It is of the greatest importance that in order to gain assured knowledge of things, to rely on exact acquaintance with facts, rather than on the uncertain testimony of public rumor; and then what we have proved for certain we may proclaim without hesitation.
(Saint Bernard of Clairvaux [b. Castle Fontaines, near Dijon, France in 1090 A.D. - d. at Clairvaux, France on Friday, August 21, 1153 A.D.], Abbot of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church, Doctor of the Church, Oracle of the 12th Century, Mellifluous [soothing sound] Doctor, Probable Author of the very popular Memorare Prayer; Letters)..
Friday, February 23, 1945
Six American Marines Raising the Flag of the U.S.A. on Iwo Jima
The above photograph of the raising of the American Flag was taken by Joe Rosenthal on Friday, February 23, 1945. This photo shows six brave United States Marines raising an American flag atop Mount Suribachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima, in World War II.
This photograph was first published in American newspapers on Sunday, February 25, 1945. It was extremely popular and was reprinted in thousands of publications. It later became the only photograph to win the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in the same year as its publication, and came to be regarded in the United States of America as one of the most significant and recognizable images of World War II.
Sadly, three of the U.S. Marines in this photograph were killed in action over the next few days. They were Sergeant Michael Strank, Corporal Harlon Block (misidentified as Sergeant Hank Hansen until January, 1947), and Private First Class Franklin Sousley.
The other three surviving U.S. Marines, who were among the six American flag-raisers in the above photograph, were Corporals (then Private First Class) Rene Gagnon, Ira Hayes, and Harold Schultz (misidentified as PhM2c. John Bradley until June, 2016).
Both of the U.S. Marines, who were originally misidentified as flag raisers in the above photo, had helped to raise a smaller flag of the United States of America about 90 minutes earlier, and both of them were still on the mountaintop and witnessed, but were not part of, the specific moment of the raising of the larger American flag which is shown in the above photo. All of these U.S. Marines were under the command of Brigadier General Harry B. Liversedge.
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot of the first lunar landing mission, poses for a photograph beside the deployed United States flag during an Apollo 11 Extravehicular Activity (EVA) on the lunar surface on Sunday, July 20, 1969.
The Lunar Module (LM) is on the left, and the footprints of the astronauts are clearly visible in the soil of the Moon. Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, took this picture with a 70mm Hasselblad lunar surface camera. While astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin descended in the LM, the “Eagle”, to explore the Sea of Tranquility region of the Moon, astronaut Michael Collins, command module pilot, remained with the Command and Service Modules (CSM) “Columbia” in lunar-orbit.
Launch Date from Earth
Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Wednesday, July 16, 1969, at: 13:32:00 UTC
Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two people on the Moon. Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the lunar module Eagle on Sunday, July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours after landing on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC; Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft, and collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material to bring back to Earth. Michael Collins piloted the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon's surface. Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21.5 hours on the lunar surface before rejoining Columbia in lunar orbit.
The landing was broadcast on live TV to a worldwide audience. Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface and described the event as “one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” Apollo 11 effectively ended the Space Race and fulfilled an American National Goal proposed in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States from Friday, January 20, 1961, to his assassination on Friday, November 22, 1963. R.I.P., who stood before Congress on Thursday, May 25, 1961, and proposed that the U.S.A. “should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth”. (Excerpt from President John F. Kennedy’s “Special Message to the Congress on Urgent National Needs”.)
Definition of PatriotismThe Constitution of the United States of America
Maryknoll Catholic Dictionary
The Catholic Encyclopedia
President George Washington’s Farewell Address
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For Catholics, the Real Living of The Spiritual Life Includes:
During This Traditional Holy Sacrifice of the Catholic Mass:
Catholics STAND, AS A SIGN OF RESPECT
For Example, At:
The Entrance of the Mass Celebrant with Assistants;
The Reading of:
The Epistle; The Gospel;
The Historical, Dogmatic, Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed; The Last Gospel.
Of course the .anti-Catholic. Satanic. Synod. Vatican 2. pseudo-church
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SO CHRIST IS NOT REALLY PRESENT IN THOSE HOSTS
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Does NOT HAVE A VALID Rite for the Mass
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Does NOT HAVE VALID PRIESTS & BISHOPS!
Actually, Some .anti-Catholic. Satanic. Synod. Vatican 2. pseudo-churches
Have people SIT AT TABLES
To Get a host which has NOT been Consecrated, i.e. Transubstantiated
During the .anti-Catholic. Satanic. Synod. Vatican 2. pseudo-church
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Wednesday, April 19, 1775
We remember both of them and their families at the Holy Altar when Offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Catholic Traditional Mass.
While the storm
clouds gather far across the sea,
let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free.
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair, as we
raise our voices in a solemn prayer.
God Bless America,
land that I love.
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans white with foam.
God Bless America, my home sweet home.
God Bless America, my home sweet home.
Maryknoll Catholic Dictionary
The Catholic Encyclopedia
President George Washington
A Few Observations on Patriotism
“The Maryknoll Catholic Dictionary”, 1965
“Patriotism. Love of one’s country. St. Paul (Titus 3:1) defined the Christian attitude toward the state: ‘Admonish them to be subject to princes and authorities, obeying commands, ready for every good work.’ Thus Catholic teaching has always required Patriotism. It is a virtue akin to justice to pay one’s debts to one’s country, and charity demands that we love those neighbors who are our fellow countrymen. Therefore, we are not only allowed to love our own country, but are expected to do so. Patriotism must be distinguished from nationalism which is an excessive Patriotism.” (Albert J. Nevins, M.M., “The Maryknoll Catholic Dictionary”, 1965, p. 435, column 1-a).
“It is also wrong in the speculative order to say with Hegel that there is no good pure and simple and no evil pure and simple; that there is only qualified good, that is, something good according to the actual concepts of our time which tomorrow may be considered relatively evil. Thus Patriotism is not a simple good, but only a good with reference to the ideals of our time; in time to come, perhaps, when some internationalism may prevail, Patriotism would be regarded as obsolete. This is the language of absolute evolutionism condemned at the time of the Modernists. This proposition was condemned: ‘Truth is no more immutable than man himself; indeed truth is evolved with and through man’. [Endnote 1026: Father Heinrich Joseph Dominicus Denzinger [b. at Liège, Belgium on Sunday, October 10, 1819 A.D. - d. at Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany on Tuesday, June 19, 1883 A.D.], Enchiridion Symbolorum et Definitionum, no. 2058]. If this were true, there would be no absolute goodness, only a qualified goodness, or a relative goodness according to the changing ideas of a particular age. The first proposition condemned in Pius IX’s Syllabus was: ‘God actually becomes in man and in the world,. . . and God and the world are one and the same thing, as are also spirit and matter, necessity and liberty, truth and falsehood, good and evil, the just and the unjust’. [Endnote 1027: Father Heinrich Joseph Dominicus Denzinger [b. at Liège, Belgium on Sunday, October 10, 1819 A.D. - d. at Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany on Tuesday, June 19, 1883 A.D.], Enchiridion Symbolorum et Definitionum, no. 1701]. It was against such pantheistic evolution that Isaias warned when he said, ‘Woe to you that call evil good and good evil’. [Endnote 1028: Isaias 5:20].” (Reverend Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P. [b. Auch, France 1877 A.D. - d. Rome, Italy, 1964 A.D.], who taught dogmatic and Spiritual theology for 53 years at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Angelicum, in Rome, “The Trinity and God the Creator”.)
Note: Father Heinrich Joseph Dominicus Denzinger [b. at Liège, Belgium on Sunday, October 10, 1819 A.D. - d. at Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany on Tuesday, June 19, 1883 A.D.], Enchiridion Symbolorum et Definitionum, referenced above in the Endnotes of the above quoted Author:
# 2058: “58. Truth is no more immutable than man himself, inasmuch as it is evolved with him, in him, and through him.” (Condemnation of this Heresy in the Decree of the Holy Office “Lamentabili”, Wednesday, July 3, 1907.)“The nearer a Soul is to God, the more it deserves our esteem; the closer the ties that bind it to us, the more sensible is our love for it, and the more whole-hearted should be the devotion we show in all that concerns family, country, vocation, and friendship. [Endnote 186: Cf. Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P., (b. 1225 A.D. in Rocca Secca, Naples, Italy - d. Wednesday, March 7, 1274 A.D. in Fossa Nuova, Italy), Doctor of the Church: “Angelic Doctor”, “Common Doctor”; “Summa Theologica”, Part II-II, Question 26, Article 8.] Thus, instead of destroying Patriotism, Charity exalts it, as we see in the case of St. Joan of Are or St. Louis. This, then, is the order to be observed in Charity. God desires to reign in our hearts, but He excludes no affection that can be subordinated to what is due to Himself. On the contrary, He exalts and quickens it, inspiring it with a greater dignity and generosity.” (Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., “Providence”, Part V: Providence, Justice and Mercy, # 28. Providence And Charity Toward Our Neighbor, the Secondary Object of Charity.)
# 1701: “1. No supreme, all wise, and all provident divine Godhead exists, distinct from this world of things, and God is the same as the nature of things and, therefore, liable to changes; and God comes into being in man and in the universe, and all things are God and they have the same substance of God; and God is one and the same as the world, and therefore, also, spirit is one and the same with matter, necessity with liberty, the true with the false, the good with the evil, and the just with the unjust (26).3 [Footnote # 3: These numbers refer to the “Index”, of the Acts of Pius IX, from which the Syllabus has been excerpted.” [see above n. 1700].” (Condemnation of this Heresy in the “Syllabus”, Comprising the particular errors of our age, which are noted in consistorial Allocutions, in Encyclical and other Apostolic Letters of His Holiness, our Lord Pope Pius IX. Section I. Pantheism, Naturalism, and Absolute Rationalism.)
“II-II Q A [On the Contrary]”
“On the contrary, The commandments of the Decalogue contain a special precept about the honor due to our Parents (Exodus 20:12). Therefore we ought to love more specially those who are united to us by ties of blood.”
“II-II Q A [Conclusion]”
“I answer that, As stated above (II-II Q A), we ought out of Charity to love those who are more closely united to us more, both because our love for them is more intense, and because there are more reasons for loving them. Now intensity of love arises from the union of lover and beloved: and therefore we should measure the love of different persons according to the different kinds of union, so that a man is more loved in matters touching that particular union in respect of which he is loved. And, again, in comparing love to love we should compare one union with another. Accordingly we must say that friendship among blood relations is based upon their connection by natural origin, the friendship of fellow-citizens on their civic fellowship, and the friendship of those who are fighting side by side on the comradeship of battle. Wherefore in matters pertaining to nature we should love our kindred most, in matters concerning relations between citizens, we should prefer our fellow-citizens, and on the battlefield our fellow-soldiers. Hence the Philosopher says (Ethic. ix, 2) that ‘it is our duty to render to each class of people such respect as is natural and appropriate. This is in fact the principle upon which we seem to act, for we invite our relations to a wedding... It would seem to be a special duty to afford our parents the means of living... and to honor them.’”
“II-II Q A [Conclusion]”
“The same applies to other kinds of friendship.”
“II-II Q A [Conclusion]”
“If however we compare union with union, it is evident that the union arising from natural origin is prior to, and more stable than, all others, because it is something affecting the very substance, whereas other unions supervene and may cease altogether. Therefore the friendship of kindred is more stable, while other friendships may be stronger in respect of that which is proper to each of them.” (Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P., (b. 1225 A.D. in Rocca Secca, Naples, Italy - d. Wednesday, March 7, 1274 A.D. in Fossa Nuova, Italy), Doctor of the Church: “Angelic Doctor”, “Common Doctor”; “Summa Theologica”, Part II-II, Question 26, Article 8: On the Contrary; 3 Conclusions.)
Archbishop of St. Paul, Minnesota
[b. at Burnchurch, County Kilkenny, Ireland
on Tuesday, September 11, 1838 -
d. at St. Paul, Minnesota on Wednesday, September 25, 1918]
“The Catholic Church commands and consecrates Patriotism. The true Catholic must needs be the true Patriot. In the eyes of the Church loyalty to country is loyalty to God; Patriotism is a Heavenly virtue, a high and Holy form of obedience; the Patriot dying for his country wears the halo of the Martyr.” (Archbishop John Ireland, Archbishop of St. Paul, “The Church and Modern Society, Lectures and Addresses”, New York, D. H. McBride & Co., 1903, “The Catholic Church and Civil Society”, pp. 39-40.)
“Patriotism is a Catholic virtue. I would have Catholics be the first Patriots in the land.” (Archbishop John Ireland, Archbishop of St. Paul, “The Church and Modern Society, Lectures and Addresses”, New York, D. H. McBride & Co., 1903, “The Mission of Catholics in America”, p. 91.)
“To speak of Patriotism is my evening's task. An easy and gracious task it ought to be. Patriotism is personified in my audience. The honor is mine to address the country's heroes, the country's martyrs. At country’s call you quickly buckled on your armor, and rushed where battle raged, to offer for your country's life the life-blood of your hearts. Many of you carry on breast and face the sacred stigmata of Patriotism. Your tried hands are doubly pledged in purest unselfishness and bravest resolve to uphold in the reign of peace the loved flag which in days of war they bore over gory fields above stain or reproach. I could not, if I would, close the portals of my soul to the rich and sweet inspirations which come to me from your souls.”
“I shall define Patriotism as you understand it and as you feel it. Patriotism is love of country and loyalty to its life and weal; love tender and strong, tender as the affection of son for mother, strong as the pillars of death; loyalty generous and disinterested, shrinking from no sacrifice, seeking no reward save country’s triumph.”
“Next to God is country, and next to Religion is Patriotism.” (Archbishop John Ireland, Archbishop of St. Paul, “The Church and Modern Society, Lectures and Addresses”, New York, D. H. McBride & Co., 1903, “Patriotism”, pp. 161 and 163.)
Historical Note: Twenty Three years before Archbishop John Ireland [b. at Burnchurch, County Kilkenny, Ireland on Tuesday, September 11, 1838 - d. at St. Paul, Minnesota on Wednesday, September 25, 1918] became the Bishop of St. Paul, Minnesota [1884 - 1888], and then Archbishop of St. Paul, Minnesota [1888 - September 25, 1918], shortly after his Ordination to the Roman Catholic Priesthood in St. Paul, Minnesota, which was in 1861, Father John Ireland served as a Roman Catholic Chaplain during the Civil War for the Fifth Regiment of Minnesota Infantry until 1863 when ill health caused his resignation.
Ireland, Archbishop of St. Paul, “The Church and Modern Society, Lectures
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Bishop Louis Laravoire
Morrow, S.T.D., D.D.
Bishop of Krishnagar, Nadia district
in the Indian state of West Bengal
“Which are some of the other moral virtues? --Filial piety and Patriotism, which dispose us to honor, love, and respect our parents and our country.” (Bishop Louis Laravoire Morrow, S.T.D.,D.D., Bishop of Krishnagar, Nadia district in the Indian state of West Bengal, “My Catholic Faith: A Manual Of Religion”, 1949, Part One-What to Believe, Chapter 43, Moral Virtues.)
“The greatest statesmen and Patriots have recognized the necessity of religion in the State. Without religion among its citizens, the State would soon collapse. The Catholic Church teaches the best religion is the one taught by God Himself. For example, George Washington, the First President of the United States of America, said:
‘Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.’ [Washington’s Farewell Address, 1796].” (Most Reverend Louis Laravoire Morrow, S.T.D.,D.D., Bishop of Krishnagar, “My Catholic Faith: A Manual Of Religion”, 1949, Part One-What to Believe, Chapter 65, Services of the Church to the State).
>> Father John Ambrose
McHugh, O.P., S.T.M., Litt.D.
Father Charles Jerome Callan, O.P., S.T.M., Litt.D.,
“1173. The order of Charity as between those nearer to God and those nearer to self is as follows:.... (b) Subjectively, the love for those nearer to self is greater, that is, more intense, more vividly felt. The preferences for those nearer to self, therefore, far from being wrong or the expression of mere natural love, are expressions of Charity itself. For it is God’s will that more love should be shown to those who are nearer to us: ‘If any man have not care of his own, and especially of those of his house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel’ (I Tim., v. 8). Hence, Charity itself inclines one to have more love for one’s own, and it supernaturalizes filial piety, Patriotism, and friendship.” (Father John Ambrose McHugh, O.P., S.T.M., Litt.D., and Father Charles Jerome Callan, O.P., S.T.M., Litt.D., “Moral Theology, A Complete Course Based on St. Thomas Aquinas and the Best Modern Authorities”, Volume One, # 1173, pp. 479-480; emphasis added.)
“2346. Definition of Piety.--Piety in the strictest sense is defined as ‘a moral virtue that inclines one to pay to father and fatherland the duty of respect and assistance that is owed them as the authors and sustainers of our being’.... (b) Piety is shown to father and fatherland; that is, just as religion gives worship to God in acknowledgment of His excellence and our dependence upon Him, so does piety show due respect to those who hold the place of God in our respect on earth. Filial piety is owed to the Mother as well as to the Father, and in a less degree to other relatives, inasmuch as they share or continue the blood of one’s parents and may be regarded as representing them (e.g., Brothers and Sisters, Husband or Wife). Patriotism belongs to one’s native land or the country, nation, state, city, etc., of which one is a citizen; and it should include, not only fellow-citizens, but also the friends and allies of one’s country. He who is the adopted citizen of a country should love the place of his birth, but loyalty and obedience are owed to the nation to which he has transferred his allegiance...”
“(d) Piety is owed to parents and country as the authors and sustainers of our being. Thus, it differs from legal justice, which is the duty owed the State or community, precisely as it is the whole of which one is a part. It differs likewise from commutative justice, which is obligatory in agreements with parents or other superiors, for the duty is then owed them as partners to a free contract. On account of this nobility of the formal object, filial piety and Patriotism are very like to religion and rank next after it in the catalogue of virtues.”
“2349. Sins against Piety.– (b) By Defect.--Disrespect for parents is felt when they are despised on account of their poverty, ignorance, or feebleness; it is shown by word (e.g., when they are addressed in bitter, reproachful, or contemptuous speech; or when they are ill spoken of to others), by signs (e.g., when mocking gestures or mimicry are used to ridicule them), by deeds (e.g., when they are threatened or struck), and by omissions (e.g., when their children are too proud to recognize them or to give them tokens of honor). Disrespect for one’s country is felt when one is imbued with anti-nationalistic doctrines (e.g., the principles of Internationalism [a.k.a. “blatant International integration”; International Authoritarianism (e.g. League of Nations; United Nations); Globalism; Authoritarian Ultrainternationalism; New One World Order; Universalistic Organized Terrorism; etc.] which hold that loyalty is due to a class, namely, the workers of the world or a capitalistic group, and that country should be sacrificed to selfish interests; the principle of Humanitarianism, which holds that Patriotism is incompatible with love of the race; the principle of Egoism which holds that the individual has no obligations to society); it is practised when one speaks contemptuously about country, disregards its good name or prestige, subordinates its rightful pre-eminence to a class, section, party, personal ambition, or greed, etc.” (Father John Ambrose McHugh, O.P., S.T.M., Litt.D., and Father Charles Jerome Callan, O.P., S.T.M., Litt.D., “Moral Theology, A Complete Course Based on St. Thomas Aquinas and the Best Modern Authorities”, Volume Two, # 2346, pp. 411-412; # 2349, p. 414,; emphasis and examples added.)
Rev. Fernand Mourret,
Translated by the Rev. Newton Thompson, S.T.D.
“A History of the
Volume One, Period of Early Expansion,
Volume 1, Part 1, The Apostolic Period,
Chapter 2, The Early Church and the Jews
“For the people of Israel the Temple remained the sacred place where the Jewish nation offered its traditional sacrifices, aware of its great supernatural mission. They were proud of this noble edifice; its rebuilding, begun by Herod the Great, was not completed until the year 64, by Agrippa II. When a son of Israel, standing at the top of Mount Olivet, surveyed the gigantic wall which made the Temple look like an enormous fortress, the whole series of intercommunicating terraces, and at the summit the sanctuary itself, and its roof, covered with gold plates, reflecting the sun, his national pride was exalted; a grim irritation stirred in his soul against the foreign usurper; the memory of the heroic Machabees who, a century earlier, had won back the Temple and religious liberty in Palestine, enkindled in his breast both Patriotism and Religion.” (Rev. Fernand Mourret, S.S., Translated by the Rev. Newton Thompson, S.T.D., “A History of the Catholic Church”, Volume One, Period of Early Expansion, B. Herder Book Co., 15 & 17 South Broadway, St. Louis, Mo., and 33 Queen Square, London, W. C., 1946, Volume 1, Part 1, The Apostolic Period, Chapter 2, The Early Church and the Jews, pp. 15-16; emphasis added.)
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Rev. Dr. Rumble, M.S.C.
“We must try to keep a calm and balanced judgment, difficult as it is in times of anxiety and stress. I admit, of course, thatsome newspapers do not even try to give truthful accounts. This is due to malice, deliberate suppression and deliberate invention being used to suit their own purposes. Such excesses can only be condemned, wherever they occur.” (Rev. Dr. Rumble, M.S.C.,Questions People Ask About the Catholic Church, Volume IV, Answer to Question # 1312. In time of war, newspapers put a halo of glory around war, and stir up hatred. They do this in the name of Patriotism.)
“Patriotism is a natural virtue and that it is a Christian virtue if inspired by Christian motives. This virtue imposes on a soldier engaged in a just war of self-defence an obligation not to deprive his country of his services by throwing away his weapons and allowing himself to be captured or killed. As early as 314 A.D. the Council of Aries, to show that Christianity cannot be made an excuse for evading military duties, decreed excommunication against those who would throw down their arms in time of war.” (Rev. Dr. Rumble, M.S.C.,Questions People Ask About the Catholic Church, Volume V, Answer to Question # 650. What would be the position of a soldier who, confronted with an enemy, threw away his weapons through love of his neighbor and was shot by that enemy?)
Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, Ph.D., D.D.
“Divine Life is an endless rhythm of three in oneness: Three Persons in one Nature. If God had no Son, He would not be a Father; if He were an individual Unity, He could not love until He had made something less than Himself. No one is good unless He gives. If He did not give to the highest way by generation, He would not be Good, and if He were not Good, He would be Terror. Before the world began, God was Good in Himself, because He eternally begot a Son. There is no act in God which is not God Himself. Thus, God is the eternal vortex of love, which is ever in blissful activity because He is Three, and yet One because proceeding from one Nature which is God. Here is the White Source of all love whence comes to us all its straggling rays. Here alone is the Source, the Stream, and the Sea of all love. All fatherhood, motherhood, sonship, espousals, friendship, wedded love, Patriotism, instinct, attraction, all interaction, and generation, is in some faint measure a picture of God.” (Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, Ph.D., D.D., “Three to Get Married”, Chapter 6, Love Is Triune.)
“The soldiers who desert their country’s cause in the heat of battle do not display Patriotism, but a diseased cowardice.” (Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, Ph.D., D.D., “Three to Get Married”, Chapter 19, For Better or For Worse.)
Bishop John Lancaster
Bishop of Peoria, Illinois
[b. at Lebanon, Kentucky on Tuesday, June 2, 1840 -
d. at Peoria, Illinois on Friday, August 25, 1916]
“He alone is a Patriot who is willing to suffer obloquy [calumny; defamation] and the loss of money and friends, rather than betray the cause of truth, justice, and righteousness, for only by being faithful to this can he rightly serve his country.” (Bishop John Lancaster Spalding, D.D., Bishop of Peoria, Illinois, “Opportunity and Other Essays and Addresses”, Third Edition, Chicago, A. C. McClurg & Co. 1903, Chapter VII, “The Patriot”, p. 193; emphasis added.)
“A good Patriot is first of all a good man, true to himself and true in his relations to his fellowmen.” (Bishop John Lancaster Spalding, D.D., Bishop of Peoria, Illinois, “Opportunity and Other Essays and Addresses”, Third Edition, Chicago, A. C. McClurg & Co. 1903, Chapter VII, “The Patriot”, p. 200; emphasis added.)
“Patriotism, like Charity, begins at home.” (Bishop John Lancaster Spalding, D.D., Bishop of Peoria, Illinois, “Opportunity and Other Essays and Addresses”, Third Edition, Chicago, A. C. McClurg & Co. 1903, Chapter VII, “The Patriot”, p. 211; emphasis added.)
“By the treaty of 1783 the Mississippi river was recognized as the western boundary of the United States; but when in 1802 the Spanish civil officers, whom France, having recovered Louisiana, left in command, issued a proclamation closing the Mississippi to American commerce, it at once became manifest that we could not leave the mouth of the great river which flowed for more than a thousand miles through our territory, in the possession of a foreign power. Thomas Jefferson, therefore, acted in the spirit of a Patriot and a statesman, when, taking advantage of the embarrassments of Bonaparte, he purchased the whole region lying west of the Mississippi and not already occupied by Spain. Here was a natural development, the gaining possession of vast tracts of unsettled lands which, if not peopled by American citizens would become the home of a powerful rival state, and this would involve wars, standing armies and the jeopardy of free institutions. Similar reasons justified the purchase of Florida in 1819.”
“When, in 1845, we annexed the republic of Texas, we did what the Texans themselves wished us to do. Disputes concerning the western boundary of Texas led to the war with Mexico, which, at the close of the war sold to the United States New Mexico and Upper California, including Nevada and Utah, most of Arizona, and parts of Colorado. These countries were scarcely inhabited. Upper California containing not more than fifteen thousand people. In this whole course of expansion we followed the line of natural development. We entered upon the possession of waste regions which were geographically part of our country, and which we were certain to fill with populations similar to those occupying the states already founded. To carry out this work there could be no need of a standing army or a powerful navy; none of making war to conquer and hold in subjection races which, being altogether unlike ourselves, claimed the right, in the establishment of a government, to be guided by their own ideas and traditions. In purchasing these territories, it may be said that we bought land and not human beings— land that was part of our inheritance. ... A war of conquest is in contradiction with our fundamental principles of government; it is opposed to all our traditions.” (Bishop John Lancaster Spalding, D.D., Bishop of Peoria, Illinois, “Opportunity and Other Essays and Addresses”, Third Edition, Chicago, A. C. McClurg & Co. 1903, Chapter VIII, “Empire or Republic”, pp. 216-218; emphasis added.)
