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The Decline of the Empire

“But unless America behaves as a leader and the guarantor of the world order, it will be inviting regional powers to test their strength by bullying neighbouring countries.” Found here.

There is a belief held by the Left. A belief which I believe to be dangerous. That is the belief that, in order for there to be equality, be it social, economic, or what have you, those who have more power should have it stripped from them so that all are the same. The danger is that, while the Left believes that this makes everyone the same, it makes everyone equally weak.

Let me use an analogy to explain this. In my work as a job coach, I find that my class as a whole does better, has more success at finding employment, when I maintain high standards for participation and when I am firm in enforcing rules. The same principle exists with my children. When my wife and I enforce structure, our children thrive. When I lower the bar of expectation in either of these situations, positive results decline.

So it is in larger social systems. Power is a social property, not a personal property. The Left would have the world believe that the only way to make the world “fair” is to weaken America’s position in international relations. To lead from behind, as it were. That the only way to “make things fair” for the rest of the world is not to help build them up, is not to help them grow and develop, but to weaken ourselves and become more like them. To lower the bar so that it is easier  for everyone to reach.

This, unfortunately, will lead to failure for all.

The Left, in its politically correct induced stupor, takes this definition of equality, this reduced capacity for all, and applies it unilaterally, sort of. Nothing is held up as superior than anything else, with the exception of secularism, which is, of course, superior to everything else because it supports, supposedly, the Left’s definition of equality. Thus, democracy is only superior to other forms of government when it supports equality. Otherwise, constitutional republican protection of minority rights is superior, but only of a secular minority, in order to support equality.

I’m moving off point, so let me return. The Left denounces coercive power because it is through this form of power that the evil white man has ruined the world. And while it can be said that coercive power is widely used in modern society and is responsible for many of the social ills that we face, coercive power fails primarily due to its reliance on force.

Persuasive power is the ultimate goal: where a vision or dream is laid out and the follower uses his or her full capacity of choice to accept or reject it. The difference between coercive and persuasive power is in the attitudes and values of those holding and using power and in the actions the leader takes to accomplish his or her goals. Martin Luther King Jr., Paulo Freire, The Buddah, Jesus Christ, all taught this principle. Persuasive power mandates that there is a better way. It states boldly that not all things are equal or the same.

Persuasion is then carried out, not by manipulative means, “but persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned; by kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile — reproving betimes with sharpness…, and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy; that he may know that thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death” (D&C 121: 41-44).

Power in and of itself is neither good nor bad. It is the way in which that power is used. The Left fails to understand the principle that the powerful should seek to raise up those who are weak. Rather, the Left seeks to make everyone equally weak.

 

World Class Snark

Via Tam:

“I’m not sure whether the Canadian government gave it up for dashingly goateed Uncle Sam like a roofie’d lumberjack in a lonely logging camp or whether the NSA figured out that the master password for the OHIP was still set as “PASSWORD”, but there you go.”

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2013 in Civil Liberties, Freedom - Loss Of

 

Conditional Rights

“The right to keep and bear arms is not conditional. It is based on sound, moral principles, which do not change with the weather or with any other circumstances as some would have us think.”

From Joe.

 

Sebastian’s News Dumps

They’re full if good information: “Monday Morning News Dump” http://feedly.com/k/YlfCjO

 

Must Read

Tim at Gun Nuts Media has written a must read article. The Idiocy of “Outdated” discusses Michael Bloomberg’s idiotic comments about the Bill of Rights being outdated and needing to be rethought.

Go. Read. Now.

 

Too Hell With Your Rights

Pay attention to the words of the petty tyrant currently ruling NYC:

“The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry, but we live in a complex word where you’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.”

Because you cannot protect yourself, only the government can do that for you! Bloomberg is pushing for this and pushing hard. If you can’t see it, wake up. Pay attention, get involved. The methods of tyrants and dictators do not change. Do you know enough history to see the signs, to know what is coming?

 

Will You Think About It?

Jay gives us something to think about:

Right now, as I write this, the streets of Boston are empty. On a Friday afternoon – a beautiful day in the high 60s/low 70s – the city should be just filled with life; instead it looks like something out of a zombie apocalypse movie. Police officers in armored cars roam the streets with automatic weapons, and Blackhawk helicopters search overhead, all for a person suspected of an act of terrorism and the death of an MIT police officer.

And yet I cannot buy a new Glock or a standard capacity magazine.

If things are so dangerous out there that we need attack helicopters patrolling our skies, then I should be able to buy a 15-round magazine for my M&P, don’t you think? If one person – one person – is so dangerous that people are being told to stay in their houses, businesses are closed, posse comitatus has fallen by the wayside, etc. – how can anyone tell me I shouldn’t own an AR-15?

Go read the rest. Then think about what he is saying.

 
 
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