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Papal Advice

March 21, 2013
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I will not be so presumptuous as to offer Francis I any advice.

But I would like to ask him to clarify some issues that have been bothering me about my Church and its approach to economic issues…especially with regard to, not only the poor, but also the wealthy.

I took only two courses at Holy Cross in the Dismal Science, as David Ricardo once called Economics.

So I will not pretend to know all the intricacies of a very complex discipline.

And quite frankly it is near impossible to get any two economists to agree on anything.

I am reminded of the old saying that if you lined the world’s economists up in a straight line they would point in every direction on the compass.

So even they do not understand their own subject in a perfect way.

A Church that is poor and it for the poor

There are certain words, ideas and abstraction that confuse me, especially when the poor are involved.

I heard a quote the Francis I said that he wanted the Catholic Church to be poor and for the poor.

I have been a Catholic for nearly 70 years and I cannot remember the poor being the main focus of my faith when I was young or even my first decade of marriage.

The Church is always going to need money…lots of money.

Unless he means poor in spirit.  That would work for all of us.

Sure we had annual drives for the poor and the missions–I remember the little Mite Boxes for our pennies and dimes they gave us each year during Lent.

But the doctrines, teachings and morals were the prime focus to make us worthy of eternal salvation.

Maybe salvation is automatically assumed today.

Perhaps the Church believes everyone will automatically go to Heaven.

Souls in Purgatory

I know for a fact some bishops do.

First I might ask the pope as to where the commandments fit in with the Church’s deep concern for the poor.

I am talking about the 7th and 10th commandments specifically, which require us not to steal the goods or wealth of others or even desire to have what someone else.

As far as I know they are still within the canon of Catholic teaching and doctrine but they are mentioned even less than the 6th and the 9th commandments–the sex commandments.

I wonder how many priests, nuns, bishops and maybe even higher up realize this.

I know the federal government has been breaching the 7th and 10th commandments for as long as I can remember…at least as far back as Franklin Roosevelt.

Was it not Roosevelt who started the class war or what they call today…class envy?

Is not envy still a sin?

I only mention that because it seems to me many old and even some younger Catholics think of FDR as many Christians might think of the Second Coming.

To them it seems alright to steal from Peter to give to Paul.

Steal?

That’s what disproportionate taxation and economic redistribution are in reality.

To paraphrase the great 19th century French economist, Frederic Bastiat if we as individuals did to our neighbors what government do to us every day, we would be behind bars.

Bastiat also explains in his most famous work, The Law why the law cannot defend life, liberty, and property if it promotes socialist policies. 

Saw the evils in big government

Bastiat thought of government, especially big government as little more than legalized plunder.

I know as a Catholic I should be concerned with the poor.

The Bible tells me that to those that are give much, much is expected.

I firmly believe that in my heart, however I should be the one to decide how much and to whom I should give.

That is what a good steward does.

I heard a priest once pray to eliminate poverty.

I think that is a ridiculous notion.

Poverty is a relative term that changes each and every day.

The only way to effect this is to level everybody to the barest subsistence level.

If everyone is poor, which is what happens with socialism, than poverty will have been eliminate.

Is that what they want?

The poor in this country has much more than most of the world’s population.

The United States, which has been blessed with incalculable but not limitless wealth has been the most generous nation in the history of mankind but according to our political leaders it has not been enough.

It is never enough!

To date we have spent over $17 trillion on the poor with all sorts of welfare programs since Lyndon Johnson launched the Great Society and his War on Poverty in 1965.

Used the poor

It was really a war on poor people.

Unfortunately this largesse  most likely have done little for them as total human beings.

The poor today has approximately $40,000 in benefits available to them each year and still we hear the need for more and more…

Does not getting all this free stuff make them lazy?

Certain words from the poverty problem have bothered me for a long time.

The first one is entitlement.

It seems that nearly half of our population is entitled…to what?

Government redistribution of someone else’s wealth—that’s what!

Why are they entitled?

Who and what gives them the right to demand that someone else take care of them?

Where is their personal responsibilities to themselves and their families?

Who empowered the government to redistribute others wealth to the less fortunate?

That’s what personal charity is for and Americans even with their oppressive tax rates still find some money to give to good charities.

