Thursday 30th October 2014

Home » Frontpage » Currently Reading:

Censure Of McCain . . . Should Warn Pols Against D.C. Deals

January 20, 2014 Frontpage No Comments

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — The strong censure vote against Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) by Republican grassroots leaders here in his own home county should serve as a warning to GOP politicians like Wisconsin Cong. Paul Ryan, who seem to think it’s good policy to cut big deals with left-wing Democrats.
McCain, who long has bragged of his ability to “work across the aisle” by conceding to leftists, was repudiated overwhelmingly in a January 11 vote by the GOP precinct committeemen of Maricopa County, Arizona’s most populous county by far and home to state capital Phoenix.
At the general meeting of the county’s committeemen, McCain was censured by a vote of 1,150 to 351. The winning resolution noted the gravity of this action against an officeholder but concluded McCain won’t return to the party’s values on his own.
The resolution censured McCain “for his continued disservice to our state and nation,” and “until he consistently champions our party’s platform, we, the Republican leadership in Arizona, will no longer support, campaign for, or endorse John McCain as our U.S. senator.”
News of the significant resolution’s passage was slow to reach the general public, apparently because liberal media prefer to protect their friends. However, both the web-only Tucson Citizen and Arizona Daily Independent posted the news soon after the results were announced.
A few days earlier, “moderate maverick” McCain also was censured by the Republican Party committees in Arizona’s rural Mohave and Apache Counties.
Then, on January 13, the Arizona Daily Independent reported, “According to various sources, residents in Pima and Pinal Counties are currently gathering support for a censure of McCain by their members.”
Pima County is home to Tucson, and Pinal County is immediately southeast of Maricopa County.
When Paul Ryan devised a federal budget agreement with left-wing Sen. Patty Murray (D., Wash.) in December, the brainy Upper Midwest Catholic congressman reportedly said he got the best deal he could with the Democrats. Ryan was eager to show he could work with Barack Obama’s party.
Among other negatives, the deal meant some tax increases, a weakened sequester, and even higher airline fees for hapless fliers. Just kicking the can down the road again, and another pinch in the taxpayer’s pocket.
National talk-radio host Sean Hannity perceptively commented on December 13 that Republicans “squandered” the opportunity to “differentiate” themselves from the Democrats by signing onto this deal.
If your duplex is caving in, do you just nail more plywood reinforcements on the walls shared with your slovenly neighbors, or conclude that it’s time for an entirely new structure of your own? Nor does the GOP need another “compassionate” big spender like President George W. Bush.
The last thing that exasperated voters across the United States want is more deal-making by the established political class with its pals.
It didn’t seem to occur to Ryan that he should have declared Obama’s left-wingers are impossible to work with responsibly. If voters want real change, he should have said, they’ll have to give the GOP control of both houses of Congress in November 2014, as well as the White House as soon as possible.
What does it take to get the message across on Capitol Hill, when Congress is held in continued low repute and voters keep changing their political registrations from Republican and Democrat to Independent? The U.S.A. doesn’t want to gulp another bottle of bad business as usual.
Politicians like McCain and Ryan want to be known as people who “get things done,” but jumping off the edge of Arizona’s Grand Canyon abyss gets something done, too. It’s just that the result is a mess.
McCain hardly endeared himself to conservatives when he rushed off to the White House last year in a “bromance,” to help radical Obama push forward his agenda, including legalizing massive illegal immigration to strengthen his Democratic Culture of Death.
The Wanderer asked the immediate past chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party, conservative Catholic Rob Haney, about GOP politicians’ ambition to be known as doers in D.C. The popular Haney retired as county chairman last year after serving two two-year terms, as well as leading a state legislative district before that.
Haney replied on January 12: “A doer does not necessarily advance the cause of better government. If past is prologue, the reverse is more frequently the case. Over the past 60 years the liberal doers have devastated our republic. Whether they manifest themselves in the Obama or McCain peacock colors, the results are the same.
“The great deceivers have destroyed the people’s faith in government,” Haney continued. “We now need politicians who will stop the madness in the belief that change is good.
