October 25, 1948
The Huronite and Daily Plainsman (Huron, South Dakota):
DEWEY SCANS MATERIAL FOR CABINET
Reports circulated here today that Gov. Thomas E. Dewey is giving study to possible cabinet appointments in anticipation of a victory in the presidential election eight days
Saturday, October 25, 2008
October 25, 1948
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 5:32 PM
Friday, October 24, 2008
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Posted by RightwingSparkle at 8:57 AM
I try really hard to tell myself that if Obama is elected President it isn't the end of the world.
But reading Peter Robinson's piece at Forbes I started to feel that trickle of fear in the back of my heart.
Thomas Sowell believes this election will prove decisive.
"There is such a thing as a point of no return," Sowell says. If Obama wins the White House and Democrats expand their majorities in the House and Senate, they will intervene in the economy and redistribute wealth. Yet their economic policies "will pale by comparison to what they will do in permitting countries to acquire nuclear weapons and turn them over to terrorists. Once that happens, we're at the point of no return. The next generation will live under that threat as far out as the eye can see."
"The...vision [of Barack Obama] is really an elitist vision," Sowell explains. "This man [Obama] really does believe that he can change the world. And people like that are infinitely more dangerous than mere crooked politicians."
Thomas Sowell is no screaming pundit. He is a quiet thoughtful intellectual. He is a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution at Standford University and I have always had great respect for him.
I look at the wall of money, fame, media adulation, and Hollywood adoration of Obama and I wonder how we are even close. But we are.
Obama uses beautiful words to seduce a nation. The thing about seduction? There is never love that drives it. Only lust. Lust for power in this case. Seduction is powerful. Reasonable people can lose themselves in it.
McCain is now facing that wall of seduction and fame. But McCain has faced large seemingly insurmountable walls before. For two years of his prison stay in Hanoi, while in solitary confinement, he had nothing but walls in his life.
I may be afraid, but I know that McCain is not. And I also know that no wall can defeat him.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 6:48 AM
While the press is investigating Joe the Plumber's first girlfriend and recent dentist appointment (because McCain mentioned him 20 times he deserves it), they seem to be missing interesting things regarding Bill Ayers (who also happens to be mentioned a lot) and the domestic terrorist group Ayers and his wife were a part of, The Weather Underground.
Because if reporters had even tried to find out anything about The Weather Underground they may have discovered that these educated radicals were into killing millions of Americans.
I know. I know. Not nearly as interesting as Joe's tax records, but I thought you might like to take a look.
From American Thinker: (video at link)
Confederate Yankee discovered a video clip of testimony given by former Weather Underground member/FBI informant Larry Grathwohl, in which he speaks the following chilling words:
I asked, "well what is going to happen to those people we can't reeducate, that are diehard capitalists?" and the reply was that they'd have to be eliminated.
And when I pursued this further, they estimated they would have to eliminate 25 million people in these reeducation centers.
And when I say "eliminate," I mean "kill."
Twenty-five million people.
I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people, most of which have graduate degrees, from Columbia and other well-known educational centers, and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people.
And they were dead serious
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 6:36 AM
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Last night I happened to be in the car listening to Michael Savage, who I never listen to because I think he is bit nuts. And he is rambling on about how it is absurd to think that Obama is going to see his sick grandmother in Hawaii, who has been bedridden for awhile, right at this critical time in the campaign. Savage seemed to think it had something to do with his birth certificate. I just shook my head at what nutcase Savage can be until I read this over at NRO:
What is the deal with Obama's birth certificate and citizenship status?
Pamela Gellers at Atlas Shrugs raises some apparent shenanigans with the birth certificate the Obama campaign previously produced. Meanwhile, Philip J. Berg, a former Deputy AG of Pennsylvania and a professed Hillary supporter, filed a lawsuit claiming Obama is not constitutionally eligible to be president; instead of simply clearing up any questions — which you would think would take about five minutes — Obama's lawyers moved to dismiss the suit and failed to file a timely answer, meaning that, under the applicable rules (according to Berg), Obama is legally deemed to have admitted Berg's allegations that he is constitutionally ineligible to be president.
Admittedly, I've ignored this issue up until now on the theory that if there was anything here worth looking at, surely the Hillary and McCain campaigns would have raised it. But this all seems very strange. It's not just a matter of whether Obama was born in Hawaii — Berg claims he wasn't, but most others seem to agree he was (though the publicly available proof seems shaky at this point). There is also the question whether he was also a citizen of one or more other countries (Kenya? Indonesia?) and whether that means, as a matter of law, that he could not be a "natural born" citizen as required by the Constitution.
Has anyone around here looked into this? Is it a serious issue, and why does Obama seem to be so squirmy about it?
I'm still not buying it, butI have a feeling that things are just going to get more strange for the next 2 weeks.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 4:20 PM
Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard tells Channel 4 Action News that the victim was robbed at knifepoint on Wednesday night outside of a Citizens Bank near Liberty Avenue and Pearl Street just before 9 p.m.
Richard said the robber took $60 from the woman, then became angry when he saw a McCain bumper sticker on the victim's car. The attacker then punched and kicked the victim, before using the knife to scratch the letter "B" into her face, Richard said.
I actually prevented my daughter from putting a McCain sticker on her car because I thought her car would get keyed. Now, I am really glad I didn't let her.
Update: Fox News is reporting that she is a McCain volunteer and that McCain has actually called her to express his condolences on the attack.
Update: On second thought, I hope we can all act sane during this election. Police are now reporting she made the story up. Like I said in the comments, nothing surprises me anymore. Shame on her.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 3:39 PM
Ministers have praised the NHS in England for reaching an important milestone in the drive to get hospital waiting times down to 18 weeks.
That's right! The National Health Service has gotten waiting times for procedures like hip and knee operations and neurosurgery down to 18 weeks!
Welcome to Obama's Universal Health Care.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 7:14 AM
Study: Coverage of McCain Much More Negative Than That of Obama
Media coverage of John McCain has been heavily unfavorable since the political conventions, more than three times as negative as the portrayal of Barack Obama, a new study says.
Integrity in journalism has been a joke for awhile now, but now there is simply no credibility left. We have come to the point where the media is completely in the pocket for a Presidential candidate. It's a sad time for America. But even without the media and without the massive amount of cash, McCain will still win. Because Americans are not fools.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 6:55 AM
October 23, 1948
Clearfield Progress (Clearfield Pennsylvania):
DEWEY ASKS AVOIDANCE OF BITTERNESS
Thomas E. Dewey bid openly today for Democratic support as he primed his backers to avoid "bitterness" that might hurt GOP chances in 1952.The task, as Dewey explained it to a rally of voluntary campaign backers, is to achiever what he considers a certain victory without making any enemies among the millions of Democrats and independents he predicted would vote from him Nov. 2.
"Bitterness?" You gotta love it.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 6:54 AM
LONGWOOD, Fla. -- The home of a Central Florida Republican headquarters manager was shot up and damaged over his support of Sen. John McCain, the man told police.
Rog Coverely said several pellets pierced his Longwood home. Coverely showed several spidered-holes in the front windows of his home.
The Republican manager said he is convinced he was targeted because of new McCain signs he added around his home.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 6:45 AM
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The left and the media are going ga ga over how much Palin has spent on clothes, hair, and shoes. I gotta wonder how much Hillary spent because her hair and makeup were fabulous during the primaries. But the media isn't interested in investigating anything to do with Democrats, so you can forget ever finding that out.
I wonder what we would find out about Bill Ayers or Rev.Wright if the press investigated them like they did Joe the Plumber? I mean, I don't remember any voting or tax records about them. Does Rev. Wright have a degree/certificate to preach? What does black liberation theology require anyway? Did Bill Ayers really finish his degrees in able to be a full professor? The world will never know. But we do know all about Joe the Plumber who asked a simple question of Obama.
Just some thoughts. But I digress.
So, instead of investigating voter fraud with ACORN, the Sun Times photographs Palin's clothes and specifically her shoes. Now, maybe they're on to something because if you don't think shoes resonate with women, you don't know women.
One of my Cotillion girls, Fausta, is all about Palin's shoes. Check it out.
But, while I was looking at my girl Sarah looking so fly, I noticed this picture.
I thought, "what a cute red bag." And then I saw the little bottle nipple peeking out of the side pocket and I realized it was a diaper bag! I thought, "Can you believe this? We have a women running for Vice President who is carrying around a diaper bag."
I'm telling you. I love her more every day.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 7:29 PM
He raised an unheard of $150 million in September.
We are up against Goliath here folks. It's time to step up to the plate and help David.
Give as much money as your budget will allow you to Here. (Click on the "Donate Today" button to the right)
Go now, be generous. There is much at stake. Don't let Obama buy this election (with the MSM being the propaganda machine that helps it along).
Update: AP poll says McCain and Obama are dead even.
LET'S GET BUSY!
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 12:39 PM
October 22, 1948
Walla Walla Union Bulletin (Walla Walla Washington):
SPLIT-OFF PARTIES ASSURE PRESIDENT TRUMAN DEFEAT
My commenter the Raving Atheist suggested I put this up as a regular item since as the Raving Atheist points out: " the parallels between the behavior of the young Dewey (46 years old to Truman's 64) and Obama's current hubris are amusing to follow: the same landslide predictions, the same mass outdoor and stadium rallies, the same premature cabinet-picking announcement, the patronizing calls to avoid "bitterness" among Truman's supporters; the accusations of mudslinging; and the huge election-eve media buy (two hours of radio vs Truman's 15 minutes). Since Dewey of course lost, it's a good antidote to the demoralization many conservatives are feeling, and proof that if you get up and vote you can defeat the unrelenting media favoritism. Yeah, Dewey was a Republican, but in some ways it just makes it that much funnier that Obama is mimicking him."
I agree. So look for the 1948 headlines!Also, check out this battleground poll. Sweet.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 9:49 AM
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Obama has purchased 30 minutes of airtime on the major television networks just days before the election. He's also rented out a cable news channel that will run his political propaganda 24-hours a day. That's what 150 million will get you. How much of that is from overseas? We will never know until after the election.
The Our Country Deserves Better Committee is beginning to purchase airtime on national cable television networks. They need funding to expand their advertising to the major broadcast networks.
This is so important guys. You know I never ask for money for myself on this blog and I rarely ask it for others. But we need advertising like this to fight the big advertising money Obama has.
Give till it hurts. Our country depends on it.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 6:08 PM
CNN reports this little tidbit at the end of the story.
I've been wondering if Dobson was going to swallow his pride and endorse McCain. In Feb. Dobson said he would not vote for McCain. I thought that the Palin pick might change all that.
I think after this meeting he will. I hope so. I don't think people realize how influential Dobson is in evangelical circles. Millions of people get his newsletters (I used to, but I haven't gotten one in while). The left and the media try to paint Dobson as a religious nut, but he is an highly educated intelligent faith filled man who has been an exemplary Christian his entire life.
He founded Focus on The Family, which is huge, with books, magazines, TV, and radio that deal with issues in all our lives based on a faith in God philosophy. He has never taken a salary from Focus on the Family.
Dobson has a doctorate in psychology and child development and has written several best selling child rearing books. I don't think I could have gotten through the early years with my 4 children without his books, "Dare to Discipline" and "The Strongwilled Child."
I say all this to first dispel the left's caricature of Dr. Dobson, and secondly to say how important his endorsement would be. He is a man of great integrity and honor. There is a reason Evangelicals look to him for guidance in the political realm. Presidents have asked him to serve on government advisory panels and he has testified at several government hearings.
His endorsement of McCain/Palin would bring out millions of Evangelicals for us. And we need Evangelicals to win.
I'll be waiting and hoping.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 2:04 PM
From someone who knows:
CHICAGO, Oct 15, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The following is the text of an open letter to the nation's hunters and sportsmen issued today by Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson:
Fellow Sportsman,Hello, my name is Rich Pearson and I have been active in the firearm rights movement for over 40 years. For the past 15 years, I have served in the Illinois state capitol as the chief lobbyist for the Illinois State Rifle Association.
