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The Cesspool vs. Trump

Let’s not forget to mention that Cesspool of critics of the President and his family that collectively qualify as the quagmire of our nation’s cultural degeneracy – the arts and entertainment industry.

In earlier history, two trends developed in art world, one in the 1700’s during the so-called Enlightenment, wherein art became more independent from moral traditions and religious restraints, and in the 1800’S during the so-called Secession.

In 1897, an artist’s movement “The Vienna Secession” took place in Vienna Austria, as part of a larger Secession trend with conclaves in Munich and Berlin. Although begun that way, it changed from a solely architectural movement to include visual arts and then, virtually, art of all types. They evolved as an anti-academic and anti-traditional movement where the range of any art form was encouraged and legitimized. There were no longer restraints to any specific artistic or architectural style.

Artists began isolating themselves into art communities and collegially and collectively became indifferent to public values. Art became decidedly more secular and more “private” and “internal” to the artist – virtually ignoring public tastes, often seeking shock value. Many artists lost all sense of community as the source and substance of art simply became the mind of the artist, not life reality or intelligible experiences. They often ignored the needs of the audience, became anarchical to standards, and predictably advocatory in promoting their own agenda and worldview.

Hence, now years later, we have our own arts and entertainment anarchists in a triple whammy – promoting their worldview, advocating for their agenda while appealing often to all the basest appetites of their audience for their self-aggrandizement and profit. Traditional and religious limits or constraints are slandered by them as they push to extend boundaries in visuals, morals, and dialogue and desensitize standards of public tastes. And what worldview do they advocate? Naturally, it’s the Socialist, Democratic, Liberal perspective which makes them unblinkingly hostile to the President and his agenda. More so, since the President, who admittedly was once of their company, has abandoned his former lifestyle to reform and transform into a more traditional and conventional family man, ethical businessman, citizen, and patriot.

Love,                                                                                                                                                          Joe Rogowski                                                                                                                                           “Life is a special occasion”                                                                                                                          Hallmark Corproation

Schumer, Borkin’ Joe and the Supreme Court

Chuckie Schumer’s recent attack on Supreme Court Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch is an emerging reminder of the Democrats continuing, flagrant attempts to make the Supreme Court a branch of the Democrat Party.

Joe Biden has been somewhat the invisible man over the last ten years lurking in the background twixt the wretched Obama years and the current successes of the Trump administration. His recent emergence gushes up recollections of the dreadful malice he displayed during the U.S. Senate Judiciary hearings on the nomination of Robert Bork in 1987 and of Clarence Thomas in 1991 to the Supreme Court.

Millennials, preoccupied in hunting a satisfying career path, burdened by college debt and indecision on job choices, remain untutored on some past vital national history. The years of 1987-1991 seem eons away for millennials and recent grads, thus they’re lax in concern for those seismic events that presage their current, daily news intake.

Joe, the last living member of the Biden to Kennedy to Metzenbaum clique of that 1991 committee, found it in his heart to suggest that he may have mistreated Anita Hill, a last minute witness called up to censure Clarence Thomas with her disputed testimony. Borkin’ Joe found himself awash in the Mendacious Media outlets for not making a suitable apology to her. Thus, Anita Hill has withheld her stately acceptance of Joe’s apology as unacceptable, probably because he did confess to colleagues, on the side, that she lied during her testimony victimizing Thomas.
https://thefederalist.com/2019/04/28/joe-biden-on-anita-hill-in-1998-she-was-lying/

The Mendacious Media is not inclined to to suggest that it is Clarence Thomas who is due the apology from Borkin’ Joe, because of the cunning attempts to subvert his nomination by the partisan, liberal Biden-Kennedy-Metzenbaum slanders, in what Thomas heroically and valiantly branded as a “high tech lynching!”

