Monday, November 24, 2008

Vehige: Awake, Sleeper, and Arise

In an attempt to bring this blog back from near dormition, Woodward and I have decided to read and blog about this book:

Why this book? you ask. For two reasons.

First, Woodward was going to read it anyway because he's both a Jonah Goldberg fan as well as a history buff.

Second, because since the election of Barack Obama, I am suddenly very interested in something I've never been interested in before -- namely, politics. And for some reason I feel a moral obligation to start paying attention to what's being said in the public square.

Now, I personally hate doom-and-gloom scenarios. (As my father-in-law says, you can't loose being a doom-and-gloomist: If you're right, you get to say, "See, I told you so," and if you're wrong, you get to say, "Thank goodness I was wrong." It's a win-win position.) Yet, I can't shake the feeling that the Catholic Church here in America is in for some rough times.

For one reason, we are immersed in a full-fledged Culture of Death. This can't be denied. Yes, Obama is the most pro-abortion president in American history. However, I'm not saying this because Obama is president. He wasn't elected because of his stance on abortion; he was elected because of the economy and eight years of George W. Bush. The reason I think America can now be defined as a full-fledged Culture of Death is because all of the state-level propositions that would have limited abortion did not get passed. If folks in North Dakota are not willing to limit abortion, then we have to admit that the situation in America is far, far worse than we like to think.

For another reason, the tone of discourse about social issues is not conducive to Catholics who can (and should) base their arguments on the natural law. Catholics who are willing to offer arguments against abortion and same-sex marriage are not countered with argument, but, rather, are counted with the most vile and hate-filled speech imaginable. How does one argue with that? To state it bluntly: If those with whom we disagree are willing to spit in our face instead of listen, think, and respond with civility, where does that leave us?

That right -- it leaves us on the via dolorosa.

But knowing that we'll be spit at doesn't mean we don't stop making a rational argument for the Catholic position. It means we must suffer while making that argument.

Now, since I'm a complete neophyte when it comes to politics -- and since Woodward was going to read this book anyway -- I thought that Liberal Fascism would be as good a place as any to begin my political education.

We should be ready to start posting in a few days.