Land of Opportunity Not Gaurantee

At a time when socialist politicians are offering free everything, I fancy that the USA has mutated from the land of opportunity to the land of guarantee. Fantasy has become reality in the embracement of relativism. Following is an article by an op-ed writer for a regional newspaper in Connecticut. He makes a clear and sober case for the inevitable failure of socialism. And why the French Revolution failed and the America Revolution did not.

“Socialism remains an empty promise”

By Martin Fey

“Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Unlike the phrases embodied in the U.S. Constitution adopted 13 years later, those words in Thomas Jefferson’s prologue to the Declaration of Independence have no force of law. Instead they form the fragile ideological capsule that encompasses the spirit of the American experiment.

Jefferson was a great wordsmith, but the phrase was mostly borrowed from the great Enlightenment philosopher John Locke – with one important alteration. Where Locke posited property as a God-given natural right, Jefferson carefully substituted “pursuit of Happiness.” He didn’t want anyone to interpret the Declaration to mean they had a guaranteed right to either property or happiness; instead he sought to convey that every human had the right to strive for both in a free society. That was a radical notion in the aristocratic-autocratic world of the 18th century, where even relatively free Englishmen were considered “subjects” of the king or queen rather than citizens of the country.

Even in those days a strong undercurrent of socialism, sometimes referred to as “levelling,” was pulling at society’s lower and intellectual echelons. It reared its vicious head only 13 years later in the French Revolution, which initially seemed to mirror its American precursor. But the French version promised not only liberty but also equality. As the cautious Jefferson knew, words are weighty objects and the word “equal” was, and remains, especially dangerous. His Declaration qualified that concept with “created” equal.
In America the idea of spiritual equality led to a prosperous aspirational society; in France the unqualified promise of equality led to unleashed envy, massacres, economic ruin, and eventually a return to imperial despotism and prolonged war under Napoleon Bonaparte. The French experience predicted the fate of almost every big socialist experiment that followed, from the Soviet Union to Nazi Germany to Cambodia to Venezuela. No political philosophy or religion has killed more people than Socialism.

In spite of that, the Democrat Party today increasingly embraces Socialism as a route to political power. The party’s leading lights, like elites in countries around the globe over the past 200 years, are apparently confident that they can harness the beast and use it to fashion a world after their own images. From the aged Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont to wet-behind-the-ears Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, the party is unifying behind the idea that happiness comes from tapping the wealth of others.

Socialists decry materialism, painting it as a capitalist creation, but Socialism is the most materialistic and divisive of all political philosophies. It measures everything in money, including equality and happiness.

The free market philosophy America has advanced isn’t an earth-bound religion like Socialism but rather a path to aspiration, inspiration and improvement of the human condition around the world. That’s a provable fact, while Socialism remains an empty promise.

Martin Fey is a member of the Quiet Corner Tea Party Patriots.

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Of Woman’s Influence

“The Face That Launched A Thousand Ships”

In Greek mythology, Helen of Troy, also known as Helen of Sparta, was said to have been the most beautiful woman in the world. She was married to King Menelaus of Sparta but was abducted by Prince Paris of Troy after the goddess Aphrodite promised her to him in the Judgement of Paris. This resulted in the Trojan War when the Achaeans set out to reclaim her. She was believed to have been the daughter of Zeus and Leda, and was the sister of Clytemnestra, Castor, Polydeuces, Philippe, Phoebe and Timandra. – (Wikipedia)

Although there are contradictions regarding Helen’s character, whether victim or perpetrator, it cannot be argued that her choice, regretted or not, influenced the actions of Paris that would bring down Troy.

If not for Eve of Genesis there would not have been a Helen. There is a saying oft used to give credit where due, and most likely it will, in someway, offend in today’s political climate: “Behind every great man is a great woman.” Although one might assume here that a woman has secondary status by such a phrase, it can be argued not so. For both man and woman in their unique natures each bring something to the table of success that the other cannot. In the case of Eve and Helen the influence which they possess over men can be considered an enticement. We know how each of these stories played out. In one, Paradise was lost and the other a city fell. Each come to bring about hardship and death as an inheritance from Eve’s very first poor choice in the use of free will.

The Wedding at Cana

On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there;  Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples. When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” ….  This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him. – John 2: 1-11

As we can see from the wedding at Cana story, Mary, too, like Eve and Helen, possessed the ability to entice. Not as a wife or lover, but, rather, as a mother. She impels our Lord, Her Divine Son, to perform the first miracle that would set Him on His mission that was to eventually lead to the cross. Her enticement, however, unlike Eve or Helen, ended not in setting upon mankind the wages of sin nor the destruction of the city of Troy, but, instead, for the redemption and salvation of souls from all eternity.

