Charlie's Blog: February 2017

2.18.2017

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 42


I hope to offend every reader.
MILO YIANNOPOLOUS

1. TRUMP

In the space of a week, Donald Trump has disappointed me and also made me cheer. The disappointment was with his decision to fire Lt. Gen, Mike Flynn as National Security Adviser over what amounts to nothing. Trump admits Flynn did nothing wrong. Yet, he fired the man. Why?


The Flynn move was what you would expect to see on The Apprentice. It is the sort of numbskull move I see all the time in Corporate America where talented and valuable people are terminated while slimebags and rats linger like rotten cabbage. In the case of Trump, the rotten cabbage would be Reince Priebus who I expect to remain until the very end of the Trump presidency. I would never work for Donald Trump in any capacity on any project.

From my reading and talks with friends, this behavior is nothing new for Trump. The man has no loyalty whatsoever. When the going gets tough, he throws you overboard to lighten the load. This is the Trump Modus Operandi. I expect it to result in more terminations probably before the end of his first year in office. Why would any quality person work for this idiot?

I don't like Trump. I cry a little bit each day over how much better a Cruz presidency would have been. Yes, it could be worse. It could be Hillary up there. But I would love it if Trump resigned and let Pence finish his term or chose not to run again.

It's sad when we no longer discuss the man's policies but psychology. I know Trump's type. I've encountered his type in real life many times. He has no humility. He has no memory except the selective delusions he cherishes over his victories while forgetting all of his humiliations and defeats. And you can count on the guy to stick with you until it doesn't look so good, and he walks away from the deal stiffing you on the bill. Then, there's the three marriage thing. I expect a fourth by the end of this administration.

On the upside, Trump had a field day with the media at his press conference that Rush Limbaugh praised as the best he has ever seen. Trump is at heart a troll, so he made good TV. I appreciate seeing a man mop the floor with liberal idiots. But I'd like to see him answer questions from a solidly conservative press corps. Seeing him take questions from someone like Mark Levin would not be so flattering for the POTUS.

The problem with the liberal media is that they lie. Somewhere along the way, the media stopped being the tellers of truth and became propagandists for the Left. The Russian Hacking Scandal which is a non-story is the one thing the liberal media can't let go of. They don't care if its true. They just want it to be "truthy" in the hopes that some of their crap sticks.

2. FRANCIS

I come home each evening to read my feeds with one question in my mind. What stupid thing has the Holy Father said today? The latest idiocy would be when His Holiness declared that there was no such thing as "Islamic terrorism." That bit has led to various Catholics on Twitter wondering why they should listen to anything Pope Francis has to say on anything.

The rumors about Cardinal Burke and Muller have turned into nothing, so they must have been just idle chatter. As for the Dubia, they remain unanswered. And why no answer? That is because the Holy Father cannot answer them in faith to the Magisterium. He is heterodox. This would never have come up with an orthodox pope.

3. MILO

Milo is a one name celebrity like Cher, Madonna, Elvis, and Adele mainly because his last name is so hard to say and spell. He is slated to be the keynote speaker at CPAC which I think is a huge mistake. Ladies and gentlemen, here is the face of the New Right:


The man is flamboyantly gay, and his act cannot be presented to a family audience. I don't see this guy doing a presentation at Liberty University anytime soon. Yet, conservatives are embracing this man because he absolutely infuriates the Left. The only reason he is a "conservative" is because conservatives are actually more tolerant than liberals. Milo merely demonstrates what we have always known.

Milo is a troll. He is with Trump because Trump is also a troll. And he is hilariously politically incorrect. Milo is an equal opportunity offender. This might be great fun for the moment, but it indicates long run trouble.

Milo isn't the first person to go to this place. Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter have trod this avenue many times over the years. The problem is that the behavior undercuts the message sort of like screwing for chastity.

Watching Milo is like seeing an arsonist firebomb the local HQ of the Communist Party. It's hard to defend the concept of private property while destroying private property. Likewise, you can't really be for traditional conservative values while engaging in sodomy and inflammatory rhetoric. Even liberals like Bill Maher can see the disconnect.

Once upon a time, I was a troll for libertarianism and atheism in the same vein as Milo. But I ceased being a troll when I became a Catholic and returned to conservatism. I'm weird in that I believe we should embody the values we champion.

