This past Tuesday marked 231st anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.  Every year this date should be celebrated by everyone because of the most remarkable nature of that document, which was responsible for this country becoming the freest and wealthiest that ever existed.  Instead the Constitution is held in such ill regard by so many simply because of the indoctrination they received in college, high school, the media, and from friends.  The most common insult hurled at the Constitution is that it is a racist document with the Three-Fifths Compromise as the most damning evidence.  Frederick Douglass debunked that claim back in 1860 when he gave this speech before the Glasgow Emancipation Society.

In this quote he states the purpose of his speech was to refute the false claim that the Constitution is a proslavery document:

The very eloquent lecturer at the City Hall doubtless felt some embarrassment from the fact that he had literally to give the Constitution a pro-slavery interpretation; because upon its face it of itself conveys no such meaning, but a very opposite meaning. He thus sums up what he calls the slaveholding provisions of the Constitution. I quote his own words: — “Article 1, section 9, provides for the continuance of the African slave trade for the 20 years, after the adoption of the Constitution. Art. 4, section 9, provides for the recovery from the other States of fugitive slaves. Art. 1, section 2, gives the slave States a representation of the three-fifths of all the slave population; and Art. 1, section 8, requires the President to use the military, naval, ordnance, and militia resources of the entire country for the suppression of slave insurrection, in the same manner as he would employ them to repel invasion.

In this next quote he discredits the claim that the Three-Fifths Compromise is racist.  He notes that it only applies to slaves, not free blacks, and that is was an incentive for freeing slaves.

It is a downright disability laid upon the slaveholding States; one which deprives those States of two-fifths of their natural basis of representation. A black man in a free State is worth just two-fifths more than a black man in a slave State, as a basis of political power under the Constitution. Therefore, instead of encouraging slavery, the Constitution encourages freedom by giving an increase of “two-fifths” of political power to free over slave States. So much for the three-fifths clause; taking it at is worst, it still leans to freedom, not slavery; for, be it remembered that the Constitution nowhere forbids a coloured man to vote.

Frederick Douglass stated in this quote that the Constitution abolishing the slave trade 20 years after ratification was meant to end slavery. .

Men, at that time, both in England and in America, looked upon the slave trade as the life of slavery. The abolition of the slave trade was supposed to be the certain death of slavery. Cut off the stream, and the pond will dry up, was the common notion at the time.

He also points out that the drafters of the Constitution believed that slavery was a dying institution.  At the time of the drafting of the Constitution slavery was not working economically and was collapsing.  It was the invention of the Cotton Gin that made slavery work economically and extended that despicable institution.  It was not invented until after the ratification of the Constitution.  He notes that abolishing the slave trade would have hastened slavery’s demise.

All regarded slavery as an expiring and doomed system, destined to speedily disappear from the country. But, again, it should be remembered that this very provision, if made to refer to the African slave trade at all, makes the Constitution anti-slavery rather than for slavery; for it says to the slave States, the price you will have to pay for coming into the American Union is, that the slave trade, which you would carry on indefinitely out of the Union, shall be put an end to in twenty years if you come into the Union. Secondly, if it does apply, it expired by its own limitation more than fifty years ago. Thirdly, it is anti-slavery, because it looked to the abolition of slavery rather than to its perpetuity. Fourthly, it showed that the intentions of the framers of the Constitution were good, not bad.

Frederick Douglass answers the claim that the framers of the Constitution wrote a proslavery and racist document that did not extend its benefits and protections to those of color.

But it has been said that Negroes are not included within the benefits sought under this declaration. This is said by the slaveholders in America — it is said by the City Hall orator — but it is not said by the Constitution itself. Its language is “we the people;” not we the white people, not even we the citizens, not we the privileged class, not we the high, not we the low, but we the people; not we the horses, sheep, and swine, and wheel-barrows, but we the people, we the human inhabitants; and, if Negroes are people, they are included in the benefits for which the Constitution of America was ordained and established. But how dare any man who pretends to be a friend to the Negro thus gratuitously concede away what the Negro has a right to claim under the Constitution? Why should such friends invent new arguments to increase the hopelessness of his bondage? This, I undertake to say, as the conclusion of the whole matter, that the constitutionality of slavery can be made out only by disregarding the plain and common-sense reading of the Constitution itself; by discrediting and casting away as worthless the most beneficent rules of legal interpretation; by ruling the Negro outside of these beneficent rules; by claiming that the Constitution does not mean what it says, and that it says what it does not mean; by disregarding the written Constitution, and interpreting it in the light of a secret understanding

The Constitution would not have been completed or ratified without the Three-Fifths Compromise, resulting in either a split into two countries or a break up into many smaller countries.  Would the slaves have fared better?  Frederick Douglass answers that question here:

My argument against the dissolution of the American Union is this: It would place the slave system more exclusively under the control of the slaveholding States, and withdraw it from the power in the Northern States which is opposed to slavery.

