Official Wire » Official Wire Newsdesk http://www.officialwire.com You are the news. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:36:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Ten Most Corrupt Politicians In Washington DC http://www.officialwire.com/news/ten-most-corrupt-politicians-in-washington-dc/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ten-most-corrupt-politicians-in-washington-dc http://www.officialwire.com/news/ten-most-corrupt-politicians-in-washington-dc/#respond Tue, 07 Jan 2014 21:00:43 +0000 http://www.officialwire.com/?post_type=news&p=715420 By Frosty Wooldridge. Marriane Williamson, author of the book A Return to Love, announced this past fall her plan to run for Congress in the 33rd district of California to stop the “Culture of Corruption” in our nation’s capital. Without a doubt, deep, systemic corruption thrives in our U.S. Congress. It flourishes in our White House. […]

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By Frosty Wooldridge.

Marriane Williamson, author of the book A Return to Love, announced this past fall her plan to run for Congress in the 33rd district of California to stop the “Culture of Corruption” in our nation’s capital.

Without a doubt, deep, systemic corruption thrives in our U.S. Congress. It flourishes in our White House. Thomas Jefferson, our third president, tried to pass term limits, but failed in the face of those who love power and expect to maintain it.

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, released its 2013 list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.” www.JudicialWatch.org, the list, in alphabetical order, includes:

 Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH)
 CIA Director John Brennan
 Senator Saxby Chambliss
 Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
 Attorney General Eric Holder
 Former IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller / Former IRS Official Lois Lerner
 Former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano
 President Barack Obama
 Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)
 Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Dishonorable Mentions for 2013 include:

 Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
 Outgoing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) / Incoming Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D)
 Former Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ)
 National Security Adviser Susan Rice

As a 27 year old staff attorney for the House Judiciary Committee, Ms. Hillary Clinton suffered firing by her supervisor, lifelong democrat Jerry Zeifman who said, “She is a liar. She was unethical and dishonest. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”

If you remember the murders at the U.S. embassy in Benghazi that suffered a terrorist attack that killed four people, her reply, “What difference does it matter?”

Mr. Barack Obama continues his cover-up of his incompetence in fortifying the embassy and ignoring all calls for help. Good men died because of malfeasance and ineptitude.

Let’s start with Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH):

House Speaker John Boehner became a master at what Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer calls the “Tollbooth Strategy.” As Schweizer explains in his new book, Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets:

“You pay money at a tollbooth in order to use a road or bridge. The methodology in Washington is similar: if someone wants a bill passed, charge them money to allow the bill to move down the legislative highway.”

According to Schweizer, Boehner used the “Tollbooth Strategy” to collect more than $200,000 in political donations from executives just days before holding votes on bills critically important to their industries. [Reference]

Additionally, Boehner continues his blockade of the E-Verify Bill to force employers to check legal status of anyone seeking employment. I suspect the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, up to its eyeballs in promoting illegal immigration cheap labor, paid big bucks to keep E-Verify from passing into law. No doubt Marriott, Holiday Inn, Tyson Chicken, McDonald’s, Chipotle’s, Hormel, La Quinta, endless restaurant chains, construction, painting, landscape and other huge companies paid huge bribes to make sure they continue to hire illegal aliens rather than American citizens at a living wage.

Speaker Boehner does not stand-alone.

Attorney General Eric Holder lies so much, hides so much, aka, Fast and Furious, that he cannot tell the truth from a lie.

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) makes the “Ten Worst” list for what he actually did in 2012, but which was finally exposed in 2013. Just as with House Speaker Boehner, Chambliss’s misdeeds were revealed in Peter Schweizer’s book, Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets.

Judicial Watch said, “Chambliss is highlighted as one of the key abusers who used leadership PAC loopholes to convert campaign cash into lavish lifestyle upgrades for themselves and their family members.

The New York Times reported, “The book details the extravagant expenses of Senator Saxby Chambliss, Republican of Georgia, for instance, whose leadership PAC spent $10,000 on golf at Pebble Beach, nearly $27,000 at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, and $107,752 at the exclusive Breakers resort in Palm Beach, Fla. The amount Mr. Chambliss spent at the Breakers in the 2012 election cycle, the book reports, is three times what the senator gave to the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the same period.”

Former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano may be one of the biggest liars of all. In August 2013 Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stepped down from her post with “pride and regret” stemming from her failure to help push through the so-called “Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.” The truth: Napolitano played a major role in doing an end run around existing immigration law by helping President Obama implement his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) directive in lieu of DREAM Act passage.

Documents obtained by Judicial Watch in June 2013 revealed that Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) “Abandoned required background checks in 2012, adopting, instead, costly “lean and lite” procedures in effort to keep up with the flood of amnesty applications resulting from the DACA directive.”

The granddaddy liar of them all: Barack Hussein Obama.

President Barack Obama actually tops this “Top Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” list for 2013 as the driving force behind so many of the misdeeds.

This is Obama’s seventh straight year on the list, dating back all the way to 2007 (in 2006, he earned a “Dishonorable Mention”). He is a master at catch-me-if-you-can, corrupt politics.

“This year, he has again acted as a one-man Congress, rewriting entire sections of federal law on his own,” said Judicial Watch. “Not only is his administration secretive and dishonest; its callous disregard for the rule of law undermines our constitutional republic. Examples include:

Perhaps Obama’s most outrageous actions over the past year were his continual lies about the ability of Americans to keep their own health insurance under Obamacare. According the Free Beacon, Obama misled the American people a total of 36 times between 2008 and 2013 with his promise, “If you like your health insurance, you can keep it.” And according to NBC News, Obama knew, even as he repeated his lie, that “more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.”

Let us not forget Nevada Senator Harry Reid and all the senators that voted for the S744 Amnesty Bill that legalizes 20 to 25 million illegal aliens. They and he never stood up for enforcement of internal employment laws against employers of illegal aliens, or our borders, but they bend over for big business’ cheap labor interests—against American workers.

Last year, Harry Reid made the Judicial Watch Ten Worst list for his influence-peddling scandal involving ENN Energy Group, a Chinese “green energy” company for which Reid “applied his political muscle” – and which happened to be a major client of the Nevada law firm in which Reid’s son, Rory, is a principal.

 Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts totally. As Marriane Williams said, “We face a culture of corruption” in Washington DC that works against the interests of all Americans—but we continue voting them back into their power positions to screw all of us. Then we wonder why our country continues an 11-year useless war, $18 trillion debt, 14 million unemployed, 48 million subsisting on food stamps, endless immigration, falling wages and vanishing Middle Class.