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Father Johann Josef Ignaz Von Döllinger, D.D.
“Studies in European
History, Being Academical Addresses
Delivered by John Ignatius Von Döllinger, D.D.”
Chapter 2, The House of Wittelsbach and its Place in German History
on Historical and Literary Subjects,
In Continuation of Studies in European History”
Chapter 8, The Part Taken by North America in Literature
“A public opinion which might serve as a warning, guide, or encouragement to monarchs, did not as yet exist in Germany, and Patriotism was accounted narrow-mindedness by the leading spirits of the day.” (Father Johann Josef Ignaz Von Döllinger, D.D., “Studies in European History, Being Academical Addresses Delivered by John Ignatius Von Döllinger, D.D., Late Professor of Ecclesiastical History in the University of Munich,” Translated at the Request of the Author by Margaret Warre, With Portrait, Printed in London by John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1890; Chapter 2, The House of Wittelsbach and its Place in German History, p. 54; emphasis added.)
Father Johann Josef Ignaz Von Döllinger, D.D. “Studies in European History, Being Academical Addresses Delivered by John Ignatius Von Döllinger, D.D.”, free pdf file to download at:
“This great career naturally brings to our minds a still greater name, held in the highest honour not only by the American nation, but by the whole civilised world, George Washington. Great alike as a soldier and a statesman, he was singularly high-minded and free from selfish ambition, and was actuated solely by Patriotism and a sense of duty. He was highly favoured by fortune. The very existence of the new state was due pre-eminently to his creative genius.” (Father Johann Josef Ignaz Von Döllinger, D.D., “Addresses on Historical and Literary Subjects, In Continuation of Studies in European History”, Translated by Margaret Warre, Translator of “Studies in European History”, by the Same Author, Printed in London by John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1894, Chapter 8, The Part Taken by North America in Literature, p. 272; emphasis added.)
Father Johann Josef Ignaz Von Döllinger, D.D., “Addresses on Historical and Literary Subjects, In Continuation of Studies in European History”, free pdf file to download at:
“It is not to be understood that the Church disregards the ties which bind men to their country, or undervalues the virtue of patriotism. The division of men into different nations enters into the scheme of Providence. To each nation has been assigned a special task to accomplish in the working out of God's purposes. A man owes a duty to his nation no less than to his family.”
“One who omits this duty has failed in a primary moral obligation. Moreover, each nation has its own character, and its own special gifts. It will usually be found that a man attains to high virtue, not by neglecting these gifts, but by embodying the best and noblest ideals of his own people.” (The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume III, The Church, XI, Universality of the Church; emphasis added.)
This same source also explains that:
“By civil allegiance is meant the duty of loyalty and obedience which a person owes to the State of which he is a citizen. The word allegiance is a derivative of liege, free, and historically it signifies the service which a free man owed to his liege lord. In the matter in hand its meaning is wider, it is used to signify the duty which a citizen owes to the state of which he is a subject.”
“That duty, according to the teaching of the Catholic Church, rests on nature itself and the sanctions of religion. As nature and religion prescribe to children dutiful conduct towards the parents who brought them into the world, so nature and religion impose on citizens certain obligations towards their country and its rulers.”
“These obligations may be reduced to those of patriotism and obedience. Patriotism requires that the citizen should have a reasonable esteem and love for his country. He should take an interest in his country's history, [the real, authentic history which has not been rewritten to replace the true facts of history with blatant lies and deception as well as other fake data], he should know how to value her institutions, and he should be prepared to sacrifice himself for her welfare. In his country's need it is not only a noble thing, but it is a sacred duty to lay down one's life for the safety of the commonwealth.” (The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume III, Civil Allegiance; emphasis added.)
Washington’s Farewell Address
Saturday, September 17, 1796
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” (George Washington, “Washington’s Farewell Address”, Saturday, September 17, 1796, p. 23; emphasis added).
George Washington, “Washington's Farewell Address”, 1796, and “The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions”, “An address delivered by Abraham Lincoln before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois, January 27, 1838”, free pdf file to download at:
A Brief Civics Course
U. S. Senator Ben Sasse
On Tuesday, September 4, 2018
YouTube Video at:
In this video, the Republican Senator from Nebraska, Ben Sasse, reviews the duties and responsibilities of the three branches of the U.S. Government, including his well-founded observation that Congress, part of the Washington, D.C., "swamp", too often abdicates its power and authority which thus puts the burden on either, and/or both, the Executive and Judicial branches of the U.S. Government by which the Legislative Branch avoids taking responsibility in order to protect and to promote the re-election of the current members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate.
Among other things, a fallacy is any violation of a logical principle disguised under a show or pretext of .validity. It is also an argument which, while seemingly .valid, really violates some logical principle. The chief synonyms for fallacy are sophism and paralogism.
Generally speaking, Material Fallacies.usually
arise from the matter, or content, of the debate, issue, and/or argument
at hand. Said another way, such fallacies do not emanate from the language,
nor from the process of the logic, utilized. They are recognized
as being fallacious as soon as the obvious meaning and intent of the argument
are studied and examined.
The Material Fallacy of “Ignoratio Elenchi”, or Irrelevant Conclusion, Missing the Point, Ignoring the Issue, is a fallacy which consists in evading the real point at issue.
Therefore, instead of proving the conclusion that should be proved, this fallacy tries to establish some other conclusion. In other words, it is a mistaken, or cunning, effort to prove one thing by offering an argument for something else.
One example of this fallacy is seen when certain opponents of classical education ask: “To what practical use can a student put the knowledge of Latin and Greek?”, thereby substituting for the real issue, namely the objective value of Education, per se, an irrelevant issue, the fake issue, to wit, the subjective practical value of Education.
Another example is when certain pseudo-scientists thought that they had proven the theory of evolution by arguing that the development of the world as we know it took a long time.
The Material Fallacy of the “Argumentum Ad Hominem” (Argument to the Man, i.e., to the person), is a fallacy which is also very common form of. Irrelevant Conclusion .which consists in turning aside from the discussion of the question at issue and directing attention to the personality of one’s opponent, accusing him of whatever is not acceptable to the attackers, or attacking him for irrelevant reasons, and/or ridiculing the personal character or appearance of one’s opponent.
It also includes attempting to attribute base motives to one’s opponent, to focus on his way of living, and/or to attack his personal convictions. In the case of judges, this fallacy conviently ignores the previous judicial decisions of the judge which his opponents deem to be inimical to their fake and phony case which they aggressively pursue against him.
1. A “presumptive
fallacy” is a fallacy which simply presumes, supposes, postulates,
pretends, assumes, and presupposes that the statement is True.
2. The “gratuitous expression fallacy” is a fallacy by which “anyone can say anything” and not offer any proof for what is said.
3. The “ipse dixit fallacy” which means that “He, himself, said it.” It is an arbitrary dogmatic statement which the speaker expects the listener to accept as being valid.
4. The “bare assertion fallacy”. The most basic way to distort an issue is to deny that it exists. This fallacy claims: “That’s just how it is.”
5. The “fait accompli fallacy” defends a proposition by bluntly asserting it as being a fait accompli - an “accomplished fact”; “a done deal”. This distorts the argument by opting out of it entirely because the best way to distort any issue is to deny that issue ontologically, i.e. deny that the issue even exists - therefore, there is no issue because the issue is nonexistent.
Article VI. Sophisms or Fallacies.
“6. A sophism or fallacy is an argument which, under the specious appearance of truth, leads to a false conclusion. The deception is caused either by some ambiguity in the expression, or by some confusion in the thoughts expressed.”
“3. An irrelevant conclusion, ignoratio elenchi, or missing the point, proves what is not in question, refutes what is not objected ; as when Evolutionists prove elaborately that the body of man resembles in various ways the bodies of brutes a fact which no sensible man denies.”
“4. The petitio principii, or begging the question, consists in taking for granted the point which is to be proved ; when this very point is used as a premise in the reasoning, the fallacy is called a vicious circle.”
“5. The fallacy of the false consequence, often called a non-sequitur, or want of sequence, is used when a conclusion is drawn which is not contained in the premises; e.g., ‘There exists a wonderful gradation in the perfection of plants and animals ; therefore the more perfect are evolved from the less perfect.’”
“6. The undue assumption, or false cause, non causa, pro causa [non-cause, for cause], assumes as a cause what is not a cause; as when the Reformation is assumed to be the cause of scientific progress. This fallacy often arises from the fact that mere priority in time is mistaken for causality; post hoc, ergo propter hoc (after this, therefore because of this).”
(Rev. Charles Coppens, S.J., A Brief Text-book of Logic and Mental Philosophy, New York, Schwartz, Kikwin & Fauss, “Logic, Book I. Dialectics”. Chapter II, Reasoning, Article 6, VI, Fallacious Reasoning; pp. 40-42.)
Virtues in General
But there are also other virtues, called intellectual
and moral. The moral virtues are classified
as acquired and infused. So, for example, the infused
moral virtues are Christian prudence, justice, fortitude, temperance,
and those which accompany them, such as meekness and humility - humility
being the basis of all of the virtues, even the theological virtues.
When all is said and done, all people, most especially those who call themselves “Catholics”, should be able to recognize Patriotism as a Moral Virtue, irregardless in which country they live. Virtue is the opposite of vice. So, then, when one recognizes the fact that the division of men into different nations enters into the scheme of Providence, one automatically recognizes that it is part of the Holy Will of God that different nations exist because to each nation has been assigned a special task to accomplish in the working out of God's purposes according to the above source.
The Virtue of Patriotism
The term nation comes from the Middle English nacioun (nation), from the Latin natio (birth, race, nation), and the French nasci (to be born). It is usually defined as:
1) a politically organized nationality;But how is the geographical territory of a particular nation/country delineated, defended, and secured and made distinct from contiguous other nations? By borders. But remember that the citizen should have a reasonable esteem and love for his country - in other words, every citizen of a country must practice the Virtue of Patriotism.
2) a community of people composed of one or more nationalities with its own geographical territory and government;
3) the territory of a country.
By the same taken, one who fails to practice the Moral Virtue of Patriotism (faithfulness), automatically practices the vice of faithlessness for his country which is sinful, and in time of war, it is a Mortal Sin. This explains why such faithlessness identifies such a person as a traitor, despite all of the pagan secular humanist sophisms to the contrary!
Furthermore, as already stated above, the real living of the Spiritual Life includes the practice of the three Theological Virtues and also the practice of the rest of the Virtues. including the Moral Virtue of Patriotism. This also explains why it is a Mortal Sin for those who publicly refuse to practice the Moral Virtue of Patriotism by NOT standing for the National Anthem!
Unfortunately, this is only a symptom of a much deeper problem which, during the years of the previous president, has grown like an immoral cancer trying to destroy America.
Yet this immoral Spiritual cancer began many decades ago. A number of years ago, a Visitor to this web site sent me the following report. Since then, things have only become much worse as witnessed by the few news reports that still tell the truth by not resorting to fake news in order to try to control and manipulate Americans according to their own Demonic agenda in their Satanic efforts to totally destroy the United States of America, as recently witnessed by three Republican Senators in the U.S. Senate whose reprehensible anti-American voting actions call the wrath of God down upon themselves and their families!
Remember, even though the following was written some years ago, the situation has become much worse, not better, although President Trump, by the Grace of God, is trying very hard to change all of this for the better for all real Americans who really love the U.S.A.!
Dick Lamm was the former Governor of Colorado. In that context his thoughts are particularly poignant. Last week there was an immigration overpopulation conference in Washington, DC, filled to capacity by many of American's finest minds and leaders.
A brilliant college professor by the name of Victor Davis Hansen talked about his latest book, Mexifornia, explaining how immigration - both legal and illegal - was [IS CURRENTLY] destroying the entire state of California. He said it would march across the country until it destroyed all vestiges of The American Dream.
Governor Richard D. Lamm
Moments later, former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm stood up and gave a stunning speech on how to destroy America. The audience sat spellbound as he described eight methods for the destruction of the United States.
He said, "If you believe that America is too smug, too self-satisfied, too rich, then let's destroy America. It is not that hard to do. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time. Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall and that 'An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide."
"Here is how they do it," Lamm said.
"First, to destroy America, turn America into a bilingual or multi-lingual and bicultural country." History shows that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual.
The historical scholar, Seymour Lipset, put it this way: The histories of bilingual and bicultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension, and tragedy. Canada, Belgium, Malaysia, and Lebanon all face crises of national existence in which minorities press for autonomy, if not dependence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion. France faces difficulties with Basques, Bretons, and Corsicans."
Lamm went on:
"Second, to destroy America, invent multiculturalism and encourage immigrants to maintain their culture. I would make it an article of belief that all cultures are equal. That there are no cultural differences. I would make it an article of faith that the Black and Hispanic dropout rates are due solely to prejudice and discrimination by the majority. Every other explanation is out of bounds."
"Third: We could make the United States an Hispanic Quebec without much effort. The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. As Benjamin Schwarz said in the Atlantic Monthly recently:
The apparent success of our own multiethnic and multicultural experiment might have been achieved not by tolerance but by hegemony. Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentricity and what it meant to be an American, we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together.Lamm said:
"I would encourage all immigrants to keep their own language and culture. I would replace the melting pot metaphor with the salad bowl metaphor. It is important to ensure that we have various cultural subgroups living in America enforcing their differences rather than as Americans, emphasizing their similarities.""Fourth, I would make our fastest growing demographic group the least educated. I would add a second underclass, unassimilated, undereducated, and antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass have a 50% dropout rate from high school."
"My fifth point for destroying America would be to get big foundations and business to give these efforts lots of money. I would invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of Victimology. I would get all minorities to think that their lack of success was the fault of the majority. I would start a grievance industry blaming all minority failure on the majority population."
"My sixth plan for America's downfall would include dual citizenship, and promote divided loyalties. I would celebrate diversity over unity. I would stress differences rather than similarities. Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other -- that is, when they are not killing each other. A diverse, peaceful, or stable society is against most historical precedent. People undervalue the unity it takes to keep a nation together. Look at the ancient Greeks. The Greeks believed that they belonged to the same race; they possessed a common language and literature; and they worshipped the same gods. All Greece took part in the Olympic games. A common enemy, Persia, threatened their liberty. Yet all these bonds were not strong enough to overcome two factors: local patriotism and geographical conditions that nurtured political divisions. Greece fell."
"E Pluribus Unum - From many, one. In that historical reality, if we put the emphasis on the pluribus [many] instead of the Unum [one], we will balkanize America as surely as Kosovo."
"Next to last, I would place all subjects off limits; make it taboo to talk about anything against the cult of diversity. I would find a word similar to heretic in the 16th century -- that stopped discussion and paralyzed thinking. Words like racist or xenophobe halt discussion and debate. Having made America a bilingual/bicultural country, having established multi-culturism, having the large foundations fund the doctrine of Victimology,
I would next make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws. I would develop a mantra: That because immigration has been good for America, it must always be good. I would make every individual immigrant symmetric and ignore the cumulative impact of millions of them."
In the last minute of his speech, Governor Lamm wiped his brow.
Profound silence followed.
Finally he said:
"Lastly, I would censor Victor Davis Hanson's book Mexifornia. His book is dangerous. It exposes the plan to destroy America. If you feel America deserves to be destroyed, don't read this book!"
There was no applause.
A chilling fear quietly rose like an ominous cloud above every attendee at the conference.
Every American in that room knew that everything Lamm enumerated was proceeding methodically, quietly, darkly, yet pervasively across the United States TODAY! NOW!!!!
Discussion IS being suppressed.
Over 100 languages ARE ripping the foundation of our educational system and national cohesiveness. Even barbaric cultures that practice female genital mutilation are growing as we celebrate diversity.
American jobs are vanishing into the Third World as corporations create a Third World in America - take note of California and other states - to date, fifty million illegal aliens and growing fast!!!
It is reminiscent of George Orwell's book 1984.
In that story, three slogans are engraved in the Ministry of Truth building:
War is peace, Freedom is slavery, and Ignorance is strength.
Governor Lamm walked back to his seat.
It dawned on everyone at the conference that our nation and the future of this great democracy IS deeply in trouble and worsening fast.
IF we do not get this immigration monster stopped within two years, or less, it will rage like an out-of-control California wildfire and destroy everything in its path, especially The American Dream!!!!
By the Grace of God, President Trump is trying to restore The American Dream, but the pervasive evil that controls the U.S.A. continues to attack him every day because they want to totally destroy the U.S.A., while President Trump, and the American People, want to restore America and Make America Great Again, and Make America Safe Again! Those who HATE America do NOT want this to happen! Those who HATE America want to KILL all real Americans and DESTROY everything in America! They have already taken over certain cities. The enemy is HERE - NOW!
