Bob Dole's Many Faces
Thomas A. Droleskey
This article could be entitled in several ways: "Looking For the Next Bob Dole." "The Naturalistic Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight." "Bob Dole, part quartres." "We Learn Nothing At Any Time." "Naturalists in Fantasyland." "Naturalists in Wonderland." "Obama's Best Friends." "Giving Obama A Second Term." Any number of titles would work. The one chosen for this article, "Bob Dole's Many Faces," woks just as well as the others.
Professional, careerist Republican are always looking for the next "Bob Dole," the next "electable" candidate who will appeal to "moderate" voters, the next candidate whose views on domestic policy will be shaped according to dictates of polling strategies that target "swing" voters in "battleground" states, a candidate whose loyalty to the State of Israel and to the demands of the War Party. Even most of the founders of the United States of America, the men who had
a founding hatred for Christ the King, hoped, at least at first, that public officials would be drawn from the ranks of the better-educated citizenry who would serve for a few years in office and then return to their own businesses or farms. The founders did not expect, at least not at first, the formation of national political parties, no less that those parties would be staffed with career politicians who would make their livelihoods from the holding of government positions throughout the course of their careers, thereby becoming permanent drinkers at the public trough.
While it is true that some of the lines of division that went into the creation of the first national political parties were evident during the ratification campaign of the United States Constitution in 1787 and 1788 (as those who supported the Constitution's ratification were called Federalists and those who opposed it were termed, at least by the Federalists, as Anti-Federalists), the first permanently-established national political parties began to arise in the the 1790s during the first administration of President George Washington as supporters of United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton formed the Federalist Party as the means to defend their conceptions of a strong national government, especially as regards banking policies, and a pro-British foreign policy and as supporters of United States Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson formed the Democratic-Republican party as the means to defend states' rights, agrarian individualism (the belief that moral superiority comes from working with one's hands in the soil and that urban areas and bankers were to be distrusted) and a foreign policy that favored the French revolutionaries. Many of the founders, men who had been opposed to permanently-established political parties and to the concept of the career politician, plunged quite merrily into the madness that resulted from the formation of the Federalist Party and the Democratic-Republican Party.
The first national political parties were Congressionally-based entities between the 1790s and the election of 1816, at which point The Federalist Party was more or less defunct, having failed to win the presidency after the election of John Adams in 1796 and after being reduced to a mere thirty-nine seats (out of 185 seas) in the United States House of Representatives for the Fifteenth Congress (1817-1819). Political parties became popularly-based entities at the local level, replete with massive patronage machines, by the time of the election of Andrew Jackson to the presidency of the United States of America in 1828 and the formation of the modern Democratic Party, engineered principally by United States Senator (and future Vice President and President) Martin Van Buren of New York.
The formation of the modern Democratic Party, that of Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren, institutionalized the political party at the local level as the principal means by which various benefits (government jobs, food, clothing, housing, favors with courts) could be dispensed to voters in exchange for their votes and their volunteer activities during campaigns, which were frequently rough and tumble affairs involving intimidation of opposition candidates (including tarring and feathering them), the distribution of handbills filled with slanders about opposition candidates, the tearing down of the posters of opposition candidates, the stuffing of ballot boxes, and the refusal to count the votes of opposition candidates. Sound familiar? Electoral politics became a spectator sport involving contests between competing sets of naturalists who believed that the voters existed to enable them to have careers at the public expense. Public policy was designed to bribe the voters with their own money by the creation of make-work jobs and projects that rewarded campaign contributors and supporters.
Although fallen human nature is prone to seek self interest at the expense of the common good and in violation of the binding precepts of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law as these have been entrusted to the teaching authority of the Catholic Church, it is also true that a system of pure naturalism that leaves no room for the pursuit of the common temporal good in light of man's Last End, the possession of the glory of the Beatific Vision of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost for all eternity, must devolve rather quickly into organized corruption founded in the false belief that to the "victors belong the spoils," meaning that moral right is determined by the outcomes of elections. Those who win elections are thus empowered to steal at will and to govern as they want without regard for the moment of their Particular Judgments, which can come at any time.