[Join me, Frosty Wooldridge, with Dave Chaffin, host of the Morning Zone at 650 AM, www.KGAB.com, Cheyenne, Wyoming every Monday 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., as we discuss my latest commentaries onwww.NewsWithViews.com about issues facing America. You may stream the show on your computer. You may call in at: 1-888-503-6500.]

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America’s Greatest Challenge For 2014 http://www.officialwire.com/news/americas-greatest-challenge-for-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=americas-greatest-challenge-for-2014 http://www.officialwire.com/news/americas-greatest-challenge-for-2014/#respond Thu, 02 Jan 2014 18:20:01 +0000 http://www.officialwire.com/?post_type=news&p=715346 By Frosty Wooldridge. What do you consider the most important issue facing America in 2014? What will affect our country more than any other challenge facing us in the 21st century? What long-term impact will change the face of America for the worse? A reader said, “This is truly scary when one adds it all […]

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By Frosty Wooldridge.

What do you consider the most important issue facing America in 2014? What will affect our country more than any other challenge facing us in the 21st century? What long-term impact will change the face of America for the worse?

A reader said, “This is truly scary when one adds it all up like you have done. Too many people are very low in the information poll and pay no attention to what is going on in this country. I am worried so much about all of this, but the liberals of this country just continue to march on and win over us. While I am not totally committed to one party, I am truly against the party in power. I am afraid that one day it will be too late. I fear the world that my grand children will grow up in.”

The most important issue facing Americans in 2014: the long-term ramifications if the S744 Amnesty Bill passes in the House of Representatives. It will set in motion a human wave of 100 million immigrants injected into the United States within the next 36 years. Enough people to double the size of our top 20 most populated cities.

If that bill passes, it will change the face of America dramatically on our cultural, linguistic, racial, ethnic, ethos, quality of life and standard of living scale. It will impact our environment more than anyone understands.

Ask yourself: do I want my kids to face an added 100 million immigrants added to America in the next 36 years? What will it mean to them, their lives, their communities, their schools, their water, their environment and their country?

As you saw in the series “What America Will Look Like in 2050?” no amount of denial, no amount of ignoring this behemoth, no amount of technology will be able to deal with the sociological, religious and cultural impact of 100 million immigrants from 150 countries around the world.

Please understand that 100 million added immigrants WILL land on our shores if the current 1965 Immigration Reform Act and 1986 amnesties continue—by 2050. If S744 passes, our brilliant U.S. Senate doubled the rate of speed from 1.0 million immigrants annually to over 2.0 million annually—to increase the rate of immigration at twice the speed.

As one of my readers noted above, the American public does not comprehend the enormity of the numbers, the size of that number, the consequences to our environment and/or the loss of our country to what constitutes a “human typhoon.”

So, whatever you can do in 2014, you need to focus on visiting your senator’s office, your House of Representatives’ offices, your newspaper editors, your governor’s office, your mayor’s office and every radio and TV show you can write, call or contact by email.

Why? Once S744 passes, we shall have crossed the point of no return, we will have “Crossed the Rubicon” exactly like Rome’s Caesar, which led to his ultimate defeat. We shall have overrun our country with an army of humanity that we shall not be able to water, feed, house, warm, transport, work, educate or medicate.

Again, I give you the tools to understand the ramifications of what we face. We can stop it this year, or our children will become victims of it.

These two videos show graphically what it will look like:

In a five minute astoundingly simple yet brilliant video, “Immigration, Poverty, and Gum Balls”, Roy Beck, director of www.numbersusa.ORG, graphically illustrates the impact of overpopulation. Take five minutes to see for yourself:

“Immigration by the numbers—off the chart” by Roy Beck; This 10 minute demonstration shows Americans the results of unending mass immigration on the quality of life and sustainability for future generations: in a few words, “Mind boggling!” www.NumbersUSA.org

Actions you can take:

George Noory: coasttocoastam@aol.com
TheEarlyShow@cbsnews.com
Today Show: todaystoryideas@nbc.com
Nightline@abcnews.com
Matt Lauer: today@nbc.com
Bill O’Reilly: Oreilly@foxnews.com
comments@foxnews.com
Brian Williams: nightly@msnbc.com
Greta van Susteren: Ontherecord@foxnews.com
Dateline@nbc.com
Editor: letters@washpost.com
Editor: wsj.ltrs@wsj.com
Editor: letters@time.com
Editor: letters@newsweek.com
Ombudsman@npr.org
Editor: letters@nytimes.com
Editor: openforum@denverpost.com
KathleenParker@washpost.com
60M@cbsnews.com
letters@latimes.com

You can take action today, or your kids will pay for your apathy in the next three decades. It won’t be pretty for anyone.

[Join me, Frosty Wooldridge, with Dave Chaffin, host of the Morning Zone at 650 AM, www.KGAB.com, Cheyenne, Wyoming every Monday 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., as we discuss my latest commentaries onwww.NewsWithViews.com about issues facing America. You may stream the show on your computer. You may call in at: 1-888-503-6500.]

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Reflections On 2013: A Year Of Growing Tension http://www.officialwire.com/news/reflections-on-2013-a-year-of-growing-tension/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=reflections-on-2013-a-year-of-growing-tension http://www.officialwire.com/news/reflections-on-2013-a-year-of-growing-tension/#respond Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:29:23 +0000 http://www.officialwire.com/?post_type=news&p=715326 By Frosty Wooldridge. How do you sum up 2013 as a year for the United States and her citizens? What criteria do you use? Good, bad and ugly? As Clint Eastwood said, “A man’s got to know his limitations. Well, do ya’ punk?” The same could be said for our country. Do we understand our […]

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By Frosty Wooldridge.

How do you sum up 2013 as a year for the United States and her citizens? What criteria do you use? Good, bad and ugly? As Clint Eastwood said, “A man’s got to know his limitations. Well, do ya’ punk?” The same could be said for our country. Do we understand our limitations?

On the multicultural front, two Muslim Boston Marathon bombers blasted their way into the headlines by killing, maiming and amputating dozens of Americans. While those immigrant boys enjoyed endless welfare, education and incredible freedoms not realized in their home countries, they decided to blow up our country with fear, loathing and pressure cooker bombs.

On the immigration front, 20 million illegal aliens “itched” to get themselves legalized so they could continue their “Aztlan Reconquista” of the four southwestern states. Spanish co-equals English in America because Congress runs from any sense of responsibility to our immigration laws and the English language that built America. As their numbers grow, illegal migrants march toward their goal with the help of President Barack Obama, himself a non-citizen, the ACLU, and 535 Congressional critters that refuse to enforce our Constitutional laws.

