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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

2010 Election Will Be Worthless Without Cultural Repentance

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Conservative Republicans are stoked about the 2010 mid-term election, and by the looks of things, they have a lot to be happy about. Public support for Obama and the Democrats is at an all time low. With TEA Parties and Town Halls erupting in cities all over the nation, the conservatives have created a base upon which to build a stunning political victory in 2010, and perhaps even unseat Obama himself in the 2012 presidential election.

It should be known 'The Catholic Knight' supports the TEA Parties and Town Halls, even though I do not support the Republican Party. The TEA Parties and Town Halls are the epitome of how citizens are supposed to mobilize in a free society, and I am proud to have participated in them. I will probably continue to do so, as long as they remain family-friendly events.

However, I'm afraid there is a problem in all of this. Political reform will not take without cultural renewal. The problems of the United States run much deeper than politics, and there is no politician or political party that can fix America now. Any Republican victory in 2010 will have its honeymoon of bliss for those conservative voters who delivered it. However, that ecstasy will be short lived, as America sinks deeper into economic and social turmoil in the years ahead, in spite of whatever reforms the Republicans enact. Republicans may be successful in unseating Obama in 2012 as well, but again that victory will prove disappointing as the reforms Republicans enact will turn up short.

By the looks of this blog entry so far, one would almost think I was a Democratic spin doctor. In some ways I wish that were so. Then you could just dismiss my words out of hand. Sadly, I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican, and while I am a conservative politically, I do not place my hopes in political ideologies. I am a realist, and I understand America's problems cannot be fixed politically. They are cultural. They are deep. Soon they will destroy us.

Part of the problem is the government itself, but at the same time, while government policies contribute to social decay, they are also caused by it. It's a viscous cycle; where social decay causes bad government policy, resulting in more social decay, resulting in worse government policy, and so on.

The United States of America is under the chastisement of God. We have been weighed, found wanting, and will soon pay the price. The cause of our chastisement is as follows...
  1. genocide - we have murdered children with over 1 million abortions per year
  2. eugenics - we have experimented on human beings via embryonic stem cell research
  3. euthanasia - we have killed the weakest among us (particularly in Oregon and Washington)
  4. sodomy - we have allowed gay marriage and homosexual civil unions
  5. hedonism - we have become a culture obsessed with fleshly pleasures
  6. idolatry - we have assigned the government the roll of the Church and made our leaders into "gods."
  7. contraception - we have valued money and material things more than children and family
We cannot recover as a nation so long as these cultural cancers are allowed to fester and grow. If you think a Republican victory in November is going to fix these problems - think again! The Republicans controlled the U.S. congress from 1995 through 2000. They controlled both the whitehouse and the congress together from 2000 to 2006. All to no avail. These social problems continued to grow under both Republican and Democratic control of government. That's because the government is only part of the problem. The rest of the problem is us. It's our culture. We've become too rich and affluent for our own good. We've become decadent! As a culture, we've lost sight of what the meaning of life is really about, and we've indulged ourselves to the point where we don't even know the difference between right and wrong anymore. No election can save us now. No politician and no political party can dig us out of this. Only one thing can save America now, (if indeed God still wants to save America), and that is hardship - real hardship. I'm talking a Great Depression kind of hardship. However, there are those who say America has lost too much of it's cultural decency to survive another Great Depression, and perhaps they are right.

I'm sorry. I know my fellow conservatives are excited about 2010, and they're eager to stick it to the Democrats this November. Frankly, I wouldn't mind seeing the Democratic clock get cleaned myself, but I won't throw a party if the conservatives win. Instead I'll be saying a prayer. Not for our leaders, but for our people. Our time is short, for the angels of mercy cannot hold back the torrent of wrath much longer. We will pay for our transgressions against God and nature. First, we will lose our economic might. Then we will suffer defeat militarily. I'm not sure how all of this will work out. I'm just going on history here. This is how the story usually goes with great world powers in ages past.

If we want to revive the culture, we must get back to the root of the word "culture," which comes from the Latin "cultus" meaning religion. If we want to revive our American culture, we must get back to the classical religion that gave us our culture in the first place.