Charlie's Blog: August 2017

8.26.2017

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 52


A doctor gave a man six months to live. The man couldn’t pay his bill, so he gave him another six months.
HENNY YOUNGMAN

1. TRUMP

It has been awhile since I posted an RTOVS. Trump has been a busy guy during my hiatus, so I will be brief in my thoughts. I think Trump whiffed on the thing in Charlottesville by giving a weak initial response. Naturally, the Left pounced on this which means nothing to me because they are the Left. But conservatives of which I am one noticed as well. That is cause for concern. The reality is that there is a split between conservatives and the alt-right. Trump has been unable to decide if he is on the side of alt-right people or conservatives. Steve Bannon has not made this easy on him.

With Bannon's dismissal, Trump has decided to go in the conservative direction. This is a good thing. This is because conservatism is absolutely good, right, and just. I think the alt-right is now going to fade into oblivion. Trump needed to repudiate them in some way, and he has. Granted, they helped him win the GOP nomination and the presidency. But the alt-right are mostly imbeciles. My advice to Trump is to stop listening to Steve Bannon and start listening to Mark Levin.

With Afghanistan, the alt-right has now turned against Trump as Trump decides to listen to the generals on that issue. I support this decision. Afghanistan is a breeding ground for international terrorism. Unfortunately, it will probably always be this way. We can't just up and leave. The isolationists don't understand this. This leads us to Trump's other group he has to deal with--neoconservatives.

The neocons hate Trump. Yet, they see in his moves with Syria and Afghanistan things to like. The problem with neocons like Bill Kristol is that they are scum and idiots. There isn't a war they don't like, and they won't be satisfied until we have a One World Empire. Trump does not believe in this and neither do I. It is enough to be secure from world threats without subduing the world. The Romans were a Republic and relatively free. But then they conquered the world in empire which cost them their own freedom. There is a valuable lesson there.

Neoconservatives do not believe in liberty. Liberty and empire cannot coexist. If you doubt this, look at all the civil liberties and protections that have eroded since 9/11 and the rise of the neoconservatives. Empires demand all powerful rulers. This is why neocons find so much in common with the Left and the Marxists and why they preferred Hillary to Trump. Let me be clear on this. Neoconservatism is an evil. It needs repudiation.

The middle path between alt-right isolationism and neocon imperialism is the conservative policy of peace through strength. Weakness is provocation. Trump seems to get this which is why his show of strength regarding North Korea is turning out well. It is not enough to leave others alone. You must also give them robust incentives to leave you alone as well.

In regards to Afghanistan, this is the equivalent of the incorrigible offender. I doubt that place will ever be made right, and we shouldn't even try. That country like some people needs its ass kicked on a daily basis.

As for Trump, he has really had a rough time of things. My advice to him going forward is to be conservative and retain and hire conservatives to serve you. The more Trump follows this advice the better he will do. Ironically, he seems to be doing just that. This is why I like Trump. He ends up doing the right thing despite himself.

As I write this, Trump has issued more direct guidance on banning transgender troops. I totally applaud and support his decision on this. I also applaud and support his decision to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio on the ridiculous "crime" he committed. Basically, the man enforced the law despite a judge's order to not enforce the law. We are at the point where one part of government such as a judge or a mayor can act in defiance and order others to act in defiance of this nation's laws. It just boggles the mind. This presidential pardon is exactly what the Founders envisioned happening and why they thought it was needed. The pardon power is a check against tyranny. The conviction of Sheriff Joe Arpaio for doing his job is tyranny.

2. FRANCIS

Pope Francis continues to infuriate faithful Catholics. The latest outrage is when the Holy Father said that countries should set aside safety for the sake of mercy. Basically, a country should take in all Islamic refugees and embrace rape, murder, and pillage as acceptable things out of mercy and compassion. You would have to be a complete papolater to listen to and accept this madness. As one person pointed out, Pope Francis is the head of his own state and can practice what he preaches anytime he likes at the Vatican.

With Amoris Laetitia, the schism widens ever more as diocese after diocese either embraces adulterers or rejects them. Cardinal Burke has finally declared that a correction is coming which the three remaining dubia cardinals will give privately to the Holy Father. I appreciate and admire Cardinal Burke, but this correction amounts to nothing since I expect Pope Francis to never answer the door. If they want a face-to-face, maybe they can catch him in the hallway somewhere. Otherwise, Francis will just ignore them. A public rebuke may provoke a response, but it will end in the loss of red hats and possible excommunication.

