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Big Sports vs. Religious Liberty

Every day it seems, we descend further into madness.  And I’m not even referring at the moment to the presidential race.  Last week, Republican Georgia governor Nathan Deal, in typical spineless Republican manner, folded under pressure from big corporations including Disney and Apple, and vetoed a bill that would ensure religious liberty as guaranteed by the first amendment by, among other things, ensuring that ministers would not be forced to officiate “gay marriages” against their will.  In North Carolina, there is a lawsuit against another bill that would protect private business owners against such things as being forced to cater “gay weddings” or allow gender-confused dudes to use the ladies’ room.   The NBA has declared that unless that bill is vetoed, the All-star Game will not be played in Charlotte.

I don’t get ESPN, but it is on regularly at the break room at my place of work, and the channel seems to every day be less and less about sports, and more and more about pushing left-wing political propaganda.  It has heavily covered  the above-mentioned brouhaha concerning the NBA’s proposed boycott of North Carolina, siding with the NBA as if they were making a stand of great heroism and courage, as well as running sob stories about the alleged horrible plight of “transsexual” athletes in schools around the country – such as the epic struggles of strapping young “biologically male” jocks fighting for the “right” to play on the girls team and use the girls’ locker room.  (Sign me up, dude!)

I’m really not sure why the issue of “transgender” bathrooms and such is of such pressing importance to the NBA.  Are there really that many pro basketball players demanding to use the ladies’ locker rooms?

At the same time, ESPN is also heavily covering the epic struggle of heroic litigators against the Big, Bad Corporate NFL regarding the concussion issue.  (And in case you miss the larger political context, the commentators explain that in denying the danger of concussions from playing pro football, the NFL is exactly the same as the evil “climate-change deniers.”)  However, with regard to LGB-alphabet-soup issues, we’re supposed to root for the Big Heroic Corporate NBA against some tiny Christian-owned bakeries and such.  Now, Goliath’s the good guy, and David the villain.

The left (including ESPN) is always screaming about the power of Big Evil Corporations, and their undue influence on government.  However when the Big Corporations are pressuring and influencing government for socially “progressive” causes, this influence is applauded and celebrated.  And increasingly, large corporations push leftist social causes, helping win the favor of leftist politicians in our crony-capitalist system.

 

The enforcement of politically-correct social causes such as those mentioned by law on the national level is likely to happen if Hillary wins the presidency, and the packing of federal courts—and the Supreme Court—with leftist activists continues.  Basic freedom of religious practice will become a thing of the past.  (Though such judicial activism may prove unnecessary if Republican governors continue to act so spinelessly.)

One more reason Republicans and conservatives need to get their heads out of their arses and rally behind Ted Cruz before it’s too late.  And that loser Kasich should have gotten out of the race long ago.  He’s only helping Trump—and Hillary.

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Fools and Knaves

Well,  John Boehner and the House “leadership,” after giving only the most pathetic pretense of a fight, caved in and voted to pass a DHF bill that includes full funding for Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty for illegal aliens.  Surprise, surprise.

Dear Leader and the American Totalitarian Party (aka the Democrats) got everything they wanted.  As did the amnesty-loving Chamber of Commerce fat cats who bankroll the Stupid Party.  In the meantime, America and constitutional rule of law once again got screwed royally.   Including we poor dumb conservative schmucks who actually gave the Republicans their majority in Congress, in the faint, and now obviously vain and foolish, hope that they’d actually do something to stand against the tyrannical piece of excrement occupying the oval office.

Is Boehner then a coward, a fool, a knave, or all of the above?  I’ll let you, Gentle Reader, be the judge.

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More Rotten Business as Usual

More rotten business as usual in politics last week.  (Again, been busy,  my apologies for the lateness of this post.)

First, once more we see the noble bipartisan cooperation between the Jackasses and the GOP “leadership” as they both agree to raise the debt ceiling with no spending limitations, and accelerate our nation’s plunge into bankruptcy to the point of no return.

There should be no doubt left that there is no substantial difference whatever between the Democrats and the Washington establishment Republicans – they are simply two heads on the same insatiably ravenous statist beast, and both are equally contemptuous of true conservatism, and of true conservatives.

