Naturalists in Self-Parody
by Thomas A. Droleskey
To these evils we must add the contests between political parties, many of which struggles do not originate in a real difference of opinion concerning the public good or in a laudable and disinterested search for what would best promote the common welfare, but in the desire for power and for the protection of some private interest which inevitably result in injury to the citizens as a whole. From this course there often arise robberies of what belongs rightly to the people, and even conspiracies against and attacks on the supreme authority of the state, as well as on its representatives. These political struggles also beget threats of popular action and, at times, eventuate in open rebellion and other disorders which are all the more deplorable and harmful since they come from a public to whom it has been given, in our modern democratic states, to participate in very large measure in public life and in the affairs of government. Now, these different forms of government are not of themselves contrary to the principles of the Catholic Faith, which can easily be reconciled with any reasonable and just system of government. Such governments, however, are the most exposed to the danger of being overthrown by one faction or another. (Pope Pius XI, Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, December 23, 1922.)
Yes, I have used that quotation many times in the past. It is useful to do so yet again in the midst of the quadrennial circus of naturalism that has been consuming many Americans for much of the last fifteen months, a circus that was last discussed on this site six days ago in Playing It Safe Is Playing To Lose.
Ripping Off the Mask to Engage in Self-Parody
Barack Hussein Obama, aka Barry Soetero, knows that there is only one way for him to assure his re-election against the hapless naturalist of the false opposite of the "right," Willard Mitt Romney, who keeps insisting that the reigning caesar is "nice." Obama is not "nice." He is a thug. He believes in the "Chicago Way." He has told us so:
"You want to get Capone? Here’s how you get him: He pulls a knife,
you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of
his to the morgue.--Sean Connery as Jim Malone in The Untouchables
In 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama paraphrased this famous movie
line at a fundraiser in Philadelphia, trying to demonstrate to his most
fervent supporters that he possessed the toughness and grit to respond
to any attack leveled by John McCain. But those attacks never
materialized, and Obama was able to keep his gun holstered while
cruising to the Oval Office.
Four years later, however, Obama is the one who has come out with
guns blazing. His campaign has waged a two-month-long, $100 million
assault against Mitt Romney in key swing states around the country.
Obama’s team stepped up the attack last week by insinuating that Romney
committed a felony, and now the president, his staff, and his surrogates
are stubbornly sticking to the argument that Romney lied about the
length of his tenure at Bain Capital, even though that charge has been
refuted by a number of media organizations and even Obama supporters who work at Bain..
Mitt Romney is getting a taste of the Chicago Way. It remains to be
seen just how effective these attacks have been, though some, like Joe Klein,
believe the presumptive GOP nominee has been crippled by them, while
RCP political analyst Sean Trende -- and others -- point out that
despite the onslaught the race remains as close as it’s ever been.
Still, it’s become clear that Obama and his team are willing to do or
say whatever is necessary to try and make this election a choice between
the two men and not a referendum on the president’s first term in
office. (Romney Needs Christie to Fight "The Chicago Way".)
Although the author of this article, Tom Bevan, believes that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie can fight the "Chicago Way" against its principle exponent these days, Barack Hussein Obama, Willard Mitt Romney, fired up recently by remarks impugning his integrity after months of seeming to be unconcerned about the Obama administration's daily assaults on the innocent preborn and the administration of justice and in defense of one moral perversion after another as Obama as governed as an autocrat who is totally heedless of any restrictions on the exercise of presidential power found in the Constitution of the United States of America and/or in Congressional law and the precedents of various decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States of America, will not choose Christie, who is, as has been noted before on this site, is just another naturalist who has been shaped by the counterfeit church of concilairism.
No, Willard Mitt Romney, who did not seek re-election as Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts six years ago because he knew that he was going to lose to Deval Patrick, who has been governor ever since, and thus suffer a loss that would harm his chances for a bid for the 2008 Republican Party presidential nomination, is going to choose someone who is "safe." "Risk" is not in the vocabulary of a venture capitalist, one who calculates risk very carefully. This caution has made Romney a wealthy man. It will not, speaking purely on the level of plain naturalism, as caution makes him an easy target for a Communist-trained statist street-thug whose own autobiographical memoir that introduced to the general public is filled with misrepresentations and stories that he made up out of thin air.
Although he still calls himself an agent of "hope" and "change," Barack Hussein Obama has ripped off the mask of "post-partisanship" that he had pledged for years ago to establish and maintain. While he has governed in a blatantly partisan and arrogant manner as a statist who has no regard for the laws of God or man, he is now out on the campaign stump attempting to "define" the vapid Romney, who is sixty-seven years old and will be going to Israel soon to pay his due obeisance to the masters of American foreign policy, including his blatantly Marxist-Leninist claim that business owners did not actually build their businesses, that successful businessmen were but the beneficiaries of a "village" of assistance, starting with Big Brother Government itself:
There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me
-- because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t --
look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You
didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think,
well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart
people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody
else. Let me tell you something -- there are a whole bunch of
hardworking people out there. (Applause.)
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some
help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody
helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that
allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If
you’ve got a business -- you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that
happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government
research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money
off the Internet.
The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our
individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There
are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own. I
mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a
hard way to organize fighting fires.
So we say to ourselves, ever since the founding of this country, you
know what, there are some things we do better together. That’s how we
funded the GI Bill. That’s how we created the middle class. That’s how
we built the Golden Gate Bridge or the Hoover Dam. That’s how we
invented the Internet. That’s how we sent a man to the moon. We rise
or fall together as one nation and as one people, and that’s the reason
I’m running for President -- because I still believe in that idea.
You’re not on your own, we’re in this together. (Remarks Caesar Obamus at a Campaign Event in Roanoke, Virginia.)
Although Caesar Barackus Obamus Ignoramus's descent into Marxist self-parody has given red meat to Willard Mitt Romney to use in his own stilted manner, be cautioned that Romney's response is purely naturalistic. He is incapable of exploding such textbook Marxist rhetoric the way that Pope Leo XIII, synthesizing the binding precepts of the Natural Law that had been elucidated so clearly by Saint Thomas Aquinas in the Summa Theologica, did in Rerum Novarum, May 15, 1891:
2. Therefore, venerable brethren, as on former occasions when it seemed
opportune to refute false teaching, We have addressed you in the interests of
the Church and of the common weal, and have issued letters bearing on political
power, human liberty, the Christian constitution of the State, and like matters,
so have We thought it expedient now to speak on the condition of the working
classes. It is a subject on which We have already touched more than once,
incidentally. But in the present letter, the responsibility of the apostolic
office urges Us to treat the question of set purpose and in detail, in order
that no misapprehension may exist as to the principles which truth and justice
dictate for its settlement. The discussion is not easy, nor is it void of
danger. It is no easy matter to define the relative rights and mutual duties of
the rich and of the poor, of capital and of labor. And the danger lies in this,
that crafty agitators are intent on making use of these differences of opinion
to pervert men's judgments and to stir up the people to revolt.
3. In any case we clearly see, and on this there is general agreement, that
some opportune remedy must be found quickly for the misery and wretchedness
pressing so unjustly on the majority of the working class: for the ancient
workingmen's guilds were abolished in the last century, and no other protective
organization took their place. Public institutions and the laws set aside the
ancient religion. Hence, by degrees it has come to pass that working men have
been surrendered, isolated and helpless, to the hardheartedness of employers and
the greed of unchecked competition. The mischief has been increased by rapacious
usury, which, although more than once condemned by the Church, is nevertheless,
under a different guise, but with like injustice, still practiced by covetous
and grasping men. To this must be added that the hiring of labor and the conduct
of trade are concentrated in the hands of comparatively few; so that a small
number of very rich men have been able to lay upon the teeming masses of the
laboring poor a yoke little better than that of slavery itself.
4. To remedy these wrongs the socialists, working on the poor man's envy of
the rich, are striving to do away with private property, and contend that
individual possessions should become the common property of all, to be
administered by the State or by municipal bodies. They hold that by thus
transferring property from private individuals to the community, the present
mischievous state of things will be set to rights, inasmuch as each citizen will
then get his fair share of whatever there is to enjoy. But their contentions are
so clearly powerless to end the controversy that were they carried into effect
the working man himself would be among the first to suffer. They are, moreover,
emphatically unjust, for they would rob the lawful possessor, distort the
functions of the State, and create utter confusion in the community.
5. It is surely undeniable that, when a man engages in remunerative labor,
the impelling reason and motive of his work is to obtain property, and
thereafter to hold it as his very own. If one man hires out to another his
strength or skill, he does so for the purpose of receiving in return what is
necessary for the satisfaction of his needs; he therefore expressly intends to
acquire a right full and real, not only to the remuneration, but also to the
disposal of such remuneration, just as he pleases. Thus, if he lives sparingly,
saves money, and, for greater security, invests his savings in land, the land,
in such case, is only his wages under another form; and, consequently, a working
man's little estate thus purchased should be as completely at his full disposal
as are the wages he receives for his labor. But it is precisely in such power of
disposal that ownership obtains, whether the property consist of land or
chattels. Socialists, therefore, by endeavoring to transfer the possessions of
individuals to the community at large, strike at the interests of every
wage-earner, since they would deprive him of the liberty of disposing of his
wages, and thereby of all hope and possibility of increasing his resources and
of bettering his condition in life.
