Saturday, April 19, 2008

God and Guns, What Liberals and Europeans Don't Understand

This is quite the article, which I will quote extensively.
Our lesson today comes from the songwriter Frank Loesser:
"Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition."
In the book "America Alone," Mark Steyn
...note[s] a global survey on optimism: 61 percent of Americans were optimistic about the future, 29 percent of the French, 15 percent of Germans. Take it from a foreigner: In my experience, Americans are the least "bitter" people in the developed world. Secular, gun-free big-government Europe doesn't seem to have done anything for people's happiness.
I sometimes hear politicians - even ones I generally agree with - talking about restoring Americans' trust in the government. I think it is part of American DNA to distrust the government. The further removed it is from me and my control, the less I want it involved in my life. On the other hand...
Europeans did "vote for their own best interests" – i.e., cradle-to-grave welfare, 35-hour workweeks, six weeks of paid vacation, etc. – and as a result they now face a perfect storm of unsustainable entitlements, economic stagnation and declining human capital that's left them so demographically beholden to unassimilable levels of immigration that they're being remorselessly Islamized with every passing day.
Europeans voted away their personal responsibility in favor of security and leisure and in the process have given away their very identity. We are a generation away from the Germans and the French being minorities in their own countries.

In stark contrast to Europe
...large numbers of Americans tote guns because they're assertive, self-reliant citizens, not docile subjects of a permanent governing class. The Second Amendment is philosophically consistent with the First Amendment...
The Second Amendment provides the citizenry with the means to protect themselves from government infringement of the rights in the First Amendment.

2 comments:

Laitman.com said...

Americans haven’t gone through everything Europe has. They are a young nation that still has the inertia of the consumer society and the cult of the dollar. The public doesn’t yet fully comprehend phenomena like the modern crisis, because it still has faith in its society and democracy.

Bernard Shaw wrote: “Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many [like in America] for appointment by the corrupt few [like in Russia].”

We learn from the collapse of the system of the spiritual worlds (Shvirat Olam HaNekudim), that the higher a level (Malach) is, the lower it falls when it breaks. But this action takes longer than on lower levels due to the level’s height and reserve power, and hence its inability to recognize and predict the forthcoming developments that threaten it…

Similarly, faith in God and the feeling of safety one gets from carrying weapons delay one’s recognition of the forthcoming crisis. If society continues developing egoistically, the crisis will be devastating to all.

Nevertheless, we can already see the influence of Kabbalah’s dissemination. I don’t mean its mechanical dissemination, the fact that people know about Kabbalah. Rather, I’m talking about the fact that little by little, people are starting to think in Kabbalistic notions, even without being aware of it. Most of the dissemination happens through thought, through the Upper field of forces, and I hope that it will bring about recognition and a change in people’s attitude to the world,

cougartex said...

America also has 200+ years of experience with things Europe as a whole only recently has begun. The uniqueness of the USA lies in its founding.

I believe those men were inspired by God in creating the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Instead of localized, insular communities in the US, the Constitution has tied us together as uniquely American.

This was the first place that religious freedom was guaranteed. There have been hickups along the way, but the glorious standard of the Constitution is still the envy of the world.

I disagree with your statemtnt that "faith.. and carrying weapons delay..recognition of the forthcoming crisis." I am acutely aware of the threats that face this world. And the biggest is not islamofascism. The biggest threat is the breakdown of the family.

Modern prophets have been trying to shore up the family for 100 years, long anticipating the current crisis. All the evils that governments worry about become greater threats in a society without intact families.

Consumerism and egotism are merely symptoms. They cannot be addressed directly. The word of God must be spread:

"And now, as the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just—yea, it had had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them—therefore Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God" Alma 31:5. (see http://scriptures.lds.org/en/alma/31/5)

I believe that an armed populace is vital to preserving freedom, but it is freedom that creates the atmosphere wherein people can make the choices that will change society.