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Friday, April 08, 2005

Ethics, Religion, and the F

What happens if our leaders no longer look to God for guidance?

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Our present-day liberal-socialist welfare state embodies irreconcilable contradictions.  Liberals proclaim their faith in “every vote must count” democracy, yet endeavor to impose, often harshly, their arbitrary rules of social conduct on a restive and rebellious nation.  When the majority of the people will not support a legislative initiative, liberal-socialist Federal courts impose it by fiat, and liberal-socialists in the Senate make it their business to prevent the naming of judges who won’t go along with the game.

Socialism’s goal of equal property distribution necessitates confiscating property from people who are above average income and property ownership.  Liberals’ goal of destroying all vestiges of personal morality and giving unrestrained license to hedonism necessitates continually discovering hitherto unknown constitutional “rights.” 

Mobilizing the voters for this requires a strong, charismatic F?hrer, a spell-binding orator like Adolph Hitler or Franklin Roosevelt who can make clearly unconstitutional action sound like motherhood and apple pie.

The concept of the political state varies from time to time and from place to place in history.  Yet all its potential manifestations were clearly understood and analyzed in the writings of Plato and Aristotle.  The same may be said regarding philosophical theories.  The old saying that there is nothing new under the sun is fundamentally valid when viewed in this long sweep of history. 

It is the distinction of secular materialism and its American sect, liberal-socialism, to deny the facts of history and to assert that the intervention of the rational human mind and the human Will to Power have created a break in the history of humanity and introduced a new order into the world.

Primitive peoples were not so primitive as we assume them to have been.  The Darwinian evolutionary cast of mind leads people to assume, without really thinking about it, that all past knowledge has been superseded by the advancements of the physical sciences.  The presumption is that the metaphysical world of the spirit, exemplified by the human soul, is a figment of savage ignorance; that the conduct of humans within society is entirely a function of the physical and regulatory environment structured by intellectuals.

Cocooned within our artificial, electronic world, we have lost awareness of the magnificence and grandeur of nature.  We have lost the overwhelming sense of wonder and awe with which primitive peoples regarded the powerful forces of nature.  Their very survival depended upon harmonizing their lives with those forces.  Hunter-gatherer tribes had to move, as the seasons changed, to follow the animals that provided them food and clothing.  Farming societies had to be acutely aware of the seasons, hence the intricate observations of the alignments of stars and planets and the construction of the many hundreds of Stonehenge-types of celestial calendars.  Records from China, many centuries ago, document the careful, daily observations of celestial events, which record the appearance of supernova stars and cycles of sunspot activity, for example.

Wherever there were written records, and in societies with unbroken verbal traditions like the Australian Aborigines, we know that societies drew the logical conclusion that this vast, cosmic order was the product of one, supreme Being, or God.  These peoples had many local gods representing the spirit of specific places, but underlying all of them was the awareness of what the American Indians called the Great Spirit.

The law codes and rules of political societies all were originally based on the observed laws of nature, which included the well understood, inherent patterns of human behavior.  These laws of nature were considered to be part of the divine order imparted to the universe by God.  Because everyone accepted the role of God as creator of the universe, everyone freely accepted law codes that claimed religion as the source of their legitimacy.

Since the 18th century, however, with its intellectually fabricated regulations for the socialization of the political state, societies have been in continual turmoil, with sharp disagreements about the legitimacy of fiat law.  An example is our Supreme Court’s discovery that hidden within the shadows of the Constitution is the right of any woman to murder her unborn child, no questions asked, without legal due process.  Such law legislated by judges flies in the face of natural law and thumbs its nose at God as the source of legitimacy of the laws.

Enter the Great Leader, the F?hrer.  Imposing and enforcing such anti-religious law, so clearly antithetical to natural law, necessitates the collectivization of power in the hands of a strong leader, preferably with a charismatic personality.  Such were Vladimir Lenin, Benito Mussolini, Adolph Hitler, and Franklin Roosevelt.

People forget that, before the imposition of socialistic state-planning in the United States under President Roosevelt’s New Deal, Presidents did not loom large in people’s everyday lives, because the Constitution’s 9th and 10th Amendments left most governmental powers in state and local hands.  Since FDR, Presidents have needed to be up-to-date versions of the Wizard of Oz, projecting images of great power for the TV cameras.

Our current liberal-socialist welfare state is a throwback to the era of the Divine Right of kings, without the Divine.  Autocratic kings like Charles I and Charles II in England tried to ignore Parliament and the constitutional rights of Englishmen, declaring that their word was ipso facto the law.  That, of course, is the authority claimed by our Federal courts, which feel free to ignore the Constitution and to rely upon foreign law when it suits their social-justice purposes.

Liberal social justice declares that the source of its legitimacy is, not natural law emanating from God, but the rational minds of intellectuals.  These intellectuals claim the right to speak in behalf of abstractions called Humanity and the Community of Nations.  These intellectuals proclaim that God is dead and that people who insist upon doubting this “scientific fact” are impeding human progress toward social, political, and scientific perfection.

In the United States there is a clear trail for the this doctrine, which is entirely antithetical to the principles upon which the Declaration of independence and the Constitution rest. 

Thomas Paine was America’s earliest exponent of the secular and materialistic doctrines of the French Encyclopedists.  Initially, Paine was a great hero.  His “Common Sense,” published in 1776 supported the American cause against the British.  Overlooked at the time was was Paine’s welfare-state, socialistic theory of government expressed in that work: 

“... security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows that whatever form thereof appears most likely to ensure it to us, with the least expense and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others….Here then is the origin and rise of government: namely, a mode rendered necessary by the inability of moral virtue to govern the world; here too is the design and end of government viz. Freedom and security.”

After the War of Independence, Paine’s 1796 “The Age of Reason” savaged the Bible and religion, and Paine became persona non grata in this country.

Compare Paine’s view that government exists to provide security to individuals with the views expressed by President Franklin Roosevelt in his second inaugural address in 1937:

“We of the Republic pledged ourselves to drive from the temple of our ancient faith those who had profaned it….Our covenant with ourselves did not stop there.  Instinctively we recognized a deeper need - the need to find through government the instrument of our united purpose to solve for the individual the ever-rising problems of a complex civilization…..Nearly all of us recognize that as intricacies of human relationships increase, so power to govern them also must increase ...”

In other words, individuals are no longer capable of fending for themselves in the modern world.  Big Brother will take over for them.

Adolph Hitler, who became Germany’s leader in the same year that FDR’s first term commenced, had written earlier in “Mein Kampf:”

“The best State constitution and State form is that which, with the most natural certainty, brings the best heads of the national community to leading importance and to leading influence…the State in its organization, beginning with the smallest cell of the community up to the highest leadership of the entire Reich, must be built upon the principle of personality.”

President Roosevelt, of course, believed himself to be so essential as the Great Leader that he could ignore the two-term tradition set by George Washington.  FDR went for four tours of the White House, long enough to plant and deeply root the ethos of socialistic statism.

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