“Nobody Ever Invented a Polite Word for a Killing Yet”

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… thus said Thelma Ritter as nurse Stella to James Stewart playing the role of world-travelling news photographer L. B. Jefferies in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 movie, “Rear Window.”

It’s not because human beings haven’t tried to make various forms of murder seem righteous.  Today, we have Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, Mercy Killing, Ethnic Cleansing, Reproductive Rights/ Choice, Termination of a Pregnancy and Capital Punishment.

It would ultimately be a lot easier on our consciences, and the dignity of our language, if we would simply stop killing each other except in self-defense.

Improper Use of “Adopt,” “Herd Immunity” and “Animal Rights” Debases Human Life

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Language is constantly evolving unless it is attached as Latin is to a collapsed society like the Roman Empire.  New technology is a logical driving force for new words or expanded meanings.  Other influences such as social jargon can be fun, but do not always improve communication.  When it leads to the misuse of language, more serious unintended negative consequences can result.

Such is the case with the popular renditions of “adopt,” “herd immunity” and “animal rights.” While well-intentioned to show compassion in two of these cases, they produce the subconscious belief that animal life is equivalent to human life.  Here are the problems with current misuse of these terms .

ADOPT

Adoption is a legal term to denote when at least one adult assumes responsibility for a minor who is not his biological child.  The responsibility makes the adopting person the acting parent of the minor with all of the legal rights and responsibilities associated with it.

Now we often hear of “adopting” pets.  This puts the animal on the same level as a child. While an individual can volunteer the admirable humane act of caring for a “homeless” animal throughout its life, the human can never be “parent” to the animal.  

They could be a “parent’ only if the animal could be a suitable partner for another human being later.  However, “none of the animals could be man’s partner.”

Another problem of equating children with animals is: “God entrusted animals to the stewardship of those whom he created in his own image.  Hence it is legitimate to use animals for food and clothing.  They may be domesticated to help man in his work and leisure.” Children cannot be substituted for animals.

Finally, it is good to treat animals humanely, but not on the same level as children.  “It is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer or die needlessly.  It is likely unworthy to spend money on them that should as a priority go to the relief of human misery.  One can love animals; one should not direct to them the affection due only to persons.” 3

HERD IMMUNITY

This one should be reserved for animals, otherwise it undercuts the dignity of human life.  There are numerous words to describe groups of people such as a club, organization, crowd, etc. “Herd” is only for certain animals.  A more appropriate term for attaining the critical mass regarding protecting humans from disease would be “crowd immunity.”

ANIMAL RIGHTS

This term has cleverly slipped into everyday use because it appears, at first, to be the pinnacle of humane awareness. This well-meaning attempt at compassion makes a crucial mistake by ignoring the key distinction between animals and humans, who are created in the image and likeness of God with animals who are not.

Only humans have rights because with rights come duties automatically.  As Pope St. John XXIII wrote:

“Any well-regulated and productive association of men in society demands the acceptance of one fundamental principle: that each individual man is truly a person. His is a nature, that is, endowed with intelligence and free will.  As such he has rights and duties, which together flow as a direct consequence from his nature.  These rights and duties are universal and inviolable, and therefore altogether inalienable.” 4

“Once this is admitted, it follows that in human society one man’s natural right gives rise to a corresponding duty in other men; the duty, that is, of recognizing and respecting that right. Every basic human right draws its authoritative force from the natural law, which confers it and attaches to it its respective duty. Hence, to claim one’s rights and ignore one’s duties, or only half fulfill them, is like building a house with one hand and tearing it down with the other.”  5

Animals do not have duties, including the duty to respect the rights of others. They are incapable of doing this.  If animals are said to have rights, then we have would this contradiction:

“The animal rights movement is irrational because if animals had rights, the only species that would be required to honor those rights would be people.  Animals would not have an obligation to honor each other’s rights because they don’t understand the concept.  Nor do they have the obligation to honor our rights, because they don’t have the capacity to understand the concept.  Animals cannot be rights-bearing beings because they are not duties-bearing beings.  They’re amoral.”  6

Lest it sound as though we should be insensitive to animals: 

Animals [emphasis retained] are God’s creatures.  He surrounds them with his providential care.  By their mere existence they bless him and give him glory.  Thus men owe them kindness.  We should recall the gentleness with which saints like St. Francis of Assisi or St. Philip Neri treated animals.” 7

Animals are an important part of God’s creation, and we must live in an ordered way with them, exercising a responsible stewardship of the gift that they really are. Even those animals used for legitimate purposes ought to be treated humanely with reasonable housing, care, food, companionship and pain control if needed.”  8

1 – From paragraph 371 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, twenty-fifth printing, November 2013

2 – Ibid., from paragraph 2417.

3 – Ibid., from paragraph 2418.

4 – Paragraph 9 of the encyclical “Pacem in Terris,” by Pope St. John XXIII on April, 11, 1963.

http://www.vatican.va/content/john-xxiii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_j-xxiii_enc_11041963_pacem.html

5 – Ibid., paragraph 30.

6 – “Animal Rights: A Primer,”  by Jeffrey Mirus, Ph.D., https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/animal-rights-primer/ , 5/11/2010.

