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Friday, June 04, 2004

Citizen loyalty

I've long held that Americans hold no moral debt of obedience to the government. I also believe in the longstanding Catholic teaching that "obedience is due to rightful princes." Now, allowing for the word "prince" to mean "governments in general," what will I have to say to prove the illegitimacy of our regime?

1: That the Constitution, and thus the social contract, has been broken repeatedly and in bad faith by the government?

2: That the U.S. does not, and has never, been a professional Catholic state and is therefore not acknowledging the social Kingship of Christ?

3: That the government repeatedly breaks the natural law?

4: That Abraham Lincoln and the Federal Army succeeded in overthrowing the established sovreignty of the individual states, our alleged "rightful princes?"

5: That the Constitution, in a "pen-and-paper revolution," overthrew the Articles of Confederation, which, when signed, became inviolable?

6: That the U.S., legal colonies of England, waged war against supposedly "rightful princes?"

7: That Protestant usurpers, who eventually settled the U.S., stole the English throne from its rightful Catholic occupants?

I would draw the line here. English legitimacy, and that of its daughter nations, has never recovered from the Protestant theft. This crime has made those that came after it simply offenses against previous offenses.

Until our leader is at least legitimized upon taking office by the Pontiff, and the state acknowledges the social Kingship of Christ, Americans are free to disobey. Of course, the important laws are already enshrined in Catholic teaching, and we are thus bound to those teachings. But it's the Church's laws we should obey, which simply overlap with much of secular law. Those man-made laws outside of natural and Church law are simply optional, like intellectual property, taxes, smoking regulations, or seatbelt laws, for example.

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