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It’s not about the players. It’s not about the protests. It’s about the NFL.

The Roger Goodell NFL has been anything but glorious. For all his assurances of defending the shield, the self-righteous proclamation of the Commissioner has yielded nothing less than the opposite. The NFL shield has now become a tattered, tainted symbol of lawlessness, disrespect, and selfish hypocrisy.

Consider the pattern that has brought the nation to at least a momentary disgust with the most dominant professional sport in the United States. Goodell’s first “defense of the shield” was to ban happy dance celebrations in the end zone. Randy Moss could no longer “moon” Packers fans in the end zone.

Who can forget the improper spinning of the football? This was also regulated. Goodell was determined to make sure that football didn’t spin out of control. (I just couldn’t help myself.)

Then came the minuscule suspension for a player beating his pregnant girlfriend senseless in an elevator. Only after being publicly taken to task by Maine Governor Paul LePage, did the NFL decide to administer a more appropriate suspension. The NFL continues to tolerate repeated domestic violence within it’s ranks.

But then the NFL decided to morph into a political entity. When the sovereign State of Georgia passed legislation to protect the Free Speech and Religious Freedom rights of ministers to refuse to perform gay marriages, the NFL threatened to remove the Super Bowl from their State. In remarkable display of cowardice the Governor of Georgia vetoed the bill, effectively knuckling under to the NFL.

Now the new bully of political spectrum was feeling very full of themselves. They banned socks and shoes that had improper support of the 9-11 tragedy. They banned the support of fallen police officers on NFL helmets. They mocked Christian players for kneeling before the game prayer.

Until now. Now, it works for them. Kneeling now is another way the NFL can throw it’s weight around and tell the fans it doesn’t give a rat’s hairy hindquarters what they think; in fact, the NFL thinks that protesting fans and the President of the United States need to show the NFL, the “proper respect”, Goodell’s own words.

The NFL calls an audible on what expression is allowed and what is not because they have very little to fear in the form of reprisal in the Free Market. Given non-profit status by the Federal Government, with rabid fans who are so addicted to the game they will ignore any disgusting behavior just so they can have their Sunday fix, and a populace whose value system is somewhere between nada and nil, the NFL has very little reason to behave itself and the more reason to throw it’s shoulders at it’s viewers. They will sit there, take it,and wait with bated breath for the next game.

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The Intellectualism of Stupidity (Requiem)

As violence fills our streets, the shouts of angry decadents spewing the reasoning for their debased acts are simply the outer rotting layers to the cancer that lies beneath. Generations of youths without a family structure to instill a code of decency, law, and order. Angrily they are tearing down the structure they have been taught to hate, while no one is doing anything to protect the foundation that holds it up. More quickly now, we are pulled towards the ghosts of civilizations past to either learn from them or join them.

So we gather here for our requiem. To recollect, review the arguments proposed from all sides of the political spectrum against the defense of the Marriage Construct. All of our political parties, our media, our entertainers, and sadly even some of our religious leaders have abandoned fact, history, and reason for the heady, temporal approval of the popular swell of societal fads. Popularity takes precedence in a win now culture.

The writing on the wall would suggest this writer has embarked upon a lost cause. The gathering of forces against the very foundation of the nation, the defection of expected allies, and the mounting apathy and fatigue with defending the structure of life should be a signal to wave the white flag of surrender. Yet, it is a very different signal.

A signal of the mass disdain and ignorance of the very destruction this societal stupor is inflicting upon their own existence, which begs a voice to still call out a warning and fasten a hand to the lanyard of the bell that tolls the doom of a nation. These patterns in history are here for our warning. We cannot ignore what has happened to every civilization before us.

We are not exempt. We are not unique. We are human.

But here are the arguments we give. We breathlessly await our opportunity to join the ruins of humanity. Our intellectual recipe for societal suicide.

We have no right to tell people what they can do in their bedrooms. I would agree if Marriage was simply about sexual pleasure, but sex is only one facet of marriage. The Marriage Construct is the structure that every civilized society has used to safely promote the propagation and culturing of life, the building block of civilization. It is the security of the nation.

It is cruel and intolerant to say that marriage is for heterosexuals alone. That very well may be true but facts and history are usually cold and cruel. They are dead, lifeless, and enjoy the luxury of being completely devoid of emotion. The Heterosexual Marriage Tradition, The Marriage Construct, was created by heterosexuals for heterosexuals who are engaged in the activity of creating life. It belongs to the creators who designed it as the structure for the propagation and cultivation of life.

