Saturday, August 18, 2012

An open message to Cardinal Dolan

Cardinal, I must respectfully disagree with your decision and your reasoning in inviting the president, although I will grant you the best of intentions and hope that you have something to speak to the entire country on the issues of life, religious liberty and the sanctity of marriage so as to not allow the president to manipulate the situation as he and his campaign will undoubtedly attempt to do.

Over the last 40 years the late Pope Pius XII has been vilified by the left and the press for "not standing up against the Nazis and Hitler. The canard has been spread so much that many take it to be the truth.  Will it be said by later generations that the church broke bread with those who have orchestrated the demise of religious liberty, the promotion of abortion and the attack on marriage.? Are we giving scandal to future generations who will not understand your efforts at "dialogue?"

If during the 1960s after the attacks on the civil rights workers, the blocking of school house doors and the turning on of hoses, a Catholic bishop in the South had invited George Wallace to a charity dinner, would that have been appropriate? Would not such an invitation have sent a signal that Wallace's racist tendencies were not that important in the scheme of things, that it was all just politics?

Finally what is to be gained? You will not convince the man. He is someone who has turned his back on his own origins. He has embraced the Planned parenthood mentality. He calls pregnancy a burden and a disease. His administration is out to close down everything Catholic because we are the only competition for the soul of America.  What is to be gained?

I hope you have something up your sleeve because from where I stand, you, the church and the country are about to be once again snookered

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Paul Ryan - Excellent Choice

Unlike the 2008 election campaign, I have not been going through and examining the various vice presidential prospects and for good reason - I have been extremely busy. And the truth is that most of what i might have contributed to in the conversation had been already said.

Nevertheless, I must declare that I am very pleased with Governor Romney's selection of Paul Ryan to be his vice president. Ryan is an amazing congressman, smart, optimistic, and solid on the pro-life issue. His expertise is the budget and the up to now failed effort by the few sane people in Washington, DC to cut spending and reduce the size of government. He is sharp and at the same time witty. He is someone who believes that ideas and policy are the way to get the voters to support your candidacy. He will help Romney in so many ways, not the least in sending a signal to the GOP base that he gets it.

Ryan understands and therefore will be able to connect the natural relationship between the social issues and the fiscal issues. He will be able to remind the people that all the "hope and change" promised by Obama has led to more unemployment, more businesses shutting their doors, and more people being on welfare. Ryan knows how to speak to the issue and also how to convince the audience of the moral clarity of reducing the size of government.

The work to be done is serious and one cannot ignore the danger signals.

We must remove the current occupant of the White House, win the Senate, and lead the nation out of the 40 years of insanity.