Jeff Toobin Gets a Timeout for a Personal Foul

Due to a COVID related telecommunication miscalculation, Jeffrey Toobin finds he will now have more time on his hands to document Donald Trump’s moral shortcomings.  Isn’t poetic justice amazing.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/cnn-jeffrey-toobin-zoom-masturbation

You can’t make this stuff up.  To paraphrase from the classic Seinfeld episode on this topic Jeffrey is no longer “King of his Castle, nor Lord of his Domain.”

 

 

What Comes After

As we live through what seems like a never-ending series of ever more outrageous assaults on sanity, we might be forgiven for thinking that the lunatics are now in permanent control of the asylum.  But I’m not so sure that is so.

I sense that the madness that’s been unleashed by the Left to undermine the re-election of President Trump is a very desperate gambit.  After all, look at the damage that the Left has done to the areas that are the centers of their control.  New York, Chicago and Los Angeles have been shut down and ravaged by roaming bands of violent lunatics for months.  The small businesses in their states have been bankrupted.  The economies in those places haven’t recovered from the COVID lockdowns and the normal people living in those places have been exposed to the ruthless and arbitrary exercise of violence that the woke mob has been empowered to wield by their elected officials.  And the woke anti-white agenda is now being fully implemented in schools and businesses across the country.

While it is highly unlikely that places like California or New York would flip their political affiliation to the Republicans this year it is much more likely that places like Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania will.  Even places like Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico have that potential sometime in the future.  And the reason is not so much that this or that politician is running for office.  It’s that people are beginning to see that they are being played.

If Donald Trump can re-ignite the economy by simply taking a pro-American stance on trade deals and tax incentives that encourage corporations to hire American workers then it is clear that the anemic economy that has been strangling American families for more than half a century is not the inevitable result of the world we live in.  It is a plan that the political and corporate elites have chosen to inflict on us.  They long ago calculated that replacing the middle class with an underclass beholden to them for the crumbs they would provide, would permanently shift the balance of power in this country into their hands.  Bringing in an endless stream of immigrants could be used to lower wage expectations while providing the votes needed to overwhelm populist reaction to the outrages being perpetrated against the citizens.

And with the Democrats and the Republicans in collusion with this plan there was little that Americans could do.  No matter who they voted into office they got the same result.  When the Democrats had the White House, it was socialism and cultural Marxism on steroids.  When the Republicans were there it was foreign wars and slightly disguised socialism and cultural Marxism.  We knew something was wrong but how it was being done wasn’t clear to the average non-progressive man in the street.  All we knew was even when we won, we lost.

But then Donald Trump came along and he pulled back the curtain and showed us the fraud.  He dared to expose the illegal immigration scam and the Anti-American global economy scam that the Republicans were colluding in and people understood.  He got elected and he turned the economy around.  And he was attacked by literally every power center in this country and around the world.  The FBI, CIA, NSA, the State Department, the IRS, the EPA, parts of the leadership of the Armed Forces, all the Blue States like California, New York and their state courts and attorneys general, all the federal court judges appointed by liberals in both parties, Google, Facebook, Twitter, the NY Times, Washington Post, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, every college faculty and administration, Wall Street, most corporations, the Chinese Communist Party, the European Union, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Nations and every NGO and non-profit organization that fronts for socialist policies.  Even Republican leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan worked against the President’s agenda.  And none of them were able to destroy him and he was able to push through many of his policy goals almost single handedly.  And then the Chinese unleashed a bioweapon on the country and he had to negotiate the insanity of shutting down the United States economy and restarting it again with a lunatic like Anthony Fauci spouting nonsense and undermining any reasonable efforts to find a workable solution to the pandemic.

But when even that wasn’t enough the Left reactivated BLM and Antifa and allowed them to burn down the downtowns of the Democrat controlled cities.  They passed down the talking points to political and corporate mouthpieces and we were lectured to and berated by our betters on the sins against diversity and inclusion that we were all guilty of by birth.  And those who live in blue states know that the propaganda war to shame anyone born white is in full swing.  But I think the jig is up.

