Notes from the Underground

To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”
(Voltaire)

Twenty two years ago today, I was brutally attacked and left for dead in the middle of a street in Oakland. I had just walked out of a restaurant at noon, on an unseasonably hot autumn day. It’s only by the grace of God that I am alive.

I don’t like to think about it; it’s been a long time, and I’ve become a completely different person since: older, wise, and more hyper vigilant to potential threats. Back then, I did see the black man walking towards me and felt very uncomfortable. But not wanting to be viewed as racist, I turned the corner anyway, and that’s when my life changed forever.

I think about this assault today for another reason. I’ve been seeing headlines that in the three days since Trump was elected, there has been a surge in hate crimes. Now I find that puzzling. How would social scientists have tracked this already, those same professionals who require endless discussions, months of calculation, and countless meetings to agree on anything? But then again, I have long since stopped believing anything that I read in the news.

My victimhood of years ago was never a statistic. It was a type of hate crime, since it is mostly white and Asian people out here who are targeted by the criminals, who are mostly black. Bodies being bloodied around here are a dime of dozen and don’t make the evening news. In fact, white victimization is always disregarded. When I told a friend about it, she replied, “Well, he was a victim too.” (Really? It wasn’t his body that was bruised and battered.)

My friend’s indifference reminds me of Ayn Rand’s warning many decades ago. She said that a country has plummeted into totalitarianism when there is more compassion for the criminal than the victim. Clearly we reached that disastrous tipping point many years ago.

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It is a surreal experience walking around Berkeley these days. Of course, it is always a difficult place to be: life in a cult that I used to belong to. But lately, it’s been worse, even crazier.

I think this is partly because the populace (and a lot of the country) has become more radicalized since Obama has been office. Obama acted with impunity for these years. People have become grandiose; they believe that they can, and will, reconfigure the world.

The election of Donald Trump has been a shocking slap in the face to everyone who thought that they were on the road to paradise. Their leader has been Obama; then they switched to Bernie. With his losing, the residents here were supremely unhappy for a while, but then followed the liberal drumbeat to switch to Hillary, their next messiah.

Of course, the rest of the country had something different to say, as Donald Trump was elected instead. The shock and horror around here are something to behold.

Some of it has taken the form of rioters that have trashed the area, especially (as usual) downtown Oakland. Cars have been destroyed; businesses vandalized; countless windows broken; police officers attacked. Millions of dollars wasted in the carnage, not to mention millions more to pay for the police officers, detoured from protecting law-abiding citizens from the thugs who prey on us.

Then there are those who stop traffic on the streets and the freeway, arguably a violent and provocative action in and of itself. But most of the public has remained nonviolent.

And yet, most of the lawful residents support the mayhem. I’m not sure who is worse: the hoodlums that menace the police and destroy businesses or the law abiding citizen who excuses this behavior. Left out are the most vulnerable: the women, children, sick, and old people, abandoned to the “cause,” with no one to protect us.

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Berkeley and the American Left are a type of cult. Just read up on cults and you’ll see all of the tell tale signs.

In a cult, there is a leader that people follow no matter what, even to the edge of a cliff. For the last few years, it has been Obama. Even though, during Obama’s presidency, hate crimes against whites and Asians have skyrocketed, white progressives ignore this — or they excuse it as the cost of “privilege.” And the fact that this area, the progressive capital of the world, is a filthy snake pit, that is okay too, again because of privilege.

It is unnatural to endanger ourselves and others. And another clue that the Left is a cult is that people act so unnaturally. In religious cults, women allow their children to be sexually used by the leader; or they abandon their children so the parents can go off and live with the group. Again, this is unnatural; parents intuitively protect their kids.

And yet out here, parents allow their children to go to schools that are dangerous propaganda mills. The kids are subjected to endless harangues about the evil white people; white males learn to hate themselves the most of all. The kids are taught that homosexuality, heterosexuality, transgendered surgery, or polyamory are all equal “choices.”

So many other unnatural things here: Women adorn their bodies from head to toe with tattoos and piercings, even spikes in the face. Tattoos hurt; piercings hurt. And yet women do this to themselves as, I think, a type of cult-like initiation practice, something that requires numbing and desensitization.

Another way the Left is a cult: no dissent allowed. Everyone must believe the same thing — or else: people are shunned from the group, ridiculed and marginalized — Alinksy-style. Or even worse, their lives are threatened It is risky for a cult to allow any independent thinking because the whole charade is a house of cards that can be easily toppled.

A final trademark of cults is that those inside fear and demonize those outside. So Trump voters been been tarred as idiots, insane, racists, and white supremacists. Donald Trump has morphed from a fabulously wealthy businessman, with pretty wives, and successful kids, to Hitler. Of course, all of this nonsense has been whipped up by the Democrats and the mainstream media.

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The other day I was standing waiting for an elevator. There was a father there, a Chinese immigrant, with his three little children. The elevator opened, and the littlest one, a 3 year old girl, ran inside so quickly that the elevator closed and she was briefly trapped inside alone. Terrified, the little girl started screaming at the top of her lungs. In record speed, the dad zipped over and pushed the elevator button; the elevator door opened; and he pulled the child out.

Though safe, the little girl was still howling at the top of her lungs. Even though she had only been alone in the elevator for a few seconds, it felt like an eternity. She sensed the danger of that moment: that without her father, she was lost.

I leaned over and consoled the sobbing girl with, “That was so scary. But your dad rescued you. You don’t have to be frightened. Your daddy is there.” She looked at me, seemed to take in what I was saying, and calmed down a bit.

That little girl reminds me of the people in Berkeley, Oakland, and all the other liberal bastions around the world. They, like this little girl, are terrified because they have been left alone in the world. Without Obama, without Bernie or Hillary, they feel untethered, abandoned and alone. . and there is no one in the world to make them feel safe.

Yes, they are alone, and yes, they are untethered, but not because a Republican will be President. It is because they have unanchored themselves from the only source of safety in the world: God. Without Him, they trust in false prophets; they cling to delusions and myths.

And they miss the main reason why humans are alive. It is not to follow a human messiah, one who wants to architect a perfect world. No one can create a perfect world. And by trying to do so, a type of hell is created on earth for everyone.

Human beings are made for one main purpose: and that is to know and to worship God. There is no human being who will ever fill the gaping hole in our hearts that only God can fill. No wonder the leftists flail around, like a child without his Father, looking for something or someone to cling to.

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