7 From paragraph 2416 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, twenty-fifth printing, November 2013

8 – “’Animal Rights” vs. Human Rights,” by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/science/ethical-issues/animal-rights-vs-human-rights.html, 10/1/2006.

Fraudulent Vote Counts and Baseball’s Stats in the Steroid Era: We May Never Know the True Results

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For more than a decade beginning sometime before the baseball lockout of 1994, many players were taking improper steroid supplements. Some offensive statistics were undoubtedly inflated, notably home runs. This presents very real problems. For example, how many of those players now in the upper echelons of home run totals really deserve to be there? How many of their new records are real? We will never know.

At least one report came from this year’s election night that some ballots arrived to the vote counting center after that battleground state’s 7PM cutoff. These late ballots, according to a witness, were mixed with those which had arrived on time. Another worker claimed to have been told to back-date the arrival time of some ballots. Even in the absence of these reports and others, the probability of vote contamination cannot be dismissed given the multiple instances of Republican observers being denied access to monitor the mail-in vote counting process in contentious states, especially in the city of Philadelphia.

Baseball allowed the steroid problem to sneak up on them and then were irresponsible for ignoring it for so long, especially after the lockout – when interest in baseball dropped and MLB needed to get the fans back. Baseball careers cannot be replayed, but that doesn’t mean the fans must recognize the validity of some of the sport’s top home run hitters, respect their statistical achievements, or recognize their possible enshrinement in the Hall of Fame. Names like (Barry, definitely not Bobby) Bonds, Sosa, McGwire, and others should have a cloud over them indefinitely.

The pandemic’s arrival could not have been prevented.  However, as in the case of baseball, more could have been done by those in charge of this election to prevent serious doubt of its results.  Even the the Supreme Court added to the problem with its 4-4 vote before the election allowed the state of Pennsylvania’s procedures to be played out without change resulting in a quagmire of legal chaos in the presidential vote counting. 2

Unlike baseball, the media had a hand in not properly reporting improper benefits received by Joe Biden’s family (and possibly him) during the Obama Administration.  Our country is too big for a re-vote to be practical and in time for January’s swearing in ceremonies… Just as in baseball, that doesn’t mean all of the voting citizenry will believe the results.  The name of Biden is also assigned its cloud indefinitely.

1https://www.gloucestercitynews.net/clearysnotebook/2020/11/video-project-veritas-interviews-michigan-postal-employee-regarding-back-dating-ballots.html, 11/5/2020.

2 – “Supreme Court Allows Longer Deadlines for Absentee Ballots in Pennsylvania and North Carolina,” by Adam Liptak, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/28/us/supreme-court-pennsylvania-north-carolina-absentee-ballots.html, 10/28/2020.

How Trump’s Education Policy is More Catholic Than “Catholic” Biden’s

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Black economic and sociology experts repeatedly tell us that there are two root causes of the plight of minority communities. One is substandard education which keeps the poor trapped in ignorance and the poverty which goes with it, and the other is the absence of fathers in so many minority families which leads to irresponsibility and then to crime. This article addresses the problem with education and that charter schools outperform public schools to warrant support for charters.

Charter Schools Succeed, But Biden and Democrats Oppose, Trump Supports

Thomas Sowell’s family moved to Harlem when he was very young. He is grateful for the good education he received there in the 1930’ and ‘40’s. Unfortunately, that was not the case for many years in that community afterward, until charter schools made their appearance there and elsewhere.

Jason Riley points out that in Sowell’s book published on the author’s 90th birthday this year, “Charter Schools and their Enemies,” there are several cases of inner-city charter schools outperforming some of the wealthiest and whitest suburban school districts in the country. Quoting Sowell: “The educational success of these charter schools undermines theories of genetic determinism, claims of cultural bias in the tests, assertions that racial ‘integration’ is necessary for blacks to reach educational parity and presumptions that income differences are among the ‘root causes’ of educational differences. This last claim has been used for decades to absolve traditional public schools of any responsibility for educational failures in low-income minority communities.” 1

The success of charter schools is well-documented 2,3, but Democratic politicians from New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio to presidential candidate Joe Biden have vowed to eliminate them. The mayor said this at the 2019 National Educational Association assembly: “Get away from charter schools. No federal funding for charter schools.” 3 Former Vice President Joe Biden: “[charter schools] are very misguided reforms… No privately-funded charter school will receive a penny of federal money. None.” 4

Meanwhile, President Trump supports the concept of charter schools with: “Frankly, school choice is the civil rights statement of the year, of the decade, and probably beyond, because all children have to have access to quality education. A child’s zip code in America should never determine their future, and that’s what was happening. So we’re very, very strong on school choice.” 5

What Does This Have to do with Catholicism?

