Patriots Are Running Out of Options
Our options are dwindling, and the consequences of choosing are monumental
Options are odd. Not enough options and we settle. Too many, and we feel we made the wrong choice. At least, that’s how it works in consumer behavior.
In politics, people my age grew up with lots of choices. There were ideological choices, party choices, and faction choices within both ideologies and parties. In 1976, pundits talked about Reagan Republicans and Ford Republicans. In the 60s, it was Goldwater and Rockefeller.
But what happens if all factions and all parties and even all ideologies fail at once?
The 2022 election looks like a total failure. Not just a failure by the GOP or Trump or candidates or the usual suspects, but a failure of the entire system.
No one with half a wit believes elections are on the up-and-up. Like everything else in the 21st century, elections are a sham. I’ve written about this before, going so far as to question whether we commit a sin by participating in elections we know to be rigged.
The 2022 elections in states with no-excuse mail-in voting, ballot harvesting, and regional voting centers are repeating the crimes of the century from 2020.
And, once again, the Republican leadership tells us not to look at the fraud or say fraud or even think fraud, for to think fraud is to threaten democracy itself. To look upon fraud is to invalidate the Founding. To say “fraud” is to obliterate the very concept of democracy from the official Book of Human Knowledge.
No, no. Do not mention the fraud. Instead, make a 10X Matching Donation to the Republican Senate Campaign Committee and get a complimentary rubber elephant with an electronic oscillating trunk! And, then, “we’ll get ‘em next year!”
To longtime political junkies like me, it’s beginning to look like politics is a no-win situation.
And what if that’s God’s plan?
In the Bible, God let bad things happen to good people for a singular purpose. God narrowed their range of options down to just one choice: Me or the world. Even Jesus in the desert was given such a choice by Satan, but inverted: choose me, said Satan, and the world is yours.
What did Jesus do?
Well, Jesus is God, so the world was His to begin with, even if He let Satan run the place. God is the owner; Satan and the fallen angels are just the executive team:
Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” (Matthew 4:10)
Good authority has long taught that our duty to God includes voting according to His will. But that’s a modern teaching. For the first ~1,745 years of Christianity, people didn’t vote for their leaders in any meaningful sense. The may have voted with their feet, as in the crusades, but before the American Revolution, it was the king’s job to keep his country right with God. The Church’s job was to help the people stay right with God. And most people wanted more than anything to be right with God, so the Church’s job was easier than the king’s.
The moral duty to inform political leaders is constant, though. In places where people elect their leaders, this duty demands that we vote and that our vote reflect God’s will, not ours. In a monarchy (or other non-public government), we have a moral duty to object to laws that violate God’s will. We might have to go along with those immoral laws, but we cannot willingly accept them. If we choose to obey, we must obey under protest. We must never stop fighting tyrannical evil.
I’ve come to believe that a Christian monarchy is superior to elected government. The 21st century (and much of the 20th) should be all the evidence I need on this. The American people have elected this country into a New Rome instead of the New Jerusalem. The American government hasn’t begun feeding us to the lions, but it has begun restricting us and feeding us to the pharma monster.
Much of the pain we feel now and will feel in the near future stems from our voting. We usually vote for our wills, not God’s. In fact, many or most of those vote don’t consider God’s will at all. Like Buddhists, we keep religion and politics in logic-tight compartments. (I’m not talking about you personally, but “we” the people.)
Somehow, we’ve managed to replace elective government with the illusion of elective government whilst an army of permanent bureaucrats actually decide everything for us, including what we eat, the thoughts we may have, and how we adorn our faces.
In short, even if our elections were honest (and they are not), our votes have little to do with the country’s moral direction. We elected Trump, but that didn’t stop the permanent administrative state from hamstringing his entire administration. Trump could not stop the lockdowns or the idiotic behavioral diktats or the forced vaccinations of millions of Americans. We may not have a monarchy, we but don’t have a democratic republic, either.
A “republic,” according to Montesquieu, is simply a government that is public, meaning any citizen may participate. I use Montesquieu’s definition narrowly because it was his definition the founders, including Jefferson, referenced in their correspondence. The great St. Louisan Bill Federer provides a simple list of Montesquieu’s forms of government:
Montesquieu classified governments in three categories, and described what motivating force caused each to run.
He called the motivating force a “spring,” as in the internal workings of a wind-up clock:
Republics, most prevalent in northern European Protestant countries, relied on moral Virtue;
Monarchs, most prevalent in southern and western European Catholic countries, relied on Honor and Shame; and
Despots, most prevalent in Islamic countries, relied on Pleasure and Fear. The Muslim Sultan Balban of Delhi, India (1266–1286) declared: “Fear of the governing power… is the basis of all good government.”
Further, readers of this blog undoubtedly remember that the Anti-federalists relied heavily on Montesquieu for their objections to the Constitution. The Anti-federalists saw the states as the republics and the federal government as an agency to carry out their will. They feared that giving to a central government powers over the states would lead to Montesquieu’s idea of “despotism.” The Anti-federalists accepted Montesquieu’s warnings that republics must be territorially small or they will end up as private governments that abuse the people for the benefit of a few. M.N.S. Sellers describes the Anti-federalist’s fears in the chapter “Montesquieu’s Republics,” in American Republicanism:
The leading Antifederalists all agreed in attributing their most important argument against the Constitution -'that a very extensive territory cannot be governed on the principles of freedom" to Charles Louis de Secondat, the Baron de Montesquieu. Montesquieu had stated that 'It is natural to a republic to have only a small territory, otherwise it cannot long subsist!' Large republics had 'men of large fortunes, and consequently of less moderation' who would make themselves 'glorious' by oppressing their fellow citizens. 'In a large republic, the public good is sacrificed to a thousand views; it is subordinate to exceptions, and depends on accidents! In a small one, 'the interest of the public is easier perceived, better understood, and more within the reach of every citizen; abuses are of less extent, and of course are less protected Both 'Cato' and 'Brutus' quoted these passages in their entirety to criticize the United States Constitution,1
If Montesquieu were to look on present-day America, he would shake his head and say, “Je vous l’avais bien dit.” (I told you so.)
