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Traditional Conservatives And The Struggle Within

15 January 2020 @ 16:14

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.

We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering.

You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war…with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.

You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. …victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be. For without victory, there is no survival….

—Winston Churchill, speech before The House Of Commons, 13 May 1940

Since Roe v. Wade became the ‘law of the land’ in 1973, over sixty-one million Abortions have been performed in America.

It is number to be Ashamed of — over sixty-one million Souls have been Denied their chance to live under Freedom And Ordered Liberty.

Back in 2015, Jonathon Van Marten, wrote a very interesting essay entitled and subtitled: Dear Christians: It’s no longer enough to work hard, raise a family, and hope to be left alone. Our militantly secularist culture won’t leave us – or our children – alone. We must speak truth to power. Now.

In it, he explains why Tradition-Minded Conservative Christians have failed in their efforts to combat Effectively a Solid Defense of American Culture against the Relentless onslaughts of The Left In America.

Some highlights, with my commentary:

It’s a common complaint in pro-life circles: Why is it often so hard to get the churches involved in social causes? We know that Christians have abortions, too — so it is impacting us personally. We know that Christians are, for the most part, very anti-abortion — so it’s not as if they disagree with the pro-life movement. So what is holding so many people back from getting involved?

Apathy is part of it. Lack of awareness is part of it. But by and large, the real reason is an attitude that runs much deeper. The answer is simple: Church-going people are often traditional, conservative people. And here I don’t mean those terms in the way that political analysts might use them, to describe specific policy positions. I mean simply that they are people who want to work hard, raise their children, and be left alone.

That is no longer possible. And I would argue that this analysis applies to all Constitutionalists of every religion.

More:

Herein lies the problem the pro-life and pro-family movement has in recruiting conservative people to engage the culture to combat the social ills infecting our society: There is something fundamentally foreign about “activism.” Indeed, the term “conservative activist” itself seems to be something of a contradiction in terms. Small-c conservatives and traditionalists do not want to change the world. They want to live in it and not be bothered.

It’s in the very root of the word — “conserve.” It is markedly different in temperament from “liberal,” which denotes “liberalizing” — action. Thus, many suspicious church people even find that the word “activism” carries with it a whiff of liberalism….

Most of The Founders were like these people until they were forced to fight actively, because American Leaders like Samuel Adams, Richard Henry Lee, Joseph Warren, and others convinced them that they faced an ever-growing Despotism.  A good number rose to the occasion [it has long been estimated that only one-third of Americans at the time supported fighting The British Empire in order to Restore our Ancient Rights; now some Historians believe that the amount was actually between twenty and twenty-five percent].

We, of course, ended-up making The Separation stick by fighting a Horrid, but Necessary, War to Secure our Natural, Divinely-given Rights [see, regarding the description ‘Horrid’, the book The Scars Of Independence by Holger Hoock]

More from JVM:

Which brings us to our present unpleasant realization that from a cultural perspective, the traditionalists and conservatives have been thoroughly beaten in the war for the culture. For the most part, we never even showed up. We raised families, built farms and businesses, and attended church functions while secular revolutionaries took over the entertainment industry, the media, academia — and finally, the public education system that now dutifully serves as a conduit for secular “values.” Prayer is out, queer theory is in, and many a middle-aged conservative has found occasion recently to splutter his coffee and gape at his newspaper: “How did things change so fast?”

They didn’t, of course. The Sexual Revolution has been unfolding now for over sixty years. But now, for the first time, people are beginning to wake up and realize that what is happening is not something we can ignore, because very rapidly, it is beginning to happen to us. Already, the influences of the entertainment industry and pornography are showing in the youth. …Churches across North America are hemorrhaging young people as the public education system dutifully does what it was put in place to do: Plant skepticism, undermine the beliefs of any children from Christian homes, and then send them off to university so that the faculty there can finish the job. It’s why enormous numbers of Christians lose their faith during university.

It’s also the fault of Zealous Parents who have imposed only the Rough Side of Christianity on their children without tempering it with the Compassionate Side.  For Catholics it hasn’t helped that, since Vatican II and the concurrent rises of Liberation Theology and the number of active Homosexuals in The Church, several generations — including my own — have become Disillusioned with it.

The Leftist takeover of our Culture has not contributed anything Positive to American Society.  It has helped make said Society Terminally Ill.

Also:

The government, too, will no longer leave us alone. As I wrote previously concerning Ontario’s war over sex education, the government needs the ability to re-educate children into the values of their secular system, and will go to war with parents for the right to do so. In some European countries, children are being taken away from their parents because Christian beliefs could “harm” the children and some academics are already suggesting that Christianity could, one day, be “treatable.”

Samuel Adams

To pull-up once again that Tried and True quote from John Adams:

…Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other….  [John Adams’s letter to the Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts, 11 October 1798].

May I also add this other quote of his:

Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand…. [John Adams’s letter to Zabdiel Adams, 21 June 1776].

More:

The secularists never had any intention of letting us carve out enclaves where we could live in peace….

This is why the tables have been turned. Now, it is secular progressive ideology that is the status quo, having successfully infiltrated and established itself in every major institution. They have achieved a new status quo, and we traditionalists have been left with nothing left to “conserve” in the first place. We can no longer be Chamberlain giving up territory bit-by-bit — we are now the frog in boiling water, and have to decide how to confront these encroachments to retain the freedoms we need to live as Christians in a society that increasingly holds us in contempt.

I disagree.  We have been left with something to Conserve: the same Ancient Rights and Liberties that our Founders sought to Restore.

The current Status Quo is not Acceptable to us.

And we can set-up enclaves within America.  But we must Join Or Die first.

As Mr. Van Marten concludes:

How can one be a conservative in a society with nothing left to conserve and everything to fight for? It’s a pressing, imminent question that demands our attention. The twofold task of passing our Christian beliefs on to our children and preventing the government from interfering in that process was once easy—we could just live and let live. That was always a questionable strategy, especially as it ignored the massive loss of life through abortion happening in our own towns and cities. Standing up for our pre-born neighbors is not just a “cause,” but a biblical command. But now, it is in our self-interest to engage. It is not just the children of others we should be worried about, but our own. We will not have the luxury of raising children the way our parents and grandparents did. The time to speak Truth to power is now.

The Left has made us Outlaws, just as Parliament and The Throne did to The Founding Fathers.  We can no longer stand-by: the Future of our Posterity is at stake.  We should act accordingly.

…As the lines of battle roll forward to bring you within the zone of operations, rise and strike!

For future generations of your sons and daughters, strike! In the name of your sacred dead, strike!

Let no heart be faint. Let every arm be steeled. The guidance of Divine God points the way. Follow in His name to the Holy Grail of righteous victory!

—General Douglas MacArthur upon returning to The Philippines, 20 October 1944

2 Comments leave one →
  1. ROBERT SYKES permalink
    16 January 2020 @ 08:20 08:20

    “Why is it often so hard to get the churches involved in social causes?”

    What an utterly bizarre statement; one that is delusional. Since the 19th Century, Protestant churches have, one by one, adopted the Social Justice Gospel. The Episcopalians, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Lutherans are all committed left wing, secular institutions. Each of them has rejected the Tradition and some or even all of the Bible. They have gone so far as to produce fraudulent translations of it. Under Antipope Frances, the Catholic Church is following suit.

    The Churches are leading the progressive revolution. They are the problem.

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