Today’s Blog is for the men, women and children killed yesterday in the terrorist assault in Nice, France and for the small American boy and his father who died in that atrocity.

May that attack tell us precisely what we face and what we must do.

Pray please for the souls of those who died and for the comfort of their friends and families who suffer today.

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Radical egalitarianism necessarily presses us toward collectivism because a powerful state is required to suppress the differences that freedom produces. That raises the sinister and seemingly paradoxical possibility that radical individualism is the handmaid of collectivist tyranny.

Robert H. Bork,

in Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and the Decline of America

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The atheism in the United States and the West is implicitly hostile to God in that it stands on radical individualism – each his own god.

The product of this disposition?  The fragmentation of the society and the human person. Yes, when each is god – none know God.  When each is god – family and community become near impossibilities, dialogue ceases and civility dies.  When each person is an autonomous, self-serving entity, there is no nation.

In our last five to six decades Americans should have realized conclusively that faith, not law or force of state power, makes a nation, unifies a people, makes us family to one another, provides us with the willingness to fight and die for each another and for the preservation of this Great Nation and Western Civilization.

If you wish to understand our present paralyzing inertia in the face of threats and murderous attacks on us, you need only understand that there is no bravery or courage, no leadership in radical individualism … only the ongoing desire and subsequent action to save oneself, “feather one’s own nest.”

Radicalism individualism is the way of secularism.  It leaves us each vulnerable and empty, without rigor or high ideals – without transcendent moments, or joy, without the experience of sacrifice and achievement, without the ability to acquire the experience of another – even when that other suffers gravely and unjustly.

In radical individualism, we fail to defend our nation’s presence in Benghazi or the men who served us there.

In radical individualism – each is on his or her own.  What could be more debilitating?

Nothing says “I do not believe” like radical individualism.

To prosper and prevail we must believe again.

Yes, Western Civilization, in the face of those who would destroy us if they could, must believe in itself and in Christ.  We must restore the Judeo-Christian ethic, which is the foundation of our very existence and identity, to the center of our lives and our nations.

This electoral time in the United States places before us these questions: Are we Believers or are we not?  Are we to act individually and selfishly or are we not? Shall we and the West prevail and flourish or shall we not?

In radical individualism we are sheep without a Shepherd – a state of being which declares in itself a lie. No one prevails who lives a lie.

Shalom.

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