Friday, July 1, 2016

4th of July for an Okie Trad

From the Lakes of Minnesota
To the Hills of Tennessee
Across the Plains of Texas
From Sea to Shining Sea

(God Bless the USA, song)

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I remember patriotically singing this Southern Country song as it played from my radio driving my first car in high school.  Americans, especially here in Heartland Oklahoma, were united in winning the Persian Gulf War.  Neighborhood friends still played in the streets, and many of us wanted to enlist to serve our country.  It was cool and righteous. 

Two decades later the country is now understandably splintered into a pleurality of narcissistic, pessimistic ideologies.  We have effectively grown to disdain our own country and government.

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135. Which are some of the other moral virtues?
Some of the other moral virtues are:  Filial piety and patriotism, which dispose us to honor, love, and respect our parents and our country...

(Baltimore Catechism)

Times have changed.   The new morality of Millenials reigns.  Secular humanism is now officially our value system.  Freedom has been crushed.  I myself have transitioned over the years from Republican neo-conservatism to Monarchial paleo-conservatism.  My optimism in our government has dwindled.

Yet as a traditional Catholic, I am compelled by the catechism to declare on this 4th once again my "filial piety and patriotism" for my country--for better or worse--this grand US of A!!!  I am grateful for the freedoms, economic opportunities, and justices for which my mother and aunts immigrated from post-Nazi/Communist Germany. 

So my fellow countrymen and traditional Catholic friends (emphasis mine):

And I'd gladly stand up
Next to you and defend her still today
'Cause their ain't no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA

(God Bless the USA, song)

Happy 4th of July!


  1. I say, let's create cells of Benedict Option communities, all linked together through some sort of a monarchical structure. The Kingdom of Católica America!

  2. Thanks for your comment Hirsch!

    I like this idea. I am definitely a monarchist. Plato and St. Thomas were too, even Aristotle even though he emphasized aristocracy.

    Aristotle talked about the different forms of government. On thing he taught was that all forms of government are present on some level in most societies. Central rule by one person + rule by the wealthy/naturally superior + role of the common man.

    My opinion is that these forms of government are still present our official American structure of government, but also implicitly in these local Catholic communities. Clear Creek, OK, Star of the Sea, AR, Post Falls, ID, to name a few.

    If I'm not mistaken, Hirsch, this "Benedict option" is at the root of the Clear Creek community for many there, following the monks who followed their college schoolmaster Dr. Senior. In THE RESTORATION OF CHRISTIAN CULTURE, he called for Catholic communities to form hamlets of sorts, or perhaps even "villages" around monasteries.

    In St. Mary's, KS, most residents are traditional Catholics who attend the SSPX. Many of their children attend the Society Academy and College. Most of the professionals, police, town government officials--including the mayor--are devout, traditional Catholics!