Charlie's Blog: Heartbreaker



People talking all around about the way you left me flat
I don't care what the people say, I know where their jive is at
One thing I do have on my mind, if you can clarify please do
It's the way you call me by another guy's name
LED ZEPPELIN, Heartbreaker

People ask me if I see the glass as half empty or as half full. I always tell them I see the glass as half full of crap. That answer effectively sums up what defensive pessimism is all about. It is dark but humorous, and there has to be some glimmer of hope for you to get a laugh out of life's circumstances. The fact is that a Christian is a short term pessimist but a long term optimist. Life is bad. People sin. You will die. But God exists. He loves you. Death is not the end.

Pessimism also comes with a paradox. For some reason, anticipating the worst that can happen makes you better prepared for it. And if it doesn't come, it makes the surprise that much sweeter. It is the optimist who meets with perpetual disappointment in life as life can never meet those sunny expectations. The Fall really did occur. Human beings are, in fact, corrupted by original sin and concupiscence.

Pessimism is not the same as despair. This was the sin of Judas. Pessimism makes you abandon faith in the world and yourself. Despair makes you abandon faith in God. I am guilty of this sin because I abandoned my faith as a Protestant and as a Calvinist to become an atheist. Yet, in my pit of despair, God was there. God comes through when you expect Him least. He will surprise you.

People always ask me for advice, and I tell them the only thing I know that works. Turn to God. People will try every other way but God. I know because that is what I did. But there is no substitute for God. This is not a fashionable answer. It is not a popular answer. It is not a sophisticated answer. To talk about God today is to be seen as a bit of a rube.

Progressives are the dumbest people I know. I have never been a left winger or a liberal in my entire life. These are the people who look at simple religious folk and sneer. There is a reason for that, and it is the same reason I became a libertarian when I became an atheist. Politics is an extension of your religion. The progressive is someone without religion. If the progressivesdoes have a religion, it has been gutted and neutered like Hillary Clinton's Methodism.

The religion of the progressive is the same religion of the libertarian. This is the Church of Reason as offered by the Enlightenment. This is Thomas Paine territory. Now, Paine is seen as a founding father of this country because of his writings especially Common Sense that spurred the colonies to revolt against England. Paine would go on to support the disastrous French Revolution, and he ridiculed the Christian religion. He was also a fierce opponent of Edmund Burke, the father of conservatism. Paine was essentially the father of progressivism.

When you become an atheist, you want to remake the world. For the libertarian, it is enough to be free and to earn your own living doing your own thing. For the progressive, hard work is something to be avoided, so they wish to live at the expense of others which is why the liberal parts company with the libertarian. The libertarian may let you get that abortion, but the progressive is not satisfied until someone else is paying for it. The libertarian embraces Adam Smith while the progressive dances with Karl Marx.

The conservative is different altogether because the conservative is fundamentally a Christian. The conservative rejects the Enligthenment. There is a reason that Burke and Paine did not get along. Burke was a Christian. Paine was not. This explains their differing political philosophies. Yet, Burke could support the American Revolution while condemning the French Revolution. The answer is obvious. The American Revolution was about the freedom to do what was right. The French Revolution was about the freedom to do wrong. The Americans wanted to enjoy their homes without being turned out by British soldiers who decided their house was preferrable to camping in the woods. The French wanted to build a utopia of reason with the severed heads of their elites.

True freedom is the freedom to do the good. This is why conservatives and libertarians can find common ground. Progressives despise this freedom to do good. This is how you get laws promoting gay marriage, but a Christian baker must pay a hundred thousand dollar fine for not baking a cake for such a farce. 'Tis liberty for me but not for thee!

The reason progressives can go after Christian bakers in this vengeful and hateful way is the same reason European progressives can embrace Muslims even though Muslims find gay marriage a disgrace and actually KILL gay people. They share a common enemy which is the Christian religion. Now, progressives can't deride Christianity explicitly, so they call it something else like "bigotry" and "homophobia." So, Christian bakers are fined out of business while Muslims are welcomed to come and rape women and slaughter innocents while living on welfare.

Are progressives incredibly stupid? Yes, they are. There has never been a time in my life when I did not see these people as ridiculous. I like reading the Old Testament, and I am amazed at how each generation in Israel seems to forget God and embrace the paganism of the neighbors. This is the paganism that embraced things like temple prostitution and child sacrifice. This passage sums it up:

Then the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals, and they forsook the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed themselves down to them; thus they provoked the Lord to anger. So they forsook the Lord and served Baal and the Ashtaroth. The anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and He gave them into the hands of plunderers who plundered them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies around them, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies. Wherever they went, the hand of the Lord was against them for evil, as the Lord had spoken and as the Lord had sworn to them, so that they were severely distressed.

