This week I read a well-intentioned article in support of President Trump’s decision to launch a punitive missile attack against Syria for “using chemical weapons against his own people….” Its author, Siena Hoefling, dismissed Senator Rand Paul’s complaint that the punitive attack was “an unconstitutional rush to war.” She noted that “like his colleagues, the senator made no demand that the House of Representatives impeach the president because “A president who uses executive and military power in the name of innocent human life has a morally defensible cause.”
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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.
Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. (George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Vol. 1, Chapter XII)
According to one recent report “a top U.S. official warned Tuesday that ‘the clock has run out’ on decades of diplomatic efforts to rein in North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs….” He also reportedly said that “It is now urgent, because we feel that the clock is very, very quickly running out.” That nuance of difference leaves a little running room for further diplomacy. But, as the report notes, the warning it conveys lines up with the fact that “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently said the threat that country [North Korea] poses is ‘imminent.’ During a trip to Asia he said Washington is out of ‘strategic patience’ and that ‘all options are on the table’—a phrase typically understood to refer to military action.”
In the aftermath of the GOP’s failed attempt to overhaul Obamacare, it appears that the man who literally ‘wrote the book’ on deal-making failed to make a deal. The headline of one article I read portrayed it as “the biggest broken promise in political history.” Be that as it may, the predictable spectacle of excuses and mutual recrimination is not lacking. President Trump wagged his twitter finger at the Republican House Freedom Caucus. He also struck an almost professorial pose, speaking like an academic observer—detached, above the fray:
This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; … shall be the Supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding. (U.S. Constitution Article VI)
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.