Be not conformed

William F. Buckley, Jr. writes of Evelyn Waugh:

“He knew people, he knew his century, and, having come to know it, he had faith only in the will of God, and in individual man’s latent capacity to strive towards it. He acknowledged the need to live in this century, … ; but never, ever, to acclimate yourself to it.”

William F. Buckley Jr., “Evelyn Waugh, R.I.P.“, nationalreview.com, November 17, 2005.

“Be not conformed to the spirit of the age, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind ….” Romans 12:2.

The myth of liberal openmindedness

“I reject the insinuation that liberals (i.e. progressives) have a special ownership of the principles of free speech and open debate. For instance, if you look at how the Left took over academia in one university after another, they took advantage of the values of open inquiry and debate just long enough to get in the door and take power. Once they were in charge, they pulled up the gangplank behind them for anyone who disagreed.”

Jonah Goldberg, “When Liberalism Fails”, The Goldberg File (email “news”letter), April 11, 2014.

Driving style as an indicator of political affiliation?

If you had to guess, who would you say were the more aggressive drivers, conservatives or liberals?

I visited the West Side of L.A. recently. The West Side is adjacent to Santa Monica, and like the latter is known for being extremely liberal. But what stuck out to me were the drivers.

Following the stereotypes, you might think that in a predominantly liberal place, the people would be more or less casual, laidback and easygoing, live-and-let-live, peace and love, etc. (whereas conservatives would be more “warlike”). But what I noticed was that they were some of the rudest, most aggressive drivers I’ve seen anywhere.

Just an observation.

 

Who’s oppressing whom?

“[David Blankenhorn] suggests that my moral views oppress gays and lesbians. Even though in 2014 I’m powerless to give any legal force to my views.

“Even though my writing these words — homosexual conduct is sinful, and homosexual desires are objectively disordered — makes it very nearly impossible for me to be employed by a Fortune 500 company, become a professor at a major university, get appointed to government office, or in any way receive preferment in establishment institutions in America. Which suggests that gays and lesbians won’t stop feeling put upon until I’m silenced. Which I fear is the goal of those who formulated, promoted, and lobbied for ENDA.

“Creating the powerful legal machinery of civil rights to protect a successful, politically powerful minority from people like me? Is that what it means to be progressive today? Sadly, it is.”

R.R. Reno, “Letters”, First Things, March 2014, pp. 8-9.