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Sunday, November 11, 2012

What next? In a word: Defiance!

Never surrender to evil. Easy words to speak after losing a battle, harder to follow; hardest of all is to truly keep faith with this ideal. It often is just so easy to give up. To go ahead and give in, to follow the herd as they line up for their turn at the trough. Who among us hasn't upon occasion mentioned that: if you can’t beat ‘em, you might as well join ‘em? If we didn't speak it, still we thought it. I’m reminded of a singularly exceptional moment in an otherwise ordinary film. The movie is called Freejack. It’s your typical Hollywood movie full of rich one-percenters busy killing Gaia and in their spare time exploiting the poor—as usual.

The protagonist is staring down into a poisonous harbor full of the worst sewage and toxic waste mankind can imagine yet is still capable of dumping into the ocean. Alex Furlong is sitting on the edge of this precipice and he’s thinking of ending his life or perhaps just giving up and turning himself in. A poor old homeless guy—rag-tag, filthy and out hunting rats for dinner—stops for a chat:
Alex Furlong: "Man, if it's come down to this. What's the point?"

Eagle Man: "He Riddles me. The ancient riddle: 'What's the point?' Have you ever seen an eagle flying back to his home with dinner for the Mrs. and all the little eagle babies. And he's flying against the wind and he's flying in the rain and he's flying through bullets and all kinds of hell, and then right at that moment when he's about to get back to his nest, he says, 'What the f--k, it's a drag being an eagle,' and right then two little x'es comes across his eyes just like in the old fashion cartoons. And he goes plunging down, and down and down and BAM!. He's just a splatter of feathers and then we don't have the national bird of America no more. Did you ever see that?"

Alex Furlong: "No."

Eagle Man: "Me Neither. Eagle's got too much self-respect. How's yours?"
Ordinary men are born. They strut their ordinary hour on the stage, and then they are gone. In the course of things this is the usual fate of us all, and there's nothing shameful or wrong in it. Upon occasion however, at some point in an otherwise ordinary life, some are called upon to achieve the truly extraordinary, the exceptional, the magical and majestic. Winston Churchill was such a seminal figure. A leader called upon to defend a nation—indeed the entire world—against a monster. In these days England was still a great force to be reckoned with. Great Britain was still an empire and its power was felt in all corners of the world. The Prime Minister of Great Britain was in this day and age the closest thing the world had to the power that now rests in the hands of our own President of the United States.

Imagine—if you can—how Winston Churchill felt on the day when he gave his famous "We Shall Fight on the Beaches" address to Parliament? The full text of the speech is linked and is definitely worth reading. Winston Churchill was discussing the disaster of Dunkirk, a major battle lost and this loss caused by the treacherous surrender of the Belgian king to Hitler. This treacherous Belgian king first tried to keep Belgium out of the conflict by claiming neutrality. Later when it became clear Belgium would merely be another notch in Hitler's belt, the king asked for help from the Alliance—which was offered. The Belgian king shortly thereafter surrendered, leaving hundreds of thousands of Alliance troops heavily outnumbered and stranded far from help in Dunkirk France. This betrayal is an object lesson which we can all take to heart. There are evil men whose numbers are legion, and seeking momentary advantage they would betray everyone and everything we hold dear. This lesson is encapsulated within the fable of the scorpion and the frog.

In so many cases the old adage: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished is proven the wisest of proverbs. I realize it sounds like nothing but the rankest of cynicism. Consider however a person's nature before going the mile with him, much less the extra mile. There are hundreds of millions if not billions who labor under the misconception that Jesus was a hopeless pacifist. How often have you heard someone offer the smarmy advice to just turn the other cheek when you've been wronged? I bet you don't know what that means. I'd bet you a handful of ever-more-worthless dollar bills that you don't know what "turn the other cheek," really means. If you think it means that when you've been wronged you should forgive the person instead of retaliating, then you're one of the great majority who lacks a clear exegesis of Matthew 5:39:
But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
In that land where Jesus walked in those days, they had little of clean water and none of toilet paper. The amount of hygiene possible was limited solely to the right hand while the left-hand was used to wipe after defecation, and then I assume rubbed in sand or whatever was nearby. This fact is both obvious and necessary of understanding to fully comprehend what Jesus meant. No one in this age ever hit others with their left hand. For sanitary reasons it just was not done. One more fact is necessary for full understanding. The backhand was a treatment reserved solely for slaves. By turning the other cheek Jesus was saying in a nonverbal clearly understandable way: I'm not your slave. To hit me again you'll have to backhand me and we both know I'm not your slave.

The point of all this, what ties it all together is that compromise and deals with evil men are the same thing as surrender. If you offer Satan an inch he's going to take a mile, and then an extra mile, and then he's going to take you, too. In the days and weeks to come you're going to hear a lot about compromise. I'd bet that as the date of the so-called "financial cliff" approaches, it's going to be 24/7 mainstream media talking heads with "compromise" tripping lightly from deceitful treacherous lips. Just give in. You've got to go along to get along.

No, no, a thousand times no! No surrender! No compromise, not with the devil. We won't be your slaves! If you want to be evil then do it all by yourselves because righteous people, family leaders, conservatives who believe in God and who know right from wrong without explanation, can recognize evil when confronted by it. And we see it here! You want to raise taxes on small business? Good luck. You'll do it without our help. You want to kill the coal industry? You want to choke-off domestic oil production? You want to kill business with cap-and-trade? You want to take away our guns? Our Bibles? Well, we may have been slapped with the mightily painful sting of Election 2012, but today we turn our cheek and proclaim: We are not your slaves! We will not be your slaves. No surrender, no compromise! Do your worst you Democrats. We defy you!

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