Hatred of Wisdom and of the Past

Harrison loves my country too,
But wants it all made over new.
He’s Freudian Viennese by night.
By day he’s Marxian Muscovite.
It isn’t because he’s Russian Jew.
He’s Puritan Yankee through and through.
He dotes on Saturday pork and beans.
But his mind is hardly out of his teens:
With him the love of country means
Blowing it all to smithereens
And having it all made over new.
Robert Frost’s poem, A Case for Jefferson, speaks to us today through the idea that the beliefs and the landmarks of old days must be changed or destroyed in order to make all things new.  Tradition and the wisdom of our elders should be things that are highly prized in this uncertain world of ours where direction is needed to carry us into the future.  In the Old Testament shortly after the death of Solomon, King Rehoboam was confronted at Shechem about the burdens that were placed on the people of Israel and was asked how he would reform the abuses done by Solomon.  He consulted the old men who told him: If you will be a servant to this people today and serve them, and speak good words to them when you answer them, then they will be your servants forever. (I Kings 12:7).  Nonetheless, he did not take their advice but instead sought the counsel of the young people who grew up with him and they advised him to speak harshly to the people and add to their burdens.  As a result, the kingdom of Israel was divided forever.
In our age, we are told that anything that is old and from the past must be rejected as something that belongs in the horse and buggy era or even worse.  Terms like “reactionary,” “antediluvian,” or “out of step” are the choice words of those who in the words of Thomas Paine want to begin the world all over again.
Statues of men like Lee, Beauregard and Jeff Davis are being hauled down all around the country to be put into “museums.”  The funny thing is that such statues in the public eye are meant to be mini-museums of a sort for they were designed as remembrances of a time when our nation was torn apart in conflict.  For the progressive, such actions are not enough and that other statues must be pulled down to erase the past or to deride them as  relics from a barbaric age.   Statues of Columbus, Joan of Arc and Junipero Serra are being vandalized while overseas there is talk of the statue of Admiral Nelson being displaced from its column at Trafalgar Square.
Referring back to Frost’s poem, it seems that we have not rid ourselves of the puritan spirit.  Many no longer hold to the faith of those old puritans but instead we are treated to a virulent form of puritanism where the sinners of the past are condemn not to hell, but rather to the past.   Yes, the neo-puritan hates the past and wishes to blow it all to smithereens and make the world in his image.   However, with the old world’s destruction, the progressive is paving the way for his own destruction where values and beliefs are held in contempt and are changed every day.

The Loss of Faith

Last summer, I took my son on a trip to see the numerous civil war battlefields that were across the South.  We went to Shiloh, Chickamauga and Stones Point Battlefield outside Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  One of the things that I kept in my heart was not only the numerous graves in these places, but the memorials that were scattered throughout the parks.  As we went through the Vicksburg park, I ran across the memorial to the soldiers and sailors of the State of Arkansas.  It stated:

To the Arkansas Confederate soldiers and sailors. A part of a Nation divided by the sword and reunited at the altar of Faith.

What held this nation together for so long was the common faith that was held by the people of the United States.  Although the country was decimated, there was unity due to the Faith.  Now, we are a nation that is devoid of Faith that it has been eroding for almost a century.   Peter Hitchens in his commentaries faulted the Church for taking sides in the horrible conflict of the First World War and its reputation took a tremendous hit in Europe.  He stated specifically:

Civilized countries become less civilized when they go to war…I would add that, by all but destroying British Christianity, these wars may come to destroy the spirit of the country. Those who fought so hard to defend Britain against its material enemies did so at a terrible spiritual cost. The memory of the great slaughter of 1914-18 was carried back into their daily lives by millions who had set out from quiet homes as gentle, innocent, and kind and returned cynical, brutalized, and used to cruelty.”

In a similar way, we left the moorings of the Faith by putting faith in “democracy” to save us all.

Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddhin stated that the root causes of the loss of faith were the the French Revolution and the exaltation of reason.   They thought that they were the sole arbiters of right and wrong.  They were no longer united in faith but divided by race, class and social standing.  Nationalism rose, proletarian revolutions sprouted up in the nineteenth century and became full-blown in the twentieth century where mass slaughter was the rule of the day.

We might think that we are now safe from the ravages of war and famine here in America and that all we need to do is love each other and buy things like smartphones and new cars.  Human history has a nasty habit of repeating itself and with the battle in Charlottesville taking place a few days ago, we may see a return to unrelenting barbarism.

