Catholic Values in a Hostile Political Climate

25 Sep

The fallacy of silence.

My recent discussions have been about the argument of not provoking people by speaking out versus speaking out about Catholic teaching and the errors followed by Catholics and others. I found this sermon by St. Augustine to reinforce my position on this subject.

St Augustine’s sermon On Pastors

Do what they say, not what they do

Well then, shepherds, hear the word of the Lord!” What must you shepherds hear? Thus says the Lord God: behold, I am above the shepherds and I will call them to account for the sheep in their hands.

Listen, sheep of God, listen and learn: God will call the bad shepherds to account for his sheep and for their deaths. As he says elsewhere in Ezekiel: Son of man, I have appointed you as sentry to the House of Israel. When you hear a word from my mouth, warn them in my name. If I say to a wicked man, “Wicked wretch, you are to die,” and you do not speak to warn the wicked man to renounce his ways, then he shall die for his sin but I will hold you responsible for his death. If, however, you do warn a wicked man to renounce his ways and repent, and he does not repent, then he shall die for his sin but you yourself will have saved your life.

You see, brethren? Do you see how dangerous it is to keep quiet? If you remain silent, you die; and rightly. You die for your impiety and sin – it is your negligence that kills you. He who has said, As I live, says the Lord might have found a living shepherd – but since the shepherd was negligent, not warning those he had been given authority over, those whose sentry he was, he will die justly and the sentry will be justly condemned. But if – the Lord continues – you say “you are to die” with one I have threatened with the sword, and he does not avoid the sword and it comes and kills him, he will die in his sin but you will have set your soul free. That is why we must not keep silent – and you, even if we did keep silent, must listen to the words of the true Shepherd in holy Scripture.

Since I raised the question, let us see if he takes the sheep from the dead shepherds and gives them to good ones. I certainly see him taking the sheep from the bad shepherds: I am above the shepherds, and I shall take my flock back from them and I shall not allow them to feed my flock. In this way the shepherds will stop feeding themselves. For when I say to them, “Feed my sheep,” they feed themselves and not my sheep. I shall not allow them to feed my flock.

How does he stop them from looking after his sheep? Do whatever they say, but do not do what they do. It is as if he were saying, “Their words are my words but their actions are their own.” When you avoid what the bad shepherds do, they are not in charge of you any more: when you follow what they say, it is my words you are following and it is I who am tending you.

23 Sep

Opinions on this Blog?

I would appreciate comments on this blog. I try to live up to the blogs title; however, sometimes I may get off track. Dissenting opinions are welcomed. I have recently received a few comments off line but very few in the feedback section.

On occasion, I get a comment suggesting that I should tread lightly on certain subjects like homosexuality and should be more like Jesus. While I welcome the comment, I wonder what some people think Jesus was like while on earth. Somehow many believe He was kind of a pacifist and just an overall nice guy that always got along with everyone. That’s not the Jesus that I know. The Jesus I know was crucified because people did not like what he said. He was always saying things the people of that time did not like.

I do get concerned sometimes that I may not always be 100% in line with Church (Christ’s) teachings, but I am not concerned about criticism of speaking out against obviously immoral actions regardless of who is responsible for them. I like most of us sometimes have trouble separating the sin from the sinner, so I will focus in the future on insuring that I do not personally attack the individual but only their actions.

There has been much discussion lately in the secular and religious press about perceived conflicts between Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI. This again is a reflection on the need to keep the sin and sinner separate in our thoughts and discussions. The sin will always be a sin but as long as the sinner is alive there is hope that they will reform and abandon the sin. I believe that there was and is no conflict between what the two Popes have said. I believe that Pope Francis is correct in not judging the sinner. He is leaving that to God (as does Pope Benedict). That does not mean he does not judge the sin. Pope Benedict was speaking of the sin in his comments about homosexual lifestyles and Pope Francis also believes this.

See the following post about recent comments by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome. I believe like Cardinal Burke that part of the reason we Catholics are being subjected to the unfair bias from our culture today is that we have been too silent in our words and our deeds. The secular culture does not understand Christ’s teaching because we Catholics do not practice it correctly and openly.

