"I was Bold in the Pursuit of Knowledge, never fearing to follow Truth and Reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way." Thomas Jefferson
by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer
Actually, I’ve said it several times. Here was the most recent: Seven Days in September – Will They Finally Do It?
In an email that I recently sent to friends and colleagues, I asked: Did I predict this?
I was watching Fox News and they were commenting on how unusual it is for
military generals to openly question administration policy.
Yet, some generals have been increasingly doing just that, openly expressing concerns.
This may amount to little or nothing, but in my view, there must be serious worries among high officials about the danger into which Obama is putting the nation.
The "rebellion of the generals," as one commentator put it, may snowball or not, we shall see. [End of quote]
There may not yet be open rebellion, but the storm clouds are surely gathering. The Conservative Tribune website lists eight generals who have recently and publicly spoken out, in varying degrees, objecting to Barack Obama’s policies.
Major General Bentley Rayburn (US Air Force)
Brigadier General Charles Jones (US Air Force)
General Jack Keane (US Army)
Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin (US Army)
General Patrick Henry Brady (US Army)
Major General Paul E. Vallely (US Army)
Active duty officers:
General and US Southern Command Commander John Kelly (US Marine Corps)
General James Amos (US Marine Corps)
Military officers, especially those still on active duty, take serious risks to their careers whenever they speak out in public in any way that is not in agreement with the president who is, after all, their Commander in Chief. Even retired officers can be recalled to active duty and court-martialed – a little-known fact. For these men, the risks are high, and the penalties can be severe.
It is, therefore, more than a minor news item when such officers reveal their dismay at presidential decisions.
Under normal conditions I would agree that officers should either keep quiet or resign, but these are not normal conditions. A military man’s first loyalty is not to the president, but to the Constitution, and that loyalty may require an officer to speak up.
As it turns out, these generals may have done Barack Obama a favor, and the nation as well. Today, Obama gave a masterful speech (doesn’t he always?) at the United Nations, condemning terrorism in no uncertain terms, and calling for the active eradication of it at all levels, including military, financial and cultural.
While Obama is no General Patton, and while he did allow some leftist sentiment in among his words, the influence of the generals was, in my fallible opinion, clear and distinct. At least, he is no longer calling for understanding what America did wrong to incite the nice terrorists to behave so rudely (oh my, am I being sarcastic?).
Nor is Obama a General Douglas MacArthur, who told us, quite accurately, that when it comes to war, “There is no substitute for victory.”
MacArthur was objecting to the policy of containing communism instead of defeating it. He also made other pronouncements objecting to the policies of President Harry Truman.
Truman fired him.
by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer
We can, and should, separate church from state, but we can no more separate faith in God from public policy than we can separate rights from the Constitution.
The inception of the United States of America is rooted in two opposing philosophies. One of them is the Greek tradition of democracy and reason; the other is the Hebrew tradition of faith and discipline. Or, one might ask, are they really opposed?
These two philosophies somehow fused during the years that saw Christianity rise from an obscure cult of Jews into a major world religion. During that time and later, the Greek idea of democracy gradually took ever firmer hold in Europe, which alongside Christianity, began its thousand year journey toward parliamentary democracy.
This unnoticed revolution took hundreds of years to work its way into the psyche of western thinkers. The pinnacle of that revolution was the founding of the United States.
While many secularists deny that America was founded as a Christian nation, the evidence is just too overwhelming to draw any other rational conclusion. Yes, many of the Founders were Deists, not Christians, but all of them were so well versed in the Bible that their writings are saturated with references to the God of Abraham. The Judeo-Christian influence on their thinking was a dominant factor in the formation of our country. Not one of their statements of principle comes from any other major religious tradition.
Despite the fusion of the Greek and Hebrew worldviews, despite their being joined in the formation of the idea that, “all men are created equal, endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights,” despite all that, the two worldviews never quite completed their merger. They remained quietly at odds with each other for centuries during a period of truce.
That truce is over. America is once again separating, philosophically speaking, into two warring factions.
One of them is the familiar Christian faith, along with its Jewish root, the belief in a creator God who intervenes in the lives of individuals and nations, and who reveals to us what is morally right, and what is morally depraved.
The other is the secular worldview, which combines atheism and naturalist-materialism. This worldview holds that there is no credible evidence of God, and therefore no reason to believe in what it calls the myths of Christianity. That view avers that nature is all that there is, and that nature is composed only of material governed by mathematical rules.
Such worldviews have consequences. One of the consequences of the Christian worldview is that all humans are regarded as specially created by God for a divine purpose, and are therefore to be treasured in their own right, not at the whim of an earthly ruler.
The consequences of secularism are much darker. While one of the tenets of secularism is that, “Man is the measure of all things,” natural-materialism considers humans to be nothing more than a happenstance by-product of natural processes. If we are considered to be nothing more than biological processes, doomed to oblivion in an uncaring universe, then that cannot help but shape social policy, one that instead of being humanist, is inhumane.
That dark effect has not yet reached its nadir, but only because the old moral traditions are still deeply embedded in our culture. They will not disappear overnight, but with time, the Biblical underpinnings of our culture will continue to erode. Legalized abortion is only one visible effect. It has already redefined what it is to be human, defining it downward. We have seen only the beginning.
As American society turns further away from God, so it will also turn further away from human rights, from liberty and freedom, and toward tyranny.
The monstrous tyrannies of the mid twentieth century serve as dire warnings. Communism and fascism massacred untolled numbers in Europe, and the imperialism of a false god (emperor) murdered millions in Asia . All were based in a world view that considered individual humans to have no sovereignty, no inherent rights of their own. People were deemed to be simply tools of the state, to be sent to their deaths by the millions, in the pursuit of evil purposes.
Faith is not, of course, a political tool. We do not embrace it for political purposes. That, indeed, would be contrary to what faith in God really is.
Instead, faith is embedded in our human nature. Birds fly, fish swim, and humans worship God. We freely choose to accept faith or to reject it. In doing so, we also choose the consequences, which are either humanity or inhumanity.
Faith is not contrary to reason. True, we can no more reason our way to faith than we can count by ones to infinity. In both cases, we get there all at once. Faith gives context to reason. It affirms that our lives have a plan, a purpose and a meaning far beyond merely the biological. Our deeds have eternal consequence.
Apart from faith, nothing makes sense. Apart from faith, there is no plan, no purpose, no meaning.
Natural materialism strays so far from reason as to even deny that free will exists. Free will makes us into independent, sovereign entities, capable of choosing other than as nature would dictate. Therefore, natural materialism falls apart as soon as it accepts that free will is our nature. Free will cannot be the product of a cold, uncaring universe; it can only be the gift of God creating us in His own image and likeness.
Faith will not destroy reason but uphold it. Faith will not conquer democracy, but give it meaning.
There should be no war between reason and faith, but those who have rejected faith are drawing the battle lines. History is about to repeat itself, but the future is ours.