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Obama is not a pro-human rights champion October 29, 2008

Posted by Daniel Downs in abortion, Barak Obama, Catholics, Democrats, God, human rights, Joe Biden, news, politics, secularism, socialism.
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The human right upon which all other human rights are based is the right to life. If life is unprotected by sanction of law, no life is safe. That applies to both the unborn and we who are alive. If a political candidate does not defend this supposedly Constitution-guaranteed right, his support of inferred privacy and property rights is a malignant farce. If taken to its conclusion, those capable of doing so will realize that an over-abundance of evidence published by news media, criminal justice reports, and other sources of reported violence and injustice proves it beyond a reasonable doubt.

That is why American leaders like Archbishop Charles Chaput are respected for their defense against the crime of premeditated abortion. I do not know whether the Archbishop support the right of self-preservation of mothers whose life is genuinely threatened, but it is also a matter of the right to live and not die.

This most important of all human rights issues was address in an address delivered on October 17 at the ENDOW (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women) annual conference by Archbishop Charles Chaput. He presented an eloquent speech about how Catholics can best participate in our national political life. Most of his speech was related to his book titled Render Unto Caesar, and his primary topic was abortion.

During his speech, the Archbishop did state his personal opinion about the position on abortion held by Senator Obama, the Democratic platform, and Prof. Douglas Kmiec, a respected Catholic educator. These statements are the focus of the remainder of this post.

I believe that Senator Obama, whatever his other talents, is the most committed ”abortion-rights” presidential candidate of either major party since the Roe v. Wade abortion decision in 1973. Despite what Prof. Kmiec suggests [in his book Can a Catholic Support Him? Asking the Big Question about Barack Obama], the party platform Senator Obama runs on this year is not only aggressively ”pro-choice;” it has also removed any suggestion that killing an unborn child might be a regrettable thing. On the question of homicide against the unborn child – and let’s remember that the great Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer explicitly called abortion ”murder” – the Democratic platform that emerged from Denver in August 2008 is clearly anti-life.

Prof. Kmiec argues that there are defensible motives to support Senator Obama. Speaking for myself, I do not know any proportionate reason that could outweigh more than 40 million unborn children killed by abortion and the many millions of women deeply wounded by the loss and regret abortion creates.

To suggest – as some Catholics do – that Senator Obama is this year’s ”real” prolife candidate requires a peculiar kind of self-hypnosis, or moral confusion, or worse. To portray the 2008 Democratic Party presidential ticket as the preferred ”prolife” option is to subvert what the word ”prolife” means. Anyone interested in Senator Obama’s record on abortion and related issues should simply read Prof. Robert P. George’s Public Discourse essay from earlier this week, “Obama’s Abortion Extremism,” and his follow-up article, ”Obama and Infanticide.” They say everything that needs to be said.

Of course, these are simply my personal views as an author and private citizen. But I’m grateful to Prof. Kmiec for quoting me in his book and giving me the reason to speak so clearly about our differences. I think his activism for Senator Obama, and the work of Democratic-friendly groups like Catholics United and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, have done a disservice to the Church, confused the natural priorities of Catholic social teaching, undermined the progress prolifers have made, and provided an excuse for some Catholics to abandon the abortion issue instead of fighting within their parties and at the ballot box to protect the unborn.

I must interject some additional information about the above Catholic organizations. One of their more notorious benefactors is none other than socialist billionaire George Soros. Those denying the Marxist-socialism of either Soros or his candidate Barak Obama seek deceive the American public. American socialism is rooted in secularism both of which oppose Christianity and support abortion internationally. I suspect one reason Soros funds these groups is to assist in the division of the Church. The divide and conquer strategy is as old a Satan and human warfare. I also believe Soros is about to meet the Supreme Judge of world as the Puritans used to say.

Archbishop Chaput continued his discourse explaining that the arguments favoring Obama and abortion are the ones used for the past twenty-five years.

And here’s the irony. None of the Catholic arguments advanced in favor of Senator Obama are new. They’ve been around, in one form or another, for more than 25 years. All of them seek to ”get beyond” abortion, or economically reduce the number of abortions, or create a better society where abortion won’t be necessary. All of them involve a misuse of the seamless garment imagery in Catholic social teaching. And all of them, in practice, seek to contextualize, demote and then counterbalance the evil of abortion with other important but less foundational social issues.

