Living With Murder Quite Comfortably
Thomas A. Droleskey
These struggles come as the party prepares for a broad ideological battle, in particular over how much to emphasize social issues like opposition to abortion rights and gay rights. Party leaders said the focus on those issues had constricted the party’s appeal to moderate and independent voters more interested in jobs, health care, education and other issues that touch their lives in more concrete ways.
“We can’t be obsessed with issues that are not the issues that are important to American voters,” said Jim Greer, the Florida Republican chairman and a likely candidate for national party leader. (Sparring Starts as Republicans Ponder Future)
Look at that line, my friends. Look at that line again. This should tell you all you need to know about the utter moral bankruptcy of the average career politician in the organized crime family of naturalism known as the Republican Party. The daily slaughter of the preborn by chemical and surgical means? Well, we "can't be obsessed with issues that are not the issues that are important to American voters." These petty career politicians certainly "hear" the "people" singing their songs of angry naturalism as they, the "people," want their money, money, money.
Career politicians are concerned only about one thing: securing enough votes to win elections, which are ultimate ends in and of themselves that justify the use of whatever means are considered necessary to accomplish. Nothing other matters to the careerists who populate the infrastructure of local political clubs, which remain the breeding grounds for candidates for local offices such as, to use the example of the County of Nassau in the State of New York, town councilmen, town clerk, town comptroller, town supervisor, county executive, county legislators, county district attorney, county clerk, county assessor, county judgeships, and county comptroller. These political clubs are also the principal, although from from the exclusive, breeding grounds for candidates for state legislative seats (a state senate or a state assembly, as the lower house of the state legislature is called in the State of New York) and for appointed positions in a town or a county.
Most of the those who make up those political clubs have no overriding political philosophy or ideology. Involvement in the political process is a matter of direct personal self-interest (career advancement in elected office, favorable decisions on variations to zoning ordinances, the networking of one's business contacts, contracts to be let out to one's firm for government projects, etc.). With a very few and most rare exceptions, personal self-interest in the engine that drives partisan politics at the state and local level. Although I became a critic of the American founding as I grew in my knowledge of the Faith, I knew as a seventeen year-old volunteer in the local Republican club in Oyster Bay, New York, in the Fall of 1968 that the careerism I observed was not the reason even on the natural level that the founders broke away from the United Kingdom in 1776 (although I did not understand that the careerism I observed forty years ago was the natural result of the naturalism of the founders, something that they, the founders did not understand or accept).
There is, after all, no Republican or Democrat way to plough snow or to rebuild sewer lines. Partisan politics at the local level are about winning elections and being able thereafter to solidify one's hold on power by the appointment of one's supporters to various positions so as to make them and their family members dependent upon a particular political party for their very livelihood, which gives them an "incentive" to sell the tickets to the local political club's barbecues and picnics and dances. This is how the political "sausage" is stuffed at the local level in the United States of America, and it is from these local political clubs--and the all important county central political committees to which the more ambitious members of the political clubs aspire to rise with the passage of time--that most future statewide party chairmen and party committee members originate.
Money and jobs, influence and power. These, not ideas, are what matter to most of the apparatchiks who attend the local political club meetings, sell the barbecue and fifty-fifty drawing tickets, and live for the results of the next election so that they can be assured of their jobs and money and influence and power for at least another two or four years. Everything revolves around the party and its survival. The survival of the party is the ultimate purpose for which the civil government at the local level exists, which is why it is so difficult for minor parties in most states to gain ballot access. State legislatures, composed of men and women who have "risen through the ranks" at the local and county levels, have institutionalized the two major organized crime families, the Republicans and the Democrats, in power and place great obstacles in the path of minor parties to gain ballot access, especially for statewide and national office.
One of the means by which political power at the state level is secured over the course of time is by means of public works projects. Although it is possible to build highways, for example, in such a way that could endure the weight of heavy trucks and other vehicles without having their roadbeds crushed, there is an implicit understanding on the part of office-holders and the contractors whose companies are chosen to rebuild highways so that they will be crushed within a short period of time so that new contracts can be let out and yet more workers employed to undertake yet again the perpetual rebuilding process of highways every two years.