There are things that need to be said, and I don't see anyone saying this. So, I will say it. The pope can announce that he is an atheist, publicly worship the Devil in a satanic sacrifice in St. Peter's basilica, declare the entire Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church to be null and void, and copulate publicly in St. Peter's square with a prostitute, and there is nothing the cardinals can do about it. NOTHING. They can decry the man as a heretic and point out his errors. They can declare him an antipope after the fact. But they cannot remove him from the chair of Peter. The secular authorities can lock him up for criminal activities, but he would have to step beyond the Vatican for this to happen. Otherwise, he is the pope, and he must be endured until God Himself removes him from his post.

Theologians in the past have stated that any pope who declares heresy is automatically out of the pontificate at the moment of the declaration. Nevermind that this not even supposed to be possible per papal infallibility. The pope may declare errors privately but never ex cathedra. If you follow the logic here, a pope can never not be pope because he cannot utter error even when he utters errors. If this makes no sense to you, welcome to my world, folks. This logical pretzel is a form of the game of heads I win and tails you lose.

Let me clear things up for you, Gentle Reader. If a pope ever speaking ex cathedra declares heresy which would be errors in regard to faith and morals, that man has not ceased to be pope. Christ has ceased to be Christ. The gates of hell have prevailed, and the Petrine promise declared by Christ in Matthew 16:17-19 will have been rendered a lie. Christ cannot lie. Popes cannot err. They are infallible. A fallible pope is a calamity, and Jesus has left no escape from this calamity should it occur. If we set aside this teaching, we should join the modernists and also set aside Christ's teachings on divorce and remarriage. Or, we can join the Eastern Orthodox and deny papal infallibility.

I do not believe Pope Francis will bring this calamity upon us. I do believe that he will try. If Pope Francis succeeds in this regard, I will return to my atheism as Roman Catholicism will be the greatest mockery in all of human history. God keeps His promises, and if He doesn't, then God does not exist. If He does exist and breaks His promises, then the Mohammedans are correct in their theology. I will never be a Muslim or worship their monstrosity.

These are high stakes for the faithful because their faith hangs in the balance. I have faith, but it is not faith divorced from reason and common sense. There have been bad popes and antipopes. There have been popes who said and did things in contradiction to the Magisterium. I think Pope Francis is one of them. But no successor of Peter can ever issue heresy as true doctrine because the Holy Spirit won't let him.

Where do things stand at the moment? Here is what I believe and know about Pope Francis:

--Francis believes in giving communion to remarried adulterers.

--Francis believes in artificial contraception especially for the sake of protecting the environment through population control.

--Francis abhors the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and will rescind Summorum Pontificum.

These are not idle speculations but the common sense conclusions we can draw from the man's words and actions. Just this week, the Holy Father threw his magisterial weight behind the Novus Ordo. What that means is still being debated, so I will not comment on this at this time. But when you see the dark clouds overhead, keep your umbrella handy.

Because Pope Francis cannot overthrow the Magisterium himself, he does so by a move I call "heresy by proxy." In Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis did not change church teaching, but he gave the greenlight for others to do it for him. Cardinals and bishops can err, so this is how you get one diocese promoting the error being suppressed in another diocese. The result is schism with faithful bishops fighting it out with apostate bishops. Where popes quieted schism in the past with their words and authority, Pope Francis promotes schism and heterodoxy by his silence and by decentralizing his authority. It is almost satanic in its fiendishness.

What can faithful bishops and cardinals do about it? As I said, NOTHING. Laypeople can certainly do nothing except exercise the power of the purse by not giving money to Rome. The papacy is an absolute monarchy. The remaining faithful bishops can stand fast, but a demonic pope can simply remove them and replace them with his own bad bishops. As the college of Cardinals gets stacked up with modernists, the next pope will certainly be worse than the current pope.

Where do things go from here? That is the subject of prophecy, and there are many prophecies about this coming calamity. All I can tell you to do is pray the rosary, go to Confession, attend Mass, and do works of mercy. Keep your lamp shining and never give up. God wins in the end.

