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Blame

The amazing thing is that so few blame banks or corporations for the massive changes in income disparity over the last 10 (I would say 30) years. American working and middle class people are notoriously complicit in their own oppression….

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Be Afraid

Coming as it does in tandem with the news that Cardinal Dolan is going to deliver the invocation at the GOP convention, it is too obvious that the intention is to seduce Catholics.

Don’t worry, I’m sure he will still respect you in the morning:

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I resolve not to argue, online or elsewhere, about Paul Ryan. I will not argue with anyone who claims that Ryan’s budget, which penalizes the poor, rewards the rich, and raises military spending, is somehow the epitome of Catholic social thought. I will not argue with anyone who says that Paul Ryan’s mind has been formed by the social encyclicals and St Thomas, despite the documented evidence to the contrary. I will not argue with them when they claim that, in spite of every indication until about fifteen minutes ago, Paul Ryan is not now nor has ever been an acolyte of Ayn Rand.

I will not argue these things because I feel stupid when I do, like I am trying to convince someone that water is wet or ice is cold. I will not  argue these things because they are so evident that to deny them means one refuses to see the obvious.

I will not argue these things because I am tired of wasting my time, tired of banging my head against an ideological wall.

It is sad to conclude that one’s intellectual sparring partners are deliberately blind, that they are not of good will.

But sometimes that is the only conclusion one has left.

Sometimes all you can do is walk away and dedicate a song:

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Apparently the Canadian girl group The Faith Tones recorded under the name “The Gal Tones” when they were singing rock. To use the term loosely:

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Democrats Reject Reality

Washington D.C., Aug 16, 2012 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Democratic committee has rejected efforts to broaden the party’s platform in order to acknowledge and welcome “differing positions” on the issue of abortion.
Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats For Life of America, told CNA on Aug. 15 that there is a lack of understanding about the extent of pro-life support within the Democratic Party.

She explained that it can be difficult for pro-life Democrats to speak up about their views, because they face attacks not only from their Republican opponents, but from pro-abortion groups such as NARAL Pro-Choice America as well.
According to Democrats for Life, nearly one-third of all Democrats self-identify as pro-life, and in the 2008 election, about one-fourth of Obama’s supporters considered themselves pro-life.
 
“These numbers are not trivial,” the group said, pointing to Gallup polling information from 2011 revealing that 61 percent of Democrats support “parental consent for minors seeking abortion.”

In addition, the polling data found that 60 percent of Democrats approved of a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion, and 84 percent of party members support informed consent requirements.
Furthermore, 49 percent of Democrats are in favor of ultrasound requirements before an abortion, while 59 percent support a ban on partial-birth abortions, the data indicated.

“We represent a large contingent and a diverse group of pro-life democrats who want to be represented in the Democratic Party,” said Janet Robert, who serves as president of Democrats For Life of America.
“As a big tent party that is open-minded and inclusive, we should be welcoming to those who are pro-life,” she explained.
“A stronger inclusive party allows us to focus on the issues that unite us such as providing economic opportunity for everyone.”

In an attempt to bring about change, Democrats for Life submitted written testimony proposing new platform language on July 20 and was permitted to subsequently provide oral testimony before the party’s drafting committee.

The committee rejected the proposal. Which does not mean that one should vote Republican; if you believe the Republicans want anything to do with efforts to ban abortion you need your head examined.

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