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With Obama Gone . . . Obama’s Medical Fist And Tax Funding For Immorality Still Haunt Voters

April 1, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on With Obama Gone . . . Obama’s Medical Fist And Tax Funding For Immorality Still Haunt Voters

By DEXTER DUGGAN Are you more worried that 1) White House counselor Kellyanne Conway lightheartedly told television viewers in February to buy some of Ivanka Trump’s fashion products, after President Trump’s daughter’s merchandise was discriminated against by some department stores? Or do you fret more that 2) the U.S. government under Barack Obama was sending taxpayer money overseas that’s still being spent to push hundreds of millions of people to reject their traditional morality and promote permissive abortion and sexual disorientation? If you’re a regular person, the answer would be Number Two, if you knew, but odds are that’s never been a major item on the 45 minutes of highly selectively edited network news and features that you get during…Continue Reading

The Ryancare Rout — Winning By Losing?

March 31, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Ryancare Rout — Winning By Losing?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Did the Freedom Caucus just pull the Republican Party back off the ledge, before it jumped to its death? A case can be made for that. Before the American Health Care Act, a/k/a “Ryancare,” was pulled off the House floor Friday, March 24, it enjoyed the support — of 17 percent of Americans. Had it passed, it faced an Antietam in the GOP Senate, and probable defeat. Had it survived there, to be signed by President Trump, it would have meant 14 million Americans losing their health insurance in 2018. First among the losers would have been white working-class folks who delivered the Rust Belt states to President Trump. “Victory has a thousand fathers; defeat is…Continue Reading

Should Women Be Prosecuted For Having Abortions?

March 30, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Should Women Be Prosecuted For Having Abortions?

By JOHN YOUNG Donald Trump caused a stir when during the election campaign he stated that women should be prosecuted for having abortions. He quickly reversed that statement. Most people strongly opposed to abortion regard it as the taking of innocent human life, and insist that it should be illegal, with severe penalties for doctors who perform abortions. But what of the mothers? If a woman chooses to have an abortion isn’t she in the same category as doctors who perform abortions? Should one even go further and say that the mother is behaving worse than the abortionist because it is her own baby that she is having killed? As a mother she above all others should protect her baby.…Continue Reading

The Pope’s Soundbites

March 29, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on The Pope’s Soundbites
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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I have been wondering if liberal Catholics were going to gloat in public over the liberalizing efforts of Pope Francis. So far, they haven’t, as far as I can tell. There may be some chuckling in private among liberal Catholic circles over the dilemma faced by conservative Catholics who have prided themselves on their loyalty to the papacy, now that they find themselves regularly at odds with the Pope’s comments on issues such as homosexuality and global warming. But I haven’t seen much snickering in the open about “conservative cafeteria Catholics.” At least not in mainstream publications such as America and Commonweal. You will find high praise for Francis’ “compassion” and “openness to change” in these…Continue Reading

Tribute Shows How . . . Michael Novak Developed His Growing Wisdom As He Left The Static Left

March 28, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Tribute Shows How . . . Michael Novak Developed His Growing Wisdom As He Left The Static Left

By DEXTER DUGGAN Developing thinking about a moral approach to practicing capitalism was a major contribution by philosopher Michael Novak, who moved from being celebrated on the left to revered by the realistic in a life that ended at age 83 in February. His website (michaelnovak.net) described him as “author, philosopher, theologian” at the top of the page. He indeed was those, but also helped thinkers see how economies worked, and why capitalism was better than state systems that seemed to captivate many clerics. Himself a former seminarian, Novak was a correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter during the Second Vatican Council and wrote the 1964 book The Open Church, which his website describes as applauding “the purposes of Pope…Continue Reading

Radical Left-Wing Social Experiments Are Killing America

March 27, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Radical Left-Wing Social Experiments Are Killing America

By REY FLORES “Interesting how a 14-year-old girl gets raped by illegal immigrants at Rockville High School and third-wave feminists are silent. Anything to perpetuate the ‘white-patriarchy-is-to-blame-for-all-our-problems’ narrative, right? Don’t talk to me about equality and empowerment, ladies. Your movement is a joke” — Allie Beth Stuckey, www.TheConservativeMillennialBlog.com. + + + She is specifically referring to the recent case of two illegal immigrants, ages 18 and 17, who are accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in a Rockville, Md., high school. Because of the illegal status of the perpetrators, radical leftists and their friends in the mainstream fake “news” media refuse to condemn or even report on the case because it puts illegal immigrants in a bad light. This kind…Continue Reading

Amid Spies’ Smoke And Mirrors . . . What’s The Reality Behind Trump Tying Himself To Ryancare?

March 26, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Amid Spies’ Smoke And Mirrors . . . What’s The Reality Behind Trump Tying Himself To Ryancare?

By DEXTER DUGGAN In Washington’s current maelstrom of speculation about who’s spying on whom, the questions go even deeper. When a victim of spying said “Yes” on the phone, did he really mean “No” but intended to conceal his meaning from possible interception? Or did he really mean “Yes” when he said “Yes,” but hoped to mislead the eavesdropping spy into thinking he actually meant “No”? Collecting information covertly means not only preparing transcripts but also analyzing them for elusive significance, to extract the pearl within the ugly, resistant shell. And we’re not even talking about the Neil Gorsuch public hearings for the Supreme Court, where leftist senators hoped to mind-read hidden, evil thoughts into the openly stated ideas of…Continue Reading

Clericalism Continues To Thrive In The Church

March 25, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Clericalism Continues To Thrive In The Church

By CHRISTOPHER MANION Pope Francis has condemned clericalism repeatedly, insisting that it goes hand in hand with corruption. Russell Shaw, an expert on the subject, writes that the “illness” of clericalism has been with us for so long “that most of us take it for granted. In fact, we’re clericalists ourselves.” Just what is this thing called “clericalism,” anyway? In one sense, it’s reminiscent of Justice Potter Stewart’s observation about hard-core pornography: “Perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly [defining it],” he wrote, “but I know it when I see it” (Jacobellis v. Ohio, 1964). In that spirit, Pope Francis has seen “clericalism” in the corruption endemic to his native Latin America, as well as in the “rigorism” of his…Continue Reading

Will Russiagate Backfire On The Left?

March 24, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Will Russiagate Backfire On The Left?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN The big losers of the Russian hacking scandal may yet be those who invested all their capital in a script that turned out to be based on a fairy tale. In the March 20 Intelligence Committee hearings, James Comey did confirm that his FBI has found nothing to support President Trump’s tweet that President Obama ordered him wiretapped. Not unexpected, but undeniably an embarrassment for the tweeter-in-chief. Yet longer-term damage may have been done to the left. For that hearing showed that its rendering of the campaign of 2016 may be a product of fiction and a fevered imagination. After eight months investigating the hacking and leaking of the emails of Clinton campaign chief John Podesta…Continue Reading

Cynicism And Skepticism

March 23, 2017 Frontpage Comments Off on Cynicism And Skepticism

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It is a dilemma that classroom teachers struggle with: How do we promote a healthy skepticism among our students, without encouraging cynicism, when discussing the great issues of the past or current events? We want our students to learn to see through false claims and propaganda, to spot humbug. On the other hand, we do not want for them to assume that everyone is a phony with base motives. There is, for example, a difference between the argument in favor of United States’ military and economic intervention in Eastern Europe after World War II and that of the Soviet Union. That said, it cannot be denied that there is a tendency of political leaders and partisans…Continue Reading