Gregorian rants to return! Stay tuned for more.
Gregorian rants to return! Stay tuned for more.
I know I haven’t ranted here in a while (too much to rant about, too little time), but I thought I’d use this outlet to gently remind all conservatives reading this (especially here in the Lone Star State, and in other states with hotly contested Senate or gubernatorial seats, but everywhere else too) to, if you haven’t already, GET OFF YOUR ASSES AND VOTE!!!
Please, no excuses, but if you must give excuses, at least, for the love of God, don’t give me any holier-than-thou moral high-ground posing. You, know, the “refusing to vote for the lesser of evil” bullcrap about how you’re such a superior human being because you’ll sit there and do nothing and let our great nation literally go to hell, rather than vote for some flawed, imperfect Republican politician. There’s just too much at stake this time. The alternative to that flawed, imperfect Republican politician will be a crazed, evil Democrat politician. The Left and the Democrat Party have now gone full-out bat-shit crazy, and are hellbent on utterly destroying both the Trump presidency and the anything that remains of constitutional principle, Christian virtue, and just basic sanity in this nation.
Take the great, until recently “deep-red” Lone Star state of Texas, where, since summer, “Beto” signs have sprung up everywhere like noxious toadstools after a rainstorm. For anyone who’s been under a rock, the empty-headed spoiled-brat rich kid pretty-boy is the Left’s Great White Texan Hope, and new Democrat Messiah-in-training, heir apparent to Dear Leader Barrack Hussein Obama. For this purpose, leftist donors from across the U.S. (and possibly beyond, if scandals are true) have poured record-breaking amounts of cash into his campaign, and national media have done their part to promote his rock star status. The reason for this is not the man himself (a remarkably un-remarkable and vacuous candidate), but the hope that if they can run someone successfully in Texas and turn the Lone Star State blue, they can have an easy shot at the presidency if they run him in a future election.
“Beto” is from top to bottom a fraud and phony, so much so that he cannot even run on his own real name, Robert Francis O’Rourke, instead going by the Hispanic “Beto” (diminutive for Roberto), in hopes of fooling Hispanic voters into thinking he is one of them, and overcome any disadvantage against running against a guy who actually is Hispanic (Cruz). He freely uses race-baiting tactics and whines like a snowflake against the evils of “white privilege,” while he himself is a walking definition of “white privilege,” a white dude from a rich family, the sort of guy liberals are supposed to hate (at least in the abstract). He shamelessly copies Obama’s rhetoric and weird machine-gun burst speech patterns, while lacking Dear Leader’s rhetorical skills. And, while vowing to vote to impeach Trump if elected, he regurgitates Trump’s “Lying Ted” attacks on Cruz from the 2016 GOP race. His sole accomplishments he (endlessly) touts on his resume are making campaign visits to every county in Texas (as if this stunt proves anything beyond that he really wants votes), as well as having been in a punk band and being able to ride a skateboard.
While Cruz is still ahead (barely) in polls, the numbers show far too many Texans are buying into this crap. It’s hard to how much of this is simply phony internet trolling by Democrat leftists (I’m praying most of it is), but I’ve been seeing far too many Texas “conservatives” claiming they will vote for Beto the Fake Mexican because they are fed up with Cruz for some reason or another. Most of it being on the grounds that Ted is a gutless sissy and shameless political whore for supporting President Trump after all the nasty attacks Trump made against him and his wife in the 2016 GOP presidential race.
The “Beto” camp has milked the 2016 Cruz-Trump feud for all its worth, attempting through bogus “non-partisan voter groups” to get Trump-fans to vote Beto based entirely on Trump’s nasty 2016 campaign attacks on “Lying Ted.” On the one hand, according to O’Rourke, Trump is an evil liar and crook who needs to be impeached. While on the other hand, every ugly word the Trumpster uttered against his rival in 2016 is gospel truth, and reason enough to vote against Cruz.
