|Who's Drinking the Kool-Aid?|
|Last Stand for the Soul of America|
Michael J. Matt
|Editor, The Remnant|
The Garden, New York
(Posted 10/17/08 www.RemnantNewspaper.com) Well, at last they’re getting down to it! In the final presidential debate Bob Shieffer asked a question about the one issue everyone’s whispering about but not overly eager to talk about, at least not on CNN or FOX News: Where do the candidates really stand on Roe v. Wade and all its ramifications? The social issues—especially those relating to abortion and homosexuality—are the rocket fuel driving this election, regardless of what Anderson Cooper or Bill O’Reilly might say to the contrary.
The economy is a concern, certainly, but ours is becoming a nation of degenerates whose chief economic concerns revolve around the ability to finance increasingly immoral lifestyles. We’re in the middle of a national frat party, complete with primetime porn, drugs, strippers and plenty of virtual reality, and the last thing we want in the White House is a "buzz kill".
Self-indulgence, sex and making enough money to support our addictions—these are the issues that matter most to products of broken homes, MTV, Hollywood and radical social engineering in public schools. For them Big Brother Barack means clean needles, condoms, plenty of porn, free health care, free education, free housing, free food, a free ride!
The majority of young people have been systematically deprogrammed to give precious little thought to America’s sovereignty, the existence of God, religion, morality or the rise of a One World government. They will fight for whatever cause their programmers in the media tell them to fight for— animal rights, “reproductive rights”, global warming, etc. But an alarmingly high number of them seem to have lost any ability to engage in independent thought, as their day-to-day concerns tend to revolve around easy access to cable, wireless service, unlimited text messaging, and the right to do whatever they please. And killing babies? A perfectly legitimate choice. If it feels good, do it!
Lots of luck, Senator McCain!
Overturning Roe v. Wade would be tantamount to the campus police showing up outside the frat house--could mean the party's over! During a September 9 appearance on the insufferable TV program, The View, poor, befuddled John McCain was cajoled by the “ladies” to address the issue that matters most to them, too: Roe v. Wade. When goaded by the tag team of Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg, McCain finally stammered: “I believe Roe v. Wade was a very bad decision, Barbara. A bad decision.”
I know—not exactly Joe Scheidler! But you should have heard the cackles and hisses even at that from the creatures of The View. It’s clearly “reproductive rights”—not the economy—that’s got them most concerned. “Choice” trumps everything… including militant feminism, which is why Sarah Palin’s pro-life card sent her straight “back to jail” despite her gender.
It's Abortion, Stupid
But we mustn’t let ourselves get too bogged down in facts. It’s the economy that matters, right? During the 1992 presidential campaign, Democratic strategist and all around creepy guy, James Carville, hung a sign on a wall inside Governor Bill Clinton’s Little Rock headquarters that read: “It’s the economy, Stupid!” Remember?
Carville may be creepy but he’s not stupid. Having enjoyed record high approval ratings just a few months prior, President George H.W. Bush lost his reelection bid to a saxophone-playing, womanizer from Arkansas who took Carville’s slogan to the house. As the Monica Lewinski scandal would later bring out, however, it wasn’t the economy at all. Bill Clinton was “one of us”! He even went on MTV and told the whole world what kind of underwear he wears! Our electoral process is driven by sex and abortion.
I recently covered a McCain/Palin rally here in Minnesota and was reminded by the throngs of pro-lifers in attendance of what the 2008 election is really all about. With apologies to James Carville: It’s abortion, Stupid!
In the midst of an exceedingly unpopular war being waged by a lame duck president during a recession that rivals 1929, the Republican Party had one play left in its playbook: Surrender to the pro-life base. To that end, they threw up a “Hail Mary pass” to the largely unknown governor of Alaska.
Did it work? The thirteen thousand pro-lifers on hand at the rally just north of Minneapolis certainly seemed to think so. They turned out en masse to celebrate John McCain’s VP pick and to defend their hearths and homeschools against Senator Obama’s extremist pro-death, pro-gay, anti-family agenda.
Even though Republican politicians have been hanging “Kick Me” signs on the backsides of pro-lifers for decades, McCain’s VP pick is mending fences. “Sarah is our victory,” one fellow insisted. “They picked her because they can’t win without us. And she’s one of us!”