Washington Worship

Another day, another broken promise.  What more can you expect from a Washington politician? Many GOP senators were elected with the understanding that they would pull back the provisions of Obamacare.  For them to fold as this juncture is unexplainable.  Only several GOP senate seats are in play next year while many democratic senators from the plains and the Mountain West are in great trouble of being defeated.  The GOP retention of the majority is highly likely, yet they ran scared.   John McCain, recently re-elected, will probably end his career in a few years before his term finishes in 2023, voted No on all of the repeal bills that came to the Senate floor.  So did other senators like Susan Collins.  It is high time to understand that government will not get smaller nor will the politician dare give up any power over people’s lives.

The shock of the day came from Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut who actually tweeted that every problem can be solved with a law or regulation.  Funny that many who do not hold to any sort of theological belief or creed suddenly praise Congress as the god on earth that will deliver us from all sorts of evil.

Philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset stated it well when he said:

This is the gravest danger that today threatens civilization: State intervention; the absorption of all spontaneous social effort by the State, that is to say, of spontaneous historical action, which in the long run sustains, nourishes, and impels human destinies.

We have now come to that juncture.  Family, church and community are a in great peril from the DC monster.

Conservatives and Christians as sub-humans

If society can mend, remake, and unmake men at its pleasure, its pleasure may, of course, be humane or homicidal. The difference is important. But, either way, rulers have become owners.   –C.S Lewis 1958

In the course of the last 100 years, many ideologues have followed the voice of their “hearts” and tried to bring heaven to earth for humanity via their own efforts and through “reason.”  Of course, the results have been disastrous with millions dead and the expansion of the State to vast proportions.  Even in the West, we have witnessed the increase of the State as laws and regulations have blossomed since the 1960s starting with President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society.  At his speech at the University of Michigan on May 22, 1964, President Johnson stated the following:

A … place to build the Great Society is in the classrooms of America. There your children’s lives will be shaped. Our society will not be great until every young mind is set free to scan the farthest reaches of thought and imagination. We are still far from that goal.

Since that speech over 50 years ago, the classrooms of America have become, not a place to scan the farthest reaches of thought and imagination, but rather a place where thoughts and values are dictated from educational bureaucrats and that only a certain block of opinions are to be accepted in the school.  Students are bombarded with the most exotic of cultural prevarications.  There are no fixed values except those that foster “progress.”  The values of yesterday are cast aside as being reactionary, fuddy duddy and “out of step.”

In the main of society today, many who hold to values of the past and those who hold to Faith of Christianity are now under attack.  Julius Streicher was the notorious Nazi rabble rouser who published the blatantly anti-Semitic tabloid Der Sturmer.  In it, he cast the image of Jews and Catholics as being people that were sub-human and hindering the march of the progress of the thousand-year Reich.  His opinions were so odious that even when it was found that he did not participate in the machinations of the Final Solution, he was still put on trial at Nuremberg for inciting the murder of Jews with the printed word and was hung in 1946.

Today, we see the same vein of thought from progressive people that look upon Christians as something less than human.  I have been treated to a number of comments on my Facebook by so-called enlightened progressives who wish to see “haters” sterilized and also called those that engage in the dastardly act of discrimination sub-human.  It is clear that the eternal values of Christianity pose a threat to their Utopian dreams of what they think the Great Society should be.  Joseph Sobran commented on this threat when he stated:

Liberalism is really piecemeal socialism, and socialism always attacks three basic social institutions: religion, the family, and private property. Religion, because it offers a rival authority to the state; the family, because it means a rival loyalty to the state; and property, because it means material independence of the state.

Of course, we have not witnessed any sort of set up of sterilization facilities or labor camps for the troublemakers and those who would put a monkey wrench into “progress,” but such things can occur overnight and given the track record of humanity over the past century, I do not share the optimism of some who think that the progressives in LGBT or Black Lives Matter will keep their ideas on the theoretical level.  They will try to carry progress along by putting on a happy face and sending people into re-education and telling them that they must confess their crime of bigotry.    After all, they cannot let anything get in the way of their “happiness.”

A Country Dying of Cultural Cancer

I can only say that while I have considered the preservation of the constitutional power of the General Government to be the foundation of our peace and safety at home and abroad, I yet believe that the maintenance of the rights and authority reserved to the states and to the people, not only essential to the adjustment and balance of the general system, but the safeguard to the continuance of a free government. I consider it as the chief source of stability to our political system, whereas the consolidation of the states into one vast republic, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of that ruin which has overwhelmed all those that have preceded it.  –Robert E. Lee to Lord Acton 1866

Recently, the mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu, order the dismantling of several monuments that commemorated men who fought in the Civil War from 1861 to 1865.  In his remarks on May 18th 2017, Mayor Landrieu stated that “It is self-evident that these men did not fight for the United States of America, They fought against it. They may have been warriors, but in this cause they were not patriots.”

