America’s Deadly Pathogens: Coronavirus And Progressivism

The novel coronavirus is a highly-contagious, pathogenic microorganism.  It is much more than that, however.  It is also symbolic of the political progressivism which has proved lethal to individual liberty since its initial outbreak during the first and second decades of the 20th century.   Among the “progressive” disease’s earliest symptoms were the re-segregation of the federal civil service, forced sterilization of “inferior” races, and criminalization of speech criticizing the national government under President Woodrow Wilson.

Just as this coronavirus attacks and damages its victims’ lungs and other vital organs, so has a century of progressivism severely compromised our nation’s cultural immune system.  Its harmful effects have included ongoing epidemics of failed marriages, broken families, drugged and confused children, dumbed-down schools, and fake religions preaching salvation through omnipotent, centralized government instead of through God Almighty.

The plague of progressivism has devastated the rule of law and the founding principle of limited, consensual government in America.  In doing so, the leftist ideologues responsible for its transmission have fundamentally transformed our Constitution from a security pact among the sovereign states and their citizens into an instrument of surrender to an unconstrained, lawless federal government.

These leftists have thereby nullified the government’s SOLE source of legitimate authority over we the people of the United States.  History teaches us that, under comparable circumstances nearly two-and-a-half centuries ago, our nation’s Founding Fathers declared their independence from a Great Britain whose tyrannical king, George III, had similarly forfeited his authority by committing a “long Train of Abuses and Usurpations” of their God-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

With regard to the coronavirus pandemic, I am confident that social isolation will slow its spread.  I am equally confident that a vaccine and effective cures will be discovered in due course.  Regrettably, some will succumb to it in the interim, but most will recover and resume their former lives.  By way of caveat, my optimism is conditioned upon the assumption that the experts who are working on these remedies do not become corrupted and sell-out to their paymasters in Washington, D.C.

On the other hand, the future of our terminally-ill democratic republic is more problematic, because it can only be saved by a non-violent, grassroots movement of liberty-loving citizen CEOs (Constitution Enforcement Officers).  Acting as freedom’s first responders, these volunteers must have the courage to withhold their consent from the self-serving politicians, social-engineering bureaucrats, and hyper-politicized judges infesting our nation’s capital.  Restoring the rule of law and limited government will require forcing these outlaws back within their original, strict constitutional constraints.

Let there be no mistake.  A crisis is upon us.  Action is required–now.  Unless we the people arise in defiance of our wannabe political masters, America will soon succumb to the ravages of progressivism.  Unless we act, future generations will rightfully curse us for failing to secure for them that which we ourselves were blessed to inherit from our ancestors:  “A nation that has a government, not the other way around” (to quote Ronald Reagan).

The Coronavirus, Limited Government And Freedom

As a 70-year-old retiree with hypertension, I am squarely in the figurative cross-hairs of the Coronavirus.  Despite being among its most vulnerable targets, however, I am much less fearful of this threat than I am of the swarms of self-serving politicians infesting our nation’s capital.

The reason is simple.  These arrogant, but clueless, members of what Mark Twain aptly labeled America’s “only distinctly native criminal class” have a well-established track record of inciting public hysteria.  Moreover, they have repeatedly demonstrated a propensity for using “lies, damned lies and statistics” to satisfy their obsession with controlling every aspect of our private lives.  For these reasons, liberty-loving Americans everywhere must dedicate ourselves to thwarting the anti-democratic ambitions of our wannabe masters in Washington, D.C.

Quite simply, it is incumbent upon we the people of the United States to take action to prevent them from creating the type of omnipotent, centralized government which so tragically plagued the 20th Century.  Only in doing so can we ensure America’s survival as–in the words of Ronald Reagan–“a nation that has a government, not the other way around.”

While engaged in this rescue mission, we must be ever mindful that the nine scariest words in any language still remain “we’re from the government and we’re here to help.”  In addition, we must resolve to ignore the dictates of unaccountable bureaucrats and to rely, instead, on simple common sense and the wisdom of the ages for guidance in going about our daily lives.

