Friday, February 1, 2019

Random Thoughts for February 2019

Random Thoughts for February 2019
By Robert A. Hall

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I don’t know why the big upset over the wall. Isn’t Mexico paying for it? Or was that like, “If you like your (insurance) plan you can keep it.”

The progressive mind: “No doubt a lot of nonsense has been talked about the inalienable rights of the individual, and a great deal that was mere vague sentiment and pleasing speculation has been put forward as fundamental principle.” --Woodrow Wilson.

What you intended to do does not matter in the least. Only what you did matters.

The fact is that slavery disappeared only as industrial capitalism emerged. And it disappeared first where industrial capitalism appeared first: Great Britain. This was no coincidence. Slavery was destroyed by capitalism.” --Economist Don Boudreaux.

Buying the Sunday paper is like catching a fish. You have to gut it before you are left with the useful parts.

In Madison, Wisconsin, the thugs and criminals get more sympathy and support than the police. Good reason to have a concealed carry permit.

Many people will reject truth if it conflicts with their preferred vision. Confronted with facts they cannot respond to, they will answer with name calling. The worse their cognitive dissonance, the more vicious the names.

Things happen that interfere with your best intentions, but people who are chronically late are rude and self-centered. They think their time is valuable, yours is nothing. I’ve probably said this before, but it continues to plague me.

Tomorrow is relentless.

Accurately quoting the Qur’an, the sacred Hadiths or Muslim leaders throughout history on Jihad, murder and oppression of non-Muslims is racist and Islamophobic. Unless, of course, you are a Muslim calling for Jihad, murder, and oppression of non-Muslims, in which case it is the beauty of multiculturalism.

Collage students have been educated to be fragile snowflakes so that any truth they don’t like is hate speech and they must have safe spaces to shield themselves from reality. They will pay a terrible price.

Why do we say “deceased”? Wouldn’t “ceased” do? As in, “He ceased.” “Ceased what?” “Ceased breathing, ceased everything.”

This is the immutable law: Nothing lasts forever. Not you or me. Not a building. Not the United States. Not even the Earth.

Those who do good wish they had done more. And so do many who do evil.

By educating students that capitalism is evil, the universities are guaranteeing that your grandchildren will live in grinding poverty, in lives that are “nasty, brutish and short.” They are destroying the modern social contract that has lifted the world out of poverty, suffering, hunger and early death.

I carry an emotional support 9mm.

Where is Charles Martel now that we need him?

We all live in a high crime neighborhood. Earth.

The saying, “What goes up must come down,” sure doesn’t apply to weight, age or government debt.

White supremacists and Black Lives Matter are just flip sides of the same evil coin, which believes people should be judged by the color of their skins and their tribes, not the content of their characters or their merit of knowledge and accomplishment..

Poverty is natural; wealth takes effort.” --Jonah Goldberg, The Suicide of the West.

Why is selling tacos cultural appropriation and the musical Hamilton not?

There never was a “golden age” when humans lived in harmony with nature and toleration of other humans’ religions, cultural and racial differences. Modern liberal democracy, which only flourished under capitalism, free markets, contract enforcement, property rights, separation of powers, and the rule of law is as close as we have ever gotten.

Fake news is anything you don’t like.

Loving someone does not mean they don’t annoy the hell out of you from time to time.

My mouth is often hungry when my belly isn’t. This makes weight control a huge challenge.

Conservatives believe in Locke. Liberals believe in Rousseau.

The progressives who attribute virtue to blacks because of their race are no different than the slave-owners who attributed vices to blacks because of their race. In both cases, they are judging people, “By the color of their skins, not the content of their characters.”

It’s no surprise that Democrats support separate dorms for blacks on campus and safe spaces for black students. Since the Civil War, Democrats have believe in, “Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”

Virtue is nor hereditary.” --Thomas Paine.

Just because you got away with something doesn’t mean it was a good idea. Some people who talk or text on their cell phones while driving don’t have an accident for tears. But every time they do so, they put their lives at risk Worse, the put at rick the lives of strangers, maybe children.

The natural state of humans is to live in poverty, hunger, and oppression. Many are working to take us back to that, all in the pursuit of utopia.

My wife watches “Say Yes to the Dress” a “reality” show where rich twits spend fortunes on wedding dresses. One spent $30,000 on a dress, more than I paid for my first house in 1980. A commercial says the average American lives in 11 houses in a lifetime. I have lived in 24, counting five apartments, plus ten different barracks, two tents and two bunkers in the Marines.

It was progressives that pushed the “settled science” of eugenics, to be sure fewer of the “unfit” (blacks, people with down syndrome, or flawed genes) were born and more of the “fit” would be born. This led to the founding of Planned Parenthood and Nazi Germany’s “final solution” to dispose of Jews and other “useless eaters.”

If tariffs are good for the country, why not change the constitution to let states charge them? Wisconsin could charge duty on every car, tank of oil and other products made elsewhere, and other states could charge duty on every shipment of corn, milk and cheese from Wisconsin.

"When the whole world is running toward a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind." --C. S. Lewis

Trump seems to have thought that by hiring Mattis and Kelly, he was getting generals who would say, “Yes, Sir” to every order, regardless of the impact on the country. Shows he doesn’t know the military in general and Marines in particular.

I heard that a slug is just a snail that went through a divorce.

The Administrative State is hostile to the Constitution, democracy and freedom. Un-elected and unaccountable bureaucrats will coerce you to do what they think is best.

Even saying “The Constitution, Democracy and Freedom” is now considered hate speech by the left.

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Maybe. But the way to a man’s brain is through his ego.

Get the collection! My “Random Thoughts” from 2008 through July, 2013 are collected in this book: The Old Jarhead's Journal: Random Thoughts on Life, Liberty, and Leadership by Robert A. Hall
The Old Jarhead’s Journal is a collection of Random Thoughts on politics and life and Conservative Political Essays, mostly published on the author’s blog, including the essay “I’m Tired” which went viral on the Internet in 2009, “The Hall Platform,” “This I Believe,” and “Why I’m a Republican.” While they will be of interest to conservative thinkers, they are collected here in book form as a service to readers who wish to give a copy to favorite liberals and watch their heads explode. All royalties are donated to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.


Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at) Hall’s twelve books are listed here: His blog of political news and conservative comment is He currently works part-time as a writer-editor in the My Life, My Story program as the Madison VA hospital, interviewing vets and writing up their life histories.

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