I Can’t Imagine a Dumber Song

I Can’t Imagine a Dumber Song

How does it honor the dead to “Imagine there’s no heaven”? How does it honor the firefighters who sacrificed their lives to mewl about “Nothing to…die for”? Indeed, it is sung by earnest churchgoers, even at Catholic Masses, who seem to perceive no particular contradiction between the liberating wonder of imagining there’s no Heaven and the prayer which begins “Our Father who art in heaven.”

Everything the song advocates and hopes for as a supreme good was the fountainhead of all the horrors of the 20th century. Imagine there’s no countries? Hitler dreamt of a world without borders. Imagine there’s no heaven? No religion too? Stalin and Mao sought to free us from religion and the burden of hoping for something more than this life. Imagine no possessions? Communism was all about freeing us from possessions (though multi-zillionaire Lennon seems to have honored this dream more in the breach than the observance). Imagine all the people living for today? You got it! A culture of brain-dead MTV-educated “fornicate-today-and-abort-tomorrow” zombies has accomplished the mission.

I think it was Jonah Goldberg who once pointed out how much liberals like to remind us they’re smarter than the rest of us. If that’s the case, he asked, why do they find “Imagine” such a profound song?

The Korean Peninsula: Economic Laboratory

Jay Nordlinger prints a very interesting letter:

Permit me to add something to Secretary Rumsfeld’s observations on the different results in North and South Korea. (Living in South Korea for a year was one of the things that cured me of my youthful leftism.)

The Korean people may be the most ethnically homogeneous people on earth. About 60 percent have one of only three surnames: Lee, Kim, and Park.

North and South Korea had the same history from the dawn of history until 1945.

The Korean peninsula is small, and about 45 percent constitutes the South.

At the time of partition through about 1960, I’d say, the economy of the North was more developed than that of the South. The North had a smaller population, but one that was arguably better educated than the South’s. The North had more industry, too. During the 1950s, the South was absolutely destitute, and survived on food donations from the United States.

Thus, in 1945, an “experiment of nature” was carried out. Take a small, homogeneous country and divide it arbitrarily more or less in half. Then install one kind of government in the north and another kind in the south. Close the curtain. See what happens.

The results speak for themselves, don’t they? Fifty years of Communism produced famine, or near famine. Fifty years of an increasingly free-market system produced prosperity and wider political freedom.

What more does anyone need to know about socialism?

I have to accept the historical analysis as accurate, but it raises a very interesting point, which should be common sense to most: socialism doesn’t work. We just need to convince liberals of that.

Quote-a-palooza – Humorous

Advice for the day: If you have a lot of tension and you get a headache, do what it says on the aspirin bottle:
“Take two aspirin” and “Keep away from children.” –Author Unknown

“Oh, you hate your job? Why didn’t you say so? There’s a support group for that. It’s called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar.” –Drew Carey

“The problem with the designated driver program, it’s not a desirable job, but if you ever get sucked into doing it, have fun with it. At the end of the night, drop them off at the wrong house.” –Jeff Foxworthy

“If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there is a man on base.” –Dave Barry

“My Mom said she learned how to swim when someone took her out in the lake and threw her off the boat. I said, ‘Mom, they weren’t trying to teach you how to swim.'” –Paula Poundstone

“A study in the Washington Post says that women have better verbal skills than men. I just want to say to the authors of that study: “Duh.” –Conan O’Brien

“If life were fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.” –Johnny Carson

“Our bombs are smarter than the average high school student. At least they can find Afghanistan.” –A. Whitney Brown

“You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘My God, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!'” –Dave Barry

Do you know why they call it “PMS”? Because “Mad Cow Disease” was taken. –Unknown, presumed deceased

“Everybody’s got to believe in something. I believe I’ll have another beer.” – W. C. Fields

This Day in Delaware History

1978 Former California Governor Ronald Reagan came to Delaware on behalf of incumbent Congressman Thomas B. Evans, Jr. About 700 people paid $10 each to see Ronald Reagan at the Grand Opera House and 45 more spent $500 to have lunch with him at the Hotel du Pont. Two years later, Reagan was a candidate himself, for President.

I was four at the time. Still wish I could have gone and seen The Gipper.

Political test

Like Ryan, I am a paleo-conservative according to this test. Which I wouldn’t necessarily have expected, since I dislike most self-described paleo-cons.

My score on The Politics Test:

(You scored 41% Personal Liberty and 77% Economic Liberty!)

A paleo-conservative believes in moderate government intervention on personal matters and little to moderate government intervention on economic matters. They support capitalism as an economic system and therefore are opposed to what they consider to be a welfare state. They believe in property rights or homestead. Some paleo-conservatives tend to have an “isolationist” bent to them, and therefore are more likely to be opposed to foreign interventions then most rightists. Paleo-conservatives are reminiscent of the “old right” of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Strong Paleo-Conservatives border on Libertarianism.

Link: The Politics Test
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