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Donald Trump is the gift that keeps giving. The week is still in its infancy, but the president has already made Chucky Schumer cry, fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates within hours of her acting up, and caused the Forgotten Man to go even harder for their president. This Trump accomplished by inadvertently exposing the Democrats as firmly in the camp of Hollywood harridans, tech execs, the immigration lawyers lobby, the global refugee industry; and in the grip of the international human rights octopus.

The Democratic constituency can no longer hide. It’s as though all these ghastly people are wearing the pussy dunce-caps adorned by the Madonna and Ashley Judd protesters.

The first moment of joy came when, flanked by swaddled Muslim women, the sanctimonious Schumer, a politician to his fingertips, choked up because of President Trump’s executive order to “temporarily halt the U.S. refugee program and ban entries from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days.” The president campaigned on this promise, was elected based upon it, and is now fulfilling it, a novel concept to a shyster like Schumer.

Then, before Sally Yates could use her perch, as a public servant at DOJ, to crusade for a centralized value system—the POTUS fired her, promptly ending Yates’ two-hour insurrection at the Department of Justice.

Here’s the Yates fit of pique that so energized CNN’s Alpha Females (Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett, Brianna Keilar, Don Lemon, David Gergen):

“I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right. At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful.”

And I thought the DOJ was charged with implementing the laws of the land, in accordance with its mission statement. To wit, “The Department of Justice is a cabinet-level agency responsible for enforcing the laws of the United States federal government. DOJ ensures public safety against foreign and domestic threats, including terrorism, and preventing crime.”

Whether it was borne of insubordination, incompetence or both, Yates’ virtue-signaling press conference was about feelings—her own. It was bereft of legal argument. Clearly, this activist was chosen by Obama not for her analytical, legal mind, or her understanding of the plenary power the legislative and the executive branches possess vis-a-vis immigration.

In her mind, the job of the country’s top cop is to police our values (or enforce her own).

Not in dispute is professor Alan Dershowitz’s analytical acumen. The liberal lawyer called Yates’ posturing “holdover heroism. It’s so easy to be a heroine when you’re not appointed by this president and when you’re on the other side,” he admonished, deriding Yates for resorting to political posturing, while failing to offer a nuanced legal analysis of the “Executive Order [to Protect] The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States.”

Mercifully, Yates’ conniption didn’t last long. In doing what’s right for the country, President Trump exposed the Justice Department as a politicized fiefdom, controlled by a feeble-minded female.

He had been gone for only eight, jam-packed days, but Barack Obama’s reappearance was likewise blissfully brief. The cable girls were destined to be disappointed. Again. After releasing a short, woolly statement to say how “heartened” he was “by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country,” Obama retreated, neutralized, too, by President Trump’s decisive actions.

Beware the Values Cudgel

In the Obama universe, the carnage in Boston, Orlando, San Bernardino, Fort-Hood and Chattanooga dwarfs when compared to the importance of preserving “our values.” (By which Obama means his values, Hillary Clinton’s values, Angela Merkel’s values, Yates’s values, Schumer’s values, Jeff Bezos’s values, John McMussolini’s values, Lindsey Graham’s values.)

When a politician pules about “the values that make our country great,” to quote Mrs. Clinton, chances are they mean multiculturalism, pluralism, open-borders, Islam as peace, communities divided in diversity as a net positive, and the Constitution—it mandates all the above, ask Ruth Bader Ginsburg—as a living, breathing, mutating philosophical malignancy.

For them, “protecting” the abstraction that is “our way of life” trumps the protection of real individual lives. “We must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are,” dissembled Obama in the waning weeks before he was gone. The empty phrase is meant to make the sovereign citizen forget that government’s most important role, if not its only role, is to protect individual life. This is something President Trump grasps on a gut level.

In his last few addresses, Obama promised to speak up on “certain issues,” in times when he imagined “our core values may be at stake.” Likewise, in delivering her Control-Alt-Delete speech against the Deplorables, Clinton had asserted that “our country is great because we’re good. Donald Trump disregards the values that make our country great.” The two’s group-think notwithstanding, only individuals can be virtuous, not collectives.

To manipulate Americans, politicians Before Trump have used the values cudgel. With respect to immigration, the idea is to impress upon gullible Americans that the world has a global Right of Return to the U.S. Fail to accept egalitarian immigration for all into America; and you are flouting the very essence of Americanism. (Or, to use liberal argumentation, you’re Hitler.)

Self government, and not imposed government, implies society, not The State, is to develop value systems. The State’s role is to protect citizens as they go about their business peacefully, living in accordance with their peaceful values.


When you hear an appeal to “permanent values”—”the values that make our country great,” to quote Clinton—know you are dealing with world-class crooks. They want to swindle you out of the freedom to think and believe as you wish. For in the classical conservative and libertarian traditions, values are private things, to be left to civil society—the individual, family and church—to practice and police.

The American government is charged purely with upholding the law, no more. Why so? Because government has police and military powers with which to enforce its “values.” A free people dare not entrust such an omnipotent entity with enforcing values, at home or abroad, because values enforced are dogma.

When incontestable majorities call on government to curb Islamic and other in-migration because this imperils American lives, President Trump’s unswerving opponents—the Obama, Clinton, Ryan, McCain, Graham, Schumer, and media mafia—will invariably intone, “That’s not who we are.”

When you hear that manipulative mantra, tell them to shut up, mind their own business, and stick to their constitutional mandate to protect the people, not police their minds.

Remember that through an appeal to values, the State aggrandizes itself.

A limited government, serving an ostensibly free people, must never enforce values. Because our form of government is incompatible with enforcing values, the American People can’t and mustn’t welcome into their midst civilizations whose values are inimical to the survival of their own.


ILANA Mercer is a paleolibertarian writer and thinker based in the US. Her weekly column was begun in Canada in 1999. She is the author of TheTrump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed (June, 2016) and Into The Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011). Follow ilana on Twitter: , Gab:, Facebook:
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  1. Well, your rant sounds a bit self-contradictory, I must say, denouncing ‘values’ while repeatedly emphasizing a very similar construct: ‘freedom’, ‘free people’.

  2. Sally Yates really ought to be the poster girl for menopausal female attention-whoring: Look at me! Look at me! Look at me!

  3. Kyle a says:
    @Mao Cheng Ji

    “Values” as described by the author, is condemnation for the lefts lack of and perception of what their values are. So where’s her self-contradiction?

    • Replies: @Mao Cheng Ji
  4. @Mao Cheng Ji

    She’s denouncing faux values, mate, but if you believe all the faux news spouted by the “that’s not who we are crowd,” you are less likely to be able to make the distinction.

  5. @Kyle a

    The author says that the government “must never enforce values”, while introducing the vague (mostly meaningless, imo) concept of “freedom”, which amounts to her own favorite ‘value’.

    If you’re against enforcing values, it would seem logical to say that the government must do whatever a majority of people want it to do; forget ‘freedom’.

  6. You wouldn’t expect the head of the important sounding Justice Department to be a silly bitch. I would submit that Sally Yates is playing at being a silly bitch to advance her career. She would probably have been fired anyway so why not endear herself to the ruling class and establish her victim status by demonstrating her contempt for the people’s choice.

  7. People who speak of “our” values or “who we are” are not talking about me. They hate me. Part of “their” values and “who they are” is contempt for straight white men.

    • Replies: @Inque Yutani
  8. annamaria says:
    @Mao Cheng Ji

    Yes, perhaps the world “law” should be more emphasized:
    “With respect to immigration, the idea is to impress upon gullible Americans that the world has a global Right of Return to the U.S. Fail to accept egalitarian immigration for all into America; and you are flouting the very essence of Americanism. (Or, to use liberal argumentation, you’re Hitler.)”
    In other words, the corporate desires for cheap labor meet the “progressives” desires for augmenting the Democrats’ base with the poor and barely educated, while doing NOTHING for the overall improvement of the U. S. society. Particularly spectacular was the Dem. administration’ smothering of the movement for universal healthcare (that would make businesses flourish) and instead accommodating the Insurance&BigPharma Racketeers. Plus the Dems/GOPers religious support for a “Right of Return to Israel” for Jews only and for providing the enormous infusions of money (extracted from the US taxpayers’ pockets) to the apartheid state of Israel poaching the native Palestinians’ land.
    The loud squeaking of the “progressives” about human rights, in the context of the ongoing seven wars in the Middle East and in the context of the absence of universal healthcare in the US (after EIGHT years of Democratic administration) reminds of the pretense on a superior morality by the so-called “pro-lifers.” The X-tian pro-lifers in high places are not interested in standing up against major corporate polluters and for universal healthcare – no, that would be too risky for their carriers. So they are looking for something on a cheap. The same can be said safely about the pink-pussy-hatters, Schumer-Madonna and similar squeakers about human rights. Go to Syria. Go to Libya. See what your beloved Democrat Obama has done there. Attend a funeral of a child shredded into pieces by weaponry provided to “moderate” jihadis (Al Qaeda) by the U.S.

