threats were made before or after. According to the local ABC-TV station:
Six bullet holes could be seen in and around the building: one in the front wall; one in the front door; another on the wrought-iron fence; three others in a car parked on the street out front.2 - Last week, a Coachella man was gunned down near the Wal-Mart:
Fabian Martinez was shot and killed late Sunday night along the 48600 Block of Camino Las Brisas, a neighborhood just east of Jackson Street near the new Coachella Walmart. His family told News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2 he was gunned down after he'd gotten into a fight with an ex-girlfriend. Deputies arrested Carlos Martinez and Hernandez along Gerald Ford Drive in Palm Desert.The second shooting features photos of the two perpetrators; one has a really cool neck tattoo. It's cursive Spanish, which I think says, "I don't want a job." If you guessed the shooting that resulted in death is the more serious incident, well, I have bad news for you: You could never get a job working for the Southern Poverty Law Center. The newsworthy shooting is the first one because, to quote the SPLC's Hatewatch site:
"The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, has asked the FBI to investigate. “Any time shots are fired at a house of worship, the FBI should offer its resources to local authorities to help determine whether or not there was a bias motive for the attack,” CAIR chapter executive director Hussam Ayloush said.Yes, it MIGHT be a hate crime, so the story is posted on Hatewatch under the categories "Anti-Muslim" and "Extremist Crime." There. That settles that.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
For those who still imagine DC is the great champion of democracy it claims to be, this story on the Pentagon's cozy relationship with the leader of the recent coup in Burkina Faso should be an eye-opener. Of course, this is nothing new. DC has a long, dirty history of overthrowing elected governments it doesn't like, all the while broadcasting its dedication to "democracy." And yes, it started with the War Between the States.
As empires fall into their inevitable death spiral, the dead-enders who feed off bloated systems of power and rewards become increasingly desperate to hold the collapsing machinery together. No surprise that a college professor writing in the New York Times advocates doing away with mid-term elections. After all, argues David Schanzer of Duke University, mid-terms weaken the power of the imperial presidency:
Temporary Dictator Chief Executive. Such a move, of course, would further centralize power in the District of Corruption, making it easier to enforce executive orders to, oh, for example, grant amnesty to illegal aliens, or indefinitely detain political enemies, or expand domestic surveillance.
All part of the plan...
The main impact of the midterm election in the modern era has been to weaken the president, the only government official (other than the powerless vice president) elected by the entire nation. Since the end of World War II, the president’s party has on average lost 25 seats in the House and about 4 in the Senate as a result of the midterms. This is a bipartisan phenomenon — Democratic presidents have lost an average of 31 House seats and between 4 to 5 Senate seats in midterms; Republican presidents have lost 20 and 3 seats, respectively.And we can't let a silly thing like popular disapproval get in the way of the president's agenda, now can we? Worst of all, says Schanzer, the voters who take the trouble to show up at mid-term elections, unlike the presidential elections, tend to be -- horror of horrors! -- White! And that just won't do:
Another quirk is that, during midterm elections, the electorate has been whiter, wealthier, older and more educated than during presidential elections. Biennial elections require our representatives to take this into account, appealing to one set of voters for two years, then a very different electorate two years later.After all, what would become of the country if we allow more input from Whiter, wealthier, and more educated citizens? It's the poorer, less educated voters who reliably vote for Big Government. So the best way to diminish the influence of White voters is to scrap the current election process and reconstruct it into one that puts even more emphasis on the office of the
Monday, November 3, 2014
How much do State legislatures matter these days? A lot. DC is so bogged down by its own dead weight that it can't get anything done -- that is, other than launch another useless war. So who's solving problems at home these days? The answer, increasingly, is the people of the States through their closest representatives. The trend is so robust that even the left-leaning Salon Magazine can't help but notice it:
If there’s one truth of divided government, it’s that the most significant legislative action often happens on the state level instead of in gridlocked Washington. While the U.S. Congress has been bogged down in a morass, state legislatures with single-party rule have been hopping. In the last few years, for instance, the Republicans who control Texas’ legislature and governorship have passed bills banning abortion after 20 weeks, tightening regulations on abortion clinics, reducing the number of required standardized tests for students, running the table on tort reform, and requiring photo ID to vote. And just like Republicans running for federal office are expecting a wave or wavelet of sorts next week, their state-level counterparts are aiming to take control of a few more legislative chambers—potentially with substantial policy consequences.As DC sinks into obscurity and irrelevance, power will necessarily devolve to the local level. It happened in the USSR, and it's happening in the USSA.
Over at The Imaginative Conservative, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg sees a dangerous trend gathering momentum. In the name of "tolerance," all must bow before the regnant ideology of equality. Since no culture or lifestyle can be superior to another, citizens must not just tolerate but embrace even the most bizarre lifestyle choices. Idaho, of all places, provides a disturbing case in point:
Who can really imagine an age that does not flinch at the absurdity of the charges against David and Evelyn Knapp, a couple married for forty-seven years. They are Christian ministers and run a wedding chapel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. They refused to perform a “same sex wedding” because it goes against their Christian beliefs. They have been sued. In the lawsuit they are threatened with penalties wildly out of proportion to any imaginary offense. By the misapplication of the anti-discrimination law, the Knapps are threatened with three years of jail time and a seven-thousand-dollar fine if they refuse to perform a “gay wedding” within the week. If they refuse for thirty days. they risk fourteen years in jail and $30,000 in fines. And if they refuse for a year, they risk jail for 180 years and fines exceeding $365,000.Don't want to provide the venue to celebrate a same-sex "marriage"? Jail time for you. And a hefty fine. Now that we've progressed past the old idea of a "nation" as a political entity inhabited by a people sharing a common history, language, and culture, the only thing that unites us is an approved ideology. So if you don't mouth the proper thoughts, you are an outsider. You might even be a threat. Freedom of conscience and the right to dissent stand revealed as nothing more than instruments of the heteronormative patriarchy. Such notions are based not on proper thought, but on hate. Rummelsburg sees the public square as all but lost. The only option is to go deep underground in our homes and try to raise our children to carry on Western civilization. But how long until "privacy" becomes suspect as well, if not illegal?