The Civil War on America’s Horizon | The American Conservative

“You accuse us of overturning our patrie by rebellion, but it is you, who, subverting all principles of the religious and political order, were the first to proclaim that insurrection is the most sacred of duties.” — French Royalist rebel to the newly-installed Jacobin government in 1793

Source: The Civil War on America’s Horizon | The American Conservative

I disagree with the author of this piece’s knee-jerk anti-Trumpism, and more generally his assertion of what amounts to moral equivalency between the President’s supporters and America’s radical Left. But that doesn’t mean the essay’s depiction of the situation in which we find ourselves is wrong. Sadly!

But I like better the analysis of both the article and the situation it describes, from Clergy in Support of the 2nd Amendment, which posted a link to this article: Continue reading “The Civil War on America’s Horizon | The American Conservative”

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That’s not who we are!

I am The Anglophilic Anglican. But I am also an American; and what goes on in the United States of America, for better or for worse – sadly, much of it “for worse,” these days – is obviously of considerable concern to me. And this, unfortunately, hits the matter pretty square-on!

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Hong Kong protesters wave American flag and sing our National Anthem

Protesters in Hong Kong waving the American flag and singing the American National anthem as they advocate for democracy. Wow!

Source: Kaya Jones | Facebook

That moment when protesters for freedom and democracy abroad are more patriotic Americans than are many here…!

Too many here in the U.S. are “taking a knee,” or attacking symbols of our history and heritage – including statues of Francis Scott Key, and even the National Anthem (“The Star Spangled Banner”) itself – while in Hong Kong, where pro-democracy, pro-freedom demonstrators have been protesting against the oppressive Chinese Communist government in Beijing for months, some of them (pictured here) are waving the American Flag and singing our National Anthem.

Unlike too many of our own people, they know what it really stands for.

How Liberty Dies | Campaign for Liberty

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Right now, the political class is rushing to do something – anything – to appease the cries of those who seek security over freedom… And in the process, destroying the very reason our nation was created.

Source: How Liberty Dies – Campaign for Liberty

Rahm Emanuel (in)famously said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste,” and few have taken that dictum to heart with more enthusiasm than Leftist gun grabbers.

In the aftermath of two mass shootings last weekend, one in El Paso, Texas, and the other in Dayton, Ohio, there is understandable angst and fear, even though overall firearms homicides have dropped dramatically in recent decades, and the risk of anyone in particular being involved in such an incident is extremely low – something like a 0.0000001 chance in any given year.

Still, the bodies had hardly been given a chance to cool before the Left was screaming and wringing their hands over the evils of gun violence, and the supposed “epidemic” of mass shootings… and of course finding ways to blame President Trump and his supporters for the incidents.

His supposedly “racist” and “inflammatory” rhetoric are being blamed for allegedly “fomenting hatred” and “encouraging violence” – ironically at the same time as a “satirical” film about “deplorables” (Trump supporters) being hunted down and killed is about to be released:

“A controversial movie about privileged vacationers hunting ‘deplorables’ for sport is ruffling feathers more than a month before its scheduled release and after tragic mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

“‘The Hunt’ is billed as a satire that follows wealthy thrill-seekers taking a private jet to a five-star resort where they embark on a ‘deeply rewarding’ expedition that involves hunting down and killing designated humans…

“‘The violent, R-rated film from producer Jason Blum’s Blumhouse follows a dozen MAGA types who wake up in a clearing and realize they are being stalked for sport by elite liberals,’ THR’s Kim Masters and Tatiana Siegel wrote. ‘It features guns blazing along with other ultra-violent killings as the elites pick off their prey.'”

This comes in the context of multiple physical and verbal assaults on Trump supporters and other conservatives, not to mention threats of violence against the President himself by high-profile figures in the political and “entertainment” realms. In addition, the Dayton shooter was a political Leftist himself – possibly the first Antifa mass shooter (though sadly, probably not the last).

Indeed, WaPo columnist Mark Thiessen has noted that “if Trump is responsible for El Paso” (a debatable proposition, but if it were granted for the sake of argument), “the Democrats are responsible for Dayton.”

