Root Problem for Obama, Hillary Clinton and Most Liberals is Vanity

Vanity:  “…is where we put the esteem of others first. Like the other root sins, vanity springs from insecurity. We place our security in what others think of us… “What will they think of me?” is a perennial concern of the vain person.”1

Politically correct speech is where the evidence is found:

  • The most recent example of the Left’s vanity is when they level the charge of xenophobia (fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign2) as a result of the Brexit vote.  Part of the support for leaving the EU came from a revolt against the ruling class in Brussels which opened the EU borders without reasonable care for security against terrorists.  The liberal philosophy ignores a central fact that nations have a right to protect their borders as long as it’s done humanely.3

Of course, we also hear this accusation of xenophobia when a Republican speaks of not allowing large numbers of Arabs or Mexicans/Central Americans into our country because the FBI has warned that there is no safe way to verify our safety.

  • A related charge of Democrats is Islamophobia.   Those using this term are afraid that any limiting of Muslim immigration will incite jihadists to more acts of terrorism, so they want to stay on their good side as much as possible; hence another example vanity. (This also displays an ignorance of key tenets of the Qur’an which, for 1400+ years, has instructed Muslims to convert those of other faiths, charge the “jizya” tax as a sign of submission to Islam or kill them if they do not comply.4)They are also disregarding the jihadists’ admission that they will use the large scale immigration of Arabs to assist the infiltration of fellow terrorists.  Just yesterday in a FoxNews interview, UK Independent Party leader, Nigel Farage, noted that a terrorist plot was foiled in Dusseldorf recently.  Of special significance was that all four of the guilty had entered as immigrants.

A most egregious example of Democratic submitting to vanity in the face of Islam was in the newly released House of Representatives report on the Benghazi killings.  It revealed that much of the delay which doomed our men came from a debate among Administration leaders regarding whether our military should wear their military uniforms when going to help our endangered citizens.  The overriding worry was not the safety of our people, but would the presence of these uniforms upset the Libyans into thinking we were invading them.

In addition, the President and Hillary Clinton lied repeatedly that the attack was inspired by a viral video when the report showed they already knew in advance that something was imminent based on intercepted terrorist communications.

Why is this another example of vanity?  The date of the attack was just 56 days before the hotly contested Obama/Romney election was to take place and an admission of their obvious failings would have been detrimental at the polls.

  • Finally, there’s the well-known claim that “homophobia” (which in its true definition rarely exists5) is what  makes citizens protective of their religious beliefs when it involves the LGBT community.  This charge is levied when an individual does not wish to be complicit with actions which condone disordered behavior against genuinely held religious beliefs (now arbitrarily legitimized by the Supreme Court).  This vanity of liberals does not arise from fear of retributions like the issues with Islam, but merely a desire to be liked by as many as possible (even if it goes against Natural Law) with the side benefit of ensuring more votes at the polls.

Former presidential candidates Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina warned our nation of the dangers of political correctness during the primary process.  “PC” emanates from vanity and we are less as a nation because we continue to ignore them.

 

 

1 – “How Can I Overcome the Root Sin of Vanity?, http://www.spiritualdirection.com/2011/01/06/how-can-i-overcome-the-root-sin-of-vanity, 1/6/2011.

2 – “http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xenophobia

3 – ”A country has the right to regulate its borders and to control immigration.

The overriding principle of all Catholic social teaching is that individuals must make economic, political, and social decisions not out of shortsighted self-interest, but with regard for the common good. That means that a moral person cannot consider only what is good for his or her own self and family, but must act with the good of all people as his or her guiding principle.

While individuals have the right to move in search of a safe and humane life, no country is bound to accept all those who wish to resettle there (emphasis added)…” , http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/immigration/catholic-teaching-on-immigration-and-the-movement-of-peoples.cfm

4 – “Muhammad clearly established that people of other religions have to pay a poll tax to Muslims called the jizya, as a reminder of their inferior status. This abrogates an earlier verse stating that there is ‘no compulsion in religion’ and it destroys any pretense that Islam is merely a religion and not a political system.”

Quran (9:29) – “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”

Muslim (19:4294) – There are many places in the hadith where Muhammad tells his followers to demand the jizya of non-believers. Here he lays down the rule that it is to be extorted by force:“If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them”  http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/pages/quran/jizya.aspx

5 – “Homophobia” is Contrived, so where is “Adulterophobia?” , https://cartaremi.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/homophobia-is-contrived-so-where-is-adulterophobia/, 5/19/2015.

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British Take Giant Leap Forward with Brexit!

Brexit vote

FoxNews 2:26 AM today

Yesterday’s historic decision by the British to leave the European Union brings hope to those who oppose the ever encroaching arm of mega-government.

It was a courageous action in the face of warnings from Prime Minister David Cameron that such a move would endanger their economy and their ability to defeat ISIS (as if the EU was doing a good job in these areas!).  It was also a satisfying snub of our President’s attempts to intimidate them into following the liberal agenda of increasing big government’s oppression over personal freedoms.1

Big governments aren’t the answer to big problems, they are often the source of the problems.2,3  Many hope that this vote to leave will encourage other EU nations, who are tired of the elite ruling class in Brussels calling the shots, to do the same.

