The following comes from a January 8 Denver Catholic article by George Weigel:
Here are two suggestions for what Catholics in America might ponder before November 8.
(1) The most important numbers to keep in mind between now and Election Day are “78,” “80,” and “83.” Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will be 78 by November 8; Justices Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy will be 80 by then, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be 83. If the actuarial tables mean anything, those numbers suggest that the next President of the United States is likely to get two, perhaps three, and just possibly four nominations to the Court.
This demographic reality creates an opportunity, unprecedented since the disaster of Roe v. Wade, to make significant advances in rebuilding the structure of legal protection for human life from conception until natural death in the United States. It also creates the possibility of reversing more than a half-century’s jurisprudential malpractice in the matter of Church-and-state and reaffirming the truth about the First Amendment, which is that “no establishment” serves the goal of “free exercise.” And it just might mean getting the question of what “marriage” is, and who may “marry” whom, reconsidered as a matter of constitutional law, not public policy preference.
(2) When the new president gets his or her first intelligence briefing in the Oval Office on January 21, 2017, he or she may wonder what demon possessed him or her to want the job. For the world is almost certainly going to be more dangerous that day than at any point since the height of the Cold War, and perhaps as long ago as 1947. The dismantling of the international security architecture that has guided the North Atlantic democracies since 1949 has proceeded apace for the past seven years; those responsible for that dismantling stubbornly refuse to consider the evidence before their eyes and hold steady to a lemming-like march toward disaster; the new president will thus face a challenge unlike any since Harry Truman confronted the consequences of the collapse of British power after World War II.
Let’s hear it for irrational fear mongering.
Bob, if the next President shares the concepts and governing style of the incumbent—and can get those encoded into practically irreversible law by appointing a significant number of like-minded Justices—being scared as hell is FAR from irrational.
To reply to Michael McDermott– Bless you, Michael McDermott! Did you read in the news, recently, that Dr. Robert Spitzer died?? He was the famous psychiatrist who engineered the removal of homosexuality in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and helped pave the way for the field of medicine and psychology to accept “gay as normal,” and “gay marriage,” in the field of Law!! Well– he created a big mess, in Academia!! Maybe you have some more interesting information on this subject to offer!
It would take a book, or perhaps better in this streaming video age – a Documentary, just to cover the basics of the Scams pushed by the Gaystapo Thought Police over the decades.
As savvy observers are pointing out – these radicals have a long term agenda for life on earth, and little concern for the hereafter, save to mock the Faithful and the Doubtful and all in between.
By Contrast – Most of the ‘conservative’ people never even considered such insanity might become institutionalized, and Catholics who voted for the AbomiNation mostly got a bait and switch scam pulled on them.
Lots more to say – need the place though
Thanks for your reply, Michael McDermott! It is amazing to me, that famous, well-respected, so-called “scientists,” who were leaders in their fields, like Dr. Spitzer— deliberately used their careers, to pacify angry activists, and deliberately published lies, in their fraudulent science and research! They were dangerous, phony politicians– not scientists! Their scientific fraud set off a horrible chain of reaction, that misled many institutions, and whole countries, into immorality, made into fraudulent law!
To Michaeo McDermott– Yesterday, I read an interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury, regarding a current convention of the Worldwide Anglican Communion. The Archbishop stated that he fears that oneday, the Anglican Communion will simply fall to pieces! There is a great deal of tension, regarding gay ordinations, and gay “marriage,” especially! Their worldwide Communion does not have a definite “Magisterium,” like we do, nor a Pope, nor a Code of Canon Law, defining true Christian beliefs, heresy, and penalties for excommunication of the heretics. They are pretty loosely held together! What a big mess!
LM – Disturbing Update FYI:
As much as half of priests and bishops are homosexual.
Back in 2000, just as news of the homosexual priest sex abuse crisis was beginning to break, the Kansas City Star did an in-depth exposé on a horrible topic: the large number of homosexual priests dying of AIDS – public light, for the first time on this kind of scale, the issue of homosexuality in the priesthood — albeit through the tragic lens of AIDS…
All this strongly suggested that the number of homosexual men in the Catholic priesthood was much higher than even the most suspicious had guessed. It wasn’t long before the truth started coming out, tied as it was…
LM – As time goes by I see the great wisdom of Saint John Paul II to encourage Married Heterosexual Episcopal Ministers to ‘Pope Up’ in to full communion with the Church, along with their Wives.
