‘Hate’ Worth Having


(First of all: the proper word is “hatred.” When did we as a country become so illiterate?)


From time to time in these pages, we go at it with a very pleasant guy named Doug. Here’s a recent example.

Doug’s a good guy, and I like him. I also believe that Doug’s heart is in the right place, even though his general state-of-mind in the ideological conflict between Left and Right is: can’t we all just get along?

Well, obviously, “just getting along” is a tango that requires two, and my observation is that the American Left has no wish to dance.

It’s a bit like those ever-so-chic “COEXIST” bumper stickers, that use the various symbols of prominent world religions to spell out the word. Nice sentiment… if, that is, all the adherents in the indicated religions are … people who wish to coexist.

Needless to say, so I’ll say it, there is at least one faith (coughcoughIslamcough) that has a whole bunch of adherents who are manifestly not willing to coexist, thereby blowing out of the proverbial water, the sweet sentiment behind the decal.

Well, my occasional interlocutor, Doug, tells me regularly that we (Conservatives) need to compromise with the Left. That leads me to remind Doug that such compromise has done nothing but move The United States steadily leftward for the entirety of our (so far) brief existence as a country. (Here’s a helpful reminder of why — “the xPraetorius Curve” — that’s been happening)

In other words: we’ve been compromising! That’s all we do! However, it’s been nothing but a one-way street; hence the constant larboard lean of America.

We’ve been compromising, and getting along, and taking the high road, and pulling our punches, and going along to get along, and not sinking to their level forever… and all it’s ever led to has been a steady erosion of freedoms, of rights, of opportunities, of control over our own lives… of hope for the future of this, the greatest country history has ever seen.

This country, the United States of America, is, for many different reasons, the single-most noble achievement in the history of humanity. By very far. Of every aspect of life that people universally assert makes life worth living, America has provided more than any other country, ever, in the history of the world. Freedom, personal autonomy, opportunity for advancement politically, for financial advancement, for social advancement — all these things that all people desire, are here in America in greater measure, by far, than in any other country in the history of the world.

Was America perfect? Is America perfect? Of course not! The “blessings of liberty” were not equally distributed to all her people, and peoples. However, she had one more thing that countered that, and made her the most revolutionary society ever produced, again by very far: She had a framework that guaranteed that, with the passage of time, those blessings would be ever more equally distributed to all Americans.

The entirety of the rest of recorded history has seen nothing but squalor, oppression, pain, disease, hunger, apathy, hard, unrelenting, unrewarded toil, and lives that were nearly always “solitary, nasty, brutish and short.”(1)  People lived primitive lives filled with despair, born of the sure knowledge that nothing would ever improve for them. A select few — the monarchy, the nobility, the corrupt, the landed — lived lives that were both far better than their contemporaries, and shorter and less affluent or comfortable… than the very poorest of Americans today.

Yet these brutish societies had things that today’s American Left finds deeply appealing: These were highly un-stratified, un-hierarchical, socially and economically flattened societies.

Below the aristocracies and the landed nobility, there was very little social or political hierarchy. There was great “income equality,” as very few made much more than anyone else. In fact, very few made much at all… but they were pretty much equal!

Another thing the Left claims to find desirable today: there were very few strata between the lowest of the low and those in the most elevated positions, the aristocracy, the landed nobility. But, and this is yet another aspect of those primitive societies today’s Left loves: there was no social mobility, no financial mobility, no political mobility either.

Of course, by way of protecting this  brave “new” world that the Left would bestow on us, you and I certainly can’t have any of those pesky freedoms we used to take for granted all the time: No speech, no freedom of worship, no freedom to assemble with whomever we damn well please, no press.

This is the society that today’s political Left would like to impose on you and me. This is the society that the American Democrat Party — now the American Socialist Party — would like to impose on you and me.

Oh, don’t go all, “Don’t you think you’re being a little harsh?” No, I’m not. The Democrats could have told Bernie Sanders to go stuff himself, and run as an honest Socialist, instead of legitimizing his wackiness behind whatever respectability the Democrats have left. But they didn’t. Instead they’ve twice allowed the old Bolshie crackpot nearly to become their nominee to run for President of the United States of America!

