An blog by a member of the Catholic peace movement, Pax Christi, to explore the nexus between contemplation and resistance. "The Christian must discover in contemplation, and in the giving of his life, those symbolic actions which will ignite the people's faith to resist injustice with their whole lives, lives coming together as a united force of truth and thus releasing the liberating power of the God within them." - James Douglass, Contemplation and Resistance.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
The Power of Sacrifice
The Speech of Tory MP David Davis Outside the House of Commons Risking Career to Stand up for Freedom
"But the broader and more important point is the one illustrated by the bold and principled acts being undertaken by British politicians in several parties there, the same principle illustrated by numerous acts of Russ Feingold over the past seven years: defending basic liberties, the core principles of our political system, and the rule of law is of such overriding importance that any worthwhile politician, by definition, will do so even if it entails some political cost. As British members of Parliament resign their seats and defend members of other parties in defense of their liberties, our own Democratic Party this week will — yet again — endorse and legalize the most extremist and illegal aspects of the Bush agenda in pursuit of the craven, illusory and increasingly irrelevant goal of protecting its own political interests." - Glenn Greenwald, "British Debate Highlights The Cravenness and Complicity of Congressional Democratic 'leaders'"
The collapse of moral principle is often accompanied by a sense of technical mastery. The current collapse of constitutional principle represents the collapse of vision, of the ability to see beyond immediate political advantage to a more embracing ideal that might let our spirits flourish over the coming centuries. We have mastered the science of polling and focus groups and it has narrowed our vision into a tiny circle that cuts off the blood to the heart. Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Gordon Brown and all the blue dog Democrats and Labor Party members have lost touch with the democratic heart that once beat strongly. Enthralled with our expertise, we have lost the art of judgment that preserves truth and justice in loving harmony.
Yet individual conscience continues to speak its miraculous voice. Support Tory MP David Davis in his lonely defense of justice. The one lone voice needed to turn the tide may be your own.