Then the Lord raised up judges who delivered them from the hands of those who plundered them. Yet they did not listen to their judges, for they played the harlot after other gods and bowed themselves down to them. They turned aside quickly from the way in which their fathers had walked in obeying the commandments of the Lord; they did not do as their fathers. When the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge and delivered them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge; for the Lord was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who oppressed and afflicted them. But it came about when the judge died, that they would turn back and act more corruptly than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them and bow down to them; they did not abandon their practices or their stubborn ways. So the anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and He said, “Because this nation has transgressed My covenant which I commanded their fathers and has not listened to My voice, I also will no longer drive out before them any of the nations which Joshua left when he died, in order to test Israel by them, whether they will keep the way of the Lord to walk in it as their fathers did, or not.” So the Lord allowed those nations to remain, not driving them out quickly; and He did not give them into the hand of Joshua. 

This story is repeated again and again in the OT. The Israelites reject the Lord and whore after idols. God punishes them by letting the idolaters rape the hell out of them. Subjugated and humiliated, the people repent and turn back to the Lord. God restores them. Then, they repeat the process again. They never got it. We can scoff except you are witnessing the same thing today. Europe has rejected Christianity and now is literally being overrun and raped by a Muslim horde. The USA is following the same path. But I am digressing.

Politics and religion are a package deal.  Both deal with the moral realm, and one's religion or lack of religion determines one's politics. For the Catholic, the problem is trying to decide which party or candidate to support since all of them have good and bad points. I can honestly say that virtually every Catholic politician on both Left and Right is a disgrace to his or her faith. Whether it is Nancy Pelosi calling abortion "sacred ground" or Paul Ryan expressing his lust for Ayn Rand's writings, most Catholic politicians are as despicable as any other. Their Catholicism serves merely to make hypocrites out of these scoundrels.

To be a true Catholic is to be a conservative. I have to qualify that a bit and say a "paleoconservative" because much of what is called conservatism today is actually just fascism. These fascists are more about guns and guts than God. God is merely on our side in the worldview of these morons who never actually read the Bible, pray, or go to church. The Bible even has a passage about these types of fools. It comes from the first book of Samuel.

Thus the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out to meet the Philistines in battle and camped beside Ebenezer while the Philistines camped in Aphek. The Philistines drew up in battle array to meet Israel. When the battle spread, Israel was defeated before the Philistines who killed about four thousand men on the battlefield. When the people came into the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why has the Lord defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us take to ourselves from Shiloh the ark of the covenant of the Lord, that it may come among us and deliver us from the power of our enemies.”  So the people sent to Shiloh, and from there they carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts who sits above the cherubim; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.

As the ark of the covenant of the Lord came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth resounded.  When the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, “What does the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews mean?” Then they understood that the ark of the Lord had come into the camp. The Philistines were afraid, for they said, “God has come into the camp.” And they said, “Woe to us! For nothing like this has happened before. Woe to us! Who shall deliver us from the hand of these mighty gods? These are the gods who smote the Egyptians with all kinds of plagues in the wilderness. Take courage and be men, O Philistines, or you will become slaves to the Hebrews, as they have been slaves to you; therefore, be men and fight.”

So the Philistines fought and Israel was defeated, and every man fled to his tent; and the slaughter was very great, for there fell of Israel thirty thousand foot soldiers. And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, died. 
1 SAMUEL 4:1-11 NASB

In this passage, the Israelites figure out that they need God, but God is merely a means to the end of defeating those Philistines. Nevermind that they were hypocrites who made a mockery of God with their own lives. God will not be mocked, so he allows the Philistines to defeat the Israelites. The lesson? It is not God, guns, and guts that made this country great. It was God alone. Without God, all the guns and guts are a big glob of hubris headed for a fall.

This hubris is faux conservatism or "neoconservatism." Today, this is Fox News. The answer to all problems is not prayer or fasting but kicking ass. I encounter these people all the time, and they would never call themselves atheist. But they have no use for religion. Many of these people are military and ex-military who cheat on their wives and smoke dope. They are a disgrace. They don't love God. God is just a word for a bumper sticker on their truck with the stainless steel testicles hanging from the rear.

I don't think Ted Nugent and Russell Kirk are of the same mind. To be a paleoconservative is to hearken back to a time when conservatism was an intellectual force. Now, the kids who ate the lead paint chips are the ones calling the shots in the right wing world. It is sad. These people are not godly but an abomination.

Who are the true conservatives? They are faithful Catholics, orthodox Jews, and evangelical Christians. Despite having differing religions, they all love God and see the Judeo-Christian ethic as the rule for Western Civilization. Basically, they put their religion before their politics. Does it make a difference? Absolutely.

The progressive and the conservative both believe in reason, but the conservative knows that reason comes from God. This would be Aquinas and natural law. For the progressive, reason is their god alone, so this is how you end up with the nonsense of gay marriage and imprisoning people for "intolerance." This is how choice trumps life and liberty trumps order.

Anyway, this is enough ranting for today. The brain screams for caffeine.