Every single Republican Congressman and Senator who did nothing to stand up for conservative principles and oppose the runaway growth of the Leviathan State needs to be tossed out.

Also, in federal tyranny rules, a federal judge ruled the Commonwealth of Virginia’s law (passed by popular vote) limiting legal marriage to a man and a woman “unconstitutional” – showing typical disregard for actual Constitution, which nowhere grants the federal government the power to define or redefine legal marriage.  (See the woefully neglected 10th Amendment.)   Once again, liberal activist twist the actual meaning of the law of the land beyond all recognition in order to advance a left-wing social agenda.  No doubt, this issue will head for the Supreme Court, though I’m not exactly optimistic about how that will turn out – especially given the record of the that traitorous weasel John Roberts as Chief Justice, who puts political game-playing above interpreting the Constitution, and thus gave a green light to the Obamanation of Obamacare.

Dr. Jeff Mirus writes of this issue in CatholicCulture.com, “One of the dangers of any constitution is that eventually it will be used to enforce policies which those who wrote the constitution never even dreamed would be desired in the first place.”

But the danger is not in the Constitution, but rather in the government – made up of power-mad men who are not ones to let a mere piece of paper stand in the way of their power or ideological agendas.  It is just as happy to ignore the Constitution altogether, as its judges are to radically “reinterpret” it.

Without virtue or morality to reign in ambition, the restraints of the Constitution are broken as easily, as our second president John Adams so memorably phrased it, “as a whale goes through a net.”

Given the active on-going onslaught of our courts and federal government against our deepest moral principles, you’d think it time more serious Catholics get behind efforts to reign in the Leviathan State, rather than support its expansion.  The hour draws late.

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Immigration and the Suicide of the Right

Republicans in Congress are debating the passing of an “immigration reform” bill that would grant amnesty to 11 million aliens living in the U.S., as well as make it easier for non-immigrant workers to enter the U.S.

Today’s wishy-washy “moderate” Republican “leadership” (McCain, Boehner, & co.) would have us believe that this is somehow a good thing for America and for their party.  For time now, I’ve heard the line from many Republicans and self-described conservatives that Mexicans and other Hispanics are natural conservatives, who will happily flock to the GOP if only we do more to grant amnesty and open the borders.

This is despite the fact that Hispanics, as well as most other immigrant groups, consistently and overwhelmingly vote Democrat.  Democrats won over Hispanic voters by landslide numbers in every single presidential election since 1980, including two years after Ronald Reagan granted amnesty to millions of Mexican immigrants in 1986.  And this was with the GOP running largely “moderate” candidates who would do nothing to restrict immigration, such as Dole, Bush II, McCain, and Romney.

However, I keep seeing conservatives casually state things such as, “all the Republicans need to do is grant amnesty, and their problems with Hispanic voters will be over.”  (While on the internet, this appeared to be said with a straight face.)  This, despite the fact that Republicans granting amnesty has completely failed to win over Hispanics in the past, and the fact that polls show that the majority of Hispanic voters oppose amnesty for illegal aliens.

The truth of the matter is that the majority of Hispanics and those from other immigrant groups vote Democrat rather than Republican, not because of perceived Republican opposition to immigration and amnesty, but for the simple reason that they tend to be more liberal/socialist on just about every issue.

Polls show, for instance, that they are far more in favor of big government policies, and things like gun control, than most Americans.

But, aren’t Hispanics religious, pro-family, pro-life people who are socially conservative?  Some years back, a pro-life conservative woman cheerfully informed me, with a tone of absolute certainty, that Mexican immigrants would create a pro-life Republican majority in America.

Well, not exactly.  Polls show that Hispanics are actually more in favor of legal abortion than Americans as a whole, as well as somewhat more in favor of “gay marriage.”  (That last one actually surprised me.)

The reasons Washington politicians like unrestricted immigration and amnesty are clear enough.  The big-gov Jackasses like it because it ensures a steady supply of new Democratic voters, ensuring that they become a permanent majority and remain in power forever.  The big-business corporatists who have the GOP “leadership” bought and paid for like it because it ensures a steady flow of cheap labor to be exploited.  (Even though it will ultimately ensure the end of the GOP.)  In neither case does it have a damn thing to do with genuine concern for the poor and downtrodden stranger.

