“They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!” (Lyric by Jerry Samuels Recorded as Napoleon XIV, 1966)
I was happy to see the new pope installed and he seems a lovely person. I am not Catholic but I understand the importance of the Catholic Church to the world. I am not religious but I also understand how important religion is for many (although please do not kill for yours). I have seen over time and through history that when a dictators arise, such as Socialism, Communism or Fascism, the first thing they do is either try to wipe out religion or suppress it on the road to their power grab and I find this an appropriate time to comment on this again.
It did not slip by me at the time, as I wrote about it, how Obama as one of his many attempts at unconstitutional power grabs also attacked the Catholic and Christian churches. He well knew the affect from his intent to try and force them into what was to them a sin against the tenents of their religion. With one fell swoop of his dictatorial pen he signed into (unconstitutional) law Obamacare which would provide that the Catholic and Christian churches of America provide birth control and abortion pills at taxpayer expense to their flocks. To me this was unfathomable and unimaginable in America whose fabric was created by churchgoing men, who with one country under God wrote a Constitution protecting religion with its policy of the separation of Church and State. Now Obama would undue hundreds of years of American Constitutional history and values for the sake of his own agenda.
As a Jew one would ask, why is it my business? How does it affect me? Well first and foremost I am an American and secondly what law will Obama pass next that will affect Jews? They already have one under consideration which will wipe out 6000 or so years of Jewish culture and religious practice and that is to forbid circumcision, common to Jews and a healthy medical practice for all. Therefore what affects one of us affects potentially all of us as was so aptly written by Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) as he described the apathy of the German elite as Hitler rose to power:
- THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
- THEN THEY CAME for the Jews and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
- THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
- THEN THEY CAME for the Catholics and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.
- THEN THEY CAME FOR ME, and by that time no one was left to speak up.
While I do not agree with many of Rand Paul’s isolationist policies, I am proud that he had the guts to stand up to King Obama and his court jester Holder when they would not answer if they would bomb an American citizen on American soil, who was “at the time” not offering a threat to anyone, thus denying him due process as if we were living among the savages in Benghazi. I am proud of Senator Ted Cruz who had the guts to stand up to the old bull with the old guard, Senator Feinstein as he challenged her Constitutional position on gun control as is his Constitutional duty and right.
It seems oddly strange that the young guns on the right are the ones that are challenging the old guard as if they were members of Media Matters charging on George Bush, but I like it. Feinstein was as off base with her cowardly retort meant to sidestep the issues as much as Hillary Clinton was while challenging Senator Ron Johnson for daring to ask the right questions of her and all she could come up with was an embarrassing retort of: “What difference does it make?” and the press bought into that. The difference is that it is our democracy at work that they would stifle. It is the promised Obama “transparency” that would take us to the Promised Land where we never arrived. Marco Rubio said it best recently and while I do take into consideration that we can always improve: “The idea is called America and It Still Works”. So let’s preserve it or they will come for all of us. Will you stand up?