I MOST SURELY RESPECT OUR PONTIFF, BUT HE SHOULD RE-CONSIDER.
Here is why:
While compromised journalists are busy counting votes in Congress, they forget the fundament question of principle that has protected us all and made the world safer.
QUO VADIS LIBERALISM ON THE GASSING OF INNOCENT CHILDREN IN SYRIA?
On this important issue, liberalism has failed big time! It has retreated into the trite logic that one set of concern (concern about war) is a higher issue of morality than the gassing of 400 innocent children. More laughable is the elitist argument that some international norms deserve our immediate attention, and others can be ignored at will, especially when our national interest is not immediately threatened. It is like grading the laws of nature or the Ten Commandment.
In reality, it portends the lack of courage to do the right thing—just to protect our immediate interest. With such logic, you could have left Hitler alone to do as he pleased. He never attacked the United States. Yet, we know clearly we are dealing here with a monster that was bent to menace the world.
Principle is indivisible!
Any time we succumb to the wrong logic that only our own freedom and interests matter, we fail the test of universality and unity. Freedom and justice are universal values. They represent the sum of all values! That is why, invariably, even the most determined dictators go—swept away in the deluge of their people’s wrath.
As well, we fail the test of maturity and balance!
There is a related misconception that the majority is always right, and that the leader must be led inexorably by the voice of the people. Vox populi (voice of the people) is not the vox Dei (voice of God)! For as humans, we have fault lines and many deficiencies. Often we act opportunistically, in pure self-interest as opposed to selfless principles.
Thus, there was a time it seemed alright in some parts of the world, and to the majority in America that slavery was a damn good idea. At least in the South, they loved their slaves and resisted any attempt to end slavery in America. The road to freedom and equality in many areas of American life was long and hard. It took the cardinal massage of World War II (freedom, equality and justice), the women’s movement and the civil rights movement to usher in new rights for millions of Americans, especially Blacks and women.
As we seek freedom and liberation for ourselves, we cannot at the same time be attempting to corral others or to marginalize quests for freedom and liberation in distant lands. We will wish others their freedom too–freedom to do and to act. We will reject all inimical restraint and the justifications of the immoral man, and act with that level of spiritual wisdom that God allows us individually and as a nation at any given moment.
Liberals have a much greater burden and consummate obligation in this regard—for they have been very vociferous in championing, at least in the past, many (if not much) of the freedoms we now enjoy. To properly evaluate present day performance of liberals, we must hark back to the birth of liberalism which has a religious basis. However, the political liberalism of present-day Democrats (and most of their liberals) tend not to focus on “Christian love” and kindness per se, but rather moderately, on securing and protecting the rights of the middle class and the poor.
Therefore, the current emphasis is on policies that would result in a just society. Democrats and their liberals focus understandably then on individual freedom (even a little bit of license), human rights, human dignity, equality issues, self-development and self-expression. Through such an emphasis, journalists are able to protect their craft and writers write freely.
Yet many Democrats and liberals are subtly retreating from aspects of even these moderate goals (e.g., equality goals) purely for reasons of political and economic expediency. Thus, it is not surprising that on the Syrian issue, the liberal decibel seems largely muffled at best, and clearly contradictory in aspects of their logic.
A strong argument could be made that the cause of liberalism might be better served by plowing back indeed to its roots in Christian spirituality and benevolence. That would require that those who call themselves liberals stand up for its ideology of love, caring, human decency and universality. This approaches a cosmic sense in which we see ourselves as ONE WITH ALL HUMANITY. Selflessly then, we can sympathize and empathize with the lots of a suffering humanity!
That, indeed, is the true work of eternity! And it is a selfless vision, indeed! Here, we become truly our neighbor’s keeper. Here we are all one. Here we see everything as connected.
Finally, liberals must recognize that there is maturity in the balance of God’s justice. Thus, “there is a time for everything under the heaven,” the wise ones have said and written. There is “a time for peace”; there is “a time for war.”
When we resist and refuse the appeals of our basic goodness from the voice within (and focus only on our needs), we create an imbalance that ultimately gets resolved with possibly painful results, hence much suffering in the world, and in individual and collective lives.
LOVE is a Greater Law that speaks in each of our lives and in all of our lives!
The key, therefore, is learning to reach the required balance in our personal, political and social life. It is a law that applies within and between nations. We cannot ignore it without much greater risks to ourselves individually, to the nation and to the world.
We cannot ignore Syria—the gassed innocent children—and the need to act!