Formerly the Thinking Catholic Strategic Center
Once upon a time, there was a people raised up by God, but who had since been lead by deception into pride. They and their leader had forgotten their dependence upon God, and become intoxicated with themselves and their own abilities, thinking themselves wise and independent. They drifted from faith and from attending to His law; they drifted from being a good and decent people. And one day an enemy approached and prepared to attack them, and so they went about preparing their city for defense and themselves for battle, but they had forgotten the Lord God in all of this preparation. Faithless people that they had become, on the last day before the battle, they celebrated, thinking it might be their last celebration. So the Lord God sent a prophet to them to deliver an oracle concerning their leader and their future.
This was to remind the people of their dependence upon the Lord God, which they had forgotten in their growing pride.
Forgetting the Lord, attending to the problems of the world, immersing ourselves in accomplishment, both individually and collectively, concentrating on the problem-of-the-moment to the exclusion of the Lord, almost inevitably leads to excessive pride. Pride is an internal thing; a personal thing; an emotion. As pride grows, any sense of dependence on the Lord shrinks. Pride carries with it a lack of humility, and eventually even a lack of any sense of guilt.
And where do we find ourselves today?
Among our leaders, who speaks of the Lord?
What sin is recognized as sin anymore?
What sinner is universally recognized as guilty of anything?
Is there any sense of humility or guilt left in the world?
Who bears the most fault, between citizenry, elite and leaders?
The problem facing America today is not new; it is ancient, and it is the same problem facing the larger world, and that problem is two-fold:
Both have the same author: Lucifer – the ruler of the world; the great tempter; the great deceiver. He whose mission it is to convince us, first, that here, in his world, where we live, there is no God. The two titles our Lord gave to Satan in John 8:44 were Liar, and Murderer. “Come, follow me, and I will make you great among men,” says the great deceiver, without revealing his identity, and many are deceived by the author of pride.
Fixed Pegs and Variable Reality are terms that are at odds with each other. Variable Reality, like Unnatural Nature, is a nonsensical term. Reality cannot vary; nature cannot be unnatural; truth cannot contradict itself. A statement is either true, or it is not true.
Elitist Pride denies that fact and seeks to redefine nature, and even to control it. Elitist Pride seeks to elevate itself to be the master of nature, in the imagined absence of Divinity. In so doing, Elitist Pride, whether knowingly or otherwise, set itself the task of destroying all Fixed Pegs holding man in covenantal relationship with the Lord God, the author of nature.
In Biblical times, to give someone the keys to the household was to grant that person supreme authority over the house, with full authority to act in the name of the master in his or her absence. He would wear the key, or some symbol of it, on a sash worn over his shoulder as a badge of high office and supreme trust. The master could then go about his business with complete confidence that his chief steward, the holder of his keys, would run the house and handle contingencies exactly as if the master himself were still present. The chief steward – the holder of the keys – was thus considered to be a Fixed Peg in a sure place on which the master could hang his complete trust.
If you read again the above quotation from Isaiah you will see that a chief steward, a holder of the keys to the household, failed his office and his responsibility, and betrayed his master’s trust; he was no longer a Fixed Peg that others could rely upon for steadiness, proper direction and purpose, and they were easily led astray, leaving the master’s house open to corruption.
The first “Fixed Peg” was Adam, when everything was simple and natural, and there was only one legally prohibited behavior concerning the fruit of one tree. But then, the deceiver entered the picture, and the fixed peg fell. Life became more complicated after that. But, even after that, after man breaking his covenant with the Lord God, how was it that man was able to know right from wrong, and thus find favor with the Lord, as did such men as Noah, and Abraham?
God’s law is in our very Nature. The essence of it all – love of God, and love of neighbor – is naturally present in our innermost being. That is how Cain experienced guilt when he murdered Able. The problem of evil springs from God’s love for man. He made us because he wanted us – intelligent beings with intellect – to love Him. Not just automatically bow and scrape before Him and worship Him, but to make a free will decision to love Him. That requires free will. Free will carries with it the ability to do other than what is best, to decide wrong things. Yet love must be freely given, unforced, of true free will, else it is not love. If we decide wrongly, God respects us too much to not accept our decision, even when wrong. Thus, some of us damn ourselves; thus, some of us save ourselves.
Through the ages we have had many historical Fixed Pegs to teach us and lead us in right ways. We have had Moses, and Joshua, the Judges, the Kings and the Prophets. The formal law went from one Commandment, in the Garden, to Ten; then, when those were broken, more were piled on – some 613 by one count – to further discipline us; but they became impossible to bear. Then God sent His only Son, to redeem us, and to abrogate much of the old Law while reinforcing the original simple rules, regarding love of God and love of neighbor. And He gave us the last Fixed Peg in blessed Peter and his successors, to whom He entrusted the keys to the kingdom, and the power to bind and to loose.
The three pillars, or three Fixed Pegs upon which man could depend for correct teaching of faith and maintaining man’s covenant with the Lord God became:
Of these three pillars, Scripture stands out as the most widely distributed and easily available Fixed Peg for the average man. It is something solid that a man can take with him wherever he must go in the world.
Of course, the story didn’t end there; we had the disaster of the Reformation, which we spoke of in the For God and Country article, which resulted in roughly half of Christendom abandoning the first two pillars, holding only to Scripture, and relying on open individual interpretation of it.
When it looked like Luther’s revolt might be crushed, he turned to princes and nobles for protection and the legitimizing of Lutheranism, issuing the famous dictum, ”Cujus regio, ejus religio”, or whoever’s reign, his religion. Luther’s creed said “He who owns the country owns the Church, and he that makes your laws for you has the right to make your religion for you.” If he couldn’t legitimize Protestantism in the minds of men, perhaps he could legalize it in civil law. The Augsburg Diet codified the rule, instituting the Peace of Augsburg in an effort to end bloodshed between Catholic and Protestant forces.
Immediately, greed entered the arena as many nobles suddenly “converted” and then began to seize Catholic cathedrals, churches, monasteries, convents and lands for their own personal enrichment. Not always satisfied with religious property within their own domains, some nobles began jealously eyeing religious property in other domains, and the possibility of vastly expanding their own personal domains in the name of some new religion. The great tempter had done his work well.
Thanks to Luther’s Sola Scriptura doctrine (establishing Scripture as the sole authority for teaching the Christian Gospel) entirely new Christian “Denominations” sprang up, and some converted “Protestant” nobles converted again, and began to seize Protestant religious holdings, and to war against other Protestant nobles as much as they warred against Catholic ones. See the For God and Country link for more details; the important thing to note here is that the result of all of these religious wars was a permanently divided Europe, the rise of multiple “denominations,” or interpretations of Scripture, the beginning of the loss of faith entirely in a large segment of the population, and the official establishment of state rule over religion.
Luther’s inventions of Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone,) Sola Fidei (Faith Alone) and the notion of the Universal Priesthood (We Are All Priests,) presented to the Christian world an entirely new Gospel never heard before. These things had never been taught by Christ or His Apostles. It cannot be said that these Lutheran doctrines are old, or somehow lost and re-found, for they never existed in the Church’s sacred Depositum Fidei and they cannot be found in Scripture; and yet they were to be enforced on populations via civil law. Ecclesial law and all ecclesial authority were subordinated to civil law.
Thus, for roughly half of Christendom, there was a New Gospel by which men were to establish their values and guide their lives. Common sense should tell you that that would be an impossibility, for the original, one-and-only Gospel message was permanently fixed for all time. The Gospel does not “evolve” and the teaching does not change. The original Gospel taught by Christ and His Apostles and handed on to us by their successors is prohibited from changing; nothing may be added to it, nothing may be detracted from it, and nothing within it may be changed. The original Gospel is the most vitally important Fixed Peg by which men may maintain their proper sense of direction and purpose, and guide their lives and their behavior.
We have before us St. Paul’s admonition against any new Gospel in his letter to the Gallatians:
So, even if he – Paul – or any of the other Apostles, or even if an actual Angel were to preach a new Gospel, it was not to be believed. The Gospel was already fixed. And, we have before us St. John’s admonition at the end of the inspired words recording his vision on Patmos, regarding changing any of the words, at the close of the Book of Revelation:
Any new Gospel, from any source, is a very serious infringement on the sanctity and the integrity of the original Gospel message.
In the British Isles and in Europe, whenever and wherever any monarch would allow it and not condemn it, new Christian “denominations” continued to spring up now and then, thanks to Luther’s Sola Scriptura, and Protestantism continued to split and factionalize. When a particular denomination experienced oppression in any domain, some or all of them might migrate to another more tolerant domain to continue their unique form of religion. This was the primary motivator for the Pilgrims who first came to America – to practice their own Christian denominationalism without hindrance from civil government.
As we said in the Separation of Church and State argument, the original American 13 Colonies were each established as Christian Theocracies, so that citizens would not be prohibited from practicing their preferred religions. Only Maryland was established as a Catholic Theocracy; all the rest were various Protestant Denominations. But none of them lasted that way; each Colony increased its population greatly by the importation of European Indentured Servants. Colonial citizens would pay the fare for travel and immigration in return for from three to seven years indentured servitude, working either in the household, or in the family business learning a trade or a skill. At the end of the period of indenture, the new citizen was free to pursue his own happiness.
Most of the indentured servants who came over in this manner were various kinds of Protestants, so it wasn’t long before Catholic Maryland had a majority Protestant population. It was the same with other colonies – a colony that was founded as Church of England might not be predominantly of that denomination by population any more. Because the original foundational premise involved freedom of religion, with very few exceptions, all such forms of Christian worship were allowed and not hindered in any way.
When the Colonies became the United States of America, the new American Constitution, in Amendment I of the Bill of Rights, prohibited government from establishing any religion as an “official” religion of the land, and it prohibited the government from interfering the free exercise of religion. The individual states, considered sovereign states within the union, had their own constitutions, and they could do as they pleased; however, the new federal government could not and would not impose any particular religion over them.
Over time, the wisdom behind this idea was adopted at the state level, and one by one the states went through a “disestablishment” movement, the object of which was to eliminate theocracy, and incorporate the prohibition of official state religion into state constitutions, as was done in the federal constitution. If the splitting and growth of Protestant denominationalism was still slowly going on in Europe and the British Isles, the phenomenon went on steroids in America. Nowhere else in Western Civilization, since the Reformation, was Christian religion so free.
During the religious wars of the Reformation in Europe, once the secular rulers were enticed into the game as potential Religious Rulers free to plunder the religious holdings of “enemy” religions, and once there were multiple “Gospels,” each being touted as the one true Gospel, some men began to doubt all Gospels. If there were many, how was anyone to know which one was true? If the Calvinists currently held the territory by force of arms, did that make the Calvinist Gospel true? That many nobles were entering this warfare for personal gain was patently obvious. Some thought they saw hypocrisy on all sides and everywhere they looked. Many began to doubt their own very ground of being, and to lose faith in God. In many eyes, religion itself was seen as a bad thing, to be avoided if not opposed.
This doubt and negativity laid the groundwork for some of the horrors of the French Revolution, which would prove to be just as anti-religion and anti-cleric as it was opposed to nobility and aristocracy. The doubt, negativity and lost faith of this period laid the groundwork for the Secularist movement, whose ultimate goal was, and remains, to drive religion completely out of culture. In the secularist view, religion is “the problem.” Obviously, removing religion from Western Culture would mean a radical change in the nature of Western Culture.Secularism is less a culture or a way of life than an anti-culture and opposition to an existing way of life. It exists only to oppose theism and spirituality. Nevertheless its strongest supporters consider it to be a culture and themselves to be cultured. It is an ethos, of sorts, that is different than the common Judeo-Christian Ethos of Western Civilization; when I ask practicing secularists what the name of their new ethos is, I just get blank stares. For want of a name for this major ethos, I have supplied one myself: the ethos of BMDFP10 and atheists. I base this name on the moral norms and practices clearly evident and observable among practicing secularists.
If the secularist movement was not born of the Reformation, it certainly got its biggest boost from the clear examples of open religious hypocrisy of the greedy warring nobility of the era. For this reason, I am almost prepared to refer to Secularism as a Protestant Denomination. Certainly, some secularists came to early America, and some small anti-religion segment of the population probably always smoldered beneath America’s Christian cultural surface.
In America, the Secularist movement got a huge boost, and came out of the closet, so to speak, with the predominantly secularist Supreme Court decision in the 1947 Everson v. Board of Education decision. In that decision, the Court grossly misinterpreted the simple, clear words of the First Amendment to prohibit government from, not establishing an official religion, but rather, providing any sort of aid to any religion. Then, in the 1948 McCollum v. Board of Education the Court held that religion could not be taught in public schools, and other restrictions were put on religion in public. See the Separation of Church and State argument for how the majority secularist Supreme Court sought to turn America from a Christian nation into an atheist nation.
The important thing to note here is that this established nothing more than a legal precedent; it is not established in the Constitution itself, which still says the same things it said originally. Congress was either too secularist itself, or not motivated enough, or too numb, dumb or stupified to legislatively set this precedent aside as being unconstitutional, which it was, and which it remains. The three branches of government are co-equal and counter-balancing; there is nothing in the Constitution that grants any particular authority of interpretation to any branch over any other branch. As we showed in the Separation of Church and State, the founders and framers, including even President Jefferson, actually and quite officially did the very things these Justice Black decisions said they could not legally do according to the Constitution that they had written and ratified.
Since those Black decisions, Secularism has virtually been driving the American political bus – toward a cliff. So much for any remaining Christian Fixed Pegs. Three points on the Black Court’s gross misinterpretation of the Constitution:
Of course, despite all opposition, the Church still exists, the Depositum Fidei still exists and Scripture still exists. In the Judeo-Christian Ethos page we spoke of the Ten Commandments; the First Tablet Commandments establishing and anchoring our relationship with God, or our Theology, and the Second Tablet Commandments establishing and anchoring our relationship with our fellow man, or our Morality.
In our Christian diversity, since the Reformation, specific Theology may not be addressed in civil law, in accordance with the First Amendment Constitutional restriction against establishing a state religion. However, our common Christian Morality is another story, establishing, as it does, our innermost natural sense of telling right from wrong in our dealings with each other.