Please PRAY to the good God
to totally destroy all of this evil and corruption. Otherwise,
American Dream will become The American Nightmare!
as millions and millions of real Americans, and their entire families,
will be killed - slaughtered by those who are not really Americans!
These Brave Men Could Have Been Shot by Snipers,
Yet, Despite This Possibility, They Ignored That!
Instead, Here is What These Heroes Did:
The Heroic Virtue of Patriotism in Action
Saluting the American Flag
The Virtue of Patriotism in Action
An Example of The Practice of the Virtue of Patriotism
Baseball Team and Crowd Standing for the National Anthem
Another Example of The Practice of the Virtue of Patriotism
Football Team and Crowd Standing for the National Anthem
Still Another Example of The Practice of the Virtue of Patriotism
Political Debate Attendees Standing for the National Anthem
O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner, O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation.
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust’.
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
They Automatically Commit a Mortal Sin Against the Virtue of Patriotism Each Time!
These Americans Helped to Protect America from Tyrants
Many of These Brave Americans Died in Battle
Listen my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five:
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.
He said to his friend: ‘If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal-light,
One, if by land, and two, if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm.’
Then he said, ‘Good-night!’ and with muffled oar
Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore,
Just as the moon rose over the bay,
Where swinging wide at her moorings lay
The Somerset, British man-of-war;
A phantom ship, with each mast and spar
Across the moon like a prison-bar,
And a huge black hulk, that was magnified
By its own reflection in the tide.
(Beginning of “Paul Revere’s Ride”, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.)
Where Once the Embattled Farmers Stood
BY the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.
The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.
On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set to-day a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, or leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.
(HYMN, By Ralph Waldo Emerson.
This poem was written to be sung at the completion
of the Concord Monument, April 19, 1836.)
UP from the meadows rich with corn,
Clear in the cool September morn.
The clustered spires of Frederick stand
Green-walled by the hills of Maryland.
Round about them orchards sweep,
Apple and peach tree fruited deep,
Fair as a garden of the Lord
To the eyes of the famished rebel horde,
On that pleasant morn of the early fall,
When Lee marched over the mountain-wall,
Over the mountains winding down,
Horse and foot, into Frederick town.
Forty flags with their silver stars,
Forty flags with their crimson bars,
Flapped in the morning wind: the sun
Of noon looked down, and saw not one.
Up rose old Barbara Frietchie then,
Bowed with her fourscore years and ten;
Bravest of all in Frederick town,
She took up the flag the men hauled down;
In her attic window the staff she set,
To show that one heart was loyal yet.
Up the street came the rebel tread,
Stonewall Jackson riding ahead.
Under his slouched hat left and right
He glanced; the old flag met his sight.
"Halt!" - The dust-brown ranks stood fast.
'Fire!" out blazed the rifle-blast.
It shivered the window, pane and sash;
It rent the banner with seam and gash.
Quick, as it fell, from the broken staff
Dame Barbara snatched the silken scarf;
She leaned far out on the window-sill,
And shook it forth with a royal will.
“Shoot, if you must, this old gray head,
But spare your country's flag,” she said.
A shade of sadness, a blush of shame,
Over the face of the leader came;
The nobler nature within him stirred
To life at that woman's deed and word:
“Who touches a hair of yon gray head
Dies like a dog! March on!” he said.
All day long through Frederick street
Sounded the tread of marching feet:
All day long that free flag tost
Over the heads of the rebel host.
Ever its torn folds rose and fell
On the loyal winds that loved it well;
And through the hill-gaps sunset light
Shone over it with a warm good-night.
Barbara Frietchie’s work is o’er,
And the Rebel rides on his raids no more.
Honor to her! and let a tear
Fall, for her sake, on Stonewall's bier.
Over Barbara Frietchie’s grave,
Flag of Freedom and Union, wave!
Peace and order and beauty draw
Round thy symbol of light and law;
And ever the stars above look down
On thy stars below in Frederick town!
(Barbara Frietchie, By John Greenleaf Whittier)
(Editor's Note: It has been claimed that this poem was inspired by a newspaper article which some people claimed was false. Research indicates that some of the neighbors and friends of Barbara Frietchie claimed that this event actually happened, while others said, to use contemporary nomenclature, that the newspaper article was merely the opposite type of “fake news” so prevalent today. Historically, it should be noted that these people were living under occupation by Confederate troops at that time and therefore would be more amenable to lie about this event for fear of being incarcerated or shot by Confederate troops, which, IF correct, means that the “fake news” aspect consisted of the denial of this historical event in order to preserve the lives of those who feared some form of retribution by the Confederate troops.)
The Roman Catholic Church teaches that, at the instant
of human conception,
Almighty God infuses a Rational Immortal Soul into that human body.
It is the presence of the Rational Immortal Soul which indicates that a Person is alive.
Death is the absence of the Soul because the Soul has left the body.
This teaching also means that it is both immoral
and sinful to vote
For any political candidate, for any office, for any reason, who is pro-abortion.
Any Catholic who would knowingly vote for any
pro-abortion political candidate, commits a Mortal Sin and...
Also immediately becomes an automatically excommunicated.Apostate!
The Following Article Answers the Above Question.
Paul Taylor for 2018 California US Senate
If you want to know the facts about traitor John McCain, then read all of this. Then decide how you feel about him. I don’t care either way because I know what I believe.
Okay, I know it’s all too fresh but, when is the truth
not the most valuable consideration in your life. For me, it’s paramount.
For me, to say I’m going to serve America rightly, the truth should be
[Editor’s Note: We understand the following article is in the public domain. We have corrected the few spelling errors in the following article and have made a few other necessary corrections. Our clarifications are made in brackets.]
Thursday, February 28, 2008, at 9:05 a.m.
Roland C. Eyears
It is now clear that what is left of the Republican Party, after being fatally poisoned by the Bush administration, intends to commit suicide by nominating Senator John McCain (R-Hanoi) [R-Arizona] for the presidency. Where do I start?
The Early Years
McCain spent his boyhood in exclusive boarding schools where staffers were paid to put up with his tirades. We all did some immature things before we matured. But with McCain, the tirades continue today.
Had he not been the son and grandson of admirals, there is scant chance he would have been admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy. Given his behavior patterns and academics, had he not been the son and grandson of admirals, there is little doubt he would have been thrown out. Instead, in 1958 he managed to graduate [academically with a most miserable score of] 894 out of 899.
Had he not been the son and grandson of admirals, [there was] no chance he would have been accepted into the prestigious naval flight training program over far better qualified officers.
On his way to becoming a North Vietnamese ace, the aviator lost 3 expensive aircraft on routine, non-combat flights. Little was made of all that, because he was, you know, the son and grandson of admirals.
McCain’s most horrendous loss occurred in 1967 on the USS Forrestal. Well, not horrendous for him. The starter motor switch on the A4E Skyhawk allowed fuel to pool in the engine. When the aircraft was “wet-started,” an impressive flame would shoot from the tail. It was one of the ways young hot-shots got their jollies.
Investigators and survivors took the position that McCain deliberately wet-started to harass the F4 pilot directly behind him. The cook off launched an M34 Zuni rocket that tore through the Skyhawk’s fuel tank, released a thousand pound bomb, and ignited a fire that killed the pilot plus 167 men. Before the tally of dead and dying was complete, the son and grandson of admirals had been transferred to the USS Oriskany.
As a rising naval officer, McCain was surrounded by rumors of numerous adulterous affairs, such as used to be called “conduct unbecoming an officer”. Author and biographer Robert Timberg has detailed several of McCain’s sexual relationships with subordinates when serving as a Squadron Leader and an Executive Officer. I think we all know such behavior is a clear violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, in other words, [it is] a crime.
When McCain’s application to the National War College was rejected, according to noted author and researcher Joel Skousen, he whined to daddy who pulled strings with the Secretary of the Navy.
Prisoner or Honored Guest?
McCain’s 5½ years stay at the Hanoi Hilton (officially Hoa Loa Prison) has ever since been the subject of great controversy. He maintains that he was tortured and otherwise badly mistreated. One of many who disagree is Dennis Johnson, imprisoned at Hanoi and never given treatment for his broken leg. He reports that every time he saw McCain, who was generally kept segregated, the man was clean-shaven, dressed in fresh clothes, and appeared comfortable among North Vietnamese Army officers. He adds that he frequently heard McCain’s collaborative statements broadcast over the prison’s loud speakers.
On October 26, 1967, McCain’s A-4 Skyhawk was shot down over Hanoi. The fractures of 1 leg and both arms were reportedly due to his failure to tuck them in during ejection. According to U.S. News & World Report (May 14, 1973), McCain didn’t wait long before offering military information in return for medical care. While an extraordinary patient at Gi Lam Hospital, he was visited by a number of dignitaries, including, to quote McCain himself, General Vo Nguyen Giap, the national hero of Dienbienphu.
