Five days after Jason Carter jumped into the Georgia governor’s race, his grandfather, former President Jimmy Carter, delivered a speech urging a ban on the death penalty. Within hours, the newly minted candidate felt compelled to issue a retort: while he loves his grandfather, he told a reporter, “I believe in the death penalty for heinous crimes, and that won’t change when I’m governor.”
The episode spoke to the benefit and potential burden of the Carter surname for the upstart Democratic state senator, who is waging a long-shot bid to unseat first-term Republican Gov. Nathan Deal. Practically everyone in the Peach State knows the Carter name, and in state Democratic circles the ex-president remains a revered figure more than three decades after he left the White House.
Revered by who? Most of the developed world, including many on the Left, regard Jimmy Carter as the guy who got beaten by Ronald Reagan in 1980. Having the most disastrous President of the Last Half Century as your grandfather should be a permanent bar on any future political ambitions. But hope springs eternal for those on the Left.
I was a bit unfair to Carter the Younger in the title. He isn't quite like Justin Trudeau. For instance Jason Carter held a private sector job for a few years. By Trudeau standard the grandson of America's 39th President is practically a curriculum vitae fetishist. He was even in the real Peace Corps, as opposed to the knock-off one PET set-up.
The trick to a convincing lie is that the lie is plausible. Here is proof, should it be needed, that the President of the United States is a horrible liar:
President Barack Obama, on a fundraising swing in Seattle on Sunday, described himself as "not a particularly ideological person" despite ongoing political clashes with Republicans over healthcare, the economy, and immigration reform.
Daniel Hannan has a scanned copy of a note sent home with a young British student:
Dear Parent / Carer,
As part of the National Religious Education Curriculum together with the multicultural community in which we live, it is a statutory requirement for Primary School aged children to experience and learn about different cultures.
The workshop is at Staffordshire University and will give your child the opportunity to explore other religions. Children will be looking at religious artefacts similar to those that would be on display in a museum. They will not be partaking in any religious practices.
Refusal to allow your child to attend this trip will result in a Racial Discrimination note being attached to your child’s education record, which will remain on this file throughout their school career.
As such our expectations are that all children in years 4 to 6 attend school on Wednesday 27th November to take part in this trip.
All absence on this day will be investigated for their credibility and will only be sanctioned with a GP sick note.
If you would like to discuss this further please contact our R.E. Coordinator, Mrs Edmonds.
Mrs L. Small
I'll give you a moment to let the creep factor fade a bit.
Actual fascists, for those wondering, were never this smug. They did not have that remarkably elevated sense of righteous that accompanies our modern educational class like incense trailing a medieval priest. The analogy goes beyond mere attitude. Having abandoned the Christian creed the religious impulse has been directed into secular pursuits. The religious ministers of old hectored, cajoled and inspired their parishioners to lead better lives. From the late 17th century onward religious ministers in the English speaking world had little political power. They had only the power of example and moral explanation. Whether sincere or hypocritical these men lacked one vital tool that is at the disposal of their bastardized descendants: The power of the state.
An aspect of the religious impulse has been the desire for a kind of Platonic perfection. The great religious creeds were wise enough to remind their adherents that such a perfection is not possible on this earth, merely in the hereafter. This provided a check on fanatics who wished to create heaven on earth. The history of the Catholic Church in particular is filled with accounts of church authorities suppressing heretics. While some of these heretics were brilliant visionaries like Galileo or Bruno, most were pre-modern versions of jihadists. The Church, in fact, was trying to keep the fanatics in line before they destroyed society. Such was the nature of the time and place in which they lived.
Our modern age is somewhat less violent and certainly less intellectually restrained. Yet the perfection impulse is still there. Unrestrained by wiser figures in positions of authority, or by a religious doctrine that would remind its adherents of divine judgement, modern statists have a full remit. It is no coincidence that the original nanny state, the so called Blue Laws of the late Victorian era, were pushed by liberal minded protestant ministers. They had begun to lose their faith in transcendent matters and so went about perfecting man on earth. One petty law at a time.
Today the trappings of Christianity have been dispensed with entirely. Indeed it is now, apparently, a statutory requirement that English children study other religions or else. The actual "exploration" seems to be the viewing of museum pieces that, in a different era, might have been termed relics. What actual knowledge or understanding could be imparted to bored children by staring at old things is questionable. It is a kind of ritual. Children must be "tolerant" so by exposing them to other religions they will become tolerant. That exposing children to other religions might actually repulse them does not seem to be a consideration. Many British school children, of course, have no religion at all, and these exhibits will seem to them like only so much sacred mumbojumbo.
The mind of the righteous fanatic is indifferent to these facts. The Truth shall prevail.
Modern day inquisitors are more subtle than Torquemada. He merely tortured mens bodies, his descendants destroy the English language. Refusing to let your child visit a religious museum of sorts will have your child, and you, officially declared a racist. Religion isn't the same thing as race. One can have many perfectly legitimate objections to a religion, or religion in general, and yet believe all races to be equal before Man and God.
The subtext is quite old fashioned: Think as we think, believe as we believe, or the secular mark of Cain will descend upon your house.
Actual fascists were, by comparison, a modest and unassuming bunch.
Officials gathered today in Grey County to celebrate the completion of the rehabilitation of the historic railway arch known locally as "Culvert 21", a structure that is a source of local pride and historic significance for the area.
"Federal investments in our communities, like the one we are celebrating today, demonstrate our Government's continued commitment to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity," said Larry Miller, Member of Parliament for Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec. "In recognition of the value this project has for local heritage, I am delighted that our contribution helped make the rehabilitation of Culvert 21 possible."
Those who have been unlucky in love can turn to the service for actual texts, phone calls, voicemails, and gifts to make it seem like they are half of a happy couple.
Creator Matt Homann explained to BuzzFeed there are a handful of reasons users might want to lie about having a girlfriend. “Our audience might come from a variety of situations: maybe they’re in a same-sex relationship they’re hiding from disapproving relatives, are trying to avoid the unwelcome advances from a coworker, or have chosen to focus on their work instead of romance,” he says.
Our EI system was morphed in the 1970s into a vote-buying machine for the government in power. Sadly, not much has changed in 40 years. Today, less than half of Ontario’s unemployed can collect EI benefits, while in other provinces, everyone who loses their job ends up collecting. No wonder that in Newfoundland and Labrador, 60% of EI claimants have made at least three claims in the past five years.