However, plenty of well-meaning ordinary folks, including many conservatives and Catholics, have their heads far up their pious posteriors on this issue.  The US Bishops, those reliably enthusiastic cheerleaders for welfare state socialism, continue to crusade for amnesty and open borders, as well as universal tax-payer-supplied benefits for illegals – all in the name of hospitality for the stranger.  (At least one good Bishop went so far as to declare that those opposing amnesty or “immigration reform” are “not pro-life.”)

One conservative commentator (a family friend) even condemned alleged conservative opposition to immigration as a form of “right-wing idolatry of the state.”  This sparked pious gushing from a reader about how much the influx of those holy Mexicans with their “deep devotion to the Virgin of Guadalupe” would improve our country.

And plenty of libertarians adamantly support open borders on “anti-statist” grounds.

The brutal truth is that unrestricted immigration and easy amnesty policies will in fact do nothing to advance the cause of either social conservatism or of liberty, but will result in the increased destruction of both, by ensuring continued left-wing statist rule into the indefinite future.

In fact, it will ensure that Catholics, conservatives, and libertarians will lose on almost every single issue.

The brutal truth is that unrestricted immigration and easy amnesty policies will in fact do nothing to advance the cause of either social conservatism or of liberty, but will result in the increased destruction of both, by ensuring continued left-wing statist rule into the indefinite future.

In fact, it will ensure that Catholics, conservatives, and libertarians will lose on almost every single issue.

Hospitality to the stranger does not mean we must blithely accept and welcome anyone who sneaks or breaks into our homes, much less that we make them members of our household.

Conservatives want enforcement of existing reasonable restrictions on immigration, and not granting law-breakers the same path to citizenship as those who played by the rules.

And anyone who thinks that a country can maintain its unique culture and identity while being flooded with new-comers who do not share it need only ponder the fate of the American Indian after the coming of the white man.

The irony is that if our current trends continue, America will no longer be prosperous land of opportunity that for hundreds of years drew immigrants from over the world to her shores.  Immigration from south of the border actually slowed considerably in the Obama years, not because of increased border security, but because of lack of jobs in the dismal U.S. economy.

My point here is not to bash Mexicans, Hispanics, or immigrants in general (of which, in fact, there are many wonderful, and even conservative, individuals). Rather, Catholics, conservatives, and libertarians, need to wake up and get their heads out of the sand before they give enthusiastic support to policies that will ensure their own demise, as well as that of America.

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Apocalypse Averted!

Well, as we all know, last week the Apocalypse was averted, and we were all saved by the heroic efforts of our Dear Leader, with the cooperation of the Republican Senate “leadership,” who basically handed him everything he wanted.  (I use the word “leadership” with full irony to describe Boehner, McCain, & company, as they do little but capitulate to Obama and the Dems, while denouncing any among the Republican minions – such as Senator Ted Cruz- who dare actually oppose Obama and the continuing unlimited expansion of federal government power.)

(Way back in the 1780s, having fought against a tyrannical monarchy, our founding fathers [you know, those irrelevant Dead White Guys] set up Congress as representatives of the People, having the power of the purse, rather than the President.  Today, it seems they’re supposed to be mere courtiers in the court of an imperial president, rubber-stamping his every whim.)

With this noble bipartisan effort, the Jackasses and Elephants together saved us all from our fair country’s greatest crisis since the Civil War by putting aside their petty differences and agreeing to continue spending like teenagers in the mall with daddy’s credit card.  They, and the adoring mainstream press, proceeded to slap each other on the back for their “leadership” and “maturity” (you, know, they’re “the adults in the room.”)   Apparently, endless, unlimited, and ever-increasing borrowing and spending of money which can never be paid back ($17 trill and counting, not to mention many trillions more in entitlements) is the mark of maturity and adulthood, while any calls for fiscal responsibility are routinely attacked and dismissed by our “leadership” and the media as immature and childish, if not a sign of mental illness.  Call for any substantial restraint in federal spending, and you’re a naughty child throwing a tantrum, or, worse yet, an unhinged extremist Tea-Party crazy (and undoubtedly racist to boot).

