August 14, 2011

Robert Morrison over at National Review Online’s Corner blog has a wonderful and interesting post contrasting the leaders of Great Britian and today in the face of international conflict and how they faced the challenges of their day. Morrison writes of the meeting between FDR and Winston Churchill in Newfoundland suring the summer of 1941: Churchill was keen to get American ships to help in the fight against Germany, Roosevelt wanted to help without committing more than what he reasonably could without entering the nation into war.

It’s a beautifully-written piece that expresses longingly just how much we as a nation have lost in the face of a post-modern, anti-Christian liberalism that has sought to extract God from everything and everywhere in this country:

The next day, Sunday, was the spiritual summit of this summit. Thousands of British and American sailors crowded together for worship aboard Prince of Wales. “My father is a very religious man,” Elliott had told Churchill in a private meeting. Churchill already knew that. He had planned every detail of the elaborate divine service. He ordered British and American flags placed on the chaplain’s pulpit.

The president and the prime minister led their ships’ companies in a church parade. The sailors shared hymnals. The prime minister selected the hymns — Roosevelt’s favorites, and ones that Winston judged would be known by most of his battle-hardened English ratings. “O God, Our Help in Ages Past,” “Eternal Father, Strong to Save,” and “Onward, Christian Soldiers” were the familiar tunes voiced by 4,000 male voices, their sound reverberating from the forbidding gray mountains that ringed this sheltered bay.

The Royal Navy chaplain read from the book of Joshua. “I will not fail thee nor forsake thee, saith the Lord. Be strong and of good courage.” Roosevelt choked back tears, so moved was he by the scene played out for him. Churchill wept openly.

Now ask yourself: could you everimagine Barack Obama submitting himself to such a display of earnest Christianity? That’s a rhetorical question, y’all. Of course not. Do you know the Kenyan has never released a White House proclamation about Easter, but has annually at the start of Ramadan. Hey, I just report, you can be the judge.

I love the imagery of which Morrison writes; more than anything else, I miss the churches of which he writes. The Church of England (to which Churchill belonged) and the Episcopal Church (Roosevelt’s tradition) of their time are both long since gone. Instead of a rich tradition and a beautiful liturgy that presented one in humble and earnest repentence before God, these traditions of today are instead little more than apostate, pagan tributes to the gods of acceptance, tolerance, and diversity in the face of a political correctness that leaves them little more than a step or two above the wiles of Satan and his archangels.

If you think these words are harsh, all I can say is that it wasn’t me who left the Episcopal Church, it was the Episcopal Church that left me. I am, and will always remain until my grave, an Anglo-Catholic.

Filed in: Religion & Culture by The Great White Shank at 00:18 | Comments (6)
  1. Yes, times have changed. Comparing 1941 and its life and death fight to the finish and the leaders of that time with today’s relatively minor money troubles and our current leaders is a little ridiculous to start with but beyond that, the citizens of Earth have changed, too. The public wouldn’t have seen the poignant and fanciful scene Morrison describes. They would have seen an American President who didn’t stand when others stood, didn’t kneel when others knelt. They’d have seen a President with a debilitating disease who concealed it from the public. That might have alarmed a few people in 1941, both Americans and their future allies, and given them second thoughts about his leadership. FDR and his administration were very, very careful with that image. The 2011 public might have been tolerant of him but I think of the alarm people had when they thought today’s President concealed where he was born and I think, well, maybe not.

    Comment by Rob — August 15, 2011 @ 7:04 am

  2. Actually, Rob, I’m going to have to disagree with you on one thing: the 24/7 cable networks would have carried the mettings with banners like “Newfoundland Summit” behind images of waving US and British flags. We’d get live reports from the White House correspondents, and MSNBC and David Gregory on NBC would be questioning why God should have to enter into any discussion about the Lend-Lease Program.

    …and you’d have the Americans for Atheism protesting the conference and the Canadian version of the ACLU filing suit to stop the ceremonies – or at least allow a atheism-spouting representative have equal time at the proceedings.

    Of course, you’re right in the fact that someone as handicapped as Roosevelt was could never have been elected President in this day and age, but somehow Roosevelt found a way to prosecute a two-pronged war with a staff of only 150 staffers in the West Wing while Barack Obama needs 2000 of them to bring this nation to its economic knees.

    Of course, committed socialists don’t worry about the size of the government they surround themselves with – to them, the more the merrier!

    Comment by The Great White Shank — August 15, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

  3. Like I said, the world would not see the poignant and fanciful scene Morrison described.

    While we’re on FDR, think we could spend our way out of the recession like FDR did with the Great Depression? If FDR’s audacious WPA program were to be introduced today … imagine the reaction.

    Comment by Rob — August 16, 2011 @ 7:33 am

  4. Amity Shlaes “The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression” is a great book and a must read, revealing that much of FDR’s government expansion ideas were Hoover cast-offs. It was only when FDR over-played his hand (as liberals always do and Barack Obama is doing now) and went hog-wild with government expansion (not to mention attempting to stock the Supreme Court in his favor) that the economy slipped back into Depression in 1936. The only thing that saved his ass was World War II.

    Comment by The Great White Shank — August 17, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

  5. Overplaying one’s hand to excess is not a exclusively liberal trait, GWS. Both sides do it and both sides somehow forget that they get turned out when they do. Moderate Americans can tolerate Liberals and Conservatives. They just won’t tolerate excess from either of them.

    Comment by Rob — August 18, 2011 @ 4:27 am

  6. I guess the question becomes, what exactly does one consider excess? If conservative excess means wanting to take a sharp knife to the size and scope of the federal government in everyone’s lives and stopping the insane addiction to reckless spending Washington has, then count me as supporting excess. 🙂

    Comment by The Great White Shank — August 18, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

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