6. What is of far greater moment, however, is the fact that the remedy they
propose is manifestly against justice. For, every man has by nature the right to
possess property as his own. This is one of the chief points of distinction
between man and the animal creation, for the brute has no power of
self-direction, but is governed by two main instincts, which keep his powers on
the alert, impel him to develop them in a fitting manner, and stimulate and
determine him to action without any power of choice. One of these instincts is
self-preservation, the other the propagation of the species. Both can attain
their purpose by means of things which lie within range; beyond their verge the
brute creation cannot go, for they are moved to action by their senses only, and
in the special direction which these suggest. But with man it is wholly
different. He possesses, on the one hand, the full perfection of the animal
being, and hence enjoys at least as much as the rest of the animal kind, the
fruition of things material. But animal nature, however perfect, is far from
representing the human being in its completeness, and is in truth but humanity's
humble handmaid, made to serve and to obey. It is the mind, or reason, which is
the predominant element in us who are human creatures; it is this which renders
a human being human, and distinguishes him essentially from the brute. And on
this very account -- that man alone among the animal creation is endowed with
reason -- it must be within his right to possess things not merely for temporary
and momentary use, as other living things do, but to have and to hold them in
stable and permanent possession; he must have not only things that perish in the
use, but those also which, though they have been reduced into use, continue for
further use in after time.
7. This becomes still more clearly evident if man's nature be considered a
little more deeply. For man, fathoming by his faculty of reason matters without
number, linking the future with the present, and being master of his own acts,
guides his ways under the eternal law and the power of God, whose providence
governs all things. Wherefore, it is in his power to exercise his choice not
only as to matters that regard his present welfare, but also about those which
he deems may be for his advantage in time yet to come. Hence, man not only
should possess the fruits of the earth, but also the very soil, inasmuch as from
the produce of the earth he has to lay by provision for the future. Man's needs
do not die out, but forever recur; although satisfied today, they demand fresh
supplies for tomorrow. Nature accordingly must have given to man a source that
is stable and remaining always with him, from which he might look to draw
continual supplies. And this stable condition of things he finds solely in the
earth and its fruits. There is no need to bring in the State. Man precedes the
State, and possesses, prior to the formation of any State, the right of
providing for the substance of his body.
8. The fact that God has given the earth for the use and enjoyment of the
whole human race can in no way be a bar to the owning of private property. For
God has granted the earth to mankind in general, not in the sense that all
without distinction can deal with it as they like, but rather that no part of it
was assigned to any one in particular, and that the limits of private possession
have been left to be fixed by man's own industry, and by the laws of individual
races. Moreover, the earth, even though apportioned among private owners, ceases
not thereby to minister to the needs of all, inasmuch as there is not one who
does not sustain life from what the land produces. Those who do not possess the
soil contribute their labor; hence, it may truly be said that all human
subsistence is derived either from labor on one's own land, or from some toil,
some calling, which is paid for either in the produce of the land itself, or in
that which is exchanged for what the land brings forth.
9. Here, again, we have further proof that private ownership is in accordance
with the law of nature. Truly, that which is required for the preservation of
life, and for life's well-being, is produced in great abundance from the soil,
but not until man has brought it into cultivation and expended upon it his
solicitude and skill. Now, when man thus turns the activity of his mind and the
strength of his body toward procuring the fruits of nature, by such act he makes
his own that portion of nature's field which he cultivates -- that portion on
which he leaves, as it were, the impress of his personality; and it cannot but
be just that he should possess that portion as his very own, and have a right to
hold it without any one being justified in violating that right.
10. So strong and convincing are these arguments that it seems amazing that
some should now be setting up anew certain obsolete opinions in opposition to
what is here laid down. They assert that it is right for private persons to have
the use of the soil and its various fruits, but that it is unjust for any one to
possess outright either the land on which he has built or the estate which he
has brought under cultivation. But those who deny these rights do not perceive
that they are defrauding man of what his own labor has produced. For the soil
which is tilled and cultivated with toil and skill utterly changes its
condition; it was wild before, now it is fruitful; was barren, but now brings
forth in abundance. That which has thus altered and improved the land becomes so
truly part of itself as to be in great measure indistinguishable and inseparable
from it. Is it just that the fruit of a man's own sweat and labor should be
possessed and enjoyed by any one else? As effects follow their cause, so is it
just and right that the results of labor should belong to those who have
bestowed their labor. (Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum, May 15, 1891.)
There, my readers who keep, at least for the most part, ignoring that relatively lonely post office box that wouldn't have had any company this past week had it not been for some privately solicited non-tax-deductible financial gifts (and a unsolicited sent on PayPal for which we are, in addition to those received in the mail, very grateful), is the definitive refutation of Barack Hussein Obama/Barry Soetero's "it takes a village to build a business" argument. Willard Mitt Romney is not going to give you anything other than rhetoric from the false opposite of the "right."
Our true popes give us the truth itself, which comes from God, Who has endowed each human being with specific gifts and talents which they are to use to use for His greater honor and glory and, as far as is possible, to promote the common temporal good of man while preserving his own legitimate duties to fulfill the obligations of his state-in-life, offering all to Him through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. It will be Christ the King Himself, not any government or community or village, to Whom He owe gratitude for the fruit of the sweat of our brow. And it is Christ the King alone, not any government or community or village, to Whom we must render an account of the just and fruitful use of the gifts and talents He gave to us as distinct, unrepeatable human beings made in the image and likeness of the Most Blessed Trinity and redeemed by the shedding of Our King's own Most Precious Blood.
Perhaps the best paragraph from the ones just quoted from Pope Leo XIII's Rerum Novarum, is the one that follows, which you can copy and paste to send to any of your relatives and friends who, eschewing the reading of long articles and lacking what the ancients would have called an attention-span to read anything of substance, might be included to nod their heads in agreement with Caesar Obamus:
4. To remedy these wrongs the socialists, working on the poor man's envy of
the rich, are striving to do away with private property, and contend that
individual possessions should become the common property of all, to be
administered by the State or by municipal bodies. They hold that by thus
transferring property from private individuals to the community, the present
mischievous state of things will be set to rights, inasmuch as each citizen will
then get his fair share of whatever there is to enjoy. But their contentions are
so clearly powerless to end the controversy that were they carried into effect
the working man himself would be among the first to suffer. They are, moreover,
emphatically unjust, for they would rob the lawful possessor, distort the
functions of the State, and create utter confusion in the community. (Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum, May 15, 1891.)
This is a perfect description of what Obama believes and is at the same time an evisceration of it. Willard Mitt Romney, ever afraid to antagonize "swing" or "independent" voters in the "swing" states that actually decide which naturalists will win the circus of midget naturalists, will never use the "s" or "c" words (Socialism or Communism) as focus-group testing indicates that such a dose of reality is not "liked" by the touchy-feely types who constitute the focus groups that are the heart and soul of his political strategy. As I said six days ago now, Playing It Safe Is Playing To Lose.
Nothing New About the "Chicago Way"as a One-Time "Goldwater Girl" from Chicagoland Knows Very Well
"The Chicago Way" used by Barack Hussein Obama, who has admitted purchasing and using cocaine, which is a felony in and of itself in most states, when he was younger and who has never released his college or health records, is just a variation of the sort of thuggery that is part of fallen human nature. We have seen this thuggery used by the lords of the counterfeit church of conciliarism (and, sadly, by some traditionally-minded clergy and laity) to protect abusive clergymen by seeking to blame their victims and those seeking to expose moral wrongdoing that they, the lords of conciliarism, sought to protect from all public exposure, heedless of the harm done to innocent human beings in the process. Fallen human nature is what it is. Those who believe that their own "power" or "work" or "reputation" matter more than truth and justice will always make "winning" their "bottom line" and seek to crush anyone and everyone who gets in their way for the sake of "victory."
Have we forgotten that many American presidents have used some variation of the "Chicago Way" to get their "way" and to silence and/or to crush their political adversaries?
Indeed, the late President Richard Milhous Nixon's Watergate mess made possible the ascent to political stardom of a recent graduate of Yale University Law School, a woman from Oak Park, Illinois, who had been a "Goldwater Girl" in 1964 at the age of sixteen before becoming radicalized at Wellesley College.
the Watergate mess wrought by the amorality of Modernity and its lack of concern for obeying God's laws as He has entrusted them to the teaching authority of the one, true Church that He Himself created upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope, also raised up naturalists on the false opposite known as the political "left" to prominence, including a staff aide to the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives by the name of one Hillary Rodham. She wanted the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by the pro-abortion Catholic Representative Peter Rodino (who died in 2005 at the age of ninety-five--and in perfectly good standing in the counterfeit church of conciliarism), to be completely ruthless in its pursuit of President Nixon.
Consider this account written by one Jerome "Jerry" Zeifman, a Democrat, who was a senior attorney on the House Judiciary Committee, in "Hillary, As I Knew Her:"
At the time of Watergate I had overall supervisory authority over the House Judiciary Committee's Impeachment Inquiry staff that included Hillary Rodham -- who was later to become First Lady in the Clinton White House. During that period I kept a private diary of the behind the scenes congressional activities. My original tape recordings of the diary and other materials related to the Nixon impeachment provided the basis for my prior book Without Honor and are now available for inspection in the George Washington University Library.
After President Nixon's resignation a young lawyer who shared an office with Hillary, confided in me that he was dismayed by her erroneous legal opinions and efforts to deny Nixon representation by counsel -- as well as an unwillingness to investigate Nixon. In my diary of August 12, 1974 I noted the following:
John Labovitz apologized to me for the fact that months ago he and Hillary had lied to me [to conceal rules changes and dilatory tactics.] Labovitz said. "That came from Yale." I said "You mean Burke Marshall [Senator Ted Kennedy's chief political strategist, with whom Hillary regularly consulted in violation of House rules.] Labovitz said, "Yes." His apology was significant to me, not because it was a revelation but because of his contrition.
