The Gospel Truth

The New Puritans

July 21, 2011

Anyone who seriously studies American history quickly comes to the realization that the conventional wisdom about the Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay colony as being sexually repressed and completely dour people is a skewered rendition of our early history.

One wag erroneously described them as the kind of people who feared that somewhere, somehow, people were enjoying themselves.

I think there is a more modern version of the term Puritan that has arisen from the secular idea of many liberals that somewhere, some how, someone in this country has something that someone else doesn’t have.

I term these leftists the New Puritans.  (Not to be confused with any rock group)

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The New Puritans

No one personifies this spirit of jealousy and envy better than our current president.

Mr. Obama’s main theme through his spoiled and destructive three years has been dominated by this twisted notion of class envy.

Obama’s chief defense mechanism has been to just blame Bush.

It has been his chief mean is in parrying away the thrusts of complaints about his lack of transparency and his near total lack of professional competence.

I will not disagree with him but trump his Bush by taking the blame all the way back to Franklin Roosevelt

Like his ideological mentor, Obama has created the most anti-buisness and anti-private sector since the 1930s.

For generations people have falsely attributed FDR’s leadership as responsible for ending the Great Depression, when in essence, many of his policies turned a recession into a 10 year Depression.

At one point FDR want to raise the personal income tax on anything over $25,000 to a 100%.  Why stop there?  How about a 110%?

Of course this excessive taxation, right out of the Marxist Communist Manifesto, had a political purpose.

Harry Hopkins, Roosevelt’s closet communist advisor (See the Verona Dispatches) summarized Democratic philosophy as Tax and tax! Spend and spend! Elect and elect! 

Hoipkins in the middle with his real boss

It worked then and Obama hopes it will work for him again.

The New Puritans don’t really want to be fair and balanced.

They want to get even.  They want payback or better still, take away.

That’s what all his bombast about eating our peas has been about.

Obama doesn’t want us to eat our peas.

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Should we eat our peas?

He wants government to eat our breakfast, lunch and dinner and if we are good, he will let us have a Twinkie as a snack.

Opps, Michelle might not like that!

What entrepreneur would want to launch a new business or hire any worker with this kind of attitude?

We have a high unemployment economy precisely because of the atmosphere of fear, uncertainty and greed that Obama has created.

The president thinks that government can create jobs–work maybe but not jobs.

They can build roads or bridges but will the public want to buy them?

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Who will make Obama an offer for this bridge in Brooklyn

These are mere facilitators that may or may not speed your time to work but they do not create markets.

One of FDR’s great ideas for the Civilian Conservation Corps was to have one man dig a hole and another man fill that hole.

That was work but not a job.

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Work but not a job

Most government paper-pushers are just a more refined notion of the same idea.

So any time you hear him say investment or infra-structure run as fast as you can because he’s getting ready to send the IRS after you.

To further this new puritanical vision, Obama has relied the twin principles of equality and fairness.

His notion of equality is loosely dependent on the revolutionary rhetoric of the nation’s Declaration of  Independence that has had great propaganda value for both Republicans and Democrats but philosophically does not hold much water.

It is the feminine side of our national persona.

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The feminine side of our national character

What really makes us tic as a country is our masculine side–the Constitution, which merits as much respect as a valet at a demolition derby.

All men created equal only in the most basic of spiritual dimensions.

They are first born with a soul–which many liberals deny today in our strict materialistic culture.

They are also made in the image and likeness of God, another theological idea that the left categorically dismisses, most likely under their twisted notion of the 1st Amendment.

This twisted sister so permeates our society that I spent 20 minutes this morning listening to the president’s CBS Propaganda Bureau bemoan the fact that few pay to see women play basketball or soccer in this country.

They prefer the men’s games because they play it better.

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Whose fault is it?

It is part of the competitive spirit that fortunately still lives in the public sporting arena.

But that’s not fair?

Life is not fair and the president has become the avenging angel who will write history as he rights all the wrongs of unfairness.

This simply means that he will steal from the rich and give to the poor, who will not know what to do with it, which is a good explanation for why they are poor.

