Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum hopes to rebuild the "conservative" movement after the disaster of the Bush presidency.
That sounds awful good. I admire positive thinking. I just don't know if you can rebuild anything without first developing a clear definition of what the thing is or what it was supposed to be. Clearly, the word conservative means a lot of different things. Just looking at the Republican candidates for the presidential nomination this year gives you an idea of the problem. From Ron Paul to Giuliani to McCain, they were all at some time described as conservative.
The other word we need to tie down is "Catholic". Good grief! Pro-abort politicians Edward Kennedy and Joe Biden are called "Catholic". What does it mean to be a Catholic conservative? Maybe it means you're a follower of pro-abort Rudy Giuliani. Who knows? Maybe dissenting Catholics could be distinguished with a lowercase "c", like this: catholic.
Add to this confusion the mealy-mouthed writing of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Trying to read their voter's guide was like trying to swim in a vat of marshmallow cream. Now, after reading Schlafly's "The Catholic Connection to Barack Obama" , I'm wondering if the bishops really wanted Obama elected after all. Schlafly says that Catholics who put money in the collection plate for the Campaign for Human Development (CHD) "would probably be shocked to learn that the money donated. . . does not go for charity but for radical Obama-style community organizing."
She goes on to explain:
Over the last 10 years, CHD has given $7.3 million of Catholic-donated dollars to the Saul Alinsky-style group called ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). When in 1998 some Catholics complained that CHD grants were not used for Catholic charity but were actually funding groups opposed to church teachings, CHD changed its name to Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).
The name change did not redirect the flow of money. In 2007 alone, CCHD increased its support of ACORN, giving it 37 grants totaling $1,037,000.
During 2007 and 2008, ACORN and its affiliated organizations were aggressively registering what it claimed were 1.3 million poor people. ACORN focused on new registrations in the key toss-up states of Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida.
You can listen on YouTube to clips from ACORN's national convention and decide for yourself how partisan it is.
CCHD knew how ACORN spent its money. CCHD's executive director, Ralph McCloud, admitted to Catholic News Service that "some of the funds that the Catholic Campaign contributed to ACORN in the past undoubtedly were used for voter registration drives."
Even though the pro-Obama political activity of ACORN had been widely reported, and employees of ACORN and affiliated organizations like Project Vote have been either indicted or convicted of submitting false voter registration forms in 14 states, in June 2008 CCHD approved grants of $1.13 million to 40 local ACORN affiliates for the cycle beginning July 1, 2008. Those grants were ratified by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at its June 2008 meeting.
So as recently as this past summer the US bishops gave more than a million dollars to ACORN. Talk about the smoke of Satan! And somebody took the batteries from the smoke detectors! As my Missionary Baptist grandma used to say, "Lord, help us and save us."
Then there was this quote from the Downsizer Dispatch this morning:
Quote of the Day: "Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner."-- James Bovard, Source: Lost Rights. The Destruction of American Liberty (St. Martin's Press: New York, 1994), p. 333
I think the problem is worse than two wolves and a sheep. Consider this:
If 86% of America's children attend public schools, and one of the purposes of public education is to teach "loyalty to the state", and the state for all intents and purposes is a wolf pack. . .
Oh, well. Never mind.