Posted by: Dr Churchill | October 14, 2020

The road to hell is paved with good intentions as evil is hiding in our midst disguised under the guise of Safety and Concern for others welfare…

In the midst of a Bloody Civil War and on hallowed and bloody ground on November 19th of 1863, Abraham Lincoln’s words forever defined the promise of a democratic free nation — a promise that now comes perilously close to being unfulfilled due to the Evil of Totalitarianism in our response to the pandemic of panic and fear that we are coursing through in todays October leading to the November elections of 2020.

No other Leader in history has spoken more eloquently, more bravely and more effectively in his succinct words in favor of the Cause of Justice, Freedom and Democracy, than Abraham Lincoln the 16th President of these United States did, during the midst of the Civil War speaking on the field of honor for the fallen of the bloodiest battle the Union has ever fought… 

And because his clear and inspiring words were needed more than ever, after the three-day bloodletting near the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania during the Civil War, it fell on President Lincoln to deliver those words —  a mere 272 words in total — at a formal dedication and commemoration ceremony for the fallen soldiers of both warring sides, in Gettysburg on a rainy gray November day, the 19th of the year 1863. 

And since a century and a half (157 years) has passed after Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, the drums of Civil War are booming again in our country, as the hateful rhetoric coupled with political divisions cloud our judgement, threaten to tear asunder the fabric of our country and are readying to super our ship of State and sink our Republic for ever.

Indeed our very existence as a nation is threatened, as our “Raison D’Etre” called into question and as our Democracy is imperiled, during this period of unrest and chaotic discourse running throughout our country.

So this is the time that begs us to take another look at the famous Gettysburg remarks that our Great Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln the 16th president of these United States offered, back then for the fallen of that awful engagement in the field of blood, honor and mud — the bloodiest battle of the Nation that was conducted, in the midst of the First Civil War, where despite the combined casualties of over 51,000 men, the three-day battle of Gettysburg was not declared the decisive victory, the Union or the Confederacy forces and leadership had originally hoped for…

As always Civil Wars never have any clear winners or losers, but rather many victims and casualties of hate, division and discord.

Indeed, two more years of terrible and all consuming “brotherly” fighting would follow the battle of Gettysburg, on the way to the vaunted Emancipation, well before the First American Civil War would come to a quiet end of hostilities, the death of Abraham Lincoln and the beginning of the Reconstruction and Restoration of Democracy and the Union.

Yet, back in the hallowed ground of Gettysburg, on that gray day of November 19th of 1863, the dedication ceremony of the war memorial was offered a scant four months after the battle had ended, and the human remains were still being buried and reinterred as Union people came together to commemorate the battle and memorialize the Field of Honor.

Lincoln at Gettysburg, offered simple and yet pivotal words that remade America, according to the historian Garry Wills who wrote of a nurse at the time who “shuddered at the all-too-visible ‘rise and swell of human bodies’” as they still lay desiccating in the fresh graves. 

Lincoln was not the designated keynote speaker for the ceremony. That honor went to Edward Everett of Massachusetts, considered at the time to be America’s greatest living orator. Everett spoke for two hours before Lincoln rose to give his brief remarks. 

Before an estimated audience of 15,000, many of whom couldn’t hear all that was being said, Lincoln spoke from his own script for almost three minutes. He was interrupted by applause five times.

Contrary to popular myth, Lincoln did not write out his remarks on the back of an envelope while on a train in the few hours preceding the ceremony. He was a man who knew the power of his own rhetoric and gave great consideration to each and every word he wrote. As a writer he based his craft on rewriting multiple drafts over a period of days. Gettysburg was no exception.

Throughout what has come to be known as the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln never once mentions directly the Union or the Confederacy or slavery  — the three key components behind the struggle at hand.

Likewise, he never mentions the town of Gettysburg itself.

On this occasion he was aiming for higher meaning and greater purpose — that being the defense of the proposition that democracy on this earth should not perish…

Lincoln’s unmatched skill when it came to language and his near-poetic selection of words at every turn, makes his speechifying to be elevated to that of Artistic masterpiece.

As a matter of fact, Lincoln’s personal secretary John Nicolay once described the Gettysburg Address as “one of the world’s masterpieces in rhetorical art.”

One hundred and fifty-seven years later, few would disagree.

Yes, Lincoln was a self-taught writer and storyteller well aware of the power of words. But he was also a politician, a lawyer by trade, and commander-in-chief in the middle of the deadliest war in a young nation’s history. In that light, it must be remembered that the Gettysburg Address was not preordained or heaven-sent. It was very  much a man-made document that, while soon to become an immortal work of genius, started out with a more strategic goal in mind.

Abraham Lincoln was up for reelection the following year, 1864, and he was convinced that if he were not reelected the Union would not survive. The dedication of a new cemetery provided the perfect opportunity for him to state his case, and thus the nation’s case, that the original idea of a free and united nation, as set forth by the Declaration of Independence, was still worth fighting for.