22 Sep

Another “wake up” message for Catholics from Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome

How often have we heard the complaint from Catholics that the Church does not address the scandalous actions of some Catholic politicians who openly and frequently flaunt their immoral political positions and attempt to reconcile them with Catholic teachings? Fortunately, we do have good orthodox Catholic leaders such as Cardinal Burke. Cardinal Burke and many other Church leaders are becoming more and more vocal in their opposition to the “tolerance” (more like silence) of some Catholics including some Priests and Bishops. Cardinal Burke was recently interviewed by Don Fier of the “Catholic Servant” publication. Below are some of the more important excerpts from that interview as it relates to how Catholics should be responding to the attacks on our faith.

Fier: Things seem to be declining at an accelerating rate in our country. For example, it is shocking how quickly things happened in Minnesota. A year ago it seemed almost certain that a November ballot referendum would constitutionally define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Despite a heroic effort by Archbishop John Nienstedt and many other Church leaders, it failed. Just four months later a law was enacted making Minnesota the 12th state to legalize so- called same- sex marriage. How did we get to this point? Aside from prayer and fasting, what can the faithful do?

Cardinal Burke: First of all, I would underline the need for much prayer and fasting. The alarming rapidity of the realization of the homosexual agenda ought to awaken all of us and frighten us with regard to the future of our nation. This is a work of deceit, a lie about the most fundamental aspect of our human nature, our human sexuality, which after life itself defines us. There is only one place these types of lies come from, namely Satan. It is a diabolical situation which is aimed at destroying individuals, families, and eventually our nation.

How did we get to this point?. We as Catholics have not properly combatted it because we have not been taught our Catholic Faith, especially in the depth needed to address these grave evils of our time.

After fifty years of this, we have many adult voters who support politicians with immoral positions because they do not know their Catholic Faith and its teaching with regard to same- sex attraction and the inherent disorder of sexual relations between two persons of the same sex. Therefore, they are not able to defend the Catholic Faith in this matter.

What has also contributed greatly to the situation is an exaltation of the virtue of tolerance which is falsely seen as the virtue which governs all other virtues. In other words, we should tolerate other people in their immoral actions to the extent that we seem also to accept the moral wrong. Tolerance is a virtue, but it is certainly not the principal virtue; the principal virtue is charity. Charity means speaking the truth, especially the truth about human life and human sexuality. While we love the individual, we desire only the best for one who suffers from an inclination to engage in sexual relations with a person of the same sex. We must abhor the actions themselves because they are contrary to nature itself as God has created us.

The virtue of charity leads us to be kind and understanding to the individual, but also to be firm and steadfast in opposing the evil itself. This confusion is widespread. I have encountered it many times myself as a priest and bishop. It is something we simply need to address. There is far too much silence — people do not want to talk about it because the topic is not “ politically correct.” But we cannot be silent any longer or we will find ourselves in a situation that will be very difficult to reverse.

Fier: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, when recently questioned at a press briefing about the moral difference between what Dr. Gosnell did in murdering a baby born alive at 23 weeks as compared to the practice of aborting a baby moments before birth, refused to answer. Instead she is reported to have responded: “ As a practicing and respectful Catholic this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this. I don’t think it should have anything to do with politics.” How are we to react to such a seemingly scandalous statement? Is this a case where Canon 915 might properly be applied? [Editor’s Note:Canon 915 of the Church’s Code of Canon Law states that those who are “ obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”]

Cardinal Burke: Certainly this is a case when Canon 915 must be applied. This is a person who obstinately, after repeated admonitions, persists in a grave sin — cooperating with the crime of procured abortion — and still professes to be a devout Catholic. This is a prime example of what Blessed John Paul II referred to as the situation of Catholics who have divorced their faith from their public life and therefore are not serving their brothers and sisters in the way that they must — in safeguarding and promoting the life of the innocent and defenseless unborn, in safeguarding and promoting the integrity of marriage and the family.

What Congresswoman Pelosi is speaking of is not particular confessional beliefs or practices of the Catholic Church. It belongs to the natural moral law which is written on every human heart and which the Catholic Church obviously also teaches: that natural moral law which is so wonderfully illumined for us by Our Lord Jesus Christ by His saving teaching, but most of all by His Passion and death.

To say that these are simply questions of Catholic Faith which have no part in politics is just false and wrong. I fear for Congresswoman Pelosi if she does not come to understand how gravely in error she is. I invite her to reflect upon the example of St. Thomas More who acted rightly in a similar situation even at the cost of his life.