3. WEBSITE OF THE WEEK

Living on a Dime is a favorite of my wife who enjoys watching their YouTube channel. Most of their advice is cooking and food related, but they also give a lot of commentary on how most people are living hand to mouth in the most ridiculous of ways. People with money problems are usually people with spending problems and lifestyle inflation. Watch the videos, learn some things, and get your act together.

4. QUOTABLE QUOTES

No one heals himself by wounding another.
ST. AMBROSE

The true friends of the people are neither revolutionaries nor innovators, but men of tradition.
POPE ST. PIUS X

Those that cannot control themselves try to control others.
FATHER RIPPERGER

5. LINKS OF INTEREST

The “God of the Gaps” is Growing

“Star Wars”: A False Idol of Distraction for Lost Souls

Five Hard Truths That Will Set You Free

A Final Word on Fr. Martin

Bishops In A Bind

The Galat Case: A Lesson in Prudence for Papal Critics

8.17.2017

SOC 19


You cannot open a book without learning something.
CONFUCIUS

In my last SOC post, I praised beer. Now, it is with irony that I must now announce that I am giving up beer. I don't want to give up beer, but I have to give up beer. Beer contributes to gout, and I have gout. I just discovered all of this just this week. It is both liberating and heartbreaking. Here is my tale.

I am a vegan. I do not eat meat, dairy, eggs, or any other animal products. I have been vegan for about four years now. I made the switch in order to preserve and promote my health. Prior to this, I ate crap for four decades. My youth made this abuse of my body possible, but I knew I would pay a consequence for this when I got older. And, I was right.

A vegan diet does not cause gout. In fact, it basically cures gout. My gout is the consequence of my past life as a meathead who ate burgers and fried chicken almost daily. I think my first flare up was when I was 36 or 37, but I didn't recognize it at the time. But I have suffered many flare ups since becoming vegan. This isn't supposed to happen to vegans which is why I had a hard time accepting that I had gout. It didn't make sense. Then, I read an article from Dr. McDougall, and it makes total sense now.

Gout is caused when purines from meat (and yeast) turn into uric acid in your body. This uric acid crystallizes in your joints especially the big toe joint. I don't eat meat, but I still have body fat from my meathead days. As I lose weight, the purines stored in this body fat become uric acid leading to gout. Basically, I am now paying for eating all of that garbage in my former life.

My antidote for this condition is to drink lots of water and consume lots of tart cherry products and apple cider vinegar. I also have to give up beer which contributes to gout. I can drink wine or spirits since it is the hops and yeast in beer that are the problem. But, to be honest, beer is the only alcohol I really care to drink. Wine has never been my thing, and I think spirits lead to alcoholism. So, I'm a teetotaller again.

Yes, it is enough to make a grown man cry. I wish it weren't so, but there it is. Beer was my last vice. Now, I'm safe to invite to a Baptist church picnic again. Why does everything that it is pleasurable and fun in life seem to come with some negative consequence?

I have been here before, so it isn't the end of the world for me. When I was an atheist, I was a teetotaller. I never drank. At the time, I was enamored with tales of Enlightenment thinkers with ideas of freedom and liberty fueled by prodigious amounts of coffee and meeting in European cafes to discuss all their grand ideas. So, I became a caffeine addict which lead to massive amounts of energy and productivity in my life. Unfortunately, all of this energy and productivity was pointed in the wrong direction. But I got things done.

I have toyed with a return to that caffeine fueled high octane lifestyle. There were a lot of negatives in my life back then but alcohol and substance abuse were not on the list. I was a foul mouthed libertarian atheist, but I lived clean.


Now, I have been a coffee person since my twenties. It is my morning habit like many other people. I like to make this joke. We know there is no life on Mars. This is because there is no coffee on Mars, and life is not possible without coffee. Yeah, it is kinda corny, but it makes my point. Coffee is go-juice.

My relationship with coffee became more serious in my thirties when I gave up drinking. If you ever attend a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, you will come away with the impression that these drunks have replaced their alcohol addiction with caffeine and nicotine addiction. I don't consider myself to be an alcoholic, but I am absolutely a caffeine addict.

I have praised coffee many times here on the C-blog, and I would say that 95% of the content here has been written under the influence of that drug. For curiosity's sake, I read up on gout and coffee. One article said that high coffee intake lead to a 40% reduction in gout attacks. That is so awesome. Everytime that I worry that coffee might be a bad thing, I come away from the internet reassured that java is one of the best things to ever happen to humanity. It is the only drug that I know that will allow you to stay out of jail, keep your job, and may even get you promoted. Alcohol will get you a DUI. Cocaine and heroin will get you dead. Nicotine will turn your body to cancer. But caffeine can resurrect the dead. I know because I rise from the grave of slumber each day with a hot cup of java.

