Huck Passes The Buck
Thomas A. Droleskey
Those of the false opposite of the "right" who are steeped in the errors of naturalism are always looking for some kind of mythic figure to lead them out of the political wilderness in order to restore "constitutional principles" as the foundation of a limited government based on the rule of law. The names of these mythic figures change over the course of the years. The near-absolute faith that their loyalists place in their "ability" to stop the tide of statism is a constant in one election after another. It is a constant even in the years between elections. So few people understand that the problems facing us at this time are the direct result of the false, naturalistic, anti-Incarnational, religiously indifferentist, and semi-Pelagian principles of the modern civil state.
So much time and money and effort are wasted trying to support this or that candidate, trying to support this or that fund-raising appeal drive for some naturalistic organization whose leaders claim can stop bad legislation from being passed when the alleged "good guys" are badly outnumbered by the "bad guys." So much carbon dioxide is emitted by the blathering idiots on radio and the television, not one of which understands or is willing to articulate publicly that Catholicism and Catholicism alone is the one and only foundation of personal and social order.
None of the naturalists of the "right" who hold public office or have some other kind of forum of prominence believe that it is neither prudent or necessary to restore all things in Christ the King as He has revealed Himself to us exclusively through the true Church that He founded upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope. Naturalists of the "conservative" stripe recoil in horror and head for the tall grass with rants and raves whenever they are confronted with quotes from our true popes such as these:
That the State must be separated from the Church is a thesis absolutely false, a most pernicious error. Based, as it is, on the principle that the State must not recognize any religious cult, it is in the first place guilty of a great injustice to God; for the Creator of man is also the Founder of human societies, and preserves their existence as He preserves our own. We owe Him, therefore, not only a private cult, but a public and social worship to honor Him. Besides, this thesis is an obvious negation of the supernatural order. It limits the action of the State to the pursuit of public prosperity during this life only, which is but the proximate object of political societies; and it occupies itself in no fashion (on the plea that this is foreign to it) with their ultimate object which is man's eternal happiness after this short life shall have run its course. But as the present order of things is temporary and subordinated to the conquest of man's supreme and absolute welfare, it follows that the civil power must not only place no obstacle in the way of this conquest, but must aid us in effecting it. (Pope Saint Pius X, Vehementer Nos, February 11, 1906.)
Here we have, founded by Catholics, an inter-denominational association that is to work for the reform of civilization, an undertaking which is above all religious in character; for there is no true civilization without a moral civilization, and no true moral civilization without the true religion: it is a proven truth, a historical fact. The new Sillonists cannot pretend that they are merely working on “the ground of practical realities” where differences of belief do not matter. Their leader is so conscious of the influence which the convictions of the mind have upon the result of the action, that he invites them, whatever religion they may belong to, “to provide on the ground of practical realities, the proof of the excellence of their personal convictions.” And with good reason: indeed, all practical results reflect the nature of one’s religious convictions, just as the limbs of a man down to his finger-tips, owe their very shape to the principle of life that dwells in his body. (Pope Saint Pius X, Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910.)
This, nevertheless, is what they want to do with human society; they dream of changing its natural and traditional foundations; they dream of a Future City built on different principles, and they dare to proclaim these more fruitful and more beneficial than the principles upon which the present Christian City rests
No, Venerable Brethren, We must repeat with the utmost energy in these times of social and intellectual anarchy when everyone takes it upon himself to teach as a teacher and lawmaker - the City cannot be built otherwise than as God has built it; society cannot be setup unless the Church lays the foundations and supervises the work; no, civilization is not something yet to be found, nor is the New City to be built on hazy notions; it has been in existence and still is: it is Christian civilization, it is the Catholic City. It has only to be set up and restored continually against the unremitting attacks of insane dreamers, rebels and miscreants. omnia instaurare in Christo. (Pope Saint Pius X, Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910.)
No merely human institution of today can be as successful in devising a set of international laws which will be in harmony with world conditions as the Middle Ages were in the possession of that true League of Nations, Christianity. It cannot be denied that in the Middle Ages this law was often violated; still it always existed as an ideal, according to which one might judge the acts of nations, and a beacon light calling those who had lost their way back to the safe road.
