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Catholic Stewardship in an Obama World | August 29, 2011

While Barack Obama is short on reasonable fiscal policies he is long on sinister political strategies.

I just wish someone in the media, other than the National Review‘s Stanley Kurtz, would delve into the Cloward-Piven Strategy for breaking down a capitalist society.

I have written about it before but I have seen very little about it, even in the conservative media.

This strategy was devised by Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, who were both Columbia University professors in the early 1980s when Obama attended.

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Does their strategy reign in Washington?

The essence of their strategy was simply over burden the financial resources of a capitalist country by forcing it to live up to the moral rhetoric in their political promises.

In his book, The Radical-in-Chief Kurtz ends the book by saying, Barack Obama is a Socialist.   You could save the price of the thick volume, just by reading its prescient last statement.

"Barack Obama is a Socialist!"

Kurtz spends the other 300+ pages developing his thesis.

Early in the book, after Frank Marshall Davis had instructed his son to go to Occidental University in California because of its radical climate, Kurtz points out how Obama, now at Columbia was fully exposed to the radical ideas of Cloward and Pivin.

Does the mere exposure to such a radical, anti-West, anti-capitalist thesis prove that the president was or is a socialist?

No, but given the fact that in three very long and controversial years in office, this president has added $5 trillion dollars to the national debt, certainly fits in well with the Cloward/Piven socialist methodology.

But when George W. Bush left office, the national debt was just $10 trillion.

To put this into better perspective, the nation’s first 43 presidents accumulated a grand total of just $10 trillion, while this president has raised it over 50%.

Can we and our grandchildren their grandchildren really afford another term with this budget-busting, bone-fide Social Democrat?

To any honest observer, this says that he is either a compulsive spender who can not control his desire to help poor and indigent people or intent on playing a break-the capitalist bank gambit.

Or Kurtz is absolutely correct and this is Obama’s dedicated attempt to destroy the wealth and prosperity of a nation, one can only assume he hates as did his mentor Frank Marshall Davis, an actual card-carrying Communist.

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His mentor gave Barry some leftist advice

This brings me to the Catholic Bishops who have been far more supportive of this administration than reason and morality would seem to dictate.

I believe that a recent op-ed for the St. Louis Catholic Review, written by an Archdiocesan consultant named Dan Conway is perfectly illustrative of the Catholic bishops views on what good Catholics must do with regard to the current fiscal crisis.

After the usual statements about the dignity of the human person, he proceeded to define Catholic stewardship, which I believe is term that most Catholics are not fully aware of.

According to Conway all that we have as individuals, families, communities and as a nation have been given to us to nurture, develop and share  generously with others out of gratitude to God and our sense of responsibility….

It is funny when Bill Clinton was president I believe he felt that all the money in this country belonged to the government and they were just letting us use it until they needed it.

That sounds like Secular Stewardship to me.

Then maybe it is not surprising that both the Church and government seem on the same page about health care, the poor, entitlements, draconian cuts and tax increases.

What Conway failed to include is the fact that Catholic stewardship has three parts–time, talent and treasure.

Is it just my imagination but why does it always seem like the Church can only ask me for the third one?

I think you get the point.

First of all, I do agree everything I have is part of God’s will for me.

But I do have temporal ownership of everything that I got from my parents, my work, smart business decisions and the like.

Barack Obama is working hard every day to try to relieve me of that awesome burden.

This would include my dwelling, automobiles, clothes  and furniture.

To offer some kind of ethereal community claim to my largesse is more Marx than Jesus.

While I do have an obligation to help those in real need, not the millions of people whose life decisions, such as dropping out of school, promiscuous drug and sexual behaviors and a general disregard for traditional social norms have brought them into poverty, I get to decide who is needy of my largesse…not the Church and certainly not Barack Obama, who would just use my money to foster his misanthropic agenda.

My first responsibility, given to me by God, is to care for the needs of my immediate family and all the truly needy people who God has put in my path.

This includes the domestic help, that I have employed over the years, many of them working poor and struggling single mothers, and more recently a woman with an unemployed spouse.

I did the responsible thing—the moral thing.

I gave them a job with a fair wage, despite the efforts of government to over-burden me with rules, regulations and bureaucratic red tape.

It my my equivalent of teaching them to fish, instead of handing them a fish, courtesy of Uncle Sam.

I think Conway implies that to live up to our God-given responsibility, we must support higher tax levies—only on the people who are probably the biggest supporters of Catholic programs and then double our donations to the Church.

I once asked a former pastor of mine when he talked about the tithe, if that was before or after I paid my tax bill.

