Thursday, April 15, 2021

Offsite Post: ‘We Don’t Need Crybabies and Do-Nothings, Gov. Abbott!’

 

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has sent a second letter to Vice President Harris requesting information about what the Biden Administration intends to do to secure the US-Mexico border.  We applaud Gov Abbott for launching Operation Lone Star to try to staunch some of the massive flow of illegal immigrants into Texas, but in reality this will not help all that much since the illegals they arrest must be handed over to the Biden Administration (ICE), which has been all too keen on releasing them into the States.

It doesn’t take much hard thinking to see that Gov Abbott’s effort at becoming pen-pals with VP Harris will yield even fewer good results than Operation Lone Star.  His writing to her is simply an effort to win political points for himself.  But we do not have governors so they can grand-stand; they are elected mainly to enforce laws, to protect their respective States from law-breakers.  Gov Abbott, per his letter, makes it clear that he is very much aware of the horrible crimes being committed by the drug cartels, human smugglers, etc., in his State.  If the federal government does not act to protect the people of Texas from illegal border-crossers, the responsibility falls on him to do so.  If he lacks the courage to that, let him take heart from an example from one of the States of greater Yankeedom, Ohio, which, before The War, were just as quick to invoke States’ rights as were States in the South.  Ohio in this instance was responding to the US Supreme Court’s infamous ruling of McCulloch v Maryland:


 . . . Despite the McCulloch opinion, many of the States continued to resist the bank. Georgia in 1819, and again in 1821, adopted particularly harassing enactments, designed to bar the bank from suing in Federal Courts.(63)


It was in Ohio, however, that events came to a climax. No State had suffered more grievously than Ohio from the disastrous inflation brought about by the bank’s first years of blundering mismanagement.(64) This hatred of the bank was manifested by an act of the Ohio Legislature in 1819—enacted in the teeth of the McCulloch decision—levying a tax of $50,000 per year on each of the bank’s two branches in the State. This tax was to become due on September 15, 1820, but the bank, having protested vainly against the levy, refused to pay and instead obtained an injunction from a Federal judge against its collection.


Before the injunction could be served, however, State Auditor Osborn ordered one of his deputies, John L. Harper, to collect the tax by persuasion if he could, but by violence if he must. Entering the bank’s branch office at Chillicothe, on the morning of September 17, Harper made one last request for voluntary payment. When this was denied, he leaped over the counter, strode into the bank vaults, and helped himself to $100,000 in paper and specie.(65) He then turned this over to a deputy, one H. M. Currie; and Mr. Currie, stuffing this considerable hoard into a small trunk, with which the party thoughtfully had come equipped, loaded the trunk into his wagon and set off down the road to Columbus.


The bank furiously brought suit against Osborn and Harper for recovery of the money, relying, of course, upon Marshall’s opinion in the McCulloch case. But Ohio was in no mood to regard the Supreme Court’s pronouncements as the supreme law of the land. In December of 1820, Ohio’s House of Representatives brought in a blistering report, substantially concurred in by the Senate on January 3, 1821, condemning the bank’s suit as a suit against the State itself. “To acquiesce in such an encroachment upon the privileges and authority of the States, without an effort to defend them, would be an act of treachery to the State itself, and to all the States that compose the American Union.”


Particular attention may be directed to the statement that next follows. Gentlemen, this is Ohio speaking:


The committee are aware of the doctrine, that the Federal courts are exclusively vested with jurisdiction to declare, in the last resort, the true interpretation of the Constitution of the United States. To this doctrine, in the latitude contended for, they never can give their assent.(66)


--James Jackson Kilpatrick, The Sovereign States

There is no clause in the Philadelphia constitution that requires a State to sit idly by and watch itself be destroyed while the federal government refuses to perform its duty to guard and protect the international border.  Indeed, the little-noticed Eleventh Amendment to that agreement proves rather decisively the primacy of the States in the State-federal relation.  Gov Abbott, therefore, . . .