Much as I admire sticking up for Mrs. Cruz’s honor and all, really? For that, you’re willing to toss out one of the Senate’s most consistent conservatives for a socialist, open-borders, SJW, race-baiting, cop-hating, fanatically pro-abortion, gun-grabbing weasel, who would slavishly vote in line with Chucky Schumer, and has vowed to vote to impeach the President? If this is the state of Texas “conservatism,” God help us all. As the Dems are well aware, as falls Texas, so falls America. (Perhaps most troubling, I’ve even seen “Beto” bumper stickers in the parking lot of my a very conservative FSSP parish. Sadly, even some Trads have now bought into the whole “social justice” nonsense to the point that they are willing to support fanatically pro-abortion politicians.)
Not to despair, but we conservatives need to all look at the big picture, and make sure we vote Tuesday. (if you haven’t early voted already, as I have). This is about something a lot better than Ted and Beto (or whoever’s running in your state.) If the Dems control Congress, especially if they win both houses, we’re looking at:
Unless all that sounds like fun, get out there and vote Red tomorrow. And, yeah, I know most Republicans suck. But the Democrats are pure evil. And stark-raving insane to boot.
Well, there was horror this Halloween as an Uzbekistan national and practitioner of the Religion of Peace deliberately ran down random people on a Manhattan bike trail in a Home Depot rental truck before slamming into a school bus and crying “Allahu Akbar!”
In perhaps the year’s most blatant example of hypocrisy (in a year rich with blatant hypocrisy), members of the Left were horrified at President Trump’s “politicizing” the murderous mayhem by daring to link it to radical Islam and push for measures restricting immigration from hotbeds of radical Islam activity. This, right after “liberals” wasted no time in politicizing the Vegas massacre, screaming for more federal gun-grabbing and attacking the NRA and Republicans. Of course, they’re probably too stupid to even see the dripping irony. But it’s past time President Trump learned the simple rules; politicizing murder and death is appropriate so long as it promotes the left-wing political agenda (i.e. government gun-grabbing), and horribly wrong if it opposes it (i.e. opposing unfettered immigration). [Update: And, predictably enough, following the slaughter of 26 parishioners at the church in Southerland Springs, Texas–and his being chased down and stopped by a former NRA instructor with an AR-15–the Left wasted no time politicizing the murder.]
And to suggest otherwise with many Catholics now is tantamount to heresy – after all, the “Religion of Peace” is particularly beloved of NewChurch, and open borders immigration policy has become its chief “article of faith.” In fact, according to our progressive clerics and their apologists on teh interwebz, it’s also a “life issue,” right up there with global warming and gun-grabbing – which may trump moral issues such as abortion and euthanasia if one’s leftist-indoctrinated “conscience” so “informs” us. (Never mind that new laws would have done nothing to stop any of the recent killings, by guns or trucks, but let’s not let the facts get in the way of shrill ideological pieties.)
But, of course, the Right needs to stop politicizing such things by attacking scapegoats such as “radical Islam,” which is no more guilty than Christianity in this regard (our own Pope has said as much – what are you, a heretic?), and focus on the real issues. We need laws requiring much more extensive background checks on those renting trucks and other equipment from Home Depot and similar businesses! And more importantly, the government needs to take swift punitive action against the cold and greedy Death Merchants at Home Depot who rented out this evil killing machine (did you know they also rent and sell chainsaws and other gruesome murder weapons?) or better yet, ban trucks altogether, unless they are in the employment of government. And Socialism. The Cure for All Ills.
The whole NFL – national anthem thing has already been talked to death, and I don’t have a whole lot original to say about it, other than that as of now, I’m not watching NFL football . Not that I think it will make a tremendous amount of difference, but, like plenty of others, I’m just in no mood to see sports (which used to be a diversion from all the political crap) turned into yet another opportunity for a leftist display of anti-patriotism, nor do I wish to be lectured on “social justice” by a bunch of overpaid, spoiled brat jocks. It’s as annoying as overpaid, spoiled brat celebrities and politicians like Leo DiCaprio and Algore jet-setting around the globe, lecturing us Little People on how we need to reduce our carbon footprint.