Nothing could be more untrue.  Lee and his men were fighting to preserve self-government and had fought to stop an invasion by Northern forces that wanted to remake the country in an image that would have been totally alien to the Founding Fathers. Elsewhere in Lee’s letter to Lord Acton, he clearly saw the dangers of a centralized government and that he stated that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson saw that the centralization and consolidation of power would result in the subversion of state governments and despotism.  Dwight Eisenhower commended Lee by stating the following:

General Robert E. Lee was, in my estimation, one of the supremely gifted men produced by our Nation. He believed unswervingly in the Constitutional validity of his cause which until 1865 was still an arguable question in America…

When one sees how the history of our nation has transpired, we see that Robert E. Lee foresaw with great clarity the decline of this nation.  Our government in Washington has created vast bureaucracies which harass the common man frequently.  As for our conduct aboard, Lee’s words could have been taken from yesterday’s headlines.  We have made a wreck of many nations around the world and ship arms to despotisms like Saudi Arabia.  We have been at war in Iraq for over a quarter century and the result has been a country in rubble and a Christian church that has been gravely damaged by ISIS forces which have been supplied with arms by these same Saudis.

With this, we must ask where are we as a country in the course of history.  We have seen the economic prosperity of this nation rise to heights never before seen in history, yet in the end we are starving spiritually.  Broken homes have become a frequent occurrence, our debt rises to a height where it can never be paid off and instead of visiting houses of worship, we visit other temples…sports stadiums.  In his speech, Mayor Landrieu made no mention of deity except in taking the Lord’s name in vain when he said “Think about second lines, think about Mardi Gras, think about muffaletta, think about the Saints, gumbo, red beans and rice. By God, just think. All we hold dear is created by throwing everything in the pot; creating, producing something better; everything a product of our historic diversity.

So everything we hold dear is created by throwing a bunch of stuff into a pot? Does culture consist of a mess of pottage?  We have truly forgotten about the permanent things, about being humble and forming organic communities, about confessing our sins to God.  Mayor Landrieu is a proud man who only reflects the current culture.  Nothing matters except food and entertainment.  We are truly a nation dying of cultural cancer.

The Civic Gospel

Today, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)  introduced legislation that would modify provisions of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  The bill would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes.  In addressing the issue at a press conference today, Senator Booker stated the following:

So I have a saying about religion.  Before you tell me about your religion, first show to it to me in how you treat other people.  Well, while the Gospel and many religious books say something, the truth is that we have a civic gospel as well.  We all know the words.  We say them in our songs and pledges.  We have this self-evident truth that everyone is created equal.  We believe that we have equality under the law.  We say with the hallowed phrases that we are a nation of liberty and justice for all.

So, it seems that Senator Booker acknowledges that we have a religion that controls the affairs of men today–the “civic gospel.”  We say a prayer every day called the Pledge of Allegiance.  We sing gospel tunes like My Country Tis of Thee and the national anthem.  We have “hallowed” phrases like “liberty and justice for all.”

It seems that the idea that one should tolerate one another should be accompanied by the iron fist of the State that preaches this “civic gospel.”  We shall enter the new millennium by forcing people to serve those that have lifestyles that we disagree with.   In truth, this bill will result in the diminishing of liberty.  We would be forced to give up more of our freedom in order to handle the expansion of “rights.”  Joseph Sobran stated it well when he said:

The term civil rights has come to mean the opposite of what it suggests. People think it means individual freedom, when it usually means government power used in behalf of large groups…

What is really irritating about this is that ALL religious beliefs and feelings must be subservient to the dictates of the State.  No matter what convictions you hold, they must be swept aside to ensure that equality can be maintained forever.  They tried something similar a little over 200 years ago.  Instead of the civic gospel, they set up something called the Cult of Reason where its goal was to perfect man by obtaining truth and liberty for all.  In the end, the result was the Reign of Terror and the eventual rise of Napoleon which led to years of European war.  The true Gospel will not come from Washington, it will come from men humbling themselves before the one was given power over heaven and earth.  God, spare us from more political salvation schemes.

William Grigg: a Gentle Giant for liberty

Last December, I mourned the loss of Ralph Raico, a man from whom I obtained a refreshing revisionist history that challenged the narrative of many history professors that never questioned our government.  Today, I grieve for the lost of William Grigg who was a tireless champion for liberty against our government.  He was beholden to no organization as he bolted from the John Birch Society for what he believed was a growing like for statism that existed in the organization.  I had the pleasure of meeting him at the Freedom Summit in Phoenix, Arizona in 2014.  He spoke eloquently that day on the growing police state and the dangers it posed to our liberty.  At the end of the program, he gave me a great hug and talked about how he drove from Idaho to Arizona because her refused to fly with the TSA harassing airplane travelers.   Here is one of his interviews from 2014.

His loss is a big blow, but it is with a firm certainty that we will both meet again in front of the Lord Almighty.   Rest well, William.

Progressive Phariseeism

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.

Matthew 23:23 (ESV)

This past week, the Washington State Supreme Court in Olympia ruled that Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland in the eastern part of the state, discriminated against a gay couple who requested flowers for their wedding.  The decision stated that the public accommodation laws served a legitimate social purpose and that the goal was to eradicate barriers to equal treatment of citizens.  One must ask who decides what is a “legitimate social purpose.”  Who decides the legitimacy of the purpose?  The people?  The lawmakers?

It seems that the hypocrisy in this situation is palpable.  Many states before the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision outlawed abortions citing “legitimate” state interests.  Of course the Supreme Court decided that such interests were trumped by the right to privacy.  Yet, in the Arlene’s Flowers case, the state court ruled that Ms. Stutzman had no right to free association and that the state had an interest to further the eradicating of barriers to equal treatment.  So the question here is not whether moralty is being imposed, the question is whose morality is being imposed.

In the past few weeks after the inauguration of President Trump, progressives were keen to call on people to “punch Nazis” and that the smashing of windows and burning of property was legitimate in their sight for the purpose of furthering their worldview.  So it seems that we live in a day of what the late Sam Francis called anarcho-tyranny.   Vandals and abortionists are treated like saints while flower sellers are made into the foulest and most evil of people.

It is time to call out the progressive pharisees who congratulate themselves for pounding the flower seller while turning their heads on the murder of unborn children and the destruction of property.

A Proud Nation

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  James 4:6b

Hundreds of thousands of women marched in many cities across the United States and around the world to protest the installation of Donald Trump as the President of the United States.  I do not have any delusions that Trump will control of the massive runaway spending or rein in much of the regulations that have been tormenting us for the last several decades.  What is interesting is that these women who marched in the streets were worrying that Trump will take away their liberties and possibly putting them in camps ala Adolf Hitler.  Somebody should have told them that the instruments of their oppression have been in place for almost 60 years which were begun shortly after the Second World War.  The CIA, NSA, FBI, ATF and other federal agencies have a heavy grip on our land and can take away our way of life in an instant.

But let’s look at the some things that has concerned me about these marches.  Their vulgarity, their discontent and their seething of rebellion seems akin to something that happened thousands of years ago.  Not content with the manna given by God, the people of Israel demanded quail and complained day after day.  The Lord was angry with them and struck many of them down for discontent.  But the real issue is their boastful pride in their movement.  Ashley Judd perfectly stated the zeitgeist of the progressive mindset when she stated:

Yeah, I’m a nasty woman — a loud, vulgar, proud woman.

This attitude is the zenith of human arrogance.  In this march, there was absolutely NO humility at all.  Nonstop boast of superiority over the man, over the cheeto skinned President and that they are the new vanguard of change. An air of nonstop revolution hovered over this crowd and sounded like the same people storming the Bastille, rioting in the streets of Petrograd, proclaiming the Great Leap Forward in China and other statements of ominous Utopianism.  They will never be content until some blood is shed and that people are “re-educated” to conform to the new order.

Indeed we are a proud nation and our country deserves NOTHING but judgement.  May God have mercy on us.

 

 

Mortality

So yesterday, George Michael, the big pop star from the 1980s, died of apparent heart failure at the age of 53.  As he was younger than I am, I face the reality that those that grew up with me are passing from the scene.  We should all be thankful for the days that God has given us and one should never be prideful about what one does in his life.  We are given the power to do all things by God.  Jesus told Pontius Pilate in John 19:11 that “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.”  We should always be mindful of the days that are ahead of us and that we should do all to further the Kingdom of God and to serve men for His Glory.