But of course Trump and his supporters are the ones fomenting an atmosphere of violence, according to the dominant narrative…

In any case, among the gun control proposals which has found some support, not only in Congress but from the President (who should know better) is H.R. 838, the Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety (TAPS) Act. From the linked essay:

The TAPS Act would encourage law enforcement to give EVERYONE a personal threat assessment (adults and children) and single out those they deem as future threats. That information would then be used as a kind of Big Brother substitute to “stop dangerous individuals” before they can commit an act of violence…

… And use your own social media to do so.

As alluded to above, Benjamin Franklin once famously said,

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

This is an excellent article on a deeply disturbing and concerning subject: the “TAPS Act” (H.R. 838) would “red flag” people suspected of possibly being a risk for violent action due to their social media posts, and enable confiscation of their firearms: one of those things that sounds great, until somebody uses it against you. I shall not comment further on this cogent essay, but as I have often said, “read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest“!

It also includes links to contact the President, one’s Senators, and one’s Congressional Representative to urge them to oppose it. I have done so, and my letter to President Trump follows.


Dear Mr. President:

I have long been one of your stanch supporters. I deeply appreciate your love of this country, and I am grateful that you have stood up for U.S. interests against foreign adversaries like North Korea and Iran, unhelpful erstwhile allies like NATO and the EU, and invaders crossing our borders illegally. Now I am asking you to support the citizens of the United States and its precious Constitution by denying your support to the TAPS Act or any other gun control or Constitution-shredding bill resulting from last weekend’s tragedies.

The TAPS Act (H.R. 838) destroys virtually half of the Bill of Rights. It allows government bureaucrats to spy on Americans without a warrant (4th Amendment) and take away our gun rights (2nd Amendment), without our day in court, due process, or even us knowing about it (5th and 6th Amendments) until the police kick in the door. This is a statist, anti-liberty, and clearly unconstitutional scheme, and is not acceptable. I beg you to oppose this dangerous and un-American scheme, if you want my support and that of many other liberty-loving Americans in 2020.

Please do not allow fear, ignorance, and the greed of politicians to buy the support of their constituencies with ill-advised proposals that pander to that fear and ignorance to destroy what countless Americans have worked, fought (including my father, decorated for valor and wounded in action in WW II and an important part of our signals security in the hottest part of the Cold War), and died for, over more than two centuries.

You can do better, Mr. President. I know you can; and with all due respect, I expect you to do so if you want my continued support.

Thank you, Sir, and you remain in my prayers.

 

Three books added to my reading list

 

 

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It is only occasionally that The Anglophilic Anglican writes book reviews, and to post on books I have not yet read is unprecedented. But these are three that not only pique my interest, but which I feel may turn out to be important reads. If I am right, I shall review them after I’ve read them! But for now, I’m simply sharing my interest, with the thought that they may prove of interest to my readers, too. As usual, the italicized, indented sections of text are quotes, in this case from the relevant Amazon listings:

Andrew Willard Jones: Before Church and State: A Study of Social Order in the Sacramental Kingdom of St. Louis IX (2017).

Before Church and State: A Study of Social Order in the Sacramental Kingdom of St. Louis IX by Andrew Willard Jones explores in great detail the “problem of Church and State” in thirteenth-century France. It argues that while the spiritual and temporal powers existed, they were not parallel structures attempting to govern the same social space in a contest over sovereignty. Rather, the spiritual and the temporal powers were wrapped up together in a differentiated and sacramental world, and both included the other as aspects of their very identity. The realm was governed not by proto-absolutist institutions, but rather by networks of friends that cut across lay/clerical lines. Ultimately, the king’s “fullness of power” and the papacy’s “fullness of power” came together to govern a single social order.

Before Church and State reconstructs this social order through a detailed examination of the documentary evidence, arguing that the order was fundamentally sacramental and that it was ultimately congruent with contemporary incarnational and trinitarian theologies and the notions of proper order that they supported. Because of this, modern categories of secular politics cannot be made to capture its essence but rather paint always a distorted portrait in modernity’s image.

