Greg Maresca | Remnant Columnist
There are some Americans who have received numerous ballots in the mail over the past month that you’d think they were already deceased. Who among us has not read or heard about mail-in voting shenanigans occurring throughout our fruited plain?
For Democrats there are no wrong addresses, only misplaced and uncounted ballots. Covering elections years ago, the standard refrain throughout the Pennsylvania Coal Region was the Democrats always had a 500-vote advantage before the polls ever opened their doors.
A journeyman is defined as someone who is reliable, not outstanding, but more of a placeholder than anything else.
In today’s politically charged universe, who does that remind you of?
There is no greater representative of the entrenched, bureaucratic, political class better known as the “D.C. Swamp” than Joe Biden and his nearly half-century membership highlights it. Biden will serve his most crucial role as the placeholder for Kamala Harris, if the presidential election goes as predicted for Democrats. Provided you are unfamiliar with what the 25th Amendment of the Constitution entails, it won’t be long until you are.
Robert Gates, who served as defense secretary when Biden was vice president would later write that Biden “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”
When asked what he plans to do about dementia, Biden pledged to increase their foreign aid and accept all their immigrants.
Biden presides over a Democrat party that coddles extremists and ignores riotous violence. Biden’s campaign slogan of “Build Back Better” is more suited as “Build back Bitter.”
If Democrats did not have double standards, they would have no standards at all. Turn off the rhetoric and study what they actually do. For instance, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, over the preceding decade the Biden’s gave an average of $369 per year to charities. Biden is all about using your money, not his.
Biden’s mantra about saving the “soul of America,” is bizarre coming from a man who responds to political incentives quicker than Pontius Pilate. Biden wears the Catholic badge as he does his mask when campaigning from his basement. Biden should wear two masks – one for each face.
His “devout” Catholicism is derisive and a sham.
Biden is the most radically pro-abortion, pro-LGBTQ, “Catholic” candidate ever to headline a national ticket. Biden embraces sodomy as “marriage” and has even presided over one.
Biden’s self-serving flip on the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal tax dollars from paying for abortions, speaks to his character that only distances himself from the truths of Catholicism, particularly that every life is sacred from conception to natural death.
He is certainly catholic with a small “c” when it comes to abortion, and his pro-abort running mate Kamala Harris, when she was California attorney general, played a key role in defending Planned Parenthood over its sale of aborted baby parts in violation of federal law. A Biden administration would not only codify abortion into federal law but make the taxpayer foot the bill. They would also force the Little Sisters of the Poor to fund abortion and contraception.
In Catholic circles, Biden is what you would call a “cafeteria Catholic” – someone who adheres to whatever Church dogma suits them. Cafeteria Catholics are legion and heretics, too.
If Catholicism were a crime, would there be enough evidence to convict?
Testimony points to a Biden acquittal.
Ever since Judas betrayed Our Lord, you can trace all major crises to the silence of Christian clergy and by doing so they surrender their moral authority. For Biden and any Catholic reading this, it was at the Council of Trent where St. Pope Pius V prophetically said, “All the evils of the world are due to lukewarm Catholics.”
Where are the Fulton Sheen archbishops of today? If you need more convincing, run an internet search for the homilies of Father Altman and Meeks.
Economist and scholar, Thomas Sowell summed the 2020 election in these words: “If the election goes to Biden, there’s a good chance that the Democrats will then control the two branches of Congress and the White House, and considering the kinds of things that they’re proposing, that could well be the point of no return for this country.”
As we head into the election’s home stretch, one must never underestimate the percolating sensation of the “shy voter.” Given all the political animosity that is anti-Trump, the “shy voter” is one who considers it taboo to declare openly that they would vote for Trump. They could very well be the 2020 version of the Silent Majority.
Much can occur during the last weeks of any election year, let alone the most conspicuous presidential election in more than a century.
In 2016, Hillary Clinton was leading by nearly seven points at this juncture.
History can be a resounding echo.
The Biden-Harris presidential placards popped up on lawns like dandelions on a warm spring day following that first presidential debate with the never-Trumpers cultivating among them.
Ever since President Trump emerged on the national political scene, a species of the never-Trumpers was conceived claiming to be turned off by his demeanor, off-handed quips, and Big Apple brashness.
They lament Trump’s errant past as justification not to vote for him because such things are beneath them. These never-Trumpers are held hostage by their emotions, finding it impossible to separate Trump’s policies from his personality.
Woefully, this presidential election’s emphasis continues to be centered on Trump’s outsized persona. This is the Democrat’s and mainstream media’s strategy with the extremism of the Democrat Party’s platform a nonissue.
If your main source of information is the mainstream press or social media, you are walking blindly into an election that provided Democrats win, will fundamentally change the country especially for your children and grandchildren.
Without question, Trump can be abrasive and will never be mistaken for an altar boy. For Trump, his presidency has been a matter of substance over style.
Objectively, Trump has accomplished much of what he promised.
