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Election Chaos: What Can EACH AMERICAN Do?

 

Climbing Walls

We are all climbing walls from this miserable extension of Election Day into Election Week, Election Month, and probably Election More than One Month.
The outcome of this election is not likely to be determined quickly.  
For conservatives like me, mercifully there is something we can do– not only praying, which is of top importance, but also there is  simple, well-directed political action possible. 

Fraud Plagues This Election

Fraud plagues this election.
All of the pivotal states have Democrat Governors and extensive Democrat Deep States which permitted, and even planned the fraud that brought us to this point. 

Recounting Ballots

Recounting will not suffice, since the fraudsters have thrown away the envelopes, existent or non-existent, signed or not signed, dated or not dated, and so recounting the paper ballots alone, without validating whether they were legal, will not help to bring justice.  Also, comparison needs to be made between computer stored ballots and paper ballots, to determine whether paper ballots had been run through scanners multiple times, or if the computer algorithms were manipulated after scans were complete.  
So recounts alone are not sufficient.
Anyone living in the contested States can sign up as volunteers to supervise recounts. 

Examining Software

Another solution rests in proving that fraud existed in the software which was used in the States where suspicion of fraud is high.  Companies which provided the software are associated with powerful Progressives like Nancy Pelosi, the Clintons, and George Soros, and this type of fraud is being alleged. 
For example, statistical analysts have shown from voting data distributions that  fraud must have occurred. In some Michigan counties, the number of votes reported by computers for President Trump were lower than the number of ballots marked for a straight Republican vote.  This result in not possible without some type of gross error in the software, accidental or intentional.    
Challenging software algorithms is an option open only to the President and his lawyers, and the solution will rest in the hands of the courts, particularly the Supreme Court. 

The BOTTLENECK Where WE Can Help

The other solution is one in which each American can participate, investing just a few minutes of their time–

If and when the election fraud is proven and the results of some States are declared invalid, the Constitution places the choice of electors in the hands of the State Legislatures.

                                         IN ALL CONTESTED STATES,
      THE STATE LEGISLATURES ARE HELD BY REPUBLICAN MAJORITIES.

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That means that if our state legislators can summon up the courage to assign our votes to President Trump, President Trump will win the election. 
So it is our job, with emails and phone calls, to persuade our State Legislators of what the citizens of our States really want.

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Act Simply, ACT NOW:

  • Go to the American Majority Action website, and send a pre-made email to scores of your State Legislators with one email.

  •  Be sure to add your name, address and phone, because Legislators ignore messages without that information.

  • You can customize, or not customize your message as you wish.

  • Do it right now! 

 

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PATRIOTISM

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PATRIOTISM

Archbishop Fulton Sheen was  Bishop in New York City during my childhood there.  He was famous as a theologian, and also for his radio and television evangelization.  My grandma used to love watching his program during the 1950’s and 1960’s in New York.  

He has long been a favorite of mine, and below, his thoughts on PATRIOTISM are as timeless and eerily applicable right now today, during this American election, as they were during Bishop Sheen’s time in New York. 

Archbishop Sheen’s dramatic flair and humor made his presentations very popular and enjoyable, and drew record crowds and viewers, in addition to being simply brilliant and sublime.

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                   St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City

Archishop Sheen’s sermons routinely drew 6,000 people to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, and his television appearances competed with Milton Berle and Frank Sinatra.  On Good Friday, his sermons were broadcast outdoors to the thousands standing outside St. Patrick’s, since there was not enough room for all in the Cathedral. 

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Enjoy Archbishop Fulton Sheen on PATRIOTISM:

SCIENCE has Spoken— and Goodbye Lockdowns!

Science Versus Politics

The torturous debate over COVID policy has now plagued us in the United States, plagued us almost as much as the virus itself has, for close to 8 months.

Even the two United States Presidential Candidates have opposing strategies for future handling of the COVID pandemic.  One insists on ending lockdowns immediately, the other intends to extend lockdowns indefinitely.  

Now, consensus has been reached by over 43,000 global non-partisan medical professionals, assessing how much threat COVID actually presents to us, and recommending the best strategy to combat it.

Medical Consensus

The consensus effort was headed by a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, Dr. Bhattacharya, who co-authored the resulting Great Barrington Declaration, signed by over 43,000 Medical professionals, which was based on 82 seroprevalence studies from around the world, which show that the fatality rate of COVID has been MUCH lower than the initial reports which caused such global panic. 

How Could We Have Miscalculated So Badly?

Apparently the majority of people who are infected by COVID have very mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.  These people are “invisible” at the beginning of the pandemic, they are not counted, and the death rate becomes artificially inflated to a scary level when these people are not counted. 

The seroprevalence studies, which measure antibodies in the blood of large population groups, can tell us how many people had the disease without even knowing it, with few or nonexistent symptoms.  These seroprevalence tests can only be developed and carried out later in the pandemic, and results cannot be known early on.  

The ACTUAL Numbers for COVID

So COVID has a fatality rate, when all ages are included, of 0.2%, or one out of 500 people who get it.
COVID is less dangerous to young children than the seasonal flu.
More children have died from the seasonal flu than from COVID by a factor of 2 or 3.
For people over 70 years old, the fatality rate is 4%, or one out of 25 people who get it, as opposed to one in 500 for the general population.  
President Trump, who is just barely over 70, got over COVID in a week. 

LOCKDOWNS are Actually Bad and Dangerous

LOCKDOWNS are FAR more dangerous than we ever anticipated.  
The economic effects of lockdowns are obvious to most of us, but what most fail to realize is that economic troubles translate into much more than dollars — they translate so far into an estimated 130 million more people starving, 80 million children at risk for diphtheria, pertussis and polio because they missed their vaccinations, and people skipping screenings and treatments because they are more afraid of COVID than of cancer or diabetes.  

Most Shocking

According to the 43,000 medical health professionals, mental health problems are the most shocking of all the effects of lockdowns.  The CDC has just found this June that one out of four young adults between 18 and 24 had seriously considered suicide.  

Recommendations

Based on the scientific data now available, the medical experts recommend ending lockdowns, opening schools and restaurants, allowing young people to live normal lives, focusing protection on the vulnerable, like those in nursing homes, and reducing the exposure of retired people to large group situations. Masks are not mentioned, and simple hygiene measures, such as hand washing and staying home when sick should be practiced by everyone.  

I Want To Know More

For those who want to know more, the text and links to Dr. Bhattacharya’s article and the Great Barrington Declaration are provided below.  
Finally, provided below, is a short video outlining some of the legal and political aspects and origin of COVID that some may find both interesting and shocking.  

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Dr. Bhattacharya’s article: 

A Sensible and Compassionate Anti-COVID Strategy

Jay Bhattacharya
Stanford University


Jay BhattacharyaJay Bhattacharya is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, where he received both an M.D. and a Ph.D. in economics. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economics Research, a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and director of the Stanford Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging. A co-author of the Great Barrington Declaration, his research has been published in economics, statistics, legal, medical, public health, and health policy journals.


The following is adapted from a panel presentation on October 9, 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska, at a Hillsdale College Free Market Forum.

My goal today is, first, to present the facts about how deadly COVID-19 actually is; second, to present the facts about who is at risk from COVID; third, to present some facts about how deadly the widespread lockdowns have been; and fourth, to recommend a shift in public policy.

1. The COVID-19 Fatality Rate

In discussing the deadliness of COVID, we need to distinguish COVID cases from COVID infections. A lot of fear and confusion has resulted from failing to understand the difference.

We have heard much this year about the “case fatality rate” of COVID. In early March, the case fatality rate in the U.S. was roughly three percent—nearly three out of every hundred people who were identified as “cases” of COVID in early March died from it. Compare that to today, when the fatality rate of COVID is known to be less than one half of one percent.

In other words, when the World Health Organization said back in early March that three percent of people who get COVID die from it, they were wrong by at least one order of magnitude. The COVID fatality rate is much closer to 0.2 or 0.3 percent. The reason for the highly inaccurate early estimates is simple: in early March, we were not identifying most of the people who had been infected by COVID.

“Case fatality rate” is computed by dividing the number of deaths by the total number of confirmed cases. But to obtain an accurate COVID fatality rate, the number in the denominator should be the number of people who have been infected—the number of people who have actually had the disease—rather than the number of confirmed cases.

In March, only the small fraction of infected people who got sick and went to the hospital were identified as cases. But the majority of people who are infected by COVID have very mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. These people weren’t identified in the early days, which resulted in a highly misleading fatality rate. And that is what drove public policy. Even worse, it continues to sow fear and panic, because the perception of too many people about COVID is frozen in the misleading data from March.

So how do we get an accurate fatality rate? To use a technical term, we test for seroprevalence—in other words, we test to find out how many people have evidence in their bloodstream of having had COVID.

This is easy with some viruses. Anyone who has had chickenpox, for instance, still has that virus living in them—it stays in the body forever. COVID, on the other hand, like other coronaviruses, doesn’t stay in the body. Someone who is infected with COVID and then clears it will be immune from it, but it won’t still be living in them.

What we need to test for, then, are antibodies or other evidence that someone has had COVID. And even antibodies fade over time, so testing for them still results in an underestimate of total infections.

Seroprevalence is what I worked on in the early days of the epidemic. In April, I ran a series of studies, using antibody tests, to see how many people in California’s Santa Clara County, where I live, had been infected. At the time, there were about 1,000 COVID cases that had been identified in the county, but our antibody tests found that 50,000 people had been infected—i.e., there were 50 times more infections than identified cases. This was enormously important, because it meant that the fatality rate was not three percent, but closer to 0.2 percent; not three in 100, but two in 1,000.

When it came out, this Santa Clara study was controversial. But science is like that, and the way science tests controversial studies is to see if they can be replicated. And indeed, there are now 82 similar seroprevalence studies from around the world, and the median result of these 82 studies is a fatality rate of about 0.2 percent—exactly what we found in Santa Clara County.

In some places, of course, the fatality rate was higher: in New York City it was more like 0.5 percent. In other places it was lower: the rate in Idaho was 0.13 percent. What this variation shows is that the fatality rate is not simply a function of how deadly a virus is. It is also a function of who gets infected and of the quality of the health care system. In the early days of the virus, our health care systems managed COVID poorly. Part of this was due to ignorance: we pursued very aggressive treatments, for instance, such as the use of ventilators, that in retrospect might have been counterproductive. And part of it was due to negligence: in some places, we needlessly allowed a lot of people in nursing homes to get infected.

But the bottom line is that the COVID fatality rate is in the neighborhood of 0.2 percent.

2. Who Is at Risk?

The single most important fact about the COVID pandemic—in terms of deciding how to respond to it on both an individual and a governmental basis—is that it is not equally dangerous for everybody. This became clear very early on, but for some reason our public health messaging failed to get this fact out to the public.

It still seems to be a common perception that COVID is equally dangerous to everybody, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. There is a thousand-fold difference between the mortality rate in older people, 70 and up, and the mortality rate in children. In some sense, this is a great blessing. If it was a disease that killed children preferentially, I for one would react very differently. But the fact is that for young children, this disease is less dangerous than the seasonal flu. This year, in the United States, more children have died from the seasonal flu than from COVID by a factor of two or three.

Whereas COVID is not deadly for children, for older people it is much more deadly than the seasonal flu. If you look at studies worldwide, the COVID fatality rate for people 70 and up is about four percent—four in 100 among those 70 and older, as opposed to two in 1,000 in the overall population.

