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David Solway says, Alice lives! Do we live in Alice’s Wonderland? Or is it more like Orwell’s Room 101 in the Ministry of Truth, where Big Brother insists that 2+2=5?
Then – are some issues more important than avoiding the Wuhan Virus? Like Going to Mass, maybe? Dozens of public health and disease experts have signed an open letter in support of the nationwide anti-racism protests. “White supremacy is a lethal public health issue that predates and contributes to COVID-19,” they wrote. And demonstrations shouldn’t be halted for public health reasons – but Millions of Catholics can’t even go to Mass!
And here’s more from Alice:
The supreme court has just ruled that an employer cannot discriminate against a man pretending to be a woman or vice versa. Known as the Harris decision, the ruling means that if a drag queen applies for a position in your company that has a public dimension, you can be sued if you refuse. Affirmative action is sure to follow. Also sure to follow our discrimination complaints against employees who have crosses on their desks or around their necks. Human resources department will rule that such symbols are in themselves discriminatory. Also for bidden will be the employer apology to clients that “I’m sorry that I had to hire him, don’t blame me.” Under the new ruling, that will bring on an avalanche of workplace discrimination complaints.
This constitutes legislation by court fiat. It legislates gender ideology without one vote on the floor of the House or the Senate. In his detailed and stinging dissent, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the majority is acting as legislators, imposing their own preferred reading of the law over that which Congress enacted. He called the decision “legislation.” He goes on to say that, “A more brazen abuse of our authority to interpret statutes is hard to recall.” Justice Clarence Thomas joined in Alito’s dissent. Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote a separate dissent making the same general point – “who decides?” he asked, concluding that it is up to Congress and not the Supreme Court to expand the provisions of Title VII. demonstrates the collapse of Congress as the Article One body that has the Constitutional responsibility to author legislation.
In 1964 (when the Civil Rights Law was passed), this canard would have lost 435-0 and 100-0. Like PP v. Casey, Obergefell – even Roe – the Court has usurped not only the powers of Congress but the powers reserved to the states and to the people by the Tenth Amendment, as well as the doctrine of express powers and the separation of powers.
Of *course* Congress didn’t want to tackle this explosive issue. It would have been as volatile as any nomination hearing in memory – only in both Houses. The debate would have lasted for months – and would have required members to go on record. Now they can just shrug it off when folks back home complain.
Of course, Congress can use Art. 3 Sec. 2 and remove the issue of sex from the jurisdiction of the courts. In fact, in the early 1980s, Sen. Jesse Helms wanted to do just that regarding abortion. It would have required simple majority in both Houses, and Reagan said he’d sign it.
All of a sudden Orrin Hatch suddenly proposed the “Human Life Amendment” that would require 2/3 majorities in each House and 38 states. It died a peaceful death.
The Congress is full of cowards. That’s why the bureaucracy, not the Congress, is recognized by the courts as the arbiter of the proper application of legislation – so the Congress can blame the bureaucracy, and not itself, for its impact. Now that we’re dealing with fundamental policy, not regulation, the Congress can blame the Court for the consequences.
My dad, who was an FDR Democrat, had a saying from the 1930’s: “don’t blame you, don’t blame me, blame that guy behind the tree.”
By the way, that’s when FDR threatened to pack the court if it didn’t go along with his New Deal legislation. It worked. They went along.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Vatican’s longtime Ambassador and Nuncio in the United States, has written a powerful letter to President Trump.
The eternal struggle between good and evil is playing out right now, he writes.
June 7, 2020 Holy Trinity Sunday
In recent months we have been witnessing the formation of two opposing sides that I would call Biblical: the children of light and the children of darkness. The children of light constitute the most conspicuous part of humanity, while the children of darkness represent an absolute minority. And yet the former are the object of a sort of discrimination which places them in a situation of moral inferiority with respect to their adversaries, who often hold strategic positions in government, in politics, in the economy and in the media. In an apparently inexplicable way, the good are held hostage by the wicked and by those who help them, either out of self-interest or fearfulness.
These two sides, which have a Biblical nature, follow the clear separation between the offspring of the Woman and the offspring of the Serpent. On the one hand there are those who, although they have a thousand defects and weaknesses, are motivated by the desire to do good, to be honest, to raise a family, to engage in work, to give prosperity to their homeland, to help the needy, and, in obedience to the Law of God, to merit the Kingdom of Heaven. On the other hand, there are those who serve themselves, who do not hold any moral principles, who want to demolish the family and the nation, exploit workers to make themselves unduly wealthy, foment internal divisions and wars, and accumulate power and money: for them the fallacious illusion of temporal well-being will one day – if they do not repent – yield to the terrible fate that awaits them, far from God, in eternal damnation.
In society, Mr. President, these two opposing realities co-exist as eternal enemies, just as God and Satan are eternal enemies. And it appears that the children of darkness – whom we may easily identify with the deep state which you wisely oppose and which is fiercely waging war against you in these days – have decided to show their cards, so to speak, by now revealing their plans. They seem to be so certain of already having everything under control that they have laid aside that circumspection that until now had at least partially concealed their true intentions. The investigations already under way will reveal the true responsibility of those who managed the Covid emergency not only in the area of health care but also in politics, the economy, and the media. We will probably find that in this colossal operation of social engineering there are people who have decided the fate of humanity, arrogating to themselves the right to act against the will of citizens and their representatives in the governments of nations.
We will also discover that the riots in these days were provoked by those who, seeing that the virus is inevitably fading and that the social alarm of the pandemic is waning, necessarily have had to provoke civil disturbances, because they would be followed by repression which, although legitimate, could be condemned as an unjustified aggression against the population. The same thing is also happening in Europe, in perfect synchrony. It is quite clear that the use of street protests is instrumental to the purposes of those who would like to see someone elected in the upcoming presidential elections who embodies the goals of the deep state and who expresses those goals faithfully and with conviction. It will not be surprising if, in a few months, we learn once again that hidden behind these acts of vandalism and violence there are those who hope to profit from the dissolution of the social order so as to build a world without freedom: Solve et Coagula, as the Masonic adage teaches.
Although it may seem disconcerting, the opposing alignments I have described are also found in religious circles. There are faithful Shepherds who care for the flock of Christ, but there are also mercenary infidels who seek to scatter the flock and hand the sheep over to be devoured by ravenous wolves. It is not surprising that these mercenaries are allies of the children of darkness and hate the children of light: just as there is a deep state, there is also a deep church that betrays its duties and forswears its proper commitments before God. Thus the Invisible Enemy, whom good rulers fight against in public affairs, is also fought against by good shepherds in the ecclesiastical sphere. It is a spiritual battle.
For the first time, the United States has in you a President who courageously defends the right to life, who is not ashamed to denounce the persecution of Christians throughout the world, who speaks of Jesus Christ and the right of citizens to freedom of worship. Your participation in the March for Life, and more recently your proclamation of the month of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, are actions that confirm which side you wish to fight on. And I dare to believe that both of us are on the same side in this battle, albeit with different weapons.
For this reason, I believe that the attack to which you were subjected after your visit to the National Shrine of Saint John Paul II is part of the orchestrated media narrative which seeks not to fight racism and bring social order, but to aggravate dispositions; not to bring justice, but to legitimize violence and crime; not to serve the truth, but to favor one political faction. And it is disconcerting that there are Bishops who, by their words, prove that they are aligned on the opposing side. They are subservient to the deep state, to globalism, to aligned thought, to the New World Order which they invoke ever more frequently in the name of a universal brotherhood which has nothing Christian about it, but which evokes the Masonic ideals of those want to dominate the world by driving God out of the courts, out of schools, out of families, and perhaps even out of churches.
The American people are mature and have now understood how much the mainstream media does not want to spread the truth but seeks to silence and distort it, spreading the lie that is useful for the purposes of their masters. However, it is important that the good – who are the majority – wake up from their sluggishness and do not accept being deceived by a minority of dishonest people with unavowable purposes. It is necessary that the good, the children of light, come together and make their voices heard. What more effective way is there to do this, Mr. President, than by prayer, asking the Lord to protect you, the United States, and all of humanity from this enormous attack of the Enemy? Before the power of prayer, the deceptions of the children of darkness will collapse, their plots will be revealed, their betrayal will be shown, their frightening power will end in nothing, brought to light and exposed for what it is: an infernal deception.
