The fatal mischief in the U.S. Constitution was in the purposeful ambiguity embedded in the Enlightenment concept “liberty”. This is what leads all the way to the travesties of Wokeism, or to any other abuse of freedom one may wish to read into the concept.
A distortion of “liberty,”(1) far removed from sacred revelation (John:8:32, 2 Cor. 3:17, etc ), blurring the lines between political and metaphysical meanings, is the crisis of our time.
This was no accident.
“And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away [with] all this artificial scaffolding…” —Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 11 April, 1823; Adams-Jefferson Letters, ed. Lester J. Cappon II, 594
And so it is coming to pass. Coming to pass in the media-darkened minds of very many, spurred on by ideological women and men who prefer impulse and passions to reason, regardless of the consequences. It is not any foreign or domestic enemy which threatens us today… It is we, ourselves.
French and American ideology together, the aforementioned abuse and transvaluation of “liberty” into the unnatural opposite of the liberty given to us by the Lord, Jesus Christ, is what is causing a universal collapse of Catholic-Christian values rooted in both the Creation and Redemption. As Jefferson knew, this “liberty” involved far more than the mere separation of powers in government. This “liberty” was a new way of being.
Many Founding “Fathers” were influenced by Enlightenment Deists and similar philosophies bringing a new and false “light,” a “light” at war with traditional Christianity, the gospel, and every traditional moral precept (2). The American Founders generally supported the French Revolution’s overthrow of Christendom and the substitution of a “New World,” New “Philosophy,” even if some had problems with the methods the French employed in “Year One“.
Immanuel Kant, Philosopher of the New Light
Kant wrote, “Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-imposed nonage. Nonage is the inability to use one’s own understanding without another’s guidance. This nonage is self-imposed if its cause lies not in lack of understanding but in indecision and lack of courage to use one’s own mind without another’s guidance. Dare to know! (Sapere aude.) “Have the courage to use your own understanding,” is therefore the motto of the enlightenment.” — Immanuel Kant, What is Enlightenment?(3)
Here Kant lays out the plan, the “daring” emergence from thousands of years of knowledge, knowledge both received and conceived, to begin the project of building a New World from the ground up without the “tutors” and “guardians, i.e., without Christendom’s priests, philosophers and authorities of the past in order to emerge into the wholly New.
As if this New World would not impose its own authoritative tutors and guardians, lest the whole world collapse philosophically into chaos and jungle. [In the year 2022 such an implosion does not seem inconceivable, a logical outcome of a knowledge without the goal lines of revelation]
It all happened more slowly—though to the same ends—on this side of the Atlantic. The “Novus Ordo Seclorum” which we see etched on every dollar bill today was underway all over the West. Here was a new, syncretistic and powerful messianism set in ideological opposition to two thousand years of Christianity. The American Founders were more sophisticated in the weaponization of deception than the French. They knew how to wait on “progress” until opposition (all those Presbyterians, Baptists, Catholics and others) slowly weakened.
The licentious Marquis de Sade was one of the prophets. A false rationalism and specious revaluation of “Science” was substituted for genuine hard science, Christian revelation, metaphysics and the teaching of every moral precept. A new gospel was announced to all humankind, where human “rights” slowly eclipsed traditional human obligations.
Today, a phenomenaly licentious and propagandistic media is the Revolution’s handmaid and the main means of indoctrination, the remaking of all human thought and values. All in the name of Freedom: “Liberty,” “Equality,” “Fraternity”…
Futurism. A new transhuman view of “progress” was superimposed over all previous certainties and institutions. The Future is now to be heralded in glorious Utopian terms and concepts. Those who do not play may be sanctioned, targeted, or worse, often at first in subtle ways.
The Final Revolution
“the Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.” — Treaty of Tripoli, President George Washington
Evil is Unnatural opposition to the Creator, to His Commandments, to creation’s natural and moral laws; and today the spiritual war extends even to the biological order, natural gender, and family. The new Man seeks to be God (Gen.3:5), the New lawgiver, the Creator and Parent of all values, now and forever into the Future.
Pronouns distinguishing biological gender are declared obsolete even in the White House.
This is the “New World,” a new gospel, “Enlightenment,” false science… announced first in blood, the blood of the French Revolution. Novus Ordo Seclorum. Young ‘men’ and ‘women’ are expected to kill and die for it because the Revolution worships only itself.
We did not create ourselves however. And, despite all variations of atheism, nothingness is nothing, and therefore impotent to “create” the splendor or meaning of existence, much less redeem it. If we sow to the wind we will inevitably reap the whirlwind.
Today everyone must choose. Not to choose is to choose. Signs and wonders are manifest every day everywhere as “Science” (Scientism) and Magik, more and more, become one.
True “Liberty”. Leo XIII:
“Those who are in authority owe it to the commonwealth not only to provide for its external well-being and the conveniences of life, but still more to consult the welfare of men’s souls in the wisdom of their legislation. But, for the increase of such benefits, nothing more suitable can be conceived than the laws which have God for their author; and, therefore, they who in their government of the State take no account of these laws abuse political power by causing it to deviate from its proper end and from what nature itself prescribes.’ — par. 18 of Libertas, encyclical of Pope Leo XIII, on the nature of human liberty. June 1888.
Not Desirable But Good Aspects Appreciated
“For the Church amongst you, unopposed by the Constitution and government of your nation, fettered by no hostile legislation, protected against violence by the common laws and the impartiality of the tribunals, is free to live and act without hindrance.
“Yet, though all this is true, it would be very erroneous to draw the conclusion that in America is to be sought the type of the most desirable status of the Church, or that it would be universally lawful or expedient for State and Church to be, as in America, dissevered and divorced.”
— Pope Leo XIII to the Archbishops and Bishops of the United States, and dated Jan. 6, 1895, quoted in “The Church of Christ: A Collection of Essays by Monsignor Joseph C. Fenton,” Christian Washburn Principles Underlying Traditional Church-State Doctrine
The Warning. It is written, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” — Isaiah 5:20
2 Timothy chapter 3:
“Know also this, that, in the final age, shall come dangerous times. Men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, haughty, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, wicked, without natural affection, without peace, slanderers, incontinent, unmerciful, without kindness.”
Year One is the very opposite of Christic Enlightenment (Jn. 8:12, 32) — SH
Updated July, 2022
(1) “Verily no one of sound mind can doubt the issue of this contest between man and the Most High. Man, abusing his liberty, can violate the right and the majesty of the Creator of the Universe; but the victory will ever be with God — nay, defeat is at hand at the moment when man, under the delusion of his triumph, rises up with most audacity. Of this we are assured in the holy books by God Himself. Unmindful, as it were, of His strength and greatness, He “overlooks the sins of men” (Wisd. xi., 24), but swiftly, after these apparent retreats, “awaked like a mighty man that hath been surfeited with wine” (Ps. Ixxvii., 65), “He shall break the heads of his enemies” (Ps. Ixvii., 22), that all may know “that God is the king of all the earth” (Ib. Ixvi., 8), “that the Gentiles may know themselves to be men’ (Ib. ix., 20). — E. Supremi. On the Restoration of All things in Christ. Pope Pius X – 1903, emphasis supplied
(2) The Permanent Revolution, The French Revolution and it’s Legacy, edited by Geoffrey Best, The University of Chicago Press, 1988.
(3) Immanuel Kant. What is Enlightenment?
Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic