"Compromise"May. 22, 2012
Language is of utter importance in life. It is how we convey to family, friends, co-workers and everyone else everything from the mundane but necessary to entertaining stories to important tasks at work to essential words of life and love to those special to us. Words do mean things. It is no different in a political and cultural context. How words are conveyed motivate, inspire and convince minds to points of view. But it's a lot different if words that have been understood to mean a thing certain, that have a standard essence can be distorted are redefined. It changes the entire debate, which is exactly what the Left wants, because it can't get what it wants in a straightforward debate. It recognizes that America is a center-right nation and the only way to advance its agenda is to transform the meanings of well understood and traditional terms.
"Marriage" is the most recent and prominent example. It is desperately trying to change what historically and culturally is universally recognized as a union between one man and one woman to devalue the foundation of civilization itself. But not only is the redefinition of words necessary for the adoption of the Left's ideas, it is the precursor to enforcing its intolerance.
It isn't only words of immense cultural importance, such as "Marriage." No word is too unimportant for the Left to redefine — it also has it in for such seemingly innocuous words such "compromise." That is the word the Obama administration used when it said it was changing its authoritarian Obamacare mandate that religious institutions provide contraception and abortion insurance coverage for their employees in contravention of their religious beliefs and First Amendment rights, to a new authoritarian mandate, with different wording, that left the slimmest of exceptions to avoid providing for such insurance.
The "compromise" stated that not institutions with a religious-only mission could avoid the mandate — presumably, the churches themselves. But the federal government would be the arbiter of that — religion defined by the government. (Separation of church and state, anyone? The hypocritical Left.) However, institutions administered by churches, such as hospitals and schools, would not be allowed to exempt themselves from the mandate.
Some "compromise." First, there is no compromise. The policy is virtually the same. Secondly, to compromise, it takes more than one party. But the Catholic Church, whose Bishops by and large endorsed Obamacare with what it thought was conscience clause and Hyde Amendment-type protections, and other concerned organizations, nor their Congressional allies, were brought in by the White House for discussions. It was a "compromise" with itself to provide misleading cover for the policy aims it knows are unacceptable.
That's why yesterday, 43 Catholic colleges and organizations, some of which already said they will cease providing health insurance or shut down the vital services they provide, filed a lawsuit against the administration (see Jill Stanek's in-depth report here). (By the way, some of these institutions previously announced they will end health care coverage because they can't afford the exorbitant rate increases affected by Obamacare. Obamacare — if it doesn't get you by increased costs, it will get you by authoritarian mandate.)
Religious liberty has never been a favorite of the Left. How can it be? The Church stands against moral relativism, the basis for modern liberalism. There are no standards or absolutes according the Left. That is, until, it redefines "standards" and "absolutes."
Virginia News Stand: April 8, 2010Apr. 08, 2010
Annotations & Elucidations Recent History Repeating Itself
Not only was the Confederate History Month proclamation by Governor Bob McDonnell deja vu from past controversies over such proclamations, it was recent history repeating itself : Only a few weeks ago, the governor issued an "executive directive" which seemingly watered down his own executive order that did not recognize sexual orientation in state hiring policy. At least this time, no one can blame the attorney general. Speaking of the AG, you know liberals' attention is diverted when the headlines are absent an attack in him. In National News, Nancy Pelosi is urging Bart Stupak to seek re-election. That ought to help him, and Dems everywhere, as the AP reports, just wish health care would go away. Which ignites the question: Why they'd vote for it!? Elsewhere, Harry Reid is begging for help while Michael Steele may have weathered his storm, and the Census Bureau admits to more problems (surprise me not).
Please check out Analysis and Commentary today. We proudly introduce another outstanding source upon which we draw upon: The American Spectator. Long one of my favorites, it brings incisive insight to the great issues of the day with a great array of writers, all while appropriately belittling the left as the occasion calls. But it's not afraid to hammer Republicans deserving of the beating. Today, W. James Antle, III, exposes Republicans already abandoning the "Repeal and Replace" war cry. Meanwhile, George Neumayr expounds on the left's campaign against the Catholic Church and the Pope. Also, Joseph Shattan may surprise you on what man was most responsible for electing Barack Obama, and why. In addition, Bobby Eberle, Dick Morris, Paul A. Ibbetson and Matt Towery all have unique takes on the president, the mid-term elections, technology and politics, and the culture, respectively.
