Nero gained the highest position of the Roman Empire by conniving, lying and orchestrating the deaths of those who stood in his way; Clinton gained the highest position in the land by conniving and being implicated in mysterious deaths of numerous allies who were expendable or might be a liability to his ambitions as well as foes who stood in his way. If you question this, we refer you to our September 15th editorial in volume 9, no. 180 issue. Nero was preceded by Claudius Caesar who, though he had many faults, was kinder and more tolerable toward the Christians; Clinton was preceded by George Bush who's platform was a "kinder generation and nation" and who was not only tolerable toward pro-lifers but helped espouse the cause of the innocent unborn - God's angels. Both emperors were faced with a decline in morality that was causing the great empire to begin crumbling from within; both presidents were faced with a decline in morality that is causing this great nation to begin crumbling from within. While Caesar and Bush, feeble though they were in many degrees, strove to curb the decline, Nero and Clinton not only did nothing to curb the decline but showed no shame in leading lives of debauchery and immoral behavior at the expense of others. The actions of both latter tyrants is documented. We say "feeble" regarding Bush because he could have been much stronger for the pro-life cause and he could have ended the anxiety of the American and Iraqi people by removing Saddam Hussein when he had the chance back in 1990. We all know that the Iraqi soldiers had lost the will to fight and "sadem," as Bush consistently called the Baghdad despot derisively, was ripe for the taking. But, by withdrawing the troops and failing to depose Saddam not only allowed this evil Arab to regroup and begin anew in manufacturing chemical, biological and even nuclear weapons of destruction, but also to continue his tyranny of the Iraqi people. It also gave credence to the contention that the Gulf War was fought for the specific, greed-oriented purpose of controlling the oil! Don't think for a moment Hussein suffered from the embargo placed on Iraq by the United States. He has lived "high on the hog" with no regard whatsoever for the people. It is the innocent Iraqi people who have suffered for two decades under this madman who has sacrificed thousands of Kurds and others for his own selfish, satanic purposes, just as Nero sacrificed thousands of Christians and others for his own selfish, satanic purposes, and just as Clinton has sacrificed millions of unborn babies and others - such as our military troops and countless Iraqi people for his own selfish, satanic purposes.
This is a sad, sad time for all Americans. We are embarassed by the character and actions of our leader and we flatly state, he is wrong. We cannot abide by the axiom, "my country, right or wrong!" Why? Because there is a higher Authority we all must answer to and most of what these "lower authorities" advocate or legislate go against God's law. Clinton has constantly flaunted in the face of everyone his disrespect for God's laws, espousing the tripe hypocritical talk in calling upon God's Holy Name. That, in itself, is an affront to every last Christian in this land. That, in itself, according to the charter drawn up by our founding fathers is enough grounds for impeachment. Clinton, who lives by the polls could see he was losing ground as more and more moderate Republicans announced they would vote for impeachment. How could he stave off the inevitable? Create a diversion. It was fiction in the movie "Wag the Dog"; it is the shocking truth on December 18th, 1998! If you believe it was just a coincidence that Clinton, without consulting Congress as the Constitution calls for, commenced bombing on the eve of impeachment, then there's some beachfront property in Utah you may be interested in! Why, after eight years of Saddam's ploys, does the president pull the trigger on the morning of December 16th? Why, after pleas for peace from the Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad and the Holy Father, as well as many other world and religious leaders, would Clinton slap everyone in the face and go against measures of peace by declaring war? Why did this come a day after the Pope had released his papal message for January's 1st World Day of Peace? Why did this come the day Clinton returned from Bethlehem? Remember, our title of Tuesday's editorial - "O little town of Bethlehem. Beware!" For the Blessed Virgin Mary has prophesied to so many of her chosen messengers that this would come. Why has Clinton gone against all common sense and logic? The answer is simple: Clinton will do anything that is politically expedient, including sacrificing millions of lives and flat-out lying to everyone for his own selfish, satanic purposes and stalling for time, trying to stretch out this "expedient war" until the new Congress begins session in January. If he can stall Congress that long then vote-wise he has a better chance of escaping impeachment and so, irregardless of the millions of people "in harm's way" (a favorite spin of the liberals), he will sacrifice his own country for his own hide. Nero sacrificed Rome for his own hide.