Apart from being a very wasteful use of taxpayer dollars so as, in effect, to bribe contractors and their employees to cast votes for the incumbent political party, the desire to build substandard infrastructure projects is offensive to God Himself as everything we do should be for His greater honor and glory and designed, as far as is possible, to stand the test of time by means of the excellence of the effort and the quality of the work performed. Go tell that to a local committeeman of either organized crime family of naturalism and he will look at you as though you have nine heads.
It is from from the very pragmatic world of personal self-interest and craven careerism that most of the likes of Jim Green, the state chairman of the Republican Party of the State of Florida, arise. The likes of Mr. Greer can live quite comfortably with the daily slaughter of the preborn by chemical and surgical means as long as voters aren't obsessed about a matter that has, it is claimed, been "too costly" for the Republican Party insofar as support from "moderate" voters is concerned. Well, I've got news for you, Mr. Greer: God cares about the babies whose lives you believe you can be indifferent about because it has cost your precious political party "votes" from "moderate" naturalists. Every single abortion, whether chemical or surgical, is an attack mystically upon Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the persons of innocent preborn children.
Jim Greer, however, is far from alone. Professional political operatives in the Republican Party have been attempting to distance themselves from the "social issues" for a long time (see Bob Dole, part trois), starting with the late Lee Atwater's "big tent" approach to the issue of abortion following the 1988 election of his mentor, then Vice President George Herbert Walker Bush, to the Presidency of the United States of America and his own appointment by the elder Bush to the position of Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Atwater's second successor, Richard Bond, was profiled as follows in The New York Times following the defeat of President George Herbert Walker Bush by then Arkansas Governor William Jefferson Blythe Clinton on November 4, 1992:
Richard Bond did not go gently into retirement. His swan song as chairman of the Republican National Committee criticized his party's rightward drift in general and its opposition to abortion in particular. His words, while true, would have carried a lot more credibility had he not waited until he was going out the door to utter them.
Where was Mr. Bond at the Republican Convention last August, when he might have used his influence to mute the demagoguery that wrong-footed George Bush's campaign from the start? Mr. Bond now says he tried to deny Patrick Buchanan his disastrous half-hour of prime time. Yet Mr. Bond also spent his time in Houston justifying the proceedings. "We are America," he told one reporter. "These other people are not America."
Still, his eleventh-hour conversion is welcome. His attack on "zealotry masquerading as principle" makes sound moral sense. His observation that the party must recognize that "America is getting more diverse, not more alike" makes sound political sense. So, too, does his observation that the social issues cherished by the evangelical right, chiefly abortion, are almost certain to confine the G.O.P. to a shrinking tent.
Mr. Bond thus joins prominent Republican moderates like Gov. William Weld of Massachusetts and Senator Nancy Kassebaum of Kansas. Both oppose exclusionary politics. Both believe that President Bush's intrusive efforts to regulate a woman's right to choose stood historical Republican principles -- limited government and individual responsibility -- on their heads.
The question is whether there are enough Kassebaums and Welds (and, belatedly, Bonds) around to reverse the party's course. The center-right split in the Republican Party is a durable fact of politics; after the 1988 convention Lee Atwater saw that, absent Ronald Reagan's special magic, future Republican leaders must broaden their base in terms of race and gender.
Mr. Bush did not do so. One distressing result is that the party machinery is now increasingly vulnerable to the religious and cultural right. Pat Robertson, for one, trots out exit polls showing that white evangelicals were Mr. Bush's most loyal constituency. He does not advertise the polls showing ruinous defections among women, younger voters and independents.
A chastened Rich Bond has absorbed that message -- a message surely worth adopting by principled conservatives not now retired from battle. And George Bush, now in retirement, might be forgiven for asking where Mr. Bond's wisdom was when he needed it. (Rich Bond -- Right, but Late.)
