True National Security Is A Joke to This Guy
Thomas A. Droleskey
Although Children of Terror engendered a good deal of criticism from the peanut gallery, the whole point of that commentary was to note that the killing of Osama bin Laden on Low Sunday, May 1, 2011, was no cause of celebration as this country has cold-blooded killers who kill innocent preborn babies under the cover of the civil law and has thousands of enablers of these cold-blooded killers amongst elected and appointed officials to each of the three branches of government. Moreover, there are millions of civil servants in the employ of Federal, state and local governments who enable this killing, millions more in the fields of educational and "social work" who so. Corporate executives support Planned Parenthood and related organizations with millions of dollars in grants. No nation has any cause to celebrate news of the killing of a man considered to be a terrorist when it is one of the most terroristic nations on the face of this earth.
Furthermore, I have noted in that original article and in Liars Lie, Liars Lie Regularly that the United States of America has been made no more secure by the death of Osama bin Laden as a nation that makes warfare upon the binding precepts of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law as they have been entrusted by Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ exclusively to His Catholic Church for their eternal safekeeping and infallible explication will ever be free from attacks from without as the blood of the innocent flows freely and as the purity and innocence of souls is corrupted on a daily basis.
As could be expected, of course, President Barack Hussein Obama, is attempting to exploit his scalp to show that he is committed to protecting the country. This is nothing other than what civil potentates who do not live for the honor and glory of the true God of Divine Revelation do in order to solidify their support amongst the unwashed masses. It was what the Roman emperors did. It is what tribal leaders in Europe did before their conversion to the true Faith. It is what pagans in one corrupt country after another on the continent of Africa do. And it is what presidents of the United States of America have done when they have won some supposedly great military victory. Hollow men need "trophies" to display in order to prove their vitality and effectiveness, and these hollow men do not mind it at all if a a lot of myth-making accompanies their exploits so that future generations will remember them as having been the vanguards of national security and honor.
Whether or not Osama bin Laden died on May 1, 2011 (even Ron Paul thinks that this is the case), a dispute that will never be resolved as neither the Talibans who spoke in 2001 about bin Laden's death then or Barack Hussein Osama--excuse me, Obama--have produced photographs of the man to prove their point conclusively to everyone, the real threat to American national security from elsewhere, as opposed to the threats we pose to ourselves by, among other things noted above, the chemical and surgical assassination of children here and around the world, comes from the porous border that the United States of America shares with the United Mexican States (Mexico). Criminals from Mexico and elsewhere in the Americas have set fire to parched land in Arizona recently. The property of ranchers and other homeowners is invaded as residents have been robbed and assaulted and otherwise terrorized. And this is to say nothing of the numbers of Mohammedans disguised as Latin Americans who have crossed the border to join their brethren in mosques across this land of pluralism and licentiousness.
What does this matter to the man now waving about the figurative scalp of Osama bin Laden, Barack Hussein Obama? Nothing. It's all a big joke to him. Crime on the border? He's committed to his Libyan adventure even though he did not consult with Congressional leaders beforehand and does not want to seek Congressional authorization now. The Constitution? That's a joke to this guy. So is true national security on our borders. This is how the President of the United States of America views the concerns of American citizens who have been terrorized by illegal aliens on their own property and sometimes in their own very homes:
THE PRESIDENT: Then we’ve gone further. We tripled the number of
intelligence analysts working at the border. I’ve deployed unmanned
aerial vehicles to patrol the skies from Texas to California. We have
forged a partnership with Mexico to fight the transnational criminal
organizations that have affected both of our countries. (Applause.)
And for the first time -- for the first time we’re screening 100 percent
of southbound rail shipments to seize guns and money going south even
as we go after drugs that are coming north. (Applause.)
So, here’s the point. I want everybody to listen carefully to this.
We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans
who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about
enforcement. All the stuff they asked for, we’ve done. But even though
we’ve answered these concerns, I’ve got to say I suspect there are
still going to be some who are trying to move the goal posts on us one
AUDIENCE MEMBER: They’re racist!
