Saturday, April 01, 2006

Editorial Seriousness

The main editorial in the latest Gilbert Magazine makes some interesting comments on the high courts of our nation, what they represent, what they impose on the people, and what they refuse to defend: namely, the defenseless.

There is one line I particularly liked:

"We the People can interfere with life but we must not interfere with death."

This line sums up the argument that when states step in to try to change laws in favor of life, often the high court will strike those laws down. But when states allow more death and destruction, the high court gives a silent nod of approval.

After reading a ton of Father Neuhaus over the last two weeks, I would have to say, though, that there is one line in this editorial that I disagree with, and think the Writers of the Editorial should also get a large dose of Fr. Neuhaus reading into their systems to correct this wrong perception.

I mean this:
"The majority," states the editorial in Gilbert, "the majority once believed that principles were fixed and that we should act accordingly."

Now I believe that this statement is only true if the editors meant by "majority" what they were speaking of earlier: the high courts and the government. But if, by majority, they meant the people, the common man as Chesterton would say, then I believe they are wrong. The majority still DO believe that principles are fixed, you just never hear about it on TV. The common man still lives and acts on principles and ideals that have held up to the test of time. You cannot use the veil of the media to determine what the common man really thinks and the foundations upon which he lives. (More on this Monday, lest this post run way down into the basement of this blog page.)

Reminder: Sunday is a down day for the ACS blog due to trying to keep it the Lord's Day. Kiss your kids, go to church, play a game with the family, take a walk, and say an extra prayer for all those here at ACS trying to make the world a better place, with the help of God's grace. We're praying for all of YOU.


  1. I contributed to the editorial, and I have read First Things faithfully since it's founding.
    ~ John Peterson

  2. Hmm...

    It has been my experience that the majority of people tend to act and live in terms of absolutes, but somehow it is the fashion to claim that there aren't any absolutes and many people at least believe that they don't believe in absolutes.

  3. I did not contribute much to the editorial, but I don't believe the majority of the people believe in fixed principles. The divorce rate is far too high.

    In fact, I don't believe that most people have any idea what fixed principles are. Just this morning, a one of my wife's co-workers said she considered Michael Schiavo to be a hero because of how he stayed by Terri's side for so long and was so supportive of her.


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