But the Reverend Jesse Jackson has lately proclaimed the odious Colin Kappernick, who started this whole mess, a “martyr.” Really? Last I checked, he was still alive and well, even if not playing. (Methinks the Good Reverend should shut his mouth, lest he start giving Pope Francis ideas.) And some prominent black preachers in Dallas have loudly declared Jerry Jones a “slave owner,” and his ‘Boys “40 million dollar slaves” forced to do “gladiatorial combat” but not to speak out by disrespecting our flag. To state the stupidly obvious (which apparently progressives are too stupid to see):
While the facts simply don’t support the notion that there exists in 21st century America any systemic epidemic of white cops gunning down innocent black citizens, these jocks are free to express on their own time whatever opinions or protest whatever they want, no matter how asinine or ill-informed. That has nothing to do with respectfully standing for the National Anthem before game time. Most of us do not have the luxury of avoiding our job duties to engage in political grandstanding without losing our jobs.
And spare me the screaming and crying over President Trump’s remarks. If he’d threatened to send in the National Guard or force players to stand by executive order, I’d be the first to stand with the NFL (or anyone) against him, as this would be a violation of the constitutional limits of presidential power. I even read an article by a “conservative” never-Trumper which absurdly condemned the President for turning the American flag into “a White Nationalist symbol.” I must of missed that one; seems to me it was protesting players who were making Old Glory into a symbol of racism, or police brutality, or whatever the hell they’re supposedly protesting.
Which brings me to a point I’ve yet to hear anybody make. I haven’t heard a peep from the progressive Social Justice Warriors regarding increasing number of cases of people being fired from their jobs for expressing opinions off the job in personal blogs or social media that are deemed too un-pc (especially in regards to “social issues” such as “gay marriage” and abortion). In one of the most recent examples, a Southwest Airlines stewardess was fired for expressing “highly offensive” pro-life views in social media. As others have pointed out, this is a growing danger for committed Christians. Even without the state violating first amendment free speech rights by censorship, they can still lose their jobs merely for expressing un-pc moral beliefs. (It could certainly be argued that such things constitute unlawful employment discrimination on the basis of religious faith.)
But, you know,; unrestricted freedom of expression anytime, anywhere – just so long as you keep it pc.
Donnie: “They were Nazis, Dude?”
The Dude: “They were nihilists. They kept saying they believe in nothing.”
Walter: “Nihilists?! F*** me! Say what you will about the tenets of National Socialism; at least it’s an ethos.”
~ from The Big Lebowski
(Again, apologies on the untimely lateness of this post – I really have no time to blog.)
Of course, following the largest mass-shooting in American history in Las Vegas earlier this month (59 dead, hundreds wounded), the usual crowd of idiots and miscreants on the Left, without missing a beat, exploited the horror to play politics before the bodies were even cold – as is their ghoulish want. One took it too far even for her own liberal company; a senior executive at CBS was fired following the dissemination of a tweet that she had no sympathy for the victims because she said country music fans are mostly a bunch of gun-toting “Repugs.” (I doubt her masters at left-wing CBS were truly that appalled at her statement – though they knew bad pr when they saw it.) And later, two Dem congressmen walked out before a moment of silence for the victims, saying it was “not a time for silence, but for action.”
Anti-gun “liberals” are always sanctimoniously lecturing us Repug deplorable types on how we need to lose the right to bear arms (the right to self-defense) because of the importance of protecting human life. But apparently, for some anti-Second Amendment pols, the lives of those they supposedly so badly want to protect are not even worth a couple minutes of prayerful respect, lest it take precious time away from pushing their all-important gun-grabbing agenda. Or, apparently, if the victims’ politics might differ from their own. (There was similar crap following the attempted mass murder of a bunch of Republican congressmen which left Steve Scalise seriously wounded. Since he had opposed proposed “gun-control” legislation, he was only getting his just deserts.)
