October 2008

Wait a minute…  so I don’t get the moon if he gets elected??

Obama Lays Plans to Kill Expectations After Election Victory

By Tim Reid, The Times of London

Barack Obama’s senior advisers have drawn up plans to lower expectations for his presidency if he wins next week’s election, amid concerns that many of his euphoric supporters are harboring unrealistic hopes of what he can achieve.

The sudden financial crisis and the prospect of a deep and painful recession have increased the urgency inside the Obama team to bring people down to earth, after a campaign in which his soaring rhetoric and promises of “hope” and “change” are now confronted with the reality of a stricken economy.

One senior adviser told The Times that the first few weeks of the transition, immediately after the election, were critical, “so there’s not a vast mood swing from exhilaration and euphoria to despair.”

The aide said that Obama himself was the first to realize that expectations risked being inflated.

In an interview with a Colorado radio station, Obama appeared to be engaged already in expectation lowering. Asked about his goals for the first hundred days, he said he would need more time to tackle such big and costly issues as health care reform, global warming and Iraq.

“The first hundred days is going to be important, but it’s probably going to be the first thousand days that makes the difference,” he said. He has also been reminding crowds in recent days how “hard” it will be to achieve his goals, and that it will take time.

“I won’t stand here and pretend that any of this will be easy — especially now,” Obama told a rally in Sarasota, Florida, yesterday, citing “the cost of this economic crisis, and the cost of the war in Iraq.” Obama’s transition team is headed by John Podesta, a Washington veteran and a former chief-of-staff to Bill Clinton. He has spent months overseeing a virtual Democratic government-in-exile to plan a smooth transition should Obama emerge victorious next week.

The plans are so far advanced that an Obama Cabinet has been largely decided upon, with the expectation that most of his senior appointments could be announced shortly after election day.


Okay, this might win the prize.  Of all the bishops’ statements that have come out during this election time (and there are plenty– I think the count is now up to over 60 dioceses? And there are plenty coming out in these last few days, including a great piece by Archbishop O’Brien) I think this is my favorite.

From Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City. Enjoy.

Warriors With Our Eyes Fixed on Heaven

I am sometimes amazed at the casual manner with which Christians, Catholics included, take up our life within what Pope John Paul II rightly called the “culture of death.” The Church, by comparison, reminds us that we are engaged – by reason of our Baptism and Confirmation – in a battle, “not with flesh and blood, but with the principalities and powers, with the rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in heaven.” (Eph 6:12) Jesus Christ has won the ultimate battle, but we, in the course of our human life must make our choice, determining on whose side we will live and die. Whose side will you choose?!

What is at stake in this battle is our immortal soul, our salvation. My responsibility as bishop is with the eternal destiny of those entrusted to my care. My total energies must be directed to the well being of those who otherwise may come under the spell of a radically flawed and fundamentally distorted moral sense, at odds with what our Mother the Church teaches. There are objective and transcendent truths. There is such a thing as right and wrong. There is a legitimate hierarchy of moral evils, and the direct willful destruction of human life can never be justified; it can never be supported. Do you believe this firm teaching of the Church?

Did you know that in Canada priests and Christian ministers have already been brought before tribunals for preaching and teaching in support of marriage? They are charged with “hate speech” against homosexuality. In light of the tyranny of choice growing each day in our own beloved country, we ought to be ready for similar attacks on religious freedom. We must not fail to preach the Gospel. We can not withhold the truth of our faith. That is why I will never be silent about human life. It is why I am proud of so many others – bishops, priests, deacons, religious and laity – who are not afraid to speak out about the values that matter most. What about you?!

Our Lord told His apostles that they would be hated by the world, just as He was. Nearly all of them died a martyr’s death. As warriors in the Church militant, we must never resort to violence. But we must stand up fearlessly against the agents of death, the enemies of human life. Human beings are not Satan, but we know too well that they can come under his spell. They can become willing agents of death, numbed and poisoned in this culture of death. What about you?!

