Paine vs Alinsky: Two Faces of Revolution

The Battle of Trenton was a small but pivotal battle during the American Revolutionary War which took place on the morning of December 26, 1776, in Trenton, New Jersey. After General George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River north of Trenton the previous night, Washington led the main body of the Continental Army  against Hessian Mercenaries garrisoned at Trenton. After a brief battle, almost two-thirds of the Hessian force was captured, with negligible losses to the Americans. The battle significantly boosted the Continental Army’s flagging morale, and inspired re-enlistments.

The Continental Army had previously suffered several defeats in New York and had been forced to retreat through New Jersey to Pennsylvania. Morale in the army was low; to end the year on a positive note, George Washington—Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army—devised a plan to cross the Delaware River on the night of December 25–26 and surround the German Hessians garrison.

Because the river was icy and the weather severe, the crossing proved dangerous. Two detachments were unable to cross the river, leaving Washington with only 2,400 men under his command in the assault, 3,000 less than planned. The army marched 9 miles (14.5 km) south to Trenton. The Hessians had lowered their guard, thinking they were safe from the American army, and had no long-distance outposts or patrols. Washington’s forces caught them off guard and, after a short but fierce resistance, most of the Hessians surrendered and were captured, with just over a third escaping across Assunpink Creek.

Despite the battle’s small numbers, the American victory inspired rebels in the colonies. With the success of the revolution in doubt a week earlier, the army had seemed on the verge of collapse. The dramatic victory inspired soldiers to serve longer and attracted new recruits to the ranks. – Wikipedia

The face of liberty

Thomas Paine wrote the words “These are the times that try men’s souls.” They were written in Paine’s pamphlet ‘American Crisis’ during the winter of Valley Forge, prior to the Battle of Trenton, as a way to encourage soldiers-with great results at Trenton-and the public to continue to fight in the Revolution despite the many severe hardships the war was putting everyone through. – answers.com

“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated” – Thomas Paine

 

The face of subjugation

Saul Alinsky, in the course of nearly four decades of political organizing, received much criticism, but he also gained praise from many public figures; of a like mindset. His organizing skills were focused on improving the living conditions of poor communities across the United States. In the 1950s, he began turning his attention to improving conditions in the black ghettos, beginning with Chicago’s and later traveling to ghettos in California, Michigan, New York City, and a dozen other “trouble spots”. – Wikipedia  [A humanitarian venture, yet with an ulterior motive.]

Saul Alinsky’s Doctrine: 8 steps to topple a nation and create a socialist state.

The first being the most important.

1) Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people.
2) Poverty – Increase the poverty level as high as possible; poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.
3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes and this will produce more poverty.
4) Gun control – Remove people’s ability to defend themselves from the government. That way you are able to create a police state.
5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of people’s lives (food, housing and income).
6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to; take control of what children learn in school.
7) Religion – Remove the belief in God from the government and schools. (Initiated by a 1963 SCOTUS decision.)
8) Class warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take from (tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you ‘in sheeps clothing’, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” – Matthew 7:15

 

As the words of Thomas Paine inspired the Continental  Army and public toward the goal of building a free nation, so, too, did the words of Alinsky inspire a revolution of another sort; one foreign to that which gave birth to this country. A radical revolution which inspires the destruction of said free nation and replace it with a governing body that controls the thought, word and actions of once free individuals. A country who’s creed once echoing “We the People.” A creed once of, by and for the people, patriots, not radicals who have sought for decades past to divorce from the minds and hearts of all Americans their tradition, history and inheritance; the good and the bad of it. The good to be maintained and the bad to be amended.

These ARE “the times that try men’s souls,” as well. Will today’s citizens remain faithful to the Constitution, or be so duped and disheartened that they will without resistance turn over a nation buoyed by the blood of past and present patriots? These patriots who in loving America so much have gladly made the ultimate sacrifice in her defense because it is here that we can be captains of our wills and masters of our souls. And afford the same to future generations. Where realistic opportunity rather than idealistic promises are offered to free men and women in the pursuit of their God-given right to happiness. Will those who have so sought to pervert this clear unique idea that is liberty successfully secure complete power to inevitably destroy forever that which is the birth-right of every American and promise made to outsiders adopted by her?

