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It's All about Power


In light of the news that the Democrats are hoisting "gay marriage" to their platform, I'm starting to understand the reason for the diatribe coming from the likes of Alderman Moreno, alderman of the First Ward of Chicago, the mayor, Rahm Emanuel, and for that matter, the mayor of Boston, Massachusetts, Tom Menino.

As these three (and others) go on about tolerance (for some), we the people truly understand that it's more about power than anything else.

In his article "The Tolerance Enforcers," Mark Steyn says it beautifully: "These guys are about power, and right now your cause happens to coincide with their political advantage. But political winds shift. Once upon a time, Massachusetts burned witches. Now it grills chicken-sandwich homophobes."

I remember another time, another country where the Bolsheviks, headed by Lenin, who was steeped in Marx's writing, instigated the October Revolution, killing people in power and destroying printing presses, etc. The violence didn't end there. A few years later, Stalin wanted even more power, so the days were numbered for the powerful Bolsheviks. During the Communist Revolution, Stalin had them killed. For more about this period of history, and possible applications to our own time, read "How Communism Works" by Alia Hoyt. I also recommend watching the movie "Burnt By the Sun."

Comments:

"hate chicken"???!?
Fortunately, the PFM offices are outside the D.C. city limits.

And probably only those my age and trivia buffs will get the reference, but someone should tell Dan Cathy "You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred."
Actually that is uncharitable; we don't know it is ALL about power and in fact that would be highly unlikely in such a large grouping.

The curious paradox of supporting both gays and Moslems stems both from a laudable if rather twisted sympathy for the disadvantaged and a distaste for western civilization and it's supporters. The fact that Moslem's disapprove of homosexuality is to them less important then the fact that Westerners once did.

Also contempt for the past makes them more provincial then they think they are. A lot of leftists are in fact more "Eurocentric" then typical rightists. In point of fact they are really "Paris coffeehouse-centric" rather then Eurocentric.

Johnathan Haidt once pointed out that the outliers in moral philosophy are really Western intelligentsia; he called it Western Educated Industrial Rich Democratic(WEIRD) who take account of kindness and neglect other virtues.
Mona Charen has an interesting take on this issue:

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/312726/al-rahim-and-chicago-values-mona-charen

"Burnt By the Sun" is in Russian, with English subtitles. The anniversary edition of "Doctor Zhivago" is in English with subtitles available for English (for hearing impaired), French and Spanish - but not Russian. Go figure. But since I may be stuck in a hotel room this weekend, I'll be watching both movies.

And for that trip, as yet another seditious act, I've already mapped out the locales of all Chick-fil-A restaurants near to where I'll be. I intend to patronize them as often as possible.

Plus, I'm almost done reading Rodney Stark's book _The Victory of Reason_. In it he argues that totalitarianism leads to decreased productivity. It appears that the exercise of power doesn't have to be total to cause financial problems:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-chicago-budget-debt-0801-20120801,0,3323808.story

But those in power live comfortable lives. The contrast is still striking: "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave - just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."