The U.S. has gone over the tipping point. It happened years and years ago, but the evidence for it is in the reelection of Obama.
Sure, Romney lost by a fairly small margin, popular vote-wise. But upon what principles were people voting for him? Based on the correct understanding of the order of truths? Largely, no, and that’s more evidence of the problem.
For example, how many Republicans believe that the sanctity of human life, from conception to natural death, is the most important issue? Probably 5%, if that.
So while those who voted for Obama certainly have a wrong understanding of natural law and the order of truths, not to mention divine revelation, the majority of those who voted Republican similarly have a wrong understanding of these things. Many of them don’t give a lick about 3,500 children aborted each day in our country, or about euthanasia, embryo-destructive stem cell research, traditional marriage, and so on.
They were more likely voting with the idea that the economy was the main issue, or because they think Romney will be better for their pocketbook.
And in spite of the bad economy, the ineptitude that left four of our people dead at Benghazi, the forcing of people to pay for others’ contraception, a (slight) majority of people in our country voted for Obama again.
Truth is, we as a country have cut ourselves adrift from the moorings of natural law and divine revelation. Our ship, rudderless in the ocean, will eventually hit a big wave and founder. It is not a question of if, but of when, and reelecting Obama just speeds the day. On balance, Romney would not have slowed this catastrophe by much, but he was the lesser of the two evils.
We get what we deserve.
Should we give up? Absolutely not. But we are now entering the choppy waters, so you’d better hang on tightly.
What to Do?
My answer for all you young lay people: Have lots and lots of Catholic babies. Unplug the TV. Play games with them….Pray the Rosary every night with them? The Rosary should be like breathing. You just do it. Even if you’re exhausted. Pray the Rosary. Read the Bible with your family. Read the Douay Rheims – not some dumbed-down emasculated version.
Learn Latin yourself. Teach Latin to your kids. Don’t attend Masses where there is liturgical abuse. Bad liturgy teaches your children that the things of God aren’t important – that the things of God are merely a matter of one man’s whims. Raise manly boys and feminine girls. Take your sons hunting and fishing. Let them butcher an animal. Take your daughters on dates. Show them that they are ladies…
That is what we must do, and I would take it one step further: we must flee to the fields, build homesteads near each other, and form communities.
In other words, join together with other families who are living their faith, doing all the things Taylor said, protecting their children, equipping them and training them: Mass, Rosary, Latin*, Hunting, Farming, Fishing, and so on. So we don’t fly solo, we band together, not in communes or utopian enclaves, but out in the world, living close by together by retaining the proper boundaries around each family. (Eastern Orthodox peeps: substitute “Greek” for “Latin” and come join us.)
Katie and I are looking at one area, outside Austin, where we can afford to buy a good deal of land, ultimately even one hundred acres or more. Our hope is to build our homestead there and then give or lease or sell three, five, or ten acre plots to other families who want to join us. Imagine then an oratory being set up there, with priests coming in to celebrate Mass.
Arks of civilization. Through the Dark Age we are already within, like the monks from fifteen hundred years ago.