A Change Is Gonna Come

keep-calm-and-join-the-revolution-8We are in the middle of a revolution, and some people are only starting to become aware of it. I am not sure exactly how long it has been going on but the most obvious changes started occurring after 9/11. There has been a subtle but real change in the perception of our institutions – governmental, financial, educational, and now in medicine.

There has been a cheapening of the value of our institutions, and it comes from within. Throughout these systems employees and civil servants have stopped taking their roles as seriously as in years past. The primary motivation has shifted from doing a good job to ‘whats in it for me?’. It has affected our politicians, our police, our teachers, our bankers, and our doctors.

We have allowed our institutions to run out of control, and now, due to sheer momentum, we cannot stop them as they barrel ahead and destroy our society. This is not falling along traditional left-right lines – while the roots go long back it came to life with George Bush’s ‘Compassionate Conservatism’ and took shape under the guise of anti-terror activities with the Patriot Act. This sickness has now run rampant under Obama’s non-leadership and inaction from the Department of Justice.

What am I talking about? I will give you a few examples for starters, but if you look around you will find many more. Our civilization has passed its freshness date and is rotting before us. Anyone who wants to know why Donald Trump is the Republican nominee should read on. The same phenomenon is happening in Europe but with a different flavor, and the Brexit vote is the proof of the pudding.

Education:

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The most obvious problem is in the college system, which has become an absurdity, although it has started trickling through elementary and high school education as well. Students used to live in modest accommodations and be happy about it. Professors ran the colleges and a few administrators were around to help sort out the details of payment, scheduling, housing and other such things that supported the primary goal of the college which was education.

But over the past thirty years or so things have changed a lot. A few administrators hired a few more administrators and the bureaucracy has built itself into a monstrosity along the way. Now college dorms model four star hotels with all the amenities included, and administrators outnumber professors. The Waldorf-Astoria is being made into condos, but they will have to compete with the new dorm at Columbia, which will be bought by a Saudi prince. The old phys-ed building has become a glittering ‘recreational facility’ complete with indoor running tracks, pools, hot tubs, and day spas. Colleges offer ‘extended learning’ courses which are essentially business workshops, all with the goal of bringing more money to the institution. I wonder if I should go through the local university concierge to score front row seats to see Ariana Grande? Tuition has gone through the roof and is beyond the ability of the vast majority of people to pay – but that is not a problem because the government will happily give students loans to help the money rain, through a thoroughly corrupt student loan system run by the ‘representatives’ who set it all up. At the end of the day when the loans go into default, who will end up paying for it all? The American taxpayer.

And we haven’t even gotten into what is being taught at these ‘schools’ today. Garbage non-sciences (social science is an oxymoron) like gender studies, African-American studies, and purple-New-Guinean-ethno-cocksucking-studies are treated as real majors instead of being recognized as grievance politics. Anyone outside the progressive narrative is derided and outcast. Instead of real debate we have ‘safe spaces’. I want to know when the book burnings begin, or in this modern age will it be an NSA led mass deletion of PDFs?

And nobody cares. The professors don’t care because they are too busy trying to keep their jobs, and they mostly agree with the leftist agenda. The administrators don’t care because they don’t even see a problem. And the regulators don’t care because they are getting rich off it all.

Police/Law Enforcement:
downloadLocal law enforcement has gone from protecting and serving to taking a slice of the pie. Federal grants have allowed even small towns to develop SWAT teams which go on drug raids killing ninety-year-old grandmas. Why the hell does East Podunkville, Alabama need an armored personnel carrier? The police seize money and cars under the ‘suspicion’ of illegal activity and it all goes into their own coffers. Try to get it back and it’ll cost you ten times more than it is worth in lawyer’s fees. Prosecutors try to make a name for themselves by being ‘tough on crime’ and end up labelling teenage hookups as ‘sex-offences’ which carry lifelong consequences. The ‘War on Drugs’ is a failed forty year experiment that has made felons of the majority of the young black population that hasn’t been killed in the firefight, and has created an epidemic of prescription opiate addiction.

