Walesa Endorses Romney

Tuesday, July 31, AD 2012

 

Faithful readers of The American Catholic will recall the incident, recounted here, when President Obama chose to snub Lech Walesa, the near legendary former President of Poland, who, as the leader of Solidarity, along with Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan, sounded the death knell of European Communism, as being “too political”.  Yesterday Walesa got “too political” again:

Two months ago, President Obama’s team refused to host former Polish President and Nobel Peace Prize Lech Walesa  at the White House, claiming that he was too “political” to participate in the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony.

Today, Walesa — an anti-Communist freedom fighter — got political.  “Gov. Romney, get your success, be successful!” Walesa said in Poland during a meeting with the former governor. “Poland and many other countries will certainly do their best for the United States to restore its leadership position. And after our conversation, I’m quite confident that you will be successful in doing that,” The Washington Post quoted him as saying.

The endorsement comes two months after Obama refused to host Walesa at the White House. The Polish government had requested that Walesa receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom that was posthumously awarded to Jan Karski, who served in the Polish Underground during World War II.

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  • That is about as a good an endorsement as you can get

  • Pulaski and Kiosciusko and now Walesa are still fighting for our freedom

  • I had forgotten that the Obama White House had rejected a request from the Polish Government that the retired President of Poland receive an award on behalf of the deceased. One grasps for an explanation (other than the President or Valerie Jarret or someone disapproves of Lech Walesa’s career – must have been some disagreeable article in The Nation about him).

  • If I remember correctly, a couple of years ago, Walesa appeared in Chicago at a campaign/fundraising event for Adam Andrejewski, a GOP candidate for governor, who was one of half a dozen GOP primary candidates at the time. I believe Walesa said at the time that he saw a lot of himself in Adam A. (not sure I want to try spelling his last name from memory again), as someone trying to stand up against a corrupt system. Adam A. didn’t win, but I don’t think we’ve seen the last of him on the political scene.

  • A union man supporting Romney. Amazing!

Lech Walesa “Too Political” For Obama Administration

Saturday, June 2, AD 2012

The Obama administration, in its never-ending quest to embarrass itself and America, has insulted one of the pivotal figures in ending Communism in Europe, Lech Walesa:

According to the Wall Street Journal, Polish officials requested that Walesa accept the Medal of Freedom on behalf of Jan Karski, a member of the Polish Underground during World War II who was being honored posthumously this week. The request makes sense. Walesa and Karski shared a burning desire to rid Poland of tyrannical subjugation. But President Obama said no.

Administration officials told the Journal that Walesa is too “political.” A man who was arrested by Soviet officials for dissenting against the government for being “political” is being shunned by the United States of America for the same reason 30 years later.

Meanwhile, one of the recipients of the Medal was Dolores Huerta, the honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America. So socialist politics are acceptable, but not the politics of a man who stood up and fought socialism.

This revelation follows an eruption of outrage in Poland after President Obama referred in his remarks at the Medal of Freedom ceremony to “Polish death camps,” a phrase that Poles have battled since the end of the Cold War. The phrase suggests that Poles were complicit in Nazi concentration camps, which of course is not the case. In fact, Poles were exterminated in the camps.

 

The White House’s flippant response to the uproar caused the Polish president and prime minister to demand more thoughtful and personal reactions. But White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that the president has no plans to reach out to his Polish counterparts and has shrugged off the outrage in Poland.

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  • Its not that he is too political. Its that he’s the wrong politics.

  • It’s just one thing after another with President Obama….

  • Obama still hasn’t apologized for his ‘Polish death camps’ remark. He sent “regrets”, but not an out and out apology.

    11/6 can’t come soon enough.

  • Obama has a ready supply of unwarranted apologies for the actions of his predecessors, but he can never find cause to apologize for his own.

  • This is not too surprising considering how communist Obama is. Obama is just such dummass and luckily is a lot less sneaky than Stalin.

  • Thank you Donald McClarey for this post. I am greatly saddened by the actions of Obama. I will not say “our president” because Obama is not our “president”. A man who does not believe in FREEDOM does not deserve to be a citizen in America.

  • … the pot calling the kettle …

  • This proves what I have said all along about Obama: he is an ideologue not a politician.

