To be noble, do noble things. Simple. But bloody hard. Firstly, you have to give up lying and control and fear: they are the tools of tyrants. Secondly, you have to give up not merely debasement but deception.
You cannot be a fool, a liar, or bought. That disposes of almost every modern leader.
But if you are such, you will protect many, and enlighten many. But there is always risk in leadership.
But the Consul’s brow was sad, and the Consul’s speech was low,MacAuley, Horatio at the Gate.
And darkly looked he at the wall, and darkly at the foe.
“Their van will be upon us before the bridge goes down;
And if they once might win the bridge, what hope to save the town?”
Then out spoke brave Horatius, the Captain of the Gate:
“To every man upon this earth, death cometh soon or late;
And how can man die better than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods,
“And for the tender mother who dandled him to rest,
And for the wife who nurses his baby at her breast,
And for the holy maidens who feed the eternal flame,
To save them from false Sextus, that wrought the deed of shame?
“Hew down the bridge, Sir Consul, with all the speed ye may!
I, with two more to help me, will hold the foe in play.
In yon strait path, a thousand may well be stopped by three:
Now, who will stand on either hand and keep the bridge with me?’
True leaders — and the older poets wrote of the ancient legends so we would know this — accept the risk because their actions are not for their own glory, but to protect the weak. We have counter examples: what not to do.
What comes next is predictable. The media will try to pretend that the catastrophe that just happened in Afghanistan was inevitable, that nothing Joe Biden did could have averted this disaster which (it will at least be heavily implied) was really Trump’s fault anyway. And anyone who says otherwise will be ignored, or treated as a disgruntled “partisan” who’s just trying to “play politics.” The main point, in the Democrat/Media Complex narrative, is that Afghanistan is over — it’s no longer a story worth mentioning — and anyone who does mention it will be accused of trying to “distract” from the really important thing, i.e., ramming the Left’s domestic agenda through Congress.
Will they get away with this “pivot”? I’d say that’s up to the Taliban. Because we’ve left behind at least 100 American civilians, and perhaps more than 500, all of whom are at risk of becoming hostages. So if the Taliban decides to play rough, this story won’t be over any time soon.The Other McCain.
I know Biden is an easy example of that it is to be craven, a fool, reliably wrong. We could argue about how many laws were broken to get him onto the elective throne of the USA, and the agenda of his controllers. What we do know is that he, like Ardern, has pushed people under the bus, and the rescuing of the Americans and their minions is now being done by other, private, agencies.
The true example of kingship and nobility is Christ, will reign in righteousness when he returns, but until then we have to do our part. For we are his hands and feet.
32 Behold, a king will reign in righteousness,Isaiah 32:1-8
and princes will rule in justice.
2 Each will be like a hiding place from the wind,
a shelter from the storm,
like streams of water in a dry place,
like the shade of a great rock in a weary land.
3 Then the eyes of those who see will not be closed,
and the ears of those who hear will give attention.
4 The heart of the hasty will understand and know,
and the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak distinctly.
5 The fool will no more be called noble,
nor the scoundrel said to be honourable.
6 For the fool speaks folly,
and his heart is busy with iniquity,
to practise ungodliness,
to utter error concerning the Lord,
to leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied,
and to deprive the thirsty of drink.
7 As for the scoundrel—his devices are evil;
he plans wicked schemes
to ruin the poor with lying words,
even when the plea of the needy is right.
8 But he who is noble plans noble things,
and on noble things he stands.
12 For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.Romans 2:12-16
Whenever I read Romans I consider how I have not fulfilled or done what the law requires. By my own deliberate fault. It does not matter how I define things, but how they are: and the test of my actions are the consequences.
Or, bluntly, the damage I have done.
But we now have pagans in charge, who had their conscience seared and will be anger if they are held to account. Not just in the USA. The west is being taken down by such, offense by offense, lie by lie.
A lot of people are wondering how the people responsible for Afghanistan live with themselves. That’s easy. When you become a post Christian society then loving your neighbor as yourself is no longer a priority, nor is truth, nor is the common good.
All of these thing were stressed in Christianity and it amazes me that folks are shocked that without it they disappear.Da Tech Guy
What should we do? Repent. Pray that our leaders repent. Do not expect that, for they are functionally tyrants and toadies, the press included.
We cannot control our leaders or the banks or social media that will so rapidly deplatform and debank us. We do need to build our own infrastructure: we need the logistics so we can push back. This is quiet, needed, unglamorous work. It is often tedious.
The new society will be made by families and their children. Yes, we need to build the alternatives. For then we can talk of truth and beauty and honour and nobility. Then we can ignore the credentialled fools. And then the people will vote with their feet.