Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Some Links

A very worthwhile read by Patrick Cockburn on the situation in Iraq. It turns out that the Shia won. Wow, what a shock! I've said repeatedly that the only possible outcomes of the Iraq war were utter chaos or a victory by the numerically superior Shia. Neither result is preferable to the status quo of 2002, or 1990 for that matter.

The "Damascus Road" conversion of...Joe Esterhas? Esterhas wrote soft porn "classics" like "Basic Instinct", "Sliver", and "Showgirls." He is now, apparently, a faithful Catholic and has written a new book entitled "Crossbearer: A Memoir of Faith."

Daniel Ritchie writes that "Two Kingdom" theology is not a Reformed doctrine. I've not read R. Scott Clark, but I have often read and listened to Mike Horton. Horton's thinking represents a Lutheranizing tendency and must be rejected. Christian activism and engagement, the spreading of the Kingdom in all spheres of life, is part of the task of the believer. We should be about the business of sanctifying all of life.

Is Sarah Palin a Buchananite?
Apparently she was also part of Buchanan's efforts in 1996 when he won the Alaska caucuses. Ron Paul supporters were also talking her up in 2007.

Charley Reese says goodbye to his readers. Thanks to the Internet, I've been reading Charley since 2000. He'll be missed.

There are three illegals in Los Angeles for every Republican. God Bless America!

Derb on the election from hell. "I don't want either of these men in charge of the federal government, neither the crazy old fool nor the simpering sophomore. I don't want either the moralistic imperialism of John McCain or the welfare-state-to-the world sentimentalism of Barack Obama."

More on the death of west. "Deaths are expected to outnumber births in the European Union from 2015 when migration will become the only source of population growth, according to an EU report released Tuesday."

The mainstream right always tries to turn the Dem nominee into the Boogeyman. Here is another try.


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Ground of Liberty: The Word of God

Henry Van Til remarked that culture is the “externalization of religion,” a product of the religious presuppositions that under gird a culture. The blessings of Western culture thus are merely the outworking and externalization of the faith of Christendom.

Constitutionalism, the rule of law and the free market are outgrowths of a Christian worldview. True liberty is found in Christ and other forms of freedom are merely derivative of that fact. The blessings of the West and the resultant freedom of men to develop property and fulfill their callings is a product of fidelity to scripture.

Trinitarian Christianity resolves the tension between the one and the many, providing for a social structure balancing order and freedom. Humanism by definition lacks any basis for law and values and ultimately collapses upon itself. For Christians, that base or foundation is God’s written law revealed in scripture. The content and the authority of the law is ultimately grounded upon and rooted in God Himself. Therefore, neither the church nor state is above the law. Economic and political freedom are thus a product of a biblical social order which places a priority on liberty in Christ, recognizes land and freedom to use land as an aspect of salvation—a place to have dominion, and condemns theft, including theft perpetrated by the messianic state.

Unbelief naturally creates conditions of lawlessness because it attempts to destroy the Lawgiver. As a result a culture of death and present mindedness arises which ultimately stifles economic growth and destroys political liberty. Consequently, humanistic cultures become imperial in nature as a means of survival.

Unfortunately the zeal of the imperial crusader can often be found in the hearts of many professing believers sitting in the pews of our churches. Such zeal is usually masked or baptized. Witness this quote from Richard Land as an example:

We believe that America has a special role to play in the world. Now we do not believe that America is God’s chosen nation, but we do believe that God’s providence has blessed this country, and that that is a belief that brings with it obligations and responsibilities and that America has a special obligation and responsibility to be the friend of freedom and the friend of democracy in the world.

And I cannot tell you the number of Southern Baptists and other evangelicals and Catholics who told me that they were moved to tears by the president’s second inaugural address and the statement that we are going to be the friend of freedom. People of traditional religious values believe America has a special obligation and responsibility because of the blessings we have received to be the friend of the oppressed ... and to help those who want freedom for themselves.

