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For a long while Alan Keyes has been involved in government, politics and citizen activism. He did service in government as a Foreign Service Officer, and was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to be the U.S. Ambassador to the UN Economic and Social Council, and later served as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs. He has been involved in politics, twice as a candidate for the United States Senate, and also as a participant in the GOP primaries for President of the United States. He is Christian, Catholic, Pro-life and pro-liberty. He is sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States, and dedicated to preserving the the republican form of government it establishes. He upholds and seeks to reinvigorate the now beleaguered sovereignty of the American people, and to restore respect for the principles set forth in the American Declaration of Independence. In light of those principles, he believes that the top priority of our political life is to restore respect for the existence and authority of the Creator, God and on the basis of that respect rebuild the moral conscience and character without which the American people cannot hope to preserve their liberty.
Government officials who work with highly classified materials are subject to serious punishment if, by intention or negligence, they reveal the information they have acquired in the course of their work, especially if and when it compromises the sensitive sources and methods used to acquire it. I find myself thinking about the implications of this fact every time I read a news report dealing with U.S. government agencies entrusted with for developing such information for use by government decision makers responsible for national security affairs.
People who take Christ seriously as their example for living doubtless look to him for guidance as they prepare themselves to meet the most important challenges of their lives. At the beginning of some great endeavor they refresh their remembrance of how Christ behaved at the beginning of the work by which he fulfilled God’s will for the salvation of humanity.
[This article continues reflections begun earlier this week in an article at barbwire.com]
From Israel National News comes the following report:
Federalism is a cornerstone of our constitutional system. Every violation of state sovereignty by Federal officials is not merely a transgression of one unit of government against another; it is an assault on the liberties of individual Americans. (2016 GOP Platform)
Like Mitt Romney and other politicians seeking support from the GOP’s conservative constituency, candidate Donald Trump touted his switch from favoring so-called “abortion rights”. President Trump’s nomination of a replacement for Justice Scalia may prove to be an important fact in evidence for the sincerity of Mr. Trump’s change of heart. Neil Gorsuch authored a book pondering the possible premises for a jurisprudence dealing with assisted suicide. As one reviewer describes it:
President Trump has reinstituted the policy intended to make sure the US government does not provide international organizations and agencies with funds to subsidize abortions. This reverses the worldwide promotion of abortion that was a centerpiece of Barack Obama’s foreign policy. This is a step welcomed by Americans who support the God-endowed unalienable right to life. It ought to be welcomed by all Americans who want to see American government conducted on a basis that reflects the founding principles that inspired so many of our people, in every generation, to fight for the standard of right and justice those principles uphold. It sends a signal to the world that the American people have not abandoned the heritage that inspired people around the world—both those who came to build a way of life that respected that standard; and those around the world who were inspired to demand respect for it wherever they lived.
People living In the United States and other so-called Western countries, are living with what may be the death throes of the brief but eventful “democratic” age. That age began in earnest when the United States was still growing in the womb. The events precipitated by the successful terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001 may, in effect, denote its end—though this remains to be seen. If it is true, the electoral competitions that still formally implement the democratic idea, in the United States and elsewhere, are now the death throes of the age, the precipitating events whereby the irresistible tyranny of history works to dispel the brief delusion that, as Alexander Hamilton wrote, “societies of men are really capable… of establishing good government from reflection and choice, ….”
That’s my problem with Gorbachev. Not a firm enough hand…. When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country right now is perceived as weak… as being spit on by the rest of the world—….
For Christian conservatives who are determined to respect the discipline of self-government, the daily collection of information about current events has, for many years now, been a strenuous exercise in self-restraint. Hardly a day passes without reading several news reports or commentaries that seed clouds of interior outrage with new kernels of provocation. This gathering storm threatens to overwhelm the clarity of perception and reasoning disciplined thought requires.
Is the decent practice of representative self-government the most precious collective possession of the American people—our common good? The shared preoccupation of the framers of the U.S. Constitution was to sustain the practice of self-government, through institutions that respect its requirements, while producing results consistent with the aims of all good governance (“to provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, …etc.”). Since it is the sworn duty of every public official to safeguard the Constitution, respect for the requirements of self-government, in principle and practice, ought to be an ever-present characteristic of their thought and action.
Recently I signed the petition, available at lifesitenews.com, in support of the letter four Roman Catholic Cardinals have addressed to Pope Francis, asking “for clarity regarding his Apostolic Exhortation—Amoris Laetitia.” On account of that document, many Roman Catholics, clergy and laity alike, are asking whether Pope Francis intends for the Roman Catholic Church to embrace a humanly fabricated “moral theology,” which appears to substitute flexible and subjective human consciences, owned and operated by each individual, for the moral faculty of conscience informed by God’s will?
I’m not a fan of media organs of the leftist establishment like The New York Times or The Atlantic magazine. But I believe in thinking through views I am inclined to oppose until I’m reasonably confident that I can make the case in their favor as well or better than their most accomplished advocates. This means I spend a fair amount of time keeping my opinionated viscera in check, to prevent passion from befogging the path of thought as I focus on that endeavor.
It is painful to stand by helplessly as people you deeply care for make decisions that place their good character on the path to extinction. Yet people who respect the premise of each individual’s personal responsibility to God must be content to do so at times, especially when dealing with people they otherwise respect. When every effort to persuade them of the danger that lies ahead has failed, there comes the time for prayer and patience. The first is a function of one’s ultimate reliance upon God. The second is, among other things, a matter of common sense when dealing with events that will run their course no matter how one feels about it.
Not long ago I read a piece by Newco CEO John Battelle in which he opined that “Self-Driving Cars Are not “Five years away”. His premise is that “the technology is pretty good, and will only get better. But self-driving cars raise major questions of social and moral agency—and it’s going to take us a long, long time to resolve and instrument the answer to those questions. And even when we do, it’s not clear we’re all going to agree, meaning that we’ll likely have different sets of rules for various polities around the world.”
Recently I published an article on my blog about what the term “conservative” means to me, as both a member of the Body of Christ (“It is not I who live, but Christ in me.” Galatians 2:20) and a member of the sovereign body of the people of the United States. I make no apology for observing the essential relationship between these two characteristics; or for being clear about what both imply for my actions in this year’s Presidential election. (At the root, both the so-called major Parties have nominated candidates who, in principle, abandon the decent character required to sustain our form of government—of, by and for the people as a whole. Therefore, I must and will reject them both.)