Killing Common Sense

Idolatry is committed, not merely by setting up false gods, but also by setting up false devils; by making men afraid of war or alcohol, or economic law, when they should be afraid of spiritual corruption and cowardice. – 9/11/1909

This is the age in which thin and theoretic minorities can cover and conquer unconscious and untheoretic majorities. – 12/20/1919

The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the common people of their commonsense. – 9/27/1929

Three quotes from G. K. Chesterton, and I bring them up because I have another quote for you by Mark Steyn, via Ace:

John Moulton was a distinguished judge, a man of science, and a chap who held the splendid title during the Great War of Britain’s “director-general of explosive supplies,” a job he did brilliantly. Lord Moulton divided society into three sectors, of which he considered the most important to be the “middle land” between law and absolute freedom — the domain of manners, in which the individual has to be “trusted to obey self-imposed law.” “To my mind,” wrote Moulton, “the real greatness of a nation, its true civilization, is measured by the extent of this land.” By that measure, our greatness is shriveling fast: The land of self-regulation has been encroached on remorselessly, to the point where we increasingly accept that everything is either legal or illegal, and therefore to render any judgment of our own upon the merits of this or that would be presumptuous.

A small example: The other day, I visited a Shaw’s supermarket in New Hampshire. On the front door was a sign: “No bare feet — for Health & Safety reasons.” Really? Yes, it’s true that the bare foot is particularly prone to fungus and bacteria, and one wouldn’t want it promenading in large numbers around the meat department — in the same sense that it would be unhygienic to take a leak in the produce department. But the reason a civilized person neither urinates nor pads barefoot amid the fruit and veg is not that it’s a health-code violation but that it’s (in the Moulton sense) ill-mannered. Shaw’s can no longer rely on its clients to know this (and to “obey self-imposed law”), and it apparently feels it cannot prohibit such behavior merely as an affront to societal norms, so it can disapprove of barefoot shopping only as an act of regulatory non-compliance…

Rather mission accomplished, wouldn’t you say? We are, indeed, afraid of things which no real man or woman would fear – but we aren’t at all afraid of being complete moral zeroes. We fear war so much we’ll let ISIS go nuts over the Middle East…but are so unafraid of moral corruption that we’ll let even the most egregious lies in our press and politicians slide. We, as a people, have been deprived of that old common sense which basically regulated our attitudes…towards both things like war and things like lying…and, of course, whether or not you should wear shoes to the grocery store. And that brings us to Steyn’s quote. We’re going to have to get a federal ruling on who shall bake a cake and when for the same reason we need a sign posted against bare feet…because we’ve been so completely crushed by a thin and theoretic minority, so propagandized by a compulsory education system, that we are unsure if we have a right to not bake a cake if we don’t want…nor are we 100% certain we can really insist that people wear shoes to the store.

If you really think about it, the thin and theoretic minorities have been doing this to us for more than a century and they have always done it via idolatry. Every time they needed we, the people, to be moved against our will, they’d cook up something into a crisis we were supposed to fear so much that we’d cede power…or, more accurately, a few judges and bureaucrats would see to it that the power was ceded. A false idol is set up for us to either worship or fear (which ever seems to work best for the moment), and off we go. Think about how many people fear war, as one for-instance. It really isn’t remotely the worst thing which can happen – things like what happened in Kenya a few days ago are the worst things which can happen. Innocent people being massacred and enslaved – that is the worst thing that can happen. Brave men and women fighting (and, yes, dying) in a noble cause to prevent massacre and slavery should be considered among the very good things of the world. Common sense dictates that if it be true that a 20 year old man has to die – as much as we’d like to avoid it completely – then better he dies armed and trained for battle and fighting for what is right, than to be cruelly murdered in his college class. But we have been deprived of our common sense…and so we’re not sure it would be better to die fighting than to die for nothing.

Until we get back to being a people who (a) have common sense and (b) are fearless enough to act on it, we’re not really going to get anywhere. Until we just “know” that ISIS is to be fought, shoes are to be worn in the market and no one can be forced to bake a cake, we’ll remain at the mercy of the thin and theoretic minority. It’ll take a bit of rebellion to get there, to be sure – not taking up arms, but still some rebellion. Actually, that Memories Pizza store getting hundreds of thousands of donations after being snookered on whether to cater a gay wedding is indicative of the sort of rebellion we need. That was common people exercising their common sense: it is absurd that anyone would be troubled over expressing such an opinion, and each dollar donated was a symbolic affirmation that we just “know” its ok if you don’t want to participate in a particular activity.

It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out over the next 10 to 20 years – whether common sense will rebel and win, or whether that thin and theoretic minority can cook up enough false idols to distract us?

9 thoughts on “Killing Common Sense

  1. Retired Spook April 7, 2015 / 2:20 pm

    Until we get back to being a people who (a) have common sense and (b) are fearless enough to act on it, we’re not really going to get anywhere. Until we just “know” that ISIS is to be fought, shoes are to be worn in the market and no one can be forced to bake a cake, we’ll remain at the mercy of the thin and theoretic minority.

    How do you define “fearless”? Is it losing your business? Losing your home? Paying exorbitant fines or go to jail? Because that’s where this is headed.