Of course, this allegedly deep concern for the protection of human life among progressives immediately evaporates the moment the topic changes from guns to abortion. The supposed inviolable constitutional “right choose” or “right to privacy” supposedly found buried somewhere deep in the emanations of the penumbra means people have the absolute right to kill unborn babies in the womb at any time for any reason. And, not only that, but the we must all be forced to help pay for the killing with our tax dollars. One bleeding heart leftist l I heard say that he struggled for years trying to find a reconciling compromise between the “pro-life” and “pro-choice” positions, but in the end he had to “respect the primacy of individual human choice” by supporting the absolute right to abortion on demand. Unsurprisingly, this guy was also a passionate advocate of government gun-grabbing, and all sorts of other big-government restrictions on “individual human choice,” Second Amendment and all be damned. But human life itself was one thing that should not trump human choice. Or, as one meme succinctly put it, “I don’t listen to anti-gun arguments from folks who think it’s okay to kill babies.”
And, of course, we can expect another round of pious nonsense from the USCCB and other “progressive Catholic” groups about how we’re “not truly pro-life” unless we support the federal government grabbing everyone else’s guns. Such statements conveniently ignore the Church’s long tradition of teaching on legitimate self-defense, and the Catechism even speaks of a duty to protect the lives of those under our care. Second amendment rights help ensure the means to such defense and protection – which presumably is not limited only to cops. I might start taking “gun control” arguments half-way seriously the day “anti-gun” politicians and celebs willingly disarm their own security details. But apparently the right to self-defense doesn’t apply to Little People.
As for the vile mass murderer himself, we may never know his motives. Was he merely a lone psycho, or part of a bigger plot? There’s a lot of really weird stuff about the murder that just doesn’t add up, but at this point, it’s all idle speculation. Whenever there’s a mass killing, the Left rushes to gleefully speculate on possible right-wing connections. And according to the Left, this killing was really all the fault of the NRA, which is being labeled a “terror organization” (despite no evidence ever tying the NRA to any terrorists plots). But on the right, after the killing, some were openly speculating about political motives. Was the killing, as some others have suggested, a leftist attempt to “parody” the right, by collecting a ridiculous amount of weapons, then shooting up a country concert? I admit, there was a certain part of me – not a particularly good or noble part – that was sort of hoping the killer would turn out to be a leftist or ISIS recruit in order that my politics might be vindicated. But the reality is that it would be wrong to exploit a mass murder and the deaths it caused for the purpose of scoring cheap political points.
While I don’t think an ISIS connection may be totally ruled out, it remains likely that the killing has no political or ideological motive whatever. And that is perhaps in a way the most horrifying possibility. All of us seem to want to have some enemy extrinsic to the killer himself to blame – something out there we can blame, fight, and, God willing, defeat. It may well be that the murderer was not trying to send any ideological message, left, right, or otherwise, but was simply looking to kill a large number of people before he quit this earth so he could go out in a blaze of infamy. Many mass killing-suicides are non ideological, but simply nihilistic evil. This kind of evil is something leftist ideology cannot understand – as for it everything is politics and politics is everything, and there are no problems that bigger and better government can’t fix. Such evil won’t be fixed by government “gun control” or other measures. (There are no gun laws that in reality would have prevented this – especially when the killer has no respect for the law, and plans on killing himself anyway, and there are ways of killing crowds of people without guns – by home-made bombs, vehicles, etc.)
Following the rise of global Islamic terrorism, a common talking point of the “new atheists” and the secularist, anti-Christian Left is that religion is the cause of most killing in the world, and that if people stop believing in God, the world will become a peaceful, rational place. (This point is often amended to “believing in anything with certainty” after it is pointed out that atheistic Communists regimes have killed far more than religious groups. Nether mind that such people rarely question their own pc liberal assumptions about the world.) And never mind that religious mass-killings are largely confined to a particular strain of Islam. All liberal fantasy to the contrary, there simply exists no substantial world-wide movement of persons killing, destroying and raping in the name of Christ. Sadly, even the Left’s useful idiot in the Vatican, Pope Francis, has repeated such nonsense – equivocating Jihadist terror with random, completely irreligious crimes by persons who may have been baptized Christian, and saying global capitalism is really to blame.
But, as others have pointed out, if the Vegas killer had been a religious, believing Christian, who took Christ’s teachings seriously, as well as final judgment, heaven and hell, it is unlikely he would have proceeded to murder and maim a crowd of persons made in God’s own image before taking his own life. While not much is known about the killer’s beliefs, he apparently does not have any religious affiliation, and did not appear to be a religious man. Most atheists, like most other normal people, will have no inclination to commit mass murder or other atrocities against their fellow man. But for the minority that are so inclined, if there is no God, no objective morality outside our own feelings and human rules, there is no reason not to – especially if one is intent on annihilating himself and avoiding any earthly consequences, legal or otherwise.
