Mandeville, LA – Today’s Pile of Prep: most of the stories and research used to put together the Mike Church Show on the Veritas Radio Network’s CRUSADE Channel. 2017 is here and WELCOME to the All-New, Mike Church Show on the CRUSADE Channel, listen LIVE for Free (don’t cost nuthin’).
Sapientia et Veritas -The movement also suffers from lowbrowism. Fox News pioneered modern lowbrowism. The modern lowbrow (think Sean Hannity or Dinesh D’Souza) ignores normal journalistic or intellectual standards. He creates a style of communication that doesn’t make you think more; it makes you think and notice less. He offers a steady diet of affirmation, focuses on simple topics that require little background information, and gets viewers addicted to daily doses of righteous contempt and delicious vindication.” – Rod Dreher, The Insul;arity of Never Trumpers
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The Ongoing Crisis Of Liberalism Is What CRUSADERS To Restore Order Crave – Patrick Deneen, a guest of the Mike Church Show, has a new book out called Why Liberalism Failed. I believe that the basis for the book was well covered in my 90 minute long interview with Patrick last February. Gene Callahan has read the book (Deneen will appear on Thursday’s show!) and makes some observations on it that apply to the CRUSADER response to our current pickle. That our actions must be actions and not theories.
“Deneen recognizes that what is most needed are new practices and not simply new theories. The basic error of all three modern ideologies is the idea that practical life can be conducted on a theoretical basis. Deneen’s conclusions track with TAC writer Rod Dreher’s call for a new “Benedict Option.” Both argue that those aware of the breakdown of the “liberal world order” must first and foremost strive to create practical, not theoretical, alternatives to the liberal society crumbling around them.” [Emphasis mine-MC]
This is what drives our Return to Order, the PRACTICAL application of living the Gospels as best as is possible AS our primary vocation in life. This is what the Mike Church Show and CRUSADE Channel strive to promote in all that we broadcast. Thus, our broadcasts are products of that change in vocational direction and ordering: God first, radio second. It may sound simple, but try to fully implement it in your vocation and you will rapidly be apprised of just how incompatible most of modern, ‘Murican life is with our Christian vocation.
Elevating The Glory Of The Person, Not The Individual – Conservatism is, in John Adams’ memorable phrasing, the most “hackneyed word” of our modern era. How many forests filled with trees splashed with tanker ships loaded with ink have been employed to explain and define the term, to “make it relevant to our time”!? I maintain that “conservatism”, rightly understood, is learning the traditions and religious devotions – meaning Catholic devotions – that made “the west” the “shining city on a hill”. But that city isn’t the one of Reagan’s prose or of the Puritan’s dreams, it is the city described 1500 years ago by my patron Saint Augustine in City of God. Brad Birzer, God bless him, continues to explore this very question in comparing the conservatism of Russell Kirk and now Robert Nisbett. For my reading money I think Nisbett gets the nod here for his 8 tenets of conservatism.
“First, the primacy of religion in the life of any people. No mere accidental or materialist thing, religion, more than anything else, ties together natural associations and intermediary institutions, allowing and even encouraging virtue, ethical behavior, and trust. Second, the centrality of the natural two-parent family as not only pre-political but also as the basis of all stability in society.”
The remaining 6 points are all what we should call a subsidiarity of points 1 and 2. Read the whole essay here.
Paul Bunyan Is A Real, ‘Murican Legend, Steve Bannon Is a Breitbart Legend – There is a consistent strain that runs through the biographies of “kingmakers”: their identity is rarely known and they never deign to be the king they made. As Barbara Boland explains, that is not the storyline that Steve Bannon followed or is following and its worth a read.
“Unlike the sly and self-deprecating ways of history’s great kingmakers, Bannon was well-known for his brazen interview forays into the media. His website Breitbart happily credited itself with every electoral victory and after Trump’s win declared war on “establishment” Republicans in office. They congratulated themselves with developing the intellectual underpinnings of “Trumpism” and populism, and named themselves the driving force behind Trump’s agenda.”
