What is needed is not a revolution in the opposite direction, but the opposite of a revolution. ~ Joseph de Maistre
The revolutionary wants to seize power from those in authority. The reactionary wants those in power to accept the responsibility of authority. The revolutionary subverts the existing order by denying its legitimacy. The reactionary makes existing rulers tremple by spreading the subversive thought that rule is legitimate. It’s not that we deny our enemies, the radicals who rule modern nations, the mantle of authority; it is that they refuse to pick it up. Instead, they claim to be creatures of the popular will, or else they claim to be a vanguard of the revolution–enemies rather than defenders of the existing order (despite their place at its top). None will admit that they are responsible to God for the social order they deny or despise.
To our radical socialist rulers: don’t think that we want to take away your power–we won’t let you off the hook that easily! You messed up the social order; now you shall clean it up. In our ideal counter-revolution, you will keep your power, but admit to your subjects that you hold it by the grace of God, and you shall let us put a crown on your head and let your subjects think of you as a father. Hold any mental reservations you want–government is symbolism; what you appear to be is what you are. With your legitimacy tied to our symbols, you won’t hold those reservations for long. If you do, your son won’t.
Liberals sometimes mock conservatives for holding yesterday’s liberals as their heros, as if we could not produce our own! On, the contrary, making new heroes from scratch to displace an old set of heroes is easy. Remember that the most impressive mark of God’s power is that He can bring good out of evil. We wish to be entirely creative, like our Maker. Nothing shall be destroyed outright. The devil also shows his greatest power when he corrupts good, rather than crushing it outright, and we are not too proud to learn even from the Adversary. Can’t you appreciate the acheivement of what we’ve accomplished regarding the American Revolution? To turn, in the popular mind, the Freemason traitors who carried out this rebellion into “founding fathers”! The devil himself would be proud; it took two centuries of sloppy thinking, equivocation, and forgetfulness to neuter that bunch, to empty them out and refill them with something more like our substance. I see that some daring mainstream conservatives have already gotten to work turning the communist agitator Martin Luther King into a patriotic Christian. I will have no part in this work myself–I detest all lies, even noble ones. I have to admire, though, the way a community can digest its enemies.