This brings us to the larger problem of the alt-right. As a movement, the alt-right is too diverse to sum up in a few sentences or even a single blog post. What they do have in common is that they aren't liberals. Some of them are crackpot conspiracists. Others are racist white nationalists. Others are antisemitic while others are actual Jews. Then, you have a homosexual like Milo. And to think that Reagan had issues trying to get religious conservatives and libertarians under the same tent.

I see the alt-right as the natural creation and byproduct of Loony Leftism. Their authoritarianism has breeded a new radical, and Milo is the poster boy of this new radicalism. The problem for conservatives is that they are deluded into thinking these people are the future of conservatism. They aren't. They are the death of conservatism. When this drunken party ends, the conservatives will be left to clean up the mess.



4. Q & A

Q: With Pope Francis being a heretic now, can we schism out of the Church like the Eastern Orthodox or the SSPX?

A: NO!

Being faithful to Christ means being faithful to the Vicar of Christ. I read various bloggers who now refer to the Holy Father as "Bergoglio," but these people are in serious error to disrespect the pope in this way. They should repent of this error and seek out the nearest confessional. That insult is an insult to Christ. Whatever way you treat the Vicar of Christ is how you treat Christ Himself. After our Lord and the Blessed Virgin comes the pope in terms of honor and respect.

The problem with our pope is that he is a sinner much like all the ones that preceded him. But his office does not rest on his sanctity or his orthodoxy but on the promises of Christ. When the pope errs, he will have to answer for the error to our Lord. We are judged on our faithfulness and obedience. A bad pope is simply a test of that faithfulness and obedience.

Hang in there. Show some respect.

5. QUOTABLE QUOTES

If God gives you the burden, God will give you the strength.
ST. JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA

Withdraw yourself from people and spend at least an quarter of an hour, or a half-hour, in some church in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Taste and see how sweet is the Lord, and you will learn from your own experience how many graces this will bring you.
ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI

To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.
BLESSED CARDINAL JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

Despite a voluminous and often fervent literature on "income distribution," the cold fact is that most income is not distributed: It is earned.
THOMAS SOWELL

Especially threatening, therefore, are the industrious, independent, and successful, for they demonstrate what is actually possible under current societal conditions—achievement, happiness, and fulfillment—thereby contradicting and endangering the utopian campaign against what was or is. They must be either co-opted and turned into useful contributors to or advocates for the state, or neutralized through sabotage or other means. Indeed, the individual’s contribution to society must be downplayed, dismissed, or denounced, unless the contribution is directed by the state and involves self-sacrifice for the utopian cause.
MARK LEVIN

6. ODDS AND ENDS

--John Bolton would be a good replacement for Flynn until Trump fires him, too.

--As Boomers retire in droves, unemployment will vanish, inflation will skyrocket, and the US will default on its massive debts.

--Prayers for the soul of Norma McCorvey. May she rest in God's mercy and love forever.

--A shadow government exists in the federal government. Flynn was their first takedown. He won't be the last. Trump should fire those people instead of the ones loyal to him.

--Prayers for the soul of Michael Novak. May he rest in God's mercy and love forever.

--The biggest problem in the Catholic Church remains the issue of child raping homosexual priests. They need to be laicized and excommunicated in a reign of holy terror.

--The leftwing media must really regret coining that phrase "fake news." That bomb blew up in their own faces.

--The SSPX should take heart from the Society of Judas that you can remain in full communion with the Catholic Church and ignore everything it teaches.

7. LINKS OF INTEREST







2.12.2017

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 41


Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7 of your life.
STEVEN WRIGHT


1. TRUMP

I hear people express the idea that Trump is some sort of fascist dictator who will gain absolute power and be another Hitler. Then, the 9th Circuit Court did their usual leftwing hijinks, and we are reminded again of that thing known as "separation of powers." The Constitution still works even though it is maligned and abused.

It is common sense to not want criminals coming to America. Yet, the Left has to make it about racism and Islamophobia. This country will tolerate rape and murder over being politically incorrect. Gentle Reader, I want that to sink in. Would you let your family members and friends be raped and murdered for fear of offending someone? This country has lost its mind.

Meanwhile, word has it that Obama is not going to do the fade out like previous presidents. He intends to remain in DC and agitate. I suggest they look into Obama's activities while president and see about locking him up in prison. I think forgery of a birth certificate might be a good place to start.

2. FRANCIS

These two tweets tell the Francis story for the week:

These are just rumors, but they will make for an interesting week ahead.