The model of a ‘Celibate’ Priesthood doesn’t always appear to work, and the Homosex Ephebophile Abuse / Radical Feminist infiltration of the ranks (including ‘professionally Catholic’ bureaucrats) scandals have shown that perhaps We Should Embrace Married Priests – as JP II showed us the way.
The Heterosexual Married Priests I have met have been Outstanding Men and Great Catholics, and we should consider this model as a Way Forward.
To Michael McDermott– I agree, that men with gay problems, should all stay away from the priesthood! Also, normal men who are “womanizers,” should stay away from the priesthood! I once knew of a well-liked Anglican priest and his lovely English wife– he had quite a charismatic personality! However, tragically, it was discovered that he had been having several affairs with married women in his congregation, all at the same time! SHOCKING!! The Episcopal Church threw him out, and his poor wife divorced him! Lots of angry husbands chased him with a hatchet!
To Michae McDermott– I think that false scientific research and practice, like Dr. Spitzer’s— has influenced many churches to fraudulently accept in Christian daily religious life— gay sex acts, and gay “marriage,” as “being normal,” like Nature’s true heterosexual normalcy, and true Christian Marriage, between a man and a woman! The liberals, especially, cannot deal with Christ’s true teachings, and look to Science for a verification of Truth, right along with the Bible (which most liberals can barely accept!)!!
LM – Kinsey led the way for Spitzer:
” Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate;
and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better.
When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity.
To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is…
I apologize, Michael McDermott, for typing too fast (due to time restrictions!) and misspelling your name!
The Bob Spitzer I Knew
he did not like the pressure within the psychiatric establishment to stop clinicians from helping patients who were unhappy with their same-sex attractions.
“Patients should have the right,” he told me in an interview, “to explore their heterosexual potential.” “I thought that homosexual behavior could be resisted … that no one could really change their orientation. I now believe that’s untrue—some people can and do change.”
Spitzer’s history made him a highly improbable figure as the champion of ex-gays… long, punishing barrage of attacks on Spitzer from the gay community.
“In homosexuality,” he said, “something’s not working.”
To Michael McDermott– good news story, and computer link, for all to read! Thanks!
To Michael McDermott– I think the Church has a good place for both celibate and married priests– and I believe that celibacy is very good, and helps the priest to become holy! When I was young, the Priesthood was considered by all to be very sacred, and very holy– everyone looked up to the priest, and many envied him! Many people who desired sanctity, wished they could leave the married life, and become a priest or nun! Priests wear a ring, and are married to God! The holy priest on our altar, is our “alter Christus!”
This is not new information. Yet, American Catholics — mis-catechized by their bishops — have been lead down a primrose path to supporting the morally debased among us, sodomites, fornicators, adulterers, and the like. These people are not the Church and, unless called to repentance, do nothing but bring more wood to the fire started by Satan to burn the institutional Church.
Yes, watch out for the appointment power, but look at the moral fabric of the candidates. And understand that no Catholic can ever vote for anyone of the Democratic Party (which should be banned from offering candidates; surely the “second hand smoke” of American politics).
I agree with St. Christopher, but in fact a majority of Catholics vote Democrat.
Look at the alternatives the Republicans are offering and you see why.
C&H, how do you justify Catholics voting for pro-abortion Democrats?
Because in most cases, I don’t believe the GOP candidates are sincere. Look at when the Romneybot mechanically told the interviewer “I was prochoice, now I’m prolife No explanation as to how he converted, just checked the party box “Ah’m against abort’ on too.” Last time around the republicans could have nominated a fine, prolife, electable candidate but didn’t. My fellow lesbian Rachael Maddow even found him a ready made campaign song
Check it out.
I’m not sure how CH justifies voting for pro-choice candidates, but I justify it by words that come from the Vatican itself, I think in its Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion document. We are not permitted to be single issue Catholics. We must take our limited political choices in the totality of how they conform to our moral obligations, and not tie them to any one political or even moral agenda.
Oh … The anonymous @ 1:15 yesterday was me.
YFC lies like usual
I enjoy reading books and articles by George Weigel! I think he is very intelligent! He was the official biographer of Pope St. John Paul II!!
In 2009 Hillary Clinton received Planned Parenthood’s “Margaret Sanger Award” for supporting abortion.
In 2015 she declared that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” to support abortion.
We ALL know that elected Officials are beholding to their large donors.