And to do this president seems determined to bring down the economy so that we are all poor except of course for him and his friends like Jeffery Immelt of GE, who advised the business owners to stop whining.

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Americans should stop whining!

The president does not help himself or the country with his I am the only adult in the room swagger that has come to characterize his administration.

He is not our Great White Father or maybe I should say our Great Half-White Father who is allowing us to move on to a government reservation if we just give him our wampum and many ponies.

What peas is he willing to eat…only the spoiled ones of unconditional Republican surrender.

If he holds to his guns,or keeps his guns to the American people’s heads, I fear we may enjoy the fun and frolic of Obamageddon.

Thank Heaven for Little Girls….

July 13, 2011

When I was young there was something about French actors that literally repelled me.

I really don’t know what it was but the dulcet tones of Charles Boyer, who seemed top have a ubiquitous presence on evening TV would make me squirm.

Maurice Chevalier was very old when I first saw him.  For elderly actors I much more preferred Walter Brennan or even Gabby Hayes.

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My favorite old guy

Chevalier did have one memorable performance in the touching film Gigi that I saw in  the theater.

I really did like his enigmatic rendition of his signature song,  Thank Heaven for Little Girls…

The key refrain was because they get bigger every day.

Ah, leave it to those romantic Frenchman!

They couldn’t fight or work hard but they knew how to appreciate women.

How times have changed with the women’s movement.

The whole relationship between men and women is so drastically different from when I was young.

So different that I am not surprised that the gay population has increased greatly these past 40 years.

I just saw a production of Chorus Line and the prettiest woman in it, the one with the best figure, and the most seductive charm was in a 17-year relationship with her partner, a female doctor in Colorado.

What’s Frenchman to do?

The woman’s movement has also brought with it some very unintended consequences for women.

One thing their leaders cannot combat is that most cultures prefer boys.

It is literally a boys world  when it comes to being born.

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It’s a boys’ world

It’s just the way things have always been.

From my one real psychology course at Fordham University I learned that there was a ratio of 105 males conceptions to 100 female.

This modest imbalance was nature’s way of leveling the playing field because at that time at least—1963–men were much more likely to die earlier than their female counterparts due to wars, highly competitive business and just the natural recklessness that having gallons of testosterone pumped through veins causes.

All women had to worry about them was dying in childbirth and marrying a brute of a husband.

Now women fight wars, die from heart attacks in the board room, engage in reckless behavior–who knows I’ll bet many get regular testosterone shots— and others still marry brutes…when they do get married.

Now a brutish boyfriend or live-in is more a threat than most of the other dangers.

Mara Hvistendahl has published a new book that details another worry women have–gender selection.

The full title is Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls. and the Consequences of a World Full of Men.

Now a woman’s choice has resulted in, not only the loss of a human life, but the abnormal decrease in the supply of women.

The first statistics I saw related to gender selection was from the Peoples Republic of China that now has an approximate 120-100 ratio of males to female.

That’s got to be a lot of sex-starved Chinese soldier running around.

The Chinese culture favors males as does most Asian countries.

Was this the fault of Confucius?

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Confucius’ fault?

I remember a study from many years ago where of a particular 100 abortions in India, 99 of them were unborn females.

In this country the male has always been the more preferred because of what it means to the father and to the culture.

When most people lived on farms, it was mostly a labor thing.  men worked the fields and women didn’t.

There was only so much milking and housework, sewing and cooking that had to be done.

I didn’t own a farm but I was so glad that my first child was a boy.

Is that fair?

No but it is the reality of the past and that attitude still prevails.

I have met two tour guides on the several trips I have taken, named Kendra and Tommi.

They were obviously named for their dads.

I have yet to met a male tour guide named Annie or Barb.

But these are all free choices are they not?  Isn’t that what choice is all about?

Choosing what one wants or is popular?

Isn’t that what choice is all about?

That means that choice, which to most leftists is a sacrament that every women should receive or exercise, now has two dark sides.

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Which one had the better chance of being born?

