Thursday, July 06, 2006

Declarations and Straussian Intrigues

Well it's the day after Independence Day which celebrates the day the New world broke from the Old.
You may have seen National Treasure with Nic Cage, you will know the almost mystical reverance that Americans hold this document.
And probably rightly so.
Have you ever read it?
Try it NOW .
Written by Thomas Jefferson , notice the use of the words Nature's God.
They were fairly enlightened the founding Fathers and most of them were Deists.
That is they believed in an organising cosmic intelligence but didn't subscribe to any creed of religion.
They liked JCs simple teachings but considered him just a man.
I like their philosophy.
However ever the current Administration may be under the influence of an entirely different fellow.
Meet Leo Strauss.
Straus apparently is admired by Richard Perle and a whole bunch of Project for a New American Century chaps.
Strauss is at the total opposite from The Lamb when he said "those who are fit to rule are those who realize there is no morality and that there is only one natural right, the right of the superior to rule over the inferior".
Sounds awfully like Darth Vader to me. Or some one even nastier.
Of course I've already warned you that bloggers are being watched. Heres some more proof straight from the Dept of Offence.
Yes your right they're only following orders from Big Brother. No No No, Not the TV show.
It's all so Orwellian. A great example of double think.
And seeing as this entry has ended a little darkly why not some light relief.
Yes folks sit back, break out the popcorn and enjoy 1984.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've been trying to figure out this Strauss business, and I keep seeing the same charges made over and over again, but there's hardly ever an actual quotation. Finally, you supply a quote, "those who are fit to rule are those who realize there is no morality and that there is only one natural right, the right of the superior to rule over the inferior." Now, can you give me the citation? I mean, where can I look this up? Thanks!

Tony Pucci said...

I've often admired America's founding fathers, perhaps especially Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration of Independence, for being renaissance men. Their's was a time when scientific reason was first entering into the illuminated mindset. Blind faith, either in science or in an organized religion's god, was not the name of the game, but rather rational thought and exploration on every topic. Despite the uncertainty of starting a new country and such, these must have been brave men. There seems to be a "regression", at least to me in the media and in the "politically correct" faces the politicians must wear, towards fundamentalism in religion. People always have and always will need faith, security and understanding in their lives. As societies developed, religion was a natural part of the growth process of communication becoming communal doctrine. And now here we are in a time filled with fear...of terrorism, of economic instability, and in America, of losing our sense of global dominance. What is there to fall back on when faced with great fears? I don't know who's zooming who anymore, but I do know I feel very uncomfortable watching from the sidelines.

General Catz said...

Jefferson borrowed heavily from the French bill of human rights when writing the Declaration. And he wanted it to be much more strongly worded against king george than it ended up. The other writers toned it down. Jefferson was quite the character.

Being american, i am very moved by the ideals they had and their vision for a free land (even tho slavery still abounded at the time). Now, i am just moved to tears at what has happened and what we have lost. Once the government has taken away rights, they are loathe to restore them. And they have been chipping away at them, slowly, for a very long time. Evolution doesn't always lead to improvement.

sue cee said...

I agree with their philosophy too and JC, a mere man, was raised to higher levels than he would've wanted himself I think...a reluctant hero?.. and yes, the current administration is definitely under some influence of some sort and it isnt herbal!