Palmetto Pitfight

Saturday, February 20, AD 2016

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An early evening.  Trump wins with a third of the vote, which appears to be his ceiling.  Rubio and Cruz are battling for second place with each of them approximately at 20%.  A good night for Rubio in that he gets back into the top three.  A bad night for Cruz in that South Carolina was a state made for him to win, or at least be a close second.  Kasich and Bush are each at nine percent and Carson is at 6%.  Jeb Bush spent a huge amount of money in South Carolina.  Back in 2000 his brother won soundly against McCain after McCain won in New Hampshire, putting Bush in front for the nomination.  History did not repeat itself for the Bush family, South Carolina this time underlining that Jeb Bush has no chance for the nomination.  Jeb hates Trump and I expect him to drop out and endorse Rubio.  I expect that Carson will soon do the same.

On the Democrat side there are no results in South Carolina as the Democrats hold their primary next week.  In the Nevada caucuses, Clinton squeaks by with 52% of the vote.  The Republicans hold their caucus on February 23.

Bottom line:  a good night for Trump, a bad night for Cruz and perhaps a great night for Rubio if both Bush and Carson swiftly drop out and endorse him.  A meh night for Clinton as she remains locked in a tight battle with Sanders, and a good night for Sanders as he remains locked in a tight battle with Clinton.

 

Update:  Well that didn’t take long.  In his concession speech Jeb Bush just announced he is “suspending” his campaign.

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12 Responses to Palmetto Pitfight

  • Well at least I got one thing correct fight from the start – I said Jeb Bush would not be the nominee and tonight I am finally proven correct.

    Kasich appears to be dwelling in some fantasy world where he still has a path to the nomination. Carson would drop out but he still has a few more books to sell, so it looks like he might stay in a little longer as well.

  • At this point I think Kasich is running for Veep.

  • I agree, Donald. He’s trying to play kingmaker.

  • Watch the GOP establishment throw behind Rubio big time.

  • Greg has got it right. But I still say Trump will win the nomination if Cruz doesn’t drop out.

  • Greg has it right. But Trump will be the nominee unless Cruz drops out.

  • Jeb made a classy exit,he had all the money but the wrong message.People are angry,frightened,,and disgusted with the state of the country.Two Bush presidencies,12 years, helped create the current state of affairs.

  • I submit that Clinton’s policies, actions and inactions had as much to do with the collapse that led to Barack Obumbler getting elected in 2008 as much as anything either Bush did, if not more.

    The pressure put on banks to loan money to uncreditworthy people was increased by Clinton. Clinton let Red China get anything they wanted out of Los Alamos. Clinton and is party officially supported “regime change” in Iraq. The 9/11 terrorists overstayed their visas under Clinton. The embassy bombings and the USS Cole happened under Clinton.

    He is as guilty as the Bushes …..and we elected them and brought it all on ourselves.

  • (1) Trump will be the nominee. (2) The GOP is forever changed, a good thing since it is rotten to its core and does not differ significantly from the Democrat Party, also completely corrupt. (3) The Bush name is history in national politics, a patriotic service for which much is owed Donald Trump. Trump’s denunciation of W Bush’s disastrous foreign policy is another signal service to the nation and to conservatives who no longer need pretend it was anything else but catastrophic. (4) Trump will win the presidency by correctly tying traitorous foreign fund-raising connections (Iranian and other Mohammedan groups) around the neck of the inept wife of Bill Clinton. The nation has had quite enough of these kinds of turncoats at its helm for far too long.

  • “The GOP is forever changed, a good thing since it is rotten to its core and does not differ significantly from the Democrat Party, also completely corrupt”

    Trump is a Democrat.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/431320/donald-trump-conventional-democrat

    “The Bush name is history in national politics, a patriotic service for which much is owed Donald Trump. Trump’s denunciation of W Bush’s disastrous foreign policy is another signal service to the nation and to conservatives who no longer need pretend it was anything else but catastrophic”

    Trump supported the invasion of Iraq.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/2002-interview-contradicts-trump-early-opposition-iraq-war-n521406

    “Trump will win the presidency by correctly tying traitorous foreign fund-raising connections (Iranian and other Mohammedan groups) around the neck of the inept wife of Bill Clinton.”

    Trump has been the one Republican candidate that Clinton has consistently beaten in election polls.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/us/general_election_trump_vs_clinton-5491.html#polls

    Trump is a man of immense ignorance and vanity who has managed the feat of convincing a large number of Americans that he is against illegal aliens after a career of hiring illegal aliens and supporting open borders:

  • Re: Jack Gordon.

    Here is what my son Matt has to say about what’s it’s going to take to stop Trump.

    http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/video/donald-trump-south-carolina-primary-win-37094216

  • Here is some insightful commentary about why folks support Trump from the New Yorker.

