The Bullying Mob; Everything Tea Partiers Were Not

________-------_______ It's a long video, but keep watching, and if you can't abide hearing the "F-word" then cover your ears toward the 2:40 mark, when these overgrown adolescents resort to their magic word of power -- the word they spelled out en masse at Woodstock, because it was so cool, man, and such a daringly articulate denunciation of like...the establishment and the bourgeois, two-car, vacation-taking middle class, and like...hardhats and unions and stuff...man. Watch the … [Read more...]

Sowing into Overreach and Weakness UPDATED

My Tuesday column is up over at First Things. It occurred to me that one must stretch out in order to sow seeds of change, but eventually the stretch becomes an overreach that ends up perverting and weakening a movement, whether it's feminism, labor unions, even grassroots efforts or churches. On some level, what is weak knows that it is weak; it understands that foundationally, it cannot support the weight of its own ideas, much less endure an opposing wind. And because weakness knows this, … [Read more...]

Will Lame Ducks Turn?

Back in September, I wrote: . . .what makes Reid and Pelosi so certain that the returning lame ducks will be so eager to line up? What if they come back to Congress and the Senate and say to themselves: “. . . you know what, I never believed in any of this; I did what I was told because Pelosi strongarmed me and I was afraid of her; I did it because Reid promised me the moon. Now, I got nothing. It’s over for me, and they still want me to just fall-in-line and vote for this garbage … [Read more...]

Will Lame Ducks Turn on Pelosi-Reid?

Instapundit writes: "PUNT! Democrats put off votes to extend Bush tax cuts until after midterm election. Of course, the uncertainty this creates will probably hurt job growth in the intervening months." A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced the decision in a statement that blamed Republicans for holding up tax cuts for the middle class in order to prevent a tax hike on wealthier taxpayers. . . ." Feeling no need to remind readers that the Democrats control both … [Read more...]

Obama crashes; Hillary Waits – UPDATE

Don't know if this is making the rounds, but it should be - Obi's Sister cracked me up with this opening: While the honeymoon has been over for a while, inside sources whisper that Obama is now sleeping on America’s couch. It won’t be long before he’s kicked out of the house and asks his secretary find him a place to live. Obi's Sister wonders why Hillary Clinton did not speak up about strong-arm tactics from Obamites during the 2008 campaign? Hillary, like Ronald Reagan, would never … [Read more...]

Credit where it's due

I can't embed the video, but credit where it's due, I give Nancy Pelosi props for hanging in there, allowing people to have their say, and not running away. When I see a politician do that, I am appreciative. I liked it when Bush did it, and I like it now. The free expression of political opinion and disagreement is so fundamental to America, that I will always appreciate a politician who manages to hang in there, although they ought never put themselves in danger. Pelosi rightly judged, … [Read more...]

Pray for Nancy Pelosi

Just pray for her. Pelosi’s office did not respond to CNSNews.com’s follow-up questions regarding the speaker’s statement that she seeks to make policy in conformance with the values of the Word made flesh. It takes a special kind of cognitive dissonance to speak fervently of the Word Made Flesh, and to understand that by his Incarnation God has ennobled all mortal flesh with a sanctity and a holiness relative to his own, and yet to consistently vote--as Nancy Pelosi did in … [Read more...]

A Most small-c Catholic Drama

Over at Pajamas Media, I have a piece that you might call an addendum to my weekend article at First Things. In 2009 an Arizona woman, pregnant with her fifth child and suffering from pulmonary hypertension (an often, but not always fatal complication), consulted with her doctor and the ethics committee member on call — a Catholic Sister of Mercy — and obtained an abortion at the St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. As the story has gone public, the reactions have been predictable … [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...]


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