“We don’t revolt because we don’t understand.”
Phillip K. Howard wrote these words 20 years ago as he decried how overbearing regulations put forth by government have crushed American freedoms.
Howard didn’t believe that our leaders have ill intent in making all the rules that dictate everything we do today. In a view toward being fair to everyone, the author believes they just thought that laws should be as specific as possible, with a view toward being fair to everyone,
However, he says that our lawmakers’ efforts toward being precise have produced the opposite effect. In trying to cover every eventuality by making blanket rules for all, they have created huge costs and imbalances.
This is why I almost hate to read the news today. Stories of injustice imposed on the majority of inhabitants of the western world by elite politicians in order to deal with a problem affecting a few are prevalent in the media.
One of the most recent examples of such inequities involves the rape of a 15-year old girl in an Austrian town. She was attacked by three male “refugees” from Third World countries, people who purportedly were in the little nation through the benevolence of the government.
If you follow the news, you know that European leaders are taking in people fleeing the war-torn hellholes these men came from. I don’t know the motives of the politicians, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps they are just trying to alleviate the suffering of some of the folks who suffering from war in other places.
But in performing what seems to be a righteous act for the sake of some escapees from among the millions in these wretched countries, these office holders have put their own people at risk. Instead of owing up to this malfeasance, some of Europe’s public servants are trying to cover for the crimes of the migrants.
For instance, when a 10-year old boy was raped by one of these “refugees” in a swimming pool last summer, officials asked that Germans try to understand that the attacker comes from a different culture. One of the excuses offered and concurred with by leaders was the migrant’s statement that he had not had sex in four months and felt pressure.
As someone who has worked cross culturally for over a quarter of a century, I appreciate anyone who tries to put themselves in the shoes of another person who might have different customs than they do. But citing differences in cultural norms for pedophilia is of course ludicrous.
I do wonder though what makes these evil people think they can get away with their transgressions in Europe. Somehow I think the power- that- be need to dig a little deeper for the cause of the motivations behind the assaults.
Could it be that “refugees” arriving from these strict Islamic countries feel free to rape and pillage after they spend a while observing European society? After all, they watch television programs and view internet sites full of all kinds of immorality.
Perhaps the pols could learn something from television, too. I know I do.
I recently caught part of a M.A.S.H. episode in which Colonel Potter (played by Harry Morgan) becomes kind of a father figure to an injured soldier cared for by his doctors and nurses.
Private Danielson is getting harassed by a couple of men in his unit who are also in the M.A.S.H. ward. It seems he doesn’t believe in sex before marriage and has let the other guys know that he treats his girlfriend back home with respect. These men haze him with jokes and pranks, including tricking him into playing poker with a deck of cards with naked women on them.
Danielson tells them,”Why don’t you guys just leave me alone?”
One replies,”Danielson, you don’t like women, you don’t like to drink, you got the old man looking out for you. You’re about the sorriest excuse for a man I ever saw.”
To defend himself, the private tells his abusers that he has been accepted into a unit responsible for the dangerous job of defusing bombs. It’s a lie, but Danielson then seeks to cover it by asking Major Houlihan how he can get into the ordnance disposal unit.
Potter gets wind of his plan and argues with Danielson, who becomes angry. Potter ends the soldier’s ill advised course of action by keeping him in the hospital. In the end, he comes by to apologize to the Colonel.
Before Danielson leaves for his original unit, Potter tells him “Make sure you stick to those values.”
The Western world ought to take Potter’s advice. But first, its leaders and people should evaluate what those values are.
What is it exactly do European countries and their cultural descendants in the United States and Canada stand for today anyway? Answering that question could go a long way in determining whether or not our leaders will handle our problems without violating common sense, or at least what used to count for sound judgment.
This morning as we drove down the freeway a friend of mine and I were discussing the complete disconnect between people in the US these days. He hit on the cause of all this strife.
“People’s world views are so different, we will never have unity in this country,” he said.
I do believe what my pal was referring to was the idea that in America we are in a “culture war”. The term was coined by University of Virginia sociologist James Davison Hunter a quarter of a century ago to define the conflict between conservative (traditional) and liberal (progressive) values in our country.
Pat Buchanan, who ran for president in 1992, made a major issue of this culture war, adding to its definition by calling it a battle of religions.
There has been no letup in this collision of beliefs . The battle has only increased as the country changes, a metamorphosis fueled by unbridled immigration from countries which heretofore have not had much representation in the States.
Until this clash of civilizations in the West has a clear winner, we will continue to see such outrages as are occurring in Europe now. The only reason we have the disgusting events of late on our hands at all is that the majority of the citizens in western countries either haven’t understood what is happening to their nations, or don’t care to.
Until we begin to understand that we are in a war and care to do something about it, the outrages will go on.