A Few Words from Eric Hoffer

“Freedom means freedom from forces and circumstances which would turn man into a thing, which would impose on man the passivity and predictability of matter. By this test, absolute power is the manifestation most inimical to human uniqueness. Absolute power wants to turn people into malleable clay.” *** “Scratch an intellectual and you find a would-be aristocrat who loathes the sight, the sound, and the smell of common folk.” *** “Unless a man has talents to make something of himself, freedom is … [Read more...]

Faith & Politics, Appetite & Desire

Today at Mass I was praying for all on my list, and also praying for the nation, the president, Speaker Pelosi and so forth. I thought to myself: "she strikes me as someone in whom everything has been burned away except political appetite."But then I considered that the same statement can be true about so many of us who are "political junkies." The old nag began within me again: when do our ideologies take over to the extent that they become our idols?It's a valid concern.And then … [Read more...]

How to Pray for the Nation

Got this from reader Alexandra, and thought it was such incredibly simple (but profound) advice, that I had to share it. It really humbled and instructed me:. . .when the Bush-Gore recount battle was going on, I asked my parish priest, a very wise man who loves Christ, how to discern God's will. I wasn't asking so much for his opinion on the politics of the day but when I am in one of these political battles and a religious person, can I discern God's will in the course of trying to decide … [Read more...]

Sane Perspectives on Healthcare

Watch Rep. Paul Ryan making sense, and clearly confusing Rep. Louise Slaughter:H/TMeanwhile, I wanted to share this, with a Hat Tip to Deacon Greg Kandra. He posted an excerpt from Cardinal Seans thoughtful musings on healthcare, and then tipped me off to this comment from one of his readers -although I have seen it on several sites, today, so I am not sure where it originated- which I am reprinting in full, because it is sane and sensible:I have been a doctor for 19 years. 4 years in … [Read more...]

Pelosi Doesn't Know from St. Joseph

I'm sorry. Almost nothing that has come from this woman's mouth has infuriated me like this.This woman is a profound grotesque who gets virtually everything wrong here, from what feastday it is, to the kinds of Catholic religious sisters supporting her monster's bastard of a bill.Note, because it is important in the face of her stupidity, her mendacity, her slander and her willingness to use any-and-all means to achieve her ends, the Catholic sisters who vehemently oppose this health care … [Read more...]

Hawkins Interviews Rove

I had no plans to purchase Karl Rove's book, Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight. We're trying to cut back on spending around here, for one thing, and Lent is leaving me reluctant to engage, for another. And after passionately defending Bush for so many years, I am also just sort of exhausted on the whole subject of his presidency, and feel like I need a little break.But I may pick it up now, after reading Rove's interview with John Hawkins, which is pretty good. … [Read more...]

"If the whole world were to crumble…"

“The function of the true state is to impose the minimum restrictions and safeguard the maximum liberties of the people, and it never regards the person as a thing.” -- Kant“The more corrupt the State the more numerous the laws.” -- Tacitus“Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It’s the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.” -- Lily TomlinSourceLots of upset people out there, today. I can … [Read more...]

Pratchett from 2004: "Too Big to Fail"

It's not prophecy. It's not a fine or proved economic theorem. It's not even life imitating art. It's simply the way one Master Grifter recognises the cynical underhandedness of another Master Grifter. And how a very smart novelist understands the constant con:From Terry Pratchett's inventive and smart novel Going Postal, at that point where the sympathetic shyster, Moist von Lipwig, charged -on pain of death- with re-tooling the defunct Ankh-Morpork postal service, understands the depth … [Read more...]

Lies and liars – UPDATE

I've cribbed the video, but after watching it, do go read Ed Morrissey's whole piece. They lie and lie. And they may get away with it, too.The reason they may get away with it, even with boldface lying like this, is because they are assisting in strenghtening the resistance of the world, that there may be no breach by which to "open up space for God’s life to pass through."Am I actually suggesting that at this point The Pelosi and The President are -knowingly or unknowingly, actively or p … [Read more...]

Just how angry are some Americans? -UPDATES

Because all of his pronouncements are subject to sudden change, President Obama, who decried the use of reconciliation on much smaller matters than this, has decided reconciliation is the perfect vehicle by which to tell the American public to shut up and take what he's giving them (language warning), and also take command over 17% of the economy.And he's doing it, all while pretending not to know that America is saying "no."Is that just Obama taking a stab at some plausible deniability? … [Read more...]


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