“Politicians who fight for the principles held by our Founding Fathers and advance policies that return us to those principles are what we need,” he said. “And if that be working against ‘getting things done,’ let it be to take us back to sanity by blocking the policies of the ‘doers’ who have given us a tyrannical government our Founders could never have imagined in their wildest nightmares.”
A restive spirit has been growing in the nation, spurred on by deep resentment of Obama’s defiant lawlessness. The national GOP, however, still seems more eager to cut corners with Obama’s cronies than trumpet a roaring challenge against them.
In early December the director of health-policy studies for a major national think tank warned in congressional testimony that resentment against Obama’s lawlessness could lead to armed revolution against the government.
If some Tea Partier had said this on camera in the nation’s capital, national left-wing media could have boiled over in outrage about supposedly violent right-wing extremists.
However, the fact that Michael Cannon, an analyst for the libertarian Cato Institute, issued this warning apparently sent such a chill down media spines that they decided his grim advice was better kept quiet. Better not to reinforce any rebellious ideas among the public.
In early 2009 the Tea Party arose suddenly from spontaneous combustion. Citizens became fired up in opposition as newly inaugurated radical Obama’s congressional team rammed through nearly $1 trillion in new “stimulus” spending that clearly was unsustainable but fed his Democratic pals’ greed and hungers.
The Republican Party dithered while citizens took things into their own hands, in the revolutionary spirit of the Boston Tea Party. In mere months a formidable new political force coalesced from sea to sea to fight for the nation’s future.
What did the GOP establishment eventually conclude? This: It’s time to fight against the Tea Party, which we don’t control, not against the wild liberalism that Tea Partiers rose up to oppose.
The cozy establishments of both major parties in the U.S. seem to think it’s their job to dictate to the citizenry rather than take orders from the electorate.
Newly energized Tea Party citizens empowered the GOP in the 2010 elections. The brain-dead Republican establishment could take no credit for this surge but only resented this spontaneous energy outside its ken.
Ryan, as well as freshman Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), had fueled high hopes across the nation as being conservative Republicans who could put some tang in the tea.
However, both these national Catholic political figures were sucked into the deadly establishment D.C. deal-making themselves, Ryan on the budget and massive illegal immigration, and Rubio on lawless immigration.
Ryan negotiated in secret with left-wing Cong. Luis Gutierrez (D., Ill.) to help legalize the massive number of alien border jumpers who receive preference over aspiring immigrants who follow proper application procedures.
Rubio dropped so sharply in the polls that he began distancing himself from his “amnesty” efforts, but he’d already done notable damage by helping the massive “Gang of Eight” bill pass the Senate last June.
This was telephone-book-size legislation, just like the wicked Obamacare of 2010, but the establishment never learns from its errors. If you hated the last disaster, the establishment says, have another heaping helping!
Although neither Ryan nor Rubio has earned a record yet of betraying conservatism as seriously as McCain, the Arizona “maverick” should serve as a warning of how badly conservatives can start going astray when they try to play along with the establishment, or even integrate themselves into it.
The Maricopa County Republicans’ resolution of censure against McCain noted that they were aware of their obligation to support Republicans, but concluded that “with sadness and humility, we rise and declare” against him.
The resolution began by stating, “As leaders in the Republican Party, we are obligated to fully support our party, platform, and its candidates. Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with both. For too long we have waited, hoping Sen. McCain would return to our Party’s values on his own. That has not happened.”
The senator, the resolution said, “has amassed a long and terrible record of drafting, cosponsoring, and voting for legislation best associated with liberal Democrats, such as amnesty, funding for Obamacare, the debt ceiling, liberal nominees, assaults on the Constitution and Second Amendment.”
Although McCain campaigned as a conservative and made promises about protecting the border and completing the border fence, the resolution said, he flip-flopped on his pledges and “has abandoned our values and has been eerily silent against liberals, yet publicly reprimands conservatives in his own party.”
Although he hasn’t announced whether he intends to run for another Senate term in 2016, the 77-year-old McCain recently has fanned speculation that he might.

A Symbol Of Opposition

McCain and his amnesty compadre, Sen. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.), stayed away from the important county GOP meeting, although Maricopa County’s law-enforcing Catholic sheriff, internationally known Joe Arpaio, arrived to cheers.
A separate resolution at the Maricopa County meeting expressing support for Arpaio passed overwhelmingly, 1,249 to 247.
Because of his law-enforcement efforts, Arpaio is viewed as a symbol of opposition to massive lawbreaking immigration.
If the resolutions’ results had been reversed, and Arpaio had been overwhelmingly rebuked by the Republican leaders, the news quickly would have made international headlines. But when untrustworthy McCain was repudiated, the result in the weekend news was crickets.

Share Button

Comment on this Article:

Angola: Catholic Priest Refutes Criticism of Church Practices

Lubango — The Southern Huila province?s Lubango city emeritus archbishop, Zacarias Kamwenho, rejected as false the claim that Catholic Christians worship images. Speaking on Sunday in the Muxima Diocese, in Lubango, the archbishop explained that Catholic Christians worship God instead,…Continue Reading

Ave Maria School of Law Wins Its HHS Mandate Case in Federal Court

The Obama Administration has suffered another defeat in its quest to force Catholics and people of faith to pay for abortion-causing drugs, as required by the HHS Mandate. Today the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida came down…Continue Reading

Catholic Educators Appeal to Obama Administration for Relief from HHS Mandate

Today a coalition including The Cardinal Newman Society, leaders of Catholic schools and colleges, and the expert attorneys of the Alliance Defending Freedom told the Obama administration that its latest rule mandating insurance coverage for sterilization and contraception, including abortion-causing…Continue Reading

Toronto schools hosting ‘LGBTQ’ conference for students as young as 11

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is hosting three student conferences within the span of eight days for the purpose of LGBTQ activism.  The conferences, which have been organized in collaboration with Jer’s Vision, will take place on October 28,…Continue Reading

The Synod and the Media: Culpable Naïveté or Shrewd Calculation?

Upon becoming director of media relations for the American bishops in late 1969, I quickly made a crucial discovery about my new employers. With just a handful of exceptions, the bishops were painfully naïve about the news business, yet convinced…Continue Reading

Chaldean Catholic patriarch suspends 10 priests, including 1 from El Cajon

SAN DIEGO – The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has suspended 10 priests, including one from El Cajon. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako issued a decree a month ago, demanding the priests return to Iraq or be suspended. Wednesday…Continue Reading

Retired Pope Says Interreligious Dialogue No Substitute For Mission

VATICAN CITY – Retired Pope Benedict XVI said dialogue with other religions is no substitute for spreading the Gospel to non-Christian cultures, and warned against relativistic ideas of religious truth as “lethal to faith.” He also said the true motivation…Continue Reading

California Forces Churches to Directly Fund Abortions, Churches Refuse to Comply

To the dismay of California’s people of faith, the California Department of Managed Health Care has reclassified abortion as a “basic health service” under the Affordable Care Act and ordered all insurance plans in the state to begin covering surgical…Continue Reading

Relax. God’s Still In Charge.

It’s an enormous challenge to maintain pristine doctrinal purity while at the same time respond to the experiential, personal, and difficult needs of married couples and families. Behind every arcane discussion of gradualism and natural law there are parents and…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke: The “Relatio Synodi” Is “A Significant Improvement Over The Text Of The ‘Relatio Post Disceptationem'”

In a third short interview with CWR, conducted by e-mail late yesterday, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, offers his impression of the Relatio Synodi, comments on reports that the Synod has…Continue Reading

Synod Final Document Reaffirms Church Teaching

The final document of the Extraordinary Synod was released Saturday as the Synod Fathers voted to approve all 62 paragraphs, but with three paragraphs not receiving the normally required two-thirds majority vote. The three paragraphs, which in the past would…Continue Reading

Catholic Synod: Gay Rights Groups ‘Disappointed’

Catholic gay rights groups say they are disappointed after bishops rejected proposals for wider acceptance of gay people, which had the Pope’s backing. The call to “accept and value” homosexuals was in a draft report, but failed to win the…Continue Reading

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our new website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for over 145 years in our weekly print edition. Now we are introducing the online daily version of our print journal.


  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 subscribe 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 145 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

'From our friends at The Foundry'


Today . . .

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Writes Personal Ordinariate Of Our Lady Of Walsingham

ben1

(Vatican Radio) Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has sent a message to the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, which was established for former Anglicans in England in 2011.  The message was on the fifth anniversary of Pope Benedict’s apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, which was released on November 4th 2009. The Pope Emeritus was responding to a letter he received…Continue Reading

Pope At Audience: The Church Visible And Spiritual

pope650

(Vatican Radio)  “Often, we hear people say: the Church doesn’t do this …the Church doesn’t do that!’ ‘Tell me who is the Church? – ‘Well the Church is the priests, the bishops, the Pope …’ We are all the Church! All of us all of us Baptized! We are the Church, the Church of Jesus’”. This was the message at…Continue Reading

Pope At Angelus: Love Of God And Neighbour Are Inseparable

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with pilgrims and tourists gathered in St Peter’s Square beneath the window of the Papal apartments in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican on Sunday. In remarks ahead of the traditional prayer of Marian devotion, the Holy Father offered some reflections on the Gospel reading of the day, which was taken from Gospel…Continue Reading

Pope At Santa Marta: Called To Be Children Of Light

(Vatican Radio) At morning Mass on Monday Pope Francis said that a conscientious examination of our words will help us understand whether we are Christians of light, Christians of darkness or Christians of grey areas. Reflecting on the First Reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, the Pope said men are recognizable by their words. By inviting Christians to…Continue Reading

Pass-Fail Grading: For The Professors’ Benefit?

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK S.M. writes to offer some observations about the proposal to introduce a “pass-fail” grading system for freshmen at Princeton University. The possibility of doing that was discussed in the October 9 edition of First Teachers. He sees the idea as a “form of grade inflation that is solely intended to accomplish…Continue Reading

Contemporary Culture Encapsulated In A Single Sentence

By DONALD DeMARCO It is remarkable how much a single sentence can reveal about the temper of a culture, even when its author is trying to be withholding. Jacalyn Duffin, a historian and practicing hematologist, is the author of History of Medicine (University of Toronto Press, 2000). It is a 243-page tome that was produced…Continue Reading

Synod Document Of October 13, 2014

By JOHN F. KIPPLEY (Editor’s Note: John F. Kippley is the author of Sex and the Marriage Covenant: A Basis for Morality and other books and articles. With his wife Sheila, he is a coauthor of Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach and cofounder of NFP International. This commentary appeared on his blog [johnkippley.com] of…Continue Reading

Elite Judges Think The Highest Judge Never Will End Their Misrule

By DEXTER DUGGAN Today people worry about globe-trotting terrorists, the transmission of the deadly Ebola virus, and the way contagions can cross borders when the government insists borders must be open for everyone’s alleged benefit. Meanwhile, unaccountable U.S. judges continue their contagion of immorality, as if God’s judgment never will come, maybe in little germs,…Continue Reading

Chilling Free Speech

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO Earlier this week, the federal government’s National Science Foundation, an entity created to encourage the study of science — encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and universities — announced that it had awarded a grant to study what people say about themselves and others in social media. The…Continue Reading

Advertisement

Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Temples Of The Holy Spirit

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Feast Of The Dedication Of St. John Lateran In Rome Readings: Ezek. 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 1 Cor. 3:9c-11, 16-17 John 2:13-22 Today we celebrate the feast of the dedication of a church building that many people have never heard of and also have no idea of its significance. In Rome, there are four major basilicas; the…Continue Reading

Message Of The Extraordinary Synod Of Bishops . . . We Ask You To Walk With Us Toward The Next Synod

(Editor’s Note: Below is the text of the concluding message of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, held October 5-19. This message was released on October 18. (See Fr. Kevin M. Cusick’s column in this issue, p. 2B, and the front page for reporting and commentary on the separate final document of the Extraordinary Synod.) + + +…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Redefining Marriage: Not About The Kids And The Picket Fence

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Following the Extraordinary Synod and the rollback on confusing language about same-sex attraction and the divorced and remarried in the final version of the Relatio Synodi document, the predictable reactions are coming in. Those who continue to hold Church teaching that marriage is only between a man and a woman are labeled as “bigots,” while…Continue Reading

Debunking The Sola Scriptura Myth… True Tradition And False “Tradition”

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 4 A classical objection: What Catholics call the “Apostolic Tradition” is just a human tradition, which Jesus clearly condemned in the Gospel, when He said to the Pharisees, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?…So, for the sake of your tradition you have made void the…Continue Reading

Public Revelation Vs. Private Revelation

By DON FIER Our previous installment ended by citing a pair of remarkable verses from the Letter to the Hebrews, verses that concisely summarize God’s divine pedagogy, His master plan of divine Revelation: “In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by a…Continue Reading

Cast A Gauntlet – Sola Scriptura: Part 1

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Wolfgang

By CAROLE BRESLIN October 31 has come to be yet another Christian holy day corrupted by our secular society. All Hallows Eve, Halloween, is now celebrated with emphasis on evil and horror. Corn mazes with frightening objects around the corner, haunted houses to terrify even the bravest of persons, glorification of vampires, and decorations of death and witches — these…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Anthony Mary Claret

By CAROLE BRESLIN St. Anthony Mary Claret has something in common with at least three other saints. Like St. Peter Claver, he was born in northeastern Spain — over 200 years later. Like St. Pio of Pietrelcina, when he heard Confessions, he frequently could read the souls of the penitents, asking them about a sin that they had not confessed.…Continue Reading

A Powerful Weapon: 15 Quotes on the Holy Rosary

We live in evil times. I hardly need elaborate the multitude of crises that fill the globe. Sadly, many are being swept away by this flood of evil and are succumbing to an overwhelming anxiety and discouragement. But no matter how tempting it is, we must not shrink back. We must pray and fast with a living faith and a firm confidence—and there is no better way to…Continue Reading

12 Ways to Become a Committed Catholic Man

There is a Catholic “man-crisis.” Large numbers of men who were baptized Catholic have left the Church and the majority of those who remain are “Casual Catholic Men”, men who do not know the Catholic faith and don’t practice it. This large-scale failure of Catholic men to commit themselves to Jesus Christ and His Church has contributed to the accelerating…Continue Reading