The latest from our friend Harry P at his great website – http://thestrangestbrew.com/
One of the great attractions of patriotism – it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what’s more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous. Aldous Huxley
And then I read Will Grigg’s article below. It hit me like a railroad spike driven from a electromagnetic “rail-gun.”
There are many discouragings things at work here but there is one realization that is overwhelming (to me atleast).
People do not follow principles, morals or ideas, they are followers and worshippers of other men/groups.
I am finding it more and more sad each day when I see the blind worhip of the church-religions (catholicism, judaism, islam etc…) or the worship of the entity of “the state” (which is how patriotism is defined nowadays). People are constantly looking for a “leader” to bring them to the promised land. This is found in almost all aspects I see. Whether through seeking salvation in the afterlife, comfort in this life or so they can find meaning in their current existence. They seek approval and assurance, much like a lap dog.
I spent much of my elementary and highschool years at a catholic school but am not what most would consider a practicing catholic because I rarely go to a service. Does this make me a bad person or even a bad Christian? What makes you catholic; mindless chanting in unison, unwavering support to a criminal entity or actually following the teachings of the prophet/savior/god of your religion?
Whether Jesus was the “Son of God” or not is irrelevant, he was a good man who preached his philosophy. Jesus preached non-violence and to respect your fellow man, voluntary cooperation, the Golden Rule. It matters not the color of their skin, their religious choices or what natural resources they have in the ground beneath them. I accept him as a true libertarian.
Are you a supporter of aggressive war? Are you a person who justifies what the Catholic church has been caught doing to adolescent boys in recent years? Do you believe that coercion is “good” as long as you recognize the entity doing it as “good?” If you are this means you have situational ethics. This means you lack principle and have a poor understanding of the word “good.”
I see this countless times in politics, even in the “freedom movement.” Ron Paul has had my support during the last 2 election cycles, but I am not a worshipper. I do not blindly follow what he dictates. He is a man of unwavering principle and I am a supporter of his ideals because those ideals are grounded in the NAP (non-aggression principle); not because they were uttered from his mouth. This is painstaking for me to say, but I definately can’t say that about many of his supporters; they are missing his point. A man can die, but an idea can be immortal.
Is the morality of an activity defined by who the person/group committing it and their supposed “standing” or is it the person/group’s morality that is defined by the activities they choose to commit?
If This is “Christian Patriotism”….
by William Grigg
Shortly thereafter, Waldron was evicted from his position as pastor, in large measure because of suspicions regarding his “loyalty” to the “god” revered by adherents of the Social Gospel — the American State.
In December 1917, Waldron – who had never committed a crime against anybody — was indicted by a federal grand jury for violating the Espionage Act. Passed the previous June, that measure imposed prison terms of up to 20 years for any act or statement perceived as willfully obstructing “the recruiting or enlistment service of the U.S.”
The specification against Waldron was that “he had once been heard to say ‘to hell with patriotism.’” As Waldron admitted on the stand, he had uttered those words — in condemnation of Kaiser Wilhelm’s regime in Germany.
“If this is patriotism,” a disgusted Waldron had told his acquaintances after describing Wilhelmine Germany, “to hell with patriotism.”
Waldron was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison, eventually serving a little more than a year behind bars. Of the roughly 1,000 Americans convicted under the World War I Espionage and Sedition Acts, Waldron was the first to be imprisoned exclusively for his religious beliefs.
“Last Ounce of Courage” is advertised as a Christian film. In fact, it promotes a variety of pagan nationalism similar to that peddled by Kaiser Wilhelm’s government. To understand this cynical bait-and-switch, it’s useful to examine the film’s final act.