At that time Hillary Rodham was 27 years old, She had obtained a position on our committee staff through the political patronage of her former Yale law school professor Burke Marshall and Senator Ted Kennedy. Eventually, because of a number of her unethical practices I decided that I could not recommend her for any subsequent position of public or private trust.
Her patron, Burke Marshal, had previously been Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights under Robert Kennedy. During the Kennedy administration Washington insiders jokingly characterized him as the Chief counsel to the Irish Mafia. After becoming a Yale professor he also became Senator Ted Kennedy's lawyer at the time of Chappaquiddick -- as well as Kennedy's chief political strategist. As a result, some his colleagues often described him as the Attorney General in waiting of the Camelot government in exile.
In addition to getting Hillary a job on the Nixon impeachment inquiry staff, Kennedy and Marshall had also persuaded Rodino to place two other close friends of Marshall in top positions on our staff. One was John Doar; who had been Marshall's deputy in the Justice Department – whom Rodino appointed to head the impeachment inquiry staff. The other was Bernard Nussbaum, who had served as Assistant U.S. Attorney in New York – who was placed in charge of conducting the actual investigation of Nixon's malfeasance.
Marshall, Doar, Nussbaum, and Rodham had two hidden objectives regarding the conduct of the impeachment proceedings. First, in order to enhance the prospect of Senator Kennedy or another liberal Democrat being elected president in 1976 they hoped to keep Nixon in office "twisting in the wind" for as long as possible. This would prevent then-Vice President Jerry Ford from becoming President and restoring moral authority to the Republican Party.
As was later quoted in the biography of Tip O'Neill (by John Farrell) a liberal Democrat would have become a "shoe in for the presidency in 1976" if had Nixon been kept in office until the end of his term. However, both Tip O'Neil and I -- as well as most Democrats regarded it to be in the national interest to replace Nixon with Ford as soon as possible. As a result. as described by O'Neill we coordinated our efforts to "keep Rodino's feet to the fire."
A second objective of the strategy of delay was to avoid a Senate Impeachment trial in which as a defense Nixon might disclose and assert that Kennedy had authorized far worse abuses of power than Nixon's effort to "cover up" the Watergate burglary (which Nixon had not authorized known about in advance. In short, the crimes of Kennedy included the use of the Mafia to attempt to assassinate Castro, as well as the successful assassinations of Diem in Vietnam and Lumumba in the Congo.
After hiring Hillary, Doar assigned her to confer with me regarding rules of procedure for the impeachment inquiry. At my first meeting with her I told her that Judiciary Committee Chairman Peter Rodino, House Speaker Carl Albert, Majority Leader "Tip" O'Neill, Parliamentarian Lou Deschler. And I had previously all agreed that we should rely only on the then existing House Rules, and not advocate any changes. I also quoted Tip O'Neill's statement that: "To try to change the rules now would be politically divisive. It would be like trying to change the traditional rules of baseball before a World Series."
Hillary assured me that she had not drafted, and would not advocate, any such rules changes. However, as documented in my personal diary I soon learned that she had lied. She had already drafted changes, and continued to advocate them. In one written legal memorandum, she advocated denying President Nixon representation by counsel. In so doing she simply ignored the fact that in the committee's then-most-recent prior impeachment proceeding, the committee had afforded the right to counsel to Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas.
I had also informed Hillary that the Douglas impeachment files were available for public inspection in the committee offices. She later removed the Douglas files without my permission and carried them to the offices of the impeachment inquiry staff -- where they were no longer accessible to the public.
Hillary had also made other flawed procedural recommendations, arguing that the Judiciary Committee should: not hold any hearings with – or take depositions of -- any live witnesses; not conduct any original investigation of Watergate, bribery, tax evasion, or any other possible impeachable offense of President Nixon; and should rely solely on documentary evidence compiled by other committees and by the Justice Departments special Watergate prosecutor.
Only a few far left Democrats supported Hillary's recommendations. A majority of the committee agreed to allow President Nixon to be represented by counsel and to hold hearings with live witnesses. Hillary then advocated that the official rules of the House be amended to deny members of the committee the right to question witnesses. This recommendation was voted down by the full House. The committee also rejected her proposal that we leave the drafting of the articles of impeachment to her and her fellow impeachment inquiry staffers.
It was not until two months after Nixon's resignation that we first learned of still another questionable role of Hillary. On Sept. 26, 1974, Rep. Charles Wiggins, a Republican member of the committee, wrote to ask Chairman Rodino to look into "a troubling set of events." That spring, Wiggins and other committee members had asked "that research should be undertaken so as to furnish a standard against which to test the alleged abusive conduct of Richard Nixon." And, while "no such staff study was made available to the members at any time for their use," Wiggins had just learned that such a study had been conducted - at committee expense - by a team of professors who completed and filed their reports with the impeachment-inquiry staff well in advance of our public hearings.
The report was kept secret from members of Congress. But after the impeachment-inquiry staff was disbanded, it was published commercially and sold in book stores. Wiggins wrote: "I am especially troubled by the possibility that information deemed essential by some of the members in their discharge of their responsibilities may have been intentionally suppressed by the staff during the course our investigation." He was also concerned that staff members may have unlawfully received royalties from the book's publisher.
On Oct. 3, Rodino wrote back: "Hillary Rodham of the impeachment-inquiry staff coordinated the work. The staff did not think the manuscript was useful in its present form." No effort was ever made to ascertain whether or not Hillary or any other person on the committee staff received royalties.
Two decades later Bill Clinton became President. As was later described in the Wall Street Journal by Henry Ruth, the lead Watergate courtroom prosecutor, "The Clintons corrupted the soul of the Democratic Party."
Although I remained a Democrat, I was in complete agreement with Henry Ruth. I served as pro bono counsel and investigator for Congressman Bob Barr (R GA), who was one of the managers of the House Judiciary Committee in the Senate trial of Clinton's impeachment proceedings in the Senate trial. (Jerome Zeifman, Hillary as I knew her in 1974. This particular site's transcription of a chapter from one of Mr. Zeifman's books has a number of spelling errors. I chose it to link to rather than the one from which the text above was copied as that other site was filled with grossly indecent advertising.)
What helped to radicalize Hillary Rodham, the one-time Goldwater Girl. The writings of Saul Alinsky, writing that also influenced the mind the work of Barry Soetero/Barack Hussein Obama.
Although they had once contested each other, it must be remembered that the woman is now the Secretary of State of the United States of America, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Barack Hussein Obama, are avowed disciples of Saul Alinsky, the revolutionary "organizer" who enthralled a wide variety of luminaries with his naturalistic fairy tales, including one of the darlings of conciliarism's view of Church-State relations, Jacques Maritain. This bond, apart from the fact that Obama sees that his poll numbers, though comfortable in most "swing" states right now, are not so comfortable as to bury Willard Mitt Romney for good, might be sufficient enough for Obama to consider dumping his own "rogue" vice president, the pro-abortion Catholic named Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., for his fellow Alinsky-ite and pro-abort statist, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Hillary Clinton had ample right to claim in 2008 when running against Obama for the 2008 Democratic Party presidential nomination that she was the "real" agent of "change." She has been this throughout the course of her adult life. So has Barack Obama, who is thirteen years her junior. Unfortunately for them, of course, their "concept" of change is premised the acceptance of some or part of Alinsky's discredited theories, many of which have been implemented by organizations within the counterfeit church of conciliarism (Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Catholic Charities), that have "networked" with radical leftist organizations to "agitate" for a wide variety of "social change" at the "community" level. (For a review of Secretary Clinton's senior thesis on Saul Alinsky, written with a Methodist slant and noting some areas of disagreement she had with the man she met while in high school, please see Appendix A below. A review of Barack Hussein Obama/Barry Soetero's interpretation and application of Saul Alinsky can be found below in Appendix B:
Egyptians Remember What Most Americans Have Forgotten: The Chicago Way Was on Display in the Clinton White House
One need not recount the long record of wrongdoing, much of it criminal in nature but never proved in a court of law, associated with William Jefferson Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton, dating back to Bill Clinton's days as Governor of the State of Arkansas and the reports of his own cocaine habit (and the pardon he gave in 1990 to his half-brother Roger's cocaine "distributor" friend, Dan Lasater, a foreshadowing of the pardon that Clinton gave as President of the United States to fugitive financier Marc Rich on the very day that he, Clinton, left the White House, January 20, 2001, that was engineered by the man who is now the overseer of injustice and lawlessness in the Obama administration, United States Attorney General Eric Holder.
However, it is perhaps useful to review yet again some of the salient incidents of wrongdoing in the Clinton years to remind readers that we have seen this all before:
1. Bill and Hillary Clinton lied in 1992 about Gennifer Flowers. Mrs. Clinton called Flowers's accusations against her husband to be nothing other than "trash for cash," although her husband admitted in their famous 60 Minutes interview with Ed Bradley that he had caused "pain" in their marriage. Hillary Clinton did this repeatedly throughout the White House years, thereby demonstrating that she, the "woman of change," would crush any woman who had been used and/or abused by her husband in order to have her own chance to serve as President of the United States of America.
