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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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Voices crying in the wilderness over Pope Francis document

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Top of the Drudge Report, one of the world's most accessed websites, on the day Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) was released.

April 8, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Here we go again, having to publish unpopular views about yet another action by Pope Francis, a pope more heavily praised by the secular world than any other in history, it seems, and a pope  who is especially lauded by all Catholic Church progressives and other progressives such as Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders. This has happened so often now that we at times feel like voices crying in the wilderness whom relatively few understand.

John the Baptist, was the person whom that description of a “voice in the wilderness” was applied to in scripture. He was compelled, for love of God and the truth, to publicly castigate King Herod for divorcing his wife and unlawfully taking Herodias, the wife of his brother. God’s Ten Commandments simply did not permit it.

Herod did not want to hear what he knew was the truth, but worse, his new, illicit wife and her daughter, perhaps comparable to today’s radical feminists, wanted the Baptist’s head for his boldness in discomforting them – and they got it.

So, we are treading on sensitivities that cause ferocious reactions from those who have much invested in a loosening of the Catholic Church’s over 2,000 years’ old moral teachings.

Those moral absolutes have been nothing less than Jesus Christ’s – God’s - teachings – for all time.

The Catholic Church is understood to be the most influential and last bastion in the world still in the way of the New World Order in which all those supposedly out-of-date teachings can no longer be permitted to be so absolute, if even taught at all.

As we are now seeing in so many stories on LifeSite, there are many things that the world insists we no longer have any right to even say anymore. That is because they upset certain people. And that is now considered to be a crime punishable by hateful harassment, firing from jobs, large fines and even criminal charges. Truth is no longer considered a defense

It is said that the world has dramatically changed and history and Natural Law no longer apply. Everyone has to quickly move along and get with the modern world - population control, the climate change agenda, the sexual revolution and a complete revamp of the world's economic systems to facilitate forced transfers of wealth. People are supposedly no longer capable of adhering to the demanding, old-fashioned, traditional Catholic religion.

When we received a copy of the “The Joy of Love”, a quick read revealed of course many praiseworthy, strong and inspiring affirmations of Catholic teachings, but it also revealed more than a few clearly problematic statements – time bombs, that will certainly be exploded by those who have been anticipating such opportunities.

Having now observed the reactions and outcomes of many similar Francis items, it has become almost Second nature to understand how certain ambiguous, imprecise, incomplete or oddly worded statements will play out in the real world.

The main analysis emphasis for truly honest and faithful reporters has become, what will those who read or hear these statements and documents actually do with them? What will be the main focus of reactions and the actual impact on the world?

That is the most important effort that should be undertaken, in our opinion, related to any of these documents and statements by Pope Francis. That is, the overall content is less important than the actual impact on the faith, on culture, on the world, which might result from only small parts of the content or from one or two sentences in a dialogue. 

In the third year of the Francis pontificate, it has become fairly easy to predict these outcomes, because the same patterns have repeatedly occurred.

The ambiguous statements, the statements that do not contradict Catholic teaching, but which are also missing necessary related hard teachings and essential clarifications to questions that are certain to be asked – those are the ones that always get the most attention, such as, "Who am I to judge?"

They are interpreted to have finally opened previously always closed doors. They generate the most reaction and are cited all over the world by the media, by progressive Catholics, and by an astonishing number of non-Catholics, to justify behaviors and changes that totally contradict fully explained, related Catholic teaching.

See the fascinating collage of many news headlines on One-Peter-5 that provides evidence of the predicted inevitable response to "The Joy of Love." 

At the same time, many faithful Catholics are determined to see only the predominant orthodox statements. They make it harshly known that they consider any criticism to be disrespectful and malevalently belittling the supposed greater positive impact of those boldly stated orthodox teachings by Francis.

To them, Pope Francis' strong orthodox statements should cause any critics or doubters to accept that everything else in the statement or document must be positively interpreted, with the assumption that Francis could only have intended this or that orthodox point. All else is sensational, slanderous  speculation unbecoming a Catholic.

So, it seems to be a lose-lose for us at times, as it seemed for John the Baptist.

Still, we will continue to report what our faithful readers expect us to report – the truth, especially the truth that most others would prefer to ignore or perhaps just don’t see.

We will continue to be trustworthy, always respectful reporters on these controversial developments – for love of truth and for love of God.

See related articles:

Wildly divergent reactions to Pope’s exhortation: a study on the results of ambiguity

Pope Francis opens door to Communion for ‘remarried’ Catholics in landmark exhortation

Catholics cannot accept elements of Pope’s exhortation that threaten faith and family

The Pope’s confused message undermines his own pastoral program

Pope Francis condemns abortion, euthanasia, same-sex ‘marriage’ in exhortation

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Mother Angelica has been an inspiration to LifeSite for years – pray for her

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March 31, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – EWTN founder Mother Angelica has been a major inspiration to John-Henry Westen and I since we founded LifeSite in 1997. Her example of always telling it like it is as an act of charity to her viewers and her method of just going ahead and doing what she felt God wanted her to do, regardless of criticisms or lack of funds, both made eminent sense to us.

She showed us what we wanted to do, and just had to do, for the pro-life, pro-family world. So very few media were telling the public uncomfortable or politically incorrect truths and among the religious media and many pro-life and pro-family organizations there was too much caution and concern about not rocking the boat or being too "rigid".

Mother was real, she had street smarts, and we have always tried to be real instead of serving our own or other unworthy agendas. We have also just gone ahead and done what we have felt inspired to do, no matter how outrageous it seemed to others, trusting in providence for our needs. 

