Dems Formally Plump…

…as the Cultured Despisers of Religion Party.  You already knew that, of course, just as you knew four years ago that Obama’s “opposition” to gay “marriage” was an utter sham. Still, it’s sad when the divorce papers go through and the judge makes the split official. We now have one party whose leadership officially holds the sincere religious belief of Americans in snooty distaste and contempt and another party whose leadership regards that religious feeling as a useful resource to manipulate and exploit. We have no party leadership that actually respects the religious beliefs of the Americans on both sides of the aisle that constitute their base. As Peter Berger remarked years ago, If India is the most religious country on the planet and Sweden is the most secular, then America is best described as a nation of Indians ruled by Swedes.

What does the Dem candidate for Caesar propose in place of nature or supernature as the binding power to hold civilization together? Easy peasy! Himself.

“Government is the only thing we all belong to”. Or, as a great man once put it, “All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.” For from Caesar, and with Caesar, and in Caesar we live and move and have our being. Glory be to the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch, and the Judicial Branch. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. In saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Now abide these three: the Corporation, the Party, and Caesar. But the greatest of these is Caesar.

Me, I would have thought the human family is the only thing we all belong to. But that puts us dangerously close to discussions of man and woman made in the image and likeness of You Know Who and families as more important than the State.. So instead we get this fascist claptrap.

The strange paradox is that sensible Americans can grasp that the state was made for man, not man for the state. Yet they habitually talk as though we work for the parties and not they for us. We need to break that habit of mind poste haste. And nobody more than the Dems who believe the crap that ad spouts.

Here’s reality: it is the family, not the State, that is the center of human society.

  • http://catholiccinephile.wordpress.com/ Evan

    Code: Blue! (I couldn’t resist :))

  • Mswift

    very good…and funny : )

  • Kirt Higdon

    “Government’s the only thing we all belong to.” That does make pretty explicit the master/slave relationship promoted by the regime. It also helps explain why I’m an alien here and not a very legal one – just one of those Ron Paul-supporting anti-government extremists that the SPLC like to keep track of on behalf of the regime.

  • Adolfo

    Now, you may join the Elks, my friend,
    And I may join the Shriners;
    And other men may carry cards
    As members of the Diners.

    Still others wear a golden key
    Or small Greek letter pin;
    But I have learned there’s one great club
    That all of us are in.

    There is a Brotherhood of Man,
    A Benevolent Brotherhood of Man,
    A noble tie that binds
    All human hearts and minds
    Into one Brotherhood of Man.

    Your lifelong membership is free.
    Keep agivin’ each brother all you can.
    Oh aren’t you proud to be
    In that fraternity,
    The great big Brotherhood of Man?

    • http://disputations.blogspot.com Tom K.

      Oh, that noble feeling!
      Feels like bells are pealing!
      Down with double-dealing,
      Oh, brother!

      You, you got me,
      Me, I got you,
      Yooouuuuu, yooooouuuuuu!

    • DTMcCameron

      My thought, soon after joining a fraternity, was that it needed a woman’s touch.

  • Mswift

    so yea…that ink up there, the “it is the family, not the state” is where we freaking DANCE …..awesomest piece ever. thank you.

  • http://www.chesterton.org Sean P. Dailey

    This post proves that you are a crypto Obama supporter, Mark, and are out to trick Catholics into voting for him.

    • B.E. Ward

      Hmmm… not sure where that stands on the Mark Shea Alert System……

    • Dale Price

      This is Mark in his spats-wearing plutocrat/GOP shill mode, showing he hates social justice ‘n stuff.

      To be completely accurate, you need two Shea alert systems. Even though both will frequently go off at the same time.

  • http://www.2catholicmen.blogspot.com Ben @ Two Men

    The week of the DNC reminds me of a week without God:
    SINDAY
    “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains. (John 9:41)
    MOURNDAY
    “Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom.” (James 4:9)
    TEARDAY
    My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” (Psalm 42:3)
    WASTEDAY
    “He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of a wilderness…(Deut 32:10)
    THIRSTDAY
    “but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst…” (John 4:14)
    FIGHTDAY
    “but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.” (Act 5:3)
    SHATTERDAY
    “He will judge among the nations, He will fill them with corpses, He will shatter the chief men over a broad country.” (Psalm 110:6)

    Seven days without God makes one WEAK!

  • Scott W.

    non habemus deum nisi Caesarem Our 21st-century American motto.

  • Steve P

    For what it’s worth, San Antonio Mayor Castro’s address had a number of references to God and faith in his own family background. But then that was followed up by the multi-media introduction of our Blessed First Mother. I didn’t really watch any of the RNC, but the cult of personality stuff I saw last night made me queasy.

    • http://disputations.blogspot.com Tom K.

      There may be some slight comfort in knowing that the cult of personality stuff is only used because it gets votes. They’d let people pelt the speakers with rotten fruit if that would help them win (for any value of “they”).

      • Blog Goliard

        You don’t think narcissism is also part of the equation?

