Saturday, April 3, 2010

Presidential Doublespeak: Easter and our Shared Sprit of Humanity

In his recent weekly address, President Obama took the opportunity to talk about health care reform and job creation. Perhaps minutes before he began his address, he realized it was the Easter weekend, and so he dropped in a few references. Let us hope these were last minute additions because if he thought out what he was saying, he sorely misunderstands Christianity.

He implored the nation to reflect on our "shared spirit of humanity" this Easter holiday. Now I am no theologian, but I am Christian enough to know that the entire Easter holiday is predicated on mankind's sins. The incarnation and the resurrection were to redeem man of his sins, not to celebrate his "spirit". I suspect that if Obama could 'reform' religion, he would do that too to suit his naive humanism.

Furthermore he hinted at a very troubling idea of what Americans seek:
"As Americans, and as human beings, we seek not only the security, but the sense of dignity, the sense of community, that work confers."
No mention of liberty, or even religious liberty. Sadly, this is all nothing new.

"He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security." - Ben Franklin

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Did Fr. Ted get Healthcare Passed?

This rumor is slowly popping up around the internet.

According to a March 22 AP article on the passage of Obamacare:

"A knowledgeable Democratic official said that Pelosi, a Roman Catholic, asked the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, president emeritus of Notre Dame and frequent appointee to presidential commissions, to call Rep. Joe Donnelly of Indiana on behalf of the legislation. In the end, Donnelly voted yes."

The LA Times followed the next day by beginning its story over healthcare's passage with the same antidote:

"In the tense hours Sunday leading up to the House vote on a historic healthcare bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took time to call the former president of Notre Dame, Father Theodore Hesburgh.

The House Democrats' leader was not seeking spiritual guidance. What she wanted was Hesburgh to help lock up the vote of Rep. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat from South Bend, Ind., who was wavering over the abortion issue.

Donnelly ultimately pressed the "yes" button late Sunday night."

Finally, on March 26, the South Bend Tribune reported the same story with additional reporting from Donnelly's press secretary.

I'm sure we can all appreciate what Fr. Ted has done for this country between setting Catholic Universities apart from what makes Catholicism so special in 1967 and now socializing 1/6 of our economy and securing a meaningless executive order protecting the life of the unborn.

Looks like Fr. Jenkins will have to go on the March for Life again just to make up for this one.


Monday, March 29, 2010

Money is the root of all evil...

Following the mind-boggling healthcare votes of the "Stupak-11", earmark requests for the 2011 Fiscal Year were released. The reports reveal that the eleven requested earmarks in the billions range. See here for more details....