Labor Improbus

In the Name of The Father, and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit, Amen.


Scott Johnson, of the Power Line team, is a sweet man with a compassionate grasp of humanity’s experiences.  In response to last evening’s contestant drama at the Miss Universe Contest, he writes feelingly today about life’s reversals and facing them.

Scott includes this poem, To A Friend Whose Work Has Come To Nothing, by Yeats:

Now all the truth is out,
Be secret and take defeat
From any brazen throat,
For how can you compete,
Being honour bred, with one
Who, were it proved he lies,
Were neither shamed in his own
Nor in his neighbours’ eyes?
Bred to a harder thing
Than Triumph, turn away
And like a laughing string
Whereon mad fingers play
Amid a place of stone,
Be secret and exult,
Because of all things known
That is most difficult.

All of this moved me much, and to comment in these terms:

While he was producing what we call the Latin Vulgate Bible, St. Jerome took incoming from firebases scattered about the Empire, to include from a certain Bishop of Hippo.  The fire alleged in him a presumption to compete against the LXX and a near-heresy to translate the Hebrew Bible from Hebrew rather than from the Greek (LXX).

The Rabbi who taught St. Jerome Hebrew and encouraged his Latin translation from Hebrew was also a personal friend of the monk and sought to shield him from blasts by quoting a Roman proverb: labor improbus omnia vincit.

When the Saint submitted the finished work to the Papal court, it was condemned and consigned to the trash heap there by many, although not by all.  To such indignity and stupidity, St. Jerome replied: Equi donate dentes non inspiciuntur  (Do not look a gifted horse in the mouth).

Update 1: Sandra Chambly Estes notes that many Trump fans are Democrats.  This in confirmed, by inference, by Peggy Noonan today.

I think Peggy is right: the election is about protection and the great majority of Americans who do not have it, by design of those who do.  It goes under several names — immigration, H1Bs, sovereignty, elites, globalism, Salafist Jihad, etc. — but the gist of it is: most Americans know their leaders, R&D, do not give a hoot in hades about their lives or wishes and are determined to remedy that disfunction.

A senior intel officer in D.C. is calling for American History Month instead of Black History Month and E Pluribus Unum instead of identity mongering.  That direction of thought contemplates protection of all Americans.

Update 2: Unlike in 2008, Peggy Noonan now gets it.

Update 3: Peggy Noonan gets it in 2016.  Related.  Related, from Codevilla.

Update 4: National Review Online gets something right for a change, regarding jihad.  Related.

Update 5: The Daily Signal, house organ of The Heritage Foundation, writes Caliphists’ lulling propaganda for them.

Update 6: Tyranny coming in through the back door — the government, meaning, the executive alone — suppressing the people’s will expressed through the legislature.

Update 7: The low-skilled and modestly-skilled workforce is supplied by H1b here and its comparable in Europe.  Legal and above board.  (Avoiding for the nounce the question of meet, right and salutary.)  Although even those legal paths, here and in Europe, are merely a bridge to massive automation.

So the illegal influx, fostered by globalists in addition to H1b, is not about pumping the work force.  And Murray’s Q about hiring Euro youth to fill the work force is an oblivious non sequitur.

Why, then, do globalists want an illegal influx?  It doesn’t benefit them.  It isn’t meant to.  Why, then?  I’m not sure.  I don’t think like they think.  It seems to me, I would say, that globalists are a seething brew of one part megalomania and one part cussedness: giddy control freaks wrapped in spiteful hedonism.  Basically, your modern iteration of the ever-petulant anti-Christian.  And they are angry at their parents.



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