In both my B.A. studies – in which I pursued a self-designed major in medieval studies, including history, literature, and philosophy – and my Masters work in early and medieval Christianity, one thing that was a given was the perennial tension, sometimes struggle, and sometimes conflict, between Church and State. It wasn’t something that was defended; it didn’t need to be. It was simply a foundational, underlying assumption.

But even then, I caught glimpses hinting that there might be more to the story; Continue reading “Three books added to my reading list”

Trump Builds Wall Made of Mexico: Ends U.S. Asylum for Pass-Through Migrants | YouTube

So, basically, President Trump – famous for saying he would “build a wall and make Mexico pay for it” – has done himself one better: he’s built, as the title of this video puts it, a “wall made of Mexico”!

Source: Trump Builds Wall Made of Mexico: Ends U.S. Asylum for Pass-Through Migrants | YouTube

Some of us have said for some time that people who pass through one safe country (such as Mexico) on their way to another one they like better (such as the United States) have ceased to be refugees, in need of asylum; they have become migrants, in search of a better deal (or, as this video aptly puts it, they are engaged in “real estate shopping”). And if they seek ingress by violent means, as some have, they are no longer migrants, but invaders!

Migrants may, arguably, have a right to migrate; but certainly the lands they migrate into have a right to decide whether or not they want them there, and to deny them entry (or kick them back out again) if they do not.

Some Left-wing talking heads have commented on the irony of Americans complaining about unwanted immigrants after what we did to the Native Americans, and they’re not wrong about that; but they are missing (or intentionally ignoring) the point: what happened to the Native Americans is a textbook example – and a cautionary tale – of what happens if unwanted immigrants are not denied entry or kicked back out!

As A.G. Barr has pointed out, a large number of people are attempting to use our asylum system – intended to benefit a relatively small number of people who are genuinely oppressed and in fear for their lives due to their racial, ethnic, religious, or political identity – as a back-door to economic immigration: a work-around to the ordinary process of legal immigration. That needs to stop, and Barr’s action is an important step to seeing that it does stop.

In any case, a good, interesting, and informative video!

 

Does Diversity Really Unite Us? Citizenship and Immigration | Imprimis

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Historically, constitutional government has been found only in the nation-state, where the people share a common good and are dedicated to the same principles and purposes.

Source: Does Diversity Really Unite Us? Citizenship and Immigration – Imprimis

What we are up against, continued – in the words of Dr. Edward J. Erler (whose bio lends him considerable credibility on this issue):

“In the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump appealed to the importance of citizens and borders. In other words, Trump took his stand on behalf of the nation-state and citizenship against the idea of a homogeneous world-state populated by ‘universal persons.’ In appealing directly to the people, Trump succeeded in defeating both political parties, the media, political professionals, pollsters, academics, and the bureaucratic class. All these groups formed part of the bi-partisan cartel that had represented the entrenched interests of the Washington establishment for many years. Although defeated in the election, the cartel has not given up. It is fighting a desperate battle to maintain its power.

“Historically, constitutional government has been found only in the nation-state, where the people share a common good and are dedicated to the same principles and purposes. The homogeneous world-state—the European Union on a global scale—will not be a constitutional democracy; it will be the administration of ‘universal personhood’ without the inconvenience of having to rely on the consent of the governed. It will be government by unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats, much like the burgeoning administrative state that is today expanding its reach and magnifying its power in the United States. ‘Universal persons’ will not be citizens; they will be clients or subjects. Rights will be superfluous because the collective welfare of the community—determined by the bureaucrats—will have superseded the rights of individuals…

“In support of all this, we are asked to believe something incredible: that the American character is defined only by its unlimited acceptance of diversity. A defined American character—devotion to republican principles, republican virtue, the habits and manners of free citizens, self-reliance—would in that case be impermissibly exclusive, and thus impermissibly American. The homogeneous world-state recognizes only openness, devotion to diversity, and acceptance as virtues. It must therefore condemn exclusivity as its greatest vice. It is the nation-state that insists on exclusive citizenship and immigration policies that impose various kinds of restrictions.”

It will be no mystery to any reader of this blog upon which side of this divide I have pitched my tent! Furthermore, Dr. Erler asks, Continue reading “Does Diversity Really Unite Us? Citizenship and Immigration | Imprimis”