We have, as Fixed Pegs, the Seven Virtues which help to guide our lives. There are the three Theological Virtues of Faith, Hope and Love (i.e., Charity = the perfect love of God), and we have the four Cardinal or Moral virtues of Prudence, Justice, Temperance and Fortitude.
Opposed to these virtues are the Seven Deadly Sins of Wrath, Greed, Sloth, Pride, Lust, Envy and Gluttony.
Although our Political Parties are supposed to be purely political, I submit that it is possible to identify the historic and current leadership of the Democrat Party by close association with one or more of the Seven Deadly Sins, and also by the lack of association with the Seven Virtues.
As we saw in the American Founding Principles page, the very purpose for our national being as well as the very purpose for our Constitution is all wrapped up in the inalienable rights of man, granted by God Himself, involving:
Thus, America is established to be a nation of laws, and not merely of men. The law is fixed, by the Constitution, and applies to everyone equally, from the highest to the lowest.
Pursuit of Happiness means, precisely, the freedom of a man to work in his own self interest, to prosper by the work of his own hands, and the right to work enough to make profit = wealth = private property. That means that a man may work and earn more than he needs to merely survive, if he so desires.
Note well that profit = wealth = private property is demonized, hated and attacked by atheistic Marxism, an ideology that predominates in the Democrat Party, among “Progressives” in the Republican Party, in unions, among teachers, all of upper academia, the entire field of journalism, throughout the entire News Media, and in the world of popular “celebrity,” show-business and entertainment.
All of whom, it may be seen, are completely at odds with and out of touch with the vast American ordinary citizenry, who overwhelmingly struggle hard to make and increase profit = wealth = private property every working day. We call it Trying To Get Ahead. It’s just common sense. It is natural.
As it is with individual citizens, so it is with family businesses, corporations or giant mega-corporations. All are working solely and exclusively to make and increase profit = wealth = private property. Therefore, each entity, whether it might be an individual worker or a large business enterprise of any kind, works to produce more of whatever it produces than it needs to just survive and get by. And the excess over survival expenses is profit = wealth = private property, which is publicly demonized by the Democrat Party and the rest of Marxism.
Marxism says that the purpose of government is to provide and equalize income for people, which is an obvious impossibility. Government may not produce profit = wealth = private property; government may only spend it. Only workers may produce profit = wealth = private property. Before it may spend it, government must either tax profit = wealth = private property, borrow from some outside source, or simply print money. Our current government does all of these things, but still spends far beyond what is taxed, borrowed and printed; our current national debt exceeds the amount of money available in the world today.
The Democrat Party says that the purpose of private business is to provide jobs and benefits – a clear falsehood – and that the purpose of government is to “fairly” redistribute profit = wealth = private property.
What can I say?
What more needs to be said?
So the American Foundational Fixed Pegs, as envisioned by the Founders, imbue the citizenry with legal rights to:
As we saw in the American Constitutional Principles page, the very purpose for our Constitution is to protect the Founding Rights enumerated above. Our Constitution is an “Organizing” of government powers to protect those founding principles. From the Declaration of Independence:
So the American Constitutional Fixed Pegs as envisioned by the Framers, need to be recognized. Beyond the protecting the American founding principles and citizen rights, our main American Constitutional Principles are:
These Fixed Pegs, altogether, provide a place to stand on deck with our hands on the tiller and our eyes on the compass, to keep the ship on course. Our religious fixed pegs keep us cognizant of the ultimate goal and final destination; our political fixed pegs keep us on course for all intermediate goals, destinations and ports of call. If we would be a beacon and a savior to others who are adrift, we must first, ourselves, be able to stay the course and be a reliable fixed peg for them. If we, too go adrift, lose control and our course goes random, then all is lost.
The terms “Man Up” or “Cowboy Up” apply here. Someone around here had better be acting like an adult. What we are talking about is not just religion, and not just politics, but cultural ideology. You are called to be an ideologue; the question before you is what ideas are to be incorporated into your ideology. The question for all of us is, are we to be a people of principle, or not; and if so, exactly what principles are we to stand on?
As for me, I am that popularly demonized, scorned and ridiculed thing called a Rigid Ideollogue. The Religious principles I hold, defend and guide my life by include the Catholic Church, Catholic Tradition and the Holy Bible. The Political principles I hold, defend and guide my life by are the American Founding Principles and the American Constitutional Principles spoken of above. Beyond that, in day-to-day life, I am a realist; I am grounded in provable fact.
In my not so humble view, those who have grown to adulthood who still hold to no particular ideology are too intellectually immature for their arguments to hold any significant weight worthy of serious consideration. In fact, to not hold to any ideology is to be randomly oriented, and quite unlikely to be able to offer any serious argument or position worthy of discussion.
