Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Obama Speech Stupid from the Start

Today Mr. Obama opened his speech by saying: (emphasis and red marks mine)

"We the people, in order to form a more perfect union."

Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America’s improbable experiment in democracy. Farmers and scholars; statesmen and patriots
who had traveled across an ocean to escape tyranny and persecution (?!?)
finally made real their declaration of independence at a Philadelphia convention that lasted through the spring of 1787.

Learn some history Mr. Obama. Learn some basic United States history. The men who wrote the Declaration in 1776 did not travel across the ocean to write it. They lived here. They were colonists - British subjects no less - who got fed up over unfair taxation and revolted. Many of their ancestors came here willingly to make a better life and to be able to gain access to something they didn't have a whole lot of in England: Land.

Are you denying the actual Declaration of Independence as the declaration of independence? Ok, how about the Articles of Confederation? Are you saying the founders of the country got in ships to flee the British Crown, got off the boat, held a convention until 1787 and their declaration of independence was the Constitution? What about all the people who died in the Revolutionary War?

I was not impressed by the speech. But the opening words made me laugh as soon as he started.


Moonshadow said...

I neglected to wish you a happy anniversary last Sunday and ask whether you're back to taking coffee.

Among your shared items, I read the prediction that liberal Christianity "is destined to die."

This is wishful thinking.

"[T]he standards of 'traditional' and 'liberal' Christians are dramatically different and the abyss between these two branches of Christianity is growing."

So, one of them must die? By what rationale? And why the "liberal" one? Because it's more recent? Hardly likely. Just convoluted Orthodox logic.


Seriously, I would like to know what that Ecumenical Council of Churches is all about! Is it "reformed" with the Orthodox bishop as a guest? Or is it a function of the WCC? What I really want to know is whether we're - you know, Roman Catholics - there!

Matt said...

Thank you Moonshadow for your happy wishes.

As for Liberal Christianity dying, that was the Patriarch of Moscow saying that, as you read. However I agree it will eventually perish. I have no illusion it will do so quickly though.

My rationale is this, and in fact its not my rationale at all. If you compare what today we view as "Liberal Christianity" to the teaching Magisterium of the Church, we see that they are too far apart to be reconciled. In the end the Truth of Christ will triumph, not the relativism of Christ (which does not exist).

As Pilate put it, "Qui es veritas?" Christ responds to us all "Ego sum veritas".

I am dubious of all these groups like the World Council of Churches. If the idea of them is true ecumenism then fine. But if it is false syncretism then I'm not cool with it.

Moonshadow said...

I appreciate your reply and can certainly see your point when you say this:

In the end the Truth of Christ will triumph, not the relativism of Christ (which does not exist).

Henry said...

From my learned friend,

My fellow Catholics and Christians,

This election year has much at stake. With every new term we hope and pray for the unity of the nation under God and for the respect and love of man as our Lord Jesus Christ taught us.

It transpires from the campaign, however, that one of the presidential hopefuls, Sen. Barack Hussein Obama (D. Illinois) is offending not only our very beliefs, but challenging the peace and stability of the nation as a whole with his past and present actions.

As I am sure you have heard in the last few weeks, the man he calls his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah A. Wright, has gone on record for his own personal account of how our Lord was put to death. According to Wright:

"Jesus' enemies had their opinion about Him”

"The Italians for the most part looked down their garlic noses at the Galileans."

"From the circumstances surrounding Jesus' birth (in a barn in a township that was under the Apartheid Roman government that said his daddy had to be in), up to and including the circumstances surrounding Jesus' death on a cross, a Roman cross, public lynching Italian style. “

Apart from Reverend Wright’s poor knowledge of history, as Italy as a nation or the idea of Italians did not exist in Roman times, nor did the Roman Empire practice apartheid - with its extension all over the known world then, the importing of cultures and immigration of people from all over the world to Rome, how could it be considered apartheid? Furthermore, to this day, a census still calls for the population to register from their hometown. Reverend Wright obviously has never partaken in a census!

This person, with whom Senator Obama has associated for 20 years, has the audacity to distort the Passion of our Lord in this way. Senator Obama has never denounced his comments, nor distanced himself from this man.

Secondly, there is the very disturbing issue of Senator Obama’s kinship with Kenyan dictator Raila Odinga. Minister Odinga is Senator Obama’s cousin and has on many occasions openly supported him as a politician. At least 1000 Christians have been killed by fire and macheted under Odinga’s rule. With the murders respectively of Father Andrea Santoro in Turkey in 2006 and Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho last month, there is plausible reason for concern in these areas for the safety of Christians and the freedom to practice their faith.

Again, Senator Obama has not distanced himself from this vicious tyrant he calls his cousin – can we as Catholics and Christians feel safe in tomorrow’s world under an Obama presidency if he does not denounce religious hate crimes?

There are also two issues on which Senator Obama has taken controversial stances on the future of children, which are very far from our viewpoint as Catholics, and those being the legalization of partial abortion and sex education as early as Kindergarten for children! As if the crime and anguish of abortion weren’t enough (he dismisses unwanted pregnancy simply as a mistake that can be taken care of by an abortion), Senator Obama, if elected, wants to make late-trimester abortions, thus the killing of nearly newborns, perfectly legal! If we were to add to that the appalling idea that he does not want children to be children anymore by proposing sex education at a tender age, it is quite clear that Senator Obama is an enemy both of children, though he is the father of two very young daughters, and of the Christianity he claims to profess.

When we vote this November, we must choose first and foremost a candidate who will not offend our beliefs, the gift of life, or the future of our children. Given the arguments presented above, I truly feel that Senator Obama is not the candidate we can trust to respect either the teachings of either our Lord or our fellow man.

Conchita Vecchio

"The whole truth is generally the ally of virtue; a half-truth is always the ally of some vice." - G.K. Chesterton