The Crumbling Theodosian

Every day
Another brick falls.
Every day
The vines creep closer.
The statues are ground to dust.
The words are fading.
The blood is covered with earth and forgotten.
The happy heart decays
Until only beasts once more remain

Creed of the Modern Thinker

A poem by Steve Turner

We believe in Marxfreudanddarwin
We believe everything is OK
as long as you don’t hurt anyone
to the best of your definition of hurt,
and to the best of your knowledge.

We believe in sex before, during, and
after marriage.
We believe in the therapy of sin.
We believe that adultery is fun.
We believe that sodomy’s OK.
We believe that taboos are taboo.

We believe that everything’s getting better
despite evidence to the contrary.
The evidence must be investigated
And you can prove anything with evidence.

We believe there’s something in horoscopes
UFO’s and bent spoons.
Jesus was a good man just like Buddha,
Mohammed, and ourselves.
He was a good moral teacher though we think
His good morals were bad.

We believe that all religions are basically the same-
at least the one that we read was.
They all believe in love and goodness.
They only differ on matters of creation,
sin, heaven, hell, God, and salvation.

We believe that after death comes the Nothing
Because when you ask the dead what happens
they say nothing.
If death is not the end, if the dead have lied, then its
compulsory heaven for all
excepting perhaps
Hitler, Stalin, and Genghis Kahn

We believe in Masters and Johnson
What’s selected is average.
What’s average is normal.
What’s normal is good.

We believe in total disarmament.
We believe there are direct links between warfare and
bloodshed.
Americans should beat their guns into tractors .
And the Russians would be sure to follow.

We believe that man is essentially good.
It’s only his behavior that lets him down.
This is the fault of society.
Society is the fault of conditions.
Conditions are the fault of society.

We believe that each man must find the truth that
is right for him.
Reality will adapt accordingly.
The universe will readjust.
History will alter.
We believe that there is no absolute truth
excepting the truth
that there is no absolute truth.

We believe in the rejection of creeds,
And the flowering of individual thought.

If chance be
the Father of all flesh,
disaster is his rainbow in the sky
and when you hear

State of Emergency!
Sniper Kills Ten!
Troops on Rampage!
Whites go Looting!
Bomb Blasts School!

It is but the sound of man
worshipping his maker.

-Steve Turner, English Journalist

Darwin

A man loses his family in a high speed accident,
No tragedy here.
A woman gets raped in a brothel,
No tragedy here.
A baby has scissors shoved into its skull by a doctor,
No tragedy here.

Science declares,
It’s just matter in motion.

If I Were The Devil

I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world;

I would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man’s
effort, instead of God’s blessings;

I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of
the other way around;

I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenue;

I would convince people that character is not an issue when it comes to
leadership;

I would make it legal to take the life of unborn babies;

I would make it socially acceptable to take one’s own life, and invent
machines to make it convenient;

I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that life of animals are
valued more than human beings;

I would take God out of the schools, where even the mention of His name was
grounds for a lawsuit;

I would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and target the young, and I
would get sports heroes to advertise them;

I would get control of the media, so that every night I could pollute the
minds of every family member for my agenda;

I would attack the family, the backbone of any nation. I would make
divorce acceptable and easy, even fashionable. If the family crumbles, so
does the nation;

I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and
movies screens, and I would call it art;

I would convince the world that people are born homosexuals, and that their
lifestyles should be accepted and marveled;

I would convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who
call themselves authorities and refer to their agendas as politically
correct;

I would persuade people that the church is irrelevant and out of date, the
Bible is for the naive:

I would dull the minds of Christians, and make them believe that prayer is
not important, and that faithfulness and obedience are optional;

I GUESS I WOULD LEAVE THINGS PRETTY MUCH THE WAY THEY ARE!

Paul Harvey – 1965

Progress

We live our days indifferent
To the ferocious violence around us
And those who notice, state,
That this is “just the way things are.”
We are God’s children
Living in a world
That is an existential island
And this is Lord of the Flies.

We all LOVE…
Ourselves
We all HATE…
Truth
And we all idolize
Darkness.

Brutality, we claim,
Is a problem only in foreign lands
And we excuse our indifference
Because of large bodies of water.
We look at the civil wars of the East
And we boast of our Western civilized-ness
While we murder our babies
And turn them into face products.
Evil never looked so good, or so young!

We are so self-righteous
And so, so, sensitive
“Don’t judge me!”
“What’s wrong to you may not be wrong to me!”
And we ignore the darkness within
Ascribing the darkness in others to “illness”
And we try to cure murderers and rapists
With the same pills
That we take to stay sane.