Mr. President, my prayer is constantly turned to the beloved American nation, where I had the privilege and honor of being sent by Pope Benedict XVI as Apostolic Nuncio. In this dramatic and decisive hour for all of humanity, I am praying for you and also for all those who are at your side in the government of the United States. I trust that the American people are united with me and you in prayer to Almighty God.
United against the Invisible Enemy of all humanity, I bless you and the First Lady, the beloved American nation, and all men and women of good will.
+ Carlo Maria Viganò
Titular Archbishop of Ulpiana
Former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America
Famed Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz Says President Trump is a Champion of the Catholic Faith
When I arrived on the campus of Notre Dame in 1986 to coach the football team, I had a sign placed in a stairwell leading onto the field that read, “Play Like a Champion Today.” 34 years later, I can’t help but think of how President Trump has been a champion for the Catholic community.
As a lifelong Catholic, I’m compelled to speak out. Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington D.C. recently criticized President Donald Trump for visiting to the St. John Paul II National Shrine, claiming that the shrine should have “never been used as a place for a political statement.”
President Trump visited the shrine to honor the legacy of Pope John Paul II—a pope who understood the importance of advancing religious freedoms across the globe.
The president also understands how religious freedom curtails terrorism and domestic violence, and strengthens democracy, economic development, and opportunities for women. That’s why he recently signed the Executive Order Advancing International Freedom.
It is unfortunate the Archbishop is choosing to engage in political punditry and criticism of the president, rather than helping to unite all of God’s children.
Instead of acknowledging the symbolism behind President Trump’s visit to historic St. John’s Church—which had just been ransacked by violent looters—the Archbishop chose to further divide the country.
The fact is, there has been no president in my lifetime who has done more to protect religious liberty for all than President Trump.
The president understands the importance of being a strong voice for the unborn because we are their only voice. He has shown his unwavering commitment to life.
He has followed through on his promise to appoint conservative, Constitutionalist judges, something that will have a positive impact on issues related to the church for decades to come.
President Trump’s commitment to the religious community reaches far beyond our borders. He moved our embassy to Jerusalem—The birthplace of Catholicism by the Israelites—even though the five previous presidents promised to do so yet failed.
The president’s time in office has been promises made, promises kept. This is unusual for a politician, and the Archbishop is flat out wrong to say he does not care about all people.
President Trump has uplifted every American through his America-First agenda.
There are three principles that have g uided my life and the choices I make. Whether you are in a good or bad situation, the results are because of the choices you make. The three principles also define who I support politically.
- Trust –President Trump says what he means and means what he says. He is doing his all to fulfill the promises he made to the American people.
- Commitment to Excellence –President Trump is committed to pursuing greatness, no matter the sacrifice. He understands what it takes to keep America great.
- Care for Others –President Trump demonstrates strength and a commitment to serving his fellow Americans. It’s obvious he has a deep love for America and its people.
Now, let’s bring this country together by loving and caring for one another. The Catholic education I received, including my years at Notre Dame, we were taught to love thy Lord our God with all our soul and might and to love your neighbor as you would yourself.
Perhaps the most brilliant person I have ever met was Fr. Hesburgh, President of Notre Dame for 35 years. He hired me. He marched with Martin Luther King Jr., was close friends with Mother Theresa, former presidents, and Popes. He explained to me that you must follow your heart, even if it’s an unpopular thing to do.
President Trump is doing the right thing for American Catholics, and the wider religious community. He will continue to be a voice for the unborn, he will continue to stand with the people of faith, and he will ensure Catholics have a seat at the table in his Administration
I encourage my fellow Catholics to support a president who, in my mind, has done more to advance the cause of religious freedom and liberty than any other president.
Hall-of-Famer Lou Holtz is a former American football player, coach who won the National Championship as Notre Dame’s head coach in 1988. Coach Holtz serves on the advisory committee of Catholics for Trump.