  9. Agent76 says:

    January 17, 2017 Ads in two dozen cities offer protesters up to $2,500 to agitate at Trump inaugural

    Demand Protest ads running seek operatives to “send a strong message” at presidential inauguration

  10. @WorkingClass

    By calling me a fascist so much, they have literally turned me into one.

    By now, I have no problem rounding up every prog snowflake and other useful idiots of the globalists, lining them up, and shooting them. Maybe that’s the final red pill dose. Realizing that your society had a segment of people who are such willfully and relentlessly a net negative that you have to purge them before any further advancement of civilization is even possible.

    Or maybe I’m just cranky and sleep deprived.

  11. Agent76 says:

    Nov 15, 2016 Did you vote to #DrainTheSwamp? Take the #TrumpPledge!

    Do you have the sinking feeling that Trump may start backing off his promises now that he’s in power. Is there the niggling doubt that the banksters, criminals and party insiders he’s surrounding himself with may not follow through on that draining of the swamp? Never fear!

  12. annamaria says:

    An interesting comment for:
    “Trump argued that the government cannot compel commercial activity, even as part of a large regulatory scheme, because the Constitution protects everyone’s right to purchase a lawful good or not to purchase one. He also asserted that ObamaCare does not make economic sense because its regulation of the practice of medicine and its administration of health insurance have resulted in a diminution of choices for consumers, which in turn has raised premiums, as well as deductibles, and chased primary care physicians from the marketplace. The Obama mantra that you could keep your doctor and your health insurance under ObamaCare proved to be patently false, Trump argued.
    When Trump promised that as president — on “day one” — he would begin to dismantle ObamaCare, some Republicans, many members of the press and most Democrats laughed at him. They are laughing no longer because the first executive order he signed on Jan. 20 directed those in the federal government who enforce ObamaCare to do so expecting that it will soon not exist.
    He ordered that regulations already in place be enforced with a softer, more beneficent tone, and he ordered that no penalty, fine, setoff or tax be imposed by the IRS on any person or entity who is not complying with the individual mandate, because by the time taxes are due on April 15, the IRS will be without authority to impose or collect the non-tax tax, as the individual mandate will no longer exist. Why take money from people that will soon be returned?
    Then he ordered a truly revolutionary act, the likes of which I have never seen in the 45 years I have studied and monitored the government’s laws and its administration of them. He ordered that when bureaucrats who are administering and enforcing the law have discretion with respect to the time, place, manner and severity of its enforcement, they should exercise that discretion in favor of individuals and against the government.”
    This is radical coming from any president in the modern era of government-can-do-no-wrong. It is far more Thomas Jefferson, the small-government champion with whom Trump has never been associated, than it is Theodore Roosevelt, the super-regulator whom Trump has stated he admires. It recognizes the primacy and dignity of the individual and the fallibility of the state. It acknowledges the likely demise of ObamaCare. It is utterly without precedent since Jefferson’s presidency.
    Trump’s revolutionary act is a breeze of freedom on a sea of regulation. It recognizes something modern governments never admit — that they can be and have been wrong. It is exactly as Trump promised.

    • Replies: @dcite
  13. @Mao Cheng Ji

    I found this confusing also. Reading Ilana it’s helpful to remember she is a Libertarian.

    • Replies: @Wally
  14. (((Ilana Mercer))), your father, you and your family were kicked out of South Africa because of your father’s anti-apartheid work. He placed the wood for the fire under the cannibal pot. The apple does not fall far from the tree.

    • Replies: @map
  15. Che Guava says:
    @Mao Cheng Ji

    Sadly, the glamorous and intellegent Illana sees no reason to face her family’s past in SA.

    She writes Into the Cannibal’s Pot in full knowledge that her father was part of the phenomenon she describes, but omits that.

    That is false consciousness. Her father was close to ‘Joe Slovo’ (I have no idea that his real name is, certainly not that), the long-term Jewish leader of the Communist Party in SA. If people have been cast Into the Cannibal’s Pot, as they have, Ilana’s rabbi father was a definite factor.

    • Replies: @CanSpeccy
    , @Che Guava
  16. CanSpeccy says: • Website
    @Che Guava

    I see no inconsistency whatever between backing Africa for the Africans, and European-dominated North America for the Europeans.

