I remember my first exposure to what is now loosely defined as liberalism. I was maybe about eleven or twelve and we had gone to a relatives' home for dinner. Their son, a young man just finishing his first year of college had come home a few weeks before. The story the man told, was related by my father on our way home. Apparently, their son came home from college and, now being totally 'enlightened' threw out all of the meat in the freezer and the liquor in the cabinet. My Dad was incredulous. Obviously, I take after him.

In my young mind, this was puzzling. While their household was fairly affluent, our experience was that of need more than not. My Dad had been injured on the job years before and was laid up with two crushed knees for more than a year. At the time, my Mom was expecting my sister - a fourth child, so their options were limited. There was little waste in our home out of necessity and it boggled my mind to think that anyone would do this based on a college professor's lecture.

I was recalling this when I read this online a few months ago. The quote is said to have originated in the Czech Republic:

"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a
citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency.
It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency
than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved
electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is
much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of
what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone
to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic
can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It
is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him
their president."

No truer words. The answer? Every believer has already been given the answer. There is good and there is evil. Everyone's opinion is not necessarily correct simply by virtue of the fact that they have one. Know truth. Get accuainted with it. Then, speak it. This young man was not made right in what he did because it was bold. It was wasteful and sinful as those things did not really belong to him. It was a sign of disrespect to his parents....unfortunately, something they had never demanded.

That incident happened in the late 60's. The same man 'left home' in his forties and I have no idea where he is or what has happened to him since. He was extremely intelligent but not very well grounded.

We have forty years of unraveling to do. It will not be easy, but I do believe that as a nation, it will be accomplished. The challenges we face today are clearing the scales from our eyes. Liberalism will inevitably burn itself out. Speak and live the values of our Lord and other's will be drawn to your peaceful countenance.

One of the readings for Mass during the Advent season says "Now is the hour to wake from sleep...". Indeed.


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