    Date: Sun, 21 Feb 2016 19:16:02 -0500
    Subject: THE NEW YORKER article
    From:
    To:
    >
    > “Who is Donald Trump?” The better question may be, “What is Donald Trump?” The answer? A giant middle finger from average Americans to the political and media establishment.
    > Some Trump supporters are like the 60s white girls who dated black guys just to annoy their parents. But most Trump supporters have simply had it with the Demo-socialists and the “Republicans In Name Only.” They know there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between Hillary Rodham and Jeb Bush, and only a few cents worth between Rodham and the other GOP candidates.
    > Ben Carson is not an “establishment” candidate, but the Clinton machine would pulverize Carson; and the somewhat rebellious Ted Cruz will (justifiably so) be tied up with natural born citizen lawsuits (as might Marco Rubio). The Trump supporters figure they may as well have some fun tossing Molotov cocktails at Wall Street and Georgetown while they watch the nation collapse. Besides – lightning might strike, Trump might get elected, and he might actually fix a few things. Stranger things have happened (the nation elected an[islamo-]Marxist in 2008 and Bruce Jenner now wears designer dresses.)
    > Millions of conservatives are justifiably furious. They gave the Republicans control of the House in 2010 and control of the Senate in 2014, and have seen them govern no differently than Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Yet those same voters are supposed to trust the GOP in 2016? Why?
    > Trump did not come from out of nowhere. His candidacy was created by the last six years of Republican failures.
    > No reasonable person can believe that any of the establishment candidates [dems or reps] will slash federal spending, rein in the Federal Reserve, cut burdensome business regulations, reform the tax code, or eliminate useless federal departments (the Departments of Education, Housing and Urban Development, Energy, etc.). Even Ronald Reagan was unable to eliminate the Department of Education. (Of course, getting shot at tends to make a person less of a risk-taker.) No reasonable person can believe that any of the nation’s major problems will be solved by Rodham, Bush, and the other dishers of donkey fazoo now eagerly eating corn in Iowa and pancakes in New Hampshire.
    > Many Americans, and especially Trump supporters, have had it with:
    > · Anyone named Bush
    > · Anyone named Clinton
    > · Anyone who’s held political office
    > · Political correctness
    > · Illegal immigration
    > · Massive unemployment
    > · Phony “official” unemployment and inflation figures
    > · Welfare waste and fraud
    > · People faking disabilities to go on the dole
    > · VA waiting lists
    > · TSA airport groping
    > · ObamaCare
    > · The Federal Reserve’s money-printing schemes
    > · Wall Street crooks like Jon Corzine
    > · Michelle Obama’s vacations
    > · Michelle Obama’s food police
    > · Barack Obama’s golf
    > · Barack Obama’s arrogant and condescending lectures
    > · Barack Obama’s criticism/hatred of America
    > · Valerie Jarrett
    > · “Holiday trees”
    > · Hollywood hypocrites
    > · Global warming nonsense
    > · Cop killers
    > · Gun confiscation threats
    > · Stagnant wages
    > · Boys in girls’ bathrooms
    > · Whiny, spoiled college students who can’t even place the Civil War in the correct century… and that’s just the short list.
    >
    > Trump supporters believe that no Democrat wants to address these issues, and that few Republicans have the courage to address these issues. They certainly know that none of the establishment candidates are better than barely listening to them, and Trump is their way of saying, “Screw you, Hillary Rodham Rove Bush!” The more the talking head political pundits insult the Trump supporters, the more supporters he gains. (The only pundits who seem to understand what is going on are Democrats Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell and Republican John LeBoutillier. All the others argue that the voters will eventually “come to their senses” and support an establishment candidate.)
    >
    > But America does not need a tune-up at the same old garage. It needs a new engine installed by experts – and neither Rodham nor Bush are mechanics with the skills or experience to install it. Hillary Rodham is not a mechanic; she merely manages a garage her philandering husband abandoned. Jeb Bush is not a mechanic; he merely inherited a garage. Granted, Trump is also not a mechanic, but he knows where to find the best ones to work in his garage. He won’t hire his brother-in-law or someone to whom he owes a favor; he will hire someone who lives and breathes cars.
    >
    > “How dare they revolt!” the “elites” are bellowing. Well, the citizens are daring to revolt, and the RINOs had better get used to it. “But Trump will hand the election to Clinton!” That is what the Karl Rove-types want people to believe, just as the leftist media eagerly shoved “Maverick” McCain down GOP throats in 2008 – knowing he would lose to Obama. But even if Trump loses and Rodham wins, she would not be dramatically different than Bush or most of his fellow candidates. They would be nothing more than caretakers, not working to restore America’s greatness but merely presiding over the collapse of a massively in-debt nation. A nation can perhaps survive open borders; a nation can perhaps survive a generous welfare system. But no nation can survive both – and there is little evidence that the establishment candidates of either party understand that. The United States cannot forever continue on the path it is on. At some point it will be destroyed by its debt.
    >
    > Yes, Trump speaks like a bull wander[ing] through a china shop, but the truth is that the borders do need to be sealed; we cannot afford to feed, house, and clothe 200,000 Syrian immigrants for decades (even if we get inordinately lucky and none of them are ISIS infiltrators or Syed Farook wannabes); the world is at war with radical Islamists; all the world’s glaciers are not melting; and Rosie O’Donnell is a fat pig.
    >
    > Is Trump the perfect candidate? Of course not. Neither was Ronald Reagan. But unless we close our borders and restrict immigration, all the other issues are irrelevant. One terrorist blowing up a bridge or a tunnel could kill thousands. One jihadist poisoning a city’s water supply could kill tens of thousands. One electromagnetic pulse attack from a single Iranian nuclear device could kill tens of millions. Faced with those possibilities, most Americans probably don’t care that Trump relied on eminent domain to grab up a final quarter acre of
    > property for a hotel, or that he boils the blood of the Muslim Brotherhood thugs running the Council on American-Islamic Relations. While Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s greatest fear is someone giving a Muslim a dirty look, most Americans are more worried about being gunned down at a shopping mall by a crazed [islamic] lunatic who treats his prayer mat better than his three wives and who thinks 72 virgins are waiting for him in paradise.
    >
    > The establishment is frightened to death that Trump will win, but not because they believe he will harm the nation. They are afraid he will upset their taxpayer-subsidized apple carts. While Obama threatens to veto legislation that spends too little, they worry that Trump will veto legislation that spends too much.
    >
    > You can be certain that if an establishment candidate wins in November 2016, … [their] cabinet positions will be filled with the same people we’ve seen before. The washed-up has-beens of the Clinton and Bush administrations will be back in charge. The hacks from Goldman Sachs will continue to call the shots. Whether it is Bush’s Karl Rove or Clinton’s John Podesta, who makes the decisions in the White House will matter little. If the establishment wins, America loses.
    >
    > We are that close to losing it all……. >
    >
    > John (Jack) McCandless
    > “You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.”
    > David Foster Wallace

The Hawkeyes Vote

Tuesday, February 2, AD 2016

 

At least those who bothered to show up at the byzantine Caucuses.  On the GOP side Cruz wins with 28%, with Trump at 24% and Rubio a surprisingly close third at 23%.  In fourth is Carson at 9%.  The also rans are Rand Paul at 5%, Jeb Bush at 3%, Fiorina at 2%, Kasich at 2%, Christie at 2% and Santorum at 1%.  For now the GOP race is a three man race and probably will remain so unless someone outside the triumvirate wins in New Hampshire.  Minor candidates will begin to drop out, and Huckabee has already announced the suspension of his campaign.

On the Democrat side Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are effectively tied.  Normally this would be terrible news for a front runner, but Clinton can console herself that a low budget insurgent candidate like Sanders needs an early win.  If Clinton can eke out a victory here and do so again in New Hampshire, expect Sanders to quickly become a footnote in the Democrat campaign, unless some bigger names drop in.  If Sanders beats Clinton in New Hampshire, she is wounded and will face a long, hard fight for the nomination, with the prospect of other candidates emerging down the road in the later primaries.

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17 Responses to The Hawkeyes Vote

  • One has to wonder about “middle America” when a socialist like Sanders can do so well there, not to mention the pre-indicted candidate.
    I wonder if Sarah Palin is having second thoughts yet? Claiming victory for “America,” when her guy lost, was “understandably bizarre” (Is that an oxymoron?)

    I suspect things won’t be very predictive for the frontrunners until we get down to that Santee Cooper region.

  • As much mockery Gilmore has come in for an his 12 votes or whatever it was he ended up with, he probably still spent far fewer dollars per vote than old Jeb.

  • The left is very left and the right is very right in Iowa and all around the country now. My own families in Iowa caucused enthusiastically for Marco Rubio and were very gratified with the way the tide finally started to ebb for Trump as the more substance oriented candidates moved up.

  • I heard the Cruz team of 5,000 were at the precincts telling people that Carson dropped out. If it is true, than Cruz and his team, can not be trusted.

  • heard the Cruz team of 5,000 were at the precincts telling people that Carson dropped out. If it is true, than Cruz and his team, can not be trusted.

