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Vic Biorseth, Saturday,
February 20, 2016
I submit that God's Revelation of Himself to man, first through the Jews and then through the Catholics, and the historical advancement of the Catholic religion had the greatest civilizing influence on the global human community ever experienced in history. It brought into being Western Civilization, which itself had a civilizing influence on the rest of the non-Catholic world. It was an imperfect and flawed but definite movement out of barbarity and into civility.
This development, this Civilization, went through a few important historical phases. First, Christianity (Catholicism) went through its first few hundred years as a persecuted minority religion; hidden, underground, suppressed and hated by the Roman rulers. Then, beginning with the Peace Of Constantine, it exploded into the dominant religion and the dominant civilizing influence of Roman ruled lands, and it spread out from there, for the next thousand years.
By the time of the disastrous Protestant Reformation, Catholicism had become the largest individual religion on earth. The Reformation marked perhaps the first major break in Communion with God. There came to be several "Communions" no longer belonging to the Church Christ founded, and rejecting the teaching authority of Peter and his successors.
In so doing, they rejected the carefully safeguarded Sacred Deposit of Faith, kept unchanged, guarded and handed on by the Magisterial authority of the Pope, the Bishops and the Holy Spirit.
Hence, among the many denominations, there came to be many wildly varying interpretations of the original Gospel, and a break in Sacred Orders so that the Eucharist could not actually be consecrated, and eventually most or all of the Sacraments were simply discarded. As was most Liturgy. Why have Liturgy in the absence of Sacrament?
But the break was not total, and the new denominations were not necessarily less civil; the civilizing influence of general Christianity continued in the world of Protestantism.
It was the "Enlightenment" and "Modernism" that brought about the most serious break with God. It was the beginning of the Secularism movement. Secularism was a major factor in the French Revolution, which was as much against religion as it was against nobility and aristocracy. The Terror campaign of Robespierre sent consecrated nuns and priests to the guillotine right along with the nobles.
In violent reaction to the European Theocracies that had grown out of the Reformation, France became the first "Secular" nation, divorcing itself entirely from God. Secularism was imposed upon the people by the civil government. Forced Secularism is a theme that would be picked up by Karl Marx, and incorporated into Marxism.
Look today at those nations that call themselves Secular, or any form of Marxist. How are they doing, as civilized communities? How do they get along with their neighbors? How numerous and how fiercely enforced must their civil laws be, in the absence of a people imbued with the Christian Commandments and Virtues? Do they appear to know right from wrong? Decent from indecent? Civilized from uncivilized? Natural from unnatural?
Unfortunately, for mankind, secularism in civil government has become the normative trend among governments. And that secularism is a theme deeply embedded in the Political Parties that are now ruling America, quite outside the fixed Constitutional description of precisely who is to govern America, and exactly how.
When communion with God is broken, community among men begins to deteriorate. It is an unnatural condition, which leads inevitably into a spiral out of civilization and into barbarity. When the creature no longer recognizes its creator it loses all sense of its own nature. To no longer know God is to begin to lose touch with reality itself.
America was different; it was founded to be neither fish nor foul. The Pilgrims came here to escape the Protestant Theocracies of Europe, but not to establish or fall into Secularism. They came, rather, to establish and maintain the citizen civil right to worship in the denomination of his personal choice, without interference from the state.
The American Revolution, and the resulting Constitutional America, was the first (and only) nation in history to base itself on something other than nobility or any sort of rule by men, and, freedom of worship and practice in the religion of citizen choice. Law - fixed, written law - not any man or group of man - was sovereign. Every citizen was to stand equal before the same fixed Constitutional law. America became the world's first nation ruled by law and not by any man or men.
The Pilgrims, the Founders and Revolutionaries, the Framers of the Constitution, all, spoke and wrote profusely and eloquently about their Christian faith, which guided them in the establishment of the nation and the writing and ratifying of the Constitution. Interdenominational Christianity was the unmistakable foundational basis for the Supreme Law of the Land. It was opposed to Theocracy; it was opposed to Secularism; it was opposed to Nobility and Autocratic Rule of Man.
In that, America was and remains absolutely unique in world history.
In establishing God-given and inalienable civil rights to equality, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the American Revolution established a unique citizen Individualism, in which every citizen was free to seek his own way. That would be a disastrous development for civil order in the absence of a strong underlying Christian morality.
But early America did indeed have a very strong underlying Christian morality; that is what made her great among nations. Tocqueville wrote extensively about it.
Take away America's Christianity, and her individualism will destroy her.
The "undoing" of Christian America began, perhaps, with the development, acceptance and growth of Political Parties, which were strongly warned against by President George Washington in his farewell address. But it got its biggest boost from the steadily growing acceptance of Marxist thought, first popularized among the elites of the world with the publication of Marx's Communist Manifesto in 1848.
It was the Parties that began to favor Secularism over interdenominational Christianity in America. The main political arguments were moral ones, and American morality was Scripture-based. The slavery argument was difficult to champion against Scripture, so, secularism came into favor among many slavers. It rubbed off. Both major Parties became considerably more secular over time.
