A Sacrifice for the Nation?

I know this is a very “Catholic” way to look at things, and also a little too supernatural for some. Indulge me, please.

All parts of the US government, every president since Carter – yes, even President Reagan – played down the aggressions of the islamofascists for 30 years. For thirty years, we’ve watched endless reams of tape – “Death to the Great Satan!” Every president has been burned in effigy. And nothing was done. Talk, talk, talk. Nothing done. Until that big fat hen came home to roost.

All parts of the US government, every president since Carter, or prerhaps even Nixon – and yes, even President Reagan – played down the effect of unchecked illegal immigration. For thirty years, we’ve watched the saga, seen protests. Every president has watched it. Talk, talk, talk. Nothing done. And now, that bill has come due. And it is a very strange and muddled bill.

All parts of the US government, every president since Carter, has played down environmental concerns. President Clinton laid aside the Kyoto treaty (the Senate rejected it to, remember, unanimously). President Bush <a href="http://www.tcsdaily.com/article.aspx?id=080305E"<worked out an admirable alternative which has been ignored, because he's in the wrong party. Now we hear a past-president moralising about global warming. Talk, talk, talk. Whether that dubious bill is coming due or not, the press would have you think so; the public is buying it. Another bill-collector coming to the door.

Perhaps it is because we took a “vacation from history” for 8 full years before reaching this point, although – to be fair – these three issues I’ve highlighted were pushed aside for decades, by everyone.

After decades of inattention to so many issues, it seems like literally every single boil on the butt of the world is needing lancing on President Bush’s watch. I wonder how much more he can take?

This is a little like watching the crucifixion. Let us use this whip; let us use that whip, – let us mock and jeer and curse – let us make you an entertainment. Now, now carry this on your bowed and bloody back – keep carrying it. Get up – do not rest – do not look for sympathy. Get up, get up, and carry some more. Now, let us hoist you, now let us steal your breath. Now, you suffer, now you die; you are nothing. You are less than nothing, you are food for vultures…

I’m beginning to wonder if President Bush’s whole presidency is not a sacrificial fire meant to (somehow – we pray) purge and redeem this blessed nation, and protect it from the unholy Other.

If that makes you uncomfortable, I am sorry, but there are things seen and unseen, things natural and supernatural. And perhaps since September 20, 2001 there has been a touch of the supernatural in Bush’s (and – on the issue of our time, Tony Blair’s) immovable stance and the quasi-silence on their parts which so many find “cagey” or “stubborn.” And the energetic, tireless and deranged hate that attends this man certainly seems, sometimes, almost supernatural, as well.

Perhaps President Bush (and Tony Blair, re Iraq) are not “cagey and stubborn.” Perhaps they are only being faithful to a calling which we cannot hear. To what – or to whom – is the hate being faithful to?

We must be careful what we open up to. There are tipping points all over the place.

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  • BobinMD

    It is not necessarily “Catholic only” Anchoress. Most Christians believe God is in control of everything, including the placement of Old Testament Kings, to modern day Presidents. Bush was the right man at the right time. We have learned lessons from all of our Presidents, good lessons and bad ones.

    I was thinking today, how impossible it is for Americans to understand how the radical Islamists “think”. How, for them, stoning, beheading, suicide bombs etc is normal behavior. How women are so abused, as if they are sub-human. So, if we can’t fathom how they think, what makes us believe we have any shot at understanding how God thinks. God is perfect. Everything He does is perfect. What He wants from us is faith and trust, and no “back talk” or questioning.

    Muslims have deteriorated from a world power, with huge empires, armies, and technology, to third world also rans. Why? Maybe the last words of the Bible tell us. John warns us not to add or subtract any words from “The Book” lest God will destroy those who do. Kind of says it all about the Koran, and the Islamic world.

  • BobinMD

    It is not necessarily “Catholic only” Anchoress. Most Christians believe God is in control of everything, including the placement of Old Testament Kings, to modern day Presidents. Bush was the right man at the right time. We have learned lessons from all of our Presidents, good lessons and bad ones.

    I was thinking today, how impossible it is for Americans to understand how the radical Islamists “think”. How, for them, stoning, beheading, suicide bombs etc is normal behavior. How women are so abused, as if they are sub-human. So, if we can’t fathom how they think, what makes us believe we have any shot at understanding how God thinks. God is perfect. Everything He does is perfect. What He wants from us is faith and trust, and no “back talk” or questioning.

    Muslims have deteriorated from a world power, with huge empires, armies, and technology, to third world also rans. Why? Maybe the last words of the Bible tell us. John warns us not to add or subtract any words from “The Book” lest God will destroy those who do. Kind of says it all about the Koran, and the Islamic world.

  • Sigmund Carl and Alfred

    Messrs Bush and Blair may well be the ‘Noah’s’ of this generation.

  • Sigmund Carl and Alfred

    Messrs Bush and Blair may well be the ‘Noah’s’ of this generation.

  • http://davejustus.com Dave Justus

    bobin,

    I think it would be extreme hubris to think that Muslims are being punished by God for changing his word. If we look at history, the Roman Empire fell apart reletive soon after the adoption of Christianity and the Arab world rose after the adoption of Islam. The west’s rise corresponds more with the Enlightenment and the rise of humanism more than anything else.
    .
    These factors are not necessarily connected, but to assume that we are seeing some sort of punishment from God seems wrong to me. It also seems wise to me to remember the admonition to judge not, lest ye be judged. I think that you are correct that we cannot understand an omniscient, omnipotent being at all, that includes claiming to divine that material events are a response to the judgement of God.

  • http://davejustus.com Dave Justus

    bobin,

    I think it would be extreme hubris to think that Muslims are being punished by God for changing his word. If we look at history, the Roman Empire fell apart reletive soon after the adoption of Christianity and the Arab world rose after the adoption of Islam. The west’s rise corresponds more with the Enlightenment and the rise of humanism more than anything else.
    .
    These factors are not necessarily connected, but to assume that we are seeing some sort of punishment from God seems wrong to me. It also seems wise to me to remember the admonition to judge not, lest ye be judged. I think that you are correct that we cannot understand an omniscient, omnipotent being at all, that includes claiming to divine that material events are a response to the judgement of God.

  • TheAnchoress

    I think – or at least I have always understood – John’s words to refer to the book HE was laying out – Revelation, not to the whole bible, which wasn’t put together until some time later.

  • TheAnchoress

    I think – or at least I have always understood – John’s words to refer to the book HE was laying out – Revelation, not to the whole bible, which wasn’t put together until some time later.

  • BobinMD

    Points by Dave are well taken, and respected here. Adding to Daves’ post, the Muslim world didn’t help itself by picking the wrong allies in certain wars either.
    The Anchoress response to my post is also true. John final words in Revelations has been widely interpreted both ways by biblical scholars much smarter than I.
    With all due respect to Dave and A, I am going to remain steady on my point. I don’t believe you can warp, distort, alter, or mock Gods’ word without paying a price. The Koran does all of the above.

  • BobinMD

    Points by Dave are well taken, and respected here. Adding to Daves’ post, the Muslim world didn’t help itself by picking the wrong allies in certain wars either.
    The Anchoress response to my post is also true. John final words in Revelations has been widely interpreted both ways by biblical scholars much smarter than I.
    With all due respect to Dave and A, I am going to remain steady on my point. I don’t believe you can warp, distort, alter, or mock Gods’ word without paying a price. The Koran does all of the above.


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