Feeling kinda down today. Just realized that our churches aren’t opening for business any time soon, if ever again, no matter what the government mouthpieces are saying. Because we have the new “Bishop approved guidelines”.
No singing, no touching, no drinking, no more than 50 people including ministers, only pre-approved cleared by the parish office attendees, and requiring check in before Mass. The the limited number of people who made appointments must check-in at the entrance, like we used to do with airline flights.
And then, when it’s finished, they require the active disinfection of the entire church after every Mass (pre-arranged by appointment with no more than 50 people at Mass), and that would require hiring a work crew or volunteers in numbers approximating attendees at any given service or Mass all of whom would have to follow the same guidelines.
But Bars, Restaurants, Nightclubs, Hockey rinks, Campgrounds, and parks and so on and so forth are ok with a little control of the numbers attending, I think it is currently 50% occupancy.
My last post referenced another post from Mark Mallett titled “Our 1942”. In the same vein, chronologically, here is some more observations about themes and goals of our “governments” over a couple of generations, and Courtesy of the Wickedpedia, here are some references to a classic moment of “good intentions” the result of which we have seen play out over the last 80 years.
The Four Freedoms Speech was given on January 6, 1941. Roosevelt’s hope was to provide a rationale for why the United States should abandon the isolationist policies that emerged from World War I. In the address, Roosevelt critiqued Isolationism, saying:
“No realistic American can expect, from a dictator’s peace, international generosity, or return of true independence, or world disarmament, or freedom of expression, or freedom of religion–or even good business.
Such a peace would bring no security for us or for our neighbors. “Those, who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.“
“In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world.
The third is freedom from want—which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants—everywhere in the world.
The fourth is freedom from fear—which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor—anywhere in the world.
That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb.
So, 80 years on, how are we doing … we short sighted boiled frogs in the big pan of our Progressive New World Order? Roosevelt delivered his speech, his Four Freedoms speech, 11 months before the surprise Japanese attack on U.S. forces in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii that caused the United States to declare war on Japan, December 8, 1941.
Just to give us a little clarity and context, I repeat, the “Four Freedoms” were goals articulated by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Monday, January 6, 1941. In Roosevelt’s address, which became known as the “Four Freedoms speech” (technically the 1941 State of the Union address), he proposed four fundamental freedoms that people “everywhere in the world” ought to enjoy. That was “everybody, everywhere” that he was talking about. So let’s articulate these four freedoms as best we can:
1. Freedom of speech: is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or a community to articulate their opinions and ideas without fear of retaliation, censorship, or legal sanction. The term “freedom of expression” is sometimes used synonymously but includes any act of seeking, receiving, and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used. Freedom of expression is recognized as a human right under article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and recognized in international human rights law in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
Article 19 of the UDHR states that “everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference” and “everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice”.
BUT the version of Article 19 in the ICCPR later amends this by stating that the exercise of these rights carries “special duties and responsibilities” and may “therefore be subject to certain restrictions” when necessary “or respect of the rights or reputation of others” … “or the protection of national security or of public order (order public), or of public health, or morals”.
2. Freedom of worship: is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or community, in public or private, to manifestreligion or beliefin teaching, practice, worship, and observance. It also includes the freedom to change one’s religion or beliefs and to be absent of any religious beliefs. Freedom of religion is considered by many people and most of the nations to be a fundamentalhuman right.
In a country with a state religion, freedom of religion is generally considered to mean that the government permits religious practices of other sects besides the state religion, and does not persecute believers in other faiths.
Freedom of belief is different. It allows the right to believe what a person, group or religion wishes, but it does not necessarily allow the right to practice the religion or belief openly and outwardly in a public manner, a central facet of religious freedom.
3. Freedom from want: Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. — Article 25.1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Furthermore, it has been written down in article 11 of the United Nations’ International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The predecessor of this right, the Freedom from Want, is one of the Four Freedoms that American President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke out at his State of the Union of January 6, 1941.
4. Freedom from fear: translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor—anywhere in the world.”
So that is my understanding of these terms as accepted by our society circa 1940. Just so we are clear on what we are talking about as we go on.
