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Vic Biorseth, Monday, August
How do you make a self-governing nation?
That's the problem the Framers of the Constitution wrestled with, after they had won our independence in the Revolutionary War. They were sick to death of Monarchy, Nobility and Aristocracy, and they knew that Democracy always fails.
It fails in the first instance by being totally impractical. Everyone simply cannot vote on everything, or the whole life of the nation would be frittered away in perpetual voting.
It fails in the second instance by becoming a tyranny of the majority on every issue. Even right and wrong would take a back seat to majority rule. The popular mood of the moment would rule, at each moment.
It fails in the third instance because, as Tocqueville would latter eloquently point out, politicians would learn that they could bribe the voters with tax dollars, and voters would learn they could elect politicians who would give them "benefits", or "welfare", and life would get easier and they wouldn't have to work. And the whole mess would sink under its own unsustainable economic plundering. And I say "plundering" because government originates nothing that it "distributes". It must first take it from whoever originated it or possess it, and then distribute it.
The Framers knew all this. But they didn't want to go back to what they had just revolted against and broken away from. What, then?
Go through the Christian American Politics pages and you will see that America was designed and intended to be a nation with no human sovereign.
That is unique in all of world history.
The Declaration had already laid out the core principles that the nation was to be designed to protect. The Constitution they wrote and ratified provided the design of the always temporary American government, and the precise rules of how it was to perform its functions, of legislating, enforcing and adjudicating representative law.
No permanent government. A Constitutional Republic that constrains Democracy so that the people cannot take over, and rule by pure popular mood of the moment.
A government, in other words, of law, and not of men. The law itself is the only permanent sovereign. The Constitution, as the Supreme Law of the Land, is the only permanent sovereign ruler of America.
Every citizen, from the temporary President on down, stands equal before the permanent sovereign Constitutional law.
Where else in all of world history was such a nation ever designed?
The dichotomy it must continually attentively control is this:
In the best of cases, when the populace is highly moral and virtuous, the people they elect to office may be corrupted by the smell of personal power and the ability to increase it. Individuals will learn to "game the system" to get into office for their own benefit. And to use the office to their own benefit.
That's in the best of cases.
Men of low or no virtue who gain office will work to make their temporary office permanent. Many of them of like mind will work to make the temporary government permanent. And eventually, collectively, they will become the sovereign at the expense of the Constitution. The idea of the "Professional" Politician and the permanent position in government, and the power of government, presents a powerful temptation to sway representatives away from virtue, and away from honest representation, and away from the Constitution. If they are not attentive to their faith, this temptation will destroy them. And it will destroy the nation as designed.
What about these "Virtues" the Founders and the Framers spoke of, and actually tried to incorporate into the living of their lives? What are they?
They are, of course, the Christian Virtues. They include the Three Theological Virtues, of Faith, Hope and Love (or Charity). And, they include the Four Cardinal Virtues, of Prudence, Justice, Temperance and Fortitude.
These were all men of virtue; imperfect, perhaps, but of overall exemplary public figures to others, because of their instilled Christian sense of duty and honor. They were all greatly moved by the sheer majesty of the Sovereign Constitution they had wrought, through careful and prayerful negotiation. A Constitution that would protect the citizenry, from them - it would protect the people from the people's own government.
But there were two factors the Framers did not consider, except for George Washington. Perhaps others did, but they did not express the view as publicly and forcefully. Those two things were, of course, the corrupting tendency of Politics itself, and, the rise of Political Parties, which always, always, take on a life of their own with agendas outside the public interest, and outside the original purpose for which any Party was formed. Washington warned against the rise of Political Parties:
With the first election to follow Washington, the corrupting influence of political power raised it's ugly head. Decent men, from among the Founders and the Framers, Patriots who had fought side by side through the Revolution, became fierce enemies in competing for office. By the language used and even slanders exchanged, you would think that they despised each other, even after having risked their very lives for each other in so recent memory.
Washington's warning was soon ignored. Factions arose; some factions already existed. In the pre-revolution, pre-declaration atempt at unifying the Colonies, a clear majority of the delegates to the Continental Congress sought to end slavery, to be true to the nation's declared Principles, of Equality, Life, Liberty and Property. But two of the 13 new Colonies -South Carolina and Georgia - were governed and represented by Planters, who so adamantly opposed Abolition that they threatened to walk out of the proceedings, which would have broken up the new nation before it had a chance to be born.
So, in the interest of total unity against England, compromises were made. Abolition law was defeated from legislation by the Continental Congress, by one vote, and an Abolition clause was dropped from the Declaration. After the Revolution had succeeded, the Planters, having acquired more political clout and support from other segments of the Colonies, were able to force the "3/5" of a citizen compromise in Article One Section Two, and allowing the slave trade to continue for a limited time in the slave states, in Article One Section Nine.
No one, on either side, liked any of these compromises. Slavery was the issue that brought into being our two Political Parties. The original Democrat Party was the Party of the Planters and Slavers, and it would become the Party of Secession from the Union, and its flag would be the Confederate flag.
Political Parties become an alien, grafted-on appendage of government, always seeking to grow in power and eventually take over the whole government. Note that the Constitution makes no mention of Political Parties, and yet Political Parties have come to be the sole method by which candidates are chosen and elected to office, and elected members of Parties owe their allegiance to their Party first, before any allegiance to the Constitution or to the people they are supposed to represent.
Today, neither Party has anything to do with it's original reason for being. The Democrat Party has become the Marxocrat Party, steeped in anti-American Marxist ideology, from top to bottom, and depending entirely upon Crony Capitalism for it's political money and power. The very Wall Street Financial institutions and tycoons it demonizes for political reasons quite literally owns and runs the Party.
The Republicrat Party is little better, if it is better at all. It, too, is owned and driven by donors and funders and high-society socialites and celebrities, with whom the Republicrats love to rub elbows. The Republicrat Party plays a game with the Marxocrat Party, pretending in public to be enemies. But each player is in it for himself, and vying for position in the larger "Establishment Club" that owns both Parties.
See the Political Parties Pages for the disgusting history of how they came into being and what they have become. They are now running the government, completely outside the Constitution. With pitifully few notable exceptions, the members owe their allegiance to their Party before the Constitution and before the Voters.
And we all know it.
They don't give a damn about America, and we know it.
And that's what the Trump Phenomenon is all about. Nothing he says is scripted, or Politically Correct, or focus-grouped, or poll-tested, or carefully and artfully designed to win votes.
That's why they're all out to get him; both Parties and the whole Establishment Club and their News Media and Entertainment Industry, and their Academia. If he wins the Presidency, they will oppose every single thing he tries to do, because they are so terribly afraid of him. They fear that he could bring their whole house of cards down, and they're right; he actually could do that.
But he doesn't know that, because he doesn't know the Constitution.
The Parties themselves, in their very being, are unconstitutional.
The entire federal court system, up and down the line, including especially the Supreme Court, is loaded with glaring examples of violations of the Constitution, which means violations of oaths of office, and no one has even mentioned impeaching any of them, nor has anyone mentioned charging any of them with criminal malfeasance in office, if not treason.
The same could be said of members of the House and the Senate, in regards to unconstitutional laws such as Obamacare. Malfeasance, or treason. Take your pick.
If the Donald ever discovers the Constitution, he could use it to break down the whole Establishment and their Parties and their Media.
The bottom line problem in this dichotomy is this:
When a people lose virtue, they will begin to destroy themselves. Virtuous people willingly and voluntarily live within representative law, which is to say, virtuous law. Virtuous citizens therefore need little police and law enforcement, for lawbreakers are exceptions to the rule. But when virtue dies in culture, this situation reverses. The people themselves become a danger to each other.
To that end, the Marxocrat Party may be seen to promote, not virtue, but vice. Not only does it oppose Christian religious exercise, but it promotes every vice and every form of evil and immorality imaginable. They are all planks in the Marxocrat Party Platform. Abortion; Eugenics; homosexual "rights"; homosexual "marriage"; imaginary "genders"; collectivization of private property; redistribution of private property; state control of private property; the elimination of free enterprise; the elimination of citizen independence and the forced dependence of the citizenry upon government; the feeding of anti-white racism; the "Multi-Cultural" drive to destroy our national identity; the feeding of hostile factionalism and anti-Western hatred; the false teaching of American "Imperialism"; the sowing of seeds of hatred of ourselves.
And the Republicrat Party, as a body, resists none of it, and cooperates with all of it, loud public political bloviating against it aside. In the end, they do nothing. Even when national security is threatened by the illegal elimination of all border security and the illegal non-enforcement of existing immigration law, they impeach no one and take no action, other than speechifying and sounding important.
They hold majorities in both houses of Congress, and they do nothing.
So, virtue is dead at the top. Virtue is being snuffed in the citizenry.
And people are now writing about a Post-Christian World, a Post-Christian America and a Post-America world. But I ain't buying it.
Or, rather, I refuse to accept it. They may be right, but I will not stand by and just say, well, I guess that's that, and live with it.
This cannot stand.
The American idea, or ideology, is too beautiful a thing to just allow to be destroyed from within by evil men. It has been, and should be again, a shining beacon on a hill; a proof to the world that there is good in the world. A "draw" for those who love virtue and independence. An example for others to emulate as best they can.
America is a glorious idea.
Show me one that is better, if you can.
It's beginning to look like We The People are going to have to make our wishes known in the next election, and shut down the Marxocrat Party's efforts to absolutely destroy us as Constitutional America.
And, it's beginning to look like We The Laymen are going to somehow make our wishes known the the Catholic hierarchy, if nothing else, to shame them into returning to forcefully preaching and enforcing the original doctrines, without compromise.
The reason we are losing more laymen than we are baptizing is that there is no discernible difference between Catholicism, writ large, and Protestantism, or, for that matter, Secular Society. We cannot be an I'm OK - You're OK, everybody in the pool religion and be true to the Revealed Truth of Jesus Christ.
Unvarnished Catholic doctrine is attractive. It draws disciples.
"Cultural Marxism" in education has produced a secular American society so morally degenerate and depraved that an unabashed preaching of the original Gospel message, unedited, might be just as shocking today as it was the first day it was ever preached. Divisive, yes; but look back at the history of how the Church grew in the beginning years.
The Gospel is supposed to be divisive. It is the Truth, which divides.
The fullness of Truth draws seeking souls to it, like a magnet.
When Catholics and non-Catholics alike see that there is a huge difference between Catholicism and everything else, the lay population will grow, just as the American population grew in it's first hundred years. Which is to say, exponentially.
And with it, virtue will again grow and re-establish itself in culture.
Never give up. Pray for it. Work for it. Seek to live the virtuous life.
His will be done.
Seek the Truth; find the Way; live the Life. Please God and liver forever.
Addendum Thursday, August 11, 2016:
Here's another Vortex episode that hits the nail on the head. Our national downfall, if it comes, will be less from those at the top trying to convert America into a dictorship. And it will be less from those Moslems trying to terrorize and conquer America into absolute submission to Islam. It will be from the poorly resisted, unchecked, and purposeful and planned advance of American Culture Rot, pure and simple.
We're doing it to ourselves, or rather, we are stupidly allowing this cultural degradation to just take over, and drive the American Bus. Look at contemporary art, of all kinds. Movies; plays; TV; music; the Internet; dance; modern art; etc. Where is the majesty and the uplifting of the soul? Where has beauty gone? Indeed, what, now, is the purpose of art?
Some excerpts, from the Video link:
Thinking Catholics and thinking Americans fear Marxism, and rightly so.
Thinking Catholics and thinking Americans fear Islam, and rightly so.
But too few of us fear the loss of our own national soul.
Every citizen, every parent, every government official, every Priest, Minister or Rabbi, and every level of the Roman Catholic ordained hierarchy should be ashamed of the way evil has advanced in the mind of man, especially in America, which once was the moral beacon of the world.
We have become a disgusting people, on average, judging by our art.
It is time for absolute, unrelenting resolve to fix all this.
It is time for a change.
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Date: Thu Aug 11 16:51:44 2016
Vic, sad as it is to say America exports evil. They cut off all financial help if your country does not support abortion or sodomy. They never apply this to Muslim nations, but only to poor majority Christian nations. The original idea of America was a fantastic idea, and I believe inspired by God but do not forget that a lot of the Founding Fathers were masons. I do not believe that the Founding Fathers meant or intended evil or wrong doing, but masonic influences are hard to dislodge. They are patient satanists. who dupe people and lie and always have a kernal of truth in their lies.
Date: Thu Aug 11 2016
From: Vic Biorseth
Agreed. They both emulate and encourage Red China in human life control. They still, after all these years, push the Population Problem hoax on the world, and use it, too, as just another tool to move the world from sovereign nations to their "New World Order" of global Dictatorship. I mean Government.
I wish I could refute what you say about the Masonic influences on some of the Founders, but, I cannot. The only question about it involves the depth of that influence, and whether it came close to domnating the Christian influence in their lives. And that, like everything else, probably varied from individual to individual.
Overall, Washington, whether Mason or not, was the best leader America ever had. I say that judging the fruit. If it were not for him, the United States of America probably would not even exist.
As for the Political Parties, the sitting government, including the current administration, the majority in Congress and the majority on the Supreme Court, they, in comparison to the Founders and the Framers, exhibit the morality of BMDFP10 and Clintons. The title Pagan is to lofty for them. They love death, and that is what they legislate, enforce and adjudicate. No Pagan would do the things they do.
They openly and regularly violate the Constitution they all swore to uphold. What more needs to be said? They hate Constitutional America.
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Never be lukewarm.
Life itself demands passion.
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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purpose of this grouping of articles is to describe the Virtues that are necessary for the living of Christian life, and that form the proper foundation for Representative Civil Law. A virtuous citizenry is necessary to the proper legislation, enforcement and adjudication of representative law.
The Christian Virtues
When the citizenry chooses, by voting, Representatives, Presidents and Vice Presidents, they must consider Virtue at every point in the process. Only virtuous representatives will honestly represent a virtuous electorate. This highlights the vital importance of virtue in the citizenry as well as in the elected government. Is our representative law virtuous law? If not, who's fault is it?
Faith, from the Easter series on the Three Theological Virtues. The virtue of Faith; One of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.
Hope, from the Easter series on the Three Theological Virtues. The virtue of Hope; One of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.
Love, from the Easter series on the Three Theological Virtues. The virtue of Love; One of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.
Prudence, from the Lenten series on the Four Cardinal Virtues. The virtue of Prudence; One of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.
Justice, from the Lenten series on the Four Cardinal Virtues. The virtue of Justice; One of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.
Temperance and Fortitude, from the Lenten series on the Four Cardinal Virtues. The virtues of Temperance and Fortitude; Two of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.
America's Deadly Dichotomy: Christian Virtue versus Political Corruption. Culture=Religion+Politics, true enough. But self-government demands high virtue, and politics are naturally corrupting.
"We belong to the Church militant; and She is militant because on earth the powers of darkness are ever restless to encompass Her destruction. Not only in the far-off centuries of the early Church, but down through the ages and in this our day, the enemies of God and Christian civilization make bold to attack the Creator’s supreme dominion and sacrosanct human rights.”--Pope Pius XII
"It is not lawful to take the things of others to give to the poor. It is a sin worthy of punishment, not an act deserving a reward, to give away what belongs to others."--St. Francis of Assisi
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