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I must say, all things being equal, I am very grateful to the Lord for the fact that we have two and only two very powerful political Parties in America, and I pray that that will continue to be the case into the future. When you look at Democracies that have lots and lots of political Parties, you are generally looking at countries that have entirely new governments multiple times a year, with no one in clear control, with people elected to high office even though more people voted against them than voted for them.
Which, of course, has happened here, when votes were split between more than two Parties. Billary and Hillary Clinton, both times they ran, were elected even though more people voted against them than voted for them. And, that is the sort of thing that may be considered to be the norm when there are more than two main parties, or when some independent Party candidate grabs some of what clearly would have been a majority vote. Even at that, we are far better off than some of those Western European and Eurabian countries that have 15 or 20 or more viable, legitimate, actual political Parties, representing, as they do, everything from pornographers to prostitutes to farmers to Aquarians. Such countries can just about never expect to have a sitting Legislature or Executive who truly represents a majority of the voters.
So, the Catholic American Thinker recommends choosing carefully between the Republican and Democratic Parties, and avoiding any extraneous Parties or independent candidates. It is better all around, for everyone in America, if more of us get involved in motivating our two major Parties in the direction of truly representing us, rather than either dropping out of the process, or giving strength to opponents of both Parties. That is the slow but sure path to loosing representative government. If you don't like the positions of a Party, or if you don't like the positions of either Party, do something about it, and let them know about it.
Ben Franklin once humorously warned against "drawing your saber, mounting your horse, and charging furiously, in all directions at once." While that remains a good warning, I submit that it would be better to be a mount-up-and-charger than to be a sit-back-and-bitcher. Yet, either of those would still be preferable to being a take-my-ball-and-play-somewhere-else-r.
Perfection is not of this world, but the next. Neither Party is ever going to be perfect. With that in mind, let's take a Thinking Catholic look at American's current political climate, and the position of the two Parties.
First and foremost, we need to look at the guiding ethos of a Party. Which means looking at their foundational morality and seeing how closely it coincides with the Catholic ethos. (One out of four of us is a Catholic.) Or, failing that, how closely it coincides with the Protestant ethos. (Three out of four of us is a Protestant.) Or, failing that, how closely it coincides with the general ethos of Western Civilization, which is based on Judeo-Christian moral norms. (98 out of every hundred of us follow the Western Culture ethos.) Some of this is addressed in the Thinking Catholic Webpage, and in the Catholic Culture Webpage.
First of all, just what kind of people are we?
Some 86% of us are self-professed Christians, and 98% believe in God. However well or poorly we might practice our diverse faiths, and however vague or precise our personal ethos' might be, we are, without question, a nation of believers. We overwhelmingly follow the Western Culture notions of right and wrong, decency, manners and civility. At the absolute core of all of that are the Ten Commandments, whether anybody likes it or not. Even if vast numbers of us can't even recite them, we all know what they are, and they form the foundation within us that tells us what's right and what's wrong. This sense of what's right and what's wrong is written on our hearts. Even unfortunates possessing un-trained or even malformed consciences, living lives in counter-culture and in crime, know, when they do it, that the thing they do is wrong, or it is right. Nobody has to tell them that. Unless they are seriously deranged.
The Contentious Issues that make men Political Partisans.
If there were no such thing as a contentious issue, there would be no such thing as politics. Contentious issues make politics, among peoples that are free and self-governing. In this country, we are supposed to be partisan, to be about something, to make political decisions and take a political stand. In my opinion one of the worst possible things a grown man could say would be "politics bore me." Any non-participatory, let George do it, lukewarm wimp who says that sort of thing in America might be happier living in some dictatorship, where the people have no voice, and there are no issues of contention, and nobody argues with the leader.For quite a few decades now, the SLIMC1 has been creating, monopolizing, and presenting the public image of what America is about, both internally within the USA, and externally to the international community. I submit that that image is false. More recently, thanks to the internet, and to internet Bloggers, the false facade of the Mainstream Media (MSM) is being stripped away, and, for the first time, the all-powerful media is actually threatened by something. The MSM is under serious attack from Bloggers and talk-radio, seems to be undergoing a sort of implosion, and it remains to be seen what exactly will replace it. Hopefully, a real free press. The political power - the power to politically sway the masses - of the overwhelmingly Leftist-Liberal SLIMC1 , up until now, cannot be overstated. I pray that this is the beginning of the end of their era.
