I LIKE IKE PART 2

Dwight D Eisenhower died on March 28, 41 years ago.

Now, when some people are describing a health crisis involving the deadly coronavirus as a war, perhaps we should ponder some of the great general and two-term president’s thoughts on war and on how people should live:

“War settles nothing.”

“I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”

“We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.”

“The purpose is clear. It is safety with solvency. The country is entitled to both.”

“The problem in defence is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.”

“We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.”

“Only Americans can hurt America.”

As a 62 year old man in Australia, I am more scared of living in a country plunged into a great depression by worldwide desperate spending now, than I am of the approximately 3% chance that coronavirus would kill me, if I catch it.

I salute the honesty of Texas Lt Governor Dan Patrick and for his stand on this question.

Geoff Fox, 28th March, 2020, Down Under

AMERICAN ENERGY

I offer an arrangement of the thoughts of Walt Whitman for reflection at a very strange time for the people of this world.

“O public road …….. you express me better than I can express myself.” ……. “My words itch at your ears till you understand them ……”

Whitman did not reject the place of science but he also saw: “……. the fossil theology of the mythic – materialistic, superstitious, untaught and credulous, fable-loving, primitive ages of humanity.”

“And as to me, I know nothing else but miracles …….” ……. “:From this hour I ordain myself loos’d of limits and imaginary lines.” ……. “In the faces of men and women, I see God.” …… “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large — I contain multitudes.” ……. “I exist as I am, that is enough,”

When Walt wrote, “I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.” did he foreshadow Potus 45’s reinvention of presidential Twitter? And then some of the world’s reactions to Trump …… “I find no sweeter fat than sticks to my own bones.”

In this time of a terrified rush to isolation, is it more important than ever for America to remember these words: …….. “TO the States or any one of them, or any city of the States, Resist much, obey little, Once unquestioning obedience, once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city of this earth, ever after-ward resumes its liberty.”

“Unscrew the locks from the doors ! Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs !”

“……. we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion.”

Stay safe, everyone.

And please stay free.

Geoff Fox, 27th March in Terra Nullius, 26th of March in America, 2020

WHO WE ARE: Beethooven and Whitman

Two great men died on this day, the 26th of March.

Ludwig Beethooven in 1827 and Walt Whitman in 1892.

Compare their wisdom:

Both could be elitist rebels.

Beethoven wrote: “Prince, what you are, you are by accident of birth; what I am, I am by myself.There are and always will be thousands of princes, but there is only one Beethoven!”

Compare this with the supremely democratic and self-transcendent self-confidence of the author of Song Of Myself:

“I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”

Beethooven: “I will take fate by the throat; it will never bend me completely to its will.”

What the musician felt within himself, the poet articulated for all: “There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon this country, if the people lose their roughness and spirit of defiance.”

So after Beethoven could say: “A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.”, democratic Whitman could explain: “To have great poets, there must be great audiences.”

Generous Perceptive Spirits.

The great men of our culture teach us who we are.

Geoff Fox, 26th March, 2020, Down Under

Potus 45 and Dan Patrick – Saving The Economy Matters Too

Helping someone in genuine need makes the heart feel good.

But governments cannot fill the place for love with money.

A bankrupt government wont be able to do anything for anyone.

As the 45th president of The United Sates has told America, “Our country wasn’t built to be shut down.”

A big, surviving, private economy will give more jobs, more real livelihoods, than governments can.

In this time when human beings across the world are face to face with our own mortality, a truly courageous and profoundly wise man has spoken up for the nation he loves.

I salute 69-year-old Texas Republican, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick,

for the patriotic example of rugged self reliance he displays when he says:

“Let’s get back to work, let’s get back to living, let’s be smart about it, and those of us who are 70-plus, we’ll take care of ourselves.”

Is this is a resurrection of the spirit of the The Greatest Generation?

With herd immunity, nations survive.

Sacrifice can get us there.

I love Dan Patrick.

Geoff Fox, 24th March, 2020, in a terrified world.

I WILL TELL MY STORY #2

What is next for this sadly misguided, tragically panicked modern world?

