Sunday, September 19, 2021

Golem Nation

I’ve had what I think is an epiphany, of sorts.

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.

 

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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.

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Informative and thought provoking, Rogue. (Lady P. – Ed)

Roguehttp://sago.com
A father of eight, manager of a small business, concerned American.

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  1. In line with your thesis, I glanced upon a not-so-nifty bumper sticker yesterday; it appeared to be new and said: “The last time theocracy was tried as a form of government, people were burned at the stake.” Catchy, eh?

  2. Rogue, yes our problems are legion in terms of how big we have let the government and debt get and in terms of the kind of people we are. And yes, despite these problems it is slightly possible that electing the right people could result in some tweaks of the problems created in 1913, 1930s, 1960s etc. But it is much more likely that a people so weakened by affluence, the leftist dominated culture etc will not produce enough elected officials to reduce government much at all. Witness what was not done under Reagan or Newt or Bush-DeLay. The more likely scenario is that we are not far NOW from a huge financial crisis that will greatly reduce our standard of living for a generation. Austerity will be imposed by Nature’s God. Then the question is will suffering turn us back to God and responsible living? The odds are against us. After all, 5000 years of history had only ONE Miracle at Philadelphia.

    Cheers!

    PS We have College Football starting…

    • It is that 5000 year miracle.
      Somehow people think we are entitled to one whenever we need it.
      It took almost 50 years to pay-off the debt incurred from the War for Independence.
      Similar size debt/GDP ratio and it took two generations of moral and religious people to pay it off.
      With no end to the spending in sight, this debt could easily run to 5 or 10 generations. We don’t even know what must be paid until they stop spending.
      We can hope for a moral awakening as the hardships mount but all of the other side and half of ours seem determined to resist any good v evil, right v wrong, approach to our problems. If you don’t like the deficit you must be a racist who wants to bring back slavery dontcha know.

      • amen ‘scout and Rogue and we rally need a leader that can admit the depressing truth and still instill optimism and hope in a diminished standard of living. Even Rush needs to understand this and not be ready to pounce on anyone that might speak the truth as a doomsayer that doesn’t believe in America.

  3. My husband and I did a frame up restoration on a roadster he had hung on to since 1975. It was a nasty, dirty job scraping off layers of old paint and bondo, years of baked on grease dirt and the Good Lord knows what else.

    It took some time and patience finding the replacement parts or restoring what was still useable. Then carefully fitting it all back together and testing the systems.

    Do we have the patience and wherewithal to see a total restoration and overhaul of this nation and her people. There are so many enslaved and fearful that being free and responsible for their own lives and destinies, they choose to stay in bondage rather than risk possible failure and sacrifice of creature comforts.

  4. I think my below response to Jaded’s disappointment in the lack of more conservative epiphanies relates to your more nuanced version:

    Jaded, excellent column and especially your question/observation as to why it took so long for Cheney/Rummy to understand the effects of Big Government on the economy, the middle class and the poor. And that was in the early 1970s!

    It took you and I until the late 90s and we had the benefit of the experience of the 70s, 80s and 90s!

    But why is conservative economics such a hard sell? Its complicated, but let’s explore the matter.

    First, a suggested timeline on American political/economic ideology:

    Most all Americans from before the Founding through the 1870-80s would be deemed conservatives. Those that favored a bigger and more powerful federal government (and even very large intrusive roles for state governments with some exceptions) never advocated anything near even Calvin Coolidge’s minimalist version.

    The only narrow exception was what Lincoln did to keep the Union together in the face of armed rebellion

    The progressive movement began its eventual takeover of BOTH parties in the late 19th Century. Those that expanded it exponentially in the 1930s were those that got a taste of it under Wilson’s WW1 machine, but it took a crisis of capitalism that began on Hoover’s Black Friday stock market crash to begin to get addiction to government started.

    FDR faced minimal conservative opposition in the 30s despite his failures and then came WWII which required Big Government.