I believe F. A. Hayek was the one who first coined the term Scientism, in his 1952 book, The Counter Revolution of Science. In that book, Hayek described the completely un-empirical, un-scientific, purely subjective, elitist, collective-thinking, “Popular-Composite” opinionated approach used by a growing majority of scientists. Way back then, it was already recognized that the long vaunted Scientific Method was falling out of use, being displaced by popular educated group-think surrounding science-topic pop-fads. Today, a lot of scientific “studies” and published articles bear more similarity to those found in publications on high fashion and celebrity news than to serious science, except for sprinklings of high-sounding language.
It is most interesting, and entertaining, to see how many of those recognized as the best and brightest of today’s scientists tie themselves into intellectual knots trying to explain matter – the object of material science. When questioning how matter came to be, they theorize that it always was, and always will be; but then, they are confronted with the scientifically arrived-at age of the universe, some 15 or so billion years, since the Big Bang. (Since God was long ago dismissed from the scientific discussion, a Creator may not even be considered.) So, with recognized great minds like that of Stephen Hawking in the lead, alternate and duplicate and “other” co-existing, but invisible, undetectable universes are popularly conjectured into being.
Black Holes are, first, mathematically predicted, then found to actually exist. But the math does funny things with Black Holes; unexplainable things. The math blows up at the Event Horizon of a Black Hole, and we cannot tell, with any specificity, exactly what happens beyond that point. Further, it predicts a mathematical impossibility at the Singularity, the infinitely tiny yet infinitely gravitational thing at the center of it all, with infinitely small size, yet infinitely large mass and gravity. Infinity, itself, is a mathematically impossible number.
So, the Black Hole is scientifically conjectured into being a “gateway” to the unseen “other” universe(s) earlier imagined into being. A thing falls into a Black Hole, into the Singularity, and comes out the “other side” into an Alternate Universe that cannot be detected from this universe. So the Black Hole provides a Worm Hole, or a gate-way, to some possibly reversed universe, similar to the Bizarro-World of old-time Superman Comic Books.
Popular scientific collective thought conjectures that a star or other object catastrophically collapses to form a Black Hole, and when it does, its new Singularity, unseen by us, spews out another Big Bang new alternate universe creation that we cannot detect or even be aware of.
Modern science is not too concerned with the inability of mathematics to explain any or all of this, because, it is further popularly conjectured, sooner or later someone will invent a “New Mathematics” to more properly address it all.
The problems with this should be but rarely prove to be obvious to all observers. Another word for “conjecture” is “guess.” No matter how lofty, no matter how educated or scientific it may be, no matter how much consensus it enjoys, a guess never ever rises above the level of being a guess. But modern Scientism, or scientific group-think and consensus, has repeatedly treated Pure Hypotheses as if they were Recorded Observations, or as if they were Tested Hypotheses, or even as if they were Proven Theories. Many of these unproven hypotheses, these conjectures, are simply added into official scientific education, little different than E=MC2, to be treated as axiomatic truisms to be handed on and built upon, even though they are nothing more than interesting popular guesses.
The modern common language of Material Science has incorporated and increasingly over-used newer terminology such as It Is Thought To Be … , It Is Widely Held That … , Some Think That … , The Consensus Holds That … , and so forth, to support modern Material Science “Theories.” Scientific Consensus is their sole support.
Modern Material Science is now a house of cards.
The Historical-Critical Method applied to the study of Holy Scripture is a good example case-in-point. Here we see historians, theologians, linguists and archaeologists wrestling with deep analysis of ancient literature, and applying what they think is pure empiricism and the scientific method to the most para-normal literature ever to exist. They base virtually their entire “Theory” regarding the proper sequence in the development of the Synoptic Gospels on a personage called “Q” who is supposed to have written something all the inspired authors had access to. Here’s how I described it in the Historical-Critical Scripture Analysis page:
The problem exemplified here is not only related to the attempted application of worldly empiricism to the other-worldly and ephemeral. It goes even deeper than that, when you consider that all involved think themselves to be applying the Scientific Method to the question, when in fact what they are doing is amplifying and replicating nothing more than guess-work, theorizing and Group Think. Material Science itself is reduced to consensus-building. Here’s the new and bogus Scientistic Method in a nutshell:
This has been a growing trend for a very, very long time; longer than any of us have been alive.
As we showed in the Refuting Darwin page and all the other articles linked to in the right-hand column of that page, especially the Refuting Origin of Species page, the old-time, tried and true Scientific Method was never, ever even applied to Darwin’s theory of evolution, by Darwin or by anyone else. That should serve as an explanation of why I refer to it as Darwinism, a strictly faith-based belief system regarding the origin of species. No event of natural speciation has ever been observed, in all of world history, whether in the field or in the laboratory, nor has evidence of any such event ever been found or shown anywhere in the gigantic and continually growing fossil record.
