Lowest-of-the-low benchmark

Tyrone Woods

The following comes from an October 29 posting by George Weigel on the National Review website.

….Two episodes of profound ugliness in the endgame of the 2012 campaign shed light on the character of some of those who would lead us for the next four years, and those who design their campaigns.

The vice president of the United States, for example, is not just a man whose natural exuberance makes him prone to gaffes. He is a national embarrassment, and from the point of view of his fellow Catholics he is an ecclesial embarrassment. Biden’s moral incoherence during the VP debate was a disservice to both church and state. For he not only misrepresented the sources of Catholic teaching on the inalienable right to life by suggesting that this conviction was some sort of weird Catholic hocus-pocus; he also distorted the public-policy debate by claiming that moral judgments could not be “imposed” on a pluralistic society (a nonsensical claim that is flatly contradicted by his defense of Obamacare).

Worse, Biden either lied or exhibited grotesque misunderstanding of the policy of the administration of which he is the putative second-in-command — and he surely boggled Paul Ryan’s mind (and the mind of any Catholic who has been paying attention for the past ten months) — when he claimed that the HHS “contraceptive mandate” did not require Catholic institutions to include coverage of contraception, sterilization, and abortifacient drugs in the health-care benefits they provide their employees. The next morning, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement saying flatly that the vice president was wrong — a point underscored the previous night by Congressman Ryan, who quite rightly asked the clueless (or mendacious) Biden why he thought more than 40 Catholic institutions and employers were suing the administration over the HHS mandate.

But the worst was yet to come. At a recent memorial service for former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, D.C., the vice president of the United States, in what the elder Woods described as “an extremely loud and boisterous voice,” asked Woods’s grieving father, Charles, “Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?” Yet another gaffe, the latest in the administration’s post-Benghazi thrashing? No. Ugliness, of the sort that illustrates the truth about a man’s character, or lack thereof.

At about the same time that Biden, who is a heartbeat from the Oval Office and whom the president proposes to keep there, was setting a lowest-of-the-low benchmark for personal boorishness, the Obama campaign unrolled a TV ad that might have been scripted by Larry Flynt. In it, Lena Dunham, the creator of HBO’s smutty Girls, offers advice to seemingly innocent young women and other onlookers. The 26-year-old star, who has the look and mannerisms of a 13-year-old, channels her inner Lolita and coos the following:

Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody. You want to do it with a great guy. It should be with a guy . . . who really cares about and understands women.

A guy who cares about whether you get health insurance, and specifically whether you get birth control. The consequences are huge. You want to do it with a guy who brought the troops out of Iraq. You don’t want a guy who says ‘Oh, hey, I’m at the library studying,’ when he’s really out not signing the Lilly Ledbetter Act. Or who thinks that gay people should never have beautiful, complicated weddings of the kind we see on Bravo or TLC all the time . . .

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  1. “Cue balls” is probably what fills Biden’s imagination at all times.

  2. Cole Thornton says:

    So Biden said “Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?” Old Joe may some day have St Peter say to him “odd ball in the bottom pocket” (meaning hell).

  3. Thomas Edward Miles says:

    At what point will this site and the Catholic Bishop’
    accept donates in the name of the Republican party!!!

    • Whats the matter TEM, you seem to have no issue with the fact the most of the Catholic hierarchy got in bed with the democrat party decades ago…….

    • As a good Catholic, TEM, weren’t you a bit upset with the Dem.Nat’l Convention where they booed God, passed a platform making abortion okay all stages of develop. for whatever reason, and we’re to pay for it? You don’t have to become a republican to vote for one as president/ I was an independent for years. What is it you find in the Dem. party that you can relate to, and can reconcile with your belief in Jesus?

  4. Father Karl says:

    Christ said, “Woe to him who causes scandal; it is better for a millstone to be placed on his neck, and then thrown into the sea.” Biden must be excommunicated because of the evil he adores, and the horrible example he gives. The bishop of Juneau,who says Ryan and Biden ARE equally bad, is another one who is misleading and causing vast numbers of souls to commit mortal sins and even sacrilege. The souls of the proud will be among the main inhabitants of hell.