THE PRESIDENT: You know, they said we needed to triple the Border
Patrol. Or now they’re going to say we need to quadruple the Border
Patrol. Or they’ll want a higher fence. Maybe they’ll need a moat.
(Laughter.) Maybe they want alligators in the moat. (Laughter.)
They’ll never be satisfied. And I understand that. That’s politics.
But the truth is the measures we’ve put in place are getting results.
Over the past two and a half years, we’ve seized 31 percent more drugs,
75 percent more currency, 64 percent more weapons than ever before.
(Applause.) And even as we have stepped up patrols, apprehensions along
the border have been cut by nearly 40 percent from two years ago. That
means far fewer people are attempting to cross the border illegally.
And also, despite a lot of breathless reports that have tagged places
like El Paso as dangerous, violent crime in southwest border counties
has dropped by a third. El Paso and other cities and towns along this
border are consistently among the safest in the nation. (Applause.) Of
course, we shouldn’t accept any violence or crime. And we’ve always
got more work to do. But this progress is important and it’s not
getting reported on. (Remarks by the Caesar on Comprehensive Immigration Reform in El Paso, Texas, May 10, 2011.)
"Maybe they'll need a moat. Maybe they want alligators in the moat. They'll never be satisfied." The safety of American citizens is a joke to this guy, this Marxist-trained elitist, a man who has also joked about those poor, ignorant slobs in western Pennsylvania:
You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of
small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years
and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton
administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive
administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna
regenerate and they have not. So it's not surprising then that they get
bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't
like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way
to explain their frustrations. (Scroll down to find the full transcript of that April 11, 2008, fundraising speech in San Francisco, California.)
Sure, it's all a joke to Obama, the pampered elitist who is enabled by a coterie of sycophants, men and women of the naturalist "left" who share his perverted view of the world while they enjoy the largesse provided them by their corporate funders.
Obama's May 10, 2011, address on immigration was more than a joke. It was a pack of lies and half-truths. Obama may have sent more Border Patrol agents after having been pressured to do so. Those agents have been told by their superiors in Secretary Janet Napolitano's Department of Homeland Security not to make arrests!
An Arizona sheriff says he has been flooded
with calls and emails of support from local and federal agents who back
his claims that the U.S. Border Patrol has effectively ordered them to
stop apprehending illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexican border.
“Upper management has advised supervisors to
have agents ‘turn back South’ (TBS) the illegal aliens (aka bodies)
they detect attempting to unlawfully enter the country … at times you
even hear supervisors order the agents over the radio to 'TBS' the
aliens instead of catching them,” one San Diego border agent wrote in an
email to Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever.
“This only causes more problems as the
aliens, as you know, don't just go back to Mexico and give up. They keep
trying, sometimes without 10 minutes in-between attempts, to cross
illegally,” continued the email, which was among a number of
communications to Dever reviewed by FoxNews.com. “This makes the job for
agents more dangerous. Not only are the aliens more defiant, they also
begin to feel like they can get away with breaking our federal laws.”
The email is one of more than 100 messages
Dever said he received from active and retired Border Patrol agents and
law enforcement officers from across the country. Many wrote of what
they said was their own experience and first-hand knowledge of Border
Patrol’s efforts to reduce apprehension numbers by making fewer arrests.
FoxNews.com first reported this month that
Dever said several Border Patrol officials, including at least one
senior supervisor, told him they had been directed to keep the number of
border apprehensions down by chasing illegal immigrants back toward
Mexico. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has recently cited a reduction in border apprehensions as evidence of an increasingly secure border.
Three days after FoxNews.com’s initial
report, Border Patrol chief Michael Fisher sent a letter to Dever in
which he denied the accusations and invited the sheriff on a ride-along
with federal agents at border.
"That assertion is completely, 100 percent
false," Fisher wrote in the letter. "That it comes from a fellow law
enforcement official makes it especially offensive."
