So far, what he has thrown away in the polls Hillary so often seems to give back.
The last century of horrors has tended to swallow up the memory of crimes prior to it, but the expulsion of the native French Canadiens from Acadia by the British, beginning on August 10, 1755, still stands out. Acadia is now divided among the Candian provinces of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The British acquired it by treaty from France in 1713 at the end of the War of the Spanish Succession. The Acadians refused to take an unconditional oath to the British Crown and took a conditional oath that promised neutrality in any future wars between France and Britain. Many Acadians violated this oath, conducting a low level guerilla war against the British when they were at war with France, a frequent occurrence in the Eighteenth Century. British Governor Charles Lawrence began the expulsions at the onset of the French and Indian War. The process continued until the end of the War. Around 11,500 of the Acadians were deported, some 2600 eluding the deportations. Until 1758 the Acadians were deported to the 13 colonies, thereafter to Britain and France. The Acadians in the locations that received them were met with indifference and hostility, and many perished. (I would note with ancestral pride that an exception was Maryland where Irish Catholic Marylanders met the Acadian deportees with kindness.) Many of the Acadians eventually made their way to French Louisiana where their descendants live on as Cajuns.
The Acadian expulsions were immortalized by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow with his poem Evangeline in 1863, its opening lines familiar to generations of American schoolchildren: Continue reading
Dennis Prager at National Review Online has written words that explain the current pontificate:
If Donald Trump had done this you would be hearing non-stop about Kathy Shelton from all media outlets:
“It’s put a lot of anger back in me … Every time I see [Clinton] on TV I just want to reach in there and grab her, but I can’t do that,” 54-year-old Kathy Shelton told The Daily Mail, as Clinton tries to portray herself as a supporter of women and girls during the 2016 campaign.
“I don’t think [she’s] for women or girls. I think she’s lying, I think she said anything she can to get in the campaign and win … If she was [an advocate for women and children], she wouldn’t have done that to me at 12 years old,” said Shelton.
I heard you on tape laughing …. I just want to know, you’ve got a daughter and a grandbaby. What happens if that daughter of yours, if that would have been her [who was assaulted at age 12]?
You would have protected her. You don’t know me, so I’m a piece of crap to you … Who cares about me, as long as you can win your first case as an attorney?
One thing I have learned from the media since the Democrat Convention is that gold star families have absolute moral authority. Even when a family attacks a candidate who had nothing to do with their son’s death at a national convention, if the candidate responds to the criticism, he is a wretched person attacking a gold star family. I am sure the media will apply this standard even-handedly to both candidates:
The parents of two Americans killed in the Benghazi attacks in 2012 have filed a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, who served as secretary of state at the time.
Ordinary Catholics often wonder why the Church in this country doesn’t fight more effectively against movements in this country that support laws that are directly antithetical to core Catholic teachings. The reason of course is obvious: many of the people who make their living off the Church in this country are cheering on those movements. The Lepanto Institute provides damning evidence of this in regard to the so-called Catholic Relief Services:
But when narrowing the search to employees of Catholic Relief Services, we see that the diversity narrows to the point of near exclusivity. In fact, of the 191 contributions for which we could find public records, 187 went to politicians who actively work to serve the abortion and contraceptive industry. That’s 98% of all public records for employees of CRS. In total, we have been able to obtain public contribution records for 52 CRS employees. 50 of those employees donated to openly pro-abortion politicians. Statistically, this indicates an overwhelming one-sidedness, with almost no diversity of opinion among those working for CRS.
What this data reveals is that the culture of Catholic Relief Services is not one that is friendly to pre-born babies or the Catholic faith it claims to serve. In fact, as we see that employees of CRS are donating almost exclusively to candidates diametrically opposed to the Catholic Church, we can easily conclude that it’s because their faith isn’t Catholicism — it’s the Democratic Party. And given this, it becomes a little clearer why CRS would annually facilitate tens of millions of dollars to organizations that commit abortion, perform sterilizations, and distribute contraception. It also explains the bevy of other problems found at CRS, such as its publication of manuals and programs promoting condom use, the implementation of contraception-promoting programs like Healthy Choices 2 and Shuga. Continue reading
Fifty foreign policy figures, most from the Bush 43 administration, have issued a letter slamming Donald Trump. Some of the names are notable and most are deservedly obscure, being relatively low ranking munchkins. Here is the text of the letter:
STATEMENT BY FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICIALS
The undersigned individuals have all served in senior national security and/or foreign policy positions in Republican Administrations, from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush.