2. Travelgate and Vince Foster.
5. Billing records-gate. Does anyone not believe that Mrs. Clinton did not leave the billing records from the Rose Law Firm in the White House reading room?
6. Monicagate, which resulted ultimately in Bill Clinton's copping a plea agreement with Independent Counsel Robert Ray on January 19, 2001, just before he left office. It should also be noted that the Clintons were ruthless in attempting to destroy the reputation of anyone and everyone who sought to criticize them or to investigate them, making Richard Nixon's "Plumbers' Unit" seem like a band of amateurs. Take a look at a very partial list of some of the names of Clinton "enemies" who were "exposed" as having their own personal problems during the midst of Monicagate: United States Representatives Bob Barr, Henry Hyde, Dan Burton, and Bob Livingston. Ah, yes, the compassionate Clintons? Just don't get in their way. They take no prisoners.
7. Serbiagate: the bombardment of the Serbs to favor the Kosovo Mohammedans in the former Yugoslavia, a bombardment that Clinton directed despite the fact that he had no authorization from the Congress of the United States of America to do so. Thousands of innocent Serbians were killed as a result of the bombing, conducted under the auspices of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (N.A.T.O.)
7. Chinagate. A few words need to be written about this betrayal of American national security.
President Richard Nixon authorized all manner of criminality in the misguided effort to protect national security. William Jefferson Blythe, aided by his wife, engaged in illegal campaign fund-raising in 1996 by inviting Red Chinese arms merchants, among others, to the White House for "sleep overs" and coffees" in order to realize his policy of "leveling" the playing field internationally in a "global" world. Consider this May 27, 2003, Newsmax.com article on the matter:
China will likely replace the USA as world leader, said Bill Clinton in a recent Washington Post interview. It is just a matter of time. Clinton should know. He has personally done more to build China’s military strength than any man on earth.
Most Americans have heard of the so-called "Chinagate" scandal. Few understand its deadly import, however. Web sites such as "Chinagate for Dummies" and its companion "More Chinagate for Dummies" offer some assistance.
Unfortunately, with a combined total of nearly 8,000 words, these two sites – like so many others of the genre – offer more detail than most of us "dummies" can absorb.
For that reason, in the 600 words left in this column, I will try to craft my own "Idiot’s Guide to Chinagate," dedicated to all those busy folks like you and me whose attention span tends to peter out after about 750 words.
When Bill Clinton took office in 1993, China presented no threat to the United States. Chinese missiles "couldn’t hit the side of a barn," notes Timothy W. Maier of Insight magazine. Few could reach North America and those that made it would likely miss their targets.
Thanks to Bill Clinton, China can now hit any city in the USA, using state-of-the-art solid-fueled missiles with dead-accurate, computerized guidance systems and multiple warheads.
China probably has suitcase nukes as well. These enable China to strike by proxy – equipping nuclear-armed terrorists to do its dirty work while the Chinese play innocent. Some intelligence sources claim that China maintains secret stockpiles of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons on U.S. soil, for just such contingencies.
In 1997, Clinton allowed China to take over the Panama Canal. The Chinese company Hutchison Whampoa leased the ports of Cristobal and Balboa, on the east and west openings of the canal, respectively, thus controlling access both ways.
A public outcry stopped Clinton in 1998 from leasing California's Long Beach Naval Yard to the Chinese firm COSCO. Even so, China can now strike U.S. targets easily from its bases in Panama, Vancouver and the Bahamas.
How did the Chinese catch up so fast? Easy. We sold them all the technology they needed – or handed it over for free. Neither neglect nor carelessness is to blame. Bill Clinton did it on purpose.
As a globalist, Clinton promotes "multipolarity" – the doctrine that no country (such as the USA) should be allowed to gain decisive advantage over others.
To this end, Clinton appointed anti-nuclear activist Hazel O'Leary to head the Department of Energy. O'Leary set to work "leveling the playing field," as she put it, by giving away our nuclear secrets. She declassified 11 million pages of data on U.S. nuclear weapons and loosened up security at weapons labs.
Federal investigators later concluded that China made off with the "crown jewels" of our nuclear weapons research under Clinton’s open-door policy – probably including design specifications for suitcase nukes.
Meanwhile, Clinton and his corporate cronies raked in millions.
In his book "The China Threat," Washington Times correspondent Bill Gertz describes how the system worked.
Defense contractors eager to sell technology to China poured millions of dollars into Clinton's campaign. In return, Clinton called off the dogs.
Janet Reno and other counterintelligence officials stood down while Lockheed Martin, Hughes Electronics, Loral Space & Communications and other U.S. companies helped China modernize its nuclear strike force.
"We like your president. We want to see him re-elected," former Chinese intelligence chief Gen. Ji Shengde told Chinagate bagman Johnny Chung.
Indeed, Chinese intelligence organized a massive covert operation aimed at tilting the 1996 election Clinton's way.
Clinton's top campaign contributors for 1992 were Chinese agents; his top donors in 1996 were U.S. defense contractors selling missile technology to China.
Clinton received funding directly from known or suspected Chinese intelligence agents, among them James and Mochtar Riady, who own the Indonesian Lippo Group; John Huang; Charlie Trie; Ted Sioeng; Maria Hsia; Wang Jun and others.
Commerce Secretary Ron Brown served as Clinton's front man in many Chinagate deals. When investigators began probing Brown's Lippo Group and Chinagate connections, Brown died suddenly in a suspicious April 1996 plane crash.
Needless to say, China does not share Clinton's enthusiasm for globalism or multipolarity. The Chinese look out for No. 1.
"War [with the United States] is inevitable; we cannot avoid it," said Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Chi Haotian in 2000. "The issue is that the Chinese armed forces must control the initiative in this war."
Bill Clinton has given them a good start. (Richard Poe, The Idiot's Guide to Chinagate.)
Hillary Rodham Clinton got to where she is today by making a calculated decision to ride the coattails of her philandering husband, admitting to a friend when she was engaged to Clinton in the 1970s that she put up with his womanizing because she knew that he was going to be President of the United States of America one day, something that would give her access to and influence in the corridors of power without having to run for office beforehand. She used her eight years as First Lady to burnish her "policy credentials" while at the same time serving the role of a relentless attack dog turned loose by her husband to demean the very women he used for his own immoral purposes.
Yes, Hillary Rodham Clinton, took the campaign line of
"Trash for cash," which I first heard mouthed by Mandy Grunwald on some
talking head program, perhaps Inside Politics on CNN, back in 1992 after the accusations of Gennifer Flowers became public even though she knew the truth of the matter. She stood by idly as her husband's hired character assassins sought to eviscerate and discredit Paula Corbin Jones and Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaderick over the course of time. And it was Hillary Rodham Clinton who famously dismissed the accusations concerning Monica Lewinsky in early-1998 as simply part of a "vast right wing conspiracy" to destroy her husband and herself.
Ah, the Egyptians remember what Americans have forgotten:
Egyptian protesters threw tomatoes and shoes at U.S. Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton's motorcade Sunday and shouted, "Monica, Monica, Monica"
as she left the newly reopened U.S. Consulate in Alexandria. (Egyptians Chant "Monica, Monica" at Clinton motorcade in Alexandria, Egypt. Saint Athanasius must be smiling about what occurred in the city where he had been archbishop and the courageous foe of Arianism.)
Yes, the great champion of women,
Hillary Rodham Clinton, has been a crusher of the women who were first
used and then demeaned by her husband. An Obama-Clinton ticket? Perhaps unlikely. Perhaps not.
Willard Mitt Romney would be stopped dead in his tracks if such a ticket is announced as such an event would be carefully timed to occur at the Democratic Party National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, in early September exactly one week after the Republican Party National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Secretary Clinton may not want to take such a risk this year because of the sad state of the economy, destroyed by the ravages of sin under cover of the civil law and all throughout popular culture and, of course, by policies promoted by presidential administrations of both political parties (see How Both Parties' Spending Bankrupted U.S.). Then again, she is no stranger to the "Chicago Way" at all. And Romney and whoever his running mate turns out to be would tongue-tied silly to deal with the "respected" pro-baby killing Hillary Rodham Clinton on the Obama ticket.
It is all a farce, ladies and gentlemen.
It is all a naturalist farce from beginning to end.
Catholicism, Not Naturalism
Yes, my friends, the naturalists really do believe in things, almost each of which is totally wrong, admitting that even naturalists can get a few things right now and again. What each naturalist is absolutely wrong about, however, is their adherence to the Judeo-Masonic belief that the Incarnation of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is, at best, a matter of indifference or, at worst, a matter of complete irrelevance to social order. They will "change" the world according to their own perverted and distorted "lights," taking no prisoners in the process. A "better" world is not produced by amorality or by the adherence to various nationalistic or ideological programs that have their foundation in naturalistic, anti-Incarnational and semi-Pelagian principles of human self-redemption.
We must come to understand that a world of naturalism can go about its business quite nicely each day as over 4,000 babies are slaughtered by surgical means in the United States of America and without considering for a moment how other sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance are promoted in every aspect of our popular culture. Naturalism of the "right" is no antidote to naturalism of the "left." One can never build a "better" world when one is indifferent to, or actually supportive of, the promotion of various sins as a "civil right," no less believe that one can commit various Moral Sins to acquire and retain political power.