So, let's look at some contentious issues.
The Modernist tends to over-emphasize the natural sciences over theology, to put it mildly. In point of fact, the best and brightest among the Modernists are self-proclaimed atheists and pure Materialists or Naturalists. The recognized scientific community, including very nearly some whole sciences, is largely made up of Modernists, and forms a cult that is decidedly intolerant of theists among their ranks, even to the point of academic and legal exclusion.
I submit that the Democratic Party is predominantly supportive of the Modernist viewpoint, and that the Republican Party is only weakly supportive of it.
Today's Marxists would rather not use the term; indeed, many of today's younger Marxists aren't even smart enough to know what they are. The preferred term is Socialist, or even Social-Democrat, but the political position is exactly the same. Similarly, terms like worker's paradise and utopia and international Communism are out of vogue, and the new "in" terms are nations without borders and the global village and equality. Note that the equality they refer to is not just equality before the law; what they mean is absolute equality, in everything. Marxists in the MSM will not use the term Marxist, or Socialist, or even Leftist. They even avoid, if possible, the term Liberal. They prefer to describe themselves with the term Moderate, because that is how they actually view and portray themselves. But they give up the game when they refer to their opposition in terms that specifically exclude terms like moderate or centrist. Their opposition is always described by them as Right Wing or even Hard Right Wing, or as the Religious Right, or even as Fascist, which they mistakenly see as somehow opposite to Marxist. Any opposition to their notion of equality-in-everything is described as bigoted and/or racist and/or intolerant.
I submit that the Democratic Party is decidedly Marxist, and the Republican Party is generally anti-Marxist, even if only weakly so.
Darwinism is rigidly enforced atheist dogma, pure and simple. The Darwinist fervently believes, by faith alone, in the complete absence of empirical evidences, that entirely new species naturally "evolve" from other species. A new species is defined as one that can still reproduce itself, but can not interbreed and reproduce with its parent species, because it is a new species. Throughout all of human history, no such occurrence, living or fossil, has ever been observed by anyone, including Darwin. Yet today, Darwinian theory is legally forced into the public education system, to the legal exclusion and censorship of any opposing theories, and even debates within the field of Darwinists are specifically censored in the public school classroom.
I submit that the Democratic Party is solidly Darwinist, and that the Republican Party is also Darwinist.
Once upon a time, in any dictionary, the first definition of fornication described any act involving sexual gratification outside of the sacred bounds of normative marriage. But that was the pre-Freud era. Christianity teaches the existence of a continuum between the two mutually exclusive notions of sin and grace. Freudianism teaches the existence of inhibitions, which are always bad, and the preeminence of sex as the driving force behind all human action. These ideas are antagonistic. To the Freudian, the very notion of sin represents and unwanted and unhealthy inhibition, and the job of the Freudian is to remove unhealthy inhibitions.
I submit that both the Democratic and Republican Parties at least support, where they do not overwhelmingly endorse, the silly notions of Freudianism.
Secularism, which falsely portrays itself as neutral on religious matters, is a very pro-active atheist mission of religious cleansing of the American public square. If a school system in a culture like, say, India, were to try and separate pupils from their ancient heritage of Hinduism, most modern Liberals would probably call that an intolerant intrusion into a culture. Yet that is precisely what they are doing to an overwhelming Christian heritage and culture right here in America. And any who oppose it are labeled as Right Wing Religious nuts.
I submit that the Democratic Party is just about exclusively Secularist, and the Republican Party is generally or weakly anti-Secularist.
The pro-abortion forces will not call themselves pro-abortion for obvious reasons. They can't stand the title. So they use mealy-mouthed weasel-words and Orwellian Newspeak to hide the disgraceful reality of their position. The fact is, and their speech and writing in the pro-abortion arena proves, that they love it, they champion it, they sponsor it, and they will defend it to the death.
I submit that the Democratic Party loves, sponsors and champions abortion; it's a plank in their platform, it's what they are about, and it is one of their defining issues. The Republican Party is almost solidly against aborting people.
Just as secularism seeks to religiously censor all public free religious expression, if it's Christian, it seeks to defend pornography as free speech and artistic expression. Which is the same grounds on which it defends open public expressions of sacrilege, so long as it is against Christianity. But if there is any money source more lucrative to Leftist political Party coffers than show-biz, billionaires, abortionists, the Red Chinese military and so forth, it would be the kingpins of the America's largely unregulated masturbation industry.