I have some experience with Breitbart and Bannon, as I have detailed since I left SiriusXM, they worked tirelessly behind the scenes to install Steve as my replacement because they coveted what I had built (this is the Breitbart MO). This was all done without so much as a “how you doin'” from them in the 3 years they were turned to as my fill-in hosts. Put another way, we were never “colleagues” as they were plotting dominion from the get-go and Steve was that Thomas The Tank Engine’s engineer.
Joseph Pearce: The Fall of Mayberry – When you think of the Andy Griffith Show you can’t help but think of the black and white iconography of the town of Mayberry, Floyd the barber, the inimitable Don Knotts’ Barney Fife and of course Sheriff Taylor’s family. As Pearce notes though, the show took a 60’s, progressive turn toward the vulgarity of the revolt against order and never recovered.
“[T]he timeless moral verities that had formed the solid foundation of Mayberry had succumbed to the quicksand quagmire of relativism, sinking without trace into the desert of the urbanized wasteland. And all with Sheriff Andy’s approval.”
Tsk, tsk, not even Sheriff Taylor and Aunt Bee survived the “summer of love” and its vulgar, obscene tentacles.
Hello, I’m From The Trump Administration And I’m Here To Help – I talked about this on the first show of 2018: President Trump has delivered on some of what he said he would including the omnipotently important protection of innocent life. He has also followed through on taking a meat cleaver to the EPA’s war against coal and most recently announced plans to expand offshore oil exploration in every major waterway including the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic Ocean. Ryan Girdusky points out that Trump has also been taking federal regulations to the paper shredder at a pace never before seen. But before you start doing the wave around the break room table understand that the $4.5 TRILLION headed hydra that is the federal beast is set to expand under Trump and the MIC’s growth is frightening.
FINALLY! Someone Other Than Me Calls Real Men To Real Battle With Real Rosaries In Hand – I was beginning to think I’d die the “lone voice crying in the wilderness” against the misguided idea that those practicing a Franciscan/Dominican/Augustinian (insert Church Doctor/Father name here) can peacefully co-exist with the emerging sodomite states or for that matter any state practicing liberalism. Adrian Vermeule is a professor of law at Harvard of all places and he just so happens to be an orthodox Catholic with a big mouth (a fellow traveler!).
“There is no reason to think that a stable, long-term rapprochement between Catholicism and the liberal state is realistically feasible, whether or not it would be desirable; nor should Catholics allow themselves to become ultimately attached to any particular time, place or human political order.” [emphasis mine]
But Vermeule isn’t finished with his CRUSADER manifesto. Setting his sights on the resident doyenne’s of approved Catholic intellectual thinking, The NY Time’s Ross Douthat and the editor of First Things RR Reno, Vermeule says what is crying to be said and then defended. If you live in ‘Muricah, in 2017, count your allies carefully and know that they are in a precarious minority that is at war with a diabolical majority that rejects living a Catholic life, in accordance with ‘Murican law and diabolical custom, as a non sequitir.
“It would also be foolish to trust that those forces will not again be in the ascendancy, with the capacity to bring decisive force to bear. The Trump administration, crippled by moral compromises, almost certainly amounts to merely a temporary respite. Douthat betrays a misunderstanding of political science when he puts his trust in the law and the judiciary in general and Kennedy in particular. Sooner or later, and probably sooner, political control over judicial appointments means that judicial views will inevitably be brought into conformity with the views of the wider society, which in the America of 2018 are increasingly dismissive of central tenets of Catholic doctrine.”
Read the whole thing here. I continue to maintain that we shouldn’t care about the numerical values of our “movement”, instead resolve to make a common petition through daily rosaries and regular fasting and prayer. (I know, sounds so “desert father” doesn’t it).