My friend Jenny had an excellent piece on her blog the other day– a brilliant insight into the sensation that surrounds Senator Obama.

Go check it out here.  (It’s a great blog, too.  I almost hesitate to send readers over there for fear they won’t return and will replace me with her on their blogroll!)

Did you know that the CDC estimates that 500 babies are born alive during abortions every year?  And those are just the ones reported to the CDC, I suppose.

The following link (I couldn’t get the video to embed, sorry) is a powerful video that lays this election right out there on the line.  No longer are we even talking about unborn babies, living inside of their mothers.  The discussion has moved to born babies, gasping for breath in the world around us.

Watch this video. http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2008/10/whats-at-stake-human-life.html

I’ll warn you… it’s powerful.  (Anne, I wouldn’t watch it… As a preggo mommy, you’ll cry too hard.)

I would apologize for beating a dead horse about this… but it’s not dead.  So I’m still beating it. (and praying, too)

Who said the following?  And do you agree with it?  (I took some words out to make it harder…)

“It is no answer to this argument to say that _____ is an evil, and hence should not be tolerated. You must allow the people to decide for themselves whether it is a good or an evil.”

Here, I’ll give you more of the speech:

“….On this question, also, I desire to say to you unequivocally, that I take direct and distinct issue with him. I have no warfare to make on the Supreme Court of the United States, either on account of that or any other decision which they have pronounced from that bench. The Constitution of the United States has provided that the powers of government (and the Constitution of each State has the same provision) shall be divided into three departments,—executive, legislative, and judicial. The right and the province of expounding the Constitution and constructing the law is vested in the judiciary established by the Constitution. As a lawyer, I feel at liberty to appear before the Court and controvert any principle of law while the question is pending before the tribunal; but when the decision is made, my private opinion, your opinion, all other opinions, must yield to the majesty of that authoritative adjudication. I wish you to bear in mind that this involves a great principle, upon which our rights, our liberty, and our property all depend. What security have you for your property, for your reputation, and for your personal rights, if the courts are not upheld, and their decisions respected when once fairly rendered by the highest tribunal known to the Constitution? I do not choose, therefore, to go into any argument with Mr. _____ in reviewing the various decisions which the Supreme Court has made, either upon the ______ case or any other. I have no idea of appealing from the decision of the Supreme Court upon a Constitutional question to the decisions of a tumultuous town meeting.”

I think many Americans would agree with the previous two quotes.  Whenever you try to raise the question of abortion, pro-choice politicians wave these two banners, right??  Either “you can’t legislate your personal morality” or “the Courts upheld a woman’s right to choose, and you can’t take that away from us.”

Well, what if I gave you a bit more of the same speech?

“Mr. Lincoln goes for a warfare upon the Supreme Court of the United States, because of their judicial decision in the Dred Scott case. I yield obedience to the decisions in that court,—to the final determination of the highest judicial tribunal known to our Constitution. He objects to the Dred Scott decision because it does not put the negro in the possession of the rights of citizenship on an equality with the white man. I am opposed to negro equality. I repeat that this nation is a white people,—a people composed of European descendants; a people that have established this government for themselves and their posterity,—and I am in favor of preserving not only the purity of the blood, but the purity of the government from any mixture or amalgamation with inferior races. I have seen the effects of this mixture of superior and inferior races,—this amalgamation of white men and Indians and negroes; we have seen it in Mexico, in Central America, in South America, and in all the Spanish-American States; and its result has been degeneration, demoralization, and degradation below the capacity for self-government.  I am opposed to taking any step that recognizes the negro man or the Indian as the equal of the white man. I am opposed to giving him a voice in the administration of the government.”

Changes things a bit, doesn’t it?  These quotes came from Stephen Douglas in the Lincoln-Douglas debates.  In the first quote, I took out “slavery” — just pop “abortion” in and see how many Americans nod in agreement.  In the longer quote, I took out Lincoln’s name and “Dred Scott.”  Replace them with any pro-life politician’s name and “Roe v Wade,” and once again, you’ll probably get nods out of Americans.

While I admire Douglas for some things, and even agree with him on some issues, I do not agree with him here.

Slavery and the horrible racist acts of American history were appalling crimes against humanity.

But the crimes do not stop there.  We must do everything in our power to end the infanticide of this country.

Side note: By the way, the definition of a “crime against humanity” is this: particularly odious offenses in that they constitute a serious attack on human dignity or grave humiliation or a degradation of one or more human beings. They are not isolated or sporadic events, but are part either of a government policy … or of a wide practice of atrocities tolerated or condoned by a government or a de facto authority. However, murder, extermination, torture, rape, political, racial, or religious persecution and other inhumane acts reach the threshold of crimes against humanity only if they are part of a widespread or systematic practice.”

Hmm….Abortion… Serious attack on human dignity?  Check.  Part of government policy?  Check. Widespread and systematic practice? Check.

Our Lady of America, pray for us.

From the National Catholic Register:

McCain’s Catholic Medals

Eduardo Verastegui, star of the pro-life movie Bella, recently gave John McCain a Miraculous Medal blessed by Pope Benedict XVI.

In honor of McCain’s pro-life commitment, the Catholic actor gave the medal to the Republican presidential candidate after appearing with him at an Oct. 17 campaign rally in Miami.

“Sen. McCain said, ‘Thank you so much!’” Verastegui said. “Then he reached into his pocket and took out a Blessed Mother Teresa medal that he always carries with him. He said, ‘Eduardo, now I am going to keep both of these with me everywhere I go.’ I also gave a Miraculous Medal to Mrs. McCain.”

Added Verastegui, “I was touched when I found out that the McCains adopted one of their daughters from Mother Teresa’s orphanage in India. There is nothing more beautiful than to give children homes with families who will love them. I hope that one day that I can do the same.”

(Longer article here)

From Joannie:  Now, Miraculous Medals are not, of course, good luck charms.  Just because McCain is now carrying a Miraculous Medal doesn’t mean that he’s going to win the election.  I’m not superstitious.  (Nor am I a little ‘sitious….)  I do believe, however, that the Blessed Mother watches over those who entrust themselves to her.  I don’t think it’s a bad thing that McCain is willing to carry her medal in his pocket! : )  Way to go, Eduardo. : )

Okay, to say this makes me mad is an understatement.  I am so fired up right now, it might be dangerous to even write this post.  It doesn’t help that the voice of Senator Obama is in my ears spouting his usual lies– right now he’s promising all children in the audience that they will be able to go to college and have their tuition covered, “no ifs, ands, or buts.”  Urgh!  No wonder the crowd is chanting “Obama, Obama, Obama.”  See my post on this subject.

At least he’s telling them it’ll cost money.  Well, he says, “I’m not saying this will be easy.”  In other words… he’s going to raise our taxes. But is he saying that out loud?  No, it takes common sense to see that socializing healthcare AND college educations means that the government is going to need to get money from somewhere…

But I digress.  That’s not the point of this entry.  THIS is the point of the entry.  An effigy of Sarah Palin, hung from a noose, is part of a West Hollywood home’s Halloween display.  The town says they can’t do anything because of first ammendment rights.

Seriously?  Now, I’m all about first ammendment rights.  In fact, I fear that first ammendment rights are in jeopardy in our country today.  But making an effigy of a public figure and hanging it from your roof is not acceptable.  The article briefly touched on the fact that people wouldn’t be too happy if Obama was the one in the noose.  EXACTLY.  Do you think that would fly?

Or do you think it would cause a major uproar (that’s an understatement, too) and the people would probably be told to take their “art” down… or their house would be burned down.

I can’t stand how two-faced our society is.  It drives me CRAZY.  Urgh!!  I’m too heated up now… I need to go pray.

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