Sunday, December 24, 2017

Adulterous Fidelity

My wife found out about the affair. She acts all hurt and confused and humiliated and everything. As if I did something wrong. As if I betrayed her. 

She doesn't get it. The other woman is a coeval (read: old as hell). Sure, the bloom is not entirely off the rose. You might call her a classic, maybe even Dream Cruise material. Not much rust on that chassis, never mind the mileage. She sports a smashing spoiler, ample leg room, and a proud pair of headlights, too. 

She's a battleaxe, though. So it's not as if I strayed with a younger woman. That's what a cad would do. I'm no cad. Cads are interested in one thing and one thing only. I was interested in that one thing too, sure--but there was much more to it than that. 

My fling was for the Greater Good. I did it for love. I did it for my wife herself. Greater love than this hath no man, that he lay down his marital vows--stomp on them, wipe his feet on them, kick them to the curb--for his marriage. 

How does rocking the wild thing with a woman not your wife strengthen the bond between you and your wife? You may well ask. Ah, but then you would only betray your alarming lack of sophistication. Precedent has long since been established. By our self-proclaimed betters, no less. As any student of history--or court history, at any rate, which is the only kind that matters--will tell you. 

Sometimes you have to violate your principles to advance your principles. You want to advance your principles, don't you? 

Take Paul Ryan. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010, this committed free marketeer voted to approve the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). He also supported auto bailouts and a confiscatory tax on "excess" CEO bonuses. How, you may well ask, can a professed devote'e of the free market defend using tax dollars to bail out reckless banks? Ryan explained in an interview with the Daily Caller ( "[W]e were on the cusp of a deflationary spiral which would have created a Depression," and that "if we would have [sic] allowed that to happen, I think we would have had a big government agenda sweeping through this country so fast that we wouldn't have recovered from it. So in order to prevent a Depression and a complete evisceration of the free market system we have, I think it was necessary. 

"It wasn't a fun vote. You don't get to choose the kind of votes you want. But I just think as far as the long term objectives that I have--which are restoring the principles of this country--I think it was necessary to prevent those principles from being really kind of wiped out for a generation."

Same goes for my affair. The pangs of conscience detracted from the fun. But I just think as far as the long term objectives that I have--which are restoring the principles of Christian marriage--those principles had to take a hit so they could survive in the long term. So I soldiered on.

Give 'Em Hell Harry Truman faced a similar dilemma. 

Then came Give 'Em Hell Harry Truman? Did he ever. He nuked tens of thousands of innocent civilians to death. He did it to save lives. 

But violating one's principles has a finer pedigree than that whippersnapper Ryan's. America's Greatest President--Mr. Lincoln himself--knew he had no choice but to violate the Constitution if he was going to save the Constitution. He censored newspapers, confiscated handguns, instituted a draft, shelled New York harbor, intercepted the mail, imprisoned dissidents, deported a U.S. Congressman, and sicced the U.S. Army on the Maryland State Legislature to bar it from voting on a secession resolution. He likewise violated the rules of civilized warfare by waging war on Southern civilians in pursuit of his civilized Civil War. Fifty thousand Southrons died, a good number of them slaves, in the process. 

What is taxation if not extortion to advance the institution of property? What is quantitative easing if not a perpetration of monetary fraud to advance a sound currency? What is war if not mayhem and mass murder to advance humanity and civility? 

The anti-principle principle runs through every advanced society. Our infinitely wise and benevolent solons have long since embraced it. 

You haven't been paying attention--neither to history nor current events. may also thereby betray your half-baked morality tunnel. Homo sapiens has evolved. The species has emerged from the Dark Ages. Dogma now takes a backseat. The human drama is made of a richer fabric today.  

Strong marriages are the sine qua non of strong families Family is fundamental unit of society. Civilizations unravel without stable families. 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

'Twas the Last Play at the Big House

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Tell it to the (Laconic) Spartans!

The context was Philip II of Macedon. After invading southern Greece and receiving the submission of other major city-states, he turned his attention to Sparta and asked, with some malintent, whether he should come as friend or foe.

“Neither,” was the reply.

He then sent the message: “You are advised to submit without further delay, for if I bring my army into your land, I will destroy your farms, slay your people, and raze your city.”

The Spartans again replied with a single word: “If.”

~Derek Noonan