Archive for March, 2005
A Kennedy announced that he would not run for Senate against one of the few remaining liberal Republicans in the Senate. He said he could better serve his constituents as a member of the House Appropriations Committee.
He may be right.
A liberal Republican or a John McCain does more good for the liberal cause than any outright liberal Democrat.
But the point of this blog entry is to make clear how important a seat on the House Appropriations Committee is.
In the House of Representatives, a new member must make a critical choice. He can serve on two committees or he can serve on the Appropriations Committee and no other. If he takes a seat on the Appropriations Committee, he must choose one subcommittee he will serve on.
It takes decades for the congressman to become a senior member of that particular subcommittee.
He is on no other committee.
Does this give you some idea of how critical that one seat on one appropriations subcommittee is?
When the chairman of an appropriations subcommittee recommends something, he normally gets his way. When the subcommittee chairman and the ranking minority member agree on something, they ALWAYS get their way.
There is a House Appropriations Subcommittee called HUD-Independent Agencies. The “Independent Agencies” includes the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
The chairman and ranking member of the HUD-Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee dedicated ALL of their seniority to that one subcommittee.
In 1978 the chairman and ranking Republican were both liberals whose only interest was getting money for HUD – Housing and Urban Development. They did NOT want money spent on space. The Republican wanted HUD money from HUD for his urban district in Pennsylvania.
So the chairman and the ranking member agreed to stop the Hubble Telescope and all of the Jupiter by-flights. They tried to hurry it up so the pro-space community couldn’t rally its supporters.
I stopped them. We beat them on the House floor by a vote of 318-83 after I got a weekend delay so that 400,000 telegrams could be sent by the pro-space grassrooters.
If you know about the House you will never know that that kind of kick in the teeth to the Appropriations subcommittee chairman AND the ranking minority member NEVER happens.
I made it happen.
And I am just a little proud of it.
It is not important, but the little nine-year-old girl who got raped and murdered by the repeat child molester got buried, and the funeral was very briefly reported on the Fox News Network.
Terri Schiavo dominates the news. Another few hundred children will be raped and some murdered this week.
I have read the Screwtape Letters many, many times. This is a short book. Not only that, but it is divided into short letters from the senior demon Screwtape down in Hell to his nephew Wormwood who was on earth tempting a human being.
I enjoy a writer who makes his points bluntly and quickly.
CS Lewis wrote the Screwtape Letters to demonstrate what Jesus was talking about by showing what someone on the opposite side would say.
Like Jesus, Screwtape had only one focus. His only concern was the salvation or damnation of the soul of a single human being. One fascinating thing about the book is that it was written at the beginning of World War II, but Screwtape couldn’t care less which side won.
CS Lewis was writing in World War II England, but he kept saying that that war was not all that important.
In fact Screwtape referred to World War II as “what humans call The War.”
To Screwtape there was only one real War, the one between Hell and Jesus. Again and again he warned Wormwood against worrying about which side should win. Wormwood’s job was to damn a soul.
Jesus kept saying that, over and over: “The poor we have always with us.”
“What profits it for a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”
One of the many things Jesus said that would get him kicked out of most churches was:
“My Kingdom is not of this world.”
But today we are told over and over that Jesus’ Kingdom is dedicated not only to this world, but to a tiny strip of this world, the Holy Land.
Screwtape would certainly approve of THAT.
Screwtape kept telling Wormwood that Christianity was harmless as long as it was what he called “Christianity AND….” If a person could be diverted into worrying about “Christianity AND the Crisis,” his religion would get off of individual salvation. A Christian can be diverted to worshipping the Bible or the Holy Land or Social Justice or worrying about creationism or anything else in THIS world.
Any of those things keeps the person from seeing his faith as a means of salvation. A person can dedicate his entire life to that sort of thing, said Screwtape, and still end up “In Our Father’s House.”
Screwtape’s “Our Father” was Satan.
The road to salvation, said Screwtape, is strait and narrow. All Wormwood had to do was to lead a human off onto a side path.
One thing Screwtape referred to was something every demon-in-training learned: “The standard parade-ground exercise of appearing as an Angel of Light.” The demon used this disguise as he stood on a path which led away from the strait and narrow. He looked like an Angel of Light showing that this way, saving the Holy Land, feeding the poor, fighting creationism, was the Way to Heaven.
If knowing the Old Testament was the key to salvation, Satan would be a saint.
