Friday, May 13, 2016

Good question

When the caissons go rolling along...
The answer is yes:
Have we gone mad as a society?

Any vestige of GOP opposition to Democrat social transformation is now gone. There is no floor. Battle lines that used to hold for decades are now plowed through by Democrats in a matter of one committee markup. 
-- John McCain* Slips in Provision to Draft Women in Defense Bill.
Not drafting women into the Armed Services is simply the latest in a really long list of really good ideas that Conservatives have failed to conserve**.

And from the homosexual parody of marriage to today's Presidential decree welcoming sexually disoriented boys into the girls' bathroom, such failures are coming hard and fast now.  Every day, ideas that would have seemed preposterous 5 years ago had anyone been crazy enough to think of them are presented to America as if they are self-evident, and America (and the whole West) falls silently in line. I expect that they are not going to stop. In fact, they are going to speed up. 

What the hell is going on?

It's easy to roll one's eyes and say that, as Euripides never did, that those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad. But it might be better to take it seriously. For by any objective measurement, like sales of drugs alleged to treat depression and psychosis, and by a number of subjective ones, like history, we are surely going mad. Or, if I might be so bold: we are being driven there.

Romans 1:18-32 is one of the great indictments of humanity. Written of the Roman world, it's so modern that it reads like the summary of a Hugo-nominated short story***. Unfortunately, Paul's epic rant is too often leveled as a condemnation of gays as if he were only talking about them.  Well, he IS talking about them, but not in the way you might think.  Paul is not saying that homo stuff will bring the wrath of God down on your society. He's saying that God's wrath gives you homos everywhere.

Now, I'm not going to reprint it all here (it's here), but I am going to hit the high points, because the cause and effect is something lots of people miss:

vv18-21 "The wrath of God is revealed..." Why? Because the existence and power of God are obvious to anyone who wants to know of them. But they (or rather, we) didn't care. They didn't give God his due, they weren't thankful. Even though they knew of God, they rejected him.

Now, that's the interesting part, because that's what America has done. Not in any one act, but in hundreds of acts going back decades, most personal, but the big ones corporate.  I for one cannot imagine a bigger spit in God's face than our Grand Druid Council of Nine deciding that God's design for marriage violates our imaginary Constitution and must therefore go.

Next comes the scary part, because if you look around, it's what you see:

v22 "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools"
v24 "God gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:"
v26 "even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature"
v27 "And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly"

Biological sex - now politely called 'gender' - is a madhouse of confusion, with the only fact - biological sex itself - purposely ignored. We have become fools, indeed.

The last 4 verses are even more depressing, but the spoiler is that even though people know that such things deserve death, they not only do them, but celebrate them.  Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad.  If America has a spirit, the Spirit of Liberty has long since retired, and a spirit of suicidal sexual confusion has taken its place. And he was not hired for our good.

Now, I'm fully aware of the logical fallacy of Affirming the Consequent, that since we are being driven mad, God must be revealing His wrath. There might be some other reason. On the other hand, if God has decided our time is up, I suspect that what we see in our culture is exactly what that would look like, at least to start. And so while the premise is not proven by affirming the consequent, it is certainly not foreclosed as a possibility.

If God is who he says he is and we are not who he says we should be, then I would say that his anger against what we are is obvious in what we are fast becoming.  Or as Billy Graham said decades ago - before the Genderfluid Crazy Train really got rolling: If God doesn't judge America, he's going to have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.

And I'm pretty sure God doesn't apologize.

* Remember when the Republicans tried to pass off John McCain as a Conservative? That was awesome!
** Conservatism, that political philosophy that aims to preserve the victories of the prior generation's liberals, lies bloodied on the dining room floor, having stabbed itself 12 times in the back with a butcher's knife, just to prove how tolerant it was.  Kudos to anyone who gets the reference.
*** and not just Space Raptor Butt Invasion.


  1. More than half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened.
    Since then I have spent well-nigh fifty years working on the history of our Revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous Revolution that swallowed up some sixty million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened.

  2. yeah, i love these people who told us that we HAD to vote for McCain, because reasons, but Drumpf is simply beyond the pale.

    Crazy Eyes has her video on 'Diabolical Narcissism" up. there's an awful lot of bald assertion and anecdote in there ... but she's also done quite a bit of research.

    she just hasn't done a very good job of tying it all together in an organized fashion.

    and, of course, the whole "there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church" ... oy vey.

    she does make note of the Legion of Christ / Marcial Maciel situation ... she fails to integrate this against her previous slobbering over Benedict ( i characterize her as an Alpha Widow to Ratzinger, even though i'm certain there's never been any sexual contact ) though.

    remember, Benedict is still alive.

    IF Benedict was a moral, upright Christian ( much less a moral, upright Pope )
    THEN Benedict would call a press conference / conduct a mass demanding the complete dissolution of the Legion of Christ and criminal prosecution or commitment to isolation in a monastery of practically the whole remaining hierarchy of the LoC.

    Benedict hasn't made a peep in public about the LoC.

    there is no righteousness in Benedict, QED.

  3. I still think of God's anger more as a consequence of leaving His side. Think of it, perhaps, this way. When you are with God, as best as men can be, you are in the boat... the boat of His will. When you leave the boat, and more the further you get from the boat? That is God's anger. God does not change, as with the boat, and it's reasonable protections. I, you, they, we change.

    Interesting reading. Some of these notions are new to me. I'll have to look up "Affirming the Consequent". A logic fallacy term, yea old faithe term? I've been cooked lately, haven't been up to reading, working or when I can has eaten most other efforts. Still, I'll try... before I make a jab at working myself into another coma. *look, ma, no conscious though!* *grins*

    As to the vid. Three hours? I take care with such. Seems more like indoctrination. I'll give it a short look, but not three hours. Better to read the bible and contemplate on the sofa of woe for that time. Church is kept to an hour for a reason. Any tips on better short regions to review more quickly?

  4. A thus B, therefore B thus A, fallacy. Okies. Just... never mind.