The Fifth Column(ist): Explaining Leftist violence edition
The irrelevance of the Innocence of Muslims, Leftist violence, and U.S. 'Conservative' rapper Hopsin through the eyes of the Fifth Column(ist)
So, for those of you living under a rock or in the bubble that is liberal fantasy land, there was some pretty explosive testimony given at a hearing on Wednesday regarding the Benghazi attacks. Surprise, surprise – no one in Libya thought the attack had anything to do with that Innocence of Muslims video; it was identified immediately by the Libyan government as a terror attack and not a protest, and military personnel who may have been able to assist those under assault were told to stand down by a higher authority.
There is no longer any doubt whatsoever that in the days following the attack the Obama administration lied to the American people about what actually occurred in Benghazi.
These revelations aside, it’s worth noting the abhorrent behavior of Democratic congressmen present at the hearing, specifically Congressman Cummings and Congresswoman Maloney, who seemed far more interested in defending the administration and attacking the hearings as Republican propaganda than they were in listening to what those testifying had to say. At one point, Maloney seemed on the verge of tears worthy of a North Korean soldier at the thought that anyone would dare question the great and glorious Hilary.
A friend of mine (a Republican) was recently given the finger by a political opponent (a Democrat), and remarked on Facebook about said opponent’s evident ‘lack of class’. It should come as no surprise to any of us on the right that those on the left are entirely without manners.
At their fundamental level, manners are the way in which we, as members of society, display our respect towards other members of society. Respect, of course, is defined as ‘esteem for a sense of the worth or excellence of a person’ or ‘deference to a right, privilege, privileged position, or someone or something considered to have certain rights or privileges’.
It is therefore clear that the notion of respect starts with the recognition of the permanent things – recognition of a transcendental moral order and acceptance of the natural hierarchy in society – and it becomes pretty obvious that those who would discredit the permanent things would also exhibit a ‘lack of class’.
It is no coincidence that the devolution of Western civilization – from increased divorce and sexual promiscuity to the fact that men these days actually feel comfortable in public without a hat, jacket, and tie and most haven’t a clue about proper gentlemanly behavior – has coincided with the destruction of the power of the aristocracy and increased democratization. The egalitarian left, in denying the permanent things and subscribing to an ideologically-driven moral relativism, implicitly reject the notion that anyone is deserving of true respect. I don’t know about you, but generally speaking my most liberal friends are also my rudest friends, the ones most lacking in basic notions of propriety and etiquette.
It is the same reason why, at the extreme, those on the egalitarian left have, since the French Revolution, been the leading proponents of mass murder and eugenics, from early American progressives crying for mass sterilization of black people, to the gulags of Soviet Russia and killing fields of Cambodia, to present-day abortion clinics where live-born babies have their spinal cords snipped with scissors.
At best, the rejection of the permanent things – of Truth – begets a sick, dying society filled with rude, selfish adult-children (like the one we live in presently). At worst, it creates widespread terror and death.
When I think of music that’s likely to carry a conservative message, I generally think of either country music (with its love of G*d, family, and the good ol’ US of A) or baroque and classical music (auditory evidence, if you ask me, of the existence of a higher power). The last place I’d expect to hear a conservative message is in an expletive-laden hip-hop song.
Enter Hopsin. Hopsin is the greatest rapper you’ve never heard of. It’s sort of astonishing that he isn’t the biggest thing in the hip-hop world right now – he certainly should be. The beats he uses are really interesting and musical, he has a socially-conscious message that isn’t an ideological left-wing message, and he has the best flow (speed and style with which one raps) I have heard in a long, long time.
So, what is this song that’s got me so excited? You can check it out on YouTube here (warning: NSFW). If you are one of those strange people that doesn’t enjoy hip-hop music, you can read the lyrics here. In roughly five minutes, Hopsin exposes most of what’s wrong with society, especially regarding the youth of America.
I’m not exaggerating when I say this might just be the most inherently-conservative song I’ve heard in my life, and it should serve as a good lesson to some of my more prudish, conservative peers who, due to what I can only assume is the taint of Calvinist heresy, seem to recoil at anything remotely approaching vulgarity.
It is the message itself, not the means of said message that is important. I don’t care if your book/movie/song is filled with swearwords or graphic sex scenes or extreme violence, if its purpose is to proclaim and defend the existence of the permanent things it is good and valuable.
Ed Kozak is a political commentator, writer, and musician, working for a publishing firm in New York City
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