Lives "Hidden" & Suppressed

I have written a few times about how socialistic, totalitarian governments tend to go after people of faith – to try to suppress them – and they specifically (and usually pretty quickly) also move to shut down the monastics and vowed religious, and leave them bereft of community.

I suspect part of the reason they try to shut down the monasteries – aside from their usual statements demanding “unity and usefulness,” and even apart from the fact that such governments are threatened by the power of these places (monasteries are, after all, powerhouses of prayer) – I do think perhaps they are also threatened by the fact that in monasteries socialists find the constant rebuke that they are doing their socialism incorrectly.

When the communists came to Bulgaria, they suppressed religious communities. Some of these nuns remember. Please watch this video. It takes almost three minutes to get started, then it is riveting. In this first part one of the sisters brings insight into how the whole trick of socialism and suppression works. It has worked very well in our own society; we call it political correctness, and it is hard at work, right now, fomenting a knee-jerked revolution with little honesty behind it, and a great potential for violence, harassment of private citizens and injustice.

I dunno…all this new “change” Obama is mouthing off about…it seems like a re-do of a really old and unsuccessful idea that we all thought we’d defeated in the 1980′s. Very soon, it will be a social “sin” to own a nice home. Or, it will be a sin unless you’re the right sort of person, like Chris Dodd, or Bruce Springsteen or Nancy Pelosi, or even Barack Obama.

If you’re not them, if you’re just an ordinary American who bought into the notion that working hard and dreaming dreams mattered…how dare you succeed when others fail. Let us destroy you.

Watch The Lives of Others.

Archbishop Chaput pricks the Catholic Conscience:”Catholic ‘complacency’ shares blame for country’s failures…”

Also of interest: The Pope who Defied Napoleon.

WELCOME: Hot Air Readers, and thanks, Ed, for the link! We’re also talking about Inflation in the Nation and I’ve podcasted another rosary!

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  • joeh

    I do not think you can seperate the left, Saul Alinsky, and BO. Anyone that is interested in how this guy thinks and operates needs to read and understand Saul Alinsky. A few quotes from what he wrote seems to speak volumes about what we see happening in the BO administration. One wonders in fact about BO dependence on teleprompter actually who is president and writing the words for him to speak.

    “True revolutionaries do not flaunt their radicalism, Alinsky taught. They cut their hair, put on suits and infiltrate the system from within. Alinsky viewed revolution as a slow, patient process. The trick was to penetrate existing institutions such as churches, unions and political parties”

    Obama spent years teaching workshops on the Alinsky method. In 1985 he began a four-year stint as a community organizer in Chicago, working for an Alinskyite group called the Developing Communities Project…. Camouflage is key to Alinsky-style organizing. While trying to build coalitions of black churches in Chicago, Obama caught flak for not attending church himself. He became an instant churchgoer.”

    But when he needed to, he shed his church of 20 years as if it was bad spittle.

    “The tenth rule… is you do what you can with what you have and clothe it with moral garments…. It involves sifting the multiple factors which combine in creating the circumstances at any given time… Who, and how many will support the action?… If weapons are needed, then are appropriate d weapons available? Availability of means determines whether you will be underground or above ground; whether you will move quickly or slowly…”

    Michelle Obama referred to these words during her Democratic National Convention speech:
    “She said, ‘Barack stood up that day,’ talking about a visit to Chicago neighborhoods, ‘and spoke words that have stayed with me ever since. He talked about ‘The world as it is’ and ‘The world as it should be…’ And, ‘All of us driven by a simple belief that the world as it is just won’t do – that we have an obligation to, fight for the world as it should be.”

    “One of the factors that changes what you can and can’t communicate is relationships. There as sensitive areas that one does not touch until there is a strong personal relationship based on common involvements. Otherwise the other party turns off and literally does not hear….

    “Conversely, if you have a good relationship, he is very receptive…. For example, I have always believed that birth control and abortion are personal rights to be exercised by the individual. If, in my early days when I organized… neighborhood in Chicago, which was 95 per cent Roman Catholic, I had tried to communicate this, even through the experience of the residents, whose economic plight was aggravated by large families, that would have been the end of my relationship with the community. That instant I would have been stamped as an enemy of the church and all communication would have ceased.

    “Some years later, after establishing solid relationships, I was free to talk about anything…. By then the argument was no longer limited to such questions as, ‘How much longer do you think the Catholic Church can hang on to this archaic notion and still survive?’ …the subject and nature of the discussion would have been unthinkable without that solid relationship.”

    “A Marxist begins with his prime truth that all evils are caused by the exploitation of the proletariat by the capitalists. From this he logically proceeds to the revolution to end capitalism, then into the third stage of reorganization into a new social order of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and finally the last stage — the political paradise of communism.”

    “An organizer working in and for an open society is in an ideological dilemma to begin with, he does not have a fixed truth — truth to him is relative and changing; everything to him is relative and changing…. To the extent that he is free from the shackles of dogma, he can respond to the realities of the widely different situations….”

    “Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict.”

    There is a lot more. If you want to see a roadmap and thought process, this is like reading Mein Kampf to understand Hitler.

  • GM Roper

    Thank you Anchoress for the link. The threat to people of faith cannot be underestimated, countless types of pogroms over the centuries have proven that time and time again. Let it not happen again.

  • fporretto

    “…socialistic, totalitarian governments tend to go after people of faith – to try to suppress them – and they specifically (and usually pretty quickly) also move to shut down the monastics and vowed religious, and leave them bereft of community.”

    But of course! Christianity is the greatest imaginable obstacle to totalitarian ambition, because it locates supreme moral authority outside of Mankind. A totalitarian has many options for dealing with mortal resistance, but the judgment and disapproval of God is quite another story. Clerics and monastics, being visible, audible devotees to that Judge, must be marginalized if not destroyed.

    The history of human social development is a tale of some complexity. Over the centuries, we repeatedly see sources of moral guidance emerge, gain influence, plateau, wane, and fade into insignificance. That includes both recognized religions, secular organizations, and social arrangements such as the family, about which we don’t think nearly as deeply as we ought. The longest-lasting and most effective, both in promulgating its ethos and in fostering human happiness thereby, is Christianity, despite the many false steps and overreachings of its prelates. And it’s also constituted the strongest point of resistance to those who desire to see all authority vested in men, or a man.

    That doesn’t, all by itself, constitute a compelling reason to become a Christian. But it should give the Amiable Agnostic willing to admit to the limits of his knowledge and competence some food for thought.

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  • Hantchu

    As the song says, “Die Gedanken Sind Frei”, “My Thoughts Are Free”. These sisters remind me of Scharansky and the other heroic refuseniks who refused to bow down to godless authorities and saw their own freedom clearly in the spirit.

  • Jersuza

    Obama won this election because of “Bush hatred” and fatigue, not because the vast majority want to turn socialist and spend ourselves into oblivion. The mood of the country will turn at some point, I believe sooner than later and hopefully before too much damage is done. If not, I fear for the first time in our history we will experience violence and more than a single act.

  • Jersuza

    I should have said for the first time in our modern history!

  • Bender B. Rodriguez

    I dunno…all this new “change” Obama is mouthing off about

    It is very possible that Obama will try to be a Chavez wannabe.

    At the same time, it is increasingly possible that President Thin-Skinned-And-In-Over-His-Head will get so frustrated from actual governing being a lot harder than shooting your mouth off in bull sessions with your Marxist buddies, thinking that they have easy magical answers, that he will simply say “f*** it, this isn’t what I bargained for,” and walk away.

    Day by day, Obama is finding out that he really does not care for the actual job of being president. It is not as fun as he thought it would be, hence the return to the campaign trial and the return to community organizing thuggery.

    By the way, when is our Special Olympian President going to apologize in person to the American people, especially to those he denigrated, and not merely through spokesmen or to his pals in the Kennedy family?