In the face of the primary decision by so called conservative voters in the United States I think a post is warranted. Notably over the past 3 years I’ve concentrated my online presence mostly in religious affairs, but the time has come to tie in that with the pertinent politics and go on record with my position.
Donald Trump has been, essentially at this point, nominated to represent conservative values of the United States. He is both authoritarian and nationalistic. I wish to be clear, he IS NOT Hitler. But by the most commonly understood definition of the word he IS a Fascist.
Hillary Clinton OR Bernie Sanders will be nominated to represent liberal values. They are, by the most commonly understood definition of the word, Socialist.
Neither of these candidates represents even a minority sympathy toward justice, virtue, freedom and self-determination. I personally am ambivalent toward which one I’d rather see win the election, and for principled reasons unwilling to vote for either. My name shall not be so sullied as to be attached to those above. If you intend to claim that’s the equivalent of voting for whomever (whom you don’t like) First I don’t care. As I said I’m ambivalent. Second I don’t care, my obligation to you as my countryman ended the instant these “candidates” became the reality for nomination, I can no longer take seriously any appeal to some “duty” I owe you. Voice your displeasure all you want; I have given much and you are due nothing more, at least that you would like to get, from me. To those that I do owe a debt, God, posterity, my family, I am exceedingly comfortable justifying enabling of the winner by the clear vices of the loser. I’ve made my peace with that and am ready to face that question before both my grandchildren (God Willing) and God himself and say “The reason why I enabled Donald Trump/Hillary Clinton is because the alternative was Donald Trump/Hillary Clinton.”
Now I’ve been on sabbatical for a long time. Rather traditional in many ways. I was exploring the nature of freedom following the re-election of Barack Obama in 2012. I had a number of Earth shattering epiphanies. The most pertinent to this discussion is revelations about the nature of freedom. A long while back I wrote a very short observation on the headwaters of liberty, where the stream of freedom first begins to flow. Here we will discuss ever so briefly its source and its nature. The source of freedom is God. The nature of freedom is that it only rightly belongs to the just and virtuous. In this the western world has a serious misconception that will lead to its fall if it is not corrected, that it rightly belongs to all: not so. The just man is due freedom as a right granted him by God. The apparently unjust man is given freedom in a free society because it largely lies beyond the competency authority to determine him actually unjust rather than seemingly unjust, and remove it, not that he has a continuing and enduring right to it if he be actually unjust. To the extent authority can competently determine a man unjust, they rightly remove his freedom in measure which not only is not due, but further by natural law he should not have. What is authority? The ability to use and resist force. Whom is authority? A willed entity capable of using and resisting force. What is a just authority? An authority which seeks to follow the Natural Law in accordance with Nature’s God. Thank you Tom, you have taught me so much.
The reason why I bring up this discourse, freedom belongs rightly only to the just and virtuous is because the concept is etched into natural law at all scales of being. Of particular interest is that of a society. At that level the natural law dictates, the unjust society cannot be free. Not that it shouldn’t, it simply cannot; When a society’s virtue lapses, so does any freedom it might have as a natural consequence of the natural law. And this is good. United States of America, your virtue has lapsed, and so, rightly so, your freedom shall lapse too, and this is good and just. As the watchman in Ezekiel 33 there have been times I have failed you; Agreeing in ignorance with your ideas of virtue when I should have been warning you instead of their vice; And when I did know better having an imprudent confidence in your virtue and will to ultimately, once all had been laid bare, make the right decision. What can I say? Referring in part back to my short discourse on the headwaters of liberty; I was wrong. And to my part for it have failed, with other smaller failures, to edify you sufficiently to carry the light of freedom forward. Though retrospectively I doubt anything I could have done differently would have changed anything. You have been seduced by a siren's call of the desires of your vices, first indulging them, then rationalizing them, finally sacramentalizing them. You have built a religion around worshiping your vice. Nevertheless I could have done better.
Remember though, do not look to me, or some liar bearing the name “press” or another liar bearing the name “politician” and deign to point blame when the natural consequence of society’s state of being is realized, lamenting loudly “ignorance” “misinformed” or “lies”. Of course you were lied to. What were you expecting? It was always your responsibility in diligence and prudence to sort through the lies and the truth knowing that you would be lied to by the unjust. You failed to treat this responsibility seriously while beguiled in gratifying your vice and it is your lack of virtue which makes this coming reality inevitable, and what is to come will always be your fault for it. We, truly, are the lessor sons of greater sires. And that which our fathers have given to us rightly and justly deserves to be taken away.
The end is near now. And since you have abandoned the idea of federalism, constitutional governance, virtuous freedom, self reliance, self determinism, community, comity, solidarity, subsidiary, and virtually every other virtue for that of the demeanor of a spoiled screaming child, standing before all that is good shaking your fist “now appoint for us a king to govern us like all the nations.” so it shall be so. I will leave you with the discourse of 1 Samuel 8. May God have mercy on us all.
6 But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to govern us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord said to Samuel, “Hearken to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. 8 According to all the deeds which they have done to me, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you. 9 Now then, hearken to their voice; only, you shall solemnly warn them, and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.”
10 So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking a king from him. 11 He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen, and to run before his chariots; 12 and he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. 15 He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. 16 He will take your menservants and maidservants, and the best of your cattle and your asses, and put them to his work. 17 He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. 18 And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves; but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”
19 But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; and they said, “No! but we will have a king over us, 20 that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles.” 21 And when Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the ears of the Lord. 22 And the Lord said to Samuel, “Hearken to their voice, and make them a king.”