Everyone has the Right to Marriage. Wrong! Marriage is not a right. It is a Rite. It is a Religious Rite for some and a Rite of Passage for most heterosexuals. We have a right to Rites, but no one has the right to get married.

Our Constitution doesn’t protect Traditional Marriage. The document in its whole is a defense of the Marriage Construct. Not only does it explicitly protect Religious Rites and the peaceful and non-violent societal rites of the many ethnicities in our Nation, but all of our rights and liberties our predicated upon life. It is the ideal that these liberties are endowed, stamped in our being in the womb by God.

Every civilization has used its Marriage Construct to cultivate the ideals of their society into the next generations. As we decimate our Marriage Construct, so our ideals of liberty are being decimated before us. The ideals the document protects must be cultivated in the life it heralds.

We cannot push our religious beliefs on others. No, we can’t. But marriage is not a religious belief. For many throughout time’s civilizations there has been a religious aspect to the Heterosexual Marriage Tradition that gave the Rite a sense of sanctity and emphasized fidelity, but not everyone that marries and has children is religious. The Marriage Construct is the structure that every civilized society has used to safely promote the propagation and culturing of life, the building block of civilization. It is the security of the nation.

It is not going to hurt anyone to let loving couples marry. In a romance novel culture this a shock but love is not the primary purpose of marriage. In many civilizations in history, love was a by-product of marriage agreement, if you were lucky. While we should be thankful for love and its place in our societal traditions for marriage, let’s not lose sight of the fact that every healthy and growing civilization throughout history has stood upon a Marriage Construct that was focused upon the healthy propagation and cultivation of life.

We will lose elections if we defend the Marriage Construct. The foundation of our civilization should not be validated or denigrated by the ever changing winds of political expediency, polling and punditry which is historically proven wrong by the end of a political cycle. Furthermore, it is laughable that so many of our political leaders from all political parties are so blinded by the intellectual stupor of our day that they cannot see the reams of studies that conclude that the strength of a society is directly related to the strength of the heterosexual family. Whether it is this drunken stupor or by willful ignorance that we stubbornly refuse to see blaze of the trail left for us by ruins of history, the studies of learned men, and the common sense of nature, we stumble blindly on oblivious to our crumbling Empire,a self-inflicted demise.

We have to accept people just as they are. No, we don’t. This is the foundation of our nation. The means by which we cultivate life, the future of our nation. Any builder can attest without exception that compromise and acceptance of such in the foundation of a structure is a recipe for disaster.

It is Settled Law. The most ruinous and apathetically small-minded argument of all. This a Republic. There is no such thing as settled law. All laws are subject to review and repeal by the citizens of the Republic. If settled law was valid, then those who have sought and succeeded in the destruction of the Marriage Construct would have had no avenue to bring us to the destination and traverse where we now stand in debate.

Without life there is no living and without living there is no life. It is for us to decide the fate of our nation. The Tree of Liberty is dying. The cause is a simple diagnosis. Its roots of Life, its Endowment are dying.

Our political leaders are weak and afford us no hope of a cure. While they add packages to the limbs, burdening the branches to the breaking point, and prune the withering leaves, they ignore the root of the problem, our life is waning. The Marriage Construct, The Heterosexual Marriage Tradition is the protector, cultivator of that life. Without Life there is no Living, Without Living there is no Life.

The Intellectualism of Stupidity Pt. 5

 

As Bonhoeffer watched Germany crumble, we would do well to heed his warning to the results of our craven stupor. We cling, we crave, we claw in a blind belief that we are the civilization that can transcend the laws of human descent. As we demand to avail ourselves the opportunity to repeat the disastrous mistakes of past civilizations, we should ask ourselves: Is this not the very definition of insanity?

Through the shadowy folds of Egypt’s mystery to the rage and hate of Germany, the marble columns of the Roman Empire, it’s fall into decadence, to the crumbling of the last great civilization, the United States, the last beacon of freedom, the pattern of demise is the same. It’s almost as if each civilization were made up of the same thing, humans. Creatures of habit who, despite being endowed with a capacity for reason, prefer to instinctively follow the habitual patterns of human frailty without regard of consequence.

The threads of time weave for us a pattern of warning if we would only heed it. The loss of a family structure for the nurturing and culturing of life leads to angry youths rioting and murdering in the streets. The stain and scars are in every history of every culture in its rise and fall.

For us who live in this last civilization, once called the great shining city on a hill, we are without excuse. No other peoples have had at their fingertips access to so much information, so much warning, a fabric of prophecy of sorts before us laid out on the loom of the ancients, woven a stark revelation of doom. Yet we choose to ignore them, willfully ignorant of the evidence before us left for our benefit so that we may skirt the destruction that plagues civilization.

