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Health Care,Trust and the Legacy of Johnny Carson

March 25, 2010
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Several years ago my wife and I took a trip to Las Vegas.  Fortunately our money was the only thing we left in Vegas…mostly for food and inexpensive lodging.  I lost less than $2 on the slots.

One of the most memorable moments was attending the performance of Johnny Carson at Caesar’s Palace on the strip.  I remember one routine about after three days of non-stop Vegas living of walking, drinking, gambling etc, the said tourist was last seen sucking a yucca plant in the desert.

I wonder how many people remember that before the Tonight Show, Carson was the host of the grammatically-challenged TV show, Who Do You Trust?

I used to watch him…I think Ed McMahon was even with him then, after school once or twice a week.  He had the comedic knack even then.

We could use a reality show like that today.  What constitutes human trust and just what kind of people do they trust?

In the old America, people used to trust their priests as a first resort.  In the last decade the priesthood has taken some very hard shots across its bow.

Now we look to Washington for all our needs and desires.

I recently heard a dynamic priest describe idolatry as what people placed their trust in.

If his definition is accurate, that would mean that millions of Americans idolize their government when it is God they should be putting their faith in.

I think that means millions have made government their lord and provider.

Businessmen have been demonized in the press and by the White House with great frequency…dating back to at least Teddy Roosevelt with his trust-busting.

His cousin Franklin even outdid him twenty years later as he blamed the nation’s ills on the so-called malefactors of wealth.

I wont go into all the usual arguments about cost, debt and long-range subservience of another 1/6 of the economy to the federal government.

Most thinking Americans are aware of the potential for disaster to the country that this abomination of ObamaCare can wreak on the country.

As for abortion, though I think the euthanasia aspects of this health care fraud are far superior, let me say how disappointing but not totally surprising the last-minute defection of Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak was a great disappointment.

Kathleen Gilbert in an article for said she was baffled by Stupak vote last Sunday.  Not only did he put ObamaCare over the 216 top, he had the temerity to oppose a last-ditch effort to insert his own abortion-funding ban in the reconciliation “fix” package for the Senate health care bill.

Thanks to the cowardly Michigan lion, the House subsequently struck down Rep. Dave Camp’s (R-Mich.) attempt to pass Stupak’s language 232-199.

In a statement that must stand as one of the greatest falsehoods in legislative history, Stupak uttered that This motion does not promote life, but It is the Democrats who have stood up for the principle of no public funding for abortions.

Stupak alleges that Obama’s promise of an executive order ensures that the sanctity of life will be protected.

With a delicious sense of Biblical imagery, one pro-life leaders calls the executive order a transparent fig leaf.

Representative Stupak is either a liar both to himself and the country or seriously delusional.

He is akin to the battered football player who breaks down the sidelines and within five yards of the goal line punts the ball into the stands and signals a touchdown for his team.  That’s the real question, which team was he really playing for?

An Executive order can not “repeal” or supercede a law and like it or not, once President Obama affixed his John Hancock with 20 pens, I might add, the bill was law.

This only proves that the term pro-life Democrat is an oxymoron.  It proves that this party is still the party of the culture of death.

It is the devilish engine that drives its left-wing agenda and now it has targeted the nursing home in addition to the womb for its victims.  Like Stupak the Party has shown ist true color and they are the black and white of the Jolly Obama

Now that universal health care is close to being a full-fledged reality, I am seriously tempted to ask the question: Why do so many people seem to place their faith in their politicians?

I cannot understand why so many people, even in my Catholic Church, still trust our current president, given his propensity for mendacity with his broken campaign promises on transparency, taxation, and job creation?

Have they not seen the Peanuts cartoon?  I am talking about the one where Lucy Van Pelt offers to hold the football so Charlie Brown can kick the ball.

Without fail every time he lets her she pulls the ball back and he falls flat on his face.

Like a good liberal Lucy promises to help Charlie but the devil inside her can’t resist each and every time.

And like the poor sad sack he is he continues to believe that this time she is telling him the truth.

Have we become a nation of Charlie Browns?  Why are we so trusting of our politicians?

Why do so many people who despise businessmen and priests and maybe even the medical professor, fall down in the prone position in front of so many politicians who promise to take care of them and satisfy their needs?

Is it because we have gradually replaced our faith in God with a faith in man…a faith in those who will promise us the most for the least amount of effort?

Have we all fallen for the con, as illustrated in David Mamet’s absorbing movie A House of Games?