And nobody cares. The police don’t care because they are having fun ‘playing army’ in their SWAT gear, and the money from the raids is too good. The judges and prosecutors don’t care because if it is their kid who gets picked up, a few handshakes and winks and nods over coffee will make sure the case gets dropped. And even the liberal politicians don’t care because they get their grievance politics: Black Lives Matter.

Banking/Mortgages:

Do you need a loan? You can’t have one. Oh, you have plenty of money? Then here is some more…and why don’t I give you a special deal on it, too? Just make sure you short XYZ Pharmaceutical because my friend on the inside says that the FDA is going to block them from selling their direct-to-consumer blockbuster drug next month because the Phase III studies were faked.

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source: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-05-30/here-we-go-again-wells-fargo-trying-give-mortgages-low-income-debt-heavy-millennials

Actually, I lied, I will give you a loan. A great big one. I know you won’t ever be able to pay this back, given your salary, but I get a big commission off this, and if I can finalize twenty more this month I’ll get a bonus to help pay off my boat. Gotta keep my buddy in construction busy, too. Where is your McMansion? East Podunkville? That’s OK because the governor is getting a kickback for approving a new eighteen lane highway out that way. He told me that directly from his office over the phone while he was getting his Johnson serviced by his secretary. Her cousin made a fortune from the illegal casino he was running to help pay for the campaign expenses.

And nobody cares. Nobody cares because I’ve got mine – don’t you have yours?

Medicine:

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The hospital just built a new wing where the patient suites have hardwood floors, microwaves, and wide screen TVs. The contractor who built it had a delay because he got tied up installing gold faucets into the Columbia dorm room for a Saudi prince. The hospitals are now run by administrators whose main task is to protect the system from liability. Doctors have been turned into data entry clerks to ensure that the hospital gets paid appropriately by the government and ‘insurance’ companies. That twenty-year-old computer on the ward is good enough to put data into the forms because the administration has put blocking software on it to make sure that you can’t get to Google or some other nefarious unsafe site on the interwebs. Outdated technology is OK because…HIPPA, even though nobody has actually read the law. And by the way, doctor, you are out of compliance because you haven’t paid your annual maintenance of certification fees. Here is your pile of mail for the day which includes twenty offers for ‘educational programs’ to help you get your MOC compliance points, and if you’ll just send your specialty society $2500 we’ll even give you a FREE iPad to review the material on. But make sure you are up to date on your dues, because the rates are higher for non-members.

And nobody cares. Well actually some people care. And that is why we are about to undergo a revolution. Will it be bloody or messy? I hope not. But Baby, pack your clothes with mine

I feel a change comin’ on…

 

Muslim reform

In a recent editorial in the Washington Post, Glenn Greenwald says that the FBI was right not to arrest Omar Mateen before the shooting. I agree with his point of view in general, because I believe that our freedoms are more important than absolute security, which cannot ever truly be achieved. I also believe that we have long ago passed the point of diminishing returns, where increasing authoritarianism – and simultaneous loss of freedom – leads to increased security. We are giving up far more than we are gaining.

That being said, I would like to return to the analogy that Greenwald uses in his article, that of fatal car accidents. As he rightfully states, a large number of people die each year in fatal car accidents, and we recognize that this is “the worthwhile cost paid in exchange for the benefits of efficient auto travel and affordable cars”. We do a deadly calculation to decide that it would not be desirable to put in place severely restrictive speed limits (worse than they are now), excess traffic lights and stop signs (more than the excess we already have), and insane amounts of padding inside our cars. As he states, “we accept that some deaths are inevitable” and try to find a balance between convenience and accessibility versus fatal accidents.

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However, if in doing this calculation we discovered that the large majority of fatal accidents were caused by one particular make of car, and that particular car maker was at best ambivalent and at worst deliberately making cars that would cause fatal accidents, we would not stand by and let that car maker continue to put more cars on the road. We would demand that car maker to have a recall to fix their defective cars and to put in place design changes to assure that defective cars would not continue to be put on the market.

mohammedThis is the situation we are in with Islam. While most Muslims are law-abiding and peace loving, Muslims are carrying out the vast majority of terrorist actions. And because the Islamic faith has not undergone a reformation, most Muslims living in the West are in a state of cognitive dissonance, where the demands of their faith’s sharia law conflict with the human laws and society in which they live.

