They Don’t Like the Bill of Rights

Friday, April 28, AD 2017

 

Last night I watched The FBI Story (1959) starring Jimmy Stewart as FBI agent Chip Hardesty.  Through the story of his career the history of the FBI was told.  A somewhat sanitized version to be sure but accurate as far as it went.  Go here to read some background on the film.  From an entertainment standpoint it is a great film, full of humor and drama, Jimmy Stewart and Vera Miles doing a good job of making you care about Chip Hardesty and his wife.  In one moving scene Hardesty and his wife learn that their only son was killed in the first assault wave on Iwo Jima.  As the black tide of grief washes over them as it does almost all parents who lose a child, Stewart seemed to be actually experiencing that sorrow.  A decorated Colonel in the Eighth Air Force who flew bomber missions during the War, I expect that Stewart while filming that scene was recalling the many young men he had known who had died in the units he commanded, and the letters he wrote to their parents and wives.  A good film, but that is not why I am writing this post.

 

In a clash with the Ku Klux Klan Hardesty describes it as follows:

The next day, Sam and I were sent down South with five other agents.  We were given simple instructions:  To check on a group of terrorists known as the Ku Klux Klan.  They had one minor complaint:  They didn’t like the Bill of Rights.  They said so in speeches.  They said so  in a lot of different ways.  They ransacked homes……and defiled ancient devotions.  It was a secret organization……that was so powerful it didn’t have to be secret.

This struck home to me because in this country we see the growing influence on the left of groups that also do not like the Bill of Rights.  To their credit some leftists are beginning to speak out against these groups, including Senators Warren and Sanders, Professor Cornell West and talk show host Bill Maher.  It is a frightening movement that bodes ill for civic peace.  Here is a current example of what these groups are accomplishing:

 

 

For years, the 82nd Avenue of the Roses parade has kicked off Portland’s annual Rose Festival and marked beginning of the Oregon city’s parade season.

But after a threatening email was sent to parade organizers – singling out members of the Multnomah County Republican Party (MCRP) who were planning to take part – officials have decided to cancel the family-friendly procession in an effort to avoid any clashes between protesters and marchers.

“This would have been the 11th year of the parade. This is culturally enriched community that has grown very diverse over the years,” Rick Jarvis, a spokesman for the Rose Festival Foundation, told Fox News. “The association has worked very hard to get everyone together in one common are and the parade helped served in that function.”

Local media reported that the email was sent from “[email protected],” and said that if members of the MCRP marched on Saturday they planned to have “two hundred or more people rush into the parade into the middle and drag and push them out.”

“You have seen how much power we have downtown and that the police cannot stop us from shutting down roads so please consider your decision wisely,” the anonymous email said, in reference to the violent riots that broke out in Portland after the 2016 presidential election, reported the Oregonian. “This is non-negotiable.”

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4 Responses to They Don’t Like the Bill of Rights

  • “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Pogo, Walt Kelly, 1970.

    Herein I demonstrate my firm grasp of the obvious. Antifa and KKK thugs are the same.

    One problem is that the elites and lying media (redundant) do not have a tenuous grasp of the obvious.

  • The 2d incarnation of the Ku Klux Klan evaporated quite rapidly after 1930 and was all but defunct during the war. (That’s what made Robert Byrd’s Klan organizing so odd, rather like someone organizing War Bond rallies in 1963. He was trying to assemble an organization which was completely passe in a state with few minorities of any description; post-war, the West Virginia congressional delegation was generally friendly to the interests of blacks – with one notable exception). The Klan dissolved in 1944, was refoundeded in 1946, and broke up into klanlets in 1949. Even during the civil rights era, the klanlets were consequential in only about four states.

    What’s notable about the postwar klan is that it was run by unimportant people, who, with very few exceptions, neither recruited nor suborned local officials. (The Neshoba County, Miss. Sheriff’s department was the most salient exception). The antifa types do not have a murderous aspect to them as yet, but they are executing institutional policy in places like Berkeley.

  • “’You have seen how much power we have downtown and that the police cannot stop us from shutting down roads so please consider your decision wisely,’ the anonymous email said, in reference to the violent riots that broke out in Portland after the 2016 presidential election, reported the Oregonian. ‘This is non-negotiable.'”

    There are young millennial spoiled brat college grads in their mid and late 20s in my Oregonian company who believe in first marginalizing and then silencing conservatives. Even from management the disgust for conservatives and Republicans is palpable. The irony is that my company is a nuclear one and Oregon – bastion of godless eco-wacko enviro-nazi anti-nuclear liberalism – would never permit building a nuclear power plant in its Soviet Socialist sodomite rights, baby murdering Republik on the left coast.

  • If any person dies because medical help cannot reach him, those who shut the roadways down have bloodguilt on their hands. Any disruption that brings hardship to any other person is criminal and a violation of peaceable assembly, good will for the common good and disenfranchises the evil doer to the degree of the murder, mischief and mayhem they bring about and God will punish, even in this life.

“Mr. President, when did the Democratic Party declare war on the Catholic Church?”

Saturday, July 19, AD 2014

Hattip to Darleen at Protein Wisdom.  Senator Ted Cruz (R.Tx) is a Southern Baptist.  If all Catholic members of Congress had a tenth the willingness to do battle for the Church and the First Amendment as Cruz does, I would have no concern for the future of the Church in this country, at least from assaults by Caesar.

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  • Wow – Ted Cruz strikes me as very presidential.
    But what staggers me is that he had to stand in the senate to speak in this manner.
    How far has the USA sunk ? If not its people, certainly its government – which in reality is a reflection of many of the people.

