The smell of incense in the air, affirming that there is no King but Caesar

November 3, 2015 § 16 Comments

Ah, election day, that grand American tradition.

The day the air is filled with the smell of incense burning to Caesar, as Americans stream out to the high schools and fire stations to make their personal, concrete, ritual acts of endorsement of our liberal ruling class and their governing philosophy.

§ 16 Responses to The smell of incense in the air, affirming that there is no King but Caesar

  • 0jr says:

    democracy stared when the leader forced the rest aka the biggest ,strongest ect caveman to support him when he got fat and lazy and they all conpried to kill and eat him ,democracy started when the priests aka shamans failed to cure people and they died,so they all got together and killed and ate them,

  • Zippy says:

    Of course being skeptical of democracy and liberalism is no guarantee of literacy.

  • Elspeth says:

    I don’t know Zippy. When we’re discussing the farce that is national elections, I agree with you a great deal. On a local level, I am of the mind that it is a good thing when people turn out for those elections. It is the only part of the electoral process where we can actually know those who represent us and be heard on a few things.

    Unfortunately, the local elections are also the most ignored.

  • Zippy says:

    I am sympathetic to that view, Elspeth, though it may be worth pointing out that my own thought would never have developed in the direction it has had I not forsaken personal participation in the public rituals of our secular religion.

    Our ritual practices drive our beliefs, and even people who agree with me tend to drift back toward political liberalism when they do not unequivocally repudiate its philosophy and refuse to participate in its public rituals. You can’t go to Mass regularly, treated as a good thing that you ought to do, without being influenced by Catholicism; even if you don’t become Catholic.

  • Mike T says:

    Thought you would appreciate this. From the slashdot summary:

    The OS/2 community has taken this news with positivism

    And a commenter replied:

    So…some company signed a distribution agreement with IBM to revive an old operating system and the OS/2 community reacted by taking up philosophy instead of developing or porting any software? Seems about par for the course to me.

  • Elspeth says:

    Our ritual practices drive our beliefs, and even people who agree with me tend to drift back toward political liberalism when they do not unequivocally repudiate its philosophy and refuse to participate in its public rituals.

    This is driven by deep belief in the American experiment, and the eternal nature of hope’s spring. Many devout people are unaware that they are at least as much American as they are Christian, if not more so. And so we vote.

    I am sympathetic to your view as well. You don’t need to be Catholic to see it, just eyes willing to look. I still get occasionally caught up in the idea that perhaps there is something salvageable in this American experiment.

    This, even though it is based on a faulty foundation: All men created “equal” and endowed with the inalienable “right” to pursue “happiness”

  • Zippy says:

    There are a lot of pretty awesome things about America. But if we aren’t willing to throw out the bathwater the baby is going to die in its own filth.

  • My family is and was heavily involved in the local politics. I live in a small town – not extreme “five hundred people” small, but not too far north of 1000, anyway.

    You would be amazed, horrified, flabbergasted, utterly disgusted about how insanely, unbelievably corrupt our relatively lightly populated little county is. And the word I’m getting is that the corruption is juuuuuust about to spread into our little five person town committee, after a farcial series of events involving four (!!!) of the five committeemen resigning. Meaning people need to be appointed to the committee by the Republican committee, which is essentially run by one guy, whose name I will NOT say because he is rich and has a large law firm backing him up.

    When I say corrupt, I’m talking scandals that go back to the governor. I’m talking people getting tailed because they oppose certain money-making policies. I’m talking literally thousands of people showing up over a three day period yelling and pleading at a local committee not to allow an asphalt plant spewing dangerous chemicals being built near the homes of our children, only to be denied because the committee was under the thumb of the aforementioned guy from earlier and he stood to make a lot of money from the asphalt plant.

    And you can’t even talk badly about him into the paper, because he’ll sue you for defamation and suck you dry.

    It’s disturbing, sickening stuff.

  • Elspeth says:

    There are a lot of pretty awesome things about America.

    I agree. I am acutely aware that there are few, if any, places on earth where I could have enjoyed the life I’ve lived being born to the parents I was born to.

    But yeah, the bathwater is pretty dirty at this point. And it’s beyond recycling at the ballot box.

    Appreciate the opportunity to think outside the always.

  • Put another way – People don’t talk enough about how Christ was absolutely, dead-on right: Love of money is the root of evil.

  • Peter Blood says:

    America is a case study in: What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?

  • Sunshine says:

    Last year was my first time not voting. It was tough; I was white-knuckling it all day as the peer pressure to give in and just do it was worse than that on a high schooler whose friends are all passing around a joint under the bleachers at the homecoming game.

    But this summer when homosexual activists descended on our quiet little country town, our elected officials just couldn’t bend over fast enough to do their will and change our city ordinance…and then I was glad I had persevered in refusing to legitimize this farce.

  • Zippy says:

    It is very freeing to refrain from voting and focus on the little things we can do which actually do support the common good in areas where we actually have some influence. Voting among other things makes most people feel that they have discharged their main civic duty, despite the fact that at the end of the day all it amounts to is a personal endorsement of the ruling class and their philosophy. Even in small town elections the notion of overcoming liberal political philosophy and opening up the Overton window to something other than liberalism is laughable — utterly ridiculous on its face to anyone not already persuaded to some level or form of liberalism. If a small monarchy were established and simply had to hold elections as a matter of state law it might be a different matter: they could collude to have the minimum required number of people vote just to satisfy the requirement. But other than a situation like that, which as far as I know is purely hypothetical, I don’t see a valid reason to vote even in small towns. At the very least the bar to demonstrating an objectively legitimate reason to re-engage the farce is pretty high.

  • Andy H says:

    Trump is making it easier for me to consider ditching my public school-indoctrinated “civic duty”.

  • GJ says:

    Just to build on a point I sketched here:

    Let us assume for the sake of argument that participating in elections is intrinsically evil. It does not follow that abstaining from voting is necessarily a good thing, as abstaining because you don’t like any of the candidates is equivalent to deciding “I’m not going to mug this old lady because she looks dirt poor, but by golly if a suitable choice had come by I’d have gone for her, and I’m still looking out for a suitable one”.

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