Politics is NOT a game!

Everybody should win something

By Dr. Larry Fedewa (February 10, 2019)

The soaring rhetoric with which President Donald J. Trump concluded his 2019 State of the Union address was totally unexpected, but as uplifting in its own way as that of Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy. And we need to be lifted up – from the pettiness and willful blindness which have characterized much of our political discourse as our loyalties and pronouncements have descended into a cauldron of partisan gamesmanship.

As author John Daly observed on “The Dr. Larry Show” last week, the American public has taken to looking at politics as a competitive sport where there must be winners and losers. This perspective has been both led and followed by the news media. Smaller and ever smaller incidents, actions and words are being analyzed in terms of who won and who lost. Fox News has even scheduled an end-of-week quiz every Friday night called “Winners and Losers”.  Keep Reading

What should Virginia Governor do?

Trial by twitter?                                                                        

by Dr. Larry Fedewa (February 3, 2019)

By now everyone has heard about Governor Northam’s week from Hell. First, he makes headlines in a video which records his cold-blooded description of how the execution of a new-born baby would proceed according to a proposed law (later defeated by the Virginia legislature). Then, his page in the 1984-yearbook of his medical school surfaces showing his picture along side two other pictures, one of a Ku Klux Klansman and one of a black face performer. At first, he waits for nearly a day before issuing an apology for the pictures, seeming to admit that one of them is him. Then he has a press conference in which he denies that he is either of the figures represented.

In the meantime, the apparently unchallenged fact surfaces that his nickname in medical school was “Coon”. Never late to the hanging, both Democrat Senators, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both former Virginia Governors, renounce Northam and call for his resignation, along with nearly every other politician in Virginia and Washington.

So, the question arises, “What should the Governor do?” He has clearly been declared guilty of racism, the most deadly of accusations among the “diversity” crowd, through trial by twitter. In this regard, he is the latest in a growing list of recipients of conviction by popular demand. The list includes people from all walks of life, from NFL stars Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, to Senator Al Franken, to Florida neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, and countless others.

In the age of instant social media, this trend poses a danger to the personal freedom of everyone. We are all at the mercy of some malicious slander posted on Facebook, Twitter or any one of the millions of mailing lists, which then goes “viral” and ruins a person’s reputation, if not career, marriage or business. It can happen in the blink of an eye – often without any more proof than someone’s word. Frequently, the accusation is not any more than disagreement with someone’s position on a particular topic. Whatever happened to: “I disapprove of what you say but will defend with my life your right to say it.” ?   (Attributed to Voltaire by biographer Evelyn Beatrice Hall)

This is the case in the Northam affair. He is under attack on two fronts – his obvious advocacy of infanticide and his apparent racism as a young man. While the latter would seem to be by far the more serious of the two accusations, it is the second that has incurred the ire of his fellow Democrats. So, how should the charge against Governor Northam be evaluated?

First, racism is a moral evil, not a criminal matter. Therefore, there is no legal recourse against him. Whatever action is taken will be at the Governor’s own discretion. Secondly, the charge must be clarified. Even if the circumstantial evidence of his alleged racism as a young man were to be further substantiated, the real question is not about Ralph Northam at age 25, but about Ralph Northam today, at age 59. As yet no evidence of current racism has come forward in all the blather posted to date. On the contrary, the intervening years have been occupied by military service, private medical practice and political activity. Nowhere has there been any accusation of racism. It seems therefore reasonable to assume that, even if Ralph Northam was insensitive to racial sensibilities as a young man – not admitted or proven by any hard evidence as of this date – it seems reasonable to assume that his life experience has taught him the significance of these sensibilities. In the absence of any hard evidence to the contrary, therefore, Governor Northam should not be considered a racist.

With respect to the second issue, advocacy of postpartum abortion, however, the situation is different. There are two criteria for continuing in office: legal and moral. It is not against the law to advocate murdering babies. Such an advocacy is, however, evidence of moral blindness. Any person who does not recognize the right of a newborn baby “to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” is not fit to hold high office in the government of this republic.