After 11 years replete with $1 trillion wasted, our military men and women remain in the Islamic insane asylum of Afghanistan doing nothing but pouring money and lives down the rat-hole. The military industrial complex works its wonders with Obama and Congress to start a war with Iran. The bankers and moneychangers lick their chops at the thought of endless and meaningless wars overseas. As General Smedley Butler said in his memoirs, “War is a racket for bankers and politicians.”

Psychologists expect anywhere from 100,000 to 200,000 young men will commit suicide from their senseless service in the Islamic nuthouse of the Middle East. Endless forms of PTSD cause broken marriages, fatherless families, alcoholic & drug addicted soldiers and nonstop misfortune for our military veterans.

For a 5th straight year, Barack Obama proves himself an inept, incompetent and totally lackluster president of the United States. Food stamp recipients charged from 36 million at the beginning of his first term to 48.1 million subsisting on food stamps today. He drove the federal deficit from $12 trillion in 2008 to its current $18 trillion in 2013. More blacks suffer unemployment, poverty, incarceration and welfare than under any other president.

While 14 million Americans remained unemployed and 7 million under employed, Obama and Congress imported over 2.0 million legal and illegal immigrants into America in 2013. Obama and Congress failed to create jobs for the 48.1 million Americans living on food stamps, but they increased section 8 housing, “free” school lunches, medical care and ESL courses for illegal foreign children.

Because the U.S. continues as the third largest and fastest growing country because of immigration, we also accelerate global carbon footprint with millions of added car exhausts, chimneys and factories that acidifies our oceans and causes such horrific weather changes that create Hurricane Sandy, Katrina and Typhoon Haiyan. With the expected 100 million additional immigrants in the next 36 years, we can expect Mother Nature to respond commensurately.

On the sociological front, we saw Hispanic George Zimmerman kill one young thug named Trayvon Martin that created national headlines while 1,400 black Americans killed another 1,400 black Americans—but no one at the national level, the Black Caucus or Al Sharpton made a mention of blacks slaughtering blacks. Meanwhile, the mainstream media made not one mention of “Black Flash Mobs” or “Black Knockout Games” where American blacks run around killing whites for the fun of it. Three blacks in Oklahoma killed a white Australian college baseball player, “For the fun of it.”

If you look at the dropout/flunkout rates in our educational systems such as a 76 percent high school dropout rate in Detroit, Michigan to 60 percent flunkout rate in Mexican-dominated Los Angeles, we continue on our downward spiral of a “functionally illiterate” civilization where dumb people outnumber educated people, but enjoy endless welfare, food, cell phones, medical care and housing on the backs of those of us who study, work and contribute.

On the federal level, we see a culture of corruption in the Obama White House and Congress that gave us incompetence, malfeasance and covered up the Benghazi murders, Fast and Furious gun running, NSA spying, 22 Islamic jihad compounds now operating in America and imported tens of thousands of Muslims via legal immigration that will end up undermining our country’s culture, language and laws.

Sharia Law charges into our country as fast as their numbers grow. Obama features eight Islamic staff working full time in the White House. In the next three years, we will see countless tens of thousands of Muslims imported into America to bring “hope and change” for Islam in America. At some point, Muslims will bomb our electrical grid with multiple-coordinated teams, which will make 9/11 look like a garden party. Few of us realize our vulnerability, and remember, when jihad warriors succeed, they enjoy 72 virgins in Islamic heaven.

On the health-care front, Obamacare stumbled, faltered and fell on every level. Ironically, Americans show they don’t care about their health, as over half of our population grows intolerably obese. Fifty millions Americans smoke, 10 million alcoholics abound while diabetes became a national epidemic. Cancer continues as the number one killer, but few connect it to our contaminated air, water and soil via endless chemicals injected into our biosphere.

On the trade front, China owns us. They buy U.S. companies, land and entire office districts here in the USA. By the time they get done, they will dictate what we do, who we are and how we operate.

As we transform and deform into a polyglot, chaotic, multi-lingual and multicultural society, we continue to watch the Middle Class degrade into non-existence. We watch the American flag become the Mexican flag, the Middle Eastern flag and hundreds of other flags from immigrants that could care less about America.

On the international front, no one suspects or reports on the growing radioactive plume originating from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown. That radio-active water circulates into all the oceans—contaminating every living creature below the waters around the world—and contaminating all the fish and marine life we use for food. That event will prove the greatest ecological debacle for humanity for all of history. Cancers, destroyed eco-systems, degraded oceans and much worse await humanity.

What’s amazing about 2013? Men wasted 29 hours weekly watching the idiot box as to football, baseball, hockey and basketball. For the Americans with jobs, we partied, played and ordered pizza. We drove around without the faintest clue as to what Congress and Obama continue accomplishing: utterly and completely ignoring our sacred Constitution and Bill of Rights.

As we dance into 2014, I can only appreciate that our country faces financial collapse, sociological degradation, environmental deterioration, accelerated immigration numbers to 2.0 million annually, millions of jobless whites, blacks and Hispanics, energy exhaustion, environmental breakdown and resource depletion.

Will 2014 get better? This should foreshadow the answer as Mark Twain said, “Suppose you were an idiot; and suppose you were a member of Congress; ah, but I repeat myself.”

Another Facebook writer said, “Obama is what you get when you allow idiots, illegals and welfare recipients to vote.”

[Join me, Frosty Wooldridge, with Dave Chaffin, host of the Morning Zone at 650 AM, www.KGAB.com, Cheyenne, Wyoming every Monday 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., as we discuss my latest commentaries onwww.NewsWithViews.com about issues facing America. You may stream the show on your computer. You may call in at: 1-888-503-6500.]

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Equations Of Christmas: What Does “X” Really Mean? http://www.officialwire.com/news/equations-of-christmas-what-does-x-really-mean/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=equations-of-christmas-what-does-x-really-mean http://www.officialwire.com/news/equations-of-christmas-what-does-x-really-mean/#respond Fri, 20 Dec 2013 22:58:19 +0000 http://www.officialwire.com/?post_type=news&p=715215 By Dr. Gary L. Welton I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, a White Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Season’s Greetings; but most of all, I wish you a Blessed Christmas. Being at our season of life, in those years between teenage children and endearing excitable grandchildren, my wife and I recall our various memories […]

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By Dr. Gary L. Welton

I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, a White Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Season’s Greetings; but most of all, I wish you a Blessed Christmas.

Being at our season of life, in those years between teenage children and endearing excitable grandchildren, my wife and I recall our various memories of Christmas past. We remember our common extended family traditions, which involved cramming scores of beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins into small houses that comfortably held only a handful, in which we enjoyed a fantastic spread of holiday treats (though most of us ate primarily from the food that our own mother had prepared, as familiarity always trumped the risk of change).