Biden, in 1987, had displayed ample dark side inclinations with his scurrilous methods exemplified by releasing the Biden Report that undergirded the merciless Kennedy/ Metzenbaum personal attacks on Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court by Ronald Reagan. Biden, always since, has sought to bork ‘em all.
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2016/02/13/flashback-joe-biden-wrote-the-playbook-on-borking-a-presidents-nominee/

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/america-freer-with-bork-on-supreme court/

So, is Chuckie Schumer now laying the groundwork for the real Borkin’ Joe Biden to take new steps forward in attempting to intimidate the Supreme Court with his attacks on Gorsuch and Kavanaugh? Chuckie and Joe sure would make President Trump look like a choir boy.

Love,                                                                                                                                                     Joe Rogowski                                                                                                                                            “Life is a special occasion”                                                                                                          Hallmark Corporation

 

The Rise of Nero’s Heroes

The history of ancient Rome is laden with legendary history and folklore. No figure cuts as significant a swat as the pompous, despot Emperor Nero. It seems certain that during his reign he was determined to erase Christianity from the face of the earth.

Nero uniquely set a pattern for dealing with growing opposition to his murderous rule. With the realization of Jesus’ resurrection and that the Jesus movement was gaining strength, Nero’s next cunning strategy was viciously to attack the followers of Jesus.

In our present day culture, we are witnessing the rise of the thuggery and brutishness of Nero-types who, since they have not been able to thwart the rise of President Trump and his on-going agenda, their sinister strategy now is to attempt to suppress his followers.

As of recently, the Brietbart news organization has logged 500 instances of various attacks on members of the Trump administration, his family, his organization and, of course, his followers. Everything from hateful attacks on his youthful son, daughter, and wife, to brutes physically attacking blacks, elderly, and teen-agers half their size and age for wearing MAGA gear, to Trump associates shopping for groceries, books, gas, or dining in restaurants, to the unspeakable online harassment of the mother of a cancer survivor for thanking Eric Trump for his donation of $16 million to the St. Jude Hospital.

Breitbart recent headlines also suggest that Senator Klobuchar of Minnesota insinuates that Trump supporters, by association, fail decency and patriotism checks. These innuendoes mimic Mrs. Clinton’s “deplorables,” and Joe Biden’s “dregs” slurs of President Trump’s followers. Franklin Graham was suspended on charges of “hate speech” by Facebook for a two-year-old post in support of North Carolina’s House Bill 2 that mandated that people use the bathroom that corresponds to their biological sex.                 https://conservativepost.com/franklin-graham-suspended-by-facebook-blocked-for-his-biblical-hate-speech/

Trump supporters have been kicked, punched, and spat upon. This extreme, orgiastic, unrestrained behavior favoring the Democrat/ Liberal/ Socialist segment of American politics is documented enough to show that their main line leaders such as Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Tim Kaine, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Adam Schiff, Andrew Cuomo, and countless others might arguably take credit for this behavior with their incendiary calls to “take it to the streets,” with “in their face” “resistance” against the present administration, its citizen voters and followers, police enforcement, ranking office holders and their families, border patrol agents, and even against religious and conservative thought and leaders. They virtually ignore the disruptive tactics of such terror groups like the masked and hooded Antifa and MS-13, and the often militant Black Lives Matter.

It is not unrealistic to suggest that this relentless agitation leads to an alarming increase in deranged behavior and harassment of American citizens whose views and opinions these liberal forces cannot abide. Is it unrealistic to consider that this stream of unending agitation through the megaphone of the biased media arouses individuals and incites them to act out their own form of “in your face” and “take it to the streets” “resistance” to vent their frustrations, hatred, and manic impulses on any of society’s targets?