3. SMARTPHONE RANT OF THE WEEK

I had a nightmare that I had to buy a new phone, so I went to the phone place where I got swindled into buying a smartphone. When I opened the box, the smartphone fell out and shattered the screen. Desperate, I raced back to the phone place to see if I could get a flip phone. Then, I woke up. I am glad that it was just a dream.

A friend of mine at work has a Samsung smartphone that has taken more spills on metal and concrete and survived without a scratch. Then, he dropped it on a carpeted floor and cracked the screen. How awesome is that?

Smartphones are too delicate for the real world. The cheapest flip phone has more durability than any flagship smartphone.

4. SEEN ON TWITTER

5. TAKEN FROM A COMBOX

I love generation x kids, they rent out my condos and their parents pay me the rent in time like clock work.

6. QUOTABLE QUOTES

Men are generally the carpenters of their own crosses.
ST. PHILIP NERI

I don’t understand how you can call yourself a Christian and lead such an idle, useless life. Have you forgotten Christ’s life of toil?
ST. JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA

People who pride themselves on their "complexity" and deride others for being "simplistic" should realize that the truth is often not very complicated. What gets complex is evading the truth.
THOMAS SOWELL

7. ODDS AND ENDS

--I suspect Apple pulled a trick from Scientology and bought a lot of its own iPhone 7s to boost sales figures. Whistleblower needed on this one.

--The best rumored feature of the new iPhone 8 is the thousand dollar price tag. Imagine the pain in your gut when that baby cracks its screen.

--When you resort to eating dogs, anteaters, and flamingos; it is time for an antisocialist revolution. Make Venezuela Great Again.

--I support a hard Brexit. It should have happened yesterday.

8. LINKS OF INTEREST

The Truth About Popular Culture

My flip phone may be uncool, but I do love it

Pope Francis’s traditionalists

FBI—CATHOLI-SCHISM

THE VORTEX—DO NOT GO TO MASS

No Thug Left Behind

Do You Believe This?

“The Media Coverage on Syria is the Biggest Media Lie of our Time”: Interview with Flemish Priest in Syria

Blame the messenger: in this case Cardinal Burke

Apologia for Apostasy: A Spiritual Reflection on Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’

The Myth of Apple's Great Design


2.06.2017

Strange Light From the East


You see pictures of Buddha and he’s sitting, reclining, at peace. The Hindus have their twelve-armed elephant god, who also seems so content but not powerless. But leave it to Christians to have a dead and bloody man nailed to a cross.
DAVE EGGERS

It is hard to date the beginning of the modern love affair with Eastern spirituality. You can see the seeds of it in Maugham's The Razor's Edge and Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums. But the event that really pushed the East into mainstream consciousness was the trip the Beatles took to India to spend time with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. That event made Eastern spirituality cool for the generation of hippies who had grown exhausted of doing drugs and fornicating and wanted something more. Eastern religion offered a new path to Enlightenment and expanded consciousness to these wayward souls.

The India trip turned out to be mostly a fiasco for the Beatles. The guru was less than pleased with the Beatles' penchant for drugs and alcohol while the Beatles and especially John Lennon became a bit disillusioned by Maharishi's desire to bang out Mia Farrow and take a 25% cut of the royalties of their next album as a tithe. This was odd behavior for a man who claimed to be celibate and above material concerns.

I find the episode laughable. The simple fact is that the Western world has always had a path to salvation and fulfillment in the Christian religion and a reliable guide in Jesus Christ. Why reject what works in favor of what doesn't work? Why did the Beatles and all those doped up hippies tap into Transcendental Meditation? Why do people today still look to gurus like Deepak Chopra or the Dalai Lamai or Zen Buddhist practitioners to feed their starving souls?


People reject Christianity for Eastern religion for a simple and stupid reason. Eastern religion offers spirituality without morality. That's it. Unlike Christianity, you can practice Zen, TM, or yoga and still fornicate. In addition, you can feel compassion for others without actually having to do something compassionate like feed them from the ample resources of your Swiss bank account. This is why Eastern religion is so popular among Hollywood celebrities who are given to wealth, hedonism, and self-indulgence. Eastern religion is religion without guilt.

Christianity is too painful and demanding. It requires that you pray to God instead of engaging in the spiritual masturbation known as meditation. Christianity requires that you examine your conscience and acknowledge your sinfulness. It requires that you seek forgiveness and make amends through real works of mercy as opposed to "feeling compassion."


John Lennon may have been shocked to discover that his guru was nothing more than a moneygrubbing charlatan out to make a buck and drain his seminal vesicles into the nubile bodies of young hippy chicks. The reality is that Lennon could have found this by just looking in a mirror. It is hard to sit in judgment of a man guilty of the same sins as yourself.


