On Tuesdays the Spruce Tunnel often pays a rather sarcastic “tribute” to the outcome of  the every two-year Tuesday national elections held in this country.      That a nation can  appear to “elect” such harmful leaders at all levels is astonishing.    Are we willingly deceived by the candidates?  willingly hoaxed by them?    Or is it out of our control?     Is there some sort of irresistible and inevitable downward spiral at work?

I  go to the news source called The Telegraph from Great Britain to explore a little bit of  why a nation chooses servitude over freedom and responsibility.   Here is the beginning of that article:

More laws are needed as religion declines, top judge says

“One of Britain’s most senior judges said the rapid rise in the number of laws in recent years had been necessary as other modes of social control such as religion and old fashioned morality declined.”

By Miranda Prynne, News Reporter

You can read the entire article here — if the link is still active — and I’ll put most of the article below, in the “More”  section.

But to further explain that quoted sentence,  it’s the Wisdom of the Ages that a society, whether nation or kingdom or tribe,  get the leaders that they deserve.  Thousands of years ago, in the time of  Isaiah, people were told that  if they remained  immoral and pleasure-seeking, driving God out of their lives,   that God would grant them leaders who are   immature,  inexperienced,  greedy, and power hungry.   Their leaders would be unqualified men or  effeminate men,  or women,  or   “children”  — none with the character and capability of leading wisely.

And then into this power vacuum at the highest level would come forces of tyranny and despotic control over the people.     As the judge said,   “social control”  is needed,   imposed and enforced by a powerful system.    This is inevitable because if the nation, as a whole,  does not fear God  (properly understood),  then there will be much to fear!

Tyrants and despots, then, play on those very real fears, offering themselves as the Solution:
“This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.”
– Plato

And  if there is “not enough” for the people to fear,  then reasons for fear can be created.    

“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”
– U.S. President James Madison

“A history of false flag attacks used to manipulate the minds of the people! “In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

“Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death”.
– Adolph Hitler

“Why of course the people don’t want war … But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship … Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”
– Hermann Goering, Nazi leader.

“The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. [The public] will clamor for such laws if their personal security is threatened”.
– Josef Stalin

So there it is:  the matter is complex and complicated and far bigger than any of us can entirely understand.    And yet it starts with our individual conduct, based upon our seeking God and His ways, inevitably and always rewarded by His movement towards us, often called his grace.

And this individual moral living multiplied by the majority of the population saves the nation.

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(“MORE” follows)
One of Britain’s most senior judges has blamed a decline in religion and traditional moral values for the growing number of laws needed to maintain order.
Lord Sumption, a Supreme Court Justice, said laws now reached into areas of life once left untouched by such regulation with 3000 new criminal or administrative offences added to the statute book during Tony Blair’s premiership between 1997 and 2007.
But he claimed the “expansion of the empire of law” had been necessary to fill the gap left by declining religious and moral codes which once guided people’s behaviour.
He said: “It is a response to a real problem.
“At its most fundamental level, the problem is that the technical and intellectual capacities of mankind have grown faster than its moral sensibilities or its co-operative instincts.
“At the same time other restraints on the autonomy and self-interest of men, such as religion and social convention, have lost much of their former force, at any rate in the west.

“The role of social and religious sentiment, which was once so critical in the life of our societies, has been largely taken over by law.”

In a lecture entitled ‘The Limits of Law’ given in Kuala Lumpur, the top judge discussed the correct role for judges and courts in society and looked at what tasks were better overseen by other agents of social control.

He accused the European Court of Human Rights of extending its influence far beyond its intended purpose as a safeguard against totalitarianism and reaching into areas of domestic government policy.

After praising the European Convention of Human Rights for its “wholly admirable” text, he said: “Nothing that I have to say this evening is intended to belittle any of these truly fundamental rights.

“But the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg stands for more than these.

“It has become the international flag-bearer for judge-made fundamental law extending well beyond the text which it is charged with applying. It has over many years declared itself entitled to treat the Convention as what it calls a “living instrument.”

He added: “This approach has transformed the Convention from the safeguard against despotism which was intended by its draftsmen, into a template for many aspects of the domestic legal order.”

Lord Sumption argued that in a healthy democracy people’s expectations of the law were greater as they demanded protection in every aspect of their lives.

This created a need for legislation in everything from violent crime to working hours but also meant a “more intrusive” legal system, he warned.

He claimed that acts which a century ago would have been dismissed as “casual misfortunes” or “governed only by principles of courtesy” are now “actionable torts”.

Lord Sumption said: “We need to think seriously about the proper role of judges in the ordering of society.

“We live in an age of unbounded confidence in the value and efficacy of law as an engine of social and moral improvement.

“The spread of Parliamentary democracy across most of the world, has invariably been followed by rising public expectations of the state, of which the courts are a part.

“The state has become the provider of basic standards of public amenity, the guarantor of minimum levels of security and, increasingly, the regulator of economic activity and the protector against misfortune of every kind.

“The public expects nothing less.

“Yet protection at this level calls for a general scheme of rights and a more intrusive role for law.

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  1. jon Says:

    Thank you! Hopefully, many will read this and get off their butts and finally do something about it! Prayer seems to be the only answer left. Jesus’ Mom is the one who can help us, if we ask.

    • Right. If we don’t govern ourselves, someone else must govern us. It’s so easy to slide into servitude, but God meant us to be good so we can be free, and that kind of goodness comes only from God. It’s a spiritual battle, isn’t it.

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