If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Outbreed ‘Em – Under current law (we’re not ChiCom’s yet) ‘Murican women may still have as many children as they and their husbands like (yes, I include husbands in this imitation of the Holy Family) and families that freely cooperate with God’s design have lots of children (yay big families!). Now comes Chip and Joanna Gaines, who famously practiced the TV art of “fixer-uppers” until their Christian faith was revealed, announcing they are expecting baby number five. This is only a big deal because Moloch has brain-washed two entire generations of young people into believing that children are an expensive pax upon their millennial, self-absorbed “lifestyles” and those who self-identify as “liberals” are even less-likely to marry much less have children. This means, mathematically speaking, that those couples cooperating with God’s grace and raising large families, home-schooling, church attending etc. are OUTBREEDING the minions of Moloch.
The Demons Are Ascendent And They’ve Come For The Children… – I keep repeating this phrase because 1. It is the greatest Truth of our era in time and 2. It is now being repeated by some because it is True which leads to 3. Many more Catholics are CRUSADING against this evil and the very real threat it poses to the souls on tens of millions of children. Then along comes a new role playing video game called Dream Daddy and guess what role kids playing Dream Daddy get to play? Did you guess Marxist Sodomite Vampire, congratulations! Sign John Horvat’s Return to Order petition against the release of the game here.
Your Tax Dollars At Work…In Afghanistan Growing Poppy – Congressman Thomas Massie blows the lid off of ‘Muricah’s collaboration WITH the Taliban to grow opium, build “safe” highways and build and run hyrdroelectric plants. No kidding:
US taxpayer dollars go to a hydroelectric dam in Afghanistan that provides 30% of its power to the Taliban. What’s the goal in Afghanistan?
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) August 21, 2017
The Ice Age Cometh…For Realz – Since 2008, I have been telling readers of this site and my radio show listeners that while climate change IS occurring it is a naturally occurring event and not the doomsday calamity the tree-hugging commies claim. Since 2010 I’ve been informing you of the coming “little ice-age” that will result from our sun going into a quiet cycle like it does every 200 years or so. This was as popular a position as the ice salesman finds himself in while in Anchorage. Well, what I was telling you was based upon the science of solar cycles, the rickety orbits of the gas giant planets (they are elliptical) and the historical climate record. Now we are beginning to see the full effects of the sun going more quiet with each passing year and each passing cycle of 12-15 years and the evidence for this to be a trend and not a Roland Emmerich movie catastrophe is real and growing as fast as the record low temps being set all across ‘Muricah. Read this brief summary of 7 recently completed studies on solar cycles and cooling periods and you’ll see what the real threat to humanity is: the coming “little ice-age”!
When Machiavelli Runs Out Of Ammo, You Get Trumpzilla’d – I just read then re-read President Trump’s statement in response to claims made by Steve Bannon in Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury book about the Trump White House’s early days. Whether Bannon told Wolff the truth or not we may never know but we do know this: Bannon will have no future influencing Trump’s presidential decisions save for which newspaper to kindle fires with. What’s truly remarkable about this saga is that Bannon has made a real-world, living example of what Matthew Sheffield accurately called The Conservative Echo Chamber. Sheffield:
“It is poetic justice that many of the same people who pushed these naive positions and strategies saw their own imbecilic noise machine turned against their preferred presidential candidate, Ted Cruz, in this [2016’s] Republican primaries. The seeming success of Fox News and talk radio has made many conservatives think they now have a massive media empire. In truth, they have constructed an intellectual ghetto that no one else wants to visit.” [emphasis mine – MC]
The TRM bromides of bumper sticker solutions animated by the theoretical magic that “liberty” supposedly guarantees are all the TRM have left because that’s all they ever had. READ MY ENTIRE ESSAY ON THIS ISSUE HERE.
Jesus Is Calling You… No, Really, Jim Caviezel Is Calling You… – I played this speech on today’s show and welcomed Mitter Caviezel to the vocationally dedicated. You’l want to watch parts of this over and over to make sure you heard it correctly.
The Reluctant President Cometh – Michael Wolff’s book that Steve Bannon is quoted in is quite the read. The summary version, seen in the New Yorker magazine, bears the headline: Donald Trump Didn’t Want to Be President – One year ago: the plan to lose, and the administration’s shocked first days. Among the “revelations” Wolff writes of is the utter shock that Trumper’s shared when the election returns indicated their candidate might actually win.
