Friday, April 24, 2015
The Idolatry of Statism
Sometimes I feel like a lonely voice crying in the wilderness when I
denounce statism, especially socialism, as idolatry.
But then I come across Timothy Fountain stating that statism is
idolatry for both right and left, and I do not feel so alone. Do go read his thoughtful piece.
And statism is an idolatrous tendency that transcends the usual
categories of left and right. A
big reason our nation is in a bad way is not only the Democrat Party, but also
the Republican establishment is wedded to statist big government. Yeah, maybe they want to grow it more
slowly than Democrats, but mainly they just want to run it instead of
And that statist tendency of the Establishment Republicans who now
control Congress has greatly undermined the Consent of the Governed. How many elections have we had in my
lifetime that have said “NO!” to big government? I would say 1966, 1978, 1980, 1984, perhaps 1988, 1994,
2004, 2010, and 2014. Yet the
federal government has gotten bigger and bigger, and more and more intrusive. The disregard both parties have
shown for the 2010 and 2014 elections has been particularly marked.
How long can a government get more powerful in defiance of the consent
of the governed, with even the supposed opposition party ignoring the votes of
the people, without ugly consequences?
I pray that the 2016 election is such a repudiation of big government
statism that the winners finally get it and bow to the Consent of the Governed
by putting the federal government in its place. For the alternatives I see would not bode well for either
freedom or civil peace.
But I know too well that politicians rarely reduce their own power. It usually has to be taken from them. Therefore, I fear the near future of
the United States and of both its major parties will not be a pleasant
Labels: consent of the governed, Democrats, Election 2010, Election 2014, Republicans
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Hillary! – Foreign Policy for Sale IV: Clinton “Charities” Misreported Foreign Donations
Clinton’s family’s charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns
after a Reuters review found errors in how they reported donations from
governments, and said they may audit other Clinton Foundation returns in case
of other errors…
charities’ errors generally take the form of under-reporting or over-reporting,
by millions of dollars, donations from foreign governments, or in other
instances omitting to break out government donations entirely when reporting
revenue, the charities confirmed to Reuters.
But I’m sure they were honest, well-meaning errors . . . that have
nothing to do with concealing foreign influence. So don’t even think that! Shame on you!
years in a row beginning in 2010, the Clinton Foundation reported to the IRS
that it received zero in funds from foreign and U.S. governments, a dramatic fall-off from the tens of
millions of dollars in foreign government contributions reported in preceding
entries were errors, according to the foundation: several foreign
governments continued to give tens of millions of dollars toward the
foundation’s work on climate change and economic development through this
three-year period. Those governments were identified on the foundation’s
annually updated donor list, along with broad indications of how much each had
cumulatively given since they began donating.
Just minor clerical errors.
Hey, not reporting millions of dollars from foreign governments happens
every day. And we know the
Clintons are honest . . . . . .
Nothing to see here. Move
Labels: Hillary Clinton
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Lawlessness Begets Lawlessness
I have been
very hesitant to write this post.
I fear that what I am about to say will be twisted into supposed
advocacy of violence. So let me
say right now, I pray for a peaceful, lawful defeat and casting off of the lawless
tyranny, tyrannies really, that have descended on America. And every time I read from Coverdale’s
Psalm 57 during Morning Prayer – Under
the shadow of thy wings shall be my refuge, until this tyranny be overpast
– I am reminded so to pray.
But I fear
matters will not transpire so well or so peacefully for the United States.
And so does Maetenloch
at Ace of Spades. For the past two
nights, he has focused on the problem of lawless Leftists disregarding the rule
of law and using raw government force to attack political opponents, and so far
overnight threads are . . . wide-ranging.
Focus on “Wisconsin’s
Shame” and “How Lois Lerner Evaded Charges” from two nights ago and on “Quote
of the Day” and “Kurt Schlichter: Why Liberals May Regret Their New Rules” from
The problem of
lawless government extends far beyond it being used to attack political
opponents. (That is another reason I have been hesitant to post. It is a problem so big, it is hard to
get one’s arms around it, and it is not at all easy to do so even in this
humble post.) But for now, let us consider this aspect and its consequences.
And, yes, I am
not naïve. I know Obama and his
ilk are not the first ones to attempt to use the power of government to
suppress and attack political opponents.
But a moment in American history in which the attacks are so wide
ranging, using multiple agencies, and are being conducted with such impunity –
such a moment does not come to mind.
The result may
be that Leftists may find their cry “No Justice. No Peace.” may be more true
than they would like. As Maetenloch observed two nights ago:
We have a system of justice in this
country but more and more it's clear that it no longer can provide any justice
in the cases of partisan government officials using government harassment and
thuggery against citizens who merely hold opposing political beliefs. . . .
So there's an assumption that if the
legal system is manipulated and even blocked, then there's simply no recourse
at all for those on the receiving end of this treatment and so they'll just
accept it. Which is clearly what the above people [i. e. namely Milwaukee district
attorney John Chisholm and Judge Barbara Kluka in Wisconsin, and Lois Lerner
and US Attorney Ron Machen. - Ed.] and their
allies seem to believe. Well out of inertia of trust in the system this is true
up to a point - but only up to a point.
But when that trust that justice will
actually be delivered is finally broken, stoic acceptance of the jiggered
results of a broken system can no longer be counted upon either. Instead you
will see a reversion to the older, rougher justice delivery firmware that's
embedded in our DNA and it will be ugly. But not necessarily unjust.
Given that people have had their lives
destroyed for merely making a bad joke on social media, wearing the wrong
shirt, answering a hypothetical question about catering incorrectly, and using
the wrong ordering of words in a phrase, not to mention threatened with jail
for the act of committing politics, I see no reason that Chisholm, Kluka,
Lerner, and Machen who have done far
worse should be able to walk the streets and go through life comfortably and
Don't blame me for this - I wasn't the
one who deliberately subverted and broke the system of justice that we had.
