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Destroy The Replicants

16 April 2011 @ 17:02

In one of his most recent essays for National Review Online, Andrew McCarthy has provided a brilliant explanation of the difference between human action and government action in regards to what their proper responsibilities should and must be:

A government is not a man made in God’s image. It has functions, not a life. It is a necessary evil that undergirds and secures the liberty in which man can best find the universal love and be redeemed. Government is necessary because man is flawed; it is evil because it corrupts men and usurps liberty. That is why the American framers took such pains to limit and check its powers. Love and mercy are not bound by borders, but they are the attributes of people, not functions of government. Governments are restricted by national boundaries and national interests.

It is the progressive project to aggrandize government by humanizing it. Government becomes the life that cares and feels and exhibits concern. The real lives, the human lives, become cogs in the wheel, steered along by the general will — the pieties of whoever happens to control the ruling class. As liberty is degraded, the individual’s freedom is eviscerated. He becomes a passenger, not an actor. He needn’t trouble himself about love and mercy. They are not redemptive; they are government’s responsibility. It is government that decides which faraway impoverished peoples win the collective’s largesse and its favor. Don’t bother the citizen about this earthquake or that Third World basket case — he has paid his taxes.

That is not American way, though — at least not as our society was conceived and as it ought to be. American government does not determine and effectuate our morality; it performs the minimum functions we need it to perform so that our liberty is maximized. That, in turn, maximizes our capacity to live compassionate, redemptive lives.

Government is a tool by which men, acting together, can banish ‘Chaos and Old Night’ and live under Order, guided by the Rule Of Law and not the inherently whim-driven Rule Of Man.  The establishment of it allows man to direct his energies towards more productive endeavors and spend less time fighting for survival.  A tool is in and of itself not good nor evil.  The use it is put to is.  And since those running government can command destructive powers [armies, taxation, etc.] it must be checked and restricted in it’s charter and watched very closely by it’s citizens [no situation of Order is perfect and, therefore, we are all obliged to pull guard duty on our freedoms and liberties].  The greatness of The American Experiment lies in the core that was formed for it: that it is the people who are the Sovereignty — not some king or strongman who is restricted only by his Will To Power – and that, humans being flawed [ie: Original Sin], they do not enjoy direct rule over those who are elected and appointed to run said government and, therefore, it is not subject to their whims [ie: Democracy].  However, and this is key:

…Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

The people of The United States retain the right to exercise direct control when Tyranny takes hold.

When people begin anthropomorphizing the government, the product that results is always some hideous grotesque that resembles a human being but one that is horribly mutated and odius.  Russell Kirk wrote that ‘Human society is no machine, to be treated mechanically’.  Just as true is the fact that government is a machine and cannot, therefore, be treated as anything other than a mechanized device.

Render unto government what is government’s and to humans what is Human.

Don’t bite into the sweet bon-bons of philosophizing that the Left is trying to feed you.

I was planning to comment on Mr. McCarthy’s column yesterday, but circumstances prevented me from doing so.  However, as it is an ancient and abiding truth that ‘Great minds think alike’ [and Kismet being a wonderful thing], my good Friend In The Ether Rob De Witt was able to — and do so superlatively. 

Rob takes it a step further than Mr. McCarthy and discusses the different spheres of responsibility as laid out by the Catholic doctrine of Sub­sidiar­ity and the High Protestant belief in Sphere Sov­er­eignty, and looks at the effort by the Left to undermine the pillaric institutions of The West through Chaos [hence, why I love The Reverend David Graham’s term ‘Chaotics’ to describe the Left].

Please do take the time to click here and read all of Rob’s posting.

Concepts such as Sub­sidiar­ity Sphere Sov­er­eignty are the kind of thinking that helped make The West great — a profound understanding of man and the limitations of his abilities.  What is destroying The West is the rejection of this wisdom.

SIDENOTE: Some have asked me who I think would be the best candidate for President in 2012; who, if elected, would ‘get it’ both in foreign affairs and domestically and provide the Executive leadership we need in these perilous times.  My answer: Andrew McCarthy.


  1. 16 April 2011 @ 17:17 17:17

    I like McCarthy. He’s right and he’s said it so well.

    Liberals take us down a horribly twisted path devoid of logic when they start talking about morality and government. People are moral and they form societies based on shared morality. Government is a function.

    Being mostly Christian and Jewish, our morality is largely deontological, stemming from the duty we owe to God and to one another because God said so.

    Liberals take that and apply it to government, hijacking our sense of duty to God and man and channeling it into government. This illogic ends up at the fallacious conclusion that not paying your “fair share” to government is immoral.

  2. 16 April 2011 @ 18:26 18:26

    That’s fantastic Bob. Definitely a linky for tomorrow’s link post.

    We see the extension of government power in the actions of our fellow citizens; the ones that do not work, do not try to work, and consider themselves entitled to the wealth of their neighbors that do labor.

  3. Adobe Walls permalink
    16 April 2011 @ 18:42 18:42

    “it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

    Yeah that’s where we be.

  4. bobbelvedere permalink*
    17 April 2011 @ 18:41 18:41

    Silver/Matt: Well said!

    Adobe: I fear that you’re right.

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