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Faith of Our Fathers

The scary part is, no one in America knows how to fix what's broken and bring us back to sanity.

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Rick Moran

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October 2, 2013 - 12:01 am
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This article was originally published on my personal blog  at the height of the financial crisis in September 2008. I have updated it slightly to reflect the current crisis.

I used to think that the United States was basically indestructible, that our Constitution, the uncommon common sense of our people, a bountiful land, and a respect for our history and traditions could see us through any crisis.

Does that still hold true?

I believe these truths are immutable. But there is one very important additional truth that, when removed from the equation, causes the entire edifice to come crashing down in rack and ruin, a testament to the folly and failure of our politics and politicians.

I am talking about faith: Faith in government, faith in our leaders, faith in our institutions, and, most of all, faith in ourselves and our talent for self-government — the ability for us to decide what is best for our country and our families.

It is the faith of our fathers, and their fathers before them, and their fathers and grandfathers who bequeathed us a nation based on this simple, uncomplicated faith. Without it, there is no trust. And faith, like trust, once lost is a hard commodity to regain

I recall that on 9/11, there was a time that it was unclear the extent of the attack, especially after the Pentagon was hit. I am not overdramatizing when I say that I believe everyone in America wondered who was next. What else could happen? The absolute worst scenarios went through my mind, as I’m sure they did for most of you. And I remember thinking for just a second or two, “Is this the end of America?” But I immediately dismissed such a preposterous notion. America was a rock, a force of nature. You couldn’t destroy it. Knock a few buildings down, sure. But the almost childlike belief in our ability to overcome anything and emerge triumphant was a powerful tonic that worked its magic on the American psyche and gave us the will to pull together for the good of all.

In that crisis, we had faith to spare. Forgotten was the recent election and its gut-rending divisiveness as we came together as one people in the face of tragedy and crisis. It was inspiring. It was elevating.

It was an illusion.

In truth, our unity after 9/11 was a mirage, a temporary respite from the culture wars, the political wars, the ideological wars — the war for the soul of America. The natural equilibrium of political combat to the death reasserted itself within a matter of weeks and any sense of togetherness we felt was extinguished in a flood of partisan poison. And you can draw a straight line from the post-9/11 falling-out to our current crisis where what ails us as a nation has only been exacerbated by war and bitter acrimony.

I blame Bush. And the Democrats. And the liberals. And the conservatives. And I blame us for enabling the catastrophe, where it becomes easy to lose faith, trust, and even hope — hope that there was a way through this morass of hate and distrust so that we could emerge on a far distant shore, free of the infection that has sickened the body politic of America to the point that now, we teeter on the edge of a precipice, looking down into the blackness of an unknowable, unknowing future.

The internet is at fault. So is talk radio. So is the liberal/conservative/lazy media. So is the consolidation of information sources. So am I.

Am I taking the easy out? A typical Moran “a pox on both your houses” screed? Examine your consciences and you tell me where it’s all Bush’s fault or all the Democrats’ fault. Or where conservatives or liberals are blameless. Or even where one party or another is “more” at fault — as if you can place catastrophe on a scale and weigh it out, carefully loading one side or the other with rancor, bitterness, lies, exaggerations, political gamesmanship, and cynicism, thus hoping to determine the “real” culprit of our current predicament.

That kind of stupidity is silly and self defeating. And it only reveals that those who try it are part of the problem, not the solution.

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Well, let me lay out the "kind of stupidity (that) is silly and self defeating" for you, cuz I know exactly what's wrong. And yes, it is the political Left and not the Right.

However, that's being a bit disingenuous, because at its heart, this is not about politics, but about a thing that hides among politics. The home it's found is in the Dem Party.

I'm talking about institutionalizing blame, complaint and self-pity - the three hallmarks of identity-based political correctness. And what I'm really talking about is hate - sheer, unadulterated disdain for fellow human beings, masquerading as social justice and anti-racism.

The most politicized and radicalized of the groups that consider themselves the also-rans of history have infiltrated and taken over black, Latino, gay and feminist advocacy. The most shrill and even paranoid carping from the farthest fringes of these groups is now mainstream.

Think about it: every time you read a story about some weird chant Federal employees or college TA's have to go through about diversity, at it's heart someone is profiling an identity as a racist. Dr. Who is too white, Pacific Rim had too many whites, too many men are in shows. Read the stuff I read. These people never shut up about this stuff.

Virtually all the shrillest rabble-rousing from the Left today is based on the straight, white, male, and the wreckage he has left throughout history.

Minority groups whine, feminist groups whine, gays whine - it's a non-stop panoply of self-pity and the ennobling of certain identities at the expense of others.

