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Deranged Dems Unaware . . . Their Mania Against Trump Is What Put Pelosi Crew Under Scorn

January 17, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Deranged Dems Unaware . . . Their Mania Against Trump Is What Put Pelosi Crew Under Scorn

By DEXTER DUGGAN

It’s going into the history books that President Trump was impeached twice in just over a year by rabidly partisan House Democrats, both times on hoaxed-up accusations, the second one slapped together and voted on in less than a week, on January 13, an intentionally nasty send-off for his presidency.
Never before has a U.S. president been the object of such boiling sectarian hatred as to be impeached twice in short order, the target of an arrogantly elitist opposition party that wants to erase him from public life as would be done in a banana republic or Communist totalitarianism.
Why did they hate Trump so much? His popularity with the public, although certainly not with the nation’s immoral oligarchies.
If it turns out that Trump can’t begin a second consecutive presidential term on January 20, he would be free to start conducting rallies and activities around the nation to build up the “America First” program that also benefits the rest of the world, as well as perhaps starting a new communications arm.
Democrats would have freed him from presidential responsibilities and thus enabled his attacks on the corrupt establishment with perhaps even more force, while also preparing the way for another presidential run in 2024.
There was talk that Democrats even wanted to bar him legally from another White House race, just another incredible illustration of their fixation that only serves to cast him as a martyr deserving public sympathy.
Having been elected directly to the presidency for his first political office in 2016, Trump went on to notch numerous successes, along with failures. That’s called making history.
People may know of historical events 100, 200, or 1,000 years ago without being aware of the details — although with increasingly dumbed-down, politicized higher education, they may not even know much of that. Recall random interviews on the street where they may not even know, for example, what century the U.S. Civil War was in.
As for their being able instantly to, say, quote any speeches in Congress in the early 1860s about Secession, you can probably forget the possibility.
Still, most of them probably know the U.S. president during the War Between the States was Abraham Lincoln, but they’d have a harder time coming up with the name of Jefferson Davis as the Confederate president. That’s the way it is with winners often being better known than losers.
That’s why Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi probably will be less recalled 150 years from now than Donald Trump, who may be seen as a beleaguered leader fighting to save a nation under siege by blossoming domestic totalitarians.
To the extent she’s recalled at all, the late Pelosi may be remembered as a notoriously bad Catholic confusing people’s consciences, the same as some other prominent national Democrats including presidential pretender Joe Biden.
It was Trump, a non-Catholic, who declared his devotion to defending religious liberty and freedom of conscience, while the faux Catholic Pelosis and Bidens waged war against these rights, with Biden vowing that his administration would initiate persecution — and chose the extremist appointees to do it.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court had declined to expedite vital valid cases about voting irregularities that cost Trump presidential re-election, even though six of its nine justices are considered conservatively religious — five of them Catholic and three of them personally nominated by Trump. And all of them directly aware that to give the unearned victory to Biden would be to turn loose persecution on traditional believers.
As the saying goes, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.”
As the new session of Congress begins under hostile Democrat control in 2021, faithful Catholics and other traditional religious people had good reason to worry about their near future — although God ultimately wins, and His unrepentant enemies will receive what they merit.
Conservative journalist Ben Weingarten posted in part at the Federalist website on January 13: “Needless to say, total leftist political control will erode liberty and justice, and be used to target dissenters in cruel and unusual ways.”
Conservative blogger Fr. John T. Zuhlsdorf (wdtprs.com), already a fan of ham radio, posted on January 10 to suggest this old method of airwaves communication may become more useful, due to the current attacks by media and tech biggies on traditionalists.
Zuhlsdorf wrote: “Given what we are seeing with deplatforming and social media, big tech reign of terror, HAM RADIO may become increasingly important.”
In boldface type he added: “Is it time for you to get that license and put some equipment together? It is IMPORTANT that you start to network with others in your area, including a priest or two. We don’t know what is going to go down in the next few months.”
Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, tweeted on the January 13 impeachment day: “Democrats, you’ve made fools of yourselves. You don’t want to govern; and you can’t. You just use Congress and the tools of government for your shameful, partisan goals. When history judges President Trump as one of our greatest presidents, your names will be held in contempt.”

Dems Don’t Deserve
A Single Dime

The Wanderer asked a few of its sources including Pavone to comment on current developments.
Pavone replied on January 13: “Scripture says in Isaiah 5:20, ‘Woe to those who call good evil, and evil good.’ President Trump is the greatest president our country has had, and these congressional Democrats, obviously lacking in leadership qualities themselves, apparently can’t recognize leadership when it’s staring them in the face.
“They do not just want the president out of the White House, but also out of the hearts, minds, and memories of the American people,” he said.
“We will not let that happen,” Pavone continued. “Every patriot should be studying and spreading to others the countless accomplishments of this president, and we will be helping them to do so. They haven’t learned their lesson about misusing the impeachment process for partisan ends. The Democrat Party is evil, and does not deserve a single dime or a single vote.”
Northern California conservative commentator Barbara Simpson said on January 13: “It’s easy to blame it all on being ‘WOKE’ — but what it really comes down to is that these people hate Donald Trump with a passion and Republicans in general. He says things they know are true and it galls them.
“They see Trump as giving them a pass to do what they all along have wanted to do: clamp down on conservatives and cut off any possible way they might have of expressing their points of view to the American public. It appears, the law is allowing it,” Simpson said.
“Their power cutting off communication from conservatives to Americans is more than dangerous and with the Biden administration about to take over, we face more of the same and only worse,” she said. ”It is government control to the ultimate and we will all suffer. If you’re old enough, think back to WW II and thereafter, and the issues with the Nazis and the Soviets — we’re in for that.”
Mary Ann Kreitzer, who runs the Catholic Les Femmes – The Truth blog from Virginia, noted that big corporations are prospering, while Main Street is in trouble.
“Liberals ‘breathe together’,” Kreitzer said. “That’s where the word ‘conspiracy’ comes from, Latin com (with) spirare (to breathe). People don’t have to sit down at a table to plot and plan. They simply all need to breathe the same poisonous philosophy.
“Many of these tech giants are pro-abortion, amoral, and power-hungry. They are bigoted and look down on those they consider beneath their class,” she said. “Besides, attacking Main Street benefits them. Amazon’s business is up 40 percent since the lockdowns while hard-working people are shuttering their shops.
“If (Mark) Zuckerberg can deplatform everybody else, Facebook will be the only choice. Take it or leave it,” Kreitzer said. “When small businesses close, the big-box stores benefit. How many independent pharmacies have been put out of business by Walmart, CVS, and Walgreens? It’s always about money and power. Which is exactly why Jesus said it’s hard for a rich man to get into Heaven.
“Liberals make themselves gods and they breathe together. They loved Trump until it became clear that he really cares for the average deplorable in flyover country. So they turned on him and, with him, all his supporters,” she said. “We are in for rough times, but history shows that rough times make strong people.
“As long as we stay close to Christ, we have nothing to fear — not from Big Tech, not from Big Brother, not even from the Judases in the Church,” Kreitzer said. “Jesus tells us not to fear the one who can kill the body, but only the one who can cast us into Hell. Joe Biden, Jeff Bezos, Jack Dorsey, and Mark Zuckerberg have no power whatsoever in the light of eternity.”
This Wanderer article was written the night of January 13, after the House impeachment vote. The Senate, which would conduct the subsequent trial, was expected to be out of session until January 19, leaving no time to pursue the trial before the January 20 presidential inauguration.
Conservative Republican political consultant Constantin Querard told The Wanderer on January 13: “Frankly, what happens next is very much like a legal trial. I don’t imagine that the process, complete with preparing a defense, and the time involved in both sides making their cases, could be compressed into six days, weekend included.
“(Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell will likely point out that impeaching a president with one week left is clearly a stunt and that there is simply no time left to finish the process,” Querard said.
The purpose of a successful impeachment and conviction is to remove a president from office. The first impeachment attack on Trump failed because the Republican-led Senate acquitted him in February 2020. If Biden becomes president on January 20, Trump would be out of office anyway.
Incredibly, Democrats reportedly plan to have the Senate trial against Trump later on, regardless, with one goal somehow being to forbid him from another presidential race in 2024. Democrats seem to be so tightly within their D.C. and left-wing media bubble that they don’t comprehend how they’re enraging the U.S. public with their unrelenting anti-Trump mania.
After goading and stoking and inflaming the American people, Democrats dare to claim that they’re in danger due to Trump’s actions. No. Dems are harvesting the foul fruit of their own insanity. If Dems want to feel safe, stop their own madness.

