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How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust.

Psalm 40:4

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There was a Mass said Thursday morning at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Chevy Chase, Maryland, for Judge Kavanaugh and his family.  The Judge and his wife requested that those praying for them read Psalm 40.

I give you the above verse from that Psalm.

When we are aggrieved it is always best to turn to God.  We didn’t see any of this among his accusers, those who gathered to shout and scream, his Democrat opponents, the ideological Leftists, and radical feminists who demanded his head on a spike.

What a vast difference in orientation to a problem.  The man and his wife turn to God and the others act like there is no God but them and their own bias view.

That right there tells you what the Great National Divide is.  It is God vs. godlessness.  Humility versus arrogance.  Peace and lawfulness vs. anger and lawlessness.

Who would you rather be governed by: those who maintain a relationship with their faith or those who serve as their own god?

Think about it.

Shalom.

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The day begins with gray and rain – all is well moistened.  Somewhere near Noah is building an Ark.  We are well beyond 40 days and 40 nights.  Gregorian Chants play.  Adorate Deum warms the heart and strengthens all within.

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… the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation from a certain system of morality … We objected to morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom … this system that … embodied … meaning … Christian meaning …

Aldous Huxley, in Ends and Means

No one … can terrorize a whole nation unless we are all his (or her) accomplices.

Edward R. Morrow (Commenting on McCarthyism in the 1950’s)

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Today the “sexual revolution” has met McCarthyism as was inevitable all along.  “Inevitable?” you ask.  Yes.

Huxley tells of the destruction of meaning and resentment of Christianity and Western Civilization, of the implicit hostility embodied in Marxist “liberation” – the selfish deconstructing quest to move from God-and God-fullness to Godlessness – from meaning to meaninglessness.

The product of the “sexual revolution” is clear.  Truth is a victim, justice too.  Add family, marriage and Holy Matrimony, pregnancy, motherhood, gender, fathers being fathers, the unborn, men qua men (who must now be the villains in all cases – convenient or otherwise) and, of course, “morality.”  ‘Tis the Stalinist way.  Yet, ’tis the way of Joe McCarthy, too – guilt without fact, guilt by association – now as bad as it was then, and still is now – guilt by reason of maleness.

Look now and see the McCarthy-Left and its female captains of varied sexual self-demonination.  Like Tailgunner-Joe (but without the military service) they turn law and justice on its head – all in the name of personal desire and political objective.  Look, too, at the prep-school conspirators in the government – so sure their way is right and your way is wrong.  And think, too, of those in religious authority who cover-up rather than convert – electing convenience and corruption over Canons.

‘Tis a dizzy time with a cast of characters like none as much as those in the Coen Brothers’ Big Lebowski.  Yes, that odd and yet that so revealing of a place and a way in which sanity departs leaving the weird in stumbling and incoherent bloom.

In all this we meet newsman Morrow today, and the question remains –  can terror reign without accomplices?

Rather puts the media (digital, televised, broadcast, print), entertainers, bureaucracies and bureaucrats, legislatures, academics, ideologues, women, and in-the-tank think-tankers, and those who profess to believe in the dock – and so be it.

Shalom.

Let us lie in wait for the righteous man, because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions; reproaches us for sins against the law and accuses us of sins against our training.

Wis 2:12

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From the Book of Wisdom.  How vibrant is our sacred narrative!  But do we read it?  Take heed?  See how it fits our mortal life?  Today, no less!!!

Are we not a culture that finds the righteous man inconvenient?

What shows us any evidence that the accusers know the wisdom of their faith?  Or possess humility?  Or have accurately assessed their failure before they condemn others unjustly?

Who but God reproaches us so that we might grow and become friends to one another?

Do you bother to study the lessons that you have been given?  If not, why not?

Shalom.

The process which, if not checked, will abolish man goes on apace among Communists and Democrats no less than among Fascists … The methods may at first differ … But … the means in the long run (are) just the same … ‘Traditional values are to be debunked’ and mankind … cut into some fresh shape at will.