We are so sick and tired of hearing the liberals' rhetoric that the troops will be so demoralized if the president is impeached. Rather the opposite will occur. It will re-energize the troops. This editor's own experiences in the Air Force as an Information Officer confirms this presumption. While serving during the Vietnam War, our Commander-in-chief was Lyndon B. Johnson, a man for whom this editor had no respect as a politician, a military leader or a moral leader. Yet, because he was head of the armed forces we had to be so careful what we said since to speak out against the Commander-in-chief was paramount to treason. Yet you wouldn't believe the cheers and celebrations at bases around the world when LBJ announced he would not run again. Our morale shot up overnight. In any organization, if you have no respect for the man in charge, those underlings will not have their heart in it. The Iraqi soldiers in Desert Storm are a good example. The morale of the troops in the gulf in 1990-1991 was gung-ho and it showed from the leadership of Bush, delegating all authority to knowledgable, competent military leaders like General Norman Schwarzkopf to the swift deployment of ground troops which helped ensure innocent civilians were protected. Compare that to the morale of the troops in the gulf today. Throughout the Clinton regime military spending has been cut alarmingly; throughout the Clinton regime military respect for the Commander-in-chief has been lip-service only because, deep down a true military man cannot respect a turncoat. Doesn't it strike you as strange that we must be respectful of the Islam feast of Ramadan without giving even a thought to the majority of American troops' and their families' observance of Christmas, one of the most sacred of feasts and thee day where Peace is the theme? Whereas in the first years of this decade, ground troops were employed as a means of assuring the safety of the innocent, in the last years of this decade we see no evidence of this safeguard. Think about it. How can they take out Saddam this time without sending in ground troops to Baghdad and eliminating his loyal Republican guard? Missiles and bombs aren't going to do it. What that will do is kill hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi people while Saddam eludes the military net just as Clinton is eluding his just punishments. Do you honestly think there are even 10% of the troops who are willing to fight and die for Bill Clinton? No way! Remember it was people like Clinton and Jane Fonda who openly berated our troops and sided with the enemy. Both profited from what this country offers without paying a price as most other citizens have done.
But there is an even greater price to pay for our inhuman and tyrannical action taken against the innocent Iraqi people. Just recall what the Almighty did throughout the history of mankind when a nation or leader disregarded God's laws and disregarded respect for human life. So also with America. Yes, we are Americans and should be patriotic, but we are Catholics first and foremost. It doesn't matter if we are Republican, Democrat or whatever party. We must be united in one cause: God's cause for, as said above, we must answer to a higher Authority. We cannot, in good conscience, support the American strategy in this latest manufactured crisis. Therefore, we join the Chaldean Catholic leader in Iraq Patriarch Raphael I Bidawid and His Holiness Pope John Paul II in strongly condemning the attacks on Iraq. Yes, Saddam Hussein has sold his soul to satan; nevertheless, by disregarding God's laws and respect for His children of all races, Clinton has placed our country in harm's way...everlasting harm's way! Why not send the head of Iraq and the head (for now) of America into battle one-on-one. Then we can't lose! Like Herod and Nero, and yes, Adolf Hitler, too, Saddam and Clinton are cut from the same cloth woven by a tailor named satan!
In one of Our Lady’s messages from Medjugorje, she said that people long for peace in a world where there is no peace. Perhaps more than ever, at this time, Our Lady’s words ring true.
In 1988, Our Lady told Father Gobbi that in ten years, it would all be “over with.” That means by 1998
One thing I do feel strongly about, and I hope I am wrong, is that the bombing of Iraq could be the beginning of an escalation of bombing and suffering by the involvement of other countries.
When I was a child in grade school, I was told the story of Our Lady’s appearances in Fatima. I was taught that Our Lady said that if we do not pray the rosary and make sacrifices for sinners, there would be a third world war and whole nations would be destroyed. She also said that war is a punishment for sin. (The Lord knows that our world is more sinful than ever and that it cannot continue in this way of darkness without God permitting us to suffer greatly, due to our own sins, or without God directly intervening to “wake this world up.”)
When hearing this, as a child, I wondered then if a third world war might involve China. After all, they have the largest number of people within a nation, a strong army that is veritably disciplined.
Could the bombing of Iraq bring other countries into the fray? I think it could and in light of the fact that China and Russia have both condemned the action of the United States in bombing Iraq, I would not be surprised, if in some way, they (and especially the Chinese), will be involved and that a third world war could develop.
