JOURNAL

The following is a running journal of short thoughts.

August 13th, 2018

Quotes

I couldn’t tell you the last time my life was changed by a quote I saw on Facebook.


August 6th, 2018

Activism

There are no real journalists anymore. Just activists. Instead of presenting information to the public, they manipulate information in order to influence politics.

There aren’t any intellectuals anymore. Just activists. Instead of discovering the world, they attempt to change it from behind a facade of faux expertise.

There aren’t any good judges anymore. Just activists. Instead of applying the written law, they change it to their own will.

There aren’t many police anymore. Just activists. Using their position of unsupervised power, they appropriate the law selectively to those they wish to silence.

The aren’t any teachers anymore. Just activists. Molding the future in their own image.

There aren’t any people anymore. Just activists.


August 4th, 2018

Quit Apologizing

Quit apologizing for saying things you mean.

Quit dancing when someone shoots at your feet. When the mob demands an apology, they don’t want you to mend a relationship: They want you to capitulate.

They want you to beg, prostrate at the altar of their making, ready to sacrifice your convictions in exchange for acceptance.

Once your hands have been cut off, and your lips are sewn shut, only then will you be an acceptable offering.


August 2nd, 2018

Too Lazy for a Civil War

A few polls are out that claim Americans foresee a civil war in the near future.

There isn’t going to be a Civil War in the US. At least not anytime soon. We’re all too lazy for that trash. Can you imagine folks giving up this way of life to go fight for something? And I mean completely giving it up. No iPhones. No Doordash.

I’m not talking about going out to Portland for a day, making an edgy sign for a protest, and then going back to our warm bed feeling like we made a difference. I’m talking about austerity, chaos, and discomfort.

We’d much rather watch some Netflix while stuffing our faces with Domino’s pizza. When it comes down to it and push comes to shove, we don’t care about things hardly as much as we say we do.


July 14th, 2018

Thank You For Your Service

Veterans aren’t the only ones serving their country, and definitely aren’t the only ones we should be thanking.

Any person who is actively sacrificing their time in order to secure a brighter future for this country deserves gratitude. The teacher who seeks the genuine success of her students. The small business owner who strives to provide a good service for her neighbors. The father who prioritizes raising morally upstanding children.

The threats to this great nation’s future are not merely external. And while some of us volunteer to face threats abroad, it takes all of us to face off threats from within.


July 4th, 2018

Independence Day

242 years ago the Founding Fathers signed their own death warrants for the sake of higher ideals. And while those ideals were not fully realized during their lives, generations have paid in blood and treasure to carry the mantle forward for this great nation, ultimately making it the #1 purveyor of prosperity, equality, and freedom on Earth.

Happy Independence Day.

John Adams said it best:

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty; it ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

July 3rd, 2018

The Destructive Nature of Affirmative Action

Affirmative action in college admissions hurts minorities and is a practice that simply helps White people feel better about themselves. Artificially admitting under qualified students into a rigorous 4-year program because of their race all but ensures that a once promising student will unnecessarily struggle and many times, fail.

On the upper end, many high performing Asian Americans who deserve to go to some of these schools are being discriminated against in the name of fairness. Diversity for the sake of diversity is not a virtue, but rather, a mechanism for implementing equality of outcomes to the detriment of the individual. It’s a heavy price to pay for Whites to feel better about themselves.


July 1st, 2018

Reflecting on Harambe

Over two years ago, Harambe was taken from this Earth. A lot has happened since then.

But one of the things that hasn’t happened is people losing their ever-loving minds over the death of an animal. Maybe people got the memo that humans are more important and we have our own problems to work out. Or maybe people just didn’t want any more animals turned into memes.

Either way, Harambe’s death has transcended all of us in that he died so we would never have to waste another month’s worth of keyboard activism on an accidental animal killing.

The perfect sacrifice.