Atheists like Sam Harris are also getting into the Eastern game with praise and instructions for meditation.The aim of these atheists is no different than it was for those pot smoking fornicating hippies. They seek a spirituality divorced from morality and guilt. They would simply add superstition to the mix. Religion among those who reject religion amounts to something like exercise for the mind. They talk about the benefits of meditation such as stress reduction and. . .er, stress reduction. I'm not sure what benefits there can be for atheists beyond that. With no belief in the supernatural, atheists meditating for elevated consciousness or nirvana is a bit stupid. As for the benefits of meditation, most of the research I have encountered suggests that you would be better off taking a nap during that time period.


All of this spirituality without religion is like scratching an itch that you deny having. The simple fact is that the soul hungers for God and cannot find satisfaction apart from prayer and worship. There is no substitute for Christianity. If anything can be said about these fools in a positive way, they acknowledge that Christianity is a package deal. You can't have a Christianity without morality, the supernatural, guilt, and obedience. Modernist heretics and cafeteria Catholics may try to modify the package to make it a better sell, but it amounts to selling a car without an engine.

Eastern religion is garbage. It does not satisfy. It promises that you can have your spiritual cake and eat it, too. But it can never deliver on these promises. Only Jesus Christ can satisfy the human soul. If you want this satisfaction, you need to toss your yoga mat and your Buddha statue and pick up your cross. You need to get on your knees and pray. You need to come home to the Roman Catholic Church and receive the sacraments. You need to repent of your sins and make a firm purpose of amendment to sin no more and avoid the near occasion of sin. You need to read the Bible and pray the rosary. You need to develop a love for Jesus in the Eucharist. These things will feed your soul, and you will be satisfied. Jesus will fill you. As for the Buddha, he only offers emptiness and the contemplation of that emptiness. You know better than to waste your life on this garbage.

2.05.2017

St. John Vianney on Prayer


Troubles melt away before a fervent prayer like snow before the sun. 
ST. JOHN VIANNEY

SEE MY children; the treasure of a Christian is not on the earth, it is in Heaven. Well, our thoughts ought to be where our treasure is. Man has a beautiful occupation, that of praying and loving. You pray, you love -- that is the happiness of man upon the earth. Prayer is nothing else than union with God. When our heart is pure and united to God, we feel within ourselves a joy, a sweetness that inebriates, a light that dazzles us. In this intimate union God and the soul are like two pieces of wax melted together; they cannot be separated. This union of God with His little creature is a most beautiful thing. It is a happiness that we cannot understand.. ..God, in His goodness, has permitted us to speak to Him. Our prayer is an incense which He receives with extreme pleasure.

My children, your heart is poor and narrow; but prayer enlarges it, and renders it capable of loving God. Prayer is a foretaste of Heaven, an overflow of paradise. It never leaves us without sweetness. It is like honey descending into the soul and sweetening everything. Troubles melt away before a fervent prayer like snow before the sun. Prayer makes time pass away very quickly, and so pleasantly that one does not perceive how it passes....


We see some persons who lose themselves in prayer like a fish in the water, because they are all for God. There is no division in their heart. Oh, how I love those generous souls! St. Francis of Assisi and St. Colette saw Our Lord and spoke to Him as we talk to each other. While we, how often we come to church without knowing what we come for, or what we are going to ask! And yet, when we go to one's house, we know very well what we are going for. Some people seem to say to God, "I am going to say two words to You, and then I can get rid of You." I often think that when we come to adore Our Lord, we should obtain all we wish, if we would ask it with very lively faith, and a very pure heart. But, alas! we have no faith, no hope, no desire, no love!

There are two cries in man, the cry of the angel and the cry of the beast. The cry of the angel is prayer; the cry of the beast is sin. Those who do not pray, stoop towards the earth, like a mole trying to make a hole to hide itself in. They are all earthly, all brutish, and think of nothing but temporal things, . . . like that miser who was receiving the last Sacraments the other day; when they gave him a silver crucifix to kiss, he said, "That cross weighs a full ten ounces." If...the poor lost souls, notwithstanding their sufferings, could worship, there would be no more Hell. Alas! they had a heart to love God with, a tongue to bless Him with; that was their destiny. And now they are condemned to curse Him through all eternity....