Fier: Many faithful Catholics are troubled when high- profile political figures with unconcealed antilife, anti- family positions are honored in such ways as receiving invitations to speak at Catholic university commencement ceremonies and given honorary degrees or memorialized at public Catholic funeral Masses without having renounced their immoral positions. Faithful Catholics, at the same time, are taught they have committed a serious sin if they vote for these same candidates. How are those who are seriously trying to live out their faith to reconcile this apparent contradiction?

Cardinal Burke: You cannot reconcile it — it is a contradiction, it is wrong, it is a scandal, and it must stop! We live in a culture with a false sense of dialogue — which has also crept into the Church — where we pretend to dialogue about open and egregious violations of the moral law. Can we believe it is permissible to recognize publicly people who support open and egregious violations, and then act surprised if someone is scandalized by it? For Catholic institutions or individuals to give recognition to such persons, to honor them in any way, is a source of grave scandal for which they are responsible. In acertain way, they contribute to the sinfulness of the individuals involved. There is no way to reconcile it; it simply is wrong.

If the present government, which can be described in no other way than totalitarian, is not held back from the course it is on, these persecutions will follow. It will not be possible for Catholics to exercise most of the normal human services whether in health care, education, or social welfare because in conscience they will no longer be able to do what the government demands: to cooperate in grave moral evil. We are heading in that direction and even see it now.

I never thought I would ever say this, but we should follow the example of France. The French people have a government that is sadly much like our own. In a totalitarian way, it passed and is trying to enforce a bill giving legal recognition to so- called marital unions between two persons of the same sex. The French people are out on the streets in protest — one demonstration had upwards of two million people. There has arisen in France among the people the will to resist the government and that is what we need in this country.

We cannot go along with government policies and laws which are destroying the most innocent and defenseless among us. This will also redound to great harm to those who have grown weak through advanced age or serious illness. This is all a pattern: the complete corruption about the truth of human sexuality which has already wrought such terrible harm to individuals and families and to our society has to be stopped.

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19 Sep

The media and the Catholic Church – Why does the media misunderstand the Catholic Church? –

If it weren’t so serious it would be extremely funny. It is clear why the liberal media constantly and deliberately misinterprets the Church and the Pope in particular; because the liberal media is at cross purposes with the Catholic Church. The liberal media considers themselves “enlightened” and the Catholic Church old fashioned. The liberal media believes that they are tolerant and the Catholic Church is intolerant. The liberal media believes in relativism and the Catholic Church believes in truth. The liberal media promotes abortion, homosexual lifestyles, and multiple marriages between different people of and between both sexes. The Catholic Church believes and teaches that what was immoral 2000 years ago is still immoral today. Relativism believes truth is relative (changes with the circumstances), when in fact truth does not change; what was a sin 2000 years ago is still a sin today. This is the basic conflict between the liberal media and the Catholic Church and never the twain shall meet. People may belong to or move between these two extremes but for those who seek truth, relativism will never provide it.

Now, the more confusing issue; why do some of the conservative (non liberal) media misunderstand the Catholic Church and the Pope in particularly? The statement below is an excerpt from the World Daily News agency, a very conservative and religious though distinctly non Catholic news agency.

NEW YORK – “Is the pope Catholic?” goes the quip most Catholic faithful thought they would never ask, at least not seriously.

But with a series of recent pronouncements and decisions bucking papal tradition, Pope Francis has many Catholics wondering if the Catholic Church will survive his papacy.

In recent days, media have seized on a remark that appeared to suggest that non-believers – not just non-Catholics, but even atheists – can gain salvation and be admitted into heaven, while his new appointment to be secretary of state, the second most important position in the Vatican, has suggested the Vatican is ready to rethink celibacy and the clergy, suggesting priests and nuns might be allowed to get married.

Now, Catholic faithful are asking, “Will the Catholic Church survive Pope Francis’ papacy?”