Jack McLamb is a highly respected name in law enforcement circles. After 9 years of clandestine operations in Cambodia and unmentionable areas, he returned home to Phoenix where he became one of the most decorated police officers on record. Twice McLamb was named Officer of the Year. He went on to become an FBI hostage negotiator. This man has stated that every one of the many former POW’s he has talked with consider McCain [to be] a traitor.
States McLamb: “He was never tortured…The Vietnamese Communists called him the ‘Songbird’, that’s his code name, ‘Songbird McCain’, because he just came into the camp singing and telling them everything they wanted to know.” McLamb further quotes former POW’s as saying McCain starred in 32 propaganda videos in which he denounced his country [the U.S.A.] and [his American] comrades.
The Glavnoje Razvedyvatel’noje Upravlenije is the Soviet’s military intelligence division. Numerous sources confirm that during the Nam Era, the English-speaking Vietnamese who conducted interrogations of American prisoners were always overseen by Russian GRU officers. The ranking GRU officer at the “Hanoi Hilton” had a multilingual teenage son who was tasked with translating all interrogation reports into Russian. He would become known only as “T”.
According to “T”, who interpreted all interrogations and notes pertaining to McCain during the latter’s stay from December, 1969, to March, 1973, when a well-fed looking McCain was released, privileges were extended. These included time at a furnished apartment in Hanoi - “furnished with 2 prostitutes”. McCain would attribute such absences to solitary confinement.
It has been widely reported that following his father’s appointment as CINCPAC Commander-in-Chief of all U.S. forces in the Vietnam theater of operations, McCain was offered an immediate parole. McCain insists that he refused such a preference. Others insist that his father refused to allow such a preference. In any event, such an offer would have required the approval of the Soviet masters, and “T” would have seen [that] documentation. He [“T”] has no recollection of such an offer.
In 1991 the Soviet Union was in a state of collapse. People and things were up for grabs. During that thaw, a mass document swap took place between the KGB and CIA. All “T’‘s translations were included. If these dots are really connected, it is small wonder that McCain had fought consistently to keep all files sealed, block any attempts to retrieve POW’s, and establish the friendliest of relations with his former tormentors.
Imagine the possibilities. A Clintonian leak during the presidential campaign. Or, in the unlikely event of a McCain victory, blackmail of the “Manchurian Candidate”.
It is public record that Admiral [John Sidney “Jack”] McCain, Jr., was on hand to greet his son upon return. According to Major Mark A. Smith (USA Retired), a Green Beret and former POW, a trusted friend of his [had] accompanied the Admiral [John Sidney “Jack” McCain, Jr.], that day. [But] later, when the friend [of Major Mark A. Smith] referred to that meeting, [Senator John] McCain became enraged, volunteered that he had received “no special treatment,” and then denied that his father, [Admiral John Sidney “Jack” McCain, Jr., had been] there.
In 1989 legislation known as The Truth Bill was introduced in the U.S. House. It required the Department of Defense to publish the names and information on all unaccounted for POWs, MIA’s, and KIA’s in WW II, the Korean War, and Vietnam [War]. It languished and was resurrected 2 years later. Then came the McCain Bill, promptly enacted, that blocked such information. The DoD [Department of Defense] does not even have to acknowledge confirmed sightings of live Americans [in prisoner of war prisons]!
Temper and Temperament
The senator’s temper and temperament remain in question. His biographer quotes him: “At the smallest provocation I would go off into a mad frenzy, and then suddenly crash to the floor unconscious.”
Has he moderated over time? Apparently. Somewhat. Senators who have had McCain scream hyphenated obscenities at them, nose-to-nose, include Rick Santorum, Richard Shelby, Thad Cochran, and James Inhofe. Most colleagues decline comment. The man [Senator John McCain] has been called “psychologically unstable”.
Birds of a Feather?
Four years ago, [Senator John] McCain loudly defended the glorious hero of the Vietnam War, John Kerry. That would be the young naval officer who hid out in an office until he took command of a river patrol boat for a few weeks. He put in for a purple heart every time he got a scratch or bruise. With 3 of those, he rotated out with the intention of running for public office as a war hero.
When Kerry saw the level of anti-war sentiment, he quickly morphed into an anti-war hero running for public office and later married the widow of an extremely wealthy, conservative Senator who died under highly suspicious circumstances.
“Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” have not died. Their affiliate is “Vietnam Veterans Against John McCain”, headed by former Sergeant Ted Sampley, who also serves as Vice-President of the half-million member “Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally”.
Sampley has spent years working toward the return of Vietnam era MIA’s and POW’s abandoned by our government (which is invariably the case at a war’s end).
[Senator John] McCann has thwarted him at every turn, dismissing 1,600 credible first-hand sightings, 14,000 second-hand sightings, and countless radio intercepts that supported the observations.
In 1991 a Senate Select Committee held hearings on the subject of Vietnam POW’s. Tracy Usry, honored Vietnam veteran and former chief investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, testified that American POW’s were routinely interrogated by Soviet intelligence officers.
Several times, an enraged [Senator John] McCain interrupted, shouting that, “…none of the returned U.S. POW’s released by Vietnam was ever interrogated by the Soviets.”
He knew better. So apparently did Bui Tin, former Senior Colonel, NVA, who testified that he had been privy to all Soviet documents pertaining to American prisoners. He supported Usry, refuted [Senator John] McCain, and offered his personal records as added proof.
In short order, Usry and all participating staff members were fired. Jack Wheeler, Republicon [emphasis is on the “con” and thus not a spelling error for “Republican”] insider and master strategist, attributed that to [Senator John] McCain’s behind-the-scenes pressuring.
Add to that McCain’s despicable treatment of families of POW’s. Is that based on guilt or is the man [Senator John McCain] simply despicable?
A Little History Lesson
In the 1920's, the Bronfman family of Montreal rose to power and wealth based particularly on its Seagrams liquor business, which had, as its Prohibition-Era-Partner, Meyer Lansky, [an] American Mafia boss. Bootlegging profits were enormous. The family branched into many areas, including media. In recent years, Bronfman acquired a major chunk of Time-Warner.
Michael Collins Piper is the author of several books including “Final Judgment” and “The High Priests of War”. According to his research, Jack Ruby, Texas nightclub manager and silencer of JFK’s alleged assassin [Lee Harvey Oswald[, was a Bronfman asset. Piper identifies Ruby as “a key player” in the smuggling of arms stolen from U.S. military bases to Israel.
In the years prior to World War II, the [Bronfman] move into Arizona was made. In 1941, Gus Greenbaum of Phoenix started a national wire service for bookies. When he shifted to Las Vegas in 1946 to oversee Meyer Lansky’s casino interests, and subsequently replace the infamous, violent Bugsy Siegel, Kemper Marley was appointed crime syndicate boss of Arizona.
According to sources within the Marley group, it was Bronfman who put him in the liquor business and enabled him to build a statewide monopoly. In 1948, the feds sent 52 employees to prison for liquor violations. Rumor has it that Marley remained untouched because one of his lieutenants, James Hensley, took the fall and did a dime.
Piper reports that Hensley’s attorney and deal-maker was William Rehnquist. Yes, that would be the Chief Justice who later pulled his former girlfriend onto the high court and spent his last decade on the bench hallucinating on drugs.
Upon release, Marley gave Hensley one of the biggest Anheuser-Busch distributorships in the country - certainly the biggest in Arizona [as a way of saying:] “Thank you for your faithful service”.
Then one day in 1981, an obscure [John McCain, who was a] newly retired naval officer, rode into the land of sun, cacti, and retirees.
After his first wife, who had raised his children and [faithfully] waited for him [to return], became crippled in an accident, John McCain dumped her overboard and married his mistress - Cindy, daughter of James Hensley.
The next year the “straight talker” was installed in the U.S. House of Lords [a facetious satire excoriating the U.S. House of Representatives]. Four years later he moved to the [U.S.] Senate.
So who owns “honest” John McCain? The mob that runs Arizona? The big Vegas money that continues to contribute heavily? The Israeli connection? You be the judge.
Understanding Economics - Who Needs It?
Not long ago, McCain stated to a journalist that: “Economics isn’t my strong suit.” But, he added [that] he is reading Greenspan. That would be Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan who, during his tenure, expanded the money supply more than in all the years since 1913. The Greenspan who kept the printing presses running at warp speed, turning out little pieces of paper, called money, and backed by the promises of politicians.
Alan, the Inflator, fueled the dot-com bubble, the stock market bubble, and more recently the real estate bubble. It is no wonder that the “London Economist” recently pegged 2007 true U.S. inflation at 17%. Just what we need - another president who is an economic illiterate. It’s small consolation that McCain admits it, because if elected, he’d appoint the wrong advisors.