    As for the authors, libertarianism, so what? Here, she’s clearly stating that the government’s role is to maintain the constitutional order, not impose values, whether of libertarians or anyone else.

    Anyhow, great stuff, ridiculing the globalist humbugs who seek to destroy the European nations through mass replacement immigration of left-supporting haters of European people, ideas and traditions.

  17. joe webb says:

    as a cap-wearing member of those who voted for Trump, and contributor financially, I am interested in Ilana’s view on Trump’s jewish problem.

    His son in law looks like a wimp. Yeah send him to Israel and he gets eaten by Bibi.

    the Contradiction here is T.’s commitment to kill Isis & Co (hundred of jihadist outfits…sort of like the dragon’s teeth…they just keep on coming) and also avoid more War in the ME.

    All these wars, or to be fair only 99 per cent of these wars, are Israel Caused. From start to the present, it is all The Jews.

    So before I die, along with millions of others in a War-for-the-Jews, I would like to understand how a T. defender, more studied than myself, can interpret this apparent contradiction-dialectically without a resolution except BOOM!

    Joe Webb

    • Replies: @mcohen
    , @CanSpeccy
  18. mcohen says:
    @joe webb

    Trump has a Jewish problem?
    Sounds like you have.
    instead it would be better to ask would kelly ayotte make a good vice president.

    • Replies: @joe webb
  19. CanSpeccy says: • Website
    @joe webb

    Good question, Joe.

    I suspect that time alone will tell, but here’s a theory.

    Trump accepts the inevitability of Jewish nationalism so he’s backing the Jewish nationalists in consolidating Israel by incorporation of the occupied territories. How he sees this working out with the Palestinians, is not clear, though a combination of emigration with financial compensation and assimilation within Israel appears to be the best hope.

    Settling the Israel problem would go a long way toward settling America’s NeoCon problem, since the prime NeoCon objective would have been achieved. Thereafter, American Jews would have a choice between America-first or emigration to Israel.

    Then Trump can focus on the problem of the survival of the European nations, which will also require a combination of emigration of the unasimmilable alien elements, and assimilation of those intent on becoming citizens not colonists and conquerors of Europe, both in Europe and North America.

    • Replies: @Wally
    , @joe webb
  20. map says:

    Had Ilana mercer wrote this article under a pseudonym, would there be anything to disagree with?

    • Replies: @attilathehen
  21. joe webb says:

    mcohen…great jewish humor. Jews are a curse on mankind. Jehovah is their War God, and the dopey Christians with their Peace God just keep getting suckered by the jew.

    as for the the aforesaid mankind, they are awakening to the jew threat. Including leftish Americans.

    The world would be better off without jews. But then you could say that about lots of Other races. The Protestant however are the dopiest.

    Read E. Michale Jones, The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit, if your jewish insanity can stand it. Joe

    • Replies: @mcohen
    , @Authenticjazzman
  22. Wally says:

    “Thereafter, American Jews would have a choice between America-first or emigration to Israel.”

    You’re dreaming.
    Jews routinely have & will have dual citizenship.

    We can only wish they would make a choice.

    • Replies: @Anon
  23. joe webb says:

    “…financial compensation and assimilation within Israel appears to be the best hope…”

    hopeless, but your basic take on Trump sounds correct. Who knows….The Future Lies Ahead.

    reminds me of the Jack Benny line when threatened with death as opposed to handing over his wallet to the mugger: something like let me think about it. Re jews paying for what they stole, although I have made the same suggestion.

    thanks, JW

  24. dcite says:

    “It is utterly without precedent since Jefferson’s presidency.
    Trump’s revolutionary act is a breeze of freedom on a sea of regulation. It recognizes something modern governments never admit — that they can be and have been wrong. It is exactly as Trump promised.”

    I don’t go back as far as Jefferson, but there has been no president in living memory who has actually done, or actively started to do, so much that he had promised during the campaign. The claims that he has not are either uninformed, pessimistic and still surrounded by Obama-era despair, or part of the MSM professional liars brigrade.

  25. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Jews don’t just become dual citizens. They have to immigrate to Israel to do so. The number that do so is very small.

    • Agree: Hibernian
    • Replies: @Hibernian
  26. @map

    We don’t need “Jewish taqiyya” from someone who speaks with forked tongue. Her ultimate point is “is it good for the Jews.”

