Following the recent election, some comments.
The most inane insta-pundit commentary had it that the 2012 election
“hadn’t really changed anything,” what with President Obama still in the
White House, the House still in Republican hands, and the Senate still
controlled by Democrats. The truth of the matter, of course, is that a
great deal changed...
...The American culture war has been markedly intensified, as those who
booed God, celebrated an unfettered abortion license, canonized Sandra
Fluke, and sacramentalized sodomy at the Democratic National Convention
will have been emboldened to advance the cause of lifestyle libertinism
through coercive state power, thus deepening the danger of what a noted
Bavarian theologian calls the “dictatorship of relativism.”
Religious freedom and civil society are now in greater jeopardy than
ever, as what was already the most secularist and statist administration
in history will, unfettered by reelection concerns, accelerate its
efforts to bring free voluntary associations to heel as de facto
extensions of the state.
Nothing changed? In a pig’s eye.
We are always optimistic, in the sense that Americans will simply not accept the growing Statism espoused and practiced by this Administration, and that inevitably, the hubris of Obozo will lead to a mistake on his part--a mistake so odious that it will topple his regime.
On the other hand, would Romney have been a cure? Was Bush? McCain?
...Mitt Romney made himself a better candidate throughout 2012, and for one
brief, electric moment at the first debate, he seemed like a leader
with vision, passion, and wit. But a recovery of American greatness —
cultural, political, economic, diplomatic, and military greatness — was
not the driving theme of the Romney campaign. Not knowing Mitt Romney
personally, I can’t say whether this obviously decent and successful man
simply lacked the understanding necessary to make the case for true
American renewal, as distinct from the faux hope-and-change mantra that
had seduced so many in 2008. But whatever Romney’s personal
inclinations, many Republican campaign managers and consultants always
seemed afraid of scaring the horses. Obama would be beaten, they
insisted, on grounds of competence...
Didn't work out all that well, did it? We can ask, then, if ANY Republican would have been a cure. (Observe the specter of John Boehner kissing the ring of Obozo, reinforcing Weigel's point.)
James Schall, S.J.:
that some things, especially the important ones, should not fall within the
jurisdiction of the state is no longer to be taken for granted. The state, with
its main duties, the taking care of everyone, defines what is important from
now on. One might say that our people coldly looked the Leviathan in its eyes.
They did not flinch as he brought them into his body. These are dramatic
observations, no doubt. We now wait to see what happens next. We have established
who is in power. We will not pass this way again.
election was not an elections between two candidates whose vision of reality is
the same or even reconcilable. The election was about whether a “new” idea of
the state would replace the basic principles of the Founding of the country.
Most of the directions of this “new” state—its nature and roots—were already described
by Plato and Aristotle, but they knew them as disorders. The moral and
political tendencies were visible in the first term for everyone to see. Now
there is little reason to think such policies will not be carried out.
state is not only in the business of distributing wealth but in the business of
informing us what we must do or hold to receive this largess. Little discussion
of producing wealth comes up because the new state realizes that its security
depends not on production but on distribution. It is perfectly comfortable with
shortages as they generate more power for the state.
That, of course, is the elegant description of the small-ball play of school-boards and local taxaholics: "If you don't give us more tax money, we will cut the police and fire departments and your children will be un-educated because we'll have 65 kids in each classroom....."
end, I must ask myself: “Will these things come to pass?” Many of them have
already come to pass. What is left is the completion of the state as the sole
provider of moral, economic, cultural, and even religious goods. We have just
witnessed a watershed election. The earliest years of the 21st
century are rapidly seeing the logic of political and philosophical ideas that,
in their origins, were deviations from the truth.
The bellum we face is, first of all, spiritual. Only too late have we seriously prayed for our country--if at all. Now is the time to begin, if you haven't already.
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Pray. Yes. Pray for the intentions of Fr. James in this recording.
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