Friday, November 14, 2008

TFFQ: Tyler is Back; A Happy Warrior

That's right - it's the return of the the Friday Furo Questus! This where I share some news items and commentaries I have happened across this past week that I think are worthy of your attention, along with some snide comments of my own. This may be a biweekly rather than weekly event, but the writing bug is demanding its due this week.

So moving right along...

Thought of the Week
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Ephesians 6:10-13
[Emphasis mine.]

Churchill Quote(s) of the Week
But my gravest accusation against the Socialist party is that they are deliberately and wantonly corrupting the character of the British nation. If their only object is to carry out practical reforms without revolution or disorder what is the need and what is the sense of teaching great masses of great-hearted English people to perform the antics and grimaces of Continental Socialism, to mouth the exploded doctrines of Karl Marx, to sing or drone that dreary dirge the Socialist International instead of the National Anthem [cheers], - and to be proud of the Red Flag instead of the Union Jack?

The harm that has been done already is very great. Nearly a third of the electorate has been marshalled around these foreign standards and taught to regard the institutions, the history, and the greatness of our country and Empire as if they were odious means of oppression to be repudiated or swept away at the earliest possible moment.

Winston Churchill, Speech to Parliament, May 7, 1924

"Winston is back."

Royal Navy Admiralty signal to Fleet, 3 September 1939.

Recommended Reading

"The Death of the American Idea,"
Mark Steyn:
Unlike those excitable countries where the peasants overrun the presidential palace, settled democratic societies rarely vote to “go left.” Yet oddly enough that's where they've all gone. In its assumptions about the size of the state and the role of government, almost every advanced nation is more left than it was, and getting lefter.
"Entering Casablanca," Liam Julian.

"Israel: The One Bomb State."

"Taxes: A Fair Share for All."
by Jonah Goldberg
And on a related note, from the Corner: "At What Point Does Atlas Shrug?"
During the presidential election campaign many were dumbfounded upon hearing for the first time that at least a third of Americans pay no income taxes whatsoever. The Tax Foundation notes that in 2006, 45.6 million filers (33%) paid no income tax whatsoever. Under current law, in 2009 47 million filers—representing approximately 96 million individuals— will pay no income tax.

The Foundation maintains that under Obama's tax plan 63 million filers— representing 44% of all returns— will pay no income tax. In contrast, in 1985, just 16.5% of filers paid no income tax.
"RINO Season is Open," by Ted Nugent (!)

"The Undefended City," by Bill Whittle.
A few years before Tolkien put pen to paper, an event took place that a man of his education would have undoubtedly been aware. On February 9th, 1933, the ruling elite of the world’s great Civilization held a debate in the Oxford Union. With thunderclouds growing dark across the English Channel, at a time when resolute action could still have averted the worst catastrophe the world has ever known, these elites resolved that “This House will in no circumstances fight for its King and Country.”

The Resolution passed by a vote of 275 to 153. Needless to say, this vote did not avert the fight. It guaranteed it.

"A Flag, on a Hill." by Bill Whittle.

And just for fun:

"The Name's Fleming. Ian Fleming." by Mark Steyn.

Questus Furore

There is much in the recent elections' results to discuss, and much of it has already been said. (At the moment, my feelings are much in the vein of Mr. Nugent's above.) I will only add this much - now is not the time to abandon our principles. The Republicans have done that enough in the last eight years, only to find their "moderation" earned them only contempt from both their adherents and their opponents.

This election season also demonstrated that the press is no longer independent and no longer willing to even pretend to find the truth of a story. If they were, they would have probed into President-Elect Barack Obama's past, ties, and experience as deeply as they did Governor Sarah Palin's. Thst they did not is a betrayal of the public's trust. I had long suspected that the press, as a body, is lazy and ignorant; now I am convinced they are all that and corrupt, as well.

OK, that takes care of the spleen-venting.

Now, I wish to introduce you to a new essayist, one I suggest you get to know better. His name is Bill Whittle, and he is the essence of the "happy warrior." Recently, he has been contributing to National Review. And he gets it. Regardless of recent reverses and defeats, he demonstrates that consistency of principle and the confidence of his convictions that we need to have as well.

I still believe that there is much good to be done before our time on this good earth is over. Liberty will flourish, here and abroad. We are not here to fail, but to thrive and to triumph.

In the midst of this confusion, we can and must find clarity and focus ourselves. The promotion of liberty here and abroad should be our driving purpose, and the Constitution our guide.

Now is the time that free men shall stand, and defend the gift that has been left them.