Not every memory is positive, however, as there were moments of boredom, serious sledding accidents, cattle breaking through the fence, sibling-like spats between kissing cousins jammed into such close quarters, and the trip to the ER when grandma fell off her chair. Nevertheless, I always smile when I remember the moments we shared and our common Christian tradition. We celebrated our sacred faith in the mystery of Christ’s provision of redemption.

Our society, however, is moving away from the shared sacred holiday. As we become a more diverse society, we begin to replace the Christmas carols with the holiday music. We replace the infinite incarnation with the maudlin focus on white snow and green trees. One particular holiday greeting, however, is more sacred than it first appears.

Some of my Christian friends and mentors have waxed eloquent about their rejection of the “Xmas” greeting. They argue that we have taken Christ out of Christmas and replaced Christ with “X,” an algebraic symbol for a variable unknown quantity. The history of the term Xmas, however, is not algebraic, but rather rooted in the Greek language and the letter chi (x).

Early Christians used the fish as a symbol of their faith. The Greek word for fish, ichthys, was used as an acrostic reference to the incarnate Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior. It is said that during the life and death persecution of the early church, a Christian meeting someone new would begin to draw a fish in the sand. If the other person was a Christian, he or she would complete the drawing. If the second person was not a Christian, the ambiguity of the half-symbol would not reveal the first person as a Christian. The letter x quickly became a recognized abbreviation for Christ. Hence, it was natural to shorten the term Christmas to the term chi-mas, or Xmas.

Some in our society will argue that Christmas should become a secular holiday, separated from the Christian tradition, given the early historical celebration of the winter solstice. It is no accident, however, that Christmas is the most significant holiday in America, totally eclipsing any celebration of the summer solstice. Separating Christmas from its sacred meanings is simultaneously robbing Christmas of its lasting impact in our society and our individual lives.

Although some will use the Xmas greeting in an attempt to separate the secular from the sacred, the historical roots show that the term Xmas is an indirect reference to Christ. The use of Xmas by some might be an attempt to suggest that the speaker is trying to replace Christ with the algebraic symbol for the unknown. Nevertheless, we can solve for the value of X in Xmas. The experienced hearer will solve for X and find the value of X is equal to the infinite focus of our Christmas season.

As a growing secular society attempts to remove Jesus Christ from the equations of Christmas, take joy in the fact that despite these efforts the ultimate truth remains: The reason for the season is a gift from God—a baby’s birth nearly 2,000 years ago—the world’s Savior.

Have yourself a blessed little Christmas this year.

 

Dr. Gary L. Welton is assistant dean for institutional assessment, professor of psychology at Grove City College, and a contributor to The Center for Vision & Values. He is a recipient of a major research grant from the Templeton Foundation to investigate positive youth development.

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Drink, Drive, Kill Four People: Get Off Free http://www.officialwire.com/news/drink-drive-kill-four-people-get-off-free/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=drink-drive-kill-four-people-get-off-free http://www.officialwire.com/news/drink-drive-kill-four-people-get-off-free/#respond Fri, 20 Dec 2013 22:54:58 +0000 http://www.officialwire.com/?post_type=news&p=715214 By Frosty Wooldridge. This year, Houston, Texas resident, Ethan Couch, a 16 year old, rich, spoiled brat drank himself into three times the allowable limit to drive a car—and drove over five people walking across a crosswalk. He killed four and placed the fifth in a paralyzed state for the rest of his life. His […]

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By Frosty Wooldridge.

This year, Houston, Texas resident, Ethan Couch, a 16 year old, rich, spoiled brat drank himself into three times the allowable limit to drive a car—and drove over five people walking across a crosswalk. He killed four and placed the fifth in a paralyzed state for the rest of his life.

His exceptionally rich father paid huge bucks to get him off “Scott Free” without a day in jail via the “Affluenza defense.” What exactly constitutes such an absurd defense?

If you enjoy filthy rich parents who failed to parent you to become a responsible citizen and driver, you get a free pass from an ordinarily 20 year prison sentence because “You are so rich that you didn’t realize what you were doing.”

The Associated Press reported, “Authorities said the teen and friends were seen on surveillance video stealing two cases of beer from a store. Couch had seven passengers in his Ford F-350, was speeding and had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit. His truck slammed into the four pedestrians, killing Brian Jennings, 43, Breanna Mitchell, 24, Shelby Boyles, 21, and her mother, Hollie Boyles, 52.”

This “get off free because your parents are rich” defense shows how irresponsible our country has become on multiple levels. If you walk into our U.S. Congress, you find entrenched corruption beyond anything imaginable. The late Teddy Kennedy killed Mary Jo Koepeckne, lied and got of completely without consequences. He continued on his drinking binges, cheating on his wives and lying to the American people to his last breath.

No doubt, Eathan Couch uses Kennedy for a role model.

Each hour in America, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers estimates that 14 million Americans drive while intoxicated: drunk.

The results show up in 10,000—17,000 deaths and tens of thousands of debilitating injuries annually on our nation’s highways.

MADD compiled the following figures:

Almost every 90 seconds, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash.

If all 17 million people who admitted to driving drunk had their own state, it would be the fifth largest in the U.S.

Drunk driving costs the United States $132 billion a year.

Drunk driving costs each adult in this country almost $500 per year.

50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license.

An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before first arrest.

Adults drank too much and drive about 112 million times per year – almost 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving a day.

Every day in America, another 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.

In 2012, 10,322 people died in drunk driving crashes – one every 51 minutes.

Do you think Ethan Couch suffers any regrets? Will he reform? He’s already an alcoholic and privileged person at age 16. His parents cast his dye.

What can our society do to stop drunk driving and its deadly sister endear-ling called “texting”?

MADD cut drunken driving deaths in half since 30 years ago, but that still doesn’t stop millions upon millions from driving drunk every day. In other words, we still enable drunk drivers because we don’t make it more prohibitive to drink and drive.

Texting while driving

 The number of people killed in distraction-affected crashes decreased slightly from 3,360 in 2011 to 3,328 in 2012. An estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.
 11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. For drivers 15-19 years old involved in fatal crashes, 21 percent of the distracted drivers were distracted by the use of cell phones. (NHTSA)
 At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. (NOPUS)

I propose a whole new approach: when you earn your driver’s license at 16 or 18, you sign a document and you’re video-taped for total proof:

I, Ethan Couch, Teddy Kennedy, Joe Six Pack, understand that if I drink, use drugs or do texting while driving, and I am caught or involved in an accident, I will automatically lose my driver’s license for five years, lose my car to impound for the same period, which I will have to pay for storage fees for the entire five years loss of the car, and pay a $20,000.00 automatic fine. My insurance will be an automatic $10,000.00 a year after my first drunken driving stop.

