Saturday 27th May 2017

Home » Frontpage » Currently Reading:

In A Fraction Of A News Cycle… Comey Goes From Being Dems’ Villain To Persecuted Hero

May 13, 2017 Frontpage No Comments

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Back in the days of Franklin Roosevelt in the White House, it’s said, the president would gather a few favored reporters around his desk and decorously dispense his news for the next day’s papers.
Mass-circulation metropolitan papers in the 1930s may have had multiple daily editions with screaming headlines from the wider world — Nazis, Reds, Mobs, Scandal, Sex — but manipulative Washington politicians managed their own news pipelines, better to control the flow for them back then.
It was more like feeding the fish with a few worms in a rippling stream, where fish practiced etiquette in eating, as compared to today’s 24-hour news cycle of throwing chunks of bloody meat into a turbulent shark tank, then doing it all over again two hours later, then adding more meat for dinner time. And now the sharks have birthed babies to join the brawl.
When the news cycle is unending, the search for angles and updates only intensifies the environment. If six deadlines through the night were demanding for a big-city paper’s printed editions, from the early state edition to the late-city final, what about online days where the battle is to hit the web faster than anyone else, at all hours?
Moreover, today’s communications world has us familiarly watching multiple nations’ eruptions and elections in ways that used to be accessible only to the mind of God. We don’t know billions of other people’s individual thoughts and souls as only He can, but we’re seeing acres of their faces up close like never before.
People are still way over on the other side of the world from us, but electronics puts them immediately next to us in pixels. They may not be able to place their fists or their flower bouquets right in our faces at the moment, but perhaps the next best thing anyway: getting our attention.
Getting attention right at home is even more important, in the unending political publicity wars to subjugate the citizenry so government can keep growing.
Don’t let a serious crisis go to waste when it gives you the opportunity to do things you thought you couldn’t do before, said Barack Obama’s Democratic capo Rahm Emanuel on their way into the White House just over eight years ago.
That includes the opportunity to turn on a dime so fast and hard that it makes the coin split into shards.
Just about everyone would have thought Democrats would be delighted if FBI Director James Comey were given his walking papers. For months they — including no less than failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton — deluded themselves that Comey (or Russians, or lunar eclipses) had caused her defeat in the election last November by reawakening the topic of her obvious serious, calculated lawbreaking.
However, people already were plenty aware of Hillary’s hiding and destroying countless emails that showed her greed and illegal foreign favor-trading as secretary of state. People didn’t need Comey to make them chant “Lock her up” at Donald Trump rallies last year.
When President Trump unexpectedly fired Comey on May 9 for his erratic job performance, a political observer initially might have thought Trump truly had made a bipartisan move. Politicians on both sides of the aisle had voiced their displeasure with the FBI director, so Trump did a win-win, and that’s all behind us now.
After all, powerful, left-wing Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) was among national Democrats having sharply criticized Comey.
But calculating Dems quickly decided this was a new serious crisis they wouldn’t allow to go to waste. Hooray that Comey is gone, but now reframe this as an unconstitutional horror, providing another tool to battle the president. Peace is war and war is peace.
The conservative Washington Free Beacon quickly posted a video of left-wing television comedian Stephen Colbert on May 9 telling his faithful audience the breaking news that Trump had just fired Comey. The audience spontaneously whooped and cheered in delight, as one might expect.
Oops, this wasn’t according to Colbert’s script. Didn’t the dumbo audience suddenly understand that as of this minute, firing Comey became awful?
Colbert beneath the bright lights tut-tutted that the recommendation to fire Comey came from Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Suitably rebuked, the studio audience began booing instead. They’ll howl however they’re told by a big mouth up front.
Political theater, ain’t it great?
National radio host Rush Limbaugh thought that Colbert’s trained-seal audience act was so interesting that he led off his program with it the next day.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on May 10 pointed to Dem leaders’ “hypocrisy,” saying Hillary would have fired Comey “immediately” if she’d been elected. The Free Beacon posted a video of Sanders reacting to a reporter saying Trump widened a “divide” by the firing.
Sanders said: “Frankly, I’m surprised that it did create a divide since you’ve had so many Republicans and Democrats repeatedly calling for Director Comey to be gone. Frankly, I don’t think it matters what this president says. You’re going to have Democrats come out and fight him every single step of the way.”
Pressed as to whether Trump had anticipated this “backlash,” Sanders replied: “How could he have, considering the fact that most of the people that are declaring war today were the very ones that were begging for Director Comey to be fired?”
If Hillary could have fired Comey, Sanders added, “the very Democrats that are criticizing the president today would be dancing in the streets celebrating.”
Former U.S. Attorney Joseph DiGenova told the Laura Ingraham national radio program on May 10 that Comey had given a “nutty,”‘ “self-indulgent” performance testifying before a Senate committee on May 3, where he mistakenly said a Hillary aide improperly forwarded “hundreds and thousands” of emails.
The FBI sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee May 9 saying Comey had been in error on this.
DiGenova said that although President Trump gets the credit for earlier allowing Comey a chance to redeem himself, the FBI head “was irredeemable” and needed to depart.
Ingraham wondered if Comey is a person who can’t take the pressure.