Trump’s administration has arguably orchestrated the most historic development in Middle Eastern diplomacy in over half a century. Countries once hostile to Israel, like the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, now formally recognize Israel with additional Arab nations set to follow. Moderate regimes throughout the Middle East are prevailing, while radical groups like Hamas, ISIS and al-Qaeda are not.
Provided the Obama administration even came close to such success, there would be a second Nobel Prize for Obama, while Trump walks away with nothing, but history on his side. Trump got us out of the pathetic Iran nuclear deal, while expanding the economy that saw record levels of employment and higher wages for blacks, Latinos and women, while buoying every 401k from sea to shining sea.
Michael Matt takes down the Never Trumpers:
Carbon emissions have been reduced more than those nations still locked into the Paris climate treaty. Illegal immigration has decreased, while more NATO members are meeting their longstanding military obligations. Trump refuses to back down to China, who continues to oppress both Christians and Muslims, while calling the Chinese out on their theft of American intellectual property. Moreover, Trump’s administration has renegotiated abysmal trade deals with the Middle Kingdom that has cost Americans trillions of dollars in revenue and millions of jobs for over two generations.
Over 200 federal judges have been confirmed by the Senate that will help reestablish constitutional lawfulness, while reigning in radical abortionists. If Trump loses, the abortion holocaust will greatly increase not only in the U.S., but worldwide.
This, however, is not worthy of today’s media that is nothing but an overwhelming partisan house organ for Democrats.
Throughout Trump’s first four years, there was not a single power that has not aligned against him and he refused to concede. There true target remains our nation’s longstanding Judeo-Christian traditional values, and in particular the enshrinement of abortion as a political sacramental.
The Left disdains Trump because he calls them out and without any political windsock pretense, while pulling no punches. The fact that some Christians say that they would never vote for Trump, who remains their steadfast ally, underscores just how much the secular infestation continues to poison and scatter godly people.
Never Trumpers are more than willing to double down in defiance as a lukewarm civil war continues to brew. Who has not watched in horror the arsonists rioting in the streets in so many Democrat run cities that continue to disregard the Rule of Law?
Trump has placed a spotlight upon the deep and murky bureaucratic swamp that infiltrates every avenue of our federal government that the never-Trumpers, RINOs, and those elite loving Globalists refuse to acknowledge. In retrospection, Donald Trump has been the most effective and conservative president since Ronald Reagan.
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Trump’s 2016 election was an obstruction to the Democrat-Marxist steamroller that revealed their true, totalitarian nature. This is what has them so enraged and indignant.
Those never Trumpers may not be too excited over a Biden-Harris White House; but it very well be its cause and effect.
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She does not just believe her faith and legal opinions; she lives them and therein lies the problem.
As the nation lurches toward the most combative presidential election in generations, another vindictive Supreme Court confirmation hearing will serve as its prologue.
Nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s intellect, character, and temperament is precisely the class of jurist America needs on the Supreme Court. What the nation does not need is another contentious and antagonistic round of hearings in order to get it done.
How tragic that in contemporary America a case must be made for the Constitution.
Lost amid COVID-19 and its ensuing lockdowns, social distancing and ubiquitous facemasks is any serious consideration and understanding of our longstanding constitutional rights that seem to be nothing more than a passing footnote.
How tragic that in contemporary America a case must be made for the Constitution. This was on display when several Pennsylvania counties filed suit against the draconian lockdown imposed by Gov. Tom Wolf, where “life-sustaining,” meant whatever Wolf desired.
With the stroke of a pen, Pennsylvania turned into a totalitarian dictatorship and everyone passively acquiesced as COVID damaged not only our economy and educational system, but also our God-given rights that bind all Americans.
To put things in prospective, during the Spanish Flu of 1918, restrictions did not last more than 50-days.
Once upon a time, sports was a welcomed respite from everyday life, and in particular, politics. In contemporary America, professional sports has become an exercise in the leftist antics of spoiled, rich man-children who think nothing of disrespecting the nation that affords them the opportunity and freedom to be who they are.
Over 50 years ago another leftist upheaval was taking place that produced hippies, free love, rampant drug use, high divorce rates, enormous government growth, feminism, affirmative action and the Novus Ordo Mass replete with folk guitars and felt banners. Even to a Catholic school first-grader, the “new Mass” just didn’t feel right.
It was one of those stories that should have headlined across our fruited plain, but in this age of COVID-19 and Trump Derangement Syndrome, it wouldn’t suit the narrative.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their website regarding COVID-19’s deaths and the numbers have been greatly reduced of those who died strictly from the virus.
“For 6 percent of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned,” the CDC’s latest report revealed. “For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death such as pneumonia, respiratory failure, diabetes, or heart disease.”
It was evident that when Kamala Harris emerged on the national scene that her political ambition would not cease with shinning a Senate seat from California.
Harris quickly made headlines when she claimed that Brian Buescher, who was nominated as a federal district judge, should be disqualified due to his membership in the Knights of Columbus.
