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The power of Rome was attended with some beneficial consequences to mankind; the same freedom which extended vices …

Edward Gibson, in The History of the Decline of the and Fall of the Roman Empire

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Vices.  The decline and fall of people and nations.  So it is.

Today we see evidence of corruption – in Hollywood, in government, in politics, in Washington, D.C., in the news media, in academia, in individuals and among groups.

Corruption is corrosive.  It destroys.

Yesterday we learned from news reports that there appears to have been some things very irregular about approval of our Nation’s sale of uranium to a company with Russian participation and that the sale has profound risks and potentially dangerous consequences to America’s security and survival.

It was reported that beginning in 2009 FBI had an on-going investigation of Russian criminal behavior (involving bribery, extortion, money laundering and blackmail) intended to secure access to American uranium used in nuclear weapon production.

We also learned from the reports that the investigation utilized a source with first hand knowledge of the Russian criminal behavior and access to evidence and documents about the crimes.  Again from the reports, it is alleged that that Russia used  “kickbacks” to further their crimes.  It is reported through leaked government emails belonging to  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that she was aware of the investigation, as was (as to the reports) Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director Robert Mueller and then U.S. Attorney Rob Rosenstein (now at the Justice Department).  The reports presume that President Obama knew of the investigation, given that he would eventually have to approve the transaction if it was recommended by the government panel with authority to do so.

We know that Ms. Clinton and Mr. Holder were on the panel that approved the sale.

It is reported that the FBI was not permitted to inform the Congress of their investigation and the concerns that it raised about Russia’s criminal conduct.

It is reported that the Clinton Family Foundation received a donation from nine shareholders in the company (Uranium One) that served to present Russian interests in the transaction and that their “contribution” to the Clinton foundation totaled (as reported) $145 million, and that “the donation” was paid before Ms. Clinton voted (along with other members of the panel, Mr. Holder included) to approve the sale – later approved by President Obama.

We are also told that Mr. Clinton received a $500,000 speaking fee from a Russian organization around the time the transaction was pending or approved.

The appearance of corruption emerges from this news.  It is troubling to say the least.  Ironically while Democrats were looking for President Trump’s collusion with the Russians they may have been better served by looking in the mirror or at their own Party’s government officials.

We might say: it is not pride that goeth before the Fall but vices … vices which attach risk to each of us – particularly because it is reported that some uranium has been shipped from the U.S. to unknown locations. 

How might others do such a thing?  Money is a fair answer.  But in Washington power enters the transaction and, among Leftists in government hostility toward the nation might be a factor.  Hard to imagine anything else.

Reminds me of this from Ernest Hemingway in For Whom the Bells Toll – “He did not care for lying at first … Then later he had come to like it.  It was part of being an insider …”

Shalom.

As to all who are lost, the goal is their restoration and salvation.

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Jung felt that the pursuit of wholeness was essential for redressing the split between the conscious and the unconscious.  Although the differentiation … is a natural part of psychiatric development, a total break between the two realms can cause psychic problems.

Curtis D. Smith, Ph.D., in Jung’s Quest for Wholeness

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Dr. Smith, a Jungian psychologist whose focus is human development and the history of religion, goes on to quote Carl Jung, M.D., who said the “more powerful and independent consciousness becomes, and with it conscious will” the less well and whole we are. In this state, psychic problems follow.

Why do I bring this up?

Well it is quite simple.  I hear from people quite often that they see and encounter people whose actions seem disordered, selfish, troubled, and without concern for others, irrational.  Indeed, Jung is talking about this very issue – about people who are “unconscious” – cut off from their whole being.

Dr. Jung is talking about human wholeness – the unification of the whole human person – the person’s full human development (intellectual, social, emotional, interpersonal, spiritual, etc.) as the object of our creation and existence; and I am concerned that culture can either advance or impede this development.  Further (having studied the relationship between faith and exclusionary secular culture) I see that we produce an abundance of unhealthy, even disintegrated individuals, and that unnecessary chaos, conflict, suffering, division and isolation abound.  May I reference Harvey Weinstein and the legions of married female teachers engaged in sexual conduct with their underage students as “a for instance.”

