Ender’s Game: The Morality of Fighting, the Manner of Winning

Dont Tread On MeEnder’s Game is a book authored by Orson Scott Card and is on the level of some of the best military sci-fi I have ever read.  While I have not read all of the Ender books, Ender’s Game is by far one of the most intellectually stimulating sci-fi books I have read in the fiction genre. Essential to the present, raised and created by President Obama and the Democratic Party, is the question, “Does the manner of winning matter?”

When I understand my enemy well enough to defeat him, then in that moment, I also love him.” – A. E. Wiggin

The Morality of Fighting

From a previous article, we draw the definition of morality.  Various sources define morality; in fact, morality has been considered a philosophical debate, and much is written on this topic.  For this reason, the definition of morality is as follows:

Morality is the differentiation of intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are distinguished as proper and those that are improper. Morality can be a body of standards or principles derived from a code of conduct from a particular philosophy, religion or culture, or it can derive from a standard that a person believes should be universal.”

I am not here to dictate what is and is not moral between you, your conscience, and your supreme being worshiped.  However, I will emphasize that America was founded upon the morals of Judeo-Christian theology, and these morals have been a solid anchor in the chaotic push and pull of beliefs and morals across time.

WhyHistory is replete with wars, contention, the loss of life, and examples of fighting for moral and immoral reasons, depending upon your choices and moral codes; but, is fighting someone else moral?  In the Judaic religion, the Rabbi’s will point to the Books of Moses and declare that the Children of Israel had to obey because God commanded, and wars were begun.  The Koran has similar writings.  The Old and New Testaments and the different Popes of the Catholic church can point to writings and claim similarly.  But, does a commandment from a supreme being make war moral?

I cannot tell you how to answer; thus, I will not be pontificating on this topic.  You, individually, must decide the morality or immorality of fighting and what is worth fighting and dying for.  I know my answer and am comfortable with my answers, for I have done the research and reached logical conclusions.  I beg you to decide what your answers are individually, for, in answering, you will better understand yourself, your beliefs, your mental positions, and the world around you.Question 3

The manner of Winning

An enemy can be crushed in any manner of methods from baroque to technical; the enemy is just as dead as yesterday’s fish.  Comb through history, and you will find man’s inhumanity to man is as great as man’s humanity to man.  I find this fact very comforting!  As cruel and vicious as man can be to each other, the fact that man continues to have a spark of divinity and can show compassion and kindness equal to or greater than his inhumanity a great hope.  Bringing us to the question, does the manner of winning matter?

In this world, there are many absolutes; the manner of winning absolutely does matter!  No equivocation, no double-speak, no half-truths.  If you cannot win by the rules, you are not worthy of competing!  I know no better method of stating this absolute; how you win is more important than winning!

QuestionDoes this absolute suggest there are rules to fighting; unequivocally YES!  There are always rules to fighting, and only the most despotic criminal would shuck the rules and win at all costs.  For in winning at all costs, that person has thrown off the cloaks of humanity, the ties that bind human to human, and have become an animal most vile.  One must never forget the lesson of Ender Wiggin.

When I understand my enemy well enough to defeat him, then in that moment, I also love him.” – A. E. Wiggin

From the “Five Rings,” Mao Tse Tung is quoted as declaring, “When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard.”  Why; because universal truths win out, today’s enemy is tomorrow’s ally.  Both Mao Tse Tung and Ender Wiggin recognize the same lesson, but from different perspectives that there is never much difference between a trusted ally and a despised enemy.  Thus, how one wins is more important than winning!

Exclamation MarkConsider this principle in real life.  We have the November 2020 elections, which began with the 2020 primaries, where fraud, the inability to count, too many votes for a precinct, and a hundred other issues popped up.  Yet, none of those issues were considered fraudulent, just politicking—business as usual.  The most extensive problem areas promised to have everything fixed by November, business, as usual, no worries.  What happened in November, the same problems in the same regions produced an election that 40% of Pennsylvania does not trust to have been truthful.  How one wins matters more than winning!

