This was to have been Donald Trump’s full frontal attack on Hillary. Instead, because of the need to address the more immediate issue, The Pulse Massacre, he aimed a few arrows at her ideas and then devoted the rest of his talk to the problems we face with unvetted immigrants coming across our borders, in addition to the existential problems the West faces from radical Islam.
There is a transcript of this speech at Saint Anselm’s College posted at Conservative Tree House. They may have taken it from the Trump website; I didn’t check.
In addition, CTH has a good explanatory dig into the logistics of the events of The Pulse Massacre. Or whatever it will come to be named.
The American Interest has a short opinion piece on the slaughter in Orlando. Here is a snip with my emphasis:
The purpose of terrorist attacks is not, first and foremost, to kill and maim people, but to sow fear and distrust, to undermine the public spirit — to undermine the very fabric of a society. Depending on the circumstances, guns may or may not be more effective instruments of murder than any other tools terrorists have used in the past. But there is no question that they are superior when it comes to one thing: Pitting Americans against each other.
Guns occupy a critical space in America’s increasingly acerbic culture wars, a manifestation of the broader social convection currents taking place below the surface. For Jacksonians who are losing faith in the ability of established institutions to preserve order, the Second Amendment is a bulwark against totalitarian movements, like Islamism [sic] that would undermine American liberty. Under this deeply held view, attacks by ISIS-enthusiasts strengthen, rather than weaken, the case for gun rights. But for cosmopolitan liberals, gun rights are anachronism — a symbol of all the wrong-headed views espoused by working class whites. Set these two warring camps against each other in the context of an ongoing terror threat, and you push an already divided society even further down the path of tribalism and fracture.
I respectfully disagree with his opening point about our culture wars:
He says, The purpose of terrorist attacks is not, first and foremost, to kill and maim people, but to sow fear and distrust, to undermine the public spirit—to undermine the very fabric of a society.
Yes, the sowing of fear and distrust is a goal, but Rage Boys like this one in Orlando rilly, rilly do want to kill as many people as they can take out in one go. The foremost purpose of this traitor was to kill as many gays as possible. Because he truly hated gay people, as those who had to work with him, and who disliked him, have attested.
But we didn’t need these terrorism threats; our country has been deeply divided for a long time now. The fractures began to evidence themselves more obviously in Hillary’s generation, in a general uprising of college students and their intelligentsia “adult” followers throughout the West. Back then, the core tenets of Islam were not on anyone’s radar. But silly children were putting flowers in the rifle barrels of the military sent to bring peace to their campus. And those flower-bearers surely believed in their own moral superiority. They still do. Or rather, they ignore the horror and ruin of black-on-black crime in Chiraq’s south side to talk about the evils of white gun ownership.
In the intervening years between 1968 and now, no experience to the contrary of their utopian shield system has changed their minds. Often not even the deaths of their own children, e.g. Daniel Pearl’s father. Perhaps this delusion, which flies in the face of every atom of normal fatherhood, allows him to get up in the morning? Does he ever say to himself, “What if everything I believe is wrong?” It is a question many former Leftists have had to face as they could no longer hold together the irrational house of cards they’d built.
A rational person is open to change. A leftist, especially an ambitious one, is not. Delusional belief systems are never based on fact, nor are they open to revision. Their core belief is based on feelings about what they want life to be, never on the facts in front of them. That’s why we have the silly, trivial “social justice” meme. Justice has always been social, as is every other human virtue. None of them exist in isolation.
By now, you’re perhaps thinking “the heart has its reasons…” But look at Blaise Pascal’s quote in full:
Le cœur a ses raisons, que la raison ne connaît point. On le sent en mille choses. C’est le cœur qui sent Dieu, et non la raison. Voilà ce que c’est que la foi parfaite, Dieu sensible au cœur.
The Gutenberg translation:
“The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know. We feel it in a thousand things. It is the heart which experiences God, and not the reason. This, then, is faith: God felt by the heart, not by the reason.”
He was slightly off point, was Pascal. Before him, in a passage from Matthew 22, Jesus had already given his Two Commandments to supplement the Ten his disciples knew so well:
To love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: you shall love your neighbor as you love yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
The culture of the West is/was largely based on those two ideas, though we’ve long lost the keys to this saying. For example, how do we define “love”? Nonetheless it was in attempting to follow the Great Commandment that we became a high-trust culture — just look at the Quaker merchants in England who revolutionized business dealings and became so wealthy that the most intelligent of England’s leaders saw the inherent wisdom in simple trust. The unintended outcome was to be that our high trust in social exchanges hastened the changes for the better in all areas of endeavor, as demonstrated in the amazing innovations that each century left for its descendants as their heritage.
Still, that wasn’t a clever bon mot Pascal left behind; it was a crucial issue with which he struggled. Think of Jacob’s long night of wrestling with the angel who would not give his own name, but instead changed Jacob’s name to Israel. So while Jacob/Israel survived that long dark night of the soul, for the rest of his life he walked with a limp. A reminder of what it means to fall into the hands of the living God.
For all of us, believer and non-believer alike, it has come down to Benjamin Franklin’s warning about cultural cohesion: We must, indeed, all hang together or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading the video.