by TOM MCLAUGHLIN
December 6, 2012
Brace yourself. "Progressives" are trying to consolidate power in our Senate and in the White House. Tea Party Republicans in the House will try to stop them, but it doesn't look good. Turmoil is around the corner. Looks like 2013 and beyond is going to be a very rough ride.
History shows that leftists, or "progressives" as they like to call themselves in 21st century America, have been far more oppressive than the right ever was. Ironically, they're blind to it, thinking themselves tolerant and accepting. They're anything but.
Progressives like to compare the American Revolution to the French, but aside from both being revolutions that defied monarchies, they weren't similar at all. For example: The American Founding Fathers were tolerant and conservative, passing the Bill of Rights in 1791 that guaranteed freedom of religion. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;" is the first line of the First Amendment, and it has prevailed for more than two centuries. It's being challenged by the Obama Administration's leftists here in 2012, but is not yet fully adjudicated at this writing. Around the same year - 1791 French leftists were taking over the Catholic Church's property and its clergy as well. By 1794, they were murdering priests and tens of thousands of others.
When leftists took over Mexico in the 1920s, they set about killing priests there too - as depicted in this year's film "For Greater Glory." When they took over Spain in the 1930s, leftists went right at it again, killing thousands, 498 of whom were recently beatified (put on a path to sainthood).
Leftists who took over Russia and eastern Europe murdered tens of thousands of priests and millions of others throughout the 1920s and ‘30s as well. Germany's National Socialists also arrested and murdered priests in the 1930s and '40s. St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Scarborough, Maine is named for one priest they killed in Auschwitz.
When leftists take over, anybody who isn't 100% politically correct better look out, especially if you happen to be a Catholic who takes his/her religion seriously. I'm not talking about "Cafeteria Catholics" who pick and choose what they like and leave the rest. I'm referring to orthodox Catholics who will not bend when leftist governments pressure them to violate their beliefs.
Bishops appointed by conservative popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI have begun to put pressure on leftist Catholics in the United States. Several are refusing communion to politicians who support abortion or homosexual "marriage."
The USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), the University of Notre Dame, and other Catholic institutions have sued the Obama Administration for their First Amendment rights after being forced to provide abortion-inducing drugs, artificial contraception, and sterilization. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, current president of the USCCB, is telling Catholics to defy Obamacare mandates. How many will? How will the Obama Administration respond to their defiance?
Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, who was president of the USCCB before Dolan, was quoted saying something a couple of years ago that brought me right to attention when I read it last month: "I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison, and his successor will die a martyr in the public square," he said.
I thought, "Wow! Is it going to get that bad that fast? Right here in the USA?" Francis George is a solid, conservative guy who was born in Chicago and has been archbishop there since 1997. He would know many in the Obama Administration very well. Given all that, I have to take what Cardinal Francis George says very seriously indeed.
He'll be 76 in January and he got his second cancer diagnosis last August. His successor, who he predicts will die in prison, should be taking office fairly soon.
Seeming to soften his quote a bit in his November 3rd column - three days before the election - he wrote: "Speaking a few years ago to a group of priests, entirely outside of the current political debate, I was trying to express in overly dramatic fashion what the complete secularization of our society could bring." He said his words were not "prophetic" and that "What is omitted from the reports [of his original quote] is a final phrase I added about the bishop who follows a possibly martyred bishop: ‘His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.'"
Fair enough, Cardinal George. Yes, France did "pick up the shards of a ruined society" after its revolution. Germany and Spain did too. Mexico and Russia are still in the process. But each country went through holy hell before starting to put it back together. Is that what America is in for too?
Sure looks like it.
FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Tom McLaughlin is a (now retired) history teacher and a regular weekly columnist for newspapers in Maine and New Hampshire. He writes about political and social issues, history, family, education and Radical Islam. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org