Confederate History Month 2012: Robert Barnwell Rhett on Democracy

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Continuing with this series …

“Here is a subject in which passion, and feeling, and religion are all involved,” he added perceptively. “All the inexperienced emotions of the heart are against us; all the abstractions concerning human rights; all the theories of political dreamers, atheistic utilitarians, self-exalting and self-righteous religionists, who would reform or expunge the bible, – in short, enthusiasts and fanatics of all sorts, are against us.” Only those who really understood the nature of the black race and had seen the practice of slavery firsthand in the South could understand them, he maintained …

Rhett felt that emancipation was part and parcel of the evil that emerged in France in the previous century, for the Enlightenment was not the only evil it helped to visit upon the world. The misguided push for universal rights and against slavery was “born in atheism, and baptized in the blood of revolutionary France,” and it accomplished its purpose. “It has never failed,” he said, “and never will fail, in accomplishing its purpose, where the slaveholder does not control his destinies.” …

Worse, universal suffrage, will give to those who have no property, the absolute control of the property and legislation of the country.” ” Then the Yankees would learn the truth, “in all its horrors, that the despotism of numbers may be the most terrible that can scourge a fallen people.”

Rhett and others like him were thinking along the same lines as far back as the 1830s. They were drawing the same conclusions about the future course of liberalism which led them to embrace secession.

Note: Can you imagine Rhett attending a Pete Seeger concert?

Fr. John+
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It goes back further than this. Filioquism sundered the West from the East, in 1100AD. I now realize that the existence of serfs until the 19th Century in Russia, was actually the outworking of keeping the hierarchic structure of society in place, via Orthodoxy. Serfs are not slaves, but the ontological/ideological correspondences are there to see. Had we not had the filioque, and yet still imported slaves, they would be still on the plantation to this very day- where they belong. What a tangled web, is that ‘…and the son’ added to creed. “The filioque is the outward, efficacious, and… Read more »
Eric Hale
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Fr. John: you are so right, as usual. Good stuff.

PalmettoPatriot
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Southern nationalists were and remain firmly against the Enlightenment and all the evils (such as all the chaos unleashed by the French Revolution) that came from it. Rhett was clear on this.

Lynda
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The Nasi of the Great Synagogue of Mulheim founded the Amerstamsee Wisselbank to monetize the debt of the Belgium and Netherlands after these Protestant nations carved themselves out of France. So these nations were founded on usury from the beginning – which the Church forbids – both Eastern and Western Patriarchates. The Wisselbank even wrote the textbook on derivatives. The Reformation is mired in religious terminology but the nuts and bolts of it is: wars of secession that were financed with loans from the Jews. Next the Nasi of the Amsterdamsee Wisselbank financed Oliver Cromwell when the Parliament had the… Read more »
Fr. John+
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And the Crown of England does so, precisely because it still has the filioquist (romanist) heresy at its’ base.

Both the Puritans and the Papists have this error in their pneumatology, and in their philosophy. The Only solution is to return to our common pre-schism roots theologically. You cannot fix a faulty theological paradigm, especially one based on Thomistic filioquist Romanism.

Stonelifter
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The Word of God is such an easy thing to understand; then people screw it all up

Lynda
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Fr John, The Crown is not the British monarchy of whatever persuasion. The British monarchy ended with James II King of England / VII of Scotland who ruled under what was left of Magna Charta and the Declaration of Arbroath. James Stewart was annointed privately by the Roman Catholic Church to reign as the monarch of England, Ireland and Scotland. The next day he was coronated at Westminster in the cermonies of the Church of England. What holds forth from that time of the Act of Succession of William of Orange is a mere ‘agent’ of The Crown. The Act… Read more »
HarryO
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Fr. John I am uninterested in a dispute with you but what in heaven’s name is all this business about “filioquism, Romanism.” We were exclusively a Protestant nation at our founding and remain predominantly so today. Does it not behoove you to with just a modicum of reasonable deference respectfully acknowledge this? This very weird obsession with the “filioque” clause in the Nicene creed is, well, weird – especially in this venue. If you don’t mind, I subscribe, as a Protestant in a Protestant nation to the Nicene Creed as it has come to us since the 5th century. Beyond… Read more »
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[…] “All the inexperienced emotions of the heart are against us; all the abstractions concerning human rights; all the theories of political dreamers, atheistic utilitarians, self-exalting and self-righteous religionists, who would reform or expunge the Bible, – in short, enthusiasts and fanatics of all sorts, are against us.” ~ Robert Barnwell Rhett […]

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