Daily Archives: September 24, 2020

Ideas Have Consequences

Bishop Robert Barron talks about “The Philosophers Who Shaped 2020” [50:30]

Not many people understand the ideologies that stand behind the rioting and deep unrest that we see on our city streets. What I do in this brief presentation is to step back a bit from current events and explore four thinkers who have had a profound impact in shaping the world that we are confronting: Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Michel Foucault. Once we understand some of their most basic ideas, we will recognize their influence everywhere today.” – Bishop Barron

This talk is fascinating! It is also much, much longer than anything I usually post, but I thought today, as we pray and fast for our nation’s healing, it was an appropriate time to suggest setting aside fifty minutes to think deeply about the philosophical and deeply anti-religious roots of our national “convulsion.”

One note: He uses one word – “praxis” – fairly often. I believe it is unusual enough that it would be helpful for me to define it here.

Praxis (prăk′sĭs) is the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, embodied, or realized.

In Christian terms, praxis is how we live the Gospel; it’s the “walking the walk” part of our faith.

Bishop Barron’s talk is largely about the praxis of Marx’s, Nietzsche’s, Sartre’s, and Foucault’s atheistic, power-based, me-centered philosophies.

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Pray and Fast Today

To bring healing and conversion to our Nation and to ourselves [9:30].

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Bits & Bytes

2020: Biden’s crime bill – One of (possibly the only) accomplishment Joe Biden can claim from his 47 years in elected office is the 1994 Crime Bill … which he has since disavowed.

ANARCHIST JURISDICTIONS: On Sunday, the Justice Department slapped this label on New York City, Seattle, and Portland and targeted them to lose federal money for failing to control protesters and defunding cops.

When state and local leaders impede their own law enforcement officers and agencies from doing their jobs, it endangers innocent citizens who deserve to be protected, including those who are trying to peacefully assemble and protest,” Attorney General William Barr said.

BLACK LIVES MATTER: CLICK https://www.facebook.com/officialbenshapiro/videos/616964972319951 [6:03] to hear Black Americans speak out against BLM and the Democratic Party’s support for defunding the police.

CLICK https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3338033012978044&extid=S2MOuNTXO4xMDRxp [5:59] to hear Matt Walsh talk about BLM’s coercive demands to make the Black Power fist and say “Black Lives Matter.” It perfectly expresses the real aim of their cause, which is power.

CALIFORNIA: Red Bluff – A 77-year-old military veteran was attacked by a man and woman who didn’t like his politics. The woman told him, “We just don’t like people like you”, then the man got him in a headlock and pounded him repeatedly on the head. The man has been arrested and charged.

CATHOLICS: Know the facts – Joe Biden supports abortion at ALL stages of pregnancy and has vowed to expand abortion access across America. He has also promised to force taxpayers to pay for it, to deny health care workers the freedom to say no to participate in it, and to push to make abortion legal by federal law.

CORRUPTION: For the past year, the Senate Homeland and Government Affairs Committee and the Senate Finance Committee have been conducting a joint investigation into Hunter Biden’s efforts to cash in on foreign business deals during his father’s vice presidency. Their report is out now. And while it does not accuse either Joe or Hunter Biden of any specific crimes, it does detail warning signs about their conduct that officials appear to have ignored.

COURTS: The upcoming Supreme Court nomination looms large, but Senate Republicans have vowed to also confirm many more lower court nominees as well. The National Law Journal notes that the speed of confirmations usually slows down in late summer and the fall, but that Senate Republicans have forged ahead.

Republicans have already confirmed more than a dozen federal judges so far this month. And the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to advance more nominees and hold hearings on others, guaranteeing a pipeline of potential judges.”

HYPOCRISY: Actress and ‘Defund the police’ activist Alyssa Milano was quick to call cops when she believed an armed gunman was on her multi-million dollar, gated community property on Sunday morning.

The call ignited a response that included seven Ventura County Sheriffs’ vehicles, one K-9 unit, a police helicopter and one Los Angeles Fire Department team.

The search by air and street level lasted over three hours, then ended abruptly when the culprit was located. It turned out to be a neighborhood teen with an air gun shooting at squirrels.

I wonder how many hungry children could have been fed with the resources expended on this hypocritical, overly privileged princess. Community programs? Classroom supplies? Childcare programs? Mental health services?

Of course, this is the woman who croons about how her two living children are her “heart” while boasting about how glad she is she aborted the two previous ones so she could follow her dreams. It is undoubtedly too much to expect any moral consistency or even common sense from her.

MAIL IN VOTING: CLICK https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3301648353252770 [3:17] to hear Jim Jordan give a fired up speech about Democrat efforts to steal elections. We need to ensure that our elections are safe, secure, fair, and that we know who won on election day.

PELOSI’S QUIVER: On Sunday’s broadcast of ABC’s “This Week,” San Fran Nan actually threatened to impeach President Trump (again) if he should dare to exercise his constitutional responsibility to nominate a judge for the Supreme Court.

By doing so, she said they would tie up the Senate so it couldn’t proceed with confirmation until after the election.

On Tuesday, Dan Bongino pointed out that while the Senate has the power to try a House impeachment, it does not have a duty or obligation to do so. The House can impeach as many times as it wants; the Senate can say, “Yeah, no. We’re busy here, so we’re not going to waste time on your frivolous, Trump-deranged games.”

RBG: [12:15] – I have largely been silent about this woman’s life and death, because she’s … well … dead. But I was relieved to read this, because it expresses exactly what has always bothered me about her and her ilk.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg did a great many interesting and impressive things in her life, but she never did the one thing she probably really should have done: run for office. Ruth Bader Ginsburg wasn’t an associate justice of the Supreme Court — not really: She was a legislator in judicial drag. …

The job of making law properly belongs to — some people find this part hard to handle — lawmakers. Making law is not the job of the judge. The job of the judge is to see that the law is followed and applied in a given case. It does not matter if the law is unfair or if the law is unjust — that is not the judge’s concern.

If you have a vision for America, and desire to make the law more fair or more just, then there is a place for you: Congress. That is where the laws are made.” – Kevin D. Williamson at National Review

SCOTUS: CLICK https://twitter.com/AndyGrewal/status/1307925515177734144 [3:38] and https://twitter.com/DailyCaller/status/1308125195404824577 [:47] to hear why Republicans will confirm Trump’s nominee before the end of 2020.

WALK AWAY: Today’s excerpt – “I came to the USA from Northern Ireland. While living there I remember the Night Bill Clinton stood on the platform outside of Belfast City Hall. Telling us how he was going to fix our small country. FIX OUR COUNTRY WHEN HE COULDN’T EVEN FIX HIS OWN LIFE NEVER MIND HIS OWN COUNTRY.. That’s when i realized what kind of a person he was, so before I immigrated I decided to study the parties here. I LOVE living here, but I must admit I’m scared of what could happen if President Trump does not win a second term. I came from a country that fought over religion and territory. I’m ready if called to fight for my new country. I will never give up the freedom that has been given to me from this wonderful Country. Make sure you talk to your friends and family and get out and vote. Your way of life depends on it.

GRAMMY NOTES: I had a long dream last night during which the Democrats infected Joe Biden with COVID-19 so he wouldn’t have to go to the debates. They were hoping he’d die, so they could be done with him. And if he did, they had “evidence” ready to blame the original infection on an allegedly desperate-to-win Trump. The creepiest part was that the whole thing was all way too plausible.

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