The Arrogance of Do-Gooders

They assume moral superiority.

They presume to impose their version of morality on others.

They care not that their actions are patently self-serving and destructive of the trust that binds people.

The Alabama Abortion Law

This newly enacted law is a likely vehicle by which to bring the issue of abortion back to the Supreme Court. If the issue does return to the Court, Roe v. Wade could be overturned if at least five justices follow the logic prescribed in a post that I wrote before Alabama acted.

I fear, however, that Roberts or Kavanaugh (or both) might try to assuage the left — which is a futile and therefore stupid thing to do. But it would be in the long and sad tradition of conservative cuckoldry to the left.

A Nation of Enemies

The title of this post is hyperbolic, but it is nearer today’s truth than was Lincoln’s assertion at the end of his first inaugural address:

We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

The United States of 1861 was genetically and culturally close-knit by comparison of the genetically and culturally fractured nation of today. It is impossible to turn the clock back. We must accept the United States for what it is — a fractured nation dominated by a powerful, intrusive central government.

That vast power, by the way, stems largely from Lincoln’s prosecution of the Civil War. It put an end to the old constitutional order in which the States could effectively resist the growth of governmental power by participating in a government founded on State sovereignty. State sovereignty effectively died with the Union victory in the Civil War.

End of a Generation

The so-called greatest generation has died out in my family, as it soon will die out across the land. The recent death of my mother-in-law at age 98 removed from the scene the last of my wife’s and my parents and their siblings: 26 of them in all.

Their birth years ranged from 1903 to 1922. There were, oddly, 18 males as against only 8 females, and the disparity held for all four sets of siblings:

7 to 3 for my mother’s set

2 to 1 for my father’s set

5 to 3 for my wife’s mother’s set

4 to 1 for my wife’s father’s set.

Only one of the 26 died before reaching adulthood (my father’s younger brother at 18 months). Two others (also males) died relatively young. One of my mother’s brothers died just a few weeks before his 40th birthday as a result of a jeep accident (he was on active duty in the Coast Guard). One of my wife’s mother’s brothers died at age 48 as a long delayed result of a blow to the head by a police truncheon.

The other 15 males lived to ages ranging from 65 to 92, with an average age at death of 77 years. The 8 females lived to ages ranging from 69 to 99, with an average age at death of 87 years. The longest-lived of the males died at age 96, the only one to pass the 90 mark. Four of the females lived into their 90s, dying at ages 91, 96, 98, and 99.

All of the 25 who reached adulthood also married. Only two of them had a marriage end in divorce. All of them were raised in near-poverty or in somewhat comfortable circumstances that vanished with the onset of the Great Depression. All of them worked hard, whether in the home or outside of it; none of them went on welfare; most of the men and two of the women served in uniform during World War II.

Thus passeth a generation sui generis.

Where are Elmer, Herman, Bert, Tom and Charley,
The weak of will, the strong of arm, the clown, the boozer, the fighter?
All, all, are sleeping on the hill….

Where are Ella, Kate, Mag, Lizzie and Edith,
The tender heart, the simple soul, the loud, the proud, the happy one?
All, all, are sleeping on the hill.

Edgar Lee Masters, Spoon River Anthology (“The Hill“)

Angry Females (White and Other)

Angry white males are meek and mild by comparison. Need I add the angry females are leftists?

The Price of Low Unemployment…

… is worse service. It figures, doesn’t it? One of the things that firms must do to boost output is to hire people with lower qualifications than previous hires. That’s good for dumber and less-educated workers. But it’s frustrating for consumers who encounter them in stores and over the phone. The solution, from my perspective as a consumer, is to shop where automation reigns. My Amazon membership of 21 years becomes daily more valuable to me.

“Liberalism”: Trying to Have It Both Ways

“Liberals” are loath to face realities like these:

Handouts to the homeless encourage homelessness.

Disability benefits yield more “disabled” persons.

Softer punishments mean more crime.

Higher tax rates stunt economic growth …. the list is almost endless.

The “liberal” program is the triumph of hope over common sense. It is and always has been a recipe for social and economic disaster.

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