There is a difference between the casual coffee drinker and the serious coffee drinker. The casual coffee drinker has two cups of mild brew each morning. The serious drinker has four cups of strong brew as a mere starter and will drink coffee again in the afternoon and perhaps the evening. The serious coffee drinker is what has made Starbucks possible.


I like Starbucks. Of course, I don't like paying four bucks for a cup of coffee. But I like Starbucks as a location. It is a much better substitute for the bar. That hangout part is why their coffee costs so much, and I should go easy on them for charging so much. Before Starbucks, there was really no place to hang out with friends that didn't involve drunks, and this includes the Waffle House. Plus, I take inspiration in the fact that virtually every Starbucks has someone there working away at a laptop computer either studying or getting work done. These people are on the high octane lifestyle.

Once upon a time, this was my lifestyle. Then, somewhere I drifted into relaxation and contentment. This was certainly as a consequence of being happily married and also becoming Catholic. I was restless then I found rest. The reason those Enlightenment guys like Voltaire drank so much coffee was due to the restlessness that comes from the rejection of Christianity. They got out of the car and went to work prodigiously reinventing the wheel.

When I was a libertarian and an atheist, I was a reinventor of wheels. It was fun and pointless. I don't care to live that again. But I admit that it might be nice to have that same energy back that fired me up so much. I was high energy then but pointed in the wrong direction. Now, I'm pointed in the right direction, but I am low energy. What if I were high energy in the right direction?

With my putting away of beer in favor of coffee again, I think I would like to try this experiment. I am content in my life, but I wish to be more in terms of my work. I feel like a very lazy person these days, and this is something I want to change. This gout thing has really laid me low, but it may turn out to be a real kick in the pants to make some productive changes in the way I live.

Another change I have been doing is cultural and intellectual hygiene. This is the practice of turning off CNN and the New York Times. This is part of an internal debate that I have been having with myself over the last couple of years. Essentially, the debate has two sides. The first side is that you should expose yourself constantly to opposing ideas and culture. For instance, a conservative should take the time to read Karl Marx and Saul Alinsky in order to more effectively oppose their errors. The second side is that you already know they are bad, and life is short. The argument for this side is best expressed by St. Paul in Philippians 4:8:
For the rest, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever modest, whatsoever just, whatsoever holy, whatsoever lovely, whatsoever of good fame, if there be any virtue, if any praise of discipline, think on these things.
My interpretation of this is that you should eschew hip hop, Norwegian death metal, and David Allan Coe in favor of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, and Debussy. The music issue is an easy one to settle. The issue of art is a little more difficult. Obviously, shock art involving body fluids and blasphemy can and should be ignored in favor of Rembrandt and Leonardo. But what about Monet or Picasso? That's when things get a bit fuzzy. And what about pagan art from Greco-Roman times?

As I embrace becoming an old man, I listen to old man music now. I feel that I am in a halfway place between youth and maturity. This blog is evidence of that as I blend history, philosophy, and Led Zeppelin. But I feel a certain need to purify myself of the decadence of rock and roll. I find no real joy or pleasure in it anymore. I prefer listening to old classical guitar stuff from Andres Segovia now. He is my Jimi Hendrix now.

SCHOENBERG: This guy composed the worst music you will ever hear.

I do not believe that beauty, goodness, and truth are subjective. Consequently, I reject those avenues of culture that believe these things are subjective. Now, some rock music like the heavenly harmonies of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young can be beautiful while some "classical" music like the monotony of early Philip Glass or the cacophony of Arnold Schoenberg are just noise and a waste of good vinyl. But for the most part, rock is noise while classical is beautiful. I also believe that the degradation of most rock and popular music today comes as the musicians of today have virtually no knowledge of the classical music of old. Bereft of this grounding in what is truly good, they reproduce what they know which is crap. This is why the radio in my vehicle remains permanently on the AM dial as I listen to news/talk instead of music now.