  • Of all peoples, I have the highest respect for the Polish for what they went through and sill were not beaten. Years ago, I thought the creator of the “Polish jokes,” that were so prevalent in America, was the work of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union because the greatest weapon against your greatest threat is ridicule. It disgust me that Catholics were so instrumental in electing this despicable human being as our President who bows to Arab dictators and insults our allies and friends.

  • My father’s family is 100% Polish. Poles fought for American freedom in the War for Independence. Polish troops were allied with the Western Powers against Germany in World War I. Polish servicemen who could escape after the Nazi and Soviet invasions in 1939 did escape and fought hard and well on the Allied side throughout World War II. For this, FDR turned away any pleas for help in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 and refused to consider any evidence that Stalin’s NKVD were guilty of the Katyn Massacre. FDR was fine with Stalin keeping the chunk of Poland he took in 1939 (FDR was fine with Stalin keeping the Baltic states as well). Polish airmen fought the Nazis in the Battle of Britain. Polish troops landed with the Allies in Normandy and fought hard and well. The Poles helped to close the Falaise Gap. German soldiers surrendered to Poles in the battle of Monte Cassino.

    I think FDR stunk as a President, too.

    King Jan Sobieski and his Hussars crushed the Ottomans at the Battle of Vienna in September 12, 1683 (the Most Holy Name of Mary). Poland defeated the invading Red Army (the Miracle of the Vistula) in 1920. Poland struggled against Communism and defeated it within its own borders in 1989.

    For these as well as being Catholic, Obumbler hates Poland. Obumbler is the most disgusting, most despicable, most unqualified dufus to inhabit the White House. I pray for his defeat. The man’s name is $**t to me. I loathe Communism – which Obumbler clearly is – and he and his minions need to be driven from power.

  • Naturally, Obama can’t laud a man who helped sweep into the trash bin of history his ideology: communism.

  • Penguins fan, I myself being a German know that many things from the Nazis were adopted for example promiscuity in schools, socialism, atheism, either an extreme pride or hate of Germany, hatred of Jews in Arabia, and heaps of filth which Poland had to deal with. One should not forget that Germans suffered as well under the rule of the Nazis and later at the hands of unchaste communist pieces of god hating filth. Obama however seems to agree with communism quite blatantly.

  • He looks partial to communism and communists in this incident. It seems he just can’t countenance the idea of associating himself with anything to do with Walesa, communist defeater. I think of his whispered words to Medvedev. I can’t believe so many Americans still don’t think he is doing anything wrong. What does it take to open people’s eyes?

  • I really and truly cannot believe this. I mean literally that. Look, forget about everything else. Just think of this: Lech Walesa is a former President of Poland. A former head of State of an allied country with strong ties with America going back to Kosciuzko. In the ordinary intercourse of civilized countries, if a man of that rank asked to be present at a ceremony involving his country, it would be unimaginable to refuse. If the Obama administration actually has committed such an international solecism, then they are not fit to run a bicycle.

  • “then they are not fit to run a bicycle.”

    Precisely Fabio, or as we say in the US they couldn’t pour water out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heel!

  • Boiska na Sycylii e pszenicy ale je?? z Aten Scythia. Scythia sta? si? bardzo greckich i demokratycznej a nast?pnie sta? si? Polska. Grecy i Rosjanie sta? si? zbyt du?o pod dyjab?a.

  • ” … The request makes sense. Walesa and Karski shared a burning desire to rid Poland of tyrannical subjugation. But President Obama said no.

    Administration officials told the Journal that Walesa is too “political.” A man who was arrested by Soviet officials for dissenting against the government for being “political” is being shunned by the United States of America for the same reason 30 years later. …”

    These admin officials serving the admin said a Hero in reality who is 180 degrees from admin political agenda is too political. There might have been some sober, joyous accolades for a man of our time to have to acknowlege in their admin consciousness.

  • Valentin, it might surprise you to know I have German ancestry. My mother is half German, as her maternal grandmother were born in Frankfurt. Her family, the Deckers, left during the days of Kulturkampf at the hands of Bismarck, who despised Catholic Germans almost as much as he despised Poles.