    Then came the 1950s in which the GOP dominated Congress and Ike (while reducing the size of the war machine) that kept most of the New Deal in place and expanded it. This general expansion of government has essentially continued to this day with only momentary halts under Reagan and Newt.

    Why did not the US economy fail utterly due to essentially liberal economic policy for most of the past 60 years?

    For 20-25 years it was because all of the rest of our competitors were destroyed by WWII and because our socialism was at such an early stage, unlike those in Europe.

    Plus, we had the JFK and Reagan fixes.

    But we also had a long stage of stagnation in the 70s.

    So, the evidence seen by most Americans of the major differences between conservatives and liberals was obscured by continued prosperity and the lack of much of a conservative movement that only began in the mid-50s by Buckley and seemed pitiful after the Goldwater defeat which was only 6-7 years before Cheney and Rummy saw the light.

    But the slow growth of government continued even thru Reagan and Newt and only in 2008 reached the tipping point so that finally a majority of Americans may be able to internalize the valuable lesson due to Obama and Dem super-majorities being held accountable.

    But it is hard to get people off their govt $$ addiction. Its still hard to run on austerity.

    We have a harder task. Yes, you and I has epiphanies, and everything is clear to us now. But what of the transition?

    We need to remember how long we were Democrats and have pity and compassion for those still in the dark.

    Obama is showing the masses the light for us!

    Dems are converting every day.

    more later

  5. Mr. Devine: Could it be that the Progressives were already here before Lincoln? Those Northeasterners were always trying to tell other people what to do. That started the armed rebellion. I submit that the original dream died at Appomatox. I don’t have an answer to the slavery issue and neither did the Founders. Replaced by a Progressive and tyrannical government. That government still occupies the old Confederacy. Is this possible?

    • You might as well go back to Eve biting the apple if the test is “telling people what to do.” The Northeasterners were integrally involved in ratifying a very conservative constitutiona and practice thru the 1880s.

  6. Really? James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington all from Virginia. Three Fifths Compromise form Northeasterners.That stripped the South of 1/3 of its population. It was all about power then and those same people remind us daily it’s about power now. I am no constitutional scholar. These things just make me wonder.

  1. In line with your thesis, I glanced upon a not-so-nifty bumper sticker yesterday; it appeared to be new and said: “The last time theocracy was tried as a form of government, people were burned at the stake.” Catchy, eh?

  2. Rogue, yes our problems are legion in terms of how big we have let the government and debt get and in terms of the kind of people we are. And yes, despite these problems it is slightly possible that electing the right people could result in some tweaks of the problems created in 1913, 1930s, 1960s etc. But it is much more likely that a people so weakened by affluence, the leftist dominated culture etc will not produce enough elected officials to reduce government much at all. Witness what was not done under Reagan or Newt or Bush-DeLay. The more likely scenario is that we are not far NOW from a huge financial crisis that will greatly reduce our standard of living for a generation. Austerity will be imposed by Nature’s God. Then the question is will suffering turn us back to God and responsible living? The odds are against us. After all, 5000 years of history had only ONE Miracle at Philadelphia.

    Cheers!

    PS We have College Football starting…

    • It is that 5000 year miracle.
      Somehow people think we are entitled to one whenever we need it.
      It took almost 50 years to pay-off the debt incurred from the War for Independence.
      Similar size debt/GDP ratio and it took two generations of moral and religious people to pay it off.
      With no end to the spending in sight, this debt could easily run to 5 or 10 generations. We don’t even know what must be paid until they stop spending.
      We can hope for a moral awakening as the hardships mount but all of the other side and half of ours seem determined to resist any good v evil, right v wrong, approach to our problems. If you don’t like the deficit you must be a racist who wants to bring back slavery dontcha know.

      • amen ‘scout and Rogue and we rally need a leader that can admit the depressing truth and still instill optimism and hope in a diminished standard of living. Even Rush needs to understand this and not be ready to pounce on anyone that might speak the truth as a doomsayer that doesn’t believe in America.