I submit that the Democratic Party defends pornography as free speech, and the Republican Party, with few exceptions, is pretty wimpy in opposing it.
If the political-correctness police catch you even saying the word, you will be labeled an intolerant bigot and a - get this - homophobe. Right. Supporters and champions of sodomy use more mealy-mouthed weasel-words and Orwellian Newspeak than the pro-abortion forces, again, because the truth hurts. What the pro-sodomy Homo-Nazism movement seeks is normalization and forced public acceptance of open, highly visible, in-your-face, public fagotry in the American public square. In show-biz, in sit-coms, in public schools, in corporations, even in churches. And it is succeeding. Even the "new," and I would say, Modernist, Disney corporation, with it's Gay Day, proves that it firmly believes that the sight of men holding hands and kissing in public is a good, positive example for other people's children to see.
I submit that the Democratic Party is definitely pro-sodomy, with high ranking Party representatives openly courting the homosexual vote, leading Gay parades, supporting Gay marriage, and on, and on, and on. The Republican Party is, mostly, anti-sodomy.
Racism is defined as belief in the superiority or inferiority of a given race; an antagonism based on that belief; or, simply, antagonism against another race with no other basis than race. Recognizing, again, that perfection is not of this world but the next, I would still say that real racism is just about dead in America, and has been for a long time. Marxian social planners, redistributionists and collectivisors, traveling by other names, seek to keep American blacks, particularly inner city blacks, alienated from the larger America and opposed to assimilation, for their own political reasons. Keeping inner city blacks convinced that they cannot make it on their own without the massive help of Liberal political sugar-daddies appears to be the goal. Successful blacks who assimilate are ostracized as oriole cookies and not seen as exemplary models and examples for others to follow. Programs aimed at equality of stuff between races invariably lower society rather than raising the target race, and cause antagonisms that are easily, although erroneously, labeled as racist. I submit that it is not possible to enforce a policy that grants advantage to a race without simultaneously enforcing disadvantage on another race. Purposely forcing a disadvantage on a race can be called, definitively, racist.
The Democratic Party was the Party of Slavery; it morphed into the Party of segregation forever; now it is the Party of abortion. It masquerades as the Party that champions the black cause, but all its preferential-racial policies do, in the end, is keep blacks down, by keeping them dependent. The Republican Party is, predominantly, the Party of equal rights under the law. Period. You don't need any sugar daddy. Lots and lots of black American self-made millionaires prove the point. The problem is not the American ideal, but rather, interference with it.
I suppose I could keep this up all night, but I need to end this somewhere, so, this is it. How do these issues stack up and get judged by your ethos?As I said at the beginning, I'm glad there are these two, big, powerful Parties in America, and I pray to be always voting for someone in one of them. At the moment, as I think you can see, the Democratic Party is the one I love to hate. There's just so much there to oppose. How do you even define an ethos that would support such things? Well, how about the ethos of BMDFP10 and Democrats?
Things, and Parties, can always change, and I pray that they will, for the better.
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Note: At the birth of these two great Parties, the defining issue was the slavery issue. The Republican Party was the Party of the abolition movement, and the "purifying" of the concept of the American Republic. The Democrat Party was the Party of the slavery movement, and the transformation of America from a Republic into a pure Democracy. These sentiments made the Democrat Party ripe for the plucking of the Marxist movement, and pluck they did. The Marxist movement in America has mostly morphed into the "Progressive" movement, which seeks to eventually achieve control and dominate, through peaceful "Democratic" processes, that which Marx originally sought to achieve through bloody revolution: Dictatorship.
At the nation's birth, which is to say, the ratification of the Constitution, there were no Parties. The men who ran for office ran on Principle, as men of honor. Today, the simple man of Principle running for high office is rare indeed. They run on Platforms, with the support of various lobbies and highly partisan groups with special interests. Principle, for the most part, has been left in the dust.
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Laying out the contemporary American political factions and their positions, as compared to the Founding Principles in the Declaration, and the Constituting Principles in the Constitution. America is the first nation in world history designed to be without classes - no nobility, no royalty, no aristocracy - all men stand equal before the law.