Again, this huge difference between the danger of COVID to the young and the danger of COVID to the old is the most important fact about the virus. Yet it has not been sufficiently emphasized in public health messaging or taken into account by most policymakers.

3. Deadliness of the Lockdowns

The widespread lockdowns that have been adopted in response to COVID are unprecedented—lockdowns have never before been tried as a method of disease control. Nor were these lockdowns part of the original plan. The initial rationale for lockdowns was that slowing the spread of the disease would prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. It became clear before long that this was not a worry: in the U.S. and in most of the world, hospitals were never at risk of being overwhelmed. Yet the lockdowns were kept in place, and this is turning out to have deadly effects.

Those who dare to talk about the tremendous economic harms that have followed from the lockdowns are accused of heartlessness. Economic considerations are nothing compared to saving lives, they are told. So I’m not going to talk about the economic effects—I’m going to talk about the deadly effects on health, beginning with the fact that the U.N. has estimated that 130 million additional people will starve this year as a result of the economic damage resulting from the lockdowns.

In the last 20 years we’ve lifted one billion people worldwide out of poverty. This year we are reversing that progress to the extent—it bears repeating—that an estimated 130 million more people will starve.

Another result of the lockdowns is that people stopped bringing their children in for immunizations against diseases like diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and polio, because they had been led to fear COVID more than they feared these more deadly diseases. This wasn’t only true in the U.S. Eighty million children worldwide are now at risk of these diseases. We had made substantial progress in slowing them down, but now they are going to come back.

Large numbers of Americans, even though they had cancer and needed chemotherapy, didn’t come in for treatment because they were more afraid of COVID than cancer. Others have skipped recommended cancer screenings. We’re going to see a rise in cancer and cancer death rates as a consequence. Indeed, this is already starting to show up in the data. We’re also going to see a higher number of deaths from diabetes due to people missing their diabetic monitoring.

Mental health problems are in a way the most shocking thing. In June of this year, a CDC survey found that one in four young adults between 18 and 24 had seriously considered suicide. Human beings are not, after all, designed to live alone. We’re meant to be in company with one another. It is unsurprising that the lockdowns have had the psychological effects that they’ve had, especially among young adults and children, who have been denied much-needed socialization.

In effect, what we’ve been doing is requiring young people to bear the burden of controlling a disease from which they face little to no risk. This is entirely backward from the right approach.

4. Where to Go from Here

Last week I met with two other epidemiologists—Dr. Sunetra Gupta of Oxford University and Dr. Martin Kulldorff of Harvard University—in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The three of us come from very different disciplinary backgrounds and from very different parts of the political spectrum. Yet we had arrived at the same view—the view that the widespread lockdown policy has been a devastating public health mistake. In response, we wrote and issued the Great Barrington Declaration, which can be viewed—along with explanatory videos, answers to frequently asked questions, a list of co-signers, etc.—online at www.gbdeclaration.org.  

(Great Barrington Declaration text included here)

I should say something in conclusion about the idea of herd immunity, which some people mischaracterize as a strategy of letting people die. First, herd immunity is not a strategy—it is a biological fact that applies to most infectious diseases. Even when we come up with a vaccine, we will be relying on herd immunity as an end-point for this epidemic. The vaccine will help, but herd immunity is what will bring it to an end. And second, our strategy is not to let people die, but to protect the vulnerable. We know the people who are vulnerable, and we know the people who are not vulnerable. To continue to act as if we do not know these things makes no sense.

My final point is about science. When scientists have spoken up against the lockdown policy, there has been enormous pushback: “You’re endangering lives.” Science cannot operate in an environment like that. I don’t know all the answers to COVID; no one does. Science ought to be able to clarify the answers. But science can’t do its job in an environment where anyone who challenges the status quo gets shut down or cancelled.

To date, the Great Barrington Declaration has been signed by over 43,000 medical and public health scientists and medical practitioners. The Declaration thus does not represent a fringe view within the scientific community. This is a central part of the scientific debate, and it belongs in the debate. Members of the general public can also sign the Declaration.

Together, I think we can get on the other side of this pandemic. But we have to fight back. We’re at a place where our civilization is at risk, where the bonds that unite us are at risk of being torn. We shouldn’t be afraid. We should respond to the COVID virus rationally: protect the vulnerable, treat the people who get infected compassionately, develop a vaccine. And while doing these things we should bring back the civilization that we had so that the cure does not end up being worse than the disease.

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The Great Barrington Declaration: 

As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.

Coming from both the left and right, and around the world, we have devoted our careers to protecting people. Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health. The results (to name a few) include lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings, and deteriorating mental health—leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden. Keeping students out of school is a grave injustice.

Keeping these measures in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed.

Fortunately, our understanding of the virus is growing. We know that vulnerability to death from COVID-19 is more than a thousand-fold higher in the old and infirm than the young. Indeed, for children, COVID-19 is less dangerous than many other harms, including influenza.

As immunity builds in the population, the risk of infection to all—including the vulnerable—falls. We know that all populations will eventually reach herd immunity—i.e., the point at which the rate of new infections is stable—and that this can be assisted by (but is not dependent upon) a vaccine. Our goal should therefore be to minimize mortality and social harm until we reach herd immunity.

The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk. We call this Focused Protection.

Adopting measures to protect the vulnerable should be the central aim of public health responses to COVID-19. By way of example, nursing homes should use staff with acquired immunity and perform frequent PCR testing of other staff and all visitors. Staff rotation should be minimized. Retired people living at home should have groceries and other essentials delivered to their home. When possible, they should meet family members outside rather than inside. A comprehensive and detailed list of measures, including approaches to multi-generational households, can be implemented, and is well within the scope and capability of public health professionals.

Those who are not vulnerable should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal. Simple hygiene measures, such as hand washing and staying home when sick should be practiced by everyone to reduce the herd immunity threshold. Schools and universities should be open for in-person teaching. Extracurricular activities, such as sports, should be resumed. Young low-risk adults should work normally, rather than from home. Restaurants and other businesses should open. Arts, music, sports, and other cultural activities should resume. People who are more at risk may participate if they wish, while society as a whole enjoys the protection conferred upon the vulnerable by those who have built up herd immunity.

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ORIGINS OF COVID 19 MOVIE:

 

 

https://sytereitz.com/origins-of-covid-19-10/

Australia’s Report on US Politics or How Our Politics Has Become Truly and Evilly Global

Enjoy the 22 minute enlightening video:

My education and my enlightenment sadly continue.  

Perspective 2020 or Dear Mrs. DUMP TRUMP

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I live in a progressive sanctuary city, Madison, Wisconsin, a stone’s throw away from Kenosha, Wisconsin , among aggressive Democrats who ensure that not a single Trump-Pence sign dares to be displayed anywhere in the City.

This Blog article is dedicated to all my friends  and neighbors who oppose President Trump in the coming election, particularly the privileged suburban woman in my neighborhood who lives near our polling station, and is displaying an oversized DUMP TRUMP sign on her lawn. 
Below are some things she should consider before dumping President Trump on November 3rd. 

 

Before we embark on all the reasons why Mrs. DUMP TRUMP might not want to vote for the Democrats below, we list here (and also at the end of this article) President Trump’s  accomplishments. for which we should be thankful and for which we should all re-elect President Trump, no matter what our preferred politics may be —  President Trump does great things for ALL Americans, including for those who oppose him.  CLICK:

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION (more than 50) MAJOR ACCOMPISHMENTS + 2 Nobel Prize Nominations  

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COMMON LIBERAL MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP  

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Also,  Piers Morgan’s (a liberal newscaster’s) explanation for why liberals should vote for President Trump:

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And now down to business, my pitch to my neighbors–

Dear Mrs. DUMP TRUMP:

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Consensus

In the present explosively divisive 2020 political climate, amidst the global pandemic, political divisions and rioting, one source of universal agreement is that the present situation is disturbing, is significant, and that big national and global changes are impending. Events which at first seem unrelated are coming together now with apparent coordination, to produce uncertainty and chaos, and a possible threat to our previously stable way of life.   

Equilibrium

In order to assess accurately the extent of the impending changes, we have to check first our human inclination to anticipate extremes.  At times we tend to fear catastrophic conspiracies directed by global evil despots, from either side of the political spectrum. At other times, donning rose colored glasses we presume that all of humanity is fundamentally saintly,  is motivated by idealism, and that an appeal to everyone’s good nature will be sufficient to solve the problems of the world and to create paradise on earth. 

Where should we be standing today regarding recent events — are we in the grip of an evil global conspiracy that must be opposed, or will the current situation constitute a relatively small setback in the history of our nation?

Here, too, both sides seem to agree — that the present situation is pretty catastrophic and dangerous. 
However, each side places the source and the blame for our problems in a different place– on each other.  Each side is accusing their opponents of ill will, lies, and of conspiracies of global proportions. 
Which side is in the right, and which side is founding all their claims on lies?

Civility and Restraint

Regardless of today’s circumstances, however extreme, we still have to function with civility and restraint.  Even if our political opponents are truly heinous and evil liars, and even if the destructive actions of their leaders are intentional, we will still all have to coexist somehow, after the present crisis subsides. Winners cannot erase the opposing half of their nation, particularly where Christianity prevails.  Nor can winners realistically expect all opponents to see the light and to join their efforts. 

Fortunately, the roots of our culture, growing out of two thousand years of Christendom, give us some guidance on dealing with even the truly heinous and evil, with civility and restraint.  

Caution and Forgiveness

It is useful to recall the 1994 replacement of South Africa’s apartheid government by that of Nelson Mandela, who had the presence of mind to realize that his nation could not execute the entire previous government. Mandela realized that they needed the expertise of the previous administration, and the cooperation of the whites who had built that society, in order to avoid national collapse.  He issued a pardon, and tried to make a fresh start for his nation, based on forgiveness. When drawing parallels between Mandela’s South African situation and the current U.S. situation, it must be recognized that Mandela’s constituency was 2o times larger than the whites he was deposing.  In the U.S. today, the number of people Democrat extremists are trying to depose is quite different.  A few militants are trying to overthrow the majority.  

Incidentally, it must be pointed out that human nature is never perfect, and the change of administration has not ultimately brought prosperity, peace, or even political justice to South Africa, despite Nelson Mandela’s efforts.  Old politicians were replaced with new politicians, and human nature remained flawed regardless of the color of their political skins.  But at least the changes did not occur via massive bloodshed, and the transition was mostly civilized.  

So, too, today, we need to step back and try to get some perspective on what is going on, and to strive for peaceful change if at all possible. 

Nobody’s a Saint

Even the (deservedly) much admired  Nelson Mandela was not always a “saint,” and started his political career with terrorism and “necklacing” of opponents (execution and torture carried out by forcing a rubber tire filled with gasoline around a victim’s chest and arms, and setting it on fire).

Many heroes of history had a bad start, including St. Paul the Evangelist, St. Mary Magdalene and St. Augustine. 

We are not trying to justify the use of evil to achieve one’s ends —  neither present day rioting and violence, nor Nelson Mandela’s violent start.  The point to be made here is that even good wise leaders and historical figures may have had a flawed past that needs to be forgiven, and that everyone would be “cancelled” if our lives were examined closely enough.  

Everybody Must Forgive

Honesty demands that we admit that all humans and all cultures have sinned, and that we all are works in progress, striving for the goal of perfection. 
Christianity demands forgiveness, seventy times seven times, and an acknowledgement of our own failings.
These principles are not simply optional saintly goals that religious people should aspire to, but are very practical principles that help us avoid a perennial history of revenges and blood feuds, which result in primitive bloody chaos.
 