"Our Father who art in Heaven! " Oh, how beautiful it is, my children, to have a father in Heaven! "Your kingdom come." If I make the good God reign in my heart. He will make me reign with Him in His glory. "Your will be done." There is nothing so sweet, and nothing so perfect, as to do the will of God. In order to do things well, we must do them as God wills, in all conformity with His designs. "Give us this day our daily bread." We are composed of two parts, the soul and the body. We ask the good God to feed our poor body, and He answers by making the earth produce all that is necessary for our support. ... But we ask Him to feed our soul, which is the best part of ourselves; and the earth is too small to furnish enough to satisfy it; it hungers for God, and nothing but God can satisfy it. Therefore the good God thought He did not do too much in dwelling upon the earth and assuming a body, in order that this Body might become the Food of our souls. "My Flesh," said Our Lord, "is meat indeed The bread that I will give is my Flesh, for the life of the world." The bread of souls is in the tabernacle. The tabernacle is the storehouse of Christians. . . . Oh, how beautiful it is, my children! When the priest presents the Host, and shows it to you, your soul may say, "There is my food." my children, we are too blessed! ... We shall never comprehend it till we are in Heaven. What a pity that is!

2.04.2017

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 40


Why, look at me. I've worked my way up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.
GROUCHO MARX

1. TRUMP

I should go ahead and bite the bullet and make the first two items of the weekly RTOVS be "Trump" and "Francis." The reason for this is obvious. Both of them are controversial and put themselves in the news on a regular basis. That is the one good thing I can say about Obama. 90% of the time, he was dishwater boring. I'm not sure if I'm sick of winning yet, but I am sick of the controversy and excitement with Trump. The same goes with Pope Francis. Boring is good.

Trump is finally doing things I disagree with. The first is that he bowed to pressure from Ivanka to  spike the ball on LGBTQ issues. Ivanka is a closet liberal. The GOP under Trump has gone soft on sodomites. It is a truism that the toughest men crumble when it comes to their daughters, and Trump is no exception. He is wrapped around his little girl's finger.

The second thing I have issue with is how the State Department under Trump decided to now criticize Israel over settlements when not so long ago they went to the mattresses against Obama and the UN over the issue. Either Tillerson has gone rogue or Trump is turning into Bill Clinton. My hunch is that Rex Tillerson is behind this. I suspect there will be a lot of loose cannons in this administration.

Despite these things. Trump threw a touchdown with the Neil Gorsuch nomination. Of course, I expect the man to be thoroughly Borked in unprecedented ways. I can see another Anita Hill saga coming. Never underestimate what the Left will do to keep baby killing legal.

2. FRANCIS

Where Trump mostly says and does things I like, Pope Francis does the opposite. It is a rare day when the Holy Father isn't praising Marxists, embracing environmentalism, supporting communion for adulterers, demanding imbecilic policies regarding Muslims, or engaging in sackings of orthodox believers while talking trash about faithful and traditional Catholics. Now, it seems that Cardinal Burke is being prepped to lose his red hat. The words and the actions of the Holy Father are disgusting, anti-Catholic, and unchristian. He is more Machiavellian than Christian.


Does all of this sadden me? Profoundly. I feel that Pope Francis is God's chastisement on the Roman Catholic Church. The Holy Father has split the prelates with Amoris Laetitita. He has stooped to enacting revenge against his challengers. He is a bad pope. I always hesitate when I say or write this, but others are already saying it. The Catholic Left finally got the pope they wanted, and their aim is to scrub away what is left of orthodoxy and tradition in the Roman Catholic Church.

There should be a handy guide for how to endure and resist a bad pope. I would write it except I don't know actually what you are supposed to do. I have yet to read the Chamberlin book. What I do know is that you are not allowed to schism out of the Church. I also know that you can't go along with falsehood, error, and heresy. But I think Jesus has the answer:
The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them. 
MATTHEW 23:2-3
Jesus had to live with and deal with bad rabbis. These men were tasked with preserving and promoting the words and traditions of their forefathers going all the way back to Moses. Jesus never questions their authority. He does question their behavior, and He calls them out on it. I think the four cardinals who put their dubia to Pope Francis over Amoris Laetitia are doing the right thing. We all live under authority, and we should strive for obedience because this is obedience to Christ. Pope Francis is disobedient to Christ. That doesn't mean we have to follow his example even if he is the Vicar of Christ.

3. TAKEN FROM A COMBOX

There is something weird going on with the women, too. Like, a mixture of indiscriminate sympathy (bleeding heart syndrome, "poor little baby Abdullah"), and sexual fascination - after decades of systematically emasculating Western men, they now can't get turned on by the Grubers, so they subconsciously long to be violated by hyper-misogynistic primitives.

