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  1. Wonderful, great and timely, James. I may have to borrow part of this, or simply re-blog it; not sure which.

    Regardless, this is such a GIGANTIC issue. To me, it goes back to rationalization, figuring out a way for me to do what I want without feeling guilty about it, so that I may remain a “good” person.

    I seem to recall the Bible mentioning that somewhere….?
    ;)

    • Thanks JTR. I think your point about rationalism hits the nail on the head. In the end the rationalist ends up contradicting himself, whether he sees it that way or not, e.g., and case in point, the VP calling himself a practicing Catholic who has informed his views with Catholic social doctrine. It would have been good for Ryan to call him on that and ask him to explain exactly how his administration exemplifies the implementation of sound Catholic social teaching in concreto. However, I don’t think the moderator would have let that discussion go on any further than one of Biden’s quick, superficial soundbites, before cutting him off.

      • You’re undoubtedly right on that, James.

        At times, it DID appear that it was one of those old tag-team wrestling matches that I used to see when I was a youngin’, with the referee distracted off camera and 2 wrestlers ganging up on 1 guy.

        Of course, in this case, the referee often took the place of the 2nd wrestler.
        —–

        No one’s faith is perfect: we’re all doing the best we can.
        However, I don’t think that translates to thumbing my nose at Catholic Doctrine just because my constituency wouldn’t like my belief, and/or my redefining what being a “good” Catholic means.

        That more closely resembles throwing a dart, drawing the target around wherever it lands, and insisting that I made bull’s-eye.

    • Good analogy, JTR.

      I do want to clarify that my earlier comment was not intended as an unfair shot at Martha Raddatz, who had a tough job on her hands last night. Unfortunately, she did come across as being partial (to say the least) sometimes, but maybe that was not entirely her fault. Out of fairness to Martha Raddatz, I thought she did a good job and that Biden just knows how to take advantage of whatever open space anyone gives him to get in his jab. If she called him on everything, she would have been acting more like a third grade teacher. The way I see it, she gave Joe enough rope to “do the job himself.”

      IMHO, I also thought Jim Lehrer did a good job too letting the debaters duke it out (for the one(s) chose to do so). Different styles, I suppose. In all, I’ve seen worse acts of interference and favoritism from the Wolff Blitzers of the world when it comes to (poorly) moderating debates.

  2. I watched about 15 minutes of it and cut Biden off! He reminded me of Mr. Ed with those “teeth” always showing. I could not take all of that “snickering” as I think nothing is funny about the state this nation is in. I know who I am going to vote for anyways so I decided I did not have to put myself through that torture.

    I do not know what “Catholic Church” Joe Biden goes to, but it it not the same one I do. My Church teaches morals, that abortion is wrong, to care for the poor, etc…. It is also a place to worship God, and not to be used when I need it to further my own interest.

    Good post and God Bless, SR

    • Well said, SR!!! (Applause!)

      I think you captured just about everyone’s sentiments perfectly and I could not have put it any better myself. Thanks for the comment and God bless!

  3. “Hope” and “change” also have a new connotation. I cringed the other day when those words came out of my mouth in a conversation unrelated to Obama and company. Will “forward” also become a dirty word?

  4. There is a verse circulating that is being used to reference last night’s debate. ​If a wise man contends with a foolish man,
    ​​Whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace. Proverbs 29:9

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