This editorial, of course, gave credence to the absurd charge among some "moderate" Republicans in 1993 that Pat Buchanan's "culture wars" speech at the Republican National Convention in Houston, Texas, on August 17, 1992, "cost" President George Herbert Walker Bush the election against Governor Bill Clinton. Never mind the fact that Bush the elder ran a terrible campaign that included a moment where he looked at his watch during the middle of a "town hall" debate with Clinton and his fellow Texan, the eccentric billionaire Henry Ross Perot.
No, Pat Buchanan and the issue of abortion had to be blamed for Bush the elder's defeat. The Republican establishment of careerists has long sought to distance itself from "social issues," and its effort to do so this year was quite predictable even though the now-defeated 2008 Republican nominee for the office of President of the United States of America, John Sidney McCain III, never raised the issue himself in his campaign and gave a most incoherent set of answers on the subject during his final debate with now President-elect Barack Hussein Obama at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 (see
Fallacies Galore).And Alaska Governor Sarah Heath Palin's discussions of the issue were even more incoherent and laced with her proud and unqualified support for the abject moral evil of contraception (see
It's Still Absolute Insanity). The careerists want the "social issues" go to away, and to this end they must invent mythologies to reaffirm them in their conviction that they must not raise issues about which the "people" are not "obsessed."
Indeed, Dr. William Bennett, former Secretary of the Department of Education in the administration of the late President Ronald Wilson Reagan, was championing in the Fall of 1995 the cause of former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Colin Powell, a pro-abort, as a possible candidate for the Republican Party's 1996 presidential nomination"We may have to sacrifice abortion for the triple crown," Bennett said, meaning that to win the presidency and to control a majority of seats in both Houses of the Congress of the United States of America it might be necessary to downplay the issue of baby-killing under cover of law. "My phone's not ringing off the hook on this issue," Bennett went on to say. Win, baby, win. That's all that matters. Who cares about truth? Who cares about Truth Incarnate, Truth Crucified and Resurrection?
Craven careerists in the two major organized crime families in the United States of America are not the only ones who believe this. Some "conservative" "thinkers" are convinced that the time has come for there to be some formal acknowledgement that at least some of the "social issues" are lost irretrievably, thereby forcing "conservatism" to "re-define" itself so as to appeal to more voters in the wake of the election of Barack Hussein Obama on Tuesday, November 4, 2008.
One of these "thinkers" is a longtime National Review contributor and former speech writer for the late President Richard Milhous Nixon named Jeffrey Hart, who claimed recently that Barack Hussein Obama was the "true conservative" in the recently concluded election and that he, Obama, had the correct attitude concerning the slaughter of the innocent preborn:
Ever since Roe vs. Wade, abortion has been a salient controversy in our politics. But the availability of abortion is linked to the long advancement of women's equality. Again, we are dealing with social change, and this requires understanding social change, a Burkean imperative that Obama understands.
On my Dartmouth campus, half the undergraduates are women. They do not want to have their plans derailed by an unwanted pregnancy. In Planned Parenthood vs. Casey, the Court ruled that the availability of abortion "enables women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the country."
Though there is a tragic aspect to abortion, as Obama recognizes, women's equality means that women have control of their reproductive capability. Men don't worry about that. The fact is that 83 percent of elective abortions occur during the first trimester, and decline rapidly after that.
Both Obama and McCain support federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research, Obama more urgently. The conservative movement publications, following Bush, have been fiercely opposed. Such opposition required a belief that a cluster of cells (the embryo) the size of the period at the end of this sentence is as important (more important?) than a seriously ill human being.
I myself cannot fathom such a mentality.
In fact, embryonic stem cell research is being energetically pursued in the following nations: Israel, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, China cooperating with the EU. Privately funded and state funded laboratories are moving ahead vigorously.
Recently, Harvard announced a program that will be part of a multi-billion dollar science center to be established south of the Charles River, and will be able to supply stem cells to other laboratories. I call that Pro-Life. (Obama is the Real Conservative.)
