3/27/2017: Bad Mitigation Math and other delusions with 1968 deja vu

Patricia McCarthy: Are the Trump Haters Creating 1968 All Over Again? – “The students then opposed the war because they opposed the draft.” They don’t know why they are in opposition now, either.

Today our police, National Guard and our military in general are constrained by rules the police and guardsmen of 1968 could not have imagined. The pendulum has swung very far from 1968. The police today figuratively have their hands tied behind their backs, their use of defensive weapons constrained to the point that they are sitting ducks, and their ability to enforce both state and federal law restricted to the point of absurdity. Almost any act of defense of the citizenry is subject to investigation if an official complaint is made by a perpetrator, a family member or witness wielding a cellphone. And that complaint, no matter how ridiculous, carries the day.

But not everything is so different from 1968. Those protests, all that violence displayed on television, despite the small numbers of Americans they represented, ensured Nixon’s reelection. The folks in flyover country, then as now, were repulsed by the behavior of what seemed like, thanks to television, tens of thousands of young people. The students then opposed the war because they opposed the draft. They had no idea of the barbarism of communism; they embraced the counter culture because it was the hip thing to do. Many of them were manipulated into the “movement” just as so many young people today have been maneuvered into anti-Trumpism without actually knowing anything about him.

Daniel Greenfield says The Civil War Is Here – “The left doesn’t want to secede. It wants to rule.”

This civil war is very different than the last one. There are no cannons or cavalry charges. The left doesn’t want to secede. It wants to rule. Political conflicts become civil wars when one side refuses to accept the existing authority. The left has rejected all forms of authority that it doesn’t control.

There is no form of legal authority that the left accepts as a permanent institution. It only utilizes forms of authority selectively when it controls them. But when government officials refuse the orders of the duly elected government because their allegiance is to an ideology whose agenda is in conflict with the President and Congress, that’s not activism, protest, politics or civil disobedience; it’s treason.

Democrats have become radicalized by the left. This doesn’t just mean that they pursue all sorts of bad policies. It means that their first and foremost allegiance is to an ideology, not the Constitution, not our country or our system of government. All of those are only to be used as vehicles for their ideology.

There is no sign that the left understands or is troubled by the implications of the conflict it has initiated. And there are few signs that Democrats properly understand the dangerous road that the radical left is drawing them toward. The left assumes that the winners of a democratic election will back down rather than stand on their authority. It is unprepared for the possibility that democracy won’t die in darkness.

The left is a treasonous movement. The Democrats became a treasonous organization when they fell under the sway of a movement that rejects our system of government, its laws and its elections. Now their treason is coming to a head. They are engaged in a struggle for power against the government. That’s not protest. It’s not activism. The old treason of the sixties has come of age. A civil war has begun.

This is a primal conflict between a totalitarian system and a democratic system. Its outcome will determine whether we will be a free nation or a nation of slaves.

The Democrats do see this and it is evident in what psychiatrists call projection. Aaron Klein: Latest Establishment Talking Point: Trump May Be Guilty of ‘Treason’ – “Over the past week, numerous Democratic Party operatives and establishment pundits have used the word “treason” in a seeming attempt to smear President Donald Trump over unproven claims of collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.” After many months of investigation, including what appears to be improper spying on an opponent’s campaign, no evidence of any such collusion has been found. Not having any evidence means nothing if reason does not guide and that is indeed a realm for psychiatrists.

Juan Williams illustrates why it is so difficult to have any kind of reasonable political discussion these days. Juan Williams: If Obama had acted like Trump… – “The Journal abandoned efforts to make sense of President Trump’s outright fiction that Obama wiretapped him.” Outright Fiction? After the wiretapping was headline news in the NYT and the WaPo? Williams says “That’s the message I got” in order to arrive at this “outright fiction” idea. Perhaps he should check his perceptions? And now he wants apologies? Oh how typical of someone buried in the Left. There is an obsession here that leads to blindness and that leads to a dark alley. Williams is one of the regulars on Fox News The Five as the representative of the Left. The show is nearly destroyed when these representatives get in on the discussion and the discussion ceases to be informative and becomes a harangue.

 

Taylor Millard understands Aggies. Something odd happened and the Energy Secretary weighed in. The “nontroversy” of Rick Perry questioning A&M election of gay man as student-body president

It certainly doesn’t appear Perry is saying Brooks shouldn’t be SGA president because he’s gay, but is concerned about the electoral process (something Democrats have been whining about over the November presidential election). He’s not the only person who believes dirty tricks may have been involved in getting Brooks elected.

