IRS Scandal: When You Have Lost Piers Morgan…

Saturday, May 18, AD 2013

 

Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.  Let’s see, it was only back in January that Piers Morgan, Brit and obnoxious CNN talking head, pooh-poohed the idea that America could ever have a tyrannical government.  Go here to read my comment at that time.  In the above video, in which he is talking to my favorite atheist, go here to see why I give Penn Jillette that title, he confesses that what was done with the IRS “borders” on tyranny.

Of course the IRS Scandal would not have surprised the Founding Fathers.  They realized that govenment is necessary among men.  As James Madison noted in Federalist 51:  But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary.  However, the Founding Fathers also realized that government was no abstraction, but also an institution made up of men and not angels.  That is why Madison in Federalist 51 went on to write:  If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.  And so the Founding Fathers framed a Constitution designed to minimize the possibility of government tyranny They built wisely, but they did not delude themselves.  The ultimate safeguard for American liberty had to rest in the American people.

That is why Benjamin Franklin, after a lady asked him as he left Independence Hall at the close of the Constitutional Convention what form of government the country was to have, told her, “A Republic madam, if you can keep it.”, placing the responsibility for the preservation of the Republic on each individual American.

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  • One has to be concerned when one has the likes of Piers Morgan and Charlie Rangel on one’s side. Their outrage seems too manufactured, too studied to be sincere. (No one likes the IRS; it’s an easy target.) It’s as if they instinctively know the IRS scandal will lead nowhere higher than perhaps the Commissioner, but Benghazi truly has the chance to do damage to the President.

  • If it weren’t for TAC and facebook I wouldn’t know that this useless Saxon POS is stealing American oxygen.

  • “It’s as if they instinctively know the IRS scandal will lead nowhere higher than perhaps the Commissioner, but Benghazi truly has the chance to do damage to the President.”

    We can pursue both J. Christian. I have absolutely no doubt that the IRS scandal is much the bigger issue with the American public. This week I have had ten people, most fairly apolitical, bring up the IRS scandal. I have never had anyone bring up Benghazi unless I have raised it first. This is an immense scandal and it will do permanent damage to the Obama administration.

  • In the 2012 presidential election, Obama’s IRS shut down various conservative campaign initiatives, i.e., free speech. The gutless GOP candidate, legislators, et al were either too cowardly or too stupid or too contemptuous of the TEA party to rise up on their hind legs and bray something.

    This is no longer a free republic.

    And, the American (outside hugely profitable Wall Street, GM, Buffett and Soros; and borrow-and-spend Washington, DC) people will not recover because Obama and his gangster regime are running them off a cliff.

  • These Obama administration scandals though very serious only began to get traction once a few democrats and THE MEDIA came on board. So we again have been reminded that it is the media politicians right and left fear and controls what goes and comes in Washington.

  • First you have tax cheat Charles Rangel going after the head of the IRS. Now you have Pers Morgan, anti gun nut extraordinaire, going into full lock and load mode over governmental tyranny. Justice tinged with irony is a sweet thing to savor, especially since this is probably the only real justice we will see. Because I thinkwhen the congressional dog and pony show is over, nothing is gonna come of this. Ditto for Benghazi.

    I don’t normally like to be proven wrong, but these are instances where I hope I am.

  • Mr T Shaw
    FYI Mr Morgan is ethnically Irish ! His real name is O Meara. He was born in the UK . Perhaps the name Morgan is more accepted as being British whereas an Irish name may have caused him more bigotry. He s Catholic as well, I don t know how faithful but I haven t heard that he s renounced the Faith.

  • These scandals are interesting theater, but will amount to little. Not because the issues are small; the people are. Their are interests and focus are on events of less significance.

    The right does not have the ability to stoke a fire to get the attention of the general public like the left. Compare the hate for Bush the left successfully attached to him for lesser events. Imagine if these scandals happened when George W Bush was president.

    This is a drama where the pundits on the established left and right know their parts without needing formal direction. Keeping up the noise, feign a desire for justice and collect your commentary or legislative paychecks.