Question evolution, and you will be considered to be an ignoramus, a troglodyte and a flat-earther, by virtually everyone. Ask for proof of Darwin’s theory, and you will get evidences of mutation, breeding, races and genetic inheritance, all very strictly within species, but no such evidences between species, and a lot of lists of important, highly respected names of supporters. You will get lots of consensus and group-think, but I promise you, you will get no proof, and no empirical evidence whatsoever supporting evolution of species.“What’s your alternative theory?” will be their challenge and their only defense, and unless you have some alternative theory that is as popular among enlightened, modern, secular, highly educated, sophisticated elites, including a lot of TTRSTF4 with advanced degrees in Darwinism, your lack of an acceptable alternative theory will be held to be scientific proof supporting Darwinism.
Their position is the one that ignores, resists and adamantly avoids empirical evidences and scientific proofs, and yet I am the one who is the ignoramus, troglodyte and flat-earther.
What can I say?
As we showed in the Refuting Freud page and all the other articles linked to in the right-hand column of that page, especially the Refuting Repressed Memory page, the old-time, tried and true Scientific Method was never, ever even applied to Freud’s theory of the sub-conscious mind and repressed memory, by Freud or by anyone else. That should serve as an explanation of why I refer to it as Freudianism, a strictly faith-based belief system regarding the unconscious mind and its relationship to mental illness. No unconscious mind has ever been observed, in all of world history, whether in the field or in the laboratory, nor has evidence of any such observation ever been recorded anywhere in the gigantic and continually growing historical record of the study of the human mind.
Think about it: how would one even detect an unconscious or a sub-conscious mind, let alone observe and study one? How would anyone detect, observe and study a repressed memory? How, exactly, would the scientist present one for peer review, so that others could examine the exact same unconsciousness under the exact same conditions, to independently study it and perform independent experimentation on it, so as to independently test and verify or invalidate Freud’s statements about it?
But it gets even better, for those of us who recognize the tragic-comedy in all of this, and can laugh at the humor, when not grieving for the patient-victims. In the Freudianism description we delved lightly into the Gnosticism, Mysticism and para-normal additions to Freudianism made by Carl Gustav Jung, in the sub-pseudo-science known as Jungianism. Jung, with the full approval of Freud, introduced the world to the study of Para-Psychology, delving into the study of disembodied subconscious minds – minds not associated with any physical person – that are floating around all about us in the ether. So, where Freudianism describes in detail the subconscious mind of a living patient, the Jungian addition to Freudianism describes in detail the subconscious disembodied mind that is detected while just floating around in space. See?
Oh, and we mustn’t forget Jung’s Collective Subconscious-ness, involving as it does a sort of para-normal, unconscious Culture of many unconscious mind-types floating around out there.
It almost makes me want to go into business, collecting, studying, classifying and treating unconscious embodied minds, and finding, appeasing or sending away unconscious disembodied minds, for a fee, and maybe writing books about it and getting rich. After all, when things go crash, bang, boom in the night, who ya gonna call? Detecting, finding, treating, trapping or driving away various kinds of unconsciousness should be a whole lot easier than nailing jello to the wall, especially if you are absolutely scientific about it. Right?
I think I may have found my calling: I’m gonna be a Para-Psycholigist, and no one will ever be able to judge my work, since they won’t even be able to see it. Yes-sir-ee, this could be the path to wealth, fame, scientific popularity and social celebrity.
As we showed in the Refuting Marx page and all the other articles linked to in the right-hand column of that page, especially the Refuting Marxism page, the old-time, tried and true Scientific Method was never, ever even applied to Marx’s theory of Perfect Political Organization, by Marx or by anyone else. That should serve as an explanation of why I refer to it as Marxism, a strictly faith-based belief system regarding the ideal utopian achievement of Equality, Fairness and Social Justice and its relationship to the current, unfair, exploitive state of the world today. No Communist Utopia has ever been observed, in all of world history, nor demonstrated in the field or in the laboratory, nor has evidence of any such observation ever been recorded anywhere in the gigantic and continually growing historical record of the study human political organization. Nor has any intermediate step of Socialism ever existed that did not persistently and consistently trend toward inevitable economic collapse and social disaster.
As we said in Refuting Marx, Marxism is an evil fraud; it is an artful plan for instigating violent revolution to achieve pure dictatorship, while slyly masquerading as a grand, ingenuous Utopian Ideal aimed at achieving worldly perfection in the socio-political order.
And today, we have as America’s Secretary of State, Madam Hillary, who wrote her senior thesis at Wellesley on Saul Alinsky, and we have America’s President, Comrade Obama (peace be upon him) who taught Alinsky strategy and tactics at the college level. Alinsky tactics involved avoiding bloody revolution, or at least putting it off until the last possible moment, and working to achieve dictatorship from the inside, doing whatever it takes to make progress toward that end. As Chairman Mao put it, swim in the sea of the people. As Van Jones put it, drop the radical pose to achieve the radical end. The Alinsky-ite revolutionary puts on a suite and tie, his true radicalism goes underground, and then he smiles at everyone as he works to destroy and bring down the system from within. The goals of the revolution are to be achieved through deep deception and treachery; treason is the name of the game.