But accounts from law enforcement officials
around the country continue to pour in supporting Dever and the
conversations he says he had with Border Patrol officers, including at
least one supervisor, about keeping arrest numbers down.
“This is nothing new, during my career with
the border patrol, this was done regularly,” said another email to Dever
reviewed by FoxNews.com. “By assigning agents to different tasks,
locations, etc., the apprehensions can be increased or decreased
dramatically,” wrote Dan McCaskill Jr., a retired Border Patrol agent
who worked in the Anti-Smuggling Unit.
McCaskill went on to describe how, he said,
apprehension numbers were regularly manipulated to achieve various
budget, equipment or manpower goals.
In response to request for comment on the
new allegations, Homeland Security offered the same statement from
Jeffery Self, commander of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Joint
Field Command, that was provided to FoxNews.com earlier this month:
“As the commander for border enforcement
operations in Arizona, I can confirm that the claim that Border Patrol
supervisors have been instructed to underreport or manipulate our
statistics is unequivocally false. I took an oath that I take very
seriously and I find it insulting that anyone, especially a fellow law
enforcement officer, would imply that we would put the protection of the
American public and security of our nation’s borders in danger just for
a numbers game. Our mission does not waiver based on political climate
and it never will. To suggest that we are ambiguous in enforcing our
laws belittles the work of more than 6,000 CBP employees in Arizona who
dedicate their lives to protect our borders every day.”
Local 2544, the Tucson branch of the
National Border Patrol Council union, has also come out in support of
Dever, and posted this message on their website after the FoxNews.com
“Sheriff Dever is right. We have seen so
many slick shenanigans pulled in regards to 'got-aways' and entry
numbers that at times it seems David Copperfield is running the Border Patrol. Creating the illusion that all is well
and you can start having family picnics in the areas where we work has
been going on far too long. Has there been improvement in some areas?
Absolutely. Is the border anywhere near 'under control'? Absolutely not.
Do some in management play games with numbers and cater to the wishes
of politicians like Janet Napolitano and David Aguilar? Resoundingly,
yes. Time for the foolish political games to stop.”
The union posted another response on their website following Fox News’ publication of Fisher’s April 6 letter to Dever:
“Just remember, for years now we have been
told from the highest ranking managers in our agency that 'every
apprehension is a FAILURE' (Johnny Williams - former INS Western Region
Director), and that we 'are NOT immigration officers' (current CBP
Deputy Commissioner David Aguilar to Border Patrol agents when he was
the Chief of the Border Patrol)…. We have been told that - Apprehensions
= failure, we are not 'immigration' officers, we should not 'lower'
ourselves to the status of an immigration officer, and our primary job
is not apprehending illegal aliens. Couple all this with Secretary
Napolitano's recent public announcement about what she expects our
apprehension numbers to be this fiscal year, and it's not hard to figure
this thing out.”
A second Arizona sheriff, Paul Babeu of
Pinal County, also testified at a Senate Homeland Security Committee
last week in support of Dever’s charges. Dever was slated to appear at
the hearing, but said he could no longer attend when the date of his
appearance was changed.
Asked specifically about Dever’s assertion
that agents were told to turn back illegals to reduce apprehensions,
Babeu told the committee he’d specifically asked his top lieutenant,
Matt Thomas, about the claims.
"He said, 'Sheriff, I have heard that myself directly from border agents in the Tucson sector,'" Babeu testitified.
Babeu told FoxNews.com he’s been told by
Border Patrol officials that for every person apprehended at the border,
an average of 2.7 succeed in crossing into the U.S. With those numbers,
he said he was concerned paramilitary or terror cells equipped with
more sophisticated support and training could easily get through.
“This is no longer just public security threat, this is national security threat,” he told FoxNews.com.
T.J. Bonner, retired president of the
National Border Patrol Council, said in an interview with FoxNews.com
that he’s familiar with “TBS-ing” and shares Babeu’s concerns about
criminals and terrorists crossing the border.
