Inexplicable January 14, 2014

Mike Flynn passes along this quote of the day:

“There’s a seeming inconsistency in contemporary American politics: at the same time the central government’s size and power have reached unprecedented heights, a smaller percentage of the public view the government in Washington favorably than at any time in the last half-century.” –Richard Winchester,, Jan. 2

(It’s a puzzlement, all right.)

Who can explain the mysterious mind of the American citizenry?  Next, they’ll be reacting disfavorably to music (LOUDER THAN EVER BEFORE!!!!) and even war (more deadly than at any time in history!!!!).  What is the *matter* with these people?  Are they just impossible to please

I remember, years ago, having somebody try to figure out my confusing stands. I oppose abortion, yet I am also against torture! I honor gay people who try to live according to the teaching of Christ, but am critical of those who oppose that teaching (both active gays and Catholic Reactionaries see this as a contradiction shrouded in mystery.) I believe in Just War Theory *and* oppose wars that do not meet Just War criteria. I thought the world of JPII and Benedict, yet I also think the world of Francis, who teaches the same thing they did. I think human life is sacred at the beginning of life, but also think it sacred at the end of life–even on death row. I think the law was made for man, and yet believe man was not made for the law. I think the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of the state is bad, yet I also think the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a few oligarchs is bad too. I am content with the Ordinary Form, but am also content with the Extraordinary Form. How do I live in that kind of contradiction?

I am large. I contain multitudes.

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