Our daughters are having group sex
But don’t worry, it’s just a teenage “phase.”
Our sons are addicted to pornography
But studies show it’s a healthy part of his development.
Either way, it’s nothing they didn’t learn in school already.
And when the despair takes grip
We fill our glasses and medicate,
Killing ourselves daily for just a little more.
A little more money,
A little more fame,
A little more pleasure,
A little more “enlightenment.”
Ending our selfish lives
Bitter and cold.
Unless,
Love saves us.

May Poetry 2011 – The Rocks Of Heaven

My Heart

My heart is in Carolina.
Where do I go
If my heart is not with me?
A part of me is missing.
I feel as though
It’s a struggle to get through the week.
Where is she?
Flying over Mississippi
New York,
Or Tennessee?

Water

Water
Always in my dreams
Crashing through the walls
To take me from my love
And sweep me out to sea.
Love and water
Standing on the shore
With lightning on the horizon
And wind in her hair
With quiet smiles in the sand
And a longing in her heart
But the water
Always there
Before I wake.

The Rocks Of Heaven

The sun beats down
Upon the rocks of heaven.
The water flows through the center of Eden
But I have no desire to hide.
I’ve longed for this
Though it is still shadows
If only I could open my eyes
To see what’s truly there.
So close to God
And yet so far.

Fighting

What is this world
That men have to spend their whole lives
Fighting and then dying
For one ray of sunshine
For a slight glimpse of justice?

Outrage

Lets get outraged
Lets get together and talk about injustice
Lets all yell and be angry
But don’t ask us to take action
Don’t ask us to do something
My outrage excuses me
From having to fight

Capitalism and Freedom – An Essay on Milton Friedman

            In the 1950’s American culture was changing radically with the Beat movement pushing the boundaries of traditional cultural values, and socialism becoming more appealing to many people especially the intellectual class. At the same time, with the publication of Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman, the foundations of the modern conservative movement were being laid. As the country became more “progressive,” conservatism held on to traditional American values and especially the values of small government and free enterprise. Going against a popular culture that more and more began to hate corporations and capitalism, Milton Friedman made his solid and persuasive argument that capitalism promoted and preserved the liberty and prosperity of Americans.

In 1955 Allen Ginsberg published a poem called Howl. This poem became a manifesto for the Beat movement. The Beat generation was made up of artists and writers, many of them veterans of World War II, who were tired of the militarization of culture and the increased materialism in American life.[i] The Beats lived lives of no restraint experimenting with drugs and sexuality. Their writing was very controversial and was criticized harshly for being too obscene and much of it was banned in the United States initially. They hated capitalism and materialism and many lived as nomadic hitchhikers and train hoppers influenced by eastern philosophies including those which praised poverty in search of truth. The Beat’s were the American version of the Bohemian, romanticized bums really; self titled as the “Dharma Bums” by Jack Kerouac. With the publication of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road in 1957, the beat movement was instantly popularized, and this new popularity filtered into the sixties free love movements.

As the culture began to embrace a more relaxed morality and started to consider larger more socialistic types of government similar to those in Europe, conservatives who had remained powerless and silent for many decades began to speak out. In direct response to the cultural shift leftwards, conservative thinkers began to call for a preservation of traditional values on all levels. One of the leading voices for a fiscally conservative and capitalistic society was Milton Friedman.[ii] Capitalism and Freedom was published in 1962, and argued that a shift away from a free enterprise capitalistic society put our very liberty in danger. Friedman argued that the sole role of the American government was to enforce private contracts, foster competitive markets, maintain infrastructure, and defend America from enemies abroad and at home.[iii] He argued that giving the government power to do much else was irresponsible and dangerous. The long time American ideals of personal responsibility and power to the individual became a central idea of Conservatism. Referencing a famous line by John F. Kennedy, Friedman said,

The free man will ask neither what his country can do for him nor what he can do for his country. He will ask rather “What can I and my compatriots do through government” to help us discharge our individual responsibilities, to achieve our several goals and purposes, and above all, to protect our freedom? And he will accompany this question with another: How can we keep the government we create from becoming a Frankenstein that will destroy the very freedom we establish it to protect?[iv]

With FDR and the New Deal, the government had expanded dramatically in size and taken an active role in attempting to create jobs and stimulate the economy. Friedman argued that this type of role for government was wrong, and argued that the government should stay out of the private sector and let the markets adjust themselves. Smaller government and lower taxes would create jobs, because people would have more of their own money to spend, and companies would have more of their own money to create more jobs. While government programs like the New Deal had good intentions, Friedman made the point that giving the federal government so much power was dangerous because there was no guarantee that a “good” government would always remain so. Friedman put it so eloquently,

The second broad [conservative] principle is that government power must remain dispersed. If government must exercise power, better in the county than in the state, better in the state than in Washington […]

The very difficulty of avoiding the enactments of the federal government is of course the great attraction of centralization to many of its proponents. It will enable them more effectively, they believe, to legislate programs that – as they see it – are in the interest of the public, whether it be the transfer of income from the rich to the poor, or from private to governmental purposes. They are in a sense right. But this coin has two sides. The power to do good is also the power to do harm; those who control the power today may not tomorrow; and, more important, what one man regards as good, another may regard as harm.[v]

This principal is a cornerstone of the modern conservative movement, and many agree that the current state of this country is largely because of the blatant disregard for this principal. The government is larger than ever, and the ultimate irony is that many from the baby boomer generation who followed the beats in the flower power movement of the sixties are now the wealthy elite class of the country, the CEO’s of today. Those who, once upon a time, opposed capitalism now owe their success and prosperity to the free market ideals of the conservative movement.

The trend in popular culture today is still leaning towards the progressive stance even though the ideals that Milton Friedman put forward in Capitalism and Freedom have been proven successful time and again, and the socialistic ideals that the progressive movement hold dear have been met with failure continually in Western Europe and most dramatically in the fall of the Soviet Union. While most other countries move back toward a more free market society, including communist China, we can only hope that Americans begin to rediscover the conservative ideals that have made this country great before it is too late and America loses its place in the world as the leader in both personal and economic freedom.

Sources:

[i] “Howl (1955),”  Eric Foner, Voices of Freedom, 261
[ii] “Capitalism and Freedom (1962),”  Eric Foner, Voices of Freedom, 255
[iii] “Capitalism and Freedom (1962),” Eric Foner, Voices of Freedom, 257
[iv] “Capitalism and Freedom (1962),” Eric Foner, Voices of Freedom, 256
[v] “Capitalism and Freedom (1962),” Eric Foner, Voices of Freedom, 257

Converting You To Conservatism

WHY DEMOCRAT SOLUTIONS FAIL TO FIX THE ECONOMIC CRISIS (Click to Enlarge)

CONSERVATIVE IDEAS AND SOLUTIONS (Click to Enlarge)

Some thoughts on Liberty and Morality

Here are two great quotes on liberty and morality. I shall post some poems I wrote that are  inspired by the concepts as well.

” Is it not high time for the people of this country explicitly to declare whether they will be freemen or slaves ? It is an important question, which ought to be decided. It concerns us more than anything in this life. The salvation of our souls is interested in the event; for wherever tyranny is established, immorality of every kind comes in like a torrent. It is the interest of tyrants to reduce the people to ignorance and vice, for they cannot live in any country where virtue and knowledge prevail. The religion and public liberty of the people are intimately connected: their interests are interwoven ; they cannot subsist separately, and, therefore, they rise and fall together. For this reason, it is always observable that those who are combined to destroy the people’s liberties practise every art to poison their morals. How greatly then does it concern us, at all events, to put a stop to the progress of tyranny. It has advanced already by far too many strides. We are this moment upon a precipice. The next step may be fatal to us. Let us, then, act like wise men, calmly look around us, and consider what is best to be done. Let us converse together upon this most interesting subject, and open our minds freely to each other. Let it be the topic of conversation in every social club. Let every town assemble. Let association and combinations be everywhere set up to consult and recover our just rights.” -Samuel Adams

“But what more oft, in nations grown corrupt,
And by their vices brought to servitude,
Than to love bondage more than liberty,
Bondage with ease than strenuous liberty…”

John Milton (Samson Agonistes)

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The Squabblers

They squabble like children
Most of their lives.
Bitterly trampling over others,
Stabbing each others backs,
Clamoring to the top of a phantom ladder,
And then they die.
Having accomplished little or nothing,
And having destroyed so much.

“Free” Men

People turn away from truth
In the name of freedom.
But are enslaved to misery
In the name of choice,
And they cannot understand.
Why they are not happy.

Comfortable

Some people,
Even if you could lead them
Directly into joy,
They’d run you away.
Because the truth is
They are happiest in their misery.
Because in their misery is where
They are most comfortable.