The Gospel Truth

Freedom on the Gibbet | September 27, 2012

I have written about Mel Gibson a number of times.

His The Passion of the Christ was probably the finest rendition of the central tenet of the Christian faith, namely the Incarnation where Christ assumed the nature of a human being to open the gates of heaven, which had been closed by man’s fall from grace.

I have enjoyed many of his other movies, including his epic on the Revolutionary War, The Patriot, as well as his Conspiracy Theory, which really captured the aura of truth and paranoia that surrounds most such conspiracy ideas.

There is a constant theme in many of these movies and it is freedom–our innate desire to be unhindered by all unreasonable infringements on our mobility, time, ideas and livelihoods.

Came here to be free

From the early 17th century well through the early days of the 20th century, millions of immigrants  have emigrated to America in search of a nation that would enhance and permit this kind of personal liberty.

Mel Gibson captured this universal yearning to be free in his film, Braveheart.

This was the story of 13th century Scottish patriot William Wallace, who wound up being hanged on a gibbet, drawn and quartered on a hurdle for his fevered right to be free of English tyranny.

It was not only his genitalia, entrails and limbs that were exposed to public scorn on that steamy August day in 1305 but the notion of all mankind’s yearning to be free from tyranny and servitude.

Martyred for freedom

Along with Andrew Moray he defeated an English army at Stirling Bridge in 1297, and was the Guardian of  Scotland serving until his defeat at the Falkirk.

He was later captured and handed over to King Edward I who gruesomely executed him in the public square for high treason against the throne.

The best scene in the movie was when Gibson/Wallace rallied his kilt-clad troops with his heroic charge across their ranks, screaming at the top of his lungs, Freedom…Freedom…Freedom!

The freedom Wallace sought was essentially what Americans wrote in our Declaration of Independence in 1776.

They wanted what all people yearn for–life, liberty and what they called the pursuit of happiness, which was a catch-all for private property, financial success and the freedom to travel uninhabited across our vast continent.

These were their rights just by the fact of their humanity.

However since the dawning of the so-called Progressive Era in the United States that notion of freedom has been unconstitutionally assaulted.

Unlike the founding fathers, these new revolutionaries promised a different kind of right.

Another scene from Braveheart illustrates the innate difference between such natural rights and those rights created by government.

According to British law the royal governor of a principality had the right to have sex with a new bride on her wedding night before she lay with her lawful husband.

It was not a right in the natural sense but a privilege provided by a government that gave an unfair freedom of one human over the body and rights of another.

It was President Woodrow Wilson, the country’s first transformative progressive, and his New Freedom that sought to change the old freedom of the founding fathers and substitute government-granted rights.

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Liberal’s freedom started with him

Along with abortion rights, the progressives have been tirelessly promoting  gay rights, affirmative action, the right to have a job, medical care and so on.

These are all are new rights promised by the Leviathan state that is long on promise and very short of delivery.

But people who benefit from these rights should realize that what the government grants it can just as easily cancel.

Only natural rights cannot be cancelled.

Of course they can be violated as is Obama’s government with regard to his mandates to the Catholic Church that its institutions must provide free birth control insurance.

Liberals detest freedom and man’s free will.

It is the one fly in the basic ointment of the paradise they wise to create here on earth.

Their animus toward other people’s freedom is at the root of their anger and hostility toward conservatives in this country.

Rational individual freedom is the bane of their existence.

It also fuels the paranoia that fuels their mental illness–their fantastic dream that they can make this world into a paradise.

Most people will not shed their freedom for the chains of slavery in a world that cannot exist.

They have to be  forced, coerced and dragged to the plantations, gulags, and crematoria that will by nature be the only solution for their failure to heed the progressive will.

A liberal version of freedom

But they say we are the ones that are for freedom!

The only kind of freedom they advocate is freedom of behaviors that enslave, not liberate human beings.

This is the fallacy of liberalism!

This is their big lie!

They want people to be free to have sex with anyone or anything they choose.

They want mind-numbing drugs available.

They want pornography on all street corners and for free in the public libraries.

They lobby to make teens free to engage in all the sexual activities their bodies can withstand.

All these have been universal distractions that have clouded the people’s minds, deadened their souls and made them a class of addictive zombies who cannot think, reason or see the noses on their twisted faces.

A freedom that enslaves

These people make the best slaves for this kind of New World Order.

Liberals also promise to take care of all their children who must remain dependent on them from cradle to grave.

If anyone should dare try to exercise religious or moral freedom, they will be punished.

The ObamaCare mandates were necessary because no one in his or her right mind would ever freely choose something like universal health care.

It has failed dismally wherever and whenever it has been tried.

That is the insanity of liberalism.

Our freedom is the price of their forced beneficence.

Freedom, the kind William Wallace died for, is what makes America what it is.

