Americanism is an interesting concept: one form is a heresy, while the other just refers to the native genius of America. Pope Leo XIII wrote in his encyclical Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae about these two forms: “certain endowments of mind which belong to the American people, just as other characteristics belong to various other nations, and…your political condition and the laws and customs by which you are governed…” or 2) “…the confounding of license and liberty, the passion for discussing and pouring contempt upon any possible subject, [and] the assumed right to hold whatever opinion one pleases on any subject and to set them forth in print to the world…” Delighting in the first is not only lawful but necessary for any red-blooded American. The second describes the malaise of our times: nothing is sacred and everything is permitted.
Pope Leo XIII
To the wrongheaded Americanism, I might also add the confounding of America’s will with God’s will. We are right to think that God has especially blessed this country; but, we are only blessed to the extent to which we adhere to God’s will. We can and have erred in our history. Our particular endowments, characteristics, and political conditions do not count as the universal human standard.
Many of my dear readers may have heard of George Takei’s outrageous insults directed against the honorable Clarence Thomas. (Considering the nonsense which spews forth from the mouths of so many movie stars, one thinks that the Romans acted very wisely in denying actors suffrage.) One of my friends expected me to castigate George Takei for his idiocy, but Mark Levin has already perfectly exposed him as a blockhead. Instead, I wish to highlight something which Takei’s comments reveals about leftists.
George Takei stated that Thomas’s claim that slaves had dignity was ridiculous. He even went so far as to say that his own parents, forced into internment camps during WWII, were stripped of their dignity. On the other hand, Mark Levin stressed that what Clarence Thomas meant by slaves having dignity was that every human being has God-given dignity, which government action can neither add to nor divest. Every man bears the stamp of God’s image and likeness and will one day appear before the Just Judge, who is no respecter of persons, in order to give an account of his deeds. Before God, it does not matter whether one is a slave or a king.
This fact slipped Takei’s mind, because his mindset does not reflect Enlightened Judeo-Christian ideals but those deriving from leftist ideology. To a leftist, one’s earthly existence is the only existence, and the greatest power affecting one’s life is the state. Since the state holds the place of God in leftist ideology, it makes sense that they believe the state is capable of giving and taking away dignity. Yet, the state is composed of men like ourselves. How is it that one’s fellow men have the capacity to alter one’s dignity as a human being? Is government authority, the power to coerce, everything? No wonder we see leftists cleaving to a program of political correctness and so eager to be considered “orthodox” by their fellow leftists! Their very humanity depends upon the honor afforded them by the state and their faction.
The only thing sadder than living in a leftist utopia is actually having the leftist mentality. Because the state is their God, they stop at nothing to change the state to run according to their principles. Keep that in mind before you give up voting or paying attention to politics!