Restoring the Sacred

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Happy 100th Birthday Milton Friedman

The inestimable Thomas Sowell, a former student of Milton Friedman, devoted his column at National Review Online today to his mentor who was born 100 years ago today,
If Milton Friedman were alive today — and there has never been a time when he was more needed — he would be 100 years old. He was born on July 31, 1912. But Professor Friedman’s death at age 94 deprived the nation of one of those rare thinkers who had both genius and common sense. Most people would not be able to understand the complex economic analysis that won him a Nobel Prize, but people with no knowledge of economics had no trouble understanding his popular books like Free to Choose or the TV series of the same name.
To read the entire piece, click on the link below:

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Former FBI Official on Obama & Friends

That's Oliver "Buck" Revell, a former high official in the FBI and, more importantly, a former Marine Officer.  He's written an essay, "The Manchurian President," with his thoughts on the upcoming presidential election, and what it means for our country:
...the ultimate campaign issue is whether we will continue as a democratic society with free market economics or become a socialist society guided, directed and to a large degree controlled by an overriding Federal Bureaucracy with a Messianic leader guiding the nation towards his vision of “Hope and Change”. A society where all good things come from the government and those who have done well are duty bound to spread the wealth more “fairly”.
It's hard to believe such a public statement came from a former FBI Official.  He must have been speaking as a former Marine Officer.  The entire essay is reproduced below.
JULY 24, 2012