It’s time that various peoples get their countries back!…. Does this sound familiar?  🙂  

 

1 – Obama infuriates the Brits as he threatens to send UK ‘to the back of the queue’ if they vote to leave the European Union,” by Francesca Chambers, Euan McClelland and Matt Dathan, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3553788/Obama-flies-Brexit-storm-President-faces-furious-backlash-downright-hypocritical-decision-tell-British-voters-stay-EU.html, 4/22/2016.

2 – “Reagan’s First Inaugural: ‘Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem,” http://www.heritage.org/initiatives/first-principles/primary-sources/reagans-first-inaugural-government-is-not-the-solution-to-our-problem-government-is-the-problem

3 – “Socialization also presents dangers.  Excessive intervention by the state can threaten personal freedom and initiative.  The teaching of the Church has elaborated the principle of subsidiarity, according to which ‘a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to co-ordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good.’” Paragraph 1883 from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, second addition, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2000.

Speaking of “common good” – “The common good consists of three essential elements: respect for and promotion of the fundamental rights of the person; prosperity, or the development of the spiritual and temporal goods of society; the peace and security of the group and of its members.”  Paragraph 1925, Ibid.

 

The “Brexit” Choice: Short Term Pain for Long Term Stability?

 

British voters will go to the polls on Thursday for an issue possibly more important than choosing a prime minister as it will impact future prime ministers.

The issue:   to stay in the European Union or leave it.

The fear mongers against leaving will be convincing only if concerns for the immediate rule the day.  Yes, if Britain leaves, it must renegotiate trade deals with the countries it is separating from.  These new agreements could very well be less advantageous.  Also true, there may be some pullout of investment from current fellow EU comrades.

HOWEVER, the foolishness of the EU’s common currency (the “euro” which the UK would eventually need to adopt), is a far greater negative.  The euro joins many countries of varying levels of fiscal responsibility.  Several countries using the euro seem to believe that they can have their cake and eat it too.  As of last summer, six EU countries had debts greater than their GDP!  While the UK’s was ninth highest in the EU, hanging around with these rising debt nations only consoles them if they accept “misery loves company.”1  A few years ago, Germany was actually criticized for responsible managing of its trade balance.2  In addition, as of late last year, just eight EU nations had average working hours exceeding ours in the U.S. while fifteen worked fewer hours per week.3  Despite working less, several of those nations have well-known expectations of benefits which aggravate economic struggles.4

Britain has a chance to separate itself from an unsteady large ship known as the EU.

The choice is theirs.  They can stay with a modern day economic Titanic with its mesmerizing marketing glitter — and its fatal flaws.  Or, they can choose to guide their own smaller, less “cool” ship where rational decision-making is an everyday necessity.

If they choose this, they will be more likely to succeed because they will have their head on the wheel instead of partying on deck, blissfully ignoring of impending dangers.

If they stay, they will inevitably be dragged down with the rest of the EU because its reach is clearly beyond its wisdom… Besides, “President Obama sparked fury by pressuring UK to stay in the EU and telling its citizens their nation’s stranding (sic) would be diminished if it leaves… London Mayor Boris Johnson accused him of making an ‘incoherent’ and ‘inconsistent’ argument because the U.S. would never give up sovereignty.”5  Obama’s near-command for Britain to stay is a solid argument for them to leave the EU!

1 – “European debt crisis: It’s not just Greece that’s drowning in debt,” by Ashley Kirk, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/11705720/European-debt-crisis-Its-not-just-Greece-thats-drowning-in-debt.html, 6/29/2015.

2 – “A Common Currency (Euro) is Europe’s Real Problem, Not Germany’s Trade Surplus,” https://cartaremi.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/a-common-currency-euro-is-europes-real-problem-not-germanys-trade-surplus/, 3/12/2013.

3 – “Americans Work Hard, Nut People in These 15 Countries Work Longer Hours,” by Benjamin Snyder and Stacy Jones, http://fortune.com/2015/11/11/chart-work-week-oecd/, 11/11/2015.

4 – “France’s unemployment benefits are among the most generous in Europe, payable even for net salaries of €6,959 (£5,021) per month. That may seem to favour high earners in a country where the average monthly net salary is just over €2,000, however a spokeswoman for UNEDIC, which administers the benefits says that less than 1,000 unemployed people receive the top amount, out of a total 2.6 million claimants. The current system, negotiated between unions and employers last year, kicks in after four months’ employment. Workers aged under 50 can claim unemployment benefit for two years, while those aged over 50 can claim for three years. On average, benefits are about 65% of employees’ salary… Compensation for sick leave in Norway is often described as the most generous in the world: employees receive 100% of salary from day one for up to a year. But sickness absence is high, seen as a symptom of hidden, structural unemployment. Almost 7% of the workforce are on sick leave at any given moment – by far the highest rate of work absence among full-time employees in the industrialised countries, the OECD says…” from “Which are the best countries in the world to live in if you unemployed or disabled,” by Anne Penketh, Kate Connolly, Stefanie Kirchgaessner, Henry McDonald, Justin McCurry, David Crouch, Shaun Walker, David Smith, Mary O’Hara and Anna Bawden, http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/apr/15/which-best-countries-live-unemployed-disabled-benefits, 4/15/2015.

5 – Obama infuriates the Brits as he threatens to send UK ‘to the back of the queue’ if they vote to leave the European Union,” by Francesca Chambers, Euan McClelland and Matt Dathan, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3553788/Obama-flies-Brexit-storm-President-faces-furious-backlash-downright-hypocritical-decision-tell-British-voters-stay-EU.html, 4/22/2016.