Identity Politics: What is Truth?

29 01 2018

Identity Politics is the result of abandoning Truth.

When I started writing this commentary, I was going to begin with the premise that Identity Politics was the cause of Moral Equivocation and application of double, or multiple standards, but quickly realized that, no, Identity Politics is the result, not the cause of application of “relative truth”.

Truth cannot be relative, but must be held as absolute. Some philosophers have, for centuries, attempted to blur the lines of Good and Evil by questioning truth, as relative, pragmatic, or even plural. This is nothing new. But societies and civilizations rise and fall on the understanding and application of Truth. Why? Because Truth is the basis for Good and Evil.

Understanding Good and Evil is prerequisite for a civil and just society. Mankind has temporarily run into this understanding occasionally throughout history, but it generally does not tend to hold through for multiple generations.

For 50 years we have toyed with Relativism (Truth is relative to the situation-we called it “situational ethics” back in the ‘70’s), and found that we preferred to embrace Pluralism (wherein everything is true, and all philosophies, cultures, ideologies, and religions are of equal value). Pluralism has castrated the minds of Americans and Europeans (culturally and socially) preventing a thought process based upon the fundamental idea of Truth, which brings the understanding of Good and Evil. If Evil does not exist, then what is Good? Who defines it? If there is no difference then Mother Theresa and Adolph Hitler are equal, and share the same eternity. See where that leads?

It leads the Epicurean, (who is always questioning Truth) Pontius Pilate, to look Jesus Christ Himself in the face and ask, “What is Truth”?
Absent of Truth, then “every man does that which is right in his own eyes.” We then gather with those who share the same “truth” as we, so as to justify our position, and point out how “morally corrupt” our opposition is, based on the false premise that we, do indeed, hold the moral high ground. With no fundamental truths to direct or stay our emotional whims, we have then become victims of our own emotional reaction. The society who does this is ripe for the picking. Either by an outside force, or by an opportunistic individual from within.

By adopting Pluralism, we have tried to embrace everything as of equal value; by embracing everything, we hold on to nothing.

This is not a political commentary. It is a call to repentance.

Without God there is no Truth. No Understanding. No Purpose. NO Future. No Hope. Jesus Christ embodies all this.

And that’s my sermon for today.

But listen to Ben for a few seconds. He’s a bit more concise (Starting at 1:20:53. Video should start there.)

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No Political Fix to America’s Death Spiral

11 03 2014

Guest Column from GOPUSA by Matt Barber.  I have never met Matt but I think I know him quite well. He is singing my song here!  This is one of the best columns I have read for a long time.

The question is not, “Is America falling?” but, rather, “Why is America falling?”

I’m currently writing from CPAC 2014, the nation’s largest gathering of conservative political junkies. The event is being held at the beautiful Gaylord National hotel, adjacent to the scenic shoreline of the historic Potomac River. We’re just a few short miles from Washington, D.C., which, at least for now, remains the modern-day equivalent of the Roman Empire.

I say “at least for now” because America finds itself skipping along the primrose path to Rome’s ill-fated finale. I needn’t trouble you with evidence to that effect as this tragic reality is hopelessly inescapable. It’s a self-evident truth. Unless our next generation of leaders – Gen-Y Millennials – can successfully turn things around, we’re up the Potomac without a paddle.

The day’s speeches have ended and conference-going night revelers are about. The indoor balcony to my 12th-floor room faces, as the hotel website accurately boasts, a “spectacular 18-story glass atrium.” My balcony door is open wide, and the bustling din from several parties across the cavernous vestibule soaks the room.

A chorus has begun. What is this? Have party-goers launched an impromptu rendering of “America the Beautiful”?

No, this is a chant, joined by scores – a hundred or more perhaps – of young conservative bacchanalians on multiple suite balconies and from the open air bar below. What is that they’re chanting? Is that, “Amer-i-ca! Amer-i-ca!”?

At first, it’s hard to tell. It’s a booming echo that reverberates throughout the entire hotel.

And then it becomes clear.

Alas, our next generation of conservative leaders are not chanting, “Amer-i-ca! Amer-i-ca!” They are, instead, chanting, “F*** O-bama! F*** O-bama!”

And I hang my head.

So, now, children at the hotel, parents, staff, tourists – both foreign and domestic – and every other conceivable variety of guest who happens to be staying at the Gaylord National hotel during CPAC 2014 has a skewed, and likely irreversible, first impression of America’s conservative movement.

Or is it skewed?

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m certain that the vast majority of CPAC attendees, both young and old, are as appalled and embarrassed by these drunken yuck monkeys as am I.

But I think the very fact that these blazer-clad, Cro-Magnon morons could even imagine, for a moment, that it’s somehow cool to publicly chant “F*** Obama!” – or “F***” anything for that matter – speaks to a much larger problem, not just within the conservative movement, but, more importantly, within our entire culture.

I’m never going to win a popularity contest. It’s not my goal to be liked. I’ll probably never be a “Fox News contributor” or even broadly recognized as a dutifully compliant cog within the greater, GOP-heavy “conservative” political wheel.

That’s because I say things like this: There is no political fix to America’s death spiral.

We are drowning in a turgid river of postmodern relativism. This is a spiritual problem, not a political problem. This is a worldview matter, not a partisan matter.

Hitherto it has been “progressives” alone dumping buckets of moral relativist poison into the Potomac. But, in the last decade or so, self-styled “conservatives” have likewise begun drinking the subjectivist Kool-Aid.

Libertine libertarianism has infected the conservative movement like a cancer. Situational ethics, driven by emotional, anecdotal sob stories, are used to justify every moral wrong as an absolute right. “Get off the social issues!” they demand. “Gay marriage? No problem.”

These gun-toting, free-market “conservatives” (of which I’m both) grace us with beauties like this: “I’m a ‘pro-choice,’ ‘pro-gay’ conservative,” or, “Yeah, I’m shacking up with my girlfriend, big deal.”

Relativism blurs the fixed lines of demarcation between right and wrong, which leads to the abolition of absolute truth, which leads to pockets of moral anarchy, which leads to Barack Obama and Eric Holder deciding which laws to ignore and which laws to enforce, which leads to lawlessness, which leads to chaos.

Welcome to chaos.

Yes. The “social issues” matter.

The battle is not Republican vs. Democrat. Neither is it conservative vs. liberal. The battle precedes time itself. The battle is right vs. wrong. The battle is moral vs. immoral. The battle is truth vs. the lie.

The battle is between good and evil.

We’ve been playing political Ping-Pong for decades. We’ve been, as they say, rearranging the chairs on the Titanic while Democrats take the helm for a spell, and Republicans take the helm for a spell.

The reality is that both political parties have driven us into the iceberg, and then pranced off together, hand-in-hand, to play best-of-three racquetball at the congressional bathhouse.

While here at CPAC I met an interesting fellow by the name of Frank Mitchell. Frank founded the Memphis-based, classically conservative group: “A Shining City on a Hill.” During our discussion, Frank said this: “There is no liberty without justice. Liberty without justice is only license.”

Libertine libertarianism.

America cannot survive under a worldview that embraces unrestricted moral license. Such license destroys the individual. And such license destroys the nation.

“Liberty without justice is only license.”

There is only one Arbiter of true justice. And justice is defined by Him, not by us. He sets the parameters. As both individuals, and as a nation, we are ill-advised to breach those parameters and well-served to maintain them.

America does not need a political fix. America needs a spiritual fix.

Matt Barber (@jmattbarber on Twitter) is an author, columnist, cultural analyst and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. Having retired as an undefeated heavyweightprofessional boxer, Matt has taken his fight from the ring to the culture war.








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