“The enemy is like a woman, weak in face of opposition, but correspondingly strong when not opposed. In a quarrel with a man, it is natural for a woman to lose heart and run away when he faces up to her; on the other hand, if the man begins to be afraid and to give ground, her rage, vindictiveness and fury overflow and know no limit.”
~ St. Ignatius of Loyola, Founder of the Jesuit Order (via http://barnhardt.biz/ )
When career politician Charlie Rangel referred to the Tea Party as a “bunch of white crackers”, it wasn’t the physical being we see and recognize as Charlie Rangel. Rather, it is the unseen force that resides within him that must be understood and dealt with. This is the spirit of anger, envy and derision that has made its home in the heart of one of the most powerful and influential men in Washington!
One would think that America has lifted herself above such a dark current of racial undertone evidenced in the election of her first black president. But then, one would be focused only on the skin pigmentation in the photos above and completely missing the essence that lurks behind the eyes…
In “The Virtues of Manliness” JOY, the narrator describes true JOY as putting God (Jesus) and Others before Yourself. That which resides in the heart of Charlie Rangel and behind the eyes above is the complete and polar opposite of such JOY! That, my friends, IS the Enemy of us all! Behind the face of all corruption in Washington and every scandal emanating from the den of thieves known as Capitol Hill lays the one and only true enemy our media can never expose…for the simple reason that they are of it! They have become it and can no longer separate themselves from it.
Most of us live on the surface where we deal in “appearances”. Every solicitation we respond to (left or right) is meant to keep us on this level. It is meant to keep us focused here where it feeds the growing industry on both sides of the illusion! Here, we will never be more than pawns and ultimate casualties. The side in power uses every tool it has from the IRS to the NSA to keep us groveling on the surface like helpless sheep. The other side throws up flashy pundits and political grifters to caress the patriot heart like fleeting Valentino’s leaving our landscape a modern day Gettysburg…only way more devastating!
To defeat the enemy, we must first see the enemy. We must learn to recognize it where it resides. We must go behind the appearance and much deeper to truly expose and oppose it. For the reasons St. Ignatius so wisely articulated, this is exactly what it fears most of all!