  5. I prefer to call Joe Biden’s “gaffes” what they really are – LIES.

    Biden also lied during the debate about voting for the WARs. He voted both times in favor of the wars – and this is in the congressional records.

    When is BIDEN going to be excommunicated for lying and continued SCANDAL about being a good Catholic ?

    He is a disgrace.

    • Lying: It was Bill Clinton who introduced … successfully … the bold faced lie into “in yer face” politics: It gained him countless votes. Now these political characters, mainly liberals, use this plain as a muddy face lying routine to gather groupies. Much of the public gains its daily bread by means of lying, and to see a candidate openly using lying to gain position throws them into ecstatic hysteria and fuels their lusts for sin.

  6. Sadly, Biden looks mature, but, as we can see and hear, he is just another very foul-mouthed pervert and I cannot believe that Obama would keep this turkey for a running mate. Yes, in 2008 ad, he needed to buy the ‘catholic’ vote, but this year, he already has them in his back pocket. If there is a 2016 ad and there is an election, the ‘democrats’ should have Biden and Gore as running mates, and they both could take turns being Pres and V.P, as they will switch each time one of them comes out with one of their marvelous gaffs. +JMJ+

  7. To put it simply, when speaking of his Catholic faith, it comes out like something that I have never heard before as a lifetime Catholic and a minimum one at that. The man speaks like a Moron and I know he isn’t; has he always been this ridiculous. I do believe he has the beginnings of senility.

  8. Well, at least the Obama administration and his campaign are consistent, aren’t they ?

  9. T Miles, TRUTH IS YOUR ENEMY..Many dioceses in the USA will be grateful for your donation to help cover the costs of sodomite(also known to you as homosexuals) who attacked children and destroyed so many young lives.

  10. The father of Tyrone Woods also said something very courageous in a television interview. He said, “We are now living in a time where our leaders are IMMORAL and they are also LIARS.” This father also said that his son’s death would not be in vain but be a calling for a new nation of moral men and moral leaders. Who are these immoral lying leaders that Charles Woods was talking about? Mr. Woods senior, was referring to the President of the United States, Vice president Joe Biden and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

    Wicked leaders ARE our nations punishment for sin. Our hope lies in Jesus Christ. St. John Eudes said, “One of the surest signs of God’s displeasure with mankind is to allow them bad clergy.”

    The disastrous domino effects of disobedient clergy and disobedient laity have shown a steady falling down into the dark abyss since July 25, 1968 with the rejection of Pope Paul VI’s Encyclical, Humanae Vitae.

    “The rejection of Humane Vitae marked a pivotal moment in the Church’s life in the West.”…Carl E. Olsen CWR

    We have become a stiff necked, Godless and selfish nation that regularly murders their own children. We have a President and a current silent news media that are feverishly working to hide truth and usher in even more evil and immoral laws. We have been given the lying immoral leaders that our nation deserves. While speaking at Veteran’s Stadium in Long Beach, Calif., the American flagpole crashed to the ground right after Mother Teresa of Calcutta finished saying these exact words. “The downfall of America will come through the sin of abortion.” Mother Teresa also said, “The West has gained technology but they have abandoned God”.

    CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH – Second Edition
    WHERE SIN ABOUNDED, GRACE ABOUNDED ALL THE MORE
    386 – The Reality of Sin
    Sin is present in human history; any attempt to ignore it or to give this dark reality other names would be futile. To try to understand what sin is, one must first recognize the profound relation of man to God, for only in this relationship is the evil of sin unmasked in its true identity as humanity’s rejection of God and opposition to him, even as it continues to weigh heavy on human life and history.

    • Excellent post, Catherine. I had a dream the other day and the only thing I remember was that even if obama is defeated we have to purify ourselves and renew our faith. We cannot go on as we’ve been going on. What you’ve written is absolutely fundamental to dealing with this downward spiral we’re in. Like water down the drain, it seems to take so long as the water slowly winds down but all of the sudden it’s gone in a whoosh. I feel like if we don’t do something it’ll be too late all at once, and we will all be taken by complete surprise. Even with the devastation in the East, they had warnings to evacuate, etc. But with our country’s collapse, I feel a premonition that it’s going to happen incredibly fast, out of the blue. It was a really powerful dream.