In short, we're in a crisis of identity vs. principle. Law is principle. A fat man gets the same sentence as a short woman for burglary. That's principle.

Among the PC crowd, every identity colonized, imperialized, oppressed and so on and so forth, gets endless mitigation, blame and excuses backpacked right into their appearance.

Kick these people to the curb, wherever and whenever you find them. Don't watch their films, read their books, subsidize their colleges, etc.

Disagreement over politics is normal - so is a fair bit of complaining, blaming and feeling sorry for one's self. But when it's institutionalized right into the fabric of a nation, that is suicide.

In the same way Jew-haters hide behind anti-Zionism, and how Southern Civil War re-enactors have been infiltrated by those who don't like blacks, so has the Dem Party been infiltrated by gays who don't like straights, blacks who don't like whites, and women who don't like men.

The very people who claim a women-hating, racist culture exists, when it comes to themselves, we are to believe is 100% free of these all too human attributes.

Bullsh-t.
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Mark Levin knows...

Its time to have a States Convention to rein in government.
28 weeks ago
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It's hard to say it is worse than that 60's or the days before the civil war.

But there are three things that are different now.

1. We always had a varied press ,that had more than one political viewpoint. For all practical purposes, that's gone.

2. I don't know if we ever had a press that sounded the drums of defeatism as soon as a President from the wrong party went to war.

3. The main gurantee of our freedom, the enumerated powers, was destroyed when the Supreme Court gave in to FDR on interstate commerce.
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This article is DEAD WRONG. The problem isn't a lack of "faith" in "our leaders" the problem is a lack of REASON. Faith is NOT Reason.

The problem is therefore also having too much false "faith" in "our leaders:"

Western people won't educate them *selves* about islam (or other crime-gangs, or politics, or global economics) because our culture defers all thinking to those "authorities" we PAY to do our thinking and research for us!

And they secretly know full-well that the salesmen in charge will always sell us all out!

It's a disingenuous sick and perverted sort of "moral high ground" scenario where people will willingly submit to others' idolatrous "authority", in order to be able to pretend to say:

"Since you say you're better than me - an "expert authority" and "Crisis-relief management expert" then it's all your fault, and, since it is all your fault, then none of it can be my fault, so I'm still better than you! Whee!'

Totally ignoring that a choice to do nothing to save one's self, one's children, and/or any innocent others, is still a choice! Failing to plan is planning to fail.
27 weeks ago
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"But the vast majority of us lose big time when they "win". "

Man, what a downer. What did George Washington reply to you, after you told him that?
27 weeks ago
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Bu hao, Xiaoding! Please read the Gospel according to John. A careful study will enlighten you as to true christianity, its fruits and also its enemies. Jesus Christ, Jn.14.6, claimed to be the only Way to God the Father, ie, the sole source of salvation, Heb.5.9, to those who obey Him. If He lied, we christians are but deluded fools. If He told the Truth we had best fall in line. No? My wife is Chinese, so I have a special affinity for her people.
28 weeks ago
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Thnx, Longstreet! But I am not Chinese, fooled ya! :)
27 weeks ago
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Mr. Moran studiously neglects to mention Faith in God, a faith, Gal.5.6, which works through love. God's word, the NT, is our basis for morality, and without morality we have... well, just look at the mess we are in due to amoral thinking and conduct. War is due to immorality. Crime is due to immorality. Poverty is due to immorality, as are divorce, abortion, terrorism, theft, sexual sin, etc, ad infinitum. If we all chose to live above deliberate sin, ie, according to the NT, the above cited evils would be no more. Most of our elected and appointed government officials are amoral persons. Amoral persons pass amoral laws, adjudicate and execute those amoral laws in amoral manners. I hope that when we have suffered long and hard enough from this wave of immorality we will exile the bozos and empower a cadre of virtuous, experienced, intelligent and morally sound persons to govern our affairs. Till then...
28 weeks ago
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I would say, that science, and truth, is destroying the fabric of Western Civilization, more than Marxism.

In any event, the fabrics of today are far superior to the fabic of yesterday. Polyester used to just horrid!
28 weeks ago
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The article does nothing but clog the pipes. The comments are good, however.
28 weeks ago
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Well, let me lay out the "kind of stupidity (that) is silly and self defeating" for you, cuz I know exactly what's wrong. And yes, it is the political Left and not the Right.

However, that's being a bit disingenuous, because at its heart, this is not about politics, but about a thing that hides among politics. The home it's found is in the Dem Party.

I'm talking about institutionalizing blame, complaint and self-pity - the three hallmarks of identity-based political correctness. And what I'm really talking about is hate - sheer, unadulterated disdain for fellow human beings, masquerading as social justice and anti-racism.