Another example; Syria, President Bashar Assad, who employed chemical weapons against his people, in a massive violation of law, morality, and ethics.  President Obama blurred his own “Red Lines,” and Assad is still in power, only a little more circumspect in using banned chemical weapons.  The Syrian civil war (2011-Present) continues, the crimes against his enemies and people continue, and the only change is how Turkey continues to be flooded with refugees.  How you win matters more than winning!

Bait & SwitchThe battle continues in Ukraine with Russia, unabated, where America refused her ally (Ukraine) for Russia to gain “political influence” with Turkey and Syria.  One of the most remarkable historical facts, Russia continues to forget, then remember, then forget that how you win is more important than merely winning!  The history books of Russia are replete with this cycle, and every few generations, the cycle repeats.  Usually, after a glorious loss, Russia remembers that how you win is more important than winning, and the people rally to clear off the invader, previously Germany!

Since the First Sino-Japanese War onward, China has refused to believe that how one wins is more important than winning.  Unfortunately, Communism has only made this country more blood-thirsty and less willing to follow Mao Tse Tung’s advice on war, even though they continue to use his philosophies against everyone else.  Worse, China is offering war to every nation on Earth, and the majority of the countries are asleep.  Japan learned this lesson well and has used this lesson to dominate the Pacific Rim nations economically.

Knowledge Check!America keeps trying to learn and apply this lesson.  However, her political leaders since Vietnam continue to refuse to allow the military to do their job with a clear set of Rules for Engagement.  Worse, the political leaders keep trying to give away US Constitutional Rights to enemies of America.  All because too many refuse to understand that how you win is more important than winning.

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The Vital Job of an Elected Official – Knowing is Half the Battle

The election of 2020 has shown the importance of transparency and neutrality in the election process, as in no other election throughout American History. The 2020 election has also supplied the perfect backdrop to understanding the roles of elected officials in elections. The current holder of an elected office oversees and is responsible for ensuring that their last official act is the election that will replace them in office.

PatriotismPresident Trump has done an admiral job as an elected official in avoiding identity politics, attempting to improve the election process, and honoring the “Rule of Law” in America. Yet, despite all the President’s efforts, the 2020 Election to either rehire him, or replace him, has been fraught with fraud, technological cheating, and deception. All because each level of elected officials, Federal, State, County, City, failed in their most important duty, protecting election integrity.

Most American Citizens would agree that integrity is all about being honest and having strong moral principles. Yet, some American Citizens might have difficulty with the other implications’ integrity brings to the issue of elections. Namely, “integrity declaring, a state of being whole and undivided; internal consistency; lacking corruption in electronic data; the condition of being unified, unimpaired, or sound in construction” (Websters Dictionary, 2020).

The Duty of AmericansUnfortunately, or fortunately, even those committing the fraud and deception are failing the integrity test; because integrity requires at its most fundamental base, trust and truth between parties. The elected officials do not trust the people and do not want to give up power ill-gottenly gained to America’s citizens. Those paying for the fraud and deception all have different personal agendas and only came together on one item, theft of the election process for personal gain.  Thus, the entire force is built on possible common interest sand, instead of building upon the bedrock of truth and trust.

The elected officials are derelict in their most important duty, and this dereliction was intentional. How does a citizen know the elected officials’ actions were deliberate; none of the voting irregularities discovered in the primaries was investigated and corrected. By carefully reviewing the primaries’ data, the same patterns are found during the November election are revealed. The media called the irregularities in the primaries mistakes. They scoffed, but the same behavior found in the primaries of the 2020 Elections is glaringly apparent in the November 2020 elections, and every candidate and issue is tainted by the fraud found and substantiated. Even a single dead person voting is fraud and requires investigation before the results are certified.

GI JoeConsider for a moment your job, your profession; if you failed in your most critical role, would you expect to have a job for very long? Consider a car mechanic who fails to repair a car; that mechanic will not be a mechanic for long. A nurse who routinely gives out incorrect medication dosages or gives medication to the wrong patients will not be a nurse for long. What about a contractor who builds buildings without proper foundations or the police officer who bullies and betrays their badge. Yet, the elected officials who conducted the farce called the 2020 Elections are not being fired for dereliction of duty. The elected officials will not be held accountable for the taxpayer monies wasted, the candidate’s time and money wasted, nor will they be removed from office. Yet they deserve all these consequences and more.

One of President Trump’s first actions in office was to call for a cleaning of the voter rolls and cull the fraud found in the 2016 Elections. Yet, his call went unanswered by many counties, fighting broke out in other counties, and the media harassed and denigrated anyone hoping to contribute until nothing could be accomplished. Thus, the same problems from earlier elections were used and new and more insidious methods to steal the 2020 Elections.

The people responsible for the fraud in the elections in American History are your neighbors. The county governments across America are generally accountable for holding fair and transparent elections and sending the election results to the government to declare the winners and losers in elections. However, these same elected and unelected people overseeing elections at the county and city level have decided that they are the Praetorian Guard of America and deserve to choose who belongs in office and who does not, to the detriment of the citizens casting their votes.

moral-valuesHow have they usurped this power and keep this power; by refusing common-sense voter ID laws and flooding the ballots with mail-in ballots and technological solutions that cannot be traced to a single voter. Common sense voter ID laws include showing a government-issued picture ID before being handed a ballot to vote. Consider the following, to enter a government building; you need both a picture ID and a purpose for being there. To board an airplane, you need a government picture ID. To legally buy alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana, you need a government-issued picture ID. In fact, in many states, driving without a license on your person is a quick trip to jail and is a multiplier of charges when caught. Yet, showing an ID or printing the tracking number/serial number of the ID on a ballot is considered too demanding and has been fought viciously to perpetuate voting inconsistencies and allow fraud in elections.

In multiple countries worldwide, it is considered a regular election practice to tie a ballot to a person with a fingerprint, a signature, and a government-issued ID. Yet, in the United States of America, a free Republic (if we can keep it), showing ID continues to be claimed too difficult and denies the poor their ability to vote. Yet how many of those “poor people” can produce an ID for everything they want to buy or enter a government building or board a plane. The politicians of America are derelict in their duties where the most basic office roles are concerned, and guaranteeing integral and transparent elections, is the issue that politicians need to be held accountable to perform.

To the citizens of America, regardless of political stripe, seize the power of the elections by holding your neighbors paid by your taxes accountable for dereliction of duty. These neighbors are wasting your money for their benefit, and this practice must cease. Not with more government intrusion, but with citizens demanding, insisting, and declaring these practices must stop forthwith. Demand less technology in the voting process! Demand an end to mail-in balloting! Demand common-sense voter ID laws that protect the integrity of the electoral process!  Insist that the voter rolls be scoured annually, and a report provided by these county officials showing the voter roll integrity standard has been reached. Failure to provide the report, or to properly clean the voter rolls, should have sharp consequences. Error rates for an election should be exceptionally low when these actions are properly taken.

Image - Eagle & FlagAmerica will not long survive as the “Shining city upon a hill” if the problems with election laws, the lack of common-sense voter ID laws, and the dead continue to vote in America’s election processes! We, the citizens of America, must act! Not the Supreme Court Justices or any other judge, not legislators, and indeed not the winners of the 2020 Elections. “We The People” are responsible and need to step up to retrieve the power stolen by our neighbors.

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A Dangerous Moment – A Warning!

A colleague of mine on LinkedIn said something that has me thinking.

“Divergent narratives are being weaponized to habituate people to increasing the threshold of violence.  A country should talk to each other not develop proscription lists.  Proscription lists dehumanize and demonize social or political opposition rather than engaging them in pragmatic ends towards the common good.  America is in a very dangerous moment.”

Consider for a moment the message my colleague is making.  Political thought that does not match that of another is automatically discounted, denigrated, and derided.  Social views of how to improve which differ from, even slightly, are castigated.