Francis Schaeffer, a hero to many evangelicals, understood that liberty was a product of culture, specifically Christian culture, and could not grow in the soil of alien worldviews. He wrote, "When the men of our State Department, especially after World War II, went all over the world trying to implant our form-freedom balance in government downward on cultures whose philosophy would never have produced it, it has, in almost every cases, ended in some form of totalitarianism or authoritarianism."

Heathen cultures reject the King and ultimately devolve into statism and tyranny, the rule of godless men (I Sam. 8:7-20). The urge to dominion, a God-given impulse, is perverted by sin. Ungodly men still yearn for power and possession, but their authority no longer stems from servant-mindedness but from the exercise of raw power.

As David Chilton says, capitalism and freedom cannot be exported to those cultures hostile to true liberty:

To unbelieving economists, professors, and government officials, it is a mystery why capitalism cannot be exported. Considering the obvious, proven superiority of the free market in raising the standard of living for all classes of people, why don't pagan nations implement capitalism into their social structures? The reason is this: Freedom cannot be exported to a nation that has no market place for the Gospel. The blessings of the Garden cannot be obtained apart from Jesus Christ. The Golden Rule which sums up the law and the prophets (Matt. 7:12)—is the inescapable ethical foundation for the free market; and this ethic is impossible apart from the work of the Holy Spirit, who enables us to keep the righteous requirements of God's law (Rom. 8:4).

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Empty Cribs

From the International Herald Tribune:

American women are waiting longer to have children, and more than ever are choosing not to have children at all, according to a report by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Twenty percent of American women from the ages of 40 to 44 have no children, double the level of 30 years ago, the report says, and women in that age bracket who do have children have fewer than ever - an average of 1.9, compared with the median of 3.1 in 1976.

The only group bucking the trend: Hispanic women, who average 2.3 children. Hence the demographic transformation of the country continues apace.

"The alien who lives among you will rise above you higher and higher, but you will sink lower and lower… You who were as numerous as the stars in the sky will be left but few in number, because you did not obey the LORD your God" (Deuteronomy 28:43, 62).

For past thoughts see here, here, here, and here.

These Candidates Make Me Want to Vomit in Terror

Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Importance of Chalcedon

"The Council of Chalcedon met in 451 to deal with the issue as it came to focus at the critical point, in Christology. If the two natures of Christ were confused, it meant that the door was opened to the divinizing of human nature; man and the state were then potentially divine. If the human nature of Christ were reduced or denied, His role as man’s incarnate savior was reduced or denied, and man’s savior again became the state. If Christ’s deity were reduced, then His saving power was nullified. If His humanity and deity were not in true unison, the incarnation was then not real, and the distance between God and man remained as great as ever."

--R. J. Rushdoony, "The Foundations of Social Order"

Bear Baiting Bubbas

From the NY Times comes this thigh-slapper: "Russia’s military offensive into Georgia has shattered, perhaps irrevocably, the strategy of three successive presidential administrations to coax Russia into alliance with the West and integration into its institutions."

Who tried to do what?

Even better is this quote from the Prez: "With its actions in recent days Russia has damaged its credibility and its relations with the nations of the free world. Bullying and intimidation are not acceptable ways to conduct foreign policy in the 21st century."

Though you might not be able to tell by watching his deeds, a bucket of rotten fruit if ever one existed, "W" has always claimed to be a Christian. He's just not much for the ole Golden Rule and never stumbled across this little blurb from our Lord: "You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you will see clearly enough to remove the speck from your brother's eye."

Clearly Americans lack the capacity to see ourselves as others see us. For since 1994 our political elites have ceaselessly advanced a strategy of encircling Russia. After pledging to Gorby that we would not move our alliance into the former Soviet bloc, the Clinton and Bush administrations expanded NATO to include numerous former Warsaw Pact nations and three former republics of the Soviet Union. After all we have a deep strategic interest in the affairs of the Slovaks and Estonians.

In the late 90s American aircraft bombed Serbia for 78 days to steal Kosovo from the Serbs and hand it to group of Islamic thugs in clear contravention of morality, international law and Russian strategic interests. We've meddled in the internal affairs of Ukaraine and Georgia to create "democratic" revolutions, overthrowing Russian sympathizing regimes. We attempted to ram-rod a "free market" ideology onto the Russian people which amounted to the looting of the Russian nation by parasitical gangster capitalists. After Moscow allowed us to use former Soviet republics in Central Asia to war in Afghanistan the United States sought permanent bases there.