McDonnell apologizes for omitting slavery reference (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
McDonnell apologizes for omission of slavery (The Daily Press)
McDonnell sorry for omitting slavery (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Nearly half of US households pay no federal income tax (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Vulnerable Democrats are tiptoeing on health care (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Sen. Reid tells voters: 'I need your help' (AP/GOPUSA.com)
AP Sources: Dems urge Stupak to seek re-election (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Census Bureau concerned about head count problems (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Leahy won't delay hearing for appeals court pick (AP/GOPUSA.com)
GOP officials back Steele in conference call (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Republicans Against Repeal (W. James Antle, III/The American Spectator)
The End of History and the Last Pope (George Neumayr/The American Spectator)
Tax Freedom Day: Real or Imagined (Doug Bandow/The American Spectator)
Democrat Strategists Have It Wrong (Dick Morris/GOPUSA.com)
Techno-Politics: The War for Downloadable Supremacy (Paul A. Ibbetson/GOPUSA.com)
The Man Who Elected Barack Obama (Joseph Shattan/The American Spectator)
iPad vs. Obama Pad . . . You Decide (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)
America's Work Ethic Going the Way of France (Matt Towery/GOPUSA.com)
Theories and Reactions to Racial Theories (Thomas Sowell/GOPUSA.com)
The Real Face Of Jesus?Apr. 03, 2010
Here's a television recommendation: If you haven't seen it already, watch the History Channel's The Real Face of Jesus? this weekend or next. It debuted earlier this week and is absolutely spectacular — part history of the Passion, part history of the Shroud of Turin and part hi-tech CSI. It airs tonight at 8:00 Eastern and at midnight, at 5:00 p.m. Easter Sunday, and at 5:00 p.m. a week from today. Special effects expert Ray Downing of Studio Macbeth, after in-depth consultations with the world's foremost experts on the Shroud, used the latest 3-D imaging technology and brought to life what Jesus looked like, both bloodied and not. It is a striking figure and already has affected me: As I have heard Jesus in the Gospel during Mass this Holy Week, I see a figure, a man. It is something that will provide a new perspective. It will increase your faith. I won't try to explain it for fear of watering down the affect of the documentary, although others have done a decent job (see Mike McManus of the Boston Herald).
Our friends at Real Catholic Blog have put up some good background on the documentary, including a side view of the reconstructed face put out by the studio, as well as some excellent links and a video of Mr. Downing on a Fox News Channel interview.
For the record: Many atheists try to discredit the Shroud of Turin, but the carbon dating on the Shroud, which supposedly disproved its authenticity, was taken from another layer of fabric sewn on the Shroud centuries later. In fact, two compelling pieces of evidence outweigh much skepticism: floral residue and a stitching pattern unique to first century Jerusalem. Also, demagogues say the Catholic Church proclaimed it the burial cloth of Jesus through some dogmatic authority. Not true. The Church only calls it an ancient relic worthy of reverence. (Again, the secularist technique of contrivance to diminish the faithful's credibility.)
The evidence is overwhelming that the Shroud of Turin is the burial cloth of a first century crucifixion victim. Could it be Jesus? That's where faith comes in. But even a bit of logic, as this documentary points out, makes the case. Happy Easter!
Georgetown Outdoing Notre Dame In Church Scandals To Please Obama, BidenApr. 27, 2009
It only figured that with his boss about to accept, controversially, an honorary doctorate from Notre Dame (more on that in a future post), Joe Biden would step back into his bishop's role to preach to all of us that, "You know there is no excuse for violence against a woman or child. There is no excuse." Except, of course, when you want to kill unborn children. But that's Bishop Biden for you, and yet another embarrassment by him to the Catholic Church and its pro-life teaching, as well as another Catholic university flaunting a directive of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (see CSN News). So Vice President Bishop Biden goes to Georgetown University to get his corresponding JV award, as opening act for the POTUS' appearance at Notre Dame, from a pro-abortion group for his role in the Violence Against Women Act. What's wrong with that phrasing?
