I happened to obtain a copy of Judgement at Nuremberg and, so, I naturally watched it. Who wouldn’t? Spencer Tracy, Richard Widmark, Burt Lancaster, Maximilian Schell…and even a small role by an exceptionally young William Shatner. I had seen the movie once before, many years ago, and it was far better than I remembered. What I liked about it is that it didn’t just go for the easy take a movie like that could have. It showed the Germans as all too human. The speech by Schell portraying the German defense counsel pretty much summed up the attitudes of the War generation Germans who emerged from Nazism: boiled down, “if we’re guilty (but we’re really not), then everyone is guilty!”. At the end of the movie, with the Cold War dawning, Spencer Tracy’s character (he playing the chief judge) is urged by nearly everyone to just drop the matter – find the Nazis not guilty or, if guilty, impose mild sentences. None of that: they are all sentenced to life in prison. And he sentences them because evil must be opposed. Which is true. And in that is the real tragedy of the 20th century.
Because evil wasn’t really opposed. Not in any vigorous and consistent manner. The war against the Nazis was a spasm, not a determination. It was only because Hitler forced the issue that anyone fought him. Had he refrained from war in 1939, he would have lived on until his natural death. His regime would have continued. Everyone would have kept trading and negotiating with it. The internal inconsistencies of the Nazi regime might eventually have brought a crisis, but not for decades. Just as the internal inconsistencies of the Soviet Union yet allowed it to live 70 years. And even when Hitler forced the issue and the world went to war against him, it still wasn’t really opposing evil, because the USSR was in partnership in fighting Hitler. If you use one gangster to kill another, you really aren’t fighting against gangsterism.
It used to be that evil would be opposed. The Romans were bloody minded about the Carthaginians because the Carthaginians were evil. Cortez was in quest for gold and glory, but after he and his men found out what the Aztecs had been up to, it became war to the death, because the Aztecs were evil. These days, we barely recognize evil when we see it. Even in our use of the Nazis as the standard of evil, most of the people referring to the standard couldn’t tell you one thing about the Nazis – they couldn’t tell you why the Nazis were bad, that is.
But it is more than just Nazis. They are the exemplar of evil, and deservedly so, but its not like anyone is really trying to do Nazism again. I bring this up because right about the time I was watching Judgement, I saw this series of tweets from a Conservative hammering Tucker Carlson for pointing out that our Ruling Class is doing bad things. The basic thrust of the tweets is that if things are bad, it is because we, the people, made them bad. In response, I tweeted this out:
The outcomes we’ve been having for 60 years have not been the result of the free interplay of public actors. We’ve had things we never wanted imposed on us.
Did you ever vote to legalize abortion? To have millions of illegals here? To have big banks bailed out after they screwed the pooch? When did you pass judgement allowing functional illiterates to graduate high school?
You did none of these things. They happened without your permission. You were promised abortion would be rare: that we’d amnesty and that would end illegal immigration: you were told we’d get better education.
You think it was an accident that you got the opposite of what you wanted? An accident that you’ve got policies that are a negation of facts and logic? No: this sh** was intentional.
And now how do you propose to switch it back? To get a government that does what you tell it to do? By working with the people who, wink and nod, gave you what you specifically didn’t want? Wake the F up
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve long seen that Conservative on twitter and I think he’s probably a pretty good guy. Certainly very intelligent. But, like all too many, he doesn’t recognize evil when he sees it. Think about just one thing I said for a moment: functional illiterates are allowed to graduate high school. You know that shouldn’t happen, but have you realized that it is immoral to allow it to happen? That it shouldn’t have happened even one time? That anyone who allowed it to happen is worthy of severe punishment? And, yet, no one calls for the arrest of those who allow it to happen. We, in fact, have people who insist that we allow such people to continue to be in charge. No one would approve of an illiterate graduating…but, without any consent of anyone, it happens. How? I’ll tell you:
Because those in charge of the education system don’t have your priority in mind. To them, the education system isn’t to provide educated citizens. That takes effort and is a real pain in the neck. No: what those in charge have other priorities. First off, high pay for themselves. Hiring more people like themselves. Making sure no one ever gets rid of them. These are all far more important than making sure Johnny can read. Johnny is a gigantic problem. They’d like to not have him, at all; but that would rather expose the game. They used to flunk Johnny out, but that brought attention to the fact that Johnny isn’t reading. So, now, Johnny gets his diploma. Which action is evil – Johnny and the taxpayers are both being cheated. And the cheaters pass out the bogus diploma and collect the ill-gotten gains. This is what is traditionally known as fraud and theft.
But we don’t call it that. Because we don’t call anything by its proper name any more.
