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...]

Voting is Immoral

 If one takes the view that morality is more than utilitarian, if you take the word "moral" to mean something beyond the reach of classroom ethics, into the realm of what is soulful and life-giving, if what is moral is opposed to nihilism, philistinism, and technocratic reductions to relativized objectivity, if what is moral is worth anything anymore, if we are not totally demoralized, if there is something more than an exercise in petty logic and economic calculation to morality, then … [Read more...]

Where White Privilege Will Not Go: White Poverty in America

 The questions of race, ethnicity, culture, and more are among the hardest to understand because they are almost impossible to consider with any honest sobriety. They tend to become projections, distorting mirrors, self affirming defences. When the different, but related, questions of racism, genocide, and cultural harm come into play, this is even harder to understand. I hope you will take this short and insufficient post as a way to perhaps think about such ideas as faithfully to … [Read more...]

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Must Trump Say What He Means?

 I've written twice (here and here) on the curious case where "political correctness" has become a politically correct thing to invoke pejoratively on the right. Today I examine a different aspect of Donald Trump. We might call this Trump's Big Mouth Paradox. Here it is: Trump is famous for "telling it like it is" and not being "politically correct" yet he and his supporters continually have to clarify what he says and deny the things he seems to be saying.In other words, for s … [Read more...]

When Political Incorrectness Becomes Politically Correct

I've already shown how an ideological critique of "political correctness" can, and in today's GOP indeed has already, become a form of politically correctness. This shows that any political inflection of value on what is correct will always fall into a form of political correctness. But what about the other side of the expression? The correct side?Donald Trump has recently received an enormous amount of criticism for his treatment of the Khizr and Ghazala Khan, parents to an Army captain who … [Read more...]

True and False Religion: Pope Francis, Fr. Jacques Hamel, and French Muslims at Catholic Mass

 When we talk about a religion, we tend to assume we refer to the some true version of that religion, especially when we identify with it or are at least not hostile to it. This can still be tricky business, especially when the same word is being used at once. For instance, the FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) is categorically different from the LDS, despite three identical terms, and we understand that mainstream Mormonism does not, for instance, p … [Read more...]