By Doug Hagmann Saturday, December 15, 2012
The clamor that is about to dominate the next several news cycles will be the usual stable of pundits engaging in obligatory verbal hand-wringing over the unthinkable death of innocents in a small Connecticut town. Newtown was once a town where life was the imitation of a Norman Rockwell painting, and where any of those young children whose lives were shortened by unimaginable madness could have been the very faces depicted in the paintings by Rockwell himself.
Individually and collectively, we weep for our needless loss. The salty bitterness we taste from the tears that stream down our faces must serve to remind us that our tears originate from a much greater loss and a much deeper trouble that anyone before the camera or in front of a keyboard has the willingness to confront. No one, I suspect, will have the moral courage to address the real problem, or the intellectual honesty needed to rebuke the fallacious arguments that are about to occur between pundits who are, it appears, just made-over and better dressed carnival barkers for their own agendas.
Our nation once proudly served as the moral and spiritual foundation for not only our citizens, but for the world. We were once a nation that accepted the true God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and built its walls on the cornerstone of just men acting in compliance with the moral and spiritual guidance of a just God. Adherence to our spiritual principles and obedience to the laws of God, not man, were necessary to keep evil in chains. We have abandoned our spiritual foundation and not only accepted, but invited evil into our lives under the false pretext of societal tolerance.
Be warned that the clamoring from the ubiquitous cheerleaders of moral equivalence on each side of the perverted political paradigm will increase in intensity and tenor in the coming days. Many will shake their fists at others and shout to the perpetrators of evil, “through your lax laws and love of guns, you allowed this to happen!” They will assail the laws of man and demand immediate change of gun ownership laws to stop a behavior that cannot ever be legislated. They refuse to accept that the laws of man, no matter how restrictive, do absolutely nothing to recalibrate our moral and spiritual compass. They are not only shouting in the wrong direction, but from a wrong direction.
Meanwhile, the more introspective and spiritually grounded among us will instead fall to our knees and cry out, “why have we allowed this to happen?” But those hearing our cries will fail to understand that we are not blaming our system of laws, but our own acquiescence and failure to honestly confront our unquestioning acceptance of evil. We realize that we cannot fix spiritual problems and repair moral deficits with the legislation of man. We will never be successful in fixing spiritual problems with political solutions. Yet few have the courage, insight or willingness to address this very foundation of our existence as a people and a nation.
By permitting the perversion of our core spirituality from a new age ideology that has replaced or redefined our spiritual values, the blood of innocents are on our hands as well. By our own acquiescence to moral and spiritual perversity cleverly packaged as tolerance, we have embraced the very evil that is embodied within tolerance. In that form, tolerance itself becomes evil, and we become enraged at the mere symptoms of a great spiritual problem rather that the problem itself.
What should we expect from a nation of men and women who for years and even generations have demanded and subsequently celebrated the successful eviction of God from our lives, our national institutions and country as a whole? All of this is the name of tolerance, of equality, of the perversity of…………