27 July 2015

Uncommon Commentary #470: What’s the Maximum Height for a Small Business President?

Hellary Clinton recently said: “I want to be the small-business president”.  During a presidency of hers, US companies of any size would be doing small business!

21 July 2015

Uncommon Commentary #469: Planned Parenthoodlums

When queried about the citizen-conducted sting operation that exposed yet another reason to defund and then abolish Banned Parenthood—I mean, Planned Parenthood—, professional apologist-for-evil (viz., Obama spokesman) Josh Earnest expressed confidence in this organization which has ties to the present regime: “Planned Parenthood said they follow the highest ethical guidelines.”  “Highest ethical guidelines” regarding what:—the sale of body parts from their murder victims?
(You may also want to visit UC #159: Stingers v. Stinkers.)

17 July 2015

Uncommon Commentary #468: A Substandard Standard?

I wonder how many persons who have been defacing monuments to heroes of the Confederate States of America, or proscribing the battle flag of that polity, have heard of Lord Dunmore's Proclamation. (They would have if they had read MM #51, but, if they read the Doman Domain, they wouldn't be defacing monuments and proscribing flags.) In this, which was issued in 1775, Virginia's royal governor freed all slaves held by participants in the incipient US Revolutionary War; since the US Declaration of Independence, in its list of grievances against King George, alludes to this emancipation by charging that the monarch had "excited domestic insurrections" among those colonists who were in insurrection, one might argue that the Stars-and-Stripes is just as "racist" as the Stars-and-Bars allegedly is.  I am not saying that the banner that represents the USA is actually an emblem of hate; I'm saying that the Confederate version is not one either, and that to abolish it in a knee-jerk reaction, as South Carolina has just done, is to hand a victory to the willfully ignorant (see UC #340) and to the totalitarian.

13 July 2015

Uncommon Commentary #467: The Left Is Not Right

To a Christian, there ought to be no question that the US Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage is morally wrong.  Whether it’s constitutionally wrong depends on whether one applies a narrow or a broad interpretation to the US Constitution, specifically to the provision in Article XIV for “equal protection under the law”.  Whether the ruling is constitutionally correct or incorrect is, however, rather a moot question.  The mere fact that the Left is using this revered founding document to advance its socio-political agenda ought to teach a lesson to my comrades in the Culture War, who persist in the belief that our country’s greatest strength is its form of government.  In my opinion, “American democracy” is one of the chief reasons why the USA can no longer be considered Christian.
(Also, see UC #163.)

09 July 2015

Miscellaneous Musing #71

More than a dozen women have recently accused comedian Bill Cosby of having sexually assaulted them at various times in the past 46 years, and it now appears that at least some of the allegations are valid.  None of his actual and purported victims have taken him to criminal court, though, and this seems to be a part of a disturbing trend.  20 years ago, as you probably can recall, former professional athlete O. J. Simpson was tried for the murder of his ex-wife and her friend; he was acquitted, but a civil court subsequently held him responsible for the deaths, and he was required to pay millions of dollars in damages.  A decade later, history repeated itself in the case of actor Robert Blake (who had played the title rĂ´le on the television series Baretta), except that he was accused of shooting only one person, to whom he was still married. (Some wit made the remark that “If you kill your wife in Hollywood, you don’t go to prison, but you have to pay a fine.”) At about the same time that Blake survived prosecution, Andrea Constand became the first person to publicly say that Cosby drugged and violated her; rather than press charges against him, however, she brought a lawsuit, which he settled before it could go to trial.  Likewise, Judy Huth hasn’t even attempted to get him convicted of his reputed offense against her, but is instead pursuing litigation.  Do these women, remembering Simpson and Blake, lack faith in our criminal-justice system?  Or is their true goal to get rich by suing a typically overpaid celebrity of popular culture?

03 July 2015

Uncommon Commentary #466: Gaping at a Gap in the GOP

(The pun in the title works only if one voices “GOP” as a word that rhymes with “hop”.)
Democrats often try too hard to imagine rifts in the Republican Party, but it seems to me (an unaligned voter) that there is at least a hairline fracture not only in the GOP but also in the political ideology wherewith it is largely conterminous, which is rather incorrectly known as either “conservatism” or “the right wing”. (See the entry for “retroversive” in the list of domanisms, below, and the last paragraph of UC #5.)  This potential schism is between “social conservatives”, i.e., persons whose primary policy-goal is to reverse our country’s passing into ethical oblivion, and those “conservatives” whose area of chief concern is instead either the economy or that of defense and foreign relations.  There is already some degree of disharmony, for GOP strategists have long deemed moral issues like abortion and “Gay rights” as ones to be avoided by Republican candidates for public office.  The US Supreme Court’s decision in favor of the sodomites may act as a catalyst for this latent development, because a significant and apparently growing number of persons who call themselves political conservatives approve of legalizing same-sex marriage, considering this trend to be perfectly consistent with the US Founders’ emphasis on “liberty”. (Unfortunately, their assessment is likely accurate.) It ought to be noted also that this cause is very popular with libertarians, who are essentially “conservatives” without traditional concepts of virtue and vice.  If our country continues to abandon Christian principles, and secular-minded patriots continue to justify this abandonment by appealing to “American” principles, my fellow Christians may see the truth of what I’ve been saying for years: that the USA’s national ideology is incompatible with Christian belief, and that we need to choose between the two.