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Can you Hear the Gods Laughing?

In the 1964 film ‘The Fall of the Roman Empire’ at one stage the narrator says: “A great civilisation is not conquered from without until it has conquered itself from within”. Then, as the mighty Roman Empire starts to crumble around him, the Emperor Commodus tilts his head to the skies and says to his childhood friend, now turned foe, Livius: “Livius, if you listen very carefully, you can hear the gods laughing”.

I’m reminded of the old saying: “Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.”

Indeed, it made me think that, when we look around our country, maybe the gods have been having a high old time of it over the last six decades or so.

It would appear to me that the gods have particularly had it in for intellectuals, academics, the legal fraternity, pseudo-intellectuals, Mickey mouse graduates, the majority of politicians, large sections of the House of Lords, the civil service, the TUC, vast numbers of logically challenged celebrities, the BBC, the MSM in general, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party.

And let us not forget some of their ivory tower institutions: the judiciary, the police, the NHS, schools, universities, the professions, the quangos, major charities (special mention for the National Trust), think tanks, lobby groups, the ‘jobs for the elite’ network and the Honours System.

Have you noticed that they all appear to be becoming increasingly batty? And how, with an intense, fervour that some might call fanatical, they all now appear to be worshipping an assortment of new and strange ‘gods’ within the inane, totalitarian, ‘political theocracy’ that is Political Correctness.

GK. Chesterton is reputed to have said:

“When a man stops believing in God, he doesn’t worship nothing, he worships anything”

Can that explain the emergence of the ‘imposter gods’ such as diversity, fairness, inclusivity, equality, anti-discrimination, entitlement, dependency, victimhood, homosexuality, anti-racism, gender confusion and transgenderism; and is it their unwelcome arrival that has angered the old gods?

Or, on the other hand, it could be that the visiting of these lunacies upon us is simply the well-deserved retribution for the unbelievably arrogant, childish, utopian stupidities of the last sixty years. And God knows, if you’ll pardon the expression, there have been plenty of those.

Would it not have been unthinkable for the wartime and baby-boomer generations to believe that Great Britain, which saved Europe from Nazi domination, would then see its own freedom and democracy betrayed by successive political elites, through the secretive surrendering of their power and independence to the European Union?

Unthinkable also, that our nation’s fine history would be subjected to malicious revisionist attacks and that the distilled wisdom of previous generations would be undermined and scorned. Difficult ethical decisions of the past would be second-guessed by ill-informed, and often vindictive, lesser minds from the warm comfort of undemanding theoretical safety.

Confidence would gradually be lost in a political and judicial system that had been adopted by so many other countries. The verdicts and sentences of the courts would seem to become increasingly bizarre and at variance with what the public viewed as justice. The characteristics of faith, honour and fairness that had attracted so many from foreign countries to come and live here would be mocked, derided and undefended.

Unthinkable that poppies, the symbol of remembrance of the huge sacrifices of others, would be sickeningly demeaned, by some unworthy and ungrateful beneficiaries of those sacrifices, as ‘a glorification of war’. They would also be burned on the streets by Islamists with apparent impunity.

And the police, once so trusted, would morph into some sort of bizarre and unreliable social service; far more concerned with mediating over assorted made up ‘phobias’, fashionable fads, ‘causes’ and tending to the rights of the criminals, than the protection, welfare, lasting suffering, and right to retribution of the victims.

“Come forward and you will be believed” would be the rallying cry of the Prosecution Service to all and sundry. Unsupported allegations, no matter from how long ago, would seem to become credible proof. The police and no win, no fee solicitors might choose to trawl among unscrupulous chancers and opportunists for witnesses and claimants.

Unthinkable that police would paint their cars to show their ‘right-on’ support for ‘rainbow’ rights. Councils would fly similar flags in virtue-signalling solidarity. Police would paint their fingernails to demonstrate their anti-slavery credentials.

‘Professional racism activists’, perhaps secretly concerned at its natural diminution over the years, would have to constantly invent and imagine a succession of new forms of perceived prejudice and discrimination to fuel and perpetuate their political obsession. No innocent humour, gentle TV programmes from long ago, or children’s toy would be safe from their malignant scrutiny.

Children would be sexualised and propagandised, at even younger ages, and could be placed on a ‘racist language’ register for asking an innocent question.

The term marriage and associated gender-related terms would be redefined to accommodate an imaginary ‘alternative reality’, and to accommodate a ‘rich spectrum of broad gender self-identity’.

A street Preacher would be locked up for suspected ‘hate crime’ after quoting the Bible to a gay teenager.

A man would be arrested for quoting passages from Winston Churchill’s 1899 book ‘The River War’. But flag-carrying Islamic terrorism sympathisers would suffer no such inconvenience.