The Democrats could have told the nutty-as-a-fruitcake Socialist bimbo, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to go stuff herself, but they didn’t. They could have told all their other nutty-as-fruitcakes racists, doofuses, half-wits and Socialists (but I repeat myself) to go stuff themselves, but they didn’t. (Note: Ron Dellums, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Patty Murray, Maxine Waters, Rashida Tlaib, to name just a few)

Doug often tells me not to be so angry! And, of course, that I shouldn’t be so full of “hate.” (here, for example)

The American Left — and its political wing, the Democrat Party — propose to bring down the greatest, freest, noblest, most generous, most opportunity-laden society in the history of the world, to replace it with the same primitive, oppressive society that does little more than treat individuals according to their ability to contribute to their political masters’ well-being.

If you don’t hate that — really hate that — then you either haven’t been paying attention, or you haven’t been thinking, or you have no understanding of history. Either way, you haven’t been fulfilling your sacred obligation as a member of the greatest society ever produced — the duty to be informed… and to give a tinker’s damn.

You, and Doug , and I — all Americans — have a sacred responsibility to hate the thing — leftist ideology — that would make this, the greatest country that has ever existed, nothing but a memory, as the groaning masses slide beneath the waves of primitive brutishness that the American Left has adopted as their guiding principles.

This country, the United States of America, has done more to lift people all around the world out of oppression, poverty, starvation, war and despair, than all other forces combined (except Christianity — but this is a politically-focused post) in the history of the world.

Idiots like Barack Obama have openly suggested that this country needs to be “fundamentally changed.” Oh, yeah? To what precisely, pray tell?!?

The United States military has liberated billions of people from slavery, from hunger, from disease.

The United States has produced medical innovations that have cured countless diseases, that have alleviated agonizing pain for billions, that have saved and prolonged billions of lives.

The United States has produced technological innovations that have made lives easier and better for billions around the world. The internet — first rolled out here in America as a defense department project — has made it so that you and I can have information that used to take months to procure… in a matter of seconds. Now, thanks to the internet, you and I can be better-educated and informed than our parents and grandparents… and never leave the comfort of our living rooms!

The United States has put in place an economic engine that, if unimpeded, has lifted more people out of poverty than all other systems combined in history. And by a factor of many, many, many times.

The United States of America produced all that. Pray tell, what would you “fundamentally change” about it — except, perhaps, to say, “More of it, please! A lot more!”

And, pray tell, why wouldn’t anyone hate the body of thought that would deprive the world of all that. Why wouldn’t anyone heap scorn and derision all over those who would suggest that such a country, such a system, such magnificent achievement is somehow… bad?

Doug tells me that these people — the ones who tell you that this is the most oppressive country ever — “love America every bit as much as you or I do.” (here, for example)

To that I say simply, “Hogwash!” And obviously so.

The leftists who would bring down the society that has done more for billions upon billions of other people in the world and right here at home, hate America. Otherwise, why bring it down?

What do you “love” that requires that you change its very nature? To bring about “fundamental change?” What do you love that needs to be brought down?

The leftists who would overthrow the country that rose the highest and furthest out of the muck and darkness of primitive history don’t “love America.” They loathe America, and they despise people, especially. Because America has done the most, since its inception, to benefit… people, American or otherwise. Why would anyone “compromise” with such people.

I made this point to Doug:

“One last quick thing: In 1932, there were so many voices just like yours saying, “We should just compromise with Herr Hitler, you extremists!
There are bad people in America; there are bad people in politics.”

In 1932, there were, obviously, too few voices willing to speak out, loudly, stridently, without compromise, against “Herr Hitler.” The thing about Hitler that shocked everyone was that he came from the country that produced Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, and so many more. This was the country that had produced some of the most provocative thinkers of all of history. This was, many said, the most civilized, the most cultured, the most refined country this world had ever seen.

Then out pops this cretinous, ranting, raving primitive Herr Hitler and he takes over the entire place! He launches a movement that slaughters millions. In less than 15 years, his movement obliterates the civilized part of Germany that was centuries in the making, lays waste to an entire continent, murders millions and nearly annihilates an entire people.

