The Enlightenment: Anglo-American (Genesis) vs. Franco-Germanic (Anti-Genesis)
By: Linda Kimball
>I>â€œ9th Circuit Endorses Censoring Christians,â€ ruling declares â€˜family values,â€™ â€˜natural family,â€™ and â€˜marriageâ€™ constitutes hate speech. (WorldNetDaily, 3/8/07)
â€œWalter Cronkite Endorses Campaign to Force Christianity Out of US Public Life,â€ LifeSiteNews, 2/28/07, Gudrun Schultz)
These are but two examples out of thousands that expose the Leftâ€™s brazenly relentless assault against Americaâ€™s founding Christian-Judeo worldview and traditional culture. All too many Americans allow these attacks to occur because on one hand, theyâ€™ve been dumbed-down and deceived by the Leftist controlled education establishment and media, while on the other hand, theyâ€™ve been taken in by a myth.
The myth assures Americans that there was but one Enlightenment school of thought, that it is synonymous with American ideals and progress, and that religion—particularly Christianity—must be kept strictly separate from the state. Not only is all of this untrue, but these notions are invidious alien transplants to our shores.
In fact, a schism occurred among Enlightenment thinkers from which emerged two distinct and antithetical schools of thought. For ease of identification, Balint Vazsonyi refers to them in his book, â€œAmericaâ€™s 30 Years Warâ€ as the Anglo-American and the Franco-Germanic.
Among Anglo-American thinkers were for instance, Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, Lord Acton, John Jay, and James Madison. To these thinkers, the indisputable foundations of society are manâ€™s Creator, sanctity of life, enduring morality and virtue, family, religion, individuality, property, custom, law, community, order, freedom, prosperity, and recognition of manâ€™s fallen nature.
Of our Founders, M. Stanton Evans reports there were forty Christians and one Deist. Of those who attended the Virginia Constitutional Convention in 1776, Evans states that only three were not vestrymen. (The Theme is Religion, p. 272)
John Adams testified to Americaâ€™s Christian roots when he wrote, â€œThe general principles on which the fathers achieved independence wereâ€¦the general principles of Christianityâ€¦thoseâ€¦principlesâ€¦are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God; and those principles of liberty are as unalterable as human nature.â€(Works, Vol. X, pp. 45-46, to Thomas Jefferson, June 28, 1813)
â€œSo God created man in his own imageâ€¦male and female (He) created themâ€ Gen.1:27 (and thus man is endowed with soul, spirit, conscience, individuality, and free will)
From the Bibleâ€™s Genesis account come the all important and immutable first principles of life and liberty expressed in the Declaration of Independence thusly,
â€œthat all people are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.â€ The word â€˜inalienableâ€™ means â€œnot from man.â€
Alexander Solzhenitsyn demonstrated his understanding of the Ultimate Source of these first principles when he stated, â€œIn American democracy at the time of its birth, all individual human rights were granted because man is Godâ€™s creature. That is, freedom was given to the individual conditionally, on the assumption of his religious responsibility.â€ (A World Split Apart)
The Bible teaches that man is â€˜fallenâ€™ (has a sin nature), thus the Founders understood that man is corruptible, and with power a primary source of corruption, they ingeniously structured three branches of government into which they distributed power equally. Government being seen as a necessary evil in order to secure the rights and liberties of the people, it was strictly limited in scope and size and tightly bound by the Constitution—the supreme law of the land. Man, the primary source of evil, was to be constrained by the moral disciplines of the Great Lawmakerâ€™s universal moral laws, The Laws of Nature and Natureâ€™s God, known in America as the Ten Commandments. Moral constraints, believed our Founders, lead to a moral citizenry, which in turn leads to a moral government. Together, these positive goods create an atmosphere in which justice, order, and maximum freedom can flourish with a minimum of government.
