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Obama’s Poltiical Courage

Tuesday, September 9, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

John Hinderaker slices and dices Obama’s claim to be a reformer who has worked against his own party by taking a close look at the claims made by Obama’s handler David Axelrod this past weekend.

Obama has never stood against his own party, and has never done anything to oppose much less clean up the Cook County/Daley machine.

Listening to Obama preach on the need to clean up politics is like attending a FEMA seminar on hurricane preparedness led by Kathleen Blanco and Ray Nagin.

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The Palin Pop Continues

Monday, September 8, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

I am limiting my callers to first time callers who are women until there aren’t any more. Thus far all the lines have been jammed all the time. Why? See this post, towards the end. It isn’t that women are agreeing with her ideas, though many are. It is that many more are identifying with her experiences and value those experiences. From the e-mail pile:

As a 50 yr old woman with 3 girls (one with Rett Syndrome), I absolutely love Sarah Palin!!
Here’s why:
  1. She’s courageous: she did not take the cowardly way out and abort her down syndrome child who was not planned, bad timing with her governor’s career and of course, disabled.
  2. She authentic: she is WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get). That’s so darn rare in politics these days! [# More #]
  3. She’s not a people pleaser: in her convention speech when she said: “…news flash…I’m not seeking the approval of you commentators etc., rather I’m going to Washington to serve the people”. I loved that!!!
So many other likable traits about her. I can’t wait to see her debate Biden! I think she’ll kick you know what!
Best regards,
Another one:
Dear Mr. Hugh Hewitt,
I tried calling in, but it is busy. My time is limited, as I’m sure many other people who listen to your show is too, therefore I am emailing you instead.
Okay, what I want to say to you and for others to hear as well is this:
I am a 42-year-old married mother of three. I own my own home-based business. My husband is 43 and also self-employed. We are high school sweethearts and are Catholic. I had the privilege of being able to vote for Reagan in 1984. I never really got into politics or religion though until after 9/11. I only had one question: Why? I started educating myself about politics and religion. I read books about Islam and realized I was lied to in school. I was led to believe that we could all sing around the campfire singing Kumbaya. I became awakened and started paying more attention to the Demo and Repub parties. I had been an Independent, because I was also lied to about the Repubs. I realized too that i was a Repub all along, so I switched parties. I had become dismayed though in the Repub party for about two or three years now though because I have felt like they have no backbone and that they were only in it for themselves. Nobody was speaking for us. The fence still hasn’t been completed, illegal immigration still hasn’t really been taken care of, social security and medicare/medical programs need to be revamped, I feel like we haven’t fought hard enough in this war on terror, and their is too much political correctness.
I loved Ronald Reagan and for what he stood for. I get teary-eyed when I hear some of his recorded speeches and quotes. I have been yearning for a leader with backbone for this country for awhile now and I finally see that in Sarah Palin. That is why I am excited about her. Not because she is woman, but for what she stands for and what she has accomplished and what she is capable of doing and that she doesn’t take any crap from anybody. I see that leadership in her. It’s kinda neat though that this leader that many of us has been waiting for is a woman. Wow, I can’t say enough great things about her. It’s like you said on Friday, August 29th on your show, “What’s not to like?”. I grew up with hunters and I fished. I was an outdoor girl and still am. I got involved with my children’s school to make it better and I believe in cleaning up the political arena. I am not discounting McCain, don’t get me wrong, I was going to vote for him anyways because I knew it was important to vote than be a no vote because that would be a vote for Obama. I donated to the McCain/Palin campaign on Sunday. I saw right away that she is the future of this Republican party and getting it back to the grassroots of the Reagan era. Happy Days are here again!
P.S. I’m sure McCain will do a fine job as President.

Archbishop Chaput Rebukes Joe Biden

Monday, September 8, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life

The Archbishop, whose new book Render Unto Caesar is on the extended New York Times’ best-sellers list, issues a letter that is a blunt rebuke of Joseph Biden:

Public Servants and Moral Reasoning:

A notice to the Catholic community in northern Colorado

To Catholics of the Archdiocese of Denver:

When Catholics serve on the national stage, their actions and words impact the faith of Catholics around the country. As a result, they open themselves to legitimate scrutiny by local Catholics and local bishops on matters of Catholic belief. In 2008, although NBC probably didn’t intend it, Meet the Press has become a national window on the flawed moral reasoning of some Catholic public servants.

On August 24, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, describing herself as an ardent, practicing Catholic, misrepresented the overwhelming body of Catholic teaching against abortion to the show’s nationwide audience, while defending her “pro-choice” abortion views. On September 7, Sen. Joseph Biden compounded the problem to the same Meet the Press audience.

Sen. Biden is a man of distinguished public service. That doesn’t excuse poor logic or bad facts. Asked when life begins, Sen. Biden said that, “it’s a personal and private issue.” But in reality, modern biology knows exactly when human life begins: at the moment of conception. Religion has nothing to do with it. People might argue when human “personhood” begins – though that leads public policy in very dangerous directions – but no one can any longer claim that the beginning of life is a matter of religious opinion.

Sen. Biden also confused the nature of pluralism. Real pluralism thrives on healthy, non-violent disagreement; it requires an environment where people of conviction will struggle respectfully but vigorously to advance their beliefs. In his interview, the senator observed that other people with strong religious views disagree with the Catholic approach to abortion. It’s certainly true that we need to acknowledge the views of other people and compromise whenever possible – but not at the expense of a developing child’s right to life. Abortion is a foundational issue; it is not an issue like housing policy or the price of foreign oil. It always involves the intentional killing of an innocent life, and it is always, grievously wrong. If, as Sen. Biden said, “I’m prepared as a matter of faith [emphasis added] to accept that life begins at the moment of conception,” then he is not merely wrong about the science of new life; he also fails to defend the innocent life he already knows is there.

As the senator said in his interview, he has opposed public funding for abortions. To his great credit, he also backed a successful ban on partial-birth abortions. But his strong support for the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade and the false “right” to abortion it enshrines, can’t be excused by any serious Catholic. Support for Roe and the “right to choose” an abortion simply masks what abortion is, and what abortion does. Roe is bad law. As long as it stands, it prevents returning the abortion issue to the states where it belongs, so that the American people can decide its future through fair debate and legislation.

In his Meet the Press interview, Sen. Biden used a morally exhausted argument that American Catholics have been hearing for 40 years: i.e., that Catholics can’t “impose” their religiously based views on the rest of the country. But resistance to abortion is a matter of human rights, not religious opinion. And the senator knows very well as a lawmaker that all law involves the imposition of some people’s convictions on everyone else. That is the nature of the law. American Catholics have allowed themselves to be bullied into accepting the destruction of more than a million developing unborn children a year. Other people have imposed their “pro-choice” beliefs on American society without any remorse for decades.

If we claim to be Catholic, then American Catholics, including public officials who describe themselvesas Catholic, need to act accordingly. We need to put an end to Roe and the industry of permissive abortion it enables. Otherwise all of us – from senators and members of Congress, to Catholic laypeople in the pews – fail not only as believers and disciples, but also as citizens.

Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

Archbishop of Denver

James D. Conley

Auxiliary Bishop of Denver

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