Essay / Politics

Al the III

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. . . Right now the Democrat Party and the secular left are in the process of committing electoral suicide. They don’t like Jim Dobson, a middle-of-the-road psychologist who is an evangelical. The secularists, who have taken over the left, apparently don’t like mainstream Southern Baptist Al Mohler, a seminary president and scholar. They don’t like Pope Benedict XVI, a moderate German theologian who helped create Vatican II. Of course, that is par for the course because they really hated John Paul the Great.It would be comforting if the leaders of these extremist Democrats were actually humanists or secularists or liberal Christians. Mostly they seem bitter men out of power that yearn to get it back but who do not have the stomach to pretend they believe in much of anything, even the dogmas of their own party. They have to rant to the MoveOn.org crowd as if they care, but their hearts are clearly not in it. They are relativists whose great god seems to be staying in office or at least on CNN.Recently Al Gore, who sometimes remembers his Christianity, was shocked to discover that people of faith were sick of having their leaders attacked by his friends. “How dare they!” he shouted. Or something like “How dare they!” It is getting hard to understand poor Al ever since he developed a permanent case of righteous indignation that has led to a speaking style that never deviates from a shout with a Ted Kennedy-like tendency to devolve into a mutter.Evidently Al thinks the fanatics on the “religious right” are hi-jacking Christianity. That nasty pope! Who does he think he is? He sure doesn’t speak for Catholicism does he? Why dear Al got a warm feeling at the last mass he attended on the campaign trail! And Jimmy Carter is a much, much better spokesman for the Southern Baptists than Al Mohler since he long ago helped responsible Southern Baptists slip around such side issues as the inerrancy of Scripture.Al Gore is religious. His religion is a private thing. A thing so private that it impacts his political life not at all or in fuzzy ways having a great deal to do with “world peace” and other Miss America bromides. Monday through Friday the party of Al functions with a secular worldview. Religion does not contain knowledge. . . at least not knowledge open to Al’s secular friends. . . so Al must stuff his religion except when telling heart-tugging stories or being righteously indignant about those who think their religion is, well, true.What is the basis for human rights? Is it God as the Founders said or is it the state and popular opinion? Do we have a basic right to life given to us by a Creator? Dare we act on that belief? The Founders dared to the point of creating a new order amongst the nations.Al Gore would not have liked these men. He would have been more happy in the court of George III where religion was not taken too seriously and deals could be made. People like Al Mohler did not demand foolish consistency and there was no frowning Benedict (how much he must remind Al of the shadow of his Daddy Senator!) telling one what to do. In the Hanover Court, all the sensible folk could posture and primp and sell the nation to the King for some of his gold pills. Religion was all well and good, but the state church was safely docile, firmly under the hand of the sensible people. If the nation needed defending, then there were German troops for hire.The Calvinists of New England, the deists of Philadelphia, and the Anglicans of Virginia were not this sophisticated. They actually believed what John Locke and Sam Rutherford had written.They did not think it radical to base their politics on their beliefs. They did not think it radical to believe that the rights of Englishman should not be for sale. They built a government on those rights. Their schools were religious and the most read book was the Bible. They were a diverse lot, some heterodox, and the original American sin of slavery infected them. Still they were, on the whole, consistent as men in this dark old world can be. And they created a remarkable thing: the United States of America.Now their heirs, not by blood but by ideology, are demonized by the same tired syncophants who fear their power of the ideas of 1776. The relativist left, too flacid to be much of anything, can only moan and groan like the mad King George at the power of the American Idea. On these things men of faith will not compromise. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. . .

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