    Suspicious that someone who has never commented before is now parroting the (unproven) talking point that is being repeated all over social media. Anyway, I somehow doubt that the confusion surrounding Carson’s status had any bearing on the end result, but keep hitting up as many blogs as you can repeating this line.

  • Paul, I am Catholic and it is my first time at this site. As I said I am wondering “if it is true”. As you know, many leaders come as the angel of light but when you actually start investigating them, their goodness is superficial. They can speak religion very well but do they really believe?

    Cruz voted for the TPP(transpacific partnership) which is another globalist trading scheme which redistributes America’s wealth. He also wrote the immigration policy for Bush and was down at the border with Beck last year.

    Illegal immigration is being pushed, along with refugee’s to erase borders. Cruz may sound good now, but is the only reason he does, because Trump changed the debate on immigration?

  • As I said I am wondering “if it is true”

    Ben Carson packed his things and went home, which led people to speculate that he was quitting the race. These rumors were not spread by team Cruz. The media quickly worked to retract the report, but it’s possible that inside some caucuses Cruz supporters may have caught wind of the rumor before it was refuted and thus urged Carson supporters to switch to Cruz. I don’t know what happened inside the individual caucus events, but Carson’s final numbers are right in line with where he was polling, so it’s unlikely that very many would-be Carson supporters switched their votes.

    Cruz voted for the TPP(transpacific partnership) which is another globalist trading scheme which redistributes America’s wealth.

    Cruz, like most conservatives and libertarians, believes in free trade, and so originally supported by TPP. When concerns about TPP began to emerge and the details of what was in the agreement became more clear, Cruz revoked his support and voted against it. Nothing dodgy there.

    Now if you want to talk about Cruz’s record on national sovereignty and his record when it comes to the Bush administration you might want to take a look at the Supreme Court case of Medillin vs. Texas, where Cruz successfully argued against the Bush administration and defended American sovereignty.

    He also wrote the immigration policy for Bush

    An impressive accomplishment considering that he wasn’t even working for the Bush administration during the immigration reform debate. Was he a ghost writer?

    and was down at the border with Beck last year.

    Speaking of talking points, you’re repeating an odd smear against Cruz and Beck. This had nothing to do with their personal feelings about illegal immigration, but was a humanitarian mission. Once can oppose amnesty without wishing to see people suffer and die.

    Illegal immigration is being pushed, along with refugee’s to erase borders. Cruz may sound good now, but is the only reason he does, because Trump changed the debate on immigration?

    Utter and complete hogwash. Cruz has held a firm line on illegal immigration, long before Mr. Touchback Amnesty (another topic you might want to Google) got into the race. In fact it was Trump who in 2012 argued that Mitt Romney’s position on illegal immigration was too hard. Meanwhile Cruz worked with Jeff Sessions and others to beat back Marco Rubio to defeat the Gang of 8 bill. So while Trump was going on tv to argue for amnesty Cruz was actually doing something to defeat it.

  • Tony Katz was there in person, and talked to people in the Carson campaign, and he saw some of the tweets that people got, and they WERE from team Cruz. Carson left for a day or so– I forget for what, but it wasn’t to stop his campaign. His voters got tweets that he had dropped out and were asking who they should vote for. That is not just a misunderstanding. They were fed lies. He said to check it out on WIBC.com, which I haven’t done yet.

    Second, to casually say that Cruz had backpeddled on things like TPP and that it’s not a big deal, well duh! That is the very definition of voting with your finger in the air! He supported it and then it would pass without his vote.

  • Here is Cruz on education from a prominent researcher…

    http://www.newswithviews.com/Hoge/anita123.htm

  • That is the very definition of voting with your finger in the air!

    Or you know, it’s a sign that he changed his mind because the facts on the ground changed. It’s not like he quietly backpedaled – he’s been openly campaigning against TPP since. Add seriously, if we’re going to talk about individuals who have flip flopped on major issues, let’s talk about Donald Trump and his change of heart on just about every issue known to man. Well he hasn’t flip-flopped on ethanol subsidies and Kelo, so at least he’s consistent in his support for crony capitalist positions, so I will give him that.

  • Sorry, but you are all missing the real story. That is, that the Mike Huckster has dropped out of the race. Hopefully MSNBC will pick him up any day now with a fat contract.

  • As a senior citizen who has been voting before most of you were born I have to say we haven’t had a good president since Truman. They all lie and will give you a lot of lip service and say that their going to make America better but trust me they won’t and they will sell their soul to the Devil to get elected and the worse one of all is Hillary I can’t believe that people can’t see through this women.

    We need a good honest God loving man too run this great country of ours but I don’t see it coming in this election.

    God help us all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wow, Doris, so even Ike didn’t make the grade in your book, let alone Reagan.
    ..
    So I guess you will be another morally-superior voter that will non-vote again this fall. Now, do you not take responsibility for the person we have had win in the last 2 elections.
    Or how does that work?

  • Nightmare: imagine Al Gore as POTUS. Couldn’t be worse than Obama, though
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    I, too, am a seasoned citizen. Doris Butler mostly has it correct, especially regarding that incompetent, sociopathic liar: Hillary.
    .
    Reagan was the best of the fallen lot. I had to hold my nose to vote for the others.
    .
    I first voted in 1972 (had to be 21 y.o.) . So, Ms. Butler seems more seasoned if she voted for Ike. I have to confess that I’d vote for any prior President (not Carter) as opposed to a Clinton or Bush dynast’s coronation or another McGovern/Sanders.

  • Ike and Reagan were good presidents but not like Truman and I still do vote young man in every election that I can. The point I’m trying to get over is these people running against one another spend more time tearing each other apart and bad mouthing one another and they lie, cheat and steal from our country. I guest you would have had to live back in my day to understand my point. I watched the debates on t.v. and I’m sorry but to me they wasted a lot of time trashing each other then getting to the problems our nations is facing. I’m sure there are others who think the same and I will vote in this election as well but I won’t be voting for Hillary that a sure bet.

  • have recently heard so many comments to the effect- “why bother, they are all liars” and it strikes me that if that attitude is pervasive among our citizens our cause is in even worse jeopardy.
    The guy who famously wandered carrying a lantern, claiming to look everywhere for an honest man, may not have been not all that honest himself- and more about shaming than anything else. On another note, Diogenes also reminds me also that making a virtue of a show of poverty is not a new idea.

  • Well, Doris, you are right on target about how the candidates are not taking the “high road” and the country to a vision of superior moral purpose, and “trashing each other.”
    Not possible to maintain a rational argument against that. Rather like the White Russians cutting each other apart in 1919 and giving Russia to Lenin.

Socrates Was a Stone Mason

Saturday, November 14, AD 2015

Mike Rowe, the star of Dirty Jobs, has been a champion of training for teenagers to take on jobs that do not require a college degree.  He weighs in on Rubio’s observation that we need more welders than philosophers:

 

“Rubio gave a nice shout out to welders on the debate last night (that may or may not have made Socrates roll over in his grave). We all know you support welders and their hard work, but should we go so far as to say, “We need more welders and less philosophers?”