                    THE MANCHURIAN PRESIDENT
               Oliver “Buck” Revell
As we prepare to elect a president of the United States in November of this year it has become starkly evident that this will be one of the most important elections in the history of our Republic. For the ultimate campaign issue is whether we will continue as a democratic society with free market economics or become a socialist society guided, directed and to a large degree controlled by an overriding Federal Bureaucracy with a Messianic leader guiding the nation towards his vision of “Hope and Change”. A society where all good things come from the government and those who have done well are duty bound to spread the wealth more “fairly”.
I had a particular insight into what an Obama Administration might bring to the American people due to experience that I gained as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge then as the Acting SAC of the FBI in Chicago in 1975 & 1976.  The Mayor was Richard Daley and political corruption and organized crime were rampant. Although these problems were foremost on my priority list there was also a very recent history of New Left Radicalism as evidenced by the so called Chicago Seven Trial. Also active in the Chicago area were William “Bill” Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn leaders of the terrorist wing (the weather underground) of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). Ayers and Dohrn represented a sizeable number of radicalized youth during the Viet Nam war and personally carried out acts of terrorism to demonstrate their total opposition to U.S. involvement in Viet Nam and South East Asia. They espoused communist doctrine, and also carried on much of the legacy of the most infamous Chicago radical Saul Alinsky. If one thinks that Ayers and Dohrn, both now respected members of academia, have reformed and support American Democracy their recent interviews give a different picture. There is ample evidence that Ayers is as radical now as he was then. On September 11, 2011  ( a day that makes this interview very ironic ). Ayers was profiled by the New York Times in a piece with Ayers saying “ I don’t regret setting bombs, I feel that we didn’t do enough.” In 2010  Ayers wife Bernadine Dohrn said that she and Bill “are radicals today, and we think the real terrorist is the American government”; Ayers is further quoted as saying “I get up every morning thinking today…I’m going to end capitalism” 
Alinsky a well-known socialist radical had become famous for his defiant stands against both the U.S. Government and big business. He had led Union activities into an era of direct and often belligerent confrontation with industry and was an avid opponent of capitalism. Shortly before his death Alinsky authored, in 1971 his seminal book, Rules for Radicals. I read the book while in Chicago and it helped me understand the radicalization that was occurring in several segments of American society. Little did I realize that almost forty years later I would witness and be caught up in the rebirth of Alinsky’s philosophy. 
Another movement that was very powerful in Chicago at the time was the Nation of Islam under its White hating founder Elijah Muhammad. Although founded in Detroit, the Nation of Islam (NOI) moved its headquarters to Chicago and Louis Farrakhan replaced Muhammad as leader of the militant quasi-military religious order claiming Islam as the true religion and ALLAH as the One God. The NOI was problematic, but not in open revolt against main stream society at the time, but once again the future would bring the NOI back into my life at a later date. 
This background in the politics, and social movements of Chicago in the mid-seventies jumped into my consciousness when I first learned that a very junior Senator from Illinois named Barack Hussein Obama was running for the office of President of the United States. I started reading everything I could find on Obama and quickly found out that he was a man with an exceedingly thin resume and very left wing in his espoused political philosophy. As the primary campaign continued I became more and more aware that Obama had no relevant experience to qualify him for the most difficult and demanding job in the world. I had been in Washington during the time that Jimmy Carter was president and I knew very well the hazards that our nation would face if we foolishly elected a person to be president about whom we knew next to nothing.  When I learned of Obama’s relationship with William Ayers it set off alarms in my mind; if Obama was taking advice and counsel from Bill Ayers then he was either naïve or reckless. I also recognized that Obama’s rhetoric was straight out of the Saul Alinsky play book, namely, Rules for Radicals. A recently published book on Alinsky and Obama, The Evil Genius Behind Obama, by historian and political commentator Dr. Jerome R. Corsi makes very clear the influence that Alinsky’s radical ideology has on Obama. “ An honest review of Alinsky’s life and his writing makes clear that Barack Obama has lifted his divisive power-politics tactics from Saul Alinsky so completely that the class warfare themes Obama articulates in his speeches running for reelection in 2012 come almost word for word from the Saul Alinsky “rules for radicals” playbook. 
Another very troubling aspect of Obama’s adult life was his long time association with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. In opening his speeches to black church groups Obama would state, “ I bring you greetings from my pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright”. “Until Obama married Michelle Robinson in 1991, when he was thirty years old, his most significant adult relationship was with Jeremiah Wright. His connection to Wright ran long and deep, and went back further than has been generally reported. It started well before Obama joined Wright’s congregation, Trinity United Church of Christ, where the pastor’s sermons on Black Liberation Theology encouraged a victimization mentality among his black parishioners.”….”Among all of the controversial comments by Jeremiah Wright, the idea of massive wealth redistribution is the most alarming. The code language ‘economic parity’ and references to ‘mal-distribution’ is nothing more than channeling the twisted economic views of Karl Marx. Black Liberation theologians have explicitly stated a preference for Marxism as an ethic framework for the black church because Marxist thought is predicated on a system of oppressor class (whites) versus victim class (blacks)”. “Echoes of Wright’s Marxist ideology can be found in many of Obama’s remarks. For instance, when Obama says, ‘I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody,’ he is channeling Rev. Wright. This should come as no surprise, since Wright’s influence on Obama was unrivaled for more than twenty years. And those were Obama’s formative years when his core beliefs took shape. Not even Michelle Obama held such intellectual sway over her husband.” …”It was Wright that encouraged Obama to make a career of politics and offered to hook up Obama with members of the Trinity United Church of Christ who had money and important connections.”…”The church was an integral part of Barack’s politics. Because he needed that black base.” ( The Amateur: Edward Klein, 2012).
It was also reported that Obama had a friendly relationship with Louis Farrakhan and that the Nation of Islam was working very diligently in Black communities across the country to get out the vote for Obama. I have no recollection of the NOI ever supporting any other candidate for President of the United States. 
An additional area of concern for me was the apparent close business and personal relationship between Obama and his neighbor Tony Rezko. Rezko is alleged to have assisted Obama in obtaining property at an extremely discounted price and to have introduced Obama to many of his friends as potential campaign contributors. Rezko was a member of Obama’s State Senate Campaign committee and is credited with raising approximately $250,000 for Obama, his largest single contributor. Rezko is currently serving a 10 year term in prison for fraud and bribery
Former Governor Rod Blagojevich was a friend and business associate of Tony Rezko and Rezko was one of the Governor’s largest contributors and fund raisers. The impeachment and trial of Governor Blagojevich again raised the specter of rampant corruption in Chicago politics. Particularly disturbing was Obama’s insistence that he hardly knew Blagojevich and had only met him a few times. Evidence of many meeting and consultations has shown this statement to be false. It has also been determined that Obama lobbied Blagojevich to appoint his friend and close confident, Valerie Jarrett, to be his (Obama’s) successor as a U.S. Senator for Illinois. Blagojevich was discovered to be attempting to obtain something of value, either a Federal appointment or cash donations in return for nominating Jarrett.  Jarrett did not get the appointment largely due to the revelations in the Blagojevich investigation. Jarrett currently serves as a top advisor to President Obama and his wife Michele. Last December, former Governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to fourteen years in Federal prison, thereby ending one of the most bizarre episodes in Chicago corruption annals. 
Perhaps one of the most telling pre-election disclosures that disturbed me was the revelation that Obama had earmarked an appropriations bill for $1,000,000 soon after he took office for  construction of a pavilion at the University of Chicago Hospital, a private institution. It was also determined that Mrs. Obama worked at this facility and shortly after this earmark was passed she was promoted and given a $200,000 raise to a salary of $316,962. Reports were also received that she only “worked at this job” on a part time basis. If I had still been in the Bureau I would have opened an investigation of the University of Chicago for bribery. I couldn’t have opened a case against Senator Obama because Senators and Representatives are immune from investigation and prosecution for legislative actions, but the University is not.
With the background information I had at this time it was not difficult for me to answer an inquiry from a representative of a national news organization. The inquiry was simple: based upon what I knew or had learned up to that time would Senator Obama be able to get a top secret clearance from the FBI. I had to explain to the caller that neither the FBI nor any other Federal agency does background investigations on candidates for the offices of President, Vice President or members of Congress. The caller was somewhat incredulous and asked, “well how do they get clearances”, my response was that it was the responsibility of the American public and the news media to determine the qualifications of candidates running for these offices. The reporter then posed a difficult question that caused me some hesitation to answer; he asked if Obama was an applicant for a position in the FBI would he be able to get a Top Secret Clearance. I paused and thought for a minute pondering whether I should answer such a volatile question; then I decided that my responsibility was to tell the truth and not be concerned about possible negative reactions by others. My honest answer was with what I had learned about Obama during the campaign and if these associations and allegations were determined to be true, in my opinion, Barack Obama would not be hired or given a security clearance by the FBI, at least not while I was in the Bureau. Although the story of my comments was run it did not stir any particular controversy and apparently the American News Media and public were not concerned with Obama’s questionable background and associations.
Even now, some four years after many of the questions and allegations concerning Obama were first raised there are still major gaps in our knowledge of his background and accomplishments. “Researchers have discovered that Obama’s autobiographical books are little more than PR stunts, as they have little to do with the actual events of his life. The fact is we know less about President Obama than perhaps any other president in American history and much of this is due to actual efforts to hide his records.” We have no access to his school records, passport documents, scholarship or financial support data, prior to his running for public office. Who supported his attendance at some of America’s most prestigious schools and universities? Did he apply for a foreign student scholarship and if so, what did he claim as his native country? Was his education paid for by foreign governments or officials, and if so by whom? Where are the papers that he had to write to graduate from Columbia and Harvard Law School? What about the various Social Security numbers that he is alleged to have utilized, and his Selective Service registration? How did Obama go to Pakistan when no Americans were being issued visas for travel to that country and who paid for his trip?
There may be legitimate answers to these and the other questions that have been raised about President Obama, but until he is open and forthright with the American public we just won’t know what we need to know about our president.
There are many other issues about this president such as his use of Executive Orders to bypass the Congress, his economic policies which make no fiscal sense, and his Imperial style of governance. But those will be the subject of another paper as we are likely to be discussing and debating President Barack Obama for some time to come.

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Payne: "You Didn't Build That"

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Somebody else built the road to Kitty Hawk, Wright?

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Michael Voris on Those Heretical Old Nuns

To paraphrase Fr. Robert Barron (see his quote on the right): Might I suggest that these old feminist social workers still claiming to be Catholic Nuns have, along the way, allowed Jesus to get out of their boat.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Fr. Barron on "The Devil"

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Obama & Warren: Changing the American Dream

Scott Brown, running to retain his U.S. Senate seat against Elizabeth Warren (that faux Indian squaw) in Massachusetts, has released the best political  ad of the year.    He has successfully shown the woman who wants to be Pocahontas as being squarely in the Obama camp in her vision of America: she wants to CHANGE the American dream.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a FOOL!

Does he really think crazy people will turn in their guns - or is he dumb enough to think if guns are outlawed, outlaws won't be able to get guns?  Does he know that despite the strict laws against drugs, people who want illegal drugs have no problem getting them, and that the traffic in illegal drugs has caused more violence than any city should have to tolerate?  Apparently not.

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Ramirez: "You Didn't Build That..."

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Crossroads Pro-Life Walk Across America

It's embarrassing to admit total ignorance of this project until earlier today, when a priest from Franciscan University of Steubenville delivered the homily at Mass on EWTN, and spoke about the "Crossroads Pro-Life Walk Across America."  There are actually four separate walks: Northern, South/Central, Southern, and Canada, all meeting up in Washington, D.C., on August 11, 2012, for a Pro-Life Rally at the Capitol.

You can read all about this ministry by clicking on the link below:
Unfortunately it's not at all surprising that the media coverage of this great happening has been practically non-existent.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Afterburner: It's a Miracle

Barack Obama said something stunning. He thinks that government is responsible for private sector success, not individual initiative and hard work. This doesn't surprise Bill Whittle, who reminds viewers that Obama was surrounded by socialists growing up, and even started his political career in the living room of a radical, violent socialist. See a detailed history of Barack Obama's left-wing background, on this Afterburner.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Artur Davis on Switching Political Parties

From The Daily Caller today:
Formerly a Democratic congressman from Alabama, Artur Davis now identifies as a Republican.
While in Congress, Davis served on the House Ways and Means Committee and was active in the Congressional Black Caucus. In 2008, he gave a speech seconding Barack Obama’s nomination for president at the Democratic National Convention.
In 2009, he joined just 38 other House Democrats in opposing Obamacare.
Davis opted to not run for re-election in 2010 and instead ran for Alabama governor. He ultimately failed to win the Democratic primary and left Congress in 2011.
On May 29, Davis announced he was leaving the Democratic Party and becoming a Republican.
The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas recently spoke with Davis about the Congressional Black Caucus, health care, the lack of ideological diversity and tolerance in the Democratic Party and much more.
You can go directly to each individual question posed to Mr. Davis by clicking on the link below:

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sundays are for Beauty: Capital Children's Choir

To hear more from the Capital Children's Choir, go Here, Here, and Here.

Have a Beautiful Sunday.

H/T: pgmolly

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

"2016: Obama's America" - Trailer

A must see movie before November 6, 2012.  It's based on a best-selling book by Dinesh D'Souza, president of The Kings College in New York City.  To visit the website for the movie, click on the link below.

H/T: luv2sing

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Obama's Gotta Go

This just came in from

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Caroline Glick: Media Bias in Israel

Caroline Glick, who specializes in satirical depictions of the Israeli Left and others in sympathy with them, posted this video on Tribal Update. It's titled: "If settlements are legal, then Israel must be breaking the law." This could remind you of the type of coverage of the news by the cast at MSNBC.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Obama and the BP Oil Spill

Oil Spill Timeline from RightChange on Vimeo.

Mr. President, when you lost Carville, Matthews, Stewart, and Olberman, it appeared you might have been in trouble with your base.  Unfortunately, they all seem to have forgotten this catastrophe and come back into the fold.  Wonder why that happened?

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Monday, July 9, 2012

Brad Thor with Ginny Thomas

This was on The Daily Caller today.  You can read more about the interview by clicking on the below link:

Here are the questions from Ginni Thomas:

What do you do and why?

Tell us about the thesis of your first novel, “Full Black,” and why you wrote it

What are your thoughts on George Soros and his agenda for America?

Your take on President Obama?

From your vantage point, what are the biggest threats to the nation?

Was America duped by the “hope and change” rhetoric of Obama in 2008?

If a President Romney would offer you any job in government to right the ship of state, where would you want to work?

Tell us your objective in social media — Twitter and Facebook?

What advice do you have to wake more Americans up to politics?

What is your next novel, “Black List,” about?

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

American Energy Resources

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The US has more energy available in its oil shale alone than the entire global reserves of conventional oil.  This is on top of the trillion cubic feet of natural gas and the world’s largest reserves of coal.
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Archbishop Chaput on God and Caesar