C. S. Lewis, in Abolition of Man

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Perhaps the Professor Ford – Judge Kavanaugh story indicates a significant turning point in the flow of radical politics from the 1960’s to the present.  Perhaps we see in the Kavanaugh episode a significantly outlandish and destructive “overreaching” by the extreme Left.

Years ago Lewis saw what was afoot. The voice of others like Solzhenitsyn and Milosz who fled what Lewis describes are echoing in the public today.  Maybe citizens are now focusing more on the efforts of American Leftists to remake us in their fractured image … and rejecting their dubious project?

Odd as he is, President Trump, signifies something.  He is, as is shown by the pollsters and political professionals who gave him no chance to win the last presidential election, a statement that something has changed here.

Contrary to the popular Left-leaning commentary it may not be that the great-unwashed “deplorables” made a huge mistake – but rather that people have began to repudiate precisely the “re-make” that Lewis identified.  Perhaps what we are seeing in Trump and in the Kavanaugh mishmash is a reaction to the arrogant elites who, without hesitation, desire to shape us to their liking – and perhaps we have said or are starting to say “Get lost.”

Think about it – abortion is no longer coveted by many of the younger people in this country, Catholics are prepared to hold their clerical leadership to account, the cost of education and the product it produces in “the snowflake era” is now seen as a poor investment.  Likewise, perhaps the impermanent policies and practices of President Obama executive orders and fiats being easily dismantled are further evidence of a fundamental shift afoot.

There are a number of such schisms much like these which appear to be a reaction to the excess and the hubris of the educated, celebrity, privileged and governing class.  Think, for example, of the failures in Democrat governments in Chicago, in California and other places where public debt verges on bankruptcy and social order is in disarray.

Could it be that we are seeing tradition reasserted?  Normalcy restored.  Radical propositions put in check?

Think about it.  Be assured – humans are designed to seek what is good and in the long run that instinct prevails – often trigger by the excesses of those who do not promote what common sense knows to be true and good.

Shalom.

When all else fails, there is always delusion.

Conan O’Brien

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I learned a long, long time ago and very early in life that there are many around us who merely adapt to the common realm of the culture or make the fatal mistake of deciding that they will create their own reality.

The number of the latter group have mushroomed in my lifetime.  I suppose that is so because when you are in an affluent country and you live far better than most people in the world in almost all material respects, you think you are “special,” – the author of your destiny.  Of course, add-in mass communication culture and the digital world and people can appear to live out there “special” nature and this is where delusion breeds absurdity.

We have today and yesterday a real exquisite example of delusion breeding absurdity.  It comes to us in the form of: (a) Professor Ford who has leveled a damaging allegation against the prospective next appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court – and (b) her lawyers.

You see the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has set aside next Monday to allow the Professor (accompanied by counsel) to appear before it with the prospective next appointee and his counsel to and testify under oath.  The accused nominee has agreed to appear whenever the Committee desires.  The accuser, Professor Ford, through her counsel first indicated she desired to give her testimony but then said that she will not do so until the F.B.I. has done an investigation as to the alleged incident three-plus decades ago.  This is where the delusion and absurdity come in:

  • the F.B.I is not the proper body with jurisdiction,
  • the alleged incident is under the jurisdiction of the Montgomery Country, Maryland, police and prosecutors where the transgression is said to have occurred and the Professor is still entitled to file a complaint and indeed must file a complaint if she wishes justice to be done
  • additionally, lawyers working for the Professor take this odd position, to wit: the Professor’s allegation must be taken to be true and that she has no burden or obligation to appear to establish the veracity of her assertions – that is, that what she says to the nominee’s detriment must be thought to be true no matter the denial by the accused
  • … this is Alice in Wonderland logic – first the sentence and then the trial …
  • the Professor and her lawyers take this position: the presumption of innocence and the right to trial and the right to confront one’s accuser be damned
  • you can only conclude that the Professor and her legal handlers have no regard for the law and the established institutions and practices designed to protect the innocent while also allowing the aggreived to pursue their claims of injury.  How ironic – – – injustice utilized to sink a nominee to the High Court and permanently injure his reputation.  Injustice preferred to justice preserved.