The underlying and unspoken assumption is that these millions of Americans are entitled because the wealthy have been oppressing the poor throughout history and now it is their turn to feel the sting of oppression as their possessions, money, stocks, bonds are subject to partial and even substantial confiscation by the powers of government.

You might ask…where is this in the Constitution?

The answer is partially in the 16th Amendment, which established the first permanent income on a progressive scale.

By that I mean the more you make…not the more they take…which would be fair but the higher the percentage they confiscate.

This is not James Madison or even Alexander Hamilton but Karl Marx.

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Not his Constitution

The IRS has a similar tax on people’s estates.

The government does not want people to be able to pass the vast majority of their wealth on to their children and families.

It should go to the government because the other assumption is that they will know how to allocate it better than your children.

This is also Karl Marx.

I suggest people read the Communist Manifesto.

That’s where our tax system came from.

Don’t misunderstand me–I believe we should all help the legitimate poor.

They are those who cannot help themselves or are temporarily down on their luck.

So many of our so-called poor today find more value in working the system than actually finding some job.

Why the preferential option for the poor and just what does that mean?

Are their souls any more important than those of the wealthy?

I would like to hear my Church speak more about attaining eternal salvation for all people…wealthy and poor alike.

Did not Jesus talk of the Eye of the Camel and how hard it was for a rich man to go to heaven?

Since when did the Church become a social agency for political change, Marxist economics and reform?

Some may argue that on Judgment day we will be asked what we did for the least of God’s people.

Is that the poor or could it possible be the unborn?

While I admire the people who work for the Saint Vincent DePaul Society and their concern for the poor, I have been around no better people than those who put everything on the line to witness at abortion clinics around the country.

I met a lovely young woman outside of a Planned Parenthood killing center the other day.

She and some friends as well as many others that included a number of students from my grandson’s high school, St. John Vianney were there to protest the evil going on behind closed doors as part of our local 40 Days for Life Apostolate in St. Louis.

The least of God’s creature?

As a comical side note one woman had three or four small children with her.  The youngest–a little boy spent about 20 minutes throwing stones at the brick wall that read PLANNED PARENTHOOD.

She was vital, fresh and warm..a virtual newlywed.

I was truly energized in her youthful presence.

She told me that the three responsibilities she had to her husband were 1) to help get him to heaven 2) make certain he lived a long time and 3) fix his lunch.

What then are the important responsibilities of the Catholic Church?

I am hoping that Francis I will be able to answer these questions for me.

TRIVIA ANSWER: An Arnold Palmer without the slice.

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The Bishops and Catholic America’s Tipping Point

September 2, 2011
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The Republicans have tried to work on a bipartisan basis, only to be stymied by a president intent on taxing the rich so he would have even more money to pour down the sinkhole.

Obama has added $5,000,000,000,000 to the national debt since January of ’09.

Has any of that benefited the poor? Or just made more people poor?

Since LBJ’s War on Poverty, which I think was a war on poor people, especially black families, the nation has spent many billions or trillions of dollars on poverty eradication and things have only gotten much worse for poor people.

Photo C293-1-WH64, President Johnson visits with the Fletcher family

Billions wasted and the poor are worse off.

The Party of Slavery and Abortion:

It seems that the more we give, the more the Democrats and the churches want.

My Catholic Church’s cozy relationship with the party of slavery and abortion, not only irritates me but makes me wonder about the clarity of thought of many of our bishops.

In all honesty, do  the bishops really think that the poor have been well-served by the Democrats?

And that the Republicans hate the poor?

That’s how they act.

Do the bishops really think that Democratic motivation for taking other people’s money and redistributing to those who don’t have anything is altruism?

Can they truly look us in the eye and say that votes and re-elections are not the main reason for the Democrats lip service to the poor?

When did charity become a public occupation?

Historically the poor are better served by the churches, private charities and philanthropists who take God’s mandate seriously.

Get the government out of education, and charity and the nation will be better off.

People like Kevin Conway of the St. Louis Review (see previous post) had better make application for re-entry into the real world.

His misguided advice could be the worst possible way to heed the dictates of helping those who cannot help themselves, not the abstract poor that Church people preach about.

And while I am writing about stewardship, how about a little honesty and attention about the Catholic Church and the Federal government’s roles as stewards!

With newly appointed bishops standing behind him, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, front-row center, of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, speaks Wednesday, June 15, 2011, in Bellevue, Wash. At front-row left is Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, of Louisville, KY, vice president of the USCCB, and at front-row right is Monsignor David Malloy, the general secretary of the USCCB. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Have they been good stewards?

 Is there anyone out there who thinks these two big organizations have been good stewards of our money?

The Catholic Church has spent billions of dollars over the last decade in paying off the victims and families of the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the very pillars of my church.

It is my opinion that the clergy has not done a good job in stewarding over the funds we have given them.

In fact they have failed dismally and without a scant word of apology.

I hate to remind some of our leaders, many of the faithful in the pews are scandalized by the abuse issue and the denial of its root cause–homosexual priests.

The release of the Jay Report seems to have done nothing more than whitewash the major homosexual contribution to the problem.

While Pope Benedict has provided some inspiration and hope that the Church does get it, I feel that too many in America have taken the scandal too lightly.

Only when the lawyer class, many of whom were good Catholics, got seriously involved that they started to take notice.

Bishop Sheen used to say that when we sinned it was like driving a nail into the cross of Jesus.

When the sin was forgiven and the nail was removed, it still left a hole in the wood and the hand that had to be filled up with sorrow and penance.

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Sin leaves a hole that must be filled.

How has the Church filled up that hole in the wood of the community?

I have seen nothing tangible.

Protesters gather outside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, demanding the resignation of C

Pale still hangs over the Church

I think every priest, nun and brother, including the thousands of innocent clerics, should have spent a year at least doing penance and denying themselves the pleasures of the good life that many of them now enjoy at the expense of their donors.

If that ever happens I will feel much better about my church.

I would not rule out sack cloth and ashes.

NOAC News in sackcloth and ashes (Mon., Sept. 7)

Would not rule this out.

I think something like this would have reassured the faithful that they had gotten the message and have repented from the error of their ways.

But the Church does not seem to lead or inspire that way any more.

It gives us platitudes about the poor and our need to support big government and ObamaCare as it further destroys our lives, one foot at a time.

I seriously want to be a good Catholic.

Being a good Catholic is the lion’s share of my self-identity.

But I want to be an American Catholic, not a Catholic American.

I don’t think I should have to turn into a European Social Democrat like the bishops seem to be asking to be a good Catholic.

Just look what’s happening there.

Could that be our future?  Bankruptcies, riots, burning cars in the middle of the night!

Socialist thinking is an affront to working people, educated people, property owners and the like.

The bishops never offer any accountability.

Do they ever question government and how it manages the largesse of its 320 million citizens?

Do they ever cite the 7th Commandment—Thou Shalt Not Steal when it comes to confiscating the hard-earned money of millions of taxpayers–a dwindling breed?

We now have an entitlement class.  This is a denial of free will and personal responsibility.

How can the church encourage or justify that?

How can one man be entitled to the wealth or earnings of another man?

Church leaders may pay lip service to responsibility but their actions speaks otherwise.

Are they aware that our tax system was based on the thinking of Karl Marx, an atheist, who also promoted the public school system, which has chased God from its classrooms?

Do they think anything good can come from a man, like Barack Obama who is so bent against Western Civilization?

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A kinship beyond the grave

Have they sacrificed common sense and good judgment on the altar of an abstract quality–the poor, who Jesus said would always be with us?

That kind of attitude reminds me of a former pastor of my Church, who once prayed to end poverty!

Poverty is a relative term.  Someone is always going to have more than someone else.

It is human nature and all the Obamas in the universe (please let there only be one) cannot change that fact of life.

This priest was living in an unreal world in his mind–what blogger Henry Makow, calls solipsism, which means a self-created reality that has little or no connection with the Truth.

The Kingdom of God will never happen in this world! 

The poor as a class are over-rated and have become the unwitting tools of politicians whose unmitigated greed prompts them to want everything someone else has.

I know poor people who spend what little they have on cell phones, pagers, and tons of fatty snacks.

I know a family who worked the government system like a family of con artists.  They bilked and defrauded the tax payers out of who knows how much money that the government had taken from others.

As a moral agent of God and representative of His Word on earth, these are the issues that the bishops should address.

Stop making the poor the number one issue in their flock’s lives.

Step away from the trees and see the whole forest.

Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) truncs. Sequoia National Park, California, USA.

Need to back away

There is no way that American citizens can meet the needs and demands of the millions upon millions of needy people.

To sink the country financially as the bishops are enabling their Democrats is to default on the promise of American life and the Church, which says that God ONLY helps those who help themselves.

And that includes the class of dependents Democratic policies have created since Roosevelt and Johnson.

American Catholics have reached their tipping point.

The 2012 election is an American crucible.

If the bishops continued with what looks like an unqualified support of this incompetent president, and his unconstitutional Health Care plan, they will find themselves, standing alone.

A PERSONAL NOTE: For St. Louisans–First Run Theater is hosting a reading of my 4th play–a family sex farce at Big Daddy’s on Sydney and 10th in Soulard on Monday night at I think at 7 PM; no admission charge;

DOES A CATHOLIC HAVE TO BE A SOCIALIST?  http://www.americandailyherald.com/20110816718/religion/should-catholics-be-socialists


He Hate Me!

December 31, 2010
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I wonder how many sports fans remember the XFL, a fledgling league that had unsuccessfully tried to cash in on the sports mania of the last century.

The XFL, sometimes called the Awful League had its roots in the promotional skills of wrestling impresario, Vince McMahon.

The players were encouraged to have catchy nicknames.  Arguably the most memorable was that of Rod Smart, who simply called himself He hate me!

One of its star players, Smart began his professional career in the short-lived XFL league, where he played running back for the Las Vegas Outlaws.

They made up in tawdry pageantry for what they lacked in athletic skills.

The Outlaws’ cheerleaders’ uniforms, if you wanted to call them that, reminded me more of the Howard Hughes movie with Jane Russell of the same name many years ago.

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Cheerleader outfit?

I later saw Smart return kicks against the Rams when he was with the Carolina Panthers a few years ago.

By that time he was just plain Rod Smart.

A metaphor for the times

Smart explained the origin of the grammatically non-standard phrase in a January 30, 2004 article with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that evoked more Yogi Berra than it did Peyton Manning.

Basically, my brother’s my opponent.

After I win, he’s gonna hate me.

It is what it is.  It’s a saying I was saying when I’d feel something wasn’t going my way.

For example, (when) I was on the squad in Vegas and coach was putting other guys in, (if) I felt I’m better than them, you know, hey, ‘he hate me.’ See what I’m saying?

Give me a chance. That’s all I ask. It came from the heart.

I think there is a political application to Rod Smart’s memorable nickname.

It is a perfect example of the leftist class conflict, which thrives on ludicrous statement like the Bush tax cuts were taken from the poor!

After years of snide remarks about the rich, the successful, the movers and shakers of society, the truth is finally out in the open…making it one of the president’s first real acts of transparency.

At last the socialist genie has jumped right out of the Democratic bottle and it bears its ugly soul in complaints that the rich don’t pay their fair share.

Barack Obama has finally exposed his deep-seated animus toward the rich…on the right of course…not his many rich benefactors on the left.

So for all those who have felt the derisive stares and angry words of, not only the nation’s 44th president but its more than likely 1st socialist chancellor, all I can say is He hate me!

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Hate is his political weapon

That’s how people in the upper brackets must have felt these past two years under Obama Rule.

He hate me is a simple explanation for the attitude that lies beneath virtually everything that Obama has promised to do to the American economy and American society since the 2008 campaign.

Joe the Plumber? If you are reading this just remember:

He hate me!

It is a battle cry that should ring louder than any Tea Party rhetoric and it is aimed at the heart of the very people who drive our economy, provide the new ideas and innovations that produce millions of jobs and trillions in wealth that does more than trickle down.

And even if did just trickle down, government spending attempts to trickle up, which defies gravity and good sense.

Stimulus packages are usually wasteful and defy gravity like all their pipe dreams do.

However do not take this post as an apologia for wealthy people.

While I know many wealthy people, who are fine, church-going people who love their families and are faithful to their wives and generous to a fault, many are haughty, over-bearing, and pretentious.

I also know some poor people who are jealous, envious and very mean-spirited.

Many of these professional poor thrive on a culture that has fed them constant doses of self-entitlement and positive reinforcement without and concomitant sense of responsibility.

In a word they have learned to work the system, like the con artists many of them are.

In a materialistic society that has hocked its moral compass, those without are usually more prone to those desires than those who take their possessions for granted.

And why?

Because our government uses the wealthy as a target, a bread and circuses for the poor that will keep their focus directed at someone else than those in government who have limited their opportunities for self-improvement.

The Marxists in our government say religion is the opiate of the people while drugging America’s underclass with addictive government largesse that in the long run will deprive them of their humanity.

On a similar note, I do not  totally understand my Church’s deep concern for the poor.

The preferential option for the poor, which has never been explained to me throughout my 22 years of Catholic education, whether from the pulpit or in private conversation, continues to puzzle me.

As far as I know it is a new teaching that has evolved out of Latin American Marxism or what they call Liberation Theology, which the last pope condemned when he visited Central America during the last years of his papacy.

I think this option has come more from secular teachings and a preferential option for big government to do the social work of the church.

Unfortunately, too many of our bishops cut their bones during the Civil Rights era and have forgotten the true message of the Gospels about eternal salvation as opposed to earthly paradise.

Too many learned their politics from their grandfathers’ knee, who thought the sun rose and set on Franklin Delano Roosevelt each day and the Democratic Party was the savior of mankind.

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Wanted to soak the rich

With little regard for the Seventh Commandment, (Catholic) FDR was one of the first to have the wealthy producers in his punitive cross hairs.

He wanted to tax every nickel over the 1st $25,000 in 1940.  That’s probably the modern equivalent of Obama’s benchmark $250,000 for a couple for the wealthy.

Obama’s father also liked 100% tax over a certain minimal level.

Most people on the left believe that our money is the property of the central government.

The president’s crusade or jihad might be a preferable term against America’s financially successful raises several questions that no one seems to want to answer.

One is why the constant need for a tax code directed at the rich when all the empirical data show that raising taxes to a certain high level brings in less revenue, as was the case with the Clinton tax increases of 1993.

Of course I guess we would have to exempt the likes of Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, two mega-billionaires that don’t think the rich pay enough in taxes.

Their thinking is very hard to fathom, given all the waste attributed to the allocation our trillions in tax dollars.

Could they be self-hating rich people or maybe all their wealth in tied up safely in trusts and foundations?

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Thinks the wealthy should pay more

What is a fair tax?

Progressive tax?  Is that fair?  Equal protection before the law?

What does Congress do with the money?

Remember LBJ’s War on Poverty, which did not go over big in the Italian community?

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Declared war on poor people

How many trillions have been collected in the name of reform, the poor or national excellence, only to experience the reality of a declining standard of living, chronic unemployment and an insurmountable mountain of present and future debt?

Five trillion and still counting!

Did it do any good or was it really a war on poor people?

And what does class warfare do to a society?

Where is Congress’ accountability?

Isn’t true that Congress spends, and spends…now trillions of dollars the country will not be able to borrow?

What happens when we run our of printer’s ink? Will this be our Weimar Republic?

Men and women with giant wheelbarrows loaded with $1000 bills?

In this country we do not allow, even the mildest form of discrimination against homosexuals, blacks or women— so why the wealthy?

The sad truth is–Marxism permeates our society.

And look what Marx has done to Russia, Eastern Europe and half of Asia.

Ask yourself who is driving Obama’s engine of state?

Saul Alinsky that’s who and he has been dead for almost 40 years.

Alinsky, who dedicated his landmark book, Rules for Radicals, to the world’s first radical-Lucifer.

He wanted to turn Machiavelli on his head and have a revolution, not of Princes, but of poor people, through community organization.

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Turned Machiavelli on his head

And when the people would not listen or started to question things, they called out their enforcers, whose shirt were not brown but  purple, orange and black and these thugs threw their weight around with virtual impunity.

Could this not be hate speech?

Isn’t criticism of the Holocaust, blacks, homosexuals and women supposed to encourage people to violence?

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Kenneth Gladney after his beating in St. Louis by SEIU.

Will not all this rage against rich people not lead to an organized spontaneity toward all those whose drive German cars, live in gated communities or send their kids to expensive private schools?

Is this kind of violence acceptable just because the left hates the rich?

What did they ever do to America?  The wealthy already pay more than the rest of America in taxes.  Where would we be without them?

What will happen  to America when all our incomes are equal?

Of course that will never happen…in the Marxist world of Karl Marx, Saul Alinsky and Barack Obama…all men are equal…except some are more equal.


The Worst President?

June 25, 2010
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When they don’t know what else to write about historians will play games like who was the best president or what would have happen had… I have even seen a book about Virtual History.

Scores of books have been written on such subjects.

Of course they are all very subjective and often deviate from the reality of American life.

Over a year ago my perspicacious granddaughter, who was still months away from her 7th birthday, asked me out of the complete blue—Daddy Bee, who do you think was the worst president?

I have no idea why she asked me this or what discussions she had heard at home.  Perhaps she listens to NPR.

I proceeded to explain that I thought the current president was making a good claim for that dubious distinction.

Were she to ask me today, I would have a whole lot more information to pass on to her.

Granted that as I have stated most of these historical rating games are mostly subjective but all of them revolve around a special kind of relative criteria. One man’s king may be another man’s knave.

To fully understand the selections, one must know the criteria.

THE BEST PRESIDENTS?

In the case of the “best” presidents, the answers usually start with Lincoln, Washington, FDR, Teddy Roosevelt and probably Thomas Jefferson.

Three of the top five exercised a good deal of federal power and helped advance the size of government, especially FDR and Lincoln.

Lincoln’s interpretation of the U. S. Constitution helped to precipitate a war that quite possibly could have been avoided.

FDR used his expansion of power in time of economic crisis to promote and expand government, much to the detriment of America’s economy.  he was saved by the bells of WW II.

His desire to join the British and the Russians in a world war cost billions and nearly a half a million American lives.

As a result we replaced Hitler with Stalin and a 50-year Cold War.

Andrew Jackson often makes the list because of the unilateral way he handled disputes with Indians, recalcitrant soldiers and unfriendly foreign diplomats.  He usually shot or hanged them.

Ropes or Bullets

Teddy Roosevelt had some of that relentless fire in him, as evidenced by his near-sighted charge up San Juan Hill in Cuba(TR had 22 pairs of replacement glasses sewn in his military tunic in case his main pair got broken or lost.)

He used his presidency as a “bully pulpit.”  And when that didn’t work, he put on the iron gloves.

He’s the kind of Republican that liberals can relate to.

One president who revisionists are starting to praise is Grover Cleveland, the only president to serve two terms that were not consecutive.  He was a fiscal conservative who resented spending someone else’s money.

Both parties could use someone like that today.

Ronald Reagan was by far the best president in my lifetime.  No one is even in second place.

The Best in my Lifetime

However he was only half successful.  He did rescue the nation from Jimmy Carter’s malaise and he made people proud to be Americans again.

Arguably he also helped to end Soviet Communism by bankrupting them in the Arms Race and his support of the mujahideen, including a wealthy rebel, named Osama Bin Laden, made Afghanistan a Russian Vietnam.  Geopolitics is very complicated.

But Reagan failed to curtail spending and mistakenly tried to compromise with Tip O’Neil and his band of cronies.  The Democrats renege on their promises to cut their profligate spending while Reagan signed a tax increase in 1986.

Woodrow Wilson, the bane of Glenn Beck’s existence, often makes the top echelon.  After Lincoln, and TR, Wilson, the only president with a Ph.D.—that should have disqualified him right there– was the third big government president.

The Bane of Glenn's Existence

Wilson’s Progressive philosophy of using big government ends to enact Jeffersonian ends of rights, compassion and material benefits invariably led to the welfare state and 100 years of American self-destruction.

His foreign policies helped to engineer two world wars that killed millions of people.

Other than that, I can’t say much about him.

Woefully Unprepared

Personally I believe that until the current occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania, and the Georgia peanut farmer, Truman was probably the most inept and least prepared president we ever had.

Of course he was better than Henry Wallace, FDR’s second veep.

I would take Wallace with his purebred socialist ideas, way ahead of President Obama.

Truman was like the Joe Biden of his era–plain clueless, though in honesty it was all by FDR’s design and not a personal limitation, like Biden.  Stalin knew about the bomb before Truman did.

Unfortunately Truman was ruthless in his relations with the Republicans and was apparently unaware that the Executive branch was riven with Communists.

This was more FDR’s color-blindness for the color red.

Not to pop anyone’s balloons–more qualified historians have done–but McCarthy was right!  Of course I mean Joe, not Gene.

Several card-carrying members, ousted by the 1990’s publication of the KGB archives, known as the Venona Dispatches, clearly identified Harry Dexter White, Lauchlin Currie and Alger Hiss, among others as Soviet agents.

Many of us are still waiting for the left’s apology for having allowed America’s infiltration by people intent on destroying our country.  I will not hold my breath.

THE WORST PRESIDENTS?

The worst presidents often have to do with scandal.   Richard Nixon would have been impeached had he not resigned.

Ford’s pardon, which probably did the country a good deed, cut off Gerry Ford’s career at the ankles.  Ford personified dullness but he did veto a lot of harmful legislation in the wake of Democratic demagoguery and the Watergate Scandal.

Both Warren Harding and U.S. Grant’s administrations were adrift in a sea of corruption, though neither man, especially Grant was personally corrupt.

While Grant had his corrupt cabinet members, the Teapot Dome scandal rocked Harding’s administration.  A premature death mercifully handed the presidential baton to the dour but efficient Calvin Coolidge, who no one ever called cool!

Of  course there was Harding’s fruitful tryst on the floor of the Senate with his girlfriend, Nan Britton, but he wasn’t president then.

One of the Worst

I judge a president’s success by how much harm he causes to the country.

I would put LBJ in the worse than most categories because he probably did more harm than anyone, save Wilson.

Johnson’s War on Poverty was precisely that–a war on poor people.  It impoverished the black community by substituting a welfare check for a husband in the home.

The black family was actually stronger during slavery and the Great Depression according to Alan Keyes.

Johnson’s Vietnam War, without a set plan for military exit or victory, broke the back of fiscal conservatism, which had been revived for a moment at least under Kennedy.

His total disregard for the economic principle of guns and butter has led us to the brink of bankruptcy in 2010.

Lost Both Wars

I think Clinton did a lot of harm, but most of it was confined to the White House.

He did encourage other Democrats to take the low road in defending him but he could have wreaked far more harm on the economy.

George W. Bush did that for him and was an even bigger disappointment than Nixon.

Tell me whom do you think was the worst and or best president?

Stay tuned for Part II and my full answer for the worst president in history for my granddaughter.


Social Justice and the Repeal of the 7th Commandment

March 18, 2010
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PART II

Our current president is playing by FDR’s rulebook.  He goes from pillar to post to demonize the insurance companies, bankers, Wall Street—anyone who has the money that he lusts after as a means to further aggrandize his power.

In all honesty, not all wealth is legitimate.  Just look at many of our political leaders–the very one who promote the confiscation of the wealth of prominent and successful Americans–they are the same ones who have grown fat off the American landscape.

This raises the question: is all this hate speech and demagoguery against the very people who drive the American economy and whose success represents the largesse on which millions of Americans feed a good thing?

Does it not create in the lower classes, the poor of this country–many of whom look as if they have not missed a meal, many of whom have cell phones and seem to have enough money for entertainment–a sense of entitlement that they think the private property of the wealthy somehow belongs to them?

Isn’t that what a socialist agenda breeds?

Does their poverty thanks to government’s prompting and encouragement create feelings of hate, envy and sloth? Are not these still capital sins in the Catholic Church?

What does all this government pandering do to their ability to see the face of God?  Or is that now unimportant?

Could one not make the argument that pushing for a preferential option for the poor, as well as calling health care, food, water, transportation, employment a right–does much more harm than good for the downtrodden?

What happens to their incentive to better themselves…to rise from their meager circumstances into something better?

Is that what social justice really means?  Is this what the deacon meant?  Do the poor deserve jobs because they are poor?  Do they deserve food because they don’t have any?  Do they deserve health care because they can’t afford it?