    For what it’s worth I think the origin of the “Polish joke” was Bismarck’s government. Despite the fact that Germany was Europe’s largest and most powerful state in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and a center of scientific research and manufacturing, some nasty ideas have come from Germany. There is a miniseries about WWI (made in England) that begins with the accusation that German had an invasion plan to attack the eastern United States in the early 20th century. Karl Marx was German. In WWI the German government assisted Lenin in his power grab in Moscow in order to get Russia out of the war.

    Back to Obumbler – it is obvious that the man is a lousy politician. He has made it a habit of annoying and driving away people who may support him in the upcoming election. Obumbler should not have a chance of winning.

  • For fellowships sake I will mention that my great grandmother came from Silesia. I thought the polish joke came from Polish soldiers having fought the world wars with horses but I could be wrong.

  • I think It would be a major act of stupidity if people voted Obama in again.

  • Obama and his advisers are probably too stupid and vindictive to realise that Lech Walesa, a living legend, would be doing him a favour by accepting the award. Walesa was organising the Gdansk strikes that triggered the fall of the Soviet Empire with “fire in the belly and iron in the soul” when Obama was mooching composite girlfriends with a reefer stuck in his mouth. What an absurd clown this man is.

  • NOW I believe it, damn it. Read this blog entry, especially the transcript. http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100164771/obama-administration-refuses-to-say-it-will-recognise-results-of-falklands-referendum/ – Read it all. If I were the British Prime Minister, I would pull my ambassador from Washington DC and order my troops in Afghanistan and elsewhere into their barracks pending withdrawal.

  • Typical Obama policy Fabio. Kick our friends in the teeth and coddle our enemies. What a true epic disaster this man has been for the US and the world.

Divini Redemptoris

Tuesday, May 1, AD 2012

“Over half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this is happening.’ Since then I have spent well-nigh fifty years working on the history of our revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some sixty million people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat; ‘Men have forgotten God; That’s why all this happened.'”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Today is the feast day of Saint Joseph the Worker, instituted by Pope Pius XII on May 1, 1955  as an alternative to the Communist May Day marches.  Today is also the Victims of Communism Day.  Hattip to Ilya Somin at The Volokh Conspiracy who began the campaign to make this day a day to remember the some one hundred million men, women and children murdered by Communist regimes and movements.

On this day we honor the victims of applied Marxism, but we also honor  Pope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Lech Walesa, Cardinal Mindszenty, Harry Truman, the American fighting man and his gallant allies, and all those other men and women, many known only to God, who led the ultimately successful fight against this abominable tyranny.

This is a good day to reread Divini Redemptoris, the encyclical, issued on the feast day of Saint Joseph in 1937, in which Pope Pius XI set forth that Communism and Christianity were completely antithetical.

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  • Since The Universal Declaration on Human Rights of the United Nations was accepted in 1948, it has supplanted America’s founding principles, causing the Sovereign Person of God, the Holy Name of God and the mention of God to be removed from the public square and the American people. It has caused the abortion of our constitutional posterity, the innocent human life in the womb, the human being who is the standard of Justice. It has brought about the experimentation on embryonic stem cells, IVF, and transhumanism, all without informed consent, the standard of civilization. The U.N. Declaration refuses to recognize and acknowledge the person procreated in the womb as a human being, respect due to the human person in existence from conception. Read more at http://www.rosaryvictory.com

  • “Divini Redemptoris” – It’s been 75 years and counting … now claiming educated and programmed young, yet living. There is a difference today: people are not rebelling against God, they don’t even know Him.

    ” 78. Those who act otherwise, and at the same time fondly pretend to attain their objective with purely political or economic means, are in the grip of a dangerous error. When religion is banished from the school, from education and from public life, when the representatives of Christianity and its sacred rites are held up to ridicule, are we not really fostering the materialism which is the fertile soil of Communism.? Neither force, however well organized it be, nor earthly ideals however lofty or noble, can control a movement whose roots lie in the excessive esteem for the goods of this world. ”

    Widely heard voices pointing out every which way, the infernal:

    ” For there are some who, while exteriorly faithful to the practice of their religion, yet in the field of labor and industry, in the professions, trade and business, permit a deplorable cleavage in their conscience, and live a life too little in conformity with the clear principles of justice and Christian charity. Such lives are a scandal to the weak, and to the malicious a pretext to discredit the Church. ”

    St. Joseph had dreams. Divine revelations guided this man’s life. His ‘faithful performance of everyday duties’ is something for which to be ever thankful.
    There is Word of eternal life.