The rest is at https://thehayride.com/2021/04/garlington-we-dont-need-crybabies-and-do-nothings-gov-abbott/ .

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Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The Good Things Happening in Mexico, Part III: The Lowest Abortion Rate in the World

 

The [u]nited States and Mexico are just the opposite when it comes to violent crime:  Mexico has one of the highest overall violent crime rates in the world but the lowest abortion rate (abortion is actually illegal in all but a couple of places there); the uS on the other hand has a low overall violent crime rate but one of the highest abortion rates (and where abortion is legally acknowledged as a ‘right’).

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-53584575

https://www.hrw.org/legacy/women/abortion/mexico.html

https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/abortion-rates-by-country

https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/violent-crime-rates-by-country

Which is worse?  Grown men and women whose natural passions for necessary things like money and other possessions have grown disordered?  Or mothers and fathers and doctors, natural protectors and healers, who do what is unnatural - killing children in the womb? 

It seems likely that judgment will fall heaviest on the latter (though the first will by no means escape the attacks of the demons they have invited by their actions). 

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Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

Monday, April 12, 2021

Offsite Post: ‘Want Better Leadership? Look in the Mirror!’

‘Why are we governed by people who s-ck?’, we have been asked.  It is because most of us have become such a lousy bunch of people ourselves.  In places where elections determine the greater share of those who govern, the latter become more or less a mirror of the ones who choose them.

Not everything was rosy back then, but it is nevertheless the misnamed ‘Dark Ages’ that condemn us for our lack of virtue in a number of critical areas.  The little hamlet of Elton in England, circa the 13th century, described in detail by Frances and Joseph Gies (Life in a Medieval Village, HarperPerennial, New York, 1991) will serve well as an example. 

First is the sense of community and cooperation that prevailed in those earlier times.  Agriculture was the main occupation of most people, but they performed the work together on land held commonly by all (the open field system).  The yield of crops belonged to those who had planted them, but there was nevertheless much cooperation with the other villagers to work out who got to plant where and when, etc. (pgs. 15-6)

Contrast this with today, when most people are so focused on themselves that their neighbor has become what Jean-Paul Sartre said:  ‘Hell is other people.’  And, tragically, COVID has made the feelings of distrust and impatience even worse.

Second is the attitude of the upper class to the lower class.  There were mutual duties shared between the two in medieval times.  Yes, the villagers had to hand over a share of their produce or labor to the manor lord of the village, but in return they received valuable things from him:  . . .

The rest is at https://thehayride.com/2021/04/garlington-want-better-leadership-look-in-the-mirror/ .

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Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

Friday, April 9, 2021

From Protestant John Bunyan to Woke Tom Walton

 

Recently, we looked at some of the bad consequences that flow out from the Roman Catholic teachings on Christ’s descent into Hades.

Now we must look at the other main faction of the post-Orthodox West, Protestantism, and some of the tares it has sown.  More specifically, how has the West gone from writing Christian allegories like Pilgrim’s Progress in the wake of the Protestant Reformation to atheistic/Marxist Woke babbling that seeks to destroy anything remotely Christian?  It is because they exist on the same line of continuum; they have the same root.

Mr Paul Krause helps illustrate this.  At the end of his essay on Pilgrim’s Progress, he writes,

 

Let us return to this theology of calling which Bunyan takes from Sacred Scripture and rewrites for us in the similitude of a dream. Bunyan, as we know, was a radical nonconformist. He was also a devout Calvinist. Christian’s call out of the City of Destruction is Bunyan’s esoteric message for “Christians” inside the Restoration Church of England to come out of the city fitted for destruction. The Restoration Church of England is Formalist, Hypocritical, and Ignorant of the true faith which Bunyan has expounded for us in his allegorical pilgrimage.