We live pretty complacently, don’t we? We feel very distant from any suffering like that endured by innocent people of Iraq. We don’t think that kind of suffering would ever “hurt” us. Perhaps we have developed a movie mentality. That is, the violence we see in movies have somehow hardened us to the real violence in our world.
I don’t know! I hope I’m wrong.
In the bombing of Iraq, it is possible that we do not begin to know how much we’ve “bit off.” Maybe far more than we can chew.
In the last week prior to Christmas, it is a sad thing that I write this kind of article. The word Our Lady of Medjugorje has said most to us is: “PRAY!” If we aren’t doing enough of that, WE MUST START. Forget all that Christmas shopping. Give your family and friends the gift of Masses and prayer!
Not enough for you? Maybe the day is coming soon enough when we will BEG people to pray for us and the material things of this world won’t begin to have the importance to us that they do now.
DEAR GOD, AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT TO US, GIVE US THE GRACE TO LOVE EACH OTHER AS YOU LOVE US.
God bless us, everyone!
Mine is. The fact Bill Clinton has decided to bomb the Iraqi people now after eight years of waiting is not only beyond my comprehension, but makes me not only very sad, but righteously angry. I can tell you this. God is not happy with what Bill Clinton is doing and, because of that, we can't be happy. The Holy Father is not happy. Those who uphold the sanctity of life cannot be happy. Bill Clinton grew up in a generation that coined the phrase, "Make love, not war!" His definition of both is not God's definition nor mine. He has consistently disregarded the virtue of chastity and war is his choice only when it is expedient. It surely was not back when he was draft eligible and he showed his craftiness and elusive nature that is so evident today by avoiding the military like a plague. Now he's willing to sacrifice our troops for his own hide. I'm sorry but the notes are totally flat and any kind of justification for aggressiveness now falls on its clef.
Before Wednesday's "Pearl Harbor" by Clinton, all the focus was on his inevitable impeachment. With this action he took it shows he is trying to divert attention away from his own situation, a smokescreen if you will. I, for one, am not going to be fooled by this and I choose to focus on the real problem. I'd like to address a few thoughts on the on-going struggle between party lines, the White House, the Congress, and we, the people of America.
My dear friends, it appears to me that the entire matter of impeachable offenses committed by William Jefferson Clinton are in reality very simple to decide, and not nearly as complicated as the on-going debate has been in legal circles and now before the House Judiciary Committee, and now to the full House and possibly the Senate.
First, there is only one Truth and that is God, who gave to all mankind the Truth evidenced first in the Ten Commandments, and then more thoroughly expressed by His Only-Begotten Son Jesus Christ. We are a Christian nation. It doesn't matter how many immigrants have come to our shores espousing another faith. Our Constitution is based on Christian principals. End of discussion.
God's Truth is Eternal. God also charged us with making our laws guided by His Commandments, and abiding by them in order for our country, our state, and our town to live morally just lives as He commands.
Now, our laws, framed by the Constitution must be in accordance with God's Everlasting Law if we are to obey them. For the most part, the laws are, although in the last thirty years, the laws passed by our Congress are edging further from the Truth than ever before. This point notwithstanding, it is God's Will that we, His children, obey the law of our nation, etc., provided that law does not contradict His Law.
An example of this would be the passing of a law (such as has been done in China) whereby a married couple would be forbidden by law to have more than one child, and would be ordered by law to be sterilized or imprisoned if the married couple do not comply with this one-child per couple law. If that were to happen, we would not have to obey that law, and would, in fact, offend Almighty God by sin if we did abide by it.
Therefore, the simplicity of the case against William Jefferson Clinton boils down to clear-cut facts. First, William Jefferson Clinton and his wife are both lawyers. Law school requires a matter of intelligence, and no one passes who has not grasped the content of the law as set forth in the Constitution. Secondly, no one passes the bar exam if they are stupid or ignorant.
Secondly, William Jefferson Clinton knew, consciously, what he was doing when he engaged in an extra-marital affair with Monica Lewinsky. He took a calculated risk by carrying on this affair. It was calculated because of the office he held, that office being the highest in this nation. With the highest office comes an extraordinary amount of power. Clinton relied upon his office and its customary power to conceal his affair. He counted on it. He counted on his staff and on Monica Lewinsky. His mistake (if one could call it that) was not silencing Monica before she could speak out publicly. Check his record and you'll find that he's very good at "silencing" those who, in the past, could and would have exposed him for what he truly represents.