Although odious on the surface, you can see from the quote that the Three-Fifths Compromise was in the long run meant to be a positive.

Nyder: We must keep the Kaled race pure. Imperfects are rejected. Some of them survive out there.
4th Doctor: That’s a very harsh policy.
Harry Sullivan: It’s horrible.
Nyder: Your views are not important.

Doctor Who Genesis of the Daleks 1975

If you are familiar with history you might be aware of the “one Drop” principle meaning that if a person had a single drop of black or Indian blood they were considered nonwhite (in Virginia descendants of Pocahontas were explicitly exempt the “Pocahontas Exception” in the The Racial Integrity Act of 1924.)

Well it seems that all things that are old are new again, the party that brought us the one drop rule now returns with the one dollar rule, the one meal rule or the one word rule.

did you give a dollar to a GOP candidate or a cause not endorsed today by the left? Then you are a person to be boycotted no matter how many dollars you have given to the left.

Did a GOP member come to eat at your restaurant? Well you not only have to eject them but you have to follow them to the next restaurant to confirm your woke bona fides .

It’s not even enough to publicly make an issue of the faith of a Conservative mother of seven up for a judgeship. If you aren’t woke enough then we don’t want you anymore.

And I’ll have you know that these rules are not just for the great and powerful:

When my callouts were met with approval and admiration, I was lavished with praise: “Thank you so much for speaking out!” “You’re so brave!” “We need more men like you!”

Then one day, suddenly, I was accused of some of the very transgressions I’d called out in others. I was guilty, of course: There’s no such thing as due process in this world. And once judgment has been rendered against you, the mob starts combing through your past, looking for similar transgressions that might have been missed at the time. I was now told that I’d been creating a toxic environment for years at my workplace; that I’d been making the space around me unsafe through microaggressions and macroaggressions alike.

Social justice is a surveillance culture, a snitch culture. The constant vigilance on the part of my colleagues and friends did me in. That’s why I’m delivering sushi and pizza.

As opposed to the old job:

I once had a well paid job in what might be described as the social justice industry. Then I upset the wrong person, and within a short window of time, I was considered too toxic for my employer’s taste. I was publicly shamed, mobbed, and reduced to a symbol of male privilege. I was cast out of my career and my professional community.

Plus these aren’t just unofficial rules, they are becoming official in places

Using the wrong pronoun could turn into a firing offense at the University of Minnesota.

The U is considering a new “gender identity” policy that would assure transgender men and women, as well as others, the right to use whatever pronoun they wish on campus — whether it’s he, she, “ze” or something else.

And everyone from professors to classmates would be expected to call them by the right words or risk potential disciplinary action, up to firing or expulsion.

These kind of rules

In fact say one nice word about a conservative and you have to backtrack quickly.

This is where we are, and ask yourself this.

If this is how the left acts out of power, where the tiniest gesture of civilized behavior toward those who you disagree with is an act to be avenged, what do you think these people will do if they have power in government?

One of the reasons why I enjoy conducting interviews is the amount I learn but occasionally such knowledge comes at the price of some startling revelations. I had such a moment in the latest interview in my “Interviews with Immigrants” series.

A week ago Tuesday I spoke to Maria, a woman in her late 40 to early 50’s (you didn’t REALLY expect me to ask her age did you?) she something that delighted me, then shocked me, then really brought the Sarah Sanders/Maxine Waters business into focus.

I asked her when she decided to move to the US, she answered talking about visiting her sister in Leominster Ma back in 2003. She was sitting by a pond/lake seeing some young boys and men around and suddenly realized that she felt completely safe, even around these strangers. She had no worries about being robbed, attacked, shot or worse and decided. “This is where I want to live.”