“… Parents are the principal and first educators of their children. . . . As those first responsible for the education of their children, parents have the right to choose a school for them [emphasis retained] which corresponds to their own convictions. This right is fundamental. As far as possible parents have the duty of choosing schools that will best help them in their task as Christian educators. Public authorities have the duty of guaranteeing this parental right and of ensuring the concrete conditions for its exercise.” 6

This is not to say that public authorities must promote Christian schools. The reference to parental convictions can range from wanting a safe educational setting with challenging academics to not wanting the misnamed “age appropriate sex education” including gender topics in the first grade. A good education is necessary to break the bonds of poverty, regardless of race or ethnicity. Charter schools provide a workable way to achieve this at lower cost 7, however, not all charter teachers earn less. 8

Given the big picture, why does Joe Biden, who went to Catholic schools, not want school choice which helps the poor? Maybe he skipped school and spent that day in his basement.

1 – “Thomas Sowell Has been Right From the Start,” by Jason Riley, WSJ Opinion, 7/21/2020.

2 – “A new study of eight major cities—Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, New York, San Antonio and Washington—by researchers at the University of Arkansas has concluded that charter schools are not only producing superior academic results but doing so far more efficiently than the traditional school system.

“The public charter school sectors in all eight of these U.S. cities are more cost-effective and deliver a higher return-on-investment than their respective traditional public school sectors,” wrote the authors [education scholars Jay Greene and Frederick Hess]. “In these important urban environments, there is a clear productivity advantage for public charter schools.” From “Jason Riley: Progressives Threaten to Destroy School Reform,” https://blackcommunitynews.com/jason-riley-progressives-threaten-to-destroy-school-reform/, 4/8/2019.

3 – In addition to the DeBlasio quote the article included: “as The Post reported in July, “all 467 eighth-grade students in the Success Academy network of charter schools took the [state Algebra exam] this academic year, and 99% passed with a minimum rank of 3, or a score of 65.” A full 56% achieved the top score of 5…
“Yes, 82% eighth-graders from DOE schools passed the algebra exam with 3 or better — but only a third of all DOE eighth-graders even took the exam, because most of them hadn’t even taken algebra yet.” From “De Blasio want to snuff out charter schools — the bright light of NYC Schools,” the New York Post editorial board, https://nypost.com/2019/09/07/de-blasio-wants-to-snuff-out-charter-schools-the-bright-light-of-nyc-schools/, 9/7/2019.

4 – “Joe Biden and teachers’ union share same feelings on charter schools,” by Catrin Wigfall, https://www.americanexperiment.org/2020/09/joe-biden-and-teachers-union-share-same-feelings-on-charter-schools/, 9/21/2020.

5 – “Trump: School Choice Is The Civil Rights Statement Of The Year,” by Wesley Whistle, https://www.forbes.com/sites/wesleywhistle/2020/06/16/trump-school-choice-is-the-civil-rights-statement-of-the-year/?sh=5ac60e0e3f46, 6/16/2020.

6 – Excerpt from paragraph 1653 and the entire paragraph 2229 from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, twenty-fifth printing, November, 2013.

7 – “Per-pupil funding in charter and traditional public schools,” by Jessie McBirney, https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/commentary/pupil-funding-charter-and-traditional-public-schools, 12/5/2018.

8 – “Public vs. Charter Teacher Salaries,” Perennial Resources International, https://www.perennialresources.com/salary-forecasts/public-vs-charter-teacher-salaries/

The Party of Abortion Will “Restore the Soul of America”?

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Joe Biden has often commented that we are “in a battle for the soul of this nation.” 1 However, the former Vice President should know that, if he’s a Catholic, his position on abortion is not conducive to the salvation of anyone’s soul. 2

Killing another human except in self-defense is a serious wrong. The killing of unborn babies is not self-defense. Participating in any form of murder endangers one’s soul, it does not “restore it.” The Democratic Party may tout abortion as a “reproductive right,” but their misuse of the word “right” does not make it part of our unchangeable inalienable rights. Their position also ignores abortion’s serious effects on those who continue with their lives after the killing 3 as well as the possible all-important eternal ramifications.

Those who arbitrarily decide to end a life endanger their souls to varying degrees (see footnote 4).  They are elevating their will over that of the Creator, who is the Author of Life and, therefore, the only owner of life. By doing so, those who murder are essentially assigning themselves ownership in that victimized human. The more familiar word for ownership of a human is slavery — something the Left claims to be fighting the moral descendants of.

In reality, Biden and the Democrats cannot restore our nation’s soul by promoting and funding baby-killing, but they can endanger their own souls.

1 – “Biden accepts nomination with pledge to ‘restore soul of America’,” by Demetri Sevastopulo, https://www.ft.com/content/e6c5ea3a-3010-4cb8-991b-b2236cf87035, 8/21/2020.

2 – “Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law. . . [The Church] makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society. . . The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation [emphasis retained]… ‘The moment a positive law deprives a category of human beings of the protection which civil legislation ought to accord them, the state is denying the equality of all before the law…’” Excerpts from Paragraphs 2271, 2272 and 2273 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, twenty-fifth printing, November 2013.

3 – “While the evidence is mounting that induced abortion carries serious and significant emotional harm for some women, how abortion affects men remains largely a story unexamined and untold…. For men who know of their fatherhood and its demise, the feelings can burn intensely. In the only book on abortion and men, Shostak describes male abortion pain as the loss of fatherhood and a ‘wound you cannot see or feel, but it exists’ (A. Shostak, Abortion & Men: Lessons, Losses & Love, N.Y.: Praeger, 1984)…. Research evidence now suggests that following the loss of their unborn child some men may in fact grieve more than the mother.” From “The Effects of Abortion on Men: its Emotional, Psychological and Relational Impact,” by Vincent M. Rue and Cynthia Tellefsen, https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=8089, 2020.

