Monthly Archives: January 2017

Pleasant Musings on Day Two

James A. George

I want to record my feelings and observations on this day after the inauguration of our new President, Donald J. Trump, in view of the truly historic nature of this event and the resurgence of good, old fashioned American patriotism it has given rise to! I really feel this is the dawning of a new day for a new America and that we have been given, in effect, one more chance by God, to at least try to “get it right” this time, after so many years–8 to be sure, maybe, according to many, 16-24–of drifting away from all the values which made America the exceptional “City upon a hill” our last real President talked about. I feel different this morning, in a way which is hard to put into words, but it comes close to to a lightness of spirit, almost a giddiness, if that’s not too ridiculous  a visage for a man of 82 ½ years!  But that’s what I am feeling right now, mid-morning on the day after the beginning of a new era for the USA, and, for that matter, the world.

The Pomp and Circumstance yesterday were just, quite simply, thrilling to see and, more—much more—importantly-to feel- America is back! The President’s Inaugural Address was very, very courageous and unrelentingly plain-spoken, “taking it to “ the Establishment, which was sitting all around him! The Bushes, Clintons, Obamas, Ryans, Pelosis, Schumers, all there on the dais with him and he let them all have it right between the eyes, and said there would be a “transfer of power” from the Establishment Government back to the people. How beautiful it was to hear those words and to feel the power of bedrock conviction we all know he says them with! And his mentions of God as our Protector was in such stark contrast to the 8 years in the secular wilderness of the Hussein Obamas—secular, that is, with one glaring exception, Islam!  All of this, plus a clear call to a return to the Jacksonian populism of “America First”, something not heard from an American leader, assuming, arguendo, one can honestly call Barack Hussein Obama an American leader, and putting our interests ahead of the interests of other Nations, many of which have been sworn enemies who chant Death to America every day of their lives.

While the President was the star of the day, as was most befitting, another star helped enormously to add to the special luminosity of the day, and that was America’s new Princess, The First Lady! What a beautiful First Lady we now have, with such an almost regal bearing and aplomb, and, of course, sense of style.

There were several magnificent lines in the President’s speech, one of my favorites of which was “When you open your heart to patriotism, there  is no room for prejudice.” In the maelstrom of abuses, insults, lawlessness, arrogance, hubris, name-calling We The People suffered through in the last 8 years, something profound happened while The Establishment was busy taking care of its own—they lost the consent of the governed and a most unlikely Tribune came along and earned the trust of the people. He now has won the consent of the governed, and may a Merciful God guide him  to just and right leadership as he brings America back from the abyss of the last 8 years.

God Bless America!

A Window Into A Depraved Culture

Heather Mac Donald has just published ,under the above title, an excellent analysis, in which statement I am repeating myself as all of her works are excellent, especially her recent book, The War on Cops, about the horrific societal changes which produced the four individuals who tortured a disabled white man for hours last week in Chicago. As usual with her writings, she makes several points about what brought us to this point and marshals solid research to back up her arguments.

After detailing the extremely graphic insults hurled at their victim, she notes (Heaven Forfend!) that all four animals who committed this deed which would have been –we hope! — unthinkable in days not very long gone, were black and were driven by influences such as racial victimology, inner-city gang culture, and black anti-white animus. It has been noted by other observers that members of the mainstream media struggled mightily against even vaguely admitting what was so obvious–made glaringly more obvious by the fact that the savages furnished the world with a streaming video of the acts they were so proud of, including binding and gagging the victim,  making him drink toilet water, cutting a portion of his scalp from his head as he whimpered — and they were laughing all the time! Bear in mind that this cruelty took place over a period of several days, not just hours.

The author notes some recent publications such as those written by Ta-Nehesi Coates, Between the World and Me and Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow which together argue that America aspires to the “shackling” and “destruction” of “black bodies” and that our country seeks to reimpose de facto segregation on blacks through the criminal justice system. Our race baiting President has insisted in the waning days (Hallelujah!) of his utter failure of a Presidency  that blacks are the victims of a racist criminal-justice system.

Reading her article will give you new insights into how absolutely unmoored from the America I know some of these groups are, such as the Chicago chapter of Black Lives Matter embracing as its motto “Stop killing us” and broadcasting total fabrications which are easily refuted by a quick reference to readily available statistics. As a citizen of the beleaguered city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, I have more than a little familiarity with how quickly these myths can take wing and the destruction of lives and property such irresponsible screaming and bellowing can cause.

As she usually does in her superb analyses, Ms. Mac Donald sets out many most persuasive statistics to buttress her arguments, such as the fact that:

“Blacks, in other words, committed 85% of the interracial crimes between blacks and whites, even though they are 13 percent of the population. This data accords with the last published report on interracial crime from the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the Bureau stopped publishing its table on interracial crime after 2008, the first year of the Obama presidency.”

In passing, one must ask why it was so necessary to stop publishing figures on interracial crime upon the commencement in office by the first Black President; inconvenient facts, perhaps?

In another fine examination of this act of wanton savagery by John Kass of the Chicago Tribune, In Facebook Torture, Victim’s Eyes Terrify Most , the author examines the issue from another angle, by trying to see what our unacumstomed eyes simply do not want to see, through the eyes of our law enforcement defenders who see and live through the unthinkable precincts of hell over and over again:

“And when Chicago’s top cop talked of it, he said something worth considering again.

“It makes you wonder what would make individuals treat somebody like that,” said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. “It still amazes me how you still see things that you just shouldn’t. I’m not going to say it shocked me, but it was sickening.”

Johnson’s been a cop in Chicago for decades, so he’s seen worse. We haven’t, but he and other police have.

With City Hall pushing body cameras for all police, I figure the rest of us should soon be able to see what cops see, at the crime scene, with all the brutality that we try to shield ourselves from.

Because cops work in that world where people do such things to each other. Where criminals laugh and inflict pain, on babies, old people, anyone. Most of the rest of us haven’t been to that place and we’d be psychologically damaged if we did.”

That last statement is worth pondering again– it is just not possible for me, even after more than 82 years on this Old Earth, to visualize the reality of criminals of this degree of –yes, depravity– laughing while inflicting pain on defenseless babies, women, children, anyone, including someone who expressed an opinion favorable to a political candidate they were told they have to hate!

No one could possibly improve on Kass’ conclusion as to this entire sordid episode:

“And binding and gagging a disabled man, poking at him with a knife as he cowers in a corner, carving a chunk out of his scalp as he whimpers while the kidnappers laugh, all that brutality is certainly hateful enough.

We’re sickened and shocked because we watched it all on video.

But I wonder how we’d feel if we had access to those police body cam recordings, to see what cops see when they walk up and look into a victim’s eyes.

Like Eddie Johnson we’d be sickened. And like him, eventually, we wouldn’t be shocked.”

I pray for our new President and his Administration in many ways and that they will be guided to many sound decisions as they start the arduous process of repairing the extensive damage wrought by that last eight years of sheer and utter incompetence, race-baiting and corruption, but I do harbor very genuine concerns that the racial divide left by this Worst President In American History will be with us in one form or another for a very, very long time.