Wouldn’t it have been nice if there had been more voices speaking out loudly, stridently, without compromise — especially without compromise — and saying, “Hell no! Not ever!

Astonishingly, Hitler wasn’t the only bastard to do this! The same story has taken place many times in the past. For example, wouldn’t it have been nice if there had been more,a whole lot more, voices speaking out, loudly, stridently, without compromise against… Stalin, Mao, Castro, the Kims, Pol Pot, Ho Chi Minh, and so many others? Quick side note: Mao’s “revolution” in China is still killing people in America today. Wouldn’t it have been nice if there had been more voices… without compromise?

Now, we have the most civilized country the world has ever produced. Just like Germany of the early 1930’s. Why would we think we’re immune to being taken over by cretinous, ranting, raving primitive totalitarians like Herr Hitler, only with different names. After all, we elect these bastards to Congress, and to the Governor’s office, all the time.

The new totalitarians are Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez, Schumer, Cuomo, Perez (Tom, head of the DNC), de Blasio, Newsom, Wolf (Tom, gov. PA), Garcetti, Murphy (Phil, gov. New Jersey, and Chris, sen. CT) and more. (The pandemic has smoked the bastards out.)

We all have a sacred responsibility to love America, and to hate anything that would injure her, or bring her down. We have a sacred responsibility to hate it with passion, fire and unrelenting energy. We have a sacred responsibility to prevent the bastards from taking over America, and we have a sacred responsibility to hate everything these bastards stand for.

— xPraetorius

Notes:


(1) Thomas Hobbes’ memorable expression.

2 thoughts on “‘Hate’ Worth Having

  1. In my last reply on the other topic.. I requested you to provide who the “they” are that have contributed to the “them” that you so hate (and I included that “hate/hatred” is proper either way). Seems that post went into the abyss of WordPress. It seemed a little skittish when I tried to post it .. then when I tried a second time it said “I did that post already”.

    In any event… pretty much the same retort from me. You profess all this wonderful achievement of America yet apparently all that was under some level of influence from the Liberals you detest. You seem to like to cite Hitlerism and Nazism… yet if it weren’t for the shortsightedness of the victorious WW1 Allies at Versailles imposing impossible reparations… or.. let’s go back even further… the idiocy of all the late 19th century defense treaties that resulted in WW1.. there would have been no Nazis to worry about. It’s all relative.
    But please.. who exactly are these apparent “enemy Americans” that are so prominent and influential enough to pose some threat to the nation?

    “The new totalitarians are Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez, Schumer, Cuomo, Perez (Tom, head of the DNC), de Blasio, Newsom, Wolf (Tom, gov. PA), Garcetti, Murphy (Phil, gov. New Jersey, and Chris, sen. CT) and more. (The pandemic has smoked the bastards out.)”

    Totalitatirians?? The pandemic “smoked them out”??
    You’re in a self-inflicted paranoia, my friend. So.. what you are saying.. one day these folks got up outta bed and essentially said “F*** America and the Constitution.. we’re doing it MY way!” ?? I’m registered GOP and even I don’t believe any of this.

    Here’s the difference between you and me. I tend to think there’s a basic humanity within each person and I will measure them on my own personal reference on how they choose to display their humanity. I don’t automatically assume that because of their politics… or religion… that they should be drawn and quartered in the public square. On the other hand… I’m not self-indulgent to the point where I do not understand the struggles and life experiences of others can and do tend to taint, skew, and bias a cynical view of life; the old, walk-a-mile-in-my-shoes prevails.
    By comparison you literally have an ax to grind. I know nothing about you so I am unable to speak to your life experiences nor provide a level of empathetic respect. Should that even matter in discourse such as this? I’m a humanist. Humanity matters. Who and what you cite to justify your opinion cares less to me when compared to the person you are.
    You’re trying to convince me that there’s an enemy among us that’s out to destroy the country… and so far all you cite are a collection of off-the-wall opinions, political diatribes, and election palaver from political wannabes. For as much as I dislike Trump as President intensely it’s totally because of his incompetence of leadership presenting a clear and present danger to the country.. not that he’s an enemy.

    Yikes.. this is way too long.