I think we have finally reached the point where anyone who isn’t hopelessly stupid or unshakably beholden to the Left is aware that all of this woke nonsense is a pack of pathetic lies.  Cops aren’t roaming the streets looking to murder black people.  George Floyd and whatever other black criminal du jour they find resisting arrest aren’t innocent victims.  At best they are victims of their own criminality that makes them statistically most likely to finally end up in the hands of the rare police officer who is also criminally irresponsible.  America isn’t a hotbed of white supremacists.  Women aren’t victims of discrimination and sexual deviants have been provided with more tolerance than anyone could hope to justify.

I think the result of all this is people aren’t going to be afraid that the Left will think they’re racists, misogynists, homophobes or any other label that basically has been discredited by the excesses of the Left over the last hundred years of shrieking.  No matter what they do the Left is going to call them that anyway.  What is there to lose by at least standing our ground now?  Nothing.

So, the point has been reached.  Intimidation by threatening to call us names like racist won’t work anymore.  It’s all in the open.  Now we’ll find out who is the stronger horse, us or them.  That will determine whether the lunatics get to keep control of the asylum or not.  I’m betting on us.

My Early Christmas List to Santa Trump

Indulge me today in a little game.  I know that anything could happen after November 3rd up to and including the apocalypse.  But just for the sake of this post let’s assume that when the dust clears President Trump is clearly the winner of the election and the Republicans squeak out a win in the Senate and the House.  What would be my wish list for the coming four years of the second Trump administration.  Granted that this is the rosiest of scenarios but it is far from unlikely.  So, grant me the premise.

  • First and foremost, give Barr an ultimatum to either produce the reports of the investigations or resign. Either his staff has found crime committed by the Obama holdovers in the FBI and elsewhere or he has an explanation that covers all the outrages we have seen perpetrated over the last five years.  And regardless of whether Barr is the Attorney General or not it must be a priority to clear all the anti-Trump personnel out of the Justice Department.  Even if that depopulates the department it would be the smartest thing to do.  Reforming the FBI is an extremely important goal.  Defanging that agency would benefit everyone.  It is a weapon that can be brought to bear against any innocent American whenever political expediency calls for it.
  • Another priority is to punish those states that allowed Antifa and BLM to terrorize their citizens. What I would envision would be the feds initiating civil and criminal actions against the governors and mayors who were complicit in the protracted unrest that engulfed the lives of their citizens.  Testimony by all the individuals that feel they were harrowed and their lives disrupted and especially those that were assaulted or whose businesses were destroyed.  These are Americans who were treated like targets of a pogrom.  They were singled out based on the color of their skin.  The President should make it a point of pride to get them justice.  Those governors and mayors should be hounded out of office and prosecuted.
  • The President and Congress need to fully fund and swiftly build the Southern Wall. It is important and it is also a morale builder.  It shows the country that the government is taking their wishes seriously.  It’s what got President Trump elected in the first place.  It should not be forgotten.
  • The President needs to continue to appointing federal judges to all the circuit courts in the country as quickly as the openings occur. The power that a corrupt judiciary is able to wield is apparent from the outrageous actions of the federal judges who have hampered the President throughout his first term.  Eliminating the progressive majorities in the 9th Circuit Court and other progressive strongholds should be a priority for Republican presidents whenever the Senate is in their control.
  • The President needs to install an Attorney General who will employ the RICO statute to defund, prosecute and imprison the leadership and all guilty members of Antifa and BLM. The RICO laws were put in place to demolish the mafia.  Antifa and BLM are criminal organizations that have done incalculable harm in this country.  They need to be crushed.
  • The President needs to punish China for COVID and he needs to end the special relationship that has allowed China to monopolize American commerce for decades. China is at best an adversary.  In a lot of ways, it is our mortal enemy.  It needs to be treated as such.  And any American citizens or corporate entities that conspire with China to our detriment need to be severely punished.
  • And finally, I want him to fire Anthony Fauci. That dope has botched this COVID thing like no one could imagine.  I wouldn’t trust him to run a CVS Drug Store never mind the nation’s health.  He really is a dope.

