Eagle Forum As America enters the year of 2011, new government officials are taking their seats all over the nations, at all levels of government. If our nation is to survive and thrive (neither of which has been happening in recent years), we must all face certain fundamental facts and act accordingly. In this "Briefing" we take an overview of key facts, which we will examine in more detail in later "Briefings." Three such facts are:
America is, and has for decades been, engulfed in the flames of a Culture War; The Constitution has long been a white-hot center of this War and we therefore must Revive the Constitution!; The Courts continue to be the major "weapon of choice" of the forces fighting against the Constitution and the culture in the Culture War. As a part of their anti-Constitution, anti-America campaign, some of these enemies try to deny that there even is such a thing as a "Culture War." But Judge and jurist Robert Bork decisively eliminates this argument: "Despite the denials by some that any such conflict exists, the culture war is an obtrusive fact." As Roger Kimball observed in 2000, "[a war within a culture] results first of all in a metamorphosis in values and the other conduct of life." And, continues Bork, "Courts inevitably assume the role of moral teachers."
An additional view of the Culture War is offered by Peter Berger, who declared that "attitudes toward religion and the place of religion in society are a key determinant of who stands where in the conflict [the Culture War]." Our opponents "not only reject personal belief but maintain an active hostility to religion and religious institutions [meaning ORTHODOX religions]," adds Judge Bork.
In other words, the Culture War involves a wholesale attack by America's internal enemies (already identified by Judge Bork as judge-led) on all of society. "What makes a society is a community of ideas, not political ideas alone but also ideas about the way its members should behave and govern their lives," declared Lord Patrick Devlin in a famous debate in the mid 1960s. America's Culture War reveals a nasty chasm about how Americans should "behave and govern their lives" going all the way to the bottom of our society's worldview.
America's Culture War can therefore be understood only as a War of Worldviews. A "worldview" is a model, a framework, a depiction of reality. And only the worldview approach adequately explains reality. A "worldview" consists of a comprehensive arrangement of inherent, interrelated components central to a particular worldview. A central component of a worldview is "constitutional theory," consisting of an organized system of core concepts critical to that worldview. In America's Culture War, the bitterly opposing worldviews and the constitution theories they advocate may be outlined as followed, with more familiar terms included in parentheses.
Worldviews: Humanistic ("Pulverize our Foundations") v. Judeo-Christian ("Protect Our Foundations!") Constitution Theories: Reconstructionists (Activist/Liberal) ("Kill the Constitution") v. Constitutionalists (Restraintist/Conservative) ("Revive the Constitution")
The shame of Constitutionalists in our Culture War is described by Judge Bork, who observes that, "Oddly enough, the role of courts in displacing self-government and forcing new moralities has not triggered a popular backlash." The absence of such a backlash may be changing, but it is now up to us to "Face the Facts" and launch a massive counter-attack to Revive the Constitution!, with 2011 as a banner year for this launching. We have no other alternative.
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