Perhaps most importantly, we must never forget that freedom requires faith and courage, whereas despair and cowardice guarantee servitude.  In the end, as with all of life’s perennial vicissitudes, we must trust that–in time–“this [virus], too, shall pass.”

 

 

America’s Dishonest Media and the Coronavirus: Crisis Or Hoax?

Houston, we have a problem!  Surprisingly, its primary source is not the self-serving, know-it-all career politicians infesting Washington, D.C.  Most Americans are well aware that “lies, damned lies and statistics” (credit Mark Twain) are these rogues’ stock-in-trade.  In addition, we are well aware that they could–and would–incite public hysteria to satisfy their addiction to power and their obsession with controlling our private lives.  Consequently, the wisest among us always take this knowledge into account whenever we notice that their lips are moving.

Nonetheless, the Coronavirus hysteria’s instigators are to be found elsewhere.  They are embedded like ticks in the festering carcass of our decaying media.  For decades now, these talentless, wannabe celebrities have shown themselves less interested in fact and truth than in increasing their ratings and expanding their readership.  They have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams by employing a fraudulent, “crisis du jour” business model.

Tragically, they have decimated their once-respected profession.  They have repeatedly cried WOLF even when only playful kittens, cute puppies, or imaginary shadows menaced us.  For this reason, no sentient person should ever give them the benefit of the doubt when pondering any of their pronouncements.  Fool me twice, shame on me.

Unfortunately, Pavlovian rejection of the media’s dubious reporting can sometimes have deadly consequences, because–as the saying goes–even a stopped clock is right twice a day.  When it comes to assessing the merits of our nation’s evolving response to the  putative Coronavirus crisis, therefore, the proper attitude can be summed up in Ronald Reagan’s common sense philosophy for dealing with the former Soviet Union:  “Trust, but verify.”

 

 

My CoronaVirus Prayer For Continental Europe

Lord God, I humbly pray that Europe’s preventable, open borders-related CoronaVirus crisis will soon end.  I further pray that its many victims’ sufferings are redeemed by an acceleration of the European Union’s long-overdue rendezvous with the ash heap of history.

It is my sincere belief that the entire world will benefit from the demise of this anachronistic vestige of the 20th Century’s deadly addiction to omnipotent, centralized government.  I am confident that societal health and cultural sanity will everywhere be restored by the resulting depoliticization of homes, churches, schools, private businesses and other personal sanctuaries freed from government intrusion.

I am equally confident that, as a bonus, these essential institutions will be strengthened as they are purged–metaphorically speaking–of the infestations of arrogant, self-serving politicians, the armies of clueless, social-engineering bureaucrats, and the plague of bottom-feeding parasites spawned by the EU’s love of controlling the lives of others and its hatred of individual liberty and the principle of personal responsibility.  As always, in this and all matters, I faithfully submit to Thy merciful will.  Amen.

 

Pope Francis’s Socialist Blind-spot

It’s been said that Pope Francis is a Jesuit with the soul of a Franciscan.  Many consider this combination to represent an ideal balance of reason and faith.  My purpose in writing is not to comment on the nature of his faith.  To do so would be impertinent of me.  Rather, my purpose is to point out a tragic flaw in the quality of his reason.

This flaw is most evident in the Pope’s economic pronouncements.  From my perspective, these pronouncements suggest that the light of reason in him is insufficient to illuminate what I regard as his socialist blind-spot.

I believe the Pope’s blind spot has distorted his moral vision vis-a-vis non-doctrinal, economic issues.  His obvious preference for socialism over capitalism has indirectly contributed to a revival of the deadly, discredited theories of Karl Marx.  Even worse, it has given aid and comfort to Marx’s post-modern disciples as they evangelize for the godless, cradle-to-grave welfare state.

The Pope’s dubious economic pronouncements have undermined the foundation of the Holy Catholic Church which God has entrusted to him.  Wittingly or not, they have placed him in league with secular humanists the world over who would use the power of omnipotent, centralized government to destroy the religious freedom and individual liberty of their citizens.