  3. My husband and I did a frame up restoration on a roadster he had hung on to since 1975. It was a nasty, dirty job scraping off layers of old paint and bondo, years of baked on grease dirt and the Good Lord knows what else.

    It took some time and patience finding the replacement parts or restoring what was still useable. Then carefully fitting it all back together and testing the systems.

    Do we have the patience and wherewithal to see a total restoration and overhaul of this nation and her people. There are so many enslaved and fearful that being free and responsible for their own lives and destinies, they choose to stay in bondage rather than risk possible failure and sacrifice of creature comforts.

  4. I think my below response to Jaded’s disappointment in the lack of more conservative epiphanies relates to your more nuanced version:

    Jaded, excellent column and especially your question/observation as to why it took so long for Cheney/Rummy to understand the effects of Big Government on the economy, the middle class and the poor. And that was in the early 1970s!

    It took you and I until the late 90s and we had the benefit of the experience of the 70s, 80s and 90s!

    But why is conservative economics such a hard sell? Its complicated, but let’s explore the matter.

    First, a suggested timeline on American political/economic ideology:

    Most all Americans from before the Founding through the 1870-80s would be deemed conservatives. Those that favored a bigger and more powerful federal government (and even very large intrusive roles for state governments with some exceptions) never advocated anything near even Calvin Coolidge’s minimalist version.

    The only narrow exception was what Lincoln did to keep the Union together in the face of armed rebellion

    The progressive movement began its eventual takeover of BOTH parties in the late 19th Century. Those that expanded it exponentially in the 1930s were those that got a taste of it under Wilson’s WW1 machine, but it took a crisis of capitalism that began on Hoover’s Black Friday stock market crash to begin to get addiction to government started.

    FDR faced minimal conservative opposition in the 30s despite his failures and then came WWII which required Big Government.

    Then came the 1950s in which the GOP dominated Congress and Ike (while reducing the size of the war machine) that kept most of the New Deal in place and expanded it. This general expansion of government has essentially continued to this day with only momentary halts under Reagan and Newt.

    Why did not the US economy fail utterly due to essentially liberal economic policy for most of the past 60 years?

    For 20-25 years it was because all of the rest of our competitors were destroyed by WWII and because our socialism was at such an early stage, unlike those in Europe.

    Plus, we had the JFK and Reagan fixes.

    But we also had a long stage of stagnation in the 70s.

    So, the evidence seen by most Americans of the major differences between conservatives and liberals was obscured by continued prosperity and the lack of much of a conservative movement that only began in the mid-50s by Buckley and seemed pitiful after the Goldwater defeat which was only 6-7 years before Cheney and Rummy saw the light.

    But the slow growth of government continued even thru Reagan and Newt and only in 2008 reached the tipping point so that finally a majority of Americans may be able to internalize the valuable lesson due to Obama and Dem super-majorities being held accountable.

    But it is hard to get people off their govt $$ addiction. Its still hard to run on austerity.

    We have a harder task. Yes, you and I has epiphanies, and everything is clear to us now. But what of the transition?

    We need to remember how long we were Democrats and have pity and compassion for those still in the dark.

    Obama is showing the masses the light for us!

    Dems are converting every day.

    more later

  5. Mr. Devine: Could it be that the Progressives were already here before Lincoln? Those Northeasterners were always trying to tell other people what to do. That started the armed rebellion. I submit that the original dream died at Appomatox. I don’t have an answer to the slavery issue and neither did the Founders. Replaced by a Progressive and tyrannical government. That government still occupies the old Confederacy. Is this possible?

    • You might as well go back to Eve biting the apple if the test is “telling people what to do.” The Northeasterners were integrally involved in ratifying a very conservative constitutiona and practice thru the 1880s.

  6. Really? James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington all from Virginia. Three Fifths Compromise form Northeasterners.That stripped the South of 1/3 of its population. It was all about power then and those same people remind us daily it’s about power now. I am no constitutional scholar. These things just make me wonder.

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