There was joy in her face when she said it which I took a great pleasure and pride it.  This is exactly what the 4th of July is all about…

…but then a bell rang in my head concerning something I had noticed at work for a while.  The Spanish-speaking women when coming from or going to break routinely interlocked their arms with the woman walking next to them. I always thought it looked rather odd, but when Maria brought up her feelings of safety it suddenly clicked that it might be a habit developed for safety from the days before they came here.

I asked both Maria and Christian, our 20-year-old translator about it and they confirmed this was routinely done by woman as a necessary safety measure both in her home country of the Dominican Republic and in Puerto Rico where he was from.

To me the implication of this was horrifying. but it was consistent with three interviews I conducted with people from Iraq, El Salvador and now the Dominican Republic.  In each case women and men commented on the idea of feeling safe here in America compared to their home countries.

This safety in everyday life was a precious thing to them and a powerful draw of America, but I and millions like me took it as the normal state of events, something to be taken for granted.

And that’s when the full horror of the Sanders/Waters business hit me.

We have people on the left, for the sake of winning a few political points and virtue signaling,  putting this safety at risk by trying to expel those they disagree with politically from places of public accommodation and encouraging others to threaten and harass such people both in public and at their homes.

These are tactics that invite a response. I guarantee you well armed Trump voters aren’t going to let themselves or their families get threatened, hurt or killed so Democrats can feel better about themselves or score points with their base. Nor is it likely once Democrats regain power (as they eventually will) that said well armed Trump votes will give those who demanded their harassment a pass in public spaces.  Once this happens it will go from being a fringe to becoming the norm and the ability to go to a shop, eat at a restaurant or even sit at home is safety as a matter of course will become a memory.

This is what fools are throwing away for the sake of anti-Trump obsession and once that safety that you’ve been taking for granted for your entire life, the safety that brought Maria, Alvin and Hanna such joy is gone, it will be hard to get it back.

We still have time to stop this before it happens but I fear they will not realize what they’ve lost till it’s long gone.


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“Mr. President, if we understand you correctly, you think that we of the Confederacy have committed treason; that we are traitors to your government, that we have forfeited our rights and are proper subjects for the hangman. Is that not about what your words imply?”

There was a pause while they waited for Lincoln’s answer, and presently he gave it.

“Yes” he said. “You have stated the proposition better than I did. That is about the size of it.”

Shelby Foote The Civil War a Narrative Red River to Appomattox Page 777

Yesterday’s news of mobs harassing a government official at home and of a business refusing to serve Trump supporters brought to mind a pair of last month’s pieces, one on Israel and one about the left’s comments on that NYT piece on the necessary of not treating conservatives like asses in order to win some votes, there is one that unpleasant fact needs to be said out loud.

The is a growing faction in the modern left would very much like to violently suppress us, they wish that the cultural revolution could happen here and voices that violate their safe spaces could be permanently silenced. I believe they would happily hold us responsible for our own extermination just as they blame Israelis for failing to allow themselves to be killed by the Arabs in Gaza and roundly blamed Pam Geller and Robert Spencer for the terror attack in Garland targeting them for death.

The only reason why they can’t and the reason they can’t is the 2nd Amendment. You can’t exterminate an armed populace unless you are willing to die and while the abandonment of Christianity and disbelief in hell makes justifying mass murder easier, the abandonment of the belief in an afterlife also disincentives being willing to die to kill an enemy.

A generation ago such member of the left were the fringe of the fringe, now they are an integral part of the Democrat party

Any conservative who willingly disarms himself is a fool.

The real Irony? Twelve Years ago before I was blogging here I wrote a long letter to Instapundit concerning Hadita that Glenn put up at a post, it concluded thus

The real danger is that we who support the war will reach the point that we say “we might as well be taken as wolves then as sheep”. At that point the left can celebrate that they have made our military and those who support it the people they claim we are. Once that happens however any compunction about respecting them will be gone, and remember one side is armed and one is not.

That is a fate that I don’t wish on any of us.

In twelve years the left has gone from demonizing our military and those who support it to demonizing conservatives, Christians and any person who has a different opinion, in short the average american. This is preciously what I warned against and is why I’ve gone from warning the left about the dangers of demonizing us to suggesting that we arm ourselves against them.

I foresee a day where a leftist mechanic “accidentally” fail to fix a conservative customer’s brake line, a leftist paramedic failing to give the proper treatment to a person in a Trump 2020 tee shirt and a leftist surgeon letting a Trump voter die on the operating table all on the grounds that they are “Nazi’s” and thus deserving of their fate, and once people on the right decide that this is a possibility then the glue that keeps this country from a violent confrontation will be wear away very quickly.