      • Dana,

        You are right Dana. Even if Obama is defeated we cannot go on as we’ve been going on. We do have to purify ourselves and renew our faith. Next Tuesday when people walk into the voting booth they will either be drawing closer to God or rejecting God. There is no fooling God. Your dream makes me reflect on the messages of Our Lady of Akita. Two days ago a faithful priest told me that many priests that he knows openly admit that they are going to still vote for Obama. Yes Dana, even if Obama is defeated there is much work to do.

        Dana, Now can you see why Our Lady of La Salette wept over the loss of faith? This is why I asked another poster not to joke or trivialize posts that are referring to La Salette. Would anyone joke or tease the mother who just lost her two little sons in the hurricane? Many Catholics do not even know about Our Lady of Akita or they do know and they still mock the Mother of God. When God sends His Mother to give a message to mankind and when it is approved by the Church, it bears reflecting on.

        Our Lady of Akita warned our world. “Fire will come from the sky and wipe out a great part of humanity. The good as well as the bad. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead.” We know the mercy of God when he allows his Mother to warn her beloved priests. Let no one say that they were not warned!

        When discussing the messages of Our Lady of Akita, many scholars
        refer to Isaiah 47:11 “Evil shall come upon thee, and thou shalt not now the rising thereof: and calamity shall fall violently upon thee, which thou canst not keep off: misery shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know.”

        Dana, Google The Chant Cafe – Father Robert Pasley on the Dies Irae
        posted by Jefferey Tucker. Let us pray that all priests and all Catholics reflect on that Day of Judgment on Tuesday when they use their God given free will to choose to either move closer to God or to completely reject Him.

        “That day of wrath, that dreadful day, shall heaven and earth in ashes lay, as David and the Sybil say, What horror must invade the mind when the approaching Judge shall find and sift the deeds of all mankind.”

  11. I am so profoundly thankful there are voices of authority who are willing to speak up and point out the shenanigans of this current administration. I, as a Catholic, am completely flummoxed by the lack of discernment so many of my fellow Catholic family are showing. I am glad to hear and see our Catholic Church Bishops take a meaningful stand and LEAD. Praise God!

  12. WOODY GUIDRY says:

    Biden is a great reprensentative for the prevalent speech of the majority of this country. From television language alone, the statistics would show endless samples of the popularity of vulgarity and profanity. When will they they have “gone about as far as they can go”?

    • When, Woody? They have only begun. History records much greater madness in rulers. Mostly it depends on the bishops; when they decide to get holy or when the Pope decides they never will and appoints holy men to the episcopacy … that is when the societal slide to Gomorrah will turn around. Too bad for those who led it, because they’ll keep on sliding til they get there and then drop off into deep dark forever.

  13. WOODY GUIDRY says:

    Somebody over there needs to learn how to read-my comment had a reply from CCD that it looked like I had said that before.

  14. It’s plain and simple, people: REPLACE BIDEN WITH PAUL RAYAN, a TRUE GENUINE Catholic!!! <— Spread that thought around!

  15. Vice President Bidden shows nothing but comtempt for younger people growing up in the world. He shows comtempt by not defending the most vulnerable of us all — the unborn children — against being torn apart or burned to death in the womb before they have even had a chance to live. He showed contempt for a decent young man, Paul Ryan, by acting like a buffoon when serious things were being discussed. Again, he showed contempt for this younger hero who chose death over letting his compatriots die with no help. The young man reminds me of a fellow high school graduate of mine, who threw his body over a grenade during the Viet Nam War to save his fellow soldiers. As Christ said, “Greater love has no man than this that he lay down his life for a friend.” It seems Joe Bidden lays down his life and his job for no one. His position like President Obamas’s is all about him. They go about smearing the reputations of good men, but the Lord and the world sees the hypocrisy.

    • My fellow high school graduate who was the Viet Nam Wat hero was a Catholic. This young man probably was not. I do not know, but both of them were certainly far more Catholic than this Vice President who even lies about the HHS Mandate.

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