Today, I refer to Democrat Party as the Marxocrat Party, because it is completely Marxist in its guiding principles, economics, egalitarian, big-government philosophy, and secularism. The Republican Party has become what I call the Republicrat Party, because it only pretends, in public utterances, to oppose the Marxocrat Party, but it does not. It cooperates with it's pretended opposition Party to share in the enormous benefits always due to politicians participating in increasingly corrupted and now fully unconstitutional government.
The Parties exist not for the people, not for the Constitution, not even for Principle, but for Party influence, money, power and control. The Parties, which began as communal appendages to political America with very specific political purposes, outliving those purposes, grew into parasitic extra-communal political entities with lives of their own, existing to exist and grow at the expense of the American organism.
American Secularism got its biggest boost with the completely unconstitutional Supreme Court decision establishing Separation of Church and State, as a legal precedent. A legal precedent is treated as standing law, as if it were legislated by the Congress and signed by the President.
But, you see, the 1947 Everson case never even should have been adjudicated at the level of the Supreme Court in the first place. It was a case brought by a New Jersey tax payer against a school board - in a tax funded school district - over reimbursements to parents of school children who rode the bus system to both public and parochial schools. The complaint was that the religious school children's parents should not be subsidized by the government, because that represented "state support of religion".
First of all, there's nothing in the Constitution against state support of religion.
And it's even harder to see where any of this is in Article One Section Eight, and so it appears to those of us who can still read simple English that it was out of scope for the federal government to even address. But the Court heard the case, Justice Black wrote the truly contorted opinion, and no President and no Congress ever had the intelligence or the guts to simply strike it down by proclamation; by declaring it to be unconstitutional, null and no law.
That's what the Court did, in Maybury v Madison, establishing by precedent the principle of Judicial Review. There is nothing stopping a President or a Congress from establishing their own precedents of Presidential Review and Congressional Review. Nothing other than timidity and bashfulness, that is. Or maybe ignorance.
"Separation" still stands today, and it is ever increasingly enforced upon the American citizenry. You can read Black's absolutely ridiculous mal-interpretation of the First Amendment at Separation of Church and State.
The government was not establishing any official religion in Everson v Board of Education, nor was the government hindering anyone's exercise of religion. There was no justifiable relation to the Religion Clause of the First Amendment as written. Justice Black and a majority on the Court simply wanted to establish State Secularism in American Government. And they did. In direct violation of the Constitution and their sworn oaths of office to uphold the Constitution.
Establishing a pattern that would be repeated.
"Separation" marked America's turning point, from being a thoroughly Christian nation, to becoming an ever increasingly Secularized nation, in emulation of the European secular governments. It was a not so slow separation of the government, and legislated law, from God, and a growing atheistic/agnostic sentiment flowing from the government elites down to and through the citizenry. America, from that point, was becoming less and less recognizable as a Christian nation.
And correspondingly less civilized.
I submit that secularizing America is a violation of the First Amendment.
Nevertheless, the process continues unabated. America, or at least the American government, is no longer in Communion with God. It therefore has nothing to keep it from going in barbaric directions. The problem is exacerbated by Catholicism itself and many denominations of Protestantism slipping into "Party" politics in the same manner as the government. Different religious "Parties" hold differently to established doctrine, if they hold to doctrine at all.
The Catholic Church now has many political factions contending with each other, and even with the Magisterial authority of Rome. The Church in America has a predominant ruling political entity that I have elsewhere titled "Establishment Catholicism", named after the current recognized "Establishment" Political Parties that are ruling America, outside the bounds of the Constitution.
Establishment Catholicism seems to be emulating or adopting some of the characteristics of two contemporary movements:
Some of the wilder interpretations of the Novus Ordo Mass and the newer designs of Churches to be less centered on Communion with Eucharist and more arranged like a theater and centered on communion with each other seem to emulate "Super Church" influence.
Theological and doctrinal interpretations favoring and emphasizing "Liberation Theology", "Social Justice", "Distribution-ism", etc., seem to emulate Marxism in general and the Marxocrat Party political agenda in particular.
Piled on top of that is a softened approach to some specific mortal sins, especially, active homosexuality, contraception, divorce and remarriage, and even abortion or support for the political abortion agenda and politicians.
And so we see Parishes flying the Rainbow Flag of homosexual celebration, and Cardinals leading homosexual parades, and abortion-championing politicians receiving Eucharist, all under the banner of Catholicism.
While the Revealed Truth in the Sacred Deposit never changed.
Is it any wonder that we now see our Supreme Court establishing, again, by mere case law precedent, homosexual "marriage" as a legal imposition everywhere in America? What's to stop them? We could ask the same questions about Obamacare.