We have worked directly on national security issues with these Republican Presidents and/or their principal advisers during wartime and other periods of crisis, through successes and failures.We know the personal qualities required of a President of the United States.
None of us will vote for Donald Trump.
From a foreign policy perspective, Donald Trump is not qualified to be President and Commander-in-Chief. Indeed, we are convinced that he would be a dangerous President and would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.
Most fundamentally, Mr. Trump lacks the character, values, and experience to be President. He weakens U.S. moral authority as the leader of the free world. He appears to lack basic knowledge about and belief in the U.S. Constitution, U.S. laws, and U.S. institutions, including religious tolerance, freedom of the press, and an independent judiciary.
In addition, Mr. Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he has little understanding of America’s vital national interests, its complex diplomatic challenges, its indispensable alliances, and the democratic values on which U.S. foreign policy must be based. At the same time, he persistently compliments our adversaries and threatens our allies and friends. Unlike previous Presidents who had limited experience in foreign affairs, Mr. Trump has shown no interest in educating himself. He continues to display an alarming ignorance of basic facts of contemporary international politics. Despite his lack of knowledge, Mr. Trump claims that he understands foreign affairs and “knows more about ISIS than the generals do.”
Mr. Trump lacks the temperament to be President. In our experience, a President must be willing to listen to his advisers and department heads; must encourage consideration of conflicting views; and must acknowledge errors and learn from them. A President must be disciplined, control emotions, and act only after reflection and careful deliberation.A President must maintain cordial relationships with leaders of countries of different backgrounds and must have their respect and trust.
In our judgment, Mr. Trump has none of these critical qualities. He is unable or unwilling to separate truth from falsehood. He does not encourage conflicting views. He lacks self control and acts impetuously. He cannot tolerate personal criticism. He has alarmed our closest allies with his erratic behavior. All of these are dangerous qualities in an individual who aspires to be President and Commander-in-Chief, with command of the U.S. nuclear arsenal.
We understand that many Americans are profoundly frustrated with the federal government and its inability to solve pressing domestic and international problems. We also know that many have doubts about Hillary Clinton, as do many of us.
But Donald Trump is not the answer to America’s daunting challenges and to this crucial election. We are convinced that in the Oval Office, he would be the most reckless President in American history.
Dave Griffey at his blog Daffey Thoughts comments on the fact that Veep and beloved National Clown Joe Biden has gone into the marrying biz:
According to this story, Bishops want clarification from Joe Biden after Biden – Catholic – officiated at a gay wedding. They act as shocked as Charley Owens at something that should be as predictable as bad reality TV. Why I don’t know. He’s a liberal Catholic who, like most religious liberals, follows the Left. Wherever the Left goes, the liberal believer will follow. That’s why nobody cares about the Religious Left. Not that Trump and the GOP haven’t exposed a glaring problem in the Religious Right and its ability to throw doctrine and morals under the bus to fit the latest political movement. It’s just that traditionally, Conservative believers held the line and demanded at least some fealty to their most cherished beliefs.
The religious left has no such feather in its cap. If the modern Left demanded sex with animals, you’d have religious liberals scouring the history books or religious texts to find something that would validate it or, in lieu of a worthwhile discovery, simply toss the history and the Scriptures in the file, declare them irrelevant, and move on. So what does the Left in general care about religious liberals? Whatever the Left demands, it gets.
So Biden officiating at a gay wedding shouldn’t be shocking. He is liberal. The Church is wrong and it’s high damn time the Church change and get with the times. Oh, maybe there was a time it was right, or it couldn’t help being wrong because of backward thinking. Some progressives are willing to invoke a sense of moral superiority over those wrong thinking types of yore. But whatever the reason, the teachings are declared wrong, and it shouldn’t be shocking that a liberal Catholic would, as usual, move forward and cleave unto the latest, hippest on this topic.