Pope Pius XI noted this phenomenon in Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, December 23, 1922:
To these evils we must add the contests between political parties, many of which struggles do not originate in a real difference of opinion concerning the public good or in a laudable and disinterested search for what would best promote the common welfare, but in the desire for power and for the protection of some private interest which inevitably result in injury to the citizens as a whole. From this course there often arise robberies of what belongs rightly to the people, and even conspiracies against and attacks on the supreme authority of the state, as well as on its representatives. These political struggles also beget threats of popular action and, at times, eventuate in open rebellion and other disorders which are all the more deplorable and harmful since they come from a public to whom it has been given, in our modern democratic states, to participate in very large measure in public life and in the affairs of government. Now, these different forms of government are not of themselves contrary to the principles of the Catholic Faith, which can easily be reconciled with any reasonable and just system of government. Such governments, however, are the most exposed to the danger of being overthrown by one faction or another.
Catholic immigrants to the United States of America, first those from Ireland and then, after the War between the States and during the Kulturkampf in Germany and the Risorgimento in Italy, those from eastern and southern Europe, plunged headlong into this spectator sport of electoral politics as it provided them with the fastest means of upward social and economic mobility at a time when there was overt--and sometimes quite violent--discrimination against them on the part of know-nothings and other assorted naturalists associated with Freemasonry. Political bosses and sub-bosses of the Democratic Party in major urban areas opened their doors wide to these Catholic immigrants out of pure political and pecuniary self-interest, not out of an altruistic concern for justice to be done to the persecuted immigrants. And it is out of gratitude to the Democratic Party machinery for its role in the socialization of Catholics into the American "mainstream" that explains the reflexive loyalty of many Catholics to what has become the organized crime family of the naturalistic "left" no matter its institutional support for all manner of moral evils.
Career politicians are concerned only about one thing: securing enough votes to win elections, which are ultimate ends in and of themselves that justify the use of whatever means are considered necessary to accomplish. Nothing other matters to the careerists who populate the infrastructure of local political clubs, which remain the breeding grounds for candidates for local offices such as, to use the example of the County of Nassau in the State of New York, town councilmen, town clerk, town comptroller, town supervisor, county executive, county legislators, county district attorney, county clerk, county assessor, county judgeships, and county comptroller. These political clubs are also the principal, although from from the exclusive, breeding grounds for candidates for state legislative seats (a state senate or a state assembly, as the lower house of the state legislature is called in the State of New York) and for appointed positions in a town or a county.
Most of the those who make up those political clubs have no overriding political philosophy or ideology. Involvement in the political process is a matter of direct personal self-interest (career advancement in elected office, favorable decisions on variations to zoning ordinances, the networking of one's business contacts, contracts to be let out to one's firm for government projects, etc.). With a very few and most rare exceptions, personal self-interest in the engine that drives partisan politics at the state and local level. Although I became a critic of the American founding as I grew in my knowledge of the Faith, I knew as a seventeen year-old volunteer in the local Republican club in Oyster Bay, New York, in the Fall of 1968 that the careerism I observed was not the reason even on the natural level that the founders broke away from the United Kingdom in 1776 (although I did not understand that the careerism I observed forty-one years ago was the natural result of the naturalism of the founders, something that they, the founders did not understand or accept).
There is, after all, no Republican or Democrat way to plough snow or to rebuild sewer lines. Partisan politics at the local level are about winning elections and being able thereafter to solidify one's hold on power by the appointment of one's supporters to various positions so as to make them and their family members dependent upon a particular political party for their very livelihood, which gives them an "incentive" to sell the tickets to the local political club's barbecues and picnics and dances. This is how the political "sausage" is stuffed at the local level in the United States of America, and it is from these local political clubs--and the all important county central political committees to which the more ambitious members of the political clubs aspire to rise with the passage of time--that most future statewide party chairmen and party committee members originate.
Money and jobs, influence and power. These, not ideas, are what matter to most of the apparatchiks who attend the local political club meetings, sell the barbecue and fifty-fifty drawing tickets, and live for the results of the next election so that they can be assured of their jobs and money and influence and power for at least another two or four years. Everything revolves around the party and its survival. The survival of the party is the ultimate purpose for which the civil government at the local level exists, which is why it is so difficult for minor parties in most states to gain ballot access. State legislatures, composed of men and women who have "risen through the ranks" at the local and county levels, have institutionalized the two major organized crime families, the Republicans and the Democrats, in power and place great obstacles in the path of minor parties to gain ballot access, especially for statewide and national office.
One of the means by which political power at the state level is secured over the course of time is by means of public works projects. Although it is possible to build highways, for example, in such a way that could endure the weight of heavy trucks and other vehicles without having their roadbeds crushed, there is an implicit understanding on the part of office-holders and the contractors whose companies are chosen to rebuild highways so that they will be crushed within a short period of time so that new contracts can be let out and yet more workers employed to undertake yet again the perpetual rebuilding process of highways every two years.
