We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It is a long read, mixing public policy with religion. The personal parts are good, but the public policy parts get complicated. Religion is mostly about the transcendent (to me, anyway), but policy is about hard core earthly reality.
I liked the way One Cosmos talked about Vertical Being and Horizontal Being. How they do, or should, intersect is above my pay grade.
The catholic church made a terrible mistake with this pope (I hope it was a mistake and not intentional). He is a dedicated Marxist/communist. He was raised and nurtured in Marxism and it is his intent to bring Marxist philosophy to the entire world.
From our point of view the election of this pope was a terrible mistake. One wonders if electing a pope with his world view was by design or accident?
I find it extremely ironic that he promotes an ideology (communism/socialism) that 1) Would eliminate Christianity if it had its druthers and 2) has abortion as a basic tenet of communist/socialist dogma.
One wonders how he rationalizes those communist/socialist beliefs with his Christian beliefs?
A profile comes to mind that fits very well - ticks nearly all of the boxes: Passionately-expressed beliefs, devotion to the cause, proselytizing from a position of bestowed authority. It's from Lenin's Soviet doctrine.
"It frequently becomes clear that, in practice, human rights are not equal for all. Respect for those rights is the preliminary condition for a country’s social and economic development."
This statement is absolutely not true. Let me ask the reader a question: If I choose not to work, and then I get hungry, are you obligated to feed me? Of course not! If every bum all over the world had a claim on the wages of working people, then there wouldn't be any reason to work. That's why there are so many unemployed blacks in America. Welfare is valued at twenty five dollars an hour. And "free" Section 8 housing is worth even more.
So we can see that there is no such thing as a universal right to other people's property. Rome tried universal-income five hundred years ago, and the government collapsed. Everybody signed-up for welfare. The claim of "universal human rights" is really an assertion that a "global government" has the right to intervene in the internal affairs of each country; and to decide who gets supported. But that destroys local control, and the social mechanisms of charity which normally serve the poor. It's totalitarian. In fact, there are no universal values, and there is no such thing as a universal society. Each country works out its problems in its own way. All the so-called "Universal" organizations like World Heritage Sites, and Doctors Without Borders, are an attempt to weaken and then overthrow the governments of independent countries by claiming that communists have a "moral imperative" to protect everybody in the whole world. At taxpayer expense.
So the secret trick to the President's choice one ACB for supreme court is this: She is trained in the Jesuit tradition. Still the best strategy for education I believe. However, the Jesuit schools have since 2000 substituted Liberation Theology for the traditional study of ethics. The dichotomy of beliefs in her academic background will be a big surprise to everyone I think!
P.S. I was so blessed to have studied at a Jesuit University. Please excuse my sloppy writing habits, they have deteriorated over the years with age and from my practice of commenting on MF !