Jesus offered forgiveness with an open hand:
“Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Did God reply, “No way, Son.”?
Damning a soul is not as easy as most “Christians” think. They hand out damnation with an open hand.
One of the two people Jesus specifically said was damned was the High Priest who had led a completely holy life and who knew the Bible almost as well as Satan did. He was everything today’s “Christians” say a man of the Holy Land should be.
But he was damned. He found a path that was not simply asking for forgiveness. Salvation was a minor concern among all his virtues.
As Screwtape would say, “He is now in Our Father’s House.”
That is not where I want to go, so I don’t want to be in today’s churches.
Any of them.
I have never met any other Christian who feels the slightest guilt about how Christians caused so much agony and death by retarding medicine.
I repeat: when Jenner introduced vaccination against smallpox, every preacher in London denounced him. They caused thousands of deaths and, worse, they caused thousands of people to go through life horribly scarred and often crippled by small pox.
Who took Schiavo off of life support? Who put her ON life support?
This is going to make “Christians” furious. No other anti-liberal is going to ask it because asking this question alienates the “Christian” right.
That is the reason Bob Whitaker is here. I will not back down for popularity with ANYBODY.
First, I like that pseudonym. It reminds me of one of Bob Twain’s quips on David Duke’s program. He referred to illegal aliens as “Jose and Jos-B.”
Second, Antonio’s comment reminds me of a source I have of how people really think: a comment on a sitcom.
It was on the show “Good Times” about a black family in the ghetto. Their son was living with a white girl, and her Yuppie parents came over to see them. The parents of the white girl were all for it.
The show’s star, the mother of the black boy, said her son and their daughter weren’t married and were living together and she didn’t like that.
They said that was OK by them.
She said her son couldn’t support their daughter.
They said that was OK.
The black mother finally burst out and said, “You don’t care if he’s black. You don’t care if they’re married. You don’t care if he can’t support her. What DO you care about?”
The answer was, of course, that the girl’s parents didn’t care about anything but their Fashionable Opinion that interracial relations were good, that poor people were virtuous, and that they had broken free of all conventional, normal feelings.
Florida didn’t want her boy around people like that and she didn’t want to be patronized.
Nobody respects a white girl who is out with a black guy.
And everybody knows what kind of moral vacuum she came from.
The Enemies of Good Things ALWAYS Claim to Be the Friends of Good Things
Again and again I hear people say, “People who say they are for freedom of speech…” or “People who talk about love and brotherhood are the ones who are the cruelest.”
My reply is, “Welcome to the real world.”
Lenin took power with slogan, “Peace, land, and bread.”
Under Lenin, the Ukraine, which had been Europe’s bread basket, starved. The Soviet Union was a hungry country from the day the Communists took power and for the seventy years of Communist rule.
Lenin’s rise to power began a civil war that was even worse than the disasters of World War I. After that the Soviet government conducted one long war against its own citizens, killing tens of millions of them.
So much for Peace and Bread. What about land?
The Soviet Government collectivized all land. In plain English, it took all the land for itself.
But there is nothing special about Communism. The Inquisition was conducted in the name of a loving Christ.
The courts tell us that the people do not matter. People born in America have no more rights than illegal immigrants. When Californians voted overwhelmingly to deny welfare to illegal immigrants the courts said they couldn’t do that.
The Supreme Court, you see, is the Constitution. The Constitution says that its only reason for existence is to secure the blessings of liberty for the people of the United States and OUR posterity.”
The Supreme Court declared that it makes no difference whether you are one of “the people of the United States” or not.
And the person who screams most about Freedom of Speech will censor every word you say in the name of Political Correctness.
In His last agonies on the Cross, Jesus said, “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.”
Saint Paul said we should be “all things to all men.” He said specifically that we should bend on matters of doctrine or ritual so that our brothers’ faith will not be weakened.
There is no one more unforgiving of doctrinal difference or of a different ritual who says he follows Christ and St. Paul.
And no one is as unforgiving as a Christian who thinks he has The Only True Faith.
Hypocrisy is not something unusual. It is routine.
Welcome to the real world.
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Pimping Pain and Suffering
Respectable Conservatives are on cloud nine. The Terry Schiavo case in Florida is something they live for. They can have a play fight with the left, and both come out ahead.
The left and the Respectable Conservatives love to sink their fangs into an issue like the Schiavo case. They could care less about the people involved, but each gets an enormous opportunity to grandstand. The left sees it as another chance to destroy common decency while the respectables can talk big and raise money on an issue that is emotionally touching and splashy but peripheral to the main issues.