If I am caught a second time drinking, using drugs or texting, I will suffer the loss of my driver’s license for 10 years, loss of car to impound, $40,000.00 automatic fine, $20,000.00 annually for car insurance upon the end of the 10 years. If I am found driving under a suspended license, I automatically go to jail for three to five years.

If I am caught a third time, I lose my driving privileges for life. If I am caught driving after that point, I face a 5 to 10 year jail sentence.

Signed: Joe Six Pack, Teddy Kennedy, Ethan Couch.

That should put a dent in the drunk, drug and texting crowd preying on innocent drivers like the rest of us every day. We need to make the consequences much more difficult instead of the stuff going on right now across this nation that gives men like Teddy Kennedy a free pass for killing a young innocent girl and Ethan Couch a free pass for killing four people.

The reason I don’t drink: my Uncle Gordon, Uncle Scott, Uncle Earl and Aunt Jane drank themselves into oblivion daily. They drove drunk, they drove crazy, they drove on the wrong side of the road up hills, they terrified me to the point I stopped riding with them for fear of dying in a crash. I never could speak to them because they were always “out of their minds.”

Until and unless, we get serious about drinking, drugging and texting while driving, we will see countless thousands of deaths and countless more innocent people suffer because we refuse to get serious about someone getting behind the wheel of a 4,000 pound torpedo and crashing it into our bodies.

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From Playground To Profession: Choosing A Career Path At Age 10? http://www.officialwire.com/news/from-playground-to-profession-choosing-a-career-path-at-age-10/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=from-playground-to-profession-choosing-a-career-path-at-age-10 http://www.officialwire.com/news/from-playground-to-profession-choosing-a-career-path-at-age-10/#respond Fri, 20 Dec 2013 22:51:16 +0000 http://www.officialwire.com/?post_type=news&p=715213 By James Thrasher. A recent Wall Street Journal article by Peter Cappelli, “Why Focusing Too Narrowly in College Could Backfire,” caught my eye. Cappelli writes, “Students are told to learn the subjects that will best land them a job when they graduate. But that could be the worst thing they could do … The trouble […]

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By James Thrasher.

A recent Wall Street Journal article by Peter Cappelli, “Why Focusing Too Narrowly in College Could Backfire,” caught my eye. Cappelli writes, “Students are told to learn the subjects that will best land them a job when they graduate. But that could be the worst thing they could do … The trouble is that nobody can predict where the jobs will be—not the employers, not the schools, not the government officials who are making such loud calls for vocational training. The economy is simply too fickle to guess way ahead of time, and any number of other changes could roil things as well. Choosing the wrong path could make things worse, not better.”

If this predictive approach is dangerous for college students, what should we think of President Obama’s call for U.S. educational leaders to consider the German approach to career development and job training, which slots 9 and 10-year-olds into permanent career tracks?

In his last State of the Union address, the president encouraged us to consider the German method in order to enhance academic success and employment in a global economy. This is highly problematic, because the German educational system completely disregards the presuppositional foundation of vocational calling: Individuals are designed with unique gifts, talents, and passions, and that the knowledge of how to successfully use one’s abilities and transferable skills requires the combination of time and self-assessment.

The future of German children is established by the fourth or fifth grade. Yes, 9 and 10-year-olds are assigned specific academic and vocational career tracks. The decision regarding their future is based on test scores, grade point averages, interviews, teacher recommendations, parental influence and the government’s forecasted job outlook. What did you want to be in fourth grade?

Recently, I spoke to seventh and eighth graders about vocation and calling, helping them to think about their personal design and their futures. They were clueless, and rightly so, because 12 and 13-year-olds are just beginning the process of discovering who they have been uniquely and wonderfully made to be.

So, I think this begs the question of just what is the purpose of education, specifically government-controlled education.  Are we to develop round pegs to go into round holes?  Are kids to be customized for a specific job as a means to an end, thus advancing the government’s deciphered economic needs?  Should a child’s life progress from birth to the classroom to the assembly line, without allowing for the process of exploration and growth to lead the maturing young adult into a successful and fulfilling career?

As the director of Career Services at a private college for over 20 years, I have seen the success of the practical application of the career development process. It is indeed a process which takes time and maturity. That is a philosophical presupposition which must not be ignored. Career development progresses through the maturation of the individual, which leads young adults to an understanding of their unique design and vocational calling. Life experiences, summer jobs, internships, academic classes, job shadowing, mentoring, apprenticeships and work experience are very important elements of good career development and deciphering one’s vocational calling. But the German system defines the career slot for children at ages 9 and 10, before all these opportunities take place. The dye has been cast by the time these key experiences are introduced or even available.

Individuals today will have about 10 jobs in a lifetime, with four to five completely different careers in the midst of their job changes. How would such specific technical training fit into this picture?  The German system is very rigid, rarely allowing for movement out of the set career track. But technology is prompting radical alterations in the needs of the marketplace every six to nine months. As the job market constantly changes, the possibility of a fourth or fifth grader remaining in a particular career path for life is slim to none.

What about the other skills needed to have a productive and satisfying life?  A well-rounded education prepares the whole person. Plus, because the marketplace so rapidly changes, students need the wisdom, maturity, discernment and self-awareness to navigate their career paths.

Success in life is not found in being employed. Meaning, satisfaction, and joy are found in aligning one’s calling with work that provides an opportunity to serve and to fully utilize gifts, talents and abilities. Employment and the needs of the marketplace do not define the greatest good.

It is wonderful to live in a country where you can still ask your kids, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and know that they have the freedom to dream.

 

Dr. Jim Thrasher is the director of Grove City College’s career services office and the coordinator of the Center for Vision & Values working group on calling.

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What America Will Look Like In 2050, Part 15 http://www.officialwire.com/news/what-america-will-look-like-in-2050-part-15/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-america-will-look-like-in-2050-part-15 http://www.officialwire.com/news/what-america-will-look-like-in-2050-part-15/#respond Wed, 18 Dec 2013 16:14:17 +0000 http://www.officialwire.com/?post_type=news&p=715144 By Frosty Wooldridge. This “immigration invasion” moves at such an imperceptible speed, few Americans realize it and most don’t possess a clue as to the end result. Those who understand the final equation feel paralyzed and helpless in the face of our president and Congress representing illegal aliens and doubling legal immigration rather than upholding […]

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By Frosty Wooldridge.

This “immigration invasion” moves at such an imperceptible speed, few Americans realize it and most don’t possess a clue as to the end result. Those who understand the final equation feel paralyzed and helpless in the face of our president and Congress representing illegal aliens and doubling legal immigration rather than upholding our laws and dramatically reducing legal immigration.

