Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – “We have seen just how a people who once prefaced their founding documents with a statement on the importance of domestic tranquility, i.e., the maintenance of existing relations, can be seduced by a contrary world view within the space of two centuries, so that they are led into a perpetual crusade to transform the world while supporting their government’s internal drive to implement a reign of terror encapsulated most recently in the new state-sponsored religion of multiculturalism.” Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
Begin Mike Church Show Transcript Mike: We’re nearing the end of this civil spirit here. I shared with you part of T.H. Pickett’s War, Power, and Supremacy: A Conservative Interpretation. Since Eric Cantor was out there using the term conservative, and since so many people are so confused about what that term is supposed to mean, I’m going to go back to T.H. Pickett for just a moment. It’s a very lengthy essay. It’s still posted in the Pile of Prep from last week if you’re a Founders Pass member. Why aren’t you a Founders Pass member? You have access to all those Pile of Prep and to the Prep Better section, which contains the PDF file from which I’m about to read.
[reading] The history of the United States began in a moment of ethical ambivalence. Common sense anchored in Christian realism still retained sufficient vigor to influence much public policy, while nascent subjectivism urged revolutionary action that served an emancipatory idealism. On the one hand Americans could rally to the cause of national self-determination against the legitimate British order while, at the same time, remaining prudent in their judgments concerning U.S. relations with other powers. Washington warned against foreign entanglements. Jefferson seized the opportunity to increase American territory cheaply. And there is that classic example of commonsense diplomacy in the Monroe Doctrine. Prompted by Canning and the British government, the Monroe administration recognized a limited but very useful congruence between British and American interests. In spite of the recent hostilities with the British, the American leadership was not indisposed to use the British fleet to co-opt further intrusions of other great powers in the Western hemisphere. It was a moment when American statesmen still understood the relation between means and ends and, hence, the first principle of prudence: the conservation of one’s resources.
The Monroe Doctrine enabled the U.S. government to achieve an important policy goal without the expenditure of American resources or lives by mere assent to Britain’s pursuit of its own interests. That policy goal was the maintenance of domestic tranquility that figures so importantly in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution and recalls the fundamental wisdom of Christian theism but is diametrically opposed to the logic of pantheism. We have seen just how a people who once prefaced their founding documents with a statement on the importance of domestic tranquility, i.e., the maintenance of existing relations, can be seduced by a contrary world view within the space of two centuries, so that they are led into a perpetual crusade to transform the world while supporting their government’s internal drive to implement a reign of terror encapsulated most recently in the new state-sponsored religion of multiculturalism. The agenda of humanitarian pantheism consists of a systematic assault upon all established relations domestic and foreign with the object of achieving a kind of “utopian” discord that presumably dismantles any obstruction to self-expression or the unimpeded realization of desire.
[Mike: Boy, are we right smack dab in the middle of that.] Such a goal, so contrary to common sense, can only become convincing when Americans have been largely seduced by humanitarian anti-realism, a view that any acknowledgement of actual conditions or existing relations is tantamount to a betrayal of meaning. In this manner humanitarian pantheism begs the question of good and evil, thereby permanently postponing moral judgment. [end reading]
Mike: In other words, the old way of looking at the world and the old way of looking at life domestically has been totally jettisoned. It has been supplanted and replaced by a manmade humanitarian religion. That humanitarian religion has manifested itself in our governments. I talk about this all the time. T.H. Pickett wrote this back in 2006. You can see this all around you. It is all around you. The temples where we can go and worship our modern states — just listen to Eric Cantor’s concession speech last night. It is chock full of — and he is allegedly a conservative — of references to the wonders of the modern political state and all the great things that conservatives think. [mocking] “We believe that we can accomplish these things cheaper than the Democrats do.” No, you believe. Who is this we? This can all be undone, but most people are not going to be willing to undo it. Why? Because it requires, at the first instance, the first thing that must happen, the first emotion, the first virtue that must apply is humility. It is the single virtue from which all of our other virtues grow. Without humility, you can’t have virtue. It’s impossible to pursue virtue unless the first thing that is done is humility. Running and cavorting about the planet proclaiming yourself the greatest country in the history of the world, in the history of Homo sapiens, is not an act of humility. It is an act of braggadocio and it is an act of Jacobinism. And you wonder why the people of the rest of the world are suspect?
We wonder why our government just thinks it can do what it does to us, believes it can tax us the way it taxes us, believes it can regulate us the way it regulates us, believes it can take our children from us and make them into slaves for the State, believes that every parent that has a child is not endowed by the Creator with the inalienable right, which is to shepherd that child’s education and do what God tells him to do to get that kid to Heaven. What if the State gets in between your pursuit of getting your child to Heaven? What are you to do, file a complaint with Congress? [mocking] “Hey, my faith says I’m supposed to do this and you guys are in the way of that. I really can’t do that as long as you’re making me do what you’re making me do.” — “Well, too bad, Mr. McGillicuddy. Our section in hell is not that bad. It’s got wall-to-wall carpet. Roosevelt’s there, two of them.” [mocking] “Mike, you’re being facetious.” Well, no, not really. This is the essence of the slide. It makes the slide easier to understand. You can go all the way back to where this began. Most people say, [mocking] “Well, it began with Hamilton.” Well, no, I think it actually began before Hamilton, but if you want to pin it on Hamilton, I suppose you can. End Mike Church Show Transcript