Without life there can be no living and without living there can be no life. That is to say that the way we view life directly correlates to our quality of living. The propagation and culturing of life is the systemic lifeline to society. If a society fails to protect its foundational system of life, it will fail every time.

You need life to build a society, but the society also needs to build life. The rise and fall of a civilization is directly related to the way in which the peoples of that civilization culture life. The Marriage Construct must be protected. It is the security of the Nation.

It is through this Construct that the tenets of morality, work ethic, perseverance, law, respect, love, compassion, and love of country are passed on. For those in our Nation who feel that the government is best suited to teach those things, look at the results in the streets of today. Angry youths rioting in our streets, all nurtured and pampered on the teat of the government.

It stands to reason, if we could reason, that the foundation on which a structure is built must remain strong in order for that structure to remain strong. We have pulled away from the very thing that has kept us strong for decades, our heterosexual marriage tradition. The marriage construct has built this Nation. We are now reaping the fruits of its abandonment.

As violence fills our streets, the shouts of angry decadents spewing the reasoning for their debased acts are simply the outer rotting layers to the cancer that lies beneath. Generations of youths without a family structure to instill a code of decency, law, and order. Angrily they are tearing down the structure they have been taught to hate, while no one is doing anything to protect the foundation that holds it up.

More quickly now, we are pulled towards the ghosts of civilizations past to either learn or join them.

The Intellectualism of Stupidity Pt 4

 

As the shrouds of mystery surrounding the ruins of Egypt are slowly inched back allowing us to peer into its dim darkened halls, the shards of pottery, fragments of papyrus, and the walls of hieroglyphs remind us who seek her clues that the Egyptians were indeed human beings. They too were susceptible to the patterns of human complacency and decadence that were so starkly apparent in the civilizations they would precede. They too would build a civilization based upon the foundation of their marriage construct, yes, Egyptians were marrying long before Christians were, focused upon the generation, preservation, and cultivation of human life.

When the allure of personal pleasure and gratification caused them to abandon and compromise their foundational construct, they faced their own decline as a repercussion. The repetitive rise and fall of the Egyptian Dynasties heralded an ominous warning for civilization to come. Abandon your foundation at your own peril for if you do all that you have built upon it will crumble into the sands of time.

The patterns exist. They are etched in time. The evidence lies before us stark and cold and who could ignore it.

But we can and we do. We of all peoples of the earth and time are without excuse with so much evidence and information before us. Mountains of knowledge we eschew in order to embrace the same patterns of collapse the have plagued past civilizations. We stumble drunkenly towards our doom heedless to the calls of Egyptian leaders who decried the collapse of the family structure predicating the falls of the Egyptian Dynasties chronicled for our warning on sacred relics in hallowed tombs or the Roman Emperor who in a decree of desperation tried to protect the Heterosexual Marriage Construct by law to save a crumbling Empire, but too late as the seeds of licentious, decadent, and immoral behavior were rooted too deep in the social fabric to bring Rome back.

Through the fog of the stupor we now find ourselves, are we so debased that we cannot perceive the evidence before us that shouts through time that marriage is not about sexual preference and personal pleasure but it is about the preservation of life? It is necessary to the security of a nation and therefore must be protected as Rome learned too late. Without life there can be no living.

The modern man mocks this truth, even in anger. Our political parties scheme and work to remove those who defend these “antiquated” ideas of life from public expression. So bent on popular appeasement they forget that fact and truth are rarely popular but necessary to stability.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer understood this in his letter on stupidity. Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice. One may protest against evil; it can be exposed and, if need be, prevented by use of force. Evil always carries within itself the germ of its own subversion in that it leaves behind in human beings at least a sense of unease. Against stupidity we are defenseless. Neither protests nor the use of force accomplish anything here; reasons fall on deaf ears; facts that contradict one’s prejudgment simply need not be believed- in such moments the stupid person even becomes critical – and when facts are irrefutable they are just pushed aside as inconsequential, as incidental. In all this the stupid person, in contrast to the malicious one, is utterly self-satisfied and, being easily irritated, becomes dangerous by going on the attack. For that reason, greater caution is called for than with a malicious one. Never again will we try to persuade the stupid person with reasons, for it is senseless and dangerous.”

As Bonhoeffer watched Germany crumble, we would do well to heed his warning to the results of our craven stupor. We cling, we crave, we claw in a blind belief that we are the civilization that can transcend the laws of human descent. As we demand to avail ourselves to the opportunity to repeat the disastrous mistakes of past civilizations, we would do well to ask ourselves: Is not that the very definition of insanity?