By: Jason Ivey
The first thing I usually do when I wake up in the morning is grab my iPhone and start perusing the news. I often start with Drudge, then to Facebook, where I click on some of the other articles people (including some of you) have posted. Between those two sources, I then have to go shower (physically and figuratively) after the endless barrage of death, destruction, and physical and verbal violence. I now consider The Wall Street Journal and National Review Online to be my lighter sources of information. Later this morning I moved on to coffee, which I sipped while watching a lovely video of ISIS executing former members of the Iraqi army. Here I am sipping my dark roast (black) while watching a lineup of men get shot point blank in the head on the edge of a blood-soaked dock and then thrown into the river. Time for a refill. What shall I move on to next? I already watched the video while still in bed of the British guy confronting the Muslim chief in what’s now a Muslim-dominated and controlled neighborhood in London. Perhaps I should go read the article about jihadis launching attacks on our southern border, or the one about King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia warning the West that they’re ISIS’ next target. Maybe he just wants us to do him a favor by blowing these people up, but then again, what makes me doubt anything he’s saying is true? This could have been an interview with Captain Obvious.
I see more real death and destruction by 9am than most people . . well, I probably speak for most people. I see more death and destruction by 9am than I used to see in a decade. I felt a sense of horror back in 2002 when I first learned that Daniel Pearl was not only killed, but decapitated. It’s hard to imagine more awful ways to end a life. 12 years later, it’s gotten a bit difficult to avoid beheadings when traveling the internet. Seems they’re all the rage right now. Personally, I prefer to read the descriptions of what happened rather than watch the videos themselves. I have a pretty tough stomach, but I hold on to this quant notion of maintaining some layer of sensitivity when it comes to such matters. Just a personal choice, and I know people with lower tolerances than I who actually watch these videos.
Meanwhile, our Muslim-sympathizing, first anti-American president is out there aiding the enemy, telling the world what we will and won’t do. Man, this guy sure knows how to negotiate. Just show your entire hand to everyone and then shrug your shoulders. Brilliant! Where did we find this guy? I think some Fortune 500 company will surely snatch him up after his term ends.
Back to the daily barrage. As I often ask, “What’s different?” I could argue that the world is not really that different, we’re just seeing a lot more of it than we used to. Everyone has a camera, everyone has the ability to post whatever they want where the entire world can see it. This is clearly a difference that alters perception. If all I read is Drudge stories about the destruction of civilization and conservative posts about the coming caliphate in my backyard, I might really think that the world is on fire. After all, I apply this argument when the climate changers start yakking on a hot or cold day and babble on about hurricanes and the polar vortex. I remind them of certain things, like the fact that there’s far more property built in coastal areas, or everywhere for that matter. More property equals more destruction when a storm hits. Also, we have 24/7 sensationalist infotainment, which extends to the formerly sober Weather Channel. Back in my day, the polar vortex was just known as winter, and in the summer we knew 95 degrees was hot before they started using the “Real feel” temperature of 110. Yeah, the weather sure is different!
But I don’t think my argument about the weather applies to the other stuff, because all I have to do is walk outside to see what’s different.
Then I consider the question, “If Muslims were going to take over the West, how would they do it?” Or, “How does one conquer a country possessing the greatest military in human history?” When you consider the answer, it’s really quite brilliant in its simplicity. First, thanks to the Left, you get the entire population nice and soft and ripe for the plucking. For five decades or more, the war on critical thinking and standards and elevation of relativism and emotionalism and the dumbing down of everything has made us so weak we’re just asking for it. Meanwhile, the political class successfully shifts power away from the weakened people, as the country was founded, where their centralized control is predicated by the erosion and ultimate destruction of U. S. sovereignty. Voila, open borders! Just walk in and take it.
And not just here. The Left likes to brag about Europe always being one step ahead of the U. S., and they’re right. The massive welfare state weakened them before it did us, and London, Paris, and Rome are all more highly advanced Muslim cities now than are Detroit and New York, but we’re doing our best to catch up.
I wasn’t here in the 1950s, but from everything I’ve seen and read, people seemed a lot more serious about the threat from communism back then. The majority of the people seemed to understand what was at stake, and were vigilant in fighting it. Sure, there were communist sympathizers, spies, and activists working inside our country in the interests of spreading communism. I’m now starting to think those efforts way back then are paying off. They actually found a form of communism that works, and all they had to do was give up the whole “owning the means of production” part of Marxism. Why own it when you can let someone else do the dirty work, and just control it? That way, when you run the private industry into the ground, the private sector takes the blame. You get what you want without the downside of failure. This has been a nice jiu-jitsu move by the commies that opened the door for the Islamists.
The communists so badly brain damaged the West with political correctness that people actually run around sticking Coexist bumper stickers on their cars. If a nuke goes off in a major American city, the same people will blame Bush and say it’s our fault for being mean to Middle Easterners all these years. Therefore, I think I’ll change tactics in my arguments, and instead of trying to get a brain-dead libtard to make a distinction between liberty and tyranny, I’ll ask them if they’d rather live under communism or Islamism. I really think one has led to the other, and the future may look more like Stalin vs Hitler than the U. S. Way Of Life vs the Soviets.
Good luck in this upcoming election. I’m trying to be positive, but I’m left thinking about who our side is actually representing. I’m a registered Republican and a philosophical conservative, but I’m those things because I’m on the side of liberty and civilization. I’m starting to think political solutions to the preservation of those things is a lost cause. I’ll save my celebration for when some federal agencies start getting shut down or when we start acting like we have a border, or when we decide the Pledge of Allegiance is said everyday in school for a reason. I know winning an election is necessary for those things to happen, but I’ve been burned before.
Until then, I’m not sure what it means to be an American. I know what it used to mean, and what it still means to me personally and to you. But without the vast majority of the population behind that idea, is it the same thing?
The Muslims are playing for keeps, while we continue to destroy things we no longer understand the purpose of in the first place. I’m not sure how this fundamental problem can be overcome. In the meantime, I suppose I’ll fluctuate between watching the invasion on my computer in the comfort of my home and taking breaks to get away from it all. I’ll do these things while I still can.
Probably time for some more coffee.
Update: The Radio Patriot: On Invasions and Coffee