Super??? Tuesday!

Bringing America Back

If you know me, you are likely to know where I stand on the various issues and, probably, even have a good idea of how I voted today.  That being said, I am not going into how I voted but I do have some thoughts on the campaign in general.

I guess it is appropriate that, in this election, the candidates are doing what they failed to do in the last election, fight. The problem is that they are not fighting for the issues, they are fighting and name calling each other.

Trump has opened up the dialog then his opponents have taken that opportunity to close it off again. Using the same tactics that he has used, they are now calling names and rolling up their sleeves like 5th graders in the playground. The problem is that no one is addressing the issues that divide the parties and clarified misunderstood sound bites.

Ted Cruz, 2016

The question that isn’t being asked, and wasn’t asked in the last two elections, is “What are the values of this candidate?” I am not going to attempt to answer this here, that is for each of us to decide. The candidates are not answering these questions, leaving us to speculate and listen to the sound bites from the media. This has been an issue that has played out, especially over social media, for almost 8 years. What religion is Obama? Is he Christian or Muslim? Are we going to listen to the same barbs for the next 4 years?

The question is not “What religion are you?”, the question is “What are your values?” A President can say they are anything they want but it is the underlying values that are important. The pressing question for all these candidates is on what foundation is their values built? As many of you know, I seriously question the moral conviction of anyone who can say they are supporting women yet support a government that tortures and murders women as a subclass of their society. I question the conviction of a person that says they support a woman’s right to ‘choose’ when an integral part of the choice is the murder of girls before they have an opportunity to express their own independence and choices.

Marco Rubio, 2016

So, I am not going to claim that this is the most important election of our lifetimes. This is the most important election of the next 4, possibly 8, years. The election of 2008 defined the direction of this country for the last 8 years and will have repercussions for years to come. Personally, as a student of history, I am saddened to see too many parallels with the last 8 years to the decline of so many cultures of the past 5000 years. There is no moral basis for our society and our country is left wandering without a compass.

In the past, this was the herald of destruction or restoration, I am hoping it is for restoration. Time will tell. This election may very well dictate if the decline is permanent or a temporary dip. Over my life time, the government has changed from, in the words of John F. Kennedy, “the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.”

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe–the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.

Today, many in our government, in our nation, believe that it is the generosity of the State that grants rights of men. It is this belief that is suspect. If a government can grant rights, it can also take them away.

This election, and the elections that follow, determine if we live and protect our God given rights or support the whim of an elected official.

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Planned Parenthood De-funding

I was unfriended by a family member on Facebook over a disagreement about De-funding Planned Parenthood. I think it’s important to address this rather emotional issue.
To the claim that De-funding PP would hurt women’s access to health care, I point out that, in Tulsa, OK, there are 13 free clinics for women, only one of which is PP. Of these 12, all provide all the services PP claims to provide, including PAP, STD testing, and mammograms. The only service not included is abortions.
To the claim that there would be children being born into unwanted situations, I point out that, after 40 years and over 55 million abortions later, we still have children in foster care and abused. Abortion has not proven to solve these sad situations.

Then, in Margaret Sangar’s own words, the reason for the existence of Planned Parenthood.

“The third group [of society] are those irresponsible and reckless ones having little regard for the consequences of their acts, or whose religious scruples prevent their exercising control over their numbers. Many of this group are diseased, feeble-minded, and are of the pauper element dependent upon the normal and fit members of society for their support. There is no doubt in the minds of all thinking people that the procreation of this group should be stopped.”
Speech quoted in “Birth Control: What It Is, How It Works, What It Will Do.” The Proceedings of the First American Birth Control Conference. Held at the Hotel Plaza, New York City.

Finally, the challenge must be addressed of: “you pro-lifers want to make a woman have an unwanted child then don’t want to help them support it”. The response is two-fold. First, we have to challenge our citizens to be responsible. We can’t treat people like animals, with no responsibility to control their urges or the consequences of their actions. This completely diminishes the dignity of a human being. Second, treating these people as dignified human beings, we must provide with a leg up, with programs aimed at making them self-sufficient, not more dependent. Provide support that encourages the parents to make their own way, not rely on the government to support them.

Instead of continuing to support programs that are proven to fail over and over, were must provide support which enables our citizens to be productive.

We have to provide support and compassion without claiming innocent lives in the process. Murder cannot be compassion.

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1984? DoubleThink and 2015

In his essay “Politics and the English Language“, George Orwell observes that political language serves to distort and obfuscate reality. Orwell’s description of political speech is extremely similar to the contemporary definition of doublespeak;

In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible… Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness… the great enemy of clear language is insincerity. Where there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, …[9]

Today, we are faced with such opposites and asked to believe them on face value, the language of the day. “Tolerance” is used to brow beat those that disagree so that those that do not hold those same views are “intolerant” and “haters”.

“Choice” is used to justify completely taking away choice from children and those that believe that abortion is murder are advocating taking away a woman’s right to choose.  Now we learn that a group that has made a campaign on describing the unborn child as no more than tissue are making money by selling the children’s organs as human tissue.

“Love” has been twisted into meaning whatever our carnal desires dictate rather than a life long commitment to raise children teaching the commitment to God, our spouse, and our children in a loving home. To disagree or to point out that an interpretation is wrong is not the same as hating another person.

I can tell you that a friend or family member is doing something that I believe is wrong without hating him or her. I have a family member that is an alcoholic, I do not condone the behavior, I do not condone the lifestyle. I may even chose not to be around that person. I do love that person and still try to be there as much as reasonable. I will not be around when they are drinking, which may be most of the time. But, despite that behavior, that person is stilled loved and will remain in my heart though I will not tell them that they have my approval.

Though the behavior is displayed more than I would like to admit, alcoholism is not WHO that person is. I do not define the person by their sins, I define them by who they are. I believe that is what God is calling me to do. I will accept a sinner into my home, just as Jesus did. However, I do not believe that Jesus defined his Apostles and disciples by their sins. He told the Magdalene, “Is there no one left to condemn you?… Nor do I. Go and sin no more.”

I condemn no one, that is not my place. I condemn behavior which I know is wrong. I taught my children what was wrong. Sometimes they chose do what I had taught them was wrong. I do not, nor can I, accept words on face value that have meanings that go well beyond what they say. I cannot believe that “Compassion” is taking someone’s life through Euthanasia, or that a “choice” is taking another life who cannot defend himself. I do not believe that “Love” can be gained by using acts rooted in hate or that disagreement is the same as “hate”.

I will proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord! Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!

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6th Annual Tulsa March for Life – Updated

Tomorrow Night – The 6th Annual March for Life featuring Rebecca Hamilton

March For Life 2015

Christianity started making waves, basically the Emperor’s New Clothes, and pointed out that there is no other God but the One True God. They refused to accept Roman gods or even acknowledge the divinity of Caesar. Sound familiar?

> Once again, the media all but ignored hundreds, maybe even well over a thousand, citizens marching in the streets to “Protest Abortion”. We weren’t protesting, we were demonstrating, we were challenging. Channel 8, KTUL, said there were “150” marching and cut to extensive coverage of a Planned Parenthood celebration of a “Woman’s Right to Choose” and talked about “a woman’s reproductive rights.”

Christians, once again, are being told that we can have our ‘god’ as long as we accept the gods of others. We may follow the teachings of our Sacred Scripture as long as we acknowledge that the Bible is one book among many, just a history book that must ‘change with the times’. Like the early Christians, we must be firm in our faith and in the knowledge that all religions are not the same and there is One Savior who washed our sins away in his own blood.

We must, we absolutely MUST, acknowledge life as separate and definite. A child is NOT a woman’s body, it is a distinct life form that will develop an independent consciousness. If a child were just a part of the woman’s body, it would not be expelled after a specific period of time to function relatively independently. A child outside the womb remains dependent upon the parents. A child inside the woman has its own circulation and can even have differing blood types from the mother.

No, the child deserves our protection. If we choose not to protect the child in the womb, what prevents us from withholding protection to the battered woman, the abused child, the murdered innocent?

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Thoughts on the 6th Annual March for Life

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.
Amen

In front of Holy Family Cathedral, the March for Life began.
In front of Holy Family Cathedral, the March for Life began.

Sometimes it just doesn’t look like we can make any kind of difference and nothing we can do will have merit. In these times, when looking at the incredible multitude of murdered children through abortion, when our words are twisted in such a way the it seems that, if we love children, if we support life, we are portrayed as “haters of women” or “denying women’s rights to ‘choose'”. It is during these times, when it looks bleak, that we should look to our Creator for His Divine Mercy to not despair but have confidence in His Holy Will.

The Tulsa March for Life is next Thursday. Please make it a point to join a cross section of our communities, from churches in Claremore, Anglicans from Broken Arrow, Lutherans, Tulsa Bible Church, Victory Christian Center, Catholics, and women and children, men and sons from all walks of life. Each of them, my own friends and family, anyone, can make a difference with our actions. Invite a friend.

This is not a protest, it is a challenge. It is not a parade, it is a demonstration and a prayer. This is NOT a “Catholic” thing, it is a “People thing”. This is about honoring the lost lives of over 55 MILLION children who never were given the choice to live, have children, have families – more than half of whom would have been sisters, daughters, mothers and grandmothers! This is not about discrimination toward women, but about giving a voice to women who, otherwise, are defenseless in the face of abortion.

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March for Life 2011

This year’s Mass and March for Life was a resounding success! The speakers were fantastic, the Honor Guard was incredible, and we actually had the media there! I included a few pictures of the media that were present, notably from Channel 6, Channel 23, and KFAQ.

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More will be uploaded later.

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Saint Gianna Beretta Molla: A Modern-Day Hero of Divine Love

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla: A Modern-Day Hero of Divine Love

Thu. January 13 at 3 AM ET & 6:30 PM ET on EWTN

A moving chronicle of the life of St. Gianna Molla, her childhood in Italy in the 1930’s, and her later role as a physician, wife and mother. While pregnant, she was diagnosed with a malignant uterine tumor, but postponed surgery in order to not endanger her unborn child’s life. The child was born, but as a result Gianna lost her life to the spreading cancer.


Gianna Beretta Molla made a heroic choice, but it was something her family members and friends testified she prepared for every day of her life. Her heroic virtue, genuine holiness of life, selflessness, and quiet joy remind all of us that God entrusts us with a personal vocation. Each and every day presents us with choices that have the power to prepare us to take heroic action whenever it will be called for. We can do that, however, only if we surrender ourselves and what we desire to God and His will for us.

” Dr. Molla threw light on the importance of the Christian family, by her life and conscious sacrifice. She threw light on the importance of Christian schools and Catholic Action, in the formation of the human being in Christian values and it gives us guiding principles, to which the Christian subordinates his own life, as Dr. Beretta Molla knowingly did. The heroism of her Christian life will bear fruit.”

This example of lay sanctity, lived in the Sacrament of Matrimony, as the Vatican Council II teaches, will encourage many Christians to seek God in holy Matrimony. The exemplary fame of Christian conduct, lived by Gianna Beretta Molla is valid proof.

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THE PERILS OF LETTING ARMED LUNATICS DRIVE PUBLIC POLICY

Jacob Sullum | January 12, 2011

Jared Lee Loughner, the man accused of shooting 20 people
outside a Tucson grocery store on Saturday, probably will
never get a chance to create the “new money system” he
discusses in one of his rambling YouTube videos. But he can
still have an important effect on public policy—if we let
him.

After the shocking attack—which killed six people,
including U.S. District Judge John Roll and 9-year-old
Christina Green, and wounded 14, including Rep. Gabrielle
Giffords (D-Ariz.)—there was no shortage of knee-jerk
proposals for preventing future outbursts of senseless
violence. Most of them would sacrifice Americans’ freedom
in a vain attempt to protect us from armed lunatics.

At a press conference on Saturday, Pima County Sheriff
Clarence Dupnik decried Arizona’s permissive gun laws. “I
have never been a proponent of letting everybody in this
state carry weapons under any circumstances that they
want,” he said, “and that’s almost where we are.” Paul
Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun
Violence, echoed Dupnik’s concern, saying Arizona “has
almost no gun laws.”

The logic here may be even harder to follow than the
reasoning that links the Tucson murders to Sarah Palin. A
man bent on assassinating a member of Congress, a man who
thinks nothing of gunning down a 9-year-old girl, is not
likely to have compunctions about carrying a firearm
without a permit.

In retrospect, it may seem obvious that someone like
Loughner never should have been able to own a gun in the
first place. “Why are crazy people allowed to buy weapons
in this country?” wondered Time columnist Joe Klein. Helmke
complained that “we make it too easy for dangerous and
irresponsible people to get guns in this country.” They
noted that Loughner was suspended from college for
disrupting classes with strange comments and that one of
his fellow students called him “very disturbed.”

But Loughner was never “adjudicated as a mental defective”
or “committed to a mental institution,” which would have
disqualified him from buying a gun under federal law, and
his behavior in school, though off-putting, was not
violent. There is no reliable way of predicting which tiny
percentage of the country’s many oddballs and malcontents
will convert weird ideas into homicidal actions. That
reality may be scary, but it is not nearly as scary as a
legal regime that strips citizens of their Second Amendment
rights based on the opinions they express.

Even worse is a legal regime that imprisons eccentrics on
the off chance that they will commit murder someday. Klein
regretted that “we no longer lock up the mentally ill,”
while University of Maryland political scientist William
Galston said civil commitment rules should be changed
to “shift the balance in favor of protecting the
community.” Such a shift inevitably would mean locking up
more people who pose no real threat to others.

