Things We’re Talking About To Avoid Talking About The Economy

Here is a list of some of the topics that, in a sane world, would be dominating the national political discourse, based on their urgency, seriousness, and the scope of their impact on American citizens:

  • Our abysmal jobs numbers
  • The soaring national debt
  • The crippling rise in gas prices
  • The return of stagflation
  • The very real threat that Iran may soon acquire a nuclear weapon, and that our ally Israel may take direct military action to prevent this from occurring
  • The fact that our own Department of Justice acted as an arms dealer to Mexican drug cartels, that these guns have been used in the killings of at least one US Border Patrol agent and hundreds or possibly thousands of Mexican civilians, and that as the “sting operation” began to unravel and fall apart, the DOJ attempted to cover up what had been done, and shift responsibility downward.
  • The shocking potential for widespread voter fraud because of outdated voter rolls and the absence photo ID verification in many parts of the country
  • The nigh on criminal misuse of taxpayer funds to provide kickbacks to the President’s political supporters, under the pretense of the money being an “economic stimulus”.
  • The length of time it has been since the Democratic-controlled Senate under Harry Reid passed a federal budget.

These are all serious problems worthy of discussion and debate. However, President Obama, his administration, and his allies in the mainstream media don’t seem particularly interested in discussing these matters. Instead, here are a few of the issues they think we should be talking about:

  • Free birth control as some kind of fundamental “right”
  • An utterly fictitious “war on women” by Republican candidates
  • The shooting of a black teenager by a Hispanic Democrat in what may have been self-defense, or may have been a vigilante slaying
  • How many cars Mitt Romney owns, and the size of the garage in which he stores them.
  • Whether or not Rick Santorum is “weird” for actually believing the things his Catholic faith teaches
  • The work ethic of Ann Romney in particular and of stay-at-home moms in general
  • The importance of eating your vegetables

Gee, you don’t think Obama could be worried, do you?

If You Are A Geek, And You Are Not Currently Following “Geek & Sundry”…

Then you are doing it wrong.

Geek & Sundry“, for those of you not in the know, is Felicia Day’s new YouTube channel featuring a line-up of four new original web series and Season Five of “The Guild”, with additional series in production. The line-up is pretty unique, and something of a nerd-o-rama: alongside Felicia Day’s Vlog (“The Flog“) are shows hosted by fellow uber-geeks such as Wil Wheaton (playing board games with special guests) and Veronica Belmont (who hosts a science fiction and fantasy book club with co-host Tom Merritt), just to name a couple. I’m not a fan of every single one of those shows, but the line-up is diverse enough that I’m sure it’s going to draw in a lot of viewers of varying interests. So check it out and see what you think!

Ann Romney and the Original “War On Women”

Yesterday evening the conservative blogosphere erupted into outrage of this comment made by Obama campaign and DNC advisor Hilary Rosen on CNN*:

[Ann Romney] has actually never worked a day in her life.

Twitter and various other forums veritably exploded in condemnation and ridicule of this contemptuous dismissal of the “work history” of a woman who has raised five sons and battled both cancer and MS. So massive was this “gaffe” that David Axelrod was sent into the field to do damage control for the Obama camp.

To anyone familiar with the culture wars, this casual dismissal of Ann Romney’s personal calling in life as a full-time wife and mother is just the latest in a series of long-running denigrations of stay-at-home moms by the feminist Left. The content of what Rosen said is far less shocking than the fact that she so it so bluntly in a public forum. Probably Rosen did not even intend on launching a broadside against stay-at-home parents: her swipe at Ann Romney falls inside of a larger attack that is right out of the class warfare playbook the Democrats are employing against Mitt Romney. Her sneering comment, which speaks volumes on how the Left views women who devote their lives to working inside of the home, likely just “slipped out”, as it were.

Why, though, does the Left hold wives and mothers in such contempt? The fact of the matter is that this L’Affaire de Rosen is but a brief skirmish in a war that has been waged throughout all of human history.

“Then the dragon became angry with the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring, those who keep God’s commandments and bear witness to Jesus.” – Revelation 12:17

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The Road To Emmaus and the Holy Eucharist

It doesn’t get much more obvious than this:

Luke 24:30-32

And it happened that, while he was with them at table,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
but he vanished from their sight.
Then they said to each other,
“Were not our hearts burning within us
while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”

The two disciples from today’s Gospel were approached by Christ on the road to Emmaus on the afternoon of that first Easter Sunday. Yet they did not recognize Him. Christ preached to them and instructed them in the Scriptures, and still they did not recognize Him. Their hearts and minds were remained closed. It was only when Christ sat down with them in the evening and celebrated Mass (for that is what is meant by the blessing and the breaking of the bread) that they realized who it was sitting at their table, and were struck by the full significance of their earlier spiritual experiences. They had been with Christ all afternoon, but it was only when they received the Holy Eucharist from Him that they truly encountered Christ.

It is hard to stress just how important of a lesson this is. Spiritual practices such as prayer, fasting, study of the Sacred Scriptures, etc. are important, but just as with the two disciples, the only way to fully encounter Christ, to open our hearts and minds to Him, is by the frequent reception of the Holy Eucharist, which is nothing less than the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ Jesus. Christ reveals Himself to us physically and unites Himself with our very bodies every time we receive our Eucharistic Lord. By His Real Presence within us, we are filled with the grace of the Holy Spirit, and drawn deeply into the loving embrace of Our Lord. How incredible is that, and how blessed are we to whom this literally-miraculous opportunity is offered daily?!!

The next time you receive Holy Communion, allow the literalness of this familiar prayer to be more deeply impressed upon you:

“Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed.”

Amen.

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