    And the idiot Obama has two years and four months to go in his presidency. What other attacks is he and his henchmen Democrats going to lay on the American people?
    Very, VERY sad.

  • Ted Cruz IS very presidential, but the Republican establishment will crush him if he seeks that high office. The enemy of the Republican establishment is not Barack Obama, but rather, genuine conservatives like Cruz.

  • If Kennedy were alive today, it’s hard to believe that he would still be a Democrat.

  • Moral clarity. Ted Cruz doesn’t seem to get swamped by opinion. He seems to see a light in all this fog.

  • I’m sharing this with as many friends as I can. God bless Ted Cruz for speaking truth so clearly and consistently.

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  • Not much different than: Convert, pay tax, or die, Islamic State warns Christians – Yahoo News
    http://news.yahoo.com/convert-pay-tax-die-islamic-state-warns-christians-181415698–business.html

  • “Ted Cruz IS very presidential, but the Republican establishment will crush him if he seeks that high office. The enemy of the Republican establishment is not Barack Obama, but rather, genuine conservatives like Cruz.”

    If you ever have a chance to hear Cruz speak live, be sure and go. I heard him live in Florida this past fall. He is one of the best speakers I have ever heard in my life.

    The Republican party establishment works constantly at all levels to cement their control over the advancement/defeat of candidates bearing the R on the ballot. In our state the Republican establishment will only allow candidates who have true convictions and who operate from and vote their convictions (like Cruz) to be elected at the state level or below. The party establishment does not want anyone in office whom they cannot control–people who stay true to their conservative principles regardless of a given party line at the time cannot be controlled. One of my friends who has devoted huge portions of her life to the Republican party here in our state found this out when she ran for Congress this year. I had tried to point out to her in the past, but she had to witness it first hand in order to believe it. Political party structures,in my experience, are about top-down control, punishing your enemies, and rewarding your friends.

  • Sorry.

    I meant to say “the Republican party establishment works constantly at all levels to cement their control over the advancement/defeat of candidates bearing the R on the ballot dependent upon the establishment’s view of those individual candidates (favored candidates are advanced/disfavored”candidates are stopped by any means necessary.)

  • The Democratic Party has evolved to become close to being what we years ago understood and called Godless Communism. Do you remember the outburst of rage on the floor at the Democratic Party convention at the mere mention of “God”.

  • It’s like hearing a voice in the wilderness of Washington DC.

Bishop Jenky: Obama’s Threat to Religious Liberty

Saturday, October 13, AD 2012

My Bishop, Daniel Jenky of the Peoria Diocese, is a big, jovial bear-like guy.  It is hard not to like him, but I have never been prouder of him than I have been this year.  He has been one of the bishops standing up and constantly sounding the alarm posed to our religious liberty by the Obama administration.  Go here to read a speech he gave on the subject earlier this year.

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  • Give your Account in Public.
    Public Witness matters. Hold Fast!

    A few hours from now your fellow defenders of the Faith will be on street corners publicly beckoning Heaven for help. Over 9,000 cities are participating around the globe.

    MSM will ignore, however God will not. This is a battle. Please pick up your rosaries and join us at noon today. The 50 million fallen babies will now support you, encourage you and defend you as you step out into the public square to defend our Religious Freedoms.
    To defend the lives of our future generations.

    Fatima was real. 95 years ago a public miracle happened. Expect miracles. Be a witness.
    Americaneedsfatima.

    Dear AC contributors. Please allow this plea.
    I will not abuse your site. This is a war, and we need each others help.
    Thank you and my God bless you.

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  • Great witness from our shepherd of Peoria. Here’s a Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of the Archdioces of San Antonio addressing the threats to religiouus liberty as a real and present dangeer. http://www.truthandcharityforum.org/the-threat-to-freedom-of-religion-a-real-and-present-danger/

  • May every American Catholic and all Americans of goodwill hear the Voice of Christ, loud and clear and respond appropriately. Our Prayers are with you at this critical time in the History of our One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as She faces the toughest Persecution of this New Century. May God hear the cries of the massacred unborn babies of this beloved Country and avenge this genocide.

  • Would that all our Wisconsin bishops had the acourage to disect the religious and political spectrums and order the reading of a similar letter. Our Green Bay parish would not, even after specifically asked, create a petition requesting prayer for non-invasion of the freedom of religion portion of the First Amendment. It is apparent that social justice has overtaken common sense; it doesn’t recognize that unless there is freedom there will be no social justice.

  • And the LORD said to Samuel, “Hearken to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. 1 Samuel 8:7
    Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. John 19:14 – 16

    Jesus Christ established the Catholic religion. The Church has condemned religious indifferentism. The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereo.” The First Amendment is indifferent to religion. In other words, the Constitution rejects the true faith and Christ the King. The Constitution does not permit Congress to protect individuals from the errors of false religions.

    The bishops’ appeal to the first amendment is misplaced. The Church has an opportunity to explain why contraception is wrong.

  • “The Constitution does not permit Congress to protect individuals from the errors of false religions”

    Praise God it does not! (Can one just imagine Congress critters being relied upon to determine what is a false religion and what is a true religion?) The Church is now four square on the side of religious liberty and I am very happy for it. Coercion in matters of religion has been a flat failure throughout the history of the Church, and the reliance upon the State by the Church has been as misplaced as it has been disastrous. The Church can more than hold her own in the free market of religion that prevails in the United States, which compares quite favorably to the moribund state of the Faith in much of Europe.

  • Donald, AMEN to that. And unless Obama and his evil Government desist from trying to dismantle the Church of Jesus Christ, Ameica will go the way of all the historical world Powers and Empires which rose against the Church and perished into oblivion for ever; never, ever to rise again.