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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Red Pope has it backward

Pope Francis is in Washington sucking up to the limousine left, albeit he brought along a Fiat. He is a severe critic of capitalism -- yet he exalts communism and Islam, making the absurd comment that the Koran is interchangeable with the Bible. Has he read either one? He has a college sophomore's grasp of the world, buying into the view that poverty is caused by capitalism and cured by communism. That is backward. Communism allows a few to command an army of the poor. Capitalism provides jobs, goods, and services.

That Fiat? Thank capitalism. The same with the airplane that brought him here, the aluminum in that plane, and every other product he uses.

Communism gave the world the AK-47. That's it.

Oh and the Rubik Cube.

But Pope Francis is infallible, so I guess this pre-papal bull he wrote in 1998 is true: "What the Church criticizes is the spirit that capitalism has encouraged, utilizing capital to subject and oppress the man."

Oppress? How?

Capitalists did not send 100 million Russians to their deaths in 70 years of purges. Communism did.

Capitalists did not send 150 million Chinese to their deaths in 50 years of purges. Communism did.

Compare North Korea to South Korea. East Germany to West Germany. Cuba to Miami. Mao's China to today's China.

The world does not starve, thanks to capitalism. The world does not die of many diseases thanks to capitalism. The world

Instead of criticizing capitalism like some tenured Amherst women's studies lesbian, why not attack real threats to the world? Why not stand up to Islamists who are pushing homosexuals off buildings, stoning women, and raping little girls and boys?

But Pope Francis is a coward. He does not stand up to bullies. He peddles a politically correct liturgy that safely assures the masses that they are victims of some invisible cabal of people who want to sell them better products at lower prices.

Just a reminder that my new books "Exceptional Americans 2: The Capitalists," is available on Amazon and Kindle.

Maybe I should send His Excellency a copy.


  1. Never reply to Anonymous posters who don't have the courage to stand up for their beliefs.

    1. I read the first line and dumped it. Life is too short for people who hate America. Let him get his own blog.

    2. Why get my own blog? Love shredding yours, and it isn't hard. All I have to do is type, "provide facts to back your assertions" which is usually followed by crickets chirping. By your logic, "being factual equals hating America." Still waiting for you to explain your qualifications to explain your post, "Reagan can handle 70, [Bernie] Sanders can't."

    3. I'm a doctor, so I guess I'm more qualified to address your question. Sanders already has dementia. Reagan didn't get it until after he had a subdural hematoma when he fell off his horse that went undiagnosed for a month after the accident. I think yours is from incessant exposure to liberal claptrap.

  2. First, what is the best the socialists, in their writings, can offer us? What do the most optimistic of them say? That our subsistence will be guaranteed, while we work; that some of us, the best of us, may earn a surplus above what is actually necessary for our subsistence; and that surplus, like a good child, we may "keep to spend." We may not use it to better our condition, we may not, if a fisherman, buy another boat with it, if a farmer, another field ; we may not invest it, or use it productively ; but we can spend it like the good child, on candy — on something we consume, or waste it, or throw it away.

    Could not the African slave do as much? In fact, is not this whole position exactly that of the ... slave? He, too, was guaranteed his sustenance; he, too, was allowed to keep and spend the extra money he made by working overtime; but he was not allowed to better his condition, to engage in trade, to invest it, to change his lot in life. Precisely what makes a slave is that he is allowed no use of productive capital to make wealth on his own account. The only difference is that under socialism, I may not be compelled to labor (I don't even know as to that — socialists differ on the point), actually compelled, by the lash, or any other force than hunger. And the only other difference is that the ... slave was under the orders of one man, while the subject of socialism will be under the orders of a committee of ward heelers. You will say, the slave could not choose his master, but we shall elect the ward politician. So we do now. Will that help much? Suppose the man with a grievance didn't vote for him?

    --“Socialism; a speech delivered in Faneuil hall, February 7th, 1903, by Frederic J. Stimson

    As Stimson notes, Popes used to be smarter about the world:

    “The Pope's Encyclical, May 15, 1891, you are many of you familiar with. I only quote a few words. " The socialists, therefore, in endeavoring to transfer the possessions of individuals to the community, strike at the interests of every wage earner, for they deprive him of the liberty of disposing of his wages, and thus of all hope and possibility of increasing his stock and of bettering his condition in life." ...

  3. He grew up in Argentina, with the Perons and Peronistas. Didn't learn from that.

  4. "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need."

    The Church has a lot of gold "ability" and there are many people in the world with a lot of need. So, I say: After you, Holy Father, practice what The Church of Socialism preaches.

  5. I had great respect for John Paul II because he resisted the Communists in Poland and when he became pope, resisted them everywhere. Pope Frank, on the other hand, would have sold out Solidarity to the Government.

    Pope John Paul II, 'Give unto Caesar what is Caesar's.'

    Pope Frank, 'Give unto Caesar whatever you haven't given unto me.'

  6. The infallibility of the pope only applies when the pope is speaking ex cathedra on matters of faith and morals. Last time was in the 1950s, I think.

  7. John Paul II is spinning in his crypt under St. Peters'.

    "If socialists understood economics they wouldn't be socialists." - Friedrich Hayek

  8. Maybe the Pope should do what he's paid to do, for example speak out about the mass-slaughtering of Christians that are taking place in the Middle East as we speak. Isn't something like that in his job description?

    May the next Pope be inspired by Urban II.

  9. Maybe the Pope should do what he's paid to do, for example speak out about the mass-slaughtering of Christians that are taking place in the Middle East as we speak. Isn't something like that in his job description?

    May the next Pope be inspired by Urban II.