We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.
The Tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time by the blood of tyrants and patriots.
- Thomas Jefferson
Do You Know Your Left from Your Left?
If you're confused about the difference between a classic liberal and a modern day progressive, don't be embarrassed. So are they. One problem is that every couple of generations, the ideas associated with the left become so discredited, that they attempt to rebrand with whichever term has been out of use in the hopes that the public will forget how toxic their products were. It's sort of like the Phillip Morris of political thought.
When most political scientists look at demographic trends and the leftist indoctrination of America's youth, they see a permanent Democrat majority in our future. I don't. Because I see a party that is likely to either splinter, or move so far left that they lose most moderates and many in their own liberal base. Liberals like New York's defeated congressman and Democratic party leader Joe Crowley and the progressivist primary victor Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may find themselves on the same side of major issues like abortion and taxes but they have some fundamental philosophical differences. For example:
Classical liberalism is characterized by a commitment to democracy and respects the common man's right to self-determination. Modern American progressivism sees democracy as an impediment to achieving its objectives and the common man as unenlightened and unworthy of self-governance. Thus, when unable to compel action through force of argument, it has no qualms about seeking social change through the dictates of like minded jurists who have no qualms about reading into the Constitution whatever cause de jour suits them.
Liberalism has respect for the Bill of Rights and the rule of law. Freedom of speech, assembly and even religion must be respected. Our own Robert Borden, of The Eagle editorial page fame, is in this camp. Might makes right with progressivism which does not even see these as cardinal civic virtues and defends them only when beneficial to its agenda.
Liberalism believes in an equal opportunity society composed of Americans of equal worth practicing tolerance towards one another. Progressivism seeks an equal outcome society that punishes or rewards on the basis of a racial and sexual hierarchy that pits each group against the other in a tournament of grievances that is the antithesis of tolerance.
Since the age of "enlightenment", liberalism has pursued scientific inquiry and respected its conclusions as a prerequisite for rational discourse. Progressivism is its own amorphous and morally vacuous religion. Unassailable scientific conclusions regarding the origin of human life, duality of gender and the nature of family can be discarded if their conclusions lead to inconvenient truths. Economic theories tested the world over can be ignored, with the resulting catastrophic failures seen from Caracas to Chicago, excused as "not the right kind of socialism".
Finally, classical liberals, as erroneous as many of their conclusions may be, are usually motivated by reason and altruism and want America to continue to be a force for good in the world. Modern American progressivists are motivated by emotion and harbor a blind hatred towards an America they see as an oppressive force worthy of destruction.
Unlike the Democratic party, I don't expect Republicans to splinter or lurch into extremism--or even require a rebranding of ourselves. Most young leftists will become more conservative as they develop some life experience, get married, raise children and earn a paycheck, as even this hilarious BBC skit concludes:
Meanwhile, more traditional liberals will soon find that they have more in common with conservatives than they do with their increasingly strange bedfellows. I've found that most true liberals are trying to be good people, but may have been deluded by the poisonous cult-like ideology of progressivism. If you know any, please help them to #walkaway.
America Prepares to Declare Independence from Judicial Tyranny
It is a myth that King George III wrote in his diary on 4 July, 1776 that "Not of importance happened today". No doubt the significance of America's first declaration of independence was noted with as much hand wringing and apoplexy as our second will be.
For most of the last century, America has been under the tyranny of those in royal robes as surely as we were two and a half centuries ago. Sure, like any enduring monarchy, the Supreme Court allowed us certain freedoms and a sense of autonomy, extended to us out of their benevolence. Once unconstrained from the boundaries of the Constitution and finding themselves unaccountable to the other branches of government, the liberal majority (even when comprised of majority Republican appointees) reserved the right to rule on and over anything and everything they desired, while a coterie of princes, dukes and duchesses in lower courts followed suit.