    ” 81. To hasten the advent of that “peace of Christ in the kingdom of Christ”[48] so ardently desired by all, We place the vast campaign of the Church against world Communism under the standard of St. Joseph, her mighty Protector. He belongs to the working-class, and he bore the burdens of poverty for himself and the Holy Family, whose tender and vigilant head he was. To him was entrusted the Divine Child when Herod loosed his assassins against Him. In a life of faithful performance of everyday duties, he left an example for all those who must gain their bread by the toil of their hands. ”

    in-fernal/ex-ternal

  • “75. It must likewise be the special care of the State to create those material conditions of life without which an orderly society cannot exist. The State must take every measure necessary to supply employment, particularly for the heads of families and for the young. To achieve this end demanded by the pressing needs of the common welfare, the wealthy classes must be induced to assume those burdens without which human society cannot be saved nor they themselves remain secure. However, measures taken by the State with this end in view ought to be of such a nature that they will really affect those who actually possess <b<more than their share of capital resources, and who continue to accumulate them to the grievous detriment of others.”

    Hence, confusion. Sounds like Police State redistributionism.

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Divini Redemtoris

Sunday, May 1, AD 2011

“Over half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this is happening.’ Since then I have spent well-nigh fifty years working on the history of our revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some sixty million people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat; ‘Men have forgotten God; That’s why all this happened.'”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Today is the feast day of Saint Joseph the Worker, instituted by Pope Pius XII on May 1, 1955  as an alternative to the Communist May Day marches.  Today is also the beatification of John Paul II.  (I will have much more on Blessed John Paul II tomorrow.)  Today is also the Victims of Communism Day.  Hattip to Ilya Somin at The Volokh Conspiracy who began the campaign to make this day a day to remember the some one hundred million men, women and children murdered by Communist regimes and movements.

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  • I had completely forgotten about Commie Holy Day until I took a walk earlier this afternoon and noticed some people with SEIU and AFSME jackets and T-shirts on and “Recall Scott Walker” buttons heading down to the Milwaukee lakefront. There was a stage set up but the size of the crowd was really pitiful. In fairness, I was down there at 3 p.m. and so I might have missed the main festivities. Still, I got the idea from the cars parked along Lincoln Memorial Drive – most of them festooned with numerous leftist bumper stickers – that these were the hard-core believers. Not an impressive turn-out at all.

    Then I started to wonder: when did it become acceptable for AMERICAN union members to celebrate May Day? I grew up in a blue collar, unionized neighborhood and certainly none of the union folks I knew as a child – staunch patriots, church-going Catholics and strong anti-Communists (many of them had relatives behind the Iron Curtain, like my family did) – would have dreamt of celebrating May 1. Maybe that was acceptable behavior among the far-left unionists of Western Europe, but certainly not in the States.

    Obviously, at some point after Nov. 1989, that attitude changed. I wonder if it is because unionists are now so much further left than they were 40 years ago that they are unfazed by the association of May 1 with Communism or if many of them are just ignorant. To many Americans, the Cold War is now ancient history.

  • To many Americans, the Cold War is now ancient history.

    Let me add to my own post: most of the union folks I saw headed toward May Day celebrations were at least my age if not older. Therefore, they are certainly of an age to recall the Cold War. So I’m leaning toward my first thesis – that union true believers have moved so far left that they are no longer embarrassed to be associated with Communism.

    I’m surprised I didn’t see any Che T-shirts.

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  • Since we already have a Labor Day in September, I’m all for having a Victims of Communism Day on May 1. I’d forgotten the association until Raymond Arroyo brought it up during the beatification ceremony. But once he said it, all the associations came back. How could I forget? Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago was an eye-opening, absorbing work.

  • Yes, we should promote the Victims of Communism Day. Many have never known or forgotten what Communism is. I say is because it is still quite alive in many faculty lounges, union halls and even a few clerics’ hearts.

    We must work to see that Communism is scorned as National Socialism is.

  • I tip my hat to you. Great! Yesterday the Bishop read a letter before the end of Mass with the usual “the machinery of of Capitalism is oiled with the blood of the workers” tripe. The prayer intentions were full of “may politicians see the folly of free markets”, “may the rich nations see their errors and stop the exploitation of the 3rd world”, etc. Nice to see this for a change.

