The noted Political Philosopher Dr. Russell Kirk wrote a book called The Roots of American Order (1974).  Dr. Kirk espoused the belief that a safe and stable “Societal-Order” precedes a society’s or a nation’s ability to grow, expand, or to produce cultural innovation.

Dr. Kirk was described as a “Paleo-Conservative”; Mr. Kirk was an exponent of the type of political conservatism espoused by the former British Statesman Edmund Burke.

Mr. Kirk was one of the original contributors to the magazine entitled “National Review”’ this magazine was founded by the late William F. Buckley, Jr.

In the Roots of American Order, Dr. Kirk proclaimed that before there can be a stable economic, political, or social environment that there must first be safe and secure political and social institutions which allow people to feel a sense of peace and well-being.

How do we maintain and promote domestic and international order?

Mr. Kirk and Mr. Buckley both put forth the axiom that if a nation desired to stay free that they must prepare for war and be ready to meet dire threats head on without being unnecessarily bellicose.

The events on the world scene are both troubling and frightening.

Recently the international terrorist group the Islamic States of Iran and Syria (ISIS) ruthlessly murdered (beheaded!) a journalist named James Foley; his crime:  he simply reported on world events transpiring in the Middle East.

ISIS is committed to exporting their unique form of murder, extortion, and fear worldwide.

The existential question is this:  What should the family of nations – especially the democratic governments of Europe and America – do in response to ISIS’ malicious and heinous activities?

Should the United States seek to exterminate and root out this form of terrorism at its source?

Should the United States and the democratic governments of the world form a Confederacy and share Intelligence reports and resources in an endeavor to treat terrorists in a similar manner to how governments worked against Pirates in the late 18th century and in the early decades of the 19th century?  This approach took decades to bear fruit, but eventually it worked.

Finally, should the United States adopt an “isolationist posture” and simply play “defense” and attempt to protect the home front and quietly withdraw from the International Scene

King Solomon wrote nearly 3,000 years ago in the book of Ecclesiastes that “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3.1).

Prayers, Entreaties, and well wishes should go out to President Barack Obama and to the members of Congress who analyze intelligence reports and who must work together with formulating a coherent foreign policy response which is adequate to the grave and perilous events that have overtaken us.

Students of the Presidency inform us that the decisions that a President makes not only shape the immediate environment, but the policies put forth by the Executive branch help to determine the nation’s ability to adequately respond to external and internal threats in the future.

Let us pray that the men and women at Foggy Bottom (the State Department); the Pentagon (Department of Defense) and Homeland Security give the President the intelligence reports that he  and his staff will need to successfully navigate our nation into a tumultuous future.

Let us pray that the President’s mettle, temperament, and conceptual outlook will lead him to make wise and prudent decisions that best protect our nation – and inspire free democracies to stand firm against terrorism.

This is a time for sober, deliberate, and thoughtful responses which are equivalent to the severe nature of the worldwide terrorism that seeks to bring about chaos and disorder.

Let us look deep down within ourselves to see if we are willing to fight for our families, our lives, and our sacred honor and for the freedoms that we enjoy in the United States of America.


It’s very likely you missed this story concerning Jackie Chan son who was caught up in a drug sting in China

Chan’s son was caught in a huge drug crackdown last week — with cops saying they found about 3.5 ounces of the green stuff in Jaycee’s Beijing home.

In China the drug laws are rather strict, so what did Jackie Chan a very wealthy and nationally known celebrity do?

Did he use his wealth and status as an international celeb to get his son out of trouble?

Did he complain about these laws and say his son’s arrest was unfair?

Did he argue that there is nothing wrong and no danger is drug use?

Did he blame TV and culture or society?

Did he say that the pressure of being the child of a famous person was just too much?

No this is what he said

When I first heard the news, I was absolutely enraged. As a public figure, I feel very ashamed; as his dad, I’m very sad and disappointed. But the person who feels heartbroken the most is his mom. I hope our younger generation will learn from Jaycee’s mistake and stay far away from drug abuse.” He added, “I would like to take this opportunity and say to Jaycee: you’ve done something wrong and you have to be responsible for the consequences. I’m your dad and I’ll always be with you. We will face the road ahead of us together. I should also take some of this responsibility because as his dad, I didn’t teach him well. Therefore, on behalf of Jaycee and myself, I extend our deepest apologies to everyone for the negative impact this has caused on society. Thank you.”