The easiest case for cultural hygiene is that life is too short to waste on bad music, art, movies, and books. This is why these things have critics except the critics aren't so good at criticizing anymore because they are divorced from the true, the good, and the beautiful now. So, to make it easy for you, you can stop watching almost all movies made today. They are all very bad. Even the best ones aren't so great. If you gave up movies and television completely, you will have lost very little.

Music is also fairly easy. Just listen to classical music, choral music, and opera. I play this stuff all the time when I am at home. My wife claims that it has an effect on her, and she is totally into Motown/R&B/Soul/Disco/Eighties stuff. Her listening to my music is purely secondhand audio and not by choice. But she likes it all the same. That is the universal appeal of good music. Everyone loves it because beauty is not in the eye or ear of the beholder.

With art, I can tell you when it went bad. It started with Picasso and devolved from there. Basically, art fell completely into crap with this work:

GUERNICA: When art turned to crap.

This is Guernica which is more political than artistic. Either way, it is just flat out ugly. People may disagree when art went bad, but this is usually the moment in Art History 101 when students know in their guts that art turned to complete crap. Everything following this work is either a variation of this garbage or a repudiation in favor of a return to more classical forms. Basically, you have art that is purposely made to be hideous or made to be beautiful.

Popular art is a different category for me. This would be the stuff of comic books, advertisements, posters, cartoons, and things of this nature. They are not so much about beauty as about sending a message or information. This distinction between high art and popular art can also apply to music as well. I don't put Andy Warhol in the same league as Michelangelo in the same way that I don't consider Led Zeppelin to be equal with Bach. The popular stuff is simply fun. Fun is good. Sublime is another realm.

The danger I run with cultural hygiene is not being fun anymore. I still remember when a local columnist lost his mind when the local NPR station started programming jazz stuff on the classical station. IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE END. It was a gross overreaction on his part because only two people listened to the station, and he was one of them. He should have worried more about losing his newspaper job. AND HE DID. But he was a casualty of the internet.

Art, music, and movies cause me some grief in the cultural hygiene department, but I have none when it comes to literature. The reason for this is that those forms are immediately accessible. Moby Dick is not. Because reading novels takes effort and time, I don't waste any of it on Stephen King, John Grisham, or whoever is pretending to be Tom Clancy these days. I'm still trying to finish Lord of the Rings.

When it comes to literature, the make or break point is Ernest Hemingway. I consider him to be the most influential writer of the twentieth century. That influence was more stylistic than anything else. Hemingway wrote in that spare style. This economy and thrift was a game changer.

I'm out.

8.13.2017

Hot and Cool


Our patience will achieve more than our force.
EDMUND BURKE

I have not written in quite awhile. I am having a personal crisis. Everything is fine in my life, but my thinking is troubled. When my thinking is troubled, I stop writing. Writing is an extension of my thinking, and I have been having trouble resolving an internal conflict. This conflict does not involve politics or religion but strategy. Strategy is important. People who know me will hear me mention strategy often. The strategy that is at the heart of my internal conflict is about being hot versus being cool. I will now elaborate.

What is the difference between the right and the alt-right? I could point to some policy differences between people who are true conservatives versus people who are alt-right. But I realize that these policy differences aren't the really divisive issues. What divides conservatives and alt right people is style.

To give an example, there is one alt right activist who pushes really hard for Trump, and he decries those on the Right who are not as forceful or energetic in their efforts as "cucks" and "cuckservatives." These are insults tossed around very frequently among the alt right. Yet, the irony is that this same individual is a supporter of a universal basic income and lives off a large divorce settlement he got from his very successful wife who made way more money than he did. That should cause you to pause for a moment and reflect.

Alt right people are not really conservatives. When you poke at them a bit, you find that they are downright liberal and progressive in their thinking. For instance, Steve Bannon is the intellectual guru for the alt right, yet he does not support free trade and even thinks we should raise taxes on the rich. Similarly, Donald Trump would gladly sign an Obamacare Lite bill that doesn't actually repeal Obamacare, and the guy totally loves and approves of gay marriage. In fact, I know of no alt right person who has the intellectual consistency or the moral convictions of true conservatives like Ted Cruz or Mark Levin. Politically, these alt right people aren't much different than Democrats from an earlier time like the 1990's. Then, you have alt right gay superstars like Milo and Paul Joseph Watson. How did these guys ever find themselves on the right?