  • Today is the feast day of Saint Joseph the Worker, instituted by Pope Pius XII on May 1, 1955 as an alternative to the Communist May Day marches.

    Just for the record, May Day as a labor holiday originated not with the Communist Third International, but the social-democratic Second International. Both the Catholic Church and the Commies followed the social-democratic lead and used the same date to honor labor. While the USA and Canada observe Labor Day in September, most of the rest of the world does so on May 1st, enacted as a public holiday by Christian Democratic and Social Democratic governments across the globe.

    However, I am all for including a commemoration of the victims of Communism as part of the holiday.

  • It’s happening right here, right now in our own country.

Tear Down This Wall!

Monday, November 9, AD 2009

Ronald Wilson Reagan, how I miss you.

When talking about Ronald Reagan, I have to be personal. We in Poland took him so personally. Why? Because we owe him our liberty. This can’t be said often enough by people who lived under oppression for half a century, until communism fell in 1989.Poles fought for their freedom for so many years that they hold in special esteem those who backed them in their struggle. Support was the test of friendship. President Reagan was such a friend. His policy of aiding democratic movements in Central and Eastern Europe in the dark days of the Cold War meant a lot to us. We knew he believed in a few simple principles such as human rights, democracy and civil society. He was someone who was convinced that the citizen is not for the state, but vice-versa, and that freedom is an innate right.I often wondered why Ronald Reagan did this, taking the risks he did, in supporting us at Solidarity, as well as dissident movements in other countries behind the Iron Curtain, while pushing a defense buildup that pushed the Soviet economy over the brink. Let’s remember that it was a time of recession in the U.S. and a time when the American public was more interested in their own domestic affairs. It took a leader with a vision to convince them that there are greater things worth fighting for. Did he seek any profit in such a policy? Though our freedom movements were in line with the foreign policy of the United States, I doubt it.President Reagan, in a radio address from his ranch on Oct. 9, 1982, announces trade sanctions against Poland in retaliation for the outlawing of Solidarity.I distinguish between two kinds of politicians. There are those who view politics as a tactical game, a game in which they do not reveal any individuality, in which they lose their own face. There are, however, leaders for whom politics is a means of defending and furthering values. For them, it is a moral pursuit. They do so because the values they cherish are endangered. They’re convinced that there are values worth living for, and even values worth dying for.

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  • Historical footage of not only the timeless principles that makes America the grand country that it is, but also showcases the sheer gravitas of one particular historical figure that nobody (be it now or in the future) can ever compare with — not even that flake, Palin. *wink*

  • e., from the great beyond I have absolutely no doubt that Reagan is cheering Palin on.

  • I’d never heard about that poster before.

    I saw High Noon for the first time a few years ago. It felt like a biography of George W. Bush. I recognized every argument the townspeople made from the runup to the Iraq War. It was a real let-down to me when I later heard that the movie was intended as a protest to Hollywood blacklisting. I’m glad to see that the movie was used against Communism, and that people were inspired by the heroism of Cooper’s character.

  • I miss him. He had that charm and skill at creating a coalition to stand against the slide toward socialism. Can we have that again? Can you bring authentic conservatives, traditionalists, libertarians (the relatively sane ones) and anti-communists (or whatever you want to call those against collectivism) together under the Republican banner? I think it can be done but sheeple need a shephard. Who will lead?

    How will you weed out the Wall Street-Leftist Establishment cronies? As much as I loved Reagan, we had to swallow Mr. G. H. W. “New World Order” Bush for 12 years too. Read my lips, that bovine scatology won’t fly these days – we need real, honest, true, authentically conservative and God-fearing leadership. Do we deserve it? Pagans usually don’t.

  • I appreciate Reagan more and more as I get older. I did not when he was in office. However, he did just fine without my vote!

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  • It is amazing how un-Presidential Reagan’s successors have been. Listening to this speech and knowing the background of it caused me to lament the current administration’s tepid response to Afghanistan decisions and the Ft. Hood shooter. President Reagan made his speech at the wall in the face of handlers (including Colin Powell) who said he shouldn’t make such a strong statement. The President must both know what needs to be said and have the courage to say it. I look forward to having such a person in office again.

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