In the name of God, here's looking forward to a single, unified Orthodox Church of the United States.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Through the Valley of the Shadow

This morning my mom made a comment to the effect that she's disappointed that all the prayers of the people before the election didn't seem to have any effect. Now usually she's the one giving me spiritual advice and comfort, so I knew she was deeply depressed by the election results, but I reminded her that, far from the prayers merely "having no effect", God heard them and replied with a resounding, "No".

To me it's energizing to realize this country has voted itself destruction - and strangely comforting. The pretense is gone. No more trying to save America. Its bloated corpse has been floating on the sea of endless wars, millions of slaughtered unborn, removal of Christianity from all public life, and fiscal insanity for so long that we had become inured to it, we thought something could still be done. But, for those paying attention, I think this election is a wake up call. Most people in this country don't want things to change. They think their benefits and dead babies, and dead young men can keep accumulating forever. And, short of a miraculous conversion of the entire population, they will - until, suddenly, they can't anymore.
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with they result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years. ~ Alexis de Tocqueville