Almost three years ago, I wrote this:
I’ve just returned from an extended business trip to the United Kingdom, a little over 10 years since my first visit. During my travels, several observations were made that are relevant to our country and our next election. Where we stand on the edge overlooking the jagged chalk cliffs of multiculturalism, nanny statist ideals and socialism, our relatives have already stepped over. From the Fabian Socialists, the Unionists and the Communists of the pre and post-WWII era to Maggie Thatcher, Britain has wrestled with how a fading parliamentary empire can confront the political and social changes that modernity poses.
We are facing similar choices in America today.
I saw a significantly different society from only a decade ago. London has always been an international city, but a large segment has become Islamisized, with burkas as prevalent as mini-skirts, Farsi and Arabic as common as West End brogue.
Of course, I was greeted with the standard leftist, multi-culturist pap about how I was just a stupid, bigoted Islamophobe and just didn’t understand at all. Since this was originally a column in the Panama City News Herald, there was a refutation letter from a supposed Englishman, a Mr. Jones, who called me a “seagull” – a non-Englishman who flies in, craps over everything, and then flies out…
But as with most things, patience is a virtue and sooner or later vindication comes. I ran across this in the London Telegraph:
‘I feel like a stranger where I live’
As new figures show ‘white flight’ from cities is rising, one Londoner writes a provocative personal piece about how immigration has drastically changed the borough where she has lived for 17 years
“When you go swimming, it’s much healthier to keep your whole body completely covered, you know.” The Muslim lady behind the counter in my local pharmacy has recently started giving me advice like this. It’s kindly meant and I’m always glad to hear her views because she is one of the few people in west London where I live who talks to me.
The streets around Acton, which has been my home since 1996, have taken on a new identity. Most of the shops are now owned by Muslims and even the fish and chip shop and Indian takeaway are Halal. It seems that almost overnight it’s changed from Acton Vale into Acton Veil.
Of the 8.17 million people in London, one million are Muslim, with the majority of them young families. That is not, in reality, a great number. But because so many Muslims increasingly insist on emphasising their separateness, it feels as if they have taken over; my female neighbours flap past in full niqab, some so heavily veiled that I can’t see their eyes. I’ve made an effort to communicate by smiling deliberately at the ones I thought I was seeing out and about regularly, but this didn’t lead to conversation because they never look me in the face.
I recently went to the plainly named “Curtain Shop” and asked if they would put some up for me. Inside were a lot of elderly Muslim men. I was told that they don’t do that kind of work, and was back on the pavement within a few moments. I felt sure I had suffered discrimination and was bewildered as I had been there previously when the Muslim owners had been very friendly. Things have changed. I am living in a place where I am a stranger.
There are reasons that I have written much about the UK and my time there. First and foremost, the UK is the kind of European social democracy that the American left so desires us to be and secondly, these “social democracies” come with the kind of social and immigration policies that guarantee the destruction of themselves. Lastly, history is a great predictor of the future. My grandfather was fond of saying that “you can’t know where you are going until you look at where you have been” and the UK provides us that historical record.
Socialism, Marxism or communism – or any blend thereof has never increased individual freedom. Period. That is the historical record. Any claim that “this time we will get it right because we are the smartest people ever” is just fallacious. It goes against thousands of years of recorded human history.
How smart we are has nothing to do with it. The successive failures of these political and social systems is that they are structurally, and therefore fatally, flawed because they seek to subvert the unsubvertable, to corrupt the incorruptible – that is to usurp the invincible and immutable truth of natural law.
Natural law can never be bent or broken, it can only be understood and obeyed.
The only system ever devised that was guaranteed to increase individual freedom is the American Republic and the Constitution it is based on…the very things that are now under incessant and unrelenting attack from fools who believe they are smarter than “…the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God…”
History will prove that they are not.
As I inch ever closer to my self-imposed retirement, I’ve been looking back at the things we have posted here and I have to say that to a large extent, history has validated a large portion of our commentary.
Remember what Shakespeare’s character Antonio speaks in Act 2, Scene 1 of The Tempest:
We all were sea-swallow’d, though some cast again
(And by that destiny) to perform an act
Whereof what’s past is prologue; what to come,
In yours and my discharge.
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Its posts just like these that I will miss upon your soon departure. Sadly, I do not think that I personally possess the literary prowess to continue to post with this level of skill. That being said, I’d like to comment on a few of your points.
Funny how that works, isn’t it? In my relatively short time commenting here, I too have seen this come to fruition. While I think Liberals sincerely believe they have the “best interests of society” in mind, like you, I also believe their fundamental logic is flawed. How many times have we seen a statement, position, or pushed agenda blow up in the faces of the liberal machine?
Succinctly, and well stated. It utterly miffs me why these people subscribe to the “mob rules” mentality.
Your papa was wise. 🙂
Such is the hallmark of a narcissist. The only form of collectivism that has ever worked in history was in a society where people were free to pursue happiness through self-determination; where folks are self-driven to work and strive for the successes they seek, then contribute to the rest of society through the fruition of success (the one that comes to mind is … a healthy growing business where the business can expand its employment base, etc. etc. etc.) Each time a central government starts down the path of regulation, overreach is soon to follow, and this environment of freedom and self-determination soon becomes gravely ill — such as a patient with malignant cancer.
