by baldilocks

Originally posted at my old blog on April 12, 2008 in the months before another presidential election. Some editing and added text.

Background.

Note: I may have already re-posted this rant here at Da Tech Guy Blog. But as I watch how “conservative” fans—note the noun–of Donald Trump react to criticism of him and his past, I felt the need to post it again. Many fans like the fact that Mr. Trump speaks without fear or apology and, I agree that this is an admirable trait. But if we conservatives are supposed to vote for a person because of his conservative-sounding words and are to discount the past words and deeds which contradict that person’s present words, then fans of Barack Obama—who believed his words and ignored his past–are owed an apology.

On principle.

All too often these days, when the average person talks about principles, what they’re really talking about are their personal commodities—exchangeable for fiat and other currencies and available only to the select. Oh sure, this merchandise is labeled as “principle” but the definition of the word has become mutable–Truth become the Lie.

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Thus does the Golden Rule, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” become “do unto others as your preconceived notions would have you believe that others will do unto you.” Or does the Rule come with a codicil: “do unto others as you would have them do unto you—but only if you believe that others follow this rule.”  (The most common, of course, is: “do unto others before they do/as they have already done to you,” but at least those who abide by this perversion of the Rule have the courtesy to drop all pretense.)

Of course the Golden Rule has constraints—like all rules which exist in the realm of human imperfection. It cannot and, sometimes, should not be followed 100% of the time. There are exceptions to every single rule under the sun. But if the Rule is to be thrown out of the window every single time it gets a little difficult to follow it, then why bother to even pretend to follow it? (And, please people, on those occasions when you’re not living up to your stated principles, you could at least acknowledge that you’re falling short instead of childishly pointing at the other guy and say “well he’s not following the Rule either.”)

If your “principles” are always for sale, then call them something else, because, in spite of the Theory of Relative Definitions for Words Which Have Fixed Meanings in the Real World, they are not principles.

Call them The Family Jewels and sell them on eBay. You might fetch a high price for them.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

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In part one of the piece I talked about how the Rape & Incest exception standard is the equivalent of Klingon law on earth and used the episode Sins of the fathers  but as I looked closer at the transcript I noticed that the episode also addressed issues that’s aren’t restricted to paying for a father’s sins.

To recoup a bit for those who haven’t read part one,  Worf’s brother presumed dead and hiding under another name tells him on the enterprise that their late father has been accused of Treason & as the older brother has the 1st right to challenge this.  The Price for failure to the challenge is execution so he asks for leave to make his case, Instead Picard takes the enterprise to the Klingon home world to stand with his security chief.

Before he gets there however Worf makes a decision concerning his brother, while he is willing to risk his own life in the challenge he is not willing to risk his brother’s too (at least not outside of honorable combat).

Kern: You need a cha’Dlch to defend you. While accused, you will not be allowed combat.  I would be honoured if you chose me.
Worf: I ask you to stand with me, to be my cha’Dlch.
Kern: The two sons of Mogh! Together, we will restore the family honour.
Worf: No. For the proceedings, you will not reveal your true father.
Kern: I must.
Worf: You will not!
Kern: Because it would mean my death as well if you fail? A Klingon’s honour means more to him than life. Perhaps your human values have clouded your judgement. I insist.
Worf: On this ship, you are my commander and I obey. In Council chambers, you are my cha’Dlch. You do not insist. You obey.

Things quickly get interesting Kern is nearly murdered in an assassination attempt & Capt Picard takes his place.  With the help of the Enterprise crew going through both Klingon they sees something is going on:

Lt Data:  Commander, I have found the basis of the charges against Worf’s father apparently the Klingons recently captured a Romulan shipwith logs that provided new information on the attack.  They clearly indicate a transmission from the outpost to the Romulan ship moments before the shields went down.
Lt. Laforge:  From Worf’s father?
Lt Data: They do correspond to Mogh’s personal security code.
Cmdr Riker:  How can we be sure those records haven’t been  falsified?
Lt. Laforge:  We can cross-check against the Intrepid logs.
Lt Data:  I will try, but the Intrepid was at the edge of sensor range during the attack and we cannot be certain if the scan was complete.
Lt. Laforge:  Looks like a pretty good match-up Data.
Lt Data:  Both Intrepid and Romulan logs show distress signals from Khitomer.
Cmdr Riker:What’s happened there?
Lt. Laforge:  Those are gaps in the Intrepid’s logs. Missing information due to the range.
Lt Data:  That is where Mogh’s transmission should be.
Cmdr Riker: Right in the middle of the gap?
Lt. Laforge:  Wait a second, Data. Back up.  Just before the gap, the time-base on both files are in perfect sync.  But look.  What happens to the signal after the shields are dropped?
Lt Data:  They are no longer synchronous.
Lt. Laforge:  Commander somebody’s been rewriting history.

