THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Long time readers of this blog know The Catholic Knight is a TEA Party supporter. I support the TEA Parties because they are safe family-friendly events that are the embodiment of our First Amendment right to peacefully assemble and demand a redress for grievances. Mark my words, if ever a day comes when the TEA Parties are no longer allowed to exist, then America is OVER - period.
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So what are the TEA Parties, and what are they about? Socially, they are a protest of big government and the elite ruling class of politicians who think themselves above the law. They are a protest of the nanny state mentality, in which is found the notion that government is God, government knows best and government should be involved in every aspect of our personal lives. They are a protest of reckless government spending, which increases the national debt, produces inflation, robs the little people of their meager earnings, and enslaves us all to the welfare programs of the almighty government. Politically, the TEA Parties are about local control, bringing the government back home, state's rights, decentralization, and shrinking the size and power of the federal government. To put it in Catholic terms - SUBSIDIARITY.
Socialization also presents dangers. Excessive intervention by the state can threaten personal freedom and initiative. The teaching of the Church has elaborated the principle of subsidiarity, according to which "a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to co- ordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good."Subsidiarity in American terms is called "Federalism" or in the more pure sense "Antifederalism." The Founding Fathers of the United States were divided primarily into two political camps - the Federalists and the Antifederalists. Both camps believed in a centralized national government. They just disagreed on how much power it should have. The Federalists proposed a strong centralized government that the states would delegate more power to, so as to make it stronger than the states. Their dream was realized in the ratification of the Constitution of the United States. The Antifederalists opposed the ratification of the Constitution, and preferred instead to keep the United States under the Articles of Confederation. This earlier form of American government embodied the Antifederalist view that the power of the central government should be the same (or weaker) than that of the states. In other words, the Antifederalists believed in keeping power closer to home, to the states, where it could be kept in better check by the people. In their rebuttal to the Constitution proposal, the Antifederalists wrote blistering warnings (called the Antifederalist Papers) of the dire consequences associated with making the central government a more powerful Federalist system. Sadly, every single one of their warnings has come true with near prophetic accuracy.
- Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1883
For this reason, The Catholic Knight, now encourages every single Catholic American reading this blog to get involved in the TEA Party movement. You can start by showing up to the TEA Parties, bringing your rosaries and start praying for this country publicly. That's something we need to see a bit more of at these TEA Parties - public prayer. Then if you're not registered to vote, get registered post-haste, and find the candidates that best represent our Catholic values of LIFE, FAMILY & SUBSIDIARITY!
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.Joining a TEA Party is as easy as showing up to one, but if you would like to keep informed as to when and where they will be organized, that's easy enough too. Just visit THIS WEBSITE, bookmark it, and sign up for regular email updates.
-- 2nd Chronicles 7:14
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