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It seems some things never change January 29, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, error, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, Society, Tradition, true leadership.
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I am far from certain that democracy, or republican government, is something blessed by God.  There are many problems with democracy as such, the most critical being the notion that proper authority for any government flows up from the people, rather than down from God, but another huge problem seen in practice in virtually every democracy, especially as they age and decay, is the people figuring out they can vote benefits for themselves at the expense of some minority.  Usually the “rich.” There is a meme going around of late quoting Cicero, the great Roman orator, noting just this fact regarding Caeser:

Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and given him triumphal processions. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the new wonderful good society which shall now be Rome’s, interpreted to mean more money, more ease, more security, and more living fatly at the expense of the industrious….

Such has been noted by philosophers and other thinkers for years – democracy almost always trends toward totalitarianism as few societies are sufficiently humility.jpgvirtuous, over the long term, to stop people from abusing their voting power.  This leads to the class warfare we see today, and when the industrious sector of the nation is so drained that the entire economic life begins to break down, the people look for a strong-man “savior” to put things right, and gladly trade away their democratic liberties for bread and circuses.  That such dependence saps the moral fiber of a culture has been shown again and again, and great thinkers from Plato to Edmund Burke have noted that democracy is almost always illusory in its “rights” and “freedoms,” and that what comes after is frequently most unpleasant.

The Church, for many centuries, knew this and pointed out the problems of what we call democracy constantly, especially after the unavoidable terminus of the so-called enlightenment – the French Revolution.  It is very interesting that so many experiments in representative government have failed.  Such governments require a level of cultural and individual virtue that seem hard for human societies to maintain, and they also seem to breed habits and behaviors that militate against that virtue. So the end result of democratic experiments is frequently collapse or other disaster. These United States, and Britain, have been the two great contrary examples, but both seem headed in a very bad direction now.

The main problem, of course, is that any country/society/whatever not founded on the principle of Jesus Christ as its ultimate Authority and Ruler, from Whom whatever form of government derives its authority and by Whom it will be judged, is probably (certainly?) doomed to fail over time.  The sad fact is, even at the height of the Church’s power and influence, there have been few governments which have operated with an open submission to Christ and His Church.  There have been some outstanding individual monarchs who have done so – St. Louis of France, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, possibly Philip II of Spain, and some others – but they have been the exception.  Our fallen sinful nature and our overwhelming pride leads us to reject Christ and arrogate to ourselves “rights” and authority we simply do not rightfully possess.

And so the wheel turns.  I don’t know where this country is headed, but I do know most all the signs are profoundly negative.  I think being a faithful Catholic in this country is going to become much harder. I think it’s going to come with a profound cost.  Again, pray that you remain faithful – pray this every day, and it’s a very good Mass intention. And always pray for the conversion of your fellow citizens, no matter how much they oppress you.

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1. Raul De La Garza III (@raul_delagarza) - January 29, 2013

Personally, I am done with the Union. It is time for Texas to ‘lift its head and stand among the nations.’

Want to end Roe v. Wade and restore life in Texas? Seek independence from the Union which has forced this evil law upon the people of our fair state.


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