For Democrats, Trump Will Be The Enemy Forever

January 16, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on For Democrats, Trump Will Be The Enemy Forever

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

Still waiting for the dust to settle after the pre-inaugural farce? Well, it won’t. The Democrats bullhorn will be blasting Trump long after January 20. After all, it’s working.
Right now, as Joe Biden puts it, Democrats are a “one horse pony,” and “Blame Trump!” is their cattle call as long as Joe is tied to the saddle like a burnt-out buckaroo. What else have they got?
Oh, come on, really? “Announcing the Administration of Joe Biden!” Where’s the applause? There isn’t any. Catholic Joe’s agenda is as brain-dead as he is. To invoke the words of John Nance Garner, another former vice-president, Joe’s action plan is about as scintillating as “a bucket of warm spit.”
So what’s the only word that resonates in DC’s echo chamber? “Trump!” All others are like trees falling in a faraway forest. Nobody hears them, and nobody cares.
So it’s settled. The DC Hive (hat tip to Joe Sobran) will be blaring “Trump!! Trump!!” forever. Big Brother’s Ministry of Truth had to have its Emmanuel Goldstein, and without “Trump!” the worker bees in Bidenville’s version would be sitting by the side of the road.
Consider: How long would The Washington Post last if its pages were full of snits over Kamala’s bad Vogue cover, or Dr. Jill’s one hundredth visit to an impoverished kindergarten?
But wait, there’s more. Where would Nancy Pelosi be without Trump? You’d think she’d want to finish him off. She wants to impeach Trump again, doesn’t she?
But observe her stated reason. She wants to prevent him from running again in 2024. Behind that fatuous fraud lies a very real fear: If he does run, he might win. Sure, she has a bucketful of wrenches she can throw into the election machine: mass immigration, free citizenship for illegals, universal mail-in voting, no Voter ID…and she can propose countless new ones as well: voting online, lowering the voting age to 16, even giving members of favored minorities two votes instead of one. But Pelosi is right: He still might win. So the noise will continue full blast.
Pelosi has to keep “Trump!” alive, and well, and hated.
Otherwise, we might be discussing the fraud. Look at @SpeakerPelosi’s tweet on May 16, 2017: “Our election was hijacked,” she wrote then. “There is no question. Congress has a duty to #ProtectOurDemocracy & #FollowTheFacts.” What about the Big Steal? The Democrats were cheering the really rioting “mostly peaceful” leftists all summer long — and what about their lockdowns?
Well, that was then, and this is now. And the then and the now are subject to revision by means of the Memory Hole, which is a whole lot deeper than Joe Biden’s basement.
So instead of recounting the outrages (their name is Legion), let’s look at what the Left is doing inside their Cacophony Machine. There they are mounting a surprisingly effective and sophisticated strategy to divide three targeted communities: Republicans, pro-lifers, and Trump supporters. These groups overlap, to be sure, and as a disciplined and united coalition they are almost invincible. This week we address the Republicans.
Consider the GOP gains in the House last November — fourteen new pro-life Republicans! The GOP had momentum, and Nancy got a lot of heat for it from her own members. She’s got to make sure that 2022 isn’t an instant replay, not just of last November but of 1994 and 2010.
In those two off-year elections, the last two Democrat presidents lost big-time after controlling the House and Senate for the first two years of their tenure. In 1994, two years into the Clinton administration, Republicans gained 54 seats in the House and eight in the Senate. In 2010, two years into Obama, Republicans gained 63 seats in the House and six in the Senate.
If that happens again, Pelosi’s toast.

Divide, Conquer,
And Divide Again

Nancy D’Alesandro grew up in Baltimore, where she learned about politics from her father and brother, both Baltimore mayors. Baltimore’s Mafia dons were never far away — in fact, FBI files just released reveal that President Kennedy once asked the FBI to investigate her father.
Nancy learned from that crowd how to intimidate, even threaten — a skill which she employs daily with her congressional colleagues. She’s also an able sower of dissension, and right now she’s targeting Republicans, doing the devil’s work while deflecting criticism by flaunting her status as a baptized Catholic.
But why would the GOP be such an easy target?
Bear in mind that not every Republican has the same strength of spine as Donald Trump or Jesse Helms. These two figures come to mind as the only two politicians in recent history who could not only survive media assassination attempts, but actually grew stronger because of them.
Not their colleagues. There, many Republicans still want the media to be nice to them. Many a GOP member trembles at the prospect of a smear job from The Washington Post. This is true even after Donald Trump has spent the past five years exposing “media professionals” as the lazy lightweight lapdogs of the Democrat Left.
Cowardice dies hard.
So the current noise plays a critical part in the effort to keep Republicans on the defensive, knocked back on their heels if not actually knocked down. That circus will not subside, because the media conglomerates have nothing worth saying about Joe Biden’s administration and its agenda. Without exception, it constitutes an endless, boring replay of the usual platitudes. Yes, Joe’s agenda is radical and dangerous, but it’s intellectually vapid. Tyranny usually is.
On January 10, Biden said that “[o]ur priority will be Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American owned small businesses, women-owned businesses, and finally having equal access to resources needed to reopen and rebuild.”
His vulgar racism went unnoticed, as usual. Why bother?

Tough Times To Come

This past Wednesday, ten House Republicans caved, as usual, and voted for impeachment. One of them, Liz Cheney, a member of the GOP House leadership, savagely attacked Trump. Finally, payback for the guy who leveled similar criticism at her father’s wars. Then House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) chimed in and blamed President Trump for the riots on Capitol Hill.
Oh, the irony. In badmouthing Trump, he kissed off his chances of being Speaker in a Republican Congress forever.
Why are Democrats pushing a futile impeachment effort?
Near-term, “Trump!” justifies everything. Down the Memory Hole go their scandals, the fraud, Hunter Biden, Joe’s China ties, Antifa’s real riots. Instead, Democrats have made Washington, D.C., look like Baghdad or Kabul, with thousands of troops locking it down to “prevent violence.”
A defiant Democrat Left is flexing its muscle. Nobody would show up for Biden’s inauguration anyway, so they make lemonade, signaling that Trump is dangerous and his supporters are literally the enemy, the nation’s capital is off limits, and the entire country is a war zone.
“We can shut you down at will!” And they didn’t have to abolish the Electoral College, pack the Supreme Court, overturn the Second Amendment, or have a Democrat in the WH or a Democrat majority in the Senate to do it.
This agitprop serves as a very effective cover story for their long-term political goal — fomenting the split in the GOP and exacerbating it through the 2022 elections. And it’s working. And with Democrats in charge at the White House, the House, and the Senate, this will be a tough two months.

Domestic Prophet, Priest & King

January 15, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Domestic Prophet, Priest & King