On the bright side not only is there still time to reverse this trend, but the Stacy McCain/ Amanda Marcotte Math suggests that the problem might solve itself in a generation or two, if we can last that long.

Update: That didn’t take long to prove my point:

In one respect this was a better result than the folks at that place serving her. I for one would not trust them cooking food for me and mine.

Update 2: Does nobody get this point?

It is safe to say that I’m a very voracious reader.  My primary passions, when it comes to fiction, are science fiction, horror, fantasy, and political thrillers.   I never discriminate when it comes to the political views of authors, even when their political views color their work.  Being a Libertarian, I much more closely identify with libertarian and conservative authors.  When I read books by liberal authors who infuse their views into their work I find myself debating with the author and the characters in my head as I read. This can be distracting, which is why I enjoy reading books by those on the right more.  Here are my favorite fiction authors that also happen to be on the political right:

Dean Koontz

Over the years I’ve read over thirty of his novels. There is no author whose work I enjoy more and there is no fiction author who I agree with more when it comes to political views.  Dean Koontz is very much a libertarian and those views permeate just about every one of his novels.  The heroes pretty much all expose libertarian views while the villains are most often progressives.  The central theme of most of the novels that I’ve read is– individual freedom will triumph over the forces of collectivism.

Here is how Wikipedia describes Dean Koontz:

Dean Ray Koontz (born July 9, 1945) is an American author. His novels are broadly described as suspense thrillers, but also frequently incorporate elements of horror, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and satire.

I completely agree with that description.  His books are thrillers and horror stories.  He uses his political views to color his novels.  They are not works of political fiction.  Dean Koontz is a very vocal Catholic.  His Catholic faith also permeates his novels.  Good versus evil is very often a central theme.

If you are thinking about checking out Dean Koontz, I would very much recommend “Watchers” and “Strangers.”  Those are the two novels that first got me hooked.  His “Odd Thomas” series and his “Frankenstein” series are also fantastic, along with so many of his stand alone novels.

Tom Clancy

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve reread his Jack Ryan series.  It is probably north of a dozen times.  Tom Clancy novels are political and military thrillers. The main character in the Jack Ryan series starts off as an analyst for the CIA.  Tom Clancy was very much a Reagan Conservative and he lets that shine thru very clearly in all of his novels.  In the novel “Executive Orders” President Jack Ryan discusses his political views in great detail.  They are a mixture of Thomas Jefferson and Ronald Reagan.  Tom Clancy was a Catholic and so was his main character, Jack Ryan.

Tom Clancy was a very prolific author who wrote many different series of novels.  I’ve only read the Jack Ryan series.  The first ten novels in the series were all fantastic.  After the novel “The Bear and the Dragon” this series was nowhere as good.  If you’re interested in starting the series then “Patriot Games” is the perfect novel to start with.  His standalone novel “Red Storm Rising” is one of my all time favorite novels.  This book is about a nonnuclear world war between the US and the USSR, which takes place in the mid 1980s.

Suzanne Collins

A few months ago I came across an article listing libertarian works of fiction.  Featured in this article was the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins.  Before that article I had not given those books much thought.  I heard the name of the books but considered them to be just for young adults.   After reading the article I decided to give that series a whirl.   I’m not ashamed to admit that I enjoyed the series so much that I read it three times and have watched all of the movies.

The author of the article was correct about this series having a libertarian message.  The series is set in the future where the part of the world that used to be the United States is now part of a country called Panem.  This country is made up of twelve districts which are oppressed by an extremely tyrannical central government.  The main character, Katniss Everdeen, accidently ignites a rebellion then becomes a central figure in the rebellion.  Overthrowing an oppressive government and restoring individual freedom is the central theme.  During the third book Katniss overhears a discussion between two central characters about who should lead the government after the oppressive capitol is defeated.  Here is the answer

“Everyone,” Plutarch tells him. “We’re going to form a republic where the people of each district and the Capitol can elect their own representatives to be their voice in a centralized government. Don’t look so suspicious; it’s worked before.”

There is one line in the book that has a slight pro global warming message but no book is perfect.  The line mentions that a lot of the land has been flooded by rising seas.  There are no details. Man made global warming is never mentioned.  The series takes place in the distant future after many wars have been fought so this rise in the seas could have been caused by anything.  .

