What the well-established menace to society requires this to thrive is this: His own will to violate the good order of the society must exceed the combined will of the rest to maintain that order. Thus does the one man’s continual transgression serve to condemn the apathetic hordes, who might otherwise have put him out already with but a flick of the public wrist.
Books and books could be written about why I believe what follows, but I have forced myself to keep it very brief. And if you want to understand my reasons (beyond the tidbits of reason that are interspersed with my predictions below), you’ll need to contact me privately, or get busy reading my writings on such things. (Almost no one ever does.)Continue reading Jack’s Quick Predictions for America in 2024
Whoever shall we blame
When the neglect and cheating
We have been thus far content to tolerate
Have grown insufferable and
Too big to ignore?
I saw this meme posted on Facebook and what follows is my response.
The meme seems to presuppose that people are either 100% real or 100% fake, when in actuality, we are a mixed bag—maybe 100% real about this, but not about that.Continue reading “The Fake Get In Where They Fit In”
There are three particular things I will not suppose, and one that I will.
I dare not suppose I can fully understand from my American home in this “New World” the perspective of those who live in the old country―for whom our one or two handsful of American generations would seem but a cute beginning.Continue reading The New Old World
America, the Dutiful—
The country of my dreams!—
Where politics are beautiful
And all is what it seems.
She’s all but lost—
This idea that won’t die,
But won’t live, either—
This Great Experiment
On whether the people
Could rule themselves
Coming down to the question
Of whether they would rule themselves—
That is, whether they were willing.
You can tell a people’s true religious convictions about justice and righteousness by whether they will see to it that their society is administered justly and righteously.Continue reading The US Is Simply Not a Godly Nation
If by some new magic, this land should suddenly
See justice done swiftly and impartially
In government and business alike
With no tyrant or scoundrel ever again
Escaping what is due him by law
America would soon discover not only
What peace and order she has been missing,
But the security that comes from having the leaders
Fear crossing that dreadful line beyond which
Cheating is not an option.
We must face the fact that sooner or later
A menace to society becomes so severe—
Such a danger to safety or justice
Or order or decency—
That we must intervene and remove him
From his place, dispatching him to prison,
Or in the most egregious cases, even to God.