    (Sidenote: Literacy, in it being an exact determination of being literate, is seldom set in stone and evolves with the times. Being literate includes keeping up with the rules of literacy. “Hate” and “hated” can be used either way as it pertains to the context in which we’ve been using it here.)

    1. You wrote:
      In my last reply on the other topic.. I requested you to provide who the “they” are that have contributed to the “them” that you so hate (and I included that “hate/hatred” is proper either way). Seems that post went into the abyss of WordPress. It seemed a little skittish when I tried to post it .. then when I tried a second time it said “I did that post already”.
      My Reply:
      Doug: there was one post that went into moderation for some reason. I approved it, and confirmed that it went live in the post for which it was a response. I’m not sure that WordPress has a good handle on how their own rules operate. I send only posts with bad words to moderation. I think that sometimes, WordPress isn’t so sure what that means, even when they allow you to make your own list of words to exclude. For instance, they might reject “parse” because it contains “arse,” which is a word I’ve told WP to filter out.
      By the way, I only edit those posts, and clean up the language. Once that’s done, I free up the post to go live. e engage in no censorship here.

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      You wrote:
      In any event… pretty much the same retort from me. You profess all this wonderful achievement of America yet apparently all that was under some level of influence from the Liberals you detest. You seem to like to cite Hitlerism and Nazism… yet if it weren’t for the shortsightedness of the victorious WW1 Allies at Versailles imposing impossible reparations… or.. let’s go back even further… the idiocy of all the late 19th century defense treaties that resulted in WW1.. there would have been no Nazis to worry about. It’s all relative.
      But please.. who exactly are these apparent “enemy Americans” that are so prominent and influential enough to pose some threat to the nation?
      My Reply:
      Yes, I profess the wonderful achievement of America, because it’s pretty well-known. Do you dispute these achievements? The advances in medicine? In technology? In the social status of previously marginalized people and peoples? Do you also dispute that America took out Naziism? That she protected South Korea? That she was the reason that Russia at least had a chance to become a real country? That she liberated Eastern Europe? That she’s provided hundreds of billions of dollars in aid to other countries over the years?
      I strongly agree with you about allied shortsightedness after World War I. That doesn’t change the fact that Hitler was not the only possible, inevitable result of that shortsightedness. My rhetorical question as it pertains to that — “Wouldn’t it have been nice if there had been more voices…etc.” — remains valid.
      I think I mentioned who the people are who hate America. The names I mentioned, as well as a huge proportion of American academia, a huge proportion of Hollywood and pop culture, a huge proportion of the media… in other words, the American far-left.
      Academia produces the future; Hollywood deeply influences the daily American lexicon; the media have huge influence over the shape of the narrative as it pertains to all issues that affect all Amerians.
      The very good news is that the American Right has finally started to push back. It started with people like Bill Buckley, Rush Limbaugh and others, and it’s been gathering steam for a while. Thanks God!

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      You wrote:
      (Quoting me) “The new totalitarians are Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez, Schumer, Cuomo, Perez (Tom, head of the DNC), de Blasio, Newsom, Wolf (Tom, gov. PA), Garcetti, Murphy (Phil, gov. New Jersey, and Chris, sen. CT) and more. (The pandemic has smoked the bastards out.)” To which you then responded: “Totalitatirians??” The pandemic “smoked them out”?? You’re in a self-inflicted paranoia, my friend. So.. what you are saying.. one day these folks got up outta bed and essentially said “F*** America and the Constitution.. we’re doing it MY way!” ?? I’m registered GOP and even I don’t believe any of this.”
      My Reply:
      I backed up all that I said. I pointed out the campus shutdowns (totalitarian, fascistic activity), the online censoring of the content of millions of Conservative Americans by the tech giants who have a huge level of control over the conversations between Americans, and the arresting of various people who are desperately trying to stay alive professionally. The weaponization of the IRS by the Obama Administration to prevent tens of millions of Americans from exercising their Constitutional rights before the 2016 election is well-known. The indoctrination of students at American universities is well-documented and well-known. All these things are well-known. Why would you assert that I’m just saying things? These are only a few such things.You may e rgistered GOP, but you don’t seem to pay attention.

