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December 02, 2013


...I'm glad I'm not the only person who's taken to calling him Frank.

Also, yes to all of that.

Government also steps in because in a democracy, government is self government...and no, I'm not so naïve that I've forgotten about political factions, lobbyists, graft, greed, corruption, the K Street Project and god knows what else...but even with all that, it's a step above the alternatives, including Catholicism, in no small measure because it is ourselves (you know, We The People, not Them, The Leaders)...and how does this not-so-Breit-bartian know whether or not Catholic Charities runs more efficiently than, say, Social Security or Medicare?

As Reza Aslan said the other day, if this is their reaction to Pope Francis (just speaking for me, far better than his two immediate predecessors, but still a benevolent feudalist), imagine how they'd react to, say, Jesus.


Admittedly I was nowhere near the top of the pyramid, but I worked for 5 years for a govt agency. All the time I heard about how govt employees live in golden Taj Mahals and eating govt supplied caviar for afternoon snacks (mixing quite a few metaphors).
At the same time I saw where every move was carefully controlled to disallow any action which might give even the slightest picture of that being true.

And may I compliment you on the last paragraph as an excellent focus statement on what the conservs seem intent on missing - as well as putting it succinctly in terms of natural morality.

I work for County Government. Trust me, the only Taj's around here is the one built by Romney and Friends in La Jolla, and it's a doozy!

I really don't understand the conservative mind think that allows them to somehow place their actions outside the door of the world, to somehow see themselves as saintly and blameless as they deny or try to deny, rights to women and brown people and LGBT and Native Americans et al. I guess it was the government that passed segregation laws, is that where they get it from?

"[I]n a Constitutional capitalist system, nobody in the private sector has the power to "exclude" anyone."

The private sector does whatever they want, they're forever shoving their stinking religion down my throat, God Bless America at every baseball game for instance, that ain't in the Constitution. Maybe this idiot is talking about all those black kids locked up in prison out of all proportion, maybe that's what he's getting at?

Maybe not.

Athenae, I tried to follow your link to the monkey house, and whaddya know? There's a consistent 503 error: server responding too slowly to get me in. What's this? A RW website that isn't working? Oh, sweet irony!

If these people ever read the Catechism on Social Justice, they would have an aneurysm. It's the elephant in the room that's been papered over by the past two politically right-wing Popes. This kind of stuff has been church doctrine for generations.


You cannot be serious.


"[I]n a Constitutional capitalist system, nobody in the private sector has the power to "exclude" anyone."


The Constitution endorses capitalism???????

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