While it may seem odd to many older Americans, I submit that Madam Hillary and Comrade Obama (peace be upon him) just may be mortal enemies of each other, even though they are both Democrats. They are also Marxist ideologues and potential future dictators, and there can be only one dictator.
I submit that the entire Democrat Party is steeped in Marxist ideology to such a degree that, among Party operatives, Marxism prevails over our American Founding Principles and our American Constitutional Principles. I am talking about elected and appointed Party officials, not the voters. (There are many Democrat voters coming to Tea Party meetings.) Whether these Marxist Democrats are naïve and duped idealists or actual under-cover revolutionaries, history will judge. But know this: there is nothing whatsoever in Marxism that is in any way compatible with the American Founding Principles or the American Constitutional Principles. One cannot be a Marxist ideologue and not be an anti-American.
The phony Straw Man villain Marxism publicly demonizes and aims to bring down is Capitalism = The Free Market, which Marxism falsely proclaims to be a controlled system of greed and exploitation. However, Capitalism = The Free Market is a natural thing; it only comes into being when and where men enjoy the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That means that it is unplanned and uncontrolled. To whatever degree the economy is planned and controlled, to that same degree does it cease to be natural, and cease to be Capitalism = The Free Market. The true enemy Marxism really aims at is Liberty. The achievement of absolute dictatorship necessitates the elimination of citizen liberty, which would, of course, be the death of the natural system of Capitalism = The Free Market.
Despite the remarkable positive economic difference America has made on the world stage, the treacherous stratagems of Machiavelli, Hegel and Marx continue to metastasize beneath the surface here and abroad. We have our Alinsky-ites, and the perpetrators of the Cloward-Piven strategy, seeking to overload various government and corporate systems, and promote systematic failure, anger, unhappiness and revolution in a thousand different ways. What needs to be recognized is that the Marxists are not really seeking to bring down The Rich; many of them are rich; what they seek to destroy is liberty-induced Success. Successful individuals, successful families, successful business enterprises, all, are to be made to turn over the proceeds from their success to (theoretically) less successful individuals, families and enterprises – but actually, to the dictator-to-be, or his Party, to do with as they please.
Marxism has never had a better shot at toppling America than right now.
As we said in The Professional Liars of Journalism page, and the various articles linked in the right hand column of that page, the entire main-stream media is in cahoots with and acting as a propaganda wing of the current Communist Party. (I mean Democrat.) Pro-Marxist propaganda reported as news everywhere is the reason so many Americans today are completely oblivious to the current Marxist threat.
Since Material Science divorced God from science, and since God has been virtually eliminated from enlightened, modern, secular, highly educated, sophisticated elitist thought and conversation, man has sought to put himself – man – in charge of nature. If he cannot convince himself that he is the creator of nature, at least he can convince himself that he is now solely responsible for nature’s ongoing existence. And so he has. It didn’t take much doing.
The Eco-Nazi Movement page is all about that. And, really, so is the Femi-Nazi Movement page. And, really, so is the Homo-Nazi Movement page. As a matter of fact, probably most of the WebPages on this site address some facet or some part of man, lacking any Fixed Peg to keep him properly oriented, victimized by Variable Reality, seeking to assume control over nature and order it about, changing it for the better, seeking to make the world perfect.
There are far too many opportunities to articulate this point here; let me just pick homosexuality in the interest of brevity, and because homosexual marriage is such a current hot topic. We are told repeatedly that homosexual marriage, like abortion, is “acceptable” by the majority of us; yet every single time such topics appear on a voter ballot, they fail rather dismally. The only pro-homosexual marriage laws, like abortion laws, that are ever passed are passed by legislatures, without a public vote. Put it up to the public, and it will fail, every single time. No exceptions. The statement that “Social Issues,” meaning, of course, moral issues, should be avoided because they are losing political issues is patently false, and always was. Legalized abortion and homosexual marriage are only unpopular in contrived polls, never in public elections. And supporters know that; that’s why you never see these issues on public ballots during major elections. The Democrat Party will do everything in its power to keep such issues off of public ballots, and Establishment Republicans and Progressive Republicans will help them in that effort.
At the root of it all is the false statement that homosexuality is normal, and that the homosexual is born homosexual and has nothing to say about it. Of course, the normal statement defies simple arithmetic. Homosexuality could only be normal if heterosexuality were abnormal, a situation refuted by the numbers. Plus, we have the procreative aspect of sex, which is denied by homosexuality. The procreative aspect would seem to imply that heterosexual sex is normal, and that any form of sex that defeats the procreative aspect would be abnormal.
