Obama says the Constitution argues against absolute truth.

While perusing a video sent out by the Claremont Institute, I was shocked to hear a quote from Obama wherein he states that the Constitution denies absolute truth. Now I trust the Claremont Institute not to promulgate false reports, but I could not believe that someone who had ascended to the presidency of these United States would ever utter such a thing before being elected. I can believe some of our presidents might have believed that, but not that one could actively believe this, say it in public, and be elected by the American people….

…and yet, here it is, from the Audacity of Hope:

“It’s not just absolute power that the Founders sought to prevent. Implicit in its structure, in the very idea of ordered liberty, was a rejection of absolute truth, the infallibility of any idea or ideology or theology or “ism,” any tyrannical consistency that might lock future generations into a single, unalterable course, or drive both majorities and minorities into the cruelties of the Inquisition, the pogrom, the gulag, or the jihad. The Founders may have trusted in God, but true to the Enlightenment spirit, they also trusted in the minds and senses that God had given them. They were suspicious of abstraction and liked asking questions, which is why at every turn in our early history theory yielded to fact and necessity.”

How is it that someone can think such a thing of the founders? Everything else they wrote was saturated with the idea of natural law and absolute truth. You would have to believe that there was some kind of secret teaching that you understood with the founders, and that they made arguments in the guise of absolutism to trick the masses – a noble American lie. There is no evidence Obama believes that, since he is making no effort to hide this theory. Is it possible that he hasn’t read the Declaration of Independence, or any of the various essays the founders wrote, appealing to an absolute standard of political justice that stands above the sovereign? Just what the holy hell do they do in Harvard all those years?!

Further, one would have to deny every good thing that America has done since the founding, as just a relative good. So, for instance, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. argues in the Letter from a Birmingham Jail that the human law is unjust when it goes against the natural law, understood as that which finds it’s source in God, in order to defeat segregation. Obama would have to audaciously disagree – without an absolute right to guide us in our actions, all political movements become ones of expediency, and finally, of simple power struggles.

This intellectual absurdity lies at the very heart of Progressivism, the political euphemism favored by leftist and Socialist democrats to cloak their political machinations and soften their image for the voting public. The problem is this – how can you progress, when there is no thing towards which you progress? If there is no absolute truth, then no cause is really true, and so it cannot be just. Ironically, the clarion call of the Progressive is exactly that – “social justice”. But they purposely deny any traditional anchor and compass of truth, such as tradition itself, religious teachings, common sense, and even reason itself. After all, if reason led you anywhere reliably, then that “where” would be absolute truth.

Even still, Barack speaks of trusting in the senses and in the mind. Either he must see the mind as purely a faculty to arrive at an end (determined by the will, not anything absolute) by gathering the best means, or sees it as an extension of the will. If it’s anything else, then it will hit on absolute truth – but that doesn’t exist. If he truly believes these words, it reveals a blindingly shallow thought of a facile mind that doesn’t even sense when it is stumbling over its own contradictions. This is the consequence of the most astute criticism of Barack that arose so early – he’s an “empty suit”. Increasingly, this is becoming more obvious – his failures have all stemmed from an overconfidence in his powers of rhetoric to convince his domestic detractors, and assuage America’s foreign enemies. Without substance, the verbally fixated have only two responses when their words aren’t able to yoke reality to their purposes – they either lash out irresponsibly, or reach out obsequiously for validation.

This is exactly what Obama has done.

Obama has relentlessly tried to characterize those who would dare disagree as being selfishly motivated by political gain, with blind compliance of the (mostly) leftist media. This worked when the majority of Americans supported him, since he could play the public against the recently defeated Republicans. Once America got a good taste of what the Obama administration offered, and started to reject it, then Obama’s obloquy extended past the politicians and descended upon the common American. Without a reasonable defense, Obama and his dwindling supporters resorted to the favorite tactic of the left, the indefensible offense: racism.

There is no debate on the matter, since the “science is settled”, and after all, there is no absolute truth – if you disagree, you’re either selfishly seeking after power, or a racist. Never mind that if there is no absolute truth, then racism can’t be an absolute wrong, and in fact, racism finds a much more reasonable support with Darwinist presuppositions than it would with religious dogmatic ones. Never mind that it is hypocritical to accuse someone of being motivated by the acquisition of power, since having no absolute truth to aim at, every action can be deconstructed into this “will to power” principle.

Nevermind any reasonable objection, just listen to the overpowering oratory, and accept your fate…

Below, the  Claremont Institute video that enlightened me…
The Birther jokes in the first half I could do without, but the second half is truly great.

