The great Omnibus Post is begun. Virgo Maria, please guard it from rant status.
Having finished an enjoyable, work-free day of school, where we watched Mulan
in AP Euro (and I was made jealous of the attention ancestor worship got in the movie, whereas Christianity is utouched in virtually all Disney films), I was ready for some quality blogging, and planned to post a poem, which will be below. To my surprise, I learned that I received the "Thinking Blogger Award" from Thermidor Rising
yesterday. His rationale wasI really enjoy reading ~'s blog. Although he is so far right as to be almost a "monarchist", he is obviously a very talented writer, and a devout Roman Catholic. It is always worth taking some time to read about what ~ has been up to, recently...
I am stirred with joy by this nomenclature: far right
is so cavalier, so ultramontane in its tone, and this despite it being obvious in my case! Thank you, Thank you.
part brings up an important, complex detail. Until roughly three years ago, I was a vocal monarchist, looking on Louis XIV and James II as examples of the advantages of rule by one hereditary, Divine Right
monarch. However, I later learned of such great figures as Gabriel Garcia Moreno, De Valera, and Dolfuss: great Catholic leaders who were elected. And today, of course, we have Poland, Malta, and (still) Ireland as examples of pro-Catholic republics. More importantly, I concluded that a dogmatic support for monarchy is little different from the dogmatic republicanism which both Republicans and Democrats have pursued in foreign policy, much to the detriment of justice. I also realized that, unlike France and Portugal, where the still legitimate ruling houses of those nations were overthrown, places like the Americas, Switzerland, much of Italy, and most of the Third World never had ancestral monarchies.
My epiphany was that forms of government are unimportant: only policy matters. Something with a similar note came up in my most recent Remnant
-"Where the people are Catholic and submissive to the laws of God... democracy may be a good form of government; but combined with Protestantism or infidelity in the people, its inevitable tendency is to lower the standard of morality, to enfeeble the intellect, to abase the character and to retard civilization, as even our short American experience amply proves. Our Republic may have a material expansion and growth, but every observing American... sees that in all else it is tending downward and is on the declivity to utter barbarism"
Orestes Brownson, 19th Century
It is official. America is retarded. We are only about one quarter Catholic, including those who never attend Mass. Now, I am refraining the normal Traditionalist lines, but even once America is a Catholic nation, nothing will change with the venomous, Voltairean paradigm our people hold toward the "separation of Church and State".
On a completely unrelated topic, I wrote this poem about a friend of mine who will attend Rice University in Texas after we graduate:
Rice Horse Meteors
The hardly scalloped plains bore, like a psalm
Their eloquence and love for one person.
Lest silver depravity might worsen
Absent her unaccented counsel's calm,
Texas brought her within its one-starred shrouds.
The crisp infinity shot bars so fine,
Blessings from a cavalier porcupine
Over the deep burgundy hearted clouds.
The inspiration was from a friend, who wrote the phrase "rice horse meteors" on a slip of paper for no apparent reason, during a state of sleepy semiconsciousness. Inspiration came quickly, and now I have a nice goodbye octet to write in a friend's yearbook. Other inspiration, I admit, came from the beat of a Simon and Garfunkel song.