Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Out of Fashion?

This is the unabridged version of a speech I’m delivering for a luncheon at the Eagle Mountain House in Jackson, New Hampshire later today. An abridged version will run in newspapers tomorrow. Young women from area high schools whose essays were selected by the Daughters of the American Revolution will receive awards and possible scholarships.

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.

By greeting you in such a manner, I have identified myself as someone who views the human race as binary. That means I know and publicly state that every human is born male or female and remains so throughout his or her natural life. There are two sexes, and I reject attempts by academia and many in government to refute that basic truth. We are not “assigned a gender” at birth. We are created male and female.

It’s likely that, holding these beliefs and being inclined to profess them, I would not be permitted to speak at whatever university you ladies attend next year. If you joined student government — which is likely, given each of your records in high school — and you were to suggest inviting me to speak, you would be criticized. You would be opposed, and if the invitation were issued anyway and I showed up, I might be shouted down. That’s how it has become on campuses across our great country. Colleges and universities preach diversity, but only the diversity of skin color. Most disdain intellectual diversity and censor opposing views.

Many faculty in our colleges and universities today have been strongly influenced by movements like post-modernism, critical theory, and other neo-marxist-freudian ideas which may read like so much gobbledygook if you were to look up definitions for them. If you have courage enough to admit confusion and question professors who propound them, you’ll likely be told that they’re “dialectical,” as if that would explain everything. If you remain courageous and ask what dialectical means, you’ll be given still more of what sounds like gobbledygook. If you reach this point, trust your instincts. Remember the axiom: “If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it’s a duck.”

Deliberate gobbledygook accepted and published in "academic" gender studies journal

Realize that many college faculty today do not believe there is any such thing as objective truth. considering that idea only a social construct. In other words, they don’t believe it exists so they do not seek it. Their view of the world can be summed up by the old Beatles tune Strawberry Fields: “Nothing is real, and nothing to get hung about.” So, don’t let them take you down to Strawberry Fields of nihilism. Objective Truth is real. Seek it, always.

Perhaps you noted that I believe we were created, you and I. That’s what our Founding Fathers believed as well, and proclaimed in our founding document — The Declaration of Independence, and I quote: “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…”

That concept has also become unpopular among our academic and political elites. When President Obama spoke during his first term before a group of Hispanic Americans, he stumbled over the passage I just quoted you. As he read from his teleprompter “…we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal” — here he paused and fluttered his eyelids nervously before continuing: “endowed with certain inalienable rights, life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness…” He conspicuously left out the phrase, “…by our Creator.”

Belief in a Creator has declined among those who govern us and who teach our children in government schools. They believe our rights come from government, which would imply that the government which grants those rights could also infringe on them or even take them away entirely. They’re enumerated in our Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to our Constitution, which each of you praised in your qualifying essay.

Our academic and government elite believe that most important of documents to be malleable — something that can be changed in ways that were not intended by the men who wrote it, that is, changed by judicial fiat in our courts and not through the amendment process outlined in Article Five. The Constitution allowed for change but only through a deliberately long and difficult process. It’s much easier to “legislate from the bench” with the votes of only five Justices on the Supreme Court. Whatever opinions they might render, however, can be overturned just as easily by five votes on a subsequent court. That’s an unstable process and not what our Founders intended.

The men who wrote our Constitution were nearly all godly men and assumed American citizens would be as well. As John Adams stated, and I quote: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

There are still religious people on college campuses but they’re increasingly closeted. Religion is considered naive, childish, even moronic — certainly not fashionable. The pervasive idea now is that God did not create man but that man created God. “If God did not exist, it would be necessary to create Him,” goes the aphorism. Some claim that new Gods have been created by those who believe the Judeo/Christian God to be dead, as philosopher Frederich Neitzche declared more than a hundred years ago. Those gods include the newer religions of environmentalism and big government.

Speaking of big government, this year, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, and Josef Stalin birthed an 80-year experiment called the Soviet Union — the ultimate state of atheistic, big government that mandated equality (for everyone but Communist Party members) and brutally persecuted dissenters. Historians estimate that somewhere between 40 and 60 million were exterminated by the Party in the name of preserving “The Revolution.” Documentation of this tragedy is so thin due to the absence of a free press that we cannot know if it’s 40 million or 60 million. Twenty million are simply unaccounted for. Consider that. Twenty million people were “disappeared” from the historical record.