South Africa moved on after apartheid, Russia moved on after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and our own nation moved on after the Civil War. 
Everybody must forgive. 

Forgiveness of Sin Versus Proliferation of Error

Our task then becomes the very difficult balance between forgiveness and correction of serious and dangerous ideological error, which is pervading our society today.
To paraphrase Pope Pius X, we cannot accept any liberal ideas which, under the mask of good, pretend to reconcile justice with iniquity.  Sometimes compassion and toleration of extremely dangerous behavior is not virtuous at all.  

This is how we got into the mess we are in today– by spreading various forms of serious moral error, under the guise of compassion and tolerance.

Fundamentals

There are some fundamentals essential to the peaceful coexistence of humans, without which society descends into chaos.
They include truth, justice, compassion and order, among others. 
If this begins to sound like a list of religious virtues, there is a reason for this —  religion, like mathematics and physics, is based on reality and on truth. 
The rules given to us by God via religion are not stupid, they are wise fundamentals.
Violence is not among these fundamentals. 

Violence 

The idea that flawed governments can be overthrown by violating these principles, by violent rebellion involving the destruction of innocents, followed by a sudden return to fairness and morality by the new, previously violent rebellious regime, is naive.  The very people who riot, burn and kill today, will not rule with wisdom tomorrow.  

It did not work in the Bolshevik revolution, the French Revolution, nor in the more complicated and less violent takeovers of government by idealistic groups promising paradise to all. In every case, the new masters showed themselves to be just as bad as the old masters, and human frailty continued to surface as opportunists found their way to the top in new regimes.

In most cases, too, the revolutions were not actually caused by discontent citizens who decided suddenly to turn violent. They were in each case incited surreptitiously by organized groups who were motivated to use a naive population to help unseat the previous regime and to help them gain power.  The naive population which was used did not benefit ultimately in any way.  In fact, they suffered tremendously.  

So when choosing our politics, approval and tolerance of violence is a clear indicator of erroneous philosophy.  

Eliminating Religion

Little known is the fact that the secret society of the Freemasons has claimed credit for inciting the Bolshevik revolution, which they claimed to be their first experiment in eliminating the power of religion over people.  The Bolshevik experiment ushered the concept of communism, a very flawed system of government, into modern life in the 20th century.  The first attempt at outlawing religion (translate replacing voluntary self-restraint by citizens with governmental restraint of citizens by force) led to the birth of communism.

Today, Freemasons are involved in the particularly draconian enforcement of Covid regulations in Victorian, Australia, where a police foundation is selling face masks with the Freemason logo.   

Communism

Communism is based on government controlling people from the top down with regulation and force, with no limits on governmental power. Government is permitted to do anything to achieve it’s lofty goals, including kill it’s citizens without trial, and is accountable to nobody. God is eliminated because totalitarian leaders do not want any restrictions on their power, which God and religion impose.  If there is any doubt of this, ask me about my innocent Lithuanian farmer relatives who spent decades in Siberian concentration camps after Lithuania was taken over by Soviet Russia after World War II, simply because the government wanted to repossess their tiny 1 acre farm or their workplace.

The Opposite of Communism

In contrast, the US system of government was based on people controlling government, restricting the powers of government, and enjoying a great deal of personal liberty.  It assumes a great deal of individual decency and voluntary self-restraint in it’s citizens.  The US government is very limited in it’s powers— limited by the Constitution (which is based on Judeo-Christian principles), limited by the division of powers in government, and limited by the will of it’s people, who vote.  If the people lose their voluntary self-restraint and their individual decency, our democracy will no longer work.  

But we digress.

Let us return to today’s explosive politics, and see why the DNC platform violates the US Constitution, and ushers in communism into our American future. Today’s Democrat policies pose the danger of  spreading various forms of serious moral error, under the guise of compassion and tolerance. 

The DNC Platform

Based on the new DNC platform, The Democrat party is poised to take us in the direction of communism. It contains a large number of edicts issued from the top, which regulate and control more and more the life of every American, precisely what our Constitution was trying to avoid.
  
The Constitution practices subsidiarity, a principle that holds that nothing should be done by a larger and more complex organization which can be done as well by a smaller and simpler organization. In other words, any activity which can be performed by a more decentralized entity should be. This principle is a bulwark of limited government and personal freedom. It conflicts with the passion for centralization and bureaucracy characteristic of the Welfare State.
 
Subsidiarity is the reason our American Revolution was fought, to escape the dictatorial control of King George III, and to return the control of their lives to the people after the government became too despotic.
The most recent DNC platform violates numerous principles of the Constitution and of subsidiarity, placing citizens at the mercy of edicts from government officials to which they never agreed. 
Today’s newest DNC platform seeks to restructure our US government into despotic draconian control of us, its citizens. 

Elements of the DNC & Biden Platform

  • The idea of MASSIVE INCREASES IN TAXATION (promised by Joe Biden upon his election) to fund all the items shown above in the DNC platform, illustrates a very high level of government control over local communities, akin to communism.  The idea that an American citizen is not free to pursue his own charitable priorities, but must sacrifice major portions of his income to fund the priorities of progressive people in Washington D.C. is dictatorship in gross violation of the Constitution of the United States. 
  • The guarantee of FREE ABORTION FOR ALL PROVISION, to be paid for by all Americans, including those who consider abortion to be murder, is a gross and dictatorial violation of  American freedoms. At least half of America is being forced to participate in murder against their wishes.
  • The SPONSORSHIP OF ABORTION BY GOVERNMENT is a dictatorial contradiction of the Bill of Rights — it engages our government in depriving future unborn citizens of Life before they were even born, ensuring that they never experience Liberty or the Pursuit of Happiness.  If the government can sponsor abortion now, what is to stop them from sponsoring euthanasia of senior citizens tomorrow?  Heaven knows the Democrat platform has changed radically in just the last 4 years!  People like MRS. DUMP TRUMP and myself will soon be on the government execution list. As well as anybody who is declared not sufficiently “woke” at any given moment.
  • In addition to extensive taxation and redistribution of American earnings, the DNC platform also describes the intention to CENSOR ALL INFORMATION OUTLETS that are available to American citizens.  See page 48 of the DNC platform.  We have already seen today that the progressive tech giant computer geeks running You Tube, Facebook and Twitter feel qualified to censor the medical opinions of medical doctors who are engaged in fighting the Covid epidemic. Their censorship is practiced strictly along political lines.  This censorship and manipulation of information and of the news is another hallmark of communism, and a violation of American rights.  
  • Although not specifically mentioned in the DNC platform, Joe Biden has made very clear his wish to decree MANDATORY MASK WEARING throughout the United States on his first day in office if elected.  
    Entire nations (such as Sweden), and numerous doctors (many of whom have been censored by our present tech giants and dishonest media outlets) question the severity of the Covid outbreak, and they debate the best means for reducing the catastrophe our nation suffers due to the release of this virus.  There is much evidence indicating that lockdowns and forced usage of masks is not the best way to go.
    Any unilateral decree by a President requiring all Americans to wear masks would be a clear and dangerous violation of not only American Constitutional rights, but also of common sense.  
    The fact that we can smell while wearing a mask hints at the fact that mask pore sizes do not exclude everything.  Mask pore sizes are typically much larger than 300 nanometers, while coronaviruses are about 100 nanometers, so they can clearly pass through the mask (molecules we smell are about 1 nanometer).  A hospital study has shown that homemade masks tested performed poorly, sometimes demonstrating as little as 1% filtration of viruses and bacteria.
    The compulsory use of masks either represents an attempt to pacify an excessively fearful population, or an attempt to instill fear in a population for the sake of political control (see Alinsky Tactics under Clashes Between Liberals and Conservatives ).  A masked and fearful population huddling in their locked down homes is clearly more prone to accepting “rescue” from even a despotic dictatorial government.  One of the oldest con games in human history involves convincing people they are in danger and offering a “cheap” solution.   
  • The  MASSIVE GREEN DEAL PROPOSAL in the DNC platform, is projected to cost $70 trillion, four times larger than our yearly gross national product.  This is a preposterous proposed expenditure, equivalent to a personal decision ourselves to spend 400% more this year on one item than we earn annually.  It would lead to instant and catastrophic debt and destruction of our economy.  This compulsory policy is particularly shocking when there is much very serious national debate among world class intellectuals over whether man-made global warming and “climate change” are a threat to us at all.  

The Democrat party seems to be poised to exchange our democratic form of government for communism, under which government taxes citizens oppressively, promises to redistribute the wealth equitably, and does everything by force.

Historically, every attempt at socialism has ended in inefficiency, degeneration of services, and autocratic control of the population. Taking away a person’s money for redistribution by someone who claims to be wiser is the greatest killer of motivation to work.  And the autocrats who promise to do this never distribute back much of what they collect to the people.  Most of what is collected is kept by the despots, and only insignificant crumbs (like free Obama-phones) are returned to the people.  Again, ask anyone who has had any contact with Venezuela, North Korea, Communist China, or Soviet Russia (me).  
Ask the Man Who Knew Communism Best, Bishop Fulton Sheen — watch him on You Tube.

Advocating Violence

Democrats are also advocating and approving the use of violence as a tool for change.   They are “CANCELING”  opponents instead of winning with debate, and they are advocating the elimination of police, thus eliminating law and order. This is clearly a recipe for disaster for our nation.

The cancellation of all law enforcement, of all leadership that does not subscribe to progressively defined political correctness, of any black voter who dares to think conservatively, and of our nation’s entire history, is a form of very dishonest political violence that is inexcusable. 

And the violence seems to just have begun, as Democrats threaten more and more.  House Democrats just recently blocked the condemnation of Defund the Police.   Kamala Harris, in her first solo speech as Democratic vice presidential nominee, stared down President Trump and said she stood with the protesters after riots in Kenosha, according to CBS News.  Moreover, evidence has recently surfaced for a Soros-backed coalition preparing to create post-election day chaos.   Is this the America we all want to live in? 

A Double Standard

There is also an amazing double standard where accountability is concerned.
Why are Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and every other high level progressive completely exempt both from prosecution and from “CANCELING”  by US citizens for their misdeeds and collusions with foreign governments?

Why is Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, exempt from canceling due to her very bigoted attitudes towards black Americans, of whom she had written  “We don’t want the word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.”?

Why is the Democrat Party, historically responsible for supporting slavery in America, exempt from canceling?

Why is Joe Biden, who has been accused of sexual assault, exempt from “Me, Too” accountability, and why has Kamala Harris flip-flopped on her belief of these accusations against Joe Biden?

The REAL Candidate Who Will Actually Be President

The most likely future President & leader of the Democrat party, if Democrats were to win this election, is Kamala Harris.  Harris was the California attorney general who dismissed the case against Planned Parenthood for illegally selling  aborted baby parts and encouraging later and later term abortions in order to generate more lucrative and expensive dead baby parts.

  She then raided the pro-lilfe reporter’s David Daleiden’s  home for exposing Planned Parenthood.  She continued on a legal vendetta to destroy the life of David Daleiden, selectively using California’s video recording laws as a political weapon to silence disfavored speech. David Daleiden became the first journalist ever to be criminally prosecuted under California’s recording law.  Kamala Harris filed 15 felony charges against him, and now, four years later, David Daleiden is still trapped in Kamala Harris’ persecution

This is what Kamala Harris did, as Attorney General, to a young pro-life undercover reporter who unearthed Planned Parenthood’s blood-curdling criminal activities.  She protected the criminals and viciously attacked the whistleblower.  

Kamala Harris is also known to be the most extreme far left Democrat in the Senate.  She executed the most vicious and deceitful attacks both during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, and during her own presidential candidacy, when she attacked now presidential candidate Joe Biden viciously and untruthfully.  Kamala Harris is also inconsistent, flip-flopping at any politically favorable wind.  She  strongly supported Christine Blasey Ford’s fallacious accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, but now dismisses allegations of sexual misconduct towards women by Joe Biden. This “Me too” hypocrisy cannot go unmentioned.  

Like some American founding Presidents who owned slaves, whose statues are being  destroyed and whose history is being cancelled today by Democrats,  Kamala Harris also has ancestors who owned slaves in Jamaica.  Why is Kamala Harris immune from cancelling?

Why do Democrats selectively target white people for shaming and cancelling, when slave ownership in the early days of our nation was also practiced by black people and by Native Americans (American Indians), who owned thousands of slaves? 

Finally, if the Democrats win this election, Nancy Pelosi, who was duped by a hair salon, and is now third in line to the nuclear codes, could advance in her position to first place.  

Bottom Line

Unless Americans are willing to completely dismiss any attachment to democratic government and the Constitution if the United States, in favor of dictatorial socialist promises which have never materialized in the history of the world, the Democrat Party must be defeated in this election.

The Use of Fear

The use of FEAR, the present favored tool of the left,  is not a good tactic to see in one’s leadership. When lies are combined with fear mongering, a population has no access to reality, and is at the mercy of those who control the government and the media.

Current Fear Tactics

The present lockdowns, school closures, masked 5 year olds playing in the streets, and violent BLM activists hijacking and using our black population for their own acknowledged Marxist agenda, are all examples of the fear mongering being used by the left.  This is a long-ago acknowledged tactic of the left— the Alinsky tactics studied by Hillary Clinton and taught by Barack Obama, which emphasize “never letting a good crisis go to waste.” 

It works like this — you identify a crisis, exaggerate it, build it up with lies, panic the population, and now the population is ready for any savior, to whom they are happy to surrender their rights in return for protection, presuming good will in their saviors, and assuming that rights will be restored when the crisis passes.  

The rights are never restored, and there is never any shortage of new crises, to keep the population on shaky ground.  If there is a shortage of crises, you simply create a crisis.  Some accuse the global warming proponents of using this tactic to gain global control of governments.  

In recent decades, we have had global cooling crises and  global warming crises, which have nudged many well- intentioned nations to relinquish rights to globalists and to surrender control over their own destiny.
 
Now that we have a President who is returning  control of our nation back into the hands of our own people, and is foiling the plans of the globalists, they are finding new and more panicked crises to amplify artificially, to instill fear in the population and try to grasp control.  

These include the Covid pandemic, and the artificially created BLM unrest, which occurs, incidentally, only in Democratically controlled cities where Democrat Mayors tell police to stand down and where Democrat city councils defund and shackle the police.

Aside on the COVID Pandemic and on Global Warming and Climate Change 

More and more globally reputable scientists and statisticians are discrediting man-made global warming and climate change claims, and are discrediting the lockdown handling and exaggeration of the present Covid pandemic. 

Examples of seriously data-driven and intellectual man-made global warming skeptics include Tony Heller, and my husband, Rolf Reitz, who, as Editor of the International Journal of Engine Research co-authored an editorial with 37 globally renowned scientists explaining why the present drive to eliminate gasoline engines from your planet is exaggerated.  Rolf also gave a Princeton University and Georgia Tech-sponsored webinar in which he detailed the scientific arguments supporting skepticism of the man-made global warming alarmism that is rampant today, and is in danger of damaging the indigent populations of the world more than any of us.

There is no shortage of globally reputable scientists who assure us that there is no climate emergency. 
Recently, 500 such scientists , spearheaded by the Amsterdam-based Climate Intelligence Foundation (CLINTEL) issued the European Climate Declaration, describing the leading climate models as “unfit,” and warning that  “current climate policies pointlessly and grievously undermine the economic system, putting lives at risk in countries denied access to affordable, reliable electrical energy.”

Criticisim of the lockdown and mask handling of the recent COVID pandemic is also surfacing in the scientific world, now that we have seen some data on the pandemic. 
Ivor Cummins (a top health officer and technical leader from Dublin, Ireland) presents the most convincing data and conclusions in a very public-friendly 40 minute seminar which everybody should view before forming any opinions on the further handling of the COVID situation.  It’s called Our Viral Issue-Crucial Update

Basically, Cummins gives incontrovertible  evidence for the uselessness of both masks and of lockdowns in dealing with the COVID situation.  He exposes the erroneous modeling that predicted a pandemic of catastrophic proportions which never materialized.  (Incidentally, the Global Warming alarmism was also generated by erroneous modeling predictions which never materialized, and which today’s climate data are not supporting in the least.)

In the best case scenario, the scientists who try to model and predict nature, either weather or pandemics, with equations and computers are simply incompetent and unable to acknowledge the unreliability of their pathetic predictions.  In the worst case scenario, they are corrupt scientists who intentionally model and predict fallacious “chicken little” “the sky is falling” scenarios, to help their favored unprincipled political faction gain power by promising to rescue the panicked population from impending disaster.
  
In the case of global warming, the tragically exaggerated and inaccurate modeling was done and was promulgated by Al Gore and his political globalist friends.  In the case of COVID modeling, the modeling was done by people associated with Bill Gates and Dr. Anthony Fauci, who are both financially invested in producing COVID vaccines for global use.    

Conclusion

The extent to which we have all been hoodwinked by a colluding media, a rapidly shifting Democrat Party, and the deep pockets of  billionaire far left activists is only beginning to be apparent.

More and more globally reputable scientists  are exposing the lies that are being taught in our schools and in politically correct indoctrination programs which are all designed to instill fear and shame in our population and to discredit our aystem of government. 

So What Do We Do?

Clearly, whether you lean liberal or conservative, and whether you like President Donald Trump’s politics and policies or not, if you want democracy in the future of our nation, you must vote for President Trump on November 3rd.

Once democracy is preserved on November 3rd, you can advocate and work for any change you like in future elections, under the umbrella  And protection of the U.S.  Constitution.

The only other alternative for us today is the Democrat party platform. This would establish dictatorial rule, draconian control of citizens, lockdowns, California-like power shortages, elimination of most rights now guaranteed by the Constitution,  the alteration of the Constitution by appointed Supreme Court Justices, instead of the preservation of the Constitution by them, and, in short, a government resembling that of Communist China, the Old USSR, North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela.  Venezuela is the most recent example of socialist destruction of a previously prosperous nation, where promises were made, and promises were not kept.

Not all Americans realize the power and brilliance of the US Constitution, which was designed to shackle the power of government leaders, and to introduce controls that would  limit potential despots.  The writers of the Constitution studied millennia of human history, and chose the best attributes from different forms of government.  They inserted the very Christian values of protecting the rights of the meek and of the poor from the powerful who may want to use and to control them.

Elect, and Super-Elect President Trump

Not only do we have to elect, but we have to super-elect President Trump in the coming election. Due to the acknowledged and enthusiastic use of a Alinsky tactics by the Democrat party, the election of President Trump will have to compensate for all the unprincipled devious tactics the left is planning to use.

The left has recruited most of the media to participate in the lies smearing President Trump, to the point where an assimilation of all the networks and reporters using identical phrases maligning President Trump on a given day has become obvious and even comical.

They are all clearly receiving identical instructions from a central source on a daily basis.  Whether that source is Barack Obama, the head of the “Resistance” in his alternate White House in Washington, or George Soros, or the secret Freemasons who have had a documented agenda since 1850 to destroy the power of religion over nations, and who have claimed credit for steering the Bolshevik Revolution, or whether that centralized source of evil is some other power-monger leftist like the tech giants of Google, Facebook and Twitter, the existence of that centralized command post is now blatantly obvious.
And the lies and manipulations of the left are not limited to the media— they are also now  engaged in escalating amounts of election fraud.

Since we on  the right practice  the voluntary self-restraint if Judeo- Christian Culture, and limit ourselves to what is lawful and constitutional, we must super-elect an over- elect this President.  We must get to the polls even if it means crawling over broken glass, we must advocate and work for this election, we must donate money, more that ever before, and most important of all, we must enlist the most powerful vote in the universe, we must enlist the support of God in this election, through the biggest avalanche of prayer that humanity has ever accomplished.  The Christian roots of our nation are in the balance.

Do the common man and his self evident  God given Rights win, or does totalitarian rule by  Marxists, accountable neither to God, nor to the citizenry, win?

For Everybody

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION (more than 50) MAJOR ACCOMPISHMENTS + 2 Nobel Prize Nominations  

For Catholics 

For those who have signed on to Catholicism as the best available guardian of God’s revelations to humanity over millennia, and the best source of guidance in matters of morality (as I have), there is an overriding moral reason to vote for President Trump. 

President Trump is the most pro-life President we have ever had, and Catholics  know that whether or not we kill our babies is the most pre-eminent moral issue in the 2020 Election. 
The US Bishops have reiterated this fact recently, providing guidance for Catholics.  

‘Abortion is an intrinsic evil, meaning that it is never permitted or morally justified, regardless of individual circumstances or intentions’ 

 A serious Catholic (or any other serious Christian, for that matter) cannot vote for a party that condones abortion, advocates the killing of a baby who survives abortion, advocates the killing of a baby right until the moment of birth, uses public funds to promote abortion at home and abroad, and helps organizations like Planned Parenthood, which engage in the grisly selling of aborted baby parts, as Kamala Harris has done. 

One Catholic priest, Fr. James Altman, has gone as far as to say that no Catholic can vote Democrat in this election.  “You cannot be Catholic & a Democrat. Period.”  Some US Catholic Bishops support him.  Others condemn the “tone” of his message. Evangelical Christians will probably love him, and they have already joined President Trump for his positions on abortion and on the Supreme Court.  

Another Catholic priest has condemned the masking and shutdown tactics pushed by Joe Biden as diabolically inspired and unnatural.  Father Robert Altier, a well known homilist, author, member of the board of Catholic Parents Online, and host of the DVD series Beauty, Truth, Goodness: The fundamentals of Catholicism, the parish priest of St. Raphael’s in Crystal, Minnesota says:

There’s nothing normal about it. It is not normal for human beings to be six feet apart from one another. It’s not normal for human beings to be covering their face when they try and talk to somebody.
It is not normal for us to be locking ourselves in the house for months at a time. It is not normal for us to be acting the way that we are because of what’s going on.
It has nothing to do with God, and it has nothing to do with humanity. Well, that doesn’t leave a whole lot of options then, does it? Where do we think it’s really coming from?
It is evil. Let’s be clear what it is. It is evil.

There is no question in this Catholic’s mind that abortion is the biggest overriding moral evil of the past century and that all decent people are obliged to take no part in it whatsoever, either personally, or as a nation.  In fact, we are obliged to warn our fellow citizens, whom we are obliged to love, against participating in this evil, too.  
I would go beyond just eliminating the use of Federal funds for any abortion-related purpose– I would include unborn babies in with the rest of us, who are guaranteed the right to LIFE.  

VOTE FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP on November 3rd!

 

 

 

 

Impeachment: Desperate False Accusations, trying to take down a righteous man

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As we approach tonight, the vote of the United States House of Representatives, in which the extreme “progressive” left will try to defame one of our best Presidents through false accusations and impeachment, let us remember to put these events in God’s hands with prayer. Heaven will be stormed with prayer, as is appropriate.   

We don’t (as the left does) lash out, lie, don black masks, or riot. 
Instead, we support our President with letters, donations and prayers, and prepare quietly for the next election, knowing that this good and wonderful man is in God’s very capable hands.  

President Donald J. Trump’s letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (who is heading these proceedings) outlines the injustice and false accusations, and is printed below.

But first, a few quotations from the Holy Bible that many of us try to live by: 

Exodus 20:16:

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Psalm 109:1-5

For the leader. A psalm of David.

O God, whom I praise, do not be silent, for wicked and treacherous mouths attack me.
They speak against me with lying tongues; with hateful words they surround me, attacking me without cause.
In return for my love they slander me, even though I prayed for them.
They repay me evil for good, hatred for my love.

Psalm 109:29-30:

Clothe my accusers with disgrace; make them wear their shame like a mantle.
I will give fervent thanks to the LORD; before a crowd I will praise him.

Deuteronomy 19: 19-20

The judges must investigate it thoroughly. If the witness is a false witness and has falsely accused the other, you shall do to the false witness just as that false witness planned to do to the other. Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst.
The rest shall hear and be afraid, and never again do such an evil thing as this in your midst.

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Madam Speaker:

I write to express my strongest and most powerful protest against the partisan impeachment crusade being pursued by the Democrats in the House of Representatives.  This impeachment represents an unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power by Democrat Lawmakers, unequaled in nearly two and a half centuries of American legislative history.

The Articles of Impeachment introduced by the House Judiciary Committee are not recognizable under any standard of Constitutional theory, interpretation, or jurisprudence.  They include no crimes, no misdemeanors, and no offenses whatsoever.  You have cheapened the importance of the very ugly word, impeachment!

By proceeding with your invalid impeachment, you are violating your oaths of office, you are breaking your allegiance to the Constitution, and you are declaring open war on American Democracy.  You dare to invoke the Founding Fathers in pursuit of this election-nullification scheme—yet your spiteful actions display unfettered contempt for America’s founding and your egregious conduct threatens to destroy that which our Founders pledged their very lives to build.  Even worse than offending the Founding Fathers, you are offending Americans of faith by continually saying “I pray for the President,” when you know this statement is not true, unless it is meant in a negative sense.  It is a terrible thing you are doing, but you will have to live with it, not I!

Your first claim, “Abuse of Power,” is a completely disingenuous, meritless, and baseless invention of your imagination.  You know that I had a totally innocent conversation with the President of Ukraine.  I then had a second conversation that has been misquoted, mischaracterized, and fraudulently misrepresented.  Fortunately, there was a transcript of the conversation taken, and you know from the transcript (which was immediately made available) that the paragraph in question was perfect.  I said to President Zelensky:  “I would like you to do us a favor, though, because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it.”  I said do us a favor, not me, and our country, not a campaign.  I then mentioned the Attorney General of the United States.  Every time I talk with a foreign leader, I put America’s interests first, just as I did with President Zelensky.

You are turning a policy disagreement between two branches of government into an impeachable offense—it is no more legitimate than the Executive Branch charging members of Congress with crimes for the lawful exercise of legislative power.

You know full well that Vice President Biden used his office and $1 billion dollars of U.S. aid money to coerce Ukraine into firing the prosecutor who was digging into the company paying his son millions of dollars.  You know this because Biden bragged about it on video.  Biden openly stated:  “I said, ‘I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars’…I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours.  If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’  Well, son of a bitch.  He got fired.”  Even Joe Biden admitted just days ago in an interview with NPR that it “looked bad.”  Now you are trying to impeach me by falsely accusing me of doing what Joe Biden has admitted he actually did.

President Zelensky has repeatedly declared that I did nothing wrong, and that there was No Pressure.  He further emphasized that it was a “good phone call,” that “I don’t feel pressure,” and explicitly stressed that “nobody pushed me.”  The Ukrainian Foreign Minister stated very clearly:  “I have never seen a direct link between investigations and security assistance.”  He also said there was “No Pressure.”   Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, a supporter of Ukraine who met privately with President Zelensky, has said: “At no time during this meeting…was there any mention by Zelensky or any Ukrainian that they were feeling pressure to do anything in return for the military aid.”  Many meetings have been held between representatives of Ukraine and our country.  Never once did Ukraine complain about pressure being applied—not once!  Ambassador Sondland testified that I told him: “No quid pro quo.  I want nothing.  I want nothing.  I want President Zelensky to do the right thing, do what he ran on.”

The second claim, so-called “Obstruction of Congress,” is preposterous and dangerous.  House Democrats are trying to impeach the duly elected President of the United States for asserting Constitutionally based privileges that have been asserted on a bipartisan basis by administrations of both political parties throughout our Nation’s history.  Under that standard, every American president would have been impeached many times over.  As liberal law professor Jonathan Turley warned when addressing Congressional Democrats: “I can’t emphasize this enough…if you impeach a president, if you make a high crime and misdemeanor out of going to the courts, it is an abuse of power.  It’s your abuse of power.  You’re doing precisely what you’re criticizing the President for doing.”

Everyone, you included, knows what is really happening.  Your chosen candidate lost the election in 2016, in an Electoral College landslide (306-227), and you and your party have never recovered from this defeat.  You have developed a full-fledged case of what many in the media call Trump Derangement Syndrome and sadly, you will never get over it!  You are unwilling and unable to accept the verdict issued at the ballot box during the great Election of 2016.  So you have spent three straight years attempting to overturn the will of the American people and nullify their votes.  You view democracy as your enemy!

Speaker Pelosi, you admitted just last week at a public forum that your party’s impeachment effort has been going on for “two and a half years,” long before you ever heard about a phone call with Ukraine.  Nineteen minutes after I took the oath of office, the Washington Post published a story headlined, “The Campaign to Impeach President Trump Has Begun.”  Less than three months after my inauguration, Representative Maxine Waters stated, “I’m going to fight every day until he’s impeached.”  House Democrats introduced the first impeachment resolution against me within months of my inauguration, for what will be regarded as one of our country’s best decisions, the firing of James Comey (see Inspector General Reports)—who the world now knows is one of the dirtiest cops our Nation has ever seen.  A ranting and raving Congresswoman, Rashida Tlaib, declared just hours after she was sworn into office, “We’re gonna go in there and we’re gonna impeach the motherf****r.”  Representative Al Green said in May, “I’m concerned that if we don’t impeach this president, he will get re-elected.”  Again, you and your allies said, and did, all of these things long before you ever heard of President Zelensky or anything related to Ukraine.  As you know very well, this impeachment drive has nothing to do with Ukraine, or the totally appropriate conversation I had with its new president.  It only has to do with your attempt to undo the election of 2016 and steal the election of 2020!

Congressman Adam Schiff cheated and lied all the way up to the present day, even going so far as to fraudulently make up, out of thin air, my conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine and read this fantasy language to Congress as though it were said by me.  His shameless lies and deceptions, dating all the way back to the Russia Hoax, is one of the main reasons we are here today.

You and your party are desperate to distract from America’s extraordinary economy, incredible jobs boom, record stock market, soaring confidence, and flourishing citizens.  Your party simply cannot compete with our record: 7 million new jobs; the lowest-ever unemployment for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans; a rebuilt military; a completely reformed VA with Choice and Accountability for our great veterans; more than 170 new federal judges and two Supreme Court Justices; historic tax and regulation cuts; the elimination of the individual mandate; the first decline in prescription drug prices in half a century; the first new branch of the United States Military since 1947, the Space Force; strong protection of the Second Amendment; criminal justice reform; a defeated ISIS caliphate and the killing of the world’s number one terrorist leader, al-Baghdadi; the replacement of the disastrous NAFTA trade deal with the wonderful USMCA (Mexico and Canada); a breakthrough Phase One trade deal with China; massive new trade deals with Japan and South Korea; withdrawal from the terrible Iran Nuclear Deal; cancellation of the unfair and costly Paris Climate Accord; becoming the world’s top energy producer; recognition of Israel’s capital, opening the American Embassy in Jerusalem, and recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights; a colossal reduction in illegal border crossings, the ending of Catch-and-Release, and the building of the Southern Border Wall—and that is just the beginning, there is so much more.  You cannot defend your extreme policies—open borders, mass migration, high crime, crippling taxes, socialized healthcare, destruction of American energy, late-term taxpayer-funded abortion, elimination of the Second Amendment, radical far-left theories of law and justice, and constant partisan obstruction of both common sense and common good.

There is nothing I would rather do than stop referring to your party as the Do-Nothing Democrats.  Unfortunately, I don’t know that you will ever give me a chance to do so.

After three years of unfair and unwarranted investigations, 45 million dollars spent, 18 angry Democrat prosecutors, the entire force of the FBI, headed by leadership now proven to be totally incompetent and corrupt, you have found NOTHING!  Few people in high position could have endured or passed this test.  You do not know, nor do you care, the great damage and hurt you have inflicted upon wonderful and loving members of my family.  You conducted a fake investigation upon the democratically elected President of the United States, and you are doing it yet again.

There are not many people who could have taken the punishment inflicted during this period of time, and yet done so much for the success of America and its citizens.  But instead of putting our country first, you have decided to disgrace our country still further.  You completely failed with the Mueller report because there was nothing to find, so you decided to take the next hoax that came along, the phone call with Ukraine—even though it was a perfect call.  And by the way, when I speak to foreign countries, there are many people, with permission, listening to the call on both sides of the conversation.

You are the ones interfering in America’s elections.  You are the ones subverting America’s Democracy.  You are the ones Obstructing Justice.  You are the ones bringing pain and suffering to our Republic for your own selfish personal, political, and partisan gain.

Before the Impeachment Hoax, it was the Russian Witch Hunt.  Against all evidence, and regardless of the truth, you and your deputies claimed that my campaign colluded with the Russians—a grave, malicious, and slanderous lie, a falsehood like no other.  You forced our Nation through turmoil and torment over a wholly fabricated story, illegally purchased from a foreign spy by Hillary Clinton and the DNC in order to assault our democracy.  Yet, when the monstrous lie was debunked and this Democrat conspiracy dissolved into dust, you did not apologize.  You did not recant.  You did not ask to be forgiven.  You showed no remorse, no capacity for self-reflection.  Instead, you pursued your next libelous and vicious crusade—you engineered an attempt to frame and defame an innocent person.  All of this was motivated by personal political calculation.  Your Speakership and your party are held hostage by your most deranged and radical representatives of the far left.  Each one of your members lives in fear of a socialist primary challenger—this is what is driving impeachment.  Look at Congressman Nadler’s challenger.  Look at yourself and others.  Do not take our country down with your party.

If you truly cared about freedom and liberty for our Nation, then you would be devoting your vast investigative resources to exposing the full truth concerning the FBI’s horrifying abuses of power before, during, and after the 2016 election—including the use of spies against my campaign, the submission of false evidence to a FISA court, and the concealment of exculpatory evidence in order to frame the innocent.  The FBI has great and honorable people, but the leadership was inept and corrupt.  I would think that you would personally be appalled by these revelations, because in your press conference the day you announced impeachment, you tied the impeachment effort directly to the completely discredited Russia Hoax, declaring twice that “all roads lead to Putin,” when you know that is an abject lie.  I have been far tougher on Russia than President Obama ever even thought to be.

Any member of Congress who votes in support of impeachment—against every shred of truth, fact, evidence, and legal principle—is showing how deeply they revile the voters and how truly they detest America’s Constitutional order.  Our Founders feared the tribalization of partisan politics, and you are bringing their worst fears to life.