Apart from being a very wasteful use of taxpayer dollars so as, in effect, to bribe contractors and their employees to cast votes for the incumbent political party, the desire to build substandard infrastructure projects is offensive to God Himself as everything we do should be for His greater honor and glory and designed, as far as is possible, to stand the test of time by means of the excellence of the effort and the quality of the work performed. Go tell that to a local committeeman of either organized crime family of naturalism and he will look at you as though you have nine heads and twelve pairs of legs.
It is from from the very pragmatic world of personal self-interest and craven careerism that most of the political consultants who help political parties to choose their candidates--and to shape those candidates' messages and their means of "delivery" to the voters--arise and do their dirty work of perpetuating delusional concepts about voting trends that justify their disdain for the "social issues" that they consider to be "divisive" and electorally disadvantageous. What is lost on these political consultants and career politicians who disdain "social issues" is that they are, on the level of pure naturalism, terrible analysts of election results, eager to learn the wrong lessons and to choose candidates who believe in absolutely nothing other than that which they are told believe by their consultants, who base their recommendations on the results of focus-group market polling and research.
To wit, Republican politicians in the State of New York were eager to distance themselves from a very nominal Reagan-era commitment in the party's state platform to the restoration of legal protection for the preborn. These politicians were so eager to distance themselves from the language of the party platform during the Reagan-era that a then little-known state senator from Peekskill, New York, George Elmer Pataki, engineered the removal of the pro-life plank from the party platform at the party's 1990 state convention. And it was at that convention that then United States Senator Alfonse M. D'Amato told New York University professor Herbert London, an Orthodox Jew who is partly pro-life and partly pro-abortion (making the immoral "life of the mother" "exception), that he, London, could be the Republican nominee for Governor of the State of New York that year if he became "pro-choice." (This is what Dr. London told me in 1998 when I was challenging Senator D'Amato for the United States senatorial nomination of the Right to Life Party, adding, of course, that the former senator has claimed that he has no recollection of saying any such thing.) London ran on the Conservative Party line and came within several thousand votes of beating the pro-abort who got the Republican gubernatorial nomination that year, a man named Pierre Rinfret, for second place in the election against the Democratic Party incumbent, the Catholic pro-abort named Mario Matthew Cuomo.
An entire generation of pro-abortion Republicans, many of them Catholics, emerged in the 1990s and thereafter. Rudolph William Giuliani, Mayor of the City of New York from 1993 to 2001. Richard Riordan, Mayor of the City of Los Angeles from 1993 to 2001. Christine Todd Whitman, a Presbyterian, Governor of New Jersey from 1994 to 2001. Thomas Ridge, Governor of Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2001. Enrico Anthony Lazio, a member of the United States House of Representatives from Long Island from 1993 to 2001. Susan Molinari, a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1990 to 1997. Susan Collins, United States Senator from Maine, from 1997 to the present. Olympia Snowe, Greek Orthodox, United States Senator from Maine from 1995 to the present. George Elmer Pataki, Governor of New York from 1995 to 2007. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California from 2003 to the present. There are, of course, many others. And former Senator D'Amato, as head of the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee (NRSCC) in 1996, tried to muscle senatorial candidates Al Salvi (Illinois), a Catholic, and Ronna Romney, a Mormon and the sister of this election cycle's "Bob Dole," Willard Mitt Romney,
into being silent about the issue of abortion in exchange for NRSCC campaign cash. Salvi agreed to the conditions. Romney didn't. Her NRSCC funds were cut off as a result.
The overwhelmingly high percentage of baptized Catholics in the list provided in the previous paragraph is no accident. Careerists within the Republican Party made a calculated decision, based on focus group polling and market research, that it was politically advantageous for candidates in certain districts and states with ethnically Catholic populations to say that there were "pro-choice." These career politicians and their political consultants, including Arthur Finkelstein, who was very much in favor with the New York State Republican Party apparatus in the 1990s, wanted "winners. They were not in the least concerned about moral truth even on the natural level. Some of them actually supported baby-killing under cover of the civil law as a matter of principle. And these career politicians and consultants who counseled Catholics in "swing" states and "swing" districts to be pro-death knew that the conciliar "bishops," men who had done nothing to discipline the pro-aborts in the Democratic Party, would do nothing to Catholics in the Republican Party who chose to support baby-killing under cover of the civil law. Yes, indeed,
apostasy has consequences.
