Our Threatened Freedom

How Seriously Should We Take Our Politicians? (03:27)

R.J. Rushdoony


R.J. Rushdoony: 00:02 How seriously should we take our politicians? This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom. Whenever the Democrats are in office, the Republicans start to wail for the future of the people, “We the people are being forgotten by the Democratic fat-cats, and only they have the welfare of the people at heart.” When the Republicans are in office, we get the same song and the same kind of tears from the Democrats. With two such great and powerful parties manifesting a bleeding heart for us, for us the people, we should by now be at the gates of paradise. The sad fact, however, is that politicians of all stripes get richer and fatter at our expense, and we the people are worse off. Go abroad and the same thing holds true. Foreign socialist, communists, and fascist parties are all for the people, but somehow, the people are usually the losers.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:01 The Japanese have an old proverb which tells us why this is so. The proverb declares, “When the cat mourns for the mouse, do not take her seriously.” The political fat-cats of all stripes and colors are always mourning for the mice after they devour them. If you take them seriously, you will be their next victim. If you believe that political parties are going to do anything but help themselves into power, you belong on the honor roll of All-American pigeons. No doubt, you will also believe that cattlemen can become a lobby for vegetarianism, or that deer hunters look back on Bambi as their all-time favorite movie.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:48 The fact is, as a Japanese proverb has it, “Where there are fish, there must be water”, and where there are politicians, there is a quest for power, power over us. To forget that fact is dangerous. We can be grateful for one thing: politicians are not immortal, and above and over them, there is the judgment of God. As the old Russian proverb states it, “The greatest king must at last be put to bed with a shovel.”

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:22 Meanwhile, you and I need to be cured of a very bad bug, the belief in salvation by politics. Because in the past few years, men have actually believed that Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan could solve our problems and give us a better life, we are in a mess. Our ex-presidents, ex-senators, ex-congressmen, ex-governors, and so on are doing very well indeed, but with all the years of progress they have brought us, why am I having more trouble paying my bills? Why am I having a problem trying to figure out how I can buy my next used car? Why do I feel less free than I did 20 years ago? Politicians have good answers for making their political parties and themselves more powerful and richer, but those plans are at your expense and mine. This has been R.J. Rushdoony, with a report on our threatened freedom.

Rev. R.J. Rushdoony (1916–2001), was a leading theologian, church/state expert, and author of numerous works on the application of Biblical law to society. He started the Chalcedon Foundation in 1965.  His Institutes of Biblical Law (1973) began the contemporary theonomy movement which posits the validity of Biblical law as God’s standard of obedience for all. He therefore saw God’s law as the basis of the modern Christian response to the cultural decline, one he attributed to the church’s false view of God’s law being opposed to His grace. This broad Christian response he described as “Christian Reconstruction.”  He is credited with igniting the modern Christian school and homeschooling movements in the mid to late 20th century. He also traveled extensively lecturing and serving as an expert witness in numerous court cases regarding religious liberty. Many ministry and educational efforts that continue today, took their philosophical and Biblical roots from his lectures and books.

Learn more about R.J. Rushdoony by visiting: https://chalcedon.edu/founder