Less than a century after Jeffersonâ€™s death, James Bryce, an English visitor to the US said, â€œChristianity is in factâ€¦though not the legally established religion, (is) yet the national religion. So far from thinking their commonwealth godless, the Americans conceive that the religious character of a government consists inâ€¦the religious belief of the individual citizens and the conformity of their conduct to that belief.â€ (Godâ€™s Funeral, A.N. Wilson, p. xii)
Americaâ€™s Constitutional Republic—a glorious accomplishment of Anglo-American thought—is something unique in the history of the world. In America, â€œWe the people,â€ empowered by the one God, tell the government what it is allowed to do. For the first time ever, a system of government was built â€œof the people, by the people, and for the people.â€
In stark contrast to the magnificent accomplishment of Anglo-American thought stand the blight of socialism and its highly developed evil sibling, the malevolent system of Marxism. These spiritual sicknesses are the â€˜greatestâ€™ achievements of the Franco-Germanic side.
â€œThe world has never before known a godlessness as organized, militarized, and tenaciously malevolent (evil) as that preached by Marxism. Within the philosophical system of Marx and Lenin and at the heart of their psychology, hatred of God is the principal driving force.â€ (Alexander Solzhenitsyn quoted in â€œDefending the Natural Family Against the Gay Juggernaut, John A. Howard, Ph.d; The Howard Center, 3/8/06)
A major philosophical architect of the evil siblings is the amoral Prophet Jean Jacques Rousseau, a narcissist who callously used people to fulfill his self-centered needs and desires. Rousseau was described by Daniel J. Flynn as a person who was, â€œincapable of holding a job and sponged off women his entire life. He spawned five children, not one of whom he bothered to name, all of whom he abandoned to almost certain death at an asylum.â€ Jean Jacques, continued Flynn, â€œwas a sexual pervert who enjoyed physical punishment and exposing himself to women.â€ It should come as no surprise, observed Flynn that Rousseau advocated, â€œa philosophy of sexual anarchy, state ownership of children, and the subsidization of those unwilling to work.â€ (Intellectual Morons, p. 33)
The axis on which Rousseauâ€™s philosophy turns is the proposition that man is born good. In other words, and contrary to what our Founders believed and Christianity teaches, manâ€™s nature contains no dark side, or sin nature. The primary source of evil and suffering is not man spouted Rousseau, but religion—especially Christianity— plus the concept of sin and the very pillars of society deemed â€˜indispensableâ€™ by Anglo-American thinkers.
Creating the New Man and Utopian Society
â€œWhoever ventures to undertake the founding of a nation should feel himself capable of changing human natureâ€¦of transforming each individual.â€ Rousseau, the â€˜sinless demi-godâ€™, quoted in Frederic Bastianâ€™s â€˜Selected Essays on Political Economy, p.97
â€œWe are at a stage in history in which remolding society is one of the great challenges facingâ€¦us in the West.â€Hillary Clinton aping Rousseau, quoted in â€œIâ€™ve Always been a Yankee Fan, Thomas D. Kupier, p.119
Rousseauâ€™s prescription for the salvation and redemption of mankind called for the severing of all social and familial ties and the wholesale destruction of society. â€œEach citizen,â€ he stated, â€œwould (then) be â€¦absolutely dependant on the State.â€ The State—controlled by the intellectually-superior Anointedâ€”would serve as â€œthe agency of emancipation that permits the individual to develop the latent germs of goodness heretofore frustrated by a hostile society.â€ Emancipation achieved, the â€œalways constant, unalterable, and pureâ€ State would then subsume individual wills into a â€œGeneral Willâ€ (â€˜Common Goodâ€™ in todayâ€™s leftist-speak) thereby creating not only a New Man but an Ideal Society. Moreover, posited Rousseau, since human nature is undefined (socially constructed, in Leftist-speak), not only is it infinitely moldable (it can even have 5-14 gender variants, claim intellectual morons), but there are no moral principles and Creator to limit the social-engineering ambitions of the godlike State. Should any citizens refuse to be socially re-engineered and subsumed into Divine Oneness that merely proves that they have been corrupted and therefore must be forced into conformity. True liberty, bleated Rousseau, lies in conforming to General Will and dissidents must be, â€œforced to be free.â€
â€œWeâ€™re going toâ€¦take things away from you on behalf of the common good.â€ Hillary again aping Rousseau at fund-raiser, SFGate.com, 6/28/04
The Reign of Terror that overtook the French Revolution of 1793 was the first attempt by the Anointed to devise a New Order and a New Man. Robespierre and his Jacobinâ€™s heeded Rousseauâ€™s call for â€˜forceâ€™ and condemned and executed all who opposed them. Over 17,000 people were executed within the year.
