Saturday, November 26, 2016
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Today we honor Blessed Miguel Pro, executed by the anti-Church Mexican government basically for being a Catholic priest.
I think of him today not only because it is his feast day, but also because of the recent election.
Although I certainly did not think there would have been executions of Catholics and other Christians had Hillary Clinton been elected and the Democrats had taken control of at least the Senate, I did believe there would have been continued, perhaps increased persecution of people of faith. I don't think she is "anti-Catholic" in the full sense of the phrase, but I do believe her attitude and those of key staff would be hostile to people of faith. Remember, she did say we'd have to change our teachings when it came to abortion, and her campaign staff talked about subverting and coopting the Church.
I think people would have been forced to pay for or take part in things which they find morally objectionable - or face loss of jobs and businesses, fines, perhaps even jail. That had already begun under the Obama administration, and I think she would have at least continued his policies. And given her ties to the abortion industry, I could imagine it getting even worse.
I'm under no illusions that Trump will be perfect. I don't see him actively fighting the subversion of morality and faith rampant in our culture - he's very much a product of that culture. I also don't know if he's informed or self-aware enough to fully understand what is going on. But I do have hopes he will cut back on government involvement in this, and on the official policies that attack people of faith.
It's up to us to challenge the culture. But at least we will not have the government attacking us as well.
Pax et bonum
As anyone who has followed my posts here - or on social media - knows, I did not vote for Donald Trump, and I've had concerns about him for a long time. I disagreed with him on a number of positions and proposals (at least with what he said about them), I criticized some of his tactics and language, and I had reservations about his grasp of the issues.
But, I never called him a Nazi or a fascist or a xenophobe or a homophobe or a bigot or an anti-Semite or any number of such extreme terms.
I pointed out that much of what he was saying during the campaign was rhetoric, and that if he got elected he would likely chose a much more pragmatic course. As his actions and comments since the election have shown, that does indeed appear to be the case. (So far, anyway)
Yet folks continue to condemn him for "hate speech" - by using hate speech of their own.
Seems kind of hypocritical.
I think what we need to do is focus on his actual proposals and actions once he takes office and, where appropriate, to oppose specific things, or to push for what we want.
I will be watching how he treats pro-life issues and immigrants and health care and any number of other issues. I will speak up when I disagree with him. I will urge him to choose courses with which I agree,
But I will not criticize his policies until he actually does something.
And I will not engage in hate speech.
Pax et bonum
Friday, November 18, 2016
Santa season starts tomorrow. Plenty of shifts coming up - I'll be a busy boy.
Time to get out my mall Santa poem:
A Mall Santa's Prayer
As I hold each precious child
let me treat each one
with the love and care I'd show
Your most holy Son.
Pax et bonum
Sunday, November 13, 2016
I read Robert Frost: A Life by Jay Parini.
Frost is my favorite poet, and I enjoyed the book. It filled in some gaps, and countered the largely negative old curmudgeon image some of his critics have painted of Frost. Yes, Frost had his moments, but this book gives a more well-rounded picture.
A few small quibbles: Some repetition that editing might have taken out, and I don't agree with all the interpretations of the poems (Parini seems to have his own spin on Frost that he tries to reinforce). Then again, poetry is often open to varied interpretations, so that's no real knock against Parini.
But my minor quibbles are more than made up for by the overall quality. Good job.
Glad I read it.
Pax et bonum
Friday, November 11, 2016
During the recent political campaign I scribbled a few clerihews about some of the candidates. Here's a look back, starting with the winner:
provided Trump filler.
Asked if it was really he, Trump said, "I don't sound like me,
that is, he isn't he, I mean, me."
on the stump
will almost always spout a platitude
or something rude.
is hitting a South Carolina slump.
His reliance on invective
is proving ineffective.
is no chump.
Even if he loses he know his bottom line
will do just fine.
His VP gets a nod too:
just makes sense.
Even his disciplined hair
contrasts with the Donald's hirsute flair.
And his Democratic foe provided some fodder:
helped investigate Richard Nixon.
As her missing e-mails seem to tell
she didn't learn from his fall that well.
is probably guilty of perjury,
but I wouldn’t bet a dime
that she’ll do any time.
His last Republican rival inspired a few verses:
is feeling the blues.
It seems whether he endorses Trump or not
his own ambitions are shot.
seems destined to lose.
His Senate colleagues lament, "Alas and Alack,
that means he'll soon be back."
dreads reading the news.
There are too many reports of his campaign's tactics being out of step
with his evangelical rep.
But he denies rumors he'd even peek
when as a child he played hide-and-seek.
And then there were a few other Republican primary rivals:
wouldn't say whom she thought mean-ah.
Still, when Trump and "The View" gals got in her face
she put them in their place.
found the campaign trail twisty.
Maybe he'll view his likely loss
as just another bridge to cross.
was the presidential candidate for me.
But apparently his down-home ways
appeal to few others these days.
never claimed he committed arson.
That didn't stop Politico
from saying, "He may have, you know."
Pax et bonum
Saturday, November 5, 2016
The American Solidarity Party (ASP) is a Christian democratic political party with Catholic social justice roots.
Supports amnesty and a path to citizenship for immigrants currently residing in the United States;
Supports stewardship for creation, advocating for funding for research in safe and renewable sources of energy, such as solar and wind-power.
Promotes free practice of religion and opposes reckless secularism and that seeks to remove religion from the public square.
Pax et bonum