The establishment Republicans, who had vowed to fight Obamacare during election year, have no more serious intent of curtailing unlimited government power than Barrack Obama had of ending the government’s powers over the citizenry gained in wartime by George W. Bush.  Washington politicians of both parties are stinking drunk with power, and never met an increase in federal power they didn’t like.  (Establishment Republicans just think they know how to do Big Guv better than the Dems.)

I’ll finish with this appropriate quote on the debt limit debate:

 The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

Obviously, some wild-eyed crazy anarchist tea-bagger right-wingnut, obstinately hell-bent on obstructing Obama’s every move, right?

Well, not exactly.

That was Senator Barrack Obama, back in 2006.

Meanwhile, no one wants to apply for Obamacare, and their website’s a dud.  Here’s to mature, bipartisan leadership, which forced this mess on us.

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Dispatch from the Zombie Apocalypse

Well, we’ve somehow managed to survive an entire full week of Apocalypse brought about by the wanton disobedience of some in our fair nation to the Will of Dear Leader.  You know, what the wise men in the media and the Dem Party solemnly assured us would be the greatest catastrophe in the history of our country since the Civil War – or perhaps ever.   Millions of corpses strewn across battlefields throughout the country as brother wars against brother,  the Four Horsemen unleashed, plague and famine across the land, rivers turned to blood, demon resurrections, Deadites stalking the earth to feast upon the living – or, okay, anyhow, you get the idea.

Yet somehow, amid the rubble and carnage, teh interwebz miraculously continue to function, allowing me to spread this message to the masses.

All media hype to the contrary, the government “shutdown” is hardly some unprecedented new horror in America.  Prior to the current shutdown, the government had “shutdown” a full seventeen times since 1976, including eight times under Reagan, and twice (including a 21-day shutdown) under Clinton.  (“Shutdown” is somewhat misleading, as the majority of government continues to function fully during this period.)

Yet somehow, those occurrences failed to unleash Armageddon, or even a new War Between the States, nor did they even put a dent in the prosperity of the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Okay, you protest, maybe it’s not the end of the world, but there’s still plenty of unnecessary suffering and inconvenience.  Lots of unnecessary government workers will have to wait on their paychecks, and look at all those poor old WWII vets shut out of their own memorial!

And it’s all the fault of those crazed, radical, wild-eyed Republican right-wingnuts who are acting like little children throwing a tantrum if they don’t get their way, stubbornly refusing any concession to the perfectly wise and reasonable demands of Obama.

Except that in actual reality, the Republicans in Congress have made just about every concession to Dear Leader’s demands, including full funding of Obamacare, showing all the backbone and defiant resolve of a bowl of tapioca pudding, and are now merely demanding delays in the implementation of Obamacare.

(With few notable exceptions, Republicans in the House and Senate have shown near zero willingness to fight against a law which blatantly defies the Constitution of our land – yes, despite how the SCOTUS and that traitorous little weasel Roberts ruled – and is unpopular with most of the American people.

It’s time for the Republican Party to find a new symbol.  The mighty elephant is one of the most magnificent creatures to walk God’s earth.  They should stop disgracing that noble beast, and replace it with something appropriately spineless, brainless and squishy – like a worm or a slug, willing to be trampled by a jackass.  Frankly, if the GOP can’t find the balls to stand for anything, it deserves to go the way of the dodo – or the wooly mammoth, to use a pachyderm example.  The Party may be old, but there’s not a damn thing grand about it these days.)

It’s King Obama (wait, I believe we still officially use the title “President”) who’s playing my-way-or-the-highway, refusing to make even the tiniest concessions to the opposition.   (This is the Prez who ran back in ’09 promising to “reach across the aisle” and unite the country.)  Now he “will not negotiate with those people.” (You see, he’s only willing to negotiate with reasonable folks, like brutal Islamist dictators.)

This is contrary to every previous president, who actually negotiated and made concessions to end shutdowns.  He is also the first to demand the closure of the WWII memorial, which is privately funded, and has remained open under every previous government “shutdown.”  It’s another shamelessly cynical exercise of Dear Leader’s “maximize the pain” principle to bend people to his will.

Obama wishes to rule as a complete despot in blatant disregard to any and all constitutional restraints on power.  Those cowardly Republican “leaders” afraid to stand up to him are worse than worthless, and all the mindless media zombies who voted for Dear Leader and support his every despotic seizure of power – yeah, I’m talking about you – are a cancerous rot on the face of our dying Republic.