Though less publicized than the president's Notre Dame visit, Biden's appearance before this group, much less his acceptance of the award at Georgetown, is more scandalous to the Catholic Church in that Biden is Catholic and professes to believe in the Church's teaching on abortion — but remains pro-abortion in defiance of Church teaching. Then he has the audacity to lecture us on violence. So, both Georgetown and Notre Dame, are bringing shame to Catholic teaching on unborn life.
Said Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society:
"In many ways this honor is worse [than Notre Dame honoring Obama] because not only is Georgetown honoring a pro-abortion Catholic politician, but it is doing so in co-operation with a national pro-abortion lobby, Legal Momentum."
But that's not all. Georgetown later admitted that it acquiesced to the White House and covered up references to Jesus and a Cross when the president spoke there two weeks ago. According to CNS:
"Georgetown University says it covered over the monogram 'IHS' — symbolizing the name of Jesus Christ — because it was inscribed on a pediment on the stage where President Obama spoke at the university on Tuesday and the White House had asked Georgetown to cover up all signs and symbols there."
A Georgetown spokeswoman told CNS:
""Frankly, the pipe and drape wasn't high enough by itself to fully cover the IHS and cross above the GU seal and it seemed most respectful to have them covered so as not to be seen out of context.'"
A reference to Jesus and a Cross out of context at a Catholic University? In the battle of sellouts to the Catholic Faith, Notre Dame may be getting more publicity, but Georgetown is winning more battles.
Virginia News Stand: April 27, 2009Apr. 27, 2009
It's a somewhat light day at the News Stand. One item of note is that a challenger has emerged against the incumbent in the 15th House district, according to the Harrisonburg Daily News-Record. Why mention only "incumbent"? Because that's all the DNR did, which makes for an interesting piece of journalism. The incumbent is, in fact, Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah). In news about faith, an Episcopal author has some harsh words for his denomination. In his new book, Mortal Follies: Episcopalians and the Crisis of Mainline Christianity, William Murchison claims that when its presiding bishop is more concerned about education, AIDS and hunger than she is the Gospel, the Episcopal Church is more service organization than faith (see previous comment).
In news about where faith and values meet public policy, it's wedding bells in Iowa, but not for any good reason; while Kansas Governor and HHS Secretary-nominee Kathleen Sebelius' veto of a pro-life bill reveals deeper ties than imaginable to abortionist George Tiller. Finally, Vice President Bishop Biden is back in the news, disgracing the Catholic Church once again by accepting an award from a pro-abortion group at a Catholic university. (More on this in the next post.)
Va. House incumbents take early lead in money race (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Challenger Comes Forward In 15th District (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)
Gubernatorial Trio Have Quickly Tailored Messages to Draw Blacks (Washington Post)
Iowa poised to begin same-sex weddings (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
'Brazen allegiance' to Tiller behind veto by Sebelius (OneNewsNow.com)
Episcopal Church resembles 'Peace Corps in ecclesiastical drag' (OneNewsNow.com)
Presbyterians reject homosexual clergy again (OneNewsNow.com)
Pro-Abortion Joe Biden Says There's 'No Excuse' For Violence Against a Child (OneNewsNow.com blog)
Who's Patriotic?Apr. 13, 2009
Some liberal politicians love to get mileage out of sanctimonious claims and faux rage that their patriotism has been challenged on this issue or that, never mind that it's their judgement which gets questioned. Typical leftist tactic — make up the meaning of what your opponent said, no matter how far the stretch, and say it was unfair, low and nasty in order to paint them as ogres. So here's an interesting take on both the patriotism claim and on the tactic of redefining what words truly mean: Remember the late campaign when then-candidate Joe Biden, who tried to redefine Catholic Church teaching on abortion (see here), tried to redefine patriotism into meaning you must pay higher taxes? (If you don't, see the video below.)
Well, now: Exactly what does Vice President Biden now say about Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner (see Wall Street Journal) and Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Kathleen Sebelius (see Political Punch by Jake Tapper of ABC News), among the several other administration officials (Washington Times),who have skipped out on paying taxes? By the Veep's own definition, they are unpatriotic scoundrels.
Ah, yes. As April 15 draws near, it's nice to be reminded of who's patriotic and who's not. By their own words. No whining now as to who's making the claims and what they mean.
Joe Biden and the new patriotism.