The antipathy of many professional Republicans to the issue of abortion in electoral politics was expressed by the then outgoing Chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1992 following the defeat of President George Herbert Walker Bush by then Arkansas Governor William Jefferson Blythe Clinton on November 4, 1992:
Richard Bond did not go gently into retirement. His swan song as chairman of the Republican National Committee criticized his party's rightward drift in general and its opposition to abortion in particular. His words, while true, would have carried a lot more credibility had he not waited until he was going out the door to utter them.
Where was Mr. Bond at the Republican Convention last August, when he might have used his influence to mute the demagoguery that wrong-footed George Bush's campaign from the start? Mr. Bond now says he tried to deny Patrick Buchanan his disastrous half-hour of prime time. Yet Mr. Bond also spent his time in Houston justifying the proceedings. "We are America," he told one reporter. "These other people are not America."
Still, his eleventh-hour conversion is welcome. His attack on "zealotry masquerading as principle" makes sound moral sense. His observation that the party must recognize that "America is getting more diverse, not more alike" makes sound political sense. So, too, does his observation that the social issues cherished by the evangelical right, chiefly abortion, are almost certain to confine the G.O.P. to a shrinking tent.
Mr. Bond thus joins prominent Republican moderates like Gov. William Weld of Massachusetts and Senator Nancy Kassebaum of Kansas. Both oppose exclusionary politics. Both believe that President Bush's intrusive efforts to regulate a woman's right to choose stood historical Republican principles -- limited government and individual responsibility -- on their heads.
The question is whether there are enough Kassebaums and Welds (and, belatedly, Bonds) around to reverse the party's course. The center-right split in the Republican Party is a durable fact of politics; after the 1988 convention Lee Atwater saw that, absent Ronald Reagan's special magic, future Republican leaders must broaden their base in terms of race and gender.
Mr. Bush did not do so. One distressing result is that the party machinery is now increasingly vulnerable to the religious and cultural right. Pat Robertson, for one, trots out exit polls showing that white evangelicals were Mr. Bush's most loyal constituency. He does not advertise the polls showing ruinous defections among women, younger voters and independents.
A chastened Rich Bond has absorbed that message -- a message surely worth adopting by principled conservatives not now retired from battle. And George Bush, now in retirement, might be forgiven for asking where Mr. Bond's wisdom was when he needed it. (Rich Bond -- Right, but Late.)
This editorial, of course, gave credence to the absurd charge among some "moderate" Republicans in 1992 and 1993 that Patrick Joseph Buchanan's Culture Wars" speech at the Republican National Convention at the Astrodome (Harris County Domed Stadium) in Houston, Texas, on August 17, 1992, "cost" President George Herbert Walker Bush the election against Governor Bill Clinton. Never mind the fact that Bush the elder ran a terrible campaign that included a moment where he looked at his watch during the middle of a "town hall" debate with Clinton and his fellow Texan, the eccentric billionaire Henry Ross Perot. Never mind the fact that George Herbert Walker Bush broke his "read my lips: no new taxes" pledge that he made at the Republican National Convention at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Thursday, August 18, 1988 (for the written text of that speech, see 1988 Republican National Convention Acceptance Address). Never mind the fact that George Herbert Walker Bush never stood for anything other than what a good Skull and Bonesman from Yale University stand for, namely, every Judeo-Masonic principle imaginable. No, Pat Buchanan and the issue of abortion had to be blamed for Bush the elder's defeat in 1992.
The Republican establishment of careerists has long sought to distance itself from "social issues," and its effort to do so in last year's presidential campaign quite predictable even though the now-defeated 2008 Republican nominee for the office of President of the United States of America, John Sidney McCain III, never raised the issue himself in his campaign and gave a most incoherent set of answers on the subject during his final debate with now President-elect Barack Hussein Obama at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 (see Fallacies Galore). And Alaska Governor Sarah Heath Palin's discussions of the issue were even more incoherent and laced with her proud and unqualified support for the abject moral evil of contraception (see It's Still Absolute Insanity). The careerists want the "social issues" go to away, and to this end they must invent mythologies to reaffirm them in their conviction that they must not raise issues about which the "people" are not "obsessed."
