May 3, 2014

IBD: ‘Legitimacy Of Obama Re-Election At Stake In Benghazi’

I disagree with Investors Business Daily’s overall contention in an otherwise fine editorial.

Obama’s reelection has already been shown to be illegitimate.

What’s really at stake it the potential for that fundamental truth, which will not change once the objective history of this era is written, to become common knowledge. (And Benghazi is only one of at least four reasons why this is so.)

Here are excerpts from the paper’s Friday editorial:

… When the White House and congressional Democrats want to swerve the spotlight onto their economic record, you know they sense big danger on Benghazi.

“What difference does it make?” Hillary Clinton asked in Senate testimony 15 months ago. We know now the White House thought it made all the difference in the world — enough, perhaps, to decide the election.
Calling White House national security communications aide Ben Rhodes’ email a smoking gun is an understatement; obtained with great effort by Judicial Watch, it is pure 2012 election-year damage control.

Its recipients included David Plouffe, Dan Pfeiffer and Carney — all Obama spinmeisters. “Prep Call with Susan” was the subject line, and Rhodes sought to arm Susan Rice, who was the U.N. ambassador, with ways to protect the president before she appeared on all of the Sunday news shows a few days after the attack.

The second goal in prepping Rice was “to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.” That came just after conveying that the administration was “doing everything that we can” to protect U.S. personnel stationed abroad.

Rhodes also emphasized that Rice should say the president “provides leadership that is steady and statesmanlike.”

Now imagine if, after 9/11, the priority of President Bush’s White House was looking after the boss’ image, making sure no one thought there was a “failure of policy” and that people saw Bush as “statesmanlike.”

… To borrow a familiar phrase from Watergate, it is perfectly clear what lies at the heart of the Benghazi scandal: coordinating the lie that there was no terrorist attack to assure Obama’s re-election.

The fact that the lie worked for the two months it had to in order to get Barack Obama reelected is all anyone with a lick of sense needs to know to concluded that Obama’s 2012 reelection was legitimate.

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (050314)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: JP2′s call for new evangelization bears fruit in lay initiatives

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Denver:

May 1, 2014 / 04:52 am

With more than 350 lay missionaries serving on over 80 college campuses, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) has shown itself to be successful in finding new ways to bring the Gospel to the modern world.

But back in 1998, when the apostolate was barely off the ground, FOCUS founder and president Curtis Martin met with Pope John Paul II. As Martin described his vision for the budding organization, the Holy Father responded with two words: “Be soldiers.”

St. John Paul II’s call-to-arms for Martin echoes his urging for all Catholics to embark on a “new evangelization.” And in the years since that call was first made, it has borne fruit across the United States through numerous lay initiatives.

“The New Evangelization is one of the enduring themes of the pontificate of Pope John Paul II,” said Douglas Bushman, a professor at the Denver-based Augustine Institute, in an April 24 interview with CNA.

“You can tell a tree by its fruit, the Lord said. As we approach 10 years since his death, publications on the new evangelization abound. Most importantly, the increasing numbers of the faithful – now many who were in their teens when he died – are being drawn to a sense of personal responsibility to engage in the new evangelization.”

One of the late Pope’s most well-known references to the new evangelization comes from his 1983 address to the Latin American Episcopal Council. In light of the 500th anniversary of the evangelization of Latin America, Pope John Paul II urged bishops to embark on a “new evangelization,” which he described as “new in its ardor, its methods, in its expressions.”

Bushman suggested that John Paul II’s proclamation of the new evangelization was not a change in the Catholic message, but rather a renewed way of presenting it to the modern world.

“He often quoted Matthew 13:52, about the wise scribe being compared to a head of a household who could draw out of his storehouse things both new and old,” Bushman said. “He was always faithful to divine revelation and to the entire Tradition of the Church, drawing on all the saints and the ecumenical councils, showing us how relevant they are for the ‘today’ of the Church.”

“At the same time, there is something ‘new’ in John Paul’s teachings,” he said, pointing to the late Pope’s revolutionary teachings on the theology of the body.

Bushman explained that St. John Paul II’s vision for the new evangelization included several key parts.

“It begins with a rediscovery of the relevance of divine revelation,” he said, and from there, it discovers that Jesus Christ reveals what it means to be fully human.

“This awareness leads to conversion and the embrace of the call to holiness,” Bushman said. “Once renewed in Christ, His disciples then act as He did. They bear witness to the truth about God’s merciful love to a world that is in desperate need of this mercy.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.