The Jerusalem Wall

barbariangate2by Glenn Fairman   11/11/16
As the voluntary institutions of civil society atrophy, to say nothing of the notion of a transcendent Deity with an objective moral code, the state expands to fill the vacuum, and with it, the power of the American Executive. Those of the Progressive persuasion, for whom the public sphere has bled profusely into the private, see civil society as a great monolithic canvas: comforting when its values are force fed into the culture and a horror when they are thwarted.

This is no doubt a psychological projection which reasons that the mantle of irresistible unitary power that was wielded to the aid of its own Progressive transformation will likewise be used as a double edged instrumentality to carve the Conservative agenda into the flesh of the political landscape. Little do they understand that in receding to the default position of Constitutional government, a greater liberty will emerge that will benefit both armed camps.

The fact that this swing of the pendulum is met with such bitter resistance is perhaps owing to several notions: the willful ignorance or misunderstanding of constitutionalism and its corresponding litany of republican rights and/or the affirmative rejection of both for the unitary hammer of the majoritarian – the General Will of the Jacobin.

Either way, the next four years require a Promethean exertion of effort towards enlightening an emotion- driven population on the explication of ordered liberty and the bolstering of firewalls that will serve as defensive ramparts once the pendulum swings back. Indeed, Trump’s agenda will require the erecting of a wall of separation, but perhaps one of a more prudent and lasting character — one that will ensure the self- preservation of the classical Western virtues, the rule of law, and the fires of free enlightened conscience once the shadows inevitably regroup: Nothing less than a return to the genius of limited governance and the redemption of constitutionality. Having newly returned from our own bitter exile, the very first order of business must be to repair our own “Jerusalem Wall.”

Sadly, it is the doom of men that they soon forget.

Glenn Fairman returns from the wilderness and writes from Highland, Ca.
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5 Responses to The Jerusalem Wall

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I was young once, so I know what it means to get caught up in the ol’ cult-of-personality thing. Heck, the “Ds-vs-Rs” (figuratively speaking) in the days of Adams/Jefferson were no less vibrant, and quite possible worse.

    Mankind’s weak ego, which is never filled to satisfaction by worldly things, will forever grasp at transcendence (aka “the politics of meaning”) via identifying with what are perceived as more powerful (or just plain “cool”) elements.

    Thus my critique of kumbaya Christians, for example, and others who are not on the narrow path: You’re supposed to be like Christ, not wear him like an idol. You are to serve, not be served. You are to lower yourself, not be holier than thou.

    And don’t get me started about the secular Messiah for so many…Obama.

    It’s not easy to transcend this attempt a giving one’s self an extra celebrity boost, especially in a culture that bombards us with constant images of the pretty, the exciting, and the successful. In our pursuit of a shiny new self, who needs rules or virtue? Those just get in the way of the important stuff.

  2. Gibblet says:

    You are correct……though it took several trips to the dictionary and more than the usual amount of concentration to reveal and confirm it. I think I’ve figured out that you write your articles in Chinese, then translate them through a very sophisticated English translator of your own invention. I appreciate and look forward to the challenge of deciphering your well written thoughts.

  3. Gibblet says:

    Righting the pillars of virtue is fundamental to correcting the rot that has undermined our founding principles. That rot was introduced through our education system, and propagated by the proliferation of misinformation through a media more interested in the profits of sensationalism than the sanctity of truth. What passes for entertainment further erodes the moral foundation in a vicious cycle of negative influence.
    There is a stillness to the waters around here just as the tide begins to turn, then the water which had relentlessly just flowed in begins to rush out. So, as the pendulum reaches its apex and begins to swing back, we can hope that men will again be real men, and women….won’t….and all people see the correlation between morality and freedom.

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