Therefore, while the vast majority of Muslims are shocked and horrified by the actions of a small number of people of their faith, the demands of sharia and their cognitive dissonance prevent them from actively speaking out against these actions and demanding change within the religion. There is likely a proportion of these Muslims that are secretly pleased by the radical actions of their brethren, because this subtle backing, whether conscious or unconscious, helps to relieve the cognitive dissonance.

So what is to be done? Leaders in the West, and people in general, must push Muslims to demand a reform within their religion. The outdated and outmoded parts of their religion that push for the suppression, diminishing, and even death of women, homosexuals, and unbelievers must be condemned and declared no longer essential parts of the religion. If we are going to live and thrive together, we must find common agreement on these basic tenets.

Empty rhetoric

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As the fallout of the most recent mass shooting continues I have to say that I was disappointed with the president’s response to the event. Once again he went into containment mode and set up straw man arguments instead of facing the truth.

The truth is that radical Islam is destructive. And I will take it further to say that Islam in general is destructive because Muslims have not had a reformation.

The bloody histories of the major religions basically boil down to the fact that some people want to tell other people how they should live. I am not interested in debating whether or not there is a god or which one is the right god in this discussion. Despite its bloody history, Christianity has undergone reformation, and, leaving aside fringe sects, the mainstream of the religion today –  whether Protestant or Catholic – can agree that the message of Jesus is that we should love and respect each other. The average Christian in the west can live peacefully because the laws of the state do not conflict with the rules set by the religion. Spreading the word in modern Christianity is a message of inclusion and welcoming, and as for unbelievers, we will pray for them, not kill them.

This is not the main message of Islam today. starandcrescentThere is no modernity in Islam. The problem is sharia. This is the religious law that supersedes human law. The average Muslim in the West is caught in a dilemma because their religious laws often conflict with the norms of society. These norms include women going to school and driving cars – dangerous things indeed.

So what is an average Muslim to do in the West? Succumb to the norms – send their daughters to school and let the infidels live the way they want? This is what many peace-loving and law-abiding Muslims do, but because Islam has not had a reformation they are being ‘bad Muslims’ by doing this.

No, a ‘good Muslim’, following sharia, would instead be trying to change the norms of the society that they live in. A good Muslim would be working to bring sharia law to the whole world. This is the stated goal of ISIS (or ISIL, as Obama stubbornly continues to call it).

So we in the modern western world have a choice. Do we want to agree to live under sharia law or do we insist that Islam reform itself to the modern world? Of course we must choose the side of reform, unless we want to throw away all of modern science and humanity. Unfortunately, this cannot be done from outside – it must come from Muslim leaders. They must stand up themselves and denounce the outdated and outmoded standards of the seventh century. There must be a full reformation in which the average Muslim living in the modern west can live in complete harmony with the human laws.

How likely is this to happen? Doubtful, given the power and ego that drives the Islamic hierarchy. We need a modern day equivalent of Jesus’ take down of the self-righteous rule-following Pharisees. But this will never happen with the current glad-handing attitude of “can we all get along?”

This is precisely why we have the rise of a man like Donald Trump, who for all his faults at least tries to speak his mind. He is hitting a nerve when he says that we need to figure out what is going on with Muslims, and despite the hysteria in the media it is not about race, it is about sharia.

What Obama does not get is that you can be right and still lose the argument. It is a frustrating position to be in, as I know from personal the_amateur2experience. It is not enough to be right with the facts. You have to be persuasive enough to sell your version of the world and events.

Obama came into office puffed up by the media as the great savior for our country, but he had an old school ideology that just does not work. Now after filling vast balloons with his rhetoric we find that his entire presidency is hollow and the promises – and threats – are empty.