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Return to American Constitutional Principles is the path to national salvation. American Constitutional Principles are reawakened by the mortal threat to the nation posed by Obamunism.
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Are our federal bureaucracies all malignant outgrowths of Marxism? Any extra-Constitutional government agency is likely to be a malignant outgrowth of Marxism.
Three fatal oversights of the top conservative cognizanti: Glenn, Rush and Sean. Beck, Limbaugh and Hannity are on the right track, but just nibbling around the edges of who the enemy is.
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Fasttrack Fairtax: Stop income tax until repeal of Amendment XVI. Fasttrack Fairtax: Legislate to not collect income tax and pass FairTax.
Atheizing America - we sit, seemingly mesmerized, merely watching it happen. Among all Leftist agendas, the atheizing America agenda is the one we seem to notice the least. Like deer in the headlights, we just stand there and watch.
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Opposing affirmative action / equal opportunity programs as racist. Affirmative action (racial preference) requires racial exclusion, which is, definitively, racism.
Are we really a racist culture, or are our blacks just a bunch of crybabies? If America has produced more black self-made millionaires than any or all other nations, then, how is it that America is seen to be a racist nation?
New "race and racism" thread begun by Stephen from VT. On race and racism: the ever changing definition and generic usage of the word "racism."
Athenaeum courses consistently taught that the early Church condoned slavery. This teaching is clearly false. Yet the Athenaeum of Ohio LPMP program, in multiple courses, officially taught that the Church "changed" its teaching on slavery.
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My anti anti-American arguments are attacks on falsehoods, in support of truth. American Communists hide their true identity and disguise themselves as anti anti-Communists. Using their playbook, I hereby identify myself as an anti anti-American.
The anti intellectual sentiment: Where does it come from? Marxist Academia and the Anti-Intellectual Sentiment.
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Boycott the airlines until they stop the groping and begin profiling. Boycott the airlines; if you can’t go on a company plane or drive, don’t go at all.
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Marxists and Moslems: The Last Barbarians. The last barbarians not yet converted or conquered by Western civilization are Marxists and Moslems.
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If an American Redirection is underway; we all need to look at it. Reviewing some implications of the newly coined Science / Democracy Obversion theory underlying the new American Redirection.
Refuting Separation of Church and State as a Constitutional Principle. If Separation of Church and State cannot be found in our Constitution, what makes it a Constitutional Principle? Nothing. It is NOT a Constitutional Principle.
Of the four Republican candidates left standing, only Santorum gets it. Romney? No. Gingrich? No. Paul? No. Only Santorum gets it.
Definition of Capitalism: Economic Organization based on Private Property. Any true definition of Capitalism must state that it is purely an Economic system, not a Government system, and it works most efficiently and profitably under Representative Government.
God and Nature: on the Nature of Things, established by the Creator of Things. on man’s Perversion of the Nature of Things, even with the best of intentions.
Going whole-Hog on American Constitutional Restoration. It's all or nothing, now. If we don't go whole-hog on Constitutional Restoration, the USA is history.
Introducing Glenn Beck Progressivism, and the depth of the hidden movement. Glenn Beck Progressivism: the unseen and unrecognized advance of Marxism.
If we have an inherent right to something, then, who must supply it? Rights and Responsibilities exist in paired sets; a right does not exist in the absence of a related responsibility. If indeed we have a right to our job, then, someone must provide it. Who?
The Three Big Ideas competing in global geopolitics today. The Three Big Ideas, and a Fourth one: aggressive, militant atheism, or secularism.
Only clear, distinct political battle lines will save Constitutional America. Fuzzy, indistinct political battle lines only encourage and feed the "bipartisan" progressive destruction of this last bastion of Human Liberty.
Political, Theological and Philosophical Pigeonholes. No one exactly fits any Pigeonhole; you're not supposed to Pigeonhole anyone; but what about their own words, actions and behavior?
Absolute Truth, as The Winning Political Force to be Reckoned With. The 2016 Candidate who stands in Truth rather than whatever various audiences want to hear will beat everyone, severely.
The Social Formula [Culture=Religion+Politics] is Inviolate. Politics merely organize Human Culture around the predominant Religious beliefs of a distinct and identifiable People.
Whether the result means death or rebirth, the American Reset will be painful. America was born in Revolution. If the reset means rebirth, it will only come through re-revolution.
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