I truly hate robo-calls, as does my bride, who is the designated phone answerer at out house. For the past month we have been getting robo-calls from the Trump campaign several times a week. In 2012 we were contacted by the Romney campaign once. We of course reside in icy blue Illinois. If Trump wins here he is looking at a 45 state romp. I am curious as to whether the readers of TAC have been receiving similar phone calls. Is this a national effort by the Trump campaign that is going on beneath the radar of the national media? I have also been receiving endless e-mails from the Trump campaign, but that also happened in 2012 from the Romney campaign. Let me know whether any of this is happening to you in the comboxes.
Dr. Samuel Gregg at Catholic World Report has an intriguing article about possible Peronist influences on the Pope:
After being elected president in 1946, Perón was initially elusive about his precise political beliefs. In 1948, he stated that Perónism “is not learned, nor just talked about: one either feels it or else disagrees. Perónism is a question of the heart rather than the head.” In an April 1949 speech to the National Congress of Philosophy, however, Perón outlined a political model called justicialismo. Its goal was what Perón called an “organized community”: one which sought to balance classes and interest-groups so that each exercises “its functions for the good of all.” Achieving this equilibrium, Perón maintained, required what he called a conductor: someone who, like a military officer, can exercise tactical flexibility in pursuing a strategic goal.
As one of Perón’s biographers Joseph Page observes, justicialismo essentially sought to rationalize the alliance which propelled Perón to power: the working-class, the lower middle-class, trade unionists, and farm-workers. This was accompanied by increasing authoritarianism on Perón’s part, the parodying and demonizing of opponents, and constant appeals to “the people” against real and invented adversaries. In short, Perón’s economic policies went hand-in-hand with increasing restrictions on freedom.
There was, however, another side to Perón’s politics. This had less to do with content than with style. Perón’s emphasis on el conductor’s need to be flexible involved him, Page states, “not only cultivating vagueness but also glorifying it as a virtue.” This in turn produced “flights of nonsensical obscurantism.” In 1950, for instance, Perón claimed that Perónism “is an ideological position that is in the center, on the left, or on the right, according to circumstances. We obey circumstances.”
Yet there was a method to this apparent madness. And that was a refusal to be limited by principles or the inner logic of ideas. On many occasions, Perón expressed impatience with intellectual abstraction. What mattered was movement and adaptation to existing conditions.
A Perónist pope?
Some of this will remind readers of expressions used by Pope Francis. Take, for example, Francis’s often-repeated statement: “Realities are greater than ideas.” Precisely what this means is unclear. After all, an idea is a reality. Moreover, the claim that “realties are greater than ideas” is an idea, just as Perón’s assertion that we must adapt to circumstances is a theory about how we should act. Continue reading
Continuing our look at convention acceptance speeches, the greatest of them was doubtless the Cross of Gold speech delivered on July 9, 1896. Strictly speaking it was not an acceptance speech, but it might as well have been. It catapulted dark horse candidate Bryan, the youngest nominee of any major party at age 36, into the Democratic nomination for president in 1896. Perhaps the greatest American orator of his time, William Jennings Bryan was three times the nominee of the Democratic party, 1896, 1900 and 1908, losing each time. It is a tribute to his hold on his party that he was put forward three times, as American parties are usually unforgiving to candidates who lose a Presidential race, with very few exceptions. Bryan was an interesting mix of economic radicalism, pacifism and traditional religious fervor. If he is remembered at all today, it is because of his role in the Scopes Monkey Trial, one of the most misinterpreted and misunderstood legal battles in American history. This does not do justice to the man. He possessed a keen intellect, and even when he was wrong he never failed to make a convincing case for his position.