As for those who are wondering why the U.S. Energy Secretary is even bothering with a university election, you’ve got to understand Perry is a Texas A&M grad. Aggies are cult-like (in a good way) in their devotion to the school. One friend of mine, who was in his first semester in Aggieland, once said he couldn’t get the A&M Fight Song out of his head when he was off campus. It’s hard for others to understand the love Aggies have for their school, so this is why Perry’s decision to comment on the election seems odd to others. Perry just loves Texas A&M, and there’s nothing wrong with that, even if he is Energy Secretary.

Dirty tricks to get a Leftist elected? At Texas A&M? Say it ain’t so! But then, that school only had 2,000 students back in ‘68 and they were white, male, and ROTC. Now it’s one of the largest University systems in the U.S. with a diverse everything but, as Perry illustrates, still a tradition that is significant and important to alumni. So far.

Paul Mirengoff: Anti-Trump Protesters Use Pepper Spray On Pro-Trump Marchers – “Some of the marchers fought back. They chased a man with pepper spray. When they caught him, they punched and kicked him.” So far, it is still asymmetric warfare.

it’s disingenuous to claim you don’t want “to start something” when you try to block a march. There is also a credibility problem when you wear black masks to a protest you say is supposed to be peaceful.

There have been anti-Trump marches all over in America. I haven’t seen reports of Trump supporters, with or without masks, trying to block them. It certainly didn’t happen at the various marches here in Washington, D.C.

Bad Mitigation Math (BMM) is the topic for Robert Bradley Jr. Mitigation Math: Is Climate Activism Futile? (Judith Curry thinks so) – “Curry has not only documented the fact that estimations of climate sensitivity to the enhanced greenhouse effect have been coming down, and tie-in’s of climate forcing and extreme weather events remain unproven. She has also explained why the large majority of climate scientists have cut intellectual corners to be activists in a cause that is futile politically and economically unattractive (these two are tied).”

At Christianity Today Caryn Rivadeneira explains How to Escape America’s Anger Problem – “In this rancorous post-election season, some women are turning to tried-and-true solutions.” There is some of the usual bias in asserting that it is Republicans who are angry, not Democrats so much and confusing anger with disappointment, despair, concern, and other emotional states that do not lead to violence as anger tends to do: “many of us are still getting red-faced about these and many other issues, as evidenced by the recent events at Middlebury and other free-speech squabbles.”

While it’s easy to blame Trump for the rise in anger, his presidency is a reflection of our rising anger and not the cause of it. Moreover, there are larger forces at work, beyond economic and political ones.

For those of us who still faithfully participate in church communities around the country, we still face the same problem of anger and partisan rancor that marks the American zeitgeist, albeit for different reasons and at varying levels.

As people of faith, we have a name for this kind of excessive anger—sin—and we also have a script for how to respond to it. The Bible is replete with warnings about over-the-top anger. Proverbs 29:11 tells us that fools give in to their fury.

What Rivadeneira misses is the prohibition about false witness, separating the person from the sin, and the need for self awareness. The Bible has much to say on these human frailties. Anger is personal and that is what makes it dangerous. An example is on display in that the Left is protesting Trump the person and not any specific behavior or position. This is also seen in the fears about Trump (=Hitler) and in the violence that often accompanies the protests. Excessive anger leads to sin. It is not sin until the person allows their anger to become sinful behavior. Those with anger are in a struggle with God. Those who express their anger with sinful behavior escalate that struggle to one with society. That puts a burden on others in that society to figure out some means to quell the destructive behavior and that is why there are police and armies and legal systems.

Herschel Smith: The Role Of Guns In Home Defense – “It’s fashionable right now for the gun controllers to parrot this notion that it’s a fiction, a myth, just outright falsehood, that guns actually help in self defense.” This is another of those Juan Williams tyoe self delusion examples.

They will cite some questionable statistics taken from the inner cities of, say, Chicago, Atlanta or St. Louis, where blacks are killing blacks, to try to convince you or others that you shouldn’t have a gun. But you’re not in inner city Chicago or Atlanta, and you are an otherwise peaceable man or woman. So there argument doesn’t apply to you. … Terry McAuliffe and his ilk are all liars in the superlative degree.

 

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