  27. Hibernian says:

    If eligibility according to a foreign country’s laws for citizenship in their country makes you a dual citizen, a lot of non-Jewish people, including me (Grandfather immigrated from territory then in the UK, now in the Republic of Ireland.) are in the same boat. I pledge that in case of war between the US and Ireland, I will pick up a rifle (at age 62) to defend America from Ireland.

    • Replies: @Anon
  28. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    A most praiseworthy sentiment!

    But, as a Knight of Columbus, what are your preparations regarding the intensifying conflict with Malta? Have you reported to your local depot yet, and do you plan to?

    • Replies: @Che Guava
    , @Hibernian
  29. joe webb says:

    I ran into a guy today, an Iranian jew convert to Christianity. I had had some chat with him a few years ago. He looks like an Arab or, pardon me, a Persian. Looks like Arafat, with his big nose.

    The blood lines of the ‘Arab Jews’ phenotypically express themselves clearly. The Arab Jews of the ME, at least those tested for intelligence in Israel, tend not to be anywhere approaching the ashkenazi IQs, as I recall from reading Lynn.

    I have been asserting lately that all Semites are nuts, jews, arabs, persians. This guy could not stop bobbing and flailing his hands around as he went into the rant about Gawd giving them…etc. I learned that the first people of the Holy Land were…giants…right. And Jehovah let the jews conquer them, then the Canaanites. After about 15 minutes of Semitic stormin’ drang rhetoric, I just told him that he was a fanatic, and left. He said that I was a fanatic too. Too?

    These people are desert people, pastoralists, and constant warriors for God/Allah. They are totally alien to Whites and white sensibility.

    Joe Webb

    • Replies: @anonymous
  30. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @joe webb

    Persians are not Arabs.

    There are Arab Iranians but not Arab Persians.

    • Replies: @joe webb
  31. mcohen says:
    @joe webb

    Hey Joe.
    you left out the dopiest of the lot.the camelbites.this bunch who were descended from the Canaanites have a deviant streak,namely biting their camels on the dick to get them up…..I never read fiction of any kind but enjoy reading “ek spuit jou hol nat” written by I.P Skews

  32. joe webb says:

    I forgot to mention, per above, the thousands of tribes which led to constant warfare…I assume, like the Indians in the US, who were and are no better than the Semites when it comes to warfare. This kind of non-farming environment selects for aggression and hyper ethno-chauvinism.

    Whites seem to have gotten our Tribalism under control.

    It is interesting that Whites are the only race today to have many different states…a form of getting along, despite the fundamental of warfare generally. Every race has only one state, except for Blacks and Indians who never got beyond very petty tribalism, Arabs too, and of course, the Jews.

    Our own intra-white tribalism still obtains in various places with which we are are all familiar, like in Belgium, etc.

    We need to get tribal again, and there is every reason to believe that that is exactly what is happening. The Liberals who get worse rather than better, will be sent to live with the Others that they Luv…when we expel all of them.

    Who knows? some mixing of forever banished white liberal blood with the inferior races may provide some rationality and counter-tribalist traits to those who need it most. Chocolate and maybe a somewhat less crazy…for their own good kind of thing. But ne’er to sojourn amongst our reconstituted Whiteness, purged forever of all our damned Surplus Altruism traits.


  33. Che Guava says:
    @Che Guava

    Well, you clearly want to maintain a false consciouness. No point replying to such as you in detail, you are a liar or professional liar (aka propagandist).

  34. annamaria says:

    Trump and Pharma:
    And the presstitutes’ servile position towards big Pharma, of course.

  35. Che Guava says:

    Actually, the Knights of Malta affair is not a joke within Catholic affairs. They have UN observer status, separate from that of the Vatican.

    I think of converting, but Pope Bergoglio makes it less and less likely.

    As I think I have said on an Unz comment thread before, Papa Fransesco was utterly silent during his time as a bishop and then cardinal during the Project Condor murders, the nation where he lived having had repeated waves.

    He never said anything in opposition to that.

    All of a sudden, he is the Pope, and doing things to please strange western SJWs.

    My personal and ecclesiastical interpetation is that Bergoglio is riddled with guilt for his years of de facto support for death-squad era South American polities, and the death squads, at the time, he attempts to atone by destroying the church (Roman heresy) by playing up to SJWs.