Progressives and liberals are heirs of the French Revolution School of dictatorship, oppression and slavery.

They despise this kind of freedom because it is the main obstacle to their tyranny.

Why do they believe in birth control, gun control and in New York City soda and fat control?

New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg is the personification of the Nanny State and a threat to the American political genius.

For some reason liberals like him resent the American essence that had made us the  most industrial productive country in the world and the most generous and the most profoundly energetic nation.

Freedom’s enemy

Freedom is his enemy.

Freedom is also what makes us distinctively human.

A big government that wants to care for us as if we were all adolescent children is a threat to the freedom to build our lives as we would like them.

Government does not build our lives!

We do!

Government is for the lazy, the selfish and those who like to command others what to do.

Other than the Incarnation, the Church’s teachings on freedom and free will are at the heart of its theology and its history.

For without a free will, man could not have sinned and be tossed out of his original paradise.

Without a free will, there would have been no need for an Incarnation or a history of salvation.

A school of atheists, led by Sam Harris have tried to dispute and eliminate any idea of a human free will that can choose good over evil.

No free will

They believe we are all Darwinian animals…mere robots who need a powerful elite to tell us what to do, think and how to live.

It is not society that makes some of us good and others bad.

Government seldom motivates us in a positive way.

Freedom has been the engine that has driven our prosperity.

Freedom, not government, has been the fuel that has propelled us since 1776.

But in 2012 we are in serious danger of losing the greatest gift that the Almighty could have bestowed on us.

A recent poll showed that still 43% of the American people believe that freedom has what has made us great.

Still our first choice

No other choice was even close.

But we need more people to reflect on our history and our culture and see if it is still freedom that drives us.

Otherwise our freedom will wind up on the gibbet as did William Wallace 800 years ago.



  1. Bill:

    Mentioned to a grade school classmate that the GOP
    was the Culture of Life.

    Her response was: Where did you get that one? She
    had never heard of it. She seemed to think because
    she attended SLU and was educated by the Jesuits
    she knew more than I did since I attended Fontbonne.

    I know people who did not have the opportunity to
    attend college at all who are self-educated and far
    more knowledgeable than she appears to be.

    We need a miracle to defeat Team Obama with
    people like my classmate voting.

    She is a retired grade school teacher – thank good-
    ness “retired.”

    Common Sense has become too rare!!!


    Comment by MFritz — September 28, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

  2. Dear BB, Truer words have not been spoken. Losing our freedoms day by day. I think their goal is to bankrupt us and bring us down to form a One Wold Government. Who will be our Leader in a one world gov’t.??The Muslims are preparing to take us over and just waiting for the signal. There are nests of them everywhere. Our Blessed Lady has appeared many times lately and her message is always the same ” Change your ways and return to God.”. I am not co-habitating, fornicating, being adulterous, power hungry or greedy. But there are many that are. All I can do, it seems, is to pray often, live a Catholic Christian life and be kind to my neighbor. No, I am not perfect and I wonder how God will judge me? Yes, back in the Old Testament, God allowed the Jews to be taken over by the Egyptians for 400 year and Moses lead 600,000 through the Red Sea to the Promised land. Then that took 40 years which should have only taken a few months because they built an idol while Moses was up on the Mountain getting the Big Ten from God. If Obama wins (God help us) that is what we deserve. Pax

    Comment by Mary B. Lachney — September 29, 2012 @ 12:46 am

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After graduating from Holy Cross, Bill Borst earned an MA in Asian History from St. John's University and a Ph.D in American History from St. Louis University. (1972) A former New Yorker, he taught for many years in the St. Louis area, while also hosting a weekly radio show on WGNU from 1984-2006. He currently is a regular substitute for conservative Phyllis Schlafly on KSIV radio. (1320) He is the author of two books on social history, "Liberalism: Fatal Consequences," and "The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy." He just retired as the Features editor of the Mindszenty Foundation Monthly Report. In his 11 years from 2003-2013 he wrote nearly 130 essays on Catholic culture and world affairs. Many in St. Louis also know him as the "Baseball Professor," because of a course that he offered at Maryville College from 1973-74. It was arguably the first fully-accredited baseball history course in the Midwest.The author of several short books on the old St. Louis Browns, he started the St. Louis Browns Historical Society in 1984. In 2009 his first two plays were produced on the local stage. "The Last Memory of an Ol' Brownie Fan," ran six performances at the Sound Stage in Crestwood and "A Perfect Choice" ran for two performances at the Rigali Center Theater in Shrewsberry. His third play, "A Moment of Grace," ran six performances at DeSmet High School in January of 2011with First Run Theater in January of 2011. He is currently working on a 4th play, "A Family Way," which is a comedy about a happy dysfunctional family. He can reached at







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