"New Conservatism" Is A Lame Reboot of The Bush Presidencies
2 new "conservative groups" have authored "statements" of "conservative principles" but leave out the one principle to rule them all
“And seek not you what you shall eat, or what you shall drink: and be not lifted up on high. For all these things do the nations of the world seek. But your Father knoweth that you have need of these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock, for it hath pleased your Father to give you a kingdom.”
From St Augustine to St. Thomas the above Gospel Truth animated all the wisdom they and every successful King of Christendom held as THE first principle of successful nation building and maintenance. The source is impeccable so that makes sense. Yet, ‘Murican “conservatives”, even the good Catholic ones, just cannot bring themselves to embrace this imperative command of the King of Kings and fight for its RE-implementation in the West.
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Why do I bring this up for the one thousand and sixteenth time? Well, there are now 2 “new statements of conservative principles” that are all the rage amongst our conservative intelligentsia. One is National Conservatism: A Statement of Principles and the other is Freedom Conservatism: A Statement of Principles. Neither has what I call The God Clause in them. Neither even comes close to one. Here is the former’s attempt (I think).
4. God and Public Religion. No nation can long endure without humility and gratitude before God and fear of his judgment that are found in authentic religious tradition. For millennia, the Bible has been our surest guide, nourishing a fitting orientation toward God, to the political traditions of the nation, to public morals, to the defense of the weak, and to the recognition of things rightly regarded as sacred. The Bible should be read as the first among the sources of a shared Western civilization in schools and universities, and as the rightful inheritance of believers and non-believers alike. Where a Christian majority exists, public life should be rooted in Christianity and its moral vision, which should be honored by the state and other institutions both public and private. At the same time, Jews and other religious minorities are to be protected in the observance of their own traditions, in the free governance of their communal institutions, and in all matters pertaining to the rearing and education of their children. Adult individuals should be protected from religious or ideological coercion in their private lives and in their homes.
“Honored”, how? What of states, which would be all, that are filled with “nones” and have no “majority”? Does the King of Kings lose His rights there? Mind you, I am not speaking of Turkey or China but of what states were formerly part of Christendom. It’s a simple thing to add, to wit.
Where a Christian majority exists, public life should be rooted in Christianity and its moral vision, which should be honored by the state and other institutions both public and private; and when the two societies of The Church and The State collide on law, then the Law of God shall prevail.