For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. ---Ephesians 6:12

"The age of casual Catholicism is over; the age of heroic Catholicism has begun. We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead must be Catholics by CONVICTION." ---Fr. Terrence Henry TOR, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Friday, July 10, 2009

My Two Cents For Freeman Hunt

I found a wonderfully written piece on a blog by Freeman Hunt, whom you might recognize from the I am Sarah Palin video that circulated during the presidential campaign last year, called He Is Not Coming. It was so thought-provoking that I wanted to leave a long comment, but for some reason that particular post of hers isn't allowing them. So I shall do it here...

Her post laments the sad state of our educational system and how it has resulted in a crippling lack of knowledge and wisdom, consequently denying our society of a Jefferson, Washington, Adams, or Lincoln to save us from statism (Obama-ism). Before reading the rest of this post, you really should read hers. It is well worth your time. Click HERE.

It is my own opinion that the state of education deteriorated when we went soft in the 1970's. All through the 50's and 60's education was taken seriously because we were in a space race with the Soviets, and we were determined to win. It was after that ended that honors programs at schools were phased out, though somewhere along the way through the 60's we lost Greek, with Latin to exit later on. But someone age 55 or older (presidential age) should have been educated at the zenith of the space race, and not simply in math and science.

So why then is he not coming? Is he (or she) out there but simply not interested in the job? Could it be the 24/7 news cycle or life in a fishbowl that keeps him/her from throwing a hat in the ring? Is it the combative and vicious tone that politics has taken in the past 30 years that keeps him/her away? Who wants to be Sarah Palin? Not even Sarah, herself, apparently. Lincoln once said that were it not for the honor of being President, he would not want the job. Is there any honor in it today? Or simply power? And if power is the only draw, what kind of individual does that attract? Look who we have today.

I cannot agree that relativism is the reason we have no Reagan or Thatcher stepping to the plate today, but I do believe it is why we will have none down the road. Not for a while, anyway. Not until we have to learn the hard lessons all over again in a world war or a great depression, where the hardships are long-term and faith in the state to solve our problems would hopefully collapse in favor of liberty once again. Obama will hasten this, I think.

But relativism could be the reason that if he/she did come forward, he/she would not get elected anyway by a mass of voters desiring a rock star/celebrity type to worship at the altar.