The Constitution is quite clear; it is simple English, not complicated at all, and quite brief. I have a copy right here in my shirt pocket, and you have one right here. Now maybe I'm just a dumb, uneducated lay American citizen, but I can't seem to put my finger on the Article in the Constitution that authorizes federal government interference with marriage, or with medical practice, or with any kind of insurance, or with aborting anyone, or with the sexual proclivities of the people, or with food, or with drugs, or with workplace safety, or with labor, or with wages, or with prices, or with the climate, or with the ozone layer, or with fuel consumption of automobiles, or with fossil fuels, etc., etc., etc.
News Release: If it ain't among the items listed in Article One Section Eight among the limited and enumerated areas of Constitutional authority, the federal government has no legitimate authority over them. Whether Legislative, Executive or Judicial, the federal government has no Constitutional authority in that area at all.
So why does the EPA, FDA, etc., etc., etc., even exist?
Because the Parties, unconstitutional entities that they are, brought them into existence, for the unconstitutional purposes of the Parties.
After clergymen broke Communion with God and with His Revealed Truths, they formed new communions among themselves, creating Establishment Catholicism, the theological form of Political Parties. Taking a different track than the original religion, seeking and gaining political power, and a following.
After secular politicians broke Communion with the literal Constitution, they formed new communions among themselves, creating the Establishment Political Parties, extra-constitutional political action bases. Taking a different track from the original Constitutional organization, seeking and gaining new, unauthorized political power, and a following.
Between them, they have taken American culture off the tracks. Protestantism is not innocent here; they have done the same thing, and new denominations (interpretations) continue to pop into being.
The "Establishment" Parties of the ecclesial and the secular worlds are artificial entities, parasitic attachments to the original organisms. They are illegitimate creatures of man's making, for man's purposes. They add to the temptations and errors that lead human culture astray, and they adversely affect global Communion with God, the Communion of man and wife, the Communion of the normative family, the larger Christian community and the whole American community of citizens.
Communion with God begins with Eucharist.
Get that right, and everything else will follow. Communion between man and wife, creating the community of the family, the good foundation stone of the larger community. Regardless of what our "leaders" do or don't do, we have to do our part, you and I. Live in the Way and everything else will take care of itself.
So how do you do that?
You must find, learn and do the will of God. To live more for God, and less for you, and less for the world and worldly things. To live sacrificially for God; sacrificially for your spouse; for your children; for others. Find out about the will of God, align your will with His, and things will get better all around.
That is the Way.
It's all available to you and to me in the carefully protected and preserved Sacred Deposit of Revealed Truth.
The Broken Communion must be fixed. Someone has to do that. It has to begin with someone. If we don't do it, who will?
Seek the Truth; find the Way; live the Life. Please God, and live forever.
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Date: Sun Feb 21 10:50:55 2016
From: Sveta Marijo
Location: Las Vegas, NV, USA
I was disappointed to see that you are endorsing Ted Cruz in this presidential race.
Did you not know that Ted Cruz's wife, Heidi, is a member of the CFR, one of the tentacles of the powerful super elites (aka globalists) whose god is Lucifer??? whose agenda 2030, among others, include depopulation, open borders, subordination of US laws to international laws, redistribution of US wealth and making the US brought down to the level of poor under-developed third world and fourth world countries, a Luciferian one world government, a satanic one world religion, an apostate one world anti-church, and, many other goals totally antithetical to the ancient teachings of our Blessed Lord Jesus and the authentic traditions handed down to us by the legitimate magisterium of His universal Church (not Vatican II), and are inimical to the principles on which our founding fathers, by the Grace of God, created our representative republic?
As I see it, among the 5 surviving candidates, only Trump and Carson are not beholden to the evil globalists whose defined goals are the destruction of Christianity in general, and the Catholic church founded by our Blessed Lord (not the Conciliar Vatican II church) and the USA in particular.
I pray you will reconsider your choice.
May the Holy Ghost enlighten and bless you.
Date: Sun Feb 21 2016
From: Vic Biorseth
An admittedly hurried search found no connection whatsoever between Hiedi Cruz and CFR (Council on Foreign Relations). Any relationship she might have ever had with CFR would have to be more than minimal to affect my decision to support Ted Cruz, since he, and not she, is the one running for President.
No candidate is perfect. In my view Cruz is the most consistently anti-establishment with the most persistently expressed determination to stop what the Obama regime and the Marxocrat Party are doing to America.
On the other hand, lots of other Republicrats have sounded sincere until they won, and then they did nothing. They all lied to us. As a Party, they quite consistently do nothing whatsoever to oppose the advance of Obamunism and the Marxocrat Party agenda. They appear to be in on it.
I was with Trump right up until he said he could work with and make deals with the Marxocrats, who are destroying America. I don't want a candidate who will work with them, but one who will stop them.
I am praying that Cruz might be that man.
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He who is indifferent to God has already forfeited his soul.
He who is indifferent to politics has already forfeited his liberty.
In America, religion is not mere window dressing and citizenship is not a spectator sport.
Do not allow our common destiny as a whole people to just happen without your input.
Seek the Truth; find the Way; live the Life; please God, and live forever.
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