Indeed, Dr. William Bennett, former Secretary of the Department of Education in the administration of the late President Ronald Wilson Reagan, was championing in the Fall of 1995 the cause of former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Colin Powell, a pro-abort, as a possible candidate for the Republican Party's 1996 presidential nomination"We may have to sacrifice abortion for the triple crown," Bennett said, meaning that to win the presidency and to control a majority of seats in both Houses of the Congress of the United States of America it might be necessary to downplay the issue of baby-killing under cover of law. "My phone's not ringing off the hook on this issue," Bennett went on to say. "Win, baby, win." That's all that matters. Who cares about truth? Who cares about Truth Incarnate, Truth Crucified and Resurrection?
This is the sort of "thinking" that gave us Robert Joseph Dole, Jr., a thirty-third degree Mason, as the Republican presidential nominee in 1996. "Realists' such as Dr. John Wilkie, the founder of the National Right to Life Committee (which is not so "right to life" as it takes no position against contraception and supports, as a matter of principle, the execution of innocent children in their mothers' wombs in cases where it is alleged that a mother's life is endangered), Ralph Reed, then the executive director the Christian Coalition, "Father" Frank Pavone, the founder of Priests for Life, and many others supported the incompetent, inarticulate, "split-the-difference-down-the-middle" deal-maker Dole, who told his campaign workers prior to the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, February 20, 1996, to "win it ugly." He lost that primary. With the help of Reed's not-so-subtle anti-Catholicism in the South Carolina primary and with the help of Catholic enablers, Dole went on to defeat Buchanan, running an absolutely inept campaign against then President William Jefferson Blythe Clinton (see
Bob Dole, part trois).
See the many faces of Bob Dole over the years:
Young Bob Dole
Middle Aged Bob Dole
85 year-old Bob Dole, 2008, eleven years after his face-lift
88 year-old Bob Dole, 2011
Many faces of the man who said in 1995, "I'll be anything you want me to be. If you want to be Reagan, I'll be Reagan." Ah, yes, the stuff of Judeo-Masonic conviction.
Republican careerists pinned the tail on the next "Bob Dole," then Texas Governor George Walker Bush, in 1999. This what Bob Dole, partie deux, looked like:
The incarnation of "Bob Dole" in 2000, the anointed "establishment" candidate of 1999-2000
George Walker Bush was only mildly more articulate than Dole, winding up winning the presidency despite losing the national popular vote total to then Vice President Albert Arnold Gore, Jr., on November 7, 2000, because over 97,421 committed leftists, recognizing that there was no essential difference between Bush and Gore, voted for Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader rather than Gore, thus giving Bush a popular vote victory in Florida of 517 votes, good enough to win all of Florida's twenty-five electoral votes after a bit of controversy and the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States of America in the case of Bush v. Gore, December 12, 2000. "Bob Dole, partie deux," George W. Bush, won only because of those 97,42l leftists who voted according to the dictates of their consciences for a candidate, Nader, they knew could not win the general election, not because of the grand electoral strategy of Republican career politicians and consultants, and he, Bush, won re-election over the inept, colorless Catholic pro-abort John F. Kerry in 2004 by a slender margin of 2.5% of the popular vote, presaging the victory of United States Senator Barack Hussein Obama over "Bob Dole, partie trois," United States Senator John Sidney McCain III, on November 4, 2008.
This is what "Bob Dole, partie trois," looked like back in 2007-2008:
"Bob Dole," partie trois, the "establishment" candidate of 2007-2008.
The "establishment" is nothing if not shameless, which is why they have anointed the "new" face of "Bob Dole" in the 2011-2012 election cycle, the midget naturalist by the name of Willard Mitt Romney:
"Bob Dole," partie quartres, the "establishment" candidate of 2011-2012.
The faces may change over the years. The "message" always remains the same: Pure, Unadulterated Americanism. Let's just get elected. Let's not offend "moderate" voters, especially in the fourteen or so "swing" states that will actually decide the 2012 general elections for the presidency of the United States of America on November 6, 2012.
It's the same message repeatedly. And even with an massive government annual deficit of over a trillion dollars and a national debt that now stands at over fifteen trillion dollars (see U.S. National Debt Clock : Real Time), President Barack Hussein Obama, despite all of the vicissitudes of public opinion polls, is still the most admired man in the United States of America, still retaining a large reservoir of "good will" amongst the blocks of left-leaning voters that he needs to turn out in three hundred twelve days to get him a second term as president and a first time for the vice presidential nominee that will be chosen at the Democratic Party National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. Mitt Romney, this year's "Bob Dole" (or "George Walker Bush" or "John Sidney McCain III"), will lose to Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton no matter what the polling says three hundred twelve days in advance of the election. Rather than increasing at a slower rate under the disciple of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young., Willard Mitt Romney, statism will continue to increase at the accelerate rate of the disciples of Saul Alinsky, Barry Soetero and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Everything in between will be just a lot of noise and commotion signifying nothing other than the willingness of so many people, including the lion's share of Catholics all across and up and down the vast expanse of the ecclesiastical divide, to waste their time, money and energy on yet another exercise in naturalist-based futility.