BY JOE SIXPACK

There is a crisis in the Church and world today. It’s called manhood. The most endangered species in the world is not a whale or a buffalo or a feline in the wild or even a rat the EPA uses to keep some poor farmer from being able to farm his land. The most endangered species in the world is men. But even men can be divided into subspecies, and so the absolute most endangered species is the Catholic man who believes in and lives his faith.
But even the Catholic man has his problems — problems that make him contribute to his own demise. The current generation of Catholic men who are in their twenties, thirties, and forties are men who have been smothered in the current culture, so they are stunted in their maturation. In short, they just never grew up. They think marriage is as disposable as their fast-food coffee cup, that their wives (if they’re not living with someone they’re not married to) are sex objects, and that “things” are more important than growing their families and standing up for things worth dying for . . . like our faith or our country.
These are men who are Catholic more in name and culturally than they are men who truly love Christ and His Church. It is the male Catholic’s failure to commit to Christ and His Church that has largely contributed to the demise of the culture and the lack of “energy” in the Church. Yes, my generation is at fault, too, and we recognize the problems we allowed to fester, but each successive generation is worse than the one before it.
But there is a remedy to being a dying breed.
The first thing to recognize is that the Creator of the Universe became man to die for our sins and redeem us. The reason He instituted the Catholic Church was so that redemption He won for us on the cross could be applied to all men of all times in all places. Recognizing this leads to obeying the one command above all others that Jesus gave us in Matt. 5:48: “You must be perfect, as your Father in Heaven is also perfect.” In other words, we must work toward becoming a saint. This isn’t a suggestion of Christ’s, but rather a command.
Gentlemen, our nation and our Church are in dire trouble. The nation is collapsing around us, and the Catholic Church in America appears to be fast asleep. It’s not our bishops and priests who are asleep…they see the moral and cultural decline taking place and stand on the front lines to fight it.
Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke has been crying out to us for decades about the decline of the family, life issues, and the dominant moral decay. Francis Cardinal George, OMI, shortly before he died, prophetically stated that he would die in his bed, his successor would die in prison, and his successor would die a martyr. Thirty years ago, Servant of God Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, arguably the greatest theologian of the last century, repeatedly warned us to prepare for martyrdom in this country. No, it’s not the bishops and priests who are asleep at the wheel. The sleeping driver at the wheel is the laity…especially the male laity.
If you want to change the direction of our nation and reawaken the sleeping giant called the Catholic Church, then it’s up to us men to make that happen. The way we do that is to get serious about our holy and ancient faith. We must stop being lukewarm about our faith. Jesus said, “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you from my mouth.” He stated this in the Book of Revelation . . . the book dealing with the end times. And we are more lukewarm about our faith than any generation in the history of the Church.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not really very anxious to have Jesus spew me from His mouth!
If you want to move from lukewarmness to being hot for Christ and His Church, you must first assume your rightful and God-given role as the head of your household. Your wife needs to know you are truly the spiritual head of your family, and your children need the influence of a good Catholic man who lives his faith. The happiness and continuity of your family depends on this.
The question is, how do you turn things around for yourself? I would recommend the following:
First, get to know Jesus Christ as He truly is — the way the Church tells us the real Jesus is — and try to imitate Him as best we can in daily life, cooperating with the actual graces He sends us for that purpose.
Second, make it a habit to go to Confession at least once a month. This is where you will make the greatest spiritual progress, as the priest has the sacramental graces of Holy Orders, and those graces enable him to know how to direct the soul who comes to him with frequency and regularity.
Third, if you’re going to imitate Christ, it would help to get to know Him. That is done by spending at least 15 minutes a day in prayer and another 15 minutes a day reading the Bible.
Fourth, study the Mass. Contrary to popular belief, the Mass is incredibly masculine. If fact, our holy and ancient faith is, in and of itself, a very masculine faith, and your masculinity will be magnified in your thinking and your actions . . . true masculinity, that is, and not the obnoxious machismo touted as masculinity.
Fifth, pray the rosary daily, and carry it in your pocket. It doesn’t have to be prayed completely all at one time, but can be done incrementally throughout the day as time permits. Praying the rosary helps you develop a tender devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and that would be in perfect imitation of Jesus Christ.
Sixth, get to know your guardian angel and patron saint. Read about the angels and your patron saint, then talk to them. I talk to mine all the time…when driving, in the shower, while walking, etc. The more you learn about and talk to them, the more you’ll find help coming from them. They are real, and they will communicate with you.
Seventh, sit down and go over your budget. Be objective and cull out all that is not absolutely necessary. It’s all right to have some recreation and a little pleasure, but your focus should be on the practical. This enables you to accomplish several things: being better prepared for emergencies and the hard times that befall us all, set a good example for your children about hard work and the true value of money, and to be able to better support your parish.
Eighth, finally, see the family for what it truly is. The Church has long referred to the family as the domestic Church. So, in imitation of Jesus, you should be the domestic Church’s prophet, priest, and king. As prophet, you will be the spiritual and moral teacher of your family. As priest, you’ll be the true man of the house who leads his family in family prayer. As king, you’ll be defending your family against the prevailing perverted culture and lead them to the Eucharist and Penance for the sake of their souls and the health of your family.
If you will do these things, collectively we can change our declining American culture and awaken this sleeping giant called the Catholic Church. But even if we collectively fail in changing the culture for the better, at the very least we can give rise to a new generation of Catholics who will do always and only what Jesus Christ demands of us all.
If you have a question or comment you can reach out to me through the “Ask Joe” page of JoeSixpackAnswers.com, or you can email me at Joe@CantankerousCatholic.com.
Hey, how would you like to see things like this article every week in your parish bulletin as an insert? You or your pastor can learn more about how to do that by emailing me at Joe@CantankerousCatholic.com.

The Aeneas Option

January 14, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on The Aeneas Option

By PAUL KRAUSE

T.S. Eliot called Virgil’s Aeneid “our classic.” Read any work of Western literature prior to 1960 and it will be replete with Virgilian themes and references, both implicit or explicit. The Western humanities tradition, as we know, has fallen on hard times in the push to destroy and defund everything Western and replace it with whatever the nihilistic left deems socially and politically relevant.
But Virgil’s masterpiece was socially and political relevant in his days and remains so in our own.
The central theme of the Aeneid is pietas, or piety. While we may think of piety as Christians praying the rosary, in first-century Rome piety meant dutiful sacrifice. In fact, piety means duty. What, then is the duty of Aeneas?
At the macro-cosmic level Aeneas is fated as the dutiful vessel of Roman civilization. Aeneas is the elected vessel of the Roman gods to found the “high walls of Rome” and bring Roman civilization to a pathological world wrought with erotic passion and violence. At the micro level, however, the duty of Aeneas is recognizable and eternal: his duty is to his father, family, and countrymen.
Aeneas is the wayward leader of the Trojan survivors of that terrible war remembered by Homer. He is a great warrior and captain. He is also a great and tender lover — or could have been if not for the intervention of the gods.
But killing and making love are not what define Aeneas in Virgil’s epic. Instead, it is his commitment to patriotic duty that defines Aeneas. Aeneas hauls his elderly father on his back as Troy burns and guides him to the seafaring ships that will depart west to Italy. Aeneas, where he makes landfall, prays to the gods for safe passage and blessing wherever he goes. In fact, the most frequent action of Aeneas throughout his eponymous epic is prayer.
In dutiful dedication to his father and the household gods, Aeneas embodies what Virgil considered the first principle of order in a disorderly world: duty to one’s parents and one’s gods.
Virgil did not discover this notion on his own. He borrowed from Cicero who wrote of the importance of what we now call filial piety in his various discourses and philosophical treatises, most notably De re publica and De Officiis. Virgil, however, masterfully crafted the necessity of piety as the first principle of order in eternal form: poetry.
Debates rage over whether Virgil — along with the other Augustan poets — were sycophantic yes men to the first Roman emperor or subtle critics. To get bogged down in this debate is to miss what all the Augustan poets shared in their praise of Augustus. They did not so much praise Augustus the man per se but praised him because of what he wrought: peaceful order in the midst of chaos.
Virgil grew up in turbulent times not too dissimilar from the times of Aeneas as he recounts to Dido in her palace chambers. Troy, like the Roman Republic, was a mighty civilization. Troy, like the Roman Republic, had fallen. Virgil lived through the decline and fall of the Roman Republic, its many civil wars, and Rome’s movement to empire. Roman history is even reflected in the great shield Aeneas carries into battle to defeat Turnus at the conclusion of the epic.
While Virgil, at the cosmic level, may have theologized Augustus and Roman history in a deterministic fashion that guaranteed the triumph of Augustan civilization, what Augustus helped to recover was the filial piety lost in the fratricidal civil wars that plagued the republic.
In reminding his audience of the first principle of order coming from filial love, and from out of that filial love patriotism blossoms, Virgil’s poetic construction speaks of the eternal virtues of love and respect for parents. Whether Augustus practiced these virtues in person were irrelevant to Virgil and the other Augustan poets. The Augustan project aimed at revivifying this ancient heart of the Roman people and thus the poets, Virgil most prominently, were supportive of this effort.
Given the fact that the Aeneid is also a social and political commentary on the fall of the republic and the civil wars that burned Rome, Virgil’s emphasis on piety as the first principle of order and love remains a social and political commentary for all societies undergoing conflagration, decline, and decadence. To halt the burning and decline, Virgil poetically and mystically sings of the need to return to the very order of love lost: the family and the gods.
One of the reasons why the Roman republic fell — and it is undeniable that Virgil had a preference for the republic instead of the empire — is because it had fallen away from the first principles of love and slipped into the cesspool of hatred and ambition. As Cicero said, rapturously energetic and revolutionary men destroy noble things and bring far more harm than good in doing so. So too does Virgil echo this sentiment by shaming his Roman audience into psychologically probing themselves for having failed to love their parents and the gods.
Aeneas as exemplar of the Roman heart becomes the model for Virgil’s audience to measure themselves against. Here we see Virgil’s message most clearly. A man is the model to follow and emulate; a man of flesh and blood no different than you or I. Aeneas becomes the attainable ideal for all, not just a chosen few.
And what model is that? The virtuous, dutiful, pious man of family, fatherland, and religiosity. Aeneas lifts his ancestral lineage on his back and saves it from extinction when he carries Anchises on his shoulders. Aeneas prays for the blessing and protection of the gods wherever he goes. Aeneas fights for his fellow countrymen against all odds.
In Aeneas we find a model man to emulate. And in our own time we might look to “our classic” once more to find the spirit of restoration needed in a hateful and chaotic world just as Aeneas found himself in so many millennia ago. We might go as far as saying that the restoration of duty to family, fatherland, and religion is the Aeneas Option so sorely needed to restore our cultural and civilizational vitality.
St. Basil the Great once exhorted Christians not to be afraid of classical literature. He argued that we could richly profit from their readings, which is why classical texts have long been part of Christian education. Virgil’s Aeneid remains one of the prime works that can be a model for our own virtue. Love of God, family, and countrymen is what the epic is about.

Beware Of Dems… Trump’s Defense Of Religious Liberty, Voting Integrity Contrasts With Opposition’s Record

January 13, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Beware Of Dems… Trump’s Defense Of Religious Liberty, Voting Integrity Contrasts With Opposition’s Record

By DEXTER DUGGAN

President Trump’s statement defending religious liberty, which recalled the martyrdom of St. Thomas Becket by English King Henry II exactly 850 years earlier, served as a stark reminder of the drastically different view held by Democrat Joe Biden, who thinks traditional believers must be suppressed by government in order to reward the radical secularists in Biden’s base.
An equally drastic contrast exists between dominant media’s continued ferocious political falsehoods against Trump, even though they boasted now that Trump soon would leave the presidency, and fawning adoration for cognitively impaired bad Catholic Biden.
The Wanderer published the text of Trump’s statement on page A8 of its January 7 hardcopy issue, “Proclamation on 850th anniversary of the martyrdom of St. Thomas Becket.”
Citing his own efforts to defend religious liberty, Trump said in his statement, released on December 28: “To honor Thomas Becket’s memory, the crimes against people of faith must stop, prisoners of conscience must be released, laws restricting freedom of religion and belief must be repealed, and the vulnerable, the defenseless, and the oppressed must be protected.
“The tyranny and murder that shocked the conscience of the Middle Ages must never be allowed to happen again,” the president said. “As long as America stands, we will always defend religious liberty.”
Commentator George Neumayr posted at The American Spectator site on January 2: “The secularism that Biden represents still views Christianity as ‘meddlesome’ and seeks to encroach upon its freedom. Indeed, its demands — forcing Christians to subsidize or participate in acts that violate their consciences — make Henry II’s violations of religious freedom look quaint.
“But where are the modern-day Beckets to resist those encroachments? They will need to emerge in order to stop Biden’s secularist juggernaut,” Neumayr said.
He noted: “One of Biden’s transition officials is Chai Feldblum, who has spoken openly of her opposition to religious freedom. She has written, ‘Protecting one group’s identity may, at times, require that we burden others’ belief liberty’.”
Conservative Republican political consultant Constantin Querard told The Wanderer on January 4:
“Republicans, and conservatives more specifically, tend to respect traditional values and norms, and respect faith as a central component of life for most Americans. As Democrats, and liberals more specifically, veer further and further towards the extreme left, and attempt to attack or at least rewrite these norms, the gap between the parties and the people who hold these disparate values grows wider and wider.
“So it is alarming but not surprising,” Querard said, “to see the gap between statements supporting religious liberty that come from a Trump White House and the absurd contortions of a Nancy Pelosi-run House of Representatives trying to cheapen or attack religious beliefs.”
In fact, Democrat Cong. Emanuel Cleaver offered the opening prayer for the 117th Congress on January 3 that concluded with a mishmash as he hilariously seemed to believe that “Amen” is a word favoring men that must be countered with a word favoring women.
Cleaver concluded his prayer, “We ask it in the name of the monotheistic god, Brahma, and god known by many names by many different faiths. Amen, and A-woman.”
That a longtime Christian pastor like Cleaver voiced such nonsense showed the extreme that Christians who kneel first to the Democratic Party’s identity politics are willing to go.
The use of “amen” goes back thousands of years and has nothing to do with gender. A search at Google, hardly a right-wing location, found this: “The usage of amen, meaning ’so be it’ (as found in the early Scriptures of the Bible), is a word of Biblical Hebrew origin. The word originated in the Hebrew Scriptures, as a confirmatory response; it is found in Deuteronomy as a confirmatory response made by the people.”
Where will this left-wing Democrat madness stop? Will the word “mention” have a counterpart in “womention”? “Commendation” in “comwomendation”? “Amendment” in “awomendment”? The possibilities are endless.
Indeed, radical Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s House on January 4 voted to discriminate against long-used commonsense words like “father” and “daughter,” “mother” and “son,” in favor of “gender-neutral language.” Only a deeply mentally ill political party could engage in such buffoonery, while it also cheers on the slaughter of millions of defenseless preborn human babies.
Will Pelosi order Republican congress-humans to be fined or dragged off the floor if they dare refer to fathers and mothers instead of “parents”? Indeed, how will they be able to distinguish between Father’s Day and Mother’s Day? The deranged donkey party is ripe to be laughed into well-merited extinction. Not that its media acolytes plan to contribute to the derision.
The Washington Examiner posted on January 4: “House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, accused Democrats of engaging in a ‘race to wokeness’ that ignores an electorate who flipped more than a dozen Democratic seats to the GOP in the November election.”
On Rush Limbaugh’s January 4 radio program, guest host Todd Herman said that if Democrats can do this, they can order that people can’t say “up” or “down.”
However, outgoing Hawaii Democratic Cong. Tulsi Gabbard told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on January 4 that trying to erase gender recognition was both wrong and a badly misplaced priority for her party. “It’s the height of hypocrisy for people who claim to be the champions of rights for women to deny the very biological existence of women. . . . It’s astounding,” Gabbard said.

Defending The “Deplorables”

Mary Ann Kreitzer, who runs the Virginia-based Les Femmes – The Truth blog, told The Wanderer on January 4 that Trump’s proclamation for religious liberty recalls that “(w)e’re living at a time where the separation between believers and nonbelievers is a chasm deeper and wider than the Grand Canyon. Not since the War Between the States have Americans been so divided.
“In times of crisis, God often uses unlikely instruments and events to reveal Himself,” Kreitzer said. “I think that’s the case with President Trump. Like the pagan King Cyrus, he defends the religious freedom and liberty of the people, the little people. Cyrus ended the Babylonian captivity and aided the Jews in rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem.
“President Trump has spent four years defending the rights of the ‘deplorables,’ those relentlessly attacked and ridiculed by the left,” she said. “That’s why Americans love him and turn out in such numbers and chant, ‘We love you!’ You can hardly find another politician in history (maybe the Founders) who spoke so eloquently about the religious rights (and other freedoms) of Americans.
“If Biden takes office, we can expect increasing religious persecution. He’s promised to drop the hammer on the Little Sisters of the Poor and every religious institution that refuses to embrace and promote gender insanity,” she said. “The schools are filled with it. If you take the children, you own the future. That’s what The 1619 Project is all about. Biden’s promised to expand the murder of the unborn and champion Planned Parenthood.
“So we have two politicians, one who like King Cyrus defends freedom and liberty and another who follows in the footsteps of King Herod to enslave and murder,” Kreitzer said, adding:
“President Trump summarized the crisis we face at the end of his message on religious freedom…: ‘A society without religion cannot prosper. A nation without faith cannot endure — because justice, goodness, and peace cannot prevail without the grace of God’.”
John Daniel Davidson, political editor at The Federalist website, posted on December 30 that Biden’s veep teammate, Kamala Harris, is “a co-sponsor of the Orwellian-named ‘Equality Act,’ which would force Catholic hospitals to perform gender-transition surgeries and Catholic schools to embrace transgender ideology in their sports programs, among other violations of religious liberty. Biden, too, has expressed his support for the act.”

Rabid Propaganda

Meanwhile, the same dominant media that attacked President Trump savagely for four years showed no signs of relenting even though they assured the nation that he soon would be gone from the White House while Biden took up residence.
After Trump engaged in an hour-long phone call on January 2 with Georgia officials about the inaccuracy of its presidential-election returns, some media contributors offered wild characterizations of his talk — the same sort of rabid propaganda they never tired of concocting.
Under the headline “Trump’s deranged phone call with Georgia secretary of state reveals a desperate man,” a foam-flecked opinion article at CNN raged, “As he pressures them to abandon their duty and come over to the dark side of politics, their refusal makes Trump’s corrupt methods all the more obvious.”
From this, one might suspect that the text of the call would reveal Trump cursing, screaming, offering huge bribes, threatening persecution by government investigators, boasting that he had unlimited powers to destroy those who didn’t surrender to his will. But it’s nothing of the sort. Why did CNN dare to run the article?
The conservative National Pulse website ran the entire text of the call on January 3, along with a story reporting on it.
“Throughout the call, the president makes clear that his calls are for election transparency, full and transparent audits, and public access,” wrote editor-in-chief Raheem Kassam. “At no point does the president imply he wants votes invented or confected, as the establishment media is portraying. He even offers to recuse himself from parts of the conversation and ends by asking for ‘the truth…it’s just that simple’.”
The Georgia officials brushed off the president’s concerns about a seriously inaccurate vote. However, on January 4 The National Pulse reported on the conservative Project Veritas investigative team revealing, in just one example of serious irregularities, that thousands of people were registered at one Georgia office address in order to allow them to vote illegally.
The National Pulse story said this “news also flies in the face of attempted cover-ups by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his assistant Gabriel Sterling who during a call with President Trump insisted that they had conducted a perfect election.”
Coincidentally, pro-Trump “Dilbert” cartoonist Scott Adams had tweeted on January 2, “Have you noticed that the folks who believe the election was fair have decided their best strategy is personal attacks on people who want an audit? What’s that tell you?”
Meanwhile, election investigations continued elsewhere, including Arizona, despite local and national establishments desperate to ignore them.
For instance, the Internet Hub Radio Phoenix program carried an interview December 28 with citizen investigation coordinator Liz Harris, who spoke of fraudulent voter registrations at vacant lots, sports arenas, county office buildings, commercial addresses, hotels, nonexistent addresses, apartment complexes without an apartment number, and also out-of-state voters. “The numbers are just overwhelming,” she said.

A Beacon Of Light . . . The Light Shines In Darkness

January 12, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on A Beacon Of Light . . . The Light Shines In Darkness

By FR. RICHARD D. BRETON JR.

(Editor’s Note: Fr. Richard D. Breton Jr. is a priest of the Diocese of Norwich, Conn. He is currently the parochial vicar of St. Andrew Parish in Colchester and St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Lebanon. He received his BA in religious studies and his MA in dogmatic theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn.)

  • + + On Sunday, January 10, 2021 we celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. This feast ends the Christmas Season. This is done in a unique way. The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord unites the moment of the Incarnation and the manifestation of Christ to all nations through the Magi. This unification brings about a second “Epiphany,” if you will, where we are introduced to the Trinity. What do I mean by this?
    In the story of Creation we meet God, who is the spoken word. From the first day of the creation story, to the last day, we know God only as the “spoken word.” We are reminded this in the Prologue to St. John’s Gospel where it says:
    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. This one was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and apart from him not one thing came into being that has come into being. In him was life, and the life was the light of humanity. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it” (John 1:1-5).
    God spoke and everything came into being. He commanded the skies and the oceans to be created, and they were. He commanded the land and the animals to be created, and they were. He commanded that the birds and the sea creatures be created, and they were. He created man, and Adam came into being. He recognized that Adam needed a helpmate, and Eve was created.
    All of this happened through the spoken word of God. We never see God; we hear His voice. We don’t know what God looks like; all we know is His voice. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve don’t see God; they only hear Him speak. In fact, after they fall from God’s grace, they are overcome with fear because they hear Him rustling in the garden but do not see Him.
    The word spoken in the garden is soon made manifest to creation. We no longer just hear His voice, through the Incarnation of the Christ Child, we see Him!
    The Solemnity of the Incarnation of Christ is the moment the word becomes flesh: “And the Word became flesh and took up residence among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the one and only from the Father, full of grace and truth. . . . No one has seen God at any time; the one and only, God, the one who is in the bosom of the Father — that one has made Him known” (John 1:14, 18). The birth of Christ in Bethlehem is the first time we see God! It is the beautiful appearance of the word becoming flesh.

The Cry Of Humanity

How can we understand the moment of the Incarnation? The birth of a child is embodied with grace-filled moments. As a child is born, the first moments are captured with the beautiful cry of humanity! That cry reminds me of the voice of God. It is not until after hearing the cry, do the parents set their eyes upon the beautiful new child they have received from God.
The same thing happened in the Incarnation, the word of God that was heard in creation, in the Garden of Eden and through the prophets, is now visibly seen in the infant lying in the manger. It was such a manifestation the angels proclaimed the moments by singing hymns of praise: “Glory to God in the Highest, and peace to people of good will.”
Shepherds, the ordinary people of the region were amazed at what they saw. Truly the Word has become flesh and God would begin to reveal Himself to His chosen people.
There would be a second manifestation, however. This time it was to the Magi, the Kings of the East. Through the glow of a Star they would be led to the Child Jesus. Their encounter would reveal another aspect of this manifestation. For they would experience the transforming power of the Messiah, as seen in the Child of Bethlehem. This experience of transformation would lead the Magi to return home by another way. They could not return from whence they came, because they were forever changed.
The Feast of the Epiphany would become for humanity a feast of conversion. All of humanity, the chosen ones and the not chosen, would participate in a manifestation of divine proportions. This Epiphany leads all of us to the way of conversion.

A Threefold Way

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord completes the Christmas Season by introducing us to the Blessed Trinity. The Word becoming flesh, the visible sign of God dwelling among us leads humanity all the way back to the God of our creation. How does the Baptism of Christ do this? It is done in a threefold way.
First, Jesus descends into the waters of the River Jordan, and makes them holy. The descent into the water sanctifies the waters of Baptism, enabling a re-generation of man.
Second, we are introduced for the first time to the Holy Spirit. As Jesus is in the water, the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove descends from the heavens and hovers above Him.
Third, we hear once again the spoken word of God: “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17). Through the Baptism of Christ in the Jordan River, we are introduced to the Trinitarian God of the Christian faith and are united to Christ. Our Baptism opens our ears to hear the word of God, we are saved by the person of Christ in the waters of the font of Baptism, and the Holy Spirit dwells in us to begin His work within us. The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan reveals the “Christification” of Christ and that we are united through Him, with Him, and in Him.
I think that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI explains this well:
“Looking at the events in light of the Cross and Resurrection, the Christian people realized what happened: Jesus loaded the burden of all mankind’s guilt upon His shoulders; He bore it down into the depths of the Jordan. He inaugurated His public activity by stepping into the place of sinners” (Joseph Ratzinger, Jesus of Nazareth, Bloomsbury 2007, p. 18).
The voice of the Father and the descent of the Holy Spirit, at Jesus’ Baptism, anoints Him as the Messiah. This anointing enables Jesus to begin His public ministry. The whole purpose of Jesus was to be a visible sign of the Lord in the world. Jesus didn’t hide who He was, but rather, He proclaimed the Kingdom. Like Jesus we are anointed through Baptism as participants in this same Kingdom.
Our Baptismal promises invite us to be Christ-like in the world. How do we do this? It is quite simple really! We do this by remaining faithful to Christ and by living the faith. The world needs to know who Jesus is again. We have that capacity to teach the world who Jesus is. Our faith is meant to be lived and not hidden.
This year the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is an opportunity to renew our relationship with the Blessed Trinity. The voice of God was heard saying: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
God was “well-pleased” with His Divine Son and He is also well pleased with us. Jesus has already revealed Himself to the nations; we have heard His voice, we have seen His Face, we saw the Holy Spirit descend upon Him, we know who Jesus is!
May the New Year ahead be a time for God to be revealed once again to all the nations!

Shattered Trust

January 11, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Shattered Trust

By DEACON MIKE MANNO

It’s nice to be back after a few weeks battling COVID. Unfortunately, from Thanksgiving through Christmas I’ve been home, away from my writing, and worst of all, away from my post at the Church. It wasn’t a fun experience, but I knew as soon as my wife said to me, “Go get it yourself,” that it was over.
So now I’m back — well, mostly back — thinking again about things that keep me up at night and praying that it’s God’s will that things go back to normal; like maybe 1960 normal! Anyway, as we enter the New Year, it might be a fitting time to mourn the losses that have shattered our trust. Let me take just a few examples:
The Judiciary. It’s going to be tough to continue our trust in a judiciary that has continued to let the country down. Oh I know, the courts have been particularly successful in adjudicating civil matters, especially in the areas of civil and religious freedoms, and have struck big blows for individual rights and First Amendment freedoms.
But remember the big things they’ve missed. When in the midst of what can only be described as the biggest election fraud in history, in which the presidential election hung in the balance, the Supreme Court punted. To its everlasting shame it refused to even hear a case in which the facts and evidence could be presented for all to see. And much of that involved matters brought to it before the election that it also refused to hear.
Chief Justice John Roberts proved himself a true swamp creature by trying to protect the reputation of the court rather than delivering justice; first he prevented the court from hearing the pre-election Pennsylvania case then led the court to reject the post-election case filed by Texas and other states. The result: Without a full, fair, and impartial hearing, too many of our fellow citizens will continue to believe that the election was stolen while officials who could investigate looked the other way.
And, of course, the role of the judiciary wasn’t painted any brighter when a judge and sister of Stacey Abrams, the Georgia Democrat and voting rights advocate who was heavily involved in the presidential election, refused to recuse herself from a case challenging election procedures. The matter was a clear conflict of interest for U.S. District Judge Leslie Abrams Gardner, an Obama appointee, who has shown herself unfit to provide unbiased service.
It’s not my intention to pick on individual judges for their decisions but to indicate that the federal judiciary should be considered every much as swampy as the rest of Washington, D.C. Just one tidbit showing the same comes not from any election dispute but from the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) court, established to oversee surveillance against citizens alleged to be acting on behalf of foreign governments.
We know now that warrants approved by the court to “spy” on President Trump and members of his staff were based on false narratives provided by the Hillary Clinton campaign, and that the Obama Justice Department was fully aware of its falsity. Yet to this day no FISA judge has stepped forward to discipline or hold in contempt any FBI or Justice Department official who perpetrated the fraud. Every federal judge has that inherent authority to investigate such acts. To date none have done so.
Unfortunately it appears to me that the judiciary, especially that part based in Washington, D.C., is part of the deep state swamp.
The Media & Big Tech. If stealing the presidential election, or at least giving that impression wasn’t bad enough, along come the media and big tech to hide the facts from the American people. It seems like every news broadcast carried the same mantra: “There is no evidence of any voter fraud.” Not true and just because John Roberts didn’t want to examine the evidence doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. The bottom line is they lie to you for their own political purposes.
Of course nothing says you’re putting your thumb on the scale then not reporting the Hunter Biden story before the election. And for those who had the gumption to try to publish the truth, they soon found out that they were only spitting in the wind; they lost their platform, were ostracized, and, as we’ve seen before, canceled.
If you want to consider the depth of this problem just remember this: In the 1950s we had Walter Cronkite; today we have Don Lemon.
Listen if you want but understand there are no journalistic ethics in today’s media. All you will get is prepackaged liberal pabulum. The truth is there and it’s free but you’ll have to seek it out for yourself.
The Political Parties. It’s tough to talk about them without singling one out, but both need to be condemned here. On one side the Democrats have shown that they are only interested in pure power. The plot to steal the presidential election was an elaborate effort to use the COVID pandemic to arbitrarily and illegally change laws to loosen restrictions on signature verifications and mail-in ballots — the most easily tampered with ballots — to flood the system with thousands of rigged ballots, enough to swing the election in critical states.
I’ve written about this before. But it hit home during the summer when the Democratic Party started distributing yard signs urging folks to get ready for mail-in voting. As they say, don’t let a good crisis go to waste, and the Dems worked overtime to ensure that “mail-in” became the word — and tool — of the day.
But the Republicans are not without fault. During much of the election they complained but did little to try to stop the blatant and obvious fraud being devised. And when they did the courts were too quick to look the other way on the illegalities taking place.
And naturally, as soon as the “election” was over GOP swamp people were jumping off the wagon to solidify their positions in the pecking order of the D.C. swamp. All done at the cost of our freedoms and to pave the way for the liberal socialist takeover of the United States.
The Church. I don’t want to sound too alarmist, but it seems that many of our bishops only realized the Church will have a problem with an apostate Catholic in the White House after the election. Unfortunately, too many seemed to want to ride the tiger rather than issuing a warning about Mr. Biden’s anti-Catholic policies. Of course now they realize he is not only the most pro-abortion president in history, but his cabinet appointees demonstrate how radical he is on the issue.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra — who also calls himself a Catholic — chosen to be HHS secretary in the Biden Administration is an avowed proponent of abortion on demand.
Becerra collaborated with Planned Parenthood to force crisis pregnancy centers to advertise where free abortions could be obtained, and tried to force employers to cover abortion in their employee health-care plans. He also carried on his predecessor’s policy of persecuting David Daleiden for exposing Planned Parenthood’s illegal business of selling aborted baby parts.
His predecessor, Kamala Harris, one of the most anti-Catholic politicians in the nation, is Mr. Biden’s choice to succeed him, if necessary, as vice president. If confirmed, Becerra will be in a position to reinstate the abortion and contraception mandate that was part of the original Obamacare. Nice!
One by one as Mr. Biden announced his picks, it became clear that each one is as radical on the issue of abortion (and religious liberty) as the new left Democratic Party is. And as we wait to see how this melodrama plays out, our newest cardinal, the archbishop of Washington, D.C., Wilton Gregory, offered Mr. Biden an olive branch. He’ll be happy to allow the new president to receive Holy Communion and hopes to “dialogue” with him about issues of mutual agreement. Translation: that means all prudential issues will be decided according to leftist reasoning. Of course the non-negotiables will be off the table lest the dialogue not be beneficial.
Obviously there are plenty of other candidates for shattered faith — academia, the CDC — but only a few can be mentioned here. The bottom line is 2020 has left us in almost total distrust of the institutions that should be the most resilient and the most dependable in protecting our rights. Unfortunately, for too many that distrust will run deep. If we think the last four years were characterized by division, we haven’t seen anything yet.
(You can reach Mike at: DeaconMike@q.com and listen to him on Faith On Trial every Thursday at 10 a.m. Central on IowaCatholicRadio.com.)

After Trump Shows Off His Support . . . The Unfeeling Elite Show They Don’t Know Anything About Unifying Nation

January 10, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on After Trump Shows Off His Support . . . The Unfeeling Elite Show They Don’t Know Anything About Unifying Nation

By DEXTER DUGGAN

As a new year arrives, people often make predictions for the coming 12 months, and resolutions about being better.
Making credible predictions became very easy after the events of Wednesday, January 6, in Washington, D.C., while resolutions to be better contrasted against a worsening existence nationally.
Predictions apparently very likely to come true were that the fractured political system would break even more as corporate, tech, and media billionaires kept trying to ram through their complete political takeover with marionette pro-Beijing Democrat Joe Biden and his handlers.
This was accentuated with the suspiciously contrived narrow victories of two new radical left-wing Democrat U.S. senators from Georgia in January 5 runoff elections, giving the Democrats crucial new power on Capitol Hill.
And resolutions to become better looked quite unlikely as the billionaires refused to learn a thing about how their intransigence led to severe current social stresses.
Since early last year their governmental minions across the nation had grown used to ordering Americans how to live every aspect of their lives, and what was or wasn’t necessary for them. Would they start ordering stronger lockdowns with spurious claims of “national security”?
As unrest swept over Capitol Hill on January 6, Donald Trump quickly was blamed, as he had been blamed falsely for about everything for four years. But other people deserved criticism.
Dominant media had so discredited themselves that many people felt no compunction in immediately rejecting the claims in so-called news reports: If The Washington Post or New York Times says so, it’s a lie. On January 7, the top of page one of the Times falsely screamed, “TRUMP INCITES MOB.”
In addition, the elite seemed to believe that if only they could even further suppress Trump-supporting conservatives, the battle would be over. However, that would be like thinking draining some ocean water into a gallon container will sap a tsunami.
Back in December the cowardly U.S. Supreme Court may have thought it was letting itself off the hook by refusing even to consider the challenge by the state of Texas to the “illegal and unconstitutional” manner in which four states, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, conducted their November elections. The result was to deny vital Electoral College votes to President Trump.
A December 11 news release from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office noted that Texas was joined by nearly half of the states of the Union in its challenge. It was headlined: “A.G. Paxton: U.S. Supreme Court refuses to determine the integrity of the 2020 election.”
Chief Justice John Roberts’ court is hardly the first to do injustice on behalf of the powerful. Too bad Roberts and his kindred didn’t choose the courage of becoming a reformed judiciary.
A squirming Roberts no doubt was aware that leftists raise holy, hot heck when they don’t get their way. But the other side of the political spectrum can’t be expected to resign itself to being trampled upon forever.
The conservative movement is, and has to be, more than one man. But at the present moment, Donald Trump has shown a special staunchness and capability to stand up for and advance its ideals. That’s why he developed a unique following — tens of millions of people deeply distressed at seeing him being deprived of deserved re-election by massive fraud.
This article was written overnight on January 6-7, with further facts likely still to emerge about the January 6 events, but speculation was occurring on when and if the breaking point would arrive for America’s oppressed majority, too long subjected to the elite’s whims.
Did that point happen on January 6 at the Capitol with the fatal shooting by a government law officer of a Trump-supporting military veteran identified as Ashli Babbitt? He reportedly shot her through a door with a glass window. Photos of her before the shooting showed a smiling, pleasant-looking woman, not a drug-addled type more likely at a leftist arson celebration.
On January 6 a massive rally gathered in the cold of the nation’s capital to support Trump against the elite’s plans to oust him. Among items in his speech lasting a bit over an hour to hundreds of thousands of ralliers, Trump again factually recited some of the ways fraudsters stole the election — although dominant media continued to insist his facts were “false.”
After the disorders on Capitol Hill, insensate U.S. senators began voting peremptorily to dismiss factual challenges of fraudulent balloting that was manufactured to give Biden the win.
Earlier in the day, the Just the News website summarized some findings of fraud in this sub-headline: “The storyline that voting irregularities claims are ‘baseless’ is debunked by well-documented evidence from courts, state officials, and affidavits. That’s why large numbers of state legislators are raising red flags.”
A reporter for the Right Side Broadcasting Network estimating the rally attendance said 300,000 people — or it could be a million, she said. Typically, various other media reports merely said “thousands.”
After Trump’s talk, ralliers proceeded as planned to march to the Capitol building to witness to the necessity of an accurate election. At least some hundreds of participants went on into the Capitol — and at least some of them believed they had every right to enter this public building. Trump said he knew his supporters would march peacefully.
A news site headquartered in the nation’s capital reported on January 6: “‘I thought we would be able to peacefully enter,’ a protester who traveled from Texas told the Washington Examiner. ‘I didn’t know we’d be prevented from entering.’
“The protester from Texas said the throng at first acted peacefully, but disorder escalated when Capitol Police moved to prevent them from mounting the East Front stairs and entering through the center door,” the Examiner added.
Talk-radio host Mark Levin asked, “What kind of idiots storm the Capitol building . . . and think they’re achieving anything,” aside from giving talking points to dominant media?
The Wanderer asked conservative Catholic Mary Ann Kreitzer, who runs the Virginia-based Les Femmes – The Truth blog, for her reaction to the protests. She replied on January 6: “Watching the rally with protesters storming the Capitol, I immediately thought of the uprising in the Vendee during the French Revolution.
“For years the left has engaged in a reign of terror against the citizens of this country, whom they label ‘deplorables.’ They’ve championed the extermination of our rights and the literal extermination of our babies,” Kreitzer said. “They rejoice in the modern ‘guillotine’ at Planned Parenthood that rips off the heads of babies as well as their limbs.
“And now these same leftists, who called Antifa and BLM riots love fests and street parties, are quick to condemn protesters entering their own sacred turf,” she said, adding:
“At the same time, I can’t help wondering whether this was a false-flag operation to discredit President Trump and his supporters. It was way too easy for the protesters to get into the Capitol. If the majority really were Trump supporters, I wish they had fallen to their knees and started praying the rosary and singing songs of praise to our God.
“I fear what happened is just the beginning of a new Civil War,” Kreitzer said. “How it will play out I have no idea, but those who truly love God and our country must devote themselves with zeal to prayer and penance. The protests just give the left an excuse for more draconian attacks on the people.
“The Republican army of the French Revolution had a policy of extermination for the people of the Vendee,” she said. “Many leftists have already begun forming their enemy lists and talking about how they will wreak revenge on their opponents. The uprising is coming as Trump said, ‘Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore.’
“But the answer is never violence, it’s turning to God in prayer and penance. May Our Lady of Mercy intercede for us,” she said.

A Tipping Point

Earlier on January 6, blogger Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (wdtprs.com) posted, “Today feels like a tipping point. . . . We are not at the end of what is in store for us, I’m afraid.”
Zuhlsdorf wrote: “I’ve had a growing sense of unrest for weeks about this day. I cannot help but think that what is going on now is fueled in part by a rise in demonic activity. That’s why I’ve often recited Ch. 3 of Title XI in the Rituale Romanum also for protection from demonic action surrounding the certification of the vote. I didn’t know what was on the horizon exactly, but I suspected something bad was coming.”
Concerned about the arrival of a one-party system aided by corporatists’ power, Zuhlsdorf wrote:
“The divisions in our country and in the Church herself are so sharp, so broad, that it is hard to imagine what sort of event might heal the divides. I can only imagine that it would be either the manifestation of an amazing miracle (e.g., I ask God daily for the miraculous elimination of the virus) or a disaster of some kind so great that it overcomes the ongoing atomization.”
Radio host Todd Herman, filling in on the Rush Limbaugh program on January 6, noted that the violent leftist Antifa group had communicated internally that some of its members would wear Trump gear and infiltrate pro-Trump protesters. Zuhlsdorf mentioned a similar concern, citing a January 6 report at The Washington Times.
Later, on the evening of January 6, Zuhlsdorf posted comments by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson noting that the fatally shot Ashli Babbitt “bore no resemblance to the angry children we have seen wrecking our cities in recent months — pasty, entitled nihilists dressed in black, setting fires and spray-painting slogans on statues. She looked pretty much like everyone else.”
So why was she in the Capitol? “As long as people sincerely believe they can change things by voting, they stay calm,” Zuhlsdorf quoted Carlson. “They don’t burst into the House chamber. They talk and they organize and they vote.
“But the opposite is also true if people begin to believe that their democracy is fraudulent, that voting is a charade, that the system is rigged and it’s run in secret by a small group of powerful, dishonest people who are acting in their own interests. Then, God knows what could happen,” the Fox commentator said.
An illegitimate leadership quickly seeks to crack down on its dissenting population instead of trying to make the situation better, Carlson said. If they don’t bother to learn a thing from their “citizens storming your Capitol building, then you’re a fool, you lack wisdom and self-awareness, and you have no place running a country. We got to this sad, chaotic day for a reason.”

Left-Wing Riots

In a strong example of tech giants imagining that they control reality, Facebook said it would strip off all photos and videos of the Capitol disturbances, the Federalist website reported as it also said: “No such widespread censorship was afforded to the left-wing riots erupting last year, killing at least 30 people, while reporters stood in front of burning blazes and characterized the events as ‘peaceful protests’.”
The Washington Examiner reported on January 6 that conservative commentator Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent, contrasted media horror at the Capitol demonstration with how dominant media chuckled last year when left-wing violence outside the White House grew so serious that the Secret Service took the president to a bunker.
“ ‘They felt like there was a chance the White House could fall that night,’ Bongino said of the Secret Service,” the Examiner reported. “ ‘Where was the media the next day? They were making fun of President Trump for being evacuated by his security detail, not his choice, into the bunker.
“That was their narrative the next day. Where were the mass condemnations there? Where was that? The answer is it wasn’t there. It became an opportunity to take out Trump,” Bongino was quoted.

Catholics Must Mount The Counteroffensive

January 9, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on Catholics Must Mount The Counteroffensive

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

What a week.
Many faithful Catholics were praying that Our Lady would choose the Feast of the Epiphany to bestow upon our beloved country special graces that might deliver us from the impending doom of an all-abortion-all-the-time takeover in Washington.
Our Lady certainly responded with graces, as she always does, but perhaps not with the results that many had prayed for.
Instead, we saw the hammer come down hard. With the slimmest of margins, both of Georgia’s Senate seats were awarded to radical pro-abortion Democrats, giving the U.S. Senate a slim but solid left-wing majority. A million Trump supporters in Washington saw the last vestige of deliverance from the stolen elections dissolve with Vice President Pence’s announcement that he saw no constitutional role for himself beyond that of a vote-counting clerk, routinely affirming the electoral votes submitted from several disputed states.
Meanwhile Nancy Pelosi, barely re-elected as House Speaker, came down hard on Republicans, making it clear that Democrats intended to rule the national government with an iron hand (forget the velvet glove).
The arrival this week of a million Trump supporters for the “Stop the Steal” rally received zip, zero, nada, attention on any media outlets — until several hundred (fewer than one percent) of the crowd attempted to breach security barriers at the Capitol. Whether outside agitators or merely agitated (and disappointed) MAGA advocates, their incursion gave members a close-up-and-personal view of what dozens of cities across the country have been witnessing for the better part of a year.
That’s right — Democrats had branded the widespread, violent Antifa demonstrations as a “myth” since June, but they were suddenly faced with reality as demonstrators entered the Capitol. None of the Antifa-style weapons — debilitating lasers, ball-bearing slingshots, and Molotov cocktails — were in evidence, but the “People’s House” was soon locked down with members and staff quickly escorted to safe havens.
We note that national Democrats and bishops have routinely ignored or even celebrated the “mostly peaceful” Black Lives Matter/Antifa riots that wracked cities countrywide all year. They have now joined Republicans who are demanding that the Capitol malefactors be arrested and charged. Apparently that somehow makes up for their months of insouciance.
Query: The massive Washington rally — which got no attention — and the incursion into the Capitol — which was a media sensation — are over. Will January 6 mark the death knell of the Deplorables, or their first foray into a sustained movement of opposition to the left’s power grab?

Beware Biden’s Bulldozers

The incoming administration is planning to pick up where Obama left off. Its focus on abortion will dominate: The war on life lies at the black heart of its full-scale offensive against spirit and truth in every sphere of national life.
Legislatively, one prime mandate will be the resuscitation of Obamacare and its expansion into a full-blown “national health care” system. In this, “Catholic Joe” will have the full-throated support of Catholic bishops, who frequently remind us that they have supported that goal since 1919.
But wouldn’t that mean the expansion of abortion-on-demand nationwide, free and unimpeded?
Well, yes. Undoubtedly our shepherds will ruminate profoundly on that meddlesome matter. Pursuant to protocols, policies, programs, and procedures, they will likely refer that question to the Bishops’ Committee on the Perpetual Pondering of Catholic Joe’s Complex Catholicism that they created late last year. Quickly the committee’s agenda will overflow, drowning in memoranda and suffocating the vital principles of Humanae Vitae, as well as their stated “preeminent issue of abortion,” which preeminence was Dead on Arrival as soon as it was announced 14 months ago.
When Biden reverses Trump’s affirmation and expansion of Reagan’s Mexico City Policy (prohibiting the international funding of abortion), here and there a bishop will scratch his head. When Obama’s HHS Mandate is renewed with a vengeance, a USCCB staffer will write a memo for the file. When Biden advocates overturning the wave of state pro-life laws by “nationalizing Roe v. Wade,” he will placate perturbed prelates by legalizing tens of millions of illegal aliens, adding icing on the cake by opening the borders to millions more.
And don’t forget, Catholic Joe will control the China Virus! And to remove the public danger of those pesky types who might interfere with his mandates, he will of course seize their guns.
With Catholic Joe, Social Justice will finally triumph. For our bishops, what’s not to like?

The Rot And The Rubble

During the past year, the American left has become more radical, more exposed, and, alas, more successful than ever before. Their wrecking ball has shut down the Mass for months, ruined millions of businesses, jobs, and lives, and mounted a campaign of public intimidation and ruin that bodes ill for our freedom and our lives. However, in their elation of having succeeded so widely and so easily, they have carelessly let fall the curtain that has camouflaged their perversion of our core institutions.
The media will never recover their credibility. “Experts” are now a joke, and so is “science.” The rot in the federal and many state bureaucracies has proven its staying power, but we know it by its proper name: the Deep State. The same goes for the Deep Church.
As the virus has vastly empowered government, our trust in politicians and politics itself has plummeted. Normally, a civic-minded public would draw the obvious conclusion: radically reduce the scope of government, and put strict limits on those powers that legitimately remain.
But these are not normal times. And the petty tyrants whom we wish to bind with the chains of the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God have defied those laws, and us, and the possibility of “normal times” itself. They have mounted a search-and-destroy mission targeting everything we hold dear.
Where can we fight back? One key terrain worth fighting for in the coming chaos is education — and there the camouflage curtain has been drawn back big time. Every family can now clearly perceive the rot.
School unions, whose ignorance and incompetence are now laid bare, have reacted by mounting a full-scale war on parents and their children. Consider the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU). Their leaders are simply illiterate. The protests of parents who demand that teachers do their jobs are “rooted in sexism, racism, and misogyny,” they claim.
These are the union’s best. Imagine — with a shudder — the palaver their members pass out in the classroom.
Speaking of class, CTU official Sarah Chambers insists that it is “unsafe” for school workers to return to work — as she vacations in the Caribbean.
Beyond the malignant hypocrisy of the country’s most Marxist union conglomerate lies an opportunity. Parents now know what drivel their children are being taught — as well as the crucial basics that government schools ignore, even defile. And while the Bidenizers bulldoze Washington, parents have unique opportunities on the local level to unite and expand the alternatives to the yellow school bus jungle that public “education” has become.
President Trump championed parental choice in education. Biden has declared war on the family. “Children belong to the state,” said California Superintendent of Education John Swett 155 years ago. California’s largest school union still names its highest award after him. Here is a battle we can fight close to home.
“Know the enemy,” said Sun Tzu. Now we do.
“The best defense is a good offense,” said Knute Rockne.
What are we waiting for?

One In Seven

January 8, 2021 Frontpage Comments Off on One In Seven

BY JOE SIXPACK

John was spending the summer on his uncle’s farm. As is the case with young boys, John found a lot of things he liked to do on the farm. On Sunday, though, he grumbled that he had to go so far with his uncle to Holy Mass.
His uncle said nothing of John’s grumbling, but on market day he brought home seven large, juicy peaches from his own orchard and gave them to his nephew. John thanked him warmly, because he loved those juicy peaches.
Later, when the uncle asked John if he could spare one of the seven peaches, the boy replied, “Sure, Uncle. Take as many as you want. After all, they came from your own orchard.” He handed the bag to his uncle so he could help himself.
“I see you’re more generous to me that you are to the good God who gave us these peaches,” said the uncle.
“What do you mean?” John asked.
“You don’t begrudge me a share of the fruit I’ve given you, yet when God has given you seven days in the week, you grumble at sparing a part of one day in seven which God gave you to worship and thank Him.”
John never complained again.
Time is one of the many things God gives most of us in abundance. There are one hundred twenty-eight hours in a week that He gives us, and that is time most of us enjoy and prosper in. I wonder, though, just how much we appreciate all those hours each week. If you are forty years old, God has given you over 266,000 hours to live, love, and enjoy life. How many of those hours have been given back to Him?
Assuming you have attended Mass every Sunday of your life, you have only given back to Him 2,000 hours. Seems a bit disproportionate, doesn’t it? Despite the seeming disproportion, God still only asks for one of those hours each week for Holy Mass . . . and the several extra hours throughout the year for Holy Days of Obligation.
How is that hour each week spent? Are we like John and grumble at the obligation of giving God that hour for Mass, or do we offer it to Him freely and joyfully?
When at church for Mass, do we spend the time before Mass preparing for the Holy Sacrifice by being silent before the Tabernacle, contrite for our sins and thanking Him for His sacrifice and all the good He has given us, or do we allow ourselves to be distracted and think about just about everything except Him and His sacrifice?
We Catholics have all the motions down pat, but I wonder whether we even know what the motions are all about. I see the people coming into church and at least make an attempt to genuflect before going into a pew, but I think most don’t even know why they genuflect.
I’ve been to many a parish church where the Tabernacle has been moved off to the side, yet when people enter the church they genuflect toward the altar. That tells me they don’t know why they’re genuflecting, because we are supposed to be genuflecting to His Majesty the King of Creation in the Tabernacle as a sign of homage, love, and respect.
Then I observe most Catholics kneeling before sitting in the pew. Why are they doing that? Well, they’re supposed to be praying in preparation for Holy Mass, as they are about to witness a re-presentation of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. But what they’re supposed to be doing and what many of them actually doing appear to be two different things. I see them looking around, or giving a short wave and smile to someone else, or fidgeting with their hair. . . .
And when I see these things I realize I, too, am being guilty of not giving myself entirely to God as I should be or I wouldn’t be noticing these things.
I’m afraid most of us have come to see going to Mass as one of our social events of the week instead of what it is — the worship of our Creator in the way He demands to be worshipped.
I don’t go to the vigil Mass on Saturday evening, as I don’t need to use that privilege because I’m able to attend Sunday Mass, but I do go before Mass to Confession.
As I sit there in the pew making my final preparation for a good Confession, I’m usually distracted by all the talking on the part of others who are there for the vigil Mass. Folks, we don’t go to Mass to socialize; we go to Mass to worship God….and no other reason. There’s nothing wrong with socializing, but if you want to socialize, do so outside before or after Mass — not when you’re supposed to be preparing for Mass and Communion.
If you won’t maintain silence for the sake of your own soul, at least be courteous enough to do so for those others who do want to make a good preparation for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
During the Sign of Peace, everyone seems to want to take even that brief few seconds to socialize. Why? Are we that starved for the attention of others? Have we so forgotten or perverted our notion of what the Mass is all about that we treat it like it’s just another social event? During the Sign of Peace, Jesus is already on the altar! Our focus is supposed to be on Him!
That’s why we are supposed to only greet the person on each side of us with a blessing of peace. It’s an abuse of our participation in the Mass and a terribly disrespectful act toward Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist on the altar to hug, kiss, wave, and otherwise take our attention away from Jesus who is present on the altar in His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in Sacred Species. These abuses are precisely why many priests use their legitimate option to not allow the Sign of Peace at all.
The worst abuse, though, is people leaving immediately after Communion. If you’re attending a weekday Mass, it only takes another five minutes before Mass is over. For Sundays and holy days of obligation, there are only another ten minutes required of us before the Mass ends. Are we so selfish, thoughtless, and disrespectful that we can’t afford to give God another ten minutes? This is what He demands, but we still choose to offend Him by leaving early.
Did you know that it is a mortal sin to not attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation without a sufficient reason? (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2181). And going on a weekend trip to visit relatives or vacation or picnic or go fishing are not sufficient reasons. And leaving before the final blessing is gravely disrespectful to our Eucharistic Lord.
Friends, it’s time to get serious about our faith…especially when it comes to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and Holy Communion. We’ve had it too good for too long in America, and it’s caused us to become lax in the practice of our holy and ancient faith.
Attending the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass isn’t a social event. Assisting at Mass is a moral obligation that means the difference between eternity in Heaven and eternity in Hell. Jesus is Mercy, but He is also Justice and Truth, so don’t make the mistake of making Him the Warm Fuzzy who will overlook the laxity we commonly practice.
Let’s remember that our laxity — our lukewarmness — was condemned by Jesus: “So because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth” (Rev. 3:16).
If you have a question or comment you can reach out to me through the “Ask Joe” page of JoeSixpackAnswers.com, or you can email me at Joe@CantankerousCatholic.com.
Hey, how would you like to see things like this article every week in your parish bulletin as an insert? You or your pastor can learn more about how to do that by emailing me at Joe@CantankerousCatholic.com.

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