4. TAKEN FROM ANOTHER COMBOX

If anyone debating this would read the BIBLE once in a while, you would all find out that Mary was a Virgin at the onset. After the birth of JESUS, she had several children by Joseph. These were\ half brothers and sisters to JESUS. The Catholics have always been wrong about this. As I said, READ YOUR BIBLE PEOPLE!!! Quit listening to people tell you what the Bible says and read it for your self so you will not be decieved by false doctrine!

response to comment: 

The Catholic Church compiled the Bible. That book you're citing is a Church document.

And Protestantism was invented 1500 years after the birth of Christ (Who also founded the Catholic Church).

But, by all means, let's all just wing it and interpret everything our own way. That should work out great.

Can I get an amen from all 20,000 Protestant denominations?


5. Q & A

Q: Is the constitutional republic as we know it inherently unworkable in the long term, or is it a function of other influences at this particular time in history? Would returning things to a previous order of beliefs under the same constitutional system simply repeat the process?

A: This question comes courtesy of the Bethune Catholic blog. I posted this comment:
I always recommend reading the Federalist Papers for topics like this. The Framers intention was pretty clear--prevent tyranny. They defined tyranny merely as the accumulation of power in the hands of the one, the few, or the many. To that extent, their experiment has worked.
Another thing to glean from the FP is the idea that "faction breeds liberty." As Madison put it, "Liberty is to faction what air is to fire." The "relativism" we see today is essentially factions going at it. These differences among factions prevents them from ever accumulating power since power requires agreement.
In a Republic, the good can prevail since the good is the only thing that everyone can agree on. This would be things like natural law, truth, etc. Now, not everyone agrees on this because they wish to deny it. But the bad can never draw a similar widespread agreement. Like the Tower of Babel, evil leads to division and dissolution of power. Evil is always striving for unity which is why it loves concentration of power, centralization, and tyranny. It strives to achieve by force what it cannot reach through liberty and reason.
The beauty of the Constitution is that it pits self-interest against self-interest. It's like that Eastwood flick--The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly--where the two characters each had half of the secret. They had to cooperate and work together to ever find the hidden gold. But if one of them ever possessed the other half of the secret in addition to his own, the cooperation would vanish and someone would die.
The Framers were pessimists about human nature. The chaos you see today is not a bug but a feature of our republic. It is when a large body of people gain power and unanimous agreement that you should really be afraid. This would be the Third Reich.
I believe our republic under the US Constitution is working as designed. The fact that President Trump is chafing under a ruling from a judge on his refugee ban is testament to the system working. And the fact that a guy like Trump could get elected is also a testament.

There is one thing the US Constitution will never deliver--Utopia. This is something progressives, communists, and libertarians seek. The Framers were inherently conservative in their outlook rejecting the utopian delusions believing that men were not angels and in need of government.

We can attempt to reject the Constitution, but this leaves a problem. What is to take its place? The libertarians seek anarchy which has to be worse than anything we have at present. The progressives seek an enlightened tyranny forgetting the bodypiles of all the previous enlightened tyrants like Mao and Stalin. Then, there is the technocratic state like the EU where every inch of human existence is regulated out of existence by educated elites who know better than us what we need. All of these options are tyrannies of the one, the few, or the many. Pick your flavor.

The two viable options left are a republic and a monarchy. I see these things as two sides of a single coin. A monarch who holds absolute power is limited in knowledge and presence. Similarly, a republic has greater knowledge but limited power. Of the two, I prefer the republic. Plato's philosopher king exists only in Jesus Christ. In His absence, we should share the load by dividing power.

The problem we have today is not a problem of government but a problem of morality. There can be no liberty among the immoral. Liberty demands self-government. The US has prospered or suffered in direct proportion to its righteousness. Currently, this country can make little to no claim to being righteous. This is not a political issue. It is a cultural issue. We have lost our way.

This is the overriding theme of this blog. If you want to make America great again, it needs to be good again. As it stands, the good people in this country feel some guilt and need to apologize to evil people for things like opposing abortion or gay marriage or Islamic rape and murder. And that, Gentle Reader, is why the USA finds itself in the septic tank of cultural decline. We have turned right into wrong and wrong into right. It is so bad that even Catholic bishops can't be counted on to stand up for anything anymore.