Bryan began the process by which the Democratic party, long the conservative party in this country on most issues, began a drift to the Left. He also ensured that his party retained a strong presence in rural American, a presence that did not come to an end, at least for the time being, until Reagan. In many ways Bryan, more than any other man, helped shape the Democratic party between the Civil War and the New Deal, and should be regarded as a precursor to FDR. Bryan’s Cross of Gold speech gained him the Democratic nomination in 1896 and is one of the finest examples of American oratory, whatever one may think, and I do not think much of it, in regard to substance: Continue reading
The Pope has received criticism from an unusual source in regard to his contention that there is nothing religious about the war being waged by jihadists:
The Islamic State terror group has come out publicly to reject Pope Francis’ claims that the war being waged by Islamic terrorists is not religious in nature, assuring the pontiff that their sole motivation is religious and sanctioned by Allah in the Qur’an.
In the most recent issue of Dabiq, the propaganda magazine of the Islamic State, ISIS criticizes Pope Francis for his naïveté in clinging to the conviction that Muslims want peace and that acts of Islamic terror are economically motivated.
“This is a divinely-warranted war between the Muslim nation and the nations of disbelief,” the authors state in an article titled “By the Sword.”
The Islamic State directly attacks Francis for claiming that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Quran are opposed to every form of violence,” saying that by doing this, “Francis continues to hide behind a deceptive veil of ‘good will,’ covering his actual intentions of pacifying the Muslim nation.”
Pope Francis “has struggled against reality” in his efforts to portray Islam as a religion of peace, the article insists, before going on to urge all Muslims to take up the sword of jihad, the “greatest obligation” of a true Muslim.
Despite the obviously religious nature of their attacks, the article states, “many people in Crusader countries express shock and even disgust that Islamic State leadership ‘uses religion to justify violence.’”
“Indeed, waging jihad – spreading the rule of Allah by the sword – is an obligation found in the Quran, the word of our Lord,” it reads.
“The blood of the disbelievers is obligatory to spill by default. The command is clear. Kill the disbelievers, as Allah said, ‘Then kill the polytheists wherever you find them.’” Continue reading
The above video is from Info Wars so take it with a mountain of salt. For years there have been rumors that Hillary Clinton is in poor health. She sought to dispel those rumors by releasing a a two page letter from her personal physician last year saying that she was in good health and fit to be President.
However, she has not released her medical records. Strange incidents keep happening that seem to indicate some sort of health problem. Just today a picture from February 24, 2016 made headlines showing her being helped up stairs by aides:
Coming soon to a state near you. The California Assembly has designated August Muslim Appreciation Month. Here is the text of the resolution:
WHEREAS, Freedom of religion holds distinction as a cherished right and a foundational value upon which the laws and ethics of the United States are based; and
WHEREAS, Enriched by the unparalleled diversity of its residents, the State of California takes great pride in supporting individual religious freedoms and is strengthened by the many varied religious, political, and cultural traditions of its diverse population, including those Americans who practice Islam; and
WHEREAS, The history of Islam in this country dates back to before its founding, originating with African slaves who brought their Muslim beliefs with them to the Americas and who later contributed in numerous ways to the founding of the nation, and there are today millions of Muslim Americans, both immigrant and native-born, of diverse backgrounds and beliefs; and
WHEREAS, The United States benefits greatly from the expertise, patriotism, and humanitarianism of Muslim Americans, who represent 10 percent of America’s physicians, helping to heal hundreds of thousands of Americans each year; who have long distinguished themselves as courageous and dedicated members of the United States Armed Forces, fighting and sacrificing in every major war from the American Revolutionary War to present-day conflicts; and who regularly contribute to the health and vitality of their communities, giving food to the hungry, sheltering the needy, and providing inexpensive or free health services, among other community services; and
WHEREAS, The earliest Muslim immigrants to California mostly worked on farms and made significant contributions to early agricultural efforts, and since the abolition of the national quota on immigration in 1965 by the passage of the Hart-Celler Act, more and more Muslims have migrated to California, with approximately one million Muslim Americans currently residing in communities throughout the state, the highest number in the United States; and
WHEREAS, Similarly, there are currently more than 240 mosques in California, more than any other state in the nation, and the people of California and the greater United States benefit from the several large Muslim religious, educational, charitable, advocacy, and empowerment organizations that operate within the state, as well as from the countless prominent Muslim community leaders who distinguish themselves professionally as business owners, law professionals, doctors, engineers, teachers, and farmers, among numerous other valued professions; and
WHEREAS, Although the majority of Muslim Americans within California and throughout the nation strive to promote peace and understanding between all faiths, identities, and nationalities while upholding those values and principles that define the American people, they have nonetheless been forced to endure harassment, assault, and discrimination since the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, and during the year 2015 alone, there were approximately 174 reported incidents of anti-Muslim violence and vandalism in the United States. It is therefore appropriate to acknowledge and promote awareness of the myriad invaluable contributions of Muslim Americans in California and across the country, and extend to them the respect and camaraderie every American deserves; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, That the Assembly joins communities throughout the State of California in recognizing the month of August 2016 as Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month, respectfully acknowledges the rich history and guiding virtues of Muslim Americans, and commends Muslim communities in California for the lasting positive impact they have made, and continue to make, toward the advancement of the state and the nation; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.
