Author Archives: Tom Piatak

At a Morning Mass in France

This morning, a Muslim murdered three people at morning Mass, in Nice, in France. One of the worshippers, a 70 year old woman, was apparently beheaded.

These people were killed for one reason alone: they were Catholics.

Such a thing is beyond my comprehension.

Also beyond my comprehension is this: the lack of anger among so many of my fellow Catholics, including among our bishops.

What happened in Nice wasn’t a “tragedy.” It was an atrocity. What happened in Nice doesn’t call for “dialogue.” It calls for condemnation. The murderer wasn’t someone who failed to understand his Islamic faith. He was someone who understood it all too well. The murderer also wasn’t a Frenchman, whatever his citizenship may have been. He was an alien, who never should have been allowed to be in France.

Men of the West, wake up!

Swamp Creatures vs. Nuns

Yesterday, President Trump spoke at rallies in several states, including Ohio. At the Ohio rally, three young nuns, all wearing habits, were standing in the area behind the President. Given their placement behind Trump and their distinctive dress, they could not be missed.

The sight proved more than at least one denizen of the Beltway could bear. Peter Vroom, a former Republican congressional staffer, current Beltway consultant, and part of the Swamp’s resistance to Trump, took to Twitter to publish pictures of the nuns and identify the location of their convent, while unctuously pointing out that he wasn’t including their names. The effect, of course, was the same: anyone angered by these nuns’ attendance at the Trump rally now knew who they were and how to reach them.

In giving vent to his malice, Vroom was simply following the lead of his new party. One of the many groups to have benefited from the Trump Administration has been the Little Sisters of the Poor, who have opposed the Obama Administration’s requirement that employers pay for employee access to contraception, including abortifacients. The Trump Administration granted religious employers, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, an exemption from this requirement. And the Sisters have successfully defended this exemption in court, winning a Supreme Court victory against three Democratic state attorneys general who sued the nuns in an effort to require them to pay for drugs that could be used to kill an unborn child shortly after fertilization. Democratic nominee and self-professed Catholic Joe Biden agrees that nuns should be forced to pay for abortions, and has vowed to rescind the Trump Administration’s exemption for religious employers.

But, then again, Biden wants all of us to pay for abortion. He has vowed to end the Hyde Amendment, which has prevented taxpayer funds from paying for abortions since the 1970s. The Hyde Amendment used to be regarded as a sensible compromise: Americans who regard abortion as the equivalent of murder weren’t being coerced to subsidize it and Americans who didn’t share that conviction remained free to procure abortions. Indeed, Biden regularly voted to renew the Hyde Amendment when he was in Congress.

Today, though, Biden and the party he leads believe no unborn child should ever be given legal protection from abortion and no American should ever be excused from paying for abortion. Biden even bragged to the New York Times‘ editorial board that, by helping to block Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court, he had secured the right to abortion for a generation. A strange boast for a man who says he’s Catholic to make, since the Catholic Church teaches unequivocally “that abortion willed as an end or as a means, always constitutes a grave moral disorder, since it is the deliberate killing of an innocent human being. . . .No circumstance, no purpose, no law whatsoever can ever make licit an act which is intrinsically illicit, since it is contrary to the Law of God which is written in every human heart, knowable by reason itself, and proclaimed by the Church.”

So profound is the Democrats’ commitment to abortion that Biden has refused to rule out packing the Supreme Court, if that is what it takes to prevent Roe v. Wade from being overturned.

Those young nuns no doubt knew all this. They also had the good sense to know that a principled and unwavering commitment to guaranteeing legal protection and financial support to the mass killing of unborn children is a far graver matter than a politician’s coarse demeanor, much less his unwillingness to endorse the Swamp Creatures’ elevated view of themselves and avaricious sense of entitlement. May Christ bless those brave followers of His, and may He hear their many prayers on behalf of innocent unborn children.

Back to Canada

David Frum recently retweeted someone quoting him as saying, “It’s like ‘Seven Days in May,’ except this time the generals are the good guys.”

“Seven Days in May,” of course, concerns a military coup against the President of the United States.

Earlier, Frum rejected the argument advanced by Ted Cruz that Amy Coney Barrett should be confirmed so that the Supreme Court would have a full complement of nine justices to resolve any disputes arising from the presidential election. Frum’s reason for rejecting Cruz’s argument? In order to resolve any such disputes, the Supreme Court would need “legitimacy,” and a Court which had Amy Coney Barrett as an Associate Justice would lack the requisite “legitimacy.”

Of course, in the American political system, legitimacy is conferred by the Constitution of the United States. And the Constitution provides that “The President] shall … nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law.”

President Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. If the Senate votes to confirm, she will be a fully legitimate member of the Supreme Court.

David Frum is so consumed with hatred for the President of the United States that he is fantasizing about military coups and rejecting the authority of the Constitution. It is past time for David Frum to pack his bags and go home.

Frum can hardly complain: he retained his Canadian citizenship after he somehow became a naturalized citizen of the United States. Let the Canadians have him again.

The Most Ethical Administration in History

Harry and Bess Truman drove back to Independence, Missouri and middle class life after Truman’s time in elective politics ended. The Obamas and Bidens went to mansions, millions richer than they had been. Tells you all you need to know about “the most ethical Administration in history.”

One more thing: Margaret Truman didn’t go to Sidwell Friends, either.