    • M. Noonan April 7, 2015 / 2:33 pm

      Yep – it will take that kind of fearlessness…and then the rest of us backing it up. Go Fund Me is a perfect way to just screw over the left…show them that no matter how hard they try, they won’t win. We also need to figure out a way to get several billion dollars in a Common Sense Legal Defense Fund which would both defend those attacked and ruthlessly sue the crap out of the SJW types for their actions.

      • Retired Spook April 7, 2015 / 2:53 pm

        The Left even tried to shut down the Go Fund Me effort on behalf of Memories Pizza — unsuccessfully, I might add. At some point, though, the radical Leftists pushing this meme will have to suffer some sort of substantial loss, not just “not win”. Say what you want about Progressives — they’re not quitters.

      • M. Noonan April 7, 2015 / 3:14 pm

        Nope. Which is why I brought up the possibility of using “lawfare” against them…but, also, of course: Defund. There are myriad ways we, the people fund the left and if we can stop those funds, they’ll have less ability to harass us into submission.

      • Cluster April 7, 2015 / 4:05 pm

        I say we beat the life out of them on a one on one basis.

  2. Retired Spook April 8, 2015 / 8:01 am

    Going back to the subject of your post — “killing common sense,” most Liberals I know or have known never had any common sense to kill. I think it’s one of the main things that differentiates Conservatives from Liberals. Liberals (at least in general; there are always exceptions) are significantly more likely to believe things that aren’t true if they fit their world view. Liberals would like everyone to believe that they’re the critical thinkers, but nothing could be farther from the truth. Look at the response to the completely made up “Rolling Stone” article on the rape at UVA. The Indiana RFRA is another prime example. Every Liberal I’ve talked to since the day the governor signed the original bill has believed exactly what the press reported — that the bill allowed discrimination against homosexuals. I’ve discussed it with at least a half dozen left-of-center people, including my own daughter, who even went a step further. When she brought it up, I suggested that the first step might be to read the bill. Her response was, it didn’t matter what the bill said, only the public perception of what the media said it said. She was really incensed that I would think otherwise, that I wouldn’t be concerned about the damage it was doing to my state. She had exactly the same response back in 2012 to the “war on women”, even though it was also manufactured out of whole cloth.

    The man-made global warming/climate change issue is another in which common sense on the Left is completely absent. Even when many of the lead climate scientists had their emails hacked, not once, but several times, and got caught admitting they manipulated and distorted data, and subverted the peer review process, their willing foot soldiers said that didn’t matter and came up with all kinds of excuses, including the Left’s old fall-back: “fake but accurate.”

    If they weren’t doing so much damage to the future of my children, grand children and, now, great grandchild, I would just ignore them, and let them wallow in their own ignorance. I really like the idea of using sites like Go Fund Me to help their victims as well as working to defund their viscious assaults on those who disagree with them by any means available.

    • Cluster April 8, 2015 / 11:30 am

      it didn’t matter what the bill said, only the public perception of what the media said it said.

      That’s the current state of progressivism right there. The truth has never been an integral component of anything the militant left does. Their movement is purely based on emotional narratives and propaganda that they repeat incessantly to influence the LIV’s. And they have no shame whatsoever, nor do they ever suffer any negative consequences when they are caught in their lies. Take the Bowe Bergdahl situation. Another issue where the administration lied through it’s teeth to the American people and once again acted unilaterally simply to further a narrative and an agenda. The missing emails of Hillary and Lois Lerner?? Lies upon lies upon lies. The deal with Iran?? More lies and obfuscation. The ACA? Built and passed on lies. “Hands up don’t shoot”? Lie.

      The fact is that the American militant left, of which the current President is a member, are habitual liars and can not be trusted whatsoever, and I think the majority of common sense Americans have figured that out based on the majorities in government that conservatives now enjoy at the city, county, & state levels and of course in the House and Senate. The militant left has successfully hijacked the Democratic party and has shrunk that party to the point that only one candidate is now being considered for POTUS, and that one candidates primary qualification is her gender.

    • M. Noonan April 8, 2015 / 2:47 pm

      That is why I liked that 2nd quote from Chesterton so much – thin and theoretic minorities. It is really just a very small number of people who get to decide what the Narrative will be…and the whole system is geared towards an ever more extreme leftwing view becoming the “boring, middle of the road” position. Ace noted the other day that some of Brian Williams’ friends were putting it out that he is apolitical. Now, as Ace pointed out, this can be taken two ways:

      1. Flat out lie to try and save Williams’ career.

      2. Williams has just entirely absorbed the Narrative and does not for a moment think about things.

      Either are just as likely – and I lean towards the second explanation because, face it, all Williams and his like are is newsreaders…its not like such people spend a great deal of time delving into history and philosophy. If they ever did, they’d first off never have the time to work on their physical appearance and their on-screen delivery; and if they ever did, they’d also not be able to seriously sit in front of a camera 30 minutes a day and think they could remotely inform people what happened in the previous day. The reason Limbaugh does three hours is because that is the only way you can possibly get any depth or perspective on events…and even then, there’s a lot of skimming. Rush could well do a successful 30 minute show where he just briefly noted things and then did a rant…but no one would really get much out of it…just as no one really gets much out of a nightly newscast. Except, of course, the perception of the Narrative – meaning, “how am I supposed to view the Issue”? Liberals fall for it all the time.

  3. Retired Spook April 8, 2015 / 12:43 pm

    and that one candidates primary qualification is her gender.

    Well, that, and she traveled lots of miles as SOS.

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