"Subjectivism in philosophy and anarchism in politics go hand in hand"
College Station City Council Elections
You may have heard tale of The Battle for the Southside waged last month in which the fate of our fair city hung in the balance. Given the outcome, perhaps it should now be remembered as The Battle for Aggieland (Outfitters) as the moneyed corporate interests prevailed against College Station's Old Guard trying to stop the rezoning of a small plot on George Bush Drive that would lead to a falling row of dominoes, collapsing College Station's historic neighborhood under a layer of parking lots, traffic and stealth dorms. Like 1960's era geopolitical strategists who saw the preservation of a small, undeveloped Southeast Asian country as the key to stopping the spread of Communism, this small, undeveloped lot became a hill to die on in the battle to stop the spread of Capitalism.
But the little hill fell to the insurgent forces by a 4-3 vote as the rezoning applicant made a very compelling case. While it was no regime changing Battle of Hastings or even San Jacinto, it did provide some clarity as to the ideological divisions on this and future councils. It was inevitable that in such a rapidly growing community, a constant tension between economic development and neighborhood preservation would develop. Where does a conservative like The Beagle weigh in on such issues?
Firmly and unapologetically on the conservative side. That is, the side that is committed to respecting the rights of property owners and ensuring that this community continues to offer the safe, family friendly environment with good paying jobs and civic responsibility that it has always provided. But I challenge anyone to tell me which side of the neighborhood-developer political spectrum I'm supporting, because both sides are espousing conservative values and want the same outcome for our community. You may note that notorious progressives have also come out in support of candidates in both camps.
As Councilman Benham (who voted with the majority to permit the rezoning application from residential to commercial) correctly noted in his remarks, the government is obligated to respect the property rights of all citizens. This is why BALANCE is going to be so important going forward and why I (as a Southside Historic Neighborhood resident) was so encouraged to see the vigorous but principled debate that our council engaged in. With that in mind, The Beagle is endorsing a split ticket. Incumbent Linda Harvell is a fair-minded advocate of neighborhood integrity, while Elianor Vessali is a smart, young Aggie conservative that is supported by much of the real estate and development community.
Most importantly, candidates must be willing to consider each decision on its merits without being strictly beholden to any sector of our community or any rigid ideology. As a (relatively) neutral observer during the recent battle, I'm pleased to see that our council did just that.
Mully Movie Returns
If you enjoyed reading about Dave Eubank '83 last week, then you will be inspired by Dr Charles Mully who goes from being a 6 year old street orphan to one of the most successful businessmen in Kenya--then gives it all up to become the father to "the worlds largest family" of street children. One night only in College Station, Thursday November 9th and will be available on DVD or streaming soon after.
Speaking of movies (games and books too), you do know about pluggedin.com right? The go to source for Christian parents looking for reviews of new media.
Join The Salvation Army This Season
It's become a family tradition that the kids wouldn't let us miss. Salvation Army bell ringing is fun and helps out an organization that does "the most for the least". Extra credit for singing Christmas Carols. (You might print out some lyrics because some of them you only think you know). Bell ringers are needed Mondays through Saturdays from Nov. 10 through Dec. 24. Shifts start in two-hour increments from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sign up at 361-0618. And don't Christmas shop where they aren't allowed (Not to TARGET anyone).
The Left's War On Halloween
After failing miserably at their war on Christmas, I guess they need an easy victory on their home turf--Halloween. Dressing up like someone or something you're not is a once a year opportunity to be free and have some creative fun. But just to prove that progressives will try to destroy everything you enjoy (How could you ruin football?), they are now codifying costumes and advising Aggie students in a recent e-mail, "If you see someone in this community wearing inappropriate costumes, speak up!" Ruining someone else's fun, while signaling your own perceived virtue is not in the Aggie or Halloween spirit.
I'll speak up all right, but sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Don't let political correctness ruin anyone's Halloween fun--like I almost did to my daughter a couple of years back.
If you missed the memo and the Cultural Appropriation 101 Workshop on campus today, Matt Walsh provides this synopsis of the new rules:
Church: The Anti-Drug
Christian theology-based 12-step programs are so effective that they are still taught in most secular medical schools. Celebrate Recovery groups (which were started in 1991 by Saddleback Church under Rick Warren) are even more explicitly Biblical. Millions have been delivered from Satan's schemes through such groups. But it appears that even more may have been protected from him through the preventive power of faith.
Why does a white, lower middle class state like West Virginia have much lower rates of drug addiction and suicide than a white, upper middle class state like New Hampshire? Researchers could not explain this by looking at any demographic or economic models. The difference, they concluded, was found when they compared church attendance--17th in the nation for West Virginia compared to 47th for New Hampshire.
While even church going, Christian families must remain vigilant in a culture such as ours, religious attendance is clearly an independent variable that offers protection against the ravages of addiction and substance abuse and effective treatment for those seeking recovery.
Judging Presidents in the Age of Subjectivism
One night about fifteen years ago, I had the somber duty to serve on a casualty notification team. I learned then that there is no right or wrong way to have such a conversation with a family, because the message is in the act itself. It communicates that the service member meant something--not just to their immediate family but to their American family. I don't remember much conversation on that long drive, but I assure you politics was the farthest thing from our minds, or that of the family's.
For an elected official to twist that gesture into a divisive event for political gain was almost as unconscionable as some of the left wing media's subsequent attacks on General Kelly. Is there any doubt that an exact transcript of that call read by Barack Obama would have been praised by Congresswoman Wilson?
It made me wonder if the actress accusing President G.H.W. Bush of "sexual assault" would have interpreted the obviously benign encounter (Barbara "rolled her eyes"--Because it was so trivial!) the same way if it had been Obama who had "touched me from behind" (What does that mean?) and "told me a dirty joke" (What did he say?) FOUR YEARS AGO. The only people who have any right to be upset from reading this "sexual assault" story? People who have actually been sexually assaulted.
But to the progressive, what a president, or anyone else, actually says or does is of little importance compared to how someone chooses to feel in response. But feelings originate from an entirely different part of the human brain. And the limbic system has as much to do with the cerebral cortex as your kidney has to do with your heart. Yes, they are designed to interact with and compliment each other, but one can not be substituted for the other.
There are tens of millions of limbic system voters, but connecting with them requires a disconnect from rational thought, and that makes for poor political strategy. Progressive's hatred of Trump as the embodiment of all they rage against has blinded them to reality. Even their secret weapon, the Quixotic investigation of Russian influence peddling, has exploded in their face, exposing mostly Barack-Hillary era corruption.
Why would they do this to themselves, you ask? Because they have fully engaged their limbic system and left it disconnected from the reasoning and temperance of the cerebral cortex. We are a nation divided not just between two political parties but two entirely different brain systems.