 

Well that’s enough for this Christmas.  Of course, my first present has to happen way in advance of Christmas just to make the other presents possible.  I want a resounding election victory for the President.  So if that isn’t too much to ask, let’s start there.

Minneapolis Seems To Be Having a Slight Crime Problem

After allowing a mob to burn down police headquarters, voting to defund their police department and vilifying police officers as racists the government of Minneapolis was shocked to find out that police are leaving the force in droves.  Even more unexpectedly the crime rate and especially the murder rate have spiked.  The City Council’s reaction was twofold.  First they attributed the spike to President Trump being evil and secondly they ordered police details to provide personal protection for City Council members.  With the problem now fully under control they went back to the main order of business, vilifying the police and President Trump.

But as personally satisfying as that action plan has been for the City Council and Mayor it appears that the residents of Minneapolis are still selfishly complaining about the carjackings, running gun battles between gangs, aggravated assaults and the odd murder here and there.  Why must these people harp on these petty problems?  Can’t they see that every day Minneapolis is getting closer and closer to real racial justice?  Oh, well.

Well anyway back in the real world a coalition of people who live in the effected area are begging the city and state government to send combat troops into the city to end the mayhem.

Reading the article you can sense the desperation in people who see their world disintegrating around them.  But reading the comments after the article it’s split about 50/50 between those who agree and those who think everything is just fine.  Minneapolis is now where New York City was back in the 1960s during the riots.  They can retreat from the madness of blaming the police for street crime or they can watch as the middle class residents leave in droves and leave the city a shell of its former self.  If I were guessing I’d go with white flight and burned out shell.

It will be educational to see how this latest case of the death of an American city plays out.  Who knows, maybe they’ll surprise me and vote to survive instead.  Anything is possible.

Are the Bidens For Real?

This whole Hunter Biden hard drive thing is surreal.    In the video link below there is an interview that Steve Crowder did with Rudy Giuliani (minutes 2 to 19 of the clip).  Now Crowder is a comedian on our side of the political divide and being a comedian he’s a little goofy but the interview clarifies some of the history of this computer hard drive.  Giuliani says that Hunter Biden brought it into the repair shop and signed for it.  When the computer was never paid for and was left for a period that exceeded the allotted time allowed it became the property of the repair shop.  The repair shop owner looked at the contents and realized what he had on his hands and contacted people on the Trump side.  Apparently he was a Republican type.  Now that was a piece of luck.  He made a copy of the hard drive and gave the original to the FBI.

Giuliani also says that when this story broke Hunter Biden’s attorney called up the repair shop and asked for the computer back.  The New York Post is a sensationalist publication.  But it is owned by Rupert Murdoch who has a lot to lose if this were a slanderous hoax.  Giuliani states that the validity of the information must have satisfied Murdoch for this story to go forward.

How does someone like Hunter Biden stay alive in the political environment that exists today?  Who collects videos of himself smoking crack and and having sex with prostitutes and puts it on a computer hard drive and leaves it with a computer expert?  How can all this be?  It seems almost too good to be true for the President and his campaign.  And on the same computer are these damning e-mails from Chinese and Ukrainian officials that document the influence peddling that Joe Biden has denied being involved in.

There’s only one reasonable explanation, Hunter Biden is part of a secret right-wing cabal dedicated to guaranteeing President Trump’s re-election.  Either that or he is a total degenerate who cannot avoid the destruction of himself and everyone around him.  Wait a minute.  …..  On second thought I’ll go with that second one.

