Newsflash — Americans Live With People They Like

In a recent book by Bill Bishop entitled “The Big Sort,” a new sociological phenomenon has been recorded that has former President Bill Clinton all agog. That newly observed sociological phenomenon recorded by Bishop to the tune of a large profit margin for his book is that (are you ready for this?) people gravitate towards communities in order to live where other like minded people already live.

This is a earth-shattering insight that ranks close to another recent finding of social scientists that hold that men and women really are different.

Recently, in a speech Bill Clinton cited statistics compiled by Bishop that found that in the 1976 presidential election, only 20 percent of the nation’s counties voted for Jimmy Carter or President Ford by more than a 20 percent margin. This stands in contrast to the 48 percent of the nation’s counties in 2004 which voted for John Kerry or President Bush by more than 20 points.

Clinton summarized Bishop’s work in his (no doubt well paid for speech) to a group of Democratic Governors that, “We are sorting ourselves out by choosing to live with people that we agree with.”

It amazes me that this kind of stuff can be take for profound. People like to live in a community of people who share their values. Hmmm … go figure. “Honey, you’ll never believe this. Smart people are saying now that like attracts like. What will they discover next dear?”

There have been those who have been saying and writing for years (I count myself as one of them) that America is not a nation that exists on the basis of a naked creed but rather like all nations, is a nation where a shared creed (faith) walks hand in hand with shared blood ties and shared culture. No successful nation state can survive as a people who are divided creedally, and ethno-culturally and when such division is introduced into a people by means of large scale immigration or government assault on a people’s creedal belief system and cultural expressions there you can expect to find balkanization, where enclaves are developed in order to keep people with a strange creed, a strange tongue and a strange culture out.

Liberal policies over the last 40 years have injected this balkanization and Kulturkampf into this country and now we are supposed to wring our hands that America has these differences that need to be healed? That’s just stupid.

I for one don’t think this balkanization that Clinton laments is accidental. Throughout history whenever Tyrants wanted to increase their grip on their Empires one thing they would do is force repatriation of particular peoples in their Empire to other geographic areas. This would eliminate any social cohesion that might work towards challenging the Tyrants grasp on power. In America the repatriation hasn’t been forced but the effect of untold millions of illegal immigrants combined with the American Government’s 50 year plus assault on Christianity has largely accomplished what tyrants used to seek to accomplish by the forced movements of large people groups. American government, being tyrannical, has sought to break down the social cohesion of this country and having successfully done so now it asks what can be done to heal the breach.

The answer to how the breach will be healed will be for the Government to come in and break up these creedal, ethno-cultural enclaves. Some boneheaded politician somewhere along the line will come up with legislation that forces a certain ideological, religious and ethnic quota for every community. Much like busing in the 70’s, communities will be told they have to have a set percentage of this that or the other. And you can be sure that the end goal of this will be to force Americans who believe in the biblical faith, freedom, family and guns (traditional creedal Americans) to become more like those who believe in paganism, government provided security, the state, and disarmament.

In the end it is not about people wanting to live with people they agree with. In the end it is about not tolerating people who don’t want to be herded by the State to embrace its values.

Author: jetbrane

I am a Pastor of a small Church in Mid-Michigan who delights in my family, my congregation and my calling. I am postmillennial in my eschatology. Paedo-Calvinist Covenantal in my Christianity Reformed in my Soteriology Presuppositional in my apologetics Familialist in my family theology Agrarian in my regional community social order belief Christianity creates culture and so Christendom in my national social order belief Mythic-Poetic / Grammatical Historical in my Hermeneutic Pre-modern, Medieval, & Feudal before Enlightenment, modernity, & postmodern Reconstructionist / Theonomic in my Worldview One part paleo-conservative / one part micro Libertarian in my politics Systematic and Biblical theology need one another but Systematics has pride of place Some of my favorite authors, Augustine, Turretin, Calvin, Tolkien, Chesterton, Nock, Tozer, Dabney, Bavinck, Wodehouse, Rushdoony, Bahnsen, Schaeffer, C. Van Til, H. Van Til, G. H. Clark, C. Dawson, H. Berman, R. Nash, C. G. Singer, R. Kipling, G. North, J. Edwards, S. Foote, F. Hayek, O. Guiness, J. Witte, M. Rothbard, Clyde Wilson, Mencken, Lasch, Postman, Gatto, T. Boston, Thomas Brooks, Terry Brooks, C. Hodge, J. Calhoun, Llyod-Jones, T. Sowell, A. McClaren, M. Muggeridge, C. F. H. Henry, F. Swarz, M. Henry, G. Marten, P. Schaff, T. S. Elliott, K. Van Hoozer, K. Gentry, etc. My passion is to write in such a way that the Lord Christ might be pleased. It is my hope that people will be challenged to reconsider what are considered the givens of the current culture. Your biggest help to me dear reader will be to often remind me that God is Sovereign and that all that is, is because it pleases him.

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