Dr. Hart, every abortion is a violation of the Fifth Commandment's absolute prohibition against the direct, intentional taking of innocent human life. The tragedy of abortion involves not only the slaughter of the innocent baby, who is killed before he can Baptized, but the Mortal Sins committed by those involved in procuring, performing and having an abortion. Women during the childbearing years are to be open to having as many or as few children as God sees fit to send them in their married lives; unmarried women--and men--are to remain celibate until and unless they choose to marry. We do not base a legal enshrinement of one of the four sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance, willful murder, or the desire of women, whether married or not, to engage in acts proper to the married state while considering the natural end of such acts, the conception of a child, to be somehow "unnatural" and an "impediment" to their "economic success" and "equality."
This is real simple. We obey God as He has revealed Himself exclusively through His Catholic Church. "Thou shalt not kill" means precisely that. No exceptions to the direct, intentional taking of any innocent human life at any stage from the moment of fertilization to the time of natural death willed by God Himself.
It is precisely because nations in the so-called "developed" world have defied the Fifth Commandment and permitted the killing of hundreds of millions of babies under cover of civil law that our economic crisis is so vast and widespread. Imagine what the world would like if the human beings whose lives were snuffed out, either by chemical or surgical means, had been born and had taken their place in society. Corporations would not be outsourcing jobs and the Federal government of the United States of America would not be partners with those corporations in "winking" at our porous borders to permit immigrant workers, both legal and illegal, to take the places of those human beings who should have been here all along.
You, Dr. Hart, may not "fathom" a "mentality" whereby an embryonic human being is the same in the eyes of God as a seriously ill human being after birth.
The truth of the matter is, however, that every living organism that is alive is a member of particular species. Each one of the cells in our bodies has the same genetic code as it did at the moment of our fertilization. Nothing has been added except time and nutrition and hydration. We are the same now as we were then. A human being comes into existence at the moment of conception, precious in the eyes of God as he has an immortal soul made in His own image and likeness and whose existence is sacrosanct from any direct, intentional attack upon it. The binding precepts of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law prohibit the execution of one human being to assist another human being.
Indeed, as noted in yesterday's commentary, We Don't Want to Learn Anything, concerning President George Walker Bush's stated support for the evil of in vitro fertilization, the very existence of embryonic human beings conceived artificially and then frozen for some possible implantation in a woman's womb is one of the most monstrous developments of Modernity, one of the multifaceted evils flowing forth into the world as a result of the overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King wrought by the Protestant Revolt and the rise of Judeo-Masonry (and the whole host of naturalistic ideologies and "philosophies" that have been spawned thereby and continue to mutate almost all of the time).
No, Dr. Hart, the creature must live by the Creator's laws. Personal unhappiness and social chaos are the only consequences that flow when men and their nations reject the Deposit of Faith that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has entrusted exclusively to the Catholic Church and when men do not believe that they need to cooperate with the graces won for them by the shedding of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross as they flow forth into their hearts and souls through the loving hands of Our Lady, she who is the Mediatrix of All Graces.
Other "conservatives" are attempt to "reassess" where the "movement" stands after Obama's election. Some are trying assuage themselves and others that Obama's election was a thorough repudiation of the egregious, immoral, statist policies of George Walker Bush, not of "conservatism." There is no question that Obama's election was a repudiation of George Walker Bush.
It must be remembered, however, that George Walker Bush, though he won the Presidency honestly by winning the twenty-five electoral votes of the State of Florida in 2000, lost the national popular vote that year to then Vice President Albert Arnold Gore, Jr., receiving 47.87% of the popular vote. Gore combined with Green Party nominee Ralph Nader to receive 51.08% of the national popular vote. That breakdown is almost identical to the percentage, 46.1%, of the popular vote received by John Sidney McCain III eight days ago, as opposed to Obama's 52.6%. Admitting that the results in certain states were very close in both elections, it is nevertheless the case that the mythical "conservative majority" does not exist. Bush won 50.74% of the national popular vote in 2004 to John F. Kerry's 48.27% in the wake of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and not because of any "rush" to embrace" "conservatism."
