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Monday, October 22, 2018
Stupid SHEPHERDS and Scattered SHEEP
Illustration on America’s cultural decline by Alexander Hunter Everett Piper
Over the past several weeks, our nation’s cultural elites and mainstream media have lurched from one absurdity to another. Following each day’s news causes one to suspect you might be reading badly-written fiction as opposed to journalism that is accurate, real and true.
A smattering of the headlines:
Elizabeth Warren doubles down in insisting she is Cherokee, even though her own DNA test proves she is not.
Cory Booker openly argues that justice starts with the presumption of guilt and any evidence of innocence just “doesn’t matter.”
Nancy Pelosi says our Second Amendment rights should be curtailed without cause or due process, and that “collateral damage” (a military term describing the killing of civilians) should be expected in the fight against those who don’t share her “view.”
Other Democrats, too numerous to count, openly encourage undocumented immigrants (i.e. people who have entered our country illegally and who do not have the rights of citizenship) to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.
Rosie O’Donnell pleads for the U.S. military to get involved in removing a duly-elected president of the United States from office (That’s called a coup, in case you were wondering).
Eric Holder, our nation’s former attorney general, calls for violence against his political opposition.
Professors on college campuses from coast to coast, who are hired to teach and model critical thinking, ridicule and silence students who dare to express critical thoughts.
Biological men are praised for competing in sports specifically reserved for biological women.
Under the banner of women’s rights, women are curiously silent as they continue to lose their right to even have their own bathrooms.
Men are called toxic simply because they are men.
Fascists persist in condemning everyone by calling them fascists.
Socialism gains popularity in America while we watch Venezuela collapse under the weight of socialism.
Our nation enjoys its best economy in at least a generation as the left rants to reverse the policies and remove the people driving the economy because it’s “all about the economy, stupid.”
Bigots bemoan bigots for being bigots. Racists condemn racists while defending the superiority of their race. Sexists march for the end of sexism.
Hillary Clinton condemns the incivility of Donald Trump while telling the “resistance” to behave uncivilly in its fight against Donald Trump.
Mrs. Clinton, who stands with #MeToo in defending women who have been sexually used by powerful men, goes on record defending her own husband for sexually using women when he was at the pinnacle of power.
Stormy Daniels, who has chosen the vice of selling herself for sex (and filming it), is praised as the paragon of virtue because she sued a man with whom she says she was paid to have sex.
The Colorado Civil Rights Commission continues to compromise the rights of Jack Phillips, a Christian baker who simply wants to exercise his constitutional rights.
A “Christian” university in California publicly boasts it will engage in “counseling” and “conversation” with its students rather than simply confronting the immaturity of those who “feel triggered” by the millennia-old teachings of Christian orthodoxy and biblical ethics.
Parents continue to spend tens of thousands of dollars to send their sons and daughters off to colleges that mock their values rather than embrace them.
Facebook bans the promotion of the movie “Gosnell,” claiming it is too “political.” This film is a factual depiction of a medical doctor who was convicted to life without parole, plus 30 years, for killing at least three women through botched abortions in his Women’s Medical Society clinic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Gosnell was also found guilty of butchering at least seven infants by severing their spinal cords after they were born. One wonders if these self-proclaimed thought police would consider a movie about Josef Mengele and his “medical work” at Auschwitz to also be too “political” for the advertising policies of Facebook.
The list of surreal hypocrisies is endless. The Big Lie continues. The left marches on. It’s a parade of parody led by an emperor with no clothes. “There is no Truth, and that’s the truth,” he shouts. “Amen!” we cheer, “and that’s the truth!”
Well-fed and entertained by “bread and circuses,” our nation applauds in jackboot unison. The lemmings follow blindly as the music mesmerizes. Rumors that there are cliffs ahead are nothing but the stuff of conservative hysteria. We are a blind and dumb. We chuckle cluelessly as we watch those just a half-step ahead of us disappear over the edge of the precipice.
Three thousand years ago, the prophet Jeremiah wrote, “A conspiracy exists among [my people]. They have turned back to the iniquities of [those] who refused to hear my words. Therefore, the Lord has decreed disaster against [them] because of the evil they have done.” He also said, “For the shepherds are stupid ; therefore, they have not prospered and their flock is scattered.”