But the legislation, treaties, rules and regulations and “covenants have been amended over the decades so that these days they receive lip service only. No one seriously believes in the “Four Freedoms” as “practical” ideals or goals.
I do not believe that we, as a society, are remotely close to that ideal any longer and have not been for at least two, maybe 3 decades. I believe that our polite society currently occupies the same moral position held by the axis powers and the Communist regimes in 1940 and conducts themselves pretty much the same way although with more sophistication and less bombing.
So far, in terms of rights and freedoms, our polite progressive society, our people, have willingly and complicitly completely given up Freedom of Speech and Expression.
In other words … currently in our culture, our “free society”, our Freedom of Speech and Expression only extends to those who are agreeable to the national view or the views currently fashionable in Social Media narratives … this includes such modern tools of oppression as “Political Correctness”, “Human Rights Tribunals” (Canada) and extensive censorship of social media engines and search engines by those who own and/or control the media.
Freedom of Worship, well, enough said there … just when was the last time you went to church even if you wanted to and why are there such stringent restrictions on how churches can “re-open” way more stringent than there are on bars, nightclubs and campgrounds? And why are the bishops going along with all this? Isn’t it plainly obvious that the state has no use for churches … that they are “Just the opiate of the masses”, according to G.B. Shaw and Uncle Joe Stalin, and virtually every Progressive since. A world with no God is a world with no good.
Then, there is Freedom from Fear. Can any one honestly say that we are not a herd of whimpering terrified cowards hiding under our beds for fear of catching a “deadly” disease which has killed less victims per-capita than any other flu epidemic in history?
The latest numbers from the CDC seem to indicate a 0.28% fatality rate for victims of COVID-19 (aka Red Bat Flu). No Freedom from Fear around our world these days, and its the governments and media whipping it up, creating a Pandemic of Control, doing it to us, right? BOHICA! Or, in a metaphor from the Vietnam War: “PULL OUT???? Hell no! Stay in and get the job done!” It’s all about the second wave now, right?
And finally, we are in the process of heading full steam ahead into giving up Freedom from Want as we speak. It’s the Economy, Stupid! Just where do people think they are going to spend their 50 cent dollar $2000.00 a month COVID-19 government checks?
And what else do people know about using their time but to spend it spending everything they have and more than they can afford? And while we are at it, why are suicide rates starting to rise in many places that never had that problem before? Anyone? Anyone?
Empty shelves and closed stores are a hallmark specialty of all progressive socialist regimes wherever and whenever they spring up. The old Soviet empire, China, North Korea, Venezuela, and so on and so forth.
Squalor and poverty and misery for the majority of the masses is the “normal” human condition whenever and wherever godless totalitarian regimes hold power.
Where are people going to go when the whole world is equally savage, poor, oppressed and imprisoned in their squalor. And while I am at it, I wonder why the old Soviet Union is blue in that graphic when it was orange for a century.
Where the hell do folks think “paychecks” come from? Where the hell does all that government “revenue” come from?
Well if you believe Netflix and Social Media it just comes from taxing “Rich” people … which seems to mean “anyone who actually works for a living” rather than getting a paycheck from some government program, either as an “employee” or as a “client”. So tell me, where did the saying “They pretend to pay us and we pretend to work” come from? Anyone? Anyone? Da Comrade, we know the truth don’t we.
The light at the end of the tunnel is a workers paradise of equal outcomes for everyone except the Ultra-rich elite. Sigh! I will end with a couple of quotes;
“One of the most dangerous errors is that civilization is automatically bound to increase and spread. The lesson of history is the opposite; civilization is a rarity, attained with difficulty and easily lost. The normal state of humanity is barbarism, just as the normal surface of the planet is salt water.
Land looms large in our imagination and civilization in history books, only because sea and savagery are to us less interesting.” — C. S. Lewis
“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded—here and there, now and then—are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
“This is known as ‘bad luck’. ” – Robert A. Heinlein
And finally another quote from the same speech that gave us “The Four Freedoms”: “Those, who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety“. Franklin D. Roosevelt, excerpted from the State of the Union Address to the Congress, January 6, 1941
Cheers? Not so much just now, still looking for the silver lining.