And maybe as good students of History, we can recognize that these ideals are worth “Now more than Ever.”

So, at two o’clock in the afternoon of November 19th, it was finally Lincoln’s turn to speak. After being introduced, he rose from his seat on the speaker’s platform and stepped forward. Pulling out two folded pages from his coat, he waited patiently for the crowd to be quiet. Then slowly and deliberately he began to speak:

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. 

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. 

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

The reaction to his ‘brief remarks’ was swift and unanimous. Newspapers quickly circulated the text far and wide, and a stronger vision of Lincoln and the cause for which the Union was fighting for, immediately, emerged.

Edward Everett wrote to the President the next day: “I should be glad, if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion in two hours as you did in two minutes.”

The Gettysburg address and the generalized reactions to it, certainly contributed to Lincoln’s winning reelection in the elections of 1864.


Yet it is worth remembering that this speech also sealed the fate of Lincoln, the Slaves, and of the Emancipated Union of the American States as well, to he process, or to the spark that lies at the heart of Democracy, and that is the individual freedom.

People at Liberty choosing to self govern themselves by freely elected representative is the fount of all Democracy now and in the past.

But what of the future?

A future that is marred by totalitarianism…

A future where all human freedom can be curtailed at the blink of an eye because of the sickness of the state and its powerful agents who smother all those who seek to be Free?

What happened in Gettysburg in the year 1863, comes to us in words that are immortal.

Indeed, Lincoln’s words will never lose their power, but their meaning has already been lost in the debates over masks, vaccines and politics in the Covid-19 era of hate, discord and division.

And although these words are forever etched in stone, as part of our nation’s heritage and uniqueness on the world’s stage — today’s reality reflects the fact that we have already forgotten their meaning at our peril.

That, too, shall not perish…

And that is why today — I have my doubts about the resilience of Democracy and of our Constitutional Republic.

Because we are treading through a time of generalized Mass Hysteria that allows for all sorts of Evil to transcend with here.

And ultimately, this is the enemy of Democracy.

Because Evil deals in falsehoods and fallacies that are perpetuated in the interest of the rekindling of a new Civil War.

Civil War 2.0 is upon us, because this current agreed-upon general delusion, and mass panic, cause a complete suspension of disbelief amongst the population at large.

And indeed this mass delusion is the one thing that makes it difficult for us to see the destruction of our Democracy and consequently to deal with the massive forces of Evil hiding in plain sight within our society and agitating for our destruction working deep in our midst.

And because our governance systems act in accord with our media, with our enemies, and apparently with all of our security services — in short the system as we use the word now — this situation becomes the best breeding ground for our seeds of mutual destruction.

And if our Safety net, and our mental fugue, and tiredness coupled with the mental laxity of our people under the strain of this elusive pandemic — is the hiding place for Evil, or rather for the unconsciousness totalitarian state machine, or for the “deadness” of the individual Spirit in the words of St Paul — then we must rebel against it and follow the norms of our Christian faith above all else.

Because as both St Thomas Aquinas and author C. S. Lewis taught us — the triumph of evil depends entirely on his disguise within the trusted power structures of Society, where our “ego” can see it as some form of goodness and virtue so that we can buy into it, observe its norms and force others to submit to it as well. [1] [2]

Therefore, evil depends on a “good” disguise, cultural virtue and religion are the very best covers of all. As you might recall it was the Jewish faithful mob, the multitude of people led by the demagogues of the two leading Jewish parties of the day — the Pharisees and the Sadducees, coordinating with the leaders of the current Religious, State, and even of the Roman empire, that all together colluded in the killing of Jesus Christ ranging the evil deed on the evening of the Sabbath. (Matthew 27:1–2).

Yet, in St Luke’s gospel — it was the Pharisees and the Sadducees who whipped up the crowds into a frenzy, while King Herod and Pontius Pilate, passed judgement on Jesus Christ by pushing him back and forth, like the swaying pendulum — always affirming whatever the other one said (St Luke 23:12).

So it is no wonder today, that after that foundational debacle of a miscarriage of Justice and the State sponsored Murder of an Innocent Man — all Christians are forewarned that the highest levels of power can and probably will be co-opted by evil and they will do his biding wantonly.

Now of course, someone has to ask this: Is there a culture in this world that does not operate out of this recipe for delusion?

This is what St Paul means when he names “the world,” or what we call “the system,” as one of the sources of evil, because that which St Paul already recognized intuitively, is that it is almost impossible for any social grouping of a bureaucratic power, and of a political power, to be corporately or consistently selfless.

Because every power structure has first and foremost to contend with its own longevity as its primary goal. And thus it simply has to maintain and promote itself at virtually any cost — therefore sacrificing even its own stated ethics and morality to that illusory self affirming goal.

Now, of course — if we can see this — this might reveal the depth of the disguise of institutionalized evil.

