Intolerant Catholic

“In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair, the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.” --Dorothy Sayres

Thursday, January 11, 2007


Over at Intelletctual Conservative , they're talking about the different types of conservatives. In the comments the topic of a proper name for our (my) side of the debate came up. Mike Tuggles at Rebellion has some thoughts

For my part, I use the term "tradionalist". Wha I mean by that is precisely this: God created man in his image and likeness. Man is born with inborn traits to help him be productive and happy in this world. Due to The Fall, man is also born with traits that will serve to destroy him and thos around him. The prupose of society of any kind is to encourage the good traits and to discourage the bad. The problem is that it's not always obvious which is which, nor how to encourge/discourage them.

Tradition and custom serve to illuminate the puzzle for us. They are the result of thousands of years of actual human experience distilled down to a practical way of life. Contrary to the claims of some, they are not arbitrary. One discards tradition at one's peril.

As a traditionalist, I believe that far too many traditions and customs have been discarded in our modern world, and it's time to start bringing them back in. The role of government is the process of bringing them back is to please GET OUT OF THE WAY. Starting with pulling US troops out of spider-infested third (and first) world countries, reforming of divorce laws, on to closing the border, and eliminating welfare, and ending with a reaffirmation of the 9th and 10th amendments to the constitution, the Us government should simply stop intervening where it has no business, whether in Iraq, Parguay, Serbia, or Oregon.

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