This is a great sadness. As Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George said recently, too many Americans have ”no recognition of the fact that children continue to be killed [by abortion], and we live therefore, in a country drenched in blood. This can’t be something you start playing off pragmatically against other issues.”

Those who know biblical history may remember that its was for this very reason God gave the Jews the land of Canaan. According to the prophets, it was not only for infanticide but also because of the officially sanctioned killing of innocent people that led to the removal of the Israelites from their land first by the Assyrians, followed by the Babylonians, and lastly by the Romans.

Here is the driving motivation of Archbishop Chaput’s opposition against abortion and any supportive candidate seeking a position in government. Abortion—the intentional destruction of an innocent human life–is the violation of our most basic of human rights.

The basic human rights violation at the heart of abortion – the intentional destruction of an innocent, developing human life – is wordsmithed away as a terrible crime that just can’t be fixed by the law. I don’t believe that. I think that argument is a fraud. And I don’t think any serious believer can accept that argument without damaging his or her credibility. We still have more than a million abortions a year, and we can’t blame them all on Republican social policies. After all, it was a Democratic president, not a Republican, who vetoed the partial birth abortion ban – twice.

The one genuinely new quality to Catholic arguments for Senator Obama is their packaging. Just as the abortion lobby fostered ”Catholics for a Free Choice” to challenge Catholic teaching on abortion more than two decades ago, so supporters of Senator Obama have done something similar in seeking to neutralize the witness of bishops and the pro-life movement by offering a ”Catholic” alternative to the Church’s priority on sanctity of life issues. I think it’s an intelligent strategy. I also think it’s wrong and often dishonest.

As I suggest throughout Render Unto Caesar, it’s important for Catholics to be people of faith who pursue politics to achieve justice; not people of politics who use and misuse faith to achieve power. I have no doubt that Prof. Kmiec belongs to the former group. But I believe his arguments finally serve the latter.

The abortion conflict has never simply been about repealing Roe v. Wade. And the many pro-lifers I know live a much deeper kind of discipleship than ”single issue” politics. But they do understand that the cornerstone of Catholic social teaching is protecting human life from conception to natural death. They do understand that every other human right depends on the right to life. They did not and do not and will not give up – and they won’t be lied to.

So I think that people who claim that the abortion struggle is ”lost” as a matter of law, or that supporting an outspoken defender of legal abortion is somehow ”prolife,” are not just wrong; they’re betraying the witness of every person who continues the work of defending the unborn child. And I hope they know how to explain that, because someday they’ll be required to.

Without the right to life, all other natural and human rights are dust in the wind.

Therefore, a vote for Senator Obama and Biden is a vote against your human rights.

Sources: Public Discourse October, 18, 2008.

Catholic News Agency October 20, 2008. [A whose who of socialists/liberals/Democrats also assisting the effort to divide the Christ’s Church along politically correct ideology and practice.]

Lev. 20:4; Deut. 12:31; 18:10; 2 Ki. 17:17-18, 30-31; Jer.7:30-31; 19:4-5; Joel 3:19 (Is there any difference between killing innocent children for some God and killing the unborn for the divine hatred of secularism and Marxist-socialism toward God?)

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Political Scientist’s Advice to McCain and Palin October 7, 2008

Posted by Daniel Downs in Barak Obama, foreign policy, Iran, Islam, Israel, Joe Biden, John McCain, Middle East, news, politics, presidential election, Sarah Palin, terrorism, war.
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Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin may lose the November election unless they speak like real mavericks and distinguish their political positions more sharply from those of their mediocre opponents. They are trailing in the polls for several reasons. The most decisive reason is their own mediocre performance. They are preoccupied too much with bread-and-butter issues on which they cannot score many points. Most significant, however, is their avoidance of the paramount issue confronting America, an issue that transcends the present economic crisis but which can arouse and inspire most Americans.

America is at war. To win this war we need to understand ourselves as well as the enemy. This is a two-fold task that McCain and Palin have failed to address in a serious way.

The enemy is not Islamic extremists that have hijacked Islam. Brave women such as Dr. Wafa Sultan, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and Brigitte Gabriel, born and raised respectively in Syria, Somalia, and Lebanon, have shown that the enemy is simply Islam, a bellicose religion whose disciples have slaughtered 270 million “infidels” since the time of Muhammad.