I lobbied Barack Obama extensively while he was an Illinois State Senator. As a result of that experience, I know Obama's attitudes toward guns and gun owners better than anyone. The truth be told, in all my years in the Capitol I have never met a legislator who harbors more contempt for the law-abiding firearm owner than does Barack Obama.
Although Obama claims to be an advocate for the 2nd Amendment, his voting record in the Illinois Senate paints a very different picture. While a state senator, Obama voted for a bill that would ban nearly every hunting rifle, shotgun and target rifle owned by Illinois citizens. That same bill would authorize the state police to raid homes of gun owners to forcibly confiscate banned guns. Obama supported a bill that would shut down law-abiding firearm manufacturers including Springfield Armory, Armalite, Rock River Arms and Les Baer. Obama also voted for a bill that would prohibit law-abiding citizens from purchasing more than one gun per month.
Without a doubt, Barack Obama has proven himself to be an enemy of the law abiding firearm owner. At the same time, Obama has proven himself to be a friend to the hardened criminal. While a state senator, Obama voted 4 times against legislation that would allow a homeowner to use a firearm in defense of home and family.
Does Barack Obama still sound to you like a "friend" of the law-abiding gun owner?
And speaking of friends, you can always tell a person by the company they keep. Obama counts among his friends the Rev. Michael Pfleger - a renegade Chicago priest who has openly called for the murder of gun shop owners and pro-gun legislators. Then there is his buddy Richard Daley, the mayor of Chicago who has declared that if it were up to him, nobody would be allowed to own a gun. And let's not forget Obama's pal George Soros - the guy who has pumped millions of dollars into the UN's international effort to disarm law-abiding citizens.
Obama has shown that he is more than willing to use other people's money to fund his campaign to take your guns away from you. While a board member of the leftist Joyce Foundation, Barack Obama wrote checks for tens of millions of dollars to extremist gun control organizations such as the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and the Violence Policy Center.
Does Barack Obama still sound to you like a "friend" of the law-abiding gun owner?
By now, I'm sure that many of you have received mailings from an organization called "American Hunters and Shooters Association(AHSA)" talking about what a swell fellow Obama is and how he honors the 2nd Amendment and how you will never have to worry about Obama coming to take your guns. Let me make it perfectly clear - everything the AHSA says about Obama is pure hogwash. The AHSA is headed by a group of left-wing elitists who subscribe to the British view of hunting and shooting. That is, a state of affairs where hunting and shooting are reserved for the wealthy upper-crust who can afford guided hunts on exclusive private reserves. The AHSA is not your friend, never will be.
In closing, I'd like to remind you that I'm a guy who has actually gone nose to nose with Obama on gun rights issues. The Obama I know cannot even begin to identify with this nation's outdoor traditions. The Obama I know sees you, the law abiding gun owner, as nothing but a low-class lummox who is easily swayed by the flash of a smile and a ration of rosy rhetoric. The Obama I know is a stony-faced liar who has honed his skill at getting what he wants - so long as people are willing to give it to him. That's the Barack Obama I know. The ISRA is the state's leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. Founded in 1903, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of law-abiding Illinois firearm owners.
This press release was posted on PRnewswire.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 9:19 AM
As much as the left and the media have tried to portray Palin as a goof, it's Biden who has put his foot in his mouth over and over. Here is the latest everyone is talking about:
"Mark my words," the Democratic vice presidential nominee warned at the second of his two Seattle fundraisers Sunday. "It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We're about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don't remember anything else I said. Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy." "I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate," Biden said to Emerald City supporters, mentioning the Middle East and Russia as possibilities. "And he's gonna need help. And the kind of help he's gonna need is, he's gonna need you - not financially to help him - we're gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it's not gonna be apparent initially, it's not gonna be apparent that we're right."
What does he mean there that "it's not gonna be apparent that we're right?"
Then it gets scarier to me:
"There are gonna be a lot of you who want to go, 'Whoa, wait a minute, yo, whoa, whoa, I don't know about that decision'," Biden continued. "Because if you think the decision is sound when they're made, which I believe you will when they're made, they're not likely to be as popular as they are sound. Because if they're popular, they're probably not sound."
In that convoluted mess you get the idea that Biden knows something we don't about the decisions that Obama is gonna make and he is trying to prepare everyone.
Good grief people. Go vote for McCain. It doesn't matter how long the lines are or what the polls say, Go. Vote. For. McCain.
*Update: Interestingly enough, Biden is off the trail today. No scheduled events. Poor guy. Do you think the Obama people are beating him silly, but where no bruises show?
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 7:05 AM
My very conservative daughter found about 20 Obama yard signs in her tiny little yard in front of her apartment. She just laughed it off and threw the signs in a dumpster, but this kind of garbage is unacceptable:
CULLOWHEE – A dead bear was found dumped this morning on the Western Carolina University campus, draped with a pair of Obama campaign signs, university police said.
Maintenance workers reported about 7:45 a.m. finding a 75-pound bear cub dumped at the roundabout near the Catamount statute at the entrance to campus, said Tom Johnson, chief of university police.
Every election year we have people vandalizing election headquarters in towns, slashing tires, and writing graffiti on walls. Already this year we have had crude sexually explicit t-shirts about Palin and people carrying Curious George monkeys with Obama signs attached.
Enough already. Aren't we a civilized people? If you see anything like this at your polls, whether it's against McCain/Palin or Obama/Biden politely ask they remove themselves from the planet.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 6:53 AM
Victor Davis Hanson at NRO:
Once again we see the Obama Rules in action: Obama as Zeus on Olympus decries the petty mean politics of mere mortals that the McCain campaign is using against him: "In the final days of campaigns, the say-anything, do-anything politics too often takes over. We've seen it before and we're seeing it again — ugly phone calls, misleading mail, misleading TV ads, careless, outrageous comments."
Meanwhile, Obama has raised and spent the largest amount of money on ads—and negative ads— in election history, and remained silent about the NY Times running an 11th-hour hit piece on his opponent's wife, or a Rep. Lewis comparing McCain to George Wallace—or a Sen. Kerry now suggesting that John McCain (which Team Obama characterized as "losing his bearings", and "confused", etc) uses adult diapers.
So the same old, same old modus operandi: all sorts of surrogates in the Congress and press offer some pretty mean-spirited "outrageous comments", while St. Obama does his part to complain that McCain himself is doing exactly what his own supporters are in fact doing.
Call it Nixonian deniability of culpability, or call it Teflonesque or creating the necessary firewall—but it finally becomes as creepy as it is predictable, and I think all the voters cannot be fooled all the time.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 6:37 AM
Monday, October 20, 2008
As much as we might like to connect ACORN to Obama, the truth is that other than supporting each other, Obama had nothing to do with the fraud that has occurred.
It doesn't matter to me if it can be connected to Obama. The bottom line is that ACORN bullied poor people to meet "quota's" for voter registration in order to get paid and those people, in turn, bullied and paid off poor people to register.
From the New York Post:
Pushed to meet daily quotas and bullied by bosses if they didn't, Ohio ACORN workers faked voter registrations, signed up people more than once, and even paid off registrants to keep from being fired, its canvassers told The Post.
"Every day, there was pressure on us. Every single day," said Teshika Elder, a Cleveland single mom of three who worked for ACORN this summer.
"We had meetings every morning where they'd go over your quota; they'd yell at you if you were low," said Elder, 21. "They'd sit us down and say if you didn't do better, they'd suspend you. They'd say, 'Try harder next time,' [and] if you didn't get it, you'd be fired."
This is bigger than Obama. It's about an organization trying to take advantage of poor people and intimidating them to register to vote the way ACORN wanted them to. ACORN makes no secret of being about the Democrats and Obama. Given that, Obama and the Democrats should make sure that this kind of bullying and selling cigarettes for registrations should end. Now.
