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The Pope's visit
He must have had in mind rhetoric of the upcoming 2008 presidential Democratic candidates. Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton want the government to solve everyone’s problems by more legislation, more handouts, and more butt powdering and diapering of those who expect cradle to grave sustenance from the role of their government. With that said, let’s get…right to it!
Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States has been a marvelous showcase of just how magnificent the people of our country can be at welcoming a head of state, particularly a man such as Benedict, who has been chosen to lead the world’s billions of Catholics and to help restore the dignity of the church that has been so rocked with shattering disclosures of misconduct among its ranks. I was so proud of the ceremonies that began when he arrived last Tuesday, April 15, as well as the loving and warm greeting he received from White House and the throngs of well wishers last Wednesday morning. The U.S. Army chorus was awe-inspiring as they sang the Battle Hymn of the Republic. I had a lump in my throat.
How different was Benedict’s proclaiming “God bless America” after his speech on Wednesday, contrasted with the hateful words of Barack Obama’s Pastor Jeremiah Wright claiming “God damn America”. One wants to unify, the other wants to divide. I hope this great chasm of belief does not go unnoticed by Americans as they seek to find a leader that believes in this country, and not one such as Obama who appears to be, along with his arrogant wife, a supporter of a man who preaches negativism and retaliation. Some have said that the Obamas are elitist. Well, truth be told, all politicians have a certain amount of elitism, as they are usually from an upper echelon of society. But most do not endeavor to speak down of their fellow Americans, at least not publicly.
Speaking of Obama’s pastor, columnist Ronald Kessler has reported that “contrary to Senator Barack Obama’s claim that he never heard his pastor Jeremiah Wright preach hatred of America, Obama was in the pews last July 22 when the minister blamed the ‘white arrogance’ of America’s Caucasian majority for the world’s suffering, especially the oppression of blacks.” Kessler reports that although Obama has tried to separate himself from Wright’s hateful and white-hot remarks, issuing a statement that rejected them as “inflammatory and appalling”, the candidate has failed to denounce Wright himself for his incendiary and divisive repudiations of our great country. In his press release, Obama claimed, “The statements that Reverend Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity [United Church of Christ] or heard him utter in private conversation.” Wrong, Senator, you were there. And you know it.
Another liberal who can’t get over himself is former President Jimmy Carter, arguably the worst president this nation has ever had. His trip this past week to visit with the Palestinians and the terrorist organization that rules them, Hamas, is not considered good form for a former president. Like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi before him, Carter embarked on unsanctioned state visits to enemies of peace in the world. These acts are deplorable, and they are damaging to us a nation.
The Nobel Prize committee has become a joke after they awarded Carter their Peace prize and then Al Gore. At this rate it will become an insult rather than an honor to receive this formerly prestigious award. After Carter’s arrival in the Mideast, he laid a wreath of red roses at the grave of Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat during a visit to the West Bank City of Ramallah on the previous Tuesday. What’s next, a wreath at Stalin’s or Saddam’s gravesite?
According to former Clinton adviser, Dick Morris, Hillary indeed was a strong supporter of NAFTA. Morris says that her official schedule reveals that she attended meetings designed to promote the passage of NAFTA and her memoir, "Living History," he says, “betrays no hint of any opposition to her husband’s key legislative accomplishment of his first two years in office — the ratification of NAFTA. Hillary and I spoke frequently through all of 1993 and 1994 and together we plotted to help NAFTA ratification. She was deeply involved in the decision to enlist past presidents in supporting the bill and followed the vote count with heightening anxiety, as it appeared closer and closer.” This revelation and its fallout ought to get interesting as the campaign progresses.
This is sickening. Absolut vodka has run an ad in Mexico depicting parts of the west and southwest as belonging to Mexico. The map is accompanied by the company’s slogan revised to read: “In an Absolut (i.e., Perfect) world, one-third of the U.S. is returned to Mexican control.” My guess is that the liquor company takes a big hit among Americans who will be outraged by such pandering to the radical Hispanic movements such as La Raza in this country.
Random ramblings… Why can’t the people of the United States elect Supreme Court judges? Why is this critically important selection of those who mete out justice on the most crucial issues of our times left up to the whim of the current political head of the country and not the people who are truly represented?... Why do all the wives of the polygamist sect in Texas that was busted for child abuse look like zombies!... After seeing Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Ground Zero on Sunday, after his meeting with families and survivors of 9/11, and the magnificent prayer that he said after lighting the flame at the memorial reflecting pool, I am even more impressed with this man.
See ya next week!