Ideals meet politics

GK Chesterson wrote:

“They said that I should lose my ideals and begin to believe in the methods of practical politicians. Now, I have not lost my ideals in the least; my faith in fundamentals is exactly what it always was. What I have lost is my old childlike faith in practical politics.” – from The Ethics of Elfland

I should have posted this quote alone, but I could not do it. It occurs to me this is part of what is wrong today. The opposite of this quote rings too true for culture. I don’t think Chesterson is even taught in schools anymore, someone who contributed so much.

There’s a movement by the Catholic Church to sanctify him. Chesterson honored God in what he did. All the more reason he is marginalized from society.

So if they are not teaching him, you can say par for the times of ours. However, if this all continues, at some point they may not know how to teach it — being too impractical.

Conditioning

You can see it in this shooting. To take the general view that people forego principles and morality to accept culture as just the way it is, then it alters what we do. It lowers the standard. It rationalizes morality away. It becomes a state of these are the circumstances we live with now. We act accordingly and presume to be excused because of it all.

We can/do teach that in schools: these are just the conditions we are dealt. Teach that shootings are now normalcy. Just accept that is the way it is.

Chesterson was making a point to say that you don’t have to take that view, or concede your fundamental beliefs and principles. That is much the reason we got to this state.

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Faith and Fear

Part II of Religion Politics and Faith

Mark 4:35
Wind and Wave Obey Jesus     (NKJV)

On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.”  36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him,”Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”  41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”    (also Matt 8:23-27; Luke 8:22-25)

Isn’t that just like us? Who cannot identify with that? We see the storms raging all around us, and in desperation basically we ask, do You not care that we are perishing? — Do You not know?  But Jesus calmed the wind and sea and asked them “why are you so fearful?”  And then He asks why they have no faith? They have Jesus with them in the boat, yet are afraid when the storm rages. That should be a lesson to us. Jesus is nearer than we think and we should not fear the storm when it comes. But we do. These were the disciples. He had to remind them of faith. Just as they were in survival mode, they needed to keep faith.

When I hear the talk that Christians are questioning belief in God or that fewer people today do not question God, it rings a bell. It pours salt and lemon juice in the cut, but He is still with us. Even though we are in survival mode.
 
We need to keep our faith held to the Rock when the waves crash around us. Those who get it see this as both a wake up call  to their faith and a call to action. I was thinking there is a word for a time when Christians disappear, it’s called the rapture. So are these secular intellectuals suggesting they believe in that? No, hardly; though one day they may get their wish and have their self-serving prophecy delivered. But it may not be the paradise they thought it would be.

These academic critics can believe in this prophecy of a study — or study impersonating a prophecy. People have been predicting things for centuries, how much of it comes true? How accurate are their forecasts? I would not put my faith in a study or prediction over what God revealed to us. It just doesn’t make sense. On the other hand, if we accept all these predictions and studies as gospel then we still have a lot to learn.

I can almost hear people calling, “Do You not care that we are perishing?”

Religion, Politics and Faith

Certain people like to make a lot out of the line between politics and religion, which must be written somewhere in stone though I can never find it. Still, they like to make an issue of any perception of ‘matters of faith’ intermingling in politics. They like their politics free from religion. You hear the message all the time.  That is only an appetizer for some recent coverage.

CNN did a segment on religion, more specifically Christianity. (always open season on Christians) Apparently there is a new poll out saying Americans are losing their faith in God. Exact wording does not matter. They covered the spectrum.  It just said the fewer people all the time believe in God, and that increasingly more people are “questioning the existence of God”. The numbers supposedly are increasing so much that a study claims in a few decades or so this minority will result in few people of that belief and thus few Christians.

That topic started a prolonged segment about it, including an atheist and others. They started asking for scientific proof of God, asserting without proof its hard to maintain that belief. This all went on mostly agreeing that there is a lack of proof.

Then they rambled on about what it will be like when Christians are a small minority etc. The atheist said that they will treat that “minority” of believers decently with respect and not hate them; unlike the way he claims Christians treat them now. They went on postulating about a topic that seemed to fascinate them — which could reverse a long established tradition favoring Christianity. So they had fun criticizing the “norm” at Christians expense, theorizing but never determining the exact reason for the supposed shift.

Watch here.  (in part)

But after that long segment CNN anchors switched to talking politics. They jumped onto the subject of disagreement with Obama and the reporter interrupting Obama in his “press conference” Then the panelist decided that racism was really behind opposition and distrust of Obama. Game, set, match it was all over. The lady had sung. They concluded “racism” is behind it, who can deny that? So without proof, let alone scientific evidence, they have complete faith that racism is behind Obama’s opposition. Driven by race. They declared it a self-evident fact. Can anyone take these people seriously?

They need no evidence whatsoever to believe racism is a real political problem. How many of their own “golden rules” did they break?

