Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders really needs to brush up on the Constitution, and he might start with this passage in Article Six:
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States. Continue Reading
Either that or you don’t give a damn about fighting abortion:
Sanders stated, “I think we should expand funding for Planned Parenthood. And it is no secret, that in states all over this country, in a dozen different ways, there are governors and legislatures who are trying to make it impossible for a woman to control her own body. I will use the Department of Justice to go after those states, in every way that I legally can.” Continue Reading
Well, Bernie Sanders, pro-abortion Senator from the Peoples Republic of Vermont, has had his moment at the Vatican, courtesy of the fact that he and the Pope both embrace the pernicious superstition known as socialism:
Someone was listening. On Friday, Mr. Sanders was scheduled to fly to Rome to address the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, in effect the Vatican’s in-house think tank on social, economic and environmental issues.
“We invited the candidate who cites the pope the most in his campaign, and that is Senator Bernie Sanders,” said Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, the academy’s chancellor.
Monsignor Sánchez Sorondo, an Argentine who is close to the pope, said that Mr. Sanders’s focus on climate change and his attention to poor people on the margins of society were “very analogous to that of the pope.” He said that made the Vermont senator an obvious person to invite to Friday’s conference, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of an encyclical by Pope John Paul II about the potential pitfalls of the market economy after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
In his speech Sanders wrapped his socialist politics in a patina of Catholicism, something highly congenial to the powers that be at the Vatican:
But as both Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis have warned us and the world, the consequences have been even direr than the disastrous effects of financial bubbles and falling living standards of working-class families. Our very soul as a nation has suffered as the public lost faith in political and social institutions. As Pope Francis has stated: “Man is not in charge today, money is in charge, money rules.” And the Pope has also stated: “We have created new idols. The worship of the golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly humane goal.”
And further: “While the income of a minority is increasing exponentially, that of the majority is crumbling. This imbalance results from ideologies which uphold the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation, and thus deny the right of control to States, which are themselves charged with providing for the common good.”
Pope Francis has called on the world to say: “No to a financial system that rules rather than serves” in Evangeli Gaudium. And he called upon financial executives and political leaders to pursue financial reform that is informed by ethical considerations. He stated plainly and powerfully that the role of wealth and resources in a moral economy must be that of servant, not master.
Go here to read the rest. After giving this speech, Sanders had a brief meeting with the Pope. The Pope, with his usual charm, attacked critics who thought it political that he would meet with a presidential candidate during a presidential election year:
Pope Francis says a brief meeting with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders just “good manners” and not political interference.
They met early in the lobby of the Pope’s residence before he left to meet migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos.
“If anyone thinks that greeting someone is getting involved in politics, I recommend that he look for a psychiatrist,” Pope Francis added.
Like much that has gone on in this Vatican, this type of overt involvement by a Pope in an American presidential election is unprecedented. It is also hilarious as the economic policies embraced by Sanders, like those of the Pope, would only produce disaster if he managed to get elected. It is not an accident that the State which sends him to Washington has a very poor economic outlook: Continue Reading
With all due respect to Mr. Klavan, the public figure that Bernie Sanders most reminds me of is Pope Francis:
1.Both are socialists with very little work experience in the private sector.
2.Both are popular on college campuses with kids who have very little experience of life.
3.Both are in favor of extremist environmental policies while decrying the lack of job opportunities.
4.Both seem to believe that governments can endlessly conjure wealth out of thin air.
5.Both enjoy great press at The National Catholic Reporter. Continue Reading
This declared indifference, but, as I must think, covert real zeal for the spread of slavery, I cannot but hate. I hate it because of the monstrous injustice of slavery itself. I hate it because it deprives our republican example of its just influence in the world,—enables the enemies of free institutions, with plausibility, to taunt us as hypocrites; causes the real friends of freedom to doubt our sincerity, and especially because it forces so many really good men amongst ourselves into an open war with the very fundamental principles of civil liberty,—criticising the Declaration of Independence, and insisting that there is no right principle of action but self-interest.
Abraham Lincoln, 1854
David Griffey at his blog Daffey Thoughts, shines a light on one of the more disgusting developments this election year: the attempt by some Catholic and conservative bloggers to gin up support for avowed socialist Bernie Sanders, a 100% pro-abort:
I read this opinion piece at The Imaginative Conservative, I had to ask myself: When did abortion go from being the only sin that matters to a sin that doesn’t seem to matter at all? I mean, we’re not talking about a pro-choice politician who has been sort of pro-choice. We’re talking about someone who has tried to open the gates for any and all abortions, up to and including partial birth abortion even without the mother’s life on the line. Something so heinous, that it has been called one of the worst murderous crimes in our country today. And yet, so what if Sanders supports it? Big deal, right?
I understand – and have always maintained – that there are more than one or two issues to think about in an election. But I also understood that there were certain issues that were off the table. They certainly were when it came to Romney or McCain. Certain sins that were non-negotiable. Not because they were all that mattered. But because there was no way to support them and do so in a sinless way. There was no ‘right interpretation of abortion.’ There might be different opinions on how to limit it or eliminate it. But at no point could you say ‘I support unrestricted abortion rights’ and be in the running.
Now it doesn’t just look like abortion isn’t the only big deal. As more and more Conservatives and Catholics flock to Bernie, it looks like abortion is now no big deal at all. And by my lights, that is something that will swim around and bite Conservatives, Christians and Catholics in the ass when all is said and done. Especially if all of the things that have been said about the horrors and evils of abortion through the years are still, you know, true. Continue Reading