Wednesday, November 7, 2012

On Democracy

This quote from H.L. Mencken seems especially appropriate today: Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

How can half the country think we're going in the right direction? Thud! For our own selfish interests, we are going to have four more years of this morally bankrupt administration. This is what we've voted for: in the name of choice, abortion on demand; in the name of mercy, euthanasia; in the name of separation of church from state, erosion of religious liberty; in the name of tolerance, assault on family life; in the name of charity, uncontrolled spending. We're going to have a taste of Europe. Don't people see what has happened there? It's a dying culture ... well, that's what we get for embracing the culture of death.

But I am neither despondent nor discouraged. The election results reflect the state of our culture. And it too shall pass. Prepare for the good fight.

I leave you with Ephesians 6:10-18

Finally, brethren, be strengthened in the Lord, and in the might of his power.
Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil.
For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.
Therefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice,
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace:
In all things taking the shield of faith, wherewith you may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one.
And take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God).
By all prayer and supplication praying at all times in the spirit; and in the same watching with all instance and supplication for all the saints:

Remember that the faithful have friends up high: St. Michael, St. Joseph, Mary our Mother. Pray for us.


Mirka Breen said...

I think democracy means living with the will of the majority. As someone said, it’s a terrible system. But all the other systems are worse!
Sorry for this^ dark sentiment, but I never sided with those who think that what "most" want is also right and good and wise. It just IS.
I appreciate your courage, Vijaya, at voicing (often) a minority opinion.
May G-d guide our leaders to be good, wise, and true.

Faith E. Hough said...

Thank you for that bit of Scripture to cheer me up today. Well, more than just cheering, it sent shivers down my spine. Just think of the life of the writer, St. Paul... Our loss of religious freedom and any other trials pale in comparison with the suffering of the early Christians who gave their lives to practice their faith. And their joy gave light to the does yours, Vijaya.

Vijaya said...

Mirka, you are absolutely correct. Actually, the results reflect our state, and it makes me pray harder for our country, our leaders, and our children. Thank you for reading.

Faith, I have to remind myself and the children on a regular basis what the early Christians had to endure to keep their faith. I tell them it is going to be harder for them, and they must be strong and never abandon the gift they've been given. Thank you so much for your support.

Marcia said...

I too have always thought that what "most" want is no guarantee that it is good. According to Jesus, aren't "most" on the broad road to death? On the other hand, we're told that plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed. What we know for sure is that we must pray for everyone in authority.

dbp said...

This, among other things, is what our nation is facing.

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”
― Alexis de Tocqueville

Vijaya said...

Marcia, agreed. The gate to heaven is through the narrow path.

David, thanks for that quote. This is exactly what we see happening in Europe and its in decay.