There exists an institution able to safeguard the sanctity of the law of nations. This institution is a part of every nation; at the same time it is above all nations. She enjoys, too, the highest authority, the fullness of the teaching power of the Apostles. Such an institution is the Church of Christ. She alone is adapted to do this great work, for she is not only divinely commissioned to lead mankind, but moreover, because of her very make-up and the constitution which she possesses, by reason of her age-old traditions and her great prestige, which has not been lessened but has been greatly increased since the close of the War, cannot but succeed in such a venture where others assuredly will fail. (Pope Pius XI, Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, December 23, 1922.)
Unfazed by these papal reiterations of simple truths that bind the consciences of every human being on the face of the earth, "conservatives" are ever looking for "Mister Right," if you will, the man or, in the case of Sarah Heath Palin now, the women who will champion the cause of limited government and states' rights. There are naturalists of the "conservative" and "libertarian" stripe who are pushing for another Ron Paul presidential run in the year 2012, the year that Dr. Paul turns eighty years of age. There are other naturalists of the "conservative" stripe who are Palinistas, oblivious to the simple truth that Sarah Heath Palin, a fallen-away Catholic who offends God greatly in the manner of her dress and who supports the evil of contraception unreservedly as she supports the direct, intentional killing of babies in certain instances, is but a product of the emotionalism of Protestantism and naturalism (see
Rational Thought Need Not Apply).There are still others who are attracted to Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, yet another Catholic apostate. Then there are the "economic conservatives" who flock to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, a practitioner of that quintessentially Americanist religion, the made-up farce that is Mormonism. Last but not least are the supporters of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, the former Baptist minister and "rock" musician, who has become, it appears, quite a celebrity as a commentator on the Fox News Channel.
Adherents of these naturalists are willing to carry all kinds of water for them as all manner of time, energy, effort and emotion are invested in their electoral success, failing to remember that many before them hoped that Ronald Wilson Reagan or Philip Crane or Howard Baker or George Herbert Walker Bush Jack Kemp or Pat Robertson or Patrick Joseph Buchanan or Alan Keyes or Robert K. Dornan or Phil Gramm or Bob Dole or George Walker Bush or John Sidney McCain III would succeed in "restoring" limited government and states' rights to thwart the plans of the naturalists of the false opposite of the "left" who are undisguised statists and merchants of every evil imaginable. Naturalists of the "right" are willing to bend and twist and distort the truth for their secular saviours just as much the Clintonistas were willing to do so during the 1990s as the Travelgate, Filegate, Chinagate, Waco, Paula Corbin Jones, and Monica Lewinsky scandals erupted.
Partisans of the walking disaster area known as George Walker Bush, a man who visited death and destruction needlessly on the people of Iraq, thus serving as a one-man recruiting agent for Mohammedan terrorists worldwide, still defend this moral monster despite all of the devastation he visited upon innocent human beings in Iraq and Afghanistan and despite the fact that he expanded the size, the power and the scope of the Federal government in a variety of thoroughly unconstitutional ways as he spent and spent and spent American taxpayer dollars to bring us to the point of an economic collapse that played a very large role in the election of the Marxist-trained Barack Hussein Obama on November 4, 2008. Partisans of Bush the Lesser still ignore the plain truth that their mythic hero did nothing to reverse the United States Food and Drug Administration's decision to market the human pesticide, RU-486, the French abortion pill, and that the Food and Drug Administration under his own watch approved the marketing of the so-called "Plan B" "emergency contraceptive on an over-the-counter basis to women over eighteen years of age and that his administration funded domestic and international "family planning" programs in amounts way in excess of that spent by the Clinton-Gore administration, making Bush responsible for the chemical assassinations of untold millions of babies here and around the world.
