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“today’s longing for any, even the most illusory, certainty …”

“The question tortures today many people: how does one believe … “

“The only thing to be regretted without qualification is for man to be perfectly adapted to totalitarian society … Hence we should all be sick in some way.  We should all feel despair …”

Czeslaw Milosz, in his letters to Thomas Merton

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A longing for certainty.  The very capacity to believe.  Totalitarian despair.

Milosz, living in Communist occupied Poland identifies some of what a large number of Americans experience today, and his words help explain the fundamental divide in our society and the nihilism that accompanies today’s popular culture.

As to certainty, the only certainty we possess is hope, and that comes from faith.  Yet, faith is under attack, dismissed by our elites, academics, “entertainers,” media, politicians, judges, bureaucrats, and others.

Yes, religion, a cornerstone of America, is dismissed by those who have dominated culture, commerce and national governance.

Belief.  Without religion, there is no belief.  The starting point for believing arises in and from religious experience.  Without belief, there is despair.  Without religion, totalitarians prosper and despair and its consequences thicken as death lays hold in many, premature and violent forms.

This is our present snapshot.  This is the recent electoral result.  This is England leaving the European Union and Solidarity chasing the Communists from Poland.

Certainty.  Hope.  Faith.  Religion.  Believing.  Freedom.  The desire for these produced the rejection of those at the top of popular cultural, political power, commerce and finance, in the media, in entertainment.

We have seen this statement in the recent election: “No” to the totalitarian conformity of political “correctness” and its indoctrination.  The root of this rejection is a thirst for hope and the certainty of belief, for independence, dignity, purpose and meaning, for moral order and freedom to be as God made us to be.

The godless always overplay their hand and engage childish fits when their unearned comfort is disturbed.

Shalom.

Addendum – Barack Obama says “history” will be Castro’s final judge. Wrong again, Sir.  God does the final judging.

This pretty much tells you all you need to know about the Left and modern liberalism and the wayward places their thinking gets you when they are in power. 

Thinking of history as our judge, not God, is so Leftist, so material, so temporal, so small, so narrow, and so hopeless.  Out, out dark spot!

And how about Hillary and Co. joining the “recount” brigade!  Trump holds out an olive branch of “no more investigation” and true to form Hillary takes the branch and claims the tree and all the land coast to coast that it stands on.  Liberals never could spell “grateful.”  A jackass is the perfect symbol for these people.

No permanent enemies, no permanent friends.

An Old Washington Saying

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This is an old Washington adage that sets the tone in our Capitol City and in its principal preoccupation: politics.  This gem leads to another Washington truism about political people: deep down inside, they’ll really shallow.

When you look at the Bill and Hillary-Weiner-Abedin mess you are likely to see each of these truism in play.

As to the first: when “the you know what, hits the you know what” – it’s every man or woman for himself or herself.  Yes, rats rat each other out lickety-split.  So much for friendship and loyalty.

Politics in Washington produces a “use” society: A uses B, B uses A and so on – until someone might go to jail.  Then its a sprint for the exits and often for the prosecutor’s office to make a deal for yourself to the detriment of others and, of course, at the cost of virtue, loyalty and honor.  We have seen this movie before – and its remake is periodic.

This town sorta’ proves of Aristotle’s observation: that good fortune is standing next to the guy who gets hit with the arrow.

Not a lot of love in this town.  Little intimacy.  This shows us that in politics God is often persona non grata and nary a soul has thoughts of self-sacrifice, or dying to self or for another. No monks here, near as I can tell.

In the mess that is the Server Saga now morphed into a Halloween Horror Show trifecta of questions of national security breaches, pay-for-play inquiries, and an alleged faux charitable foundation, sundry political staff members may find law enforcement in their future.

It is a sordid tale.  Its origins?  Well, incomplete people with a thirst for self-gratification with just enough education to think more of themselves than they should, a poverty of wisdom, character and real life experience, and no particular interest in God are, as we saw with Charles Colson and his pals, certain to end up with unplanned mug shots and public humiliation.

