Latest News Events Suggest U.S. Constitution a Dead Letter

February 2015 did not just feature bitter cold in the eastern half of the U.S., but was a news-laden month that provided a window on a large number of our contemporary social, political, and cultural troubles.

Heading the list was the continuing saga of big and increasingly threatening government in the Age of Obama. Early in the month, President Obama proposed a budget that would increase spending on social programs and—surprise, surprise—increase taxes on the wealthy. This is in spite of the fact that ever-spiraling federal domestic spending over a half-century has had limited success, caused government dependency to deepen and even expand to the unneedy, and created a more bloated bureaucracy than ever (the major beneficiaries seem to be the legions of federal employees).

Even though Democrats have long cultivated this image of “socking it” too the wealthy, how tight they actually are with them was seen in a news story about how large corporations donated millions to the Clinton family foundation while they were lobbying the State Department during Hilary’s tenure there.

The Democrats are also usually the first ones to tout integrity in government. Another story about the Clinton foundation last month challenged that, too: the foundation has been accepting big donations from foreign interests and governments who would certainly be dealing with a future Clinton administration.

Overweening government was a repeated theme of February news stories. Obama’s unilateral action to regularize millions of illegal aliens continued to stir controversy, with a federal judge temporarily halting it and Congressional Republicans taking half-hearted, uncertain steps to try to defund it. Articles I and II of the Constitution hang in the balance, since control over immigration policy comes right from Congress’s enumerated powers and this is hardly something that justifies a Lockean-type of executive prerogative. It was also revealed that as a result of Obama’s amnesty, illegal immigrants would be eligible to receive the earned income tax credit (even retroactively). The problem is that under Article I Congress makes the tax laws.

Other reports said that the Treasury Department was paying subsidies to health insurers under Obamacare because of steps they have taken to limit out-of-pocket costs by policyholders—even though Congress has never authorized them. Never mind that Article I also says that federal spending requires Congressional appropriation. There was another news report about surveillance overkill. The National Security Agency (NSA) collaborated with Britain’s GCHQ intelligence agency to purloin codes so they could spy on mobile phone conversations worldwide, including Americans’. It was another example of how such pesky concerns as privacy and the Fourth Amendment simply wither when there’s an appeal, no mater how tenuous, to national security. Perhaps our current government operatives should remember Federalist 51: while government has to control the governed, we must also “oblige it to control itself.” We’re told that government needs to spread the spy net widely—have universal surveillance—or otherwise we could not protect ourselves from terrorists. Like the U.S. child protective system (CPS) with its universal monitoring of parents, they don’t get it that when everyone is under suspicion the resources are spread thin and the real bad guys slip through the cracks.

It’s interesting that, at the very time that the Democrats and their media allies were saying it would be a national calamity if Congress holds up Department of Homeland Security funding over the immigration amnesty, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson admitted that his agency couldn’t do a good job in any event. He said it’s simply unable to track every American—which is not even a large number—who goes to join ISIS. Did he at all consider that such things as the universal surveillance regimen and other kinds of bureaucratic bungling (without which the Boston Marathon bombers, the would-be Christmas Day shoe bomber, and 9/11 might have been avoided) could be responsible for this?

The specter of overreaching government was seen also in the FCC’s vote, at Obama’s behest, to regulate Internet providers—“net neutrality”—supposedly in the name of consumer protection. Besides lacking statutory authorization for such a move—a whole new arena for regulation has to be initiated by Congress—critics have vociferously alleged a threat to free speech. Then, there was the proposal by Obama’s BATF to ban a certain type of bullet used mostly for sport and target-shooting. Again, this would circumvent Congressional prerogatives. The end seems to justify the means. (One wonders what actually is the end of banning sport bullets: satisfying the leftist ideological agenda?) And don’t forget the issuance of the report of the federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which called for dessert taxes, worksite “obesity interventionists,” and electronic monitoring of how long people sit in front of the TV. The “food police” are almost a reality and the government will constantly be observing you in your house—despite the Fourth Amendment. In 1984, the party members were the only ones under “big brother’s” constant monitoring; now it will be millions of people.

The states were not to be outdone by the feds last month when it came to oppressive government. Washington State tried to force a family-owned pharmacy to sell abortifacients despite their religious objections. Even though the family prevailed in the trial court on First Amendment grounds in February, the state is stubbornly appealing. A judge in the same state ruled against the elderly florist who refused to provide a flower arrangement for a same-sex “wedding,” saying anti-discrimination laws trump religious liberty. (Or is it that sexual rights override even the First Amendment?) The state attorney general wants to seize all her personal assets. I wonder if he goes after real criminals so relentlessly, or just those who “offend” favored homosexual groups.

No need to worry about whether all this is compatible with the Constitution, however, since the people on the left tell us that constitutional principles are an evolving phenomenon. Since they long ago stopped talking about natural rights, they probably mean the principles of the Declaration of Independence, as well. Indeed, that seems to be the upshot of CNN correspondent Chris Cuomo’s comments in his February interview with Alabama Chief Justice Ray Moore. Cuomo said squarely that our laws come from man, not from God. I wonder how he squares that with the Declaration’s appeal to “the laws of nature and of nature’s God.” Also, if man is the sole source of law he’s the sole source of rights, and if he gives rights can’t he, or really those who become powerful enough, take them away—or take them away from groups of men they don’t like? Does Cuomo see the tyrannical, even totalitarian, implications of that (since it all happens through government)? Or maybe he was too busy when in college reading Rousseau to think about such a thing.

Speaking of favored and disfavored groups, Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast in February seemed more concerned about abuses of Christian armies during the Crusades a thousand years ago—buying into the current skewed politically correct version of the Crusades—than about today’s ISIS and other Islamist outrages. In fact, he assiduously avoids even the use of the terms “Islamist” or “Islamic radical” when talking about terrorists (even though most of the current international terrorism comes from that quarter). He decried religious intolerance, but of course never mentioned that it’s especially prevalent in Islamic-majority countries. Obama also went out of his way at the month’s White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism to avoid associating radical Islam with terrorism. This highlighted the question many were already asking: Has Islam become the favored religion of a largely unbelieving left, so much so that even the flood of atrocities committed in its name are just to be ignored?

On the family front, the February news featured further discussion about the rights of parents to allow their young children—even when they are as old as ten—to walk places alone (now called “free-range parenting”) or—recall the measles stories—to refuse to have them vaccinated. Then, there was the flap that followed from Pope Francis’ saying that spanking of children was acceptable so long as their dignity was preserved. The stories underscored the sorry condition of parental rights and prerogatives today, especially in the Western world: just about everyone other than parents, whether the ubiquitous “experts,” the omnipresent official child “protectors,” or even the anonymous busybody down the street who is quick to call the CPS, is viewed as more qualified to make decisions about children than their parents are.

On the media front, there were the Brian Williams fabrication revelations. For a long time, surveys have shown a lack of public trust in the media. One wonders why it still seems to play such a big role in shaping public attitudes—or, put differently, why the public is not more critical or discerning about what it says.

Finally, there were the cultural issues. There was a report of alleged “racism” in a planned community in liberal, sophisticated Austin, Texas because according to reports “people are afraid of black males,” particularly strangers. Is this truly prejudice, or do they possibly react that way because of the high crime rate among that specific demographic group? Remember Jesse’s Jackson’s comment about walking at night and feeling relief when he sees that it’s a Caucasian behind him? Recreational marijuana became legal in Alaska and the District of Columbia—joining Colorado and Washington—because of another federal law that Obama won’t enforce. Notice how this is happening with little political debate or consideration of such basic questions as: morality (a person’s allowing his reasoning faculty to be dulled), the teaching role that legal change plays, or the effects on the culture.

Oklahoma may withhold state funds for AP U.S. history courses in public schools because of insufficient attention to Founding principles, excessive focus on putative gender and racial oppression, and an anti-American tone. The left naturally attacked this as opening the door to intellectual obscurantism. After all, it’s a challenge to its near-monopoly of political indoctrination in public education. Then, a Nature article discussed fossil evidence—which are hardly airtight scientific conclusions—of prehistoric migration from Africa to Europe. In reality, the finding had much less to do with science than with promoting one aspect of socio-political ideology that now permeates the academic scientific community: Afro-centrism.

So, there it is: February 2015’s news gave us a good snapshot of our current confusion and many of our discontents.

Stephen M. Krason


Stephen M. Krason's "Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic" column appears monthly (sometimes bi-monthly) in Crisis Magazine. He is Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. He is the author, most recently, of The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic (Transaction Publishers, 2012), and editor of three volumes: Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System (Scarecrow Press, 2013) and The Crisis of Religious Liberty (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014); and most recently, Challenging the Secular Culture: A Call to Christians (Franciscan University Press). His latest book is Catholicism and American Political Ideologies (Hamilton Books). He is also the author of a new novel, American Cincinnatus.