The political nature of the Hunger Games has been hotly debated by all sides.  Usually a few lines are pulled out from here and there to claim victory by a liberal or a conservative blog author.  After reading the entire series this libertarian stands firmly behind the conclusion that this series has a strong libertarian message.

There are so many other right leaning fiction authors I’ve read.  I may make this into a regular series of articles if there is enough interest.  If anyone would like to recommend an author please do so in the comments section.

There is a lot to be said for this piece by Stacy McCain titled #LashEquality: @CoverGirl Promotes Transgender Agenda in Commercials. Its discussion of history, references to scripture, celebration of his ancient ancestors (Being of Sicilian ancestry from a family that lived next to a volcano (Mt. Etna) I can go back to the mid 1800’s but before that is a mystery, particularly since everyone from the vikings to the Spanish to the arabs conquered Sicily during the course of history) and his defense of normalcy which everyone seems to be terrified to articulating.

But there are two things in this piece that need highlighting and a clarification added to complete the picture being offered by him.

The first the opinion of the greatest generation of the rebellion of their children most of whom still foolishly think they were and are smarter then their parents who conquered two of the finest militaries in history yet had the Christian character, to with the entire world at their feet, not to enslave it

the “Greatest Generation” knew what price had been paid for our freedom. The troops who came home from that war then fathered the “Baby Boom.” When their children reached adolescence, however, many rebelled against America’s patriotic and religious heritage, and by the time I started high school in 1973, the so-called “Sexual Revolution” had been raging for nearly a decade. Grown-ups strongly disapproved of the whole “hippie” youth culture. Our parents and teachers, our coaches and preachers were in unanimous agreement about the need to suppress this social upheaval that had erupted, the cause of which they believed to be either (a) Communism or (b) Satan, insofar as Communism and Satan weren’t the same thing.

It is my opinion that my generation, the baby boomers are the worst generation in the history of this country and possibly the world and that we as a generation for the good of humanity can’t die off fast enough and take our self centered narcissism, self defined virtue and complete ignorance of the wisdom and experience of our parents and the giants who came before them with us.

Secondly it’s worth highlighting Stacy’s statement concerning his own youthful rebellion (emphasis mine)

In high school, I was just a teenager who wanted to be a cool dude, and among my hoodlum buddies, being a cool dude meant getting high and growing your hair long, because that’s what all the cool chicks were into. So I was as far-out as I could possibly get away with, and I got away with a lot more than I ever got caught with. Could I blame all this on “peer pressure”? Maybe, except that I was an active agent of evil, rather than a passive participant. My extensive adolescent experience in the ways of sin — and all the consequences of evil that I witnessed with my own eyes in the ensuing years — left me quite cynical toward the kind of enthusiasm James Charles expresses about the “amazing progressions with gay rights, gender inclusivity and self-expression.”

I can not emphasize the importance of this paragraph because it does two critical things.

  • It acknowledges acts of evil done and witnessed by him
  • Rather than making an excuse for said evil, he takes responsibility for it.

One could call it a great example of the Penitential Rite of the Catholic church

I confess to almighty God
And to you, my brothers and sisters,
That I have greatly sinned
In my thoughts and in my words,
In what I have done and in what I have
Failed to do,
Through my fault, through my fault,
Through my most grievous fault;
Therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
All the Angels and Saints,
And you, my brothers and sisters,
To pray for me to the Lord our God.

That self awareness is a gift from God that should be treasured by him and mimicked by others whenever possible.

Now having highlighted these two bits let’s turn to the part that needs clarification.

Stacy quotes one of his favorite passages from Deuteronomy 30.  As I am quoting Stacy’s piece I’ll stick with his protestant translation here rather than the one on the Vatican site I would normally use

See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live . .

He follows up with these two paragraphs near the end of his piece:

There are still quite a few Americans who believe in the Lord whose anger is kindled against those who turn away from him, and we have already tolerated enough “gender inclusivity and self-expression” that it’s a wonder God has not already destroyed us for this “amazing progression.”

America has had enough. Our ancestors did not establish this nation with the expectation that their descendants would squander their precious inheritance of God’s blessing. The men who died fighting to gain a foothold on that beach at Normandy did not give their lives so that America could sink into decadence, insanity and perversion.

And here lies the part that needs clarification here.  Stacy gives a lot of quotes from that good Old Testament but is missing some key ones from a slightly newer one.  Like Matthew

As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. While he was at table in his house,  many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples. The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” He heard this and said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.