Edmund Burke said it best when he declared that evil triumphs when good men do nothing. Donald Trump isn't even a good man, but he does something that good men today won't do. He doesn't sit back and do nothing. He does not abdicate like Rod Dreher with his ridiculous Benedict Option. Whatever his failings, Trump has one thing going for him. He isn't a coward. 

We can't all be President, but we can say something to our friends and neighbors with our words and our lives. We can get off our asses and go vote. We can write blog posts and tweet. On an individual basis, it doesn't amount to much. But united, good people can take back their country and inspire national repentance.

There's nothing wrong with the game or the rules of that game. A republic demands that we actually play that game. And this is where we get to the truth of the matter. Why would someone prefer a monarchy? Because monarchy is a nice excuse for laziness and cowardice. Monarchy allows us to sit back and abdicate. The reality is that all that sitting doesn't give us a righteous king but a tyranny of being ruled by our inferiors. We end up with the very thing we had wished to avoid.

6. QUOTABLE QUOTES

Make sure you practice this very interesting mortification: that of not making your conversation revolve around yourself.
SAINT JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA

The heart of man will never find true peace, if it does not empty itself of all that is not God, so as to free itself all free for His love, that He alone may possess the whole of it. But this the soul cannot do of itself; it must obtain it of God by repeated prayers.
SAINT ALPHONSUS LIGUORI

The difference between the love of a man and the love of a woman is that a man will always give reasons for loving, but a woman gives no reasons for loving.
VENERABLE ARCHBISHOP FULTON SHEEN

When we appeal to the throne of grace we do so through Mary, honoring God by honoring His Mother, imitating Him by exalting her,touching the most responsive chord in the sacred heart of Christ with the sweet name of Mary.
SAINT ROBERT BELLARMINE

Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.
SAINT AUGUSTINE

Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.
THOMAS SOWELL

Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny. It's the only one. It's based on thousands of years of human experience. There is nothing narrow about the conservative philosophy. It's a liberating philosophy. It is a magnificent philosophy. It is a philosophy for the ages, for all times.
MARK LEVIN

Men cannot improve a society by setting fire to it: they must seek out its old virtues, and bring them back into the light.
RUSSELL KIRK

7. ODDS AND ENDS

--Steve Skojec needs to get a real job instead of begging for donations so he can escape work to spend his days in endless flame wars on Twitter.

--Mark Shea should do the same thing. Shea spends his days in endless flame wars on Facebook.

--Bishop Robert Barron is no Archbishop Sheen. Sheen would have no compromise on the issue of gay marriage.

--I believe illegal immigration should be made harder while legal immigration should be made easier. As for those getting deported for breaking the law, they are merely being sent home. This is not a tragedy.

--Fillon's nepotism scandal ensures a Le Pen win. Make France Great Again!

8. LINKS OF INTEREST





2.01.2017

SOC 13


To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.
CONFUCIUS

That line from Confucius sums up my attitude about the people who have wronged me in life. People have wronged me, but it takes some effort to remember those wrongs. This is because I never think about them. Nursing slights and holding grudges is a ridiculous thing. It gives life to things that are dying and should die.

I edit people out of my life. The people who know me figure this out at some point. I suspect the people who find themselves out of my life think I hold some grudge or ill will towards them, but I don't. The reason people find themselves put out of my life is because they have demonstrated a propensity to cause harm to others and to me. It's like that manager who said, "I don't fire people. They fire themselves." Likewise, people put themselves out of my life.

I have had a lot of people in my life who live under the delusion that people will always and everywhere tolerate their crap. So, they are crappy people who persist in their crappiness. They believe that the rest of the world will just put up with that crap forever, and they are shocked when someone like me doesn't put up with it.

No single act can put someone out of my life since this would be pettiness and a lack of charity. When you deal with people, they are certain to disappojnt you at some point. We are fallen beings, and we sin. Love covers the multitude of these sins.

I believe each person has a weighing machine, and the weight of each person's actions determines if they remain in or leave my life. The repetitive nature of someone's actions does more to tip that balance one way or the other than a single act. People lacking self-awareness often ask, "What did I do?" They only see the immediate transgression and not the accumulation of transgressions. They are blind and will always remain this way.

Once someone is out of my life, the burden is upon them to tip the balance back the other way. Since they can't make it up to me, they must labor and do some general good to others, go to church, do works of mercy, etc. By doing these things, they show they are no longer evil and wish harm upon others. Such a dramatic change in life can only push me to accept those people back into my life. I am forgiving, but I am also prudent.