Perhaps these words of Pope Saint Leo XIII, contained in Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus, November 1, 1900, and oft-quoted on this site, will help to serve as antidote to the belief that we can retard the evils of the moment by means merely natural:
From this it may clearly be seen what consequences are to be expected from that false pride which, rejecting our Saviour's Kingship, places man at the summit of all things and declares that human nature must rule supreme. And yet, this supreme rule can neither be attained nor even defined. The rule of Jesus Christ derives its form and its power from Divine Love: a holy and orderly charity is both its foundation and its crown. Its necessary consequences are the strict fulfilment of duty, respect of mutual rights, the estimation of the things of heaven above those of earth, the preference of the love of God to all things. But this supremacy of man, which openly rejects Christ, or at least ignores Him, is entirely founded upon selfishness, knowing neither charity nor selfdevotion. Man may indeed be king, through Jesus Christ: but only on condition that he first of all obey God, and diligently seek his rule of life in God's law. By the law of Christ we mean not only the natural precepts of morality and the Ancient Law, all of which Jesus Christ has perfected and crowned by His declaration, explanation and sanction; but also the rest of His doctrine and His own peculiar institutions. Of these the chief is His Church. Indeed whatsoever things Christ has instituted are most fully contained in His Church. Moreover, He willed to perpetuate the office assigned to Him by His Father by means of the ministry of the Church so gloriously founded by Himself. On the one hand He confided to her all the means of men's salvation, on the other He most solemnly commanded men to be subject to her and to obey her diligently, and to follow her even as Himself: "He that heareth you, heareth Me; and he that despiseth you, despiseth Me" (Luke x, 16). Wherefore the law of Christ must be sought in the Church. Christ is man's "Way"; the Church also is his "Way"-Christ of Himself and by His very nature, the Church by His commission and the communication of His power. Hence all who would find salvation apart from the Church, are led astray and strive in vain.
As with individuals, so with nations. These, too, must necessarily tend to ruin if they go astray from "The Way." The Son of God, the Creator and Redeemer of mankind, is King and Lord of the earth, and holds supreme dominion over men, both individually and collectively. "And He gave Him power, and glory, and a kingdom: and all peoples, tribes, and tongues shall serve Him" (Daniel vii., 14). "I am appointed King by Him . . . I will give Thee the Gentiles for Thy inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession" (Psalm ii., 6, 8). Therefore the law of Christ ought to prevail in human society and be the guide and teacher of public as well as of private life. Since this is so by divine decree, and no man may with impunity contravene it, it is an evil thing for the common weal wherever Christianity does not hold the place that belongs to it. When Jesus Christ is absent, human reason fails, being bereft of its chief protection and light, and the very end is lost sight of, for which, under God's providence, human society has been built up. This end is the obtaining by the members of society of natural good through the aid of civil unity, though always in harmony with the perfect and eternal good which is above nature. But when men's minds are clouded, both rulers and ruled go astray, for they have no safe line to follow nor end to aim at.
Just as it is the height of misfortune to go astray from the "Way," so is it to abandon the "Truth." Christ Himself is the first, absolute and essential "Truth," inasmuch as He is the Word of God, consubstantial and co-eternal with the Father, He and the Father being One. "I am the Way and the Truth." Wherefore if the Truth be sought by the human intellect, it must first of all submit it to Jesus Christ, and securely rest upon His teaching, since therein Truth itself speaketh. There are innumerable and extensive fields of thought, properly belonging to the human mind, in which it may have free scope for its investigations and speculations, and that not only agreeably to its nature, but even by a necessity of its nature. But what is unlawful and unnatural is that the human mind should refuse to be restricted within its proper limits, and, throwing aside its becoming modesty, should refuse to acknowledge Christ's teaching. This teaching, upon which our salvation depends, is almost entirely about God and the things of God. No human wisdom has invented it, but the Son of God hath received and drunk it in entirely from His Father: "The words which thou gavest me, I have given to them" john xvii., 8). Hence this teaching necessarily embraces many subjects which are not indeed contrary to reasonfor that would be an impossibility-but so exalted that we can no more attain them by our own reasoning than we can comprehend God as He is in Himself. If there be so many things hidden and veiled by nature, which no human ingenuity can explain, and yet which no man in his senses can doubt, it would be an abuse of liberty to refuse to accept those which are entirely above nature, because their essence cannot be discovered. To reject dogma is simply to deny Christianity. Our intellect must bow humbly and reverently "unto the obedience of Christ," so that it be held captive by His divinity and authority: "bringing into captivity every understanding unto the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians x., 5). Such obedience Christ requires, and justly so. For He is God, and as such holds supreme dominion over man's intellect as well as over his will. By obeying Christ with his intellect man by no means acts in a servile manner, but in complete accordance with his reason and his natural dignity. For by his will he yields, not to the authority of any man, but to that of God, the author of his being, and the first principle to Whom he is subject by the very law of his nature. He does not suffer himself to be forced by the theories of any human teacher, but by the eternal and unchangeable truth. Hence he attains at one and the same time the natural good of the intellect and his own liberty. For the truth which proceeds from the teaching of Christ clearly demonstrates the real nature and value of every being; and man, being endowed with this knowledge, if he but obey the truth as perceived, will make all things subject to himself, not himself to them; his appetites to his reason, not his reason to his appetites. Thus the slavery of sin and falsehood will be shaken off, and the most perfect liberty attained: "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" john viii., 32). It is, then, evident that those whose intellect rejects the yoke of Christ are obstinately striving against God. Having shaken off God's authority, they are by no means freer, for they will fall beneath some human sway. They are sure to choose someone whom they will listen to, obey, and follow as their guide. Moreover, they withdraw their intellect from the communication of divine truths, and thus limit it within a narrower circle of knowledge, so that they are less fitted to succeed in the pursuit even of natural science. For there are in nature very many things whose apprehension or explanation is greatly aided by the light of divine truth. Not unfrequently, too, God, in order to chastise their pride, does not permit men to see the truth, and thus they are punished in the things wherein they sin. This is why we often see men of great intellectual power and erudition making the grossest blunders even in natural science.
10. It must therefore be clearly admitted that, in the life of a Christian, the intellect must be entirely subject to God's authority. And if, in this submission of reason to authority, our self-love, which is so strong, is restrained and made to suffer, this only proves the necessity to a Christian of long-suffering not only in will but also in intellect. We would remind those persons of this truth who desire a kind of Christianity such as they themselves have devised, whose precepts should be very mild, much more indulgent towards human nature, and requiring little if any hardships to be borne. They do not properly under stand the meaning of faith and Christian precepts. They do not see that the Cross meets us everywhere, the model of our life, the eternal standard of all who wish to follow Christ in reality and not merely in name.
11. God alone is Life. All other beings partake of life, but are not life. Christ, from all eternity and by His very nature, is "the Life," just as He is the Truth, because He is God of God. From Him, as from its most sacred source, all life pervades and ever will pervade creation. Whatever is, is by Him; whatever lives, lives by Him. For by the Word "all things were made; and without Him was made nothing that was made." This is true of the natural life; but, as We have sufficiently indicated above, we have a much higher and better life, won for us by Christ's mercy, that is to say, "the life of grace," whose happy consummation is "the life of glory," to which all our thoughts and actions ought to be directed. The whole object of Christian doctrine and morality is that "we being dead to sin, should live to justice" (I Peter ii., 24)-that is, to virtue and holiness. In this consists the moral life, with the certain hope of a happy eternity. This justice, in order to be advantageous to salvation, is nourished by Christian faith. "The just man liveth by faith" (Galatians iii., II). "Without faith it is impossible to please God" (Hebrews xi., 6). Consequently Jesus Christ, the creator and preserver of faith, also preserves and nourishes our moral life. This He does chiefly by the ministry of His Church. To Her, in His wise and merciful counsel, He has entrusted certain agencies which engender the supernatural life, protect it, and revive it if it should fail. This generative and conservative power of the virtues that make for salvation is therefore lost, whenever morality is dissociated from divine faith. A system of morality based exclusively on human reason robs man of his highest dignity and lowers him from the supernatural to the merely natural life. Not but that man is able by the right use of reason to know and to obey certain principles of the natural law. But though he should know them all and keep them inviolate through life-and even this is impossible without the aid of the grace of our Redeemer-still it is vain for anyone without faith to promise himself eternal salvation. "If anyone abide not in Me, he shall be cast forth as a branch, and shall wither, and they shall gather him up and cast him into the fire, and he burneth" john xv., 6). "He that believeth not shall be condemned" (Mark xvi., 16). We have but too much evidence of the value and result of a morality divorced from divine faith. How is it that, in spite of all the zeal for the welfare of the masses, nations are in such straits and even distress, and that the evil is daily on the increase? We are told that society is quite able to help itself; that it can flourish without the assistance of Christianity, and attain its end by its own unaided efforts. Public administrators prefer a purely secular system of government. All traces of the religion of our forefathers are daily disappearing from political life and administration. What blindness! Once the idea of the authority of God as the Judge of right and wrong is forgotten, law must necessarily lose its primary authority and justice must perish: and these are the two most powerful and most necessary bonds of society. Similarly, once the hope and expectation of eternal happiness is taken away, temporal goods will be greedily sought after. Every man will strive to secure the largest share for himself. Hence arise envy, jealousy, hatred. The consequences are conspiracy, anarchy, nihilism. There is neither peace abroad nor security at home. Public life is stained with crime.