Matthew 9:9-13

And Mark

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” The disciples were amazed at his words. So Jesus again said to them in reply, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through (the) eye of (a) needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.

Mark 10:23-27

And Luke

“Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.” And he came down quickly and received him with joy. When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.”  But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”

Luke 19:2-10

And John

Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. They said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him. Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, (and) from now on do not sin any more.”

John 8:3-11

Christianity is a religion of forgiveness and redemption and every single soul from James Charles to Bob Iger to  Stacy to mine and yours is of value to God.  That same merciful God who sacrificed his son for the forgiveness of sins will give each soul a lifetime to repent of their sins and be forgiven.  As Christ said to St Faustina:

Write: before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. 

Diary of St. Faustina

Stacy expresses surprise that God has not already destroyed us, But did not the Knights of Columbus offer a novena before the election for the country asking for God’s blessing and mercy that was prayed in churches all over the country?  Do not contemplative sisters and brothers pray unceasingly for the country the world and for the intentions of individuals?  Do not individuals like myself offer daily rosaries for the country asking since February for Justice Scalia and since April for Mother Angelica to join in these prayers for our land?  And do not relatives friends of those who have been deceived by the world and the culture pray continually for their salvation?  After all do you think it was just blind luck that Stacy himself, turned away from the admittedly evil path he once pursued?  And are not others even now evangelizing those who have fallen away?

The bottom line is there have been many times when the power of evil, and error and sin have seemed insurmountable, yet the faithful still exist, and thrive and the Holy Spirit still calls those who have rejected him.

“If you’re there, you have to help me.”

Those are the words that poet Sally Read said to an icon of Jesus in 2010. Read, a British poet and atheist, had stopped into a church in Santa Marinella, Italy. She felt burdened. Her young daughter was having health issues. Her husband Fabio was enduring some stress at work.

“There was this incredible experience where this presence almost came down, and my tears just stopped, just dried,” Read tells CNSNews.com. “I felt almost physically carried up. It was as if someone walked into the room. I knew this person. I knew that I was a Christian.”

Up to that point Read, now 46, had been an atheist. “I was brought up an atheist,” Read notes in her just-published memoir, “Night’s Bright Darkness: A Modern Conversion Story.” “At ten I could tell you that religion was the opiate of the masses; it was [driven] into me to never kneel before anyone or anything…As a young woman I could quote Christopher Hitchens and enough of the Bible to scoff at.”

As Pope Francis has said God never tires of forgiving us and as long as that potential is there the work of salvation will continue and we can and must aid it by our prayers.

Because even with this clarification Stacy point stands as evidenced by Christ words to Sister Faustina that followed his remark about the door of mercy.

He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice…

I pray to God that I and others will acquire and retain the wisdom to choose the door of mercy in our lifetimes.

One of the arguments that Stacy McCain makes which constantly upsets people is that one of the best ways to prevent “date rape” or unwanted sexual advances is to avoid campus parties, frat or otherwise, that involve drinking and drugs.

It’s worth noting that this booze/drugs culture was exacerbated by the classic Movie Animal House, which became a classic, and celebrated the toga party culture and contained this memorable scene:

(warning brief nudity and language)

In the scene above the young lady ends up untouched but the actress Sarah Holcolb who played the party wasn’t as lucky.

She was young, younger than the rest of us. We were a fast crowd. Drugs were everywhere. She fell into what, for lack of a better term, you would have to call bad company. And got [bleeped] up on drugs. Coke, primarily, if memory serves,” Miller says. “[She] wound up in some home for [bleeped]-up young girls . . . wound up sort-of erased from life. I don’t know what became of her. Sad story.”

at the blog Derailed the author tells of a chance meeting with her after she missed a train and ends his post as follows:

It wasn’t till a few days ago, when I read the above story in “The New York Post”, that I decided her problems were public knowledge and I’d share this story.

Before writing today I googled her name and found this entry on the ACME animal house trivia website:

Sarah Holcomb’s (Clorette DePasto) four-year film career ended with Caddyshack in 1980. She reportedly turned to alcohol and drugs and slowly lost touch with reality as she suffered from schizophrenia. The 2004 film Stateside is reportedly about her descent through alcohol, drugs, sexual abuse and finally mental illness. I am told she is now living a quiet, obscure life far from the madness of Hollywood under an assumed name and does not wish to be found.

