Interesting statement from the US Catholic bishops, as cited by Joan Chittister:
The truth is that the bishops in their latest document, “Faithful Citizenship” — the church’s attempt to teach the importance of civic participation in the political process — eschewed single issue politics entirely. “As Catholics we are not single-issue voters. A candidate’s position on a single issue is not sufficient to guarantee a voter’s support,” the document says quite directly. …
Instead, the document sets out to remind people that voting is, indeed, a moral act but that political morality — social morality — is made up of more things than sexual issues, all of them morally important, all of them to be seen as the voter’s moral obligation to weigh issues and their effects on society at large. Read the rest of this entry »
Outstanding video: News media anchors express astonishment that GOP leaders (Iowa’s own Chuck Grassley being today’s lead) would be so brazen as to fabricate the “death panel” scare. It’s like insisting “that the earth is flat.”
The truth? A Republican Congressman wrote a provision into one of the House bills calling for insurance payment to be available to people who want to consult their physician about making a living will.
That’s it. The rest is simply made up. There is no government involvement at all.
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Quick: explain the US/NATO mission in Afghanistan.
“Well, um … to get Osama—9/11, you know.”
But Osama’s not there.
“Yes, well … there’s the Taliban—flogging women.”
But Taliban forces melt away into Pakistan during a US offensive, then return when our forces leave.
“But we send those missiles into Pakistan to get them.”
Those missiles do exactly what Al Qaeda needs done: they arouse anti-American hatred. They create a sense of helplessness. They make terrorism seem rational—even necessary—to a people whose families suffer sudden devastation from an untouchable, invisible foe.
None of us can identify a winning strategy currently at work in Afghanistan. Killing doesn’t win hearts. Once again, we trust force to accomplish something force has never done. How long, this time?
Let’s stop it. And start over. With a strategy designed first to ruin Al Qaeda’s pitch, rather than provide its background music.
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