Friday, February 17, 2012

What Is THIS "COMMON GOOD" stuff about?

Is It "Takes a Family" Like "It Takes a Village"?

Common good is a phrase you are seeing thrown all over the place....

Remember how I have always talked about how both sides come together in a way to present the same things and move everyone to the same place? The so called right and left deception, meeting in the middle coming together when it comes to globalism and growing the power of the state?

I found this while reading today...

"Rick Santorum’s mysterious, paradoxical manifesto, ‘It Takes a Family’: Character Sketch"

But Santorum, in his zeal to be taken seriously as a thinker, mobilizes a wide array of social-science research (including some citations from liberals) to buttress his argument that hedonistic individualism is jeopardizing traditional families and their irreplaceable role in raising children. This, of course, is an explosive topic--and it is unlikely that Santorum can win many converts among liberal and moderate skeptics. But it is hard not to be impressed by the energy that Santorum devotes to his argument.

Written on the eve of Santorum's uphill 2006 reelection bid for a third Senate term (he lost by 700,000 votes), It Takes a Family offers an unusual window into the mind of its author. This is not a volume to study in order to decipher Santorum's governing agenda, although it is safe to predict that he would be the most ardent social-conservative president in history. What gives the book value in the middle of a presidential campaign is that it provides lasting clues about the thought processes that Santorum would use to make decisions in the Oval Office. The former senator is both a devout Catholic and a lawyer--and it is easy to see the influence of both intellectual frameworks in It Takes a Family.

"In developing my understanding of social policy," Santorum writes, "I have learned a lot from the tradition of Catholic social thought." Here Santorum is referring to the Catholic concept of "subsidiarity," which he defines as "the principle that all social challenges should be addressed at the level of the smallest social unit possible, preferably the family." This belief structure is compatible with the embrace by constitutional conservatives of the Tenth Amendment and the states rights doctrines that go with it. But it also allows Santorum to discuss innovative family-based and church-based approaches to fighting poverty.
Let's look at what is in common here. See the phrase "Common Good"?

Now the common good, doesn't appear on the cover of Hillary Clinton's book, but that theme is in there too. In fact that is what the entire book addresses.

Hillary Clinton has advanced the theme of the 'common good" for a long time.

 BILL CLINTON has spoken of the common good and praised it as well.

This event was held at a Jesuit University, no surprises there...

President Bill Clinton and a panel of experts convened yesterday at Georgetown University to discuss the “common good,” a progressive vision for America and the world championed by the Center for American Progress and other allies.

John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center, opened the event by noting that in today’s tumultuous landscape, revisiting this old yet powerful moral principle is important. The panel’s speakers and President Bill Clinton’s keynote address developed and expanded the notion of the common good as a concept in contemporary politics and society that needs to be reinvigorated for the good of all people—both in America and beyond.

Its a term thrown around in so many places and on the liberal side, it's often quite used...

But you'll hear it in other places:

The Pope loves the idea of the Common Good.

and the Catholic church has adopted it. Really ask yourself what all the fancy words mean they use like solidarity...

and hey guess who else liked it?

History calls those men the greatest who have ennobled themselves by working for the common good; experience acclaims as happiest the man who has made the greatest number of people happy.

Marx, Letter to His Father (1837)

and Communism described on a college website:

 The vision of communism was very similar to that of anarchism: a stateless society in which central government had "withered away," local, ground-up control of all affairs by strictly democratic processes based at the place of work, abolition of the market system (no money, no buying and selling) and its replacement by a system according to which people would voluntarily work for the common good to the extent they were able under the understanding that they could receive whatever they needed for free ("from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs"). National boundaries and governments having been eliminated, war would cease 

Hmm flashing a Masonic sign right there...

and Hitler advanced the COMMON GOOD message...

Well its just not the "progressives", or "liberals" anymore joined in on this place as this one blogger writes:

The reality is that these people are actually trying to establish an Oligarchy where they run everything and the rest of us are reduced to servants and serfs who must work to support them while they confiscate our earnings in the name of the common good

Its both sides, the right and left.....

Santorum, obviously in the original article and in his 2005 book title supports the COMMON GOOD TOO. Notice what he says here, about "radical individuals"

"In a 2005 speech at the Heritage Foundation, Santorum argued that men and women should not be treated either as “pathetic dependents” or as “radical individuals.” “Someone,” he argued, “always gets hurt when masses of individuals do what is only in their own self-interest. That is the great lie of liberal freedom. . . . Freedom is liberty coupled with responsibility to something bigger or higher than the self. It is a self-less freedom. It is sacrificial freedom. It is the pursuit of our dreams with an eye towards the common good.”

That "radical individuals" stuff is kind of scary. Talk about taking the culture wars and Dominionism to the extreme, I found this quote too:

Santorum said:
“One of the criticisms I make is to what I refer to as more of a Libertarianish right. They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues. That is not how traditional conservatives view the world. There is no such society that I am aware of, where we’ve had radical individualism and that it succeeds as a culture.”

Freedom, the brief times it has happened in history came about from valuing the individual, where liberty came first and where the person or individual came before the state. Of course this worked far better when people were being led by God. Individualism before collectivism. We see this now being turned on it's head on both sides of the political divide. This is what the elites want.

And do not forget Santorum is a Knights of Malta

and belongs to the CNP

and has backed up these ideas using the culture wars.

Notice how he uses the culture wars, to twist things, and to promote more power and control from the government and other circles. Here you see the inherent problem with Dominionism, they think they can MAKE people become "good".

I really see no difference from Obama, just from a different direction.

"Obama on the Global Common Good"

So ask yourself what is all this COMMON GOOD stuff about? And why is it being advanced from both directions? Even if one speaks of this starting on the family level rather then village level, what real difference does it make? They both want the same amount of control. Hey supposedly Santorum wrote his book in response to Hillary's but what really is different in the message?

The title “It Takes a Family” was meant as a direct challenge to Hillary Clinton’s earlier book “It Takes a Village.” His publisher called it a “conservative response.” Santorum said: “It is a contrast to how the left looks at structure and order in society and how I look at structure and order in society.”
Clinton remained silent on the book until about a week after its release in July 2005 when she happened to be passing Santorum in the basement of the Capitol.
“It takes a village, Rick, don’t forget that,” Clinton offered as she went by.
“It takes a family,” Santorum replied.
“Of course, a family is part of a village!” Hillary shot back before the two went their separate ways.

Sounds good doesn't it? Tear jerking calls for people to join together for the whole of society, and the COLLECTIVE? But it's just another set up, another right and left deception, another push for collectivism and control from the top.

Right vs. Left has been used before for control...

2Pe 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

See "Left Wing and Right Wing: Its All A Big Lie!"


Marion said...

Make no mistake...this is outright Theosophy! Check out this link...

Bible Believer said...

When I was UU, I heard the terms NOW being used in the churches, way back in the 1980s. The term "common good" is in fact not new to me at all. And well you are right this is connected to Theosophical teachings.