Even if our elections were not rigged (which they are), the idea that we choose our leaders is hogwash. Officeholders are subordinate to the ruling class whose names you and I are not even allowed to know. America is no more a republic than the Soviet Union was. The United States government is a private government that rules by executive order and regulation. Like the Sultan in Bill Federer’s excerpt, the US government rules by fear and pleasure, and fear of the state the guiding principle in all things American. That’s why the CDC demanded and received from the Supreme Court the power to force people wear masks on planes even while acknowledging masks serve no medical purpose. The US government’s only desire is your obedience out of fear.
Jeffrey Tucker wrote on Brownstone Institute recently:
The last two years have given us a chilling lesson in who really runs the country. It’s executive-level agencies that are utterly unresponsive to anything or anyone, except perhaps the private-sector forces of power that have revolving doors back and forth. The political appointees tapped to head agencies such as the CDC or HHS or whatever are basically irrelevant, marionettes about whom the career bureaucrats laugh if they pay any attention to them at all.
Tucker offered a grim conclusion:
Let’s not be naive about the prospects for change. It is going to require far more than merely electing a new class of supposed rulers via the democratic process. The real rulers are too smart to subject themselves to the business of elections. Those are designed to keep our minds busy with the belief that democracy still survives and therefore it is the voters, not the government, that is responsible for outcomes.
As if in answer to my question, “is it a sin to vote?” Tucker answers, “it’s not a sin; it’s just a waste of time.”
What’s worse is that this propensity to sacrifice the public to “a thousand views,” to subordinate the social good to the “exceptions” has also spread to many states. Those “exceptions” include trannies, furries, pedophiles, pederasts, and the like. The fact that it’s unfair to make a woman compete at sports against men is subordinate to one crazy man’s desire to pretend he’s a woman. In the United States, and in almost every individual state, you are forced by law to pretend that man is a woman, right along with him. To say ‘the inmates are running the asylum’ would be a gross understatement; the inmates are running the whole damn country.
To summarize, we have lost the freedom of choice and the republic. We no longer have a say in the laws or administration of the country even if we vote. America is no longer a republic but despotic regime. Your vote will not change the course of history.
But that’s the good news.
Being king is a big responsibility, and most of us are unfit for the job. I know I am. And I know the vast majority of my fellow Americans are unfit, too. Their unfitness to serve as kings is how we got Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, the CDC, the NIH, the FDA, and Pfizer. We voted for those things, exercising our full power as kings of our own minds. Yes, dear reader, if you believe we live in a democratic republic, that your vote counts, that we get the government we elect, then you are as responsible for this vile, imperialist leviathan beast as Anthony Fauci. But if you believe you choose your leaders, you’re wrong.
The good news, then, is that you have been relieved from your moral duty to vote. Don’t surprised if you are soon ordered by the regime to vote or die, but you have no moral obligation to participate in national elections. And that means you’re free to choose one last—and only one—direction for your life. It’s the same choice Satan gave Jesus on the mountain. ‘Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”’ (Matthew 4:8-9)
The choice is between this world and its prince or the New Jerusalem and its King. It’s actually the only choice we’ve ever had, and a choice we each make thousands of times a day.
All mental power required of citizen kings under the illusion of self-governance distracted us from that one choice that is all we’ve ever been given. Adam and Eve were given one choice: to enjoy paradise for ever or to try the fruit of that one tree in all creation that God told them not to touch.
As kings of self-governance, we came to believe that we could, of our own effort, make the things of this world good. We told ourselves that we are good people, therefore, the things we make and ordain are good, and, therefore, we may eat of them in good conscience.
The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” (Matthew 4:3)
Jesus is Goodness itself, is He not? Following our logic, Jesus could have turned the stones into bread, and the bread would have, by definition, been good. God can do nothing but good.
So, did Jesus turn the stones into bread and chow down? No!
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4)
If Jesus would not make a stone into a wholesome loaf of bread to satisfy His hunger, what makes us think we can turn the US government into something good by voting in a rigged elections?
The illusion of that choice is over and done with. The era of good government is over, too, and it will not return through the work of human hands. If man is to ever again experience good government, it will be, like all things, a gift from God. For our justification is by grace as the Catechism of the Catholic Church states at 1996:
Our justification comes from the grace of God. Grace is favor, the free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God, adoptive sons, partakers of the divine nature and of eternal life.
God made America a good country because its founders wanted their nation to cooperate with God’s will in all things. They wanted their nation to cooperate with God’s will because they themselves strove to live by God’s will. Once Americans stopped living to please God, their government went to hell in a ballot box. The only way back to the shining city on a hill is by taking our eyes off that city and fixing our own lives. The more we tinker with government, the more likely it is to corrupt us. But the more we work on driving corruption from ourselves, the better our government will become. Rome went from banning Christianity to banning paganism in one generation, after all, not because of “free and fair elections,” but because most of the population started living like good Christians.
We are down to our final choice: this world or that world. Because our government is no longer a republic, we are no longer obliged to participate in its fake elections—or even to care how those elections turn out. (You can probably tell I was never a professional wrestling fan for the same reason. I don’t like things with scripted outcomes.)
It’s time to choose. Options are limited to two. And this is nothing new.
Sellers, M.N.S. (1994). Montesquieu’s Republics. In: American Republicanism. Studies in Modern History. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-349-13347-5_26