Sad. Very Sad.

and THAT my dear friends is the difference between the Animal House version of what that lifestyle gets you and the real thing.

Young Men on campus should think twice about hitting parties heavy on drink & drugs hoping to score as the colleges lack of due process can turn questionable consent, even if it affirmatively given later, into being marked for life, and Ms. Holcomb’s mistakes boldly illustrate the old saying is remains true: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

No matter how much feminists might hate him for saying so RS McCain is right. The best way to avoid being a victim, either of actual assault or of the guilt which comes from bad judgment is to avoid the settings where such assaults or lapses of judgment are likely.

Yesterday Hillary Clinton appeared before congress and there was one thing that came out that really caught Bill Kristol’s eye:

This tweet reveals Mr. Kristol is still living in a Judeo Christian culture. There are two reasons why this revelation, serious by the standards of truth vs falsehood, will not matter here.

1. The Mainstream media like any good totalitarian organization is all about wiping the past. The same MSM that attacked Romney rather than the administration after Cairo & Benghazi will judge Hillary not on anything she says but on her deportment. She will be made the “victim” of Benghazi because unless Michelle Obama suddenly jumps into the race she is, in their mind, the presumptive Democrat nominee & must be protected at all costs.

2. The Democrat Party has abandoned judeo christian standards of truth & ethical standards as a prerequisite for nomination. If actual dead americans and successful attacks on an US mission did not stop democrats from voting for Barack Obama a simple thing like lying to the American people to help facilitate that election isn’t going to bother them.

So a much as Bill Kristol considers this revelation is a “Wow” it won’t stop the media from protecting her, surrogates from defending and democrats from voting for her.

There are few statements that disgust me more than this, but that disgust is because it’s true.

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Stacy McCain has written a lot about various feminists from Amanda Marcotte to Mary Daley and the negative effects they have on society but during the election of 2024 all of those kids are going to be eligible to vote and Amanda Marcotte will be shouting alone.

You can’t fight a culture war without soldiers and while one can rant and rave in an attempt to co-opt the next generation in the end that’s less effective than actually producing it.

Or put simply Stacy McCain 6 Amanda Marcotte 0

Update: This Tweet from Stacy McCain makes me feel even better

You might have noticed lately a rush to remove the Confederate Flag from public & private spaces on the grounds that Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof was shown in photo waving the Confederate flag.

The argument is removing of the Confederate flag from any place of honor becomes a simple matter of honoring those murdered at a Charleston Bible study by a man who visibly waved it.

Well one of those who vocally supported said removal Mr. DeRay McKesson was at a protest in Charleston lately.   WISTV covered it:

Images of a flag burning incident at Marion Square in downtown Charleston over the weekend has ignited controversy across social media platforms.

DeRay McKesson, a civil rights activist with WeTheProtesters.org, posted photos and video on his Twitter page Sunday showing a group of people in Marion Square burning the American and Confederate flags.

WeTheProtesters lists McKesson as a member of its planning team, and the Founder and Co-Editor of the Ferguson Protester Newsletter.

and Mr. McKesson put out some tweets from it

I found that photo fascinating because apparently not only does Mr. McKesson’s group seems to not only have the same opinion of the US flag as Mr. Roof

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But they apparently believe in directly mimicking his actions:

dylan-roof-website-photo-flag-burning (1)So I have a question for all of those on TV that have been self righteously telling us that because Young Mr. Roof waved the Confederate flag that flag must go, Gone with the Wind must go, and even games about the civil war must all go to honor those he murdered.

Since Mr. Roof’s mass murder suddenly made any association with the Confederate Flag beyond the pale of respectability should we not also consider the group We the Protesters and Mr. McKesson also beyond the pale since they not only copied the exact actions of this mass murder but did so proudly and in public just outside the building where one of the victims was lying in state?

Because their actions suggest this observation from Sweetness & light is exactly correct:

Well, we know that Dylann Roof would have approved of the burning of the American flag. (Since he did so himself.) But that’s probably just one of the many similarities he shares with Mr. Mckesson.

I’d love to see the media members who have given Mr. McKesson credibility answer that question and have all those who have expressed support for his group answer this question but I suspect that will not happen anywhere this side of the 2nd coming.

Update: It goes without saying that those actions are protected by the first amendment the question isn’t if said actions should be illegal, it’s if said actions mean the group should be embraced by the media and the left.

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