Atheist Defends Pope

Wednesday, March 6, AD 2013

 

 

Hattip to Matt Archbold at Creative Minority Report.    I have always had a sneaking liking for magician and atheist Penn Jillette.  I disagree with most of what he says, but he always honestly says what he thinks, never simply to be part of the herd of independent thinkers, and he obviously attempts to think through his beliefs on the various topics he comments upon.  Go to New Advent here to see him defend the Pope Emeritus against “Catholic” Piers Morgan.  (I am afraid that I took delight in finding out that the wretched Piers Morgan, ratings plummeting, is a liberal “Catholic”.)

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  • Is Piers Morgan still on the air? The last time I checked, his ratings were so low it would take Mt. Everest-like climb just to reach the toilet…which makes him a perfect fit for MSNBC.

  • Kudos to Penn. Sigh…how/why is Piers a Catholic?

  • Penn J struck me as a contrarian. In his career, if most people line up on one side he has taken the other.
    The world loves Mother Teresa, he ridicules and demeans her. His finger is in the wind.
    Back when he was on Larry King He broke his own “outrageous left” icon of himself defending the tea party, and he liked that. Now when he is on Piers Morgan, the world is against the pope, Penn defends him.
    I think he’s very very intelligent, and all of his trips ’round the mulberry bush, arguing different sides of different arguments, will probably be his salvation. His making it public may in fact mean advancement in wisdom and holiness for other people too.

  • Penn Jillette is not so much a contrarian as immune to the zeitgeist. He doesn’t care if you disagree with him. He is not captive to his feelings. It’s obvious he reads up on lots of things so that he can articulate his reasoning for what the Catholic Church actually teaches, rather than the strawman church that most of the MM attack.

  • Kudos to Penn. Sigh…how/why is Piers a Catholic?

    As bad as the Church in America has been, the Church in Britain has been a progressive playground. He is, sad to report, emblematic of its problems.

  • Here’s a
    video of Mr. Jillette talking about an encounter he had with a Christian fan.
    The man strikes me as intellectually honest, and–who knows?– that might
    lead him Home. Certainly it will encourage some of his more honest fellow
    atheists to re-examine their assumptions and what they think they
    know about the Church.

    As for the execrable Piers Morgan, the less said, the better.

  • I apologize, my link above is faulty. Sigh.

    The video is posted on Brietbart TV, 20 Dec. 2008, “Atheist Magician Penn
    Jillette Describes Remarkable Encounter with Christian Fan”.

  • What do I dislike about Obama? Obama displaces citizens, constituents, and denies their sovereign personhood, their rational, immortal soul, and makes of us his beasts of burden to the state. There can be no religion test to represent people of the Constitution. Obama denies his own sovereign personhood begotten in his immortal soul wherein his constituents take and acknowledge their citizenship and their unalienable rights endowed by our Creator. While proceeding as a man of body and soul, Obama uses his soul to deny others, his constituents, their immortal soul, their personhood and their conscience. Respect, Obama has no respect for his constituents. My conscience did not let me vote for a hypocrite.

  • Thanks Mary, but this thread is about Penn Teller and the Pope.

Following the 2009 Election Results which way is the tide turning toward truth or relativism?

Wednesday, November 4, AD 2009

Under the surface, and largely unbeknownst to the mainstream media, the tide has been turning to Catholicism for some time. The pontificates of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI along with events such as an increase in orthodox minded seminarians, young priests and young women religious, a return to devotions and a reform of the reform of liturgy have shown us that indeed the tide is turning. However, for some time now western culture has been moving in the opposite direction, where any, whim or opinion that holds that orthodox minded religious thought is antiquated and even harmful is held in high regard. How could this jibe with the turning tide within the Church? Who would win? Didn’t Jesus promise that the gates of hell would not prevail against His Church after He gave Peter the keys (and the 265 subsequent popes) to lead it? The answer is the same answer that has always been, the Church eventually always wins and it will this time as well.

Following the Election of 2008 when liberalism was on the ascendancy, many in the mainstream media joyfully proclaimed a new era, where one could read between the lines and see that traditional views of society, family and religion were on their way out and big government was in. However, a funny thing happened on the way to the revolution, many Americans refused to go to the Bastille with pitchfork in hand. Americans view of revolution was almost always in line with George Washington’s view of limited government and not Maximilien Robespierre’s view of war against society, family and religion. Perhaps the Election of 2008 was a pox on both their big spending houses that was wrongly construed as a vote for Big Government.