Among the many and ever-evolving destructive doctrines, schemes, and programs spawned thus far by Franco-Germanic notions are nihilism, permanent revolution, atheism, radical feminism, secular humanism, New Humanist Man, New International Child of the future, positive law or sociological jurisprudence, collectivism, progressivism, statism, socialism, utopianism, New World Order, libertinism, queer theory, abortion, infanticide, eugenics, euthanasia, moral relativism, it takes a village, re-education camps, gulags, gas chambers, and killing fields.
Later, Karl Marx and Fredrich Engelâ€™s wed Franco-Germanic ideas to communism, Freudian psychology, and Darwinâ€™s theory of evolution (serving as a counterfeit genesis account) to produce the atheistic religion of Marxism. In turn, Marxism spawned nihilism, bolshevism, New Soviet Man, fascism, New Aryan Man, social Darwinism, class consciousness, social justice, identity politics, hate crime laws, speech codes, political correctness, the New Left, Cultural Marxism (multiculturalism), and modern liberalism (socialism in disguise). And where under Rousseauâ€™s system man was deprived of individuality and free will and then reduced to an anonymous cog in the machinery of the General Will, he was now reduced to something less than human. Stripped of individuality, free will, soul, spirit, and conscience, he became a slightly smarter ape to whom, although he hasnâ€™t yet realized it, the Constitution of the United States no longer applies.
â€œIâ€™m going to start thinking of her as a human being.â€ Social Darwinist Hillary, referring to the woman who cleans the restroom she (Hillary) uses. (Peggy Noonan, discoverthenetworks.org)
Manmade Hellâ€™s and Rivers of Blood
Historian R.J. Rummel graphically describes the hellish consequences when unbridled Power is in the hands of fallen man: â€œDuring the first eighty-eight years of this century (20th) almost 170 million men, women, and children have been shot, beaten, tortured, knifed, burned, starved, frozen, crushed or worked to death; buried alive, drowned, hung, bombed, or killed in any other of the myriad ways governments have inflicted death on unarmed, helpless citizens and foreigners. The dead could conceivably be nearly 360 million people. It is as though our species has been devastated by a modern Black Plague. And indeed it has, but a plague of Power, not germs.â€ (Death by Government, p.9)
These millions died, not because of our Founders Christian-Judeo worldview, but because of the ideas generated by egocentric Franco-Germanic thinkers such as Hegel, Comte, Rousseau, Spencer, Babeuf, Darwin, Freud, Marx, and Engelâ€™s. Ideas then acted on by great wicked ones such as Trotsky, Lenin, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot. The same ideas—of sexual anarchy, moral relativism, wrath, malevolence, violence, furious hatred, and nihilismâ€”that have corrupted some on the Right and in the GOP and which are the dark-forces that drive the Left as it avidly anticipates seizing Absolute Control and Power over America and Americans.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn warns us that, â€œMilitant atheism is not merely incidental or marginal to communist policy; it isâ€¦the central pivot. To achieve its diabolical ends, communism needs to control a population devoid of religious and national feeling, and this entails a destruction of faith and nationhood.â€ (ibid)
The antidote should be obvious. It is rededication to and revival of all that made America great in the first place, â€œ the indisputable foundations of society are manâ€™s Creator, sanctity of life, family, religion ,individuality, enduring morality and virtue, property, custom, law, community, order, freedom, prosperity, and recognition of manâ€™s fallen nature.â€
Copyright Linda Kimball 2007
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About Linda: Linda is the author of numerous articles and essays on culture, politics, and worldview which are published both nationally and internationally.
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