The economy is another way of saying, our lives. No matter what the popular ethos preaches, there is no such thing as a non-essential business. All businesses are essential for those who work them.
When government says it is safe to go to Walmart, but unsafe to attend church, and when dentists’ offices must close and Planned Parenthood is open for abortions, the mantra of “your health” is a expedient excuse.
All 50 states have made a disaster declaration for the first time in U.S. history. Twenty-two million have applied for unemployment in a number that grows weekly. We are a $22 trillion economy subdued by a virus with a mortality rate below 0.30 percent. Those initial models forecasting more than 2 million deaths were bunk.
The politicization of American life continues. Under the guise of player safety (for a virus with a 99.4 percent survival rate and a mortality rate of .0001 percent for young adults),the PIAA, pressured by Gov. Wolf, has delayed the high school fall sports’ season for two weeks.
Rumors persisted daily over canceling the season and still do.
Collegiately, the autumn anchor for the big five college athletic conferences is football as its revenue stream floats many boats within their athletic departments. Football raises plenty of money, and is an economic vessel for surrounding communities.
Two of the five, the Big Ten and Pac-12, will not play fall football, but are considering spring games. The other three conferences – the Atlantic Coast, Big-12, and Southeastern will play, for now.
For perspective, the U.S. Department of Education reported the Pac-12 made $1.3 billion in 2018-19, while The Big Ten earned nearly $1.9 billion.
By forgoing football, Nebraska will lose up to $120 million, while Oregon will forfeit $50 million. Yet some question how coaches can command millions in salary with 42 of the 50 states having an athletic coach as their highest paid public employee.
Stanford was on board with cutting 11 sports’ teams before they opted out of a football season. According to the Wall Street Journal, Stanford is anticipating a $25 million athletic budget deficit.
The financial hole sunk deeper when the NCAA announced it had reduced its disbursements to schools by nearly two-thirds after their annual March men’s basketball tournament was canceled.
Running football aground even for one season will certainly affect Title IX, and other collegiate sports. In this era of the aggrieved snowflake do universities dare reduce available women’s sports’ programs?
Forgoing football is nothing short of a lockout by management, as not playing hurts a player’s potential value to professional teams. The likelihood of players not recovering from COVID is equivalent to being struck by lightning.
Despite the risks of incurring traumatic brain injuries and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), colleges still play football. Ironically, a “student’s health”, albeit physical or mental, was always a nonstarter – until COVID.
Moreover, given the risks of CTE, how is football an integral part of the taxpayer-funded mission of public education?
Granted, athletics provide valuable life lessons, but such instruction does not have to be necessarily realized within a scholarship program. Likewise, intermural athletic and extracurricular participation is often higher at Division III schools.
Plenty throughout academia, especially among the smaller FBS schools whose athletic budgets are bled dry through football, would be more than happy to see their school’s program regulated to the haunts of gridiron past like Boston University did a generation ago. Their reasoning has plenty of firepower from exorbitant costs, player injuries, and a dearth of student body allegiance.
At places like Bucknell, the athletic administration attempts to induce student turnout through giveaways and promos. It doesn’t work. Their football program is a major sieve on the overall athletic budget. It has been nearly a quarter of a century since their last league title. A dual combination of a title drought and a budget drain could mean a football flush.
But don’t count on it.
Bucknell is much too obstinate to consent to common sense.
After all, they won the first Orange Bowl – in 1935.
The same budget woes concern neighboring universities: Susquehanna and Bloomsburg.
Why does a conventional college football team need 14 coaches and a basketball team five coaches for 15 players?
Sports has a place - it should be the tail, not the dog.
COVID-19 can be juxtaposed to a stock market correction, the result of which has the potential for rebalancing priorities.
Universities need to question what their true mission is. Evaluate who they serve against those to whom they are subservient. Gauge tuition costs relative to affordability, and the ongoing impact of protracted student debt. Appraise their departments, their administrators, and the role of tenure.
Provided Uncle Sam got out of the student loan business, such prudence would be taken seriously.
With undergrads carrying vast student loans and most of them having unexceptional job prospects, why should colleges continue to fund an array of varsity athletics?
Don’t expect these college presidents that have ignored sending waves of students into a generation of debt to be any more responsible in overseeing and reforming collegiate athletics. Their indifference to student and family financial burdens is irresponsible, not to mention bewildering.
What did you expect from tenure?
When provided job protection, a guaranteed salary and benefits, you become indifferent to reality.
All savings should be applied to educational outcomes that will ensure the nation outpaces its geo-political rivals in artificial intelligence, robotics, engineering, biotechnology – studies necessary for a country’s innovation and economic growth.
If there are consolations of the 2020 non-season, it is not seeing Oregon in their hideous green uniforms, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh making excuses for losing to Ohio State, and listening to Penn State’s Steve Jones trying to explain the overtime rules and the notorious transfer portal.