Recently, this persistent public agitation nearly resulted in a horrific slaughter as a heartless driver slammed his vehicle into a Trump voter registration tent in the parking lot of a shopping center narrowly missing six volunteer workers. The suspect allegedly stopped his vehicle to get out to video-record his damage and thrust his middle finger in the air in defiance at the stunned volunteers before driving off, according to FOX 30 of Jacksonville. Mainstream Media coverage has been lukewarm, at best, if at all.           https://www.foxnews.com/us/driver-in-florida-plows-into-gop-voter-registration-tent-nearly-hitting-6-volunteers-reports?fbclid=IwAR04Cho_aMMsd0NwH9K-HVUTkNzMhF-uD2PhEk4wfxTPIfboNxpIZTKsiTs

These current reactionary agitators that include not only the President’s political opposition but academia, the arts and entertainment industry, the mendacious media and prodigal press who portray themselves as some kind of ennobled, patriotic “resistance,” are implicitly, by definition, fomenting rebellion in its raw and ugly form. They refuse to acknowledge that the President won his office by all legal and necessary lawful means. They refuse to acknowledge that he is leading the country in its wellbeing successfully in every category and index, mostly claiming the opposite. They demonize his efforts to protect and enforce the security of our nation.

In their selfishness and rage, their behavior can be characterized as rejection of all authority – the rule of law, law enforcement, any moral, religious, or expert opinion, logic itself, voter and legal judicial outcomes, universal and traditional heritage, and even a renunciation of true justice. Their actions can only be viewed as an anarchist, hostile indifference to the looming, destructive impact on our societal harmony, successful social order, and national stability while blaming others for these deranged assaults on our citizens and communities. Their lust for power flows without restraint. Resistance isn’t their strategy, rebellion is. Such is their pattern of contribution to the anguish and societal decline of our nation with their reincarnation of Nero’s tactics.

Love,                                                                                                                                                          Joe Rogowski                                                                                                                                            “Life is a special occasion.”                                                                                                                                           Hallmark Corporation

 

Oh No, Joe! Say It Ain’t So!

Kirk Douglas, one of my favorite actors, recently deceased, once quipped that he loved making movies because they were always full of imagination and “make believe.” I love the movie “Wizard of Oz,” because it is so full of imagination and lots of “make believe.”

“Make believe” might be OK for Hollywood, but it hardly seems acceptable amid national and world concerns for aspiring, ambitious leaders trying to make their mark. Joe Biden, however, in a startling display of imagination, “make believe,” and fantasy to boot, has thrown truth and reality to the winds by exclaiming that he wants to “make America moral again.” Whaat?? Joe, say it ain’t so!

Make-Believe-Joe, as you know, is a Democrat whose party had the name of God removed from their party platform in 2012. One mention was finally reinstated only when the Republicans criticized them for that removal. Still, when the one reference to God was reinstated, it was met with resounding boos and chaos from their convention floor. The Republican platform mentioned God 12 times.

The Democrats have shown a disposition to redefine religion as belief that is based on polls, their preferences, and political expediencies. Nancy Pelosi, for one, feels no reserve in lecturing the Pope on his defense of the right-to-life and traditional marriage. She’d like “God” removed from oath taking in testimonies. She’s OK with her Democratic Party that advocates late term abortions up until birth and allowing born survivors of botched abortions to die by withholding life support, feeding and care. You probably know that 177 Dems voted against a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would have protected and forbidden the killing of newborn babies who survive abortions. At last count recently, they have blocked attempts to pass laws prohibiting infanticide at least 50 times. So Joe, this is your party, right?

How the Dems can be O.K. with attempts to abolish our protective, homeland I.C.E. agency, ignore the dangers posed by MS-13 criminal gangs, Antifa, sanctuary cities, illegal crossings of our borders, and “resistance” protestors who quash free speech, dissenting opinion, and religious belief, or even be O.K. with encouraging these thugs – is surely mystifying from the standpoint of national security and love of country. Is this your notion of being moral, Joe? Not to mention abolishing the Electoral College and voter I.D. safeguards in elections, the Constitution in some cases, your wavering support for Israel, even advocating socialism over capitalism or being party to advocating placement of illegal aliens on our Supreme Court? C’mon Joe, what say you?

Really Joe, it’s hard to believe that politicians like yourself, so bereft of moral inclinations, have the audacity to claim that you want to make this country “moral” again. Are you trying to play the wizard, Joe, and really want to re-make this country into your immoral image?