If there is an explanation as to how one can think in this manner, it seems to emerge from radical feminism.  What do I mean?  Feminism promotes the idea that the body is political and that as such all things contrary to that view may be discounted, ignored, diminished, destroyed, etc. – because nothing is more important than a woman’s body – nothing – not justice, nor faith, nor the soul, nor fairness, nor another’s reputation and good name, nor a child in being or in utero, – nothing.

The problem created when the body alone reigns is that people discard logic, law, thinking and let thinking emanate in and from a body part, or the body itself.  Such a disposition allows delusion to become absurdity.

Yes, there are bigger things in the world than a body part which, in itself, does not define who we are.  We are far more than that – a sacred soul, for example.

Shalom.

 

 

 

” … political liberty is the most powerful, most effective means of self-development that heaven has given us.”  Secret police and fixed elections … and unwise attempts (at) regulation and state planning rather than (trusting) Adam Smith’s “simple and obvious system of natural liberty” … do more damage to our goods and to our goodness than do conventional economic (and political) failings.

Deirdre N. McCloskey, in The Bourgeois Virtues

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Those at the higher levels of government are playing with fire and our freedom.

We have learned that the warrants to spy on nominal Trump campaign figure Carter Paige were extended without any hearing before the very sensitive and very powerful Foreign Intelligence (FISA) Court.

Likewise we heard this week that Robert Mueller’s top assistant was kept advised of matters pertaining to the fabricated Dossier (apparently financed in part by Ms. Clinton’s campaign) before Mr. Mueller’s current ill-defined investigative appointment aimed (it seems) at discrediting Donald Trump and the results of the last Presidential election.

What if the liberty interest we enjoy and that is enshrined in our Constitution is indeed sacred in nature?  Would we not (by these irregular actions) be violating the sacred and unique relationship we as Americans have with God – our Divine Benefactor?

These are serious times – with matters of great consequence front and center.

Shalom.

The origin of justice is to be sought in the divine law of eternal and immutable morality.

Cicero, The Laws

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Corruption of a very serious nature in the F.B.I and the Justice Department, apparently intended to discredit a Presidential candidate, seems to have involved individuals in the intelligence community, perhaps the White House, the press, news media and academia, and members of the Washington political consulting and legal community.

Yet, there seems no vigorous effort to root out those who may have acted unlawfully.

The unfathomable failure to hold Hillary Clinton and others accountable for breaches of national security or investigate the questionable conduct of the Mr. and Mrs. Clinton as to their Foundation and extraordinarily lucrative payments for presentations made to those who could potentially have business before one or another of Washington’s governmental agencies or Departments is astonishing – really, really troublesome.

It appears there is no interest in kicking over those rocks no matter the suspicion that is quite reasonably present.

Sexual predators in the Catholic clergy and cover-up in the Church’s hierarchy and virtually no one pays a price – least of all the Bishops and Cardinals in the “chain of command” within the Church.

One concludes from the absence of justice that all involved are far, far from divine law, morality and God.

Time to knock some people of their pedestals, it seems.  Absent that, we let the corrupt corrupt usNo, thanks!  Why would anyone stand for that?

Those in power have failed us.  Show them the door.

Holiness toward God and justice toward men usually go together.

Philo, in Abraham

Shalom.

A gracious woman attains honors, and ruthless men attain riches.  The merciful man does himself good, but the cruel man does himself harm.  The wicked earns deceptive wages, but he who sows righteousness gets a true reward.

Prov 11:16-18

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HonorMercyRighteousness.  Does this describe you?  Describe those you meet?  Those you admire?  Those you listen to?  Those who have public authority?  Those who wish to lead you?  Those who claim to serve justice?  Those who comment on public affairs?  Those who preach and baptize?