The shock to traditional Catholic thinking began when Pope Francis decided to go to the back of the airplane and give an interview to news reporters on the return home from Brazil on his first international trip as pope.Instead of saying that homosexuality is “an intrinsic moral evil,” as did his predecessor Benedict XVI, Francis responded to a reporter’s question, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

Then, on Sept. 11, in a letter published on the front page of the Rome-based newspaper La Repubblica, Pope Francis answered a question posed by the paper’s founder and long-time editor, the 89-year-old Eugenio Scalfari, who asked whether God would forgive someone who lacked faith for having committed a sin.

His response prompted worldwide headlines concluding the pope left the door open for salvation apart from belief in God.

The pope wrote: “So, I come to the three questions you put to me in your article of Aug. 7. It seems to me that, in the first two, what is in your heart is to understand the attitude of the Church to those who don’t share faith in Jesus. First of all, you ask me if the God of Christians forgives one who doesn’t believe and doesn’t seek the faith. Premise that – and it’s the fundamental thing – the mercy of God has no limits if one turns to him with a sincere and contrite heart; the question for one who doesn’t believe in God lies in obeying one’s conscience. Sin, also for those who don’t have faith, exists when one goes against one’s conscience. To listen to and obey it means, in fact, to decide in face of what is perceived as good or evil. And on this decision pivots the goodness or malice of our action.”

Obviously the statement that “ many Catholics are wondering if the Catholic Church will survive Pope Francis”, is completely untrue for practicing Catholics who know their faith. First of all Christ promised that the Church would survive (The gate of Hell will not prevail against it), secondly, there is no conflict between what Pope Francis has said and what Pope Benedict (or previous Popes) have said. The problem is WND like the liberal press doesn’t take the time to analyze what the Popes say and how it applies to Catholic teaching. It would be a simple matter for any journalist liberal or otherwise to “look up” what the Catholic Church teaches. The Catholic Church provides not just to its members but anyone interested enough to look its documented teachings. While there are enormous amounts information on the Vatican Website in the form of encyclicals and other documents; the Catholic Church also publishes a very complete listing of all its teaching in the “Catechism of the Catholic Church”. The Catechism is a complete and easy to use document that anyone can obtain and I can guarantee journalist who report on the Church and Pope, they will never find a conflict between what is in the Catechisms and what any Pope says.

The primary error that journalist make is failing to distinguish between the sin and the sinner. When Pope Francis stated “who was he to judge a homosexual” he was not saying that homosexual lifestyles are not intrinsically evil, he was saying that only God can judge that individual who may have engaged in homosexual activity. Homosexuals, Atheists, and sinners of all kinds can be saved if they give up sin and seek forgiveness. Pope Francis did not say anything that was not taught by Pope Benedict or any Pope before him.

Here is what the Catholic Catechism says about homosexually:

Chastity and homosexuality

2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

19 Sep

Is your politics determined by your morality or is your morality determined by your politics?

I have touched on this issue previously on this blog; however, I thought it worth revisiting. This was a topic on the Teresa Tomio Catholic Radio show recently. I continue to meet people who think they are good practicing Catholics; they even attend weekday Masses daily or frequently, but continue to support politicians that not only support but actively implement immoral and intrinsically evil government programs. In discussions with these people, it is obvious that they believe they are not doing anything wrong and in fact believe they are morally superior to those who follow Church (Christ’s) teaching to the letter. These people generally place a higher emphasis on providing for the poor, supporting homosexual lifestyles, and “a woman’s right to choose” than they do the lives of the unborn, the morality of our culture, and opposing a government which progressively infringes on the individuals God given inalienable rights to follow natural law.

Unfortunately, these people are not limited to the laity. Although I believe there are fewer and fewer Priests, Bishops, and other religious who fit into the classification of allowing their politics to determine their morality, there are still too many of them and these are the real problem for the Church because the laity who follow this path are encouraged by Priests and Bishops who are not following their vocation of “accurately” spreading the Gospel of Christ.

I am encouraged by the fact that Catholic Radio, EWTN, websites such as, truly orthodox Priests. Bishops and other Catholic teachers are making progress in their efforts to inform the uninformed and encouraging lukewarm and cafeteria Catholics to learn the history and 2000 year old teaching of the Church. In general, I believe that many Americans are waking up to the fact that – whether they consider themselves democrats, republicans, or independents – our government is becoming more and more intrusive, immoral, and no longer a government by the people and for the people. Our elected officials pass laws such as obamacare that imposes immoral actions, forces employers to pay for abortificants against their consciences, and places unfair financial burden on some citizens and provide exemptions for others. This administration and congress passed this law imposing it on the average citizen and then provided exemptions for political allies and themselves.

