Responding to Power and Control's post "Dual Loyalties".
The question: Are you first an American, or of X Religious Affiliation? seems bogus to me in an American context.
We have a separation of sacred and profane in this country. I'm every bit the right wing reactionary Baptist in the sacred context. And I tend towards a Libertarian outlook where profane political considerations are under discussion. Attempting to push my conservative social agenda through legislation, particularly at the federal level, is every bit as dumb in the modern context as it was 2k years ago, when The Carpenter was nailing the Pharisees, rhetorically speaking.
If we want to punt on this excellent dichotomy between sacred and profane, then we'd screw ourselves. Say we went back in time 100 years. If we start letting the Federal government peek into wallets, if we take away advocacy for States in DC, if we allow the Federal government to dilute the value of the currency at will through a Federal Reserve system, then I bet we'd end up with:
- People more reliant on the Federal government than themeselves and their community of faith.
- Mind numbing deficits.
- Back breaking debt.
- Serious questions about where the loyalties lay.
Unfortunately, that last century has been a slide into decadence. FDR and LBJ preached the golden Socialist calf. BHO is merely the edge of the cliff. Princess Pelosi doesn't even blink when people raise Constitutional objections to the golden calf. Her worship thereof is complete. It's indeed strange from the perspective of the Obama/Pelosi/Reid Try-Dumb-virate that this blog and the rest of the dextrosphere even question the Left.
The advent of Islamism and the idea of restoring a caliphate is among the main drivers of the question of whether one is loyal first to faith and then country. But the error is in putting these orthogonal concepts in series, where one must precede the other.
Perhaps the very nature of this question helps to explain the sick, tacit alliance between the dhimmi Left and the jihadists who'd cheerfully shorten them: both the Left and the jihadists seek to take the properly separate American concepts of sacred and profane and merge them into a single world government. A giant Socialist machine, or a caliphate.
The historical trend doesn't seem to have hit nadir yet. Too many people remain in denial about the gravity of the situation. However, the number of people screaming some flavor of WTF?! seems to be increasing. Not only that, the amount of tangible, principled, still peaceful action seems to be going up as well. It's going to be a near-run thing.
However, as long as we retain our personal religious affirmations, and communicate them positively and non-legislatively, we can heal the secular society.
PS: On an unrelated note, my FMJRA input is low this week. I was on travel. Mailbomb Smitty for good justice.