4 – “Unintentional ignorance (emphasis retained) can diminish or even remove the imputability of a grave offense. But no one is deemed to be ignorant of the principles of the moral law, which are written in the conscience of every man [note: classical style, meaning “every person”]. The promptings of feelings and passions can also diminish the voluntary and free character of the offense, as can external pressures or pathological disorders. Sin committed through malice, by deliberate choice of evil, is the gravest.” Paragraph 1860 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, twenty-fifth printing, November 2013.

Biden’s Family Profits From His Political Connections, Trump Takes No Salary

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Donald Trump is the third President to not accept a salary joining Herbert Hoover and John F. Kennedy. “But Trump benefits from having some dignitaries stay at one of his hotels” some will say. Sure, and most former presidents gain from the proceeds of their memoirs and speaking engagements. Shall we prohibit that, too?
But that would also be a problem for Trump’s opponent, Joe Biden: “As recently as 2009, his net worth was less than $30,000, though in recent years he has made millions from book sales and speaking fees.” 1

“In 2017, Joe Biden told a Vanity Fair writer that he sometimes wished that one of his children had gotten rich in order to provide for him in his old age. Biden and his wife, Jill, have set about providing for themselves, earning more than $15 million in the two years following the end of his vice presidency in early 2017.” 1

Biden’s Son, Hunter

Case #1: “In December 2013, Hunter Biden’s small financial advisory firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners was part of a coveted $1.5 billion private equity deal involving a subsidiary of the Bank of China, Bohai Industrial Investment Fund Management Co. and one of China’s largest asset managers, Harvest Fund Management Co. The companies relied on Chinese state-owned venture capital to raise the funds.

“The joint-investment fund was called Bohai Harvest RST. The RST stood for Rosemont Seneca Partners and Thornton Group LLC. Rosemont Seneca was headed by Hunter Biden and Devon Archer and affiliated with Rosemont Capital, a private-equity firm co-founded by Christopher Heinz, the stepson of former Secretary of State John Kerry.

“The deal was significant. The Wall Street Journal described it as ‘one of the biggest Sino-foreign collaborations in private equity.’ … According to [Peter]Schweizer [author and president of the Government Accountability Institute], there are few reasons to explain why Biden’s small consultancy was selected by the Chinese government-affiliated firms. [emphasis added] He claims that Rosemont Seneca Partners finalized the deal shortly after Hunter Biden accompanied his father on a trip to Beijing.”

“. . . “”We know he was not being paid for his expertise and we know that they [Bohai Harvest RST] made some very curious investments,” Schweizer added.

“One investment was into Face++, a facial recognition software provider that raised eyebrows as human rights groups claim it is being used to prop up China’s surveillance state. According to a report by Human Rights Watch, Face++ software is allegedly being used in the Chinese government’s crackdown on ethnic minorities.” [emphasis added]2

Case #2: “Vice President Biden traveled to Ukraine in April 2014, shortly after Russia annexed Crimea. He was working to secure a billion-dollar loan from the International Monetary Fund to help the country that had just experienced a popular overthrow of its government and was informally at war with Russia.

“Before his trip, the vice president met with Hunter Biden’s business partner Devon Archer at the White House, according to records Schweizer found in his investigation. Shortly after Biden returned from Kiev, there was a public announcement that Archer had been asked to join the board of Burisma [a Ukrainian energy firm]. Three weeks later, Hunter Biden was invited to join the company as well.

“According to financial documents, Hunted Biden was paid $3.1 million dollars by the Ukrainian over an 18-month period. Biden’s former New York-based law firm, Boies Schiller Flexner, was reportedly paid $283,000 for providing legal services to Burisma in 2014.

“. . . By the time Biden joined the board, Burisma’s owner, Mykola Zlochevsky, had fled Ukraine. His businesses, including Burisma, were under investigation by Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Victor Shokin, until Vice President Joe Biden reportedly threatened the new Ukrainian president to fire him in 2016.

“According to Biden’s own account, he told President Petro Poroshenko that he would withdraw a $1 billion U.S. loan guarantee unless he fired Shokin “If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,’” Biden recalled in a January 2018 speech at the Council on Foreign Relations. “Well, son of a b—-, he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.” 2

His Brother, James

“… the two large men escorted the fund’s [Paradigm Global Advisors] president out of the firm’s midtown Manhattan office, and James Biden laid out his vision for the fund’s future. ‘Don’t worry about investors,” he said, according to the executive, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing fear of retaliation. ‘We’ve got people all around the world who want to invest in Joe Biden.’”

“At the time, the senator was just months away from both assuming the chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and launching his second presidential bid. According to the executive, James Biden made it clear he viewed the fund as a way to take money from foreigners who could not legally give money to his older brother or his campaign account. ‘We’ve got investors lined up in a line of 747s filled with cash ready to invest in this company,’ the executive remembers James Biden saying.

