The Gospel Truth

Nothing to Wear! | October 10, 2012

Americans are fascinated by a good debate.

It often combines the acumen of a scholarly exchange with the strategies of a boxing fight.

If one has a dog in the fight, there will be groans when the opponent draws blood and cheers when one’s candidate delivers a knock-out punch.

The candidates bob and weave like fighters, vying for an electoral championship.

Their rhetorical skills traverse the political landscape from flyweight–think Joe Biden–to heavy weight–think Ronald Reagan or John F. Kennedy.

Historians will tell us that the quintessential contest was the Lincoln Douglas Debates, held in seven different Illinois towns in 1858.

In that debate, which was for a United States Senate seat from Illinois, Douglas, the little giant, at 5’4″ and the foot taller Lincoln from Sangamon Co. went at it in regal style.

4 cent stamp with a drawing of Lincoln giving a speech to a crowd.

First great debate

The debate served  as a harbinger for the 1860 election, the most pivotal in the nation’s history, since its very first one in 1788.

The first debate I ever encountered and only briefly was the very first televised debate in 1960.

This historic occasion launched a new era in, not just in TV history, but more importantly social and political history.

I watched maybe five minutes and immediately assumed Richard Nixon, whom I knew something about, was winning in a resounding fashion.

That’s what the people listening on the radio also thought.

Little did I know or understand the amorphous idea of public opinion and the visual powers of television.

The most memorial debates I watched since then were Reagan/Carter in 1980 and Reagan/Mondale four years later.

I vividly remember the first Gotcha Moment, when President Carter, the worst president  in my lifetime…until now…spoke of discussing nuclear policy with his 13-year-old daughter, Amy.

Right then I knew the race was over.

As I was saying to Amy…

The most interesting debate for me was the one the other night between, Mitt Romney. and President Obama.

I have feared this election for nearly four years because it will have life and death consequences for me and my wife.

His entire presidency has worked at cross purposes with everything that I believe to be true.

I am talking about the life issues–he is the most extreme pro-abortion president we have ever suffered.

His opinion of my life and those around me is based on a relativist foundation that easily dispenses with those who are not useful to the state,

At my increasing age, the only way I can fight that is to stay healthy.

His attempt to completely control the health care of all the American people is the most egregious usurpation of power in this country in my lifetime.

His squeezing of Medicare and his long-term goal of eliminating all supplemental plans by making it unfeasible or even impossible for them to stay in business, will leave me and my wife with no real effective health care.

While there may not be an overt clause in the 2700 page document of ObamaCare, like Hillary Clinton’s ill-fated attempt to penalize doctors for accepting cash payments from their patients for medical care, that scenario is still quite possible.

This will amount to a passive euthanasia policy that raise specters of Nazi Germany.

Am I smoking some sort of funny weed?

I suggest every one read George Will’s recent column about death panels.

A warning about the death panels

Obama’s extremely poor performance in the 1st debate has put that on hold…at least for the time being.

I and 67 million other Americans watched the debate and were surprised a bit on how poorly prepared and even interested the president seemed.

He seemed to be caught in a 2008 time warp.

His proposals were just warmed over overtures to failed policies of his failed administration.

Let’s face it—his ideas just haven’t worked and they really can’t work because they are not of this world.

He did everything to convey boredom…except look at his watch as H. W. Bush had in 1992.

Romney on the other hand seemed to be having fun.

I think the debate was his from the first moment that he used Obama’s 20th anniversary to poke fun at himself.

President Obama and his wife Michelle depart at the end of the first presidential debate in Denver

Romney ruined their 20th!

That was something Obama could never do because his inner arrogance and hostility to any sort of criticism forbids him to have a legitimate lighter side.

And when he does attempt that it fails dismally because it is not natural for him.

Romney’s attack mode, though gracious and not at all belligerent, also surprised me.

I thought back to early April when I saw that same fire and business-like quest for success in Donald Trump.

While Trump  would have been a blundering, almost obtuse candidate, I prayed that someone would come along and capture that fire and take it to this president.

I really didn’t think it would be Romney.

Someone finally has to tell the country that their emperor has no clothes.

