Conservatives and more so, libertarians, have a serious problem.
They view liberty and limited government as a kind of machine that has a couple of the gears stripped, maybe an armature frozen, a tensioner pulley a little loose. I do it too. For example, I see 1913 as a disastrous year and it was. Lots of gears, stripped, pulleys bent, etc. that year.
The idea is if we could just poke a little here and prod a little there, replace a gear, balance a flywheel, replace a shifter, undo 1913, etc. then everything would be back to normal and we would be good for a hundred years or more.
It is not true.
When the US was founded it was founded by a moral and religious people. They collectively had a soul that breathed life into the machinery of government and liberty that made it work. It didn’t matter that there were some crooks; they were so heavily outweighed, their effects were minimal and they were quickly punished. More, even the crooks lived within the same Judeo-Christian paradigm regarding ethics and morality. They may have violated both but they “knew” what they were doing when they did it.
“But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.” Burke
I think both conservatives and libertarians generally agree with the idea of an originalist interpretation of the US Constitution. Meaning it should be read in the same light as the founders would have read it.
Most are passing familiar with John Adams’ quote, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
On this topic Madison said, “Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.”
The “historical background” Madison refers to inseparably includes the “moral and religious people” Adams refers to. Should we be surprised at the “distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government” we have today?
Here is the problem; we are not, on balance, a moral or religious people anymore.
It shows when pious Christian church people can’t be bothered to vote. A lot of them don’t and many voted for Bacha.
It shows when we beam with pride about our kid getting into Harvard or Yale. We know these once great schools have become cesspools of hate America. What pride can you have in delivering up your children to be sacrificed on the alter of socialism?
It shows when we buy GE products knowing they are getting a free ride by owning politicians and catering to the corruption in Washington. What you saved $0.12 per bulb?
It shows when our kids worry more about getting laid than getting a job and dad beams a little if she’s cute.
Or when we send our daughters out in mini-skirts and halter tops with boys we don’t know and likely have never met. Oh, we’ll act surprised and indignant when we find out her high school gym teacher has dropped her by Klanned Parenthood to fix a little problem.
I had a blog from Larry Miller on Sago entitled Do We Really Want To Stop Abortion. He’s essentially asking; “Are we serious about stopping abortion?” It’s hard to think we are serious after reading his piece.
“Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites, — in proportion as their love to justice is above their rapacity, — in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption, — in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.” Burke
Ballots or Bullets?
Occasionally, someone poses the question; “Will this be solved at the ballot box via the standard political process or must we resort to force of arms?”
If we go the ballot box route and fix all the little problems and shrink the government back into the box where it belongs, it might be the greatest disaster in the history of the world. Hedonism run rampant with no restrictions. Corruption at every level of government and every level of business. Generations of college-educated people taught that all morals are relative and ethics can be redefined by a department head. Our children, uneducated in any meaningful way, will be looking for someone to tell them what to do and how to live.
What about force of arms? Winning is obviously a problem. I doubt it could be done without the tacit assistance of the military. Or perhaps, at least, their simply standing down, ala Oath Keepers. If we assume that we do win, we are actually left in exactly the same place. We are still faced with a population on its own, determinedly unable to live free. Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll. This is not only a liberal problem.
Boris Yeltsin faced this. I know Vassar has more experience with him than I, but aside from consuming prodigious amounts of vodka, he seemed like somebody trying to take a people with no real skill at living free and set them free. He didn’t know how to do it and neither did they. They milled around for a while looking for someone to lead them and then they found Putin. The Soviets destroyed the moral under-pinnings of the Russian people, Putin was the natural result of that lack of moral clarity.
“Despotism may govern without faith, but liberty cannot. How is it possible that society should escape destruction if the moral tie is not strengthened in proportion as the political tie is relaxed? And what can be done with a people who are their own masters if they are not submissive to the Deity?” Tocqueville
Fix everything wrong with our government and you have a Golem Nation. Godless, soulless, rudderless, peopled by folks that have been taught that the life of a spoiled brat is the only life worth living. Taught everybody has a right to that life. They believe SOMEBODY owes this to them. Their numbers are staggering. If set free, they would chose a Putin in short order.