After fifteen years of baiting the Bear they finally had enough and responded to the idiotic provocation of the Georgians.

Pat Buchanan asks rhetorically what we expect from the Russians:

How would we have reacted if Moscow had brought Western Europe into the Warsaw Pact, established bases in Mexico and Panama, put missile defense radars and rockets in Cuba, and joined with China to build pipelines to transfer Mexican and Venezuelan oil to Pacific ports for shipment to Asia? And cut us out? If there were Russian and Chinese advisers training Latin American armies, the way we are in the former Soviet republics, how would we react? Would we look with bemusement on such Russian behavior?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Pork for Pinkos

That housing bailout which will hand billions of taxpayer dollars to bankers will also funnel cash to the anti-white organization La Raza and the lefty Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN.

Location, Location, Location

Homes in Detroit are now selling for the price of double cheeseburger at Micky D's. Heck, if my son picks up the pace and completes a few more chores he could purchase a whole block.

Polygamy Comes to Holland...Sort Of

In yet another sign of the impending death of Europe, it is now legal for certain foreigners to practice practice bigamy in Holland with the best wishes and legal protection of the Dutch state. While your average Mormon resettling from Salt Lake City to Rotterdam would get the boot, Islamic polygamous marriages that take place in countries where more than one wife is permitted are accepted.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Margolis on the State Worship and WWII

I have yet to procure a copy of Pat Buchanan's book on Churchill, but I think Pat is absolutely right that the myths surrounding WWII continue to animate American expansionism.

In a wonderful column Eric Margolis remembers Alexander Solzhenitsyn and unmasks a few of the lies masquerading as truth:

History is the propaganda of the victors. Few photographs of the gulag have survived, evidence was destroyed, and witnesses have died. Churchill and Roosevelt could not admit they were allied to the greatest mass killer since Genghis Khan, and complicit in his crimes. Or reveal that Communist agents of influence had shaped White House policy. The feeble-minded Roosevelt even hailed Stalin as "Uncle Joe."

Revealing the truth about the Allies’ role in supporting Stalin and his crimes would undermine the whole bogus mythology of World War II that has become the state religion for the political right in North America, Britain and Australia.

Those who considered the Jewish Holocaust a unique historical crime were not eager to bring attention to Stalin’s genocide lest it diminish or dilute their own people’s suffering.

O'Cain, McBama and Slavophobia

From the AP:
"Republican presidential candidate John McCain continued hammering Russia on Tuesday for its invasion of U.S.-allied Georgia, telling a cheering audience that he had spoken again with the tiny Caucasus country’s president to assure him of America’s moral support.

The longtime Arizona senator, who had adopted an increasingly tough line against Moscow well before the crisis in Georgia, told a town meeting in Pennsylvania that he had spoken with Mikhail Saakashvili, president of the former Soviet republic, to assure him that 'Today we are all Georgians.'"

McCain's propensity to patronize makes me want to puke.

What's worse is that both candidates yearning to be emperor are demanding an expansion NATO, including redoubling efforts to include Georgia in the alliance.

"NATO’s decision to withhold a Membership Action Plan for Georgia might have been viewed as a green light by Russia for its attacks on Georgia, and I urge the NATO allies to revisit the decision," McCain said.

Obama appeared to agree, saying, "I have consistently called for deepening relations between Georgia and trans-Atlantic institutions, including a Membership Action Plan for NATO, and we must continue to press for that deeper relationship."

Nations with sane elites typically enter into alliances to strengthen themselves. Exactly how is America strengthened by giving a war guarantee to a wack job like Saakashvili? As American forces and "allies" encircle the Russians we soothingly reassure Moscow that we have the best of intentions. Nevertheless one wonders what reaction would ensue if the Russians gave war guarantees to Mexico and began arming and training Mexican forces.