Hi Liz. Great question. Across the interwebs today, people are rushing to point out that the mean wage of a welder is actually lower than the mean wage of a philosopher – $40,000 vs. $71,000.

There’s an article on Vox that “debunks” Rubio’s claim. http://www.vox.com/…/…/9709948/marco-rubio-philosophy-welder.

Here’s another from CBS that “fact-checks” his statement. http://www.cbsnews.com/…/republican-debate-fact-check-was-…/

Based on these “revelations,” Rubio’s assertion that “welders make more than philosophers” is being dismissed out of hand.

Interestingly, no one has pointed out that last year, philosophers earned a combined total 1.6 billion dollars, whereas welders earned a combined total of $34 billion. Nor have I heard anyone explore the differences between mean wage vs. median wage, and the vastly different number such a calculation would yield, given the disparate size of each group, and the impact of high-earning outliers, particularly among the philosopher cohort. I suppose I could do all that here, but really, what’s the point? Numbers can always be twisted and turned to make whatever case the speaker wishes to drive home.

Personally, I’m convinced that more and greater opportunity exits in welding than philosophy. But I would not encourage one at the expense of another. That’s precisely how we’ve wound up with a workforce that’s both over-educated and under-trained. Never mind obscenely indebted. Also – it’s dangerous to conclude that one profession is superior to another simply because it pays more. Those kind of generalizations are fun but meaningless.

Having said that, I’m glad Rubio said what he said, because I know for a fact that employers are clamoring for welders. And I also know with certainty that a talented welder who is willing to go where the work is has an excellent chance to earn a six-figure salary. I have no idea if the same is true for a philosophy major, but I can assure you of this: an excellent welding program will cost a lot less than a Philosophy Degree from an excellent university. I can also tell you that the classified section of today’s paper is conspicuously void of openings for “Experienced Philosophers.” “Experienced Welders” on the other hand, appear to be in high demand everywhere.

Anyway Liz, to answer your question, I don’t think we need fewer philosophers – I think we need more philosophers who can weld. Or better yet, more welders who can philosophize. Welding and Philosophy are not opposites – they’re two sides of the same coin. Likewise blue and white collar. Labor and Capitol. Employer and Employee.

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  • What a refreshing post.

    The freedom to serve neighbor has endless vocational possibilities and within each one a chance to serve authentically. True service.
    Not the (What’s in it for me?), variety.
    It is within these various occupations that we encounter the purpose of Christian life, namely to spread the Truth to all who will listen. The welder has clients. The garbage man, co-workers and supervisors. The lawyer, defendants and so on.
    The vocation of Christian can and must naturally permeate the secular vocation. When it does your place in society, your work becomes elevated in the supernatural realm.
    The light within you attracts neighbor and they seek this peace, confidence and joy you radiate. Hence the Christian vocation is active and alive. Venerable Solanus’ words; ” Life is to live and life is to give, and talents to use for good if you choose. Do not pray for easy lives but pray to be stronger. Do not pray for tasks that are equal to your talents but pray for talents that are equal to the task. Then the doing of your work is not a miracle but you become the Miracle, then you shall receive the richness of life that has been brought to you by the grace of God.”

    Fr. Solanus Casey is on the road to canonization. Died in 1958.

  • And hookers make more than parish priests. What’s the point–other than we live in a world of relativity when it comes to morals and absolutes when it comes to money?

  • Mike Rowe is a really interesting guy. He’s not political from what I’ve seen, but he’s intelligent and observant, and that generally leads to people saying things that sound right-wing. In a healthier society, he’d be considered a great thinker. In a truly healthy society, he’d be considered an average guy with common sense. There aren’t a lot of people with common sense talking about education and job skills these days.

  • As stated above; “we are all more than our jobs.”

    I agree with that.
    The point of who’s job is superior to another’s is moot. At least in my opinion as stated earlier.

  • We need more welders, sheet metal workers, electricians, plumbers, bricklayers and such and far less college grads with degrees in recreation and womens/black/Latino/whiny group studies.

Catholicism As Hate Speech

Wednesday, May 27, AD 2015

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  • For the last 60 years, the Catholic Church leaders have abandoned the Catholic faith and adopted Protestantism, Modernism, Liberalism, Masonry, Marxism, and Progressivism as their theology, thus aiding and abetting the rise and proliferation of the culture of death. The death culture is simply the predominant view of most Americans, including many who claim to be Catholics. I will now call it the culture of Satan. It can be nothing else.The unholy trinity of Satan-contraception, abortion, and sodomy-are the three pillars of this death culture which is so passionate about destroying their souls, they use any and all means to discourage and prevent any light or truth to enter their minds. Their hearts are so hardened by the sexual impurity they embrace that there is no room left for Christ.

    We Catholics know that Christ told us that the world would hate us as it hated Him. That hatred has, and will, increase as the principalities and powers of evil take hold of more hearts.

    Are we prepared to die for our love of Christ? We had better be because we know not when He will return.

  • The politicians are busy demoralizing what’s left of the voting block to unbalance practical thinking about budgets, spending, waste, and incompetence which are also deep-seated.

  • The media Spin Factories will again be in full attack. I can’t wait to see the pig they’ll dress up for the banquet. (Hillary is Not a liar – Hillary didn’t know about Benghazi – Hillary’s e-mail set up at home was okay …you get the idea.)

    The Left, and the infested media outlets whom they swap diseases with, will have to be called out.

  • The “consistent ethic of life;” i.e., “the seamless garment,” was supposed to give us a Right-to-Life constitutional amendment. Instead it gave Bernardin’s “faithful Catholics” the right to remain in the pro-abortion Democratic Party voting for it, giving that party the electoral power to keep abortion-on-demand the law of the land, and that has brought about all these other attacks against God’s laws we are confronting today.

    Is it just a coincidence that those on the left in this life are going to find themselves on the left when Jesus returns? I don’t think so. Are jackasses in this life going to be goats in the next?

    I beg the bishops and clergy t0 take this seriously. They should apply their “consistent ethic of life” to looking at the Democratic Party – the party that fought a war to keep blacks in slavery, and after losing they created the KKK, then Jim Crow laws, then supported eugenics and birth control to keep the white race pure, then reinstated segregation in the White House under Woodrow Wilson and then in federal employment, and segregated food and bread lines under FDR; opposed all civil rights legislation in Congress with the Senate Leader Lyndon Johnson leading the way who did an about face as President when he introduced his “War of poverty” legislation and explained to a couple governors on Air Force One why he was pushing this legislation: “It’s simple” he said, “I’ll have them niggers voting Democratic for two hundred years” (“Inside the White House” by Ronald Kessler, pg 33). The “War on Poverty” has cost $22,000,000,000,000 (twenty-two thousand billion dollars) [which the bishops support] and poverty is slightly higher as of last year than it was in 1964; and it has destroyed the black family which had fatherless homes back then at 30% which became 75% last year which is the reason the percentage of black males in prison is far greater than the percentage of blacks in the population. The party that supported legalizing abortion before Roe V. Wade, became it’s leading advocate and defender after Roe v. Wade. for the past 42 years, and now is the leader in legalizing same-sex “marriage.”

    How’s that, bishops, for “a consistent ethic of life?” Lay Catholics Democrats, you should know better than that. You don’t have to join another party; you just have to get out of the one you’re in and stop supporting it until it changes its position on those spiritual issues they have made political. Your salvation is at stake; and come judgment day upon his return – Jesus is not going to mess around with your excuses.

  • If you dance with the devil don’t complain when he feels you up.

  • I believe it was a Georgetown University professor in the early 1960’s who said something along the lines that though there were some other factors, the decline and fall of the Roman Empire was directly proportional to the rise in political power attained by women. Billary seems to be proving his statement to be accurate.

  • It would be nice if they didn’t get so much help from the “fiscal conservatives” that are nominally on our side.

  • HILLARY CLINTON OWNS OUR SOULS. Clinton looks strong and confident inculcating the masses with the propaganda that the human soul, our conscience and the gift of Faith is a structure of biases. Listen carefully and you will hear Hillary Clinton promise heaven on earth if you fund her with your “resources”, that is, your tax money. Hillary Clinton will take your tax money if you do not give her your tax money. If any sovereign person becomes Hillary Clinton’s constituent, while Clinton is in the White House, he may be sure that his sovereign personhood will be ignored, betrayed and sold to more powerful agenda without his permission. “Religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed, enforced and resourced to bring about Hillary’s hope for “our” future. If we fail, Hillary’s failure will be on us for not supporting her better, more and unflinchingly. A person has no choice but to fund and support Hillary and her campaign, Hillary’s unprincipled agenda is flawless.
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    After leading countless ignorant souls to perdition and hell, Hillary will become a death bed convert, joining the ranks of Josef Stalin and Adolph Hitler. When we get to heaven, we will have to deal with Hillary, Hitler and Stalin. Now, is a good time to start. It is heaven on earth.
    .
    Abraham Lincoln said that one person cannot own another person. If Hillary does not believe our Founding Fathers, who will Hillary believe?

  • James : “I believe it was a Georgetown University professor in the early 1960’s who said something along the lines that though there were some other factors, the decline and fall of the Roman Empire was directly proportional to the rise in political power attained by women. Billary seems to be proving his statement to be accurate.”
    .
    Hillary would. Prince and princesses are made of principles. Principles do not need gender. A principled woman is as great as a principled man. Hillary is as much a victim of her unprincipled, unethical, stinking breath demon, even as Hillary wishes and causes us to be victimized.

  • Jesus Christ is a sovereign person, a citizen of the whole world. Jesus Christ is the Truth, the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth of God. To call the Word of God, the Revelation of God, Jesus Christ, a sovereign person, a citizen of the world, “Hatred” is criminalization of the Truth of God. A stinking, foul breathed demon has taken possession of our nation and its politicians. If any person embraces this stinking foul breath demon, he will be taken to hell.

  • As Catholics we need to remember that this nation (and no other nation) denies the truth that God has absolute authority over everything; every person whether they believe in Him or not, and every nation.

    Also recall that this nation (the U.S.) was not founded upon the Truth of God who is the Trinity but the philosophies and ideals of the Enlightenment (the darkness) and of Rousseau (spelling?), both antagonistic towards the Truth of God, man and his relationship (and right action) with God, found exclusively within the one Church instituted by Christ.

    Since the overwhelmingly majority of people in the U.S. (those on this website excluded, of course)do not believe God is the only authority over them and over the nation, the people He allows in roles of leadership and authority reflect this truth. Man cannot conduct himself properly unless he believes the Truth and makes every effort to live the Truth.

    The choices of the people in this nation, including those who pretend they are Catholic, have been to elevate Satan and themselves as god and thus they reap what they sow. Those of us living here in this time are no different than Catholics in the past who were subjected to the vile, sinful, greedy, immoral, soldiers of Satan. We are called to be the salt and Light of the world. That means sacrifice, prayer, reparation for our sins and the sins of the people everywhere, and ask God to give us the strength to persevere to the end of our days. All of you know this.

    Let us pray, pray, pray for each other and for all the lost souls.

  • Correction to my May 28th, 6:45pm post –

    I meant to say ALL nations deny the truth that God (the one, true God), has absolute authority over everything.

  • I explain to my Democrat acquaintances that Hillary is fanatic about abortion because her mother didn’t get one.

  • The “consistent ethic of life;” i.e., “the seamless garment,” was supposed to give us a Right-to-Life constitutional amendment. Instead it gave Bernardin’s “faithful Catholics” the right to remain in the pro-abortion Democratic Party voting for it, giving that party the electoral power to keep abortion-on-demand the law of the land, and that has brought about all these other attacks against God’s laws we are confronting today.
    Stilbelieve

    1. There is a seamless garment that fits Cthulhu.
     
    2. Don’t say “the right” when you mean “an excuse”. Words mean things.
     
    3. Yes, our bishops appear to have a lot to answer for. “The roads in hell are paved with the skulls of bishops.”–St. John Chrysostom
     
    4. Now is the time when the Church’s shepherds should be catechizing the flock about Christian morals, making the moral and practical cases against the Culture of Death, and teaching Christians that they have a duty to cast a vote that is both moral and informed. Waiting until the fall of 2016 to do these basic things is waiting until too late. By then partisanship will be running hot, the majority of people will have already made their choice of candidates, and the temptation to reject any hint of criticism of their candidate will be strongest. By waiting until the last months of the election season to teach and preach on issues at stake, the Church’s shepherds lead many of the faithful into temptation that could have been avoided. (See #3, above.)

  • Watch H. Clinton’s eyes in the video above. Scary. demonic?

  • @Anzlyne on Friday, May 29, A.D. 2015 at 9:56am
    Watch H. Clinton’s eyes in the video above. Scary. demonic?

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    My thinking exactly.
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    It is the enemy behind all this.

Rubio on Harkin, Cuba and Venezuela

Tuesday, February 25, AD 2014

Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.  Marco Rubio (R.Fla.) had been listening to Tom Harkin (D.Ia.), pro-abort “Catholic”, give a speech about his trip to Cuba in which he managed to completely ignore Communist oppression, and Rubio decided to reply.  It is a keeper.  Here is the text of the speech:

A few moments ago, the body was treated to a report from the senator from Iowa about his recent trip to Cuba. Sounded like he had a wonderful trip visiting, what he described as, a real paradise. He bragged about a number of things that he learned on his trip to Cuba that I’d like to address briefly. He bragged about their health care system, medical school is free, doctors are free, clinics are free, their infant mortality rate may be even lower than ours. I wonder if the senator, however, was informed, number one, that the infant mortality rate of Cuba is completely calculated on figures provided by the Cuban government. And, by the way, totalitarian communist regimes don’t have the best history of accurately reporting things. I wonder if he was informed that before Castro, Cuba, by the way, was 13th in the whole world in infant mortality. I wonder if the government officials who hosted him, informed him that in Cuba there are instances reported, including by defectors, that if a child only lives a few hours after birth, they’re not counted as a person who ever lived and therefore don’t count against the mortality rate.

I wonder if our visitors to Cuba were informed that in Cuba, any time there is any sort of problem with the child in utero they are strongly encouraged to undergo abortions, and that’s why they have an abortion rate that skyrockets, and some say, is perhaps the highest the world. I heard him also talk about these great doctors that they have in Cuba. I have no doubt they’re very talented. I’ve met a bunch of them. You know where I met them? In the United States because they defected. Because in Cuba, doctors would rather drive a taxi cab or work in a hotel than be a doctor. I wonder if they spoke to him about the outbreak of cholera that they’ve been unable to control, or about the three-tiered system of health care that exists where foreigners and government officials get health care much better than that that’s available to the general population.

I also heard him speak about baseball and I know that Cubans love baseball, since my parents were from there and I grew up in a community surrounded by it. He talked about these great baseball players that are coming from Cuba — and they are. But I wonder if they informed him — in fact, I bet you they didn’t talk about those players to him because every single one of those guys playing in the Major Leagues defected. They left Cuba to play here.

He also talked about how people would come up to him in the streets and not a single person said anything negative about America. Nobody came up to him wagging their fingers saying, ‘You Americans and your embargo is hurting us.’ I’m glad to hear that. Because everyone who wants to lift the embargo is constantly telling us that the Castros use that to turn the people against us. So obviously, that’s not true. So I’m glad to hear confirmation of what I already knew to be true. I heard about their wonderful literacy rate, how everyone in Cuba knows how to read. That’s fantastic. Here’s the problem: they can only read censored stuff. They’re not allowed access to the Internet. The only newspapers they’re allowed to read are Granma or the ones produced by the government.

I wish that someone on that trip would have asked the average Cuban, ‘With your wonderful literacy skills, are you allowed to read The New York Times or the Wall Street Journal or any blog, for that matter?’ Because the answer’s, ‘No.’ So it’s great to have literacy, but if you don’t have access to the information, what’s the point of it? So I wish somebody would have asked about that on that trip. We heard about Mr. Gross, who is not in jail. He’s not a prisoner. He is a hostage. He is a hostage. And in the speech I heard a moment ago, I heard allusions to the idea that maybe we should — he didn’t say it, but I know the language, I know the code in this — that maybe there should be a spy swap. Here’s the problem: Mr. Gross was not a spy. You know what his crime was, if that’s what you can call it? He went to Cuba to hand out satellite radios to the Jewish community. But, we’re glad to hear that the Cubans are so nice to him that they let him walk 10,000 steps a day and do pull-ups and they let him build a necklace out of bottle cap tops. Very nice of them to allow him to do those things. How generous.

I wonder if anybody asked about terrorism, because Cuba is a state sponsor of terrorism. I wonder if anybody asked about the fact that, just a few months ago, a North Korean ship going from Cuba to North Korea was stopped in the Panama Canal and it contained items in violation of international sanctions against a government in North Korea that, a report just came out confirming what we already knew, has death camps and prison camps. And the Cubans are allowing them to evade these sanctions. Did that come up in any of the wonderful conversations in this socialist paradise in the Caribbean? I bet you it didn’t.

Let me tell you what the Cubans are really good at, because they don’t know how to run their economy, they don’t know how to build, they don’t know how to govern a people. What they are really good at is repression. What they are really good at is shutting off information to the Internet and to radio and television and social media. That’s what they’re really good at. And they’re not just good at it domestically, they’re good exporters of these things. And you want to see exhibit A, B, C and D? I’m going to show them to you right now. They have exported repression in real-time, in our hemisphere, right now.

Let me show you the first slide here. This gentleman here is the former mayor of a municipality in Caracas. His name is Leopoldo Lopez. And this is the National Guard of Venezuela pulling him into an armored truck last week. You know why? Because he’s protesting against the government. He’s protesting against the government of Venezuela, which are puppets of Havana, completely infiltrated by Cubans and agents from Havana. Not agents, openly, foreign military affairs officials involved in Venezuela. You know why? Because the Venezuela government is giving them cheap oil and free oil, in exchange for help during these sorts of repressions. So here he is, he’s sitting in jail right now because he’s protesting against the government. He’s sitting in jail right now.

So here’s the next slide. This is Genesis Carmona. She’s a beauty queen and a student in a city called Valencia. She’s on that motorcycle because the government in Venezuela and the thug, these so-called civilian groups that they’ve armed — another export from Cuba, a model the Cubans follow — they shot her in the head. She died last week. This is the government that the Cubans support. Not just verbally, not just emotionally, but with training and tactics. This is who they export — this is what they do. And she’s dead. And this is her being taken on a motorcycle to the hospital where they were unable to save her life because she was shot in the head by Venezuelan security forces.

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  • God bless M. Rubio. Thanks for posting this.

  • Yesterday, Instapundit quoted Michael Totten on Cuba: “It’s no mystery why so many want out. Cuba’s human rights record is by far the most dismal in the Western Hemisphere, and as a predictable consequence has triggered one of the largest refugee crises in the hemisphere. I can think of nothing positive to say about Fulgencio Batista, the tyrant who preceded Castro, but at least he didn’t drive people en masse into the sea. Faint praise, to be sure, but I can’t say even that much about Castro’s.” Actually, “he wasn’t Castro,” is pretty high comparative praise.

  • Hugo Chavez was a bootlicker to Castro. For what it’s worth, almost every Latin American leftist, from each and every Latin American country, is a bootlicker of Castro. Politicians, lawyers, university professors, “executive directors” of organizations with fancy names, media types, authors….and not a few Catholic priests…have idolized the Communist in Havana. Castro has his fans here, too. Always has. Hollywood actors, the modern Democrat Party, Mikey Moore, PBS, university professors, Herbert Mathews of the New York Slimes – Hell’s Bible, as it is so appropriately put by the brilliant Father Zuhlsdorf.

    Let’s thank our neighbors to the north, Canada, for their FULL diplomatic relations and free travel for Canadians to and from Cuba. The Cuban tourism ministry buys advertising in Canada. I saw it on a big billboard in downtown Toronto in 2007 and along the dasher boards a while ago at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

    I pointed this out before – the outstanding book, “Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot”, written by Mario Vargas Llosa, is a must read. I have read that book and the outstanding book Epic of Latin America, written by USC professor John David Crow.

    Every “revolutionary movement” in Latin America since the 1960s has Castro’s fingerprints all over it. The Sendero Luminoso, the FARC, whom our present Secretary of State and Democrat Party jagoff John FARC Kerry apologized for, the Sandinistas, Chavez’ Bolivarian Circles, Evo Morales in Bolivia….you name it. Castro is somehow, in some way, supporting it….and the US government, who sends or sent troops to fight in Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc., etc….lets Castro stay in power.

    Castro is providing sanctuary to a convicted New Jersey cop killer, Joanne Chismard, and Robert Vesco, another fugitive.

    I wish Reagan or Bush or Dubya would have blockaded Cuba from the sea and from the air. They could have crushed Castro in a week.

    I traveled to Miami the day Elian Gonzalez was seized from his uncle. The Cuban community was quiet – they did most of their ranting on local radio talk shows. Yet, the national media made it look like the Cuban exile community were a bunch of nuts ready to riot. Wasn’t true – I was there. PBS did a hit piece on the Cuban exiles in 2000. Some Miami Anglo-Saxon locals were interviewed and complained about “losing” their city. A minister of a black church said that they (the Cuban exiles) should just go back to Cuba. You see, the Cubans, they ain’t liked by the favored groups (examples are begrudged blacks, homosexuals, Muslims and other Latin American immigrants).

    I sympathize with the Cubans. Their homeland is ruled by a tyrant and generally aren’t liked so much in the USA. I remember the Polock jokes that Archie Bunker rattled off during the early and mid 1970s on All In The Family. Norman Lear, pansy ass leftist that he is, made Polock jokes cool and I put up with it as a kid at school for years. Poland, too, was ruled by tyrants and before John Paul II, Polish = stupid for a lot of Americans.

    The biological solution will soon complete its work on the Castro brothers – not for a while yet, as their old man lived to be almost 90 – but it will happen. I hope that there are people in the Cuban government who see the error of their ways and will change things when they are gone, because nothing will change for as long as they live. Once the fear is gone, and when the Castro boys have assumed “cuarto” temperature it will be gone, the Cuban people will be harder to suppress.

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Defeat for UN is Victory for America

Wednesday, December 5, AD 2012

 

Hattip to commenter Greg Mockeridge for bringing this matter to my attention.  Yesterday the Senate defeated by 5 votes the attempt to ratify the UN Convention on Disabilities Treaty.  Go here to read the text.  It is the usual type of windy, gaseous formulation that one expects from the UN.  It is overwhelmingly popular among the permanent government class in most Western nations.  It has been passed by most of the nations of the world.  It will be ignored by most of the nations of the Earth where the rulers are masters at mouthing feel good platitudes while doing as they please.  In the West it will provide jobs for pressure groups through the filing of unending law suits to enforce the terms of this glop of political correctness, socialism, fuzzy thinking and lawyer full employment .  I am opposed to such treaties as a matter of principle.  American rights should be determined by Americans and not by temporary majorities at the UN, that modern Tower of Babel.

The main reason why the treaty failed was abortion.  Among the many twisting and often contradictory provisions was this gem at Article 25 (a):

 

Provide persons with disabilities with the same range, quality and standard of free or affordable health care and programmes as provided to other persons, including in the area of sexual and reproductive health and population-based public health programmes;

Reproductive health of course is a euphemism for contraceptives and that form of child murder that goes by the term abortion.    This conflicts with Article 10 of the treaty:

 States Parties reaffirm that every human being has the inherent right to life and shall take all necessary measures to ensure its effective enjoyment by persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others.

Senator Marco Rubio (R. Fla.) attempted to take abortion out of the treaty with this amendment:

The United States understands that the phrase ‘sexual and reproductive health’ in Article 25(a) of the Convention does not include abortion, and its use in that article does not create any abortion rights, cannot be interpreted to constitute support, endorsement, or promotion of abortion, and in no way suggests that abortion be promoted as a method of family planning.

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  • “I have a son with autism who is the light of my life.” Me too. The reason he is capable of a semi-independent life at age 18 is because our family would NOT let the government (medicaid, public schools) determine what treatment and educational opportunities he would receive and what he would not receive. Let’s be clear, when governments speak of the “rights of the disabled” they NEVER, EVER mean that those rights can be exercised (for individuals with developmental disabilities) by the family. Rather, they mean that the government is the party exercising those rights, often against the wishes of the family and often in circumstances where the governmental officials doing the exercising have a direct conflict-of-interest with the interests of the disabled individuals.

    This treaty is thinly-disguised totalitarianism. Pure and simple. Abortion is only part of the problem.

    If the UN (or any modern government) actually cared about the rights of the disabled, abortion after discovery of fetal abnormality would be criminalized in every civilized country – just as abortion based on fetal gender should be criminalized everywhere if any modern government actually cared about women’s rights.

  • Not only was the treaty deceiptful from a pro-life standpoint, it also sought to usurp parental rights inchoosing the best means of caring for their children, particularly those who are disabled. Another government power grab at the cost of family autonomy.

  • I do not think it is so much a ‘government power grab’ as a grab by a certain sort of bourgeois which Thomas Sowell referred to as ‘the Anointed’. The trans-national patrician extension of these bourgeois are a menace to the rest of society every place they get the upper hand. Public agencies are an instrument this crew makes use of to harry everyone else. I doubt rank-and-file civil servants are in on the game unless they are the issue of particular programs of indoctrination (e.g. those offered by schools of education and social work).

  • Anytime an organization that has Iran on its Human Rights Panel comes up with a treaty “protecting” the rights of the disabled, be suspicious; be very suspicious!

  • Too bad it was only defeated by 5 votes. Should have been more.

  • If there ever was a reason to shout down and shut down John Kerry’s anticipated nomination for Secretary of State, his support of this treaty is it. HIs swift boat sank a couple of years ago and those who shot him down once are right and ready to reload their torpedo tubes. Anyone who sincerely thinks (think Obama) UN treaties should usurp the US Constitution should sign on with Kerry’s swift boat rimmediately.

  • When I saw the published U. N. Charter the day after it became a reality, my first comment was that it will be no better than the defunct League of Nations because the structure of the Security Council gave veto power to Communist nations. It will threaten our national sovereignty. So long as good and evil exist in the same world, lasting peace is impossible.

    How would you rate my observation, now that you have seen 50 years of abject failure?

    Booting the U.N. out of America would be a definitive blessing.

  • I found it quite amazing that while this site claims to be faithful to the pope, it seems that the articles seem to promote a pro US nationalism, (the old “my country right or wrong” position)- under the banner of Catholicism. while we all are citizens of particular a particular country, it is clear from the writings of the new testament and the early fathers… and mothers, that we have no ultimate allegiance to any country. I think that unlike the regurgitated conservative ideology put on this site both Pope John II and Pope Benedict have produced a large body of writings that transcend conservative/liberal dichotomies, and for good reason. There are assumptions, beliefs and positions within both that have important perspectives and applications, but they also “BOTH” have false assumptions, beliefs and positions – especially when taken to extreme and when making ultimate claims – as if their position was the sole protector of truth.
    God alone is absolute truth – and as the Psuedo Dionysius made very clear – God is infinitely beyond our grasp… or our side or any side!!
    Blessings!!
    Dave

  • “found it quite amazing that while this site claims to be faithful to the pope, it seems that the articles seem to promote a pro US nationalism, (the old “my country right or wrong” position)- under the banner of Catholicism.”