Consistent with Jung, when man becomes the exclusive focus of man the individual self becomes all important and man’s reason is cultivated at the cost of the unconscious aspects of his being.  Said another way, when man is focused exclusively on man his psyche (soul) is forgotten and problems manifest.

Yes, in our secularized culture we have become one-dimensional, trapped in self and materiality but devoid of a metaphysical intelligence (and spiritual maturity) and hence fall short of the capacity for a full range of experience and human development.  Frankly, we are not well.  We are fragmented at best – lack the capacity for introspection, self-examination, intimacy, and the ability to receive others.  To the contrary, we objectify others and cannot fully comprehend the bizarre actions (even tragedies) that surround us.

Case in point: we are mystified by the actions of Las Vegas mass murderer Stephen Paddock.  His autopsy shows no brain damage to explain his rampage and the authorities can find no particular motive, personal social footprint or provocation for his actions.

Unable to see as other than diminished secularists, they ignore the Unibomber in explaining Mr. Paddock.  They do not recall the Unibomber’s rage arouse from his parents who demanded he forsake other people and things, from childhood on, in favor of constant study.  His parents made him a slave of his intellect.

Yes, in a single fit of rage as a teenager he screamed this to them: “You never let me have a friend!”

It is hard to imagine a more chilling indictment of one’s parents nor a more dreadful, socially starved existence.  He, like Paddock, was a greatly diminished person, one far from wholeness – asocial, isolated, alone.

The neglect of our God-given fullness is the cause of the serious disorder among the godless from top to bottom of the social strata.  We are devoted to self and self alone – and far less well for it.

If we continue in this way, our suffering and murderous chaos, abhorrent interpersonal behavior, group violence, corruption and cover-up, and our isolation one from another will continue us on a destructive, evil path.

When God is neglected, the soul cannot be well.  We prove this daily.

Shalom.

The shadow of the Enlightenment’s failure to replace God with reason has engulfed the West and plunged us into a new Dark Age.

Rod Dreher, in The Benedict Option

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It is abundantly clear to many who have studied America and the West from varied areas of expertise: historical, psychological, political, philosophical, theological, sociological, literary, psychiatric and such that we have attempted to anchor ourselves to the importance of self over God and that this is an unmitigated catastrophe.

Stated another way, we have foolishly trusted that reason alone (the individual – singularly and in the aggregate) can form a coherent, thoughtful, just, compassionate, kind and moral community.

Looking around each day, it seems impossible to believe that such a misguided and arrogant orientation has done anything but make us far worse off, weaker, more chaotic – yes, dramatically sicker, more fragmented, untruthful, corrupt, addicted, suicidal, crippled, angry, ugly, disoriented and violently anti-social.

Yet astonishingly few in the public eye recognize this – discuss it –largely because they are part of the whole sick mess and frequently doing quite well … that they are captives of this mess sitting at the top of its rubbish heap.

Look at the accurate snapshot of Washington today: the closed circle that is the Washington elite who cannot yield to the popular election of a President who is NOT one of them and who would DARE to pursue a course of action that disturbs the benefits of their cozy corrupt culture.

What you see today in Washington is the clear identity of the privileged political class that seeks not to do the will of the voter but rather preserve its own “status” in a very lucrative and easy gig.  Hey, it beats working!

Some of us who have lived broadly in our six or seven decades can tell you that the population at-large is quite different, far less civil or sane than it once was. Indeed, it is far sicker.

A lawyer I know recently recounted how a member of the Bar lost his license to practice because he drugged his underage client in order to sexually assault her.

From work, to family, to community, politics, primary and university education, etc. – in all quarters (particularly in major cities – Washington included) we regularly see evidence of the Dark Ages … yet do not stand against it.

Hell of a situation to behold.  Pitchfork, anyone?

Shalom.

The Russian Fixation – Interesting to watch the Democrat Left “Russian Fixation.”  They go way back in colluding with the Russians – Stalin, no less.

Remember Yalta and how FDR sold out Poland and Eastern Europe at Yalta – gave the Communists control over post-war Eastern Europe.  Shameful.

During the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi occupiers, the U.S. did nothing to help the brave Polish people, and the Red Army sat still East of Warsaw until the Nazis could put down the uprising.  Talk about collusion!

Let’s not forget the New Deal was full of Lefties.

“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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