“At this, the executive recalled, Beau Biden, who was then running for attorney general of Delaware, turned bright red. He told his uncle, ‘This can never leave this room, and if you ever say it again, I will have nothing to do with this.’

“A spokesman for James and Hunter Biden said no such episode ever occurred. Beau Biden died in 2015, at 46.

“But the recollection of an effort to cash in on Joe’s political ties is consistent with other accounts by other former executives at the fund.” 1

An Unanswered Question for Voters

“Starting Jan. 25, 2016, Burisma began sending regular payments for Biden to his Washington law firm, Owasco PC (Owasco). Owasco was incorporated on Jan. 19, 2006, lists an agent address in Washington, and lists its executing officer and governor as Robert Hunter Biden. Payments from Burisma to Owasco continued throughout most of 2016 and ceased eight days after Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8, 2016 presidential election. [emphasis added] Between Jan. 25, 2016, and Nov. 16, 2016, Burisma sent nine wires totaling $752,054.99 to Owasco with each of the nine transactions listing ‘Owasco, PC/Robert Biden’ as the recipient. Of the nine, two payments were for $83,333.33, five were for $83,333 one was for $84,992.33, and one was for $83,731.291 … Biden continued to serve on Burisma’s board of directors until April 2019.”

“. . . The Biden campaign issued a statement before the report was released accusing Senator [Ron] Johnson [R-WI] of pushing ‘a long-disproven hardcore right-wing conspiracy theory’ and trying ‘to subsidize a foreign attack against the sovereignty of our elections with taxpayer dollars,’ referring to the foreign sources that Johnson and [Sen. Charles] Grassley’s [R-IA] report cited. However, the Biden campaign has not has not yet addressed the numerous allegations contained in the report that are based on non-partisan financial records called Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) issued by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). 3

Is this like the question regarding the Biden/ Harris plan to pack the Court? We “don’t deserve to know.”

1 – “Biden Inc.,” by Ben Schreckinger, https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/08/02/joe-biden-investigation-hunter-brother-hedge-fund-money-2020-campaign-227407, 8/2/2019.
2 – “Will foreign money dominate 2020? Author explains Biden’s family ties to China, Ukraine,” by Leandra Bernstein, https://wjla.com/news/nation-world/will-foreign-money-dominate-2020-author-explains-bidens-family-ties-to-china-ukraine, 6/7/2019.
3 – “Senate exposes a rogues’ gallery of shady foreign associates behind lucrative deals,” by Seamus Bruner, https://justthenews.com/accountability/russia-and-ukraine-scandals/senate-exposes-rogues-gallery-shady-foreign-associates, 9/25/2020.

Education: Another Reason Why Catholics Cannot Justify Voting for the Democratic Ticket in 2020

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Exhibit “A”:  “The fruitfulness of conjugal love extends to the fruits of the moral, spiritual, and supernatural life that parents hand on to their children by education.  Parents are the principal and first educators of their children. [emphasis added] . . . .  The state has a responsibility for its citizens’ well-being.  In this capacity it is legitimate for it to intervene to orient the demography of the population.  This can be done by means of objective and respectful information, but certainly not by authoritarian, coercive measures.  The state may not legitimately usurp the initiative of spouses, who have the primary responsibility for the procreation and education of their children. [emphasis added]  In this area, it is not authorized to employ means contrary to the moral law.” 1

Exhibit “B”:  “The educational achievement of white youngsters is nothing to write home about, but that achieved by blacks is nothing less than disgraceful.  Let’s look at a recent example of an educational outcome all too common.  In 2016, in 13 of Baltimore’s 39 high schools, not a single student scored proficient on the state’s mathematics exam…  Baltimore is by no means unique. It’s a small part of the ongoing education disaster for black students across the nation.  Baltimore schools are not underfunded.  Of the nation’s 100 largest school systems, Baltimore schools rank third in spending per pupil…  What’s the NAACP response to educational fraud? At a 2016 meeting, the NAACP’s board of directors ratified a resolution that called for a moratorium on charter schools.” 2

Exhibit “C”:  “It is successful charter schools that are the real threat to the traditional unionized public schools.  No charter school network examined here has been more successful educationally than the Success Academy charter schools in Harlem, Bedford-Stuyvesant, the South Bronx and other low-income minority neighborhoods in New York City—and none has been more often or more bitterly attacked in words and deeds.” 3

Exhibit “D”:  “The point is, if I’m President, Betsy DeVos’ whole notion from charter schools to this are GONE.” 4

Exhibit “E”:  “In a bold move for her 2020 bid for the White House, Democratic Senator Kamala Harris of California rolled out a federal education proposal that would ‘invest’ in teacher pay across the country. What the plan lacks in details, it makes up for with broad federal overreach into public school operations at a time when teachers, principals, and parents desperately need less bureaucracy rather than more. News coverage has focused on the incredible cost of the plan at $315 billion and its implications for the presidential ambitions of Harris … An ally of public unions, which invested heavily in Harris in her rise in California politics, her new proposal seeks to bolster her alliance with big labor… 5