 

 

CrissCross – A Portly Politico/OCF Cultural Exchange

To put the lie to all this talk of inter-generational warfare my friend at The Portly Politico, Tyler and I have decided to reach across the generational abyss and sponsor an exchange of posts.  He has posted an essay here at OCF and I have posted one of my reviews at his site (see link below).

Guest Contributor – photog – “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms” – A Science Fiction Movie Review

Seriously we thought it would be fun for his readers and mine to get some slightly different material for a change.  I think injecting some other points of view on the site is a big plus.

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Guest Contributor – The Portly Politico – The Concerns of a 35-Year Old Man in 2020

[Update] – I saw what a nice intro Tyler gave to my post over at his site so I decided I should try to follow suit.  As part of a cross-posting agreement, Tyler from over at the Portly Politico has kindly agreed to talk about what it’s like for the millennial generation to try to follow in the footsteps of their parents’ lifestyle.  I think it will be valuable for Boomers, Xers and Millennials alike.  Highly recommended.

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By Tyler James Cook, The Portly Politico (https://www.theportlypolitico.com)

When photog proposed swapping blog posts in the comment section of The Fat Man’s “Cityscape at Night,” I was intrigued, and quite enthusiastic.  That was before I succumbed to a gnarly head cold and worked a thirteen-hour day.  But that sickly plight leads nicely into photog’s suggested topic:  what are the major concerns of a young American today?

At thirty-five, I don’t know how “young,” I am, but it’s one of those ages where older people tut-tut when you suggest you’re aging.  I suppose their advanced years have taught them otherwise, and that they’d much rather be a slightly creaky thirty-five than a croaky eighty-five.

Surprisingly, I am considered part of that great, reviled generation, the Millennials.  I certainly don’t feel like one, what with my love of tradition, Christianity, and President Trump.  I was born in a time when Internet usage was limited to college campuses and obscure Bulletin Board Systems, when we weren’t handed a Star Trek communicator with access to all the world’s knowledge—and it’s basest, filthiest indulgences—when we were five.

But we had Nintendo and cable TV, and all manner of luxuries and gadgets our parents could only dream of (although my parents apparently played Pong while dating).  Suburbia was kind to my generation—too kind, as we grew up spoiled and allergic to hard work.

That said, not all Millennial whining is unjustified.  Our parents—the latter Boomers and the early Gen-Xers—could support a family of four or five on blue-collar salaries.  They also didn’t pay a fortune for college, and their college education taught them something useful, rather than Derridaean deconstruction of everything good and decent.  That degree was also their ticket to the middle class.

We grew up being assured that if we followed the same path, we’d end up with similar outcomes; indeed, we’d be better off than our parents.  For many Millennials, that was true:  both of my brothers, for example, make very good livings in academia and the law.  Access to the credentialed classes was greater than it had ever been in American history for my generation.

But one of the problems is that we could no long sustain a family on a working man’s family.  Indeed, the girls we grew up claimed they didn’t want that.  They wanted careers and academic accomplishments; the highest accolades of their chosen fields.  Never mind that most of them finished out college with a useless B.A. in Psychology (the go-to degree for girls who don’t know what they want to study) and loads of debt; that just began their long 20s, that period in which they could explore and “find themselves.”  Or they got married straight out of college after all.

The problem is that with excessive credentialing, degrees have become increasingly worthless.  For example, I hold a B.A. and M.A. in History.  That M.A. paid off in that it gained me a small initial boost in my teaching salary, and it made it possible for me to adjunct at a local technical college (never mind that I’m teaching the same material—often at a slower pace—to the college classes than to the high school students; the State wants to see that M.A.).  Otherwise, it’s been largely an ornament, something my school can tout in its statistics about faculty qualifications.

