Enjoy re-reading Fr. John's weekly bulletin letters for the past year.
Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon
Going to the candidates' debate
Laugh about it, Shout about it
When you've got to choose Every way you look at it you lose
“Mrs. Robinson” by Simon and Garfunkel
When it comes to this year’s Presidential election also known as Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, whichever candidate wins, be it The Ego or Lady Macbeth every way I look at it we lose. Both are dangerous but not for the same reasons nor for reasons you might think.
The Ego is dangerous because if he wins he will owe almost no one any favors for his climb to the top. He’s not part of the political aristocracy and he’s pretty much viewed as an impolite wedding crasher. The powers that be are very afraid of him for that reason. It’s why so many in his own party have jumped ship or are working to get him not elected. Simply put if he gains power they lose power. Moreover he is not afraid to turn the tables on those who opposed him. If you’re still wondering what really went on with the Fast and Furious Gun Selling, the IRS targeting conservative groups, Benghazi, etc., I’m sure he will gladly reveal all. And what will be revealed is that many Republicans were in collusion with Democrats on these issues and many others. The Ego will have plenty of people to point the finger at and declare: “you’re fired”. Won’t be pretty. Many Republicans in power have a lot to worry about. But Democrats have even more to fear. They know they are a few yards shy of full power and full implementation of the progressive agenda. They won’t take this setback sitting down. If you thought the rioting in various cities like Ferguson and Baltimore was bad those social divisions will rise to fever pitch. The Ego spells doom for the status quo and those in power. Don’t expect them to be gracious in defeat should it come or relinquish power willingly. So don't expect a peaceful transition of power.
Lady Macbeth is dangerous for different reasons. She is now the most powerful woman in the US and if elected will be the most powerful person in the world. Her power lies in the fact that she has the Justice Department and the FBI under her thumb. Neither agency will touch her and as we have sadly seen both are no longer unbiased instruments of justice but enablers of the rich and powerful. For Lady Macbeth that means no accountability. The only other institution that could hold her accountable is the Press but highly unlikely. She will have the kind of unaccountable power that Richard Nixon could only dream of. Therefore she could use whichever federal agency she needs to silence her critics and punish her foes. Disagree with her on climate change the EPA will find ways to tighten the noose, disagree with her on tax payer funded abortions/ contraception mandate the IRS tightens the noose, dissent from her on the Second Amendment expect Federal agents at your door and on it will go. If you have read carefully her party’s 2016 platform religious liberty is now code for discrimination and those who support the traditional definition of marriage or the biological definition of gender or anyone who still holds the scientific understanding that human life begins at conception and deserves full legal protection until natural death, will be the new enemies of the state. In one of Lady Macbeth’s monologues she stated: “Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will and deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed”. That’s not a suggestion but a battle cry. I take her at her word. Then there are the “deplorables” who are an embarrassment to the ruling elites and deserve no consideration from those who would rule over us. It has been a traumatic shock to the ruling elites that anyone would consider voting for The Ego. You can be sure that if Lady Macbeth is the chosen one both sides of the political aristocracy will never allow this scenario to happen again. Those who dissent will be made to care or dealt with accordingly. Ming the Merciless will look like a pushover compared to Lady Macbeth. If you like leftist dictatorships you’ll love Lady Macbeth, comrade.
When it comes to this election some are saying it is a choice between the lesser of two evils or between the devil you know and the devil you don’t know. If you look at it that way than it is four years of hell. But there is another way of looking at it: God is known to often write straight with crooked lines. In God’s economy a worldly loss can be a spiritual win. Our worst day may turn out to be our best day. Maybe our nation will finally learn not to put all its trust in political solutions but in God.
Anyone who is paying even a little attention can see that the old system is breaking up or as Yeats once wrote, “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world”. But the end of one order is also the beginning of a new order. As people of faith who trust that God has a plan for the human family and does not abandon His people we can be confident that whatever comes about we will have the chance to put God at the center once again. Be ready to do just that.
Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio? Our Nation turns its lonely eyes to you…
Fr. John B.