Furthermore they find a living witness to the attack which Picard, Worf’s new cha’Dlch presents to the counsel, but K’mpec the head of the Klingon High counsel pulls them into chambers before she can say a word and tells them bluntly Worf & Kern will found guilty & executed to cover for his accusers (the actual guilty parties). Picard will have none of it

Picard:Unacceptable, K’mpec!
K’mpec: You have no say in this!
Picard:I speak now as the Captain of the USS Enterprise and Lt Worf’s Commander! You will not execute a member of my crew, nor will I turn his brother over to you!
K’mpec: This is not the Federation, Picard. If you defy an order of the High Council, the alliance with the Federation could fall to dust!
Picard:The alliance with the Federation is not based on lies, K’mpec! Protect your secrets if you must, but you will not sacrifice these men.

So the high council is ready to sacrifice both Worf’s life not for the crimes of his father but to cover up for a bad decision (the decision to lie) driven by their fears for the future.  At this point Worf  throws everyone for a loop.

Worf:I will die for the Empire.
Picard:Lieutenant…
Worf: The cha’Dlch will be silent! Allow my brother to return to his life. Only you need know his true bloodline.

So Worf willingly offers his life for his brother, but the offer is rejected because Kren would seek revenge so Worf finally offers to accept “disaccommodation” basically a guilty plea and personal dishonor a fate wore than death for a Klingon, for the life of his brother and leaves the planet in a state of disgrace he doesn’t deserve

It would be the basis for many great storylines but for the sake of our discussion the important thing is this.

The Counsel is ready to kill him and worse not for any crime but to hide the crimes of others and to spare themselves the embarrassment of their decision not to deal with an unpleasant and unexpected reality.

Isn’t that what most abortion is all about?

The typical person getting an abortion is a person who has chosen to be sexually active, had consensual sex,  and has either failed to use the incredibly available, very inexpensive,  methods of birth control or failed to use it properly, and doesn’t want to deal with the normal designed biological result of human intercourse , pregnancy,  due to embarrassment or expense or personal plans.

That person is not a victim or someone dealing with a disease, they are not seeking “healthcare” They are countering the human body acting normally to their choice to be sexually active.

To that person the life of the child does not trump those considerations

Maybe they lets the culture push them to it, maybe they got pressure from family, friends and the father, maybe they aren’t aware of the many forms of help such as Belmont Abby’s marvelous  miria via but no matter how you slice it.  The mother who aborts takes K’Mpec’s path seeking their own immediate comfort (a false comfort that doesn’t last).

Thus does a parent demand that their child and all that child’s future descendants pay with their lives for said parent’s decisions.

The fictional Klingon High counsel would approve.  It’s a disgrace that so many real humans do as well.

This morning while figuring out what I want to say today I read two posts that clicked in my mind exactly how to explain the GOP establishment.

One of them was at Instapundit and linked to a piece by Nate Silver at Five Thirty Eight on Donald Trump & Polls titled One less reason to be skeptical of Trump.

He listed reasons to be skeptical of Trump success and added one that was not data driven saying he expected the GOP Establishment to do all it could to stop him:

But so far, the party isn’t doing much to stop Trump. Instead, it’s making such an effort against Cruz. Consider:

  • The governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad, said he wanted Cruz defeated.
  • Bob Dole warned of “cataclysmic” losses if Cruz was the nominee, and said Trump would fare better.
  • Mitch McConnell and other Republicans senators have been decidedly unhelpful to Cruz when discussing his constitutional eligibility to be president.
  • An anti-Cruz PAC has formed, with plans to run advertisements in Iowa. (By contrast, no PAC advertising has run against Trump so far in January.)