In all humility, I urge Pope Francis to prayerfully revisit Jesus’s counsel that all those who would follow Him should “go, sell what you possess and give to the poor.”  Unless I’m mistaken, nowhere does Sacred Scripture say such acts of individual charity should be replaced by Caesar’s seizure of the possessions of Jesus’s prospective followers for redistribution to the poor.  He might consider whether such an interpretation truly  reflects Jesus’s teachings.

History definitively establishes that the coercive, socialistic alternative to free enterprise capitalism reduces wealth creation in society.   In this regard, the science is settled that wealth cannot be redistributed by government unless it is first created by individuals.  This is why socialist policies always result in misery and poverty in abundance.  It is the essence of Margaret Thatcher’s witticism that “the trouble with socialism is you always run out of other people’s money.”

My own reason and faith tell me that Pope Francis’s advocacy of socialism is antithetical to the Gospel spirit of true charity based upon love of mankind.  They have convinced me that coerced “charity” in the form of government confiscation and redistribution of private wealth eliminates the Grace which always accompanies voluntary charitable acts.  The resulting deficiency of God’s Grace in our fallen world, I am certain, is bad news for the Church but good news for Satan’s kingdom (ref. http://www.newguardsforliberty.com).

America’s Orange Knight: President Donald Trump

It’s been said that history repeats itself.  During his two terms as California’s governor and as President of the United States, Ronald Reagan triumphed over his vicious, partisan opponents not only because of his communication skills, but also because they always underestimated his intelligence, wisdom and simple common sense.  His undeserved reputation as an “amiable dunce” proved to be his secret weapon.

President Donald Trump has a similar secret weapon.  It’s been labeled Trump Derangement Syndrome.  Its effect is twofold:  first, as with Reagan, it results in his being underestimated by his opponents; second, it drives them to hysterical rage and inclines them to focus on his personal style instead of substantive issues.

Hysteria does not inspire trust in the electorate.  For most “normal” people, the rabid ravings of hysterics disqualifies them from filling the highest political office in the land.

In matters of style, I’ll admit that Donald Trump is not my cup of tea.  He’s an egotistical, self-promoting salesman.  And yes, I would concede that he’s prone to gross exaggerations.  My response:  So what?

In domestic matters and foreign affairs, any reasonably fair-minded person–whether Independent, Republican or Democrat–must admit that he’s done an amazing job under extraordinarily adverse circumstances.  He’s kept his promises on fair trade, border security and national defense.  He’s expanded our liberties by shrinking the unconstitutional, regulatory state.  Simply stated, he’s been VERY good for every freedom-loving American.

President Trump isn’t perfect.  He’s not the champion most of us would have picked to ensure America’s survival as–in the words of Ronald Reagan–“a nation that has a government, not the other way around.”  Nonetheless, it would appear that he’s the savior our country needs at this moment in history.  He’s not our Dark Knight.  He’s our Orange Knight (ref. http://www.newguardsforliberty.com).

The Meaning And Promise Of Brexit

Congratulations to Great Britain and the British people from an American cousin.  If I may be permitted to paraphrase that nation’s greatest statesman, Winston Churchill, although Brexit may not mark the end, I’m confident it signals the beginning of the end of the 20th century’s tragic addiction to omnipotent, centralized government.  Pray God we soon see this abomination relegated to a well-earned place on history’s towering ash heap.

Britains have today, January 31, 2020, dealt a mortal blow to the deadly doctrine of rule by unaccountable bureaucrats.  In doing so, they have prepared the way for a rebirth of individual liberty.   Their action has advanced the sublime cause of freedom everywhere.

Those nations which wisely repudiate the coercive, administrative state and embrace consensual, republican government “of, by and for the people” will surely reap bountiful harvests of peace and prosperity.  The time to act is now.  Carpe diem (ref. http://www.newguardsforliberty.com).