TMZ referred to this letter as “bizarre” to them I’m sure it was, after all the idea of

1. Expressing anger and shame at your child doing something wrong

2. Taking responsibility as a father and insisting his son do the same.

3. Apologizing to society and warning youth not to follow a bad example

…is completely contrary to the modern celebrity society where right and wrong are simply constructs and no person is responsible for their acts.

Sure Chan noted that he’d always be with his son and they’d “face the road ahead of us together”  but even so the very idea that a father might publicly scold a son for drug use is shocking to TMZ sensibilities.

If only more parents had sensibilities this contrary to the celebrity culture.

by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

Venezuela, sliding further into Cuban-like totalitarian Communism, faces severe food shortages. Take a look at the lines at a food distribution center:

What next?
Venezuela Proposes Fingerprinting Grocery Shoppers

President Nicolas Maduro says a mandatory fingerprinting system is being implemented at grocery stores to combat food shortages by keeping people from buying too much of a single item. He calls it an “anti-fraud system” like the fingerprint scan the country uses for voting.

In a country where accusations of electoral fraud have plagued several elections, that’s almost risible, but I digress.

Questions of where the broke and corrupt regime will find the funds to equip and maintain the machines to scan fingerprints at every grocery store (considering it’s not maintaining the government-owned oil producing monopoly, PDVSA) aside, the issue is that of control, and failure. Failed governments are really good at only one thing: controlling and oppressing the people. Juan Cristobal Nagel writes of a Venezuelan facing onerous currency controls while visiting him abroad:

Watching this hero of mine, this towering figure from my youth, reduced to going from one ATM to another trying to see if “pasó la tarjeta,” if their card was actually working, kind of broke my heart. It brought home the inherent perversity of a system like Cadivi. He couldn’t really enjoy his vacation, because he was always worried that he wouldn’t be able to pay off his hotel bill, his car rental, his incidentals. You never knew when the government would pull the plug on your financial independence, when they would revoke the permission to use your money wherever you please.

You, my gentle reader, may wonder, what doe this have to do with you, who may not even have met a Venezuelan, let alone been to the country, in your whole life?

Well, let’s go back to Nagel’s post (emphasis added):

Sometimes, you give up your freedoms because you have to, because they are taken away from you. That is the case in Venezuela. But the least you can do is be mindful of it. This thing from last night? It’s just the corollary of what you’ve been subjected to.

Here in the U.S. we’re not as complacent with the concept of “you give up your freedoms because you have to, because they are taken away from you”; but first we must be mindful.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

Earlier this week on twitter I had suggested prayer in response to Ferguson and one of the responses to that was this tweet.

Today I saw something that spoke volumes about the action of prayer.

Circumstances caused me to be at St. Bernards Parish at St. Camillus de Lellis Church this morning. After mass I went to the adoration chapel where the Blessed Sacrament is on permanent display 24/7. As it was after Mass several other people where there praying.

During the course of my Rosary I noticed a woman in the front who was praying then turning the page of a large book that sat on the rail where people pray before the Sacrament. Every now and then she would turn the page and then resume praying.

As I got up for my closing prayers I glanced at the rather thick book. Each page was full of names and intentions and that’s when it hit me that rather than simply doig . This 40-50 something woman was spending hours praying and judging from what I’ve seen of her in that location she does this on a daily basis.

Why does this matter? Well it’s simple. whatever a person lacks they can always find or earn more of it, food, clothing, money, no matter how short we are of those thing we always have the potential to get more if them if we want it bad enough and are willing to work hard enough.

Time however is a different story, even with exercise and eating right we might stretch the potential of our years in the end they are finite. Time is the one thing that we can never get back.

Yet this woman on a daily basis gives part of her limited time on earth doing as these strangers have requested be done, offering prayers to the Lord for their needs.

She will likely never get any more credit or attention for this daily sacrifice of a portion of her limited lifespan than this blogpost. She won’t get her name on twitter, she won’t be interviewed on CNN and she’ll never get a plaque commemorating the hours and the days of her life that she has willingly given.

I think this is an incredible thing, and I suspect there are tens of thousands like her across this land who are doing the heavy spiritual lifting that keeps millions afloat.

How do you properly thank such people?