Those who think that they can "work within" the Republican Party to "renew" it are as mistaken as those who believe that they can "work within" the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism to "fix" things there. The problem in both instances is simple: false premises are irredeemable and can serve as no foundation of anything other than abyss of personal and social and ecclesiastical chaos.
As I noted last month in
Apostasy Has Consequences and reiterated four days ago in
Do You Hear The People Sing?, the demographics speak for themselves. The concentration camps known as public "schools," aided and abetted in most, although not all, instances by the formerly Catholic schools now in captivity to the counterfeit church of conciliarism, are producing millions upon millions of new voters each year who are trained in the most extreme naturalism currents of the false opposite known as the "left." Obama stands a real chance to be viewed by these new voters as the thirty-third degree Mason named Franklin Delano Roosevelt was viewed by a substantial majority of voters between 1932 and his death on April 12, 1945.
Most of these young graduates accept moral relativism, legal positivism, materialism, utilitarianism, hedonism (defined in its proper sense here of unlimited pleasure seeking), radical environmentalism, feminism, pantheism, the ideology of environmentalism, and other naturalistic currents uncritically. These young people want their bread and circuses. They want their money. And they are going to vote for whichever political party is going to assure them of these things, whether by means of the mythical entity known as the "free market" (see A Really Invisible Hand) or by government interventionism. No amount of "conservative" brainstorming is going to change the internal reality represented by the changing demographics of the country, demographics that are changing also by means of immigration as Asians and citizens of Spanish-speaking backgrounds appear to be aligning with the frankly statist Obama as opposed to the "free market" statists in the Republican Party.
This situation is compounded by the fact that "bishops" of the counterfeit church of conciliarism are absolutely clueless as to how the apostasies of the false church to which they belong have helped to deform the souls of the young people who have graduated from their schools to such an extent that they, these young graduates, think nothing of voting for candidates who support unrestricted baby-killing, whether by chemical or surgical means, at all times under cover of law.
While it is laudable that Francis "Cardinal" George, the conciliar "archbishop" of Chicago and the President of the United States Conference of "Catholic Bishops," challenged President-elect Obama on his support for baby-killing-on-demand, a challenge that most certainly would not have been issued without some approval in advance from the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C., and/or the Secretary of State's office in the Vatican, George, who has enabled priest and "bishop" predators aplenty, does not realize that so many Catholics in this country have no sense of the Faith precisely because they have been robbed of that sense in conciliar schools and from conciliar pulpits. At least some of George's fellow "bishops" brother priests and fifty-four percent of lay Catholics in the conciliar structures voted for Obama. George and his conciliar cohorts in Rome and elsewhere do not understand that a nation that does not recognize the Social Reign of Christ the King must perforce be in the grip of the devil himself. (And, it might be asked, why there was such silence from the conciliar "bishops" about the actual truth of George Walker Bush's anti-life policies that were outlined again yesterday in We Don't Want to Learn Anything.)
Once again, you see, we are face to face with where the twin insanities, Modernity and Modernism, blind non-Catholics and Catholics alike and force them into a strait-jacket of naturalism.
Modernity (the Protestant Revolt, the so-called "Enlightenment," the religiously indifferentist and semi-Pelagian modern state) has convinced almost all but a relatively small handful of Catholics that it is possible for there to be personal and social order absent a due submission to the Deposit of Faith as It has been entrusted to the Catholic Church and absent a reliance upon Sanctifying Grace to overcome and to make reparation for our own sins, which are the proximate causes of all personal and social problems. Thus arises the welter of naturalistic "philosophies" and "ideologies" that are proposed to "reform" societies as "true believers" seek to discern what the guiding lights of their particular naturalistic systems would do today in our own circumstances were they alive to provide this "guidance."
