Gosh, it’s almost as if (C)NBC were in cahoots with Democrats. Hate to jump to conclusions, but somehow . . .
Look, I tune in to the maharajah at lunch time in ye olde kitchen, regaling myself with cream cheese on whole wheat or p.b. and jelly and activa yogurt. Got into habit of wine or beer but am dropping that. Flip goes the switch to WLS-AM and Rushbo.
I have loved it for the news items (sound clips), his insights delivered with unique panache and sometimes laugh-out-loud humor. He has exuded confidence. Did. Now — I date it from the Roberts decision to OK Obamacare — he’s off his game, worried. Hard to listen to.
Maybe I don’t spend enough time with him — only a fraction of his three hours. Maybe I am misreading his tone. But Cassandra has a rival these days, I fear, and it’s he.
Informed rejoinder from Reader D:
Don’t think I can agree in general with your Rush/Cassandra comparison.In this transcript he sounds pretty sure Obama will lose — but I think he is torn between bolstering the base and whistling in the dark in this campaign — he is suspicious of the Republican establishment, and Republican consultants and Republican Old Guard, etc. But Rush isn’t telling us it’s time to head to New Zealand YET, but I think he’s looked over the travel brochures.The Roberts decision threw Rush completely. I think it threw the other conservatives on the court, too.When I listen to Rush it’s usually for the full 3 hours. I didn’t hear him this Mon-Tues, and he had subs on for a few days last week that I don’t listen to. I like Mark Styne as a sub.Rush has been supportive of Romney — as he said during the primary — Anyone But Obama.
Amid ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank, the $800 billion stimulus injection and a federal spending boom, something snapped in the steady-state relationship between many citizens and Washington.
A lot of people feel the government, finally, is really starting to crowd them. It has made them uneasy. For the Santorum audience, the call-and-response word to push back against the unease is “freedom.”
What Santorum should do:
Rick Santorum should stay in the race, repeating from now till summer the perverse link between the ObamaCare mandate and the American idea of freedom. It looks like the best argument the GOP nominee will have for a win in November.
“The contraceptive mandate imposed on health plans by the Department of Health and Human Services also violates freedom of conscience,” said a Catholic priest.
“Imagine the impact on a revered Chicago Catholic institution like Misericordia, which is a home to the mentally disabled.”
Barbara Frietchie retrieved the flag shot down by Johnny Reb as he marched through “Frederick town” and hurled her defiance at Stonewall Jackson’s Confederate soldiers:
‘Shoot, if you must, this old gray head,
But spare your country’s flag,’ she said.
At 90, she’d come by her gray hairs honestly.
Context: Cardinal George defies Obama, screams Sun-Times
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“We cannot — and will not — comply with this unjust law,” states the cardinal, who is vehemently opposed to the new Obama administration rule requiring religious organizations to include contraceptive health insurance coverage.
“People of faith cannot be made second-class citizens because of their religious beliefs. . . . Our parents and grandparents did not come to these shores to help build America’s cities and towns, its infrastructure and institutions, enterprise and culture, only to have their posterity stripped of their God given rights.”
. . . but nowhere runs his letter! Left-wing hothouse, like most mainstream newsrooms.
Later: And what’s here comes after five days of nothing, reader Pat Hickey notes below!
Obama does more for Christian unity than a month of joint prayer breakfasts.
Fr. Robert Barron takes Sun-Times’s Neil Steinberg and Chi Trib op-ed writer Sara Paretsky to task in his amazing relaxed and easy-going manner in this video on “the HHS contraception mandate.”
The bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend in this “Catholic Resistance Must be the Response to the Unjust HHS Edict to Violate Conscience”: “We have to fight this. . . . terrible injustice . . . time for all of us to stand up . . . . not just freedom of worship but also freedom to follow our conscience . . . “
The bishop of Lincoln: “We cannot and will not comply with this unjust decree. Like the martyrs of old, we must be prepared to accept suffering which could include heavy fines and imprisonment.”
The archbishop of Los Angeles: “. . . the government is imposing a narrow, radically individualistic idea of religion.”
His predecessor, Cardinal Mahony: “I cannot imagine that this decision was released without the explicit knowledge and approval of President Barack Obama. And I cannot imagine a more direct and frontal attack on freedom of conscience than this ruling today.
“As Bishops we do not recommend candidates for any elected office. My vote on November 6 will be for the candidate for President of the United States and members of Congress who intend to recognize the full spectrum of rights under the many conscience clauses of morality and public policy. If any candidate refuses to acknowledge and to promote those rights, then that candidate will not receive my vote.” [italics added]
The bishop of Pittsburgh: “The Obama administration has just told the Catholics of the United States, ‘To Hell with you!’ There is no other way to put it.”
The bishop of Wichita: “My hope is . . . that we will contact our elected leaders and let them know that we do not want to be forced to act against our beliefs, we or anyone else, and that we want religious liberty and conscience protection restored.”
The archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, who also heads the bishops’ conference: Administration “on the wrong side of the constitution . . . a foul ball . . . never before . . .we can’t afford to strike out . . .”
The Florida judge who just shot down Obamacare, on the requirement to buy insurance:
If Congress can penalize a passive individual for failing to engage in commerce, the enumeration of powers in the Constitution would have been in vain, Judge Vinson wrote.
It’s a you-buy-this-or-else proposition, a no-go.
Now if it were being ordered to buy a good dictionary, I could be more open-minded. On second thought, not even for such an important item as that.
Astute Reader attended a Seniors Club luncheon at a northwest side parish where Democrat Congressman Mike Quigley was the unannounced speaker, talking up Obamacare. She missed his introduction, but what she heard was “revolting.”
* 55,000 thousand nuns supported it. Nothing about the bishops.
* Insurance and drug companies supported the Republicans and lied to scare “you.”
* There will be no such thing as $500 billion in cuts to Medicare.
* Look how terrific social security is, and Medicare, and the Republicans opposed it for years, even Ronald Reagan.
“Most disgusting of all, he said change is “difficult,” condescending crapola that Michelle Obama also likes to peddle.
The progressives are softening us up for some re-education programs. It’s their idea of “the Future.”
Q. ended saying he is soon off to Cuba to learn how to make things here as good as possible for “us.” (Ah. Learning from the experts.)
But seniors are a tough sell. The luncheon organizers took a survey at check-in and advised Q. that seventy-plus percent opposed the health bill. His answer? It’s too late, it passed, get used to it.
(Shut up and do what you’re told.)