Grow up, people. Catholics talk shop with each other now and then, just like members of all religions.
Over at the Althouse link above, I offered up some snark and some serious stuff:
So, Santorum says the Devil is out to [get] the US of A. Tell me, what country isn't on Old Nick's hit list? Vanuatu?
But seriously folks...Santorum is on the same page with conservative/libertarian atheists more than most people realize. Conservatives and libertarians of all stripes share a lot of common ground regarding policy, and thus share a lot of common ground as to what constitutes evil. All those factions agree that the United States has the largest aggregate of freedom among all the world's nations, and is thus opposed by evil more than any other nation is. Santorum and atheists simply disagree on who evil's Commander-in-Chief happens to be.
I listened to the whole thing Tuesday afternoon. The transcript doesn't convey the emotion in this segment.
Here's the quote that set off Rush:
OBAMA: If you're willing to put in the work, the idea is that you should be able to raise a family and own a home, not go bankrupt because you got sick, 'cause you've got some health insurance that helps you deal with those difficult times; that you can send your kids to college; that you can put some money away for retirement. That's all most people want. Folks don't have unrealistic ambitions. They do believe that, if they work hard, they should be able to achieve that small measure of an American dream.
That gets me to thinking about some recent musings on It's A Wonderful Life. Some people - including the President, apparently - think the moral of the film is that George Bailey had all that he needed. Piffle. George Bailey triumphs in having learned something he should have known all along, the difference he made to the community.
He also suffered real losses - dreams deferred, to borrow from Langston Hughes. (That poem may have had one particular community in mind, but despair is universal.) George Bailey the individual scarcely emerges in the film. All his major decisions (except his marriage) are in response to others' emergencies. That is not the end-all of life. There has to be a balance between the community and the individual.
George Bailey's lost dreams matter. He gave up interests he wanted to pursue. While he discovered some talents he didn't know he had (specifically, the business acumen behind the Bailey Park housing project, which was obviously profitable), he failed to discover what other talents that pursuing his dreams would have revealed.
We don't get to see what happens to George after the end of the film, but I like to think that those old dreams have a new lease on life. The business is solvent, the only complication being the inevitable revocation of Uncle Billy's surety bond - his role at the Building and Loan will have to involve something other than cash handling. George is still young, he has plenty of time to groom people who can run the business while he goes off on travels. (Travel tip: don't do that Jerusalem trip in 1948.)
Obama speaks of an American Dream where George Bailey's life doesn't change after Clarence gets his wings. What does this reveal about Obama? That he is either blind or indifferent toward much of human potential. Which means his policies will not take full human potential into account.
Just-enough-to-get-by politics is the way of Communism, European social democracy, and medieval feudalism. We can do better than that.
A lot of people (including Dan Beiser, the bill's sponsor) were surprised that necrophilia isn't already illegal. I'm not. It's Illinois. The state whose largest city is Chicago, where half the skeletons are in politicians' closets and the other half vote. If the voting dead objected to getting it on with the living every once in a while, they'd have lobbied for an anti-necrophilia law ages ago.
I say the Illinois legislature should vote against the bill and put it up for referendum, so the voting dead will have a voice in the matter. Unfortunately, there's always the risk that the voters woudl be overturned by the Ninth Circuit. Not that state legislatures are immune to that sort of thing...
“Ron Paul… you know, I heard somebody say he was like insecticide – 98 percent of it’s inert gases, but it’s the two percent that’s left that will kill you. What that means is that he’ll make total sense for a while, and then he’ll say something so way out that it negates everything else. I like the guy because he knows how to excite the youth of America and fill them in on some things. But when he says that we’re like the Taliban… I’m sorry, Congressman Paul, but I’m nothing like the Taliban.
Via Hot Air, which has YouTube of the Megadeth song "Holy Wars."
If Santorum somehow wins the GOP nomination, maybe the Left will conclude that they were right about the noxious effects of heavy metal all along.