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Remnant Comes out hard for Trump July 28, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, fun, General Catholic, secularism, Society, Tradition, Virtue, watch.
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Riddle me this, Batman: Trump has been a consistent, lifelong liberal, until the last few years or less.  He has deviated from liberal orthodoxy on points, but, overall, he’s been very liberal. His campaign rhetoric has been improving, going from mostly conservative a year ago to almost always conservative today. But he has years of quotes that can be pulled identifying acceptance of all manner of liberal orthodoxy.

Romney, Dole, McCain, and others, were despised for being turncoats, RINOs, sellouts, wafflers, whatever, because of their many past departures from truly conservative stands on various matters.   I tend to agree very strongly with the derision those past candidates richly earned, which is why I am so strongly leaning towards standing on principle in this election, and voting for the best possible candidate in spite of odds of winning.

So here’s my question.  Why does Trump seem to get a total pass on this?  Because the elite establishment hates him? That’s a lot more about class aspiration and tribal signaling than policy, though.

Anyway, I know I said I was going to move away from this topic for a while, but the Remnant just put out a video that is a near perfect corollary for yesterday’s post, so here it is.  I will say it appears from the comments that Matt and Ferrara were either ignorant of, or ignored, the Constitution Party alternative.  I don’t think it would change their conclusions much, but I think it important to bring that up.

As the video goes along, they transition from “Yes it’s morally permissible to vote for Trump” (I’m in total agreeance) to “Dang  you really should be voting for him and it’s kind of bad if you don’t.” Early on, it’s made clear that voting for Trump is not and cannot be a moral obligation, due some of his non-Catholic positions, but by the end, I was sorta getting the impression it would be a really bad mistake not to vote for him.  With which I’m not in agreement, at least not at this point, anyway.  Apparently I’m in a small minority on that.

I was also kind of surprised when they said it was those having a hard time supporting Trump who were causing division between traditional Catholics/people of good will.  Hasn’t been my experience, but okayzers.

It’s a very good video with many good insights and I’m sure it will be a gratifying watch for the many Trump supporters who have been patiently putting up with me:

‘Merica!

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Christian Duty in the Face of Terror July 28, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, General Catholic, history, Latin Mass, priests, sanctity, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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Father George Rutler lays out basic Catholic Doctrine of the right and duty to self-defense, especially in the face of an implacable evil.  He also explodes the myth put forth yesterday by Francis that there is no such thing as religious violence, or a violent religion, in naming as a unique, existential, and always hostile threat to Christendom:

Good stuff.  My emphasis and comments:

After another devastating ISIS attack in France, this time against a priest in his 80s while he was saying Mass, the answer isn’t just, “Do nothing.”…..

……..Turning the other cheek is the counsel Christ gave in the instance of an individual when morally insulted: Humility conquers pride. It has nothing to do with self-defense. [Quite right. Far too many in the Church, even those who tend conservative or even traditional, hold a very pacifistic view of Catholicism.  This view is false and contrary to the conduct of the Church through most of her history, especially when confronted with the existential threat of islam]

The Catholic Church has always maintained that the defiance of an evil force is not only a right but an obligation. Its Catechism (cf. #2265) cites St. Thomas Aquinas: “Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for someone responsible for another’s life, the common good of the family or of the State.” [That’s a pretty broad list.  The common good of the state devolves on almost all of us in a nominally democratic republic.  Thus the right to self-defense devolves down on a great many people even from a national standpoint]

A father is culpable if he does not protect his family. A bishop has the same duty as a spiritual father of his sons and daughters in the church, just as the civil state has as its first responsibility the maintenance of the “tranquility of order” through self-defense. [Recall the reaction of the Archbishop of Rouen, counting the perpetrators as “victims” and claiming the only possible Catholic response was prayer.  That was a dereliction of duty]

Christ warned the apostles, as shepherds, to beware of wolves. This requires both the “shrewdness of serpents and the innocence of doves.” To shrink from the moral duty to protect peace by not using force when needed is to be innocent as a serpent and shrewd as a dove. [Good line]

That is not innocence — it is naiveté. [Isn’t that what the post-conciliar Church is founded on?]

Saint John Capistrano led an army against the Moors in 1456 to protect Belgrade. In 1601, Saint Lawrence of Brindisi did the same in defense of Hungary. As Franciscans, they carried no sword and charged on horseback into battle carrying a crucifix. They inspired the shrewd generals and soldiers, whom they had assembled through artful diplomacy, with their brave innocence.

This is not obscure trivia: Were it not for Charles Martel at Tours in 732 and Jan Sobieski at the gates of Vienna in 1683 — and most certainly had Pope Saint Pius V not enlisted Andrea Doria and Don Juan at Lepanto in 1571 — we would not be here now.  No Western nations as we know them — no universities, no modern science, no human rights — would exist…[Most likely true]

…….Vice has destroyed countless individual souls, but in the decline of civilizations, weakness has done more harm than vice. “Peace for our time” is as empty now as it was when Chamberlain went to Munich and honor was bartered in Vichy. [Well, vice creates moral weakness that leads to political weakness and cultural innervation.  Decades being swamped in mass addiction to vice have left the West all but impotent]

Hilaire Belloc, who knew Normandy and all of Europe well, said in 1929: “We shall almost certainly have to reckon with Islam in the near future. Perhaps, if we lose our faith, it will rise. For after this subjugation of the Islamic culture by the nominally Christian had already been achieved, the political conquerors of that culture began to notice two disquieting features about it. The first was that its spiritual foundation proved immovable; the second, that its area of occupation did not recede, but on the contrary slowly expanded.”

In his old age, the priest embodied a civilization that has been betrayed by a generation whose hymn was John Lennon’s “Imagine” — that there was neither heaven nor hell but “above us only sky” and “all the people living for today.” When reality intrudes, they can only leave teddy bears and balloons at the site of a carnage they call “inexplicable.”

Quite a devastating rejoinder there at the end.  I’ve noted that as well, the weird sentimentality that seems to grip people after an attack, the same people who like to bury their heads in the sand and dismiss the original threat.  It’s sick, but very common.  People seem to long for catharsis, but only one that is shallow and surface-layer, not one that would be efficacious of any interior conversion. Because so many love their sins so much, not that I’m much different, I’m just honest about it.

Anyway, on to bigger things.

Planned Barrenhood director: “We have a lot to learn about reproductive rights for men” July 28, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, pr stunts, rank stupidity, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
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Because men are going to magically start spouting uterus and fallopian tubes (among other bits) by sheer acts of the will .  This director, also a low-caliber actress, was referring to “trans women,” or men who pretend to be women.  Because, after all, if men get to pretend to be women, it would be unjust not to let them pretend to have abortions on the taxpayer dime, and deny Planned Parenthood all that sweet, sweet federal funding, wouldn’t it?

Don’t we live in the most catastrophically insane times in the history of Western Civilization?  Witness the insane, nonstop spew of (excuse me) bullshit that masquerades as informed thought (my emphasis and comments):

Actress Amber Tamblyn admitted she has much to learn about the reproductive rights of trans women, and whether men who self-identify as women can get abortions. [Folks, it’s not so much stupidity that goes into ludicrous statements like this, it’s ideology. Once you join the leftist sexular pagan cult, you have to bend your thinking to the unhinged rantings of any of the unstable, perverse constituencies that make up that cult.  So if “trans women” decide they want to be able to fake having fake abortions, you’ve got to buy into the deranged fantasy.  And the thing is, the Left insists WE ALL GO ALONG.]

The Atlantic and Refinery29 hosted a panel discussion entitled “Young Women Rising: America’s Next Top Voter?” during the Democratic National Convention, Tuesday evening.

Following a 30-minute conversation on “intersectionality” [“intersectionality’ = the travails of being a black muslim Puerto Rican lesbian transgender feminist, or, how to reach the top of the leftist victimhood pyramid] and millennial feminism, a reporter asked the panel for its thoughts on reproductive rights and women’s health issues for men who ascribe to a female gender identity.

Ayanna Pressley, a Boston city councilor at-large, said the issue of men who identify as women getting abortions is all about “elevated consciousness.” [A term straight out of Maoist hell – “consciousness raising” sessions, which were really very advanced and effective forms of brainwashing, subjecting people to a circle of others criticizing and abusing them until they broke, adopted the party line, and thus had their “consciousness raised.” It is absolutely indistinguishable from O’Brien torturing Winston Smith to say 2+2=5]

“I would say ultimately all advocacy begins with elevated consciousness and because of movements like Black Lives Matter where you have seen trans women at the fore of that, because of the public accommodations legislation, because of so many things that are happening at a policy level, our consciousness is being elevated,” Pressley said. “I do believe that as our consciousness is elevated we will be better informed, better educated, and we can mobilize around those issues.”…….[Let me translate that: “We just need the transgender people to tell us what to think on this, and then we’ll parrot it, no matter how many times it changes, how contrary to logic, or how internally inconsistent”]

…….Tamblyn chimed in, arguing that the reproductive rights of trans women are at the forefront of the conversation at Planned Parenthood, where the Grudge 2 star sits on the board of directors. [Grudge 2, she must be a latter day Olivia de Havilland] 

Tamblyn admitted she has a lot to learn about whether biological men are being denied abortions.

“The fact that I don’t know, the fact that I don’t have an answer should tell you a lot,” she said. “About what I need to learn.” [Once again, please indoctrinate me in your transgender fantasies so I can parrot them appropriately, and not offend against your higher status on the ziggurat of victimhood]

This is what they want to inflict on all of us, folks.  Orwell was just off by a few years (mixed well with Idiocracy, and blended with Brave New World).