God is not going to reward compromise after compromise to find some "politically ecumenical" way to retard the evils of the moment. There is such "politically ecumenical" way to to retard any evil. Our Lady did not give Saint Dominic a ballot box. She gave him the Most Holy Rosary, which is our true weapon against the evils of the day.
If we lived in a Catholic world, you see, most of the "issues" that are discussed by the babbling, blathering bobbleheads of "talk radio" and "talk television" and debated by the midget naturalists would simply not exist as there would be unanimity of conviction against such evils as willful murder (such as abortion and euthanasia and "brain death" and the starvation and dehydration of innocent human beings), the sin of Sodom and its promotion under cover of the civil law and throughout what passes for popular culture, the usurious practices of banks and credit card companies and other lenders and the defrauding of widows that characterize American public policy and popular culture. No country that promotes sin under cover of the civil law, no less sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance, can ever turn back the "national debt clock" that it owes to God for these sins by means of an election. The citizens of such a country must convert individually as the precondition to the conversion of the country itself to the true Faith, which, while not a guarantor of social order as fallen nature remains wounded and subject to the vagaries of the darkness of human intellects and the weakness of human wills, is the necessary pre con dit on for order within souls and order within and among nations.
All we would need to know in a Catholic world is that anyone who promotes anything contrary to the immutable, binding precepts of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law and thus to the eternal good of souls that a civil government has the duty to foster, safeguard and promote, is qualified to hold any position, whether elected or appointed, of public trust at any time for any reason.
Pope Pius XI, quoting Silvio Cardinal Antoniano, who lived in the Sixteenth Century, noted the following in Divini Illius Magistri, December 31, 1929:
The more closely the temporal power of a nation aligns itself with the spiritual, and the more it fosters and promotes the latter, by so much the more it contributes to the conservation of the commonwealth. For it is the aim of the ecclesiastical authority by the use of spiritual means, to form good Christians in accordance with its own particular end and object; and in doing this it helps at the same time to form good citizens, and prepares them to meet their obligations as members of a civil society. This follows of necessity because in the City of God, the Holy Roman Catholic Church, a good citizen and an upright man are absolutely one and the same thing. How grave therefore is the error of those who separate things so closely united, and who think that they can produce good citizens by ways and methods other than those which make for the formation of good Christians. For, let human prudence say what it likes and reason as it pleases, it is impossible to produce true temporal peace and tranquillity by things repugnant or opposed to the peace and happiness of eternity. (Silvio Cardinal Antoniano, quoted by Pope Pius XI in Divini Illius Magistri, December 31, 1929.)
As I keep trying to reiterate to the very few people who actually bother to read these articles, the more we accept the "lesser of two evils" will be the greater the dose of the so-called "lesser evil" that we are willing to accept, which is why whoever the Republicans nominate for President of the United States of America in 2012 will be "Obama Lite," a candidate who will refuse to turn back any statist or pro-abortion program of Obama's that has popular support according to the results of public opinion polls and focus group market research of voters' attitudes in the "swing" states. This is all madness. Utter and complete madness, the logical, inexorable result of the overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King wrought by the Protestant Revolt in the Sixteenth Century and institutionalized thereafter by the welter of naturalistic philosophies and ideologies that share one thing in common despite whatever differences may exist among them on various matters: the Masonic belief that it is neither prudent or necessary for the civil state to recognize the true religion and that it is possible for men to pursue civic virtue without having belief in, access to or cooperation with Sanctifying Grace.
No, for those who put their naturalistic "hopes" in the "next" presidential election, the year 2012 will not bring the nomination of Texas Governor Rick Perry or United States Representative Michelle Bachmann or former United States Senator Rick Santorum or United States Representative Ron Paul. More and more it appears that "Obama Lite," Willard Mitt Flip-Flop, will take the hopes of adherents of the false opposite of the naturalist "right" down to defeat.