So great is this struggle of the passions and so serious the dangers involved, that we must either anticipate ultimate ruin or seek for an efficient remedy. It is of course both right and necessary to punish malefactors, to educate the masses, and by legislation to prevent crime in every possible way: but all this is by no means sufficient. The salvation of the nations must be looked for higher. A power greater than human must be called in to teach men's hearts, awaken in them the sense of duty, and make them better. This is the power which once before saved the world from destruction when groaning under much more terrible evils. Once remove all impediments and allow the Christian spirit to revive and grow strong in a nation, and that nation will be healed. The strife between the classes and the masses will die away; mutual rights will be respected. If Christ be listened to, both rich and poor will do their duty. The former will realise that they must observe justice and charity, the latter self-restraint and moderation, if both are to be saved. Domestic life will be firmly established ( by the salutary fear of God as the Lawgiver. In the same way the precepts of the natural law, which dictates respect for lawful authority and obedience to the laws, will exercise their influence over the people. Seditions and conspiracies will cease. Wherever Christianity rules over all without let or hindrance there the order established by Divine Providence is preserved, and both security and prosperity are the happy result. The common welfare, then, urgently demands a return to Him from whom we should never have gone astray; to Him who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life,-and this on the part not only of individuals but of society as a whole. We must restore Christ to this His own rightful possession. All elements of the national life must be made to drink in the Life which proceedeth from Him- legislation, political institutions, education, marriage and family life, capital and labour. Everyone must see that the very growth of civilisation which is so ardently desired depends greatly upon this, since it is fed and grows not so much by material wealth and prosperity, as by the spiritual qualities of morality and virtue. (Pope Leo XIII, Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus, November 1, 1900.)
As has been noted many times on this site, we can replicate Christendom in our own families. We must replicate Christendom in our families as we seek to offer up to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus all of our day's activities through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, praying as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit. There is only way way to "reform" ourselves and the world, and that is by the true Faith, as Pope Saint Pius X noted in Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910: "...for there is no true civilization without a moral civilization, and no true moral civilization without the true religion: it is a proven truth, a historical fact." You want to believe in the fraud of naturalistic electoral politics and the erroneous views of those who present themselves as candidates for public office, go right ahead. Not a blessed thing will ever get "better" as a result of all of the fear and all of the energy and all of the money and all of the time invested in this useless enterprise. I'll stick with Pope Saint Pius X and Catholic truth, thank you very much.
Although there are a plethora of papal encyclical
letters which contradict the approach to social problems shared by the lords of Modernity in the world and of Modernism in the counterfeit church of conciliarism,
perhaps it would be wise at this present moment to note how the Apostle
of Charity, Saint Vincent de Paul, whose feast day this is, sought to
serve the poor. Saint Vincent de Paul, the founder of the Congregation
of the Mission and the Daughters of Charity, sought to serve the poor
for supernatural, not humanistic, reasons. Dom Prosper Gueranger,
O.S.B., noted this in The Liturgical Year:
At a time when men rejected the
Gospel while striving to retain its benefits, certain wise men
attributed Vincent's charity to philosophy. Nowadays they go further
still, and in order logically to deny the author of the works they deny
the works themselves. But if any there be who still hold the former
opinion, let them listen to his own words, and then judge of his
principles: 'What is done for charity's sake is done for God. It is not
enough for us that we love God ourselves; our neighbour must also love
him; neither can we love our neighbour as ourselves unless we procure
for him the good we are bound to desire for ourselves--viz., divine
love, which units us to our Sovereign Good. We must love our neighbour
as the image of God and the object of His love, and must try to make men
love their Creator in return, and love one another also with the mutual
charity for the love of God, who so loved them as to deliver His own
Son to death for them. But let us, I beg of you, look upon this Divine
Saviour as a perfect pattern of the charity we must bear to our
The theophilanthropy of a century ago
had no more right than had an atheist or a deist philosophy to rank
Vincent, as it did, among the great men of its Calendar. Not nature, nor
the pretended divinities of false science, but the God of
Christians,the God who became Man to save us by taking our miseries upon
Himself, was the sole inspirer of the greatest modern benefactor of the
human race, whose favourite saying was: 'Nothing pleases me except in
Jesus Christ.' He observed the right order of charity, striving for the
reign of the Divine Master, first in his own soul, then in others; and,
far from acting alone, he would rather have remained hidden for ever in
the face of the Lord, and have left but an unknown name behind him. (Dom Prosper Gueranger, O.S.B., The Liturgical Year.)
Saint Vincent de Paul's Congregation of Mission
founded seminaries to train priests to serve the poor for supernatural
motives. The Congregation of the Mission founded colleges and
universities to train Catholics in the perennial truths of the Faith,
not to be sappy social-workers who believed that the provision of the
Corporal Works of Mercy could be detached from the performance of the
Spiritual Works of Mercy. Although there were Modernists aplenty at
Saint John's University in Jamaica, Queens, New York, during my
undergraduate studies there in the early 1970s, there were also more
than a handful of truly believing priests who had the completely
Catholic spirit of Saint Vincent de Paul, not the conciliarist view of
how the Church is to act in the "modern world." I pray for the souls of
these good sons of Saint Vincent de Paul daily.
In this world of
such evil in which we have played our own roles on so many occasions,
may we continue to live as penitentially as possible as we seek to make reparation for our sins and those
of the whole world, including the sins of the lords of Modernity and those of the lords of conciliarism who have parodied themselves just as much as their counterparts in the world.
Alas, more on that in tomorrow's article.
May the Rosaries we pray each day help to bring about
the restoration of the Church Militant on earth and of Christendom in
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?
Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon.
Viva Cristo Rey!
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.
Saint Vincent de Paul, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints
Hillary Rodham's Senior Thesis on Saul Alinksy
With Hillary Clinton poised to win the Democratic nomination for president, questions about her intellectual and moral education abound. One of the major intellectual influences – perhaps an emotional one was well – was radical social philosopher and activist Saul Alinsky. As this story shows, Alinsky was both the ladder Hillary climbed to gain new perspectives on society – specifically the poor – and then, once there, a ladder she tossed aside when she no longer needed it.
Americans who graduated from high school in 1965 and college in 1969 were not just part of a population bubble — the “baby boomers” — but a cultural one as well. The children of the Sixties combined the typical young adult developmental cycle with a unique cycle in the life of this nation. They were not only trying to learn about dating, but also about foreign policy, ethics, and racism.
Hillary Clinton was quintessentially one of these people — a Sixties person, although we would hardly have recognized her as such. That she didn’t buy her wedding dress until the night before her wedding is not just a coincidence. It was also commonplace. Her generation was mixing private rites of passage with public ones, and it seemed right to do so. Hillary Clinton was a conformist to the extent that she mixed these personal and political levels early, at a time when most of the people did likewise.
As we search for social influences on the First Lady, we have to begin in this context, in the unique mix of the public and private that served as her environment as a young woman. She was as marked by her chronological age and the Age of Aquarius as most Sixties people were — and she is probably where she is today because she was even more influenced by it than the rest of us.
It is no accident that she chose to write about Saul Alinsky for her senior thesis at Wellesley College . As a social activist, Alinsky was as much a part of the Sixties as was Kennedy and King. He was in the background creating the foreground of interpretation:
“Power to the people” is a phrase coined by him as much as by Stokeley Carmichael. Like the headband, Hillary abandoned much of what influenced her back then. But still this heavy identification with her age and THE age continued in bold form right after she completed her senior thesis.
That people stood to applaud Hillary Clinton’s commencement speech — the first one given by a student at Wellesley — is another mark of her generation that she wears in her psyche. It had to matter to her that the classes before 1960 remained in their seats, not quite sure of what had just happened. Classes before 1930 didn’t even clap. From ‘60 on people were on their feet clapping.
This literal order of approval is important to our understanding of Hillary Clinton. And surely it is one of the reasons she’s shifted from her Sixties image to a more up-to-date one. She learned early on that people interpret things by their age. No one needs the tag of the Sixties any more. Her repudiation of the tag is one of the reasons that Wellesley College , at her request, does not release her senior thesis to the public. She doesn’t want to be identified with Alinsky or the Sixties any more than is absolutely necessary. Hillary is socially and personally based in the Sixties, not in its cultural but in its political dimension.
Probably because she had enough ballast psychologically and religiously from her family and church, she did not “drug out” during the Sixties. She was not one of the period’s casualties. But most Americans, including the younger ones, don’t understand this distinction yet about the Sixties. Say Sixties, and people today think, “drugged out.” Say Sixties, they think unshowered. Perpetual bad hair days. Hillary can’t afford the negative image of the Sixties. Thus she needed to leave as much of the Sixties behind her as possible. This repudiation of the Sixties began early in her life.
It’s the confusion in the public’s mind — not hers — that accounts for the distance she’s put between herself and her formative period. Alinsky’s thought has been badgered at the image level since the sixties. Say Alinsky and people think radical, that American word that now has a bad reputation.
Alinsky thought of himself as a radical in the tradition of Thomas Jefferson, John Dewey, Thomas Payne. He personified the American theory of pragmatism in his commitment to power. “Whatever works to get power to the people, use it.” That didn’t mean violence but rather serious attention to matters of power. Pact the meeting. Fill the streets. Flood the office with post cards. If that doesn’t work, find something that does, including humor.
At one point to gain attention from the Chicago city council, Alinsky threatened to flush all the toilets at O’Hare airport at once. Before the toilet flushing escapade ever had a chance to happen, the city council gave in and granted some demands. Another time, in Rochester , New York , Alinsky had a fart-in at the Eastman Kodak Board meeting. A baked bean supper had been organized for participants. Alinsky was irreverent, but that was his only real bow in the counter-cultural direction. Hillary acquired Alinsky’s pragmatism and his focus on strategy more than the humor and irreverence as a source for her own politics.