Worse still, I have been deprived of basic Constitutional Due Process from the beginning of this impeachment scam right up until the present.  I have been denied the most fundamental rights afforded by the Constitution, including the right to present evidence, to have my own counsel present, to confront accusers, and to call and cross-examine witnesses, like the so-called whistleblower who started this entire hoax with a false report of the phone call that bears no relationship to the actual phone call that was made.  Once I presented the transcribed call, which surprised and shocked the fraudsters (they never thought that such evidence would be presented), the so-called whistleblower, and the second whistleblower, disappeared because they got caught, their report was a fraud, and they were no longer going to be made available to us.  In other words, once the phone call was made public, your whole plot blew up, but that didn’t stop you from continuing.

More due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials.

You and others on your committees have long said impeachment must be bipartisan—it is not.  You said it was very divisive—it certainly is, even far more than you ever thought possible—and it will only get worse!

This is nothing more than an illegal, partisan attempted coup that will, based on recent sentiment, badly fail at the voting booth.  You are not just after me, as President, you are after the entire Republican Party.  But because of this colossal injustice, our party is more united than it has ever been before.  History will judge you harshly as you proceed with this impeachment charade.  Your legacy will be that of turning the House of Representatives from a revered legislative body into a Star Chamber of partisan persecution.

Perhaps most insulting of all is your false display of solemnity.  You apparently have so little respect for the American People that you expect them to believe that you are approaching this impeachment somberly, reservedly, and reluctantly.  No intelligent person believes what you are saying.  Since the moment I won the election, the Democrat Party has been possessed by Impeachment Fever.  There is no reticence.  This is not a somber affair.  You are making a mockery of impeachment and you are scarcely concealing your hatred of me, of the Republican Party, and tens of millions of patriotic Americans.  The voters are wise, and they are seeing straight through this empty, hollow, and dangerous game you are playing.

I have no doubt the American people will hold you and the Democrats fully responsible in the upcoming 2020 election.  They will not soon forgive your perversion of justice and abuse of power.

There is far too much that needs to be done to improve the lives of our citizens.  It is time for you and the highly partisan Democrats in Congress to immediately cease this impeachment fantasy and get back to work for the American People.  While I have no expectation that you will do so, I write this letter to you for the purpose of history and to put my thoughts on a permanent and indelible record.

One hundred years from now, when people look back at this affair, I want them to understand it, and learn from it, so that it can never happen to another President again.

Sincerely yours,

DONALD J. TRUMP
President of the United States of America

cc:       United States Senate
United States House of Representatives

 

 

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Scandals and Sinners are Not New

Scandals and sinners in the Catholic Church are not new.
Judas Iscariot’s betrayal of Jesus Christ was a pretty big deal, and he was chosen personally by Jesus Christ to be among the first 12 Bishops of His Church.
So it is not surprising that members of the Church hierarchy can commit sins.
Nobody denies that.
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The Current Pedophilia and Coverup Scandals

Recent news headlines in 2018 show that there continue to be horrific evil sins and crimes being committed by some clergy in the Catholic Church.
Enemies of the Catholic Church, who resent the Church’s moral authority, who do not want to follow Judeo-Christian commandments, and who have been attacking the Church for 2000 years, are very quick to point out sins committed by members of the Church.
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And the mud really sticks.
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The National Review correctly points out that such depraved sacrilegious acts by even ONE priest damage the moral authority and credibility of the Catholic Church:

“This is why, when sex scandals within the Church come to light, observations that the “vast majority” of clergy did nothing wrong strike many as unmoving. If, as Catholics maintain, the Church’s hierarchy derives its legitimacy from a transmission of spiritual authority passed down from the Apostles, then even isolated instances of malfeasance within that hierarchy can shake people’s faith in this claim.”

This is also why so many good Catholic Clergy, including Archbishop Vigano and Madison’s Bishop Morlino,  are calling for complete transparency and accountability throughout the Church, all the way up to our Pope.

Being Balanced and Fair to the Catholic Clergy

Those of us Catholics who love our Church do not enjoy watching the vast innocent remainder of our beloved  holy priests demonized and attacked publicly by hate-filled progressive media.  The media misrepresent our Catholic clergy in most unfair terms.

We realize that saying “but your Honor, the other guy over there committed many more crimes than I did” is never a good defense.

But we also realize that truth is valuable, honor must be defended, and institutions and principles stand, even when some officials betray them.
The Presidency of the the United States was not abandoned when one man got caught desecrating the Oval Office with his sexual sins and depravity.
And all the members of one race are not condemned when one member of that race commits a crime.
Bigotry and prejudice are bigotry and prejudice, even when they are directed at the Catholic clergy, as opposed to a (temporarily) more politically popular group.

In that spirit, we digress to put the magnitude of the problem into perspective, before we continue to discuss the latest Catholic Church sex abuse problem, it’s shocking implications, and possible solutions.

Magnitude of the Catholic Church Problem

Regarding the current pedophilia accusations, because of the progressive media’s dislike for the conservative Catholic Church, few people find out that Catholic priests are actually the least probable to abuse children, less probable to abuse than any other group of people in the world.   Celibacy has also been shown to be irrelevant — pedophilia occurs most commonly among married men who are not in the clergy.   Sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests is less probable than by other men, 100 times less probable than teachers at school, and at least twenty times less probable than the child’s own parents.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), our nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, reports that of the annual 63,000 sexual abuse cases substantiated by Child Protective Services, the perpetrator was most often the parent (80%).  Other relatives were responsible for 6%, 4% were unmarried partners of a parent, and 5% were “other,” (from siblings to strangers, and this category would include all clergy religious of all denominations).

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Since the first major reports starting in 1985, the church has actually studied, analyzed, worked on, and dramatically reduced the incidence of these problems (see John Jay Report Figure 1.1).  The John Jay Report is well worth reading for anybody who is interested in the scandals.
The findings of the John Jay report are Facts are backed up by independent sources like Psychology Today, Newsweek, National Review and insurance companies who calculate risk (and charge litigation insurance premiums accordingly) for religious and other institutions.  Catholic institutions are not charged any larger insurance premiums than any other group.
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Despite the dramatic reduction in Church scandals shown in the above graph, and despite the fact that the above graph represents only a very small fraction of the total sexual abuse of children in the United States, those in the media who resent the traditional Judeo-Christian teachings which the Catholic Church has maintained for 2000 years, continue to dredge up and attack the church for crimes and sins which occurred between 1950 and 2000.

Magnitude of Our Whole Society’s Problem

The message we should take from the above statistics is not that abuse in the Catholic Church is not too bad, but that there is a SHOCKING level of sexual abuse of children throughout all of our society, including abuse by teachers, and ABUSE BY PARENTS, that has been off the radar all this time.  Most of us don’t know about it, and the media has not told us. The numbers are sometimes sketchy and can vary from study to study, but the general picture that emerges is very worrisome and shocking.  The National Center for Victims of Crime tells us that 28% of US kids are sexually victimized during their formative years.

Yes, 28% of US kids are sexually victimized during their formative years.

Back to the Catholic Church

Despite the fact that the Catholic clergy actually have the lowest frequency of child abuse of any group on earth, despite the fact that Catholic Church abuse has now been dramatically reduced, and despite the fact that the Catholic Church has formulated model abuse prevention programs whose implementation should be considered by all other institutions in our society,  the Catholic Church is still making headlines recently regarding sex abuse scandals.

And this time, we cannot just blame the media, which likes to pick on the Catholic Church.
Most recently, some new facts have emerged which challenge even the most faithful members of the Catholic Church.

The Unexpected and Shocking Developments

The new facts to surface regarding the old Catholic Church scandals do not involve frequency of incidence, which seems to have been dramatically reduced, but they involve two aspects of the old coverups which cannot be ignored:

  • The Church is now being accused of coverup, as high up as Pope Francis.

  • The detailed nature of the sexual abuse has been identified — and it is almost exclusively homosexual.

The picture now emerging is one not of pedophilia, but of homosexual abuse of older male children and seminarians by homosexual priests.
These developments create a clash of values in our modern culture that will have no easy resolution.

Clash of Values
First, the Events of Summer 2018

Pope Francis greets Archbishop McCarrick

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Three major new events have brought us to this point of scandal in the Catholic Church this summer.

  • Cardinal McCarrick, one of Pope Francis’ closest advisors, resigned from the College of Cardinals following allegations of sexual abuse of a teenage boy 40 years ago in New York City, as well as sexual misconduct with seminarians over an extended more recent period of time.
  • Separately, a Pennsylvania Grand Jury issued a report summarizing that from 1950 to 2000, 300 priests in Pennsylvania sexually abused over 1,000 children. 90% of the abuse reported by the Pennsylvania Grand Jury was of older male children by homosexual priests.
  • Then, Archbishop Vigano, former apostolic nuncio to the United States, issued an 11 page letter implicating Pope Francis and several senior prelates in covering up Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s alleged sexual abuse of a youth and of seminarians. He claimed that Pope Francis knew about strict canonical sanctions imposed on McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 but chose to repeal them. He accused Pope Francis of not only ignoring Pope Benedict’s sanctions, but also of promoting Cardinal McCarrick to be the Pope’s trusted counselor.  Archbishop Vigano claimed that he personally spoke with Pope Francis about the gravity of McCarrick’s abuses soon after the Pope’s election in 2013.  These allegations have not yet been verified.

Pope Francis, caught by Archbishop Vigano’s accusations during his trip to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families, told media that he is “not going to say a word” about the McCarrick coverup accusations from Archbishop Vigano.

Two weeks later, the Pope’s advisors have stated that the Holy See is preparing an answer to the current debates, presumably referring to Archbishop Vigano’s accusations.
On September 11, the Council of Cardinals expressed full solidarity with the Pope’s handling of the abuse crisis.  No timeline yet on the promised clarification.
On September 12, Pope Francis called the world’s Bishops to a meeting on sexual abuse of children to occur in February 2019.
On September 13, some US Bishop leaders are meeting with Pope Francis to discuss the McCarrick abuses. Pope Francis is receiving Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. conference of Bishops, along with Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, the Vice President; Monsignor Brian Bransfield, the conference’s secretary; and Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Is the Catholic Church Abuse Homosexual in Nature?

There is now much debate on whether the abuse occurring in the Catholic Church is homosexual in nature.
And there are many claims on both sides.
This blogger believes that the statistics speak for themselves, but below is some of the evidence pro and con.

The vast majority of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests, 80% of past abuse in the Catholic Church and 90% of the abuse reported by the Pennsylvania Grand Jury, has been of older male children by homosexual priests.

Although the majority of abuses involve older youth, our society is more shocked by cases involving young children.   This issue is complicated by the fact that in the past the term “pedophilia” was used broadly and included activity with teenagers.
For example, sexual activity with 16 year old children is not actually categorized as pedophilia, but as ephebophilia — which is not categorized as a mental disorder, nor is it illegal in many places such as Washington D.C., where the age of consent for sexual activity is 16.  

 

This information, the fact that the bulk of what has been called child sex abuse in the Church turns out to be homosexual ephebophilia, has implications both on possible solutions to the Church’s “pedophilia” problems, and on the clear fact that there are, albeit against Church regulations, homosexual priests in the Catholic Church.
Not only are there homosexual priests, a fact which was not unknown, but those homosexual priests seem to have an elevated tendency to engage in sexual activity, and to engage in sexual activity with youth.