The West cannot go back to all of the old practices of a traditional, family based culture where most women were stay at home mothers and most men went out to work.

Too many women have completed long formal educations, entered careers and established themselves there. No one (except, perhaps, her doctor) can successfully tell Ruth Bader-Ginsburg to give up her job and stay at home, no matter how much her brand of allegedly “progressive” liberalism trashes the conservative world.

We all have to accept the reality of how much the Western World has changed.

Only then can we accurately assess which of the damaging changes can actually be rolled back.

Here my personal story is unique and may allow me to contribute to a much needed debate.

I have been a midwife over three decades of my adult life.

A male midwife.

At times it has been very challenging to be in a traditionally female role, but most of the time it was wonderful.

I was paid for being a part of the lives of mothers and their families when new babies are born. Very few men ever get better working lives than that.

But my status as a midwife has not survived the very many stupidities of modern feminist misandry and modern feminist misogyny.

No matter what man hating, mother hating feminists might say, when seeking gender equality for themselves but not for others, being a mother is profoundly different to being a father.

Gender equality in many things is OK.

But it would be absurd to say that gender equality exists in carrying life in the womb, in giving birth to that life and in breast feeding.

Any society, or species, which does not see accurately and protect its own processes of procreation cannot survive. And probably does not deserve to survive.

This is a motherhood issue.

Far too much of third wave feminism is the enemy of mothers and therefore the enemy of us.

When very conservative, devout Catholic Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott wanted to tax the biggest companies in Australia to fund much more generous paid parental leave for new mothers, his courageous, ground breaking policy was dismissed as a “Rolls Royce” scheme by the feminist friendly Left.

The PC idiots treat the needs of mothers as luxuries.

They labelled Tony Abbott a misogynist and that label was a huge factor in destroying his prime ministership.

There is much to learn from this episode in Australian political history.

It was destructive anti-mother feminism at its worst. (I say that as a man who was a proud Australian midwife at the time.)

Now I thank God that I was able to work with mothers and their families for so long.

I salute Tony Abbott for the political courage he showed in standing up for a better deal for mothers.

And I hate the sick, modern feminism which hates mums.

Geoff Fox, 23rd March, 2020, Down Under

Trump Wins on Experience, on Youth Et Cetera

Looking at the three remaining candidates for the US presidency, I can only see one category where the Democrat challengers can beat Donald Trump:

A. BORING PREDICTABILITY

The winner is Bernie Sanders. The policy positions of a group think socialist never surprise anyone. These positions will astonish him if they ever get implemented and bankrupt America. Fortunately enough of the American electorate understand this; therefore his unelectability is as predicable as his dogma.

Runner-up: Joe Biden. Sleepy Joe has much more natural talent for boring people than Bernie. But his senile dementia means that everyone can have a lot of fun trying to guess what fact he will get wrong next.

Stone cold last: Donald Trump. The man is a gifted communicator who knows and loves his people. They love him back. He never had a chance in this category. He has revolutionised political communication. To the people.

B. GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE

  1. Donald Trump In this category lack of decades of experience in surviving in The Swamp is an advantage.
  2. Joe Biden
  3. Bernie Sanders

C. YOUTH and HEALTH

  1. Trump, 74 years old. Proven strong under unrelenting pressure of a hostile media.
  2. Bernie Sanders, a sprightly 78, when not hospitalised for a heart attack.
  3. Joe Biden, 77 years old, but the senility factor cost Sleepy Joe badly in this race.

D. FORIEGN POLICY and NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY

  1. Trump. He negotiates. He knows how to build.
  2. Biden. How can you protect or represent a nation when you might forget its name?
  3. Sanders. You cant protect a nation and bankrupt it at the same time.

E. ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT

  1. Trump.
  2. Biden.
  3. Sanders.

F. SOCIAL ISSUES

  1. Trump. He respects life, his own people and freedom. See what he did with SOTU 2020 for proof.
  2. Biden.
  3. Sanders.

Geoff Fox, 21st March, 2020, Down Under