If not, why not?

There is no time in my life that I have seen what I now see: namely, the absence of virtue and the virtuous.  It is as if we have stopped teaching men to be gentlemen and women to be ladies.  More to the point we seem like we emulate Sodom and Gomorrah.  And, it seems that ruthlessness, cruelty and the acquisition of extraordinary wealth and power no matter the cost to our character are just fine by us.

Make no mistake – the human heart longs for what is good, and just, and true and merciful and not what is bad and unjust, false and merciless.

We had best restore the best in us – or bye, bye birdie.

It all starts with you – and it starts now, today!

Shalom.

 

 

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.

Col 3:15

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The peace of Christ in our hearts.

For those of us who are Christians this is a critical component.  That said, how does a culture with a Judeo-Christian heritage respond to violent “protests?”

Are we okay with rioters burning cars and smashing store windows at an Inaugural protest going unpunished?  Okay with those who attack political opponents with fists and bicycle chains?  Storm a college campus wearing black masks and destroying property?

Peaceful public discourse ought to be expected and when it is breached – appropriate punishment must be administered.  Failing to do this adds to the disintegration of our culture … and diminishes our faith and one of its significant proposition: we are to be at peace with ourselves and others.

Indeed violent protests subtract from the culture, make positive conversation impossible, divide us – and demean Christ and insult Christians.

If you wonder why the society is in the decline that we see daily, think about peace … Is it exhibited in political discourse?  If we were to expect that it is and will be – we will take a giant step toward restoring civil discourse and our collective good.

Breaches of the peace in political protests take community, faith and freedom from us.  Being silent when peace is breached is the worse we can do – it risks the loss of our freedom and our country.

Shalom.

… let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion.  Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on the minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.  (Emphasis added.)

President George Washington, in His Farewell Speech, September 19, 1796

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Once upon a time we were wiser and nicer.  Having dispatched wisdom and kindness, we are not consigned in perpetuity to live the ignorance and nastiness that has become us today.

“But how,” you ask, “can things change for the better?”

In answer I tell you that no one may simply present himself to a Court of Law and argue a case.  No, one must be credentialed to the law.  Training is required.  License, in good order and standing, is required.  We can learn from this.

At present we listen to anyone that shouts loud enough of their fanciful “desires and wants.”  Illustratively, no one asks those who propound the oddest of ideas to state their case as to faith, religious narrative, wisdom complied over the Ages, what history has taught, what is known of cause and effect psychologically, emotionally, socially – indeed, least of all judges who have as their credentials but two things: one, that they are but lawyers, and two, they know a politician or political group which will promote their interest in becoming a judge.  Mind you, Courts are occupied with those who have little training but law – and let it be known from me (a lawyer, with advanced degrees in theology and international affairs and foreign policy) that virtually anyone who can read can become a lawyer.

Studying law does not equip one with wisdom – and surely not with the learned ability to discern social policy, advance it, or question those before the Court who seek to advance their views of “man’s perfection” or the “way” society ought to run or be organized as their prejudice so poorly “informs” them.

To make our turn back to wisdom – make the proponents of change lay out very broadly and in detail the defense of a proposed change and explain the ramifications – personal and material costs – in embarking on their (usually poorly examined) proposals.

And remember, the cornerstone of wisdom is neither desire nor “equality.”  It is more complex than such simple thinking – indeed, its acquisition resides amid religious principle.

Shalom.

Postscript – This is the third and final blog post on Tradition.  I suggest reading each one beginning with the first entry two days ago.  Suffice it to say, we display a poverty of intellect that is shocking and explains more than any other factor (save our ignorance of religious narrative and the history of Western civilization) what we see as gross disorder and destabilization of our fundamental institutions today – running from marriage, procreation, gender, family and education to our institutions of governance and our sacred fundamental documents like the Constitution and an appreciation of the Federalist Papers and the design and unique working of a Representative Democracy with power shared by its citizens with both autonomous state government and the federal government.

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