Travis Rowley: Political Consequence
Saturday, December 28, 2013
The sense of urgency from conservatives bordered on panic. There was much damage control to be done, including a column dedicated to the Pope’s errors by this writer.
In a wake of criticism, it was refreshing to hear Pope Francis clarify his remarks. “Marxist ideology is wrong,” Francis told the world during an interview that would still leave it unclear as to whether or not the current Bishop of Rome was a true friend of free marketeers. After all, he would add, “The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow, benefiting the poor. But what happens instead is that when the glass is full, it magically gets bigger; nothing ever comes out for the poor.”
It hardly mattered just how clear and concise Francis decided to be. The neo-Marxists had already seized upon his seeming disregard for the political gamesmanship that occurs within the world’s most important national economy. America’s media establishment began to exalt the man who heads the institution that remains the leading voice against two of the Left’s moral crusades – abortion and gay marriage. This curious phenomenon culminated with Time Magazine naming Pope Francis “Person of the Year.”
President Obama – the figurehead of America’s socialist party – recently invoked Evangelii Gaudium, presenting the Pope as an ally in his quest to spread the wealth around. “After several years of high-profile clashes with U.S. bishops, Obama is seizing the chance to highlight common ground with the bishop of Rome,” the LA Times has reported. “Obama now sees the Pope as an ally,” Breitbart.com tells its readers in an article titled “Obama Channeling Pope Francis to Sell Wealth Redistribution.”
A longstanding goal of the “welfare rights movement” and other radical leftists of the 1960s is a guaranteed income for every American. Several weeks ago Krystal Ball, the co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” regurgitated this radical urge by arguing for a “mincome” – a “monthly minimum income” for “every non-incarcerated adult citizen.” According to Ball, “poverty is eliminated” with the implementation of such a measure.
More to the point of this column, Ball would remind everyone of the sentiments of Pope Francis while also attempting to quiet her conservative critics by informing them that a prominent “libertarian” had – in a way – endorsed the “mincome” as well. “Now, I know what you’re thinking,” Ball said, “this is some crazy left-wing utopian idea that only Marxists like Krystal Ball and Pope Francis could possibly support…[But] the mincome has also found support on the right” – citing Matthew Freeney of Reason Magazine who has suggested giving the poor “cash” in the past.
In a somewhat confusing use of the English language, another member of the political party attempting to force the Catholic Church to pay for abortifacients and birth control invoked Pope Francis while attempting to sell the product of big-government and wealth redistribution. Several weeks ago Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas – D) argued that the federal government should provide unemployment benefits to “working men and women.” She implored the other members of Congress: “We can’t be only about our self in this holiday season, particularly as we recognize that the Pope being made man of the year has spoken to the world eloquently about this whole issue of the vulnerable.”
While everyone is trying to figure out whether Pope Francis agrees with the tenets of socialism or not, and considering the possibility that he just might have higher concerns than America’s 2014 elections, the Democratic Party – the party with an expanding secular and atheist base; the party that voted to remove God from its platform at their 2012 national convention; the party known for its hostility toward the Church – are busy aligning his words with their cause.
Travis Rowley (TravisRowley.com) is the author of The RI Republican: An Indictment of the Rhode Island Left.
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In the event of a victory by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney several weeks ago, I had prepared myself to draft a column intended to quell the anticipated jubilation of the political Right nationwide – my primary point being that, despite such a Republican triumph, America’s enduring crisis would have been that Barack Obama was practically guaranteed 47 percent of the popular vote simply by being the endorsed Democratic candidate (Obama ultimately secured 51 percent).
August 25, 2012
While Anthony Gemma’s highly anticipated press conference was certainly compelling, it remains unclear whether or not it will be enough to sink Congressman David Cicilline’s re-election hopes. At the very least, however, it seems Gemma is in possession of convincing evidence of large-scale voter fraud that would incriminate high-level officers within Cicilline’s inner circle.
January 5, 2013
The consequences of silence were on parade this week when Channel 10 aired a report titled “Same-Sex Marriage Could Help RI Economy.” The premise for saying so is that many people, while decidedly against the passage of a gay marriage bill, have been entirely bullied out of the controversy – and that this has resulted in a growing confusion over how to even begin defending traditional values.
April 20, 2013
In the midst of the ongoing debate over the 2nd Amendment, I discovered lessons to be learned from the events in Boston this week.
Let me start with this: Owning a gun is not a natural right. After all, how can a firearm be a natural right if man had to invent and manufacture it?
September 28, 2011
Dear Undocumented Student,
Regarding the Board of Governors for Higher Education, I had the chance to attend its meeting on Monday night, and also the chance to observe the body of teenage students – some illegal aliens, and some devoted friends – that you were a part of.
May 19, 2012
Bishop Hendricken High School president John Jackson set off somewhat of a Facebook firestorm this week when he penned a letter to the Providence Journal that criticized President Obama for “favor[ing] same-sex marriage,” and for essentially recapitulating the Catholic Church’s position concerning homosexuality.
March 10, 2012
Local property taxes in Rhode Island are among the highest in the nation. And it has little to do with what progressive Democrats claim. That is, that recent tax cuts for the state’s high-income earners are the cause of your skyrocketing property tax bill – that “the rich” are not paying their “fair share.”
April 7, 2012
Offering collective bargaining privileges to Rhode Island’s public employees was always an imprudent idea. And they should be rescinded immediately.
This is a simple conclusion to reach when one considers the nature and purpose of a union. That is, when a group of workers view themselves as having collective leverage over their employer, and find it in their best interest to threaten him with a work stoppage unless their demands are met – most commonly, a greater share of company profits.
January 19, 2013
It is no secret that both the conservative and the liberal often charge the other with ignorance, a natural imputation for those with whom one disagrees. You don’t know what I know. And that’s why you disagree with me.
August 10, 2013
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