The alt right is simply loud and brash. What they lack in the brain department they fill in with the mouth department. They scream and fight really hard for dubious convictions. Then, there are the white supremacist neo-Nazi types who have jumped on the alt right bandwagon. Yes, folks, it is a real mess. The alt right are like the rowdy cousins of a normally respectable family. They are family, and they are an embarrassment.

Donald Trump is the alt right candidate. My initial support was for Ted Cruz, but Trump got the nomination. My alternatives were Hillary or some third party loser. So, I voted for Trump with low expectations which he has exceeded spectacularly. I do not regret him becoming President. I do regret that he became the GOP nominee for President. I am reminded of this regret every time he decides to do some late night tweeting like this:


I don't have an issue with the substance of this President, but his style is a disgrace to himself and to the presidency. I am no fan of Joe or Mika, but I do believe that getting into the muck with these two is pretty stupid. Yet, Trump had to do it. He couldn't let it go. It was flame on for the Donald.

The guy who got this sort of thing exactly right was Barack Obama. I despised the man for all the stood for and promoted while he was President. The man was and is an Alinskyite Marxist in my book. But in his style, he was utterly conservative. His cool demeanor was very effective and even beguiling. When Trump kept bashing on Obama, Obama never took the bait. He gave Trump the rope and let the man hang himself on his own words. Then, he quietly released his birth certificate which made Trump look like a complete fool. Now, that birth certificate may be a forgery. I don't know. But Donald Trump's fire was no match for Barack Obama's ice. In terms of strategy, Trump was outdone.

Coolness comes from patience. Patience comes from two things. The first is the knowledge that you are right. The second is the belief that you will win in the long run. Now, Barack Obama has neither of these two things, but he is insanely good at faking it. He is not a conservative so much as a really good poker player.


The alt right lacks patience which is why they burn hot. They don't have the knowledge that they are right nor a belief in long term victory. These things come from the Christian faith which the majority of alt right people lack. They are fundamentally pagan in their outlook. The result is their fire and aggression comes from an inherent insecurity. It is the same sort of thing on the Left, and the alt right has adopted many of the same tactics as the Left.

For myself, I must confess that the alt right has had an effect on me. I have allowed myself to burn hot where I was cool before. Twitter has become a near occasion of sin for me, so I have deactivated my account. As for Gab, it is overwhelmed by racist and antisemitic posts and has become the social media cesspool of the alt right. Social media feeds anger, and my anger has swelled mightily over the past month or so. This is what has brought me to my present crisis.

If you are a conservative, it behooves you to choose the Path of Cool and remain on the Path of Cool. This means living by the confidence that you are right, and that right will win in the end. This is because God wins in the end. As such, you should be civil and calm. But this does not mean that you should be silent. When the shouting in the room finally dies down, your calm words will be the only ones people will remember. Be sure to speak them.

For myself, the shouting is done on social media. Upon leaving Twitter, I wondered if my blog should also go down the rubbish bin. But this would be going down the Path of Silence. This is where Burke's other dictum comes into play which states that evil triumphs when good men do nothing. Being silent is a form of doing nothing.

I tend to go to extremes, so I have been pulled between the poles of the inferno of anger and the ice of silence. The midpoint between these extremes is a principled conservatism that stands up for something but does not degrade itself into conspiracy theories and insults. My hero in this regard is Ted Cruz. That guy is a real fighter who doesn't back down. A lot of people hate him, but they respect him. You don't see that guy slamming people in the middle of the night on Twitter. Cruz knows that conservatism is not just political but also demands a certain level of civility and decorum. Mike Pence is another conservative who gets it right. He would be an awesome president.

When you burn hot, there are two sins you are going to fall into. The first is calumny. This is where you say or write things that are untrue and damaging to others. This is known popularly as "conspiracy theories" and "fake news." This happens when people either fabricate things or simply don't wait for all the facts to come in. Timeliness takes precedence over truth. Getting it out first matters more than getting it right. Unfortunately, Twitter makes this an even bigger problem.

The second sin is detraction. This is where you tear people down with insults or highlighting things that may be true but are not communicated for good. This is something I am guilty of doing especially on Twitter. Twitter is simply a battleground for cheap shots. Meaningful discourse can't happen in 140 characters. The rule is to never insult people. Of course, calling Obama a Marxist might be insulting but necessary. But is it necessary to mock the man's wife? 

As a conservative and as a Christian, I resolve to get on and remain on the Path of Cool. It is a harder path for certain. But it is the sure path.