My Thoughts

Enough with the opinions, enough with the polls, enough with the “survey says”! If it were not for opinions the world would be sane, news would be fact and common sense, and politicians and their media propagandists would have little or nothing to say. Oh, blessed silence!  

Here then is where common sense turns into complete nonsense. Lunatic asylums, once filled with madmen, those believing in themselves are now the last refuge for those who are sane. Insanity reigns over all who believe in themselves and they are legion.

One example will take a bit of preparatory explanation but is essential to understanding madmen who believe in themselves. One such madman was Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda, who expanded on the “Big Lie” mentioned in Hitler’s Mein Kampf:

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.

Such a lie which has been told and retold is that the United States is a democracy. It has been repeated so often and stridently embellished that few would see it for the lie it is. The United States of America is not a democracy; it is a Constitutional Republic. It is furthermore a Constitutional Republic of sovereign States united under a representative form of government.

If it were a democracy, everything, no matter how big or how small, would be up for a vote where the majority always wins, every time. The majority wins; the minority is required to grin and bear it. A democracy is the ultimate opinion poll and the surest sign of a madman is the sound of his opinion. Opinions are the refuge of the ignorant, the incompetent and the insane who would turn the country into the United Sanitarium of America and horrifyingly they are succeeding.

In a Constitutional Republic each individual is protected from the madness of opinion and the tyranny of the majority. The Constitution is the law which binds and protects the individual from the mob and the madness of opinion.

According to public opinion, the culture war is over. Curious: when did it begin? One progressive asks, “How can we even call ourselves a democracy when an ever-smaller slice of America is pushing policies that most citizens find abhorrent?” We cannot. America is not a democracy. Never was, never has been, still isn’t. He is asking the wrong question. The question to be asked is whether the slicer is left– or right-handed. Instead, he lays an egg, blaming “the religious right, a shrinking number of Americans who wield disproportionate political clout, …. Christians have lost the culture completely, but they think they can impose their religious doctrines on unwilling Americans.” But he can impose his because he believes in himself.

Opinions do not bear witness to the truth. Jesus said if we follow him we will know the truth and the truth will set us free. Opinions are not the truth nor can they set us free. So, PLEASE! Stop with the opinions.

Wake up America.

Just my thoughts for a Thursday, for what it is worth.

Deacon Chuck

About the author: Deacon Chuck

Deacon Chuck was ordained into the permanent diaconate on September 17, 2011, in the ministry of service to the Diocese of Reno and assigned to St. Albert the Great Catholic Community. He currently serves as the parish bulletin editor and website administrator. Deacon Chuck continues to serve the parish of Saint Albert the Great Catholic Community of the Diocese of Reno, Nevada. He is the Director of Adult Faith Formation and Homebound Ministries for the parish, conducts frequent adult faith formation workshops, and is a regular homilist. He currently serves as the bulletin editor for the parish bulletin. He writes a weekly column intended to encompass a broad landscape of thoughts and ideas on matters of theology, faith, morals, teachings of the magisterium and the Catholic Church; they are meant to illuminate, illustrate, and catechize the readers and now number more than 230 articles. His latest endeavor is "Colloqui: A journal for restless minds", a weekly journal of about 8 pages similar in content to bulletin reflections. All his reflections, homilies, commentaries, and Colloqui are posted and can be found on his website: http://deaconscorner.org. Comments are always welcome and appreciated. He is the author of two books: "The Voices of God: hearing God in the silence" which offers the reader insights into how to hear God’s voice through all of the noise that surrounds us; and "Echoes of Love: Effervescent Memories" which through a combination of prose and verse provides the reader with a wonderful journey on the way to discovering forever love. He regularly speaks to groups of all ages and size and would welcome the opportunity to speak to your group.

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