 

Bunyan is warning his fellow readers that to remain in the formalist, ignorant, talkative Restoration Church is to consign oneself to condemnation. Like Christian, who is imprisoned in Vanity-Fair, Bunyan was imprisoned during the Restoration. The life of Christian mirrors the life of Bunyan. Bunyan was originally an idealist, a man who fought in the revolution and favored an initial cleansing of the Church of England. But is this what God called his People to do in the Bible? Sure, there is the Commission to preach and baptize and teach—but the weight of Scriptural theology is a calling out.

 

As mentioned, Abraham is called out of Ur of the Chaldees. Lot is called out of Sodom and Gomorrah. The Israelites are called out of Egypt. St. Paul teaches that the hope of Christians is to be called out of the earthly Jerusalem and ascend to the heavenly Jerusalem. The Church Fathers, most notably St. Augustine and St. Gregory Nazianzus, also write of this call of the Church out of the world as it pilgrims in this world to the next.

 

The Pilgrim’s Progress, then, is a nonconformist text in the wildest sense, as well as in the highly specific context of Restoration Nonconformity.” Indeed it is. John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress may not be as aesthetically magisterial as Milton’s Paradise Lost. But it is, as I hope we can now see, a Protestant’s book. It contains in its pages the great seismic shift away from institutional idealism and toward a separationist theology which revived the Theology of Calling found in Scripture and the Church Fathers. It is, above all, perhaps the finest work of English nonconformist literature since John Milton and remains unsurpassed more than three centuries later. There is a lot of John Bunyan in The Pilgrim’s Progress, and perhaps that is why it is quintessentially Protestant and timeless.

 

--https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2021/04/pilgrims-calling-john-bunyan-pilgrims-progress-paul-krause.html

What is noteworthy here is that this description is very much akin to the ancient heresy of Gnosticism - It is radically dualistic, subjective/individualistic, and involves a special divine revelation or calling to a select few to receive ‘salvation’.  (For more on those and on the other marks of Gnosticism, visit https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2021/01/31/the-gnostic-heresys-political-successors/--Via Rod Dreher’s blog at The American Conservative.)

The dualism is so pronounced in Misters Bunyan and Krause that even the visible Church is irredeemably tainted by evil.  But those solitary individuals whom God has called out are able to see clearly and find the path to the City of God. 

Hence we see the first outlines of our modern Elite, who likewise believe they are ‘chosen’, having access to a secret, exalted knowledge with which they can escape the futility of the present corrupt world and gain entry to Paradise (or in the modern sense, create it themselves).

Hence we have the Tom Walton’s of the world (the grandson of Walmart founder Sam Walton), the corporate Titans, with their efforts to make a utopia where transgender people have all the same ‘rights’ as everyone else:

 

“We are alarmed by the string of policy targeting LGBTQ people in Arkansas. This trend is harmful and sends the wrong message to those willing to invest in or visit our state. We support Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s recent veto of discriminatory policy and implore government, business and community leaders to consider the impact of existing and future policy that limits basic freedoms and does not promote inclusiveness in our communities and economy.

 

Our nation was built on inalienable rights and strengthened by individual differences. Arkansas has been called the land of opportunity because it is a place where anyone can think big and achieve the extraordinary. Any policy that limits individual opportunity also limits our state’s potential.”

 

--Heath Higgs, https://www.fox16.com/news/politics/walton-family-foundation-issues-statement-on-arkansas-anti-trans-legislation/, via https://www.ozarksfirst.com/local-news/arkansas-general-assembly-votes-to-override-veto-on-transgender-youth-treatment-ban/

In simpler terms, then, the modern Woke Elite are simply the old Protestant Reformers who have shed the Christian elements that masked the latter’s Gnostic belief system.

