Random Thoughts Following Pope Francis U.S. Visit

September 26, 2015

I am not a Roman Catholic, although I know many who are.

I wasn’t prepared for what Pope Francis had to say, nor how he chose to convey his message.

I am quite pleased to have observed and listened to most of the things Pope Francis subscribes to. No doubt that the Roman Catholic Church in America has lost a great deal of its luster over the past couple of decades for a variety of reasons.

I think if the American R.C. church (and many other religious institutions) can find a way to embrace some of the values this Pope advocates for; our country could come closer to healing.

Related to this observation, the John Boehner thing came as a bit of a surprise, and for a few moments, I was pleased.

Now that some of the background has been exposed, it seems that Boehner has tried very hard to create an environment where civil discussion and debate was at least possible.

It also seems clear that there is a vociferous contingent of ultra-conservative elected officials in D.C. who share a common thread: ‘Take no prisoners: it’s our way or the highway. We don’t negotiate or compromise, ever.’

I guess I knew before the Boehner announcement on 9/25 that there were at least a few elected characters in our Congress who are mean, rigid, callous and intractable.

I just never would have guessed that there were enough of these bigots and curmudgeons to create an environment toxic enough to drive John Boehner back to Ohio, for good.

I guess the Koch Brothers (and some others) are gaining some real traction from their ‘investments’.

Goes to show: You don’t personally need to wear the white hood if you can write enough checks to mobilize an army of fringe fundamentalists who are willing to align with your doctrine.

There are dozens – hundreds – of examples throughout history which support this theory, perhaps the most frightening of which is the rise of Nazism under the leadership of Adolph Hitler.

Perhaps the spirit of Pope Francis will engage and mobilize enough folks who seem to perpetually sit on the sidelines hoping that – magically or mysteriously – the right things will happen.

History tells us that the right things will only happen when people of good will mobilize in a positive way to stop the fringe fundamentalists from taking control of our economy, government and society.

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2 Responses to “Random Thoughts Following Pope Francis U.S. Visit”

  1. Came here doing a Reader search on Pope Francis:) I like your walrus (I had one for an avatar once ..a walrus sleeping on a rock, maybe might revive it 🙂 …
    To get back, I Iike your walrus and I like your post. It is true .. if enough people of good will galvanise and act instead of sitting on the side lines, we can really change corrupt politicians with self vested interests.

  2. jack flood said

    John Boehner’s resignation is a serious blow to governance by compromise. The far right, although a small minority, is a very vocal and fanatic one. They never put forth any detailed programs, they never propose any alternatives to the President’s programs. They only raise the specter of fear, racism and bigotry. They are not unlike the nationalistic forces that arose in 1930s Germany, Italy and Spain.

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