Part of the appeal, for me, of Donald Trump is his willingness to call things by their proper name. Even his gross insults are really no more than calling people what they are. It is this truth telling that makes him hated more than anything else. I remember how ballistic people went when Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union an “evil empire”. The phrase was strictly accurate – no one in possession of their senses could argue otherwise. But people were furious that Reagan had said it. Why? Because he was committing that horrible sin (in modern eyes) of calling something by its proper name. That had to be nipped in the bud. Same thing when Bush called our enemies an “axis of evil”; remember how much people hated that, too? But such things were rare until Trump: he calls things what they are 20 times a day.
But we do have to get back to it. To call wrong things, wrong. To call evil people, evil. To refuse to voluntarily provide any power or prestige to those who make and do the wrong things. Only if we see evil and oppose it can it be stopped. We’ve been blind and silent about it for a very long time and so it has eaten very deep into our civilization. We still have, I think, time to purge it – but only if we see it and say it, first.
I am really tired of references to Nazi’s, naziism, etc., etc… we must always remember history of course in order not to repeat it, but we should also refrain from constant references and comparisons. That being said, evil in our time is in the form of the Democrat party. Take for example their current posture on border security – which is 180 degrees different from the positions they held just a few short years ago. Why is that Chuck U Schumer, you POS? Why are you no longer in favor of a strengthened border as you yourself strongly advocated for in the recent past? You’re an empty suit
Look at how the Democrats govern Chicago, San Francisco, Baltimore, etc., etc. Those poor kids in those cities don’t stand a chance. The Democrats don’t care about those kids. Their schools suck, their infrastructure sucks, their neighborhoods are rife with crime and drugs and the Democrats keep letting more of that shit in through the border every day. THAT IS EVIL!!
And look what Democrats have done to minority families – they have encouraged out of wedlock birth, abortion, and single parent households because of their evil intentions to force people to become dependent on the government, and increase their own power. That is truly evil.
Evil is in our presence and it comes in the form of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and the entire Democratic Party. I will also include virtue signalers like Mitt Romney to this list. He is just a self absorbed, morally confused man who allows evil to exist by his weakness.
That’s just it – we don’t oppose evil. We play around with it, most of the time, and only do small things against it when it becomes too visible to deny. But we have no moral sense any longer – personally, I think it was the legalization of abortion which was the final blow against a sense of right and wrong. After all, if we’ll kill a kid, then nothing is wrong. In the movie I referenced, the Germans, naturally, pointed out things like Hiroshima to indict the United States as just as bad…and, so do our liberals today. But that is a way to excuse evil, not a way to fight it. There is a world of moral difference from dropping a bomb – even a very powerful bomb – on the person who broke the peace and a person dropping even a small bomb which breaks the peace. But we lack that moral clarity these days – we can’t stand up and view things the right way, because we deliberately view so many things the wrong way.
I read an article recently that gave the 2018 statistics chart for worldwide deaths.
General deaths were fifty-nine million (59,000,000)
Unborn deaths were forty-two million (42,000,000)
I think that comes out to roughly seventeen million short of the general deaths.
The gist of the article was centered around the perception of society towards the two genders from say the 40’s and 50’s, and the shift between then, and now.
In the fifties men were seen as the more aggressive, dominant, and more prone to violence gender. While women were the more gentle temperament type gender. They took care of the children, and kept a nice home and meals for the family.
Jump to today, keeping the number of abortions in mind, and we see the complete opposite. Considering that 42,000,000 abortions in 2018 should actually dispel the myth that women are “incapable” of violence.
There is a video on Youtube of a doctor, I think he said he did like 12,000 abortions and explained why he quit doing abortions. I don’t remember the his name or the name of the video, but it’s interesting to watch, and listen to his story when he went before a congressional committee in Washington D,C.
I agree that the public educational system puts little emphasis on the education of its pupils, and that’s very sad, because most all the job opportunities available require a literate workforce. On the lower end scale, at least basic reading, writing, and math skills. A willingness to work, also. On the upper end of the scale, the upper class jobs require many years of education, and the credentials to be successful at the skill or profession of their choice.
More troubling than anything to, is that the public educational system has used their power both politically and monetarily to turn the class body into anti-American bigots, and have done so for many generations now. Look at the schools on the west coast, from Berkeley right on up to Seattle, those people are so anti-American that they expend enormous energy, on a daily basis, opposing everything that America stands for. They are now attacking ordinary citizens as they pass through, and this all stemming from their educational background. They call themselves “ANTIFA” and their numbers are growing and spreading
I wonder, is America going to allow these type of people to run over them, andtake over the country?
When does America decide – does it want freedom, or does it want bondage and oppression?
CNN’s Alyson Camerota just said that DHS Sec Kristjen Nielsen “is peddling erroneous numbers to scare you and we will give you the facts”.
Wow. So CNN has more accurate border numbers than DHS. Odd
She is so specially stupid one can’t but feel a little sorry for her. I suspect Ocasio-Cortez was one of those millennials who received a trophy in everything she did because well …. she is special. When asked if she envisioned America being a socialist country like Venezuela:
“Of course not. What we have in mind and what my policies most closely re-resemble are what we see in the UK, in Norway, in Finland, in Sweden,’ Ocasio-Cortez said.