Before long the Governor of Alaska was on the stump getting right to the heart of the matter. In Johnstown, PA, last week she said:
In times like these, with wars and a financial crisis, it’s easy to forget even as deep and abiding a concern as the right to life. And it seems our opponent hopes that you will forget. Like so much else in his agenda, he hopes you won’t notice how radical his ideas and record are until it’s too late. But let there be no misunderstanding about the stakes. A vote for Barack Obama is a vote for activist courts that will continue to smother the open and democratic debate we need on this issue, at both the state and federal level. A vote for Barack Obama would give the ultimate power over the issue of life to a politician who has never once done anything to protect the unborn.
Even John McCain got into the act, though a good bit more tentatively, of course. In the final debate and in front of millions of viewers, McCain actually referred to himself as “proudly pro-life”.
Compare that to Barack Obama’s admission during the same debate that as president he would not even ban partial-birth abortion—a particularly barbaric procedure whereby a baby is partially delivered and then stabbed to death by a “physician” who then sucks the baby’s brains out.
Think of it: a majority of Americans—even a majority of so-called Catholic Americans—is preparing to elect as president a man who wants to keep infanticide (via brain sucking) legal in this country!
God bless America?
Speaking to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund on July 7, 2007, Senator Obama made a promise that should terrify America: "The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That's the first thing that I'd do."
And what is the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA)? In a September 19, 2008 letter to members of Congress, Cardinal Justin Rigali issued the following warning:
Despite its deceptive title, FOCA would deprive the American people in all 50 states of the freedom they now have to enact modest restraints and regulations on the abortion industry. FOCA would coerce all Americans into subsidizing and promoting abortion with their tax dollars. And FOCA would counteract any and all sincere efforts by government to reduce abortions in our country.
The operative language of FOCA is twofold. First it creates a “fundamental right” to abortion throughout the nine months of pregnancy, including a right to abort a fully developed child in the final weeks for undefined “health” reasons. No government body at any level would be able to “deny or interfere with” this newly created federal right. Second, it forbids government at all levels to “discriminate” against the exercise of this right “in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information.” For the first time, abortion on demand would be a national entitlement that government must condone and promote in all public programs affecting pregnant women.
Bottom line, President Barack Obama is promising to make pro-life activism illegal in this country. But that’s just for starters! After that he’ll outlaw homeschooling, criminalize opposition to gay marriage, socialize healthcare, and work to involve the federal government even more directly in early childhood education, and we all know what that means—a whole new generation of brown shirts!
Oh yes and, while you’re at it, you can say goodbye to your guns, too! Welcome to the Fourth Reich!
Does any of this matter? Probably not, at least not to vast numbers of Americans who, let’s face it, have been beaten down by liberalism to such an extent that they’re interested primarily in two things: Bread and Circuses! Sound familiar? We’ve come full circle, and while we may not be electing horses to the Senate yet we’ve been sending their lower spinal extremities to Washington for quite some time now! Pagan Rome had nothing on us.
The crisis on Wall Street has pushed Senator Obama ahead in the polls. George Bush and the Neocon folly in Iraq have left a sour taste in everyone’s mouth, including this writer’s. And without some movement away from corporate greed, sexual deviancy and national self-indulgence it’s difficult to see any sign of hope for slowing our nation’s downward spiral into chaos.
Empress of the Americas
Back in July something hopeful did happen that’s at least worth mentioning: Senator John McCain inadvertently reminded a nation on the eve of it own destruction that there’s only one way out of this nightmare—recourse to Our Lady.
I don’t know if anyone noticed or if we were all too busy watching Dancing With the Stars, but on the Fourth of July 2008, John McCain visited the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, just north of Mexico City. Accompanied by Catholic convert and former Florida governor, Jeb Bush, the McCain party listened intently as Monsignor Monroy explained the apparition of Our Lady and the miraculous image on Juan Diego’s tilma. John McCain even solemnly laid a red rose before the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at one point, just before Monsignor Monroy placed his hand on the Senator’s head for a long moment and blessed him.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Patroness of the Americas, including, of course, the United States. Pope Pius XII once said of her: “For we are certain that as long as you are recognized as Queen and Mother, Mexico and America will be safe.” By the way, Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego pregnant with the Son of God in her womb. Is she not the ultimate patroness of the unborn?
