Rallying the Youth Vote – 2012 Election

01/22/2012

In 2007-2008, the United States saw an unprecedented push to rally the youth of America to register to vote.  “Hope and change!” was the rallying cry.

Change we got.

Respect for the rule of law:  gone.

The president’s refusal to allow the Justice Department to defend the Defense of Marriage Act against lawsuits is one of the more mild of at least a dozen examples.

Respect for bankruptcy law:  gone.

Just ask the secured creditors of General Motors.

I could go on and on, but that is not what this post is about.

On Friday, January 20, 2012, The Department of Health and Human Services reaffirmed its August 2011 interim requirement that all  health insurance plans cover contraception, including certain abortifacients, that is, after-the-fact contraceptives that induce spontaneous abortions.  The Department and the Obama administration refused to expand its all-too-narrow exemption for religious institutions that object to this provision as a matter of morality and faith.  Non-profits have an additional year to comply with the rule.

Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan, Cardinal-elect and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in response to the HHS press release, “In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences.”

“Never before has the federal government forced individuals and organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their conscience. This shouldn’t happen in a land where free exercise of religion ranks first in the Bill of Rights,” Archbishop Dolan said.

Welcome to Obamaville, George Bailey.

Today is the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion (Roe v. Wade).  Several Marches For Life were held yesterday around the United States.  Seems apropos that these marches take place on the heels of the misguided HHS decision.

Tomorrow, Monday, January 23, 2012 (my mom’s 75th birthday; happy birthday, Mom!), pro-lifers descend on Washington, D.C. for the 39th annual March For Life in the nation’s capital.

For the first time in the history of the event, there will be on-site voter registration.  Students For Life will recruit pro-lifers to vote in the upcoming elections.  At the March For Life Youth Rally held yesterday, January 21, 2012, members of the organization Be My Vote, comprised of young people who are too young to vote, asked adults to register to vote and support pro-life candidates.

Meanwhile, recent polls report that support for the president among youth is eroding.  One of the most critical voting blocs that propelled Barack Obama to victory in 2008 is losing interest and not likely to be a factor in the 2012 election, according to Curtis Gans, Director, Center for the American Electorate.

Unemployment among 16-to-24-year-olds is double the under-reported national average.  A general malaise among youth has been reported in many media accounts.

Wouldn’t it be a wonderful day if the youth vote propelled this shameful administration right out of office?

It is January 22.  We are a long way from the November elections.  Circumstances change.  But the undercurrent of youthful enthusiasm is drifting away from the president.

What kind of a future do you envision for you and your children?  Do you want a government that dictates what is good for you, what you can have, what you cannot have, what you must buy… under penalty of law?

Do you want a government that restricts religious freedom?  Do you want a government that flaunts its authority and dismantles the Constitution and Bill of Rights?

Or do you want a government that protects and preserves our basic liberties?

You decide.

I hope we change.

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Daily Meditation for Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time from the Daughters of St. Paul

01/17/2012

Centuries before man began to study the intricate structure of the human body, the psalmist wrote “I am fearfully, wonderfully made” (Ps. 139:14). We can certainly echo his sentiments today, knowing as we do that the self-repairing body of man is so highly organized as to make the most sophisticated computer seem a child’s toy.

We are fascinated by… (iPads, 4G, and the latest electronic advances). We admire the genius and skill that made them possible. Then, shouldn’t we admire the Author of that same genius and skill? Shouldn’t we pause in awe before the Designer of the self-reproducing complexity of the human organism, in which 15 billion nerve tracks coordinate one quadrillion cells, each performing a specific function for the well-being of one, unique, incommunicable “I?”

– The Vatican II Weekday Missal, Prepared by the Daughters of St. Paul, 1975, pp. 283-284.


No God?

01/03/2012

I quite accidentally came across the following Huffington Post blog entry by Margaret Wheeler Johnson:

I’m Not Catholic Anymore, But …

I don’t believe in the religion anymore and am now an atheist, but lately I’ve been feeling a sense of loss.

 Compelled to read it, I’m now compelled to reply:

Margaret, someone much more articulate than me once said that our universe consists of only five things.  Time, space, energy, and matter are four of them.  All is chaos without the fifth element:  infinite intelligence.

Call it what you will.  I call infinite intelligence God.  Without God, we have no reason.  Without God, there is no order to the universe.  How can we exist, how can the universe exist without an infinite intelligence bringing order to time, space, energy, and matter?

It matters little what we think or what reason compels us to conclude.  Without some intelligent entity, how could we possibly exist?  Without an intelligence that is greater than us, how could we reason?  How is it that matter and energy have coalesced to form us?  Or animals?  Or anything?  How is it possible that I can read and write?  How is it possible that we have the marvels of language… or a computer… or a keyboard… or the internet?

Human beings can build tables and automobiles and houses and factories.  But anything close to a fingernail?  Anything close to replicating the integumentary system?

Anything but a crude replica?

Why is that?

And the mere fact that we can create anything close… or the even more simple fact that we can imagine creating something… anything… establishes beyond the shadow of a doubt that we are filled with reason.

And without reason, all is chaos.

(Speaking of chaos…

If the universe’s birth was truly the result of the Big Bang, isn’t that miraculous?)

And how does reason spring forth from the energy and matter that somehow simply existed without a creator to fashion an orderly universe?

New topic.  Well, same topic, new direction.

God is Love.  God doesn’t care if you’ve slept with a woman.  Or ten women.  Or ten women and ten men at the same time.  He doesn’t care.  He loves you.

And He will continue to call you back.

Because that’s where you belong.

Margaret, you are an intelligent woman.  Would you feel a pull back to Him without some void within you?

Reason is incomplete without “a reason.”


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