The Emperor’s New Clothes is a Danish fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen and first published in 1837.

Hans Christian Andersen.jpg

A prescient fairy tale

It was the story of an emperor who cared only about his clothes and about showing them off.

One day he heard from two swindlers that they could make the finest suit of clothes from the most beautiful cloth.

This cloth, they said, also had the special capability that it was invisible to anyone who was either stupid or not fit for his position.

The emperor then allowed himself to be dressed in the clothes for a procession through town, never admitting that he was too unfit and stupid to see what he was wearing.

For he was afraid that the other people would think that he was stupid.

Of course, all the townspeople wildly praised the magnificent clothes of the emperor, afraid to admit that they could not see them, until a small child said:

But he has nothing on!

Our president is as naked to the country and our futures as he was the day he was born in_________.

You supply the state or country of your choice.

When it comes to ideas, policies and an understanding of the world, Obama has nothing to cover his public and moral nakedness.

The numbers expose his failed presidency!

Like the emperor in the tale, no one has ever pointed out his failings since he was a toddler.

Was this a result of being pampered by grandparents who tried to assuage his parental abandonment?

Whatever the case no one…especially in the mainstream Washington Press Corps has ever vetted him on any serious matter.

Mitt Romney's Hostile Takeover of the Debate

Took the fight to Obama

Romney was the first to attempt that in a public forum and the president was unprepared to parry his thrusts.

The part I liked best about the debate was when Romney would not let Obama continue to repeat the falsehoods that his campaign has generated and repeated ad infinitum.

It was his equivalent of there you go again.

A lie unchallenged becomes part of the public record.

Romney threw so many facts at him that Obama was literally overwhelmed and without his teleprompter he had nowhere to go to even attempt a skillfully retort.

The Monday Morning Democratic quarterbacks were out in full force the next day to continue the Danish fairy tale.

Al Gore was creative when he said it was the altitude–is that anything like being brainwashed as what happened to George Romney in 1968?

Said Obama had a Rocky Mt. high

A member of the Democratic campaign staff accuses Romney of lying everything he opened his mouth.

I read the next day that this will be the new Obama strategy to protect his White House stay.

What was the story about the kettle and  the pot?


Others said Obama’s slow…maybe lazy style as he admitted to Barbara Walters on The View could not process all of Romney’s data.

Some said he was such a deep thinker that he needed more time to process all of Romney’s points.

He has had four years to process the complaints!

Only a few were honest and said he had a bad day.

I know the next debate will be harder and the contrast probably not as great.

But if Romney can bring the same enthusiasm in the Town Hall format,  he brought to Denver, a draw will be the best that Obama can hope for.

I also know Romney is in a dog-fight, Chicago style, and Obama’s punches will probably be below his belt.

I suggest Romney fit himself for a Kevlar athletic supporter.

Needs an extension for protection

He has to avoid them at all costs by not being sidetracked on gay marriage, contraception or even abortion.

That has to another part of Obama’s strategy because he knows that it is always the economy…stupid!

George Will on the death panels: George Will: Romney’s trifecta : Stltoday



  1. Right on target. I did not read George Will on the death panels. God have mercy on this country and allow us to have a good president . Thank you.

    Comment by Mary B. Lachney — October 10, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

  2. Am reading that Biden will be declared the winner by the media tonight. Sounds like Team Obama really came down on those who said Mitt won. So, what’s new? The media is in the pocket of the Dems/liberals.

    What are we hearing from the Bishops these days?
    Same ole – same ole – Faithful Citizenship!!! So how
    really concerned are they about the HHS Mandate?

    Looks like social justice/ socialism still is most important
    to many of our clerics who wear the red. Guess they
    have forgotten that the red is supposed to indicate
    that they will, as Jesus did, shed their blood for what
    is right.

    Would think that abortion and gay rights which the
    Dems support would be enough to make the USCCB
    say Flee the Democratic Party as some good Protes-
    tants clerics are saying. AND the Bishops are failing to
    warn us (especially seniors) about the rationed health
    care which will cost us our life prematurely. Wonder
    what kind of care they will receive???

    M. Fritz

    Comment by MFritz — October 11, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

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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







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