Romney, "Obama Lite," would do nothing, if elected, to reverse the United States Food and Drug Administration's marketing of the human pesticide, RU-486, or to reverse the "Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act" (FACE). He will increase the size and the power and the scope of the Federal government just as much as George Walker Bush did between January 20, 2001, and January 20, 20009. He will do as Bush the Lesser did before him, increase funding annually for the chemical assassination of children in their mothers' wombs by means of domestic and international family planning programs. He will do nothing to reverse Bush's decision to permit the Food and Drug Admin sit ration to authorize over-the-counter sales of the baby-killing potion called the "Plan B Emergency Contraceptive" to women over eighteen years of age.
The evils of the Clinton administration were perpetuated and augmented by the George Walker Bush administration. Even if Obama is defeated in the year 2012, many of the evils he, Caesar Obamus, will have institutionalized will be beyond repeal. It won't be "good politics" for a Republican successor to tamper with that which has public support. The next "Bob Dole" will force us to take the swine flu vaccine with just as much enthusiasm as Caesar Obamus. The differences will be ones of degrees, not kinds. And on and on and on it must go in a land of naturalism and religious indifferentism and semi-Pelagianism and materialism and legal positivism and moral relativism.
There is one answer to this madness: it is called Catholicism. Catholicism is the one and only foundation of personal and social order. Pope Saint Pius X made this clear in Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910:
Here we have, founded by Catholics, an inter-denominational association that is to work for the reform of civilization, an undertaking which is above all religious in character; for there is no true civilization without a moral civilization, and no true moral civilization without the true religion: it is a proven truth, a historical fact. (Pope Saint Pius X, Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910.)
Once again, you see, we are face to face with where the twin insanities, Modernity and Modernism, blind non-Catholics and Catholics alike and force them into a strait-jacket of naturalism.
Modernity (the Protestant Revolt, the so-called "Enlightenment," the religiously indifferentist and semi-Pelagian modern state) has convinced almost all but a relatively small handful of Catholics that it is possible for there to be personal and social order absent a due submission to the Deposit of Faith as It has been entrusted to the Catholic Church and absent a reliance upon Sanctifying Grace to overcome and to make reparation for our own sins, which are the proximate causes of all personal and social problems. Thus arises the welter of naturalistic "philosophies" and "ideologies" that are proposed to "reform" societies as "true believers" seek to discern what the guiding lights of their particular naturalistic systems would do today in our own circumstances were they alive to provide this "guidance."
We must remember what Pope Gregory XVI wrote in Mirari Vos, August 15, 1832, when he condemned the fundamental presuppositions of Modernity:
This shameful font of indifferentism gives rise to that absurd and erroneous proposition which claims that liberty of conscience must be maintained for everyone. It spreads ruin in sacred and civil affairs, though some repeat over and over again with the greatest impudence that some advantage accrues to religion from it. "But the death of the soul is worse than freedom of error," as Augustine was wont to say. When all restraints are removed by which men are kept on the narrow path of truth, their nature, which is already inclined to evil, propels them to ruin. Then truly "the bottomless pit" is open from which John saw smoke ascending which obscured the sun, and out of which locusts flew forth to devastate the earth. Thence comes transformation of minds, corruption of youths, contempt of sacred things and holy laws -- in other words, a pestilence more deadly to the state than any other. Experience shows, even from earliest times, that cities renowned for wealth, dominion, and glory perished as a result of this single evil, namely immoderate freedom of opinion, license of free speech, and desire for novelty.
Modernism, enshrined in the very ethos of the counterfeit church of conciliarism, has convinced Catholics that it is neither wise nor even desirable to seek to plant seeds for the restoration of Christendom. That era has "passed," never to be recaptured again. It is possible, therefore, to base personal and social order on something short of Catholicism. This is a lie, a lie that is enshrined in the abomination of the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service that offends God so much each time it is simulated as act of "worship" in the name of the Catholic Church.
It is no wonder, therefore, that so many craven career politicians of both major political parties and so many "philosophes" of the current of naturalism known as the "right" can live so very comfortably with the daily slaughter of the preborn by chemical and surgical means. Those who do not view the world clearly through the eyes of the true Faith and who are not committed to restore Christendom by praying as many Rosaries each day as the totally consecrated slaves of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary are part of the problem, not any part of a "solution" for social problems, no less a "solution" founded solely on naturalistic grounds that denies the Sovereign Rights of Christ the King and the Queenly Rights of Mary our Immaculate Queen.