This slavish adherence to the secular messiahs of the organized crime families known as political parties is just an amazing spectacle to behold. Rationality is throw aside in favor of wishful thinking and sheer delusion. A Bush partisan recoiled in horror in early-2001 when I was stating what a disaster the newly inaugurated president was going to be. "Stop!" I was told. "You're taking away all of my hope." Hope in George Walker Bush? I was flabbergasted by the emotionalism, writing an article the next day on the false hope that Bush's election had engendered among many "conservatives:"
When, oh, when, my friends, are we going to wake up? We do not have a pro-life friend in the White House. No one who supports one abortion as a matter of principle is pro-life. George W. Bush is a typical Republican. Government is about the business of “solving” people’s problems.
Remember, one of the perduring effects of the Protestant Revolt is the rise of the purely secular state and the purely secular culture. The business of daily life is the making of money, not the pleasing of God by the fulfillment of the obligations imposed upon us by our freely chosen state-in-life. The business of government is to assist people in the making of money (either through the collectivist policies of the Democratic Party or through the somewhat less collectivist, somewhat more free-market-oriented policies of the Republican Party). The principal business of government for these naturalists is not, therefore, the pursuit of justice according to the standards of the splendor of Truth Incarnate. Oh, no, can’t have that in a secular, pluralistic, religiously indifferentist society. All issues pertaining to the pursuit of fundamental justice founded in the splendor of Truth Incarnate must be subordinated to the pursuit of material success. To dwell on “difficult” moral issues is to unnecessarily divide “good” people and divert our attention from the more- pressing demands that face the nation and the world.
Mark my words. Mark them well. George W. Bush will accomplish as much for the life issue as did Ronald Reagan and Bush’s father, George H. W. Bush. Minor tinkering will be done on the margins, including the unnecessarily conditional ban on partial-birth abortions, which, as I have noted repeatedly, will not save a single child. However, it will all be a show of action, veritable window- dressing that can be erased by the next administration just as easily as a drawing on an Etch-A-Sketch can be erased with a shake of the board. There is no rational basis for investing any hope in George W. Bush and his administration. I will give him credit where credit is due. But I will not place the virtue of hope in a man who demonstrated as governor of Texas and as a candidate for the presidency his utter lack of understanding of the life issue — and his total comfort with appointing pro-aborts to the judiciary and other key positions. ("No Rational Basis," printed pages of Christ or Chaos, April, 2001.)
Yet it is that there are still "conservatives" defending the morally and politically and economically bankrupt policies of the administration of George Walker Bush that made the election of the pure, unadulterated statist Barack Hussein Obama all the more possible.
In like manner, sadly, some "conservatives" are carrying water now for the aforementioned former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, indemnifying him for granting clemency on May 3, 2000, to violent felon named Maurice Clemmons, who was shot to death yesterday, December 1, 2009, two days after shooting to death four police officers near Tacoma, Washington, as they sat in a coffee shop working on their laptop computers. Huckabee's role in the Clemmons case has caused quite a debate about his continued viability as a contender for the Republican Party's presidential nomination in the year 2012. After all, how can a political party that, in 1988, made then Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis pay--and rightly so--for the weekend furlough granted to convicted killer Willie Horton in 1986 turn around and nominate a man who used very bad judgment in commuting the sentence of a violent felon who had been sentenced to an aggregate of 108 years in prison for his crimes.
It is, of course, irresponsible to hold Huckabee responsible for the shooting deaths of the police officers. It is, however, intellectually dishonest of conservatives to hold Huckabee blameless in the commutation of Clemmons's Arkansas prison time, which totaled 108 years, on the basis of the late felon's letter to then Governor Huckabee stating that the, Clemmons, had come from a "good Christian family" and that he had been raised better than my actions speak." A governor has to weigh all of the evidence in such commutation requests, and it is clear that Huckabee, the former Baptist minister, was moved by emotionalism and not by the facts of Clemmons's record as a truly violent felon.