Hillary met Alinsky through the pastor at her high school church, the Park Ridge Methodist Church . Rev. Don Jones, then youth minister at the parish and running a youth program called “ University of Life ,” took his youth group to Chicago to meet not only Alinsky but also King and many of the other leaders of the Civil Rights movement.
To understand how Hillary developed her skills as an activist we have to first understand her religious back ground. One of 110 young people confirmed at the church at age 11, she had an unusually rigorous religious preparation. It was public instead of personal. That simple shift in perspective was the key foundation for her, as a Goldwater activist throughout high school and the daughter of a Republican. It allowed her to have an open heart to the suffering she saw in Chicago . Very few youth groups traveled as far as the South Side of Chicago to find God or religious formation.
Hillary acquired Alinsky ‘S pragmatism and his focus on strategy more than the humor and irreverence as a source for her own politics.
That she did, under the auspices of Rev. Jones, made not only the introduction to Alinsky possible, it also meant that she could hear firsthand what he had to say in a context that probably spoke louder than his words.
The poverty she saw in Chicago surely became part of the source of this person who is now running for president. Alinsky interpreted poverty with one point of view — that it is due to the lack of power of the poor. Hillary probably doesn’t believe that as much as a less sinister interpretation — that the poor are poor because of bad government policies. This tension became the tension of her senior thesis, the tension of her genuine suffering about the poor, and probably will remain the tension of her life.
In a sense, she’s still in a conversation with Alinsky, who believed that the poor could be organized on their own behalf. Hillary Clinton still seems to believe that the middle classes can do things to make life easier for the poor, and that is the lever she pulls most often. Her decision about the best way to create change ultimately led her down a path that made her a senator; had she made the other decision — to organize the poor — she would not be in government, but rather in that place where she learned so much — the “streets.”
Religion moderated the decisions she made, particularly since it was based in the suburban world of Park Ridge . Alinsky himself was not a religious man, though he depended heavily on organized religious constituencies. In Sanford Horwitt’s biography of Alinsky, Let Them Call Me A Rebel, Horwitt suggests that at many different levels Alinsky “used” religious constituencies like the Park Ridge church to legitimize serious political action. In this way, Hillary — even as a girl — was used by the movement. She added her consent later.
Alinsky’s manipulation of both the poor and the church is the most often repeated accusation against him. Nevertheless, Hillary Clinton’s exposure to his ideas took place in a relatively open setting, as a by product of the University of Life . Rev. Jones arranged a trip to a Chicago ghetto so that his youth could meet with a group of black youths who hung around at a recreation center. There the program consisted of teenagers describing their reactions to Picasso’s Guernica . The youths met several times and also read Catcher in the Rye together. For the young, Republican Hillary, the difference in reaction between suburban and city youth was a major eye opener. Once eyes like hers were opened, it wouldn’t take them long in the Chicago of that day to find Alinsky.
Alinsky frequently used similar methods of experiential education — what Paolo Friere calls the”pedago - guey” of the oppressed. Here the oppressed were the teachers of those who were not oppressed. It was vintage Alinsky, borrowed by a young seminarian. Here we see the reason she eventually left behind both Alinsky and the Sixties. Her experience taught her to go other places. That the Sixties, Alinsky and religious faith taught her to learn from experience is the deeper and more enduring social source of her behavior.
Rev. Jones told Donnie Radcliffe in Hillary Clinton: A First Lady for Our Time that his goal with the youth group was “not just about personal salvation and pious escapism, but also about an authentic and deep quest for God and life’s meaning in the midst of worldly existence.” Thanks to Jones’ emphasis on the public aspect of religion, Hillary had the chance to meet Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as Alinsky. Jones made arrangements for his group to meet King after King preached at the Sunday Evening Club in Chicago . With 2,500 other people at Orchestra Hall in Chicago , April 15, 1962, 15 year-old Hillary heard King preach a sermon entitled “Remaining Awake Through a Revolution.” To accuse her of taking this message literally would not be going too far. She has remained steadily fixed on a simple public theology and an alertness about political experience.
We unfortunately know very little about Jones’ cohort at the church, Rosalie Benziger, the Christian Education director. Surely she had prepared even deeper ground for the encounter with Chicago, Alinsky, King and poverty in the curriculum used during Sunday School. What we do know about Benziger is that she was concerned about the students’ reaction to the Kennedy assassination, and that she sent a letter to the entire 3,000 member congregation hoping that they wouldn’t begin finding Communists under every rock. “We knew that the children would be traumatized....” she had said. Benziger was right. These children were traumatized for longer than a generation. What’s significant in terms of Hillary Clinton’s development is that few Christian Education directors at the time reacted in this way, with a both political point to protect and a pastoral concern for children. The childrens’ safe world had been invaded by a larger life, and it would continue to be throughout the Sixties.
Alinsky would not have appealed to the Methodism in Hillary ‘s personality. He was much too profane, cursing a blue streak, smoking non-stop, and insulting many people who were as earnest as she was. The University of Life focused on living and on under standing experience as it came. As we know, this emphasis on experience did not mean that Sixties people shared a single viewpoint. There were serious splits among political and cultural activists. Alinsky’s own pragmatism caused him to express great disdain for the Dionysian aspects of the Sixties. He made his organizers wear ties. He kept enormous distance from the politically flamboyant aspects of the flower child movement. He was widely known as a drinker and thought of drugs as counter-culture in a ridiculous way. Alinsky was very patriotic, very pro-culture, and never really did oppose the Vietnam War. He stuck to local and domestic issues like glue and had nothing but derision for those who did not.
Any Sixties person can see some of these tendencies in Hillary. Back then she would have been considered very serious, a “straight arrow.” Alinsky would have excited these serious tendencies with his own equally serious attention to matters of strategy and tactics, and by his own serious streak, which was a red hot concern for the poor. “Poverty is an embarrassment to the American soul,” he said over and over again. That was probably his only religious statement and it was enough to make him serious allies with the church in Chicago and beyond. Alinsky would not have appealed to the Methodism in Hillary’s personality. He was much too profane, cursing a blue streak, smoking non-stop, and insulting many people who were as earnest as she was. Still, their fundamental antipathy to poverty would connect them, and finally cause him to be the topic she chose for her senior thesis.
Hillary Clinton and Alinsky disagreed over the issue of localism. She did not believe the local was a large enough context for political action. For a suburban girl who already had a national candidate (Goldwater), that viewpoint was not surprising. For the poor that Alinsky loved, even a few blocks was too much. There were aspects of her middle class up bring that shaped her under standing of Slinky and his ideas.
According to Allan Schuster, professor of Political Science at Wellesley, she chose her senior thesis topic because she had met Alinsky in high school and had heard him speak at a meeting she had attended in Boston . That meeting resulted in her organizing a demonstration in the town of Wellesley — something slinky himself would have done. He thought campus issues, which Hillary had been working on for some time, were silly. They were about the middle class, not about the poor. Hillary responded to this guidance positively. But eventually she found the town of Wellesley and the city of Boston too ”small” to matter to the poor as sites for change.
Clifford Green, then professor of biblical history at Wellesley College and now a professor at Hartford Theological Seminary in Connecticut , taught the bible course she was required to take in her sophomore year. His classes confirmed for Hillary the religious view point inaugurated by Jones — that faith had to do with life, not just with personal matters. Green remembers the surprise of the Wellesley girls that religion could be so public in its real meaning.
Weighing the two major influences on Hillary — religion and community organizing — her biographer Donnie Radcliff has it about right: religion probably meant more to Hillary than organizing. It was public religion that integrated the Sixties context and Alinsky’s focus on the poor and their suffering. The principle of public religion was also ratified by the Wellesley motto: Non ministrar sed ministrare (we are not here to be ministered to, but to minister unto). Taught early by Don Jones, sustained by Benziger, excited by King, challenged by Alinsky, Hillary Clinton was nursed by the Sixties city and the Sixties college to become a political activist with enduring power.
Schecter says that Alinsky recognized her talents as an organizer during the Wellesley period and offered her a significant position after college. He didn’t offer these jobs to many women, nor did he offer them without a serious, often disturbing assessment of the person’s abilities. Caesar Chavez is a well-known example of an Alinsky disciple, chosen and hewn by the master. But whereas Chavez bought the localism of the Alinsky method, Hillary did not.
Schecter also confirms Donnie Radcliffe’s belief that Hillary turned Alinsky down because her senior thesis convinced her that his methods were not “large” enough. She believed, according to Schecter’s interpretation of the thesis, that Alinsky’s tactics and strategies were useful at the local level, but that even if an activist were successful in local organizing, systemic policy matters on the national level would prevent actual power from going to people. She chose to work at the macro-level of law rather than the micro-level of community because of this analysis. Many Alinsky disciples acknowledge that this is a serious and frequent argument made against him.
Hillary Clinton went to law school in order to have an influence on these larger and more difficult issues. Her motivation may have been religious in that uniquely public way that Jones taught her. She was not satisfied with the “right personal faith” and was far more serious about finding a way to put that faith into action. The University of Life approach is what has remained. This way of learning from the street was also a fundamental aspect of Alinsky’s teaching. In this way, we can see that Hillary was influenced by a powerful mixture of experience and theory. Then the credentializing began. She may not have known just how much Alinsky hated lawyers, but he hated them with a severity that makes her career choice all the more interesting.