President Reagan called it “The Evil Empire” and he is credited with winning the Cold War that brought it down shortly before you were born. The killing was even worse to the southeast during the Cultural Revolution in Communist China. Some historians estimate that 80 million died there under Mao Tse Tung. Then there was the communist regime of Pol Pot in Cambodia where three million more were murdered. It’s a sordid history of which your generation seems largely unaware. An article last week in the Sacrament Bee contended, and I quote: “Ask a millennial if they would rather live under a socialist or capitalist country, and they’re likely to give an answer much different than their parents or grandparents would.”

“That’s according to a new YouGov study commissioned by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, an anti-communist organization, which found that 44 percent of millennials would prefer to live in a socialist country, with another 7 percent saying the same about communism.” Remember, the Founders wrote a Constitution designed to restrict government, not grow it into the behemoth it has sadly become.

How many of you were born in the 20th century? One could say the struggle between capitalism and communism defined that century. Did capitalism prevail? For now it has, but your generation may see communism’s revival. Right now you seem to believe the US Constitution to be the most brilliant governing document ever written.

Well, you’re right. It is. Never forget that.

Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen.


Anonymous said...

Excellent article on the day after Mainers voted to expand Medicaid. Conservatives just can't beat Santa Claus.

Brian said...

Let's start at the beginning and work through things that should be changed in your speech.

"I KNOW and publicly state that every human is born male or female"....No you don't know, you believe.

"I reject attempts by academia and many in government to refute that basic truth." Who is really refuting your basic beliefs are the actual people that are experiencing gender issues. The academia and government is just respecting the evidence these people are helping to supply.

Yes, you probably would be shouted down at many colleges, in a similar fashion as would those spouting their belief that gays are sinners, or any other mean and ignorant beliefs. Does that mean they disdain "intellectual diversity'? Is believing that the world is flat "intellectual diversity"? Some things are just flat out wrong. So yes, we firmly believe their IS often an "objective proof". Most college faculty DO believe the objective proof of climate change, gender differences, round earth, evolution etc.

About your religious beliefs, I am not one to try and talk somebody out of them, as I wouldn't try and talk a child out of believing in Santa Claus. But let me pick some of the cherries that you left hanging on the tree when it comes to quoting our founding fathers:

“The Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.”
~1797 Treaty of Tripoli signed by Founding Father John Adams

“I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.”
~Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, letter to the Baptists of Danbury, Connecticut, 1802

“The civil government functions with complete success by the total separation of the Church from the State.”
~Founding Father James Madison, 1819

And this from Thomas Jefferson in an April 11, 1823, letter to John Adams:

The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus by the Supreme Being in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. ... But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with all this artificial scaffolding....

As a matter of fact, the Constitution of the United States of America makes zero reference to a god or Christianity.

The only reference to religion, found in Article VI, is a negative one: “[N]o religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” And of course we have the First Amendment, which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

And I agree that the US Constitution is indeed the most brilliant governing document ever written. Even if it had obvious flaws that needed fixing, like not granting all citizens the right to vote. Our founding fathers were not gods. They were not perfect. But they did a damn good job overall.

As for people prefering to live in a socialist country, we have always been living in a country that mixes capitalism and socialism. Good thing, because neither of these two things has ever proven to work in their own "pure" form.

Common Sense said...

In response to the post by Charles:

Expanding Medicaid? I know, how awful, right? Allowing people like my lower-middle class mother-in-law to receive health coverage? How dare they. Don't they know that Santa Claus should give his gifts instead to those that truly deserve it, like wall street, rich bankers, and CEOs (I'm sure they are really sorry about the economic disaster their little games caused us recently)

Bring on the tax cuts for those fine people instead!!! Be happy with whatever "trickles down" from these gods to our humble selves!

Liberals just can't beat Scrooge.

Anonymous said...

In response to Common Sense...The top 10% pay 70% and the bottom 50% pay 3% of all federal taxes collected. Source: National Taxpayers Union. How much more would you like the producers to pay than the parasites, Comrade?

Jared said...

To Common Sense: Maine has just joined the top ten States where there are more people on welfare than there are working. How far you want to go with that? Fool.

Brian said...

So sweet that you are so concerned with the well-being of rich! I hope they aren't suffering too much.

But since the top 10% hold 76% of the countries wealth, why are they only paying 70% of the taxes?

Here is a link to a column explaining who the real parasites of society are. A waning though - it goes beyond simpleton thinking.

Jared, check out any of the fact check sites about what you are mentioning.

Common Sense said...

Who works harder and is better helping society, my plumber or half of all lawyers, lobbyists, and other elitist tycoons? Damn right, my plumber.

Perhaps it comes down to patriotism. I know that if I made millions I would make no complaints at all about the current tax level I was paying. I would consider myself very lucky indeed and continue to enjoy my luxurious living and be happy to live in a country that allowed me to do this.

Anonymous said...

The Cross in the Closet?
LAME photo.
Perfect opportunity to use the style of (six panel) door that came to be known as "Cross and Bible".....MISSED!

Tom McLaughlin said...

Captain, I wish you hadn't mentioned that. Now the ACLU will spearhead an effort to remove all so-called Christian doors from public buildings across the country.

Anonymous said...

Funny that you include the blabbering from Reagan about small government, since under Reagan, the national debt almost tripled, from $907 billion in 1980 to $2.6 trillion in 1988:

Under Reagan, the federal workforce increased by about 324,000 to almost 5.3 million people. (The new hires weren’t just soldiers to fight the communists, either: uniformed military personnel only accounted for 26 percent of the increase.) In 2012, the federal government employed almost a million fewer people than it did in the last year of Reagan’s presidency.

Instead of praising Reagan’s small government philosophy, maybe Republicans should look to Bill Clinton’s action for guidance. By the end of Clinton’s second terms, the federal workforce was at its smallest size in decades.

Aah, the hypocrisy has been going on for ages and shows no signs of stopping.

It seems progressives and conservatives alike want, in theory, a smaller government (although democrats seem to do a better job of actually accomplishing this in recent decades). The argument is about what parts to cut.

Steve said...

Brian, I like your inclusion of that clause of Article 6 of the Constitution: “[N]o religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” The emphasis is mine, but the absolutism in that clause is the Founder's and it's undeniable. They had an opportunity to codify some sort of religious dictate or minimum in government, but they clearly against it.

Tom McLaughlin said...

Just read this in the Free Beacon:

"New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has banned subway operators from using the phrase "ladies and gentlemen," because it is not inclusive enough. Transit managers will be monitored to ensure they avoid the phrase, according to a report in amNewYork."

And on it goes. Yes Brian, I know there are only two sexes. We all do, but some of us deny it in the face of PC pressure.

Brian said...

Not sure what your point is in reference to any of my earlier statements. I think that the MTA decision is dumb and goofy. I also think that transgender people are not having surgery just for shits and giggles. No need to get all PC about anything, if people are just considerate and polite there is no need for this other BS.

Tom McLaughlin said...

Just read this in the Daily Signal:

"Sex reassignment is as natural as being born, some in the media tell us. And many Americans are buying it. But a growing chorus of dissenters made up of physicians, researchers, and even transgender individuals is beginning to paint a far different picture of the truth. These dissenters are now coming forward to expose just how harmful gender transition and reassignment are—both medically and sociologically speaking. First, consider recent revelations about how problematic sex reassignment surgery is as a therapy for gender dysphoria. In an interview with The Telegraph, world-renowned genital reconstructive surgeon Miroslav Djordjevic said his clinics are experiencing an increase in “reversal” surgeries for those who want their genitalia back. These people express crippling levels of depression and, in some instances, suicidal thoughts.

The whole thing is here:

Brian said...

I know Tom, transgenders are in a horrible no-win situation for the most part. More the reason to be considerate and polite when dealing with them.

The statement about sex reassignment being "natural as being born" is dopey, and I have never heard anybody express that opinion.