Love,
Joe Rogowski
“Life is a special occasion.”
Hallmark Corporation

The Mind Molders and the Socialism Express

With my looming graduation from a Catholic, Jesuit high school in 1955, we were cautioned by the religious faculty to avoid enrolling at a secular university, if possible, because of the suspected growing philosophical Marxist and Communist influence occurring at many universities in those days – most notably at our local one.

If the Marxist philosophical slant was a growing menace at our universities at that time, it certainly has had plenty of time to establish itself in the 60 years since. Unmistakably, we are experiencing its increased visibility and palpability in our political discourse as the arrival of the millennial graduates from that Marxist environment at our universities now takes place in our society and culture. We can easily attribute credit for the rise of socialist ideas to the Mind Molders of Academia, who, for decades, have been indoctrinating and proselytizing the future leaders of our nation with their romanticized Socialist/Marxist worldview that now makes its intrusion into our nation’s conventional treasury of ideas. Bernie Sanders and his protégés are capitalizing on that insertion.

Many from Academia have been unabashed in their disdain for our President. Several of their radicals even suggesting to do him harm. So goes love of country when our academic elites, arrogant and devoid of common sense, believe they possess the ultimate wisdom and rationale for safeguarding our national security and societal order, reproaching the common man as dumb and deplorable in attempts to embarrass his opinions, faith, free speech, and freedoms, while ignoring the historical brutalities of past suppressive, murderous, socialist regimes.

Socialism, in reality, hardly gains a platform without its hostile, specious attacks on Capitalism as an evil system. Although Capitalism has no inherent morality as a system, critics attack the system instead of the selfishness that lurks within the hearts of individuals operating within it, just as in any other system and any uncircumcised heart. Current university students, burdened with demanding study schedules and tuition debt, have neither the time nor inclination to critically research and analyze the historic documented failures of former and current socialist/communist societies. Thus, they and our current millennials remain historically illiterate in need of setting in motion a resurrection of their dormant enquiry.

Most discouraging is to hurtfully admit that, while once the prophetic voice of opposition to the growing menace of Socialism, Catholic academic status has been losing its luster with its capitulation and, indeed, mutation to something of a sanctuary for fomenting notions of socialism. Nowhere is this more evident than at the historically iconic Catholic university that we cite here only as an example – Villanova.

What might be characterized as a manifesto of sorts, associate professor Eugene McCarraher of Villanova has published a commentary in The Nation in its section entitled Disaster Capitalism (JUNE 8, 2011), which features its usual criticisms of anything not liberal or not progressive. In “The End of Capitalism and the Wellsprings of Radical Hope,” McCarraher writes, “Capitalism in any form compels us to be greedy, callous and petty. Instead of reinventing it, we should replace it.”

In a nutshell, Professor McCarraher suggests that capitalism compels us to be evil, that socialism is more compassionate, its implementation will bring us to a supposed, greater level of virtue than capitalism, and that a redistribution of wealth will bring a greater state of justice and equality. He does not dwell on the cruel socialist regimes of Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro, Chavez, Kin Jung Un and others nor on the Holocaust, gulags, Cambodia, Rwanda and others. R.G. Collingwood, in his autobiography, suggests that if humanity wants to formulate a twentieth century philosophy, we need to pay heed to twentieth century history.

McCarraher easily gains an audience as many Americans have often shown a predilection for Socialism often based on misguided, guilt-prompted notions of idealism “for the poor,” coexisting with an embellished and often rebellious critique of the nation’s system of capitalism as being evil because it’s “mostly for the rich.” Advocating for equal outcomes rather than equal opportunities remains the great snare of Socialism camouflaged in notions of redistribution of wealth. In this modern era, it’s recorded that nearly half the nation’s students believe that socialism is an acceptable form of social and economic order for this country.
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/socialism-rising-universities-and-radical-profs-helping-steer-leftward-shift-in-politics

