Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-09E: Nanny state and culture warfare

By Nathan Barton

Good morning!  Having talked about stupidity for several days, let me move on (or back) to the nanny state and all the culture war type evils we find today.

Our beloved nanny of nanny agencies, the Department of Health and Human Services, says that there will be 60,000 unaccompanied illegal alien children caught in 2014; up 815% in three years, which is a good indicator that bad as things are here, they are worse in Mexico and the rest of Latin America.  It also is an indicator that though we treat anyone under age 24 as a child in too much of the USA, many countries still send children out on their own at a ripe young age.

Newly-renominated Representative Sessions talked about the “messiah’s” budget: ‘This is the way a nation goes broke’,  which means that Sessions is NOT telling the truth or is an idiot: the nation is already broke and has been for decades.  We are in the grave, the “messiah” is just digging it deeper.  Reelecting people like Sessions is NOT part of the solution.

The Dalai Lama opens Thursday’s Senate session with prayer to ‘Budda and All Other Gods’, and we notice that the usual suspects screaming about separation of church and state are nowhere to be heard.  Nor do we hear anything about people who are offended at this eastern potentate’s causal disregard for OUR faith.

Mama’s Note: Actually, I couldn’t care less what the Senate wants to do for an opening prayer, or if they have one. People in this geographical area called America have dozens of different “faiths,” and a great many people have none at all. The people who occupy Washington D.C. do not actually “represent” any of us to start with, and certainly not in matters of faith.

The LA Times reports that almost 1 in 5 American soldiers had a “common mental illness,” such as depression, panic disorder or ADHD, before they enlist in the Army, according to a new study that raises questions about the military’s assessment and screening of recruits.  Now, how about a study of those running for Congress and getting appointed to high political office?

There is a greater divide in income between the rich and the poor (the so-called income Inequality) in the nation’s biggest cities than in the United States as a whole… A claim (or fact) which does not boggle the mind: cities – especially the big urban complexes around the world – are BAD for you.  Physically, mentally, socially, emotionally, economically, and spiritually.  They are crowded cages filled with two-legged rats (and four-legged ones, too, one of the reasons they are physically bad for you).  We’ve known for decades that if you take the ten largest cities in the US out of the calculations, the murder rate in the US drops to near the bottom of the world list – better than the UK (although I’ve never seen data from the UK that takes London, Glasgow, Manchester and Liverpool out; I wonder).  Of course, the other reason for this inequality is that (a) the megawealthy (Buffet, Gates, Bloomberg and the like) AND the big-shot governmental thugs live in the big cities – including DC.  You don’t suppose government has anything to do with it, do you?

And squeaking of the big shots, apparently, some of the big shots under the iron dome of the Capitol are upset that the NSA would have the gall to spy on them and their staff, and are suddenly claiming constitutional violations.  After all, they aren’t peons like the rest of us: they are the 1/10 of 1%, and “how DARE the NSA.”  Hmmm, just reminded me of StateSec in the Republic of Haven and the People’s Republic of Haven: you don’t suppose…

Assad Likely to Flout a 3rd Deadline for Destroying Its Chemical Weapons Stock , but we just got to give him a chance: he is hoping and praying that the FedGov will collapse first, see?

Mama’s Note: I’m with him on that one… But I’m hoping governments around the world begin to drop like flies. His too.

Catholic Church on Homosexual Acts: ‘Under No Circumstances Can They Be Approved’ which apparently puts paid to rumors that Francis is going to (or has) accepted homosexual “civil unions.”  If you or I filed paperwork to establish a corporation whose mission statement was “perform murders for hire,” then you KNOW that the local sheriff would come a calling.  A civil union exists only because two people, engaged in sin as defined by thousands of years of history and every MAJOR religion, including christianity, want to pretend to be married, and don’t want to “rile the natives” too much.  It is a charade, and has little to do with claims of inheritance and hospital visitation rights and all that: which could just as easily be established though a simple partnership agreement and an exchange of powers of attorney.  But the people who go in for this kind of thing (as well as the “calling a tail a leg” business of “homosexual marriages”) want AFFIRMATION of their actions, of their lifestyle, and they are willing to go to horrific lengths to get that affirmation, or at least the shabby pretense of it.  That is why some people so viciously attack church-owned resorts, bakers of wedding cakes, wedding photographers, and banquet facilities.  Of course, there are heterosexuals who also have this pathetic need for affirmation of their lifestyle and actions, even from the very religious organizations they denigrate and reject.  (I know (unfortunately) a woman who once told me, “The reason that I’ve been married five times is because I respect marriage so much.”  Which shows she does not understand the institution in the least.)

Why do I bring this up in a political, anarchist webzine?  Because the home – and the institution of marriage which is the most stable foundation of the home – is the fundamental building block of society.  Not the neighborhood or the community or the county or state – and absolutely not any “national identity” or similar manmade organization or framework.   The decay of the home and family for the last 80+ years is a key cause for the decay of society and the growth of government.  The more the family and home is damaged, the less stable everything else in society is, and we are reaping the results of many decades of that damage.  Starting with the Great Depression, continuing with WW2 and the Cold War, the troubles of the 1960s and 1970s, and the last 30 years of liberal ascendancy, even while the more extreme forms of “family” are visible in the light and trying to make the mainstream, we see more and more societal decay.  Wonder why?  Perhaps because government, never strong on encouraging good morals, has gone to even MORE strongly actively promoting immoral behavior, starting with stealing and waste, fraud, and abuse?

About tpolnathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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