Truth, contrary to relativism and the progressive agenda does not change over time. Technology, human knowledge, and life styles may change but truth remains truth and those Catholics who continue to allow their politics to dictate their morality need to learn this.

07 Sep

America has lost its moral high ground

The morality of America, its leadership and citizenry has been sliding downward for many years. Long before Barack Obama was elected President. In fact looking back, I believe Barack Obama was elected President because of the moral decline of America. If someone had told me back in the 1960’s that America would elect a President who ran as a pro-abortion candidate in 2008, I would not have believed it. If someone told me in the 1960’s that the majority of the Democratic party and a portion of the Republican party would be for abortion on demand, homosexual lifestyles as normal, forcing Catholics and other Christians to support abortion and contraception against their moral convictions, and banning Christian symbols from the public square, I would have thought they were crazy. All of these immoral things and more have taken over our beloved America and while I remain optimistic that at some point America will return to its founding roots, I have no idea of when that might occur. It certainly does not seem likely in my life time. In the meantime we must cling to the quote from Saint Thomas Moore that I have as a postscript to my emails,“ Times are never so bad that good people cannot live in them.”

Because of America’s moral standing in the eyes of our creator which must be something like His view of the Israeli nation in the time of the prophet Jeremiah, I have come to understand why Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and now Pope Francis advised the United States leadership not to take military action against the bad actors in the middle East. At the time of the intervention into Iraq by the George W. Bush administration I was befuddled by Pope John Pauls’ admonishment of U.S involvement; I still at that point did not understand some of the impure motives of some in the U.S. government pushing for war. I, to this day believe that President George W. Bush’s motives were pure; however, I also have come to understand that he was being advised by individuals with less than pure motives. A country that can murder its unborn young is not fit for global moral leadership.

25 Aug

What constitutes a “Hate Crime”?

An 89 year old veteran of wwii and the battle of Okinawa was brutally beaten to death in Spokane Washington last week by two black teenagers who danced at their arrest and stated that 90% of white people are nasty people. The mainstream press who manufactured a racial incident out of the purely nonracial issue of the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman case determined that this case did not have a racial element and will not be classified as a hate crime. We all know that when someone viciously murders someone that is not a hate crime in our society today; true hate crimes are related to teaching the gospel of Christ.

Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Barack Obama who were so outspoken to the point of inciting blacks against whites are now deafeningly silent at the result of their instigation.

Also, I wonder why we do not hear from the anti flashlight crowd. Since this crime did not have a gun involved and the victim was killed with a heavy flashlight, I would have expected a cry to ban flashlights. Hmmm, must be a different agenda.

22 Aug

Is it the gun or the guy?

The secondary crime in all of the recent highly publicized shootings where individuals are killed with guns – whether in self-defense or outright murder – is the attempt to advance a political agenda to defeat the second amendment (the right to bear arms). Every oppressive government of the past has sought to ban weapons in the hands of its citizenry. Every thinking American should consider why the opponents of the second amendment consider this more important than the morality of the perpetrators of these killings. Why do they consider the gun the primary problem rather than the individual that pulls the trigger? Obviously, the person pulling the trigger could just as easily have stabbed, slashed, clubbed, axed, or ran over with a car. Should all of these “weapons” be outlawed, or should we start teaching morality in our schools again instead of handing out condoms? Should we be providing discipline instead of permissiveness?

If you take the gun away from a murderer, does that make them a better person? If you take a gun away from a good person, does that make that person more vulnerable to the murderer?

The ideology that thinks it wise to require parents’ permission to give a grade school student an aspirin for a head ache but not for an abortion is the same ideology that creates the lack of respect for human life that leads to the teenager that kills someone for the fun of it. Yet the promoters of this ideology out of some perverted sense of compassion blame the gun instead of the gunner and the gun instead of their warped ideology. Why do they refuse to learn from history? Our most recent example is Germany of the 1930’s and 40’s; this government also tried to outlaw guns and religion. Shouldn’t we at least be a little suspicious?

13 Aug

Wake up America; how upside down does the world need to become before we wake up?

How can good people buy into and fight for the obviously immoral tactics of the corrupt politicians that are leading this county into the darkness?