Taking advantage of the very people that you are trying to empower is the worst kind of wrong. Shame on ACORN. Shame on them all.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 8:09 PM
Poll suggest Kerry has lead in swing states. Oct. 17th 2004
Even Republican organizers concede the Democratic senator has benefited from his performance in the three presidential debates.
And a Washington Post poll shows Kerry with a significant lead in important states that could decide the outcome of the election. The poll found Kerry held a 53 per cent to 43 per cent lead among likely voters in 13 such states.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 6:59 PM
As we stood in line everyone chatted. It was very friendly and no one talked about who they were voting for. A car drove by and an old woman shouted, Go Obama!" and everyone laughed.
I have such respect and appreciation for voting and that is why the voter fraud thing just makes my blood boil. Some of us did talk about that and of course, everyone agreed that it was terrible.
So, go vote early, if you can. Every voice should be heard. Exercise your right. It rocks.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 12:58 PM
From Mark Williams:
(Sunday, October 19 - Filed by Mark Williams in Raton, New Mexico with the Stop Obama Tour) We learned at this morning’s Stop Obama Rally here that the McCain/Palin Straight Talk Express came through town yesterday. It arrived with a window shattered by a .22 caliber weapon. It had also been hit by an unknown number of paint balls from a paint ball gun or guns. There were reportedly no injuries and neither candidate was on board.
Disturbing to say the least.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 7:40 AM
The LA Times:
A year ago, before attaining front-runner status, Obama signed a pledge to the group Common Cause in which he vowed to push for "full public funding for qualified candidates who agree to spending limits and to stop accepting private contributions."
"I will make passage of such legislation one of the priorities in my campaign and in my presidency if elected," Obama told the group. But he decided to forgo public financing once he realized that he could amass far more through Internet donations than McCain.
This was Obama's first broken promise for his own gain. Since it was so easy for him to break this promise, how easy will it be to break other promises? Like not raising taxes on most Americans, or not infringing on our 2nd Amendment rights?
Pretty easy I imagine.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 7:29 AM
David Brody from the Christian Broadcast Network interviews Palin on faith and other issues.
It's only a matter of time before the left and the media get a hold of this and mocks her faith.
She has wonderful answers, of course. Go here for the transcripts and video.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 7:15 AM
Sunday, October 19, 2008
You go against your faith when you vote for Obama. Pure and simple. You have every right to do that. But don't pretend that you can be a faithful Catholic and vote for a pro-abortion candidate. This isn't my opinion. This is Church teaching. If you feel that it is equal in faith to be against someone for being a pro death penalty and pro war candidate, it isn't. But even it were, with Obama you have chosen the wrong candidate as well. More on that in a bit.
The difference in all those issues for a Catholic though, is put best by Bishop Chaput of Colorado:
Faithful Catholics want to live their faith fully — and one of the principles of Catholic social teaching is that we can never deliberately kill innocent human life. Abortion always, deliberately kills an innocent unborn child. Nobody can honestly claim to be a faithful Catholic and then support a false “right” to abortion; it’s just an elegant way of evading the brutality of what abortion actually does.
But what about killing in war and the death penalty, you ask? Bishop Chaput says this:
I’ve written and spoken against the death penalty for more than 30 years. And along with most other American bishops, I opposed our intervention in Iraq. But these issues are different in kind, not merely degree, from the violence involved in abortion. Anyone rooted in Scripture and Catholic tradition will understand the distinction if he or she reasons honestly. Genocide, euthanasia, abortion, and deliberately targeting civilians in war — these things are always grievously wrong. But in Catholic thought, war and capital punishment can be morally legitimate under certain carefully defined circumstances. Abortion is never morally justified.
The Bishops of Dallas and Fort Worth issued a joint document concerning Catholic's political responsiblities. It said in part:
"There are no ‘truly grave moral’ or ‘proportionate’ reasons, singularly or combined, that could outweigh the millions of innocent human lives that are directly killed by legal abortion each year.”
But let us be clear: issues of prudential judgment are not morally equivalent to issues involving intrinsic evils. No matter how right a given candidate is on any of these issues, it does not outweigh a candidate's unacceptable position in favor of an intrinsic evil such as abortion or the protection of "abortion rights."