“TBS has been going on for a number of
years. You’ll never find orders in writing, and some agents have even
been disciplined for TBS-ing people. That’s a practice that dates back
to quite some time, to try and discourage is part of their 'strategy of
Bonner said Border Patrol agents are receiving “TBS” orders from someone higher up, but he isn’t sure who.
“Agents don’t just do this on their own. The
orders must come from on high. They don’t just wake up one day and say
I’m going to risk my job, my livelihood,” said Bonner, who retired last
year after 32 years with Border Patrol. “I’m not sure if it’s Napolitano
or folks in Customs and Border Protection, but somebody wants to
silence critics in Arizona to claim success in Arizona.”
As for Dever, he says he’s just hoping that some good will come out of this.
“Frankly, I don't want to create a firestorm," he said. "I only want this problem solved.” (Arizona Sheriff Cites Flood of Border Agents.)
Citizens who live in the corridor of drug trafficking and human smuggling that in southern Arizona are not amused by Barack Hussein Obama's jocularity. They are directly in harm's way. Some of them have started a petition drive to send to the White House to complain directly to the reigning caesar, the man who sits atop a veritable Mount Olympus as he pretends that he is just a "regular guy." Yeah, a "regular guy" who thinks every contention made by those who disagree with his elitist preconceptions is a joke, or, worse yet, based in some kind of racism or hatred. Some of the citizens of southern Arizona are calling him out very publicly:
The residents of the Chiricahua-Peloncillo
drug and human smuggling corridor that runs from the Mexican border
north through eastern Arizona and western New Mexico are circulating a
petition to send to the White House in response to President Obama's recent immigration speech.
"It is with great wonderment and sadness
that we listened to your May 10 speech on immigration issues. All of
the joking about moats and alligators cut residents of Portal, AZ, to
the core as we sheltered with friends or at a Red Cross evacuation site, to survive a terrible fire that still threatens our
lives and property, as well as our ecotourism-based economy," the letter
On Sunday, a massive fire broke out in
Horseshoe Canyon, about 50 miles north of the Mexican border, which
residents and law enforcement say they believe was started by criminal
illegal aliens. Last year, a fire in the same location caused more than
$10 million in damages.
"During its first 24-hrs, the fire consumed a
greater area than did last year's fire over a 6-week period. Local
residents were roused after midnight, and some slept fitfully in cars
after fleeing with family photos and any valuables that could be quickly
assembled. Elderly retirees left with medical supplies, including
oxygen tanks on which some depend," the letter reads.
The petition comes just days after Obama
appeared in El Paso, Texas, to plead the case for immigration reform
that has been bottled up in Congress for years. During his remarks, the
president argued that the border is as safe as it has ever been but
Republican opportunists are using the issue to score political points
and prevent legal reforms to address illegal immigration.
"We have gone above and beyond what was
requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform
as long as we got serious about enforcement. All the stuff they asked
for, we've done," the president said.
"But even though we've answered these
concerns, I've got to say I suspect there are still going to be some who
are trying to move the goal posts on us one more time. You know, they
said we needed to triple the Border Patrol. Or now they're going to say
we need to quadruple the Border Patrol. Or they'll want a higher fence.
Maybe they'll need a moat. Maybe they want alligators in the moat.
They'll never be satisfied," he continued.
Jeff Gee, one of the organizers behind the
petition and a firefighter battling the still-burning fire in Horseshoe
Canyon, says he was insulted by Obama's speech.
“I’m really disappointed at current border
security, I’m really disappointed at the president’s speech saying that
people like me wants moats with alligators, but moats with alligators
might work, nothing else,” he told FoxNews.com.
“We’re doing everything we can to get the
word out that this is serious problem, it’s not just a border issue, the
drugs and crime are moving through the corridor and they keep going to
major cities. I don’t know if this letter will help, but nothing else
Cochise County, Ariz., Sheriff Larry Dever,
who penned an op-ed in The New York Times Friday describing the plight
of border residents, told FoxNews.com that the petition is a plea for
the administration to take a closer look at the hardships they are
"These people are not overreacting. What
they suggest in letter is very deep part of their belief system based on
their experience and their experience has been horrific -- they see
human smuggling and drug trafficking, they sit on their porch and watch
people walk through, they've had their homes burglarized," Dever said.
"It's a beautiful landscape and for those
that moved out there for a sense of tranquility and peace, that's been
destroyed," he added.
The letter has been posted at post offices
in the border towns of Portal, Ariz. and Rodeo, New Mexico, for
signatures to be added.
Copies of the letter will also be sent to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., Arizona Republican Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, and National Public Radio.
In the letter, petitioners say that despite the president's protestations, "neither the border nor daily life" is secure.
"Seizure of record quantities of drugs may
pad the statistics of Homeland Security, but it does nothing to ease the
burdens we have been forced to bear. Over the years, as our homes have
been burgled or invaded, our fences, water lines and windows repeatedly
broken, our businesses driven toward bankruptcy, our natural
surroundings desecrated by trash and fire, and our lives even
obliterated (neighbor Rob Krentz, murdered by a drug scout), it has
amazed us how little note is taken of these tragedies by our government
and the press," the letter reads.
"Is it enough, now that we have suffered
back-to-back fires that threaten to erase our very reasons for living
here? What must we say or do to garner your attention and help? How is
it that, on the same day we took Osama bin Laden in Pakistan,
we could not prevent illegals - 50 miles within our borders (!) - from
setting a fire along a known smuggling route in an extremely dry
year? Why were federal agents (BP, ICE, National Guard, or Special
Forces) not posted along this route in anticipation of a repeat of last
year's calamity? Better still, why were the illegals not captured
before they had traveled 50 miles north of the border?! Or, in the eyes
of our government, do we just reside in a 'sacrifice zone'?"
The letter also describes the devastation
the fires have caused to the areas unique biodiversity, which attracts
bird-watchers and naturalists from around the world.
The petitioners then asks the president to
outline how he plans to fulfill his obligation to protect their
constitutional right to defense from foreign invasions "especially as
this regards fires set by Mexican drug and human smugglers.
"We thank you in advance for your anticipated response," it concludes.
Dever said the residents of the area are
generally self-sufficient and do their part, "but they also expect
government agencies to take some responsibility. They're not, and these
people are suffering the consequences," Dever said.
The residents will "come together and unite
in this front," he added. "They're not going to give up. They're not
going to roll over." (Border Area Fuming Over Obama Immigration Jokes.)
Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever, who put the lie to claims that the increased number of Border Patrol agents has made the Arizona-Mexico border secure, was also incensed at the jocular manner in which Barack Hussein Obama referred to the safety of his own county's residents, writing the following in an op-ed commentary that was published in The New York Times yesterday, Friday, May 13, 2011, to defend the Arizona state law that is now under attack from the Obama administration and from various advocacy groups who support the "rights" of people to enter this country illegally and to commit wanton crimes as they do so:
THIS week President Obama toured the Southwest, in part to promote what he claims are federal advances in border security.
But he has said little about the lawsuits by his administration and the
American Civil Liberties Union against Arizona’s immigration law,
passed just over a year ago but still unenforced, thanks to a federal
The law requires law enforcement to check the immigration status of anyone arrested for a
crime if there is reasonable suspicion that the person is in this
country illegally; it also allows them to cite illegal immigrants for
failing to carry documents required under federal law, whether they’ve
committed a crime or not.
As the fight over the law, Senate Bill 1070, carries on — Gov. Jan
Brewer has petitioned the Supreme Court to hear the case — violent crime
rooted in unchecked illegal immigration continues to spread here in
southern Arizona. It makes me wonder if the lawyers, judges and
politicians involved grasp what it is like to be a law enforcement
officer on the Mexican border.
