Iím Waiting For
Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
are four of them.
Iím waiting for a prominent black leader to have the courage and
integrity to say something like the following:
people, it is time to face facts. Whatever the injustices and humiliations
we have suffered in the past, and they are not few, there can be
no excuse for not getting our house in order today. When a group
of hooligans initiates a riot at a school stadium, no people with
any dignity or pride rushes immediately to their defense. A dignified
people demands nothing short of virtue and excellence.
would be the last person to argue that we are living through anything
less than one of the most depraved and debased cultural periods
in history. At the same time, the culture being peddled to our black
youth is the worst and most depraved of all. Why has not a single
one of us stood up to Ďmusiciansí whose Ďartí encourages promiscuity,
rape, and even murder, and tells our young men that it is all right
to treat our women like disposable objects and told them that they
are a disgrace to the memory of those of our ancestors, like the
now-reviled Booker T. Washington, who demanded of us that we educate
and elevate ourselves to a level at which white America would have
to stand up and take notice? Is that what our youth culture is doing
for the next generation?
around our inner-city schools. Money is not the problem, my friends.
Books and desks do not cost much. But walk down the corridor of
such a school one day and observe the studentsí conduct. Would a
dignified people allow their youth to degenerate to this level,
and lamely pretend that only Ďracismí can account for their poor
performance? An idealistic friend of Korean extraction decided a
couple years ago that she would teach in a Harlem junior high. She
did so for two years. What she saw can scarcely be expressed in
words, and the racial epithets and sexually charged language she
endured would have made Andrew Dice Clay blush.
no longer lives in New York.
especially must remember St. Peterís counsel in his first epistle.
He was speaking to Christians against whom persecution could break
out at any time, but his message applies to us in a special way.
Christians, he said, must be sure to be good so that if they should
ever be persecuted or treated unjustly, everyone would know that
their faith had been their only crime.
us, then, roll up our sleeves and get to work. To hell with the
racial hustling of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Letís accomplish
something genuine for a change."
Iím waiting for the following from a Catholic bishop:
dear Catholic laity, I must remind you that in matters of judgment
and prudence the body of the episcopate, in union with the Pope,
is not infallible. We proved that with what can charitably be described
as the serious lapse in judgment we showed with the bewildering
series of changes we instituted in the wake of Vatican II, most
notably with the revised rite of Mass.
brethren in the episcopate have tried desperately to explain away
the catastrophic decline in priestly vocations that has occurred
in the wake of that Council, but there is no escaping the connection
between this unhappy situation and the new rite of Mass. In the
bad old days, the priest was a figure of awe, who alone could approach
the tabernacle, who alone could dispense the Bread of Life to the
trembling communicants at the altar rail, and who cared nothing
for popularity or the applause of the world. He offered a beautiful
and majestic rite of Mass that even non-Catholics found stunning
and sublime. Can it be any wonder, then, that little boys are less
attracted by the modern priest figure, whom the leftists have done
their best to render effeminate and comtemptible, and whose rite
of Mass has been so criminally vandalized and shorn of the mystery
and awe that once converted a world?
are living in a world that becomes more aggressively vulgar and
debased every single day. Now is not the time, if there ever was
one, to suppress, or to allow only in very rare instances, the immemorial
Mass that was such a bulwark of the Faith and a sure font of grace
for so many centuries. This is war, my friends, and the traditional
Missal is our greatest weapon. To a world that believes that nothing
is immune to change, that the family itself is subject to redefinition
according to human whim, let us respond with the piety and reverence
of the traditional Latin Mass, which in its beauty and stately reserve,
and in its reservation of sacred tasks to the priest alone, reminds
us that some things really are not to be touched by man. What message
does our world need more than this?
then, my priests, to the traditional rite of Mass, never suppressed
by the Church and still a living reality in the lives of millions
around the world. In this effort you will enjoy my every assistance."
Iím also waiting for someone to point out that nearly all the positions,
usually moral ones, for which Pat Buchanan is accused of "extremism"
are in fact opinions that until 1960 were held by virtually everyone
in every country in the world, in every major religious tradition
in the world and in every civilization that has ever existed.
political matters, moreover, such as Patís aversion to foreign entanglements
(which could be purer, no doubt) and his insistence on localism
(manifested, for instance, in his call for the abolition of the
Department of Education), the man is only echoing the unanimous
sentiment of the founders of this country, who believed in peace
and non-intervention, and who were also quaint enough to insist
that, in education as in everything else, people at the local level
were capable of governing themselves without George III er, Bill
Clinton telling them what to do.
Finally, Iím waiting for a major political candidate to turn the
tables on those who criticize the religious Right. (If anything,
of course, the main problem with the religious Right is that their
leaders are far too timid.) The positions they hold are overwhelmingly
those of a desperate people fighting a rearguard action. They are
not those of people eager to commit what in our Ricki Lake culture
is the unforgivable sin of "imposing their views on other people."
Thus, for example, they want schools that they, and not some unconstitutional
federal bureaucracy, can control. They do not want their schools
dominated by leftists who, quite unlike the religious Right itself,
have no scruples about imposing their own moral views on the entire
population. As has been pointed out before, Christians donít make
a habit of harassing people in Greenwich Village, but homosexual
activists, apparently incapable of simple reciprocation, have thrown
condoms during Mass in St. Patrickís Cathedral. It is the folks
who identify themselves with the religious Right who simply want
to be left alone. For those of us who cling to the idea that we
still live in a free country, that doesnít seem like an unreasonable
or mean-spirited demand.
those are the four things Iím waiting for. And guess what.
E. Woods, Jr., a professor of history at Suffolk Community College
on Long Island, holds a PhD in history from Columbia University
and is a contributing editor of The
Latin Mass magazine.