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput delivered this homily today at the closing Mass for the Fortnight for Freedom at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC.  
Philadelphia is the place where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were written. For more than two centuries, these documents have inspired people around the globe. So as we begin our reflection on today’s readings, I have the privilege of greeting everyone here today — and every person watching or listening from a distance — in the name of the Church of my home, the Church of Philadelphia, the cradle of our country’s liberty and the city of our nation’s founding. May God bless and guide all of us as we settle our hearts on the Word of God.
Paul Claudel, the French poet and diplomat of the last century, once described the Christian as “a man who knows what he is doing and where he is going in a world [that] no longer [knows] the difference between good and evil, yes and no. He is like a god standing out in a crowd of invalids . . He alone has liberty in a world of slaves.”
Like most of the great writers of his time, Claudel was a mix of gold and clay, flaws and genius. He had a deep and brilliant Catholic faith, and when he wrote that a man “who no longer believes in God, no longer believes in anything,” he was simply reporting what he saw all around him. He spoke from a lifetime that witnessed two world wars and the rise of atheist ideologies that murdered tens of millions of innocent people using the vocabulary of science. He knew exactly where forgetting God can lead.
We Americans live in a different country, on a different continent, in a different century. And yet, in speaking of liberty, Claudel leads us to the reason we come together in worship this afternoon.
Most of us know today’s passage from the Gospel of Matthew. What we should, or should not, render unto Caesar shapes much of our daily discourse as citizens. But I want to focus on the other and more important point Jesus makes in today’s Gospel reading: the things we should render unto God.
When the Pharisees and Herodians try to trap Jesus, he responds by asking for a coin. Examining it he says, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?” When his enemies say “Caesar’s,” he tells them to render it to Caesar. In other words, that which bears the image of Caesar belongs to Caesar.
The key word in Christ’s answer is “image,” or in the Greek, eikon. Our modern meaning of “image” is weaker than the original Greek meaning. We tend to think of an image as something symbolic, like a painting or sketch. The Greek understanding includes that sense but goes further. In the New Testament, the “image” of something shares in the nature of the thing itself.
This has consequences for our own lives because we’re made in the image of God. In the Greek translation of the Old Testament, the same word, eikon, is used in Genesis when describing the creation. “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” says God (Gen 1:26). The implication is clear. To be made in the image of God is more than a pious slogan. It’s a statement of fact. Every one of us shares — in a limited but real way — in the nature of God himself. When we follow Jesus Christ, we grow in conformity to that image.
Once we understand this, the impact of Christ’s response to his enemies becomes clear. Jesus isn’t being clever. He’s not offering a political commentary. He’s making a claim on every human being. He’s saying, “render unto Caesar those things that bear Caesar’s image, but more importantly, render unto God that which bears God’s image” — in other words, you and me. All of us.
And that raises some unsettling questions: What do you and I, and all of us, really render to God in our personal lives? If we claim to be disciples, then what does that actually mean in the way we speak and act?
Thinking about the relationship of Caesar and God, religious faith and secular authority, is important. It helps us sort through our different duties as Christians and citizens. But on a deeper level, Caesar is a creature of this world, and Christ’s message is uncompromising: We should give Caesar nothing of ourselves. Obviously we’re in the world. That means we have obligations of charity and justice to the people with whom we share it. Patriotism is a virtue. Love of country is an honorable thing. As Chesterton once said, if we build a wall between ourselves and the world, it makes little difference whether we describe ourselves as locked in or locked out.
But God made us for more than the world. Our real home isn’t here. The point of today’s Gospel passage is not how we might calculate a fair division of goods between Caesar and God. In reality, it all belongs to God and nothing – at least nothing permanent and important – belongs to Caesar. Why? Because just as the coin bears the stamp of Caesar’s image, we bear the stamp of God’s image in baptism. We belong to God, and only to God.
In today’s second reading, St. Paul tells us, “Indeed religion” — the RSV version says “godliness” – “with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it.” True freedom knows no attachments other than Jesus Christ. It has no love of riches or the appetites they try to satisfy. True freedom can walk away from anything — wealth, honor, fame, pleasure. Even power. It fears neither the state, nor death itself.
Who is the most free person at anything? It’s the person who masters her art. A pianist is most free who — having mastered her instrument according to the rules that govern it and the rules of music, and having disciplined and honed her skills — can now play anything she wants.
The same holds true for our lives. We’re free only to the extent that we unburden ourselves of our own willfulness and practice the art of living according to God’s plan. When we do this, when we choose to live according to God’s intention for us, we are then — and only then — truly free.
This is the freedom of the sons and daughters of God. It’s the freedom of Miguel Pro, Mother Teresa, Maximillian Kolbe, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and all the other holy women and men who have gone before us to do the right thing, the heroic thing, in the face of suffering and adversity. This is the kind of freedom that can transform the world. And it should animate all of our talk about liberty – religious or otherwise.
I say this for two reasons. Here’s the first reason. Real freedom isn’t something Caesar can give or take away. He can interfere with it; but when he does, he steals from his own legitimacy.
Here’s the second reason. The purpose of religious liberty is to create the context for true freedom. Religious liberty is a foundational right. It’s necessary for a good society. But it can never be sufficient for human happiness. It’s not an end in itself. In the end, we defend religious liberty in order to live the deeper freedom that is discipleship in Jesus Christ. What good is religious freedom, consecrated in the law, if we don’t then use that freedom to seek God with our whole mind and soul and strength?
Today, July 4, we celebrate the birth of a novus ordo seclorum - a “new order of the ages,” the American Era. God has blessed our nation with resources, power, beauty and the rule of law. We have so much to be grateful for. But these are gifts. They can be misused. They can be lost. In coming years, we’ll face more and more serious challenges to religious liberty in our country. This is why the Fortnight for Freedom has been so very important.
And yet, the political and legal effort to defend religious liberty – as vital as it is – belongs to a much greater struggle to master and convert our own hearts, and to live for God completely, without alibis or self-delusion. The only question that finally matters is this one: Will we live wholeheartedly for Jesus Christ? If so, then we can be a source of freedom for the world. If not, nothing else will do.
God’s words in today’s first reading are a caution we ignore at our own expense. “Son of man,” God says to Ezekiel and to all of us, “I have appointed you as a sentinel. If I say to the wicked, ‘you will surely die’ – and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them . . . I will hold you responsible for their blood.”
Here’s what that means for each of us: We live in a time that calls for sentinels and public witness. Every Christian in every era faces the same task. But you and I are responsible for this moment. Today. Now. We need to “speak out,” not only for religious liberty and the ideals of the nation we love, but for the sacredness of life and the dignity of the human person – in other words, for the truth of what it means to be made in the image and likeness of God.
We need to be witnesses of that truth not only in word, but also in deed. In the end, we’re missionaries of Jesus Christ, or we’re nothing at all. And we can’t share with others what we don’t live faithfully and joyfully ourselves.
When we leave this Mass today, we need to render unto Caesar those things that bear his image. But we need to render ourselves unto God — generously, zealously, holding nothing back. To the extent we let God transform us into his own image, we will – by the example of our lives – fulfill our duty as citizens of the United States, but much more importantly, as disciples of Jesus Christ.

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The Declaration of Independence
from The U.S. Constitution: A Reader, pp. 5-9

With the War for Independence over a year old and hope for a peaceful resolution nonexistent, the Continental Congress appointed a Committee of Five—including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin—to draft a document “declar[ing] the causes which impel [the American colonies] to the separation.” Thirty-three-year-old Jefferson composed the initial draft, completing it in seventeen days. The committee submitted its draft to Congress on June 28, 1776, and on July 2, Congress voted for independence. Two days later, after numerous edits, Congress approved the Declaration of Independence by unanimous vote.

July 4, 1776
The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,—That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.—Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures. He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury: For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offenses:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighboring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

North Carolina
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson,
Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

New York
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

New Hampshire
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Obamacare HHS Mandate to Cost EWTN $600,000 per Year

Melanie Wilcox, a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation, posted the bad news for the Eternal Word Television Network today concerning the cost of their fine (under Obamacare) for refusing to comply with the anti-conscience HHS mandate.
The leading Catholic media organization in the world, Eternal Word Television Network, is prepared to pay a “financial fine on faith” likely to exceed at least $600,000 per year rather than comply with Obamacare’s anti-conscience mandate.
EWTN is suing the federal government over the anti-conscience mandate, which requires religious institutions to provide “preventative” services — including abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives and sterilization —  in its health plans, regardless of the institution’s moral or religious objections.
This global company — comprised of Catholic Television, Catholic Radio and Catholic News Network — faces significant penalties but won’t violate its principles, according to EWTN counsel Kyle Duncan of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
“We are agreeing to violate the mandate as we are preaching it,” Duncan explained. “This is probably the case for other religious broadcasting stations that we don’t represent, but it’s particularly the case with EWTN.”
This non-profit, tax-exempt organization receives no funding from the Catholic Church or from the cable systems and satellite providers that carry it. Since EWTN relies solely on its viewers for funding, the $600,000 minimum fine threatening the organization under Obamacare’s anti-conscience mandate may especially impact the network.

You can read Melanie's entire post HERE.


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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Glenn Beck's Mercury One Teams with Operation Blessing to Feed America

If you're interested in helping Glenn Beck, who has joined with Operation Blessing in the Food Drive called "Restoring Love Through Service," please click on the link below:

H/T: luv2sing7

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