It would be very wise for each, and every person to read The Declaration of Independence from time to time, and review the grievances listed within. Those grievances are very applicable to what we are seeing before our eyes today.
Side bar: As further evidence of your claims, look at the news of the AFL-CIO as reported today. Sometimes, the title does say it all:
“Economy, expiration of stimulus taking ‘toll’ on union membership”
When the money runs out … 🙂
I joke about overcoming my Mississippi public school education but the fact of the matter is that I was taught very well by the teachers that I had. Very well schooled in how to think, not what to think.
We may not have had the best of everything – or anything, for that matter – but what I did have was a teacher who genuinely cared about me and knew me and my family. Everything that I have achieved intellectually can be traced to the love of knowledge, reading and thought that was imparted to me by my first grade teacher, Mrs. Ruth Jones. Mrs. Ruth also taught my Dad in third grade.
One thing that people forget about communism is that one of its goals, maybe the primary goal, is a global “democracy” – which means global control via a global government. Marx stated that the final stage of the communist ideal would be a borderless, yet supreme state that spanned the entire world.
That is what we are seeing Obama and his regime prosecute – the destruction of our sovereignty, our culture, our borders and our Constitution to allow the USA to be subjugated to global control. Everything he is, does and believes points to his belief in America as an obstacle to the ultimate communist state.
“While I think Liberals sincerely believe they have the “best interests of society” in mind, like you, I also believe their fundamental logic is flawed”
“liberals” force their will upon the majority.
I think, y’all are being too gracious and forgiving to assume they have “the best interests of society” in mind. The indoctrinated followers “might” be as you describe. However the liberals always respond with anger, disdain, and venom when “Americans” attempt to discuss, reason, and provide examples which illustrate “liberal” fallacies and failures. They prevent freedom through attempted silence and demagoguery.
The majority of “liberals” are thieves (and subjugators). “liberals” will take everything against the property owner’s will to give to themselves …. Because “we want it and we can…”
All the while the “liberals” create lies for why, how, and the inevitable outcome.
“I think, y’all are being too gracious and forgiving to assume they have “the best interests of society” in mind”
Re-read what I wrote: “I think Liberals sincerely believe they have the “best interests of society” in mind”
They do believe in their cause. They believe it to be benevolent. However, they (and not us) are wrong. We see their logic clearly as flawed. Part of that logic includes “the end justifies the ways, or the means.”, and generally is void of sound morality, or legality. No finer example was given than when Debi Wasserman-Schultz had to face down Anderson Cooper on television, and tried to defend her lies.
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An excellent post courtesy of blogger ‘Utah’ over at THE RIO NORTE LINE
My husbands Mom was from Newcastle and we have been hearing the Muslims are taking over London from relatives there. It’s very sad to have you confirm their reports. This is not going to end well for Great Britain.
Keep your whole body covered when you swim??!! Um, ring-a-ding-ding! Try that in FL…….behind La Vela……during Spring Break. I will say that if I am to be in the sun for a long period of time, I swim in my sun grubbie shirt. I would post a pic, but I don’t know how to do that in the comment section…..
“I swim in my sun grubbie shirt. I would post a pic, but I don’t know how to do that in the comment section…..”
That might be worthy of a “thank you”………………………………………kidding.
In case some do not know, many of the Muslims entering our country, Europe, Australia, and Canada are seeking political asylum – asylum from oppressive regimes or persecutions by Shiites and Sunnis. Those oppressed by other Muslim sects are the Ahmadiyya Muslims. The Ahmadiyya Imam lives in London. A young Ahmadiyya Muslim woman insisted on being my friend when I lived in Dallas. She was very kind, a lovely person, but I just cannot seem to quite fit her into my life or that of my family because well…, “When you go swimming, it’s much healthier to keep your whole body completely covered, you know.” Also, when my Muslim friend meets anyone I know, the person instantly becomes her friend, and I’m convinced she will bring her whole family to visit my sister for a week or more and then insist on at least an annual visit thereafter. It doesn’t help the matter that her children are spoiled rotten. (She met my sister while my sister was in Dallas visiting me.) I would like to have my sister’s respect – dearly desire to have my sister’s respect.
On recent thoughts about political asylum, why is the West giving political asylum to oppressed Muslims when there are so many oppressed Christians? Only 78 Ahmadiyyas were killed in a mosque when asylum for Ahmadiyyas seemed to become a necessary option, but 22,000 Christians were burned out in India in 2008 with over 300 killed, and we still haven’t given them asylum. And then, I think about Christians killed in Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon. The West seems to display religious bias in giving asylum. There are only about 1 million Ahmadiyyas world-wide, so proportionally, we should be granting asylum to huge numbers of Christians and very few Muslims. While I do not believe in radicalizing Christians by promoting war against Muslims, giving people from vastly different cultures asylum is painful. Oh, and by the way, the reason the Ahmadiyyas are persecuted by other Muslim sects is because they believe the Messiah has already come and gone.