Forty to fifty years from now, historians will write on various aspects of the collapse of the United States of America. They will write about how America turned into a schizophrenic-multicultural society; a linguistically chaotic country with dozens of languages competing to be understood to get what they wanted; and conflicting cultures that competed for dominance.

Those historians will speak to the enclaving and fragmentation of a once “whole” people in a once “cohesive” culture. They will speak to the environmental collapse of our water, energy and resources. They will speak to our loss of quality of life and standard of living. Their verdict: America immigrated itself into population and cultural overload by adding 100 million immigrants.

A reader named Greg H. asked, “How do we convince the politicians? They do not seem to give a rip what the constituent on the street wants them to do. They have their agenda and their donations (bribes)! How do we convince the mainstream media? They have their agenda and must follow the politically correct mantras handed to them by the powers that be and create reality with the news they report! Defy and die! Lie and be ‘wealthy’! I appreciate the phone numbers and email addresses provided and will do my part to help but I go toward this endeavor with little hope!”

Yes, it seems pretty hopeless. Let me again repeat the reason for this series on what America will look like in 2050—a scant 37 years from now.

At the current legal immigration numbers of 1.0 million annually, their birth rates and chain-migrated relatives—immigration will add 100 million people to the USA by 2050. That means our country will be forced into adding another 20 of our most populated cities across our landscape. Or, it means each city will be doubled in size. It means we will have to water, house, warm, transport, educate, feed, medicate and create jobs for 100,000,000 people.

If the current S744 Amnesty Bill becomes law in 2014, the speed of this immigration invasion doubles to 2.0 million annually. Which doubles birth rates and chain-migrated relatives.

But that’s not all, according to demographic projections; we Americans will add another 38 million of our own citizens, enough to add another 10 of our largest cities to that list.

The numbers become SO overwhelming, so much so, most people become frightened into denial or inactivity. If we do nothing, we become victims of our own government and the power elite that purposely flood our country. Do you want your children to become victims? If not, take action.

First of all, share these to short videos to all your networks; they graphically and compellingly show what we face:

In a five minute astoundingly simple yet brilliant video, “Immigration, Poverty, and Gum Balls”, Roy Beck, director of www.numbersusa.ORG, graphically illustrates the impact of overpopulation. Take five minutes to see for yourself:

“Immigration by the numbers—off the chart” by Roy Beck; This 10 minute demonstration shows Americans the results of unending mass immigration on the quality of life and sustainability for future generations: in a few words, “Mind boggling!” www.NumbersUSA.org

Unless you take action by sending this “solution to our crisis” out to every network in America, we will most definitely become victims.

Send this video out to your network:

Check out this link with Wooldridge on bicycle and Lester Brown and panel discussion:

The key is to spread this knowledge enough to create a powerful and enlightened American citizenry fully engaged and take action.

Tomorrow’s America project.

Producer: Dr. GEORGE A. COLBURN

Flood the following media services with letters and phone calls demanding they address America’s population future:

George Noory: coasttocoastam@aol.com
TheEarlyShow@cbsnews.com
Today Show: todaystoryideas@nbc.com
Nightline@abcnews.com
Matt Lauer: today@nbc.com
Bill O’Reilly: Oreilly@foxnews.com
comments@foxnews.com
Brian Williams: nightly@msnbc.com
Greta van Susteren: Ontherecord@foxnews.com
Dateline@nbc.com
Editor: letters@washpost.com
Editor: wsj.ltrs@wsj.com
Editor: letters@time.com
Editor: letters@newsweek.com
Ombudsman@npr.org
Editor: letters@nytimes.com
Editor: openforum@denverpost.com
KathleenParker@washpost.com
60M@cbsnews.com
letters@latimes.com

Letter template to news media, newspapers and national journalists:

Dear NBC, CBS, CNN, 60 Minutes producers, Newsweek, Time, Terri Gross, Robert Seigal, Steve Inskeep, Diane Sawyer, Scott Pelley, New York Times, Kathleen Parker, George Will, your US Senator, US Congressman (woman), etc:

At the current rate of legal immigration, their birth rates and chain-migration, America faces an added 138 million people added to our country by 2050—a scant 37 years from now. That means our top 30 most populated cities will be duplicated or those cities will double in population size. How will we water, house, warm, transport, feed, educate and medicate that 138 million people? How will we maintain quality of life and standard of living? Please investigate and report on the ramifications of adding 138 million people as well as the damage to our environment. We must discuss our future as a civilization before it becomes unsustainable, irreversible and unsolvable.

This series educated you to our future “IF” we continue this immigration invasion. If 10,000 readers of this series wrote an email, letter or made a phone call, those news services, senators and journalists could not ignore this issue. If 100,000 readers wrote, phoned and emailed, we will start a national discussion, debate and resolution.

With your kids in the balance, take action. The worst decision you can make is to feel that you can do so little that you do nothing at all.

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Liberty of Conscience in the Public Square: Challenges to the Affordable Care Act http://www.officialwire.com/news/liberty-of-conscience-in-the-public-square-challenges-to-the-affordable-care-act/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=liberty-of-conscience-in-the-public-square-challenges-to-the-affordable-care-act http://www.officialwire.com/news/liberty-of-conscience-in-the-public-square-challenges-to-the-affordable-care-act/#respond Tue, 17 Dec 2013 20:47:17 +0000 http://www.officialwire.com/?post_type=news&p=715126 By Dr. L. John Van Til. Editor’s note: The subject of this article is derived from a conference paper that Dr. Van Til will present at the 2014 Annual Conference in April. It is not surprising that Obamacare, especially the HHS mandate, has generated dozens of lawsuits. The question is: What is at issue here? The […]

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By Dr. L. John Van Til.

Editor’s note: The subject of this article is derived from a conference paper that Dr. Van Til will present at the 2014 Annual Conference in April.

It is not surprising that Obamacare, especially the HHS mandate, has generated dozens of lawsuits. The question is: What is at issue here?

The answer is nothing less than the preservation of the integrity of the two religion clauses of the First Amendment. In 1791, the first drafts of these clauses spoke of “liberty of conscience,” primarily because each state had written a liberty of conscience clause in its own constitution. The final draft stated, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, nor prohibit the free exercise thereof …”

The important question, however, is what do the religion clauses mean? The answer is not difficult to see, although the Supreme Court in recent decades has cluttered the meaning.

Let’s first consider the establishment clause. One of the largest points of contention after the American Revolution was whether to disestablish the Anglican Church in Virginia. Thanks to the arguments of Madison and Jefferson it was, indeed, disestablished. In early 1786, with overwhelming support, the Virginia House passed into law “An Act for Establishing Religious Freedom.”