Respectables and their unwitting followers get all worked up over this type of issue because it’s safe. No one can be called a racist or bigot or hater for siding with Schiavo. Common pity and sympathy are natural in such an individual case. The poor, beleagured working man with a sense of decency can give full vent to his emotions in this type of case without harming the left in any way.
Real leadership requires tough decision-making, detachment, and dedication to the big picture. Most people are incapable of this, especially with issues outside their immediate purview. That is why Jesus was so condemning of the scribes and Pharisees. They were the leaders of their day, and were living off of the people, “making merchandise” of them.
This is why Jesus told his disciples that the “greatest is the servant of all.” He was talking about LEADERSHIP. A real leader serves his people by doing what is best for them, regardless of the cost to himself.
A Respectable helps himself to a big serving of his people.
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Real People Suffer
The Schiavo case is a real tragedy for the families involved. It is shameful that their personal suffering is made into a political and media circus act.
Few people relate to abstract ideas. People relate to other people, and that is why these personal cases create such attraction.
The influence of TV and other media has warped this very human trait all out of perspective. That is why Congress and the Supreme Court and the President must all weigh in on this case and “do something!”
Anyone who believes a country can be governed adequately in this manner is out of his mind. It takes someone like Ole Bob to point this out.
When there is a natural disaster like the Florida hurricanes last year, the Governor and the President must immediately get on a helicopter and rush to the scene. Why? What good can they accomplish? They are wasting thousands of dollars and impeding the efforts to alleviate REAL suffering by REAL people. All for a dog and pony show.
Meanwhile back on planet earth, in fact in the same state of Florida, a little girl is brutally raped and murdered by a repeat “sex offender.” The life of a family is torn apart because the left has succeeded in keeping these animals out of the electric chair and putting them back into REAL neighborhoods where they can prey on REAL people.
Oh, you’ll hear Respectable Conservatives pound their fists about bringing back the death penalty and keeping these people locked up. But will you ever hear one remind a leftist who got them back on the streets in the first place?
Here is a well-written description of what REAL people suffer. It is part of an account of a young female “whigger” that is worth reading.
Notice how this young girl acts just like a “Respectable Conservative.” Think about how many REAL little girls are ending up like this, because “Respectable Conservatives” have let the left lead us down this path.
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Cases that are novel and shocking grab the media headlines. People are drawn to them like moths to a flame. That is part of our nature. It is easily exploited.
It is horrible when a child is murdered. It is heart-rending to see a case like the Schiavo one.
But what can we say when we have thousands and thousands of our young people slowly destroyed right under our noses? Having Daddy’s little girl become a wretched little whore over a ten year period is not a headline grabber. Yet we all see these works in progress every single day.
So while we have Respectable Conservatives and leftists and everybody else screaming and wailing over a brain-dead woman, we have thousands and thousands of our little girls being turned into brain-dead little tramps, and thousands and thousands of our little boys being turned into brain-dead animals.
Think about this when you watch Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly or your favorite respectable rail about the latest circus act. What are they saying about the little girls you see every day?
When the dust settles on the Schiavo case, and before the next one arrives, take some time to think about what is really being accomplished.
(Reprinted to Blog from email list of 3/26/05)
*** Bob’s Insider’s Message ***
My articles this week are focused on the real story that is obscured by the “news.” It is a sign of the steady degeneration of our people that more and more sensational stories are required to get attention.
The left knows that they must keep up a steady pace, and work diligently everyday for their aims. They simply refuse to let up on their agenda, especially when a national opportunity arises to provide a wider platform. The Respectable Conservatives only see an opportunity to roll over for a few tidbits, just like well-trained puppies.
If we are going to make any progress, we have to recognize that the steady approach is the way to win. Hold our ground, and take back enemy turf inch by inch. I have focused on the colleges and universities as the key to breaking the power base of the left.
But every institution is being subverted by the left. The respectables provide the cover, diverting the fire of the decent folks to wear down and demoralize them. It happens over and over and over again.
I’m sure it is tiring to hear me repeat the point, but it sure is tiring to have to repeat it over and over. WOL readers are way ahead of the average American, and it is up to those of us who know the score to keep our eyes on the ball.
Do what you can, where you can. Every little bit helps.
If you don’t know what to do in your particular situation, for God’s sake, at least don’t give any credence to the leftist – respectable side shows.