Hvistendahl says that worldwide there are over 160 million missing girls.

No they are not missing.

They are dead, just like the millions of males that have been butchered since Roe v. Wade made a woman’s womb a battleground.

Is this of importance to Hvistendahl or is she more worried that those nasty anti-choice people will use this as an excuse to outlaw all abortions?

I find that being stuck on a horny dilemma.

Of course in China there is no choice.

They have a coerced abortion policy because of an over-supply of people.

Unfortunately for little Chinese girls, they don’t have a great feminist movement that theoretically slaughters its unborn on an equal basis.

This is another wrong for President Obama to right–abort all babies?

The green in this country would fully support this while the feminists have remained almost totally silent.

I am certain the gays will support selective abortion because fewer women mean more men without sexual satisfaction.

The sad fact is that the only people who would really sympathize with the author are the same ones that want gender equality, such as that promoted by Pope John Paul II in his historic Theology of the Body.

Had a keen insight to the mysteries of the sexes

Abortion is just not a threat to missing girls but there are millions of missing boys as well.

Abortion is not evil because most people prefer to have a son.

It is evil because it takes a human life and while snuffing out hope and a chance at doing something.

Perhaps the criticism Ms. Hvistendahl is getting will make her consider the illogic of her feminist affiliation.

On this my 100th posting, let me share an aside about missing children with you.  Millions watched the Casey Anthony saga unfold.

 It was OJ II but without the poetry.  

Peter Singer a distinguished professor at Princeton has long advocated that parents should have the right to dispose of any child up to the age of two.  

Let me see, Kaylee was just a few months north of that arbitrary mark.  Makes you wonder.

The Madman in the White House

July 6, 2011

One of the most popular shows on TV now is Madmen.

The series revolves around the conflicted world of Don Draper (Jon Hamm), the biggest ad man and ladies man in the business, and his colleagues at the Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency.

As Don makes the plays in the boardroom and the bedroom, he struggles to stay a step ahead of the rapidly changing times and the young executives nipping at his heels.

Only plays a madman

I have never seen it though I am aware of a different kind of  Madman, who  appears willing to run the country into the ground if he doesn’t get his petulant way.

The series purports to depict authentically the roles of men and women in this era while exploring the reality behind the characters.

Unfortunately our own duly elected madman he stars in the most dangerous reality show ever to threaten the nation’s future.

The immediate crisis at hand is the hard fact that our spenders in government have reached their debt limit for about the 57th time in 50 years.

Under this president the only thing that is shovel-ready is our economy!

Our madman represents Big government, which like the proverbial Leviathan,  has to get bigger or else it will implode.

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Ready to implode

Their false social vision of economic equality for all recognizes no limits or boundaries.

Money is their life blood and they constantly need a blood transfusion to sustain their needs.

Unfortunately there is little correlation between their needs of getting re-elected and those of the country.

The Democratic Party and their reluctant leader, Barack the Mad, who seems more comfortable leading from the rear or the 18th green, is intent on playing a big stakes game of chicken.

For the uniformed or those living in Peoria, playing chicken was big in the hot rod days of the 1950s when teens would race from opposing directions on a one lane highway.


A high stakes game

Usually before their deadly impact, one of the players in this suicidal form of brinkmanship would play chicken and veer off the road.

When no one blinked there would be a terrible crash that would result in death and destruction.

Right now the Democrats and Republicans are poised in a deadly stare that is fast becoming a game of chicken with higher stakes.

A popular movie in the seventies, Grease had a vivid depiction of a game of chicken.


What if no one blinks?

This economic showdown is reminiscent of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October of 1962 when the Soviets had stationed offensive missiles in Cuba, much to the chagrin of the Kennedy administration.

For an entire week many of us thought the long-feared Armageddon was at hand.

I was a sophomore at Holy Cross.  I remember writing my last will and testament.

I was only 19 but I was resigned to accepting my nuclear fate.

I wonder if I still have a copy.

My roommate Peter packed a survival kit and was ready to evacuate to the caves of Worcester and ride out the end of the world.

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Headed toward Worcester?