What is particularly ironic in this case is that it is Mike Huckabee's colleagues at the Fox News Network, which airs his own Huckabee program on Saturday evenings, have tried to hold him entirely harmless for the chain of events that made Maurice Clemmons a free man. This is a distortion of fact as many law enforcement officials in Arkansas made private entreaties to Governor Huckabee about his liberal granting of commutations and pardons, only to be rebuffed with scorn and ridicule (gee, where have I encountered that lately?):
In most cases, he [Governor Huckabee] followed the recommendation of the parole board, but in several cases he overrode the objections of prosecutors, judges and victims’ families. And in several, he followed recommendations for clemency from Baptist preachers who had been longtime supporters.
Prosecutors told him he was ignoring his responsibility to explain to citizens why he was setting free convicted murderers and rapists. His response, some of them say, was to blame others and strike out against his critics — an off-note from a man they consider a gifted politician.
“Victims groups were pretty well ignored, along with boots-on-the-streets law enforcement and good citizens who sit on these juries,” said Larry Jegley, who objected to Mr. Clemmons’s clemency request as the prosecuting attorney for Pulaski County, where he was convicted.
Robert Herzfeld, then the prosecuting attorney of Saline County, wrote a letter to Governor Huckabee in January 2004, saying his policy on clemency was “fatally flawed” and suggesting that he should announce specific reasons for granting clemency. Mr. Huckabee’s chief aide on clemency wrote back: “The governor read your letter and laughed out loud. He wanted me to respond to you. I wish you success as you cut down on your caffeine consumption.”
“It was all a very personal issue for him,” said Mr. Herzfeld, who later sued successfully to overturn one of Mr. Huckabee’s clemency decisions, which would have set free a man convicted in a bludgeoning death. “It was always about how I was trying to get him or another prosecutor was trying to get him, not about how to do it right. He’s brilliant politically and very likable, but it seems like there’s a blind spot on this issue.” (Old Clemency May Be Issue for Huckabee; see also Michele Malkin, Violent felon granted clemency by Huckabee)
Mike Huckabee has pretty much washed his hands of any responsibility for the commutation of Maurice Clemmons's sentence on May 3, 2000, refusing to revisit his own decision to grant clemency, instead blaming the law enforcement system in the states of Arkansas and Washington for Clemmons's being a free man, refusing to acknowledge that law enforcement officials in Arkansas were very much opposed to his commuting the sentences of felons such as Clemmons as he, Huckabee, did not fulfill the terms of the Arkansas State Constitution to provide an explanation for the granting of such commutations. This is the statement that Huckabee issue don his website prior to the killing of Maurice Clemmons by a police officer in Seattle, Washington, yesterday:
The senseless and savage execution of police officers in Washington State has saddened the nation, and early reports indicate that a person of interest is a repeat offender who once lived in Arkansas and was wanted on outstanding warrants here and in Washington State. The murder of any individual is a profound tragedy, but the murder of a police officer is the worst of all murders in that it is an assault on every citizen and the laws we live within.
Should he be found to be responsible for this horrible tragedy, it will be the result of a series of failures in the criminal justice system in both Arkansas and Washington State. He was recommended for and received a commutation of his original sentence from 1990, this commutation made him parole eligible and he was then paroled by the parole board once they determined he met the conditions at that time. He was arrested later for parole violation and taken back to prison to serve his full term, but prosecutors dropped the charges that would have held him. It appears that he has continued to have a string of criminal and psychotic behavior but was not kept incarcerated by either state. This is a horrible and tragic event and if found and convicted the offender should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. Our thoughts and prayers are and should be with the families of those honorable, brave, and heroic police officers. (Statement Regarding Washington State Slayings.)
Huck passes the buck. Oh, well, that's what most naturalists do.
It will be interesting to see whether Roger Ailes, the president of the Fox News Channel, will have any statement about the role played by former Governor Huckabee in the commutation granted to Maurice Clemmons. Why will this be interesting? Well, it's really very simple.
Roger Ailes served as a political consultant to then Vice President George Herbert Walker Bush in 1988. Ailes and Bush the Elder's campaign manager, the late Lee Atwater, learned that then United States Senator Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. (D-Tennessee) had raised the issue of the Massachusetts weekend furlough program in a debate at the Felt Forum in the Borough of Manhattan of the City of New York, New York, prior to the New York State Democratic Party presidential primary in April of 1988. Gore did not specifically mention the name Willie Horton or Horton's having assaulted a woman and her fiance in Maryland in 1987 after being given a weekend furlough in 1986 from which he never returned. Republican Party researchers did, however, discover the Horton incident, prompting Roger Ailes to say,
"The only question is whether we depict Willie Horton with a knife in his hand or without it" (see
Campaign Trail; A Beloved Mug Shot For the Bush Forces.)