I think our government has deliberately confused rights with our needs.  Sure millions of people need lots of things.  Does that mean government has to provide these things to them with someone’s else’s money?

Government is also confusing rights with responsibility.  People, even the poor, have a responsibility to provide for themselves.  They need to stay in school—we still have free schools.

Government has made forced charity a right that gives little benefit to the recipient and absolutely no benefit to the giver.

If you stay in school, you would have the marketable skills where someone would want to pay good money to employ you.

The poor need to work, even at menial jobs as young people, so they can get a start.  They need to confine their sexual activity to the marriage bed.  And then they need to stay married.

Government needs to stop its punitive taxation which drives millions of Americans jobs to India, the Far East and anywhere taxation is more favorable.  Government literally bites the hands that feeds us.

The poor need to monitor their sexual habits better.  They need practice chastity or celibacy to avoid pre-marital pregnancy, which forces girls to drop out of school or young couples to rush into an early wedding.

Yet don’t fall for the canard that abortion will prevent this.  No it will not alleviate poverty as some writers contend.

It will only lead to promiscuity and more pregnancies and maybe even serious health consequences that will further deepen  the confines of poverty.

Promiscuity equals pregnancy!  That’s how Planned Parenthood stays in business by repeat victims.

And maybe the most important proposal is to stay away from your government.  The United States government loves poor people so much that they want everyone to become poor.

I remember hearing Alan Keyes during one of his religious/political addresses bemoan what government has done to his people.

If only more people had listened to him, he might have beaten Barack Obama during the 2004 Senatorial campaign that landed us in much of this mess.

Keyes made the point that the black family had been better off during slavery.

He said that the black family had been better off during the Great Depression?   (I doubt that the black family will do well in our next Depression if the president has his way.)

What happened?

Lyndon Johnson declared his infamous War of Poverty, which I submit was more a war on poor people.

The late comedian Rodney Dangerfield told a joke that captured the sense of Johnson’s WOPP.   Saying that he ran into a beggar on the street…so I threw a hand grenade at him!

Johnson basically destroyed the black family as an identifiable social unit.

Welfare checks replaced the man of the family because to collect the woman could not be living her husband.

That was 1965 and not too long after the black illegitimacy rate climbed to around 25%.  Now I think it is about 75%. That’s what I guess the progressives would call progress.

The white community has not been far behind, now at over 25%, as our school engineers have done everything they can to destroy the traditional family.

And what does illegitimacy have to do with poverty?  It’s just one of its causes–the more illegitimacy, the more poor people we will have.

Americans used to hate the dole, the old word for welfare, because it slapped at their dignity and their pride. It came with a stigma, saying that a man had failed to support his wife and children. No responsible husband and father wanted to accept something for nothing.

Now it is a badge of honor, a right of entitlement.

What happened?  FDR prolonged the Depression by his wasteful economic policies so that the acceptance of government assistance was the only way to survive.

Liberal historians perpetuated his myth for generations until people finally realized that he had done nothing for 10 years but tread the same stagnant water.

Thank goodness for Pearl Harbor or it would still be going on!

Now the dole is institutionalized to the tune that even our largest companies, apparently too big to fail, get in line so that government can bail them out and save their bonuses.

I advise everyone to read Peter Schweizer’s new book, Architects of Ruin: How Big Government Liberals Wrecked the Global Economy–and How They Will Do It Again if No One Stops Them

So maybe I am not too far off base when I say that social justice as it is practiced today by some of our religions and most importantly our federal government is not justice at all.  It is as 19th century economist, Frederic Bastiat called organized plunder.

As such it is a grievous violation of the 7th Commandment of the Catholic Church, which says Thou Shall Not Steal.  If you or I took something from someone else we would justly go to jail.  But when government does it, it is someone else’s right to our largesse.

To confiscate the earnings, investments and wealth of successful Americans and give it to a class of entitled people whose government-induced lack of incentive has made them perpetual wards of the state is a crime against the universal freedom that our Constitution guarantees, as well as a dehumanization of the very people government and the churches pretend to serve.

Look for my Sunday letter in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Catholic annulments.


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 bbprof@sbcglobal.net

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