Unfortunately, the same public opinion which stands ready to condemn someone of racism on the flimsiest of evidence also steps aside when the issue is the rights of newborn children. All the implications of this position appear to be covered in a cloak of partisanship. This is a morally untenable position when it comes to babies already born, breathing and crying in the arms of the mother. Frankly, killing that baby in the womb at a much earlier stage of life is also morally repugnant. But whatever considerations favor the survival of the child in the womb are magnified 1000% after birth.

Killing a living, breathing baby is infanticide and should be an indictable offense of murder in the first degree. The current position of the Left in sanctioning this practice is the crassest form of barbarism. If a woman does not want a baby as a result of intercourse, she should take measures to avoid conception. After a child is born, it is too late to change her mind.

On this basis, Governor Ralph Northam should be deprived of his current office.  His cold-blooded narrative as recorded on videotape reveals a moral opacity which constitutes a threat to anyone whose life is in danger, whether criminals, the terminally ill, or the permanently disabled. Assisted suicide cannot be far behind; those willing to kill babies would not stop at killing old people under the same rationale, namely the convenience of caretakers, the preference of heirs, or the cost to the state. There is no place for these killers in the high offices of the United States of America.

 

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A Book Review: The Windmill Chaser

Triumphs and Less in American Politics                               

Former Congressman, author, lobbyist

By Bob Livingston, 2018 University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, 296 pp

 

This is the extraordinary story of an extraordinary man. Bob Livingston’s memoir starts with his beginnings in a troubled family through his time in the Navy, law school, first jobs and finally his entry into politics as the first Republican Congressman from his district near New Orleans, LA since before the Depression.

The story hits its rhythm, as they say in sports, as his 22 years in the U.S. Congress unfolds. The climax comes when he ascends to Speaker, only to have it snatched away at the last minute.

Along the way, Bob explains in simple language his common-sense politics and comments on past and current people and events from his own perspective. What emerges is a very attractive conservative philosophy which is worth reading for its own sake.

The reader is also struck by the author’s honesty, even humility — a quality not commonly expected in a politician. This perspective is particularly evident as he details the background and events surrounding the House impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton. That segment adds a first-hand account of his part in that historical epic, with all the pathos and tragedy he and his supporters experienced. Equally enlightening is his assessment of the impact of those sad days through the years that followed. Altogether a valuable and occasionally riveting addition to the literature of that era.

 

Amazon Book Review

by Larry Fedewa, PhD,  Richfield Press 2019

January 16, 2019 Dr. Larry Show: deep dive into immigration policies and problems

 

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The most difficult issues relating to immigration policy are discussed, including barriers, humanitarian crisis, caravans, DACA, visa enforcement and reform, and national strategy.   No holds barred.

Guests commentators: L A Batchelor and Tom Donelson

 

 

Are Catholics welcome in the new Democrat party?

What about Jews?                                            

by Dr. Larry Fedewa (January 18, 2019)

As the platform – and actions – of the Democrat party have become more actively pro-choice on the issue of abortions, questions have begun to surface more widely as to whether a practicing Catholic can in good conscience be a member of the Democrat party? It is true that there are a number of very prominent Democrats who also profess to be Catholics, including 2016 vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and former Vice President Joe Biden, among others.

The tipping point is the increasingly adamant position of the Catholic Church in opposition to abortion in any form. As research shows more clearly the viability of the fetus at a very early stage, the basis of the Church’s position has evolved from disapproval of abortion as a birth control measure to condemnation of abortion as a form of infanticide, i.e. murder.  Keep Reading

Immigration policy needs more than barriers

It’s really complicated. . . .

 

By Dr. Larry Fedewa (January 13, 2019)

The immigration situation in the United States is a total mess. Yes, we need barriers where terrain permits. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. To snapshot the most urgent challenges, let’s look at three of the categories of  immigration policy that need to be fixed: 1) border enforcement, 2) citizenship qualifications, and 3) visa procedures.