The “Bombcyclone” Hysteria Illustrates The Madness Of The Greens
Shhhh, Be Vewy, Vewy Quiet, I’m Hunting MALE Wabbits – I’ve long maintained that the “feminist movement” is a revolt against God’s created Order because most rabid feminists have a passionate hatred of the male gender a priori. Thus my coining of the term “Gal-Queda” to describe their terrorist activities against men. Now along comes HuffPo Editor Emily McCombs who asked her feminist readers via Twitter to “resolve” in 2018 to “band together to kill all men”. As joy Pullman points out, this childish wish, if the roles were reversed, would lead to an international manhunt then subsequent burning at the stake for the perp. But there’s a much larger elephant in this room that McCombs has reminded me of: the fact that men can be considered as targets to be “hunted” says everything you need to know about society’s principal error today: masculinity has all but become extinct. Pullman gently corrects McCombs but doesn’t quite get to the real point and problem.
“It is not okay to target men simply for being men. This is a basic concept important to courtesy and respecting the human dignity of all people equally.”
The problem is, respecting human dignity is NOT a basic human courtesy because there is no such thing. There is the command of Christ that the dignity of each human soul is to be respected i.e. “what you do to these little ones” and thus what is missing in McCombs rant is CHRISTIAN dignity.
Recycling Tree Huggers Who Practically Outlawed Coal/Gas Electricity Will Get To Freeze Under Their Windmills – New England’s major utilities are warning their customers that the lights and electric heaters are going to start blacking out because there is simply not enough coal or gas fired generating plants to compensate for frozen windmills, snow covered solar arrays and amoeba fart plants.
The Global Warming Scam Was Always Cover For Sanger’s Eugenics – Few will come out and say what I just wrote but it is demonstrably true. The diabolical cabal promoting global warming are the same ones implementing abortion and contraception population control schemes. Terrance Corcoran nails this quack science for its 3 decade-long, utter failure to accurately predict anything about “climate change” (but he doesn’t make the connection to the Moloch’s minions).
“Will these doomsters never learn? Here we are, going on three decades later, and the world’s population is healthier, better fed, less poor, better entertained and generally living fuller lives than 25 years ago — and there’s no end in sight. Technology, creativity, individual ingenuity, entrepreneurship, science, innovation, and individual drive under improved governance structures continue to raise human living conditions around the word.”
No, they won’t and can’t “learn” because their “science” was never about science or the weather, it was and is about damning souls via devotion to the Church of Mother Earth which is a mother that wants no human offspring. I wonder what entity could possibly benefit from that scheme?
The CORRECT Response To Big Gay Greg, The Priest Who “Came Out – I talked about the man I call “Big Gay Greg”, the priest that blasphemed Our Lord and profaned the Blessed Sacrament with his outrageous and scandalous perversions, made public, in front of the Sacrament. Here is Father Nathan Reesman with an appropriate response, perfectly in-line with mine (listen here).
Trump’s EEOC-Equally Evil Opportunists Coven-Has Just Nominated A Marxist Sodomite Vampire To Hear Your Discriminaton Claims – President Trump, fresh off of saving humanity with new debt and more spending through less taxation, has nominated arch-lesbian Marxist Chai Feldblum to a seat on the EEOC and to sit in judgement of employers who have “discriminated” against sodomites because they have a religious objection to the public promotion of the sin. yes, that just happened. As Rod Dreher reports, back in 2006, Maggie Gallagher wrote about Feldblum.
Feldblum believes this sincerely and with passion, and clearly (as she reminds me) against the vast majority of opinion of her own community. And yet when push comes to shove, when religious liberty and sexual liberty conflict, she admits, “I’m having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win.”
And that’s not all…
But the bottom line for Feldblum is: “Sexual liberty should win in most cases. There can be a conflict between religious liberty and sexual liberty, but in almost all cases the sexual liberty should win because that’s the only way that the dignity of gay people can be affirmed in any realistic manner.”