Other states quickly followed Virginia’s example. The specific intent of these measures were to ensure that there would be no state-sponsored churches. Everyone knew at the time, and for the next 160 years, that the phrase “an establishment of religion” directly referred to a church. It meant nothing more, nor anything other, than an organized place of worship. It was the place in which religious convictions were formally practiced. Helping to define what religion meant, Jefferson, echoing John Locke, said, “Religion is the duty we owe our Creator.”

Over a century and a half passed, and the Supreme Court began to muddle the meaning, especially in 1947’s Everson v. Board of Education. Justice Hugo Black took it upon himself to change the phrase from “an establishment of religion” into “the establishment of religion.” This dramatically altered the meaning of this clause.

Here is a tremendous example of how words, or even a single word, hold power. That seemingly little change in the use of an article, from “an” to “the,” altered American jurisprudence profoundly. This change by Justice Black allowed subsequent courts to examine all sorts of religious issues in the name of “the establishment of religion.”

This makes March 2014 all the more important. The court will hear oral arguments on the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties cases. Will the court follow Justice Black’s version of establishment, or look at the cases as free exercise issues? To put the importance of this into perspective, consider that later cases in Black’s tradition have suggested that a public prayer is establishing religion. There is no doubt that confusion has been the result. Perhaps some of these older cases should be re-heard by the Court.

The second religion clause, the free exercise clause, was settled earlier in a rather straightforward manner in 1940’s Cantwell v. Connecticut.  In this case, Jehovah’s Witnesses were proselytizing and distributing literature door to door. They were arrested and convicted for not having a required permit. The Supreme Court said that “the statute, as construed and applied … deprived them of their liberty without due process of the law.” Here, the court quoted both religion clauses of the First Amendment. It also stated, “Freedom of conscience … cannot be restricted by law.”

What does this mean about religious liberty in the public square? First, the clause on establishment means only one thing: Congress and the states shall not create state-sponsored churches. It does not open the door to all sorts of imaginative “religious” issues. Second, the free exercise clause means that everyone has liberty of conscience. Together, these clauses sharply limit the state in all matters of religion, and that includes the Supreme Court. Clearly, the state has no power to create churches, nor authority to suppress liberty of conscience—which is a religious exercise.

In light of this, it is easy to conclude that the state has no power or authority to establish a national church. It would seem also that the state has no power to prohibit the free exercise of religion as it pertains to a legitimate business practice such as providing benefits to employees that do not violate a business owner’s conscience. But this issue remains to be resolved by the Court. Will the Court preserve the integrity of the First Amendment, or participate in fundamentally transforming the United States of America?

 

Dr. L. John Van Til is a fellow for humanities, faith, and culture with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.

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Pope Francis: Espousing A Peronist Rather Than A Marxist Liberation Theology? http://www.officialwire.com/news/pope-francis-espousing-a-peronist-rather-than-a-marxist-liberation-theology/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pope-francis-espousing-a-peronist-rather-than-a-marxist-liberation-theology http://www.officialwire.com/news/pope-francis-espousing-a-peronist-rather-than-a-marxist-liberation-theology/#respond Sun, 15 Dec 2013 00:09:41 +0000 http://www.officialwire.com/?post_type=news&p=715083 By Alejandro Antonio Chafuen. Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com. When I came back to the Roman Catholic Church, around 1975, Liberation Theology was very popular in my native Argentina. Even the elite Catholic high schools were using the Latin American Bible for their classes. This Bible, produced by Liberation Theologians, had pictures of Cuba […]

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By Alejandro Antonio Chafuen.

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

When I came back to the Roman Catholic Church, around 1975, Liberation Theology was very popular in my native Argentina. Even the elite Catholic high schools were using the Latin American Bible for their classes. This Bible, produced by Liberation Theologians, had pictures of Cuba as the “promised land” and guerrillas as the new evangelists. I covered my ears during most of the sermons to avoid listening to the politicized comments. At the time, Pope Francis was a respected 40-year-old Jesuit known as Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He never embraced the Marxist version, but he did accept some aspects of Liberation Theology.

Like Pope John Paul II, he recognized that the Christian message is about liberation. Rocco Buttiglione, John Paul’s philosopher friend, stated in an interview that Pope Francis and the late John Paul II share the belief that the Christian message comes to life “in the history of the people” and local cultures are essential to spread the good word. John Paul’s Polish culture played a major role in the way he expressed the Christian message. Can we argue then that the Argentine culture, so impregnated with Peronism, is playing a major role in Pope Francis’ message?

We can get some insights into the Pope’s thinking by reading Father Lucio Gera, who had a great influence on Francis as a theologian and teacher. Father Gera, who was born in Italy but spent most of his life in Argentina, argued that as a teacher the hierarchy needed to be careful with words and doctrine. Gera wrote that as pastors the hierarchy needed to embrace, and have a preferential option for, the poor. In his words, “there are today many profound ‘technical’ elements in economics which are not easy to perceive and those who do not understand need to be careful not to make a misstep, and use words where they do not belong.”  Gera continued, “The bishops are not economic experts but they have to respond from the needs of a specific people: what the Church presents are the aspirations of the people. How to structure and make room for that is another issue.”

In several passages of Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis focused on the excluded. He states, “It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something new. Exclusion ultimately has to do with what it means to be a part of the society in which we live; those excluded are no longer society’s underside or its fringes or its disenfranchised – they are no longer even a part of it. The excluded are not the ‘ex­ploited’ but the outcast, the ‘leftovers.’”  Jean-Ives Naudet, the director of the Center for Economic Ethics and Research, and president of the Association of Catholic Economists, wrote that it falls to the economists, “to explain that the market economy is the one that includes and the Welfare State the one that excludes, especially given its bureaucratic character: ‘it is better to get your job from the market, than to receive an impersonal assistance that marginalizes.’”

The language of inclusion explains part of the popularity of Peronism. It recognized the existence of large segments of the population which were, or could be, convinced that they were being excluded from their society. Peron flirted with class struggle and blamed the exclusion on oligarchs and capitalism. He created a space for these large segments of the population. Some of us see it as a space bounded by the “slavery” of government dependency. Yet, those who felt empowered by this opening and the government handouts have remained faithful to Peronism for almost 70 years.