BORDER Protection  

  • Barriers – Right now there are long stretches of the southern border which have no impediments to anyone crossing from Mexico to the USA other than the occasional presence of Border Patrol agents. There are not enough of these agents available to present a consistent obstacle to trespassers. In fact, it would take an army to effectively guard all these approaches. The only effective deterrent in such terrain is a wall, such as that in San Diego, which has reduced alien traffic by 96% (since 1986 before the wall was built.) Also, such barriers work both ways to prevent human trafficking in and out of the USA.
  • Catch and Release – current laws provide that anyone caught illegally entering the USA can be deported back across the border, UNLESS the individual claims asylum. In that case, the person must come before a US judge who will determine whether the claim is valid or not. Since the word is out among the masses, nearly all the illegals now claim asylum. But there are not enough judges  to handle the caseload of thousands of migrants. Nor are there anywhere near adequate facilities to house the asylum-seekers until they can appear before the court. This has led to “catch and release” the defendants with a summons to appear before the court sometime in the future, usually months. These folks are turned loose – in many cases never to be seen again.

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Shutdown and Stand-off!

What the heck is going on?                                             

 

By Dr. Larry Fedewa (January 6, 2019)

One quarter of the United States federal government is closed. Unless you are a federal employee or contractor, you probably haven’t noticed this – yet. But the longer this closing goes on, the more impact it will have on ordinary people. For example, the IRS is not processing refunds – not much of a problem so far but will be in another month. And so it goes with several other agencies.

What then is causing all this disruption? Whose fault is it? How will it be resolved?

The U.S. government has closed a portion of its services because of a dispute between Republicans and Democrats over money. Is the dispute over how best to balance the federal budget? Not so lucky. The dispute is over a$5 billion-line-item – which sounds like a lot of money until you realize that the total federal budget is $4.407 trillion. Since one trillion equals 1000 times one billion, the amount in dispute is such a small percentage of the total budget that you couldn’t even get that number on a calculator – too many zeros.

If the dispute therefore  is not really about money, what is the problem? The problem is that this line item is the funding for a series of walls on the U.S. southern border with Mexico wherever the terrain permits. This proposal builds on the experience of the wall in San Diego which has reduced the flow of illegal immigrants by 96% since 1986 (before the wall was built). While it has been spectacularly successful in its intended purpose, however, smuggling especially of drugs has increased dramatically. Therefore it seems necessary to increase staffing and technology at the ports of entry as well as construction of additional walls in order to  effect improved border security.

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December 26, 2018 The Dr. Larry Show

What is the meaning of Christmas in 2018?

Featured Guest: Monsignor Michael D. Murphy                 

Monsignor Michael D. Murphy

A beloved Catholic priest in the Diocese of Lansing Michigan. Ordained in 1966, retired 2011: 45 years active ministry, serving as pastor, Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General, Diocese of Lansing. Entered Senior priest status in 2011. Lifetime of outstanding service to the people of Lansing, as counselor, pastor, innovator and member of various diocesan and community boards and committees.

Msgr. Murphy joins Dr. Larry at 7-8 pm, on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 to deliver his Christmas message. Tune in to www.TheBatchelorPadNetwork.com

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Christmas 2018 – What does it mean?

Is Christmas relevant in 2018?                               

by Dr. Larry Fedewa, December 22, 2018

As we look around at the Christmas decorations, programs,
ceremonies, shopping, cards, greetings and the whole
Christmas season, what messages do we get?

What does it all mean?

Clearly, something unusual and good is in the air. People seem friendlier, parties and benefits are everywhere. Charities, soap kitchens, and the Salvation Army are busier than usual.

When we think of the origin of Christmas, we realize that it began as a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Today, however, it is possible to go through the entire Christmastime without ever hearing that name. Many children are taught that the central figure of Christmas is Santa Claus on his mission of kindness and goodwill.

So, what about this Jesus Christ? Is he still important, even relevant?  Keep Reading