  • Samuel63

    This sounds reasonable and logical considering we have a fallen nature and live in a fallen world. Add to this our nations founding was, at it’s heart, protestant and masonic. Here we are more than 200 years later stuck in a pile of bad “fruit.” The answer has always been to follow Christ the King.

    • Now explain France and Spain.

      • Catholic pilgrim

        My Spanish grandfather being a refugee from the recent Spanish Civil War (having to flee to Mexico from the violence of Atheistic Socialist/Communist Spaniards), he can tell you Spain went astray. They were certainly not following Christ the King. They were following greed, corporatism, money, power, & eventually Soviet-backed/funded Communism. Perhaps, besides the Spanish Faithful peasants, villagers, shepherds, farmers, & priests (like Opus Dei St. Josemaria Escriva), nobody (especially those in power) were following Christ the King in Spain in the period preceding the Civil War.
        In Mexico, those who followed Christ the King (by shouting “Viva Cristo Rey” in front of firing squads under the Atheistic President Calles) were martyred, killed, or oppressed by the Federales.

      • Catholic pilgrim

        And following aristocracy as well as greed

        • The purpose of the “reply” button is to post something clearly relevant to the preceding post.

          • Catholic pilgrim

            I did you asked about Spain: My Spanish grandfather being a refugee from the recent Spanish Civil War (having to flee to Mexico from the violence of Atheistic Socialist/Communist Spaniards), he can tell you Spain went astray. They were certainly not following Christ the King. They were following greed, corporatism, aristocracy, money, power, & eventually Soviet-backed/funded Communism. Perhaps, besides the Spanish Faithful peasants, villagers, shepherds, farmers, & priests (like Opus Dei St. Josemaria Escriva), nobody (especially those in power) were following Christ the King in Spain in the period preceding the Civil War.In Mexico, those who followed Christ the King (by shouting “Viva Cristo Rey” in front of firing squads under the Atheistic President Calles) were martyred, killed, or oppressed by the Federales.

            • “he can tell you Spain went astray. They were certainly not following Christ the King. ”

              “In Mexico, those who followed Christ the King (by shouting “Viva Cristo Rey” in front of firing squads under the Atheistic President Calles) were martyred, killed, or oppressed by the Federales.”

              In other words, the metastatic state is commonplace, because it is an outgrowth of libido dominandi (can’t wait to hear how Augustine was a closet mason) and has nothing to do with “our nations founding was, at it’s heart, protestant and masonic.”

              • Catholic pilgrim

                I believe that many (though certainly not all) of our Founders were indeed Protestants, Deists, &/or Masons. But their Founding principles were certainly not exclusively Masonic nor Protestant; the Founders could have been all Catholics & still end up with the same Founding principles. These principles were based on Natural Law & natural rights & Creational Monotheism. Their American political ideals were formed as the culmination of centuries of Greco-Roman classical influences & Judeo-Christianity. DE, only a Judeo-Christian system can give rise to the beautiful principle of “All men are Created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, life, liberty, & pursuit of Happiness.” Neither Hinduism (polytheist pantheism- No Monotheist Creator), nor Pagan religions (petty gods), nor Buddhism (nirvana Nothingness), nor Islam (arbitrary, slave-master Allah) could EVER give rise to this greatest of American principles (as expounded by Mr. Jefferson). They might have been Masons for all I know, but they were deeply rooted in a Judeo-Christian historical context (whether they want to give credit to it or not). DE, the Judeo-Christian upbringings of our Founders were more indispensable to the formation of American principles than any Masonic backgrounds could ever have been.

                • But their Founding principles were certainly not exclusively Masonic nor Protestant; the Founders could have been all Catholics & still end up with the same Founding principles.”

                  I generally agree with your response.

                  The majority of the framers were Protestant. A few were deists. The only Catholic was Charles Carroll of Carrolton. I believe a handful were actively opposed to religion. There were like all, including myself, to finite and sinners.

                  Samuel63’s post contains a variation of a frequent theme among
                  some posters on here, which can essentially be distilled to “of course the country is rotten; the founders were Protestants and Masons”.

                  It is obvious that the country is, as the author points out, in disrepair and disarray, not what was envisioned then or desirable now. However the present is not the result what the framers did over two centuries ago, nor is it only because of what’s happened under Obama. The statist project began over a century ago. Contemporary America is more Herbert Croly and Margaret Sanger than Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

                  The problem with the Protestant Masonic defect meme is that the growth and intrusion of the state is not exclusive to the United States. It is a world-wide phenomenon, affecting countries with a variety of historical religious backgrounds. If the formerly Catholic countries (such as Spain and France) were free of the ills of statism, collectivism and atheism, then it might be fair to say the United States was afflicted by some defect ab ovo.

                  Today, most people, including many Catholics, accept statist ideas, that the state is omniscient, benevolent and incorrupt, in spite of copious evidence to contrary and the fact that statism is a form of idolatry. Indeed far too many Catholic politicians have been the principal architects and engineers of the great demolition. Chappaquidick Ted might be dead, but his legacy lives on.

                  They are the ones that have osmosed Protestant social constructs. Few know much of the origins of Progressivism, but it was an outgrowth of the “social gospel” of the late 1800’s.

                  One of its principal organizations was the American Economic Association. Twenty of the fifty founding members of the AEA were former or practicing ministers. Richard T. Ely was himself a leading member in the 1880s of the Social Gospel movement and was better known to the American public in this capacity than as an economist. Ely argued that economics departments should be located in theology schools. He is quoted as saying “Christianity is primarily concerned with this world, and it is the mission of Christianity to bring to pass here a kingdom of righteousness.”
                  This is completely odds with Christ saying “My Kingdom is not of this world”.


                  Whatever the deficiencies of the framers, they clearly understood the dangers of concentrated political power. They understood and accepted the consequences of libido dominandi, whether they believed in the sinful nature of man or accepted it from observation and inquiry, far better than many contemporary Catholic Bishops and academics, many of whom I no longer regard as merely naïve, but active partisans hiding in clerical garb.

                  I find it especially interesting that an examination of the prelates (Weakland, Hunthausen, Bernardin, Mahoney, Blaire) who are so fond of masquerading statist or collectivist politics as piety, are often revealed as men with deep moral flaws or Episcopal ineptitude. I have begun to wonder if they conform themselves to the established ethos of the press in order to delay having some intrepid reporter expose them. The correlation is alarming.

            • Thomas J. Hennigan

              Spanish matyrs also faced firing squads shouting Viva Cristo Rey.

          • fredx2

            You rigorist!

            • Be careful or I’ll borrow from papagan and start asking “and you are?”, while declaring your statement to be an ad hominem claiming that you have no power to approach “complex” situations with “nuance”.

              Just kidding.

      • HigherCalling

        The Church, unfortunately, is not immune to Liberalism. Catholic societies and Catholics themselves, unfortunately, are not immune to Liberalism. The American Experiment, fortunately or unfortunately (or perhaps understandably), is an experiment in Liberalism.

        • slainte

          A liberal republic’s interest in religion is the beneficial “effects” it inspires among believers. Religious people are thought to be more moral, virtuous, and self disciplined than non-believers….qualities a self governing people require to avoid despotism and anarchy.

          It is not at all clear to me that all of the Founding Fathers sought Truth for the sake of Truth. Some I suspect prized tolerance of all religious beliefs because they perceived all religions as universally capable of producing among its congregants the beneficial effects which made for a moral citizenry.

          What happens to the experiment when religion no longer informs morality in a nations’ citizens?

          • Malachy

            Part of the divided powers was the fear of a maniac like Oliver Cromwell taking over. We seem to have hundreds of Cromwells on the bench, in regulatory agencies, in the military and in the White House. The Founders never dreamed of Marxism and its perverted nature.

            • Marxism is simply the latest and most convenient excuse of megalomaniacs everywhere, without it, they’d still be seeking power.

              Its utility lies in its ability to attract the weak and the strong, the clever and the foolish, the powrful and the powerless.

          • HigherCalling

            What happens is that the Experiment undergoes moral and spiritual decadence. Perhaps the bigger question is whether the morality of a nation’s citizens has any lasting effect in an intentionally secular nation with laws guarded by a Godless Constitution. I know that accusation irks many “conservative” Americans, even some Catholics, but it is not groundless. Rather than go on and on here, I’d like to recommend taking a look at American history from a Catholic perspective — stepping well clear of the typical Protestant perspective or even from a Catholic perspective lamentably infected by Americanism. One such extensive effort I found particularly powerful, even life-changing, is here:


            • slainte

              Thank you for the link.

              Perhaps a good start to redirect the Experiment might include substituting a Crucifix in place of the flaming torch in the hands of Libertas, who stands proudly atop the waters of New York Harbor, a gift from the French masons.

  • Keith Cameron

    I used to fear for the Republic. Now I mourn the loss of Her. We in the USA are now amongst the most heavily policed and regulated people in world. And we did it to ourselves. Citizens are arrested for speaking too long at public meetings. Citizens are routinely gunned down by Police for not following orders, and government buildings have become armed camps (there are almost 100 Armed federal law/regulatory enforcement agencies alone).

    I weep for America, she had such promise.

    • Catholic pilgrim

      They used to say God Bless America. Now, it’s more accurate to say: God SAVE America.

      • Keith Cameron

        The Republic is doomed.

        • Malachy

          It died decades ago. We’re on our own now. As bad as Obama has been, it was the Marxist judges who done us in.

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    • Eamonn McKeown

      I’m not sure what you mean by “Citizens are routinely gunned down by Police for not following orders,” Some context please. I will leave you with one article to chew over.

  • St JD George

    “To take from one, because it is thought that his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, —the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry, & the fruits acquired by it.'”

    “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.”

    “Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people.”

    “Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.”

    “Human passions unbridled by morality and religion…would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net.”

    “Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws.”

    “Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.”

    There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.

    “A government of laws, and not of men.”

    “In politics the middle way is none at all.”

  • GHU

    Wow, you summed it up and explained what’s really going on in the USA brilliantly!
    I’m passing this article on to my family and friends. Thank you.

  • SnowCherryBlossoms

    This is life without God. This is what so many people wanted and fight for. This is hell on earth.

    • Malachy

      Marxism won.

  • Welcome to the metastatic superstate. There is no joy in saying (to those “cheerleaders” who eagerly and enthusiatically supported every expansion and intrusion into every aspect of life, “we warned you” that fire cannot be entrusted to pyromaniacs.

    The four horseman of tyranny are riding-they are Ignorance, sloth, hedonism and idolatry.
    Here is a picture of the future:

    • Catholic pilgrim

      Yikes! Where is that church located?

      • Everywhere. When I used “abandoned church” as a search target, I received over 84 million hits.

  • Catholic pilgrim

    If we Americans elect Hillary Clinton as the next president (because the media want this & ignorant citizens think it “cool” to have the first female president), we are the dumbest people on earth & may God help us. No more power-hungry, corrupt Clintons (one’s enough), No more war-mongering Bush’s (two’s enough), No more Kennedys, No more Obamas! In a country of 310 Million, I’m sure we can find at least one decent man or woman for presidency with fresh blood (not from political family dynasties) & moral principles & sound ideological vision. Let’s pray that God save America.

    • Thomas J. Hennigan

      With the 5 million immigrants whom Obama is in the process of regularizing, plus the Republican party’s stupidity, plus the one sided press,it seems that the Democrats have assured themsevles control of America for good. Just as in Europe, the right simply follows the line of the left.
      The problem is that a decent man is not going to be elected as hethey system favors sloganeers like Obama who won with the vacous slogan “Yes, we can”. Democacy requires an educated citizenry. Where can you find that? Nowhere. So, you will hace Clinton and more of the same ilk.

  • Captain America

    I used to scoff at the “We Fear Big Government” type of conservatives. They seemed paranoid, and seemed not to understand government as a tool by which we can in some ways make a better society for ourselves.

    However, the power usurpations by the Current Occupant really ARE fearsome and immense. . . and surprisingly, why is Congress so silent and thus so complicit?

    King Obama is an extraordinarily lucky politician: benefitting from early-career election errors by political opponents, and then from weak Republican presidential opponents who consistently shot themselves in their feet. Great luck can be all you need.

    But given the King’s interest in Big Government, and given the rise of the new American security state. . . it gives real pause to me, and should to you.

  • Ruth Rocker

    There was an episode of the cartoon series “Futurama” where evolution vs. creationism was the theme. At one point different characters voiced the sentiment “I don’t want to live on this planet any longer” and it’s getting closer and closer to that. There doesn’t seem to be anywhere that has not succumbed to the collective insanity permeating everything. Common sense is so uncommon now it’s scarey and intelligent thought took the last stagecoach out of Dodge already.

    Lord, please reach down from Heaven and smack some sense into our leaders and protect the rest of us.

    • fredx2

      I love that prayer!

      Let’s start a movement to have this said after each mass.

      “Lord, please reach down from heaven and smack some sense into our leaders and protect the rest of us.”


  • HigherCalling

    Early news events suggest U.S. Constitution has been a dead letter almost from the get-go. Why? Without Catholicity it is impossible to preserve genuine liberty.

    From 1845:
    “…The Constitution is a dead letter, except so far as it serves to prescribe the modes of election, the rule of the majority, the distribution and tenure of offices, and the union and separation of the functions of government. Since 1828, it has been becoming in practice, and is now, substantially, a pure democracy, with no effective constitution but the will of the majority for the time being. Whether the change has been for the better or the worse, we need not stop to inquire. The change was inevitable, because men are more willing to advance themselves by flattering the people and perverting the constitution, than they are by self-denial to serve their country. The change has been effected, and there is no return to the original theory of government. Any man who should plant himself on the Constitution, and attempt to arrest the democratic tendency — no matter what his character, ability, virtue, services — would be crushed and ground to powder… No man, who is not prepared to play the demagogue, to stoop to flatter the people, and, in one direction or another, to exaggerate the democratic tendency, can receive the nomination for an important office, or have influence in public affairs. The reign of great men, of distinguished statesmen and firm patriots, is over, and that of the demagogues has begun. Your most important offices are hereafter to be filled by third and fourth-rate men — men too insignificant to excite strong opposition, and to flexible in their principles not to be willing to take any direction the caprices of the mob — or the interests of the wire-pullers of the mob — may demand. Evil or no evil, such is the face, and we must conform to it.”
    –(Orestes Brownson, Catholicity Necessary to Sustain Popular Liberty)

  • BillinJax

    Had we the power to return to the fifties and meet a man on the street to advise him America would some day have a candidate for president who would promise to transform our country and do so by….

    Defying and virtually shredding the Constitution
    Openly bribing legislators to vote for his pet projects
    Sign into law bills which were never read before passing
    Staunchly champion and promote full term abortions paid for
    by the public
    Deny school vouchers to the poor black children in D.C. and
    Advocate homosexuality and gay marriage across the country
    Admit to, with his wife at his side, enjoy watching our flag
    being burned
    Slowly dissolve the power and scope of our military
    Cater to and support our enemies who swear to destroy us
    Pander to large unions while destroying small companies
    Tax and spend us into insurmountable debt
    Direct his justice department to silence and/or punish his
    domestic opposition
    Instruct the IRS to do the same and limit their ability to organize
    Trample by mandated legislation the religious rights of
    ….and after doing all of this and more to create division and confusion be reelected to a second term,….

    The guy would surely call the police and have us put in a straight jacket.

    • GG

      Very true.

  • geraldine clark

    This well written article is so logical. and factual. Just as so many good Catholic articles are.
    I am thinking that we must really pray daily for the soil these seeds are not reaching. Intellectual and spiritual blindness is so prevalent. We all need to be vigilant ourselves. Any negative thing which hardens hearts seems to also turn minds to mush – pride, frustration, worry, fear. In the meantime the lovely clear truth in such great writing is able to console us.

  • eddiestardust

    This is what I can’t stand about Republicans!:( It’s always “Don’t tax the rich” Did you not hear what Jesus said? Pay your taxes? Give your money to the poor? Feed my sheep?

    • He said “feed my sheep” and made other injunctions. He never said that you get to satisy your responsibility by outsourcing it to the state.

      This is what I can’t stand about state idolaters of all parties. They keep asserting without any supporting evidence and with plenty of contradicting evidence, that the state is a omniscient, benevolent and incorrupt that is it is an effective and efficient mediator of poverty. When questioned about about the absense of progress, they simply misquote Scripture and tell us we aren’t giving the government enough power or money. After a while, you realize they do this due to mental or moral infirmity.

      It is true that insanity is repeating the same action, and expecting a different result and it is also true that the visceral indignation of the envious is paraded about as charity and piety.

  • Rufus611

    Add to the above, the overreach of the federal government into education via Common Core which imposes not just standards but actual curriculum in public and soon private and Catholic schools. Forget about the NSA, the schools are collecting all kinds of personal information on our children including grades, class schedules, family voting records, blood types, medical diagnoses, and biometric data which is then entered into each states longitudinal data system and passed along to the federal government. This data can be shared with third parties without parental knowledge or consent….All unconstitutional. Unfortunately our public, private and sad to say Catholic institutions go along with all this in order to obtain government funding.