I taught high school Advanced Placement American history for 20 years, emphasizing the Constitution’s overarching decline due to John Marshall’s misappropriation of “judicial review”. My classes always read Jefferson’s and Madison’s Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions along with Marshall’s pretext for “interpretation” of the Constitution in Marbury v. Madison (1803). I also taught A.P. economics and government.
Jacques Barzun’s encyclopedic work From Dawn To Decadence enticed him to follow the twisted creepers of feminists back to their roots. Women aren’t the Feminist’s concern. Their behavior traces back to Antonio Francesco Gramsci, founder of the Italian Communist Party. He rightly preached the bourgeoisie used their cultural values to control society. Sure, Beethoven bears the responsibility for the suppression of the poor and of chronic complainers. The led the feminists to preach disintegration not only of our fundamental values but of all values.
Barzun quotes fellow Frenchman Jean-François Revel who remarked twenty years ago that:
Democratic civilization is the first in history to blame itself because another power is trying to destroy it.
I am convinced that a website focused on Trump’s future Court appointments being activists rather than exercising “judicial restraint” will draw a large niche audience if properly set up for the major search engines to pick up.
This expectation rests squarely on how most conservative magazines on the Internet, but especially the National Review, want Gorsuch and future choices to close their eyes to the lawless Court activists’ attacks on Western Civilization by practicing minimalism and precedent. Since the beginning of the 20th century Progressives established all the precedents.
Maybe CPAC should schedule a showing of Judgment At Nuremburg where all the defendants save one argued they were just following the law.
Those who dub themselves conservative opinion-makers “knew” for a certainty that Trump wasn’t God’s messenger. Worse, Trump is uncouth. Evangelicals knew that God works in mysterious ways. So they voted 80% for Trump.
I am reminded of the story of an Irish priest. Floodwater filled the first floor of the parish house. Being a holy man the priest puts his reliance on the Lord. He climbs to the upper floor. But the waters soon force him to the roof. “Thy will be done,” prays the priest. Soon a rowboat comes. “Father, get in, the waters are rising rapidly. “No, my son, the Lord will answer my prayers,” Two other rowboats appear. The defiant priest repeats his refusal. As he’s drowning he calls out to God, “You’ve never let me down before.” God answered, “Stupid, I sent you three rowboats.”
Like National Review rejecting Trump enabled Clinton, the priest apparently knew exactly how God should answer his prayers. Perhaps National Review might dwell on how the Almighty picked flawed human beings like David in the Old Testament to carry on His Covenant.
My great love—for which I would gladly give up politics—was the discovery years ago of the Great Dane Carl Nielsen, the greatest symphonist of the 20th century. I had the fortune to meet a stranger at the New York Public Library, Donnell Music Branch. “Listen,” he said, “to Nielsen’s Third Symphony, his Espansiva, and then you will want to hear all his works”. I did and I do because here is the continuance of our culture’s indispensable struggle against nihilism in all its forms with the end joy and triumph against the forces of decay. Apparently, Alan Gilbert, NY Philharmonic conductor agrees. Last year he launched a “Nielsen Project,” playing and recording his six symphonies.
I freelanced in Newsday, the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune. Several websites have had the guts to publish my stuff. My proudest achievement was to have the greatest number of rejections in the history of the New York Times. I favor using humor when dealing with blockheaded ideas.