Ailes has a little bit of a dilemma now as Huckabee played a direct role in the release of Maurice Clemmons whereas Michael Dukakis played an indirect role in the weekend furlough granted to Willie Horton by vetoing a bill passed in 1976 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts General Court (the state legislature) that would have made convicted first-degree murderers ineligible for the furloughs. Huckabee's role was, quite obviously, a bit more direct in the case of Clemmons, and it is a completely legitimate issue for him to be criticized for his decision, noting once again, of course, that there were other factors that played a role in the events leading up to the predator Maurice Clemmons, who had him from relatives and friends after he shot to those police officers in an execution style manner three days ago now, being a free man in the State of Washington.
What I find truly incredible to behold is the double-standard that naturalists have as the indemnify those who share their own ideological predilections while holding going to great lengths to castigate their ideological "adversaries" for doing the exact same thing as their own mythic messiahs.
Alas, this is the kind of madness that must result in a world where most men do not subordinate their every thought, word and deed on a daily basis to the Deposit of Faith that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has entrusted exclusively to His Catholic Church for Its eternal safekeeping and infallible explication. Men who are blinded by unrepentant sins and whose world outlook is shaped by naturalism will seek to preserve their ideological lifelines as they have only naturalism to guide them and to provide them with "hope" for a "better" tomorrow.
Pope Leo XIII explained in Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus, November 1, 1900, what must happen in a world where men live only on the natural level as they reject the loving hand of the Catholic Church in her exercise of the Social Reign of Christ the King:
God alone is Life. All other beings partake of life, but are not life. Christ, from all eternity and by His very nature, is "the Life," just as He is the Truth, because He is God of God. From Him, as from its most sacred source, all life pervades and ever will pervade creation. Whatever is, is by Him; whatever lives, lives by Him. For by the Word "all things were made; and without Him was made nothing that was made." This is true of the natural life; but, as We have sufficiently indicated above, we have a much higher and better life, won for us by Christ's mercy, that is to say, "the life of grace," whose happy consummation is "the life of glory," to which all our thoughts and actions ought to be directed. The whole object of Christian doctrine and morality is that "we being dead to sin, should live to justice" (I Peter ii., 24)-that is, to virtue and holiness. In this consists the moral life, with the certain hope of a happy eternity. This justice, in order to be advantageous to salvation, is nourished by Christian faith. "The just man liveth by faith" (Galatians iii., II). "Without faith it is impossible to please God" (Hebrews xi., 6). Consequently Jesus Christ, the creator and preserver of faith, also preserves and nourishes our moral life. This He does chiefly by the ministry of His Church. To Her, in His wise and merciful counsel, He has entrusted certain agencies which engender the supernatural life, protect it, and revive it if it should fail. This generative and conservative power of the virtues that make for salvation is therefore lost, whenever morality is dissociated from divine faith. A system of morality based exclusively on human reason robs man of his highest dignity and lowers him from the supernatural to the merely natural life. Not but that man is able by the right use of reason to know and to obey certain principles of the natural law. But though he should know them all and keep them inviolate through life-and even this is impossible without the aid of the grace of our Redeemer-still it is vain for anyone without faith to promise himself eternal salvation. "If anyone abide not in Me, he shall be cast forth as a branch, and shall wither, and they shall gather him up and cast him into the fire, and he burneth" john xv., 6). "He that believeth not shall be condemned" (Mark xvi., 16). We have but too much evidence of the value and result of a morality divorced from divine faith. How is it that, in spite of all the zeal for the welfare of the masses, nations are in such straits and even distress, and that the evil is daily on the increase? We are told that society is quite able to help itself; that it can flourish without the assistance of Christianity, and attain its end by its own unaided efforts. Public administrators prefer a purely secular system of government. All traces of the religion of our forefathers are daily disappearing from political life and administration. What blindness! Once the idea of the authority of God as the Judge of right and wrong is forgotten, law must necessarily lose its primary authority and justice must perish: and these are the two most powerful and most necessary bonds of society. Similarly, once the hope and expectation of eternal happiness is taken away, temporal goods will be greedily sought after. Every man will strive to secure the largest share for himself. Hence arise envy, jealousy, hatred. The consequences are conspiracy, anarchy, nihilism. There is neither peace abroad nor security at home. Public life is stained with crime.