For a young woman to turn down this extremely macho man, and to stand against him in theory as well as in practice, is astonishing, particularly given the times and her young age. Her assertion to Alinsky that confrontational tactics would upset the kind of people she grew up with in Park Ridge , thus creating a backlash, was either naive or brilliant. He surely told her what he is reported to have said — “that won’t change anything.” It couldn’t have been said with respect. She apparently countered, “Well, Mr. Alinsky, I see a different way than you.”
Perhaps this exchange explains why so many people find Hillary too assertive and aloof. She emulates Alinsky in the seriousness with which she accepts her mission — thus embodying his best teaching — and at the same time she distinguishes herself with her own point of view. As Schecter pointed out, she understood early on that poor people needed not just participation, but also structure and leadership. That she thought Alinsky could not provide that is surprising, but that is what she thought at that time. To have much more political sophistication in an 18 year- old would have been scary. Her thesis concluded that “organizing the poor for community actions to improve their own lives may have, in certain circumstances, short-term benefits for the poor but would never solve their major problems. You need much more than that. You need leadership, programs, constitutional doctrines.”
That analysis ultimately led to law school and not back to the University of Life or to Alinsky’s streets. In extensive correspondence with Rev. Jones during college, she began the shift from Goldwater conservatism to a more liberal viewpoint. “Can one be a mental conservative but a heart liberal?” she asked him at one point.
One example in a real political context shows her legal and activist mind at work. Marshall Goldman, a Wellesley professor of Russian economics, suggested that students had mixed up tactics in boycotting classes. He wanted them to skip weekends because that was sacrificial. Hillary responded quickly in The Wellesley News, “I’ll give up my date Saturday night, Mr. Goldman, but I don’t think that’s the point. Individual consciences are fine, but individual con sciences have to be made manifest.” Not only do we see her rational and argumentative mind here, but also the nearly literal interpretation of public religion that has integrated her political action and her life.
In the speech she made at her Wellesley commencement, she quoted a poem by a fellow student, Nancy Scheibner, called ”The Art of Making Possible.” Hillary Clinton and Alinsky are fellow travelers here. The pragmatism of a politician joins the fundamentalism of a certain kind of true believer: this marriage is what has taken Hillary beyond her senior thesis. She does exactly what Alinsky would have taught her to do — to read, continuously, from experience. She also stays very close to what Jones and Wellesley would have her do — to express her faith in public action. Both politics and religion keep her safely in the Sixties realm and do so in unusual, personally appropriated ways. She moves beyond her senior thesis, but continues to put much of what she learned during that period into practice today. Hillary Clinton's Thesis About Radical Activitist Saul Alinsky
Barack Hussein Obama and Saul Alinksy
If I were the least bit prone to gratuitous sympathy, I would be tempted now to feel quite sorry for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Poor, poor woman. She was quite nearly brought to all-out tears yesterday in New Hampshire, as she soliloquized over the sad state of her drooping campaign and how completely personal this is for her.
Barack Obama seems to have effortlessly achieved voter adoration, fresher, younger, more at ease within his own skin than she will ever be. He would appear to be as much a natural as her own Bill. It may appear to a great many observers that Barrack Obama is just one incredibly audacious, even lucky, albeit frighteningly charismatic dude.
These personal qualities are not the sole reason he is where he is, and I suspect the wily Mrs. Clinton knows this full well. I suspect it must bother her that Obama also appears to have mastered the playbook used by her own political teacher, the legendary amoral guru of left wing activism, Saul Alinsky.
Hillary has met not only her match in Alinsky tactics, she has met the master of bloodless socialist revolution, in my opinion.
Obama's Alinsky Lessons
Barack Obama had just graduated from Columbia and was looking for a job. Some white leftists were looking for someone who could recruit in a black neighborhood in the south side of Chicago.
Obama answered a help-wanted ad for a position as a community organizer for the Developing Communities Project (DCP) of the Calumet Community Religious Conference (CCRC) in Chicago. Obama was 24 years old, unmarried, very accustomed to a vagabond existence, and according to his memoir, searching for a genuine African-American community.
Both the CCRC and the DCP were built on the Alinsky model of community agitation, wherein paid organizers learned how to "rub raw the sores of discontent," in Alinsky's words.
One of Obama's early mentors in the Alinsky method was Mike Kruglik, who had this to say to an Ryan Lizza of The New Republic, about Obama:
"He was a natural, the undisputed master of agitation, who could engage a room full of recruiting targets in a rapid-fire Socratic dialogue, nudging them to admit that they were not living up to their own standards. As with the panhandler, he could be aggressive and confrontational. With probing, sometimes personal questions, he would pinpoint the source of pain in their lives, tearing down their egos just enough before dangling a carrot of hope that they could make things better." The agitator's job, according to Alinsky, is first to bring folks to the "realization" that they are indeed miserable, that their misery is the fault of unresponsive governments or greedy corporations, then help them to bond together to demand what they deserve, and to make such an almighty stink that the dastardly governments and corporations will see imminent "self-interest" in granting whatever it is that will cause the harassment to cease.
In these methods, euphemistically labeled "community organizing," Obama had a four-year education, which he often says was the best education he ever got anywhere.
Is it any wonder, then, that Obama's Alinsky Jujitsu is making mincemeat of the woman who merely interviewed Alinsky, wrote about him, and spent the next 30 years in corporate law and in the lap of taxpayer-funded luxury in government mansions?
Obama Not Starry-Eyed Like His Followers
Alinsky considered himself a realist above all, the ultimate pragmatist. As a confirmed atheist, Alinsky believed that the here and now is all there is, and therefore had no qualms about assorted versions of morality in the pursuit of worldly power. He didn't coddle his radical acolytes or encourage their bourgeois distinctions between good and evil when it came to transferring power from the Haves to the Have Nots. Alinsky saw the already formed church communities as being the perfect springboards for agitation and creating bonds for demanding goods and services.
When Obama first undertook his agitating work in Chicago's South Side poor neighborhoods, he was un-churched. Yet his office was in a Church and most of the folks he needed to agitate and organize were Church people -- pastors and congregants -- who took their churches and their church-going very seriously. So, this became a problem for the young agnostic, who had been exposed to very little religion in his life. Again and again, he was asked by pastors and church ladies, "Where do you go to Church, young man?" It was a question he dodged for a while, but finally he relented and joined a church.
Not just any church, but a huge black nationalist church with a pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who unabashedly preaches a "black" gospel. Rolling Stone Magazine ran with a story on Obama and his church, entitled, "Destiny's Child," which included this exert from one of Rev. Wright's sermons:
"Fact number one: We've got more black men in prison than there are in college," he intones.
"Fact number two: Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run!"
"We are deeply involved in the importing of drugs, the exporting of guns and the training of professional KILLERS. . . . We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God. . . . We conducted radiation experiments on our own people. . . . We care nothing about human life if the ends justify the means!"
The crowd whoops and amens as Wright builds to his climax: "And. And. And! GAWD! Has GOT! To be SICK! OF THIS S**T!" This doesn't sound like any church in which I've ever worshipped, but perhaps I have led a sheltered life. Reverend Wright, whom Obama called his spiritual mentor and still claims is his sounding board, has taken trips abroad with none other than Louis Farrakhan. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan received the "Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright,Jr. Lifetime Achievement Trumpeteer" Award at the 2007 Trumpet Gala at the the United Church of Christ. Wright was even reported to be a former Muslim. One might be led to wonder if this "church" isn't all it makes itself out to be.
Among some of the black nationalist signs hanging in this church are a list of admonishments to black solidarity, called the "Black Value System," and a sort of moral code calling for the "Disavowal of the Pursuit of Middleclassness." I don't recall the Ten Commandments or anything at all in the Gospel about race, so this seems a bit strange.
But Obama isn't starry-eyed when it comes to protecting himself from the possibility of bad press regarding his church affiliation. When he was preparing to announce his campaign for the Presidency in February, he called his minister, Reverend Wright, the night before and disinvited him to stand on the podium in front of all the cameras. Rather than face questions, he simply eliminated the target, a perfect Alinsky action meant to forestall an enemy reaction.
Hillary should have known what she was up against when she read up on how Obama won his state senate seat in Illinois.
Obama had returned to Chicago and practiced civil rights law for 3 years, when he spied an opportunity to run for the state senate. A longtime, widely-revered matron of the civil rights movement named Alice Palmer had held the seat for a number of years, but she announced that she wanted to run for Congress. So, Obama seized the opportunity and proclaimed his intention to run for Alice's open seat.
Well, Alice lost the congressional race and decided that she wanted to hang onto that hard-won state senate seat. Most of the community leaders tried to persuade Obama to withdraw and wait his turn; he was a newcomer after all.
Instead Obama performed his first real act of political jujitsu. He sent his aides to the courthouse to carefully examine all of Alice Palmer's signatures to see if enough could be disallowed to knock her off the ballot altogether. And indeed, some of Alice's signatures were fake. The aides also found enough other fake signatures on opponents' ballot initiatives to knock them off the ballot as well.
By the time Barack Obama walked handily into his state senate seat, everyone there knew him as "the man who knocked off Alice Palmer." Quite a feat indeed for the newcomer, the young whippersnapper with the odd name.
Perhaps Hillary will win some states and stay in the game a while longer, but I fear this knight with his adoring, fawning followers is just too slick for her and ole Bill, and he seems to know how to play Alinsky ends-and-means hardball without actually breaking the law. American Thinker: Obama's Alinsky Jujitsu