Past 41,000 words, now. But I’m kind of at an impasse as to where, precisely, the narrative goes. So, how about a blog post? Let’s start off with a quote:
In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, “I don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away.” To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: “If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it.”
This paradox rests on the most elementary common sense. The gate or fence did not grow there. It was not set up by somnambulists who built it in their sleep. It is highly improbable that it was put there by escaped lunatics who were for some reason loose in the street. Some person had some reason for thinking it would be a good thing for somebody. And until we know what the reason was, we really cannot judge whether the reason was reasonable. It is extremely probable that we have overlooked some whole aspect of the question, if something set up by human beings like ourselves seems to be entirely meaningless and mysterious. There are reformers who get over this difficulty by assuming that all their fathers were fools; but if that be so, we can only say that folly appears to be a hereditary disease. But the truth is that nobody has any business to destroy a social institution until he has really seen it as an historical institution. If he knows how it arose, and what purposes it was supposed to serve, he may really be able to say that they were bad purposes, or that they have since become bad purposes, or that they are purposes which are no longer served. But if he simply stares at the thing as a senseless monstrosity that has somehow sprung up in his path, it is he and not the traditionalist who is suffering from an illusion. – G K Chesterton
A huge amount of our problem is that for about the last 250 years, large numbers of people have insisted upon reforms when they are almost entirely ignorant of just how the current situation arose. I’d pay more attention, for instance, to their complaints about Capitalism if they knew what it was, and why it is here. I, too, have many complaints about the Capitalist system…but these are based upon understanding both the flaws and strengths of the system. Most people complaining about it have merely been told it is unfair and have never examined the assertion…meanwhile, they eagerly swallow the idea that Socialism is superior because they simply don’t know what has happened in Socialist nations.
Yet another Federal judge has decided that a judge should set immigration policy. I think all such moves will eventually be struck down by the Supreme Court. It is just absurd to think that a city or State can defy federal law on immigration matters. I’m a huge fan of local control – but immigration is not a local issue.
Reporter runs into some thugs during a protest and gets frightened. Meanwhile, not one TEA Party or Trumpster has ever done something like that. Odd that MSMers still go with the line that TEA Party and Trumpsters are a threat.
In case you missed the great boobs controversy on Social Media, Don Surber has a run-down on it. Mostly it was a cause of very, very funny jokes for hours yesterday. Naturally, as a Conservative I
refused to join in who am I kidding? I Tweeted out joke after joke.