In my sermon Sunday, I suggested a three-word refutation to the whole argument that submission necessarily means inferiority: "Father and Son."
Today (and far less consequentially) I suggest a one-word refutation to the notion that liberalism, in any positive sense, works: California.
My home state for generations, California should be the most prosperous state in the Union. It has literally everything good. It has farmlands, vacation vistas; it has desert, mountains, forests, beaches. It has natural resources from agriculture to oil. It has (should-be) moneymaking engines from border to border. It is a gorgeous state, an amazing plot of land.
Yet spiritually and financially and morally and legally it is a smoking crater, a cesspool, a vortex that will suck not only its citizens' resources into a black hole, but those of the nation as well. When you know that vacation paradise Mammoth Lakes filed for bankruptcy, you know everything you need to know.
Liberals have gotten most of what they wanted, and now they're positioned to get just about everything they want. Takers form the majority, and they've put their dealers in charge. And it's ruined the state.
I thank God for so much about our move to Texas. But one of my saddest thanksgivings is the fact that I was enabled to get my family off that sinking pleasure barge before it was too late. Both my wife's and my (very good) places of employment suffered layoff after layoff. By God's grace we both survived, but prospects were grim.
Here's an anecdote that tells the tale. The man who drove the van with our household belongings says he has no problems whatever booking jobs to move folks out of California. The problem is getting return bookings. Only military folks (and, I think he said, government employees) are moving into California.
So in Texas we have a good Republican governor and Republican legislators and Republican voters. I know many hip young Christianoids, eager to fit in with the crowd that is eager to be different, are trying hard to make themselves feel good about being Democrats and Christians at the same time, but facts are stubborn things: there's a big difference between the parties. Not as big as most of us conservatives wish, but big. Liberalism is a ruinous religion.
Texas prospers because, so far, it's resistant.
Our fear is that, as citizens flee liberal hellholes like California and New York, they'll bring their liberalism here. That makes insane sense, given that human nature is not rational. Liberals never admit that their philosophy is necessarily ruinous — or, at any rate, they never admit it and remain liberals.