To vote for a candidate who supports the intrinsic evil of abortion or "abortion rights" when there is a morally acceptable alternative would be to cooperate in the evil - and, therefore, morally impermissible.
These statements do not tell the faithful who to vote for. You are, of course, free to vote for whoever you wish. They are made to clarify Church teaching because there has been such confusion on these issues.
Now, for many of you, you imagine that the war takes precedence. You loathe war and feel that being against that is equivalent to being against abortion, so that justifies your vote. It doesn't. Our faith teaches that abortion is always an "intrinsic evil." But you fool yourself in thinking that Obama is against war. He was against the Iraq war, but not war. In fact, he is ready to go into Afghanistan in a big way and Pakistan:
When I am President, we will wage the war that has to be won, with a comprehensive strategy with five elements: getting out of Iraq and on to the right battlefield in Afghanistan and Pakistan; developing the capabilities and partnerships we need to take out the terrorists and the world's most deadly weapons.
In July Obama said that he wanted to send two more brigades, or some 7,000 US troops, to Afghanistan. So if it is that "killing" thing that bothers you about war and you are using that as an excuse to vote for Obama as a Catholic, I am here to tell you that there will be killing on the battlefield of Afghanistan and Pakistan because that is what happens in war.
Maybe the death penalty bothers you as a Catholic? Obama is for that as well:
"I believe the death penalty is appropriate in certain circumstances."
Many of you have tried to dismiss Obama's radical view on abortion by saying there are other issues for Catholics, like war and the death penalty, but Obama is wrong on those issues as well.
Maybe the immigration issue is one that you feel as a Catholic we need to address with compassion. McCain went against many of his own party to craft immigration reform that shows compassion for illegal immigrants just trying for a better life here with a temporary worker program and a path to citizenship. McCain said this about his own party this year:
"We have to address this issue with compassion and love, because these are human beings. I think some of the rhetoric that many Hispanics hear about illegal immigration makes some of them believe that we are not in favor of or seek the support of Hispanic citizens in this country,"
And this about illegal immigrants:
"We need to sit down as Americans and recognize these are God's children as well. And they need some protection under the law; they need some of our love and compassion."
Maybe being a good steward of our earth is your issue. McCain went against many of his own party there as well with Climate Change in the forefront as an issue by promising to "establish a market-based system to curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, mobilize innovative technologies, and strengthen the economy."
So if the horror and evil of abortion doesn't bother you enough as a Catholic to vote for McCain, then you have to ask yourself about the other issues that matter to you. Because in Catholic faith and tradition, Obama loses there as well.
As one of our Deacons said in the homily at Church today, you can't say "I'm personally opposed to child abuse, but if my neighbor does it, that it his choice."
The same is true of abortion.
It took almost 100 years to end the law that allowed slavery. We have fought long good fights before and won. Don't tell yourself that things will never change. They can. If we just keep fighting the good fight and vote as the good Catholics we are.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 3:36 PM
I'm sure the media will be all over this. "Just a guy who lived in my neighborhood" and I sat across from every day for 3 yrs in a tiny office.
Ace is saying that Ayers babysat his kids. If that is found to be true. You can add 'stone cold liar' to Obama's limited resume.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 12:55 PM
You gotta love how the left is all excited about Colin Powell's endorsement of Obama, when just a few years ago he was not so beloved by the left and the media.
The Nation: (Ironically, this piece is titled "The Power of Audacity.")
It's quite a trick: Lie to the American people and then fall back on the fact that they bought the lies to demonstrate that truth really doesn't matter anyway. It is in this and only this Alice-in-Wonderland universe that a dishonest propagandist like Colin Powell may be considered an "internationalist," a "moderate" and, sadly, a "man of honor."
The New York Times:
The famous hardheaded definition of war is ''the continuation of politics by other means.'' In the real world, though, war is the failure of politics. This war -- undertaken at such cost to America's own interests -- is specifically a failure of Colin Powell's politics.