“The people are much more dexterous at pulling down and setting up, than at preserving what is fixed; and they are not fonder of seizing more than their own, than they are of delivering it up again to the worst bidder, with their own into the bargain. For although, in their corrupt notions of divine worship, they are apt to multiply their gods; yet their earthly devotion is seldom paid to above one idol at a time, of their own creation, whose oar they pull with less murmuring, and much more skill, than when they share the leading, or even hold the helm.” John Adams
They believe any form of sexual perversion is OK so long as it is between consenting adults and as Jaded pointed out recently there is now a strong movement within the American Psychiatric Association to redefine child rape as normal as well. These are the same politically motivated hacks who decided homosexual is the new normal without any scientific basis. They just voted it normal so it became normal. And we kept quiet.
They believe stealing is OK, as long as the government acts in an intermediary manner to provide a few degrees of separation.
They abandon their parents to whatever meager offerings the “Federal Family” will fund.
They are taught to worship the dirt under their feet or themselves or their president but never the one true God.
Libertarians, I challenge you to identify one nation/state in history with a regard for liberty that was not inhabited by a moral and religious people. There are moral laws as immutable as gravity and any nation that chooses to ignore these laws ALWAYS descends into tyranny. Immoral, unethical, hedonistic people are always ruled with a heavy hand because they refuse to rule themselves. History proves this. No nation has ever offered the freedoms enjoyed in the early years of Christian America. Choose now your hatred for all things moral or your love of liberty. They can not coexist.
“All who have ever written on government are unanimous, that among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.” Burke
Byron York has a piece out today concerning the left’s intent to turn this into a religious war. Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann are theocrats in waiting. The MSM can’t talk about anything Obama has done without losing, so change the subject. It was early Christian America that set the standard for freedom around the world. We need not abide the left’s false accusations concerning Christian intolerance. We do have to be willing to defend our faith from a secular world instead of slinking from issues like gay marriage or evolution or the role of husbands and wives in marriage.
On this topic of theocracy let’s be sure to remember the theocratic intolerance of the left. Al Gore’s fraudulent AGW crusade where deniers lives have been called expendable. The abortion front which insists that all women be keep ignorant as they let greedy bastards murder their children. The insistence that any Christian is suspect particularly if they believe what they say. Cafeteria Christians like the Kennedy’s are naturally excepted from liberal judgments. The progressive left’s willingness to let millions die in Africa and elsewhere from malaria due to their religiously based, scientifically unproven, hatred for effective solutions. The left is evil. They meet every definition of a theocracy that denies all science that can’t be bent to fit their agenda. And they are particularly self-satisfied when people die as a result of their religious intolerance. They are totally indistinguishable from people chucking babies into volcanoes in hopes of rain.With this significant difference, their Klanned Parenthood baby killing factories have incorporated all the best assembly line methodologies of Ford and as a result they are able to murder in numbers that would stupify an Aztec.
“When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” Burke
We have allowed ourselves to be bullied, accused, tricked and divided. While we were distracted and suspicious of each other, the left has used their time wisely. They have destroyed our nation financially and morally. The bad times are coming, while we dithered the left won that victory. The question now is what comes from those bad times. 100, 200, 300 years of renewed dark ages? Don’t think it can happen here? If progresssive “solutions” define our political landscape it will happen here.
Just as men find themselves distracted by the clamor and baubles of the world, so too with nations. The answer for both is the same.
Without a spiritual revival, and a moral awakening, we will never again be free.
We have to ask ourselves what we would change to cause smaller government, moral behavior, faithful marriage and church on Sunday to be the easy choice. Then fight like hell to make that happen.
During a particularly contentious time, as the formulation of the constitution was being debated in Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin had this to say, “…God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?”
It can not.
Nor can a nation such as ours be restored without his support.
Take a look at BeagleScout’s series on Quitters. He makes some really good points on why so many have simply given up. They rarely vote and contribute little to the fight. The left for all of their “Rock the Vote” and “Vote or Die” nonsense likes it that way. Oh, they do want the clueless 18 to 24 year old demographic pulling levers but it ends as soon as real world experience kicks in. Two things the left find horrifying, an informed woman at an abortion clinic and an informed voter at the polls.
- Are There Laws We’re Morally Obligated To Obey? (lewrockwell.com)
- Socialists Plan to Rage Against Freedom on Constitution Day (dakotavoice.com)
- The Essential Question in Any Political Debate (papundits.wordpress.com)