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Election 2012: What happened! 4 major causes. Now what?

Steve Jalsevac

First things first. 

We can’t go forward until we frankly confront where we are. That has always been an exceptionally useful LifeSiteNews principle .

So let me briefly get that over with. We are, as Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft says, “in deep doo doo.” It’s scary. The abysmal, incomprehensible reelection of Barack Obama and his minions, however it came about, threatens life, family, faith and many of our essential freedoms.

Cultural war to the max is coming up and the wheat will be separated from the chaff - those who truly believe and are willing to sacrifice for the good, no matter what the cost, from those who are lukewarm, comfortable and way too fearful or tied to the things and pleasures of this world. Civil disobedience will likely become necessary. Increased hostility and threats will have to be endured.

On the other hand, there were also many notable victories in the election. Not all was gloom. But the overall result is worth great concern.

So what made it possible for tyrant Obama to get re-elected despite overwhelming evidence that he is a danger to the nation? For what it’s worth, the following is my opinion:

1. Massive Voter Manipulation and Fraud.

This is one topic you will read about in very few, if any, other publications. Too controversial and difficult to prove or to do anything about.

Too many of the results in various states, electoral districts and other races just did not make sense. They defied polling just prior to the election and the observed spirit of the people living in those regions.

Rush Limbaugh said today, “Romney received two and a half million fewer votes than McCain did.  Now, who would have called that?  Who in the world would have?  I think Obama’s vote tally was down ten million from 2008, and we still lost.  We lost 50 to 48 nationally.  We were not able to build a turnout model that looked like 2004.  Very puzzling. “

And Rush added, “A majority of people like Obamacare in the exit poll. That goes against everything we’ve ever heard in any poll. Voters trust him more than Romney in an international crisis. What? How in the world can that be? In a rational, intelligent world, how can that be?”

That is just one of many confounded conservative commenters.

We know that Obama came out of and is still deeply involved with Marxist influenced Acorn and Bill Ayers through those he has placed in important positions in his administration and election campaign. These people play highly unethical hardball. Any means is seen to justify the end. I warned about this in a past blog. We have to take very seriously the revelations in Ben Johnson’s series on Buffy Wicks, Obama’s get-out-the-vote-leader. Among other things, as a typical Marxist, she exploits legitimate concerns of Americans to manipulate them towards achieving radical social change goals that they are not aware they are being used to implement.  Lenin called those used by Marxists “useful idiots”. Sorry, that’s not my language. That was Lenin’s .

There had to have been massive voter manipulation and fraud. The Democrats were up against the wall and the only way left for them to win this battle was to do everything possible to confuse the voters and fix the vote. This time they had the office of the president and all the power, influence and insider tools and information that come with that. They used it as likely no president has ever before. That’s my opinion.

To find out more about how successful Marxists have been in corrupting free nations see this incredible video about the activities of an ex Soviet KGB agent.

2. A Weak Republican Candidate
Romney turned out to be a more impressive and decent man than I had previously thought. He cleaned up on Obama at the Al Smith dinner. Still, his mantra was constantly about jobs and the economy. Definitely big issues, but he lacked an inspiring vision about more than that. People are much more than their economic concerns.  Obama proved that, even if it was all lies.

It was often difficult to determine just what Romney really stood for and at times, like that strange third debate, he seemed hardly different than Obama.

Romney made a deadly strategic error of letting Obama use the abortion issue totally to his advantage by not challenging any of Obama’s outrageous statements. For the most part, Romney avoided controversial social issues like the plague. Conservative politicians continue to make this self-defeating error usually advised by political advisers who don’t have a clue about the issue and are not with the candidate on the issue.

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Romney was disturbingly weak on the gay rights issues. His position on the life issues went up and down like a yo-yo. His knee jerk, harsh condemnation of Akin was another thing that made it difficult to build strong social conservative loyalty.  I especially found it strange that he was so enthusiastic about his two sons having had children via surrogates. That was a big clue to me that something was really wrong with this picture.  He seemed to be clueless about what should have been obvious to anyone exposed to so much pro-life influence as he was.

However, there were some very significant things that Romney promised to do such as defund Planned Parenthood, re-institute the Mexico City policy and appoint conservative Supreme Court justices. These would have been hugely positive changes.

Pro-life, pro-family leaders had no choice but to encourage support for Romney.  But the candidate made it awkwardly difficult and I don’t doubt millions voted for him while holding their noses. The priority was that Obama had to go - but he didn’t.