    You need to brush up on that reading comprehension. I defy you to find any article on this blog that contends the US should be supported when it is wrong. You will find endless articles critiquing aspects of US foreign and domestic policy.

    “it is clear from the writings of the new testament and the early fathers… and mothers, that we have no ultimate allegiance to any country.”

    Once again reading comprhension. Every Catholic’s ultimate loyalty is to God but in the Catholic view patriotism is good and noble:

    “Render therefore unto Caesar the things that are Caesars.”

    Saint Augustine:
    “4. Do not think that it is impossible for any one to please God while engaged in active military service. Among such persons was the holy David, to whom God gave so great a testimony; among them also were many righteous men of that time; among them was also that centurion who said to the Lord: “I am not worthy that You should come under my roof, but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed: for I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my servant, Do this, and he does it;” and concerning whom the Lord said: “Verily, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.” Matthew 8:8-10 Among them was that Cornelius to whom an angel said: “Cornelius, your alms are accepted, and your prayers are heard,” Acts 10:4 when he directed him to send to the blessed Apostle Peter, and to hear from him what he ought to do, to which apostle he sent a devout soldier, requesting him to come to him. Among them were also the soldiers who, when they had come to be baptized by John,— the sacred forerunner of the Lord, and the friend of the Bridegroom, of whom the Lord says: “Among them that are born of women there has not arisen a greater than John the Baptist,” Matthew 11:11 — and had inquired of him what they should do, received the answer, “Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.” Luke 3:14 Certainly he did not prohibit them to serve as soldiers when he commanded them to be content with their pay for the service.”

    http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/1102189.htm

    The Catechism:

    “2239 It is the duty of citizens to contribute along with the civil authorities to the good of society in a spirit of truth, justice, solidarity, and freedom. The love and service of one’s country follow from the duty of gratitude and belong to the order of charity. Submission to legitimate authorities and service of the common good require citizens to fulfill their roles in the life of the political community.

    2240 Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good make it morally obligatory to pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to defend one’s country:

    Pay to all of them their dues, taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due.45
    [Christians] reside in their own nations, but as resident aliens. They participate in all things as citizens and endure all things as foreigners. . . . They obey the established laws and their way of life surpasses the laws. . . . So noble is the position to which God has assigned them that they are not allowed to desert it.46

    The Apostle exhorts us to offer prayers and thanksgiving for kings and all who exercise authority, “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way.”47”

    Pope John Paul II:

    “Patriotism is a love for everything to do with our native land: its history, its traditions, its language, its natural features. It is a love which extends also to the works of our compatriots and the fruits of their genius. Every danger that threatens the overall good of our native land becomes an occasion to demonstrate this love…I belive that the same could be said of every country and every nation in Europe and throughout the world. (Memory and Identity, 65-66)”

    “I think that unlike the regurgitated conservative ideology put on this site both Pope John II and Pope Benedict have produced a large body of writings that transcend conservative/liberal dichotomies,”

    Most of the writings of the Popes have nothing to do with “liberal\conservative dichotomies” as Mother Church, wisely, leaves most political concerns up to the wits of her sons and daughters. There is however, a grave threat to religious liberty arising in this land and it is from the left. Here is a recent statement by Pope Benedict:

    http://the-american-catholic.com/2012/01/20/pope-benedict-religious-freedom-under-threat-in-america/

  • Mac,

    I thought the post was about keeping the UN unelected, world government bureaucrats from imposing women’s health (abortion and infanticide, add gun control soon) on the once-self-governing people of the USA.

    You have taken up this burden in common with St. Augustine (see The City of God) who alos had issues with people like David Kontur: “Half-wits we must endure and answer.”

    I prefer Alinsky Rule #5 – “ridicule.” It’s quicker. And, Obama-worshiping imbeciles can’t process facts. “Don’t cast pearls before swine.”

Marco Rubio Gives Passionate Pro-life Speech

Sunday, February 5, AD 2012

This is an issue that, especially for those that enter the public arena and refuse to leave our faith behind, speaks to more than just our politics. It speaks to what we want to do with the opportunity we have been given in our life, to serve and to glorify our Creator.

                                                                         Marco Rubio

 

Video of Senator Marco Rubio (R. Fla.) delivering the keynote address on February 1, 2012 at the Susan B. Anthony List Fifth Gala for Life.  If  Rubio isn’t the Republican vice-president nominee this year, despite his disclaiming of any interest in the office, the GOP leadership is crazy.  He is eloquent, youthful and a brilliant defender of life.  His nomination will seal up Florida, gain the Republicans a larger share of the Hispanic vote than they have ever garnered before in a Presidential race and bring enthusiasm and hope to the ranks of social conservative voters.

Tying this speech in with his sponsorship of  the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012 this week, Rubio is clearly signaling that if he is placed on the ticket he intends to champion issues near and dear to the hearts of Catholics.  Obama decides to use the Church as a punching bag in order to appease his leftist base.  Rubio counters with a defense of the Church and Life to draw a stark contrast.  Obama will soon have his Yamamoto moment:

 

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  • Thank you for sharing this Donald!

  • Yes, thanks! I hope very much that he’s the VP nominee too.

    Here’s something to make you smile: Imagine Rubio vs. Biden in a debate….poor old Joe.

  • It probably says something that I was mildly offended at comparing Obama to Yamamoto– IIRC, he knew it was a bad idea and did it because he was required to; Obama seems to think thinks are a good idea and does them even when required not to.

  • Yamamoto had no use for politicians Foxfier, so no doubt in the world beyond he was also offended by the comparison, never mind that the words he is quoted as saying in Tora, Tora, Tora, although reflecting his sentiments, he never said. 🙂

  • What a thoroughly engaging and inspiring man.

    More of these please, America.

  • While I am heartened to see Senator Rubio speak in defense of life, I found the way he did troubling. He falls into the trap many pro-life politicians do. He speaks of the life issue as separate from the other issues when in fact they are interdependent. The idea you can have real lasting economic prosperity without respect for life given that people are the most important economic resource is just plain crazy. Same with national security. After all, how can you expect to field a strong military when you kill almost a third of military aged people before birth. The correct way to talk about this issue is make clear that this is not a single issue issue. Pro-lifers constantly fall into the single issue trap.

    As to the freedom of conscience act, this is exactly what the left wants us to do. What this is an unwitting erroneous admission that the First Amendment doesn’t say exactly what it says. If the left is going to openly and brazenly violate the Supreme Law of the land, why wouldn’t they violate some freedom of conscience act.

    If you want to see Marco Rubio have a political future, the last thing you would want is for him is to be a running mate for either Gingrich or Romney. At this point, it looks like Romney’s gonna run away with the nomination. As VP, Rubio would have to carry the water for a far less than conservative president. This would pretty much ruin his chances at making a future presidential run as a conservative. What Rubio ought to do is use his present position in the Senate to make a run for the Governorship of Florida and use that as a platform to make a presidential run. Not as a Veep for a weak president.

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