The Great Flood
(The Fire Next Time)
(The Fire Next Time)
"Republicans for Revolution" is a long article.
In the following "paste," I have highlighted "the gist" in blue.
"Conservatism's" recent transition from "feeling responsible to the past" to the ruinous extremism of believing that "the past" can only be restored by the deliberate destruction of our irremediably-decadent "state," represents an essential betrayal of "conservatism" as curator of a "conserving function," replacing it with wild-eyed belief that obstruction-and-dysfunction comprise necessary prelude -- necessary "sweeping away," necessary "clearing the ground" -- to evoke the purifying "descent of deity" and consequent "coming of The Kingdom."
In a "divine twinkling," deus ex machina will establish, miraculously, a new and lasting order under the direct administration of God "Himself."
What is now perceived as Liberalism's "decadent tolerance" has caused "conservatives" to become categorically intolerant, in fact to despair of their own cautious nature. Instead of "patience" (ever counseled by the collective voice of "the past") conservatives have become the most impatient people of all, people prepared to risk national dysfunction - even Armageddon - in a "last ditch effort" to overthrow the repugnant morbidity of Liberalism which they increasingly (and mistakenly) represent as socialism.
Never mind that Obama is a Rockefeller Republican. (It will fall to future historians to detail HUSSEIN's innate caution, moderation and incrementalism.)
When these same historians contemplate conservativsm's collapse, Dick Lugar's replacement by Richard Mourdock in the 2012 Republican primary will serve as "textbook illustration" of the party's deliberately-designed dysfunction.
Regardless Mourdock's rhetoric, abortion would be deemed sudden Sacrament if Willie Horton rape-impregnated his 12 year old granddaughter. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Mourdock
And why "draw the line" at "the life of the mother?"
Why shouldn't she die too? (Whenever a mother's life is jeopardized by pregnancy, Judaism insists that the fetus be torn from the uterus. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judaism_and_abortion)
"Impossibly Pure Principles" have more in common with ruthlessness than compassion. What’s more, uncompromising intransigence is, by definition, anti-American and undemocratic.
At bottom, Tea Bags "whistle Dixie" because they have never admitted The Union's victory in The Civil War. They pine for The Confederacy and are passionate that someone --- women... blacks.... browns... Islamics --- be servile.
The only other time Earth has witnessed such far-reaching Apocalypticism was the radical purification wrought by The Great Flood.
The destruction of everyone but Noah (and his family) was -- consistent with today's "conservative" view -- intended to establish "The Lasting Reign Of God On Earth."
The proof, however, is in the pudding.
What was the actual outcome of God's intended Restoration of Goodness when "He" perpetrated annihilation by Flood?
Immediately after that epochal Restoration of Goodness, Noah's own children proved more vile than the fallen humans whose destruction supposedly cleared the ground for "new," "blessed" and lasting seed.
The entire purificatory process went to s___ in a single generation.
Did God make a mistake?
Or, do we humans read too much "divine intervention" in the particulars of human affairs?
Is it possible that God/Creation "wants" homo sapiens to incarnate The Word "as co-creators" and not flee back into The Theory, The Ethereality and The Abstraction of The Word.
"God so loved the world that he sent his Son into it."
“He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do…”
Now, in growing numbers, "Christian" Americans are determined to spurn the world, to be swept up-and-away by rapturous, other-worldly salvation.
Chesterton reveals The Center, the hinge on which all hangs: “The work of heaven alone is material; the making of a material world. The work of hell is entirely spiritual.”
If we aspire to salvation, it will be found here and now - in the arduous, long-suffering incarnation of The Kingdom.
It will not be found in cowardly headlong flight from the very world "God so loved."
(Alan: "Republicans for Revolution" begins with a searing criticism of left-wing Professor Corey Robin’s The Reactionary Mind. If this criticism does not square with your own world view, do not despair: Lilla's masterful review of history urges persistence.)