The video that we posted a few days ago of Mother bluntly calling out the blasphemy of the portrayal of Christ on the Cross by a woman during World Youth day in Denver, Colorado, is something that every Catholic and any other Christian today needs to watch. Mother made it very plain that the liberal laity, religious, bishops and cardinals were trying to destroy the Church and that it should not be tolerated. We must not be afraid to speak up. In fact, she made it plain that we have a serious duty to God to do so.

As far as I am concerned that video shows the type of religious and clergy urgently needed today to save the Church from its ongoing self-destruction by negligence, faithlessness, cowardice, worldiness, corruption and pride.

Mother Angelica is gone, but her legacy lives on, thanks especially to all the television footage we have been viewing these past few days showing the totally up front, street-smart, funny and holy evangelist without any airs that Mother Angelica was.

Steve Skojec of the praiseworthy blog One Peter 5, and another follower and admirer of Mother Angelica, wrote an article yesterday about the need to continue to pray for Mother, which anyone who knew her is what she surely would have wanted. They could see her in their minds wagging her finger at anyone who dared to presume she was already in Heaven, as tends to be the norm in today's progressive Catholicism.

The best thing we can do for her right now, as Skojec emphasizes, it to pray for Mother’s soul, even while knowing that she was among the holier persons we have ever known in this life.

Here is Steve Skojec’s article, reprinted with permission:

We Must Pray for the Dead, Even the Holy

By Steve Skojec On March 30, 2016

Yesterday, I wrote a tribute to Mother Angelica, a woman whose life and work was defined by her willingness to say what God wants us to hear, no matter how uncomfortable it makes us. In fact, as she herself once said, “Those who tell the Truth love you. Those who tell you what you want to hear love themselves.”

She also said, “It’s your obligation to speak the truth, and everyone can either take it or leave it. But truth must be in us. We live in such a poverty of truth today.”

When it came to the way we live our faith, she admonished, “If you’re not a thorn in somebody’s side, you aren’t doing Christianity right.”

As for what drove her? “I’m not afraid to fail…I’m scared to death of dying and having the Lord say to me, ‘Angelica, this is what you might have done had you trusted more.”

You see, Mother Angelica was, by every conceivable measure, a deeply pious and holy woman. A woman who knew the value of suffering offered up to God. But as my old professor, Dr. Regis Martin (who appears frequently on Mother’s own network) used to say, “The real saints are the last people in the neighborhood to know that.”

This is because true holiness places us face to face with the frailty of our humanity. Our sinful, fallen nature. When compared the the ultimate perfection of God, our sins are scarlet, our faults stand out in grand contrast.

St. Catherine of Genoa, a 15th-century mystic who was given the experience of Purgatory during her life and is considered the “theologian of Purgatory,” explains what happens when we come into contact with God’s perfections after death:

“The greatest suffering of the souls in purgatory, it seems to me, is the awareness that something in them displeases God, that they have deliberately gone against His great goodness … I can also see … that the divine essence is so pure and light-filled — much more than we can imagine — that the soul that has but the slightest imperfection would rather throw itself into a thousand hells than appear thus before the divine presence.” Hence “the soul … aware that the impediment it faces cannot be removed in any other way, hurls itself into Purgatory …. That is why the soul seeks to cast off any and all impediments so it can be lifted up to God.”

(As cited in the book, Hungry Souls: Supernatural Visits, Messages, and Warnings from Purgatory, p. 41)

Mother Angelica died with the last rites of the Church and an apostolic pardon. She lived a holy life doing God’s work. She voluntarily embraced suffering that could be offered up as a sacrifice to God. If anyone has a chance at a straight shot to heaven, it’s her.

But we must not presume. We do not know what God knows about her. We are not privy to the hidden recesses of her soul. This is why praying for the living and the dead are spiritual works of mercy. We are duty-bound to pray for souls that pass from this life, that their sufferings in Purgatory (if any) will be lessened. Most of us will go there. Some for quite a long time. We all need to pray for each other, and I’ve often joked that I will come down and haunt my family members and friends if they forget to do so!

I know for a fact that Mother would want our prayers, and would tell us that even if she made it, those graces might be applied to the Holy Souls in purgatory who are not yet done being purified.

If someone tells you Mother is in heaven before the Church’s process of canonization (which I fully expect will begin on her behalf) is done, do not listen to them. If you loved Mother in this life, pray for her in the next. Know that your prayers will never go to waste.

Particularly when it comes to the death of someone who is well-loved, we are told before the body is cold that they are “in a better place.” It may be true, but we just don’t know. This is what we want to hear, not what’s best for them. Remember, “Those who tell the Truth love you. Those who tell you what you want to hear love themselves.”

Pray for Mother Angelica, and all the souls of the faithful departed. May they rest in peace.

This article by Steve Skojec was re-published with permission from One Peter 5.

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The danger of appeasement was illustrated by England's Neville Chamberlain who thought he had secured peace by giving in to some of Hitler's outrageous demands.


Appeasement to social radicals only feeds their hate

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March 29, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - The devilish, extreme pressure that has been put on Georgia’s governor, the targetting of North Carolina and the firing of a British magistrate are further examples of a rapidly growing tyranny that good people must strongly oppose. The more we appease those who are imposing these evils, the more they will be emboldened to take away even more of our freedoms and rights.

Appeasement is certain to grow the evil. No matter what the current cost may be, no amount of appeasement will be acceptable to these enemies of life, family and faith. We feed their hate by giving into any of their demands. They will never be satisfied with anything but total elimination from society of the moral standards of Christian civilization.

Mother Angelica showed how we must oppose these evils. To some she seemed extreme. No, she was right on. We must all do the same – call things what they are.

It’s long, but if you can spend the time to either watch my speech to the Bringing America Back to Life conference, or read the full text published today, I am sure you will find it beneficial to understanding our role and yours in this great culture war and how to endure what for many would otherwise be unendurable.

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