It is only when citizens live and work in light of their Last End as members of the Catholic Church that the family, the basic unit of society in which most human problems are to be addressed, takes its rightful place. And it is only when citizens live and work in light of their Last End as members of the Catholic Church that the civil state will be limited in its size, scope and power as its officials, both elected and appointed, seek to promote the common temporal good in light of man's Last End, being willing to submit at all times to the authority of the Catholic Church on all that pertains to the good of souls.
Remember once again these words of Pope Saint Pius X, contained in Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910:
. . . .for there is no true civilization without a moral civilization, and no true moral civilization without the true religion: it is a proven truth, a historical fact.
Care to disagree? This statement is either true or it is false. A Catholic should understand and accept that it is true and stop wasting his time worrying about which naturalist or which naturalistic "philosophy" is going to "improve" society. Only Catholicism can improve society as it penetrates into the souls of men. It is really that simple.
We give all to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Each Rosary we pray helps us to give honor and glory to the Most Blessed Trinity and to make reparation for our many sins and those of the whole world. We must never look for results. We must only strive to be faithful and to pray as many Rosaries each day as our states in life permit, being ready at all times to make an accounting for our lives before Christ the King, pleading earnestly that Our Mother and Queen of Mercy, Mary Immaculate, will plead for us then, at the hour of our deaths, as she does with every beat of our hearts that should and must beat in unison with her Immaculate Heart and her Divine Son's Most Sacred Heart.
Every Hail Mary we pray helps to plant the seeds for the restoration of Christendom. Saint Louis de Montfort taught us the following about the power of just one Hail Mary prayed with confident faith:
Are you in the miserable state of sin? Then call on the divine Mary and say to her: Ave, which means "I salute thee with the most profound respect, thou who art without sin" and she will deliver you from the evil of your sins.
Are you grouping in the darkness of ignorance and error? Go to Mary and say to her: Hail Mary; which means "Hail thou who art bathed in the light of the Sun of Justice"- and she will give you some of her light.
Have you strayed from the path leading to heaven? Then call on Mary, for her name means "Star of the Sea, the North Star which guides the ships of our souls during the voyage of this life," and she will guide you to the harbor of eternal salvation.
Are you in sorrow? Turn to Mary, for her name means also "Sea of Bitterness which has been filled with sharp pain in this world but which is now turned into a Sea of the Purest Joy in heaven," and she will turn your sorrow to joy and your afflictions into consolation.
Have you lost the state of grace? Praise and honor the numberless graces with which God has filled with all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and she will give you some of these graces.
Are you all alone, having lost God's protection? Pray to Mary, and say: "The Lord is with thee - and this union is far nobler and more intimate than that which He has with saints and the just - because thou art one with Him. He is thy Son and His Flesh is thy flesh; thou art united to the Lord because of thy perfect likeness to Him and by your mutual love - for thou art His Mother." And then say to her: "The Three Persons of the Godhead are with thee because thou art the Temple of the most Blessed Trinity," and she will place you once more under the protection and care of Almighty God.
Have you become an outcast and have you been accursed by God? Then say to Our Lady: "Blessed art thou above all women and above all nations, by thy purity and fertility; thou hast turned God's maledictions into blessings for us," and she will bless you.
Do you hunger for the bread of grace and the bread of life? Draw near to her who bore the Living Bread Which came down from heaven, and say to her: Blessed be the Fruit of thy womb Whom thou hast conceived without the slightest loss of thy virginity, Whom thou didst carry without discomfort and to Whom thou didst give birth without pain. Blessed be Jesus Who has redeemed our suffering world when we were in the bondage of sin, Who has healed the world of its sickness, Who has raised the dead to life, brought home the banished, restored sinners to a life of grace and Who has saved men from damnation." Without doubt, your soul will be filled with the bread of grace in this life and of eternal glory in the next. Amen. (Saint Louis de Montfort, The Secret of the Rosary, The Twentieth Rose. )
Catholics trust in Our Lady and her Most Holy Rosary and her Fatima Message, not in the "clever" strategies of naturalists who aren't even very good in promoting a consistent form of naturalism.
The twin, matchless Hearts of love that are the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus do not live comfortably with the murder of the preborn. Neither should we. Not once. Never. We do not seek to anoint the next "Bob Dole." We try to plant the seeds as the consecrated slaves of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus through through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary when all men, celebrating the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as a result of the fulfillment of Our Lady's Fatima Message, will exclaim with jubilation:
Viva Cristo Rey! Vivat Christus Rex!
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!
Saint Joseph, Patron of Departing Souls, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?