There are many lessons from this; sadly, lessons that good people know very well and marginal people know not at all.

Among these lessons is this: when you live in a culture where there are no permanent friendships – there are no intimate unions, little reverence for God or for the human person, and hence little or no loyalty or trust.

Yes, in such an environment – no matter the veneer of a group, the important “cause,” or Party, or ideology, or political movement it is always about self, and greed and power and pleasure and secrecy and “getting over” on other people.  

Ya, it’s an ugly, juvenile mess … That’s what we have here now.

Shalom.

Footnote – If there is something good about this it is that we have a golden opportunity to correct our course and return to living honorable, faithful lives as One Nation under God.

Caution – Be careful as to whom you listen to regarding this election.  For example, some Leftist ultra-partisans are now asserting that the Russian KBG has intervened in the election to favor Mr. Trump.  Why would a Communist want to interfere with the success of the American Left?

The eternal difference between right and wrong does not fluctuate, it is immutable.  (Emphasis added.)

Patrick Henry

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This presidential election is about right and wrong.  We are about to see if we are a nation that can see the difference.  Right or wrong, that is your choice.  That is the election in plain and simple terms.

Who are you?  Who are we?

Shalom.

Postscript – I lived in the D.C. area and worked in the U.S. Congress (House and Senate) and practiced law in that city.  I have NEVER seen the corruption we now witness on a daily basis.  Truth of the matter is that the college-educated and lawyers, nonetheless, are waist deep in this mess.  Ideology and hatefulness is their mark.  Astonishing.

… if you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law …

Gal 5: 18

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When you live in Christ, you live in the Spirit and laws are not what govern you. Rather you know contentment, joy in life, love and patience.  You live in faith and are above the fray, live in truth and distance yourself from the evil that occupies those who are not Believers.

In Christ is self-control, honest and full existence, friendship and fellowship, a buttress against all that is false, craven, corrupt.

In the present moment, Christ and all Believers are under attack.  Those possessed of selfishness and pride crave power and wealth, total control over all things and all people, the destruction of our Nation, a Civilization and Christianity to be replaced by a country that is built in their godless image.  These are sick people.  Idolaters.

These attacks come from the Democrat Left and are plainly seen in the Wikileaks emails of Democrat Party officials, Clinton campaign functionaries, and in the print and television media’s shameful, secretive coordinated collusion with the Democrat Party of the Left and Ms. Clinton and her political campaign.

No need for free elections for them – THEY DEEM THEY KNOW WHAT IS BEST FOR EVERYONE.

We live in perilous times.

The Democrat Left and Ms. Clinton and her minions, along with Leftist media people and news organizations, wish to destroy Christianity (particularly the Catholic Church) and Protestant evangelicals while gaining control of the federal government.

In need of an example?  Today The New York Times (aka, The New Yawn Times) “reports” that several previously silent woman have “come forward” to make a claim that Mr. Trump (Ms. Clinton’s opponent) had “groped” them several years ago.  One alleges this conduct was on an airplane in plain view of other passengers.

Interestingly, none of the “alleged victims” seem to have previously complained of the “alleged” actions.

Shades of Clarence Thomas Senate Hearings on his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Same trick was played by the Democrat Left (fueled by disgruntled feminists) when they brought forth a former Thomas colleague to allege he made indecent or suggestive comments to her.  In that fiasco, the colleague oddly also never told anyone of the alleged transgressions and made no public, private or legal complaint.

So once again, as with Mitt Romney and the admitted lies by a Democrat Senator about him not paying taxes for ten years, dubious stories are sprung on a Republican candidate by the Democrat Left and the Leftist media in the closing days of a presidential campaign with nary a word in the press or media of their own collusion or Mr. and Mrs. Clinton’s errant past and present business escapades, private computer server and email civil and criminal investigative and legal messes.

Need one say that those with an established history of lying are not to be believed about anything they say.  In contrast: those with faith need not lie.

Those without faithlive lies – all day, each day – all the time.  This is the mess the Democrat Left has brought us.

Shalom.

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