Yes, this comes
a bit close to advocating vigilante justice. And vigilante justice is not to be desired - all the more reason to demand lawful justice against the likes of John Chisholm and Lois Lerner. For a vacuum of no lawful justice from those
who have the duty to execute justice invites vigilantism . . . and worse as Kurt Schlichter warns:
Which brings us to America in 2015. It’s
becoming a nation where an elite that is certain of its power and its moral
rightness is waging a cultural war on a despised minority. Except it’s not
actually a minority – it only seems that way because it is marginalized by the
coastal elitist liberals who run the mainstream media.
Today in America, we have a liberal president
refuses to recognize the majority sent to Congress as a reaction to his
progressive failures, and who uses extra-Constitutional means like executive
orders to stifle the voice of his opponents. We have a liberal establishment on
a secular jihad against people who dare place their conscience ahead of
progressive dogma. And we have two different sets of laws, one for the little
people and one for liberals like Lois Lerner, Al Sharpton and Hillary Clinton,
who can blatantly commit federal crimes and walk away scot free and smirking.
Today in America, a despised minority
that is really no minority is the target of an establishment that considers
this minority unworthy of respect, unworthy of rights, and unworthy of having a
say in the direction of this country. It’s an establishment that has one law
for itself, and another for its enemies. It’s an establishment that inflicts an
ever-increasing series of petty humiliations on its opponents and considers
this all hilarious.
That’s a recipe for disaster. You cannot
expect to change the status quo for yourself and then expect those you
victimize not to play by the new rules you have created. You cannot expect to
be able to discard the rule of law in favor of the rule of force and have those
you target not respond in kind.
And although we
are already going beyond the topic of government attacks on political
opponents, that goes to the heart of the problem – lawlessness begets
lawlessness. And that especially
if the lawless are those in power who abuse government power to subvert
justice, the rule of law, and Constitutional rights instead of furthering and
protecting them. What I've posted so far is just a taste of the rising anger among Americans.
notes that the revolt against these and other enormities of the Left has been
peaceful so far, marked mainly by the elections of 2010 and 2014. (And I find
that peacefulness remarkable and commendable.) But, unlike Bill Clinton in 1994, Obama has chosen to defy
the Consent of the Governed as expressed in those elections and so have congressional Republicans. They were elected to stop Obama. Instead they have enabled him. And the consequences of that enabling
could be ugly as well and in many ways already are. But that
will have to wait for another post.
In any case,
government that not only ignores political opponents, but also ignores the rule
of law by using raw government power to attack political opponents, as DA John
Chisholm and IRS hack Lois Lerner and, yes, Obama have done, is profoundly un-American and
invites a response we do not associate with this country as well.
Please pray for
the country. We need it.
Labels: Lawlessness Begets Lawlessness, rule of law
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Hillary! – Foreign Policy for Sale III: Can you say “slush fund”?
has more on foreign governments and businesses (successfully) trying to
influence U. S. foreign policy through donations to the Clinton
Foundation. But I found this
particularly eye-opening (Emphasis mine.):
Between 2009 and 2012, the Clinton
Foundation raised over $500 million dollars according to a review of IRS
documents by The Federalist (2012,
A measly 15 percent of that, or $75 million, went towards programmatic grants.
More than $25 million went to fund travel expenses. Nearly $110 million went
toward employee salaries and benefits. And a whopping $290 million during that
period — nearly 60 percent of all money
raised — was classified merely as “other expenses.”
Face it. The Clinton Foundation is a big Bill
and Hillary slush fund.
Labels: Hillary Clinton
Monday, April 20, 2015
My parish has
recently discovered that our baptismal font is multiple use - and it’s a good thing, too.
We were at our
wits’ end in dealing with naughty and irreverent children . . . until we began using
our font as our Church Prison.
Not only is the
miscreant (such as the naughty boy in the photo) dealt with and properly shamed,
but the other children see and fear.
markedly improved, thanks be to God!
Labels: humor, life
Hillary! – Foreign Policy for Sale II
Ten days ago, I
mentioned an episode in which it is obvious that Hillary! as Secretary of State
had put up U. S. foreign policy for sale in Columbia.
Well, with Peter
Schweizer’s Clinton Cash coming out
on May 5th and already making the news, it now appears Bill and Hillary! being
enriched by foreign governments and businesses with salubrious effects on U. S.
foreign policy might be about to become a big issue.
Labels: Hillary Clinton
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
campaign is pushing the image (And is there anything intentional that is not image with the Clintons?) of Hillary
as a Bible-totin’ Methodist.
Well, she may
carry around a King James for all I know.
But someone in the King James said, “Ye shall know them by their fruit.” So let’s look at some of Hillary’s
fruit. (Please don’t take that
metaphor too far, thank you.)
“Thou shalt not
kill” is a pretty basic teaching of the Bible. But Hillary cannot be bothered to tell where she stands on
late-term abortions. And she
should tell us as she has jumped all over the place on that issue in the past.
Religion is a basic American value of obvious concern to Christians. But Hillary piled on Indiana and
Arkansas as they sought to protect freedom of religion. And she has parroted the Obama
Administration line of being all for “freedom of worship,” an alarming turn of words contradictory to genuine freedom of religion as mentioned here in the
past. (And we since then have seen the fruit of that in Obamacare.)
In other words,
her position is “You are free to keep your religion in your churches and out of
the public square and even out of your own businesses.” Some freedom.
tote Bibles all she wants but her positions on abortion and freedom of
religion, for starters, are hardly Christian . . . or American for that matter.
Labels: abortion, freedom of religion, Hillary Clinton