3. Extreme Mainstream Media Bias

With the exception of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, Mark Steyn and the other usual conservative media commentators, all the rest of the media and almost all newspapers, plus most of Hollywood, shamelessly behaved as though they were part of the Obama campaign. Responsible journalism took a holiday during the entire campaign. It was dreadful. They constantly did everything to make Obama look good and Romney look bad. They deliberately ignored glaring Obama vote killers such as the Benghazi debacle

There are very many Americans that do not view or read any conservative media so it was impossible for them to be influenced by the essential information they provided.  These uninformed voters were totally dependent on CNN, NBC, etc. for their facts about all the issues related to the election. Therefore, they were left clueless and believing all sorts of false information about the Republicans and not aware of all the facts revealing the dark side of the President.

4. Far Too Weak Religious Leadership

Admittedly, there were more strong statements and actions from religious leaders than in recent elections. We delighted in reporting as much of this as occurred. However, overall, religious leadership was still dreadfully lacking in proportion to the severity of the danger faith groups were facing from an Obama re-election. There was not the strong, nationwide call to resistance that was needed.

The USCCB once again issued its utterly useless laundry list of many voting issues that Catholics should consider. It instead should have finally issued a powerful call to arms on only the issues of religious freedom, freedom of conscience and grave threats to life and family - the bedrock foundations of any strong or even stable nation. Far too many Catholics yet again voted for Obama, although fewer than the last election.

Most of the religious leaders were still asleep, still clueless about the gravity of our situation, far too timid, still too entrenched in bureaucratic paralysis and perhaps a significant number implicated in the sins or moral rebellion of the corrupt culture.

Obama supporters among religious leadership were all too common as identified by their silence or weak pronouncements on the election. Too many seem incapable of enduring confrontation or adversarial relationships of the type that the Master, the apostles and all the martyred saints showed they must engage in to protect their flocks and all other good people.  This has to finally change. Much stronger religious leadership and national religious renewal is long overdue and absolutely essential. For me, this is the biggest issue of all, the one that has crippled the good in so many ways in the cultural wars. A wide spread return to religious faith and practice has the power on its own to cause dramatic change for good.

That’s my four major reasons for the Obama re-election. There are more reasons, but I’ll leave it at that.

What now?

We are seeing responses from many leaders indicating a new and notably different determination to persevere and re-group for battle.  I am seeing signs of a deeper, much more thoughtful response to what is now being understood as more of a great cultural and spiritual battle ahead of us.  That is good.  This defeat has shaken the good into a higher level of determination because they realize we have no choice but to do this.  We cannot surrender.

The devastating Obama victory seems to be facilitating the building of a new movement even more committed to restoring a truly human society and justice to America.  It is going to be very difficult and long term, but will also be exciting and rewarding for those who commit. 

God bless America and God bless those who are giving of themselves to bring the nation back to its senses, regardless of personal risks.

God bless America.

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Mugging by Catholic bloggers

Steve Jalsevac
Steve Jalsevac

Now and then various Church officials complain about deeply uncharitable and harmful discussions on some Catholic blogs. Facebook, blogs, Twitter and even email can each far too easily allow angry thoughts that cross people’s minds to be published for all the world to see without the sober second thought that would naturally accompany face-to-face or spoken communication.

There was a recent attack against LifeSiteNews from a very well known Catholic writer and another such writer and her husband. Using these means of unfiltered near-instant communications, they poured calumny and invective on LifeSiteNews and our talented and committed staff.

Critics who obviously know very little about us, how we function, and our editorial decision-making penned very harsh judgments about our motives and other aspects of our work.

Here are just a few samples of what was what posted on the Facebook pages of various well-known and prolific Catholic writers:

  • “Two sentences that make me turn on my bullshit detector: ones that start, ‘Guess what Pope Francis just did?’ and ones that start, ‘According to LifeSiteNews . . . ‘”
  • “lying assholes who attack the Church”
  • “lazy, biased, and stupid reporting”
  • “no respect for LSN as a whole”
  • “an organization with a bad reputation”
  • “no news sense and no conscience”
  • hang your “head in shame for attempting to bring division in the Church through inaccurate and dishonest reporting”
  • “anti-Catholic bias”
  • “They have a distorted view of reality, and no conscience when it comes to reporting lies in order to advance the agenda.”
  • “sleazier than the National Enquirer”
  • “They don't actually do any reporting. They rewrite a lot of other people's reporting without checking facts or giving attribution.”
  • “The narcissism and pride is epic.”

Criticism naturally comes with the territory of journalism and should always be expected. However, when this kind of crude assault is hurled so recklessly from fellow Catholics or other Christians, it does leave us unsettled. Moreover, when such vile language and character assassination comes from Catholics who are published at influential Catholic publications, it is also a concern for the writers’ own Catholic reputation and that of their employers.