As sheriff of Cochise County I am responsible, along with my 86
deputies, for patrolling 83.5 miles of that border, as well as the 6,200
square miles of my county to the north of it — an area more than four
times the size of Long Island.
There is no river between Arizona and Mexico to create a natural
obstacle to illegal immigration, drug trafficking and human smuggling,
and our county is a major corridor for all these. At best, illegal
aliens and smugglers trespass, damage ranchers’ land, steal water and
food and start fires. At worst, people who have come here hoping for
freedom and opportunity are raped or abandoned by smugglers and left to
die in the desert.
Nor are the migrants the only victims. Just over a year ago, while
officials at the Department of Homeland Security were declaring they had
secured “operational control” of most of the southern Arizona border,
my friend Robert N. Krentz Jr., a local rancher, was murdered, most likely by drug smugglers.
The people of Cochise County support the state’s immigration law because
we want this violence to end. Understandably, we get frustrated and
disheartened when the White House, which has failed to secure the border
for generations, sues us for trying to fill the legal vacuum.
The administration’s suit makes several claims. For one, it argues that
only the federal government has jurisdiction over immigration. But
that’s a strange argument, given that federal agencies regularly work
with state and local governments on cross-border crimes.
Senior officials at the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security
have also argued that state and local law enforcement officers are able
to make arrests only for criminal, rather than civil, violations of
immigration law. Criminal violations include aiding illegal immigration
or re-entering the country after deportation; civil violations include
overstaying a visa or simply being here illegally.
But this places an absurd burden on my deputies and me. Under the law,
if I see people I suspect of being in the United States illegally, I
already have to decide whether there is probable cause that they are
here illegally. (Contrary to what its critics say, the law doesn’t allow
me to question anyone I want, and I have no desire to do so.)
Whether illegal aliens committed a crime to enter this country, or a
civil offense to remain unlawfully, they are still breaking the law, and
S.B. 1070 is Arizona’s solution to help the federal government hold
them accountable without becoming embroiled in confusion that enables
individuals to fall through the cracks. At the same time, it assures the
standards of probable cause and reasonable suspicion are applied
throughout the process.
Of course, the law’s critics prefer to think that any state-level effort
to control illegal immigration is racially motivated, and that the law
is just an invitation for us to racially profile Americans and legal
residents of Hispanic descent.
For example, I’ve had more than one person ask me, sneeringly, “What do
illegal immigrants look like?” In response, I tell them it’s not really
what they look like as much as what they do that concerns me. Among
other things, they generally run off into the desert when they see our
officers approach. Citizens and legal residents don’t normally do that.
What’s more, such critics have a strange impression of what law
enforcement officers along the border actually do. In Cochise County, my
deputies and I often have to travel many miles to respond to a
resident’s call for assistance. The last thing we have time to do is
harass law-abiding people.
Indeed, these days we have even less time, as the law has opened up a
wave of suits against my office and other sheriff’s offices along the
border from immigrant advocacy groups — so many that other sheriffs and I
formed a legal defense fund, the Border Sheriffs Association, to help our departments counter them.
Neither my fellow sheriffs nor I believe the law is a silver bullet, but
we do believe it is an important tool. It’s up to the Supreme Court to
decide whether we can use it. (Op-Ed: Abandoned on the Border.)
Barack Hussein Obama, who takes his ivory tower with him wherever he goes with his best friend, the TelePrompTer, is unconcerned about reality. He sat in rapt awe for twenty years at the words of Jeremiah Wright and recently honored some kind of alleged performed who goes by the name of "Common," who has "sung" about the "burning Bush" (meaning that he was, it appeared, in support of the burning of the statist from the naturalist "right" named George Walker Bush). He has no time for reality. He has been trained in the unreality of the unreal world of Marxism from the time of his childhood. The man is a ready demagogue, a practitioner of the worst kind of class warfare and racial politics that is rooted in a cynical political calculation to curry favor with those voters, whether legal citizens or illegal aliens, whose presence at the polls on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, could make in those states he "flipped" from "red" to "blue" in 2008 and help him hold states such as Pennsylvania, which is crucial to his re-election plans. Barack Hussein Obama makes no pretense about being the president of all Americans. He is only the president for those people, whether American citizens or not, who agree with him.