As Nietzsche proclaimed, without God, all things are permitted. In a world of moral nihilism, particularly if – as is likely – we’re in for tough times, things will likely get very ugly.
Meanwhile, the left will continue to play politics with this and every other horrific event. First bumpstocks (a largely worthless item for most shooters) will be banned, and then more items, and then actual weapons.
In the same way the Left now plays politics with just about every damn thing in existence. Disasters from mass killings to natural disasters (such as Hurricane Harvey) exist to be exploited and used to damn your enemies. Everything now is all politics all all the time, 24-7: crime stories, weather (you filthy climate-change denier!), sports (next up, my thoughts on the NFL nonsense).
Well, the past week saw’s yet another media shit-storm hit the airwaves generated by a series of disgusting events in the picturesque college town of Charlottesville, Virginia, home of the UVA Cavaliers, Monticello, and its owner, American founding father Thomas Jefferson.
There, a crowd of racist, white-supremacist “right-wing” idiots and thugs got in a nasty little rumble with a crowd of pc-fascist left-wing idiots and thugs. (The latter being those heroic champions of “liberal” “tolerance” who go around beating up anybody who dare says anything they disagree with. They call themselves “Antifa” – which ironically supposedly means “Anti-fascist” – your typical leftist activist being mentally incapable of actually spelling out or saying the full word “fascist.”) The melee culminated with one of the racist idiots committing murder by deliberately ramming his Dodge Challenger into the crowd of leftist idiots.
The racist idiots (I apologize for the redundancy; it’s sort of like saying “leftist idiots”) had supposedly gathered in Charlottesville to protest the decision of that town’s board (composed, apparently, of pc bleeding-heart weenie idiots) to tear down a statue of former CSA commanding general Robert E. Lee, following the Left’s current mania to tear down and obliterate any and all reminders and records of our country’s un-pc past, shoving them down the Orwellian memory-hole.
Of course, both sides in this so-called “debate” are profoundly and abysmally ignorant of the actual Robert E. Lee, whose statue is supposedly at the root of all this crap. Lee was far from the blood-thirsty, Nazi-like champion of racist hate that today’s fanatic iconoclast Left condemn him as, and that today’s neo-National Socialist “alt-right” thugs celebrates him as.
General Lee (the man, not the Dodge Charger) was by all accounts a true gentleman of the highest order, and a brave and selfless leader of men. He regarded slavery as a moral evil, and at first opposed succession of the Southern States, stating that if he could, he would free all slaves in the South if it would prevent war. However, when offered command of the Union Army, he refused to raise his sword against his home country of Virginia, and instead fought on behalf of his native land. After the war, he accepted defeat graciously and urged reconciliation between North and South.
Similar was the case of the second most revered icon of the South, General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson (of whom I wrote a thesis in college), whose images are also being targeted for destruction by the rabid pc Left. The Mexican War hero turned VMI professor turned Southern legend was a man of impeccable honor and morals who prior to the war volunteered to educate black children, and spent weeks in fervent prayer that war might be avoided. Like Lee, he originally opposed secession, but refused to join Washington in fighting against his native state.
I want to pull my hair out every time I hear some self-righteous Yankee ignoramus (often a self-described “conservative”) declare matter-of-factly that Lee, Jackson, etc. were “traitors” who “betrayed their country.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Their motivation for joining the Southern cause (which had a material disadvantage from the start) was actually patriotism. In those days, one’s patriotic loyalty belonged primarily to his own state (their first “country”), rather than to the federal leviathon centered in Washington, D.C. To join the federal government in attacking one’s state and people was regarded as an act of unthinkable betrayal.
Such men of honor stand in stark contrast to the ignorant savages of both today’s fascistic Left and racist “Alt-Right” who clashed in Charlottesville last week.