With the Aztecs sacrificing millions of their own to the stone serpent god, Our Lady appeared to an Aztec convert named Juan Diego and announced she would crush the serpent god. Soon thereafter the human sacrifice ceased and millions of Aztecs converted to the Catholic Faith.
When she appeared, Our Lady was standing on a crescent which, in addition to being the symbol of the stone serpent, is also the symbol of Islam. Her name—Guadalupe—comes from two Moslem words meaning “wolf” and “river”—referring to the place where a famous statue of Our Lady had been venerated during the Moorish occupation in Spain.
Interestingly enough, Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego in the New World while the Council of Trent was taking place in the old one. The Latin Mass was being codified in 16th century Europe as Our Lady was personally intervening in America, reclaiming that continent from the Serpent in the name of her Son.
Similarly, the Latin Mass was freed from restrictions in 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI just before Our Lady of Guadalupe would “reappear” (in a manner of speaking) here in America, reminding us that our only hope of truly exorcising the Serpent from our nation's shores rests with recourse to her Son.
Coincidence? Perhaps! But with 50 million Americans already sacrificed to the God of Choice through the anti-sacrament of Abortion, can mere coincidence fully explain why Our Lady of Guadalupe would “appear” again, this time in the midst of a presidential race with apocalyptic ramifications?
Sure, political stunts are a dime a dozen these days and this may have been nothing more than that. But it would be a cold day in hell before Barack Hussein Obama would be caught venerating an image of Our Lady. And though the consummate politician, John McCain, likely had no idea of the significance of his pilgrimage (outside of the Hispanic voter bloc, of course), his public appearance with Our Lady nevertheless should suggest to us the possibility that she is trying to intervene again. Political stunt or not, there’s never been a better moment than this for Americans to turn to her.
Empress of the Americas, we cry out to thee! We’ve abandoned you, we’ve abandoned your Son! And the Serpent God is again demanding the blood of our children. Our national conscience is so comfortably numb that we think nothing of sending our daughters into combat and our sons into beauty parlors. We subsidize public schools that are dedicated to the corruption of entire generations of American children. We stare at increasingly pornographic primetime TV while activist judges redefine marriage. Meanwhile, scientists lobby like ghouls for euthanasia, stem cell research and human cloning.
Welcome to the nightmare of a world without God!
Clearly, the situation is volatile. Diabolical disorientation drives entire nations—including ours—to the brink of insanity. But for whatever reason God has placed us here and now, and we must look to His Church for guidance especially when Christians face persecution through the laws of their own land. To that end, St. Thomas Aquinas is clear in Question 47, Article 2 of the Summa about what we can do come November:
Now the constant differs from the inconstant man in two respects. First, in respect of the quality of the danger feared, because the constant man follows right reason, whereby he knows whether to omit this rather than that, and whether to do this rather than that. Now the lesser evil or the greater good is always to be chosen in preference; and therefore the constant man is compelled to bear with the lesser evil through fear of the greater evil, but he is not compelled to bear with the greater evil in order to avoid the lesser. But the inconstant man is compelled to bear with the greater evil through fear of a lesser evil, namely to commit sin through fear of bodily suffering; whereas on the contrary the obstinate man cannot be compelled even to permit or to do a lesser evil, in order to avoid a greater. Hence the constant man is a mean between the inconstant and the obstinate.
Unless it were mortally sinful to vote for John McCain (which it is not), it seems clear—given the manifest evil of his opponent’s agenda—what we must do. As Pat Buchanan recently noted: “Support for Roe v. Wade is a litmus test in today’s Democratic Party, where the right to an abortion has been elevated to the highest rank in the Constitution. Bottom line. If Obama-Biden wins, Roe is forever. If McCain-Palin wins, Roe could be gone by the decade’s end.”
It’s all about abortion! President McCain’s reelection bid in 2012, his judicial appointments, his vetoes, etc., would necessarily be heavily influenced by the pro-life movement in this country—a lobby on which the Democrats have declared total war.
Obama’s advocacy of the demonic where life and family issues are concerned arguably makes a vote for McCain an act of self-defense.
America’s soul is at stake, and the national bloodletting wrought through abortion must be addressed before there can be any hope of restoring sanity to the U.S. foreign policy. Despite the Neocons’ battle for the soul of Sarah Palin, she stands as an eleventh-hour concession on the part of the Republicans that without voters who believe in God, life and family, they can’t defeat the Devil at the polls. This is something Catholics can exploit for the good of a much higher cause: the restoration of all things in Christ—which has to begin somewhere!