” Billionaire Who Funded Same-Sex Marriage Endorses (Marco) Rubio ”
Rubio received a grade of ‘D’ from pro-family advocates for his weak response to the Supreme Court’s undemocratic imposition of same-sex marriage on the nation and this endorsement shows that the grade was warranted, that we cannot trust Rubio on marriage and religious liberty.
Paul Singer (billionaire hedge fund Rubio donor) was pivotal in the Republican cave-in to same-sex marriage in New York, a key turning point for the whole country.
Can we trust Donald Trump to nominate good candidates to the Supreme Court? I think not! And understand that no Catholic can ever vote for anyone of the Republican Party which is responsible for the immoral wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as for the 2008 collapse of the US and world economies which resulted in the deaths of many innocent people.
Seems Frank is saying that No Catholic should ever Vote, unless it is for a safely declared and deceased Saint.
I don’t know if there is a Political Party of Sainthood – but none of the current American ones would seem to qualify regardless, whether repub / dem / paulbot…
The whole ‘Just War’ concept is difficult at best – and yet given the sanguinary nature of the ‘beheaders’ and their fellow travelers, who will not negotiate but only subjugate – What Other Choices have the Critics?
That ‘We’ botched many things, including pulling out at the moment before stability could have been ensured, is a legacy with us regardless.
So – going forward, is the Demicrat Machine the party of a new ‘Morality’ – Barry ‘on the down…
FADA – you’ll get to know what it is soon
American Principles in Action, along with Heritage Action for America and Family Research Council Action, believe that religious liberty will be a central issue in the 2016 campaign.
They have invited all the presidential candidates to sign a pledge to push for passage of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) (H.R. 2802) and sign it into law during their first 100 days in office.
FADA, which was introduced in the House by Congressman Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) in June, has more than 150 co-sponsors.
Its stated purpose is “to prevent discriminatory treatment of any person on the basis of views held with respect to marriage.”
A similar Senate bill (S. 1598) was simultaneously introduced…
Want more of the samey-same – vote Demi-Krat again::
(LifeSiteNews) – Three pro-life attorneys say partially redacted emails show that the Obama administration’s HHS mandate specifically targeted Catholic religious groups.
There is no question that come November we will be voting for the lesser of two undesirable candidates. So, yes we will see Catholics voting for Democrats, and Republicans and Liberals and Green Party, etc. Many people will not vote for anyone who supports abortions, gay marriage, etc. Then, for whom do you vote? The debate last night proved that Trump is in way over his head, Cruz is a hate monger, Bush is less that sharp, Rubio is ginning up the America-is-in-an awful-state rhetoric, Carson has no idea what is going on around him, and your left with Christy and Kachich who both have warts. We know Clinton is pro-PP and not too good at diplomacy, and Bernie is a bit left of center. That leaves Joe Biden?
” Bernie is a bit left of center” Bob One you prove me right every time you are leftist if you think Bernie is bit left of center…Sander is an avowed communist …explain how Cruz is a hate monger.. clearly please.. I want to see how the leftist mind operates…You crowd is in near complete control of the social institutions Bob One and the results are disastrous ….the only thing that will save the country is a military coup with immediate arrest and imprisonment of the entire ruling elite. The military must then impose term limits across every federal office including the Supreme court. New elections should be called, and a convention of States which will pass amendments to drastically reduce federal power, the massive closings…
Speaking of “Troll Farms” = The Gaystapo has many, and pays well for Net Stalkers to harass boards like these as ‘Resident Harpies’:
Russian Propagandists Write Fake News Stories
The Internet Research Agency, housed in a non-descript bunker of an office building in St. Petersburg is a so-called “troll farm.” Its employees spend their days creating phony news stories, anti-American and anti-Ukrainian propaganda and engage in online harassment and endless arguments in comment sections of websites.
– Russia’s actions as an attempt to undermine the concept of objective reality itself.
If you can put enough…
Flown the Coup
The un-canny call for a Coup leading to arrest and prison has unfortunately been tried before, and is currently the operating model for many ‘nation-states’, such as they are.
‘We’ (POTUS Barry ‘on the down low’ Soetoro – whoever the guy really is & Future Potus Hitlary of Rodham) engineered a Coup in Libya and deposed ‘strongman’ Gaddafi to promote ‘tolerance’.
Besides the Bengazi Nightmare – Libya is in warring ruins now.
So do be careful what you wish for, you may get more of it than you planned.
