Sunday May 01 , 2016
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The First and Second Amendments

I have been silent far too long on this website about what is going on with our imperial president and his minions in the administration.  At no other time in history have we seen such an assault on the Constitution as we have experienced in the past 4+ years.  This is not news to anyone, but what are the fundamental issues with which we should be concerned?  First and foremost is the all-out attempt to take down the First and Second Amendments to the Constitution.

A friend of mine related a story to me the other day about his conversation with a priest from our diocese.  When my friend asked the priest for his reaction to the Affordable Care Act and its requirements for supporting birth control, sterilization and abortificients, the priest became indignant and told my friend he did not know what he was talking about.  The priest, I think, honestly did not know how terrible the administration had been treating religious institutions, particularly the Catholic Church.  This ignorance seems to be rampant in our society, but to find our learned clergy so uninformed is tragic and heartbreaking.

The administration has been working tirelessly at changing the language of the First Amendment to indicate protection of worship rather than religion.  The left is trying to marginalize the full faith practice of religion by relegating it to just an hour a week.  If one is allowed to practice worship rather than religion, then the state can lay claim to the conscience of the individual for the rest of the week.  The danger of this thinking is often demonstrated in the arguments offered by the administration in its pursuit of the enforcement of the HHS rules concerning reproductive issues in health insurance.  Of course, the logic is wrong because the interpretation of the First Amendment is deeply flawed.

As for the Second Amendment, our president seems bent on advancing a take our guns away approach to curtailing gun violence.  On this point, the president does not have the evidence with him.  His press conference yesterday was filled with lies and half-truths, and not a single reporter called him out on any of his pronouncements. In having read the entirety of his plan, I can find nothing that would have stopped the Sandy Hook mass murder.  The impact of his initiatives should be given some credence in they might have curtailed the murders that took place at Fort Hood at the hands of a deranged Islamo-Nazi.  Of course, cowardice and political correctness allowed this madman to stay in uniform and among our troops. How ever did that happen?

As we go forward, the president needs to remember that NRA members vote, write checks, campaign and do not like people snooping around the gun safes of America.  There are 100 million gun owners in America, and a lot of them are democrats.  More later.