I’ve managed to carve out a decent living for myself in rural South Carolina, but it’s required constant hustling and budgeting.  To sustain myself (and sock away money for retirement), I work full-time at the high school; adjunct one or two classes online each semester; teach multiple private music lessons after school; organize and book my own shows to bring in revenue (mainly through merch sales); teach summer classes and camps; and, until this summer, work maintenance at school.  For all of that effort, I scrape together around $50,000 to $55,000 a year (although I came close to $60,000 one year).

Self-employment taxes eat away at a good chunk of my private lessons business, which The Virus temporarily shattered (along with live gigs).  I do fine for myself—I managed to buy a used car with earnings from music lessons in 2019—but if I had a stay-at-home wife and kids, there would be no way we could make it work.

For one, my health insurance would outrageous if I didn’t game the Affordable Care Act.  In order to avoid paying $400 a month in premiums for a plan with a $6750 deductible (you read that right), I max out 403(b), traditional IRA, and HSA contributions, which gets deducted, for the purpose of ACA subsidies, from my gross income.  That modified adjusted gross income, or MAGI, is low enough that the ACA considers me sufficiently destitute to pay out subsidies, so my $400 a month premium drops to around $1 a month.

Again, for a single man at thirty-five, it’s not a bad deal.  I’m in relatively good health (and am dropping some extra fat) and have managed to squirrel away enough in my emergency fund to reach my deductible without touching my HSA contributions (I’m treating my HSA as an investment vehicle, with my contributions invested in various mutual funds).  But if I were married with kids, it would be a whole different story.

I’m also blessed to have made it through college and graduate school debt free, and to have never had a car payment.  That is a luxury—really, the result of extremely generous gifts from my parents and grandparents—that has enabled me to pursue a life of financial asceticism.  If I had student loans and car payments, like many of my peers, it would be far more difficult to save and invest.

As it is, I feel like I work constantly just to provide a good life for Future Portly.  The cost in the here and now, though, is palpable.  Not only have I sacrificed energy, I’ve sacrificed some of the enjoyment of life.  Those are necessary sacrifices to avoid becoming a ward of the State in my dotage, but the price seems very high—and one that it seems I must now bear alone.

To be clear, I don’t mean to complain.  I am blessed to live a good life, and to own a house, free-and-clear.  I enjoy a degree of financial autonomy that strikes awe in my peers.

But I don’t know if it’s sustainable with a family—what I want more than anything.  The debased nature of modern dating—the topic for another guest post, perhaps?—puts a man with a traditional worldview and sound financial sense in a precarious situation.  Having built my legacy, I don’t want to squander it on some Tinder harridan with a butterfly tattoo and blue hair.  But the inflated nature of the modern dating marketplace makes even the greasiest of girls believe their beauty queens with only redeeming qualities.

A Choice for the Blue State Voters

This election is already decided in the minds of almost every voter in America.  Other than a bloodbath in Portland or some other city where the lunatics of Antifa and BLM are rampaging I don’t think there are any more minds to change in terms of the Presidential vote.  But what about going forward in places like Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oregon, Illinois and New York?  I’d like to say a few things to the poor prisoners living in these states.  Are you happy with the way you’re being treated by the people running your state?  Do you want to send them a message or are you too passive and gutless to hit back at the people who have treated you like cattle for the last nine months?

In these blue-states, governors were complicit with local authorities in allowing rioters to control cities for months on end.  This was simultaneous with these same governors holding the general population under house arrest because of the COVID scam.  What I want to say to you blue state voters is, don’t you want to send a message to these people who have stolen most of a year out of your lives and defaced the streets and businesses of the cities you live and work in?

I’m not expecting you to necessarily vote in Republicans.  It would be reasonable for some moderate Democrat to take advantage of the unpopularity generated by the incumbents to run a primary challenge against these knuckleheads.  But if no challenger appears on the Democrat side it seems to me if you people are self-respecting men you must have pride enough to strike back at the people that allowed these outrages to go on.  Even if you don’t mind having your city held hostage by roving gangs of vandals and looters maybe you’ve grown tired of being lectured and hectored about your supposed white privilege and your responsibility and guilt for things that happened over a hundred and fifty years ago by people that probably have no relation to you whatsoever.

And if you actually have no detectable pride maybe you have some shred of compassion for your own children and grandchildren who will inherit the world that you are allowing your new masters to build.  They will be third class citizens in their own country and they will keep paying the price that you are signing them up for.  Pretty soon the red-states will be separating themselves from these policies and you will be beyond the help of free people.  Neither side will be in a position to coerce the other into following laws they don’t want.  So pretty soon you’ll have to choose.  You can turn your state around and rejoin the world of free speech and equality of opportunity or you can be a prisoner shackled to the wheel of social justice from which there is no reprieve from the life sentence.  You’ll pay your tribute to the gods of diversity and anti-racism knowing full well that no matter how much you pay it will never be enough to remove the Mark of Cain on your forehead and your descendants’ unto the last generation.  If you leave those states too late, you’ll be lucky if they leave you the clothes on your back.  All your stuff will be theirs.  Look at what California is already dreaming up for people who leave, an exit tax.

So, make up your mind, it’s your choice, at least for a little while.

The Pitch

Whether the Republican Party, going forward, continues as the home for the people resisting the Woke Jacobins or some other organization represents them, I think it is necessary that they come up with a simple narrative for why people should vote for them.  Rather than the old “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” I think they’re going to have to rebrand.  In sales there is the concept of “the pitch.”  Basically, it is the salesman’s best guess at what he can say to the buyer to close the sale.  One thing any salesman knows is that the attention span of the customer is extremely short.  What is put forth must be the strongest bit of persuasion possible and it needs to be concise.

For this reason, I believe that it is useless to try and win over the Middle and even parts of the Left by waxing poetic about free speech, free enterprise, free trade or even free college.  Some of it will work with some of them and some will work with others but even if they believe you it won’t get their attention.  All of it has already been said by all the frauds on the Left and the Right a million times already.  It’s just background noise at this point.  This won’t get it done.  And it can’t even be President Trump’s 2016 pitch, “Make America Great Again.”  It’s a great pitch and it made him president.  But it’s limited to the Right.  What we need is something that will work on anyone who isn’t woke.  We need this because the Left has unleashed a monster on the country and it shouldn’t be ignored.  It is both a horrible weapon and also a great gift.  They have dropped the mask and they are allowing the regular people on the Right and the Middle and the Left to really see what they intend for all of us.  This is the equivalent of when the Communists took to the streets in Weimar Germany.  It was their endgame and they no longer held back about what they intended and what they were willing to do to get it.

By now there is more than enough documentary evidence available from Minneapolis, Kenosha, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis and New York.  Packaging it into commercials and posters is child’s play for the campaign teams that the political parties have at their disposal.  All it requires is the slogan needed to sell the voters and convince them that it is in their interest to buy the product, to vote for the program.

Succinctly put, I think it would be something like this, “We are the only ones who can save you and your children from being eaten alive by BLM and Antifa.”  Some might object to “eaten alive.”  Maybe that seems inaccurate.  Sure, I’m a bit on the poetic side.  Say rather, “We are the only ones who can save you and your children from being beaten, robbed and dispossessed by BLM and Antifa.”  Either way I think that is the gist of the pitch.  Forget about freedom, forget about economics.  Stick to the fear of being fed to the howling mob.  I’ve never been in advertising but I was a salesman and I know that the two most powerful emotions that can be invoked in a pitch are greed and fear.  In this pitch, greed doesn’t come into play.  But fear is front and center on this one.  There are videos of the mob smashing, looting and burning down people’s businesses.  We have scenes of them beating and even killing innocent people who didn’t flee from their onslaught.

Basically, if the Republicans truly are too stupid to take advantage of this opportunity then they must simply be replaced by those who aren’t.  The Mid-West is full of Democrat voters who can be convinced that it is in their best interests to stop the madness that is being inflicted upon their neighbors every night on their television screens.