No, not the guy shilling for Bush. I'm talking about the original Colin Powell. The one most of us used to respect. Remember the guy who used to work for Reagan, then wouldn't tell us what party he belonged to, and thought about running for President? He would have forced the Democrats to actually work for the Black vote (wouldn't that be a step in the right direction?) Remember the day he held the press conference to announce that he wasn't going to run, and CNN carried it live? It was as if he mattered. And then he stopped mattering.
I used to be a Democratic Committeeman, but there was a time when I would have changed my voter registration to Republican to go to the wall for Colin Powell. That time has long passed. I'm not even willing to watch Colin Powell on television nowadays, because I do not want to listen to him lie to me anymore.
From It's Just Common Sense:
Colin Powell, the current Secretary of State of the US is the highest ranking African American in the history of our country. His appointment and tenure should be a cause for celebration in our still incomplete journey as a nation, and as a world, towards racial equality. Yet, during his time in office, he has become a man forced to degrade and humiliate himself. We have witnessed Mr Powell's compromise of his own beliefs and integrity, as he was forced not only to silence himself with respect to what he knew was the truth about Iraq, but to repeat and fortify clear falsehoods.
From Random Thinking:
Is he afraid of what he might see and hear and then not be able to live with himself for parroting the lies he's programmed with from Bush & Co.
No one person more tarnished his legacy the last four years than Colin Powell.
His integrity resigned in the runup to Bush's War. Nice to see the rest of him follow suit.
Compare that to today on Kos:
With eloquence and humility, Former Secretary of State and retired General Colin Powell just provided a ringing endosement of Barack Obama as President for the United States.
Wow. One endorsement and you go from liar to eloquence.
I could go on and on, but I think you get my point. I remember when Colin Powell was being pushed to run for President. I would not have supported him, and I said that then, because he is pro-choice.
This is a man who believed in the Iraq war. This is a man who believes in Republican issues on economics and war. So why would he endorse Obama?
I think we all know the answer to that. It's ethnic pride. And I understand it, I really do. Especially after Palin was picked and I felt such a rush that a woman just like me could be our Vice President.
But let's not pretend it is anything but that.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 11:41 AM
I can't get the video embed to work, but you can look at the videos at here.
But the 'Palin Rap' was hilarious! I grabbed the lyrics at Ace's:
One, two, three My name is Sarah Palin You all know me Vice President nominee of the G-O-P. Gonna need ya vote In the next election Can I get a "What What" from the senior section?
McCain got experience,McCain got style,But don't let him freak you outWhen he tries to smile.'Cause that smile be creepy,But when I'm V-P,All the leaders in the world gonna finally meet me!
Howz it go Eskimos?
Tell me, tell me what you know, Eskimos!
How you feel Eskimos?
Tell me, tell me what you feel Eskimos(Supa' cold!)
I'm Jeremiah wright'Cause tonight I'm the preacha
I got a bookish look and ya all hot fo' teacha
Todd lookin' fine on his snow machine,
So hot for each other need a go-between.
In Wasilla we just chill, baby chilla,
But when I see oil it's "Drill, baby, drilla!"
My country 'tis of thee,From my porch I can see,Russia and such
All the mavericks in the house put ya hands up!
All the mavericks in the house put ya hands up!
All the plumbers in the house pull ya pants up!
All the plumbers in the house pull ya pants up!
When I say Obama you say Ayers
I built me a bridge it ain't going nowhere!Ohhhhhhhhhh!
McCain/Palin gonna put the nail in
The coffin, of the media elite
(She likes red meat!)
Shoot a motherhumpin' moose eight days of the week!
Now ya dead!Now ya dead 'cause I'm an animal!
And I'm bigga than you!
'Hold of a shot gun, walk in the pub
Everybody party, we're goin' on a hunt
Yo, I'm Palin, I'm out!
The part about "when I say Obama, you say Ayers" just about killed me.
I thought Sarah's genuine personality really came through and she showed that she could make fun of herself. I think she made a great decision to go on SNL.
Keep the faith people. Keep the faith.
Update: My girl brought SNL A RATINGS BLOWOUT! It was the highest overnght SNL average in 14 YEARS!!!
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 9:42 AM