DISCUSSION

  • Catholic parents are not only the “first educators of their children,” but the state educates children at the pleasure of and with the approval of the parents – not the reverse.
  • Charter schools tend to produce better results over public schools even when the students are chosen by lottery as in New York City. 6 The article also admits that: “Parents have to nominate their children for a spot, and there is presumably some difference between the parents who bother and the parents who don’t, but the charter schools are not able to cherry-pick the best students and thereby pad out their performance numbers.”  (This also shows how a culture of parental involvement assists in their children’s advancement to adulthood.)
  • “Education has been and is a way out of poverty, especially for minority students.”7
  • If a President Biden is successful with eliminating charter schools, public schools will have no competition. Human nature being what It is, public schools will again have no motivation to improve.  They will have a captive clientele!
  • Increasing teachers’ salaries would be a good gesture by a President Harris, rather, a Vice President Harris. However, it would not address the root causes of expensive and unnecessary overhead, deteriorating discipline in schools and constant pushing Common Core along with  early age sex education.

CONCLUSION

The Democratic platform contains many aspects which are unacceptable to the Catholic voter who knows what it means to be “Catholic.”  Education is just one of several deal killers.  This party does not recognize the parents’ right to determine how their children are taught.  The resolution of the case, Parker v. Hurley (2008), provides an example of the absurdity which encourages the Democrats to act as they do:

“Joey has a more significant claim, both because he was required to sit through a classroom reading of King and King and because that book affirmatively endorses homosexuality and gay marriage.  It is a fair inference that the reading of King and King was precisely intended to influence the listening children toward tolerance of gay marriage.  That was the point of why that book was chosen and used.  Even assuming there is a continuum along which an intent to influence could become an attempt to indoctrinate, however, this case is firmly on the influence-toward-tolerance end.  There is no evidence of systemic indoctrination.  There is no allegation that Joey was asked to affirm gay marriage.   Requiring a student to read a particular book is generally not coercive of free exercise rights.” 8

As economists and socialists such as Thomas Sowell, Walter E. Williams and Shelby Steele stress, the two biggest reasons for minority poverty are: an education system which does not look after the best interests of the Black student 9 and a welfare state which discourages personal development and responsibility. 10

Therefore, why would a practicing Catholic vote for the Democratic Party whose platform takes away one of the two means by which minorities can elevate themselves from poverty?

1 – Excerpts from paragraphs 1653 and 2372 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, twenty-fifth printing, November 2013.

2 – “Walter Williams: ‘How long will black people accept the educational destruction of black youngsters?’”, https://yellowhammernews.com/walter-williams-long-will-black-people-accept-educational-destruction-black-youngsters/, 2019

3 – “Charter Schools and Their Enemies, by Thomas Sowell, Basic Books, 2020.

4 – Quote of Joe Biden’s on MSNBC, 5/27/2020.

5 – “Kamala Harris goes too far in her plan to improve public education, by Hermeet Dhillon, https://thehill.com/opinion/education/437613-kamala-harris-goes-too-far-in-her-plan-to-improve-public-education, 4/5/2019.

6 – “The Collapsing Case Against Charter Schools,” by Kevin D. Williamson, https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine/2020/07/27/the-collapsing-case-against-charter-schools/, 7/9/2020.

7 – “Education as Pathway Out of Poverty,” by Maria “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, PhD, https://www.idra.org/resource-center/education-as-pathway-out-of-poverty/, January 2013.

8 – Parker v. Hurley, United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit, https://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-1st-circuit/1387902.html, decided 1/31/2008.

9 – “No group in American society has been more betrayed by American education over the past thirty-five years than black American young people.  It is now clear that the primary device for treating their academic weakness has been to grant them a license to academic mediocrity.”  From “Educating Black Students,” by Shelby Steele, a chapter in “Education in the Twenty-First Century, Hoover Institution Press, 2002, chapter can be found at https://media.hoover.org/sites/default/files/documents/0817928928_93.pdf

10 – “The welfare state has led to remarkably similar trends among the white underclass in England over the same period.

“Just read ‘Life at the Bottom,’ by Theodore Dalrymple, a British physician who worked in a hospital in a white slum neighborhood.

“You cannot take any people, of any color, and exempt them from the requirements of civilization — including work, behavioral standards, personal responsibility and all the other basic things that the clever intelligentsia disdain — without ruinous consequences to them and to society at large.

“Non-judgmental subsidies of counterproductive lifestyles are treating people as if they were livestock, to be fed and tended by others in a welfare state — and yet expecting them to develop as human beings have developed when facing the challenges of life themselves.

“One key fact that keeps getting ignored is that the poverty rate among black married couples has been in single digits every year since 1994. Behavior matters and facts matter, more than the prevailing social visions or political empires built on those visions.” From “Blame the welfare state, not racism, for poor blacks’ problems: Thomas Sowell, https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/05/poor_blacks_looking_for_someon.html, posted 5/17/2015 and updated 1/5/2019.

2020 Election: Are We Willing to Exchange Innocent Lives for Subsidized Health Insurance?

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Health care has been an important issue in many presidential campaigns.  Sometimes it even includes contradictory programs such as taxpayer supported pre-natal care as well as taxpayer supported killing of babies!