The website Creeping Sharia has noted some 50 contributions by Muslims to California over the past year:
- California: Muslim earns 15 years in prison for trying to join ISIS
- California: Two (More) Muslims Convicted of ISIS Terror Support in Anaheim
- California: Muslim Woman at LAX Threatens to Bomb America (VIDEO)
- California: Muslim gets 12 years in terrorism case
- San Bernardino terrorist’s friend linked to Muslim group arrested for 2012 jihad plot
- Brother of San Bernardino terrorist, 2 others arrested for immigration fraud
- 17 Muslims Detained, Released After Chanting Allah Akbar, Firing Rifles, Shotguns Near San Bernardino
- California: Muslim “Refugee” Indicted for Attempt to Support Islamic Terrorists
- San Diego: Brother of Muslim Killed Fighting with Islamic State Lied to FBI, Charged
- Muslim attack on California university campus was ISIS-inspired
- California: Syrian immigrant gets 8 years for lying about his Islamic terror ties
- California: Muslim named Jihad arrested after bomb threat on cop shop
- Los Angeles: Father, Shehada Issa, killed son for being gay
- California: Muslim Uber driver arrested for raping woman after driving her home
- California: Muslim indicted for attempting to join Islamic terror group
- Black Muslim Chases, Tackles White Trump Supporter After San Jose Rally
- Egyptian on Student Visa Facing Deportation for Death Threat Against Donald Trump
- California: “I would die and kill for Allah” – Muslim arrested for attempted murder
- California: Father of Jihad Suspect to Muslims: ‘Don’t Even Think About Telling Govt’
- Muslim Students Trap, Bully San Diego State’s Jewish President
- Muslims Terrorize Jewish Students at UC-Irvine Movie Screening, Police Rescue
- Muslims force California school system to remove forced conversion of Hindus to Islam from history
- Jewish Woman Forced to Hide From Muslim Thugs at UC-Irvine
- California: Muslim arrested in online threat to UC Santa Cruz
- UC Berkeley students: Chattanooga jihad justified, nothing to do with Islam
- Cal-Berkeley Student’s Article “On Leaving Islam” Retracted…Fearing Muslim Violence
- California: Muslim Pleads Guilty to Providing Material Support to ISIS, Lying on Passport
- California: Muslim fugitive caught, files lawsuit over hijab removal
- San Diego: Iraqi Immigrant Couple Enslaved Maid in Their Home
- California: Saudi ‘threatened to kill staff who watched him being pleasured by male aide’
- LA: Saudi prince arrested after bleeding woman seen trying to escape compound, more victims come forward
- California: Cafe Countersues Muslim Women Fraudulently Claiming Discrimination
- San Diego School Board Approves Creation of Islamophobia Propaganda Plan
- Huntington Beach (CA) school makes 7th graders sing “Believe in Allah! There is no other god”
- San Diego School District Expands Sharia Lunch Program
- San Diego: Taxpayers now funding Muslim’s halal school lunches
- California school district enforces sharia, bans drawings of Muhammad, keeps Islamic indoctrination
- California: Muslim stabs 4 on UC Merced campus before shot dead
- Phone records show imam at San Bernardino terrorist’s mosque knew killer’s, lied about it
- San Bernardino Jihadist’s Father Knew Son Supported ISIS, Told No One
- San Bernardino jihadists buried by mosque members in Islamic ritual
- California: Saudi at Culver City mosque linked to 9/11 attack
- LAPD Chief Panders at Terror-linked Mosque Named in Missing “28 Pages” (VIDEO)
- Sharia compliant: No Islamic landmarks harmed in “Independence Day” sequel
- Hollywood Chooses Swank Sharia-Owned Hotel Over LGBT Boycott
- Video: Muslim Prayers Take Over Streets of Downtown Los Angeles
- California: After trip to Morocco, son shoots mother, cuts her heart out
- Anaheim: Two (more) Muslims Arrested Trying to Join Islamic Terror Group, Wanted to Die Martyrs
- California: Muslim arrested in sexual assault on 13-year-old girl inside her home (video)
- Los Angeles: Muslim clerk caught giving undercover lottery officer $75 instead of $75K prize