Pope Francis will not engage in class struggle, and will not endorse an “irresponsible populism.” The tone of his message seems directed to Christians around the globe who also feel that they have been excluded. Finally, they have their man at the top, someone who understands their plight. The mystical charisma of John Paul II, honed through decades of spiritual and pastoral life under the dark dominance of communism, and the intellectual and disciplined gifts of Benedict, the great German essayist and theologian, contributed to a new, extremely rich intellectual period in the Catholic Church. Pope Francis’ charisma comes from his identification with a culture in crisis, like the one he experienced in Argentina, with a weak rule of law, with pervasive corruption, crony capitalism and infatuated with populism. He knew and despised the hypocrisy of politicians, but despite his surrounding he was able to remain honest, clean, and principled. Pope Francis is hopeful, not only for the “people,” but for politicians and governments as well.

The Pope, who is prone to improvise in the use of language, is bringing a new style and strategy to the Vatican. Lucio Gera’s analysis might describe how Pope Francis will develop his agenda. Gera wrote, “We must take care not wanting to be extremely picky and plan and schedule everything. We need to leave room for improvisation, freedom. I think that Argentines sometimes prefer to leave too much to improvisation. They have perennial debates about soccer, not wanting to rely much on the coach and leave the initiative to the players.”

Over 95 percent of Evangelii Gaudium is devoted to spiritual liberation. The Roman Catholic Church will continue to be a much-admired teacher in this realm. However, on issues of economic liberation, the recent statements by the Pope, in addition to his determination to give more voice to the Vatican commissions and the episcopal conferences, will likely expand and democratize the debate about how to build a Christian and humane economy. As the Church is not an economic academy, the role of the laity will be crucial, and divergent opinions will not only be tolerated but welcomed by the Vatican.

Carlos Martinez, of Chile, founder and former editor of Communio magazine in Latin America, contributed to this piece.

Dr. Alejandro A. (Alex) Chafuen ’84 is president of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation and a member of the board of advisors for The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. (The opinions expressed by the author are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of Grove City College, Atlas Economic Research Foundation, or their boards of trustees.)

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Alcohol, Patriotism, And The NFL: The Best Hope For Tailgaters http://www.officialwire.com/news/alcohol-patriotism-and-the-nfl-the-best-hope-for-tailgaters/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=alcohol-patriotism-and-the-nfl-the-best-hope-for-tailgaters http://www.officialwire.com/news/alcohol-patriotism-and-the-nfl-the-best-hope-for-tailgaters/#respond Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:17:07 +0000 http://www.officialwire.com/?post_type=news&p=715060 By Lee S. Wishing. I was disturbed at what I recently witnessed at a Buffalo Bills football game. The Bills hosted their cross-state rival, the New York Jets, in Orchard Park, N.Y. I had attended many Bills games years ago, but this was different. The young fans seemed hopeless, yet searching for hope. My father […]

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By Lee S. Wishing.

I was disturbed at what I recently witnessed at a Buffalo Bills football game. The Bills hosted their cross-state rival, the New York Jets, in Orchard Park, N.Y. I had attended many Bills games years ago, but this was different. The young fans seemed hopeless, yet searching for hope.

My father had owned season tickets to the Buffalo Bills for about 20 years after the opening of Rich Stadium – now Ralph Wilson Stadium – in 1973, and I often attended games with him. My parents were accomplished tailgaters who welcomed friends to celebrate at their camper before, during, and after the game. The joyful pregame atmosphere was accented by people tossing footballs, blaring music, red and blue everything (the Bills’ colors), and the tantalizing smell of grilled meats.

But it was different this time, many years later. Everywhere we looked, my 18-year-old son, my brother, and I saw drunken youth and the crude expressions of their woozy state of mind.

“I hope you get raped!” yelled a 20-something woman to another 20-something female who was wearing a Jets jersey. A few minutes later, the yeller entered the old motorhome next to us and pressed her nose against a window. She laughed when we noticed her odd porcine greeting.

Thirty yards away, a drunken, bare-chested, obese young man stood on the bed of a flatbed truck waving a giant Bills flag with his right hand while downing yet another beer with his left hand at 10:30 a.m. He was accompanied by a friend wearing a Bills jersey waving an equally large American flag. After snapping a photo of this freakish expression of parochial pride and patriotism, another young man turned around to display the back of his T-shirt, which proclaimed that I could kiss his backside if I was incapable of urinating in red and blue. Avoiding conflict, I signaled my appreciation for his enhanced renal functioning with a thumbs-up and a “Go Bills!” Satisfied, he returned to his pack of revelers.

After having a few bowls of our host’s special chili, we made our way to the stadium surrounded by throngs of young people in a drunken stupor. Entering the stadium, we saw several signs stating that “the Ralph” is a smoke-free stadium. We noted the irony of Erie County’s concern for its football patrons’ respiratory health while immersed in a human sea of insobriety.

We took our seats in the upper deck. Again, omnipresent drunkenness. I spoke with a happy young couple with glazed-over eyes throughout the game. Another pleasant young couple cheering for the Jets was comfortably numb for four quarters. A few sections away, an inebriated young man slid down the wall at the end of the upper deck and fell backward 40 feet to the lower level. His employer fired him the following day after seeing the viral replay. Later in the game, another disturbance broke out. A man with the bloodiest face I’ve ever seen emerged from the crowd escorted by Bills security.

As I looked across the stadium to where my father and his best friend used to sit – first row upper deck, 50-yard line – I recalled the days when going to the stadium was, well, different. Sure, there was the occasional rowdy fan, the sloppy drunk, and the docile intoxicated observer but the stadium wasn’t filled with them.

There was one moment that reminded me of the old days. At the beginning of the game, members of the military unrolled an American flag that covered the entire football field and everyone stood to sing the National Anthem respectfully, almost reverently.

Later, the Buffalo Bills cheerleaders, the Jills, performed a dance number wearing military boots, camouflage pants, and skintight black shirts. They ended the routine doing a split and saluting the crowd. The fans went wild for this contemporary sexualized patriotic display. It was as if Beyoncé was about to appear and do a USO show. But still, it was a form of patriotism and my mind flashed back to the flag-waving guys in the back of the truck. Was there a connection, a common thread? Although the Bills were victorious, the day was defined by youthful drunkenness and patriotism. But was there more underlying this unsettling culture?

Was the excessive drinking an expression of hopelessness and a desperate search for happiness? Maybe. On the other hand, was the patriotism an expression of hope in something bigger than oneself – community and country? I think it was.

Although I left the stadium disturbed, I’m hopeful because I think the drunken youth were searching for a reason to be happy and hopeful. That’s good. Although the NFL season will end soon, this is the season of hope when we celebrate the birth of a child, the joy of man’s desiring, the desire of all nations and the prince of peace upon whose shoulders rests a government that will increase forever. This is the best hope for young and old tailgaters.

 

Lee S. Wishing III is the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.

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