Saturday, March 03, 2012
SUPER TUESDAY, a few tiny thoughts
In Santorum, we can see that the Catholics can still produce a kind of canonical person. I find this fascinating. But it wasn't the Catholics who voted for him in Michigan. It was the evangelical eggwhites. The huge homogenization of the evangelicals has created a fiery new language at least since 1840 when they began to whip themselves into a froth over slavery. How many more wars will they win? Bush got us into a froth with Iraq and the Afghans and by God that was alarming. Bush also helped to create the country of South Sudan, also largely a creation of evangelical Christians. They are getting bombed by the north (regular Sudan) but Obama is pretending not to notice. Aren't all of our battles about what kinds of norms we are willing to accept?
The UN meanwhile tries to push together a UNIVERSAL set of human rights. And Islam is clearly on the losing end of those, since freedom of religion, and one person per marriage, is part of that new set of what's right. How long will this last? Santorum marks the return of a different kind of mint. Obama said I don't look like anybody on the coins. Well, nobody does any longer. They have whigs. A full head of hair and plus! But Santorum is bringing back his own hair, and he has plenty of it and it's black. Obama has hair loss and his hair has whitened. He went to the mountain, and the mountain flattened him. He still wants four more years while his wife skis down the other side of the mountain. The Dems can still produce chaos and sententious putdowns but in other ways they are no longer the party of Evan Bayh or Lieberman or Zell Miller. All the centrists are leaving. It's hard to do. It's apostacy and you get nearly killed by the sententious putdowns. Still, I did it, and am still alive. Hard to believe it! With the Republicans, you can still believe in God. You can still believe in America. But of course you have to commit apostacy and face the long knives of your friends and family!
In the WSJ of last night Andrew Breitbart was quoted in the Notable and Quotable:
"If the political left weren't so joyless, humorless, intrusive, taxing, overtaxing, anarchistic, controlling, rudderless, chaos-prone, pedantic, unrealistic, hypocritical, clueless, politically correct, angry, cruel, sanctimonious, retributive, redistributive, intolerant -- and if the political left weren't hell-bent on expansion of said unpleasantness into all aspects of my family's life -- the truth is, I would not be in your life" (A13).
Breitbart ends his rant by saying, "I am a reluctant cultural warrior."
Hey, me too.
So the question is what kind of culture do we want. I am still for the first amendment, which includes not only freedom of speech and freedom to choose one's religion, but freedom to leave the Democratic Party. As an apostate, one can get killed for this. I suspect that Breitbart was actually murdered. We'll see. How can someone die of "natural causes" at 43?
But if he did die for his beliefs, he won't be the only one. Wars are fought all the time for beliefs. What is the greatest number that have died in a single battle for what they believed (in a cause that you consider honorable)? I say it's Gettysburg. 30,000 died for the north in a single weekend.
Were there greater casualties in the Crusades? Did more die in battles against the Romans? Against the North Koreans? 50,000 died in Vietnam in a war that last over a decade. But more than half that number died in one weekend at Gettysburg.
This nomination fight is vicious and sometimes uncivil, but it's nothing compared to the Civil War. After the nomination is locked in by Super Tuesday (will we take the rich Mormon, the creepy guy from Georgia, the devout Catholic, or the last Austrian economist?) I suspect that the Republicans will begin to close ranks against the crypto-anarcho-Marxist, sanctimonious, controlling, pedantic, chaos-prone, redistributionists and their war on truth, justice and the American way.
God Help Us.