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Faith Based Politics


Are not what you think they are.


It takes an effort of will to observe the actual effects of human interactions.  And greater effort to accept and then act upon one's observations.  Of late, it seems someone has Led Us into the Promised Land, promising all things to all people of Goodwill.  And if his, one must admit, rather vague, program (Change and Hope) has not yet eventuated the Growth of the Magic Tree from the Magic Beans, it is obviously because the tree needs more water.  As any but a fool could see.

And we are left no only holding, but watching the bag.  But the laws of cause and effect cannot be superseded.  The Left says of the Right, "You fools, it is demonstrable that dinosaurs lived one hundred million years ago, I can prove it to you, how can you say the earth was created 4000 BCE?"  But this supposed intransigence on the part of the Religious Right is far less detrimental to the health of the body politic than the Left's love affair with Marxism, Socialism, Racialism, and the Command Economy, which one hundred years of evidence shows leads only to shortages, despotism, and murder.

Here they are like the victims of the confidence game, who pleads on the con men to come back One More Time, and turn the handle on the new-bought machine which turns cardboard into hundred dollar bills.

Perhaps "you can't cheat an honest man" because the struggle to live honestly has of necessity created the habit of honest observation.

The honest man might observe, for example, that no one gets something for nothing; that politicians go in poor and come out rich; that the Government screws up everything it touches, and the the Will to Believe is best confined to the Religious Venue, as, to practice it elsewhere is just too damned expensive.

David Mamet
The Secret Knowledge, pp 194-195

A political theory not subject to falsification (a test which would prove the theory false) is a political theory based on faith.  Politics informed by religious teachings may or may not be "faith based" depending on the falsifiability of the theories involved and the willingness of practitioners to test their theories against the actual outcome in practice.

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"political theory not subje... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"political theory not subject to falsification is a political theory based on faith"

3 words

HOPE AND CHANGE.

Mamet is the rare liberal, ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Mamet is the rare liberal, who has the wisdom to compare what he believes in to the results of the policies he advocates, the courage to face the fact that those policies are contrary to the ends he believes in, and the character to say that he was wrong and that the policies he once derided are really producing the ends he has espoused all along.

Few liberals have the courage to do what he has done. Few would ever think to examine the results of liberal policies and fewer still would have the strength of character to change course and do what is right.

Mamet has done both and decided that the values he once thought were liberal were not being served by the politics of the left and he has changed. While still espousing the same values he now champions more conservative ends to those goals, knowing that they have done more to acheive those goals than any of the liberal BS.

For most liberals it isn't the ends that are important it is the pose that counts.

jim m,As Mamet put... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

jim m,

As Mamet puts it (paraphrased): Having already concluded that the Left was not achieving what he believed they had set out to do, he finally met a Conservative, and was thus introduced to Conservative Ideas...

There is a big difference. ... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

There is a big difference.

Most Christians don't believe in the "young Earth" nonsense. But how many Democrats don't believe in socialism?

Certainly none who were serving in the Congress since Obama took office. They've voted pretty much 100% down the line for his socialist agenda, and been darned quiet about his usurpation of the prerogatives of Congress and the letter of the law in selective prosecution, regulation, and rule by edict.

Their rank and file is even worse, complaining that Obama's not moving fast enough to nationalize the entire private sector. They act like criminal mobs, shouting down opponents and threatening them, sometimes beating those with whom they disagree.

They act like criminal m... (Below threshold)
jim m:

They act like criminal mobs, shouting down opponents and threatening them, sometimes beating those with whom they disagree.

What? Don't you know that this is what democracy looks like?

/sarcasm

The real scary thing is that the leftist thugs really believe that democracy consists of imposing your will on others by force. Orwell had nothing on these guys.

One may go so far as to say... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

One may go so far as to say outright what Mamet implies. All politics is religion of one kind or another. I don't know why we hardly ever see or hear the phrase "religious left." We should.

Jeff,I'm not sure ... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

Jeff,

I'm not sure Mamet would agree, and I definitely don't.

Politics is, at its root, the gathering and exercise of power. While some religions can be thus categorized (seeking to gather and excercise power), many cannot. Nor is the influence (not to be confused with control) of religious tenets upon Government and Law of necessity either good or bad.

GIGO pertains.

Conversely, many tenets dear to the anti-religious Left are demonstrably faith based, and the totalitarian outgrowths of Progressivism (Communism and Fascism) both explicitly sought to displace religion in the body politic.

Rodney,What I mean... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Rodney,

What I mean is this. All politics is guided by a philosophy or worldview. Even though American society is pluralistic, the guiding philosophy of the founders was basically individual autonomy. That philosophy in turn comes from Locke's man in the state of nature and the concept of natural rights from the theology of Thomas Aquinas. Locke stated, "no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions." Why is it wrong to do such a thing? Appeal to God.

The lineage of other political philosophies can be similarly traced. All are faith based.

Jeff,Government... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

Jeff,

Government and Politics are not the same thing.

The theology of Deism informed our Founding Fathers as they set the foundational law (Constitution) which would underlie the Government it created. Politics is how that Government is subsequently operated, and our current crop play very fast and very loose with regard to the law they are sworn to uphold and defend.

Ok, Rodney. I don't see thi... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Ok, Rodney. I don't see this as anything worth quibbling over, really. So I'm going to drop it.

I have another very interesting book recommendation for you. Among the Truthers, which traces the history of conspiracism in America. The author steps on a good many toes, including mine, but it is well worth reading. One quote relevant to the current discussion:

In the minds of many secularists, government long ago replaced God as our omnipotent protector. And when that secular god fails in some epic way—when a president is killed in broad daylight, or the heart of Manhattan is pulverized—his worshippers tend to hunt for Lucifers and Christ-killers.

Don't be fooled by the bad reviews. They are coming from people with offended sensibilities. Many different conspiracies are covered, not just 9/11.




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