Thursday, February 23, 2012

Conspiracies and the Sheeple

Remember when First Lady Hillary Clinton talked about a 'vast right-wing conspiracy'?  Many people believed her, especially in the media, and started looking for Carl Roves under every rock.  This primary season has that same kind of tone, except this time it is mandates under every rock.  And there's another difference.  It's not a trumped -up right-wing conspiracy.  It's a very real media-government partnership to destroy fundamental constitutional rights.

So how does this work?  It starts with someone like the so-called ethicist, Peter Singer, claiming that in reality babies aren't people until they become capable of some self-care, and could therefore should be considered as appropriate targets for what he would still call an abortion.  The next step is to get some government official at a lower level to recommend and support legislation to act on the philosophical statement.  This would be one of the few issues Obama voted on in the Illinois Legislature and the U.S. Senate.  You need a non-profit group like Planned Parenthood to herd the sheeple into protest corrals so that it can appear that this kind of state sanctioned murder has popular support.  Finally, primp and preen with your mouth-pieces, making sure that the people who speak on behalf of this genocide do so under the invisibility cloak of concern for women-as-victims.

But both sides use these tactics.  Britt Hume  recently said, "If you look at the coverage we have seen so far this year, there's no evidence that the mainstream media is trying to help Mitt Romney. So, if anything, you know, you think if they were going to be calculating about it they say, 'we ought to help this guy Santorum. He would really be beatable by Obama, so let's beat on Romney,'" Hume told FOX News' Bill O'Reilly.

That would be a reasonable scenario if it weren't for the fact that Santorum was hiding in the curtain folds in the debates until, one-by-one, Romney's other competitors were picked off. Pawlenty, McCotter,  Bachman, Cain, Perry... all gone.  Now Rand Paul says he would be proud to be on a Romney ticket after his daddy Ron and Mitt ganged up on Santorum.  Very interesting.

Also interesting is the George Stephanopolis question on contraception, just before the announcement of the HHS mandate that has the Catholic church, and other defenders of religious freedom, taking up arms against the vast liberal conspiracy.  Given that as a background, is it any wonder Santorum, a staunch supporter of religious freedom, was stealthily  gaining support?

Today, after the most recent debate, Santorum is being criticized for saying he compromised on title 10 by creating title 20, and compromised on funding Planned Parenthood in order to get abstinence education in schools.  Romney, by contrast, is being praised for 'Standing by his Principles' while he allowed a liberal legislature and activist courts strip the Catholic church of its ability to provide adoption services in Massachusetts, and forced Catholic hospitals to provide the morning after pill.  Romney's record was so bad, he didn't even try for re-election.  And what he was able to preserve was done by executive order.  Now, who do we know who likes to use executive orders?

The current collusion between political operatives and media sources on both sides of the spectrum are making discernment difficult.  And so, the uninformed or the misinformed sheeple will chew on the sweet of the day.  And when the freshness has worn off, they will spit it out. 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Rosaries for Rick, Sacraments for Santorum

Consider this a Super PAC.  That's a Prayer Action Campaign!  It is time for real action.  That means it is time to pray.  Would you, my dear readers, be willing to participate in a prayer campaign for Rick Santorum and other worthy candidates in this election year?

Here's what I'm asking:

Click your participation level in the poll on the left...
In the comment box below, let me know if you can commit to praying for our country, for good leadership, and an end to the attacks on our freedom of conscience.  I believe that includes praying for Rick Santorum to be our next President.  Let me know how you will pray, the Rosary, Adoration, a Mass, then add your name, or online handle, and how often you will pray.

Update:  Given Obama's insensitive, and mind numbing disrespect for our freedom of conscience as evidenced by this  non-accommodating accommodation on the HHS rulings, we need Rick more than ever.  Remember this from August?

Thanks for your participation, Suzanne Carl

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tales from a Colorado Caucus

My sister Meg lives in Colorado.  She is probably the least likely of all of my siblings to go to a caucus or political meeting of any kind.  I'll wave signs on street corners, wear a Rick Santorum vest to work, argue in the grocery check-out lane with total strangers...  But Meg has to be pretty motivated to go to a caucus.

After praying about it, she decided this was a year when it really mattered.  Her account of the caucus and what she heard is significant.  It pairs well with the stunningly unenthusiastic reporting of the first candidate to sweep three contests in a single night.

Meg said there were 57 people at her caucus site.  Most of them, about 45, were well over 65.  The smallest group was in our 40-60 age group.

Among the speakers, two younger people spoke, both Mormons.  One was a Ron Paul supporter, who Meg said seemed kind of nutty.  One was a young man who cautioned those in attendance that Mitt Romney has a full wardrobe of skeletons in his closet.  She said that, within the rather large Mormon community in Colorado, there is serious concern that Romney is being promoted because the Democrats know he can be easily taken down in the general election.

I know, one lone voice at a caucus is not a landslide.  But it is significant.  The older voters are more likely to be accustomed to receiving their news from the old guard liberal press and network television.  They are also more likely to stick with a candidate they've known from other races.  That is why Romney won her caucus.

Now the day after, the Omaha World Herald doesn't even mention any of these election results on the front page.  Rick Santorum was denied a clear victory in Iowa because of miscounts and lost results.  The reporting on his victories is tepid.  He has won 4 states on a shoe-string budget, Romney won 3 with a leviathan machine of money and media supported structure, and Gingrich  has 1 state with a fair bit of money and a mouth made for creating controversy.  I know the delegate counts keep Romney in front, but it seems to me that it is time for voters to examine the bigger picture.

If Rick Santorum is doing so well with so little, why is that?  He doesn't get media coverage like the others.  He won Iowa while being relegated to stand in the half-light of a corner of the stage at debates where he had to raise his hand to be able to answer a question.  As the field dwindles, he moves closer to the center, but notice how his picture in any coverage of the presidential field is almost always third or fourth.  He can't pay to advertise like the others, so his message must be delivered in smaller forums, face to face.  And yet, he won 3 states last night.

If more people knew more about Rick Santorum, he could win the nomination.  Give him your time.  Read about him.  Storm the news outlets for some equal time.

I am as afraid of another candidate chosen for us by the media as I am of another Obama win.  Remember how the media chose him for us?