The statement that the homosexual is born that way is merely a statement with nothing behind it. There is no empirical evidence at all backing it up. There is and can be no proof of the statement. It is subjective opinion, pure and simple. The fact that many homosexuals have been “cured” of homosexuality should not be ignored. Nor should we ignore the fact that many go back and forth between homosexuality and heterosexuality, or live half their lives one way, then the other.
The homosexual movement is just another form of seeking social approval of sexual impurity and immorality. There is little difference between adultery, fornication, homosexuality, masturbation or any other form of sexual license. Those who practice or approve of any one of them will in all likelihood approve of some or all of the others. The social and cultural problem unique to homosexuality is that homosexuality is the only form of sexual licentiousness that is getting in our faces and publicly demanding to be recognized as both natural and moral. And it is winning, in that regard.
How many times have you heard politicians, pundits and celebrities, even those who disapprove of homosexual marriage, speak of homosexuality itself as socially and morally acceptable, or of known public homosexual individuals as wonderful people? Of course, to roundly condemn homosexuality is to get yourself branded a Homophobe, which is a bogus, invented political word for a mental disorder, designed and used to make people think that you are mentally ill. It appears today to be universal: nobody in the public eye, including even many priests, ministers and rabbis, will roundly condemn homosexuality as sinful or immoral or unnatural.
That’s why I say that homosexuality alone, among all forms of sexual impropriety and impurity, is winning the social argument. We have homosexual stars, celebrities and hosts of TV shows; there are open homosexuals everywhere you look in public. We’ve looked at the normalcy aspect, and the natural aspect, so let’s look at the moral and sinful aspect of homosexuality. Why is it wrong?
Well, because God said so. All those who hold or pretend to hold to any particular branch or denomination of Judaism or Christianity need to look at what God said about it in more detail. It is, after all, a Fixed Peg we can depend on. To keep it simple, let’s just look at Holy Scripture.
Pick your version of the Bible, including the King James; they are all the same. Read these passages in full context. There are probably others I’ve missed.
Now, if you call yourself a Christian or a Jew, how, exactly, could you come to the point of not publicly and loudly renouncing homosexuality as sinful and immoral? To get there, you would have to renounce Holy Scripture. Are you really ready to do that?
This, like so many other things, has gone too far.
It’s time to wake up. It’s time to repent, fast and pray. It’s time for a turning. We need to return to covenant, and to recognition of what that word means. It’s time to become fixed pegs upon which future generations may depend for steadiness of course. It’s time to return to recognition of God’s nature, and glory in it. When we again give glory and praise to God Almighty, and recognition of His ultimate authority over man and nature, then we will begin the return to greatness as a people.
What kind of a people are we?
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Date: Thu May 31 13:43:18 2012
I don’t know why I keep reading your stuff. You always wind up either ragging on Islam or on the GLBT community. If it isn’t one, it’s the other, almost every time. This time you singled out gay marriage as a public punching bag; why can’t you just leave people alone in their private lives?
Date: Thu May 31 19:24:56 2012
From: Vic Biorseth
I singled out gay marriage? I think you have it reversed. The GLBT community, as you put it, has singled out the rest of society and sought to make it jump through hoops. It is they who get up in our faces, not the other way round. When they seek to modify marriage, and thus the family, then they are interfering with our private lives.
They, not we, brought it out in public, very forcibly. If they had kept quiet about it, there would be no real problem here.
What is so special about homosexuality that it needs to get up in our faces and demand “civil rights” the rest of us don’t have? Homosexual marriage is a direct attack on the normative family – the primal social unit. As the family goes, so goes the society. If it is allowed, where will it end? Will threesomes be able to wed? Will a girl be able to marry an aircraft carrier? Will a man be able to marry a dog?
There is no difference between the immorality of homosexuality and that of adultery, fornication or any other form of sexual impurity. If adulterers like the Clintons are not publicly clamoring for special rights, legal protections, legalization, legitimization and the social acceptability of their adultery, then why do homosexuals do it? And how is homosexuality any different from fornication?
There exists exactly and precisely the same scientific and empirical evidence supporting the notions of how fornicators are born that way, and that adulterers are born that way, as that homosexuals were born that way. If none of them can help themselves, and all of them “have needs” that absolutely must be satisfied, and is it not physically possible for any of them to practice chastity, then why do the courts and the Democrats and Hollywood and science solely support the advancement of the homosexual agenda?
Wouldn’t it make just as much sense to bless adultery, and fornication, and maybe bank-robbery, and legalize them, and make celebrities and heroes out of their practitioners just as much as we do for homosexuality?
What’s so special about homosexuality that it gets such favored treatment everywhere? How is it different from other impure, perverse or aberrant behavior?
If you think something about it is scientific, then, show me the evidence.
To me, it’s just another one of those things that naturally belongs in the social gutter it’s trying to climb out of. It does not and never did belong in polite company.
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