Ed Gillespie, R for Governor of Virginia, on Confederate monuments

I plan on voting for Ed Gillipsie. However, like many other Conservatives I will do so without much enthusiasm. James Atticus Bowden’s post provides an example of why.

Here is Gillipsie’s statement on the Confederate monuments issue: https://therepublicanstandard.com/gillespie-holds-line-confederate-monuments-democrats-cash-crisis/

Here is how his statement begins.

My opponent now says that he believes decisions about historical statues are best made at the local level, but that they should be removed. I believe that decisions about historical statues are best made at the local level, but they should stay and be placed in historical context.

What Gillipsie says sounds reasonable, but give it a little thought. It is a joke.

The historical context thing is a big problem. What it amounts to is allowing the elites to tell the rest of us what to think. Who needs that? There is no end to such nonsense.

Consider. Everyone has their own opinion as to what caused the American Civil War. Why? Individual soldiers had their own motivations, not necessarily just one. So who is qualified to judge the matter? Politicians? Do we need the National Park Service to tell us what caused the Civil War? Well, thanks to Congress that’s what they think there job is, and that is what Congress wants them to do.

=> https://www.nps.gov/crmjournal/Summer2007/view1.html

Do you trust politicians to decide what we and our families should believe? Isn’t advertising is bad enough? How would you like a world filled with “historical context”, “educational context”, “politicial context”, “religious context”, and so forth instead? Aren’t we already headed that way?

The National Park Service and the other folks who maintain the lands and the monuments we want to preserve have a difficult job. It is often a pain in the neck just to keep something in its natural state or in the state it was created. When we add a requirement for indoctrination in “correct” beliefs, that is about as useful as sticking half a dozen frightened skunks in a lecture hall. It does not solve anything; it just adds a ghastly stink.

Instead of trying to please everyone, why can’t Gillipsie just stand for traditional American values? Unfortunately, when he tries to please everyone, he doesn’t. Fortunately for Gillipsie his opponent actually opposes traditional American values. Therefore, there is a good chance Gillipsie will win, but it won’t be a win for Virginia. It just won’t be as great a loss. So I will go to the polls and vote for him. He is not perfect, but he is much better than the other guy.

Deo Vindice

Coulda gone better

A real Virginia leader could just say, “Leave the monuments and names alone. Have a nice day.”

Many Republicans will drool over the Ed Gillipsie’s non-defense of Confederate monuments and names, etc.

His weak position is a step away from his opponent. So, Virginians who don’t want more  Totalitarian cultural cleansing have no champion in this race. If they stay home, Ed loses. Again.

Ed Gillespie describes his Democrat opponent position as, “My opponent now says that he believes decisions about historical statues are best made at the local level, but that they should be removed.”

Ed says, “I believe that decisions about historical statues are best made at the local level, but they should stay and be placed in historical context”

They both agree that decisions should be made at the local level despite the Code of Virginia saying localities can’t do that. They disagree on…

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God, Do Something! Now!

Why do I talk about politics and religion? Have you ever read the Bible? It includes a lot of politics. Consider the origin of the word “politic.”

politic (v.) Look up politic at Dictionary.com
also politick, “to engage in political activity,” 1917, a back-formation from politics. Related: Politicked; politicking (for the -k- see picnic).
politic (adj.) Look up politic at Dictionary.com
early 15c., “pertaining to public affairs,” from Middle French politique “political” (14c.) and directly from Latin politicus “of citizens or the state, civil, civic,” from Greek politikos “of citizens, pertaining to the state and its administration; pertaining to public life,” from polites “citizen,” from polis “city” (see polis). Replaced in most adjectival senses by political. From mid-15c. as “prudent, judicious.”

Because one of the big ways we sin against each other is through the abuse of government power, the Bible has much to say about politics.

Here in his post Mike Ridenour cites Habakkuk’s complaint to God as an illustration. Don’t many of us wish God would punish evil men and stop their mischief? Eventually God will do so. Meanwhile, if we want to see a reduction of the evil in this world, we must let our Lord work through each of us. If we want God to fix our world, we must let Him begin with us.

New Hope for Dry Bones

I often hear a lot of talk about how the world is so terrible today. I have to agree. I hear people say that things are worse now than ever. I have to disagree. The world has been a pretty horrible place many times in history. In fact, it has been pretty horrible throughout most of history. I have cried out to God to step in and take over and fix things. I have been filled with near terror at the thought of facing what was going to happen next in this world that has forgotten the one true God and frivolously serves whatever god is handy or whatever god fits into their perverted version of morality.

But God doesn’t step in and he seems to not even hear my cry. The truth is that men have felt this for thousands of years. The world around us does not fear…

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Reflections on 9/11

Today is the day after. Personally, when September 11th rolls around I would just as soon think about something else. Of course, I remember the day, and so when I saw this post I thought I share.

After the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center, I was watching TV when the second crashed into the other tower. In a generic sense, it was easy to figure out who was responsible.

When the smoke coming out of one of the towers suddenly changed color, I knew a sense of horror. The aviation fuel finished burning, but it had ignited a raging fire. Sooner or latter the structure of the building would weaken and the building would collapse.

Because they had to know at least much as I, I admired the courage of the fire rescue personnel. They were still entering the building.

So what about Tricia’s question at the end?

What are your thoughts about September 11? Have they changed from then to now?

The answer is in Tricia’s post. Read the paragraph before her question at the end.

Freedom Through Empowerment

10450846_10152657445138150_1527888332419789200_nIt’s been 16 years since that awful day when the Twin Towers came crashing down and so many lives were tragically cut short.  It’s important to take a few minutes today to reflect on what happened.  What did 9/11 mean to you then?  Does it differ in how you view things today?

It does for me.  During the days immediately following the attack, I was angry, sad and numb.  I didn’t know anyone personally that died, but the momentousness of the event was unavoidable and we all knew that things would never be the same.  Our false sense of security was destroyed and our innocence lost.

At least it was for many of us having come of age in the 1980’s.  That bubble gum era of optimism and bad pop songs provided a false sense of inevitability about the future and naivety of the world around us.  9/11 shattered all of…

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Cat Hunts Deadly… Socks

This is funny!

Lee Duigon

All right, you think a sock is just a sock. The cat in this video would disagree with you. A loose sock on the floor, in his view, is on a par with a copperhead loose in the house. He must hunt it–but very, very carefully!

Note the reactions of the other two cats, who are wondering what’s up with this guy.

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