In our current Trump vs. Bidenharris [not a typo] contest we are presented with another stark moral dilemma: are we willing to sacrifice the lives of the unborn in a trade for pre-existing health insurance coverage which is subsidized by tax dollars and by continued exorbitant premiums and high deductibles for those who do not benefit?

To be clear, coverage for pre-existing health conditions is an important issue.  It is also a difficult issue to make fair.  Being unable to obtain health insurance for pre-existing conditions can be devastating, especially when some health issues are simply a matter of the luck of the genetic draw.  Unfortunately, some candidates create a 3-part opportunistic scenario where “the end justifies the means” is deemed necessary in order to remedy this.

This takes us back to Trump vs. Bidenharris.  The President wants to modify the (Un)Affordable Health Care Act because it is severely unfair to many.  Under the current Obama plan, those with pre-existing health and economic conditions are covered and assisted.  No decent person would reject that, EXCEPT the means by which it is currently being accomplished.  Part of the additional expense is covered by tax revenue.  The efficiency and the constitutionality of this process is debatable and should be discussed in order to be sure it’s appropriate. 

The other parts of this Act, which Bidenharris supports and promises to expand, are not appropriate.  While President Obama promised his program would provide so many benefits to all Americans, it did not (and he knew so before it passed through Congress 1).  One was cost.  This writer and his wife know firsthand the combined premium increases and decreased coverage caused by this Act.  Not only did premiums rise tremendously, but in one year, none of the three hospital networks in our part of Ohio were covered and during the next only one of the three (and the least desirable of the three) was included….. for very high premiums and mountainous deductibles. 

The second part of this health care “deal” (a favorite word of the older half of the 2020 Democratic ticket) is taxpayer money used to kill the unborn through Planned Parenthood and other organizations.  Without addressing all of the moral objections, let us bring up one scientific fact: the unborn child is, without a doubt, a separate human as made evident by his/her unique set of chromosomes.  To eliminate this life because of the myriad of rationalizations is frighteningly in line with Hitler’s philosophy of human life — someone whom Democratic supporter Antifa claims to be against!

Improvements in social issues such as health insurance and its effects can be accomplished through non-governmental charitable organizations, already in existence, which assist the less fortunate with money and physical necessities along with well-considered federal and state programs which are fair and constitutional (aspects not normally scrutinized by politicians when they are pleading for votes).  There’s no need for a political party to hold its citizenry hostage by declaring that health insurance coverage cannot be improved without also having to accept the use of taxpayer money for killing the unborn and robbing innocent taxpayers through increased premiums, made worse with reduced coverage.   

   1 – “Obamacare architect discussed misleading public in 4th newly uncovered video, by Jake Tapper, CNN Politics, https://www.cnn.com/2014/11/13/politics/tapper-gruber/index.html, 11/13/2014.      

Who’s Really Impacted by Much Higher Corporate Taxes?

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This is definitely not to suggest that there should be no corporate taxes.  Corporations benefit from publicly funded structures and institutions just as individuals can.  Taxes can be a legally and morally legitimate cost of doing business.  Rather, this is to remind us how the burden of this tax is typically distributed… something a certain political party prefers to ignore when seeking votes from a populace not familiar with economics and world history.

Taxes are as inevitable as our mortality.  They are also not intrinsically good or evil.  With carefully made decisions, no one is targeted unfairly and much good can be accomplished.

The Left offers “solutions” to societal problems which increasingly follow a socialist plan. One of their favorites is to raise taxes significantly on corporations.  So how does this program travel through reality?

Corporate taxes eventually impact money available for salaries and wages, prices to customers and payments to stockholders.  If the prices they charge remain constant, higher taxes will likely reduce compensation potential to employees and stockholders who are within the corporate “family.”  It may also cause them to put pressure on suppliers to lower their prices to them — who must then decide whether to cut back their stakeholder compensation or raise prices to their customers. (Stakeholders are essentially employees, without which a corporation cannot function, and stockholders whose interest in the corporation affects its ability to raise funds for improvements.)   

If any of these managements does not want to reduce these monetary outlays, it must raise prices which affect customers who may be outside the corporate family.  Either way, employees and/or consumers will pay for significant corporate tax increases —- in addition to their own personal tax bills!

Of course, the proponents of socialism have another solution handy for this problem they created: an all-powerful state which will make all decisions regarding the means of production and compensation. This has failed miserably in the former Iron Curtain countries, China before it permitted some vestiges of capitalism, North Korea, Cuba, Vietnam and Venezuela.  More proof that we need to know both economics and history.

The Left Has More in Common With Hitler than It Realizes

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For starters, both take it upon themselves to decide who deserves to live.  Hitler eliminated Jews and anyone with disabilities he did not want propagating.1  Margaret Sanger, founder of what is now Planned Parenthood, also wanted to remove those unwanted by the elite.2  Now the Left continues her legacy by facilitating the killing of “unwanted” babies as well as assisted suicide for those who are terminally ill or who feel depressed.

Hitler established a Ministry of Propaganda which censured and deleted opinions opposed to the chancellor.3  President Trump may berate news services in an “unpresidential” manner.  He does not, however, ban opposing views as most college campuses do4, 5   nor does he delete material contrary to his position as does the left -controlled social media.

