So John Kasich has come out with a proposal to have a new department to spread Judeo-Christian ideas across the world globe. I think we all agree that this is possibly the dumbest thing that Kasich has said in a long line of dumb things, inane things to come out of Kasich’s mouth this campaign. However, this is particularly dumb because it is dumb for two very important reasons.
because it is in no way, shape, or form conservative and
because it is in no way, shape, or form in line with the ideals of America.
Now the fact that is not American has been dealt with a lot by many authors and I will certainly be dealing with that as well however I felt the need to deal with the fact this is about as far from conservatism as is possible.
The problem with Kasich’s plan isn’t that he is calling for the United States to want to get engaged in a global campaign of propaganda—there’s nothing wrong with this. We need to do this as we are in a world-wide competition with Russia, China, and Islamofascism. We need to take the forefront and explain why we are the superior philosophy. That capitalism, that liberty, that natural rights, that the individual, are the things government should be trying to protect not trying to put down (and let’s for the moment just gloss over how Kasich supports none of those things).
However, Kasich, needs to realize that we already have this.
This Radio Free Europe and radio liberty conducted during the Cold War were private organizations that work in conjunction with the State Department and the CIA. And most of our pro-America propaganda came from State and the CIA. We don’t need to create new departments—we just need to have the existing departments do the same things that they used to do (you know their job). This does not require more government, this just requires the government we have to start doing the job it’s supposed to be doing. But Kasich thinks we need to have new departments. He’s wrong. Just as he’s wrong on every entitlement spending program, just as he’s wrong in understanding the role of government versus charity, just wrong in thinking that his religious views should dictate what law is.
Ah, but Kasich and his relatively few followers (how is that man is not already on the undercard stage?) will say, “But this job is so specialized we need to have a separate department handle it?” And the correct response is: You made the same claim that Veteran Benefits were so specialized it needed to be taken out of the hands of the Department of Defense and made its own department. Remind me again how well the VA is doing? The same claim was made that Education was so important that the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare needed to broken up into the Departments of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education. To a conservative, history shows that new departments for things that previous departments can do just creates such ungodly messes that three whole departments should be not be reformed (and certainly not broken up further) but completely annihilated for the sake of humanity.
But this should all be expected of a man who doesn’t understand that Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare are going bankrupt and need to be reformed, possibly privatized, but certainly cut in numerous ways. He doesn’t seem to understand that money just doesn’t grow on trees, it’s usually a very liberal premise Kasich is living off of. Unfortunately this is because he’s not actually very good conservative. He talks about how he’s balanced the budget in his state, but Ohio has one of the worst long-term debts of any state in the union; that’s not entirely his fault,
a lot of that debate came from before him, but he didn’t fix it. And he’s claiming he did—a typical liberal lot of denying reality. Further, if you look at his campaign in general there doesn’t seem to be anything he wants to cut, and let’s be honest here you can’t be conservative, look at this current budget and not want to take a machete to it. Now a conservative will also say that they may not be pragmatic, that they may not be able to get that past congress and they may not want to promise what they can’t deliver (although that hasn’t kept Trump, Cruz, Carson and Paul from promising miracles that even Jesus wouldn’t be able to perform), but a conservative has to look at the budget and say I would cut most of this if I could.
Then again Kasich, has never quite understood even America, as demonstrated by his repeated talks about how he should be using his power as a government official to buy his way into Heaven with how many people he helped. He seems to think that you’ve ignored that the calls for charity and helping the needy are calls made to individuals, not to government, and that there are no parts in the Bible where it says and “render unto Caesar your charitable money so Caesar can distribute it to the poor as he sees fit.”
So now that we have determined that Kasich is not a conservative let’s look at his other lie. That we should be spreading Judeo-Christian ideals. Now as I’m sure everyone with a brain knows it
Was this a nation founded on Christianity?
See those five guys up there (Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, who is number 5?) those are the core group of the Founding Fathers. Or you can look at it as an Enlightenment Freemason (Washington), two Deists Franklin and Jefferson, and a Unitarian who denied the divinity of Christ (Adams). Even if you expand the list to include other Founding Fathers it takes a while before you find someone who believes anything like the modern idea of Christianity. Madison for instance opposed a law calling for recognition of Christianity (no denomination, just Christianity) as the religion of the land…the list goes on.
So anyone who thinks that these men thought Christianity should be the guiding light of all law, government and behavior is out of their minds.
However, do not fall for the knee jerk opposite view either.
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.–John Adams
The Founders did not believe in Christianity being the one sole and only guiding light of the nation…but neither were they a bunch of atheists.
They were religious men, deeply religious men whose ideas where deep and well-thought out enough that they often did not fit well into the simple dogma’s of this or that denomination. They did not believe in a religious government. They believed in a government of law. But it is a government of law that must be administered by people who were guided by their own religion.
The law should not be religious. But the people should be. But Kasich with his talk about how will he justify not using tax dollars for massive entitlement programs to St. Peter doesn’t seem to get this divide.
But more importantly I don’t think Kasich has the first clue as to what makes this country great and what makes Western Civilization great. If it was just Judeo-Christianity that made this thing great why was it that the later pro-Christian era of the Roman Empire and the Christian Middle Age were so terrible compared to their earlier Pagan predecessors and Aquinas inspired Renaissance. One name: Aristotle. Before Christianity (and early dalliances with Platonism) took over there was more or less an Aristotelian flavor to government, and after St. Thomas Aquinas showed that the philosophy of Aristotle was not only compatible with Christianity but superior to the ideas of the previous millennium is when true growth returned to the West. (It should also be noted that the Islamic Golden Age of the early Abbasid period was that brief period of time where Aristotle and reason held more sway than the Koran and insanity). If Kasich doesn’t understand where the greatness of our nation comes from—and make no mistake the Aristotelian and quite secular flavor of the Enlightenment has more to do with it any religion—then how can he possibly try to sell those ideas.
Also I’m sure that’s going to go over really well with our Kurdish allies in the Middle East, the Buddhist allies we’ll need in China…and hell I’m sure this won’t alienate any of the more moderate Muslim groups either. Great idea, John. What other idiotic ideas do you have.