He said before of course.

Conway also relegated the heroic efforts of the Tea Party Republicans to an ideological struggle.

I think this is a false sense of moral equivalency.

Any simpleton can see that the problem of government is that it spends too much.  Its revenues are about the same and would be improved if Obama took a long holiday and let business do what it does best—make money and create jobs.

The faucet of red ink has been freely flowing since the last four years of Bush.

It has only intensified to a stream, comparable to a Red Sea under Obama.

Drowning in a president's agenda of debt

To call legislators who want to stop the flow of money and chide them for callous, mean-spirited and insensitive cuts is to betray serious signs of optical delusion.

I really don’t believe that Conway wrote this paean to Obama’s policies.

It was probably speechwriter Jon Favreau, who was my Holy Cross’ valedictorian  a few years ago or maybe Jay Carney, who has trouble reading his talking points.

A Holy Cross enabler?

Some other liberal wag living in a fantasy world of his own making, recently opined that Obama is too good for America!

My question is just what did we do to  deserve this president?

                           BE CERTAIN TO LOOK FOR PART II

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11 Comments »

  1. I am looking forward to part II. It is very obvious that the US Cth B Conf has a concordat with Barry O. Anti-abortion rhetoric for that reason is only of the “tongue in cheek” variety. Malachi Martin talked about a hidden “superforce” in the Church. Upon further research, it was deemed that he meant that there was a “gay”priest and hierarchy lobby working together to do their will on the Church.

    Comment by jbq2 — August 29, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

  2. Pope Paul VI warned about the “smoke of Satan.” I really believe that it was liberalism and the homosexual agenda would fit in perfectly.

    Comment by bbprof — August 29, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

  3. Bill. Martin Buber(I and Thou) and Emmanuelle Levinas (The Other), 20th century Jewish philosophers who saw the ravages of system over the individual have influenced correct Catholic and Christian thinking. which is based on the life of another Jewish revolutionary who raled against the system 2000 years ago only to be crucified. Will we never learn? or will Jesus’ message never be heard?. Is the heirarchy listening ? Or is the heirarchy still looking for a system to further denigrate the individual? You are not alone. Frank Loyola Institute of Ministry NO

    Comment by FPB ann Arbor MI — August 29, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

  4. I don’t know why liberal Catholics wants to give more power to the government by way of more taxes.. He who holds the money controls the debate. Catholic Charities has to get out of the adoption business because of government insistence of children being placed in homosexual homes. There are all sorts of examples which illustrate the danger of government monopoly over our money. I think I can better decide where it can help.

    Helen
    Adam

    Comment by Helen Adam — August 29, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

  5. Me again. Your article hit the nail on the head. So true that the present President and the Bishops in the church have the same agenda and they always use the poor as a tool to gain control of the masses. The real faith has not been taught for the last 40 years and the sheep just follow unknowingly. Obama has carried out his mission to bankrupt the country. It may tke fasting and prayer and repentance to turn us around to peace and prosperity. Pax.

    Comment by Mary B — August 30, 2011 @ 2:36 am

  6. Please remove me from your mailing list. Your opinions are not balanced or helpful to my understanding of building the kingdom of God on earth.

    Comment by john kerr — August 30, 2011 @ 2:39 am

    • Dear John:

      I don’t know what faith you subscribe to but talk of a “kingdom on earth,” is contradictory to the Catholic faith. It sounds like the utopian fantasy world that today’s liberals live—a world sadly to say that is devoid of reality and can lead to serious mental illness. The earth is merely a training ground for the good that is yet to come. It is a mere taste of what God has in store for us. To put all your eggs in a worldly basket will give you little more than a tasteless omlet. I will remove you from my list but sadly because I think you could profit from exposing yourself to my ideas, which are honest and truthful. Balance is for people that are afraid to take a stand on anything. And we all know what Jesus said of the lukewarm. BB

      Comment by bbprof — August 30, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

  7. First of all I want to tell you that I like you have thought that the focus of stewardship has been on our treasure.

    On Ascension Thursday week-end the permanent Deacon gave a very LENGTHY homily regarding stewardship and told of his personal committment to all three aspects.

    For weeks now we have been having a column in our bulletin about stewardship – The Aug. 28th article in the bulletin is about Evangelization and Catechesis.

    The article tells that Catecheis comes before Evangelization and that there is an educational program of the Paul VI Institute of the Archdiocese of St. Louis at http://www.archst.org/paul for those who want to know more about their faith with an eye toward evangelization. Wonder what will be taught???