Difficulties Ahead

As for the president, Trump seems to eat pressure for lunch and spit it out after extracting the juices. But that doesn’t prevent missteps from inexperience.
Getting used to presiding at the White House presents problems for the star resident of Manhattan’s Trump Tower. A businessman who’s more used to signing deals where both parties think they come out ahead now faces foes who want to rip him out of his new place of business in Washington and shred any contracts he wanted to sign with them.
It turns out to have been a lot easier to have campaigned successfully for the presidency on the very popular issue of repealing disastrous Obamacare than actually achieving that goal with the agreement of the increasingly unpopular opposition party that chained and nailed this goblin to Americans’ backs at Obama’s orders.
While some politicians speak hopefully of moving a repeal rather soon through the Senate, where the GOP has only a two-vote majority, others see months of difficulties ahead. It was hard enough to have the House approve a reform bill in a modest amount of time, where the GOP has a much larger majority.
The reform task is made no easier, of course, when the dominant media are the propaganda organ of the Democrats.
And recall that the bill narrowly approved in the House on May 4 wasn’t the simple elimination of Obamacare. In Washington’s ways, unneeded new complexities were devised that would have better been left out.
Freshman conservative Cong. Andy Biggs (R., Ariz.) explained in a May 4 news release why he voted no on Trump’s American Health Care Act:
“Unfortunately, the American Health Care Act . . . leaves the basic framework of Obamacare in place and continues to commit Republicans to an ill-considered, ill-defined, and an almost certainly ill-fated three-stage plan to completely repeal Obamacare at an unspecified later date. Even worse, I have seen no compelling evidence that the AHCA will offer substantive relief to Arizona families who have been crushed by devastatingly high health-insurance premiums. . . .
“Some of my colleagues claim that by passing the AHCA we are eliminating hundreds of billions of dollars in Obamacare taxes. There is some truth to this argument,” Biggs said. “But the AHCA does not do anything to eliminate the costly ACA (Obamacare) subsidies already in place, and it continues the dangerous precedent established by the ACA of granting the federal government the power to regulate our nation’s health-care system.
“I did not come to Washington to give unelected bureaucrats the authority to dictate health-insurance options to me, my family, or the residents of the East Valley. This is not a fight I am prepared to surrender,” he said.
And national talk-radio host Mark Levin said on May 4, “Spin as they might, this Republican bill is about 90 percent Obamacare.”
Trump says premiums and deductibles will come down, but Levin said it wouldn’t be by much.
Was all the pushing and shoving in the House little more than an exercise in futility?
If immediate prospects for overturning Obamacare turn glum, perhaps Trump should plan to take the health-reform issue directly to the voters for the 2018 mid-term elections, campaigning around the nation on the issue that he needs blockades removed so voters can get the medical transformation they want and need, before the quicksand starts sucking away their chance to escape the bog.
Delay is on the Big Government Democrats’ side.

