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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NO MORE BS: Voting

Boris & NatashaMy email box was assaulted again; this time, the politicians who auto-email me, decided to crow about House Resolution 1, “The For the People Act.”  The politician this time, Rep. Deb Haaland (D), is “proud to co-sponsor” this legislative nightmare!  Frankly, the information contained in this proposed legislation makes me shudder and worry for America’s continuance!

Let us be perfectly clear, how a person votes is a State’s Right issue, not a Federal Government issue.  Hence, more Federal Government intrusion into a State’s Right issue is not acceptable, not warranted, and frankly will lead to greater conflict between the various States and the Federal Government.  Rep. Haaaland’s point is that some states saw the disaster that was the 2020 Presidential Election, and their legislatures are taking steps to improve the voting operations in their states.  Rep. Haaland wants to curb the State’s legislative powers to control how voting occurs.

LookDid you spot the first and most egregious issue?  States exercising their rights to self-government is bad, and the Federal Government is “obligated” to “step in” and manage those State’s internal affairs through legislated fiat!  The entire proposed action is 100% unconstitutional; yet, the legislation has been written and will probably pass into law, given the Senate and the President’s State of mind politically.

“But,” as they say on the Home Shopping Network, “There’s more!”

HR 1 aims to eliminate institutional barriers to voting, including cumbersome voter registration systems, disenfranchisement, and limited voting hours. This includes enacting automatic voter registration nation-wide and allowing same-day voter registration, expanding early and absentee voting, and reducing long lines and wait times, all while enhancing the security and integrity of our elections by restoring the Voting Rights Act and bolstering federal support for voting system security. HR 1 also directly challenges the influence of dark money in our elections by upgrading online political ad disclosures and requiring all politically active organizations to report their large donors. Americans shouldn’t have to worry about politicians being influenced by big money donors and placing special interests ahead of the public. This legislation addresses these challenges head on, amplifying the voices of the people over anonymous donors [sic].”

Detective 2What is “dark money” in politics?  “Dark Money” is any money that goes to a political party not approved by Democrats and the militant liberal leftists.  Ever since Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission Supreme Court Decision, the militant liberals have screamed holy murder over “Dark Money” in politics.  Yet, when those same sources send money to the Democrats, the money is not “Dark money” but a patriotic symbol to free America from oppression.  Take any corporation that donates to both parties, and you will find that the funds opposed to non-Democratic parties and interests are called “Dark Money,” but it is not “Dark money” if that money goes to the Democrats and their pet issues.

“Voice of the people,” interesting choice of words there Rep. Haaland (D).  From the Nov 2020 elections to the inauguration of the fraudulent President, the people asked for the litigation to finish, the investigations into blatant fraud to conclude, and then see who had “won” the Nov 2020 elections for President.  Where were you when the “Voice of the People” asked for time to have justice complete the investigation?  Your proposed legislation wants to “improve election integrity,” yet everything proposed does nothing but decrease voting integrity and increase risks for the electorate to continue to be abused!

GavelThe Nov 2020 election showed the world the problems with mail-in ballots, but you want to increase the fraud opportunities and risks in elections by expanding the precise programs that generate fraud in elections.  Are you sure this is the “Voice of the people” or just personal interests and political ambitions?  Same-day voter registration is another State’s Right issue that more Federal involvement will generate more significant fraud opportunities and risks.  Are you positive same-day voter registration is the “Voice of the people?”  Because frankly, I am appalled at the same-day voter registration, the mail-in balloting measures, and absentee-voting schemes currently in operation, and I am not alone in having these concerns.

State-issued, picture voter ID with biometric tags, using a thumbprint and signature on the ballot, are common-sense ballot initiatives that need to be explored and discussed in the various State Legislatures and worked into law.  But, a Federal Voter ID is NOT acceptable!  America is a Republic.  The chaos we pay for 50-different states doing things their own way is precious.  I, for one, will not have the Federal Government imposing a one-size-fits-none pattern over America where the State’s become ever more subservient to the Federal Government.

LinkedIn ImageRep. Haaland (D) and Rep. Sarbanes (D), you are both in the wrong and need to scrap this disastrous piece of legislation!  Destroying the State’s Rights to control voting is an abomination and unconstitutional.  If you cannot see this, your voters can, and it is time you learned to obey the voice of the people!  Support a “Liberty FIRST Culture!”

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