Woman has profound influence over man. She can either entice to vice or virtue. Eve entices Adam to disobey God, and Mary entices Jesus to obey Him. One banished man from Heaven and the other reinstated him. One selfish act, the other a selfless act. Jesus fulfilled His mother’s request. And her order to the servants to do what He says, without further discourse, acknowledges that she knew Jesus would do so. For He as God, Himself, could only follow His own Commandment, to “Honor Thy Father and Mother.” And what loving son does not obey his mother. Note, no condition of parental worthiness is stipulated. Mary in accepting God’s offer through the Immaculate Conception had given her will to God. And, in so doing, helped to initiate God’s will on earth by her role in the first of many miracles which would affirm that God had come to fulfill His promise to Israel of a Messiah in Christ Jesus. Mary as Mother of God is also Mother of redemption and salvation.

God came into the world not by man but by woman. He made man to be man and woman to be woman. There is no greater responsibility or honor bestowed upon humanity than to provide the means by which God would enter into His own creation. That responsibility and honor, through Mary, is shared alone by woman. Mary in her unique role of salvation and by her unblemished disposition should be the most emulated model of womanhood.









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Epiphany: To Return By A different Way

Through Christ, God has again opened Paradise to us all. May we gratefully accept the invitation.

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“Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.”  When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was.  When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.  On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  And having been warned in a dream not to return to…

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The Good Christmas Thief

What follows is a recent personal experience that evolved into a letter to the editor published in our regional newspaper. I thought I would share it, as it befits the Christmas season.

“The Thief Who Understood Value”

I was disappointed to find that the life-size Nativity was not on display in the Danielson town green this year. A town parks and recreation representative informed me that the display organizers had arranged to have it moved to a church near the park. Reason being, that the baby Jesus which had been taken from the display, but returned in recent years, was not returned last year.

The thief must have been a good thief. Because only a good thief would know the greatest value of something. That is why he or she chose to take the central figure of the display; which so happens to be the central figure of Christmas. The baby Jesus always draws the most attention. Especially the attention of those who need him most.

Two thousand years ago, another thief was not in a park but on a hill. In his darkest moment, he too was drawn to Jesus. And as a good thief himself, saw great value in the man who hung from the cross next to his. His last act on earth was that of a thief; for he stole heaven.

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Christmas: God Comes to Man

nativity-1168845-wallpaperAnd though no man knew it, the hour was near which was to end and to fulfill all things; and though no man heard it, there was one far-off cry in an unknown tongue upon the heaving wilderness of the mountains. The shepherds had found their Shepherd.” – G.K. Chesterton (“The Everlasting Man”)

Archaeologists have long searched for evidence of a missing link that would join modern man to the primates from the world in which he lives. By the study of unearthed remains of early cavemen there is hope that one day the link that would bridge the elusive, if existing, gap will be discovered.

But the missing link has already emerged. He was a caveman too. Because he was not born on the earth, but beneath it. Although, a caveman, He did not come to link men with beasts, but to link men with God. Men and women should not dwell on that which is beneath them, but that which is above them. For it has been revealed to men and women that they possess such a capability. A capability to be a sons and daughters of God.

“The One Awaited”

How strange this night; like no other.                                                                                        With silence and stillness beyond compare.                                                                                  So dense the air of forlornness.                                                                                                    Trials of days gone by and trials yet to come,                                                                            pale in contrast to those that lie within.                                                                                         So heavy the burden of life.

All attention is now given to an unoccupied crib, humble in nature;                                     its purpose yet to unfold.                                                                                                            And within its emptiness, so go our hearts.                                                            A weary faithful world awaits.

In an instant of time long measured,                                                                                               the veil of obscurity is lifted;                                                                                                   revealing the eagerly anticipated visage.                                                                                          For now, in the crib resides all beauty, all purity, all innocence;                                empowered by divine love.

The radiance of this infant presence instills light                                                                         in the darkest of human hearts.                                                                                                      And in so doing removes the sting from suffering, despair and death.                                  Order is restored, trust renewed and truth has its place.

So, then, to whom may joyous voices freely sing their praise;                                                   and homage be paid?                                                                                                                       Who is this advocate of salvation, peace and good will?                                                               It is He, God’s gift of love; in whom all hope is well placed.

A Blessed Christmas to all my followers and those of whom have become valued  friends.

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A Tale Of Two Cities: The City of Man and The City of God

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.” – Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities is a historical novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The novel tells the story of the French Doctor Manette, his 18-year-long imprisonment in the Bastille in Paris and his release to live in London with his daughter Lucie, whom he had never met. The story is set against the conditions that led up to the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror.

Contrasted are the social and political events taking place in Paris and London during (and prior to) the French Revolution in the mid-to-late eighteenth century. Dickens draws unsettling parallels between the two cities, describing abject poverty, appalling starvation, rampant crime, ruthless capital punishment, and aristocratic greed. The novel questions the degree to which the French revolutionaries of the late eighteenth century upheld Enlightenment-era ideals of rational thought, tolerance, constitutional government, and liberty.

Book the First: Recalled to Life

Book One opens in 1775 and focuses on the symbolic resurrection of Dr. Alexandre Manette, who has finally been released after an eighteen-year imprisonment in the Bastille. Lucie Manette (his dutiful seventeen-year-old daughter) and Jarvis Lorry (a business-minded bank clerk) retrieve him from a garret at the top of a wine shop in Paris. Dr. Manette cannot remember who he is, but he begins to recall his past life after seeing Lucie for the first time.

