Former Pres. George W. Bush has finally spoken out against a sitting president. For eight years he was relatively silent regarding the policies and methods of former Pres. Barack Obama. When he decides to speak, he attacks a sitting Republican President who is trying to fix our broken immigration system:
“Our identity as a nation, unlike other nations, is not determined by geography or ethnicity, by soil or blood. … This means that people from every race, religion, ethnicity can be full and equally American. It means that bigotry and white supremacy, in any form, is blasphemy against the American creed.”
Actually, our nation is determined by geography as well as a contract called the Constitution. Pres. Trump’s immigration policies are not about ethnicity, race, or religion. Well, maybe about some aspects of religion. If there is a religion that uses religion to justify terror against a nation, then, yes, there should be extreme vetting as there has always been against people who want to destroy our nation.
What is an “American creed”? The Latin word credo is the first word in the Apostles’ Creed and is translated as “I believe.” In most cases, it’s a religious declaration. Religion — the ultimate credo — is an inescapable concept. Today’s political credo is Statism. Statism is today’s most popular religion. “In God We Trust” is a slogan that’s rarely followed by politicians. It’s more “In Government We Trust.” To prove that government is a religion, we are forced to pay an exorbitant tithe in the form of confiscatory taxes for that trust. The promise is always, “With more money and power the government will save you.”
“Blasphemy” is a crime against God. Unless the State is God, there is no blasphemy. It’s blasphemy to claim that a national creed can be blasphemed against.
Government as God has a long history. The Pharaohs were considered gods. The Caesars. Phrases like Dominus et Deus (“Lord and God”) “were addressed to Domitianby flatterers who wished to earn favors from the emperor.” Little has changed in nearly 2000 years. Flattery is given to get favors from the State because the State acts as if it is a god.
- “The State incarnates the Divine Idea upon earth” (Hegel).
- “The State is the supreme power, ultimate and beyond repeal, absolutely independent” (Fichte).
- “Everything for the State; nothing outside the State; nothing against the State” (Mussolini).