Bakers would be no longer be free to refuse work they were offended by. Bed & Breakfast owners would no longer be free to refuse customers whose lifestyle offended them. But God help them if they inadvertently offended any of the special, chosen, privileged groups.

Truly, the list of idiocies, injustices, and stupidities is endless. I have not talked about multicultural madness, mass immigration, open borders, Hope not Hate, thought crimes and the speech police. But I hope my point is made nonetheless.

So I ask, have a quiet listen to the heavens. I suspect you’ll hear contented, celestial chuckling…

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Howard Keating has been a member and a fUKIP foot soldier since 2011

12 Comments on Can you Hear the Gods Laughing?

  1. I would like to have been able to thank everyone for their comments.

    And I can certainly thank Mike Walker, Russell Hicks, Tony Woodcock and David Allen for their kind words. I can also thank David Turgoose for his humour, and Austin Hernon and John Doe for their
    interesting points.

    However, I’m afraid I cannot welcome Rainstorm’s muddled and misguided remarks.
    I thank Mr Bav for his disapproving response.

  2. You have just described Cultural Marxism at work. Probable as great a threat to our society as communism. CM aims to erodes and them destroy a society from within itself. So that it can be remade in a Marxist form. Utube Jordan Peterson or Andrew Breitbart talks to the Uncommon Knowledge series of the Hoover Institution to learn more.

  3. A better argument for a strong and successful UKIP would be hard to devise. We do, indeed, live in a land of lunacy.

  4. There is an inevitability to all this, it mirrors events in Europe in the 1900’s and the 1930’s. the steady march of power towards a single entity, first the German Empire, and then Hitler, both of whom came to represent the undemocratic utilisation of absolute power. See what happens when unworldly politicians fail to heed the lessons of history, like Nick Clegg, “there will never be a European army.” Really? well there will be soon, and the centralised power of the E.U. will soon find a use for their new model army. Be sure of the difference between the NMA of the E.U. and NATO. All the elements of NATO remain within the control of their democratic contributors, that of the proposed E.U. force will be under the control of the undemocratic, opaque and unaccountable Kommission of the European Union – or its paymaster, Germany. draw your own conclusions

  5. A wonderfully comprehensive trashing of our establishment elites. Thank you Mr. Keating. You probably know who said ” freedoms are never given, they are always taken”, I don’t. But it seems it is time for us to snatch back those freedoms and cut short celestial mirth. In other words….drain the swamp.

  6. Great article!

  7. Our Christian civilization is being destroyed all of Western Europe and beyond.The satanic power brokers want to destroy everything that Europe is/was built on.You think England is bad now? It will be hell on earth very soon!
    They have been at it for a long time,there is a reason they were kicked out of 109 countries throughout the ages. They hold the power (house of Rothschild London). Rockerfeller foundation U.S.A.
    J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs etc, Hollywood, media,Washington post New York times etc. Deep state is them. American universities are run by them ,anti white brainwashing campuses same as here. Everything has been subverted and is being destroyed.
    United states of Europe is a mere whisker away.Ready for the E.U. army to put down any revolt. Welcome to “1984”. It is by no accident that millions of black and brown people are invading Europe and new hate laws are being eagerly passed to keep us silent, until the irreversible job is done. Then Christianity will be torn down, no Xmas celebrations they have already pushed “Jesus Christ” out and made it materialistic, it will be outlawed in the new utopia. England will merely be a footnote in the N.W.O.
    Where all kinds of depravity and filth will rule this earth as is being pushed already on the masses in the name of equality. My backside!!
    Once the N.W.O. IS IMPLEMENTED all the quangos, hurt feelings brigades will vanish into the night.a long with their useful idiots.Job done!!
    If people can’t see who rules over us? You can fact check who monopolizes everything.
    (The Jew)Everyone will scream anti-Semitic for pointing out the truth.Blah!! Blah!! Blah!They own everything and anyone of importance.
    They have since world war 1 at least, the information is out there, if you endeavor to check!!

    • I agree with a lot of what you say, it concurs with a lot of what I have been reading lately.
      But I think you’re wrong about “The Jews”. They (as in the ‘ordinary’ Jews) are just as much a victim as everybody else is. It is the ‘Zionists’ who are pulling the strings, most notably the ‘Rothschild Zionists’. Not all Jews are Zionists, and you don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist.
      Anti-semitism is the tool that the Zionists use to protect themselves and their interets, and this conflation of Jews and Zionists is a useful deflection.

    • Too much Mein Kampf makes some people come out with all sorts of garbage.

    • I’m surprised that your foul anti-semitic bile has not been banned, But in a way I’m glad it has not.
      People like you are what defines why censorship is sometimes a good thing.
      This is not a site I control.
      I don’t control UKIP membership.
      If I did I would ban you from both.
      Self moderation prevents me blowing my top .

  8. Superb article.

  9. I can hear the five European Union gods, sorry presidents, laughing.

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