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Has Anyone Here Seen Norman Rockwell’s America Lately?

July 4, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK A question has puzzled me in recent years: Where are the modern versions of the working-class men and women we used to see in the old Norman Rockwell covers for The Saturday Evening Post? I don’t find many clean-cut truck drivers in cloth caps looking in admiration at a family praying before their meal at the local diner, crew-cut auto mechanics with the American flag on the wall behind their workbench, genial painters dabbing meticulously to finish their work on a small-town gazebo, prim and proper file clerks taking night courses at the local college. Rockwell’s working men and women were depictions of people you could easily picture as ushers at their church on Sunday, leaders…Continue Reading

Brexit Vote . . . Provides Hope For Suffering Citizens In Both Britain, U.S.

July 3, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN “See EU Later!” shouted the front-page headline on the 6 a.m. print edition of the London-based Sun newspaper on June 24. Bursting forth with the dawn, the surprising results of Britain’s vote the previous day on whether to leave the European Union left the professional know-it-alls staggered. The headline was, of course, a play on words, with the initials of the evolving European superstate being read as “you” — See You Later. That meaning wasn’t to be taken literally, because the British majority hadn’t voted to take a short vacation from the EU then return, but definitively to chop off the tentacles of Brussels’ bureaucrats and assert Britain’s independence. They didn’t intend to retie the knot later.…Continue Reading

We Need A New Revolution And A New Declaration Of Independence

July 2, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES From the greatest nation to the greatest frustration, we once again celebrate Independence Day, or as it is more popularly known, the Fourth of July. Despite all of the corruption and blatant dishonesty from many of our nation’s so-called leaders, I am certain that we remain the greatest nation in the world. As to how long we can continue to make this claim, I don’t know. Just in the past week we have once again seen how our great nation can do some not-so-great things. The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has once again sided with the abortion industry, almost as if there were some kind of reward for the SCOTUS to do so. In…Continue Reading

Has Trump Found The Formula?

July 1, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Stripped of its excesses, Donald Trump’s Wednesday, June 22 speech contains all the ingredients of a campaign that can defeat Hillary Clinton this fall. Indeed, after the speech ended Clinton was suddenly defending the Clinton Foundation against the charge that it is a front for a racket for her family’s enrichment. The specific charges in Trump’s indictment of Clinton: She is mendacious, corrupt, incompetent, and a hypocrite. “Hillary Clinton . . . is a world-class liar,” said Trump. She faked a story about being under fire at a Bosnia airport, the kind of claim for which TV anchors get fired. She has lied repeatedly about her email server. She lied to the families of victims of…Continue Reading

No Excuse For Obfuscation On Islam

June 30, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY The Wall Street Journal ran on a recent Opinion Page an informative piece by Ayann Hirsi Ali, a fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School, documenting clearly that hatred of homosexuals is an integral part of Islamic belief. Ayann Hirsi Ali, no stranger to the subject, is the author of two readily available books, Infidel (2007) and Heretic: The Case for a Muslim Reformation (2015). Given the bold headline, “Islam’s Jihad Against Homosexuals,” and the prominent place the WSJ gave the article, there can be no excuse for politicians and media personnel to use multiple euphemisms to avoid acknowledging the motivating source of Muslim rage against homosexuals. Hirsi Ali writes, “[The Orlando attack] is not primarily about guns…Continue Reading

McCain’s Main Foe Speaks… Suburban Arizona Catholic Group Gets Rolling To Study Candidates

June 29, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN GILBERT, Ariz. — A lineup of pro-life Republican politicians, including the major GOP challenger for John McCain’s U.S. Senate seat this year, spoke to a gathering of Catholics seeking to become more politically informed in this booming Phoenix suburb. Although many Catholics are engaged in positive efforts, from building up their own families to defending the culture, they could benefit from better knowing the candidates and the implications of casting their votes, Christine Accurso, a veteran pro-life activist who helped organize the meeting, told The Wanderer. It was a meeting of individual Gilbert-area citizens, not sponsored by the Catholic Church. Organizers issued an invitation “to meet the pro-life, pro-family, pro-freedom candidates that we believe are worthy of your…Continue Reading

Guns N’ Catholics

June 28, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES Do you own a firearm? Wait. Don’t answer out loud — you never know who may be listening. If your answer is yes: Why do you own a firearm? Is it for hunting, self-defense, or is it for nefarious purposes? You see, there are all sorts of different reasons why an individual may own a firearm. In the current debate in our nation’s capital about guns and so-called gun control, there are those who claim they want to reduce what they call “gun violence,” when in reality they seek to violate the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and disarm our citizenry. As Catholics, we need to ask: What does the Church say about guns or any…Continue Reading

Phoenix Starting Point Recalled . . . Time For Trump To Use More Surgical Sharpness, Less Shrapnel?

June 27, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWit, a Republican who knows his numbers, went down a list of chilling statistics on a hot day here in front of a fired-up crowd waiting to hear presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. It was nearly a year since a successful Trump rally in Phoenix last July persuaded the Manhattan billionaire that he really might have a potent presidential campaign within his grasp. He may have thought he needed to bellow then to get attention. However, treasurer DeWit’s devastating surgical presentation on Barack Obama’s damaging custody of America suggests that more such GOP precision, and less Trump bluster, is the right prescription today, when the billionaire is criticized for using…Continue Reading

Will Hillary Be Indicted?

June 26, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Will Hillary Clinton beat the rap over her private email server? “Beat the rap” is the appropriate term. I would wager serious money that even the most ardent of Hillary’s supporters would admit — if given a dose of truth serum — that they know her private server was set up to conceal from the public the nature of her involvement with the Clinton Global Initiative. There is no other plausible explanation for all the effort that went in to setting up the server and the contrived explanations from Hillary and her team for the 30,000 deleted emails. If you listen to Fox News, you will be confident that an indictment is on the way. Andrew…Continue Reading

Justice Scalia And The Natural Law Tradition

June 25, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JUDE DOUGHERTY In this election season, we can appreciate all the more the role that Justice Antonin Scalia played during his 30 years of service on the United States Supreme Court. There are many facets to the campaigns waged among the contenders for the presidency of the country, but none are more significant than presidential appointments to the Supreme Court. In the fifth century B.C., Heraclitus of Ephesus wrote, “The people must fight for their laws as for their walls.” After two and a half millennia that dictum remains relevant. The rule of law is often at stake in appointments to the nation’s highest court. When it comes to interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, Justice Scalia is associated with…Continue Reading