This 4th of July we should doubly celebrate our pending second independence and the fact that this time the tree of liberty will flower after being watered by the votes of the people rather than the blood of tyrants.
EXTRA! EXTRA! News Reporters Shot! Trump Supporters to Blame!
You'd think they would learn. Out of all of the mass shootings and random high profile murders since about John Wilkes Booth, you can probably count on one hand how many even remotely resembled a conservative activist. Far more often, they are random nut cases and the small percentage that do express a political motivation are far more often left wing radicals than NRA members or other conservatives.
But like modern day Neros or National Socialists, they never seem to tire of trying to scapegoat conservatives for incidents that have no relation to them or turn out to be complete hoaxes.
The Eagle's decision to run an editorial cartoon blaming Trump, the NRA and conservative activists for the Annapolis newsroom shooting was foolish. Although it could have been worse. They could have given space to a local leftist to pin the Orlando gay nightclub shooting (perpetrated, as you may recall, by a bisexual Muslim) on the Christians. Oh wait, they did.
Texas A&M Handled Sexual Assault Appropriately
According to all published reports and a source close to the issue, the case of the Aggie swim team member's sexual offense was handled appropriately. Despite pressure from activists, there should be no major changes to the balanced approach that was pursued.
The application of Title IX gender equity principles must allow for due process and not be characterized by the "girls rule, boys drool" approach that activists are seaking. Such partiality can lead to tragic outcomes for the accused as well:
Having said that, if I'm the coach of that team, he'd wish he'd been kicked off. As commander of the Aggie Corps in 1990, I was involved in a number of disciplinary cases one of which involved an alleged "date rape". Though not expelled from the university, the cadet leadership recommended expulsion from the Corps due to failure to uphold our standards of conduct that exceeded a mere criminal or civil threshold.
But even properly applied disciplinary action represents a failure to prevent such incidents. Prevention requires addressing some issues that have been off limits on university campuses due to concerns about "blaming the victim". That needs to change.
The "hook up" culture is a relic of a sexual revolution that, despite its many casualties, had no winners. It has run its course. A culture that devalues sexual relations can hardly be expected to treat sexual assaults as a serious offense,
The pervasiveness of pornography adversely impacts romantic relationships and further devalues the sex act. It's not liberating, it's debasing.
The binge drinking culture is nearly always a factor in such "date rape" incidents. Sobriety or at least moderation is a huge protective factor for both parties. It's not victim blaming or excusing the perpetrator to say so clearly and unequivocally.
During this teachable moment brought to light by the #metoo movement, maybe it's time to help our culture radically address this issue. How about this idea? Sex should be for married couples. Fifty years after the revolution, no other strategy appears to be working out very well for men, women or children.
AMAC-The Conservative Alternative
Like The Beagle, I know my readers are cool and trendy. Many are so hip they're litt. Some are even dope to the point of being legit sick. Still, time marches on and just because you've crossed that magic 50 number like I did last month, you don't have to join the lame, big government squares at AARP. Not when there's an alternative at
The 1836 Steakhouse in Huntsville Worth the Trip
The 150 year old mansion that houses the restaurant is as impressive as the food. If you haven't been to the Sam Houston museum on the campus of SHSU, you should do that first to pay tribute to this most impressive Texan.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Needed
The Trump administration's handling of the children of illegal immigrants has been a debacle. . .as was Obama's:
But congress is ultimately responsible for reforming our "asylum" laws, which are a cold war relic. Asylum applications should be adjudicated in the consulates of the applicant's home country and anyone crossing the border illegally, returned there to apply.
But we need more than strong fences and smart laws to address this crisis. If we can aid Central American countries to protect them from communism, we surely can to protect them from drug gangs of our own making.
Secure borders and Christian ministry are by no means incongruous. Are the Salvadorans who haven't crossed our border illegally any less of our neighbor? Our friends at SHIP don't think so and have been helping the poorest of the poor long before others recently developed concern for these neighbors. You can help at