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The Republicans have to figure out a way to stop this action now. Ideas?
Joseph, I think the choice of President was driven in large part by guilt and wanting to show ourselves the world that "yes, here, in this country of ours, anyone can grow up and become president--regardless of race, creed or gender. We've put America's original sin (slavery) behind us." But the voters really did not look hard enough before they leapt--there were warning indicators about leftist leanings and belonging to an anti-American "Christian" church and lack of experience. For some reason, the Church seems to have decided to choose a Latin American pope--those were the indications before the last papal enclave. Fine, but look before you leap. Were the candidates thoroughly vetted? Is the Pope orthodox, that is, does he believe in scripture, cannon law and the church traditions and teaching in their current form? The jury is still out on that one.
I think the Pope is confusing people by making statements which contradict the church's teaching without actually changing the church's teaching. The comparisons to Obama are sort of valid in that Obama is over-reaching the Constitution in changing various laws (ACA) without Congressional action and writing laws without Congressional action (Dreamers' Act was unilateral, amnesty will be unilateral) which over-reach the power of the executive under the Constitution. In other words, what Obama is doing doesn't square with the Constitution. Well, what the Pope is doing doesn't seem to square with the Church's own teaching, tradition, or even scripture. So he's just confusing one and all. I think that's Scott4672's point--what is being said by the Pope doesn't square with scripture. When the Pope says things like "who am I to judge?" he confuses believers and nonbelievers alike. No, we are not to "judge" in the sense of assigning persons to heaven, hell and purgatory. Only God can do that. But we are to evaluate every thought and act that presents itself to the mind. 90% of the things that present itself to the mind are morally "neutral", such as "should I wear the green shirt or the red shirt today?" (morally neautral). But "should I perform (a certain type of) sexual act" is not morally neutral. "Should I divorce my spouse?" is not morally neutral. "Should I end the life of my unborn child?" is not morally neutral. "Should I agree to participate in activities that violate my conscience?" is not morally neutral. This is exactly where the Pope is confusing us by saying vague statements such as "who am I do judge?" Does that mean "go ahead, do anything you want sexually, as long as you lead an otherwise Christian life, who am I to judge?" or does he mean "God will overlook it and soon the church will, too (certain types of sexual acts)?" Does he mean "Go ahead, participate in acts that violate the church's teaching, who am I to judge?" No one knows, because the remarks seem unthought-through, off-the-cuff, shooting from the lip, and not logically cohesive. Hence, the moral confusion that the American bishops are reacting against.
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Hysterical Media Tells Us To Calm Down

Gabriela8 Wrote: Oct 30, 2014 9:07 AM
TXTRUTH, you nailed it.
Raymond, it's all about letting the country be over-run by new illegal voters. Otherwise, regular Americans have figured out we're being badly led and will get new leadership.
Trait, You are nailing what is wrong with the current response to the crisis.
Our leadership is in deep denial about the problem at some level. Ultimately, the sycophants and toadies will have to acknowledge the threat, but before that, a lot of people are going to be unnecessarily exposed to the disease.
Good point, Ava. Home quarantines are better than nothing, but other people in the home can are susceptible to exposure to their family member's bodily fluids. That's why if one member in the family catches something, it is likely they all do. The returning soldiers are being quarantined in Italy. So the current scientific thinking indicates there is a role for quarantine in protecting public health. Well, why not here for arrivals from hot spots that are not soldiers?
This is what it feels like to be lead from behind. The man in the cockpit is flying by the seat of his pants. So Ebola will spread until the madness stops.
This is what happens when the first-best solutions are ignored (barring flights from hot spots). Second best is home quarantines for anyone arriving from hot spots. But that still will allow the spread of the disease before we get the medicines and vaccinations to stop Ebola. It is better than nothing. In the end, we will get correctives, but not before the horses (the public health in the USA) have run out of the barn. Even then, every correct movement will be fought by the powers that be. We are being led from behind. The man in the cockpit is flying by the seat of his pants.
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