Drug cartels have a full panoply of false gods.

The best-known in the wide-ranging and impressive array is Our Lady of the Assassins, made famous by a popular novel that was later made into a movie. She’s also known as Santa Muerte, a grim reaper figure which even turned up in Breaking Bad,

The most recent is The Infant Huachicolero, essentially a baby Jesus with a jerry can, an image promoted by gangs in Puebla, Mexico. Huachicoleros illegally tap oil pipelines, stealing fuel for cheap resale – a business which, according to the BBC, has become Mexico’s second-biggest organized crime after drug trafficking.

A Google search for religious imagery and drug cartels yields almost 250,000 results, among them Know Your Narco Saints: The Religious Iconography of the Drug Trade

Some of these figures are true “Narco-Saints,” forthright patrons of illegal acts. Others are simply saints that narcos pray to, holy figures asked to intercede in unholy doings. Even Jesus and Mary are not considered beyond the pale.

It’s hardly surprising that cartels would be willing to exploit this tradition of the Catholic Church for their purposes. For instance, San Ramon Nonato (Saint Raymond Nonnatus), patron saint

of the the secrecy of the confessional, of priests keeping their mouths shut. In narco culture, that secrecy is extended to more secular arenas. Namely, police interview rooms and witnesses boxes at the courthouse. “If you get arrested you’re gonna pray to this saint hoping that your witness or whoever is gonna testify against you will be silent and keep the secret of your dirty deed,” says Garza. Petitioners sometimes offer padlocks at San Ramon’s altar, or place tape across his mouth.

How better to broadcast the message “keep your mouth shut”?

Juliette points out for the need to fill the space of your soul, and she quotes Mark Steyn’s essay, The Triumph of Amoral Will, (emphasis added)

A republic requires virtue, and the decline of virtue is accompanied necessarily by the decline of the concept of evil, and its substitution by exculpatory analysis of the “motives” of evil. A more useful conversation would be on what it takes to remove the most basic societal inhibition – including the instinctive revulsion that would prevent most of us from taking the lives of strangers, including in this case eighteen-month-old babies.

Like at the cartels,

That inhibition is weaker in the dar al-Islam, because of Islam’s institutional contempt for “the other” (unbelievers) but also because of the rewards promised in the afterlife. Thus, violence is sanctioned by paradise. That is the precise inversion of our society, and yet the weakening of inhibition seems to be proceeding here, too.

“One should not underestimate the effectiveness of cultural pressures,” Steyn states. Whether in dar-al-Islam or narcostates or anywhere, when the culture eliminates virtue, a republic cannot sustain itself.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog

Local Elections

Keep everything hazy in his mind now, and you will have all eternity wherein to amuse yourself by producing in him the peculiar kind of clarity which Hell affords.

The Screwtape Letters II

Despite some very public divisions and gaffe’s over the last week in Virginia Democrats finally got a victory they were looking for and more. It very much looks like they will manage to take back a state legislature.

Some of the races are so close it might take a few days to see if it happens but if it does so be it. Although I suspect the people of Virginia will quickly find out that no amount of running as a moderate will keep a democrat from voting like a socialist.

Additionally Democrats have won races in CT and NJ as well as keeping the Mayor’s seat in New York City, but there seems to be something missing.

No matter how hard you look on the net there doesn’t seem to be any sign of conservatives or even establishment republicans breaking out in tears, making pathetic videos on youtube, rioting and toppling statues, torching limos or running around in hats shaped like genitals loudly proclaiming that (insert candidate name here) is not MY mayor, or representative or governor.

That’s because whatever their faults (and the do-nothing GOP congress is exhibiting plenty of them) the GOP and conservatism remain the venue of civilized adults even when we lose.

I’ll be honest I’m disappointed about the results but at least that means we didn’t have to be treated to the spectacle of Democrats loudly protesting or making a scene of themselves oh wait…

Yes you read that right, the left can’t even win without protesting and heckling people, even their own victorious candidate.

But it’s their victory party and they can cry if they want to. Of course the real crying will be done by the people of Virginia and elsewhere once they rediscover the joys of being governed by Democrats unrestrained by any non rioting GOP checks and balances.

Of course if the people of Virginia and elsewhere have decided they wanted to vote for that uniquely socialistic Democrat combination of tax raising, budget busting, business killing regulations, lax law enforcement and using the courts to force the will of the SJW class on pain of destruction on the people rest assured our friends in the Democrat party will be delighted to give it to them good and hard.

In fact if they didn’t want that it, too bad, in a republic you always get the government you deserve, and boy are these people gonna get it, whether they like it or not.


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