Everything you propose goes against our Constitution, don’t you think? I doubt that you could get a convention to take such drastic actions. The dictators of the world try the same stuff as you recommend and it doesn’t work well for very long. Pretty soon people want to be free. Oh yeah, when Cruz says he will carpet bomb a whole city or wants to keep all Muslims out of the country or wanting to send three million people, including citizens, or want do do away with basic health insurance, you don’t call that hate?
No Bob One I don’t consider requiring people to pay for their own health care hate, its called self reliance something you on the Left have contempt. Those who are self reliant are not easily controlled by government bureaucrats.. in my home the State is brought to its knees… I do not trust Muslims … why do you….???.. Bob One you are comfortable being a sheep….
Canisius, we don’t disagree on self reliance, but only on its implementation. A couple of examples: 1) family health care coverage is about $900-1,200 per month. A person working 8 hours a day at $10 per hour can’t afford insurance so they use the emergency room which is free for them, but more expensive for us. Keep in mind that wages haven’t gone up hardly at all since the early 90’s.
Canisius: 2) the U.S. is one of the only countries in the world that doesn’t consider basic health care a right for everyone, not a privilege for the wealthy. 3) when someone uses the emergency room it is because they are unhealthy. Health care insurance would have allowed them to go to a doctor for treatment. 4) Medicare spends about 2% of revenue/costs on administration, the least of any insurance plan in the country. 4) insurance is tied to employment: lose your job, lose your insurance.
Bob One did you not hear all our health care problems were solved by the passing of Obamacare..I mean where else can you lose your private health care coverage that you paid $500 a month for and now have to buy Obamacare plan that now costs $1300 and its considered fair….The reason health care costs are so high is because of government….ie a 3rd party is involved in the transaction so people have not concerned for what the costs are… Insurance companies are restricted from offering coverage across state lines which reduced competition which would lower costs.. However to liberals like you Insurance companies are evil while the government is inherently angelic… its so pathetic..
“Bernie is a bit left of center. That leaves Joe Biden”
Yeah, and the South Pole is a bit left of Alaska too.
As for the ever lubed up Joe, whose ‘foot in mouth disease’ trumps the field, He Dodged the Draft 5 Times (like Cheney) and then got a deferment because he was medically unfit so serve as a low paid military attorney.
Joe immediately went to work as a high paid private mouthpiece, followed by his illustrious political career of blunders that the lamesteam media constantly has to hush up, lest people think he actually yengages his brain before speaking.
Definitely Commander in Chief material.
Michael McDermott– I appreciate your many good posts, with excellent information, and computer links, too, for further information!
At-risk kids losing American dream because ‘we’re too politically correct’ to defend family: Rick Santorum
Americans are allowing a generation of at-risk children to lose their chance at the American dream, because we are “too politically correct” to say that the intact, traditional family is best for society, Rick Santorum said at last night’s Republican presidential debate
The former Pennsylvania senator said he has been surprised to direct his audiences to “a book written by a liberal Harvard” social science professor: Robert Putnam’sOur Kids.
“He wrote this…
To Michael McDermott– I very much like the books written by Sen. Rick Santorum, and his wife, Karen! They have so much to offer our country, which is so sadly “gone astray!”
Description of current American political scene: Morons voting for Sociopaths. It’s over. Deal with it.
Rick Santorum gives answers to six questions asked him at the Fox Business News Debate 1-14-16.
1. -What is your assessment of the economy right now?
2. As president, how will you navigate this president’s promises to Iran while standing by our historic allies in the region?
3. Should technology companies be required by law to be more actively engaged in fighting terror?
4. Do you have a specific plan to protect America’s critical infrastructure from a terrorist attack?
5. Do you dispute President Obama’s track record of creating jobs?
6. From a policy perspective, should the government be doing anything to encourage family formation?
Vote for Rick Santorium
Calvin Coolidge was once asked why he was running for an office in Mass. as a Republican. He answered, and I paraphrase, that he couldn’t get elected as a Democrat. The same goes for Santorum, in a way. He may have great ideas, but he can’t get elected. In the election cycle we essentially narrow the choices to the least of the two ____ . Fill in the word; evil, stupid, anti-whatever. Most voters don’t vote for issues any more, they vote for who knows what; the candidates spouses tie, or color of the dress, or the kids outfits. And, worse yet, in the cradle of democracy most people don’t vote. Our choices will be pretty limited again this time.