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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ The Absoluters vs Absolute Notters

By Chip Murray

“The past participle of the Latin verb
 absolvere is absolutus. It means freed from any restrictions. Modern man wants no ‘absolutes.’ He wants to be loosed from things binding for all times and places.” ~ Fr. James V. Schall, J.T., TCT  “On Absolutes”

My goodness Father Schall, you have this remarkable way of getting at the thorn. The Hatfields and Macoys eventually made up, as did the Northern Ireland Catholics and Protestants, as eventually will the Arabs and the Jews, but the Absoluters and Absolutely Notters. Now there’s what they might call in the marriage counseling business, the ultimate and hopelessly irreconcilable case.

They say different Presidents come and go, but it is always the same Deep State behind it all. The Absolute Notters may argue the case, but if the Deep State were Star Trek’s USS Enterprise, they would be its “delithium crystals” source of power. In fact the Deep State would be powerless without the subjective cover provided by the AN’s. I will provide you the following local example to prove my point.

By the grace of God, we have put together a local group of 8 private citizens who’ve come together to seek a healthier way to dialogue and find common ground. We are 4 Conservatives (A’s), and 4 Liberals (AN’s). In an effort to establish an essential core-principle patch of ground we could all start from, one of the members of the group drafted the following pledge;

“Common Ground” Pledge

I ______________ do hereby pledge, on my honor, to condemn in the strongest terms possible, the use of physical intimidation and violence as a means to silence OUR 1st Amendment Right to OUR cherished freedom of speech and expression. And further; as intimidation and violence are antithetical to the “healthy dialogue” mission and “common ground” objective of our group, I reject any and all groups and organizations who employ, support, and/or advocate such actions as a means to their objectives.



Date __________

Would anyone care to hazard a guess as to which group refused to sign the pledge? Hint ~ It was the same group that recommended a NVC Workshop to the group…taught by a NVC-certified instructor of course. Oh yeah; NVC is the acronym for (wait for it)…Non-Violent Communication.   

I won’t keep you in suspense. I drafted the pledge after viewing a video exposing a member of the anarchist group Antifa, caught using a bike lock to crack open the heads of Trump supporters. And, you guessed right if you guessed the AN’s refused to sign the pledge. Yes, the same group that recommended the NVC Workshop actually invoked Mother Theresa to make their argument. “Mother Theresa didn’t condemn war…she wasn’t ‘against’ war. She supported…she was ‘for’ peace.” I kid you not…

That is just one example of the A/AN dynamic turning our world upside down and inside out. But if you look at any one of the myriad of head-scratchers consternating our world in the context of the A vs AN feud, you will completely understand. The gender identity debate. BINGO! The illegal immigration and border debate. BINGO! Hey, why not let’s go right to the gigantically enormous pink elephant in the room? Islamic Terrorism. BINGO! The A’s and the AN’s use two completely different languages! The A’s call the savages ISIS…the AN’s call military-aged-males masquerading as refugees ISIL…sort of like the way they refer to the illegal aliens as undocumented citizens. As a result, my friends, we are literally coming apart at the seams.

I’ve befriended a Liberal-leaning Catholic priest who believes Pope Francis is a good Pope. I see him quite differently. While the entire world is bowing to the Orthodoxy of Islam, the Church led by Bergoglio (Francis), is running away from her own Truth. “Muslim Terrorism does not exist.” ~ Pope Francis, AN…while kissing the Koran.

There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call The Twilight Zone.

— Rod Serling

There is a fifth dimension alright…the ultimate consequence of the greatest feud the world will ever know…it’s called Civil War.  






  1. The Absolute Notters, or By Any Meansers, or Moral Relativists, or whatever you want to call them, don’t believe in oaths, or at least they don’t see oaths as binding, so it doesn’t surprise me a bit that they refused to sign your non-violence pledge. It’s no stretch, then, that those who won’t take violence off the table will eventually resort to violence. My message to the Left is, be careful what you wish for. You may have a few who are capable of leading you into battle; we have millions, and, oh did I mention, we have most of the guns.

      1. Chip,

        For most of my adult life (I’m 72) I went out of my way to try to find common ground with friends and family who are to the left of me. For the most part we seemed to agree on noncontroversial things like art, music, food, cars, sports, etc. but the only way we could be friends was to not discuss ideology, philosophy or politics. I didn’t purposely cast those kinds of people out of my life, at least not all of them, but when I quit initiating the contact they just faded away. I’m finding it harder and harder to find Liberals who are able to engage in a civil conversation about anything of a philosophical nature, and I finally just gave up trying. I can’t say it’s exactly left an unfillable void in my life. On the contrary, it was like a dark cloud finally drifted away.

        At some point, in the not-too-distant past, the ideology of the modern Left transitioned from wanting the same goals as conservatives (ie., a better world for our children), disagreeing only on the means of getting there, to having completely different and incompatible goals. Much, if not all, of the Left’s agenda is simply not compatible with a free society. I don’t know how it all ends, but the odds are that it will not end well.

      2. Yes sir…our paths and experiences are nearly identical. It’s the sheep and goats brother. They (Left) are too invested in the lie to pull out of it, IMHO. I wrote this in response to an article on Truth this morning: …and beware the alternative to Truth, the cleverest most skillful seductress in the world because she has answers for your every dream, wish, and want…the key to be all you can be. She makes you feel alive in the world…by making you forget you aren’t of this world. She is exactly like the apparition at the very end of Raiders of the Lost Ark…”Beautiful”…until she has you.

      3. You and I are not alone. Most Conservatives I know have cut off intentional contact with the Left. It’s not hard — at heart they’re the real reactionaries. They’ve been used to using Conservatives as a verbal punching bag for so long they don’t know how to react when they’re ignored. Although I do think their frustration is being reflected in some of the riots we’re witnessing around the country, but as most reasonable people know, when you resort to violence, you’ve lost the argument. As long as it’s property damage and a few cuts and bruises, it’s kind of entertaining to watch, but at some point it almost has to escalate. I think most on our side are prepared for wherever it goes — our adversaries, not so much.

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