To heed and understand this concept — please consider the rationale for the NAZI destruction of the Jews of Europe in their Final Solution doctrine as promoted by their theoretical basis of Jews being “Inhuman, Rats and Money hungry” and an object to the development of the Aryan race that needed to fulfill its potential and it living space for a Homeland free of vermin and contagious sickness that the Jews carried apparently with them. Does that remind you of the current rationale of excluding the unmasked and unvaccinated people from our Society, especially now that we progress towards a qualified “Herd Immunity” based on a State Sponsored and State Administered Vaccine?

Hitler’s rhetoric, his irrational rationale, and the very essence of the “final solution” doctrine of the German army, led by the National Socialist party ideologues and rank and file members as well as all the members of the Gestapo, the SS, the Hitler youth, the brownshirts and of the whole of the German Society — was based on the “Good German” civilians cooperating with the vast bureaucratic machinery of the German state, since all of them were believers in the mass delusion that Jews had to be exterminated because they represented a sickness within the German society and life as cancer in the body has to be extracted, to save the host.

Martin Heidegger and Nietzsche presented the philosophical underpinnings of the NAZI cannon, but it was the state induced mass hysteria of the German people that turned everyone into a snitch and a police informant as a person that pushed the nice Jewish family to the hands of the Gaolers, and send them all as a People to the concentration Death camps and to the Gas chambers, willingly and knowingly — even though these Jews were their neighbors, their coworkers, their lifetime confidants, and often times the trusted family Doctors, lawyers, teachers, professors and even personal friends.

None of that mattered. The Jews were sent to their Death by the Good German people who were led to fear the “Sickness” carried by the Jews and thus to avoid the miasma, they sent them to their death.

How is that for a parallel to today’s world where the elderly in nursing home facilities are required to cohabit with the Covid-19 patients who are sent to their death, amidst the elderly invalids that are sequestered aways form family and friends in what today amounts to a modern care facility akin to a modern Death Camp?

Perhaps more distanced and less nerve raking for the fragile amongst you, would be the philosophical explantation based on the writings and the philosophies of religious rationale for the “Doctrine of Discovery,” which justified the ruthless and bloody conquest of America by the Conquistadors, and the African slave-trade, as seen in the “Doctrine of Discovery” that emerged from a series of fifteenth-century papal bulls, which are official decrees by the pope that carry the full weight of his ecclesiastical ecumenical and worldly power of the Pontifical office, from where on May 4th of the year of the Lord 1493 — the first year after Columbus sailed West through the vast blue ocean — Pope Alexander VI issued the papal bull “Inter Caetera” and offered a spiritual validation for the European conquest, “that in our times especially the Catholic faith and the Christian religion be exalted and be everywhere increased and spread. . . .”

This particular Papal Bull of the “Inter Caetera” gave theological permission for the European body and mind to view themselves as superior to the non-European bodies and minds. The doctrine created a separate identity for African Peoples, as inferior and only worthy of subjugation; as it also relegated the identity of the original inhabitants of the “discovered lands” to become outsiders, now unwelcome in their own land, subject to extermination or to a reduced life as impotent refugees in their own homes, cities, towns and villages within their own countries. [3]

“Evil finds its almost perfect camouflage in the silent agreements of the group when it appears personally advantageous, politically correct, and sanctioned by an all powerful majority consensus opinion.”

–Plato

Such unconscious evil, “deadness” and totalitarianism, will continue to show itself in every age, and this is why we cannot forget that the “sin” of our world is still within us, on the “here and now.”

And it is our willful blindness to Evil that allows for this to transpire, because if we do not see the true shape of evil, or if we fail to recognize how we are fully complicit in his work today — it will surely subsume us, consume us and fully control us, while not looking the least bit like the sinful evilness that we personally seek to atone for in all of our virtue signaling, in our prayers, and in our faithful devotions to our religious principles to our political and personal philosophies and/or to our principles — whether we have one of these or not.

Therefore, the “agreed-upon delusion” of today’s “Masked Majority,” the insufferable suffering of the “mass hysteria” of the “vaccinated plurality” and the suspension of disbelief of the personal Evil that we are perpetrating against “the other” by dehumanizing “the stranger” today — is the basis of why we are all going to Hell in a hand basket along with our Country and Life as a United Nation…

And since this is done in the name of the elusive Covid-19 panic epidemic — this pure Evil in our midst and in our actions, is strengthened within us, because we cannot recognize or overcome it, as isolated individuals, since it is held together by the group consensus, and by the State policy of Apartheid against the non-conforming ones.

Do you think for one moment that President Lincoln would approve of this?

Think again…

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

[1] St Thomas Aquinas describes the devil’s deception through evil “that has a semblance of good” in his meditation on the Lord’s Prayer. See The Three Greatest Prayers: Commentaries on the Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary, and the Apostles’ Creed, based on trans. by Laurence Shapcote (Sophia Institute Press: 1990), 152.

[2] C S Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters (1942) offers numerous examples of the ways evil presents itself as desirable.

[3] Mark Charles and Soong-Chan Rah, Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery (InterVarsity Press: 2019), 15, 19, 21.


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