LifeSiteNews does not claim to be a Catholic organization. We have many good and faithful Catholics on staff, but we do not claim to be a Catholic organization and our reporting is intended for people of all faiths and even no faith. 

Nothing written by LifeSiteNews ever remotely approaches the level of calumny in the condemnations and criticisms seen in the Facebook posts mentioned. We explicitly forbid our writers from making such comments and are constantly removing similar comments from readers commenting under our reports. That is not free speech. We consider it to be an abuse of freedom. We also have a policy of never responding in kind to such comments.

However, a natural response is: “Where is the Christianity in any of these comments?” It boggles the mind that anyone would publicly exhibit such a total lack of charity for all the world to see and think that they are thus exhibiting love of God or properly defending the Church or Pope Francis.

We often encourage our readers to be very respectful in any communications they make in response to our reports. We recognize that condemnatory, hostile, and disrespectful communications will always cause harm and hardly ever help advance the cause of life and family.

Why the scandal of such ad-hominem attacks are permitted by well-known Catholic websites is a puzzle. LifeSiteNews is only one of many victims who have been targeted and at times harmed by these all-too-frequent, very uncharitable, and careless blog postings over the years. 

Productive dialogue is impossible without mutual respect. Still, we never close the door to future communications if circumstances change. Many of us on the LifeSiteNews team have gone through major life conversions, so we understand the importance of forgiveness and charity.

One of our team did attempt to reach out and dialogue. Unfortunately, all attempts to respond to the criticism charitably, humbly, and privately, resulted in further, public attacks against the professionalism and integrity of LifeSiteNews, and on the personal character of LifeSiteNews personnel.

At LifeSiteNews we welcome feedback and reasoned, respectful criticism. When readers feel we are not doing the job, or are not doing it well, we take it seriously. We try to respond with charity, humility, and clarity.

The feedback we’ve received over the years has varied wildly from being told we are “doing the work of Satan” to the more usual one that we are doing God’s work. We‘ve been told more times than we can count, in emails and personal encounters with readers, that our reports are among the most reliable, trustworthy, and professionally written on the Internet on the issues that we cover. That is truly our aim. We pray and work every day to arrive at that lofty goal. And with your support, your prayers, and your constructive advice, I’m sure we can maintain our current high level of reporting while always striving to improve it even more.

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Thank Canada's Archbishop Richard Smith; watch excellent EWTN coverage of Ottawa march Sat.

Steve Jalsevac
Steve Jalsevac

Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith’s strong, blunt criticism of Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau’s outrageous announcement that pro-life candidates will no longer be permitted to run for the Liberal Party is a welcome change from the usual silence of Canada’s bishops on almost all such developments.

I really hope many pro-life Canadians thank Archbishop Smith for speaking out and encourage him to continue to publicly hold Canadian Catholic politicians accountable for their anti-life and anti-family pronouncements, votes and other actions.

Here is the archbishop’s contact information:

Most Rev. Richard SMITH
Archbishop of Edmonton
8421-101 Avenue

Edmonton (AB) T6A 0L1

Tel: (780) 469-1010
Fax: (780) 465-3003
Web Site
Message entry page

And PLEASE, don’t criticize him for not doing all that you think that he should have said and done about Trudeau. This was a positive step. Congratulations, gratitude and encouragement is what you should convey.

Hopefully, more bishops will start to publicly hold to account Canada’s Catholic politicians who have very badly betrayed the people of Canada by leading, as have Justin and many other Canadian Catholic politicians, the advancement of the culture of death in Canada. It has been a sordid, terrible record so far, probably worse than in any other nation in the world.

The archbishop proclaimed that Justin’s announcement of his pathetic policy just before the Marches for Life to be "slap" in the face for all those who would be participating in the various marches across Canada. How true that is and I hope Canadians do not conveniently forget this travesty when the next federal election finally comes around.

Voters have a strong tendency to forget these things, much to the benefit of the worst politicians. Hopefully, there will be more strong statements from Canadian bishops around election time in order to refresh memories.

By the way, the EWTN coverage of the National March for Life in Ottawa was really outstanding this year. If you missed it, I strongly recommend that you tune into the replay tomorrow (Saturday) from 1 to 5:30 p.m.

I wasn’t able to make it to the March this year, having just come back from 10 days in Rome and now preparing for Washington next week, but I did catch some of the EWTN coverage and was thoroughly impressed.  If you can’t get EWTN on your cable network I believe the program can still be viewed via the EWTN website. 

Give it a go.  It is a wonderful way to experience the march and a lot of the interviews were great. LifeSiteNews team members John-Henry Westen and John Jalsevac were among those interviewed.

And I must also mention that Sun News gave the Ottawa March for Life excellent, fair coverage. See a list of their video reports here.

Unfortunately, there was one begrudging report in the National Post, "Activists entrench on abortion", by what appeared to be a feminist writer, Meghan Hurley, consistently refering to "anti-abortionists", that had a pro-abortion edge to it. There was also a the predicatable accompanying photo of just a small portion of the massive crowd with emphasis on a large cross in the middle.

The article and the text under the photo presented the ridiculously far too low estimated number of persons present as only 6,000 to 8,000 persons. I don't understand why the Post would allow such obvious inaccuracy and poor reporting to be published as a supposed professional news report on the march.

To anyone who was there, the report really undermined the credibility of the Post. Any reasonably seasoned reporter who was at the event would have easily seen that the number was likely far closer to the march organizers' offical count of 23,000. the RCMP count has always been way off the mark as well and it has always been noticed that both the RCMP and Ottawa police are not not remotely enthused about having to cover the march every year. The pathetic police response to the Femen protesters this year really gave evidence to their atttitude towards the pro-life event - no matter how many Members of Parliament, Senators and Catholic bishops and cardinals are present.  

However, we do have to give the Post credit for publishing a lot of excellent commentaries on the Justin Trudeau statement that no pro-life candidates would be allowed to run for the Liberal Party while he is the leader.

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Legatus Summit blew us away

Steve Jalsevac
Steve Jalsevac

John-Henry Westen, Jon Fidero and I just came back from attending the annual Legatus Summit in Orlando, Florida that took place this past Thursday to Saturday. It was an astonishing event, in that every speaker was rock solid and of the highest quality from the pro-life and pro-family perspective.

For those of us from LifeSiteNews and many others who heard John Smeaton's talk titled, "Bishops are the first ones called to be untiring preachers of the Gospel of Life", his was the highlight of the conference. Smeaton's current-state-of-the-world speech was high calibre, very well prepared and revealed his thorough knowledge of developments in England, Ireland and much of the world that in the end give cause for alarm, but also for hope. I overheard a few Legatus members state that they were shaken by what Smeaton revealed.

Smeaton's presentation was about far more than just the subject of denying communion to pro-abortion politicians. It is a 13-page masterpiece overview of a world in major crisis regarding the value of human life and what must be done about this crisis. I have personally known this incredible man for several years and can vouch for his competence and the truth of all that he said in his talk.

Smeaton's talk is MUST READING for all good people in order to understand just where we are at at this alarming time in history. He was notably passionate while giving his erudite presentation because he knew he had to be. He knows what is at stake now regardless of the contradictory claims by some that abortion will soon be ended.

This particular audience was one that might be able to do something about the reality of the looming monsters that we are about to face unless strong actions are quickly taken, especially by the leadership of the Catholic Church. There is no way to overemphasize or exaggerate the gravity of the situation. PLEASE read Smeaton's full talk that is linked to at the bottom of the article and then pass it around far and wide. Thank Legatus for allowing John Smeaton this special opportunity to present his prophetic message for the world at such an opportune gathering.

But back to the rest of the conference. The many members of this Catholic Christian business leaders’ organization, founded by Domino's Pizza billionaire Tom Monaghan, that we met during our stay blew us away. It is rare to attend such an event where most people really get it about the culture war that has been raging in the world. We also found everyone we met to be especially warm and gracious personalities and very open to engage in conversation about the difficult subjects that LifeSiteNews covers, no doubt largely because of their personal commitment to live their Catholic faith in all that they do.

Legatus members want to learn more and do whatever they can to help evangelize the world with Christian principles and the saving truths of the Christian faith. We saw that this personally means a lot to these high level business CEOs and their families. We found them to have much higher principles than we normally associate with persons in top business leadership positions.

After having now attended our second Legatus Summit as exhibitors and sponsors, I would strongly recommend membership in Legatus to any Catholic business leader who meets its membership qualifications. Husbands AND wives are strongly encouraged to attend together to emphasize the importance of the married couple and their family as the foundation of society. Legatus is clearly not a typical men-only business organization.

The personal growth experiences and exceptional fellowship opportunities that it offers can only enrich the lives of its members and their families.  Legatus also provides a real benefit to the rest of us who are not business leaders in that these specially gifted men and women are being guided by their Legatus formation to take on larger roles than many of us are capable of to make this a better world. There was a lot of stress on the essential role of the laity, partnering with their bishops, in the evangelizing mission of the Church.

Hats off to Tom Monaghan and his team of leaders and also to the membership of Legatus for incorporating into their business life a high calling to life, family and faith, without which they realize all their other successes would be seriously lacking full satisfaction and meaning. Legatus helps them to open and keep their eyes on God’s rewarding expectations of them. That is a win-win for everyone.

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