America is currently in the middle of a very contentious election count.  Where documented skullduggery, political shenanigans, and illegal activities are so egregiously apparent that anyone with eyes can see there is a problem.  Yet, to vocalize doubts, to ask for time to cull the fraud, and apply legal processes is being squashed while at the same time the narrative of “Unify the Country” is blared from every media outlet.

Just before the election, a member of the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), made the following statement clear in a tweet.  “Is anyone archiving these Trump sycophants for when they try to downplay or deny their complicity in the future?”  This is a perfect example of proscription lists with the threat of weaponized government for those who disagree with AOC and her party.  How do we know this is true; within hours of AOC’s tweet, the “Trump Accountability Project (TAP)” was established to ensure no “Trump sycophant goes unpunished.”

The objective of TAP is “to make sure anyone who took a paycheck to help Trump undermine America is held responsible for what they did.” This objective should give every American pause and create concerns that America is falling into a totalitarian nightmare.  Worse, none on the political left are making any attempt to hide their agenda, to employ the “smoke-screen, and mirrors” tactics so common used by those with hidden agendas.  Sadly, TAP will not limit itself to President Trump’s administration officials and will include everyone who voted for Donald Trump as well as everyone who disagrees, dissents, or even asks questions.  How do we know this; Climate Warrior 7 tweeted a message similar in hate to that of Jennifer Rubin who writes for the Washington Post and MSNBC, saying,

Any [R]epublican “now promoting rejection of an election or calling to not to follow the will of voters or making baseless allegations of fraud should never serve in office, join a corporate board, find a faculty position or be accepted into “polite” society. We have a list.

 

If you know anyone who supported Trump please add their names to our database.  They will be dealt with in due course, once the appropriate legal framework can be put in place.” – Climate Warrior 7

Now someone could make a claim that these are two private citizens, exercising their free speech rights, and since there is no direct threat these two individuals are simply opining.  Yet, if that is the case, was Adolf Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf” simply a citizen expressing his personal views?  When a person makes another person an enemy, and then stops communicating with them civilly, there is danger that must be addressed appropriately.  When this is occurring across an entire nation, that nation is in a very dangerous moment.

Unfortunately, very few people are recognizing this danger and calling for civility.  Across the Spring, Summer, and fall of 2020, America has witnessed incivility, mob violence, terrorism, as nightly rituals where political leaders from all parties refused to renounce and vocally condemn the violence.  The media played their part in silencing the few who tried to speak up or speak out, while simultaneously cheering on and even participating in the violence.

Lack of communicating is a direct correlation to a lack of trust.  A lack of trust is further compounded by theft, non-transparency in government processes, and by the use of law to punish the innocent and free the guilty.  Where has this been witnessed; mask discrimination and criminalization, terrorists caught and released after causing damage and harm to a society Portland, Oregon and New York City, New York both come readily to mind.

Now, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are broadcasting calls to unify and heal the country.  Why make these calls now, when they were begged to do so during the presidential campaign and they refused?  Where was the need for civil discourse when CHAZ/CHOP was being erected and people’s rights violated?  Where have Biden/Harris been while Portland, Minneapolis, and how many other cities burned, property was destroyed, businesses destroyed, and terror reigned?

America, we are in a dangerous moment!  But, this is one of those historic moments where either we rise together against the forces of tyranny and destruction or fall an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.  How we, as a country, leave this dangerous moment is up to the individual citizens, banding together, putting aside the differences that forces would use to divide us, and standing up for our rights, our freedoms, and our families.

I choose to stand against this oppressive force which threatens to choke the life out of America and feast upon her remains.  I choose to stand with anyone who chooses to stand and not go quietly into the night of tyranny and oppression.  I choose to stand and defend that which I love, the United States of America, a free republic, under God!  Join me?

© Copyright 2020 – M. Dave Salisbury
The author holds no claims for the art used herein, the pictures were obtained in the public domain, and the intellectual property belongs to those who created the pictures.
All rights reserved.  For copies, reprints, or sharing, please contact through LinkedIn:
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