If we can’t pre-emptively detain all potential Loughners,
maybe we can avoid saying things that might set them off.
That censorious impulse, which imposes a madman’s veto on
speech that might unintentionally provoke “unbalanced
people,” is manifest not just in ritual calls for
rhetorical restraint but in proposed legislation that would
punish people for failing to heed those calls.

CNN reports that Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.) plans
to “introduce legislation making it a federal crime for a
person to use language or symbols that could be perceived
as threatening or inciting violence against a Member of
Congress or federal official.” According to Brady, “the
rhetoric is just ramped up so negatively, so high, that we
have got to shut this down.” Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.)
wants to reinstate the “fairness doctrine,” a policy of
enforced balance on the airwaves that federal regulators
abandoned because it had a chilling effect on speech.

The urge to do something in the wake of such a horrible
crime is understandable but dangerous, as the grieving
father of Christina Green suggested in a Today show
interview. “In a free society,” he said, “we’re going to be
subject to people like this. I prefer this to the
alternative.”

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Obama, Youth, Promise? Promise WHAT?

  • I received this from Michael Demma, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and thought it is really good to pass along in it’s entirety. I will make some additions and comments along the way.

It is hard to take a strong position given the other candidate is so weak. I will vote for McCain but only because I am compelled through my belief in God to stop Obama. It is a shame we as citizen of the greatest country on earth are subjected to choose from this pool. I, like many, wonder where have all the leaders gone.

Today I read a headline that thoroughly concerns me.
“POLL OF YOUNG TEENS IN HIGH SCHOOL SHOW
OBAMA IN THE LEAD” “TEENS RALLY FOR OBAMA”.
It made me wonder, are we as parents failing to discuss the real issues and letting our children be influenced by the media?
So I took my own straw poll. I began asking teens starting with my own grandchildren and teens around our church. I found that it is true. Our teens seem to be enthralled with the youth and rhetoric of Obama.
  • We as a nation, have always been enamoured by youth, look at Kennedy and, more rcently, Clinton. We have only to persieve youth to be excited at the prospect.
When asked if they understood the real issues they defined the issue as “the US needs change”.
While that is certainly true, the question is what change and how will the change occur?
  • More importantly, one has to use the word “Change” to bring a measure of excitement. No matter what the “change” is, it is exciting. Our youth, and population in general, do not really look at real issues, just the promises. At this point, we are facing a promise of change that is close to what Lenin promised and Mao promise. No matter that is is not healthy, it is “Change”.

We need fair judges to interpret the constitution not write law. The youth did not know of the issue of appointing Supreme Court Judges and the impact that would have on the future.

We need leaders who will protect our right to Democracy not socialism. By the way the teens could not tell me what socialism is. They thought the plan for national health care was a good thing to give all people medical services. When asked who is not receiving services and how many they could not tell me. When asked of the success of national health care in other countries they could not answer. If you know people in Canada ask them they will tell you it is expensive and it is dismal. We have done such a great job with Social security now is the time to screw up our medical system.
  • Isn’t that the way that Satan works? What sounds good on the surface? It doesn’t sound good to say that people are denied health care because they can’t afford it. It does not sound good that children are not getting proper health care. It sounds so good, in fact, that those that oppose such a socialized system sound evil! We are in the same boat with our “Green quasi-religion”. It sounds almost evil if you don’t prescribe to the green stuff that is being preached but one has to scratch below the surface. What will it cost? What will it cost our environment? Our nation?
We need leaders who are going to restore pride in America not try to convince us that during the most prosperous years of this country we should all be crying gloom and doom.
  • Are we in a situation in this country where, if you say a lie often enough, loud enough, that it becomes perseived as the truth?
When asked what the candidate’s position is on abortion the youth did not know did not know. Some said he is pro family but did not know what that meant. When told he was not only a firm supporter of abortion but an activist for it, they were amazed. How could they support a candidate for abortion? One asked me “If that is true how can my mother support him?” A good question for all Christians.
What are our social studies teachers doing?
But then again, the pointing finger has three more pointing back. What are we doing with our children and grandchildren? Are we having frank discussions with them? Do we discuss what the media and unfortunately the teachers and professors fill their minds with?
  • It always falls back to the parents but also our society. Our teachers have hands tied. We cannot speak for the majority anymore, even if that is Christian in name. We cannot upset the minority, which may espouse values contrary to the majority. By using false views of history, by using such things as comparing the majority rule to abuse of majority rule, we cannot teach that majority view. We are confronted with a false example such as white abuse of the black minority, which is not the same.
Have a conversation with a teen or college student today. Ask them what is going on in their world and help them understand the truth.
We are the change agent not the media or the candidate. We cannot allow Obama to kill 1/3 of our next generation through abortion.
Thanks for listening
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