Evil’s dislike for Good is not restricted to the realm of the supernatural. The Earth has been a battleground since our most distant ancestors with consciences came into being. For people of faith, these wars will continue until the Second Coming. For skeptics, it could last until the sun becomes a red giant and overtakes the first three planets, including ours. Either way, it will be a long struggle.
Many Good vs. Evil confrontations are obvious. Organized crime, neighborhood gangs and Islamic jihadists are clear examples of those who attack innocent people. However, the colliding political philosophies of small vs. big government are part of an overlooked venue. Striving for big government unwittingly puts many on the side of the control freak who was bounced from Heaven; thus, creating Hell.
Respect for Human Life Creates Two Sides of the Battle
A key principle around which sides are taken is respect for the dignity of human life. Government intervention should be limited to doing for individuals what they have a right to do for themselves, but cannot.1 Assistance ought to be given where it is truly necessary. Taxpayer funds should be available to provide the basics of life for those who are unable to provide for themselves.
But it must not also promote, unintentionally or otherwise, the breakup of the family as many of the War on Poverty programs have done over the last half-century.2
It also means that tax money should not arbitrarily fund some private startup industries just because they happen to be a favorite of someone in power (e.g. Solyndra).3 In addition, there are government intrusions which force communities to accept government subsidized housing.4
European Union Ruling Class is Power Happy
Overbearing control of government is seen in many ways. Mandating that member nations take unreasonable security risks by the arbitrary and negligent opening of national borders was the main reason the United Kingdom decided to leave the European Union in order to restore its rightful sovereignty. The EU ruling elites also find ways to control the trivial as well as the big picture. They determined which tea pots and toasters they considered environmentally acceptable and, therefore, permitted to be used in the home.
Trivializing Human Life in the U.S.
The more massive the exercise of control, the more it aligns with Evil. (The word “evil” may have fallen out of favor with the self-proclaimed enlightened. Nevertheless, that doesn’t make it cease to exist.)
In our country, the creeping vine of mega-government has long since crossed the line from Good to its hellish opposite. Legalizing the killing of unborn babies under the ironic claim of “women’s health” has been more devastating to both mother and baby than the pro-death crowd is willing to admit.5
Trivializing human life has surreptitiously led to relegating its status to mere animal life in the lab. In vitro fertilization/ genetic modification and surrogate motherhood are just two examples of breeding human life to serve our wishes as we do thoroughbred horses or cattle. Discarding unwanted human embryos used in stem cell experiments causes less anxiety for researchers than getting rid of weeds in their carefully manicured gardens.
Those of faith understand that we are to have humane dominion over animal life, but not dominion over human life. That belongs exclusively to the Author of Life Himself.
State Elevating Itself Over the Church
The unwarranted intrusion of Big Government extends to trying to force religious orders and organizations to comply with the contraceptive/ abortifacient mandate of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). For these in power, it’s not sufficient that our tax dollars are used for purposes which we have an inalienable right to object to. Rather, the Obama Administration will not be satisfied unless we materially participate in the evil by giving our consent to a third party to carry out his control of human reproduction — which is not his to control in the first place. It’s the 21st century version of the Romans who threatened early Christians with severe consequences if they didn’t offer “just a little incense” to Roman idols in order to satisfy their political leaders.6
Broad Range of Government Dominance Over Citizens
Modern Big Government has reached new lows with a brazen insult to Natural Law. Citizens who understand the timeless irrevocable truth that a valid marriage can only exist between one man and one woman are being required to provide ceremonial items for same-sex “marriages.” While religious liberty must never be used to justify denying anyone the basics of life such as food, housing, medical care, employment, etc., it must not be dismissed in favor of the sham, known in politically correct circles as “tolerance” or “inclusiveness.”
These are only a few of the headlining points of concern. Requisite to the ultimate control (aka “possession”) of people involves intervention in the smaller details of daily life as well. Mundane items such as kitchen utensils in the EU have already been mentioned. It has also spread from the micro-managing of limiting the size of soft drinks in New York City to the insulting requiring of law-abiding citizens of Kentucky to have their urine tested annually – and at their expense – to ensure they are consuming specific prescriptions instead of selling them illegally.7
Where Will This Lead?
The Prince of Darkness would be pleased with these displays of coercion. The “religion” of secular humanism has set itself against the religion of eternal origins, mimicking the unsurpassed failure of the confrontation the Father of Lies had with the Creator before the universe existed.
God grants free will and proponents of small government defend it. On the other hand, it drives Satan – and perpetrators of oppressing Big Government, crazy. Being a control freak is an indication of a severe disorder. Why would the Left want to have goals which parallel those of the infamous fallen angel? Aiming for world domination now risks eternal disaster later.
1 – “In accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, neither the state nor any larger society should substitute itself for the initiative and responsibility of individuals and intermediary bodies.” Paragraph 1894 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Twenty-fifth printing; November, 2013.
2 – “7 Ways the War on Poverty Destroyed Black Fatherhood,” by Nick Chiles, http://atlantablackstar.com/2014/12/24/ways-war-poverty-destroyed-black-fatherhood/, 12/24/2014.
3 – “Barack Obama Solyndra Scandal: 8 Facts About Green Energy Company Controversy,” by Alana Marie Burke, http://www.newsmax.com/FastFeatures/Barack-Obama-Solyndra-Scandal-Green-Energy/2015/01/29/id/621537/, 1/29/2015.
4 – “Under the new plan, residents from low-income neighborhoods would be placed all around Baltimore County, essentially integrating the poor among wealthier families.”
“Studies indicate doing cluster in one area is not successful,” said Tony Fugett, president of the Baltimore County NAACP. “The hope is that the units would be dispersed throughout the county.”
From “Low-income housing ordered to be integrated in Baltimore neighborhoods,” by Leland Vittert, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/04/05/low-income-housing-ordered-to-be-integrated-in-baltimore-neighborhoods.html, 4/5/2016.
5 – “How Abortion Hurts Women: The Hard Proof,” by Erika Bachiochi, http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/controversy/abortion/how-abortion-hurts-women-the-hard-proof.html
6 – From a homily given by Fr. Joshua Lange when he was an assistant pastor at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cold Spring, KY several years ago. He was reassigned to a parish of his own in the summer of June 2012, http://www.stjosephcoldspring.com/Portals/stjoeschool/Documents/News/June172012FC.pdf
7 – “Urine tests required by new drug law can cost patients hundreds of dollars,” http://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article44379045.html, 9/27/2012.