And please, spare me the endless crying about President Trump and his words, even blaming Mr. Trump himself for the violence. Why in the hell does every damn thing have to be all about Donald J. Trump? Isn’t the man’s ego big enough already?
The President’s initial condemnation of the ” egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides” may have been too vague or weak for some, but it’s hardly the Hitlerian statement so many (including “conservatives”) are making it out to be.
But of course, today everything is politics, and politics is everything. For the ghoulish, vulturine Left, every vile act of murder and depraved violence exists as a glorious opportunity to attack political opponents and/or demand the banning or silencing of something they don’t like (second amendment rights, the NRA, conservative talk radio, pro-lifers, Confederate statues, etc.) Of course, it’s always conservatives or “the Right” that’s to blame, never anybody on the Left nor politically correct causes such as radical Islam – even if the killers are Leftists or screaming “Allah Akbar!”
At least in this last go-around, the violence was gun-free, sparing us (temporarily) the chorus of shrill demands for “gun control” (though “liberals” are still absurdly trying to link the “White Supremacists” and neo-Nazis to the NRA). What’s next? Demand the ban of cars? (Seriously, I wouldn’t put that past them.) But this helps prove the case, that where there is hatred, evil persons will find means to kill, regardless of what objects the government might try to ban from us commoners. Evil and hate can’t be legislated out of existence by restricting people’s legitimate rights to own the means to defend themselves.
Much less will it be stopped by the frenzied barbaric push to destroy historical memorials, statues, flags, etc. , seeking to wipe out any part of our history deemed politically incorrect or “offensive” to our bleeding heart snowflakes. If anything, that will set off the crazies. After all, the “alt-Right” rally was in response to the decision to tear down a statue, not put one up.
But of course the Left and their media allies have already exploited this ugly little event (no, it’s not a “tragedy” – a tragedy means a fall of someone or something great and noble) to its fullest, using it to reinforce their Big Lie that they have been promoting for decades conflating all conservatives, and even all Republicans (or, in short, anybody and everybody who didn’t support Hillary or Bernie) with racists and neo-Nazis. In reality, of course, the “White Supremacist” neo-Nazi crowd is a tiny, largely irrelevant fringe, and its race-based National Socialist ideals at odds with American constitutional conservatism. And it’s being used to justify the radical leftist hysteria to purge our country (especially, but not limited to the South) of any reminders of its history and heritage (an agenda that polls shows is at odds with majority of Americans of all political persuasions). (Here in Texas, “Antifa” idiots are demanding that statues of Sam Houston – ironically a man strongly opposed to Texas’ joining the Confederacy – be torn down. ) Of course, also, the media’e endless focus on such stupid racially-charged “controversies” serves as a distraction and smokescreen from the much more real and serious issues facing our country.
Once again, the various events and challenges of life have taken from my ranting time, but God knows there’s been no shortage of things to rant about during that time.
Over the past eight months or so, I watched, at first with bemusement, the left’s increasingly deranged and demented hysteria following the election of Donald J. Trump to President of the United States. But now there is nothing funny about the deepening madness as the increasingly violent rhetoric and behavior on the left, has led, unsurprisingly, to a bloody assassination attempt (oh, sorry – I was forgetting there for a second that crazed leftist maniacs don’t kill people; guns kill people! Mea maxima frickin’ culpa), and the largest political coup / witch-hunt in American history threatens to tear about what thin shreds remain of our Republic.
I don’t have time to follow every depressing and sordid twist and turn of this ongoing perverse political saga – that I’ll leave to others – but it is an travesty and outrage on so many different levels. The same folks who disregarded the actual letter of the law to clear Her Cackling Highness Hillary of her obvious blatant violation of the Espionage Act, and had no problem whatever with Benghazi, Fast & Furious, or use of the IRS to target political opponents – or the prior administration’s illegal spying on political opponents (too bad they weren’t equally vigilant about Russia’s activities) – keep desperately searching for something, anything, to nail Trump on so they can impeach him. As Joseph Stalin infamously said, “show me the man, and I’ll show you the crime.”