I tried to find the particlular poll they referred to but didn’t. I did see several articles and polls, some dating back to 2004, basically all claiming the same thing: Christians are in the minority category. The subject is belief in God is waning. Its funny how “belief” in all kinds of other things, even in politics, like racism toward Obama,  seem to be on the rise and flourishing. Do you think there is a connection? That kind of conclusion might be challenged, you know, for lack of scientific data or proof.  But racism is alive and thriving in presidential politics. Can’t you see it everywhere?

Rreference:
http://religions.pewforum.org/reports
(2-’08 based on a 2007 survey)
http://cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2012/06/17/exp-existence-of-god.cnn.html
Not the same video but another statement he made on the topic
http://cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2012/06/18/don-lemon-no-talking-points-interruption.cnn.html

Stock in Hope and Change Declines

… for 3rd year in a row

 Squandered hope and no change

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama is getting a little help from former President Bill Clinton at a trio of campaign fundraisers in New York.

The presidential duo will speak at a high-dollar fundraiser at a private home, headline a gala at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel and end the night at an event dubbed “Barack on Broadway” at the New Amsterdam Theatre.

It never ceases to amaze me how much lib-progs have invested in Obama, Barry Soetoro, or whoever he really is. And progs don’t seem to care who he is either. They’ve had their fun and their day in the sun. Now the clouds gather and they’ll have to find another celebrity idol to put their faith in as this one winds down his usefulness. But don’t expect Obama to go quietly into the night. That’s why what he is doing now – raising money and campaigning – is so important for his future. It’s just practice for his second act after leaving, when he returns to the Chicago area to build his library.

He’ll need all the help he can get. Yesterday he seemed to be making a trial run at the job. He did a pick-pocket tour through New York City. Three stops in Manhattan in one evening should have netted him a nice piece of change. Any panhandler should take note; there is a technique to it. Never humble yourself while raising big money. Always keep your nose firmly planted in the clouds (when not filled with blow that is) Keep your lips and feet moving at all times, when not in transit between gigs. Always smile while extracting the cash; it makes the donors feel better, like they’re getting something for their bucks.

In reality the money is only feeding his perpetual campaign. The “Hope’n Change” Show should be winding down its three-year tour in November, so those wanting a last look at the star-studded phenomena are scrambling before they pull the final curtain.

But not to worry, when those lights do go down over the Obama show, the Panhandler-in-Chief will still be busy raising cashola, and still trying to suck all the oxygen out the room. You’ll find him some place out there with his tin cup hanging out. Old narcissists don’t die, they don’t even fade away, they just buy bigger mirrors. 

Reference

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/articles/2012/06/04/obama_clinton_to_headline_trio_of_nyc_fundraisers/
http://patdollard.com/2012/05/hope-and-change-america-lost-129000-millionaires-in-2011/

Candidate “Hope and Change” runs for 2nd term.

 Rocky Mountain High meets Ohio State U – no holds barred

Dateline: May 5, 2012
Place: Columbus, Ohio

 “If people ask you what this campaign is about, you tell them ‘it’s still about hope.’ You tell them ‘it’s still about change,'” [Obama] told a cheering mass of supporters at Ohio State University in Columbus, six months and one day before the election. “I still believe in you. And I’m asking you to keep believing in me.”

“The real question, the question that will actually make a difference in your life, in the lives of your children, is not just about how we’re doing today. It’s about how we’ll be doing tomorrow,” Obama said.

Not only hasn’t he delivered on the old question “are you better off today than you were four years ago?”, he has reframed it into a new question. Now he tells you that old question does not matter – If you still aren’t better off, and I haven’t delivered –just buy more of my Hope Oil for the future. “Hey, I haven’t delivered so far, but just bet it all on me for the future. Long odds, but hey, you know me and gambling.”

 As RNC’s Reince Priebus said, “he is really running on hype and blame.”

 The second thing wrong with what he’s selling is the “believe in me” part. He wants you to transfer your faith and hope to him, personally. That a way to go there bumsteer; you haven’t delivered yet.  So what does his record tell us?  If it does not materialize, as I say,  then it must be the people’s fault for not believing and having enough faith in me.

He also does not want people to vote as a referendum on him, he wants them to vote for him because he is not Mitt Romney. Remember the same strategy when he ran as the ‘not Bush candidate’ against George Bush, who was leaving.

Picture it: Kent State, Ohio in 1970;  now, 2012, O-ba-ma comes to O-hi-o to sing a song of salvation from the albatross of the DC elites. But now the leftwing radicals buy hope and change just because its labeled “hope and change” – for practically no other reason.

Side note: Michelle introduced him as the standard-bearer of the “fundamental promise”.

Reference article: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/obama-pleads-rally-im-believing/story?id=16286568

Here’s a bit of irony: instead of the albatross coming to the rescue like above, Obama has a new drone plan rolling out. Check that out at Pepperhawkfarm.