A two-part article published almost a year ago now, Good Catholic Common Sense Must Prevail, part 1 and Good Catholic Common Sense Must Prevail, part 2, contained some considerations concerning the issue of illegal immigration. There is no need to revisit those considerations now. I stand by what was written nearly a year ago, not that anyone paid any attention to it, that is. We must remember that neither set of "naturalists," the Democrats and the Republicans, have no intention of keeping our borders secure. The first set has too much to gain at the ballot box. The second set does not want to see the first set take away native-born or naturalized Spanish-speaking voters, especially in Florida and Texas, who might otherwise vote for its candidates, desiring as well to do nothing to take away the ready supply of cheap labor for American employers who wink at the country's immigration laws as they fill the coffers of both sets of naturalists with lots of campaign loot in return. True national security is not only a joke to Barack Hussein Obama. It is a joke to his opposite number in the false opposite of the "right."
Let me close this brief commentary by reprising most of what I wrote a year ago now.
None of this debate would be necessary, however, if we lived in a Catholic world, a world where men would be united primarily by the bonds of the Holy Faith. They have been torn asunder by the revolutions of Modernity, something that Pope Pius XI stressed in Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, December 23, 1922:
Peace indeed was signed in solemn conclave between the belligerents of the late War. This peace, however, was only written into treaties. It was not received into the hearts of men, who still cherish the desire to fight one another and to continue to menace in a most serious manner the quiet and stability of civil society. Unfortunately the law of violence held sway so long that it has weakened and almost obliterated all traces of those natural feelings of love and mercy which the law of Christian charity has done so much to encourage. Nor has this illusory peace, written only on paper, served as yet to reawaken similar noble sentiments in the souls of men. On the contrary, there has been born a spirit of violence and of hatred which, because it has been indulged in for so long, has become almost second nature in many men. There has followed the blind rule of the inferior parts of the soul over the superior, that rule of the lower elements "fighting against the law of the mind," which St. Paul grieved over. (Rom. vii, 23)
Men today do not act as Christians, as brothers, but as strangers, and even enemies. The sense of man's personal dignity and of the value of human life has been lost in the brutal domination begotten of might and mere superiority in numbers. Many are intent on exploiting their neighbors solely for the purpose of enjoying more fully and on a larger scale the goods of this world. But they err grievously who have turned to the acquisition of material and temporal possessions and are forgetful of eternal and spiritual things, to the possession of which Jesus, Our Redeemer, by means of the Church, His living interpreter, calls mankind.
It is in the very nature of material objects that an inordinate desire for them becomes the root of every evil, of every discord, and in particular, of a lowering of the moral sense. On the one hand, things which are naturally base and vile can never give rise to noble aspirations in the human heart which was created by and for God alone and is restless until it finds repose in Him. On the other hand, material goods (and in this they differ greatly from those of the spirit which the more of them we possess the more remain to be acquired) the more they are divided among men the less each one has and, by consequence, what one man has another cannot possibly possess unless it be forcibly taken away from the first. Such being the case, worldly possessions can never satisfy all in equal manner nor give rise to a spirit of universal contentment, but must become perforce a source of division among men and of vexation of spirit, as even the Wise Man Solomon experienced: "Vanity of vanities, and vexation of spirit." (Ecclesiastes i, 2, 14)
The same effects which result from these evils among individuals may likewise be expected among nations. "From whence are wars and contentions among you?" asks the Apostle St. James. "Are they not hence from your concupiscences, which war in your members?" (James iv, 1, 2)
The inordinate desire for pleasure, concupiscence of the flesh, sows the fatal seeds of division not only among families but likewise among states; the inordinate desire for possessions, concupiscence of the eyes, inevitably turns into class warfare and into social egotism; the inordinate desire to rule or to domineer over others, pride of life, soon becomes mere party or factional rivalries, manifesting itself in constant displays of conflicting ambitions and ending in open rebellion, in the crime of lese majeste, and even in national parricide.