Are we now a nation of adolescents who accept the gratuitous pleasures of 24/7 sports programing, American Idol and all the Romanesque trivialities that distract us from the flames around us?

Is America not burning while President Obama fiddles around?

The New York Times has already let the proverbial cat out of the bag.  Writer David Leonhardt opined that The bill President Obama signed on Tuesday is the biggest attack on economic inequality since inequality began rising more than three decades ago.

In other words Obama is brings us back to the days of Jimmy Carter with one of the largest redistribution scams since FDR.

As for myself, I plan never to get sick in the future because I don’t want to need what I wont be able to get.  That sounds more like Yogi than Aristotle.

I am a historian, not a prophet.

But I will say the last hope for stopping this health care canard, if that is even possible, will land on the doorstep of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, the pivotal swing vote that might become the most important man in America in the next few years.  You can take that to the bank.

A Fly on the Wall of Reason

December 17, 2009
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The Catholic Church always seems to be a lightening rod for the salient issues of the day, whether it is abortion and euthanasia or social justice and global trade.  It goes with the territory of Jesus’ command to his nascent church to “go out and teach all nations…”

Of course it is not surprising that a world that gives more allegiance to Nicola Machiavelli and Karl Marx would not rest until the Church’s strong voice was sufficiently muted or even eliminated from the global marketplace.  The public disdain the Church has suffered also goes with the territory because Christ promised that the world would hate his followers and they would be persecuted for it.

None of the above bothers me.  I love “being a Catholic,” that is being part of something much greater than myself.  The title suits me and has become part of my personal identity.  When I meet someone for the first time, it is usually the second or third thing that comes out of my mouth.  The fact that I am a husband, father, grandfather and Mets fan usually are in the mix.

With that in mind, I think it fair to say my Church is going through a very difficult time.  As the guardian of truth, it is obvious, even to the unobservant who the Church’s enemies are on the outside.  However sometimes its enemies have breached its interior walls and are hurting the Church from within.

It is not my goal to savage or passionately attack my “modern” church, which is far different from the Church of my formative years.  I am deeply offended by the so-called sex scandal, which has unfairly cast a scarlet pale over the entire priesthood.  I think our leadership has bungled the job because too many of them chose to be modern bureaucrats instead of saints in the making.  They shuffled too many bad priests to other venues where they exuded their venom.

I find it much more disturbing than the scandals of the 16th century over the sale of indulgences.  One can only calculate how much damage this has done to the Church so many of us love deeply.

The Church has weathered other serious storms from persecutions to world wars and papal imprisonments.  It has endured murdering popes and popes, who have been murdered— libertines, and all sorts of human frailties and yet, it still stands.  So I feel confident that it will truly heed Christ’s words and exist “until the consummation of the world.”

Don’t get me wrong— I am not a traditionalist on the brink of apostasy and schism, like God bless him—crazy Mel.  I still believe in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church that has evolved from the Petrine Rock over 2000 years ago.  The Catholic faith has been the most important influence in my life and deeply entwined with my eternal destiny.  There is an indelible seal seared onto my soul from my Catholic Baptism in 1943 that will stay with me until death.

That fact does not mean I cannot voice my displeasure at things when I believe the Church has taken a wrong turn or has promoted something contrary to what I will call the  “test of reason,” —like government-run health care!

Why so many of our leaders, including our church leaders trust the government is beyond me.  I wonder what the bishops must say to each other when they discuss in private the fact that most of our “Catholic” leaders are pro-abortion.

Wouldn’t you love to be a fly on that wall?   If they are acting reasonably, don’t you think they have failed to teach the right message?

As someone who has always tried to learn, think and apply his thinking to the issues, events and challenges of his circumstances, I hope that what follows will get Catholics and non-Catholic alike to think about the eternal questions of the their lives and seek the truth that will set them free from the entanglements and bondage of sin, distraction and materialism.

What I write and what I say is the direct result of a lifetime of reading, thinking and talking about my Faith.  My faith has not been static.  In many ways it has grown.  I have changed those things that I can change and have defended those ideas and beliefs that I believe to be unchangeable and absolute.

I could be wrong in what I say and write but that stems only from inferiority in research or a failure to fully comprehend, given my human and frail intellect.  My errors can never be charged to a lack of religious fervor or indifference to religious belief.  So whenever something happens down your pike, just ask yourself the question:

“Does it make any rational sense?”  Isn’t that what God gave us a brain for?

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