But Christianity (i.e., the Orthodox Church) is not simply a gathering of like-minded individuals seeking escape from a hopelessly evil world.  It is a real union with the deified flesh of Jesus Christ and with one another, Whose Grace ripples out into the world through His Body’s members, sanctifying it, little by little, that all the cosmos may share in the Life of the All-Holy Trinity.  The individual Christian does not disappear in this union, and yet his subjective judgment of the Church and her creed/doctrines is not the final authority, either:  There is a priestly hierarchy, consecrated by God, to which he must be obedient.  St John of Kronstadt (+1908) offers this beautiful description of the Orthodox Church:

 

The holy Church is God's most supreme, most holy, most good, most wise and necessary establishment upon the earth. She is "the true tabernacle'' of God, " which the Lord pitched, and not man" (Heb. viii. 2)—not Luther, not Calvin, and not Mohammed, nor Buddha, nor Confucius, nor any other suchlike sinful, passionate person. The Church is a union of people established by God, united among themselves by the Faith, Doctrine, Hierarchy, and Mysteries. She is Christ's spiritual army, equipped with spiritual weaponry against the numberless armed hordes of the devil: "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Eph. vi. 12). She is a spiritual hospital where mankind, enfeebled by the open wound of sin, is cured by grace-filled treatments given by God—by repentance and communion in the Holy Mysteries of Christ, in Christ's Body and Blood, and by the word of God, by the instructions and counsels and consolations of the shepherds of Christ's rational flock. She is a common laver of purification, rebirth, and sanctification; she is God’s sanctuary in which all are sanctified by the Holy Spirit through Baptism, Chrismation, and the other Mysteries, and the Divine Service. She is the spiritual sun of the world, enlightening and giving 1ife to all who sit in the darkness and shadow of death an who are dead through sin.

 

--http://orthodoxinfo.com/general/krons_church.aspx

But in reality, the Protestants are only following the path cleared for them by the Roman Catholic Pope, who long ago set the ensample for all in the West to follow vis-à-vis rebellion against the Orthodox Church of the Holy Apostles, the only true Christian mother of the West:

 

The most harmful thing in Christianity, in this God-revealed, heavenly religion, is the leadership of one man in the Church—for instance, the pope, and his supposed infallibility. It is precisely in the dogma of his infallibility that the greatest mistake is contained, for the pope is a sinful man, and O the disaster if he fancies himself to be infallible! How many great errors, destructive of the souls o men, has the Catholic, papal church thought up—in dogmas, in rites, in canonical rules, in the Divine Services, in the deadly and malicious relations of the Catholics with the Orthodox, in blasphemies and slanders against the Orthodox Church, in revilings directed against the Orthodox Christians! And of all this the professedly infallible pope is guilty, with his and the Jesuits' teaching, their spirit of falsehood, duplicity, and every sort of unrighteous means ad maiorem Dei gloriam (for the—alleged—greater glory of God).

 

--Ibid.

May the West return swiftly to the Orthodox Faith, through the prayers of the holy God-pleaser, Father John of Kronstadt!

 

A hatred of Orthodoxy, fanaticism against and persecution of the Orthodox, even killings, run like a crimson thread through all the ages of Catholicism's existence. By their fruits ye shall know them. Was such a spirit commanded to us by Christ? If to anyone, it is always possible to say to Catholics, Lutherans, and Reformed: "Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of" (Luke ix, 55).

 

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"Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls" (I Peter i. 9). Behold the end and goal of the Orthodox Christian faith—the salvation of the soul of every believer. How invaluable is our faith; how holy, true, God-pleasing, powerful, saving! How necessary it is to love Her, worthily to esteem Her, constantly to utilize Her for one's own salvation and that of others. O Lord, save the race of Orthodox Christians, and convert all the non-orthodox to Orthodoxy, as to the one faith which saves, established by Thee, glorified by Thee, and to be eternally glorified by Thee! Thou art holy and righteous—and Thy faith is holy and righteous.

 

--Ibid.

The holy image of St John is via https://orthodoxwiki.org/John_of_Kronstadt .

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Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!