A lesson in how to handle our problems

This is a great post on how Switzerland is standing against mass Muslim immigration.  There’s nothing wrong with someone moving to a new nation, as long as the immigrant understands that  his new nation will not condescend to his personal religious preferences.  Of course, to believe this way you have to believe that one particular belief is right.

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What patriotism is NOT

“‘My country, right or wrong,’ is a thing that no patriot would think of saying. It is like saying, ‘My mother, drunk or sober.’”–G.K. Chesterton

I remember when I first heard that the U.S. had invaded Iraq for the second time under George Bush the II.  I was filled with glee that the U.S. was going to go in and kick those scum buckets out of their country.  We were going to rescue all those poor souls who were longing for a deliverer.  In doing so we would remove the Middle Eastern version of Adolph Hitler.  I heard about it at church and spoke of it all the following week.  I felt like a sports fan watching his football physically manhandle their opponents.  I could have shouted, “We’re number one.  We’re number one.”

Now that I look back, I wonder how it happened.  Not how did we go in and smash a third-world army that could barely hold its own against a High School ROTC, but what was I so jubilant about?  I was surrounded by war hawks who said numerous times that anyone who speaks out against the war was at best anti-patriotic and at worst treasonous and I agreed with every word.  But somewhere between discovering G.K. Chesterton and Bill Kauffman, it hit me that fighting without an objective and spending lives like they are pieces on a Risk board is wrong.  And not just “That’s not nice,” wrong, but wicked wrong.  And for a Christian, there are biblical principles of warfare that should be followed ( I believe the Bible gives us objective standards for how to conduct life here on earth, not just some ethereal abstract ideas for later on).

As usual, G.K. Chesterton is right–patriotism means loving your country.  But love does not mean blindly accepting whatever the politicians lead us in doing; sometimes it means speaking out against their leadership .  I don’t speak out against the war because I hate the U.S., I speak out because I love her.  I don’t say bring our military men (and women, sadly) home because I don’t support them; I support them by calling upon our government leaders to bring them back where they can lead and support their families (and have a better chance of remaining alive).  We could use more of that kind of patriotism.

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Adam Smith’s New Clothes

It is normal to hear modern economists refer to Adam Smith when they want to make a point.  They do this when they want to buttress their argument  (usually because it can’t stand on its own).  But that is to be expected because Mr. Smith is THE economist of choice in the Western world (next would be John Maynard Keynes…go figure).  A problem is that many who refer to to Smith (including myself) have not read all of his writings on economics.  It is easier to talk about him than to read him.  And to hear “experts” talk, he is a greedy, big-business loving, Gordon Gekko type.  Recently I came across this article by John Medaille, a distributist economist living in Texas, who gives a different take on Smith.  It should provoke thought on behalf of those who have preconceived notions of Smith’s writings, and it may even motivate you to read The Wealth of Nations for yourself.

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European Immigration

Why is Europe allowing the immigration of Muslims at such a rapid pace?  This is not American “melting pot” immigration, because they are not willing to adopt Western culture or religion.  Most of the Muslims who move to Europe are retaining their beliefs as well as dominating the area where they live with Islamic culture.  While there are many reasons one could point to, one has been neglected: the lack of a Christian confession.  The difference between Europe then and now is that during the late Middle Ages the continent was actively Christian.  By Christian I don’t mean they wandered in a church building once a month; they knew what they believed and why they believed it.  The differences between the Allah of the Koran and the God of the Bible were clear.  To allow the Muslims to invade was not an option because they understood the theological and cultural consequences involved.

With modern Europe worshiping the god of secularism, the need to distinguish between beliefs is unnecessary.  Without the iron gate of a Christian confession (and the hearts to match it), no one should be surprised at modern Europe’s enlightened reaction.

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Do something conservative

Everywhere you go people talk about how bad things are. If they aren’t talking about the shrinking economy, it’s the lack of morals or the ever-growing aura of big brother peeking over your shoulder. What is a person to do? As much as I hate to admit it, no one in Washington can fix the problem. Many conservatives have a tendency to think like socialists and trust the central government to fix the country’s problems. Sorry, deliverance will not come from Babylon. Which again begs the question, what are we supposed to to? How about, instead of waiting on Washington to change, citizens do something conservative? I can’t light up the world, but I can brighten the corner I live in. If people would put action to the principles they say they believe in, the country would be transformed, piece by piece. Call it conservatism in action.
One place to start is turning off the television. That may sound unnecessary, but what better way to conserve your family than by cutting off the toxic wasteline from Hollywood into your home. It is amazing how much you can get done with the television off and a goal in mind. As small as it sounds, turning off the television is a conservative action that would benefit individuals and families everywhere.

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Law and Liberty

“The law perverted!  And the police powers of the state perverted along with it!  The law, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose!  The law become the weapon of every kind of greed!  Instead of checking crime, the law itself guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish!  If this is true, it is a serious fact, and moral duty requires me to call the attention of my fellow-citizens to it.”–Frederic Bastiat, The Law

This begins one of the clearest explanations of liberty ever written.  The Law was not written on a high academic level, nor was it meant to be.  It is a simple exploration of how government challenges liberty more than any other institution.  For all interested in the study of liberty, Bastiat’s book is a superb resource.

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Reasons for the website

To quote a wise person (that’s what you say when you don’t know where the quote came from), “When it comes to blogging, never have so many had so little to say to so few”.  Since most of the site will be other people’s writing, I feel justified in creating it, but just in case more justification is needed,  I’ve listed several reasons.

Top ten reasons to take up cyber-space with another website:

10. Dead conservatives make more sense (and are more entertaining) than living ones.

9.   Rush Limbaugh doesn’t speak for traditionalists.

8.  The meaning of “conservative” is lost to the general public.

7.  The term “foreign policy” has not always been synonymous with “empire building”.

6.  G.K. Chesterton says more in one paragraph than the entire editorial staff of The Weekly Standard

5.  Economics has become an abstract science rather than a social (a.k.a. humane) science.

4.  “We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road.”—C.S. Lewis

3.  Permanent things still need defending.

2.  The dignity of human life (from conception until death) is worth fighting for.

1.  Truth is timeless.

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