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  • Thank You Dave for constantly reminding us of our faith and our needed prayers and continued efforts to overcome those who pick and choose in the Church whether laity or heirarchy. These young priests and current seminarians are a godsend for the Church and we are fornunate to have one sheparding our parish by hs example, homilies, and teaching.

  • Bravo Dave. History is not a straight line progression to a progressive paradise no matter how many of our friends on the Left believe it to be.

  • I’m still going to thumb my nose at the elites.

  • Thanks again Dave! I wish you the best on your journey. God Bless you and your family…

    Robert from Michigan

  • Indeed the elections, as Catholic League’s Bill Donohue put it, made for a “big night for Catholic values.” The gay marriage proponents must be seething that our Tortoise of Truth passed by their Hare of Relativism in Maine like it did in my state of California last year!

  • I don’t know how much we can say the election results foreshadow a turning of the tide. The two new republican governors both ran campaigns that did not stress their stance on moral issues – they won by not splitting the social conservatives from the moderates. Let’s be honest, the people who vote solely on morals (at least until a race with two moral candidates comes along) are in the minority. I worry that the lesson the Republican party will learn from this election is to shy away from moral issues. Of course, if the Democrats learn the same lesson and stop shoving abortion down everyone’s throats, maybe we’ll actually see more social conservatives in both parties.

  • Thanks again, Dave!

Preach the Gospel; If Necessary, Use Words…

Monday, December 22, AD 2008

Self-avowed atheist Penn Jillette of the Las Vegas show, Penn & Teller, is well known for his antipathy towards Christianity.  But something happened to him just recently in an encounter with a practicing Christian after one of his shows.  He had a profound experience that moved him and Mr. Jillette did not hesitate to post this experience on You Tube on December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

(Biretta Tip: The Anchoress via Kevin Knight)

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6 Responses to Preach the Gospel; If Necessary, Use Words…

  • Very impressive and touching. Good to see Penn bare his heart like that, and his commentary has some startling insights.

  • Likewise. It was moving to see Mr. Jillette reveal his thoughts in such an honest way. He does this a lot, but normally we Christians are taking it on the chin in his running commentary during his shows. But he is equally honest in this particular instance and it shows what a little honey can do instead of vinegar when bearing witness to our faith.

  • And a self-professed atheist gives the strongest argument for spreading the gospel (“I don’t respect believers who don’t proselytize…how much do you have to HATE somebody NOT to tell them about eternal life?”) — imagine that.

  • And a self-professed atheist gives the strongest argument for spreading the gospel (”I don’t respect believers who don’t proselytize…how much do you have to HATE somebody NOT to tell them about eternal life?”) — imagine that.

    That was indeed what struck me, and was pretty jarring, I must say. I have generally taken a live and let live attitude when it comes to dealing with non-believers, but that single line has absolutely got me re-thinking that approach.

    And now atheists can blame on of their own if they are now all inundated with obnoxious Christians trying to proselytize. 🙂

  • I agree that part was impressive, and indeed might indicate an opening. But that gets back to the part of atheism/agnosticism that frustrates me. Penn kept repeating (and truly reflecting on it) the man was good. I don’t get how people can give thought to God, gods, or the absence thereof, and come to the conclusion there is (are) none and proceed to think of things in terms of right and wrong, good, bad, or evil. Not that the absence of God in their mind should necessarily have to be tied to good and evil, right and wrong, but that if the absence of God means the construction of a worldview based on genuine mortality, that our being is just that, a temporary being – a mere part of a play of nature – then good should be of no concern to us. Indeed nothing could be good and nothing bad. We would owe nothing to our brother. By thinking in terms of right and wrong and an absence of something or Someone beyond yourself or mankind you betray your own doctrine.

    I think CS Lewis did a good job examining that and presenting it in a way that would seem quite agreeable to someone like Penn. Perhaps, the good man would be just the right person to put Mere Christianity in Penn’s hands.

  • Very sincere of Mr. Jillette with his feelings and certainty that there is NO God but, one can be sincerely “wrong” as well. Christians reading this, we need to pray for him and all that are unsaved.

    God bless!

    1 Corinthians 15:1-4

    1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you,
    which also you received, in which also you stand,

    2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you,
    unless you believed in vain.

    3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received,
    that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

    4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…