Historically, the Socialist movement in America is not new It was imbedded as early as in the days of the original, founding colonies. When the colonist’s socialist experiment resulted in hopeless and dismal failure, a switch to capitalism energized the eventual recovery and remarkable survival of the colonies.
http://brainshavings.com/2008/10/an-early-american-experiment-w/
https://www.offthegridnews.com/religion/the-pilgrims-failed-experiment-with-socialism-should-teach-america-a-lesson/

McCarraher virtually ignores or largely minimizes the great commentaries on Capitalism of the great thinkers like Paul Johnson, P.T. Bauer, Thomas Sowell, Richard John Neuhaus, and others (several of whom are not Christian), compiled by Franky Schaeffer in a book entitled “Is Capitalism Christian?” Crossway Books 1985.

Among the most notable, was an essay by the late, famed, lay Catholic theologian/ philosopher Michael Novak entitled The Ideal of Democratic Capitalism, taken from his book The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism (Simon and Schuster, 1982). While all the authors acknowledge the deficiencies of Capitalism as not being a perfect system, they ratify that it surpasses all other systems by far, including Socialism with all its rigid controls and stifling regulations.

Capitalism excels by recognizing the inherent worth, creativity, and work production of the individual, by releasing the citizen to greater enjoyment of freedoms and rewards through incentives, by the universal characteristic rise from poverty through the typical financial upward mobility of the worker, and by allowing for grievance corrections and reforms for the worker and for his workplace.

While several nations do have socialist programs without necessarily a socialist economy, they do differ widely from the U.S. in lack of diversity and in the size of their populations. Finland, perhaps the only truly successful socialist nation on the globe, has a population 1/60th the size of the US. and a remarkably homogenous society.

Sadly, with the passing of the brilliance of men like Michael Novak, the Mind Molders in Academia like Professor McCarraher seemingly have a clear path to go unchallenged in their Socialist radicalism not only in Catholic circles but academia-wide, enhancing support for the undemocratic and often radical economic notions of the Democratic Party, Sanders, and his disciples.

Love,
Joe Rogowski
“Life is a special occasion”
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Why Eating More Chicken Isn’t Enough!

Can you imagine that this country has become a place where the homosexual community has the clout to shut down airports and college campuses from issuing franchises to a wholesome company like Chick-Fil-A for no reason other than that they believe in the religious truth of traditional marriage?

Our politicians and the activism of our judiciary are decreeing an attack on rightly protected religious belief in our country, while weakening legal protections for marriage by creating a non-constitutional protected class in the LGBTQ community.

The LGBTQ community is so protected by “positivistic” law it can initiate malicious boycotts, and bankrupting lawsuits against Christians, religious groups, small family businesses and social groups with impunity, without fear of being charged with their sinister form of social tyranny and hate crimes.

Positivistic law imposes political correctness on the public through dictatorial politics rather than ethics, morals, justice, or natural law. Individual freedom is quashed by their intolerance, controlling power, and their sympathizing, hostile forces of media, academia, and celebrities that wage war against religious and political liberties. Ignoring the constitutional protections of the people is routine as they willingly oblige the dictates of their like-minded financial supporters. This type of law is what upholds the LGBTQ as a protected class, in attacking religious belief as only a cover-up for discrimination. Thus, freedom of religion, as expressed in the belief of traditional marriage, though constitutionally protected, is overruled.

The usual response of people of faith and most conscientious citizens to these menacing attempts by the homosexual community, activist judges, and spineless politicians in their suppression of religious and public freedoms, has been to respond with added patronage and increased business toward a company like Chick-Fil-A. While increasing its revenue through added patronage is highly commendable and supportive of Chick-Fil-A, the generous action of “eating more chicken” does not really get to the root of the problem – the imposition of rigid, dictatorial, political correctness on the people while unjustly  favoring protected groups like the LGBTQ.

Unless our political leaders, conscientious citizens, and people of faith become stouthearted in reversing these contemptible corrosions of our customs, culture, and freedoms, we could witness a new holocaust that may not be far off. The “gates of hell,” after all, are stationary. The promise is that they will not prevail under righteous outrage and action. Prayer is a weapon. But even Moses faced a time when he got off his knees and got the people moving. We have the glorious March for Life and March for Racial Equality. What is needed now is a March for Freedom and a March to Vote the Tyrants Out!