You can find lots of other examples like these. It’s the type of coordinated, multifront action that seems right out of the “The Party Decides.” If, like me, you expected something like this to happen to Trump instead of Cruz, you have to revisit your assumptions. Thus, I’m now much less skeptical of Trump’s chances of becoming the nominee.

Now let’s look at Pastor George Kelly’s of my magnificent seven’s piece Is he or She a Conservative.  It’s the piece that precedes the one you’re reading now on this blog and notes the records of four candidates Rubio, Cruz, Trump and Carson. It’s Rubio & Cruz that I am thinking of here.

  • Senator Marco Rubio possesses a lifetime (ACU) score of 98%. One would venture to say that Mr. Rubio’s impeccable conservative credentials should be beyond dispute.

Alas, this is not the case.

Senator Rubio committed for many Immigration Hawks the unpardonable sin by supporting the GANG of 8’s Immigration Reform measures.  For this he has obtained the wrath of Boarder Security Conservatives.

Nevertheless, Mr. Rubio has been in the Senate for four (4) years and his voting record and public service testify that he is a True Conservative.

State Representative Marco Rubio was Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives when he mounted a race for the US Senate and ran against former Republican Governor Charlie Crist.

Mr. Rubio ran as a Tea Party Conservative; this writer is shocked and somewhat baffled over how anyone could call Marco Rubio “an establishment Republican.”

I’ve actually wondered that myself, I think what’s cost Rubio has been his attempts to spin what he did (or rather the spin of some of his supporters) instead of just saying.  Boy I tanked that didn’t I?  Pastor Kelly continues with Ted Cruz (who I’ve endorsed)

  • A look at Senator Ted Cruz of Texas’s (ACU) scores is equally impressive: Senator Cruz has a lifetime rating of 100%!  This is an astounding voting percentage (two years of Senatorial service).

Mr. Cruz is an intellectual wonder who graduated with distinction from both Princeton and Harvard Law School.

A similarity of both Senators reminds Conservatives of how far they have come since President Obama became President:  Both of these Senators are products of “The Tea Party Movement”; and both men ran against the Republican establishment.

A brief look at the two young Senators (Rubio & Cruz) is a testimony to the Intellectual and Political transformation that has affected our nation since William F. Buckley, Jr. founded “National Review” in 1955.

As the old song states, “You’ve come a Long Way Baby!”

Both Misters Rubio and Cruz are certifiably “CONSERVATIVE!

Now lets consider one other thing.  As Mr. Silver the party establishment is going all out to destroy Ted Cruz in Iowa.  At the same time the big money superpac for THE establishment candidate Jeb Bush who is floundering in both Iowa and NH and currently running 4th in his home state of Florida has been on an advertising blitz in NH going all out attacking not Donald Trump the leader, not Ted Cruz, not John Kasich who is supported by the Sununu family one traditional Bush family allies but Marco Rubio.

This tells me one of two things.

The Establishment GOP is still looking to nominate Bush and the plan is to take out both Cruz and Rubio early so that Jeb can be the only candidate standing as an alternative to Trump, the they can go all in against him.  Cruz gets the big guns attention because of his huge hard money advantage and incredible existing grass roots ground game in half the primary states already  & Rubio is left to Jeb’s moneybags on the theory that without a strong Iowa/NH showing he’ll can’t sustain his campaign long enough to make it to florida or be a threat afterwards leaving it Jeb vs Trump once again with the full might of the GOP ready to fight on Jeb’s side.

Under no circumstances can a conservative with the voting record of either Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz be allowed to be president.  Forget that both would be the first Hispanic to lead a major party ticket, forget Rubio’s gang of eight stuff.  We can’t take the chance that a tea party candidate be the head of the party particularly ones so solidly opposed to abortion.

Given the inability of anyone to land a punch on Trump (although Cruz’s latest ad is devastating) It’s possible that #1 is only Jeb plan.  After all the GOP establishment might be pragmatically thinking that they can’t stop Trump and the time to join is now while they can get something for it rather than later when it means nothing and his cooperation with their priorities will carry a higher price.

But given what I’ve seen of the GOP establishment in Washington , Massachusetts and particularly NH I think #2 is a pretty safe bet.

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