    • Replies: @Anon
  36. joe webb says:

    right, but they look pretty much the same and somehow speak the same lingo. Query, inasmuch as their writing systems are different, which came first, farsi or arabic? .. also same IQ.JW

    • Replies: @anonymous
  37. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @joe webb

    Yes Arab Iranians look amazingly similar to Saudi Arabs. But they are distinctly different from Persian Iranians — Shah Pahlavi was Persian. His appearance is almost effeminate — slender nose, fine facial features, shorter in stature, typically not bulky but lean and slender body type.

    Lots of different ethnic groups, with distinctly different appearance, in Iran — Lors — they do the scut work –, Baluchis, Bahkhtiari (nomads; their women wear lavish western dresses under a long, dark robe slightly different from chador), Azerbaijani, Kurds, Turks, Arabs, Persian. There is a pecking order but not a caste system; the groups get along pretty well.

    don’t know much about IQ. Isn’t that a western concept? Iranians have elaborate and highly refined systems of interpersonal relations. How would an American score on an Iranian test of interpersonal “IQ”?

  38. Hibernian says:

    We plan to sell them a lot of Tootsie Rolls.

  39. @joe webb

    ” The world would be better off without Jews”.

    You obviously are unable to descern between positive and negative elements.
    The world would be a sadder place without the marvelous contributions of the unsurpassed jewish songwriters, the creators of the “great american songbook” such as Gershwin, Kern, Berlin, Arlen ( “Over the rainbow”), Hammerstein, Styne, Lerner, Lowe, Weil, and on and on. Their magical romantic lyricism defined a sophisticated America before it was conquered by the gutter liberal concept of : everything is art.
    Authenticjazman “mensa” society since 1973, and pro jazz artist.

  40. I do not believe in God or anything supernatural. However I do find the Muslims to be more dangerous to my personal safety and freedom to express myself than the Christians are. Therefore, although I do not agree with all of his policies, I support Trump. Because I would support anyone that promised and endeavoured to protect me from islamic violence and coercion. I believe that Christianity and religion is dying out, science offers the only reasonable way to think and science is only about physical reality. There are always going to be superstitious and ignorant people, and people without the intellect to understand how ridiculous religion is. Just as for the foreseeable future there will be crime and violence. There is such a thing as human nature and I recommend the book “The Intelligence Paradox” by Satoshi Kanazawa, who is an evolutionary psychologist. We must never underestimate an enemy of course and have to continue to bash Christianity and defend science, but Islam is at present the greatest threat that civilization faces. As an ideology it is sworn to destroy us with violence.
    I am a right-wing conservative.

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
    , @Anon
  41. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Che Guava

    I can’t say anything one way or another about how Francis behaved as Fr. Bergoglio and any remorse he might feel. It’s as good a theory as any, I suppose.

    On a larger scale I try not to worry too much about Vatican politics, and bizarre things like the Malta anschluss. The policy of the Pope as a temporal and ecclesiastical sovereign can be left to sort itself out; it can be hard on the people on whom his decrees fall, but such is life. Far more important is the ongoing controversy about Amoris Laetitia; this is so bad it can be faith-shattering for some people. Even regarding that scenario, there’s nothing you or I can do (barring prayer, of course), so really the best thing would be to follow one’s conscience, live a pious life, and continue to receive the sacraments, much as the Christian populace around the world did after the 1054 dustup, and trust in God, who loves His spouse, to guide her.

    In the interests of not getting overly worked up I’d note the case of St. Vincent Ferrer, who actually adhered to the wrong (anti-)pope and still became a saint.

  42. @Philip Smeeton

    All of psychology and psychiatry is pure nonsense, the most destructive aspect being that this garbage is employed within courts of law, causing the most absurd and unfair verdicts and rulings.

    The lunatic “Repressed memories” psychological concept is responsible for thousands of completely innocent fathers, within a bitter, vindictive, divorce battle, losing their children forever.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” society member since 1973, and pro jazz artist.

  43. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Philip Smeeton

    Surely you cannot be paying attention to world events if you believe that Muslims cause more violence than Americans. Have you heard of Libya and its destruction by American bombs, and the tens of thousands of casualties? How about Syria and the half million deaths caused by American arms at the hands of its proxies. And the total destruction of Iraq with over a million deaths caused by America’s illegal invasion. These are countries who had done absolutely nothing to the USA other than their wish to remain sovereign and independent. This is not to mention Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Pakistan and the Ukraine. How many bombs have been dropped on the USA by any of these countries?
    I don’t care if you don’t wish to have Muslims enter your country, but first you must leave their countries. They are here because you are there, and you aren’t there to spread freedom and democracy.

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