The New Jersey Catholic priest who faced down the federal government — and won

During a decade spent teaching and helping the needy in some of China’s most impoverished and oppressed regions, the New Jersey priest learned what it was like to live in a land without religious freedom.

It kindled a greater appreciation for his liberties at home.

Which is why Leonard, 51, bristled at the U.S. government when it told him he couldn’t hold services at a Georgia naval base during last month’s government shutdown. Leonard, a civilian contractor on the base since Oct. 1, wasn’t deemed an “essential” employee.

In a case that made headlines across the country, Leonard filed suit against the Department of Defense, contending the directive violated his freedom of speech and his right to religious expression.

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Old movie about the takeover of Hungary and the Soviet/Communist persecution of Cardinal Mindeszenty should serve as a wake-up call for today’s citizenry!

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Hungarian Cardinal Mindeszenty is imprisoned as an enemy of the Communist state. A propaganda film typical of the 1950s, but based on a real-life incident; includes a powerful trial scene. (1949; B&W)

  • Starring: Charles Bickford, Paul Kelly
  • Directed by: Felix E. Feist
  • Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes
  • Release year: 2005
  • Studio: Synergy Ent

Watch free on Amazon Prime or buy the DVD.

Editor’s note: The torture, trial and political intimidation portrayed in this in this film is unfortunately, now coming back into style. The deadly and totally scurrilous tactics should give every free person pause, since tyranny and despotism is typically only one war … or one election … away … even in these United States.

Cardinal Mindeszenty is both a heroic and a tragic figure, since he stood up against the godless Soviets virtually alone – refusing to compromise his Catholic faith. Unfortunately, Pope Paul VI and the Vatican policy makers had no problem eventually cutting the Cardinal loose, for purely political reasons, as part of their post Vatican II ecumenical outreach to the communists.

Watching the Soviets complete take over and subversion of the Hungarian government unfold, I couldn’t help thinking how the same thing was accomplished only a few years later in the Catholic Church, by certain nameless, faceless Vatican elitists – and only a few years after that, in 1968, when the hippies occupied the streets of Chicago and succeeded in wresting control of the Democratic Party from the “old guard” – eventually turning that party into a collection of fruits, nuts, baby-killers and tyrannical Marxist/socialist ideologues (the likes of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein and a cast of many thousands more.)

Watch “Guilty of Treason” and see if it doesn’t make a similar impact on you. We may be experiencing similar events in this country, very soon!

Thanks to Thomas A. Droleskey for the tip.

More about Cardinal Mindeszenty

Multiple scandals + tyrannical government + immoral acts + constant attacks on the Constitution = impeachable high crimes and misdemeanors?

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by Doug Lawrence

Now that we have three major government scandals  (Benghazi, IRS and AP – and let’s not forget a fourth – Fast and Furious- which has yet to see acceptable closure) publicly going on all at once – it’s time to ask some tough questions of President Obama:

1) We understand Mr. President, that you “won” – but even the Democrats never expected to elect an unaccountable tyrant to the highest office in the land. How do you plan to atone for these grievous affronts to the American people? 

2) What were you thinking when you appointed Steven Miller – a sardonic loser and shameful government hack – as Acting Commissioner of the IRS – and how does firing him, just a few short weeks before he was already scheduled to step down – indicate anything less than your ongoing contempt and lack of respect for the rights and sensibilities of the American people?

3) Are you concerned about being impeached, should the mid-term elections once again fail to go your way, or –  like President Clinton –  have you already successfully collected enough “dirt” on your likely opponents to foreclose that possibility?

4) Is there anything else you need to tell the American people, at this time?

5)  With the IRS and your particular management style now thoroughly discredited, do you really expect the American people to allow National Health Care (ObamaCare) to move forward, under IRS control?

6) Now that the Kermitt Gosnell abortion murder trial is over, could you explain – without the usual demagoguery – precisely how your stated approach to the issue of babies born alive after abortion differs in any way – from Gosnell’s and/or Planned Parenthood’s?