I’ll start by saying that – as you may have surmised by last year’s posts from during the GOP primaries – I was never exactly a fan of Mr. Trump. I supported Ted Cruz. But my issues with Trump, besides his dubious honesty and constant flip-flopping, boil down to him essentially being on yet another big-government big-spending liberal. But, all LSD-induced lefty hysteria to the contrary, he’s far from the Second Coming of Adolf Hitler. (To be fair, so was Dear Leader Barack Hussein Obama, though he was a soft-Marxist petty banana republic-style thug, which was bad enough.)
Still, for all his faults, Trump remains far preferable to Her Cackling Highness Hillary Rodham Clinton, who would have completed her predecessor’s packing of the courts (including the SCOTUS) with leftist activists, thereby destroying any conservative prospects in our lifetime. I still thank God that she lost.
I’ve seen Trump’s politics referred to as “extreme right,” which is absurd. In fact, overall Mr. Trump is the most left-wing Republican president we’ve had in a long time. (Unsurprising, given that until recently he identified as a liberal Democrat.) Despite all the left’s screams about “homophobia” and “reproductive rights,” he’s shown no concrete evidence of being a genuine social conservative, and his proposals for trade policies are not that different from Comrade Bernie’s. That Trump is considered a dangerous ultra-conservative fanatic shows just how far down the rabbit-hole of radical leftist insanity the Democratic Party has gone.
I must say, though, that I’m touched at the sudden concern some of my friends on the left are suddenly expressing concerning constitutional limits on executive power. In fact, I’d actually find it heartening if it were at all sincere. I’ve heard this concern about Trump’s alleged violation of the Constitution from folks who less than a year ago were deriding and pooh-poohing conservative concerns over government over-stepping constitutional limits. Then, you see, the U.S. Constitution was simply a quaint and oppressive old paper written up by some Evil Dead White Slave-holding Males, completely irrelevant to our Complex Modern Times, and best completely disregarded, lest it stand in the way of our Dear Leaders paving the path to socialist utopia. But, now, with a Republican in the White House, it suddenly matters again. (Not that these folks could tell you anything about what the Constitution actually says, other than a vague notion that it somehow demands abortion and gay marriage.)
No, the Constitution matters no more the left than any other laws, to be twisted when convenient to attack and destroy political opponents, and disregarded completely with regards to one’s own “team.” They really aren’t outraged at Trump because he’s particularly conservative or dictatorial, but simply because he stood in the way of Queen Hillary’s Destined Ascent to the Throne, which they believed her entitled to. And if a real conservative (say, Cruz), rather than Trump, had beaten Hillary, the reaction would likely be even more vicious, ugly, and deranged.
Hopefully, the ugliness of the current situation will awaken all conservatives to the true nature of the left. They are the enemy, plain and and simple. Like the Terminator, they cannot be reasoned, bought or bargained with. Endless compromise will get us nowhere. Their goal is absolute power, and they seek to destroy everybody and anybody who stands in their way, and they will stop at nothing to achieve this end. We need to stop playing their games and fight back – hard – lest we lose this fight forever. (A good place to start is by supporting the Article V Convention of States. Texas is in, y’all!)
And the sooner Catholics realize (as in fact Popes repeatedly warned us in times past) that the political Left is not our friend and ally, but our evil and ruthless enemy, the better. But sadly, many pious souls will not until they inevitably come for them. Too many have been seduced by the lies and false promises of socialism. Until then we can expect our bishops to do nothing more than issue endless blandly “non-partisan” statements combining nice sentiments about the value of human life and family with calls for open borders and and an ever-bigger, gun-grabbing welfare state. And so-called “orthodox Catholic” bloggers and pundits such a will continue to actively support politicians such as Clinton and Sanders, while making statements like Mark Shea’s idiotic claim that his “Catholic Pro-life conscience” compelled him to support Hillary Clinton. That’s right, the woman who said religious beliefs opposed to “reproductive healthcare” (aka abortion) “need to be changed.” God help us.
I intended to rant on this subject much earlier, but unfortunately have been incapacitated by severe burns, but now I’ll go ahead and finish it, as this still burns me up. . . .
Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court issued yet another abortion of justice, striking down Texas’s state laws requiring abortion clinics to be subject to the same medical and sanitary restrictions as hospitals (and preventing the existence of Kermit Gosnell-style horror shows) in a 5-3 decision. These laws had significantly lowered the rate of abortions in the Lone Star State. This was a terrible loss, not just for the unborn of Texas, but for states’ rights and federalism.
This proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that for the political Left, and its judicial puppets, the “right” to kill unborn children is regarded as ultimate and supreme, trumping and triumphing over all else.
It, of course, builds on the unholy precedent of Roe v. Wade, which first enshrined baby-killing as a sacred and inviolable “right.” But this decision takes this evil principle even further; not only is murder in the womb a “right,” but virtually no restrictions or regulations on the killing are to be allowed.
Of course, if the SCOTUS actually followed our Constitution (yeah, okay, you can stop laughing now), we would have neither Roe nor this decision, as nowhere in the Constitution is a right to abortion ever mentioned (all silly “emanations of the penumbra” bullcrap to the contrary). Neither, of course, is the federal government given an enumerated power of deciding state abortion laws or regulations. (In many places, taco shops and tattoo parlors are subject to more government regulation than abortion mills.) Once again, the all-powerful Men in Black simply piss all over the laws of both God and man in service of the almighty leftist idol of “reproductive rights” (aka unrestricted baby-killing).
Ironically, many of the same liberals/leftists celebrating the SCOTUS’s striking down all restrictions on the “right” to abortion (nowhere mentioned in the Constitution) at the same time loudly demand all kinds of restrictions on the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
And bizarrely, following the SCOTUS decision, I saw a number of self-proclaimed “pro-lifers” turn their righteous ire, not on the Supreme Court justices who made this abomination of a decision, but instead on the Texas state legislature which made the restrictions on abortion mills, decrying their “devious” and “underhanded” methods. This was accompanied by much pious finger-wagging lecturing over how “the ends don’t justify the means.” Thus, the SCOTUS was right to strike them down. But this is just more nonsense. There is certainly nothing inherently immoral about the means of toughening standards on abortion clinics to try to bypass pro-abortion court rulings. Nor, contrary to their shrill accusations, is there any actual “deception” involved.
This seems part of a disturbing trend I’ve noticed within the pro-life movement. It seems there are more and more people who proclaim themselves “pro-life” and opposed to abortion, yet appear obsessed with attacking other pro-lifers (especially those more politically conservative than themselves), while passively bowing to the pro-abortion left at every chance.
Even though this 5-3 decision would have stood even had Scalia remained alive or replaced by a similar constitutionalist, this should focus conservatives, particularly religious conservatives, on the absolute necessity of defeating Hillary. Under a Supreme Court, and most federal courts, solidly dominated by leftist justices and judges, things will only get worse, much worse. While I’m no fan of Mr. Trump, he’s at least provided a list of solid constitutionalist judges he promises to nominate from for Supreme Court Justices. Can I trust him to keep his word? I honestly don’t know. But I know I absolutely can 100% trust Hillary Clinton to nominate leftist activists who will scrap what little’s left of constitutional rule of law, and destroy any semblance of religious liberty.
You’d think Catholics and pro-lifers would wake up and develop a sense of urgency about this. Yet, instead we have holy folks such as popular “pro-life” left-wing apologist Mark Shea (oh, sorry, Mr. Shea prefers to call himself a “Catholic apologist”) urging Catholics in swing states to vote for Hillary Clinton. (Ironic coming from a man who spent much his career denouncing voting for “the lesser evil.”)
Nor, I’m afraid, can we look to much in the way of leadership from the U.S. Bishops and their bureaucratic mouthpieces. They continue to play the charade of rightly preaching against the evils of abortion and euthanasia, while at the same time proclaiming virtually every contentious political issue to be a “life issue,” and insist that we must take the left-wing stance on the rest of these issues (immigration, “gun control,” environmental regulation, etc.) in order to be “truly pro-life.” This sends the courageous, clear-as-mud message to us saps in the pews to vote however the hell we want, especially if it’s for a left-winger.
Catholic pro-lifers can keep playing these stupid games and losing, or we can take a stand and fight. Time’s running out.