31 January 2014

Today's Conservative is Yesterday's Progressive

The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus we have two great types — the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins. He admires them especially by moonlight, not to say moonshine. Each new blunder of the progressive or prig becomes instantly a legend of immemorial antiquity for the snob. This is called the balance, or mutual check, in our Constitution."

-- G.K. Chesterton, 1924

Proving yet again the utter foolishness of our political system and the nonsense of caring which party of evil pretends to run it, I offer you this nugget:

GOP Offers Obamacare Replacement

Have a great day!


Pete said...

So much for "market-based" reforms.

And along with amnesty.

God have mercy on us!

Clothilde said...

I cannot use the word "traditionalist" so lightly. If one were to substitute "neo-con" in that quote for every "conservative" or "traditionalist," I would be able to stomach it. True traditionalists affirm the eternal.

Tom Policinski said...

I think this is also perfectly applicable to faith. Today's "conservative" crowd, like ++Dolan, or most of the EWTN folks, would have been considered liberals a century ago.

JBQ said...

It is interesting to note that even Glen Beck has come out against the Republican Party. There is a grave necessity to form a third party along the lines of the original coalition behind JFK. One party is made up of the entitled while the other is made up of the privileged. Neither party has Christian principles.

Rory said...

JBQ, hi. Considering the current situation, a third party such as you describe would get my vote at this time. But it would not be a perfectly satisfactory vote.

I am a child of my times, born in 1956. I remember going home from school early on Nov. 23, 1963. The days that followed left a lasting impression on me. I will always venerate (politically speaking) the memories of Bobby and JFK. Had they lived, I see the Democratic Party taking a different trajectory. Bobby was open to a priestly vocation and then had ten children. Abortion history in America could arguably be rewritten if that screwball hadn't killed him in Los Angeles. He could have beaten Nixon in '68.

That said, the Kennedys were children of their times and the politics they espoused were purely Americanized along the lines of Fr. John Courtney Murray. They held as principle that the politics of the Catholic is separate from the theological moral norms of the Catholic. John F. made this clear when he affirmed that as a Catholic president he was not bound to consult the pope as to matters affecting his political decisions.

I admit that I think the two elder Kennedys, unlike baby brother Edward, would ultimately have "consulted the pope", when the issue of abortion was raised. That reasonable hope is another reason beyond the tragedy of their untimely deaths, that Traditional Catholics might have to mourn their loss.

Bobby would still only have been 89 years old in 2014 and his brother would be 97. By now they would both probably be gone, but not necessarily. They were so young. May they rest in peace.


Barto of the Oratory said...

God never promised us a political party. Jesus never founded one. The apostles were never involved in any. The fundamental error is in trying to save souls via a political party or via the State.

Or, some may even make the more fundamental error of aiming not to save the soul (they view that as just poetry) at all, but as trying to save the body, or the culture, or some other mortal thing.

All political parties are based on some form of materialistic metaphysics, and thus are opposed to the Kingdom of God. I read that in a book by a Catholic author. I think the author was Benjamin Wiker.

The USA and its economy and its culture and its constitution are all slated for destruction. They will not exist in eternity in Heaven. They may not even exist on earth 20 or 50 years from now. But so what? They are all temporary improvisations, like the shacks castaways might construct on a remote Pacific island until rescuers arrive.

If I am wrong, please correct me. I am not a great learned scholar by any means. I try to read the writings of the traditional saints and doctors of the Church, however.

Barto of the Oratory said...

P.S. Could someone comment on the safety of street parking around St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis? Are cars getting broken into? The neighborhood seems terribly distressed, depressed, impoverished. Derelict and rundown buildings are everywhere. This worries me. I have heard reports of many car break-ins in certain parts of the City of St. Louis, though I've heard nothing about the street parking around St. Francis de Sales Oratory. But if there are criminals in that vicinity, they sure must notice that expensive cars are parking around the St. Francis de Sales Oratory on Sunday mornings. That must present quite a temptation to a drug addict desperate for a smart phone to sell or pawn to get his next hit of meth or crack. So, any comments on this security issue would be appreciated. This matter worries me. I love mass at St. Francis de Sales Oratory, but I hate parking in crime-ridden neighborhoods!