I’ve been telling you something bad is going on. He is being supported by the same configuration of people who gather around Rand. Sorry, but I find the whole libertarian premise around her to be pure evil. There are things more important than business, money, and Romney’s version of capitalism.
I like what Rush said awhile back. He said that conservatives basically wax poetic over big business and mega corporations as the basis of American capitalism and freedom. They have nothing to do with it. Big business is about money. It doesn’t give a damn about freedom. The sooner people get the blinders off their eyes, the better. This is a massive spiritual battle for the soul of our nation. I always thought it would come from the left. It’s not. It’s coming from the right. Republicans are going to be called upon to make some very difficult decisions in the next few months.
Do you follow Christ, or do you follow Rand? You can think me a religious freak. That’s fine. Someone needs to pray against the coming darkness. We’ve talked about the darkness before. It’s not Obama. It is coming from other sources. The worst part, I suspect some of it is coming from Romney supporters, in order to hurt both Newt and Rick.
There are some very nasty anti-Catholic ruminations going around the Romney web. You’ll see something from a theologian who has problems with Catholic “theology”.
“...Santorum has made the mistake of speaking unguardedly of good and evil, spiritual dimensions, and powers foreign to the cultivated minds of contemporary thinkers. …The charge of living in the Dark Ages is nothing new for the Church. They have been accused of this since…the Dark Ages. The chronology-concerned critic of today has developed an even more sinister and dangerous litmus test today: “Mainstream Thought.” … And accordingly Catholics have thrived and prospered in a nation of many faiths tied together by a unified civic religion of tolerance. But as the word “tolerance” is used more, its spirit is observed less. The desire to reconcile modern trends with ancient rules must eventually come to a “last stand,” and apparently that “last stand” occurs now. …
If the argument that serious Catholics are in effect barred from presidential consideration seems overstated, consider the long list of basic Catholic positions that part from the evolving and progressing mainstream and are therefore considered unacceptable…So the die has been cast. Serious Catholic candidates for office will be considered only if they deny their faith in public. Joining the sad march of unserious, unfaithful Catholic-in-name-only political opportunists is their only option. Any deviation from acceptable discourse will by definition render them unfit for office….”
We have a real problem with religion in the GOP. The problem isn’t with religion, the problem is with Mitt Romney, NOT his religion. The problem is the fact that, according to his supporters, he MUST NOT be criticized. The very act of discussing his faith, which is not Nicean Christianity, is unacceptable.
We can discuss the Hebrew faith. It is quite acceptable to denigrate Catholics and those of us who are evil Episcopalians. We might even tiptoe into a discussion of Islam, as long as we scrape, bow, and allow them to walk all over us.
BUT – we can’t discuss Mitt Romney’s faith.
This leaves us with a miserable catch-22. Erick Erickson sums it up, quite nicely. Perhaps one of the real problems many of us have, is the lack of respect shown to those who are not Mormon, who are dead. I don’t mind admitting I completely resent the fact that my cousin had my grandparents baptized in the LDS church, after they were dead. It is the same lack of respect shown to the family of the late Daniel Pearl.
We are living in an increasingly strange world where it is perfectly acceptable for a person to chose abortion as a matter of birth control. Now, there are “ethicists” who seen nothing wrong with what is basically infanticide. When you can’t discuss faith, salvation, and the love of Christ, THIS is what happens.
Christ has been the civilizing influence of the ages. Without Him, there is no civilization, not really, just varying degrees of barbarism.
“…Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, he added: “This “debate” has been an example of “witch ethics” – a group of people know who the witch is and seek to burn her. It is one of the most dangerous human tendencies we have. It leads to lynching and genocide. Rather than argue and engage, there is a drive is to silence and, in the extreme, kill, based on their own moral certainty. That is not the sort of society we should live in.”
He said the journal would consider publishing an article positing that, if there was no moral difference between abortion and killing newborns, then abortion too should be illegal. Dr Trevor Stammers, director of medical ethics at St Mary’s University College, said: “If a mother does smother her child with a blanket, we say ‘it’s doesn’t matter, she can get another one,’ is that what we want to happen?
“What these young colleagues are spelling out is what we would be the inevitable end point of a road that ethical philosophers in the States and Australia have all been treading for a long time and there is certainly nothing new.”
Referring to the term “after-birth abortion”, Dr Stammers added: “This is just verbal manipulation that is not philosophy. I might refer to abortion henceforth as antenatal infanticide.”…”
“….Yet, I must admit I grow ever more uneasy as I see abortion become not a regrettable, sad act of last resort, but just another form of contraception. Since 2002, 35,000 girls under 16 years of age have had a termination; in 2010, among the under-25s a quarter of abortions were repeat procedures. Indeed, in that same year, 34 per cent of all women ending pregnancies had had at least one previous abortion, up from 30 per cent a decade ago. In total, 85 women ended seven or more pregnancies. Over the past 40 years, there has been a 3,700 per cent increase in abortions, and this in the era of the reliable oral contraceptive pill. This is not what the 1967 Abortion Act was intended for. It’s not a womb valeting service, ladies.
So we really shouldn’t be a bit surprised if this particular slippery slope leads from guilt-free annual terminations – three for two, anybody? – to a “gender-balancing” service, which helps you plan the perfect family by vacuuming away infants of the wrong sex. There is a moral coarsening here that should concern us all. How desensitised have we become when an act of life or death – literally – is used as a tool to satisfy a curious desire to have one that you can dress in blue, as well as pink?
You can’t help but wonder whether if, in part, this could be down to the influence of the culture that brought us forced marriages turning a blind eye to another misogynistic horror, perhaps common in their homelands, but utterly abhorrent to the British way of life….”
I swear I think a tremendous amount of the problem we are facing is due to the increasing influence of Ayn Rand.
What bothers me the most is the fact that we are no longer allowed to have standards unless they are against the Catholic or Episcopalian church. We can’t say what we think. Sure, I think Rick Santorum is a little over the top with his discussion of his faith, BUT – he has the courage to discuss it. That’s a big deal. Not many people do, not any more.
I guess that’s the problem. Ayn Rand’s selfish atheism has perverted the GOP to the point where we must question what Newt Gingrich believes. We must make fun of Rick Santorum. We cannot have a reasonable comparison of Mormonism and Christianity.
Thanks to Rand’s vile influence, there is a growing darkness over the GOP. Her influence is one of selfishness, cruelty, and every man for himself, even when it harms others.
God help us all!