An NIH (National Institutes of Health) NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) PubMed.gov Resources J. Sex Marital Therapy article finds that the “proportion of true pedophiles among persons with a homosexual erotic development is greater than that in persons who develop heterosexually.”

Santa Cruz University psychologist Dr. Thomas Plante’s argues that homosexuality is NOT associated with pedophilia.  Dr. Plante says that clerical offenders tend to be “generalists” who do not necessarily prefer boys, but who turn to boys because they have trust with and access to boys, which they do not have with girls.  Arguments such as this one are not intuitive to most of us, particularly given the statistics and the observations made by people who live in proximity to the gay culture, like the author of Madison’s Capital Times guest column, Can Madison tolerate Catholics?   Dr.Plante does acknowledge that most abusive priests are not pedophiles, since pedophiles are attracted to young, prepubescent children, generally under the age of 11. He does not discuss specifically whether homosexuals could be inclined toward ephebophilia.

Catholic Bishops, who have been studying and trying to solve the problem since 1985, also know something about this issue. Numerous Bishops have labeled this a homosexual problem in the priesthood, including Pope Benedict’s number two man Cardinal BertoneCardinal Burke, Swiss Bishop Eleganti, and Bishop Morlino of Madison, among others.  It has always been Catholic Church policy not to ordain men with deep seated homosexual tendencies.  

Explosive Implications

This association between homosexuality in the priesthood and forbidden sexual activity with teenagers (previously labeled pedophilia, but more correctly called ephebophilia) is the explosive information the Church has been faced with since the publication of the John Jay report around 2010.  This is information that, in the present global gay rights and gay marriage atmosphere, is not something anybody knows how to present to the world.   The political incorrectness of this information, and the potential for backlash following its acknowledgment, does not need much elaboration.

If these two issues are actually linked, that is, if homosexual priests are more inclined towards pedophilia (or, more accurately, ephobophilia, attraction to post-pubescent young men) than are heterosexual priests, then the solution to the pedophilia problem would have to involve a renewed effort to exclude homosexuals from the priesthood, and involve better enforcement of Church policy not to ordain homosexual men.

Nobody needs this blogger to tell them how politically unpopular trying to eliminate any homosexual sub-culture from the Church would be today in 2018.  Since that action is needed to eliminate the 80-90% of  sexual activity which is frequently called “pedophilia,” but which is actually ephebophilia, we need clergy of great courage to speak the truth and to name the problem.

Our Bishop Does Not Disappoint

True to his previous courageous leadership of the Diocese of Madison, our Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin, Robert C. Morlino, was among the first to name this problem and to call for it’s investigation after ex-Nuncio Vigaro sacrificially laid his head on the block and started the process of forced accountability all the way up to our Pope.

Bishop Morlino’s efforts to protect children and seminarians made the national news, and elicited a number of not surprising, naive and misinformed accusations from  liberal Madison’s press, including denial of the facts from Madison’s ex-Mayor- turned-journalist at progressive rag Isthmus Dave Cieslewicz, and a call for apology to the LGBTQ community published in Madison’s Capital Times.

Surprisingly, there was also a thought-provoking and supportive guest column entitiled Can Madison tolerate Catholics? in the Capital Times by non-Christian, non-Catholic Arabist-Islamologist scholar Kevin Barrett, which pointed out his first hand experience observing the association of homosexuality and ephebophilia in California.

Our Bishop Morlino, who has suffered enough at the hands of Madison’s LGBT activists, has yet again very courageously stepped up to defend Truth and to show us the way.

What’s a Liberal to Do?

Liberal Catholics, and our liberal Pope, who are inclined to relax Catholic rules on divorce and remarriage, are faced with a serious inconsistency.

If indeed, homosexuality is linked with ephebophilia, as all the Catholic abuse statistics indicate (science is real) then supporting homosexuals in the priesthood becomes incompatible with elimination of 80-90% of the sexual activity which has been called “pedophilia” in the Church today.

If the Pope was trying to show tolerance, mercy and compassion to the “Lavender Mafia” (gay priests who defy Church teaching on homosexual activity), that has now become unintentionally synonymous with coverup of the old child abuse scandals.

Now liberals in the Church who want to “modernize” the Church have come up against a wall — do you support the homosexual agenda with mercy and compassion, or do you side compassionately with justice for the victims of sexual abuse.

The Flip Side of Mercy

And so we now face the fact that there is a balance between mercy and justice, between compassion for the sinner and compassion for the victim, and there are times when we cannot be on both sides of the fence.

Despite our poor human lack of understanding of why justice must be enforced and sins must be atoned for, that balance does exist, and is as sure as the laws of physics and gravity.

As Catholics, both Catholics in the pews and clergy, many of us have trapped ourselves unwittingly, as we tried so hard to accommodate the cultural values around us, and to understand and excuse the behavior the sexual revolution of the 1960’s has spawned. We have tried to normalize, accept, and sometimes even welcome the homosexual culture into the Catholic Church.  This has been a source of much conflict within the Catholic Church.

Now it turns out that welcoming and tolerating homosexuality, particularly into the priesthhod, brings with it some painful baggage that none of us ever expected– heart-rending injury to our youth.

We cannot rage for justice from our leadership, condemning them for coverups, while we are also the ones who raged for normalization of homosexuality.  Liberal Catholics are now caught between a rock and a hard place.  They cannot be on both sides of the fence.  There is often an unrealized cost to mercy, a cost that nobody knew would have to be paid.

Mercy only allows us to offer ourselves as compensation for wrongs which have been done.  We cannot submit other people to suffering, especially children, in the name of mercy. 

In the most recent scandal, Pope Francis is trapped between his open and welcoming attitude towards gay priests like McCarrick, and the shocking realization that these homosexual priests, often referred to as the “lavender mafia”, live a culture often associated with promiscuity, ephebophilia, and cover up.

The pope and the Church are damned by our society if they don’t welcome and condone homosexual behavior, and they are damned in more ways than one if they do.
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Where Do We Go From Here?

Now that this link between homosexual priests and promiscuous homosexual activity has been established (science is real!), everyone in the church, from each one of us, to our clergy, to our bishops, all the way to the pope, is being forced to choose between the victim and the perpetrator, between justice and mercy, between abused teenage boys and homosexual priests.

So, we better stop pointing fingers, blaming and demanding, and we better remind ourselves that our clergy is 16 times less likely to abuse children than all of the rest of us.  We better start putting our heads together to search for what will likely be uncomfortable and painful solutions. These solutions that will probably involve going back to the age-old church policy, which excludes homosexuals from ordination to the priesthood. Much as we recognize the value of all human beings, we must also recognize that not all of us are suited for every occupation on earth.

American progressives, who include some American Catholics, have pressured the Church to remove any stigma from homosexuality, and even to approve gay marriage.  But when homosexuality becomes associated with sexual abuse of teenagers, or with an increased predilection towards pedophilia, how can we simultaneously pressure the Church to welcome homosexuals, yet eliminate ephebophilia at the same time?

Most people are afraid of even voicing these questions, lest their local ANTIFA throws bricks through their living room windows.
And our Pope, who seems to want to be a nice guy to everyone, is trapped by this dilemma, too.
It takes tremendous courage to step into the middle of this controversy, to take sides with abused children rather than with the hurt feelings of homosexuals, to seek investigation and documentation of the truth, regardless of what unpopular results we might face.

The Most Difficult Question

The last logical, yet very difficult and politically incorrect question to be asked will be the following– if indeed it is demonstrated that the homosexual subculture in the Church is associated with sexual abuse of teenagers, how does this apply to every other institution in our society where adults are in authority over teenagers — the schools, the scouts, sports coaches, and adoption institutions?

The Bigger Picture

One thing so often forgotten in all of these discussions is the bigger picture of sexual sin.
It is always easier to point fingers at another group than to acknowledge our own group’s sins.

Our society demands a certain degree of self restraint in a number of areas.  These include eating, studying, working, refraining from stealing, refraining from “hate speech,” and many more.
Yet our modern society has pretty much abandoned the notion of sexual self restraint.

We are quite capable of such restraint.   In fact, it would really improve our lives and would eliminate much misery, from the pain of divorce, to broken hearts, to STDs, to the culture of abortion, which kills about 1 million children every year in the United States. It would also reduce the shocking 28% of youth being sexually abused today.

When we as a society accept the degree of promiscuity that we now tolerate, how can we blame homosexuals for their lack of self-restraint?
If we followed (Judeo-Christian) Catholic teaching on the responsible use of our sexuality, and we educated and modeled modesty and sexual self control to our youth instead of using Planned Parenthood pamphlets to teach middle schoolers to be “Happy, Healthy and Hot,” the general atmosphere of civilized sexual behavior would reduce all scandals, which surfaced following the 1960’s “sexual revolution.”

Pope Paul VI predicted the misery the sexual revolution would lead to in his 1968 encyclical Humane Vitae (On Human Life).  It’s only 15 pages long.  Read it.

No Witch Hunt, Please!

Homosexuals are not the only ones who need to exercise some self-restraint.
We all do.
We need to remove the log from our own eyes before we criticize the splinter in theirs.

We cannot go after homosexuals in a witch hunt, nor after Catholic priests in a witch hunt.

We should develop a bit more respect for the Catholic Church and her moral teachings, and return to Judeo-Christian values instead.

Next Time You See a Catholic Priest

Next time you see a Catholic priest, say to yourself-
“My children are over 20 times safer with him than they are with me and my spouse.  Maybe I should be grateful to him for devoting his life to preserving the Wisdom passed down to us from Jesus Christ through the Catholic Church.”

Instead of bigoted attacks on the least offenders, remind yourself that anywhere you leave your child– school, daycare, sports, scouts, Olympics — there is always potential for sexual abuse.  MORE potential than in the Catholic Church.

 

The Numbers- Abusers on the Loose

Instead of worrying about the 300 priests in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report (half of whom are dead), worry about the 21,219 registered sex offenders running around free in Pennsylvania today.

There are 747,408 registered sex offenders in the US today, and 747 registered sex offenders in my town of Madison, Wisconsin .

We cannot evaporate these people, we cannot keep them in jail for life, we cannot transport them to a fictional location like on Star Trek, and we have to deal with the existence of these people among us.

The Catholic Church is no different than the City of Madison, the State of Pennsylvania, or the United States.
Moreover, the Catholic Church does not operate any prisons, has no police force, Department of Justice, FBI, army, or any other mechanism to deal with offending priests other than reprimanding them or demoting them.

If we don’t attack the Mayor of Madison, the Governor of Pennsylvania, or the President of the United States for the 28% of our youth who are sexually abused, why is everyone so obsessed with going after the Catholic leadership?
The Church MUST be open and transparent, must prevent future abuse.
But the rest of society has to do the same, because this is a problem that requires action.

 

Most Important of All

Whatever you do, PRAY, and do NOT teach  your child to be “Happy, Healthy and Hot”nor allow the schools to do it.

In the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, join us in fasting and prayer called for by Bishop Morlino:

Masses of reparation are being held throughout the Diocese on September 14, the Feast of the Holy Cross. Bishop Morlino has also invited people to observe the Autumn Ember Days (September 19, 21, 22) “as days of fasting and abstinence in reparation for the sins and outrages committed by members of the clergy and episcopacy.

CLICK HERE for Madison’s Catholic Herald Report on the Mass of Reparation for Sexual Sins

 

 

 

 

Racist, Sexist Republicans

This week, a brilliant recounting of facts about race in America was produced by Prager University, and features Carol Swain, from the James Madison Society of Princeton University.

My first encounter with the James Madison Society of Princeton came during a visit to Princeton with my husband to see some of our old “stomping grounds” from our University days.