Without mentioning this horrible fact, it needs to said that the principle of Jihad or murderous hatred of non-Muslims is diametrically opposed to the principles of the American Declaration of Independence, for example: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Of the many issues that need to be clarified in the campaign, none is more crucial that Iran. No one should underestimate the dangerous ambition of Iran, a nation of 70 million people whose mullahs are driven by a 1,400-year tradition of Islamic imperialism. Here are some facts that McCain and Palin need to convey:

1. It is not enough to say, as Senators Obama and Biden say, that a nuclear-armed Iran would constitute a grave threat to Israel’s existence. Iran has more than 1,000 Shahib missiles, which can reach not only all of Israel but also all of Europe. In this era of weapons of mass killing, no country, let alone minuscule Israel, can afford to absorb a first nuclear strike. One nuclear-tipped missile would be enough to terminate the Jewish state, which means another Holocaust. (It should be pointed out that Iran’s a population of 70 million is ten times that of Israel. And whereas Iran’s area is 629,000 square miles, Israel’s, including Judea and Samaria, is only 8,257 square miles.)

2. Preemption or anticipatory self-defense is a moral and military necessity justified by international law, whose first principle is national self-preservation. For Senator Biden to renounce preemption for “prevention” indicates that he is not living in the real world and that he does not understand the nature of the enemy.

3. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has threatened to wipe Israel off the map—an old threat in the Middle East. Israel has been erased from Egypt’s tourist maps as well as from the maps of the PLO-Palestinian Authority for many decades! Ahmadinejad has added the United States to this genocidal mania by proclaiming “death to America,”

4. These threats violate the UN Charter and international law. McCain and Palin should make this crystal clear. In perhaps less than one year, Ahmadinejad’s threat to wipe Israel off the map may be followed by his adopting Obama’s slogan, “YES WE CAN.”

5. Armed with nuclear weapons, Iran would dominate the Middle East. The combination of Iran’s long-range missiles and Iranian control of Persian Gulf oil would cow Europe. Without Europe, America’s economy would utterly collapse. The Iranian threat, pooh-poohed by Obama, should be asserted by McCain.

6. To speak of negotiating with Iran—to come hat in hand to Ahmadinejad—without preconditions is inane if not insane. You do not negotiate with despots committed to your destruction. What would there be to negotiate about? The date of your destruction? Do Senators Obama and Biden seriously believe that Iran, with its Hiz-b-allah proxies in Lebanon and Gaza and sleeper cells in the United States will forego its religiously animated global ambitions for potage? But if a precondition is to be specified, how about Ahmadinejad’s public renunciation of Jihad, which makes genuine and abiding peace impossible?

To conclude: Ahmadinejad is not a Johnnie-come-lately politician. He is not a liberal or a humanitarian. He is supported by mullahs who, in Iran’s war with Iraq during the 1980s, saw nothing wrong with sending thousands of Iranian children to explode minefields to facilitate the forward movement of Iranian soldiers. We are dealing with an enemy that has no respect for human life, even of its own people.

This should be made clear by McCain and Palin. They should say, “Just as we would refuse to sit down and negotiate with Hitler, so we refuse to hobnob with his successor in Tehran, who denies the Holocaust but promises another.”

By Prof. Paul Eidelberg, President of the Foundation for Constitutional Democracy.

Facts About the Economic Bailout That Make Democrats Cringe October 6, 2008

Posted by Daniel Downs in Barak Obama, campaign finance, capitalism, Congress, Democrats, economy, George W. Bush, Joe Biden, John McCain, morality, news, politics, Republicans, socialism.
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On October 4, Real Clear Politics published an article by Thomas Sowell titled “Do Facts Matter?” In his commentary, Sowell outlines some pretty damning facts incriminating Congressional Democrats for creating the economic disaster America still faces. The following are some rather juicy excerpts:

“It was liberal Democrats, led by Senator Christopher Dodd and Congressman Barney Frank, who for years– including the present year– denied that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were taking big risks that could lead to a financial crisis.”

“It was Senator Dodd, Congressman Frank and other liberal Democrats who for years refused requests from the Bush administration to set up an agency to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.”

“It was liberal Democrats, again led by Dodd and Frank, who for years pushed for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to go even further in promoting subprime mortgage loans, which are at the heart of today’s financial crisis.”

“Alan Greenspan warned them four years ago. So did the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers to the President. So did Bush’s Secretary of the Treasury, five years ago.”

Sowell continues by addressing the issue of Democrats being against greedy CEOs and for the people. However, Democrats defended Frank Raines who was ousted a head of Fannie Mae for mismanaging it into financial crisis. Raines racked in $90 million a year a CEO of fat Fannie. So Congressional Democrats really do not care about CEO greed as long as it their man ripping off the the system.

If gets even better!

Even after he was deposed as head of Fannie Mae, Franklin Raines was consulted this year by the Obama campaign for his advice on housing!

Even more interesting is the the implications that Raines was instrumental in the Fannie Mae’s campaign contributions to Obama, which was second only to Christopher Dodd, according to Sowell.

Sowell’s point is this: The accusations made by Obama, Biden, and the Democratic party that Bush’s “right-wing: ideology and deregulated financial markets are to blame is patently false. Democrat-led easy money, sub-prime loan policy debacle is largely to blame for the near-depression crisis.

If you look carefully at the $700+ billion bailout, most Democrats were strongly behind the taxpayer fix for their own mismanagement of national economic policy. Democrat party socialism is definitely a problem in a nation built on moral capitalism. As long the moral aspect was maintained the problem of human greed was kept in check. That check that keeps man-made economic policies and practices balanced needs to be restored. It Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin who are promising to do just that.

Democratic VP Nominee Joseph Biden’s blazing anti-Gov. Palin comments firing up Catholics September 11, 2008

Posted by Daniel Downs in abortion, Catholic Church, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, news, politics, religion, stem cell research.
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Sen. Joseph Biden said yesterday that if the Republicans were serious about helping disabled children they would support stem-cell research.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue responded this way:

“Biden’s remark, which was aimed at Sarah Palin, is not only inaccurate, it exposes his Catholic Achilles’ heel once again. No one in public life has ever taken a position against all stem-cell research; adult stem-cell research is not ethically problematic. What millions of Americans object to is embryonic stem-cell research, and that is because it is impossible to do this kind of research without destroying the embryo. Now it may come as news to Biden that the embryo represents nascent human life, though it is not clear whether this would matter to a man who agrees with NARAL 75 percent of the time.

“The Catholic Church, to which Biden belongs, is opposed to embryonic stem-cell research; McCain and Obama, along with Biden, are not. In this regard, Palin is more Catholic than Biden. Not only does he look bad in comparison to Palin, it is coming at a time when Biden is being hit with a barrage of criticism from bishops angry with his ‘Meet the Press’ appearance where he declared abortion to be a personal matter.

“Bishop Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin saw Biden on TV and quickly put aside the homily he prepared for Mass: he instead branded Biden’s distortion of this issue as breaching church and state lines. Archbishop Chaput of Denver said it would not be wise for Biden to present himself for Communion. Biden, who hails from Scranton, was indirectly cited by Scranton Bishop Martino: he said that ‘No Catholic politician who supports the culture of death should approach Holy Communion.’ Biden’s outgoing bishop, Wilmington Bishop Saltarelli, said that if Biden becomes vice president, he will bar him from speaking in Catholic schools. Philadelphia Archbishop Rigali and Bridgeport Bishop Lori both blasted Biden for contradicting Church teaching on abortion.

“In short, Biden is self-destructing right before our eyes.”

Many may agree with another statement made by Biden’s who said Hillary Clinton is more qualified candidate and a better pick for vice-president. Actually, no difference exists between the two on the issue of abortion and stem cell research.

For Catholics and Protestants, Gov. Palin is not only more qualified but a much better pick for vice president. At least she honors those divinely-given human rights like Life that the Constitution is supposed to protect. Democrats championing on-demand abortion is proof they neither support the most fundamental human right nor uphold the Constitution.

God Visits the Democratic Convention August 26, 2008

Posted by Daniel Downs in abortion, Barak Obama, Bible, Congress, crime, Democratic Convention, Democrats, divorce, freedom, globalism, God, greed, homosexuality, immorality, Joe Biden, justice, law, morality, news, politics, power, prayer, sexual promiscuity.
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What a perfect time for God to visit America and all of the people who promote much that the Bible says God hates. In Revelation, Jesus relays the clear message that God hates all immorality. That means all sexual promiscuity, marital infidelity, divorce, teen pregnancy, abortion, homosexuality, pedophilia, bestiality, and any other form of immorality. Democrats generally define morality as irrelevant to the right to do-your-own-thing no matter historical, legal, moral, or natural law it might violate.

Among the old school vanguard of the freedom to every form of law and precedence, especially God’s law, is one of Washington, DC’s grandmasters, Edward Kennedy. Joe Biden is another. The newest vanguard hopeful, Barak Obama, needs the paternal guidance from God own opponent.

Can anyone really believe that those in golden halls of Congress and other high places of greed and power worship who continuous defy God, His law, His justice, and His redemptive mercy are some neutral about those values valued by the Creator and Supreme Judge of the World. I suspect the founding Congress would not be able to believe that those who promote, defend, and legislate the killing of the innocent in the womb and out, who seek to annul the laws of God by promoting, defending, and legislating every form of immorality known to man-and they call it good–could be anything other than the enemy of God, morality, freedom, and humanity.

Now, is the time for God honoring people to pray for God to visit the largest number of those leaders and their followers ever to occur in another four years. This is the week he party of death, immorality, and deceit seek to perpetuate the same old evils. What better time for God to judge their moral crimes past and those they intended to perpetuate into the future. There can be do better moment for the Living and Holy One to judge them all and call them all to repentance. What better time could there possibly be for the Almighty to reveal his glory and judicial power to a bunch of self-deceiving atheist and their near synonymous secularist brethren.

Of course, if the high and wealthy actually repented of their lies, greed, immorality, hatred of God, his laws, and people, that would really screw up the two parties of imperial subversion. Who else but the political and monied powerful could be responsible for ripping off the poor in order to increase their own wealth and power. Read the Hebrew prophets; you will see the justice loving God hates that too.

Just think of it! The grand paternal Democrats intend the to take care of the middle class too. In case you missed it, that means they intend to make the middle class equally better off as all of the poor they supposedly have helped. Read my lips: They want what middle class freedom may remain for their global imperial goals.

Either people who actually honor and love God fight by prayer, by their resources, and by working the American system or enjoy the vindication of the founding generation, the D. James Kennedy’s who warned of God ‘s judgment for those things the Democrats love and God hates.

I wonder if D. James Kennedy, Adrain Rogers, Jerry Falwell, and all of those Puritans are reminding God about the counsel they gave to America on God’s behalf? I think it will only take 2 or 3 lovers of God, truth, and morality agreeing in prayer to invite God to participate in the Democratic Convention.

Buying the Presidency? August 13, 2007

Posted by Daniel Downs in Barak Obama, campaign finance, Democrats, elections, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John Edwards, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, political campaigns, political primary, politics, presidential election, Republicans, Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani, Sam Brownback.
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The total amount raised by presidential candidates so far is $295 million, according to Federal Elections Commission. If the candidate raising the most money could buy the popular vote, Hillary Clinton would be the winner. Her piggy bank bulges at about $63 million. Barak Obama trails her green smoke by $4 million. For a new Washington politician, raising nearly $59 million is impressive. Looking at the bigger picture, the party of jackasses does exemplify the ability to win the rich special interest jackpot. The party of big dumb elephantés is not doing as well. Not far behind in the collection of promissory votes from the rich by donations is Republican Mitt Romney. He leads the Jumbo pack with campaign funds of over $44 million. Contributions to Rudy Giuliani’s collection plate overflows at $36 million and the nearly broke John McCain used to have $26 million. McCain’s current cash on hand at a mere $3 million is still more than what other Republican candidates have raised. Just to show that Democrats are better at convincing like- minded millionaires to dish out their money in order to end the restoration a limited government and previous moral principles, other Democrat party candidates are raising two to four times more than their Republican counterparts. For example, John Edwards raised over $23 million, Bill Richards, $13 million, Chris Dodd, over $12 million, and Joe Biden has raised about $6.4 million. It must be remembered that all of those millions of dollars flowing into political coffers probably came from the millions who the rich have and keep impoverished. (more…)