Thirdly, when Monica went public and the calculated risk of keeping the affair underwraps was torn to shreds, Clinton chose, with another calculated risk, to use the popular opinion of the American people and the power of his office, to mislead, lie, to lie under oath, to conceal, to set up roadblocks that would have allowed the truth to surface. I don't know about you, but to have anyone look me in the eye (as Clinton did on television), and lie to my face is abhorrent at least, and impeachable above all. That a liar is the moral representative of our country should make all of us sad, and justifiably angry before God and our own Constitution.
Fourth, Clinton knew the law very well. He counted upon his knowledge of the law to manipulate the truth to his own favor, and to mislead us, to mislead the Congress, to mislead the world. In addition, to tell the truth, Clinton is one of the best liars I've ever heard or seen. It's shocking to realize how good he is at lying.
When, however, the majority of the House of Representatives began to probe deeper, (and, yes, it is political), Clinton consciously chose to continue to lie, to lie under oath, to connive, to manipulate, to threaten witnesses, to use all of the power of his office to get the "opposition" to back down, to lay off, to forget the whole mess. Clinton did this not only before a grand jury, but he did it to us, to you and to me, and to be less than outraged by this means we've lost our sense of morality and of virtue, our Godliness, our Christianity, our knowledge that we are all responsible before God and man for our virtue, or lack thereof.
Forget the rhetoric that seems endless on Capitol hill. The news media, as well as Congress, and the president (please note the small "p" for president), are using us as a ratings source. They, as a whole, are playing to the crowd…and hoping to justify, rationalize and manipulate us into whatever "they" think is right or wrong.
I'm sorry to have to tell them this, but the truth is that what Clinton did and is doing is wrong, both before God, and before us, and he, who leads this country, does not defend and uphold the constitution, as he swore to do, but he has abused it.
To abuse the Constitution upon which this nation was founded is an impeachable offense. To state, as many democrats and liberal republicans have that impeachment would bring this country into a state of chaos is ridiculous in the extreme. The Constitution provides for a system of checks and balances (Government 101 for those who remember high school and college, not to mention the sound teachings of our elementary years). To seek to justify Clinton's actions and deeds in any other direction is nothing more than a ploy, political at best, and plain stupid at worst, and is offensive before God.
My dear brothers and sisters, the Truth is plain and simple. Do you want an adulterer, a liar, one who does not uphold and honor our Constitution and its laws, leading our nation?
I do not. I am appalled by the thought, and until justice is served, I am not proud to be an American, regardless of party or politics. I am God's child, and my first and prominent duty is to God, and then to my country. When the man-made laws of my country are bandied about as is being done now on Capital Hill to seek not what is best for the nation before God, but for the individual and his or her political party is reprehensible.
The sad fact is that in asking myself "Just how stupid does Clinton and our elected officials think the American people are?" I have to answer in honesty, "Pretty stupid."
Doesn't say much, does it, about the moral decline of this country. Yes, I pray every day for Clinton, his family, and this country as a whole. I pray that God, in His Mercy, will restore America to that sense of morality and virtue, which would shine as a beacon of His Light to the entire world.
Until we get our collective act together and seek "true" justice before God and for ourselves as a nation, God is sad, God is not pleased with us. If we really want to see God's Justice served upon us as a nation, then we will sit back, watch the "show", and say nothing.
I, for one, don't intend to do that. I intend to pray, and then to let all the world know, in whatever way I am capable, that I do not condone, justify or rationalize Clinton's actions and deeds. I, for one, through my one small voice, intend to let my elected representatives know that I expect them to live up to the Constitution, and to the moral tenants upon which this country was founded, and that I am sick and tired of the endless words that seek to create a "gray" area, when there isn't a "gray" area in the whole matter. Truth is truth, and will not be denied, no matter how hard we try. God knows the truth. Nothing is going to change that. God expects us to stand up for the Truth.
Let us, as Christmas approaches, pray that true justice will be served, and that in bring true justice to bear, God will, in His Mercy, allow our nation to rise again into the Light of His Truth and be to the world the Light we were founded to be.