“If you’re never put to the test, you won’t learn.”
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Had I asked people in my hometown why they were still there, I would have received the answer I heard in neighborhoods from Cairo to Amarillo to rural Ohio. They would have looked at me like I was crazy and said, “Because it is my home.”
When communities and towns are destroyed, partly because of the front row’s policies of globalization, the front row solution is, “Well, just move.” What matters is growth at all costs—even if it is brutal—and that requires everyone, always, to be economic migrants. The front row likes to say that the U.S. is a country of migrants, where people have always moved for jobs. It has been done before—the Dust Bowl, the northern migration of African Americans. But those migrations were responses to failure, not signs of success.
Back Row America, by Chris Arnade
America’s forgotten communities — interview with Chris Arnade | VIEWPOINT
“I’m a sinner. I’m the worst sinner I know because I’m the sinner I know best.“
“Those who travel the high road of humility in Washington, D.C., are not bothered by heavy traffic.”
Former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson commenting on George H.W. Bush at Bush’s funeral, December 5, 2018.
Leave the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love, and the future to God’s providence.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Jesus, come and get me!
Jesus, I trust in you.
Come, Holy Spirit, come!
Dear God, if today I lose my hope please remind me that your plans are better than my dreams. Amen.
Lord, give me whatever the most Blessed Virgin Mary asks for me.
With material arrogance comes moral arrogance. Perhaps the most frightening thing about Donald Trump was revealed in a remark that he “doesn’t ask God for forgiveness.” Trump is unusually candid; such things are seldom baldly said. Yet that is the attitude of most men today, not only those of wealth and power. They “believe in God,” but “don’t ask forgiveness.” In other words, they don’t believe in God; or they would be down on their knees.
The longest spoon, David Warren
Government is just another word for our betters, philosopher kings and statists like Bernie Sanders, telling mere mortals what to do and how to live.
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This is a very old and thoroughly discredited idea, one that dates back to Karl Marx and to the anti-capitalists who preceded him. It is a facet of the belief that free markets are irrational, and that if reason could be imposed on markets — which is to say, if reason could be imposed on free human beings — then enlightened planners could ensure that resources are directed toward their best use. This line of thinking historically has led to concentration camps, gulags, firing squads, purges, and the like, for a few reasons: The first is that free markets are not irrational; they are a reflection of what people actually value at a particular time relative to the other things that they might also value. Real people simply want things that are different from what the planners want them to want, a predicament that can be solved only through violence and the threat of violence. That is the first reason that this sort of planning leads to gulags. The second is that there are no enlightened planners; men such as Senator Sanders imagine themselves to be candidates for enlightened leadership, but put a whip in his hand and the gentleman from Vermont will turn out to be another thug in the long line of thugs who have cleaved to his faith. The third reason that this sort of planning always works out poorly is that nobody knows what the best use of resources actually is; all that the would-be masters know is that they do not approve of the current deployment of resources.
Bernie Sanders’s Dark Age Economics
You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. Anne Lamott
Seen in Strange Gods, by Elizabeth Scalia
You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, and with your whole soul, and with your whole mind, and with your whole strength;
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The Two Great Commandments
Finding a good woman is also like looking for a needle in a haystack!