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      You wrote:
      Here’s the difference between you and me. I tend to think there’s a basic humanity within each person and I will measure them on my own personal reference on how they choose to display their humanity.
      My Reply:
      That’s no difference between you and me.

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      You wrote:
      I don’t automatically assume that because of their politics… or religion… that they should be drawn and quartered in the public square.
      My Reply:
      Still no difference between you and me. And, let’s be clear, I’ve never suggested that anyone should be drawn and quartered. Nor, even that there should be any punishment of any kind whatsoever for leftists who hate America.

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      You wrote:
      On the other hand… I’m not self-indulgent to the point where I do not understand the struggles and life experiences of others can and do tend to taint, skew, and bias a cynical view of life; the old, walk-a-mile-in-my-shoes prevails.
      My Reply:
      I’m still waiting for a difference between you and me. 🙂

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      You wrote:
      By comparison you literally have an ax to grind.
      My Reply:
      Finally! Yep. Every responsible America should have an ax to grind. If you have no ax to grind, you haven’t been paying attention. I’m pretty convinced as it is, that you either haven’t been paying attention, or you just don’t care.

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      You wrote:
      I know nothing about you so I am unable to speak to your life experiences nor provide a level of empathetic respect.
      My Reply:
      I appreciate your concern, but I don’t need your “empathetic respect,” thanks. I aggressively maintain my anonymity in order to allow my thinking to stand by itself. Ideas are ideas are ideas… they should be able to stand on their own, regardless of the past of the person expressing the ideas.

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      You wrote:
      Should that even matter in discourse such as this?
      My Reply:
      No. As mentioned, ideas should be able to stand on their own, regardless of the past of the person expressing the ideas.

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      You wrote:
      I’m a humanist. Humanity matters. Who and what you cite to justify your opinion cares less to me when compared to the person you are.
      My Reply:
      I’m not sure what this means. I think you might be trying to say, “Who and what you cite to justify your opinion is less important to me to me when compared to the person you are.”
      That’s exactly my point: Who I am is actually perfectly trivial compared to the ideas I express. The ideas are important. Much more important than the person expressing them. That should be obvious.
      And it should be good news! It’d take you months and months and months of close, exhaustive communications with me to know me well. However, you can look at my ideas and thoughts and address them right away! No delay needed!

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      You wrote:
      You’re trying to convince me that there’s an enemy among us that’s out to destroy the country… and so far all you cite are a collection of off-the-wall opinions, political diatribes, and election palaver from political wannabes. For as much as I dislike Trump as President intensely it’s totally because of his incompetence of leadership presenting a clear and present danger to the country.. not that he’s an enemy.
      My Reply:
      Doug: you’re flailing. I presented no “off-the-wall opinions, political diatribes, [or] election palaver.“Now, to repeat, I listed a bunch of well-known facts. These were facts that showed obvious parallels between America today and pre-Nazi, early-1930’s Germany. The college shoutdowns, big-Tech censorship, the weaponized IRS, university indoctrination, media bias, Hollywood bias, pop culture bias… these are all facts. I don’t just assert things that I can’t back up.
      Now, you’ll have to back up your allegations of Trump’s “incompetence of leadership.” He’s a loudmouth, a boor… you can say he’s a buffoon, but he’s been the President Mitt Romney wishes he could have been. I see him as kind of embarrassing, because the rest of the world wants a half-witted stuffed shirt like Barack Obama. I have trouble not being embarrassed when my opinion or understanding differs from the general state of mind, even when the general state of mind is nonsensical. It’s a bit of a character flaw, I admit.

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      You wrote:
      Yikes.. this is way too long.
      My Reply:
      Not at all! Comprehensive is always good!

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      You wrote:
      (Sidenote: Literacy, in it being an exact determination of being literate, is seldom set in stone and evolves with the times. Being literate includes keeping up with the rules of literacy. “Hate” and “hated” can be used either way as it pertains to the context in which we’ve been using it here.)
      My Reply:
      Yeah, I looked it up too. “Hatred is still the better choice word, because it’s an unambiguous noun. Which is how you used the word “hate.” “Hate” is either a verb or a noun. Best to use the unambiguous noun, rather than forcing the reader to figure out which it is.
      Best,

      — x

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