6.28.2005

Fools in Love

Have you ever been around new love? The first months of a romance? Newlyweds? The object of affection can simply do no wrong.

I believe that a particular love has reached epidemic proportions in the public square. However, the object of affection is the same: self. And, just as the object of affection in relationship can do no wrong, public figures are behaving in a manner that makes fools in love look brilliant.

Commenting on the Senate Filibuster Deal, Peggy Noonan remarked that, "Every announcement of news in America has become an Academy Awards show. And every speaker has become a variation on Sally Fields: 'I like me, I really like me!'" Her insight sheds light on what might otherwise appear as an epidemic of inexplicable stupidity.

If the problem were mere stupidity, then we might feel pity for the culprits. Unfortunately, I cannot summon even a trace of pity. The apparent foolishness is symptomatic of a much more serious condition, one that permeates our culture: self-absorption.

You see, when you understand that the focus of all things has everything to do with "me" and "my perception" of events and issues, silliness and destructiveness, find a contextual home. They find a contextual home in the same sick way that any swelling or pain makes sense once we discover the source of those symptoms. We don't hate the lump half as much as we do the cancer that paved the way for it. The cancer that has created the lump of the irresponsible, stupid and even dangerous words spoken and written is self-absorption.

It's everywhere. From the Senate floor to the Amazon best seller list, there are signs of this love, respect and adoration of self.

The most flamboyant of the examples of this self-love is Senator Durbin of Illinois. His inane, irresponsible comparison of our troops to the Nazis drove a knife into the back of our nation's military and military families, put our troops in danger and hurt millions of people around the world. He was eventually coerced to apologize, like a child insisting that he was still right, striving to defend himself, reaching for an Abraham Lincoln quote hinting that in the end, he may be proven right. An apology that consists of "I'm sorry that hurt you" is no apology at all. It's his way to say, "it's your problem, not mine, that I'm right." What an obnoxious, arrogant stunt-jeopardizing our nation's reputation abroad, the morale at home and the safety of our troops-in order to prove a point about his own rhetoric. I think the Senator would have done well to quote a different Lincoln quote. How about this one, Senator:
“Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hanged.”
Our public officials need to be reminded that they are servants of the people and not of their own egos and agendas.

The most chilling consequence of this self-love epidemic is the recent Supreme Court rulings. Supreme Court Justices are appointed for life so that they aren’t swayed by public opinion. I believe our Founders would turn over in their graves at the thought, much less an actual, ruling to hijack private property and to declare it unconstitutional to post the Ten Commandments in a courtroom. The Founders, who replaced “the pursuit of property” with “the pursuit of happiness” because they were virtually synonymous. The Founders who declared that we are “endowed by (our) Creator with certain unalienable rights.” The Founders who pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor in service to their God and the people they served. These men put self on the altar. They considered their lives a sacrifice for the nation they served. If they were in love, it was with something much greater than themselves; it was for a cause, a people and a land.

Sometimes love is blind in a very scary way. I fear for our nation in the way I’d feel for a woman in an abusive relationship. We have obliterated the concept of absolutes; we have eroded respect for the Law of our land…all the while, we have consistently honored and adored self. If we don’t return to God-fearing and self-sacrificing leadership, we’ll be doomed to the tyranny from which our founders escaped.

6 Comments:

At 6/28/2005 07:36:00 PM, Blogger alex said...

I love it. The truth hurts, but it will set you free. This love contradicts the very commandment of our Saviour, "To love the Lord our God with all our heart..."

 
At 6/28/2005 11:18:00 PM, Blogger Joyce Eli said...

"Fools in love" ~ A wonderfully written piece and sad commentary of the modern society. But if we arm ourselve with this knowledge we are fully equipped to battle the foolish forces that try to trample our Forefathers and mothers that bravely and graciously laid it all down for those whom they did not know. Even for their foolish foe.

 
At 8/13/2006 10:48:00 AM, Blogger chancuff said...

"Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale & undermine the military are saboteurs & should be arrested, exiled, or hanged." - President Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln never said this. Ever. This quote is a fabrication of Dr. J. Michael Waller, a soon to be former Annenberg Scholar, who first invented it in a Moonie publication, Insight Magazine on December 23, 2003. Shortly afterwards the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth gave it life in 2004.

I have two original King & Baird pamphlets in my collection, the identical pamphlet Waller sites as his proof, "TRUTH FROM AN HONEST MAN". Lincoln never wrote anything like this ... here, or anywhere else.

How pathetic has the Republican Party become that it insults the reputation of America's finest Republican president for their political gain?

Cliff Hancuff
The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too

 
At 8/27/2006 02:50:00 PM, Blogger chancuff said...

http://factcheck.org/article415.html

I can't say enough good things about what Brooks Jackson did with my original TRUTH FROM AN HONEST MAN pamphlet I loaned him.

My great, great, grandfather, who I am named in honor of, made the supreme sacrifice for our country in Lincoln's Union Army serving Stonewall Jackson his only defeat in the Civil War.

Diana Irey has "cut&run" from her use of this Lincoln quote. Write her "handler" Bill Pascoe at bill@irey.com and ask him. He's the one who arranged this "runaway!"

Here's some background.

http://community.cnhi.com/eve/fo...074/m/ 664107374

Cliff Hancuff
The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too

 
At 9/04/2011 06:06:00 AM, Blogger Cheryl Meril said...

Wonderful and much needed perspective. This self love epidemic is madness too many are affected by. I noticed those who have this problem nest together to support their illness. Those who don't "worship" and "adore" these people are punished by them one way or another. That's just my experience, that these kind of people are in the judicial system, law enforcement, entertainment, and of course government.

Thankfully as people get older, many grow out of our narcissistic self-absorbed behaviors unless it's pathological. In the meantime, I stay away from these kind of people because they twist reality and manipulate things to their victim's disadvantage, e.g., the crazy narcissist 5 time evicted roommate who believes she's a genius who keeps calling the police over petty things and men who believe they have special authority and dominion over women that they cyber stalk them to death.

The narcissists form networks to protect their interests. If we allow them too much power in society they will destroy us all.

 
At 9/04/2011 06:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since this post, our government has changed quite dramatically conducting fraudulent wars in five countries all without Congressional approval. The wars are bankrupting our country as we face collapse and devastation. Somewhere, a dramatic shift occurred turning the U.S. military into something far different than what it was intended to be in the U.S. constitution. The U.S. military has indeed become an invader and occupier of foreign countries based on fraudulent claims of "humanitarian" reasons. It seems the CIA has also been propping up dictators for decades to do the U.S. dirty work and then conducting wars to remove those who no longer follow their playbook.

The President Obama has claimed he is acting under the authority of the U.N. Troops are being sent on multiple tours and are committing suicide en masse like never before. They're benefits are being stripped and they've been foreclosed on while on duty overseas.

The SWAT teams are invading perfectly legal businesses, attempting to destroy whatever America's manufacturing base is left including Gibson USA recently along with various health food companies and businesses (e.g., Rawesome Foods in Venice, CA).

It seems the Nazi remark from the Congressman has no real consequence considering the "gods" in power are clearly abusing our military forces based on greed and a larger plan to collapse America into a world government.

Growing up out of the self-love means going deeper into the issues rather than accusing someone for a "Nazi" comment. There is a real problem in the U.S. military and those who run it at the Pentagon, a real danger posed to us all. Water boarding, torture, holding people for years without trials, secret prisons around the world. Sounds a little Nazish to me.

 

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