7) Mr. President – I realize this may sound like a rhetorical question – but I must ask – have you no sense of shame?

From the Merriam Webster On Line Dictionary:

tyr·an·ny noun \ˈtir-ə-nē\
plural tyr·an·nies

Definition of TYRANNY

1
: oppressive power <every form of tyranny over the mind of man — Thomas Jefferson>; especially : oppressive power exerted by government <the tyranny of a police state>
2
a : a government in which absolute power is vested in a single ruler; especially : one characteristic of an ancient Greek city-state
b : the office, authority, and administration of a tyrant
3
: a rigorous condition imposed by some outside agency or force <living under the tyranny of the clock — Dixon Wecter>
4
: an oppressive, harsh, or unjust act : a tyrannical act <workers who had suffered tyrannies>

Obama Care Explained

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They were a diverse group of several races and both sexes. I heard the young man exclaim, “Isn’t Obama like Jesus Christ? I mean, after all, he is healing the sick.” The young woman enthusiastically proclaimed, “Yeah, and he does it for free. I cannot believe anyone would think that a free market would work for health care. Another said, ‘The stupid Republicans want us all to starve to death so they can inherit all of the power. Obama should be made a Saint for what he did for those of us less fortunate.” At this, I had had enough.

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Submitted by Francis V.

Caution: The Democrats commitment to “Our bodies, our choice,” begins and ends with abortion.

Far from being the natural outgrowth of a broad philosophical commitment to the idea of self-ownership and control of our own bodies, the Democrats stance on the right to abortion is the sole and glaring exception to an ideology that otherwise treats the bodies of women like the bodies of government owned cattle.

Talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words. Despite their rhetorical stances about respecting women’s control of their own bodies, the policy actions Democrats take in all areas except abortion clearly demonstrate they believe the opposite. For Democrat’s, abortion is the exception that proves the rule.

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The same politicians who feign outrage over the Church’s moral advice to Catholics use coercive state power to venture further into their bedrooms than any Pope’s encyclical.

Perhaps the policies of the Obama regime represent the logical outgrowth of a mutant form of Christianity where Christ is replaced first by “Christian values,” then “Christian values” are replaced by concepts like justice and freedom and equality de-coupled from any connection to Christ, Christian culture or even Stoic natural law; and then finally these secularized concepts are re-coupled to the will to power of politicians and social engineers.

As David Bentley Hart has noted, when people reject Christ they have a tendency to reject everything that Christian civilization ever baptized of pre-Christian civilization. All the treasures of ancient Rome, Athens, and Jerusalem get thrown overboard in the manic attempt to snuff out the last trace of the Lamb of God in human culture. At present this seems to include the notion that human dignity is linked to the capacity for love and freedom and rationality.

Above all our new political saviors want to liberate us from the idea that we have been made in the image of God. They do this at the same time as giving themselves god-like powers. If we start to believe that we really are just rutting animals this will give them even more power. The Nietzschean nightmare will be complete—there will be one great herd of animals and a few Übermenschen to govern them, direct their wills, determine when they will reproduce, and how often, and an intermediate class of social engineers running the Health and Education departments, policing reproductive information and the compulsory national curriculum. And this would be different from Fascism how?

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The sad State of the Union – 2012

Reflecting now on the Fourth of July 2012, we have to wonder about a regime now manifesting a growing list of abuses to the fundamental nature of human worth. These abuses are put into effect by elected rulers themselves. They are accepted by many citizens who themselves are “democratic” in the classic Greek sense, that in their soul they have little principle of order.

Hence, they have no reason to object to anything on any other basis than that of personal whim or want. The term “unconstitutional” is meaningless. This situation is not a far cry from that list found in the Declaration. In describing these abuses, it read: “He (the King) has made Judges dependent on his Will alone.” “He has refused to assent to Laws.” And “He has combined with others to subject us to a Jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution.”

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