… the greatest American president was sworn into office.

Well, I guess some people may disagree with that statement.

But he’s my man, and I’m sticking to it.

Ronald Reagan’s 1st inaugural address here.

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It’s incredible how many GRE words are descriptive of the present administration.  Obama is my mnemonic for a lot of words as I study.

And every day, he proves himself a “worthy” mnemonic for dissemble, mendacious, prevaricate, equivocate…

Obama Administration OKs First Tax-Funded Abortions Under Health Care Law

This doesn’t surprise most of us.  So much for an executive order, huh?  Okay, Catholic Health Association– what are you going to say now?  Or do you even care?

My brother passed along this opinion piece re: the oil spill and the finger-pointing.  A good read.

Oil spill culprits run deep

My apologies that I haven’t posted anything worth reading for awhile.  I came across this piece this morning and thought I’d share.  The full text can be found here.

Archbishop Chaput of Denver spoke last night at Baptist University of Houston, where JFK gave his (in)famous speech convincing everyone that the Catholic Faith of the President of the United States did not matter.  This is what Chaput had to say about that:

“Fifty years ago this fall, in September 1960, Sen. John F. Kennedy, the Democratic candidate for president, spoke to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association. He had one purpose. He needed to convince 300 uneasy Protestant ministers, and the country at large, that a Catholic like himself could serve loyally as our nation’s chief executive. Kennedy convinced the country, if not the ministers, and went on to be elected. And his speech left a lasting mark on American politics. It was sincere, compelling, articulate – and wrong. Not wrong about the patriotism of Catholics, but wrong about American history and very wrong about the role of religious faith in our nation’s life. And he wasn’t merely “wrong.” His Houston remarks profoundly undermined the place not just of Catholics, but of all religious believers, in America’s public life and political conversation. Today, half a century later, we’re paying for the damage.

“Now those are strong statements. So I’ll try to explain them by doing three things. First, I want to look at the problems in what Kennedy actually said. Second, I want to reflect on what a proper Christian approach to politics and public service might look like. And last, I want to examine where Kennedy’s speech has led us – in other words, the realities we face today, and what Christians need to do about those realities.”

Read on to hear the rest.  May God bless shepherds like Archbishop Chaput!

Every once and awhile, my brother and mom and I will play a game, “who said this?”  It usually entails my brother emailing us a quote, then my Mom guessing, and by the time I get a chance to read the emails, she’s guessed correctly and everyone has moved on with their lives.

Today was the same, but I thought I’d share the game with all of you.

I mean, the fact of the matter is, is the president has been on his 60-day tour, and everywhere he goes the numbers just get worse. The American people have essentially voted on this proposal and really what you have is a situation now where I think that the president and the Congress are going to need to figure out a way to save face and — and step back a little bit. And if — if they let go of their egos — listen, I’ve been on the other side of this where — particularly with my wife. (laughter) Where I’ve gotten in an argument and then at some point in the argument it dawns on me, you know what, I’m wrong on this one and it’s — it’s — it’s irritating, it’s frustrating. You don’t want to admit it, and so to the extent that we can provide the president with a graceful mechanism to — to say we’re sorry, Dear, then I think that would be — that would be helpful.

My mom nailed it, while I fell into the obvious trap of thinking it was a recent quote about our current president and the mess he’s gotten us into as a country.

Nope, Mom was right.  Those words came from Senator Barack Obama, in 2005, criticizing President Bush’s attempt to privatize social security.

Will he listen to himself?

Another good piece about the March & the media’s blatant agenda.

The testimony beginning at 4:00 is especially moving.

I just returned from the March for Life in Washington, D.C., the largest demonstration that the nation’s capital witnesses each year.  It was a wonderful pilgrimage– a beautiful blend of prayer for our country & its leaders and good-old-fashioned American freedom of speech.  We’re not going to sit around while our country continues to tell women the only answer is abortion.

The crowds this year were the largest I’ve ever seen in my years attending the March — most estimates are around 300,000, although I wouldn’t be surprised to find out there were even more.  I was glad to have the opportunity to take some college students out there so they could stand up for life, pray for a culture change, and see that they weren’t alone in their convictions.

One thing that never fails to impress me is the age of the crowd.  It would be interesting to somehow find the average age of everyone present — if I had to guess, I’d put it around 23.  That’s why this Newsweek blog piece is so revolting: Who’s Missing at the ‘Roe v Wade’ Anniversary Demonstrations?  Young Women.

She actually says that the March route was shortened this year because the organizers are old.  Seriously?  Has this woman ever seen the March for Life?

There’s no excuse for such asinine journalism.  But you’ll find it everywhere — no one wants to acknowledge what happens in D.C. (and in San Francisco, Phoenix…) every January 22nd.  The media wants to tell you that pro-lifers are in the minority (which they aren’t) and that they’re all old men.

Luckily, there are people like Jack Cashill who are working to set the record straight:  How the Media Have Mangled the Pro-Life Story.

I didn’t see a single anti-life demonstrator on Friday.  (I usually see a handful of them at the March.)  NPR somehow found some, since three of the five pictures they had on their website were of anti-life demonstrators.  That’s a funny ratio — 3 of 5, when there were six of them and 300,000 of us.  Hm.

Asinine.  That’s all I can say.

[Check out Thine Eyes: A Witness to the March for Life.]