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For some reason, today's Republican Party seems to think that "socialist" is a bad word - so let me set the record straight.
Two of our relatives (both of whom voted for Trump because of the abortion issue) attend mass every single week, and read a variety of Catholic newspapers, one of which is the St. Paul based Wanderer.
The main reason people voted for Trump is not that they were driven not by economic matters, but the fact that the vast majority of them are CONSERVATIVE.
As I have always said, nobody's opinion is wrong, simply because it is THEIR opinion. They may be getting their information from unreliable sources like FOX or talk radio, but their opinion is correct - for them - even if it does not make sense to us.
One of the many Catholic newspapers published in this country is The Wanderer, which is published in St. Paul, Minnesota.
A quick review of the newspaper raises a number of red flags, starting with the masthead, which says "no one at the same time can be a sincere Catholic and a true socialist".
Socialism has become a dirty word for the Republican Party. The Daily Kos a while back published the SEVENTY FIVE ways that socialism has helped America. The most obvious are things like Medicare and Social Security, but there are 73 other items on the list.
The happiest countries in the world, incidentally, are all socialist countries, and most of them are the Nordic countries. The United States comes in at #18.
Dexter Dugan had a few "words of wisdom" about the 2016 election:
Democrats were bitterly disappointed when their very corrupt, very pro-abortion Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential race to multibillionaire Manhattan Republican Donald Trump. Desperate for explanations, they quickly tossed together a theory that Trump won by colluding with Russian government manipulators. (editors note - This happened to be the same conclusion as 17 of our intelligence agencies, and it also conveniently ignores the fact that a Republican nominated by Trump, Rod Rosenstein, appointed Robert Mueller after Trump fired James Comey).
Trump’s supporters correctly recognized this assertion as highly unlikely if not outright nonsense. But, being the tough political players that Dems are, before long special counsel Robert Mueller officially was tasked with investigating the shocking claim that the new president was a traitor.
After a wide-ranging probe lasting nearly two years, the Justice Department announced on March 22 that Mueller had finished looking. And Mueller’s report finished off the collusion nonsense.
One reaction came from Sen. John Kennedy (R., La.) on March 25: “After 22 months and 2,800 subpoenas, Mr. Mueller and his team of 19 lawyers and 40 FBI agents found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians and declined to prosecute anyone for obstruction of justice. It’s time to move on.” …
Christian Manion took a shot at the socialists, and included a picture of AOC, who all the Republicans seem to hate because she asks tough questions.
First comes the destruction of public education in recent decades at the hands of ideological school unions (Republicans really do not like unions)
Ultra conservative Patrick Buchanan simply called Russiagate a bright shining lie.
FR. Michael Orsi passed judgement on "the death party":
This has become increasingly difficult as the Democratic Party has embraced abortion as its salient cause, becoming unrestrained in its advocacy, and dropping its longstanding claim to wishing the practice might be “safe, legal, and rare.”
Ray Flores reviewed an anti-abortion film titled "Unplanned".
Mike Manno passes judgement on same sex marriage and birth control. (he is not in favor of either) ..
the paper also included these tidbits:
Pro- LBGT archbishop .. may be new archbishop of Washington
Catholic priests in Poland burn alleged sacreligeous books, including Harry Potter
— U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced March 26 an expansion of the pro-life Mexico City Policy and the slashing of funds to the Organization of American States in response to its abortion advocacy. These new policies are designed to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to…Continue Reading
"Transgenerism - the next terrible step in the sexual revolution"
You're never convince Trump voters that they made a very bad choice in 2016, but trying to understand their reasons for their thoughts is the first step in helping them understand YOUR position.
Next week, The Nation will be publishing an article that details when socialism was tried in an American city - and was a smashing success. Milwaukee's ideas were so compelling, in fact, that FDR adopted them for the New Deal.
Since Milwaukee has been selected as the site for the 2010 Democratic convention, Democratic leaders may find it wise to pay homage to its socialist past.
If giving aid to your former enemies would be considered a socialist idea, then the Marshall Plan (signed by Harry Truman on this day in 1948 certainly was a "socialist idea". However, it has done more to promote peace in the world than any other idea that I can think of:
There was a time, of course, when a Republican president pushed for a program than would DEFINITELY be called a socialist program. In 1990, it is officially re-named the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, but it is more commonly known as the Interstate System.
If anyone asks you if you are a socialist, the correct answer is "hell yes!".