(So many on the left who spent the Bush II years screaming about how Bush was Hitler and “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism,” now support every despotic increase in federal power, and will tolerate no dissent from their Dear Leader.)

Frankly, our out-of-control federal government should stay shut down, and those with unnecessary government jobs should look for work in the private sector, rather than off the public dole.  (So much of our Leviathan State is in fact unnecessary.)

Our current soft tyranny did not come about by force of arms, but because We the People have allowed it, becoming unthinking zombies rather than a vigilant free citizenry preferring freedom to easy dependency.

Have a nice day.

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Damn the Constitution, Full Speed Ahead!

I’m trying to finally get back into ranting on here after a long absence due to the intrusion of that thing called life, and recent (greatly appreciated) traveling and meeting with family and friends.  My apologies to my dear readers (not to be confused with Dear Leaders) for allowing Gregorian Rants to lie dormant for so long, as I’m sure you waited all those weeks in breathless anticipation for the publication of the next Rant.  (Hey, I’m kidding – take it easy, there.)

Since the SCOTUS ruling, led by “conservative” Chief Justice John Roberts, declaring Obama’s HHS Mandate to be a “tax,” and thus constitutional, Justice Roberts is now (as I predicted) being widely praised by the usual collection of left-leaning chatterboxes in the media for his alleged brilliant non-partisan magnanimity in pursuit of Constitutional justice, and sublime Solomon-like wisdom.  Those currently heaping accolades on Roberts no doubt include many who once condemned him as an unacceptable right-wing partisan “extremist” back when he was nominated by Bush II.   Now, such partisan animosities are tossed aside, as Roberts’ former lefty opponents hail him as pretty much the greatest man since . . . well, since Barrack Obama.  In the words of one Slate scribe, Roberts’ decision avoided an “ugly partisan victory” which would have resulted had he voted to reject Obamacare as unconstitutional.  (Of course, giving Dear Leader what he wants can be neither partisan nor ugly.)

Some on the right (as well as on the left and muddled middle) have praised Justice Roberts’ alleged bi-partisan tactical brilliance in granting Obama and the Dems a tactical victory in ruling the HHS Mandate constitutional by declaring it to be a tax (against the declarations of Team Obama that it is not), while (quite rightly) rejecting the arguments from the left that the mandate was allowable under the Commerce Clause, which was supposedly a strategic victory for conservatives.  Supposedly, this ruling would give greater leverage to Obama’s opponents by declaring the mandate a tax.

But isn’t that exactly the sort of partisan political game that those praising Roberts’ decision claimed he was so brilliantly avoiding?   The goal of a Supreme Court justice should be to correctly interpret the U.S. Constitution, not to find clever compromises between dueling partisan political interests.  Whether Democrats or Republicans are politically helped or hurt by the decision should be utterly irrelevant to the decision-making process.  The hard fact remains that this ruling, however you choose to spin it, grants the federal government unprecedented new power over the lives of citizens.  Calling the mandate a “tax” is quite a stretch, as no prior taxes have involved forcing citizens to purchase a particular product against their will.  It’s the same as if the government were to force every citizen to go buy a Ford vehicle under penalty of law.  Who needs convoluted Commerce Clause arguments when you can simply declare whatever the government forces citizens to do with their money a tax, and therefore constitutional?  Justice Roberts has betrayed not only conservative principle, but the Constitution he swore to uphold.

As we celebrated Independence Day yesterday, we recalled how our forefathers rose up against the British Crown, fought, bled and died, over unjust taxation and oppression that was utterly paltry in comparison to that exercised by our current government, which taxes and meddles in the private lives of its citizens on a scale and scope undreamt of King George and the British government of the 1770s.  Today, our government overlords and toadies in the courts busily seek ways to expand the definition of taxation to justify ever-greater government intrusion on our freedoms.  The Constitution was drafted to limit federal power, but today Supreme Court justices instead find ways to twist it in knots to declare any expansion of government power they like “constitutional.”

Our forefathers were willing to sacrifice everything for the cause of freedom.

Today, we’re willing to settle for free condoms instead.

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