Christopher Johnson at Midwest Conservative Journal helps point out that most members of the media this year are nothing but Democrat shills. In that respect this year is like all years since 1964 although this year they are not bothering to make any attempt to disguise the fact:
“American “journalists.” Pretty much the same thing. CNN’s Carol Costello desperately tries to get a parent of one of Lady Macbeth’s victims to focus on what’s truly important:
Charles Woods, father of U.S. Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, who was killed during the Benghazi attack, appeared on CNN Tuesday. CNN Newsroom host Carol Costello repeatedly badgered him about Donald Trump’s feud with Khizr Khan, and whether Trump should apologize. Transcript below, via CNN.
“I know who should apologize, and that would be Hillary Clinton, for lying to the American families who lost their loved ones as well as to the American public,” Woods said.And I’m sure when the election comes out next year, they’re going to have to make the decision, who should they vote for, based upon who will do the best job of defending this country.
WOODS: And I think the whole reason …
COSTELLO: Do you, do you think, Sir …
WOODS: … Clinton proved at Benghazi that she was incapable of protecting 35 of her own employees. So how could she possibly protect 330 million Americans at home?
COSTELLO: Do you think that Mr. Trump should apologize to Mr. Khan?
WOODS: You know, I really don’t know what’s been said. I haven’t seen a T.V. set since last Monday or Tuesday …
COSTELLO: So Eric Trump is saying that his father sort of apologized by calling Khan’s son a hero. And that Donald Trump has also sacrificed for this country.
WOODS: Well I would agree with what Mr. Trump said, definitely Khan was an American hero. He was a patriotic American, and he was also a moderate Muslim.
COSTELLO: But should Mr. Trump apologize?
WOODS: You know, like I say, I don’t know what he originally said, and I don’t know what he’s said since then. I — I know who should apologize, and that would be Hillary Clinton, for lying to the American families who lost their loved ones, as well as to the American public. You know, she’s …
COSTELLO: Do you …
WOODS: … in fact, she’s even doubled down and called us liars. Which is not appropriate at all. Because like I said, either she’s lying …
COSTELLO: Who are you endorsing this election?
WOODS: Well my son would still be alive if Mrs. Clinton was performing her job properly, as Secretary of State. So in good conscience I cannot vote for the person who was directly responsible for the death of my son. There is only two choices, and obviously I support Donald Trump.
And the main reason is because national security, as well as the economy, are the two most important issues that voters are going to have to decide upon next November.
COSTELLO: And just the last question I’ll ask you, do you wish that Mr. Trump would stop talking about the Khans now?
WOODS: You know, when Hillary Clinton on several occasions, has called the Benghazi victims’ families liars, would that be — should she apologize for that?
That exchange, ladies and gentlemen, is why so many of us have to depend on foreign news sources to find out what’s really going on in our own country. Continue reading
Securing Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice
Democrats are committed to protecting and advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice. We believe unequivocally, like the majority of Americans, that every woman should have access
to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or how she is insured. We believe that reproductive health is core to women’s, men’s,and young people’s health and wellbeing. We will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers, which provide critical health services to millions of people. We will continue to oppose and seek to overturn federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment.We condemn and will combat any acts of violence, harassment, and intimidation of reproductive health providers, patients, and staff.
Democrat 2016 Party Platform on abortion
Christopher Johnson, a non-Catholic who has taken up the cudgels so frequently for the Church that I have deemed him Defender of the Faith, at Midwest Conservative Journal, casts his eyes on Tim Kaine:
“Pro-life, Catholic Democrats.” We hardly knew ye:
Observers of the abortion debate may feel a little whiplash watching the roll out of Tim Kaine’s vice presidential nomination. His position on abortion has changed over the years, and multiple times just over the last few days. He was for the Hyde Amendment before he was against it, but as of Friday morning, he was claiming to be in favor of it again. He is trying to square a circle in his attempts to line up his supposedly “traditional Catholic view” on the issue with Hillary Clinton’s position of taxpayer-funded abortion on demand. Perhaps the impossibility of reconciling the two is what accounts for Mr. Kaine’s flip-flops during the past week.
Running for governor 11 years ago, Mr. Kaine invoked his faith in opposition to abortion, supported pro-life laws and promoted adoption as an alternative to abortion. In 2008 he said, “I’ve supported restrictions on abortion, not all on the left have appreciated it, but I think it has been important to do that because there’s a moral gravity, I think, to abortion as an issue that has to be respected.”
However, Mr. Kaine’s respect for the moral gravity of the issue seemed to completely dissipate when he moved up to national office. In the Senate, Mr. Kaine’s voting record received a crystal-clear 100 percent score from the abortion lobby. He even voted to allow late-term abortions, opposing a bill to ban the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Tim Kaine “evolved” still further once he was under consideration for VP, knowing how dogmatic the Democratic Party has become and how unqualified he would be in the eyes of Hillary Clinton if he retained any shred of defense for preborn lives. To improve his resume he quietly co-sponsored pro-abortion legislation in the Senate that would wipe out all state abortion restrictions, including those he signed as governor.
He even privately agreed to support Hillary Clinton’s agenda for taxpayer-funded abortions. Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager went on CNN to announce Mr. Kaine’s shift on the Hyde Amendment. “He has said that he will stand with Secretary Clinton to defend a woman’s right to choose, to repeal the Hyde Amendment.”
Yet Mr. Kaine continues to maintain that he has a “traditional Catholic personal position.”
Timmy? Insofar as you and people like you don’t seem to have a single religious principle that you won’t enthusiastically repudiate for secular political gain, best of luck on Judgment Day, “Christian.” Because, in the immortal words of the Alan Parsons Project, I wouldn’t want to be like you.
Not everyone that sayeth unto me, “Lord, Lord,” and all that. Continue reading
The family and I are back safe from Gen Con. It was fun as always. As usual, Dad was the spendthrift of the family, spending too much on books and games. Surprisingly, two of my best game purchases I made not at the convention but at one of the two Half Price Books in Indy that we visited. I picked up Friedrich, a game on the Seven Years War, and its companion game Maria, on the War of the Austrian Succession. These games will be keepers in my collection. Both games are in mint condition, and I am fascinated by the period and the game mechanics used by the game designer. Friedrich I got for ten bucks off the Amazon price and Maria for a stunning seventy-five off the Amazon price.
Some of the games I purchase I do so intending to resell them on eBay, my bride being in charge of the monthly eBay sales we have been doing since 2002. The star in this category this year was one of the American Heritage Command Series games put out by Milton Bradley in the early sixties. For $16.00 I purchased a copy of Hit the Beach, a game on the island hopping campaigns in the Pacific during World War II. These were very much games rather than historical simulations, although usually some rudimentary strategy lessons were taught. Most veteran war gaming grognards of today started their love affair with war games as a boy with one of these mass market games. These are fairly rare in good condition and I think it will probably do well once put up on e-bay.
My bride participated in the craft section of Gen Con, crocheting a colorful Dragon’s Egg.
My daughter, the baby of our family, had fun as a bard in True Dungeon:
Our baby will be a senior in college this year! Where do the years go? Continue reading