Let’s not let politics divide us. A number of us will vote Republican this fall not because we trust John McCain but because when it comes to his judicial appointments, marriage protection, hate crime legislation, tax-payer funded abortion, etc., we prefer the Vatican, Phyllis Schlafly, Pat Buchanan, and James Dobson to exercise political pressure on the White House rather than Al Sharpton, NARAL, the U.N., and Reverend Jeremiah Wright. That’s a battle we can actually win even despite John McCain’s deficiencies.
After all, consider the alternative! Listen to the scream of demons in America at the very thought of any politician daring to defend (no matter how ineptly!) the unborn. Vile creatures such as Madonna slither across rock stages and call for the heads of decent folks who speak in defense of babies. The 50-year-old “material girl” slammed Governor Palin at The Garden two weeks ago when she sang I Love New York, which includes the lyric ‘get off my street!’ Madonna edited that a bit: “You know who can get off of my street? Sarah Palin! I’m gonna kick her ass if she don’t get off of my street!” The mob screamed its approval, but there was no outrage, no charge of hate speech, no objection from the media. Why? Because even residual Christianity is powerful enough to undermine the Christ-hating agenda of the mainstream media. Sarah Palin, despite her shortcomings (and from a Catholic perspective, she has many!), still possesses enough femininity, basic integrity and maternal instincts to remind America of what we once were and what we could be again.
All of this has precious little to do with Senator John McCain or the Republican Party per se. This is about us—millions of pro-life, pro-homeschool, pro-family, pro-God Americans trying to mount a rearguard campaign to buy the precious time needed to wake America from its stupor. Our nation is being occupied by the Godless—we’re being taken over! The children of America need to see the evil championed by Pelosi, Reed, Frank, Biden, Kennedy, Obama and the rest of the rabble lose at the polls.
This is much bigger—and so much more vital to our real national interests—than John McCain or his campaign will ever realize. Still, in their desperation they had to recognize the followers of Christ, the defenders of life, and advocates of marriage, the champions of home education whose fight is first and foremost in the trenches, not in Washington. This, then, is already a major victory for us, no matter what happens in November! We fight for the soul of our nation, not party politics. The Republican politicians may think they’re using us, but, wake up, my friends—we are using them! If they win it will only be because millions of Americans forced them to take a stand for life and prove to the world that America still has a soul. If they win, we will have demonstrated to God and the world that ten just men can still be found in Sodom.
As for the war in Iraq and wherever else the Neocons in their madness wish to invade next, this is another matter. But Obama and McCain will both do what they’re told when it comes to America’s wars—we have little say in that because they have little say in that. And if you doubt that this is so then you’ve been drinking as much Kool-Aid as Sean Hannity. We’re way beyond that in this country.
Bottom line is this: The justice of any given war is always debatable; abortion never is! War is not intrinsically evil; abortion most certainly is! We at The Remnant have opposed the war in Iraq from the beginning, and we will continue to do so for as long as “hate criminals” like us are allowed to speak out in this country. But given the high stakes here at home, we need to fight at the domestic front right now, and that means holding our noses and pulling the lever for the ticket that stands the best chance of sending Obama and his pro-abortion death squads packing.
The real war is at the level of the grassroots—and it’s over abortion, homosexual marriage, homeschooling, etc. This is where the castle wall has been breached, and we need to fix that first. The grassroots must come together in the face of clear and present evil, and we must do it now! Time is running out, and if we lose this battle we have little chance of winning any other for years to come.
Remember, Obama, Pelosi and Reed will have their way with America, with us, with pro-life activism, with the homeschool movement, with the NRA, and with your children and mine, with whatever resistance is left in this country. The United Nations and the United States will become one and the sun will rise on a New World Order.
Having lost faith in the broken system in this country years ago, I haven’t voted in a presidential election in many years. But this year is different, and it has very little to do with John McCain. I will vote this year, but it will be a vote for the good guys, for the grass roots, for American families and pro-lifers, for homeschoolers and for all the folks whose influence President John McCain will be forced to take into account—the very same folks President Obama will consider hate criminals.
This is how I see it, and I can only pray it’s how God sees it, as well!
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pray for us!