These unsuppressed desires, this inordinate love of the things of the world, are precisely the source of all international misunderstandings and rivalries, despite the fact that oftentimes men dare to maintain that acts prompted by such motives are excusable and even justifiable because, forsooth, they were performed for reasons of state or of the public good, or out of love for country. Patriotism -- the stimulus of so many virtues and of so many noble acts of heroism when kept within the bounds of the law of Christ -- becomes merely an occasion, an added incentive to grave injustice when true love of country is debased to the condition of an extreme nationalism, when we forget that all men are our brothers and members of the same great human family, that other nations have an equal right with us both to life and to prosperity, that it is never lawful nor even wise, to dissociate morality from the affairs of practical life, that, in the last analysis, it is "justice which exalteth a nation: but sin maketh nations miserable." (Proverbs xiv, 34)
Perhaps the advantages to one's family, city, or nation obtained in some such way as this may well appear to be a wonderful and great victory (this thought has been already expressed by St. Augustine), but in the end it turns out to be a very shallow thing, something rather to inspire us with the most fearful apprehensions of approaching ruin. "It is a happiness which appears beautiful but is brittle as glass. We must ever be on guard lest with horror we see it broken into a thousand pieces at the first touch." (St. Augustine de Civitate Dei, Book iv, Chap. 3)
There is over and above the absence of peace and the evils attendant on this absence, another deeper and more profound cause for present-day conditions. This cause was even beginning to show its head before the War and the terrible calamities consequent on that cataclysm should have proven a remedy for them if mankind had only taken the trouble to understand the real meaning of those terrible events. In the Holy Scriptures we read: "They that have forsaken the Lord, shall be consumed." (Isaias i, 28) No less well known are the words of the Divine Teacher, Jesus Christ, Who said: "Without me you can do nothing" (John xv, 5) and again, "He that gathereth not with me, scattereth." (Luke xi, 23)
These words of the Holy Bible have been fulfilled and are now at this very moment being fulfilled before our very eyes. Because men have forsaken God and Jesus Christ, they have sunk to the depths of evil. They waste their energies and consume their time and efforts in vain sterile attempts to find a remedy for these ills, but without even being successful in saving what little remains from the existing ruin. It was a quite general desire that both our laws and our governments should exist without recognizing God or Jesus Christ, on the theory that all authority comes from men, not from God. Because of such an assumption, these theorists fell very short of being able to bestow upon law not only those sanctions which it must possess but also that secure basis for the supreme criterion of justice which even a pagan philosopher like Cicero saw clearly could not be derived except from the divine law.
This is no joke. This is simple Catholic truth.
The ultimate solution rests, as most of you know, in the conversion of men and their nations to the Social Reign of Christ the King and Mary our Immaculate Queen. Catholicism is indeed the one and only foundation of personal and social order. If you never remember anything else that I write, I ask you to remember that as it is nothing other than simple Catholic truth.
The conversion of our own beloved nation depends in no small measure on our own daily conversion away sin as we seek to grow in holiness with every beat of our hearts, consecrated as they must be to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Every Rosary we pray helps to plant the seeds for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and thus the restoration of Christendom in the world and of the Church Militant on the face of this earth. Never underestimate the power of our simple prayers and the simple performance of our daily duties as members of the Mystical Body of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to plant seeds whose flowering may not occur until many years after we have died and have faced our Particular Judgment.
Let us turn to Our Lady of Guadalupe to ask her intercession for justice to prevail for the sake of those caught up in the vortex of illegal immigration and for security and order to be restored to the borders of the United States of America.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon!
Viva Cristo Rey! Vivat Christus Rex!
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?
Our Lady of Guadalupe, 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.
Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints