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Vic Biorseth, Tuesday, April
It's not easy being fully Roman Catholic even among fellow Catholics, let alone among non-Catholic Christians. Nor is it easy being fully Constitutionalist even among fellow American patriots, let alone among American Leftists. Finally, it is not easy being a lover of the scientific method and of Aristotelian logic, and a practitioner or critical thinking, even among modern day scholars and scientists.
Sometimes I feel like the Lone Ranger. And sometimes I feel like a circus performer in a high wire act, with no net below. But the really terrible thing about these feelings is that this is not any dream or imagining. The whole world is upside down, and very few - perhaps too few - even see it, or properly recognize it for what it is.
The most vitally important topic to man is God; the second most vitally important important topic to man is politics. The two most important building blocks of culture, and of civilization itself. Most frequently it seems that those two topics are, either so unimportant as to not even be on anyone's radar, or, verboten topics, not to be discussed in polite company. Our immortal souls are not important enough. Our national destiny is not important enough. World civilization is not important enough. Almost everyone within sight or within earshot is preoccupied and distracted by trivia. Nonsense.
Sports; Work; Hobbies; TV shows; Movies; Music; Games; Pop-Culture.
Trivia. The enemy is inside the walls, our government is either participating in or precipitating the ongoing destruction, the world is burning down and nobody wants to talk about it. There is almost no one "engaged" enough to talk about it. My wife, a few friends, a few priests, people responding on this website, and that's about it. Everyone else is preoccupied with nonsense.
And where they are not distracted, they are misinformed and misled on critical topics, such as those discussed in the Anti-Americanism Pages, or the Death Of Morality Pages, or the Anti-Capitalism Pages, or the Advance Of Scientism Pages. Our own population is increasingly becoming purposefully mal-educated, indoctrinated and propagandized into believing ungodly, immoral, unnatural and un-American nonsense, and being made into cultural antibodies, living in but supporting action against their own host culture.
It isn't enough that the Marxocrat Party has effectively destroyed the American black family and fed "Black Rage" against "The System" through controlled education, news reporting and pop-culture. They are now effectively destroying all American families, effectively destabilizing if not destroying our American culture at its very root. Just as has been done and is being done with black culture, the whole American culture is now being turned into a self-destructive organism.
While it concentrates on trivia.
When it gets to the point of Marriage being a topic in need of being actually defined in law, the culture war is lost. The very fact that Marriage is now a concept that needs to be argued in the highest courts for the perceived "rights" of potential marital partners who are other than man and wife indicates the loss of the culture war. It shouldn't need to be legally defined. What does nature say about human reproduction? What does simple common sense say about the normative family being the primal building block of the larger culture?
Incidentally, what does the Constitution itself say about marriage?
Nothing. It isn't in the Constitution at all. Therefore, Marriage is outside the scope of the Constitution, and the federal government, including the Supreme Court, should not ever address it at all. Marriage is a matter of Local Community Standards, addressed, if at all, by lower jurisdictions.
But the Constitution doesn't matter to them; they will address it anyway.
It doesn't matter which way the court decisions might go. The very fact that it is being argued at all, let alone at such a high level, is a sure indication that American culture, and perhaps world civilization, has doomed itself. Too many of us now oppose God, and too many of us now oppose nature. And that's the way the numbers are moving. Our "Progressive" Marxists call it Progress. I call it degeneracy, and descent into moral depravity, because that's what it is, and I know that it is being done on purpose.
In Politics, Constitutional Absolutism has already lost the war. Every single thing this sitting government does is unconstitutional. No one is doing anything to stop it. No one in the Legislative branch, no one in the Executive branch and no one in the Judicial branch is being true to his oath of office, in which he swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. All three branches act against the Constitution and against their own very purpose for being.
While they all concentrate on Partisan Party politics.
Note well that Political Parties are not mentioned in the Constitution.
Whenever a whole American government no longer recognizes the common moral code upon which the nation itself is founded, then that whole government is no longer capable of properly addressing the common good of the American people.
And so here I am, the Lone Ranger balancing on the high wire with no net below. Still fully Roman Catholic, still fully Constitutional Absolutist. But in a nation that is predominantly Protestant and at least mildly anti-Catholic. And in a nation that has been carefully taught to hate Capitalism, which is to say to hate private property. And to covet. And to oppose religion, as somehow "oppressive" and backward. And to concentrate their attention on sports, and movies, and celebrities, and pop-culture and - well, trivia.
What all this produces is the opposite of Love. It produces, more than anything else, Hatred. I see it in submitted comments to this website all the time. You don't see it, because I don't publish it. Most of these webpages, and there are hundreds of them, have received their share of comments that can only be described as blind, raging, obscene and even incoherent hatred and vitriol. Such hatred is characteristic of the godless and the ungodly.
The Natural Law is written on our hearts by God; it is part of the Common Grace that gives us the nucleus of a good conscience; the inner knowledge of right and wrong. But there is an empty place in there, because this natural inner conscience needs to be quickened by Sanctifying Grace, through Baptism and other Sacraments, and by hearing and cooperating with the Good News. That empty place is a never ending yearning for unity with God. If it is not filled by God, it will be filled with evil, which will work to undo good conscience.
And that is how Love is turned into Hate. People without God are hate-filled people, full of rage and anger. Note well that Liberals, Leftists and all others trending Marxist are always angry and filled with hate. Even blind, unreasonable rage.
But directed at His disciples. And against what His disciples have maintained, which would be His Church. Another thing, by the way, that was constructed under the inspiration of God was the very idea of America, which produced the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution.
Balancing is difficult, when I seek unity with fellow Catholics who do not embrace all of the magisterial teachings of the Church. Still, we must agree on the direction of the larger culture even if we disagree on points of Church teaching.
Balancing is difficult when I seek unity with fellow non-Catholic Christians who oppose Catholicism. I cannot compromise on my faith, yet I cannot convince them all of the errors of Protestantism. Still, we must agree on the direction of the larger culture even while we stick to our disparate theologies.
Balance is difficult when I seek political unity with fellow Americans who have been fooled by the Marxist-driven falsehoods of the Eco-Nazi Movement and Scientism in general, and who don't even recognize the anti-American Marxist political agenda behind all the giant scientistic frauds. Especially after they've been educated in false American history, false world history and general anti-Americanism.
I don't know about you, but I'm not giving up. I still wear this big old JPII Crucifix around my neck, everywhere I go, everything I do, as an open, sure public sign of my Roman Catholicism. And I still hold tight to the Constitution, as a sign of my love and commitment to the very idea of America. Where do you stand?
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Date: Wed Apr 29 09:27:08 2015
I stand with you and your lovely wife! For we, too, in our house serve the Lord!
Excellently written and so very true. I know you are a Rush listener, which really helps constitutionally. But, I may have a place you have not yet visited. Have you watched/listened to Vericast? Their website is http://www.vericast.net/ and they are very balanced...I would even admit they have helped me to see some things about myself that I did not realize in our Catholic Faith. Their motto is: Know the Truth, Live the Truth, so you may become the Truth! Tim Haines and Wilson O. are the Catholics who present the podcasts. I hope you are able to check them out. Tim Haines really delves into philosophy. I believe his solo show (The Tim Haines Show - live Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m.) and the Sunday duo show (Vericast - live Sundays at 5:00) are available for non-subscribers. I think the rest are for subscribers (same as CMTV, $10/month). But check them out...you may really enjoy it!
God bless you and your lovely wife and all of your loved ones.
Date: Wed Apr 29 2015
From: Vic Biorseth
Thank you so much; it is good to know there are others. I will check out your suggested site more thoroughly as time permits; it looks to be promising. May the Lord bless your house and all who dwell or rest therein.
Date: Wed Apr 29 16:21:05 2015
I think, Lone Ranger, that there may be many more Tontos riding at your side.
On the other hand (or horse), it is breath-taking to read the hatred directed at the Catholic Church in mainstream media and blog comments. Especially since Pope Francis and crew seem likely to already be on the technocratic stagecoach bound for global totalitarianism, I see more and more quite ignorant criticism not so much of Pope Francis as of the Church itself and declarations that it has always been opposed to science, just look at what they did to Galileo etcetera.
I have been slipping in comments and many, many others have too in defense of the traditional Church and attempting to set people straight on the frequently referenced Galileo myth which, as you know, Soviet Communists commissioned Brecht to write as part of their disinformation campaign against the Church. (I wonder if some of the commenters are being paid, just as I wonder if some pro-AGWers are paid.) We have also been setting them straight about - or trying to set them straight about - the major role the Catholic Church had in setting up universities, establishing mathematics, astronomy and other sciences. I think, it is often well-educated Protestants, rather than once-upon-a-time Catholics who come to the defense of the Church. Certainly, if there has been no other sign that ecumenism has a role, one can be seen among the delegation of scientists and policy makers who have, organized by the Heartland Institute and the Cornwall Alliance, been in Rome for the 'prebuttal' to the Papal Science Committee (or whatever it's called).
Please do not feel let down by a seeming lack of support for your wonderful essays about truth. They certainly brighten this Tonto. God Bless!
Date: Wed Apr 29 2015
From: Vic Biorseth
Such a blessing to know Tonto is here, and in multiples yet!
Yes, the hatred of the Church is real, expressed often and not always anonymous. Some of these people are actually proud of their hatred. It is an actual Movement.
And you are right about the Galileo story and all the others like it. It was the Catholic Church that developed science in the first place, and all the early scientists were Catholics, at least, if not ordained Priests.
Thank you for your encouraging words; I know that there are supporters out there, but they always seem to be outnumbered by the haters.
May the Lord bless and keep you.
Date: Fri May 01 22:48:00 2015
From: byron the writer
You where probably learning how to drive your truck to feed your family & to support, when I was in NAM as a combat officer(62-69). I came back to a country I barely recognized & had rejected us. I married a Asian, the only women who would take us in or date. At this point I am just waiting for the bus to hit the brick wall & hope we can put it back together again. Best to you & all. Take care.
Date: Sun May 02 2015
From: Vic Biorseth
No, I was Regular Army from '60 to '66, with a tour and a half in Vietnam ('65-'66). I didn't learn to drive a big truck until after I retired from a long career as a systems analyst. See the Host page.
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