Book the Second: The Golden Thread

Book Two takes place five years after the events of Book One. It focuses on Charles Darnay, a French emigrant who denounces his aristocratic heritage for a new life in England. Darnay, whose real surname is Evrémonde, is on trial for treason—but is spared by the intervention of Sydney Carton, a young, alcoholic attorney who happens to be nearly identical to Darnay. Dr. Manette, who made a full recovery from his trauma-induced memory loss, builds a successful medical practice in his home near Soho. Darnay, unaware that his father and uncle were responsible for Dr. Manette’s long imprisonment, falls in love with Lucie Manette, and the two marry. The novel’s preoccupation with revolutionary sentiment deepens as the French peasantry buckles under increasing oppression from the aristocracy. The French Revolution begins, and Darnay decides to rescue his uncle’s longtime servant, Monsieur Gabette, from Paris.

Book the Third: The Track of a Storm

Book Three highlights the brutality of the French Revolution, particularly during the Reign of Terror in Paris between 1793 and 1794. Darnay, who cannot hide his aristocratic heritage, is imprisoned for the crimes of the Evrémondes. He is initially released (with the help of Dr. Manette, who rushed to Paris with Lucie after they learned about Darnay’s imprisonment) but is rearrested and sentenced to death. Ultimately, Sydney Carton, the irredeemable drunk, selflessly switches places with Darnay—sacrificing himself so Lucie, whom he loves, can return to London with her husband and daughter.  – (




The City of God is a challenge to human society to choose which city it wishes to be a part of, and Augustine sees his task as clearly marking out the parameters of each choice. Augustine concludes that the purpose of history is to show the unfolding of God’s plan, which involves fostering the City of Heaven and filling it with “worthy citizens.” For this purpose, God initiated all of creation itself. In such a grand plan, the fall of Rome is insignificant.

Augustine presents the four essential elements of his philosophy in The City of God: the church, the state, the City of Heaven, and the City of the World. The church is divinely established and leads humankind to eternal goodness, which is God.

St. Augustine, in addressing Rome, asserts that Christianity saved the city from complete destruction and that Rome’s fall was the result of internal moral decay. Not unlike the conditions leading to the French-Revolution. He further outlined his vision of two societies, that of the elect (“The City of God”) and that of the damned (“The City of Man”). That which made or broke society in the past is the same which makes or breaks society today. For a people who chose to turn a blind eye to their past, will find that those same destructive societal influences then are, today, simply called by a different name. Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen tells us that: “There are likely no new things happening in our world. There are only old things happening to new people.” We only fool ourselves to think otherwise. This is why society continues to make the same mistakes.

Carlton and Christ go to their deaths willingly. In that they are the same but different, for Christ is God and unlike Carlton was destined to do so from all eternity. Carlton was born into this world to live. Christ was born into it to die. Each in their death do it out of love: Carlton upon a guillotine and Christ upon the cross.

Each is seen by the worldly to be a failure for they lack the four things most deemed to be associated with the successful: wealth, power, pleasure and honor. Yet the desires of the world can enslave; for each can possess, as well as, be possessed. Of the two, Christ is the best example. He has no wealth – for he has but a cloth about His waist. He has no pleasure – for He has been scourged and beaten. He is powerless – for He is pinned to the cross by nails. He is not honored – for he is ridiculed, mocked and spit upon. Carlton and Christ, in particular, possess none of these supposed attributes. Carlton and Christ are denied the four things, and Christ, especially so, upon the cross. When one looks upon each in good conscience, common sense and a contrite heart; one sees a happy man. For the greatest attribute that ever was graced to man is love. This one attribute, so often foreign to the City of Man, opens wide the gate to the City of God. Where one never again will know the worst of times, but, rather, only the best of times.

In his sacrifice for the love of another, Sydney Carlton, has become, as St. Augustine says, a worthy citizen of “The City of God.” And Carlton validates this in his final words as he ascends to the Guillotine: “I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss, and, in their struggles to be truly free, in their triumphs and defeats, through long years to come, I see the evil of this time and of the previous time of which this is the natural birth, gradually making expiation for itself and wearing out. . . .
I see that child who lay upon her bosom and who bore my name, a man winning his way up in that path of life which once was mine. I see him winning it so well, that my name is made illustrious there by the light of his. . . .
It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known.”


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Where Advent Leads

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xmas mangerLet’s go back and think of all the repercussions of the sin of Adam. There isn’t an Arab; there isn’t an American;  there isn’t a European; there isn’t an Asiatic in the world who does not feel within himself something of the complexes, the contradictions, the contrarieties, the civil wars, the rebellions inside of his human nature which he has inherited from Adam. We all struggle against temptation. Why? Simply because our human nature was disordered in the beginning. There is a terrific monotony about human nature. You must not think that you are the only one in the world who has a tortured soul. Now if the sin of Adam has had so many repercussions in every human being that has ever lived, shall we deny that the Incarnation of our Blessed Lord has had a greater repercussion? Can it be that the sin of one man can have greater effects and…

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