One of our political parties has completely sold its soul to this ideology and a good portion of the other has done likewise.

The majority of Americans know that the following items are not only wrong but intrinsically evil, yet they go along and even fight for the implementation of these evils.

1. Abortion; even at or near birth.
2. Sex outside of a valid marriage of one man and one woman.
3. Forcing citizens to perform acts contrary to their consciences.
4. Enslavement of citizens to the government via welfare giveaways.
5. Using government agencies and taxpayer moneys to suppress one political party and promote the another.
6. Abandonment of individuals dedicated to service of our country to death and dishonor for political expediency.
7. Acting in direct violation of the United States Constitution that they swore to uphold.

And this is only a small part of the violations by our government of the public trust.

Not the most evil, but certainly the most devious evil on this list is number 4. The current people in power in our government today stay in power by enslaving the uninformed and uneducated by deliberately killing jobs and putting them on government assistance programs insuring their complete dependence on the government and locking in their votes.

The ironic thing is that the one political party that still has a few elected members of high moral content is the one demonized by the other party that has completely sold its soul. The Republican party was most responsible for the outlawing of slavery in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the Democratic Party is now the party working hard to once again enslave the under privileged citizens of our country. And many of us are too blind to see it.

In order for this devious plan to work it is necessary to obliterate religions that teach morality, self-worth, and self-reliance. Does any of this sound familiar? Wake up America before it is too late. Time to throw the elitists out of our government, our founders intended our country to be by the people and for the people and not for the elitists. When our representatives pass laws which they exempt themselves from we know our government is out of control and no longer working for the people. Stop listening to the wolves such as the main stream media who demonize the true patriots and start listening to the true patriots. We do have many true patriots and they can be identified by listening to who the elitists are demonizing. When you see politicians doing immoral and unlawful things and given a free pass, you know they are the elitists and the ones to fight against.

26 Jul

Detroit is a model for liberalism; do we want to follow that model for the U.S.

As much as I believe the out of control labor unions are at least partly to blame for the problems in Detroit, I feel great empathy for the workers there who are facing lost pension benefits because of the liberal democrats that have run that city for the last 50 years. Hopefully, people will open their eyes and realize that this can and will happen in other cities in the months and years ahead. This is also what is in store for those of us on government programs such as social security.

Can you imagine the chaos and outrage if the federal government could no longer pay the promised benefits to those to whom it is owed? Yes, owed, even though the current government leaders now call social security payments a government benefit; it is truly a repayment of a debt to most retirees. Yes, for some who receive social security benefits under disability and dependent care provisions are receiving a government benefit; however, those of us who have paid into this program for 40 or 50 years both through payroll deductions and employer payments are NOT receiving a government benefit. Those currently running the government find it convenient to call ALL social security payments a government benefit. If this program had not been mismanaged and ravaged by fraud it would have more than sustained retirees and the legitimate payments to the disabled.

I feel empathy for the workers in Detroit who will lose their pension benefit because they also paid into the pension funds either directly or as part of their wages. Now these pension funds through mismanagement and outright fraud are being wiped out by the city’s bankruptcy.

All of us U.S. citizens who continue to vote for this liberal ideology that destroyed Detroit will be responsible when the same thing happens to the U.S. government. When this will happen is anybody’s guess, but happen it will, unless the liberal democrat and republican members of congress and the executive branch are defeated and removed from power. Detroit should be an eye opener for everyone. Unfortunately I fear, too many people listen to the rhetoric and lies of these liberal democrats and republicans who are in government not to serve but to gain power for themselves and to be served by the citizenry. This government has become the government not by and for the people but a government of control and suppression of the people.

Anyone who doubts this need only look at what is happening with Obamacare;
1. Medical workers being forced to commit heinous crimes of murder and mutilation of babies near and even after their birth.
2. Private companies and individuals being forced to pay for contraceptives and abortions in opposition of the deeply held moral convictions.
3. Religious institutions such as schools, orphanages, and hospitals being forced to close or violate their religious and moral values by forcing acceptance of abortion, contraception, and sodomy as normal behavior.
4. Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are being dictated to how they must practice their professions and how they are paid (or not paid).

This is not the government our founding fathers envisioned; when will we admit that and do something about it?

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