        I seriously doubt that the President’s amour propre would allow pelting with rotten fruit, even if it guaranteed one or two dozen Electoral Votes. (Would love to be proved wrong….for many reasons.)

        • http://disputations.blogspot.com Tom K.

          We distinguish between what the Party is prepared to do to win and what an individual speaker is prepared to do. If indulging a speaker’s narcissism will help the Party win, the Party will indulge a speaker’s narcissism.

          (There are, of course, bounds. In my inexpert view: Speaking softer on abortion may help the Democratic Party, but that is not going to happen. Speaking softer on raising income tax rates on millionaires may help the Republican Party, but that is not going to happen.)

          • http://chicagoboyz.net TMLutas

            There’s actual evidence to the contrary in GOP land. Instapundit’s been on and on about how we ought to repeal the Eisenhower tax cuts on Hollywood. I think that this is one of the less explored subtexts in the Clint Eastwood address. I suspect it’s gaining traction.

  • Mark Gordon

    Here’s reality: it is the family, not the State, that is the center of human society.

    Yes. And here’s another reality: it is the family, not the Market, that is the center of human society.

    • Mark Shea

      Very true. But this week, it’s the people who idolize the State who are are center stage. Last week it was the Market Worshippers.

  • Blog Goliard

    Are we sure that the Swedes are the most secular?

    I always liked John Derbyshire’s description of China as the least religious, but most superstitious, society on Earth.

  • Ted Seeber

    Somehow this seems like yet again the Democrats are following the roaring mouse, and in so doing, adding to the power of the Elephant in the Back Room.

    Let’s just trade the votes of 12 million Catholics for the votes of 3 million atheists.

    Yeah, that’ll work to enhance Obama’s chances for getting re-elected.

    • Ted Seeber

      And it looks like, in yet another Cardinal Dolan moment, Obama did the math and forced the issue.

  • Chris

    DNC rhetoric has a rather… iron fist…tone to it this election cycle. The “compare GOP to Hitler” meme would be comical if it weren’t coming so often, and in sincerity.

    This administration will not go quietly. If Obama loses, they will challenge it. If Al Gore was gentleman enough to finally accept defeat, Obama will force the military to eject him from the White House.

    • Blog Goliard

      I’ll have more confidence in the Democratic party’s commitment to democracy the next time I see either of these occur (both were last seen before the turn of the century):

      a) The Republican nominees for President and Vice President are able to address their own convention without leftist infiltrators trying to shout them down.

      b) The Democratic nominee for President concedes on election night.

    • Confederate Papist

      Al Gore still claims he won that election. That whole election lead to the coup d’etat of the hard lefties into the leadership of the Democratic party. Thomas Jefferson is spinning in his grave.

      “If Obama loses, they will challenge it.” – Only if the election is close. If “Rum-knee” wins by double digits they don’t have a leg to stand on.

    • Ted Seeber

      You are sure hopeful. For me and my household, we will serve the Lord. But to ensure we will be able to serve the Lord, I’m stockpiling food and water in case Romney wins and my local city erupts with the violence of Occupy Protesters Gone Wild.

      • Confederate Papist

        That would be a wise move.

        I do have a pretty decent supply of food since I live on the WC of Florida. I just have to do a better job of hiding the canned ravioli from my teen aged kids who think all food is for them…

  • some guy

    Who says “I belong to the government”??? Is this just willfull tonedeathness on the part of the democrats?
    “I am a citizens of the United States” is WAY different than “I belong to the U.S. government”!!!

    • Rosemarie

      +J.M.J+

      They apparently see no difference between the U.S. and its government. A distinction that true patriotism requires us to make. We love our country because it is our motherland, because of our relatives and friends who live here; not because we necessarily agree with the government.

      “Fascism” is definitely the right word to describe this.

  • some guy

    Update: Dem’s try to amend their platform to include God, yet He gets denied 3 times by the delegates. You can’t make this stuff up!
    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/316010/true-convention-moment-jonah-goldberg

    • Rosemarie

      +J.M.J+

      Updated Update: The DNC finally succeeds in “ramming” the amended platform (mentioning God and Jerusalem) through, and the delegates boo in response!

      You *really* can’t make this stuff up!

  • Linebyline

    Mark, I’m disappointed. I read the whole post and never found the expected “…When You Cook ‘Em.”

    Also politics continues to suck. What else is new?

  • Rachel K

    Annnnnd now I’m swinging from voting for a third party toward voting for Romney just to show the Dems how disgusted I am with them. Way to go, Dems!

  • Cantorboy

    I like the double meaning in ” ….we all belong to.” So the government owns me?

    • DTMcCameron

      No, us. Feel better?

  • Clare

    I saw Bill Richardson interviewed by Sean Hannity from the convention the other night and Richardson said “The Democratic Party is the party of Faith.” It’s probably online for those who don’t believe it. When I hear the word Democrat that’s the first thing I think! (sarcasm intended)


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