Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.

Benjamin Franklin

Strax: Sir, permission to express my opposition to your current apathy?
11th Doctor: Permission granted.
Strax: Sir, I am opposed to your current apathy.

Doctor Who:  The Snowmen 2012

The few days have been dominated by the Trump and Glenn Reynolds explains why in Brief

If the responsible people would talk about these issues, and take action, Trump wouldn’t take up so much space.

While the NY Post explains in more detail:

America has been the target of at least 74 Islamist plots or attacks since 9/11 — the most recent being San Bernardino. These include at least 16 in New York.

You see the problem with reality is that no amount of denial makes it less real so when Trump says

We have places in London so radicalised that police are afraid for their lives.’

no amount of pushback

Within moments the Met Police, Prime Minister David Cameron, and the clownish Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, jumped to defend the reputation of the UK and distance themselves from this glaring truth.

Changes the actual truth:

A Lancashire Police officer told MailOnline: ‘There are Muslim areas of Preston that, if we wish to patrol, we have to contact local Muslim community leaders to get their permission’. 

One officer from Yorkshire said on the online forum Police.Community: ‘I’m not allowed to travel in half blues to work anymore IN MY OWN CAR as we’re ‘All at risk of attack’ – yet as soon as someone points out the obvious it’s ‘divisive.’

that real people live.

And people will continue to live these truths until someone shakes them out of their apathy.

 

I used to frequent Princeton’s Trinity Church years ago, and one powerful reason was their excellent music.

The local Catholic church, alas, played dreadful pseudo-folksy guitar-strumming stuff I would not call music, but Trinity’s music director, Dr. Andrew Shenton, did a magnificent job with the choir, and for a recessional would often play Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor.

It was a revelation, and a feast.

The pastor, Leslie Smith, loved William Blake, and among the beautiful hymns he selected, Jerusalem (you can see it performed in Elgar’s full orchestration at the last royal wedding) stood out. Jerusalem has been called a poem of struggle:

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England’s mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On England’s pleasant pastures seen!

And did the Countenance Divine,
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here,
Among these dark Satanic Mills?

Bring me my Bow of burning gold;
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire!

I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand:
Till we have built Jerusalem,
In England’s green & pleasant Land

Anglican Church tradition holds that a young Jesus traveled to England with his uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a merchant. The Anglicans view Jerusalem as a metaphor for Heaven. So far, so good, but, what about those “dark Satanic Mills”?

What does that phrase mean?

Wikipedia lists several interpretations:
– The mills of the industrial revolution, one of which went up in flames near Blake’s home,
– The church establishment’s doctrine of conformity to the established social order and class system,
– Or,

rather something more abstract: “the starry Mills of Satan/ Are built beneath the earth and waters of the Mundane Shell…To Mortals thy Mills seem everything, and the Harrow of Shaddai / A scheme of human conduct invisible and incomprehensible”

Much has been written about it, but, as I see it, Jerusalem encapsulates several Western values: a Judeo-Christian tradition, a poem of the Romantic period, stirring use of language, pride in England’s land and heritage, and the individual’s quest for a better spiritual state.

In the 21st Century, Jerusalem has been banned as being too nationalistic. One key word jumps out: banned.

Which brings me back to my question, what about those “dark Satanic Mills”? Should the banning of Jerusalem, and similar acts of political correctness, be considered one of the “dark Satanic Mills” of our times?

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

People are still going on in on the factious “Trump is a racist” meme while ignoring the fact that his critique was less about muslims than about the government vetting process.

Consider, despite supposedly complete vetting a terrorist who has apparently been planning an attack in the US for some time managed to launch a fatal attack killing two dozen americans one week after the President told us there was no sign of an imminent attack.

This being the case it would seem to be completely logical for the US government in general and the people whose job it is to vet immigrants for potential terrorists in particular to “figure out what’s going on.”

Somehow that logical conclusion is considered racism.

So let’s once again try to explain this in way people can understand:

If you have a Limo company and for some reason your mechanics screw up repairs on every Ford you have them fix, would you get mad at the guy applying for a job as supervisor who says. “Those guys shouldn’t be maintaining the Fords til they can figure out what what’s going on”

The conversation should be: “What the hell is wrong with our vetting procedure” not “Donald Trump is a racist for pointing out there is something wrong with our vetting procedure.”

But then again that would be pointing out a failure in the Obama administration and that’s not allowed is it?

How much effort would it take for the GOP to point out that if our vetting system was working properly then this entire question would be moot and attack Democrats over it and more importantly why do I have to explain it to these idiots?