A Powerful Ad for Trump

David Frum, from his perch in the heart of the Beltway, is very excited that a substantial number of veterans of the George W. Bush White House have collaborated in an ad endorsing Joe Biden for President. For someone less consumed by hatred for Trump than Frum, however, different thoughts come to mind.

Regardless of what its participants intend, the Bush alumni ad for Biden is a stark reminder of why Donald Trump won his improbable victory in 2016. Trump defeated sixteen Republican politicians to win the Republican nomination, then a former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State, because an enormous number of Americans had grown disgusted by a bipartisan Beltway consensus that produced cozy lives for those inside the Beltway and something rather less pleasant for the rest of us. Indeed, without the endless wars, shuttered factories, shattered communities, stagnant wages, and porous borders that were the fruit of that consensus, all served up with generous dollops of barely concealed disdain for ordinary Americans, the election of such an outlandish character as Donald Trump would have remained what it had been when Trump flirted with White House runs before, unthinkable.

The Bush White House in which Frum served arguably epitomized the very worst parts of this consensus. After all, the Bush Administration began with a disastrous march toward war in Iraq, ended with a profound financial crisis, and was marked in between by the disappearance of roughly 50,000 factories and millions of manufacturing jobs, repeated efforts to increase legal immigration and legitimize illegal immigration that had no popular support in the party Bush led, and an overarching preference for a globalist future that offered nothing to many Repubican voters, despite Dick Cheney’s breezy assurances that a good living could be made selling trinkets on Ebay.

The Bush alumni ad for Biden simply reinforces the belief that there is little real difference between the Bushes, Romneys, and McCains on the one hand and the Clintons, Obamas, and Bidens on the other, and that all the millionaires inside the Beltway have more in common with each other than any of them do with the rest of us. In fact, I can’t think of any message more likely to help Donald Trump win his uphill battle for reelection than that one. So, fire away, Bush alumni. Please.

The New Meaning of “Totalitarian”

Last night, at his televised townhall meeting, Joe Biden announced his belief that 8 year olds have the right to change their sex and that the governments of Poland and Hungary, elected by the majority of the Polish and Hungarian people to support the conservative, Christian values that have marked their history since the beginning of those nations, are “totalitarian.”

For such as Biden, “totalitarian” does not mean a dictatorship. It means any government, supported by the people or not, unwilling to force acceptance of such evil nonsense as transgenderism for second graders.

What an awful candidate.

Well Done, Sir David!

A bit of good news: David Suchet is going to be knighted. His portrayal of Hercule Poirot was, simply, extraordinary. Not only was it unforgettable, it was profoundly good, as Suchet highlighted the best aspects of the character. Suchet’s Poirot is not a fussy egomaniac or eccentric genius, but a man whose unfailing courtesy blends seamlessly with an overarching kindness, decency, and goodness, behind which lies a deep Christian faith briefly alluded to in the books but emphasized by Suchet.

The end result is this: whenever I need some relief from a world that can be disheartening, dismal, and dirty, I know I can always rely on Agatha Christie’s brilliant Belgian as brought to life by David Suchet.

Well done, Sir David!

Oh, I’m an Old Deplorable

A parody.

To the tune of “I’m a Good Old Rebel.”

Oh, I’m an Old Deplorable,
Now that’s just what I am,
And for this Rainbow nation, I do not give a damn,
I’m glad I voted against her, I only wished we’d won,
And I won’t beg forgiveness, for anything I done.

I hate this PC nation, and everything they do,
I hate the safe spaces, and LGBTQ,
I hate diversity committees, transvestites in the band,
And kneeling for the flag, when heroes used to stand.

I proudly went with Donald, four long years ago,
Stood for rallies in the bleachers, and shouted MAGA in the snow,
I was cursed by Commies, wherever I would go,
But I melted me some snowflakes, and I’d like to melt some more.

A couple million snowflakes melted, that deep November night,
Millions screamed in anguish, and others shook in fright,
But Donald brought Ivanka, and Jared Kushner, too,
So for every bold step rightward, he’d stumble backwards one or two.

Now I don’t think my ballot can undo it all no more,
But I ain’t gonna love ’em,
Now that is certain sure,
And I don’t want no pardon, for what I was and am,
I won’t be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.
I won’t be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.

KILLING US SOFTLY WITH THEIR SONG

Decorousness is overrated. The politicians who lied us into a disastrous war in Iraq, a trade deal that devastated both manufacturing in the United States and peasant agriculture in Mexico, and the massive outsourcing of American manufacturing to China were generally quite decorous.

They also did enormous damage to the United States, damage from which the country has yet to recover.

Joe Biden was one of those politicians.

And the great majority of the commentators so aghast at Trump’s performance last night cheered on each of these disastrous moves.

Decorously, of course.

An Establishment Scorned

A friend of mine in a position to know told me a year ago that Donald Trump has received press coverage comparable to Nixon’s during Watergate for the entirety of his presidency. Consider that statement, and then consider just the last week.

Add to that the hostility of the generals and the intelligence agencies. The many Bush, Romney, and McCain retainers supporting Biden. The continued credence given to an utterly unbelievable narrative of collusion with Russia by Trump.

Put it all together and you have a picture of an Establishment scorned, and thirsting for revenge. Revenge against Trump, yes, but also revenge against those of us who voted for him. Our crime? Daring to vote for a candidate not approved by the Establishment.

According to many powerful people, that is a crime that will not be forgotten, nor forgiven, nor ever be allowed to happen again.

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