McCain Versus the Constitution
McCain, also known as “senator hyphen” around D.C., frequently partners with members of the far left. The McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Bill was an obvious, full-frontal attack on the First Amendment - perhaps the most blatant since the Sedition Act 200 years previous.
Specifically, it outlawed the most protected of free speech, “political dissent”. This alone should be a deal breaker. Anyone voting for the bill should have been impeached and removed from office.
When George Bush [a member of the top secret Skull and Bones outfit], who broke another of his [campaign] pledges [by signing] this odious legislation, said he had problems with it, but that the Supreme Court might very possibly strike down parts [of it]. Apparently, his thinking was (1) this is bad law, but why should I worry, and (2) I don’t need to do my job because somebody down the line might do it for me.
Accordingly, it is entirely logical that radio talk show hosts are in strong opposition to McCain. They understand how much he hates free speech, and they don’t want to see a return to the deceptively named “Fairness Doctrine” that used to force broadcasters to devote matching time to the promotion of liberal views to balance conservative. At the core is the liberals’ fear of exposure to the marketplace of ideas and free discourse. To them, it is not enough that you have a dial and an opposed thumb. If we’re going to have a “Fairness Doctrine”, let’s carry it all the way out. For every 80 anti-gun news stories, I want to see 80 (easy to find) pro-gun stories. Not 1. For every male bashing commercial, mandate one female bashing [commercial]. Let’s limit the number of black players on college and NBA teams to 12½ percent, reflective of the population. Et cetera.
McCain also works to destroy the Second Amendment. John McCain does not trust you with a firearm, regardless of the plain words of the Constitution. He would bar you from defending yourself from marauders and certainly from an out-of-control government. The “Gun Owners of America” rates McCain “F-minus”.
Although the National Rifle Association is far softer in defending gun rights, its President has termed McCain the “worst Second Amendment candidate.” Example: McCain sponsored an amendment to S. 1805 that would destroy gun shows by outlawing private gun sales at such events, although they have been proven to not be a significant source of criminals’ weapons.
A next step would be the outlawing of private transfers. A father would be unable to pass down a family treasure without government blessing. The unconstitutionality of all this is of no importance to the senator and his ilk. Check his record. This alone should be another deal breaker.
Just about everybody loves a maverick, right? Spirit of America and all that. We often impute a certain sense of integrity to someone who turns on his own.
Is the senator from Hanoi really a maverick? Sure, but from what? Honor? Duty? The Constitution he works so hard to make irrelevant? But as a career politician and long-time member of the Council on Foreign Relations, McCain is also a one- worlder and a senior insider.
I’m sure the sponsor of the so-called “Campaign Finance Reform Bill” wouldn’t mind if we took a cursory look at his donors. They include the sinister international currency manipulator George Soros, JP Morgan Chase & Company, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and Lehman Brothers. In other words, McCain is backed by most of the usual suspects who back “the competition”.
According to “WorldNetDaily”, since 2001, this candidate has [been] receiving funding via the “Reform Institute”, of Alexandria, Virginia, founded to launder money from George Soro’s “Open Society Institute”, and Theresa Heinz Kerry’s “Tides Foundation”. Let’s just know who owns whom. All this only makes sense. The senator is a long-time member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a one-worlder, an ultimate insider.
Funding scandals? Sure. We have them too. Does anybody remember the “Keating Five” debacle from 1987 that cost depositors and taxpayers $160 million?
Charles Keating owned “American Continental Corporation”, and its subsidiary, “Lincoln Savings & Loan”. Facing multiple federal indictments, he called on the recipients of his largesse - Senators Alan Cranston, John Glenn, Don Riegle, and from the great State of Arizona Dennis DeConsini and John McCain. Strings were pulled, but, in the end, Keating was convicted. In 1991, the Senate Ethics Committee (I know, such an oxymoron) ruled that McCain hadn’t quite done anything illegal. But by his own standards he was corrupt.
Recently, the New York Times ran a piece suggesting that McCain may have had an affair with lobbyist Vicki Iseman that went back 8 years. Ms. Iseman is a partner in Alcalde & Fay, who represent Carnival Lines, several broadcasters, and municipalities.
The Times, along with Drudge and the Washington Post, had been sitting on the story for some weeks. The allegations are unproven, and, the senator has exhibited extraordinary self-control when denying them. I can only say that he has a history of this type of Clintonian behavior, both in the military and, admittedly, during his first marriage. Apparently it is [now] acceptable [behavior]. In any case, I question whether the Times should have run with this.
Influence peddling? Sure, McCain rode Lowell Paxson’s jet several times. It would be asking a lot of a high-profile senator to walk through a crowded airport and climb on a commercial flight. Maybe he wrote Paxson checks at the commercial fare rate. He did accept a $100,000 donation from Alcalde & Fay. And he did write 2 letters recommending that the FCC approve Paxson’s purchase of a Pittsburgh TV station. Only two? Lobbyists lobby. I don’t have any finger to point here.
The Great Conservative
Taking a page from Bill Clinton’s Attorney General, McCain has called Christian leaders “agents of intolerance”.
McCain often crosses the aisle to block the confirmation of conservative judges with strict construction leanings. His record on taxes is clear; he likes them. Senator-hyphen has co-sponsored ill-conceived legislation that would boost gasoline prices by more than half a dollar a gallon. And he supports radical global warming measures that would significantly disadvantage the U.S.
Come on Up. Here’s a Check.
Teaming again with Teddy Kennedy, at [et] al [and others], the senator from Hanoi sponsored an amnesty bill for illegal aliens. A top aide, Juan Hernandez previously held a cabinet level position with ex-president of Mexico Vincente Fox. This dual citizen is on record as favoring “Mexico First”.
McCain supports open borders. Well, until he caught sight of the prize. These days he’s auto-phoning into Ohio, promising that “first I’ll close the borders”. He’d still like to see Social Security money paid to the sneak-ins. Another deal breaker?
Disclaimers and Conclusions
The presidential frontrunners [McCain and Obama] have a curious commonality. Not one has any significant administrative history. None has headed a company, none has managed an organization, and none has ever had to meet a payroll. Their experience has been totally devoted to throwing other people’s money at problems they created (often for that very purpose), and they’ve run nothing but their mouths. Seriously, if you owned a large business enterprise, is there any chance that you would pick one of the [these two] candidates to manage it?
As for the illegal, immoral, war in which we are engaged, Obama is clean, Hillary is implicated, and McCain says he’s fine with another hundred years.
Personalities aside, I’m not certain how much difference it makes. McCain has essentially endorsed Hillary. According to him, “She has integrity,” and “I have no doubt that she would be a good president.” He likes, really likes the woman, and says, “I think she’s a very good person.” Meanwhile, Barack Hussein Obama’s policies differ not one whit from Hillary’s. So that’s a popularity contest.
Then there is the matter of the label. In his way, George Bush has done to the Republican Party what Bill Clinton did to the Democrat Party in his way. In the last congressional race, the R’s [Republicans] did poorly; yet their D [Democratic] replacements have fixed nothing. The congress’s approval rating is 22 percent.
As the legatee of Bush, what baggage does McCain have? Here are just a few bags: unrestrained spending, huge trade deficits, illegal wars of aggression, empire building beyond our capacity, abandonment of our fallen veterans, war crimes, the elimination of civil liberties with war as a pretext, the death of “habeas corpus”, favoring Israel over the U.S., the stock bubble, the real estate bubble, collapsing home values, permanent core job losses, true 10 percent inflation, debasement of the currency (They won’t even publish M3 numbers anymore.), torture of prisoners (On October 6, 2006, McCain voted to exempt the CIA from restrictions.), prisoner rendition, deconstruction of the Constitution, opening our borders to everybody and anybody, violations of separation of powers, corruption, and incredible incompetence. I could go on.
My question: Is the Republican nomination worth more than 15 cents? Even if McCain puts nominal Democrat Joe Lieberman on his ticket to demonstrate bi-partisanship and pull in Dems [Devil-rats] and Independents?
Are you a genuine social conservative? Do you believe in our wonderful Constitution? Are you opposed [to] the Iraq War and its precursor strategies that have killed hundreds of thousands of innocents? Are you fiscally responsible? Do you truly understand the principles of republicanism? Do you believe in marital fidelity? Are you a supporter of free speech? I submit that if your answer to any of these questions is yes, you cannot vote for John McCain and retain your integrity. The lesser of 2 or 3 evils is still evil. In this case, not by a measurable amount.
The party of Ronald Reagan left me years ago. America’s bright beacon of hope, so loved by much of the world for over 200 years, is being reduced to a faint glow in the eyes of the true believers.
We have had some incredibly unqualified and inept people run for, and sometimes win, the top job. But John McCain must be the most flawed and compromised candidate in our nation’s history!