One Chance

British Conservative Party politician Daniel Hannan warned at the Washington Examiner on May 8 that once an evil is imposed on people, they start getting used to it, until they fear losing it. That’s the principle of keeping “the devil we know.”
Britain’s state medical system was designed during WWII, at a time of rationing and conscription, Hannan wrote, but for all the frustration it causes today, “We grumble about it, but we oppose any fundamental change.
“America is just starting down that road,” he added. “It has one chance to turn back. That chance is now.”
Of course, Big Government Democrats kept burrowing away for decades before Obama finally could shove through the crime named for him in 2010. These transformations don’t happen overnight. But giving secularist government power over your very ability to take breaths can’t end happily. Look where it has gone once leftists got the power to slaughter human infants nationally in 1973.
A century ago, developing an animal-husbandry method for a superior breed of humans was an enthusiasm of progressives, who finally were shocked out of that when forced to face the results taken to the extreme by the utilitarian science-admiring German National Socialists.
But progressives’ contempt for human life as divinely in the image of God didn’t sink too far below the surface, and after a few decades, hostility to birth and affinity for euthanasia spread out from the usual precincts to the usual pod people with printing presses.
Extra, Extra! They’re not talking now about printing a special edition, but excess human life that needs to be snipped away. Like billionaire businessman and population controller Warren Buffett, the fewer customers the better, they seem to think.

Share Button

2017 The Wanderer Printing Co.

Trump Is Pushed and Pulled on Climate Change, A Year After Pledging to Cancel Paris Deal

(CNSNews.com) – Exactly one year after pledging in a speech to “cancel” the Paris climate agreement, President Trump will attend a Group of Seven summit Friday in Sicily where he’s expected to come under sustained pressure from his counterparts to…Continue Reading

St. Louis archbishop resists law requiring Catholics to hire abortion activists: ‘We will not comply’

LOUIS, Missouri, May 24, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis, led by the Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, has drawn a line in the sand for the protection of innocent human life. In February, the city…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood Closing Multiple Abortion Clinics in Iowa After State Defunds It

The abortion chain Planned Parenthood announced plans Thursday to close four Iowa clinics as a result of a new state law that defunds it. At the end of June, Planned Parenthood facilities in Burlington, Keokuk and Sioux City, Iowa will…Continue Reading

Graduates walk out on Pence at Notre Dame commencement

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Dozens of graduates and family members silently stood and walked out Sunday as Vice President Mike Pence began his address at Notre Dame’s commencement ceremony. Pence, the former governor of Indiana, was invited to speak…Continue Reading

Trump nominates Callista Gingrich for ambassador to the Vatican

President Trump has nominated Callista Gingrich, the wife of former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), as ambassador to the Holy See, the White House announced Friday. The nomination comes just five days before Trump is set to meet with Pope Francis…Continue Reading

The murder case of Blessed Oscar Romero has been reopened

San Salvador, El Salvador, May 19, 2017 / 01:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A nearly 40 year-old murder case was reopened this week to properly prosecute the suspected killer behind the Salvadorian archbishop’s martyrdom. Because of an amnesty law that prohibited…Continue Reading

Notre Dame Protest of Pence Twists Catholic Social Teaching

This Sunday, vice president Mike Pence will return to his home state of Indiana to deliver the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame. For the third time in several years, the school’s graduation ceremony will be plagued by…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood is Ditching the Failed “Pro-Choice” Label. Here’s Why

The “pro-choice” label has not been working out so well for the abortion chain Planned Parenthood. The labels pro-choice and pro-life have been used for decades to help identify people’s positions on abortion, but young adults seem to be moving…Continue Reading

Bishop Conley: The Pro-Choice Political Dictatorship of Relativism

In 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who would soon be elected Pope Benedict XVI, preached that “we are building a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one’s own ego and…Continue Reading

These Republicans Voted Against the Bill to Defund the Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

Republicans in the House of Representatives yesterday voted for a Reconciliation bill that would defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business. This was the second attempt to get enough votes on the reconciliation bill that would not only defund the nation’s…Continue Reading

Cecile Richards Comes Unglued After House Defunds Planned Parenthood: Republicans Hate Women

Planned Parenthood abortion business president Cecile Richards it’s not happy that the House of Representatives voted yesterday to defund Planned Parenthood. The main response of the CEO of the nation’s biggest abortion conglomerate can be summed up in three words:…Continue Reading

Despite pro-life provisions, healthcare bill raises serious concerns

Vatican City, May 4, 2017 / 05:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The House passed a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and a replacement health care bill on Thursday, but one bishop warned that the new bill poses serious problems for…Continue Reading

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for 150 years in our weekly print edition.


  Our daily version offers only some of what we publish weekly in print. To take advantage of everything The Wanderer publishes, we encourage you to su
bscribe to our flagship weekly print edition, which is mailed every Friday or, if you want to view it in its entirety online, you can subscribe to the E-edition, which is a replica of the print edition.
 
  Our daily edition includes: a selection of material from recent issues of our print edition, news stories updated daily from renowned news sources, access to archives from The Wanderer from the past 10 years, available at a minimum charge (this will be expanded as time goes on). Also: regularly updated features where we go back in time and highlight various columns and news items covered in The Wanderer over the past 150 years. And: a comments section in which your remarks are encouraged, both good and bad, including suggestions.
 
  We encourage you to become a daily visitor to our site. If you appreciate our site, tell your friends. As Catholics we must band together to rediscover our faith and share it with the world if we are to effectively counter a society whose moral culture seems to have no boundaries and a government whose rapidly extending reach threatens to extinguish the rights of people of faith to practice their religion (witness the HHS mandate). Now more than ever, vehicles like The Wanderer are needed for clarification and guidance on the issues of the day.

Catholic, conservative, orthodox, and loyal to the Magisterium have been this journal’s hallmarks for five generations. God willing, our message will continue well into this century and beyond.

Joseph Matt
President, The Wanderer Printing Co.

Untitled 1

Enter Comments Below

This Weeks Comments And Letters . . .

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “An Introduction To The Problem Of Euthanasia”

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 2 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 23 of The Facts of Life, a 150-page treatise on all of the aspects of euthanasia, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + We have covered the definitions of the varieties of…Continue Reading

Today . . .

‘Comfortable’ Catholics are ‘unwilling’ to see dangers facing Church: Scholar

ROME, May 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Too many Catholics are caught up in a “comfortable” Catholicism that makes them unwilling, and even unable, to see the “grave problems” currently besetting the Church, said a renowned theologian and one of the world’s top Catholic experts on the Church Fathers. “Most Catholics seem to live their life on a sort of comfortable zone, just the way that a lot of bishops live in a sort of safety-first…Continue Reading

Catholic bishops denounce a Trump budget championed by Mulvaney – a lifelong Catholic

On the day that President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis in Rome, a top administration official defended a proposed budget that America’s Catholic bishops have strongly criticized for hurting the poor. The Trump administration official in the hot seat: budget chief Mick Mulvaney, a lifelong Catholic who grew up in Charlotte. Speaking Wednesday to the House Budget Committee, Mulvaney called Trump’s budget plan a “moral” document that puts “taxpayers first.” And he defended the…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Receives US President Donald J. Trump

Pope Francis received President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, today, May 24, 2017, at about 8:30 a.m. in the Apostolic Palace, before Francis’ weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square. The meeting was broadcasted by Vatican Television and can be watched via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVCm1-toVFg According to a statement released by the Holy See Press Office, the discussions, which lasted about 30 minutes, were cordial.

Trump budget completely defunds abortion providers, and Planned Parenthood is furious

May 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Pro-abortion feminists are bemoaning and pro-lifers are celebrating President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal that would withhold all federal funds from abortion-provider Planned Parenthood. Breitbart reported yesterday that Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney told the media on Monday that the new budget would defund the abortion business, but only if the new Republican healthcare legislation passed recently by the House is also passed by the Senate and…Continue Reading

Catholic Church Sues St. Louis to Stop It From Becoming a “Sanctuary City” for Abortion

Several Missouri Catholic groups filed a lawsuit Monday challenging a St. Louis ordinance that could force them to hire abortion activists and rent to pro-abortion groups. The Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis, the pro-life maternity home Our Lady’s Inn and a local Catholic businessman said the city ordinance violates their constitutional freedoms. In their lawsuit, they ask the court to block the city from enforcing the measure. In February, the St. Louis Board of Alderman…Continue Reading

A New Birth Control Commission?

By JOHN F. KIPPLEY (Editor’s Note: At this point, reports about a possible new birth control commission are unconfirmed. This commentary first appeared on http://nfpandmore.org/wordpress/.) + + + The week of May 13th started wonderfully with widespread efforts to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary as Our Lady of Fatima. The work week was quickly dimmed,…Continue Reading

Wanda Poltawska… The Stubborn Insistence On Being Human

By DONALD DeMARCO The city was Toledo, Ohio. The year was 1990. The venue was the dining room in a private home. The audience consisted of several pro-life people, including myself. The speaker was Wanda Poltawska who was relating a series of events in her life that we were most privileged to hear. In 1962,…Continue Reading

A Movie Review… “Outcasts” And True Social Justice

By REY FLORES “A bold example of social justice in action” — Follow the cameras of Grassroots Films, the Award-Winning producers of The Human Experience and Child 31, on an unexpected journey across the globe. Travel to the prisons of Central America, walk the dark city streets of London, New York, and Ireland’s most treacherous…Continue Reading

Kentucky Printer Can Refuse LGBT Message

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A Kentucky Court of Appeals ruling on May 14 affirmed a printer who objected to promoting a message for Lexington’s Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO) which conflicted with his sincerely held religious beliefs. Hands On Originals’ managing owner, Blaine Adamson, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, refused to print T-shirts for the…Continue Reading

No Help For Minor Children… Gender Confusion Prevails In The Courts

By DEACON MIKE MANNO (Editor’s Note: Deacon Mike Manno, an attorney, is director of deacons for the Diocese of Des Moines and host of Iowa Catholic Radio’s Faith On Trial program [www.iowacatholicradio.com]. He can be reached at deaconmike@iowacatholicradio.com.) + + + This month the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a Ninth…Continue Reading

Advertisement

Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: In his parish bulletin recently, Fr. George Rutler of the Church of St. Michael in New York City recalled the famous words of the great jazz singer Al Jolson: “You ain’t heard nothing yet” and compared them with the words of Jesus: “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now” (John…Continue Reading

Discover God’s Gifts And His Will

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Pentecost Sunday (YR A) Readings: Acts 2:1-11 1 Cor. 12:3b-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23 In the first reading today we hear about the Holy Spirit descending upon the apostles as they were gathered in prayer. The event was marked by some extraordinary phenomena: the noise like a driving wind filling the house and the tongues of fire.…Continue Reading

The Canonization Mass For Jacinta And Francisco . . . Pope Francis Says: “Dear Pilgrims, We Have A Mother”

(Editor’s Note: Pope Francis on May 13 canonized Jacinta and Francesco Marto, as the highlight of his May 12-13 Apostolic Pilgrimage to Fatima. Below is the Vatican translation of the Pope’s homily during the Mass, as provided by ZENIT News Agency. (It is followed by the text of Pietro Cardinal Parolin’s homily at the vigil. Earlier at the vigil, the…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… 25th Ordination Jubilee Solemn High Mass And Celebration

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK (Editor’s Note: The staff of The Wanderer congratulates Fr. Cusick on his upcoming 25th anniversary of Ordination.) + + + Thank you for reading my column so faithfully over the years and for all that you have done to support the apostolate of The Wanderer. As we mark the 25th anniversary of my June 6,…Continue Reading

Our Savior And Redeemer… More On The Gabirah, The Queen Mother

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 8 St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort, in his celebrated book True Devotion to Mary, explains that our Lady is not only the Mother of Christ, the Mother of God Incarnate, but she is also the spiritual Mother of All Christians, of all those who are baptized into the Church founded by her Son. He…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Peter Sanz And Companions

By CAROLE BRESLIN In 1748, the Viceroy of Peking with great frustration asked, “What are we to do with these men? Their lives are certainly irreproachable. . . . Their jailers and their families become their disciples and embrace their religion. To prolong this state is only to give them the opportunity of increasing the number of Christians.” Thus Peter…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Pope St. Celestine V

By CAROLE BRESLIN After the death of Pope St. John Paul II, faithful Catholics rejoiced at the election of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger as the next Vicar of Christ. The German prelate took the name of Benedict XVI for two reasons: in memory of Pope Benedict XV who led the Church during the turbulent times of World War I, seeking peace…Continue Reading