The Invisible Hand cooks better than mine does

So, why does capitalism rock in the free world? It suddenly hit me as I was making my dinner tonight. I debated with myself (always a losing proposition), on whether to go to SUBWAY and get a $5 sub or defrost some meats in my freezer and make some tacos. The mexy in my soul won over the lazy capitalist, and so I went home, taking a mental inventory to make sure I had what I needed… maybe two hours later, I had the following to show for my efforts:

Looks pretty darn good don’t it? It tasted even better!!! I can’t get that kind of Mexy goodness anywhere near here! I need to work on making my own tortillas instead of buying them already made – I already have the rolling pin. When you see a mexican guy buying a rolling pin at a market, you know he’s jonesin’ for some homemade tortillas!! Also, I should make my own salsa.. but that’s not the point of this post… this is the point:


When you add up all the ingredients, you’re probably looking at a maximum of $5, so we even out there. Now, it’s not terribly difficult to make carnitas, but it takes some doing. What is my time worth to me? Well, even if it were minimum wage, that would be more than $10. Further, I end up with a ton of dishes, and another maybe 10 minutes of washing. You might be saying, but Sooper, aren’t your tacos like a bazillion times better than the subway sandwich?! Well, forgiving your impertinence, and overly familiar interruption, I would say YES! At least a bazillion times better! But, the SUBWAY sandwiches are not bad. Also, there is just something sexy and cool about making awesome food by yourself…

Now let’s put on our community organizer liberal glasses and peer through them to analyze the situation. In terms of bare efficiency, doesn’t it make more sense to just buy my sandwich? Eating out generates more trash per meal, but that’s mitigated by the extra water and energy resource used up when putting together a single meal per night. Add to this that when I don’t do my own work, I help pay the wages of those who do it for me, and reward efficiency, then doesn’t it seem that our liberal friends should be pushing fast food as a way to reduce carbon footprint, and generally make better use of resources? You should say, Yes, Soop, you made your point very clearly and succinctly!!

Now, the reason I’ll make my own food is partly the satisfaction of making good food that is unavailable on this ENTIRE FREAKIN COAST, so I’ll continue to do so. My only point is that capitalism is awesome, and liberals suck.

Take Heart, Conservatives!

Whenever you feel down because our pres is a trashing America, the leeeberals own the higher institutions of learning, the world doesnt appreciate what America does for them, and we have a lizard-troll as the Speaker of the House, remember, Conservative, always remember…..

We have Commie-killing, Brontosaurus-Riding Jesus on our side!!!

Easter 2010

Easter is a good time to assess where we are as a country. America used to be obviously religious. Now the ACLU forces us to question whether we’re religious at all…

Let’s upset the American Criminal Lawyers Union and take stock every year on this Holy Day…

Here are some of the more important stories that compose modern life in 2010:

1) The most important thing to the navel-gazing American, of course, is the iPad. Naysayers mock it, Geeks love it. The big debate is whether it will change your life. How about a median course? It’s cool. And it won’t really change anything…

2) RUSSIA: Putin’s war against the Muslim insurgents escalates. The Soviet Union may have fallen, but the Cold War continues. Except, we’re pretending it’s not and Russia is our ally. He has his own problems dealing with Muslim terrorist attacks – allowing him the rationale to double down on his tyrannical grip on Russia. He’s also coalescing energy allies with Venezuela, Iran and North Korea, or as I like to call them, the axis of @$$holes…

3) Obama’s influence is waning. The republicans are prepping for a big win this November, but they may be over-confident. Especially because there are fringe elements in the party who blame our losses on moderate Republicans, and threatening to split into a third party. Surprisingly, Sarah Palin is working to bring everyone together, while Glenn Beck and others are working to break it apart. There are few who truly understand how precarious our November wins are…

4) Immigration Reform: Resident Obama is betting that this will bring him back to life – whether it brings the Democrat party back is inconsequential. Better yet, it is the best tactic to divide the Republican party. McCain tried to push real bipartisan reform and utterly failed while enraging the GOP base against him, and ensuring the failure of his later prez run. This is not lost on Obama. He partly won his first term because of bipartisan immigration amnesty efforts, and I think he’s counting on winning another term for the same reason…

5) Healthcare: It has passed, but is extremely unpopular. The public seems incensed, but also bored with the subject. The GOP needs to keep the passion going, without boring the public on a pretty wonky issue that won’t have a great effect on the American economy for years…

6) Iran’s Nukes. The rest of the world is acting surprised that we don’t trust Iran to accurately state it’s intentions with its purifying of Uranium. The Persians have always had a chip on their shoulder, and I don’t think any fondness for stabilization of the region would keep them from trying to gain nuclear prominence. If for nothing else, than to snub its nose at America, and to frighten it’s neighbors, Iran will pursue nukes unless Israel attacks them. Which they will…

7) There will be a major jihadist attack on America within the next three years of Obama’s term. He has stupidly crippled our ability to defend ourselves from terrorist attacks, under the misguided guise of appearing a citizen of the world. Guess what? The world doesn’t care, and won’t love us no matter how much we apologize. But our enemies will take advantage of our weakness….

8 ) With Obama’s influence waning, so has American influence. Other presidents could have made America something above and beyond them, but Obama has America all about himself. And he’s failing. So, America fails. The next president will have to deal with that fallout in the same way Bush had to deal with Clinton’s idiotic cut in defense spending….

I’m sure I missed a few other items.. if you can think of any, comment!

I hope everyone has a blessed Easter surrounded by loving family and friends.
Lend a thought and a prayer to the country that gives us the freedom to celebrate according to our conscience, and to each brave soldier who defends that country.
But most of all…
Give thanks to our Lord for His divine Mercy through His Son, the greatest sacrifice on the Cross, and the miraculous resurrection of Easter…

Christ is RISEN!!!!
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