Rumors abounded that Worcester was a Type #2 target because of  our armament factories.

Someone heard a freshman had been drafted.

Is what faces us the financial equivalent of those Cold War days with its incessant and very real nuclear threats?

Or am I falling for Democratic scare tactics?


The true bottom line is that the Republicans want to solve the problem by cutting trillions of dollars and not allowing any reactionary tax increases.

Translated by the mainstream media they want to kill your babies.

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Republicans want to kill your babies

The Madman in the White House wants to raises billions more in taxes and cut defense spending and maybe turn the lights out in his house  for an extra 30 minutes a day to save energy.

And remember this president would love to see everyone use public transportation to solve our fuel crisis…just like he does.

According to ABC, NBC et al, he wants to save America and he can do that without turning off any lights.

Millions of Americans have fallen for this jaded rhetoric, even many in my own Catholic Church who have no problem in the confiscation of someone else’s largesse, no matter how wasted or mismanaged these ill-gotten goods may be.

Granted the stakes are very high.

Republicans remind us that we will always have enough money to pay the interest on the debt–right now.  So there is no real chance that we will be in default.

If we can’t raise the ceiling, government will simply have to rein in some of its expenditures, just like anyone of us who was $14.5 trillion in debt.

If no one blinks, the Standard and Poor rating agency threatens to give the United States economy its lowest rating, which is a D.

If Americans think our deficit and economy is poor now, just wait and see what will happen in August if the worst case scenario plays out.

The big fat wedding in Greece is over for good.  We could be next!

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Are our fat days are over?

Most Americans believe that reason and compromise will prevail. Obviously these are the kind that still watch sitcoms on TV.

There is no room to compromise for Republicans.  We have reached the end of the line fiscally.

Raising taxes at this critical time would bring in even less revenue.

The Madman admitted that in 2008 to Charley Gibson.

He is risking our financial plummet because of equality…not jobs…not financial harmony but on some twisted notion that it is his appointed task to right all the economic in equalities of the world or else let the country implode.

Hitler was faced with the same situation in the final days of the war.

When reminded of the suffering German people..he fulmented that they should all die because they had failed him and they had failed Germany.

Have Americans failed Barack the Mad?  Have they failed America?  Do they deserve to see their economy come tumbling down like a house of cards?

This is the talk of a madmen and for Obama to bring the nation to the brink proves my point that liberalism does make one mentally ill…and in their leaders case …a madman.

Barack the Mad

Voters will have to fathom why Barack Obama seems to be angry and scowling all the time.  Is it just the anger of a frustrated petulant child or the signs of another liberal with delusions of grandeur.

If the Republicans fail to defeat him in November there will be more that one flying over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

About author

After graduating from Holy Cross, Bill Borst earned an MA in Asian History from St. John's University and a Ph.D in American History from St. Louis University. (1972) A former New Yorker, he taught for many years in the St. Louis area, while also hosting a weekly radio show on WGNU from 1984-2006. He currently is a regular substitute for conservative Phyllis Schlafly on KSIV radio. (1320) He is the author of two books on social history, "Liberalism: Fatal Consequences," and "The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy." He just retired as the Features editor of the Mindszenty Foundation Monthly Report. In his 11 years from 2003-2013 he wrote nearly 130 essays on Catholic culture and world affairs. Many in St. Louis also know him as the "Baseball Professor," because of a course that he offered at Maryville College from 1973-74. It was arguably the first fully-accredited baseball history course in the Midwest.The author of several short books on the old St. Louis Browns, he started the St. Louis Browns Historical Society in 1984. In 2009 his first two plays were produced on the local stage. "The Last Memory of an Ol' Brownie Fan," ran six performances at the Sound Stage in Crestwood and "A Perfect Choice" ran for two performances at the Rigali Center Theater in Shrewsberry. His third play, "A Moment of Grace," ran six performances at DeSmet High School in January of 2011with First Run Theater in January of 2011. He is currently working on a 4th play, "A Family Way," which is a comedy about a happy dysfunctional family. He can reached at