I never thought up this system. It invented itself out of necessity. The bad experiences of my life pushed me to think and act in these ways. Looking back, I understand that this is how God deals with me. My weighing system is very much like how I relate with God. God is patient with me, but I know that my repeated sins do damage and can end my relationship with Him. So, I endeavor to maintain that relationship. I live a life of perpetual penitence. Do good. Shun evil. Pray always. Help people whenever you can and never expect anything in return.

The people I feel genuinely sorry for are the "collaterals." It is rare that any relationship you have with others is in isolation. For instance, you can't cut it off with someone without also cutting it off with their spouse. Similarly, there will be those who insist on you tossing your scales and putting up with crap. These people are not necessarily bad people, but they are lax in their tolerance for crap. I find these people are doormats or driven by ulterior motives in their insistence that you not break it off with crappy people. So, they share the fate of the shunned as an inevitable consequence of what can only be considered stupidity. As I am fond of saying, ignorance is not the same as evil, but they are first cousins. There is a reason the Book of Proverbs is included in the Bible. You have a moral obligation to not be stupid.

Don't allow or tolerate crappy people in your life. My biggest regrets in life flow from my inability to adhere to this simple wisdom. Bad people will bring you down. This is why you need to surround yourself with good people. I love the notion of the lone wolf against the world, but this is more fantasy than reality. Good people are not loners. They have relationships, and those relationships strengthen them. And if you are really wise, you will seek out people who are better than you, and this will improve you. Finally, there is God. Seek God. This has the double effect of making you better but also making bad people flee from you. This is why government charity and NGOs fail at helping the poor where the Church succeeds. Religion is a moral force that no secular endeavor can match, and this moral force is what tips the weighing machine in people's lives.

Bad people destroy themselves. This is the point that needs to be made and hammered in good and hard. People drown in their sins, and their only real desire from you is to not let them drown alone. They wish for you to drown with them. You might fool yourself into thinking you are helping these people, but you are not. These people see you as nothing more than a flotation device. The moment they use you up, they will think nothing of tossing you like a sack of wet garbage. They will consume you and then dispose of you. People who feel some guilt over letting people drown in their sins should stop feeling guilty.

I have suffered greatly because of bad people, but that suffering has given me an incomparable gift. It has liberated me from any guilt or possible remorse over these people. I can cut it off with anyone and not ever think about it again. I could fire someone who needs firing, and I would be at peace with it. I could kill a criminal or home invader in the most violent way possible and sleep well that night.

I was reading on another site an answer to a question. How can it be Heaven when we know and see people in Hell? I found the answer unsatisfactory mainly because it dwelled on theory instead of experience. The simple answer is that justice is satisfaction. It is satisfying to see people get what they deserve even if the people are ones we know and love. Similarly, mercy is satisfying in the same way. The bottom line is that on Judgment Day, we will all be granted what we loved and desired most. For me, this is God. For those in Hell, it is eternal damnation.


It boggles the mind that anyone would seek and yearn for eternal damnation. But the ones who don't get it have never had contact with truly evil people. I have. Trust me, they want Hell. Not only do they not resist Hell, they fly into Hell in much the same way they destroy themselves in this life.

People bring Hell with them. It isn't about letting these people into Heaven. These people are in Hell because they are Hell. In this life, this state of being is mutable. In the afterlife, it becomes fixed. This is why it is better to not think of Hell as a place so much as a state of being. You can escape a place. You can never escape yourself.

Hell is a good point to transition to other more pleasant thoughts.
An apostle who does not pray regularly and methodically will necessarily fall into lukewarmness...and he will then cease to be an apostle.
This quotation comes from Saint Josemaria Escriva. Escriva looms large in my spirituality and life. This particular quotation burns more fiercely than others because it touches on a personal struggle of mine. I find it hard to pray on the regular. I have a plan of life that I follow, but I must confess that I have been neglecting it lately. I am struggling against sloth in my prayer life and laziness in general. What is wrong with me?

There is one thing I know. Your effectiveness in work, family life, apostolate, etc. flows from the quality of your prayer life. If you get your prayer right, the rest will follow. Even Jesus made it a point to be apart in order to pray.

I will honestly admit that I pray more than the average Christian or Catholic. I do not say this to brag but merely to point to how awesome having a Plan of Life is. Striving to live that plan and failing will still do wonders for you. But succeeding! That would really be awesome.

Praying more has been my New Year's Resolution. I pray that I will pray more. Please pray for me.