    Anyhow, the final focus will be regarding our treasure and I expect there will be considerable emphasis on giving.

    I must ask: “Have the Bishops been good stewards of the $$$ the laity entrusted to them?” I think the answer is pretty obvious!!!

    People tend to forget but a friend of mine reminded me of the $55 million that Rigali collected for the future needs or our archdiocese. Wonder where those $$$ went or if the archdiocese still has those $$$ plus interest.

    Anyhow it seems to me that the Stewardship program is something relatively new – have we been hearing about it for the last
    fifteen years or longer? I can’t say but I don’t think we heard about time, talent, and treasure when we were first married 42
    years ago. Of course, we were taught the Commandments of the Church which included contributing to the support of the
    Church when we were children. Back then people contributed to support their parish and what was known as the Expansion Fund in addition to charitable organizations such as St. Vincent De Paul and the missions. We did not get the social justice boloney
    preached to us either. I guess this was ignited by MLK. I think Ritter supported MLK and that all came around the 60s.

    Something else I would like to mention is the singing at Mass – Songs like Hear the Cry of the Poor which I see as phychologically
    manipulative. Also some of the petitions contribute to the social justice/socialism/communism agenda. How about a petition to
    pray for those responsible for the distribution of the earths food and resources or one to love those who migrate here from distant
    lands?

    No doubt our Churches have been infiltrated and are being used to promote a political agenda. What can we do????
    Share our time, talent, and treasure with Cardinal Mindszenty, Eagle Forum and good decent pro-life candidates!!!

    It sure makes sense that Barack Obama’s biological father is Frank Marshall Davis rather than Obama Sr. who basically deserted
    him. Davis had connections in Chicago which accounts for Barack working there after attending Columbia – did he actually
    graduate? Everything about the guy is strange – we seem to find another piece of the Barack puzzle day by day. It has been
    obvious to many that he would have produced a birth certificate back in 2008 is there wasn’t something deceptive regarding it.

    (SUBMITTED for MF)

    Comment by bbprof — August 30, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

  8. Could you include LifeTree’s comments below? Thanks, Betty

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    I see this problem through the lens of healthcare. Supportive Care Coalition (coalition of 19 Catholic healthcare organizations) worked to enshrine the “third path” euthanasia movement into our healthcare system.

    The Catholic Church at all levels should study the new field of palliative medicine in general — the National Consensus Guidelines for palliative care in particular — and study the fundamentals differences between palliative spirituality and the true teachings of the Catholic Church. One is gnosticism; the other is truth.

    Please see our timeline of the “third path” euthanasia movement at http://www.lifetree.org. Also, read our newsletters on the POLST (also called MOST/POST/MOLST) form which is now part of the healthcare system in many individual states brought about by state legislation or changes in state guidelines. In some states the Catholic bishops have actually supported the POLST form which, by its very nature, cannot be “sanitized.”

    People may not be aware that POLST was originally written into Section 1233 in the House version of the federal bill, but was withdrawn after public outcry over “death panels.”.

    Read in recent LifeTree newsletters how the administration then tried to incorporate — by regulatory fiat — federal funding of EOL consulting sessions using the POLST form for all Medicare patients during their annual Medicare wellness visit. In December of last year this strategy behind closed doors of the right-to-die movement was made public by the New York Times in a front page story by Robert Pear on Christmas Day, and again the public was outraged. Within days, in early January the administration was forced to withdraw their new regulation which, by the way, had the support of Supportive Care Coalition.

    From the beginning of the debate on health care “reform”, the bishops have failed to educate about the “third path” euthanasia movement that will bring us “imposed death” by repackaging death as life. Gnosticism! It is advertised as a moral alternative to physician assisted suicide. It is not. The “third path” allows for legalized removal of life-sustaining, ORDINARY medical care and/or overly aggressive treatment for pain. The result is a death which is not in His time.

    Elizabeth D. Wickham, PhD
    Executive Director, LifeTr

    (Submitted by BBPROF for Dr. Wickham)

    Comment by bbprof — August 31, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

  9. Dr. Wickham’s comments just confirms my fear that Obama/Care is just a vehicle for passive euthanasia. Let’s face it in our “culture of death” the only solution for too many people weighing down a bankrupt system is to eliminate the older ones first. Call it the T-4 Solution if you want.

    Comment by bbprof — August 31, 2011 @ 2:09 pm

  10. Bill
    It was great seeing you ! What a remarkable article you are so right
    Keep it coming
    Alice

    Comment by Alice klein — September 1, 2011 @ 1:26 am


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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 bbprof@sbcglobal.net

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