President Trump does not believe in a master race6 as Hitler did — or in a leftist elite which steers the masses as proponents of socialism must inevitably charge toward.

Antifa doth protest too much, me thinks.

1 – “On July 14, 1933, the Nazi government instituted the ‘Law for the Prevention of Progeny with Hereditary Diseases.’ This law, one of the first steps taken by the Nazis toward their goal of creating an Aryan “master race,” called for the sterilization of all persons who suffered from diseases considered hereditary, such as mental illness, learning disabilities, physical deformity, epilepsy, blindness, deafness, and severe alcoholism. With the law’s passage the Third Reich also stepped up its propaganda against people with disabilities, regularly labeling them ‘life unworthy of life’ or ‘useless eaters’ and highlighting their burden upon society.”  From “People With Disabilities,” https://www.ushmm.org/collections/bibliography/people-with-disabilities

2 – “Sanger’s eugenics creed is clearly stated in her speech ‘My Way to Peace’ (1932). The centerpiece of the program is vigorous state use of compulsory sterilization and segregation.  The first class of persons targeted for sterilization is made up of people with mental or physical disability. ‘The first step would be to control the intake and output on morons, mental defectives, epileptics.’  A much larger class of undesirables would be forced to choose either sterilization or placement in state work camps.  ‘The second step would be to take an inventory of the second group, such as illiterates, paupers, unemployables, criminals, prostitutes, dope-fiends; classify them in special departments under government medical protection and segregate them on farms and open spaces.’ Those segregated in these camps could return to mainstream society if they underwent sterilization and demonstrated good behavior.  Sanger estimates that 15 million to 20 million Americans would be targeted in this regime of forced sterilization and concentration camps.  In Sanger, the humanitarian dream of a world without poverty and illness has deteriorated into a coercive world where the poor, the disabled and the addicted simply disappear.

2 – “Sanger’s eugenics creed is clearly stated in her speech ‘My Way to Peace’ (1932). The centerpiece of the program is vigorous state use of compulsory sterilization and segregation. The first class of persons targeted for sterilization is made up of people with mental or physical disability. ‘The first step would be to control the intake and output on morons, mental defectives, epileptics.’ A much larger class of undesirables would be forced to choose either sterilization or placement in state work camps. ‘The second step would be to take an inventory of the second group, such as illiterates, paupers, unemployables, criminals, prostitutes, dope-fiends; classify them in special departments under government medical protection and segregate them on farms and open spaces.’ Those segregated in these camps could return to mainstream society if they underwent sterilization and demonstrated good behavior. Sanger estimates that 15 million to 20 million Americans would be targeted in this regime of forced sterilization and concentration camps. In Sanger, the humanitarian dream of a world without poverty and illness has deteriorated into a coercive world where the poor, the disabled and the addicted simply disappear.
“…’The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.’ In her autobiography she proudly recounts her address to the women of the Ku Klux Klan in Silver Lake, N.J., in 1926.”
From “Margaret Sanger was a eugenicist. Why are we still celebrating her?” by John J. Conley, S.J., https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2017/11/27/margaret-sanger-was-eugenicist-why-are-we-still-celebrating-her, 11/27/2017.

3 – “Shortly after Adolf Hitler rose to power in 1933, he established the Ministry of Propaganda with the goal that this agency would control all forms of mass communication in Germany.[18] At its peak of influence, the Ministry employed 1,500 employees spanning 17 departments.[19] Censorship policy was produced and implemented by the Reich Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels. As such, Goebbels oversaw the publication of all media that was to be widely distributed — literature, music, newspapers, and public events.[20] Any material that threatened the reputation of Hitler’s government or spoke ill of the regime was immediately censored and retracted.[21] Additionally, books that were already in circulation and written by Jewish authors were collected and burned.[22] Nazi bureaucrats saw their work and information control as necessary. It was, in their minds their duty to protect the German public from the harms of ‘undesirable books’.[23]

The control of information among young people was especially vital to the German government. On May 10, 1933, shortly after the Nazis rose to power, the government burned one-third of the total library holdings in Germany.[24] As soldiers burned at least 25,000 books in the center of Berlin, Goebbels spoke of the evils of literature and encouraged massive crowds to say ‘No to decadence and moral corruption!’.[25] This event began a widespread effort to illustrate government control and align public opinion with party ideology.

The aim of censorship under the Nazi regime was simple: to reinforce Nazi power and to suppress opposing viewpoints and information.[26]   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Censorship_in_Germany

4 – For example:  “Dis-invited: 4 Conservatives Not Welcome To Speak On College Campuses,” by Arissa D (Future Female Leaders cabinet member and a student at Yale University, http://futurefemaleleader.com/disinvited-conservatives-not-welcome/, 4/16/2017.

5 – “https://cartaremi.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/its-unfortunate-that-many-universities-are-digressing-to-particularities/

6 –“3,100 inmates to be released as Trump administration implements criminal justice reform,´ by Matt Zapotosky, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/3100-inmates-to-be-released-as-trump-administration-implements-criminal-justice-reform/2019/07/19/7ed0daf6-a9a4-11e9-a3a6-ab670962db05_story.html, 7/19/2019.