For the people listening the message should be forget the tri-corner hats, stock up on ammunition.

In Honor of Columbus Day

I love Columbus Day.  When I was a young guy working to feed a growing family, it was a little oasis of freedom in the long desert of work that stretched from Labor Day to Thanksgiving.  Sure, there’s Veteran’s Day but by then the cold weather has stripped the trees bare of leaves and the cold precludes barbecues and outdoor activities.  But on October 12th you could put some burgers on the grill and back when such things were done you might have a little parade in town and the school would run a competition to see which parents could pretend their children built the best float looking like the Nina and the Pinta and the Santa Maria.  And every little kid could recite, “In Fourteen Hundred Ninety-Two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.”

But that was before we found out that Columbus was a horrible monster.  His founding of the New World was the cause of the destruction of the indigenous civilizations that lived in North and South America.

And that is the case.  His discovery uniting both halves of our world sparked the greatest expansion of human population, scientific discovery and prosperity since the discovery of fire.  Compare the state of knowledge in any art or science in 1500 and 1700 and you will find a leap forward that can only be explained by the dynamism created by the Age of Discovery.  Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Leibniz, Newton, Huygens and endless other scientists and inventors appear almost magically once the potential for expanding into a boundless new world fired the imagination and provided the material wealth to pay for all those dreams.  And all these advances in mathematics, physics, chemistry, medicine, and the technology that it spawned have changed our world immeasurably.

The children and crackpots who disparage Columbus say he was a genocidal murderer.  They claim that if he had not discovered the New World that the indigenous people would be living in peace and prosperity.  From what I’ve read of the Aztecs peace and prosperity was not their strong suit.  A civilization whose hallmark is conquering neighboring peoples and then dragging the conquered warriors to the top of a pyramid and cutting their still beating hearts out of their chests doesn’t sound like something we should be grieved about putting out of business.  In the same vein what is recorded about the warfare practiced by the North American tribes against each other isn’t exactly what the tree huggers claim was going on.  I think it would be more than fair to say that Old World and New World were fairly evenly matched when it came to cruelty.  Where they differed was in technology.  Swords, spears and arrows really don’t compare to cannons and guns.  Steel beats wood, stone and even bronze.  Cavalry can rout poorly trained infantry pretty handily especially if they’ve never seen a horse before.

The history of mankind is the story of conquest of one people by another.  But what differs is what the conquerors do once they rule.  Genghis Khan and his Mongols conquered the greater part of Eurasia.  But they have left nothing in their wake to justify the slaughter of untold millions of human beings.  The world created by the Europeans following in the wake of Columbus has changed humanity from a short-lived, pain-gripped creature always hungry for his next meal to almost pampered aristocrats trying to keep from being bored by the technological wonders that are strewn around our homes like detritus.  Pictures of the “poor” in a third world country reveals the odd sight that they are all a little on the fat side lately.

And whoever heard of a conqueror giving back his conquests to those he’s conquered.  But that is exactly what the Europeans have allowed in almost the whole of their possessions that they didn’t colonize.  Most of Asia and Africa were handed back to the indigenous peoples during the Twentieth Century.  Whoever heard of that?

So, there is my defense of Columbus Day.  The Europeans proved that they were just as ferocious as every other human population on the planet.  They just had better science and better technology.  The Europeans invented this whole “United Nations, kumbaya, We Are the World” thing and maybe it’ll catch on to a greater extent.  So far it only seems to be us turning the other cheek.  But one day humans will get around to conquering each other on a grand scale again.  There will be other empires and other genocides.  It’s human nature.  But I’d just like to say that Europeans invented the wherewithal to destroy human life on a global scale and so far, they’ve mostly used it only on each other, not the helpless savages that they found around the world.  Hardly a reason to be ashamed.

Happy Columbus Day.