About Sam Rocha

The Media Treats Trump Better Than Clinton or Bush

As I've said countless times, my media intake began with 90s era Rush Limbaugh and to this day includes a real dose of right-wing stuff. In many ways, hyper-conservative media, from The EIB Network to Focus on the Family, created my basic worldview and, in my case, I don't see myself as having moved very far from its key feature: critique. Every single day from the intro segment to the skit to the commentary, I mostly listened to reasons to not only impeach Clinton, but to damn him to hell as … [Read more...]

On the US Dept of Education

Around the time of the Devos nomination, a lot of people were sharing the Wikipedia-informed idea that the Dept of Education was invented in 1979 and that if we just blow it up then we will lose the federal schooling apparatus. Sorry to burst your bubble, folks, but that story is sophomoric in the sense that it has a death grip on one small fact to the ignorance of all others.The Common School Movement was a Whig party initiative that was passed state to state, but ALL THE STATES passed … [Read more...]

ON PROTEST (AND THOSE WHO PROTEST AGAINST THEM)

I am continually amazed at the conveniently short memory of the vast number of the "political scientists" that post their analysis on social media. The fact is there always have been protests on inauguration day. The scale and degree, of course, varies, but the plain and simple reality is that protest, even destructive protest, is as American as the Boston Tea Party. If there were no protests on inauguration day it would be unamerican and dangerous.Indeed, revolution is one of the few d … [Read more...]

Remember Your Promises: A Note to My Spiritual Elders

You raised me. You taught me. You took my family and gave them a direction. You fed us and sometimes clothed us. You loved me. You promised.The keywords: Orthodoxy, conservative with a small c that started to grow during the Clinton years, fidelity, authority. You swore an oath, and I did too. I still do. Magisterium. Teacher. Rabbi.I loved what you loved, I drank deeply and it was good. God, yes, always Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but also Rome. You led me there and showed it to me. … [Read more...]

Was Baby Jesus a Refugee?

 The infant Jesus we encounter in scripture is a serious and inspiring source of interpretation and celebration. I am not a Biblical scholar, but I am aware of the litany of approaches to the interpretation of scripture, from those that rely primarily on tradition and past authority to those that take a more modern historical approach. I reject none of these out of hand, but I am of course limited to what I know. The text I am using is the New Jerusalem Bible and I will mainly work from … [Read more...]

Socialism Elected Trump!

There are people like Michael Moore who are taking consolation in the fact that Hillary won the popular vote. For one, this isn't exactly true. The only winner of the popular vote was the usual, perennial winner: the apolitical protest non-vote of the disaffected masses, who always don't vote at rates of 40 to 60 percent. Of the 50 percent or so who did vote, Hillary pulled a marginal majority.This uninspiring majority has led a number of internet geniuses to advocate abolishing the … [Read more...]

Fr. Pavone Places Human Corpse on Altar, an Offering to the Idol of Trump

Patheos Catholic has widely reported on Fr. Frank Pavone's recent stunt where he used the naked human corpse of a late-term abortion as a prop for a photo op and video on the Priests for Life Facebook page. In this case I strongly reccomend not finding the source material.This was a human body placed on an altar with candles lit around it in a last minute attempt to rally votes for Donald Trump -- all orchestrated by a Roman Catholic priest.There is a dark and macabre sacramental … [Read more...]

Raymond Arroyo and EWTN Reject Solidarity Party and Interview Trump

I graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in May 2005. The commencement speaker was perhaps the most drastic drop from quality to garbage one can experience. The scheduled speaker was originally Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger who had recently become unavailable, occupied by his recent election to the seat of Peter. The substitute for Ratzinger -- the replacement for a Pope who I believe will one day be a Doctor of the Church, the best my university could do to replace Benedict XVI -- was … [Read more...]

The New Moral Minority (And Why SCOTUS Arguments Are Nonsense)

 I came into political consciousness during the 90s. Rush Limbaugh's moral testimony against the character of Bill Clinton made an enormous impression on me. In July I wrote a lengthy account of the development of my political conscience where this is detailed in full. This formation led me to consider myself part of the "moral majority," an idealism that led me to reject George W. Bush in favor of writing in Alan Keyes in my first ballot.While many think my politics have changed dra … [Read more...]

3 New Things Trump Told Us in the First Debate

Last night's presidential debate was, by comparison, a moderately composed portrait of Trump. The comparison, of course, is to the GOP primary debates where, among other things, he made reference to the size of his penis. Anyone who saw those debates was not surprised last night by Trump's lack of focus and reasoning ability, his inability to hear and answer a question, his lack of detail and poor command of policy, his childish facial expressions and repetitions, his tired refrains, his … [Read more...]