Love,
Joe Rogowski
“Life is a special occasion.”
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OF DEMS AND DEMONS

A friend of mine when speaking of politics refers to those of the Democratic Party as “Dems” and of the Republican Party as “Repubs.” When he does that, I’m always driven to wonder if “Dems” is the actual root word for “Demons.” I’m not saying that the “Dems” are “Demons” but they sure do seem to be doing the Demons work.

The “Dems” as you know actually had the name of God removed from their party platform in 2012. One mention of God was reinstated only when the Repubs spent the next morning criticizing the Dems for removing God from their party platform before the elections. Still, when the one reference to God was reinstated, it was met with resounding boos and chaos on their convention floor. The Repubs platform mentioned God 12 times.

The Dems, of course, are the ones who have pushed for the redefinition of marriage to be something other than between a man and woman though nature, biology, anatomy, logic, the Bible, and the historical record of the human existence declares otherwise. One wonders why a Christian baker is compelled to make a wedding cake for a homosexual couple at the risk of losing his business when a homosexual baker can refuse to bake a cake for Christians. And now we have the specter of the Dems full-on assault on traditional religion with their affirmation of Humanism as their approved godless religion.                                                                 https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/michael-foust/democrats-pass-resolution-applauding-nonreligious-americans-criticizing-churchgoers.html

The Dems, too, through some of their leaders, would like to redefine religion as belief that is based on their preferences, and political expediencies. Nancy Pelosi, for one, feels no reserve in lecturing the Pope on his defense of the right-to-life and for upholding traditional marriage. She seems to be OK with her Dem party leaders who advocate late term abortion up until birth and even allowing born survivors of botched abortions to die by withholding life support feeding and care. You probably know that 177 Dems voted against a bill in the House of Representatives that would have protected and forbidden the killing of newborn babies who survive abortions. In Virginia, we even have a pediatric-physician governor who has advocated that same Dem policy.

And it is the Dems, who declare that videos ought to be condemned that exposed the practices of Planned Parenthood in the marketing of body parts of aborted fetuses, rather then condemn what the videos reveal about the heinous practices of Planned Parenthood.

How the Dems can be O.K. with attempts to abolish our homeland protective I.C.E. agency, while ignoring the dangers posed by MS-13 criminal gangs, sanctuary cities, the illegal crossings of our borders, “resistance” protestors and thugs – and even encouraging them, seeking means to eliminate the Electoral College safeguards in our national elections, and even the Constitution is some cases, and advocating socialism over capitalism, is surely mystifying from a national security and love of country standpoint. Shockingly, Dems Tim Kaine, Abigail Spanberger, and Debra Rodman of Virginia fall in with that suspicious crowd.

It’s hard for me to understand why, from a moral standpoint, anyone questions how someone can support President Trump when he champions every issue I support. The President supports low taxes, national security, strong military, our NATO partners increasing their share of costs, the rule of law, support for law enforcement, appointment of constitutional judges, legal immigration, increased border surveillance with a wall, jobs at every level for every people group, a booming economy with millions elevated off food stamps and unemployment at a 50-year low, unmatched return of U.S. hostages, champion of free speech, 2nd amendment, religious freedom, right-to-life and the war on human trafficking, moved U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, support for Israel, improved trade agreements to be more fair to USA; cancelled the Iran agreements, the war on ISIS, and so on, all according to his promises. So based on his awesome successes in such an incredibly short time, I’ve come to trust him on even on some issues I might not yet totally understand. Despite the media claims, none of the Dem’s lame, primary candidates has the same vision and fortitude. I believe President Trump has been a God-send for the protection of our nation. I’ve had enough of those Dems. I’m sticking with Trump, the Repubs and prayers.
Love,
Joe Rogowski
“Life is a special occasion”
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