Wednesday, October 12, 2016

This is the Catholic-Wedge Strategy that I described in the 2012 election.

The idea was to take a Catholic distinctive, i.e. contraception, and define it as an insane, anti-American position, such that Catholics would have to choose between being  (liberal) Americans or part of a ghettoized, stigmatized minority.

As a student of history, I recognize this as the same dynamic at work in Germany prior to and during the rise of National Socialism.

Infiltrating and splintering Catholicism with false fronts is equally a tool used by Totalitarians of all stripes.

This is absolutely antithetical to American tradition and democracy.

//WHEN RELIGIONS COLLIDE: Clinton campaign spokeswoman takes shots at Catholics, evangelicals in leaked email exchange.

Related: “To repeat, the head of Clinton’s campaign has been organizing to fracture a major religion. Clinton claims to be for all Americans… what if Podesta had created organizations to foment ‘Revolution’ among the American Muslim community? Would that be worthy of dismissal?… how much of his plans to fracture Catholics did Podesta share with Hillary as a campaign strategy? Does she agree with his strategy now?”

Thou shalt have no other gods before Progressivism.//

From the source cited in Instapundit: 

//The new Wikileaks dump from Clinton campaign chief John Podesta’s emails reveals that Podesta created a couple of activist groups for the sake of undermining the Catholic bishops and the Church’s authority.

In the 2011 e-mail chain, a progressive activist named Sanford “Sandy” Newman e-mailed Podesta to suggest collaboration on a way

There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic Church.

Newman, who is Jewish, concedes that he doesn’t know much about the Catholic Church, but he sure does want somebody to undermine the hierarchy:

Even if the idea isn’t crazy, I don’t qualify to be involved and I have not thought at all about how one would ‘plant the seeds of the revolution,’ or who would plant them.”

Not to worry, said Podesta, who is Catholic, and who was at the time head of the Center For American Progress. They have progressive front organizations prepared to act when the time is right:

We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this. But I think it lacks the leadership to do so now. Likewise Catholics United. Like most Spring movements, I think this one will have to be bottom up.//

Catholics have been complaining about Liberal Totalitarianism for at least four years.

Today, we have the smoking gun.


Anonymous said...

I'm still trying to figure this new victimhood out. The Catholic Church and some of its members choose to insert their religious view into the secular and political spheres with an expectation that anyone pushing back on secular or political matters the church and its members have involved itself in are "anti-Catholic bigots." Talk about self-proclaimed victimization. What did you think was going to happen? You sound very much like some of those you have been criticizing over the years on this blog. Something about the heat and the kitchen comes to mind.

There's also the classic conservative / Bradley generalization (liberals do it as well) at the center of this post. Bradley: I found a "progressive" who said something I didn't like, so all progressives are anti-Catholic bigots. This is the classic logic repeated ad nauseam at this blog and in much of American political discourse from all sides. Unfortunately, such logic from all sides, pared with the power of the Internet, does nothing but exacerbate the extreme polarization we currently experience in political and social interactions.

Anonymous said...

"As a student of history, I recognize this as the same dynamic at work in Germany prior to and during the rise of National Socialism."

By the way, providing stupid comparisons to Nazis several times per month on your blog does nothing to help you convince the unconverted to your points of view. Both the right (you) and the left do no favors to expanding their influence with arguments that sound like "blah blah blah blah blah Nazis, blah blah blah blah blah Nazis, blah blah blah blah blah Nazis . . . " That's exactly what they sound and look like.

Who links to me?