The most politicized and radicalized of the groups that consider themselves the also-rans of history have infiltrated and taken over black, Latino, gay and feminist advocacy. The most shrill and even paranoid carping from the farthest fringes of these groups is now mainstream.

Think about it: every time you read a story about some weird chant Federal employees or college TA's have to go through about diversity, at it's heart someone is profiling an identity as a racist. Dr. Who is too white, Pacific Rim had too many whites, too many men are in shows. Read the stuff I read. These people never shut up about this stuff.

Virtually all the shrillest rabble-rousing from the Left today is based on the straight, white, male, and the wreckage he has left throughout history.

Minority groups whine, feminist groups whine, gays whine - it's a non-stop panoply of self-pity and the ennobling of certain identities at the expense of others.

In short, we're in a crisis of identity vs. principle. Law is principle. A fat man gets the same sentence as a short woman for burglary. That's principle.

Among the PC crowd, every identity colonized, imperialized, oppressed and so on and so forth, gets endless mitigation, blame and excuses backpacked right into their appearance.

Kick these people to the curb, wherever and whenever you find them. Don't watch their films, read their books, subsidize their colleges, etc.

Disagreement over politics is normal - so is a fair bit of complaining, blaming and feeling sorry for one's self. But when it's institutionalized right into the fabric of a nation, that is suicide.

In the same way Jew-haters hide behind anti-Zionism, and how Southern Civil War re-enactors have been infiltrated by those who don't like blacks, so has the Dem Party been infiltrated by gays who don't like straights, blacks who don't like whites, and women who don't like men.

The very people who claim a women-hating, racist culture exists, when it comes to themselves, we are to believe is 100% free of these all too human attributes.

Bullsh-t.
28 weeks ago
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The scary part is, no one in America knows how to fix what's broken and bring us back to sanity. - Moran

That is a lie. The Constitution has been abandoned and we have morphed into somekind of socialist ad hoc failure. Europe is having the same trouble. The Social Democrat (Marxist) order is a failure. Time to move back to the Classically Liberal Christian order.

So you may not know what to do Moran. Dont project.
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Five years of reflection has not improved this article. All the "faith" mentioned is a misplaced faith in mankind. This country and its constitution was not built on faith in mankind. It was specifically built on the certainty that man cannot be trusted, which is the whole point of limited government. The constitution was constructed _by_ men of faith, who had faith in the Judeo-Christian God, and through this faith in God’s word they KNEW that men cannot be trusted. Therefore they constructed the first ever government in history specifically designed to _constrain_ the rule of men over other men, even while acknowledging that some rule is necessary and appropriate.

I am a conservative but our salvation will not come from conservatism.

I am a tea party member but our salvation will not come from the tea party.

I am a Republican, for now, but our salvation will not come from the Republican party.

Our country will be saved only if we turn to God. Not just any God, but the Trinitarian God who revealed Himself to the Jews first and then all mankind; God the Father, Jesus the son, and the Holy Spirit.

The decline in our country, among both political parties and in our culture and society at large, is a symptom of our turning way.
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"you tell me where it’s all Bush’s fault or all the Democrats’ fault. Or where conservatives or liberals are blameless. Or even where one party or another is “more” at fault "

OK. The Progressive party is more at fault because they embrace and aggressively assert principles that will bring this (or any) country to ruin. While the Conservatives have had their political abuses, life, liberty and pursuit of happiness are maximized for the vast majority of citizens when the conservative side keeps the liberal side in check. What is so hard to understand about that? If it were a case of keeping the pendulum from swinging too far in either direction then maybe you have a point. But it has been pushed way too far in the Liberal direction and they seem not to appreciate that fact. Compromise to them is giving up just a little of their ambition to push it to even further extremes. It has to come back to the center and the conservative/libertarian side must get really serious about doing that. It's not stupid and its not silly and its not part of the problem.

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"Compromise to them is giving up just a little of their ambition to push it to even further extremes. "

I think they would call that, "winning". If conservatives don't like, then they should try some of that "winning", too!

They are too lazy and rich, being all productive and all. Whining, now that's something they excel at. Winning, not so much.
28 weeks ago
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The day is upon us when our side is determined to "win". Hope you enjoyed your ride on the road to destruction because its over.
27 weeks ago
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Who are you, Charlie Sheen? Yea, just what we all need is a bunch of rabid ideologues hell bent on "winning" . But the vast majority of us lose big time when they "win".
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George Washington was such an "ideologue".

He took a gun, and blew the heads off of those who disagreed with him, about politics. He was also a winner.

Your kind wound up in Canada, which is just wonderful, this time of year, I hear.
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