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Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Liberalism Is the Left's Religion...

Conservatives, especially social conservatives can be difficult to relate to at times.  However, on the whole, the real difference between Conservatives and Liberals is that many on the right have strong religious beliefs.  Liberals on the other hand, only have their political beliefs.
They have given up a belief in G-d an taken in its place...Liberalism-Leftism and it's inherent dogma.  Dennis Prager has written that,
You cannot understand the Left if you do not understand that leftism is a religion. It is not God-based (some left-wing Christians’ and Jews’ claims notwithstanding), but otherwise it has every characteristic of a religion. The most blatant of those characteristics is dogma. People who believe in leftism have as many dogmas as the most fundamentalist Christian.

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The answer is dogma — a belief system that transcends reason. No rational person can deny that big governments have caused almost all the great evils of the last century, arguably the bloodiest in history. Who killed the 20 to 30 million Soviet citizens in the Gulag Archipelago — big government or big business? Hint: There were no private businesses in the Soviet Union. Who deliberately caused 75 million Chinese to starve to death — big government or big business? Hint: See previous hint. Did Coca-Cola kill 5 million Ukrainians? Did Big Oil slaughter a quarter of the Cambodian population? Would there have been a Holocaust without the huge Nazi state?

Whatever bad things big corporations have done is dwarfed by the monstrous crimes — the mass enslavement of people, the deprivation of the most basic human rights, not to mention the mass murder and torture and genocide — committed by big governments.

How can anyone who thinks rationally believe that big corporations rather than big governments pose the greatest threat to humanity? The answer is that it takes a mind distorted by leftist dogma. If there is another explanation, I do not know what it is.
But, man needs myths, legends and higher goals.  We have striven for that since conscious thought evolved within us.  We've always had gods.  but, as Jonah Goldberg wrote,
When man loses God he sets about to make new gods. Or as the philosopher Eric Voegelin puts it, “[ W] hen God is invisible behind the world, the contents of the world will become new gods; when the symbols of transcendent religiosity are banned, new symbols develop from the inner-worldly language of science to take their place.”

Likewise man creates dogmas because man needs dogmas. The light of reason illuminates the darkness and science provides us compasses to find our way. But it does not provide us with reasons to get out of bed in the first place. As John Dos Passos said, “The mind cannot support moral chaos for long. Men are under as strong a compulsion to invent an ethical setting for their behavior as spiders are to weave webs.”
Without dogmas, intellectual chaos ensues.  As recently as 2006, Lee Harris described French Marxist Georges Sorel (1847-1922),
 Sorel, for whom religion was important, drew a comparison between the Christian and the socialist revolutionary. The Christian’s life is transformed because he accepts the myth that Christ will one day return and usher in the end of time; the revolutionary socialist’s life is transformed because he accepts the myth that one day socialism will triumph, and justice for all will prevail. What mattered for Sorel, in both cases, is not the scientific truth or falsity of the myth believed in, but what believing in the myth does to the lives of those who have accepted it, and who refuse to be daunted by the repeated failure of their apocalyptic expectations. How many times have Christians in the last two thousand years been convinced that the Second Coming was at hand, only to be bitterly disappointed — yet none of these disappointments was ever enough to keep them from holding on to their great myth. So, too, Sorel argued, the myth of socialism will continue to have power, despite the various failures of socialist experiments, so long as there are revolutionaries who are unwilling to relinquish their great myth. That is why he rejected scientific socialism — if it was merely science, it lacked the power of a religion to change individual’s lives. Thus for Sorel there was “an…analogy between religion and the revolutionary Socialism which aims at the apprenticeship, preparation, and even the reconstruction of the individual — a gigantic task.” [emphasis is mine, ed.]
 We humans, need something larger than ourselves to clutch onto to explain what we're reaching for.  Liberals have taken political dogma as their religion.  That simple fact explains the avalanche of personal attacks when any Liberal strays from their accepted party line...after all, throughout history, heretics have been sacrificed for the greater good by the mass of the people.  That has continued through today. 

Just look at Larry Summers when he was president of Harvard University when he was figuratively crucified for, during a seminar in which you were supposed to put up arguments that would then be knocked down in intellectual discussion, posited that women's lack of representation in the hard sciences and mathematics was, perhaps, due to evolutionary factors.  That's just one example...there are hundreds of others. The one thing they have in common, is that the entire community harangues the offender until he comes to his moment of confession and apology... which MUST be made in public.  But I digress.

Conservatives have a tendency to forgive those who stray from the political corral.  We might call them RINO's but they're allowed to wander off and back with little regard to whether or not they closely adhere to conservative political principles.  John McCain...need I say more?

But, at the end of it all, Google's using Cesar Chavez as it's "saint" in place of Jesus ben Joseph on Easter is the perfect example of political dogma as religion.

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