Seen on the web: Power and the party.

“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites.

The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal.

We are not like that. We know what no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”- George Orwell

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Behavior so tragically advanced, that they are incapable of embarrassment.

Catholic high school kids showed the contemporary Christmas spirit in a Niagara Falls motel, last Friday night, leaving a trail of used condoms, beer bottles, broken glass, broken doors, smashed sinks, and holed drywall through most of the 35 rooms they’d rented for after a “semi-formal dance.”

Police cruised by, while the melee was in progress, but would not intervene in what they considered to be a civil matter. The motel owners, who have sustained substantial property damage, now hope to avoid the further cost of legal proceedings. They have asked parents to settle claims voluntarily.

The kids themselves, like those who trashed the middle of Vancouver after last spring’s Stanley Cup final, were still boasting of their achievement the morning after, with pictures and supercilious comments posted through the “social media.”

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Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s successful strategy for dealing with communists

“Kneel down and let me hear your confession.”

Being a former Catholic, one of Louis’s assigned tasks was to infiltrate the Catholic Church in the United States so as to soften its anti-Communist stance. Among his targets was the well-known radio personality and eloquent anti-Communist, Msgr. Fulton Sheen. Budenz got nowhere. At a dinner meeting in 1936, Monsignor Sheen refused to engage Louis on the issue of Communism’s merits. Instead, the monsignor invited Louis to “kneel down and let me hear your confession.” The two parted on less than amicable terms.

But grace gnawed at Louis. Once, during his Communist days, he wrote “Catholic” as his religion when checking into a hospital. Margaret noticed, was shocked, and supposed that he was jesting. They only spoke about it years later. Louis said that, even though he was officially atheist at the time, he did not wish to die without the consolation of the sacraments. It was but one marker on the long road back to faith.

When the signs of Louis’s return to Catholicism became clear, Margaret struggled to accept it. She remained certain of their love and unity, and so she applied herself to understanding the religion to which he was attracted. It wasn’t easy, but the dialectic of communist materialism gradually gave way to the harmony of faith and reason as the riches of Catholicism were opened up to her under the tutelage of Monsignor Sheen and the influence of her own diligent research.

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Editor’s note: This proven strategy often works on non-communists, too.

Seen on the web: “If there is no God, then everything is permissible.”

Liberalism is the religion of those who relegate God to mythical status, while those who (no matter their political party affiliation or faith tradition) worship at the altar of liberalism reject God’s eternal truths in favor of the ungodly folly of “everything being permissible”.