So great is this struggle of the passions and so serious the dangers involved, that we must either anticipate ultimate ruin or seek for an efficient remedy. It is of course both right and necessary to punish malefactors, to educate the masses, and by legislation to prevent crime in every possible way: but all this is by no means sufficient. The salvation of the nations must be looked for higher. A power greater than human must be called in to teach men's hearts, awaken in them the sense of duty, and make them better. This is the power which once before saved the world from destruction when groaning under much more terrible evils. Once remove all impediments and allow the Christian spirit to revive and grow strong in a nation, and that nation will be healed. The strife between the classes and the masses will die away; mutual rights will be respected. If Christ be listened to, both rich and poor will do their duty. The former will realise that they must observe justice and charity, the latter self-restraint and moderation, if both are to be saved. Domestic life will be firmly established (by the salutary fear of God as the Lawgiver. In the same way the precepts of the natural law, which dictates respect for lawful authority and obedience to the laws, will exercise their influence over the people. Seditions and conspiracies will cease. Wherever Christianity rules over all without let or hindrance there the order established by Divine Providence is preserved, and both security and prosperity are the happy result. The common welfare, then, urgently demands a return to Him from whom we should never have gone astray; to Him who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life,-and this on the part not only of individuals but of society as a whole. We must restore Christ to this His own rightful possession. All elements of the national life must be made to drink in the Life which proceedeth from Him- legislation, political institutions, education, marriage and family life, capital and labour. Everyone must see that the very growth of civilisation which is so ardently desired depends greatly upon this, since it is fed and grows not so much by material wealth and prosperity, as by the spiritual qualities of morality and virtue.
It does not matter how few people read this site or how much my writing, yes, as poor as it is, is castigated, I will go to my grave attempting to help a few souls to recognize the truth that Catholicism is the one and only foundation of personal and social order. Naturalism leads of his demonic nature to the degeneration of men and their nations to such an extent that the civil state is seen by many as the only way to bring "order" to a chaos that has been wrought, proximately speaking, by the overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King, a fact of history with which the counterfeit church of concilairism has made its own most tragic "reconciliation" in the belief that the modern secular state is "irreversible" and is actually a "protection" for the role of all religions in civil discourse.
It is no wonder that so many Catholics run breathlessly into the arms of secular messiahs who are part of the problem as they do not see the world clearly through the eyes of the true Faith and thus do not recognize that we must fly unto the loving patronage of the Mother of God, who was conceived without any stain of Original or Actual Sin, to help us be more conformed to the tender mercies of the Most Sacred Heart of her Divine Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, through her own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart.
May this time of Advent penance and preparation help us to make better confessions of our own sins as we seek to live more penitentially with each passing day, especially by embracing with joy and gratitude each and every cross that is sent to us by the loving hand of God to chastise us and to correct us so that we might belong to Him more fully through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This is a liturgical season to make extra time for our daily prayers, especially by means of praying of many Rosaries as our states-in-life permit. We can help to plant seeds for that which the conciliarists believe is impossible and even unnecessary: the conversion of men and their nations to the Catholic Faith, to the Social Reign of Christ the King and of Mary our Immaculate Queen.
What are we waiting for?
And let us, of course, for pray for the souls of the police officers killed in the State of Washington and for the consolation of their families in this time of grief.
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now.
Viva Cristo Rey!
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!
Saint Joseph, Patron of Departing Souls, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.
Saint Bibiana, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints