The Gospel of Teddy. Charlie Crist and Pepe. Libya lite. A liberal day of service on 9/11. Plus more.
A SAVAGED MOMENT
Re: Daniel J. Flynn’s Kennedy Catholicism:
It would seem to be a severe and spiritually dangerous overreach to suggest that the late Senator shouldn’t have had the benefit of a funeral Mass at all, as some in fact have asserted, but in the Boston Archdiocese’s allowing the occasion to proceed under klieg lights, and with a grandiosity far better suited to a saint, it truly savaged a preciously rare teaching moment.
Would that our good, crimson vested Cardinal O’Malley have
perhaps given a little more thought to the ordinary faithful in
his trenches, laity and clerical, such as my priest uncle, who
for years has tirelessly worked in quiet devotion for the
advancement of the Gospel of Life; His Eminence did neither them
nor the Gospel any favors.
— Francis M. Hannon, Jr.
Although Mr. Flynn says much to set the record straight as a
Catholic, I am still troubled by the actions of the Church
letting itself be used by the liberals and other troublemakers in
the very public Kennedy funeral proceedings. No one would deny
the senator being given the last rites and church service by the
Church he “claimed” (although one must admit in a very strange
way) to follow. After all we “are all sinners who come short of
the glory of God” but he should have been buried by his parish
priest if he had one, the Kennedys all seem to demand the
services of at least a Cardinal when they get into trouble or
even the Pope himself as Ted attempted even unto the last. The
“august” pillars of the Church that joined the liars and
Politicians (redundant I know) ought to be ashamed of themselves.
My Baptist parents feared and distrusted Catholics (I must admit
as a child and young adult I shared such an opinion) when they
came North before WWII. They felt Catholics adhered to a strange
brand of Christianity where one could “carouse and whore” around
all week and then go to confession on weekends and all was
forgiven while beginning the same behavior all over again on
Monday. This indeed bothered me as a child and young adult. As I
matured however it also bothered me that among Baptists we saw
not much wrong with our brethren who let a life of “carousing and
whoring” and came to Jesus on their deathbed. When I grew up and
married a wonderful Catholic girl I came to realize that
Catholics as a whole were much like all Christians who live doing
their best to follow the teachings of Christ as did Baptists and
neither were always successful. But after viewing the carnival of
the Kennedy funeral maybe the Baptists were right all along. Not
really, I know, but at some point the Catholic Church, if it is
going to remain relevant, is going to have to deal with
politicians who claim to be RC yet reject most if not all of the
fundamental beliefs of the Holy Bible. I know we have similar and
some might say even more serious problems with the so-called
mainline Protestant churches but I have about given up on them.
They are no longer relevant and what is worse, they don’t seem to
care. Witness the race among sects to legitimize gay
— Jack Wheatley
Royal Oak, Michigan
Re: Matthew Vadum’s Obama’s Desecrators of 9/11:
The only response to this unconscionable attempt to hijack 9/11
is “H-e-double-toothpicks NO! We won’t ***(insert favorite
deletable expletive)*** let you!!! This is something we must, to
slightly misquote Winston Churchill, fight on the beaches, fight
in the fields and in the streets, fight in the hills…. If Obama
somehow manages to ram this down our throats, then G-d help us,
one and all; the United States of America will be well on the way
down a slippery slope to becoming the United Soviet Socialist
States of Obamastan.
—Gretchen L. Chellson
Let’s call a spade a spade here-and, no, political corrections, that is not a racist slam: Barack Hussein Obama desecrates 9/11.
Let’s all be clear about this, too: In Obama, we have the first Marxist/statist president, one who loathes America, her Constitution and especially its Bill of Rights, her history, her security, her military, her currency, her free markets and, it appears, her people.
That he invited self-proclaimed communist Jones to serve in his cabinet should have already brought people out into the streets, including around the White House, demanding Jones’ expulsion. Certainly, the silence of the outrage from the Democrat Party and its leadership deafens.
That Obama’s using yet another proxy, leftist, pretend-Christian clergy should bring no surprise, given Obama’s use of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as a political expedient.
Divisive, hyper-partisan, anti-American Obama and his handlers
and supporters — especially those blacks who appear to have been
cut from the same Marxist and/or Black Liberation theology mold
as the president — seem now to think it’s no longer necessary
for them to attempt to cover-up their true leftist colors.
With that haughtiness, they ensure their downfall, sooner, perhaps, than they can imagine. Do they not sense or care that their provocative, cannot-be-constrained hatred for America could manifest civil war, not just race or class war? Maybe that’s their intention?
— C. Kenna Amos Jr.
THE EMPTY SUIT
Re: Larry Thornberry’s The Senator from Charlie:
Does anything that politicians do surprise ANYONE these days. It is all about power and the keeping of same. I, for one, never understood Crist’s appeal. He comes across as the quintessential politician, glad-handing and back-slapping and all! What he has really done for Florida remains a mystery to me, and to many others, so this latest problem is right on point with Charlie’s higher aspirations. He was rather absent when McCain-Palin arrived to campaign and conspicuously absent at The Villages, when 75,000 folks showed up to see Mrs. Palin. Hopefully, we won’t see her campaigning for this empty suit when he runs for that other scoundrels’ seat.
— Bob M.
Ft. Myers, Florida
BLOOD FOR OIL
Re: The Prowler’s Lax on Libya:
Contrast President Obama’s loud mouthed defense of the obnoxious
behavior of Skip Gates with his inactivity about opposing the
release of the Flight 103 bomber. Former Vice President Dick
Cheney said he had strong doubts about Obama’s understanding of
the need to defend his country. I disagree with the former Vice
President — after this shabby, incompetent episode, I have no
doubts at all that Obama has not the slightest understanding at
all of national defense. A catastrophe is only a matter of time
when people like this are in charge of the country. The Obama
administration is a crisis and I doubt if any of America’s
enemies will let it go to waste.
— Christopher H
“British intelligence and Foreign Office officials were surprised by what they called the ‘seeming lack of enthusiasm’ by the Obama administration in the run-up to the release of convicted Libyan terrorist Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the man responsible for the murder of more than 270 passengers on Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988….In the days leading up to the Scottish decision, Holder and Clinton made calls to MacAskill, but ‘it isn’t clear that much more was done….It seemed to be very much about going through the motions.’”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?