Like I say, there is simply no room left for the faithful to remain a part of this sinister cabal called the Federal Government. Step 1 is to leave the beast and leave with as few traces of your Holy death pursuing existence as is possible. The coming martyrdom won’t last long because the sodomites cannot reproduce and generally despise the fruit of Sacramental marriage and for that, their vindictiveness will be focused and vicious. Mark. My. Words.
Diamonds, Not The ‘Murican “Republic” Are Supposed To Last Forever – Brad Birzer points out that the “republic for which it stands…” was not supposed to stand as long as it has.
“As Tom Woods and all sensible economists have recently claimed, the United States of America is simply insolvent. The only shocking thing is that no one in the mainstream media or financial institutions seems to care.”
Yes Brad, apathy toward the coming crash is a national pastime now celebrated with Twitter s”storms” and Facebook Live parties. Look at the Talk Radio Mafia hedonism festival going on right now after the GOP saved Endor by passing “tax reform” which ostensibly prolongs the life of “the republic” by giving the old girl a $50 billion per year shot in the arm of old fashioned, deep red, nay crimson, debt increases. Party on dude!
The U.S. Constitution Now REQUIRES Abortion & Contraception – When Judge Wendy Beetlestone made her ruling (in cahoots with Pennsylvania’s AG) last week against the Little Sisters of The Poor & The Trump Administration, she basically stated that because ObamaCare is “the law of the land” and because that law provided that the Federal Leviathan can require employers to provide “women’s reproductive care”, thus the U.S. Constitution now requires abortion and contraception. Margot Cleeland reports on the diabolical ruling:
“[I]n her 44-page opinion, Beetlestone concluded the Trump administration lacked the authority under the ACA to exempt employers from its birth control, abortifacient, and sterilization mandate. She also held the mandate did not substantially burden religious objectors’ rights and, in turn, did not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”
Well, if the Trump Adminsitration doesn’t have executive prerogative to enforce the ACA, then who does, Judge Bettlejuice? The Bureau of Land Management? Planned Parenthood? And if this heinous, what I call “insure to kill order” doesn’t violate religious consciouses, then what in Margaret Sanger’s name will!? More reason folks, that the separation of us from This State must happen. The Feds AND some States are basically saying that baby-killing is now part of the Constitutional “order”. That is a legislative bridge too far, isn’t it?
DeceptiCON Central To Me: You’re Right Mitter Chur, There Will Be Revival of “Conservatism” Until The Catholic Church Revives – In a shocking essay splashed across the National Review’s website, Paul Ingrassia revives WFB’s criticism of the Catholic revolt against tradition that began 50 years ago and ties it to the general decline of the West. Ingrassia even makes the CRUSADE Channel/Mike Church Show’s point that political jockeying and “progress” cannot solve the decaying Western culture that is crying out for The Church to save her. Peter Kwasniewski (author of Noble Beauty), take a bow:
“Although Christians should know that God’s plan will ultimately prevail, the pitiful state of the West can be assuaged only when we begin to believe again that the Church is the sole source of divine truth. Real progress as traditionally understood can be achieved only through the reorientation of mankind to those fundamental tenets, as it was eloquently argued 16 centuries ago by Augustine in The City of God, and as it remains today, when the greatest gift to mankind, revealed per ipsum et cum ipso et in ipso, is still readily applicable, and perhaps of greater importance than ever before.”
Ingrassia even takes on the materialism obsession of his colleagues at the National Review (although not by name) as the saving paradigm it clearly is not. When the NR starts publishing features that actively, as opposed to metaphoric, identify a robust and dominant Catholicism as the antidote to ‘Muricah and the West’s ills, an event horizon for the future is at hand.
FROM TODAY’S MIKE CHURCH SHOW
Glasses Half Full: A Fashion Magazine Finds “Fashion” In Catholic Women Wearing Veils Again – Just when you think all sanity in feminine modesty has been lost, along comes a fashion magazine with a feature on the return to popularity of Catholic women wearing veils to Mass. Next thing you know someone is going to photograph Beyoncé in what seems to be clothes.