We must remember what Pope Gregory XVI wrote in Mirari Vos, August 15, 1832, when he condemned the fundamental presuppositions of Modernity:
This shameful font of indifferentism gives rise to that absurd and erroneous proposition which claims that liberty of conscience must be maintained for everyone. It spreads ruin in sacred and civil affairs, though some repeat over and over again with the greatest impudence that some advantage accrues to religion from it. "But the death of the soul is worse than freedom of error," as Augustine was wont to say. When all restraints are removed by which men are kept on the narrow path of truth, their nature, which is already inclined to evil, propels them to ruin. Then truly "the bottomless pit" is open from which John saw smoke ascending which obscured the sun, and out of which locusts flew forth to devastate the earth. Thence comes transformation of minds, corruption of youths, contempt of sacred things and holy laws -- in other words, a pestilence more deadly to the state than any other. Experience shows, even from earliest times, that cities renowned for wealth, dominion, and glory perished as a result of this single evil, namely immoderate freedom of opinion, license of free speech, and desire for novelty.
Modernism, enshrined in the very ethos of the counterfeit church of conciliarism, has convinced Catholics that it is neither wise nor even desirable to seek to plant seeds for the restoration of Christendom. That era has "passed," never to be recaptured again. It is possible, therefore, to base personal and social order on something short of Catholicism. This is a lie, a lie that is enshrined in the abomination of the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service that offends God so much each time it is simulated as act of "worship" in the name of the Catholic Church.
It is no wonder, therefore, that so many craven career politicians of both major political parties and so many "philosophes" of the current of naturalism known as the "right" can live so very comfortably with the daily slaughter of the preborn by chemical and surgical means. Those who do not view the world clearly through the eyes of the true Faith and who are not committed to restore Christendom by praying as many Rosaries each day as the totally consecrated slaves of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary are part of the problem, not any part of a "solution" for social problems, no less a "solution" founded solely on naturalistic grounds that denies the Sovereign Rights of Christ the King and the Queenly Rights of Mary our Immaculate Queen.
Figures of Antichrist had been read by 534 people as of the reading taking by the company that hosts this site on Monday, November 10, 2008. Perhaps only half as many readers will review this article. No matter.
What matters is that those who do read these articles might, at the very least, stop to reconsider a possible uncritical acceptance of the "ways of the world" and to start considering the essential nature of viewing the world at all times through the eyes of the true Faith, which is the only means of personal salvation and of social order.
It is only when citizens live and work in light of their Last End as members of the Catholic Church that the family, the basic unit of society in which most human problems are to be addressed, takes its rightful place. And it is only when citizens live and work in light of their Last End as members of the Catholic Church that the civil state will be limited in its size, scope and power as its officials, both elected and appointed, seek to promote the common temporal good in light of man's Last End, being willing to submit at all times to the authority of the Catholic Church on all that pertains to the good of souls.
Remember these words of Pope Saint Pius X, contained in Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910:
For there is no true civilization without a moral civilization, and no true moral civilization without the true religion: it is a proven truth, a historical fact.
Care to disagree? This statement is either true or it is false. A Catholic should understand and accept that it is true and stop wasting his time worrying about which naturalist or which naturalistic "philosophy" is going to "improve" society. Only Catholicism can improve society as it penetrates into the souls of men. It is really that simple.
We give all to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Each Rosary we pray helps us to give honor and glory to the Most Blessed Trinity and to make reparation for our sins and those of the whole world. We must never look for results. We must only strive to be faithful and to be prepared at all times, especially in this month of November as we intensify our prayers for the Poor Souls of the Church Suffering in Purgatory, to make an accounting for our lives before Christ the King, pleading earnestly that Our Mother and Queen of Mercy, Mary Immaculate, will plead for us then, at the hour of our deaths, as she does with every beat of our hearts that should and must beat in unison with her Immaculate Heart and her Divine Son's Most Sacred Heart.
Those twin, matchless Hearts of love do not live comfortably with murder. Neither should we. Not once. Never.
Viva Cristo Rey! Vivat Christus Rex!
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!
Saint Joseph, Patron of Departing Souls, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.
Pope Saint Martin I, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?