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That encounter, at a seminar featuring Steve Forbes, provided me with the privilege of meeting Professor Robert George and Steve Forbes, and with the opportunity to connect with the rich source of information the James Madison Society of Princeton provides to students and to everyone.
It was during that seminar that I heard Steve Forbes offering hope that the state of the economy created by the Obama administration was still open to rescue.

Now, the James Madison Society and Carol Swain present a 5 minute video (or text below) that will teach you a few things you did not know:

The Video:  Racist, Sexist Republicans

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The Text:

 

Racist. Sexist. Republican.

These words are virtually interchangeable—at least, according to most professors, journalists, and celebrities. So, are they right? Let’s take a look at history.

The Republican Party was created in 1854. The first Republican Party platform, adopted at the party’s first national convention in 1856, promised to defeat, quote, “those twin relics of barbarism: polygamy and slavery.”

Those “twin relics” were spreading into the western territories. Republicans feared that as those territories became states, polygamy and slavery might become permanent parts of American life. Polygamy—the marriage of one man to multiple women—devalued women and made them a kind of property. Slavery, of course, did the same to blacks. Literally.

The Democrats were so opposed to the Republicans and their anti-slavery stance that in 1860, just six weeks after the election of the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, South Carolina, a state dominated by Democrats, voted to secede from the union. The Civil War that followed was the bloodiest war in US history. It led to the passage, by Republicans, of the 13th Amendment, which freed the slaves; the 14th Amendment, which gave them citizenship; and the 15th Amendment; which gave them the vote.

In 1870, the first black senator and the first black congressman were sworn in—both Republicans. In fact, every black representative in the House until 1935 was a Republican. And every black senator until 1979 was, too. For that matter, the first female member of Congress was a Republican; the first Hispanic governor and senator were Republicans. The first Asian senator? You get the idea.

Republicans also kept their pledge to defend women’s rights. In 1862, the Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act was passed by the Republican-controlled Congress to put an end to polygamy.

In 1920, after 52 years of Democratic Party opposition, the 19th Amendment was ratified thanks to the Republican Congress, which pressured Democratic President Woodrow Wilson to drop his opposition to women’s rights. In the final tally, only 59 percent of House Democrats and 41 percent of Senate Democrats supported women’s suffrage. That’s compared to 91 percent of House Republicans and 82 percent of Senate Republicans. There certainly was a “war on women”—and it was led by the Democratic Party.

But while Republicans had won a major battle for women’s rights, the fight for blacks’ civil rights had a long way to go. In the 1920s, Republican President Calvin Coolidge declared that the rights of blacks are “just as sacred as those of any other citizen.”

By contrast, when famed sprinter Jesse Owens, a staunch Republican, won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, he was snubbed by Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt. Roosevelt only invited white Olympians to the White House.

Two decades later, it was a Republican President, Dwight Eisenhower, who sent the 101st Airborne Division to escort black students into Little Rock’s Central High when Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus—a Democrat—refused to honor a court order to integrate the state’s public schools.

The Civil Rights Act of 1960, which outlawed poll taxes and other racist measures meant to keep blacks from voting, was filibustered by 18 Democrats for 125 hours. Not one Republican senator opposed the bill. Its follow-up bill, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, is one of the landmark pieces of legislation in American history. That, too, survived a filibuster by Democrats thanks to overwhelming Republican support.

But, you might be thinking, all that’s in the past. What have Republicans done for women and blacks lately? The answer you’d hear from professors, journalists and celebrities is… “not much.” And this time, they’d be right. They’d be right because the Republican Party treats blacks and women as it treats everyone: as equals.

The Democratic Party never has, and it still doesn’t. Today’s Democrats treat blacks and women as victims who aren’t capable of succeeding on their own.

The truth is, this is just a new kind of contempt.

So, there is a party with a long history of racism and sexism…but it ain’t the Republicans.

I’m Carol Swain, for Prager University.

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Dear President Trump,

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A Reluctant Trumper

This message comes from somebody who could best have been described before as a very, very reluctant Trumper.
I only voted for you because you supported the Republican platform, which (miraculously) still seems to support Judeo-Christian values, and still opposes abortion.
I worried about whether your devotion to conservative values was genuine.
But in the last 7 months I have become an ardent admirer, enthusiastic supporter, and daily prayer warrior on your behalf.
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America Is Split

America is deeply split, split on the definition of morality.
Before you, elections skirted any allusion to the ethical conflict brewing  in America .
You  have defined it, called it out, and are sparing no effort to secure moral victory for America.
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I’m Impressed

I’m impressed by the things people expect to be impressed about— your economic successes, your determination to keep America safe from radial Islamic terrorism, your determination to restore respect for the Constitution of the United States and for law and order.
That in itself should be enough to keep a President popular and successful.
But what has blown my mind and inspired great respect for you is your moral courage.
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Moral Courage

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  • You stuck up for unborn babies, risking losing the election, in your debate with Hillary.
  • You managed to appoint the constitutionalist Justice Gorsuch, against historical opposition from the left.
  • You have acknowledged God, and asked for prayers more than any President in my memory, including President Reagan.
  • Melania had the courage to pray the Our Father publicly when introducing you. (I suspect Melania has a lot to do with  your moral courage.)
  • You openly acknowledge the fundamental essence of Judeo Christian ethics in the Constitution of our nation, yet you are able to welcome, respect and work with nations and with citizens who do not share our fundamental values.
  • Your speeches at Warsaw and at Riyadh spelled these values out clearly, and your actions are consistent with the ideals you described in those speeches. Those speeches were classic, and worthy of recording with the speeches of our other great Presidents and world leaders.  I hope my grandchildren will study those speeches in school one day.
  • Your success in forming a coalition of Arab nations against ISIS, while affirming Judeo-Christian values, is a testament to those ideals.  Jesus Christ  was able to show kindness to those who rejected His teachings.  That is the major difference between Christianity and radical Islamic terrorism. An ability to love and respect someone who does not agree with you.
  • You have remarkable courage.
  • Your inauguration speech, your statements calling out both the intolerant right and the violent, ironically fascist Antifa after Charlottesville, and your willingness to stick to campaign promises, show tremendous courage, particularly considering the opposition you have encountered in established Washington politics.
  • You were prepared to take on the political establishment, and what’s more, you still show no sign of giving up when the Resistance grew larger than anyone can imagine.
  • You have also shown the willingness to change your opinion on an occasional campaign promise— I am no fan of war in Afghanistan, but I defer to you and to the generals, and see that you are sticking to most other promises, so it’s a mark of character to be able to acknowledge that you may have been mistaken in your position on one thing.  America should look out primarily for her own citizens, but there are times that isolationism can be denial of the evil that needs to be confronted.

I’m Grateful

I am grateful to you.
You have had the guts to take on a challenge of Biblical proportions.
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When praying for you I enlist the help of many Biblical figures — of David who slew Goliath, of Moses, who led the Jewish nation out of Egypt, of St. Paul, who underwent a conversion that can only be described as Biblical, and of Mary, Christ’s Mother, who must see that the battle you are taking on is one that will be personally very punishing on you.
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I place you in God’s hands, and pray for you every day.
I pray for your protection, for the protection of your family, and for the Holy Spirit to continue to give you the wisdom and courage to do what you need to do.
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A Few Words to My Fellow Citizens, On Both Right and Left.

A few words to my fellow citizens, on both right and left.
It’s impossible to say exactly how many Americans are on the right and on the left.
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Since (even before Antifa and before the election) the left has been so punitive towards any expression of conservative thought, conservatives have quit participating in polls.  Polls, both before and after the election have become useless in telling us what America thinks and feels. Much of America supports the conservative actions of our President, but is smart enough not to volunteer this opinion to anonymous thugs who telephone our homes prying into our politics.
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Based on the results of the last election, trying to correct the results of polls for the silence of conservatives,  acknowledging that some tactics on the left have even gone too far for Nancy Pelosi, I estimate that the right and left are split not 50/50 as previous polls and elections have implied, but closer to 67/33, implying the existence of a silent majority.
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To the Left

To the left, we remind you that you had 8 years of a President pushing your agenda.  Now it’s our turn.  Lucky for you, we have a President who seems capable of disagreeing with you without sending the IRS, NSA, FBI, Antifa and every other form of persecution after you.
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Under this President, you will be safe in your disagreement, and will just have to suffer compromise.  Your biggest problem will be being subjected to hearing views that differ from your own.
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To the Right

To the right, we point out an obligation, and it’s a big one.
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One man cannot fight half, or a third of the entire country.
Or the bulk of the media.
Or the Washington entrenched establishment, where many politicians on both sides of the aisle seem to have chosen to personally profit from lobbyist funding, rather than to support wishes of the people they represent.
Or the Deep State.
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It is the obligation of every person with conservative values to roll up their sleeves and support this President.
We need to pray for him, to argue with the media online, to call and pressure our representatives in Washington, to speak up in support of conservatism and of Judeo-Christian values in our social circles, and to invest some time in protecting the values we want our children to grow up with.
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In every generation Americans have had to fight for what they believe in, and we do not live in some magical world where we are immune from responsibility, hard work, or risk taking to defend what we believe in.
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 To President Trump

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To President Trump, I can only hope that you continue to have the courage to stick to your guns in the face of an opposition that you truly never could have anticipated, knowing that God has your back.
Many Americans are praying and have your back.
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Please stick to your campaign promises, don’t give in and compromise (the left certainly never has!) and remember the the people who elected you still back you, and will continue to back you with prayers and with votes, as long as you stick to what will Make America Great Again — the restoration of Judeo-Christian values, law and order, and the Constitution of the United States.
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Mr. President, PLEASE keep up the tweets, they are the only direct unaltered connection people like me have with our President.  They allow us to see who is sane- our President, or the media.
 
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And regarding any possible confusion generated by some of the vaguer tweets  you have sent, most of your supporters realize that you have to throw a few red herrings out there in this time of war, and you cerainly cannot telegraph your certain plans to your enemies.  Your supporters have to read between the lines, and to have some faith in you. During the last 7 months, this previously nervous supporter of yours has not been disappointed by you.  So tweet on, truthful, modern President!
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Be assured that you have many supporters, that the polls continue to be wrong, just as they were before the election, because your supporters have learned to keep their plans close to the vest, too, just like you do.
It is downright foolish to proclaim your plans to the enemy in advance.
I am sure you will see the fruits of your actions in the results of elections to come.
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May God bless you and your family, and may God bless America.

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Syte Reitz

We Promise to keep you in our prayers!

Psalm 53 (54)

A plea for help
I have God for my help. The Lord upholds my life.
O God, save me by your name;
    by your power, uphold my cause.
O God, hear my prayer;
    listen to the words of my mouth.
For proud men have risen against me,
    ruthless men seek my life.
    They have no regard for God.
But I have God for my help.
    The Lord upholds my life.
I will sacrifice to you with willing heart
    and praise your name for it is good:
for you have rescued me from all my distress
    and my eyes have seen the downfall of my foes.
Glory to the Father and to the Son,
    and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
    and will be for ever. Amen.
I have God for my help. The Lord upholds my life.

Hymn

Lord God and Maker of all things,
Creation is upheld by you.
While all must change and know decay,
You are unchanging, always new.
You are man’s solace and his shield,
His Rock secure on which to build.
You are the spirit’s tranquil home,
In you alone is hope fulfilled.
To God the Father and the Son
And Holy Spirit render praise:
Blest Trinity, from age to age
The strength of all our living days.
-Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

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