The Mike Church Show List Of The REAL Important Book List For 2017 – The editors of The Federalist have published their choices for 2017’s best books and as I would expect have left off their lists the books that will actually change people’s lives and even save souls. Any book that doesn’t promote the last things, cannot possibly be “important”. First, The Marian Option is well written handbook to install a Marian society in ‘Muricah that everyone would benefit from reading. Second Noble Beauty is the best defense of the Catholic Latin liturgy and its restorative powers in recent memory.
Is The FCC’s Undoing of Dear Leader’s Internet “Protections” really A Doomsday Pill For You? – I have already been taunted through a Facebook post, that the new “Net Neutrality” rules spell the end of all internet radio and the CRUSADE Channel. You can read Tyler Durden’s take on the issue here. The Austrian economics Mises Institute has this take that includes the following:
The First Church of ‘Muricah – Suzanne Sherman nails the point home of ‘Muricans worshipping at the first Church of ‘Muricah and just how ritualistic this putrid faith has become. “What started as a policy to promote military recruitment has surreptitiously evolved into a full-blown liturgy of national worship. Social mores now demand you stand and pay homage to the “nation” at every single sporting event. Football games have become a church of nationalism.” Yes! And the Pledge of Allegiance is the Pater Noster (Our Father).
DeceptiCONNED: Why The War Party Hates Putin – MBD posits that Putin “hatin'” has become a John Boltonesque blood sport precisely because he keeps showing up in the places ‘Murica’s aggression leaves him no option but to bolt to, like Crimea after Ukraine.
The accusations of Putin’s influence have been hottest precisely where democratic results have upset the historical self-confidence of the post-Cold War liberal order: Brexit and Trump. Putin’s influence is a way of explaining why the destiny of liberal champions was upset by populist ogres, why liberal policies haven’t pulled us into the final glory at the end of history, or why the liberal world was vulnerable to these “mistakes,” the ones produced by voters.
Of course, if you are reader of this space you know the real reason the DeceptiCONS despise Putin and Russia in general.
What Ale And Coffee Snobs Want For Christmas – Joseph Pearce gives us his literary recommendations for Christmas gift giving if you’re going to buy fiction books.
It’s January 2018 And The Immodesty Is About To Go Nuclear Because It WENT Nuclear – Venerable Bishop Sheen called out ‘Muricah back in the 1960’s while speaking to a group of young Catholics on “Youth and Sex”: “8:15 in the morning, the 6th of August, 1945, when we flew a military plane over this city, when we dropped that atomic bomb on it; that bomb on blotted out boundaries. There was no longer a boundary between the military and the civilian, between the helper and the helped, between the wounded and the nurse and the doctor, between the living and the dead. For even the living who escaped the bomb were already half dead. So we broke down boundaries and limits and from that time on the world has said we want no one limiting me. … You want no restraint, no boundaries, no limits. I have to do what I want to do. Now let’s analyze that for a moment, is that happiness?”
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The Tragedy of Post Christian, Philosophia Perennis Devoid Thinking – Read this piece from AmConMag writer Noah Millman to get a closeup view of why Philosophia Perennis is so desperately needed to corral the erroneous thinking Men are sure to engage in when NOT grounded in the eternal quest for True Wisdom i.s. Sapientia. The issue Noah, is not whether “only the Saints” can live by the Magisterial code, it is that by God’s Grace the Saints DID live the Tradition WHILE receiving the Graces needed to do so. You cannot approach Grace as zero sum, mathematics, as in if I do ______ I will receive ______ “Grace credits” but if I do ______I will have deducted ______ Grace Credits. Grace is present in the world and we are given the supply needed at Baptism, the suffering of the Christian Faithful is simply to maintain the state you enter at Baptism, using the Gospels and the Traditional Teaching as MEANS to that END. As Padré Gaetano tells us in Humility of Heart: “And has not a saint abundant reasons, from the thought of his own weakness, to live always in a state of great humility, when he knows that from one hour to another he may lose the grace of God and the kingdom of heaven which he has merited by years of laboriously-acquired virtues? “Unless the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it.”