Not only are these countries very small with very easily managed and homogenous populations, they are all FREE MARKET ECONOMIES. In other words, capitalism fuels their very generous welfare state.
With Democrat “superstars” like AOC, this country is in a world of hurt. But she is a great example of the dumbed down population the left has created.
The key difference between socialism and democratic socialism is that democratic socialists don’t want the government to own the means of production and socialists do. They believe that certain general social goods like health care should be run by the government, but otherwise support capitalism. So AOC is correct.
Everyone needs to remember that Democrats gave $150 billion cash to the Mullahs of Iran, but won’t spend $5 billion of our money to protect our families.
And now Paul Krugman joins the left wing chorus:
I have no idea how well Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will perform as a member of Congress. But her election is already serving a valuable purpose. You see, the mere thought of having a young, articulate, telegenic nonwhite woman serve is driving many on the right mad — and in their madness they’re inadvertently revealing their true selves.
I am now of the mind that I hope and pray that AOC becomes the leader of the Democrat Party. In fact, Casper you should support her 100% because she is a winner !!!
And to strengthen her position I hope she surrounds herself with those other massive intellects, and vastly experienced people like Beto O’Rourke and Maxine Waters. And let’s not forget Krugman’s contributions to our country. He has been wrong on just about everything, but that doesn’t stop him from continuing to lecture us.
Aren’t these people fun?
They live in a weird world where race and gender are all that matters…they simply do not understand that we don’t care, at all, what race or gender she is. If she were the whitest white man who ever lived and adhered to her policies, we’d say the same things about her.
Interesting how much conservatives fear this young lady. There were 235 democrats elected to the House and conservatives seem to be obsessed with AOC. And she is winning. She has changed the conversation. People are learning about democratic socialism and many are finding they like it.
You’ve posted some pretty inane stuff here over the years, Casper, but this one is a trophy winner, albeit a participation trophy only. I talk to a lot of Conservatives, and AOC is a frequent topic of conversation, almost always as a subject of ridicule and the butt of jokes. Sorry, I don’t detect any “fear.” Virtually every Conservative I know is delighted that she’s the new face of the Democrat Party. Oh, and I have no doubt that many in her audience like Democratic Socialism. What’s not to like about it if your lazy, ignorant, uneducated and love free stuff?
That fact that you and your friends frequently bring her up makes my point. Obviously she makes you uncomfortable. Like it or not, those who follow her have the same vote you and I do.
First rule of holes – remember? We frequently bring your name up as well — as an example of someone who is an order of fries short of a Happy Meal. We look at AOC the same way. She and her supporters are a shining example of the fact the Liberalism is a mental disorder.
SHE doesn’t make us “uncomfortable” but the efforts of the Complicit Agenda Media to make her a symbol of All That Is Good, and to raise her to a status of relevance and importance, are a little creepy. Not just the efforts, but the evident success.
Though for now it seems that all these efforts are doing are making you sheeple, Casper, point at the Invented Right and claiming she is a threat to US, but not claiming to buy into what she is trying to sell. I guess that is a good thing.
Glad to know you still care. You and your friends might consider this; https://medium.com/@zelphontheshelf/10-signs-youre-probably-in-a-cult-1921eb5a3857
You really do need to learn about holes, and you clearly need to learn more about the tenets of Liberalism. #1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 apply to the Left more than to the Right.
The funniest thing about Casper linking to this list is that he evidently does not see himself in any of its examples. Talk about being blind!
I found all except # 10 to be textbook examples of Leftism, from its desperate search for a powerful leader to run a massively powerful Central Authority to its ridicule of those who have seen the light and walked away to its lack of transparency, this is a litany of Leftist characteristics.
I wonder if there is a YouTube video of Obama’s acceptance speech in Denver in 2008, that speech that absolutely REEKED of Third Reich-style adulation and mind control. From the dramatic lighting to the reverb in the speaker system to the towering pillars flanking the newly Anointed, it was a textbook example of culthood on steroids.
Casper, who sneeringly implies that the Right is a cult, wore an Obama necktie.
I hired Donald Trump to run my country. I don’t walk around with his picture hanging over my heart.
What’s fun is watching each of you adjusting you thinking to whatever “Dear Leader” tells you to each day. Must be hard as he seems to change his mind every day. What’s fun about my life right now is I don’t feel I have to do anything I’m told, left or right. And while I’m retired from teaching I still do presentations to classes in Wyoming, Colorado, and Hawaii. Not a bad life.
You do projection well — about the only thing you do well.
In a thread on the necessity of opposing evil, you’re response is to say that life is swell and you’ve got no problems.
You are why things are bad, Casper.
“Not a bad life.”
Not for you, maybe. Not so good for the poor people you try to infest with your nonsense.
What do you “present” and what are your qualifications for doing so?