Will we stay free or acquiesce to socialist/communist control with the false promise of individual independence through government dependence. Like our ancestors,  the colonial revolutionaries, let us be strong against the enemy that is ourselves. We have become a nation of convenience. Those among us given the responsibility of power who seek to change the laws, or simply disobey them, under the guise of false charity must be resisted and defeated by the very laws of like principles which were fashioned to safeguard our republic from the enemies of freedom, whether from within or without. Paine’s “Common Sense” is a reminder that common sense, a trait of free willed men and women, is intended to alert us to and protect us from such ideology, harmful to the exercise of free will, promoted by the likes of an Alinsky. If left unchallenged his acolytes, in anonymity, would be successful in dismantling the sovereignty, integrity and identity which were our Founding Fathers’ vision for a nation in which individual freedom would reign first, last and always.

Good and evil are not interchangeable. Except for a nation that has lost its moral compass. A nation that, in great part, has placed its faith in man over its faith in God. We must choose a side. The creed of a nation, like that of  the Church, cannot be compromised. For if each should so be, then both nation and Church collapse into obscurity. And that is the goal, “by any means necessary”, of the traditorem (betrayer) for both. He is known by many names. Those who practice his ways have made themselves in his image. He, in name(Lucifer), is the subject of a book dedication found in Saul Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals.” And his ways are contrary to individual freedom, both of which are conserved in God’s will.

As a nation, do we stand with Thomas Paine or do we stand with  Saul Alinsky? We are in the throes of a tug-of war. Between those who, yet, will to govern themselves and those who are willing to be governed by the state. It is the easier fight to keep what we have, rather than the fight to get it back.

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

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Purging Doubt

“Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” – John 20:27

The city of Lanciano, founded long before Christianity, was first called Anxanum. Its present name recalls the “Lancia” (lance in Italian) that pierced the heart of Our Lord on the Cross. According to an ancient tradition, Longinus, the Roman centurion who pierced, with a lance, the side of Christ already dead, came originally from Lanciano. He had poor vision, but regained his sight after touching his eyes with his hand dripping with the Blood of Jesus. In consequence of this, he became a convert and died a martyr.

One day in the eighth century, in the church dedicated to Saints Legontian and Domitian in Lanciano, a Basilian monk was celebrating Holy Mass in the Latin rite, with a host of unleavened bread. The monk started doubting the real and substantial presence of the Flesh and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the consecrated Holy Species. After having pronounced the words of Consecration (“This is My Body… This is My Blood”), as Jesus had taught it to His Apostles, the monk saw the host change into a living piece of Flesh, and the wine change into real blood,

The following excerpts are qouted from a document kept at Lanciano:

Frightened and confused by so great and so stupendous a miracle, he stood quite a while as if transported in a divine ecstasy; but finally, as fear yielded to the spiritual joy which filled his soul with a happy face, even though bathed with tears, having turned to the bystanders, he thus spoke to them: `O fortunate witnesses to whom the Blessed God, to counfound my unbelief, has wished to reveal Himself in this Most Blessed Sacrament and to render Himself visible to our eyes. Come Brethren, and marvel at our God so close to us. Behold the Flesh and the Blood of our Most Beloved Christ.’

At these words, the eager people ran with devout haste to the altar and, completely terrified, began, not without copious tears, to cry for mercy.

The Host-Flesh, as can be very distinctly observed today, has the same dimensions as the large host used today in the Latin church; it is light brown and appears rose-colored when lighted from the back. The Blood is coagulated and has an earthy color resembling the yellow of ochre. Now, here is something even more amazing: the Catholic Church teaches that Jesus Christ is really and totally present in either the whole consecrated host or a fragment of it, and the same applies for the consecrated wine, which, once consecrated, has become the Blood of Christ. The five globules contained in the reliquary, when weighed either separately or together, totaled the same weight: 15.85 grams. – [VCatholic.com]

  • The following research provided was published on the “Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association” website. 

In 1970-’71 and taken up again partly in 1981 there took place a scientific investigation by the most illustrious scientist Prof. Odoardo Linoli, eminent Professor in Anatomy and Pathological Histology and in Chemistry and Clinical Microscopy. He was assisted by Prof. Ruggero Bertelli of the University of Siena.

The analyses were conducted with absolute and unquestionable scientific precision and they were documented with a series of microscopic photographs.
These analyses sustained the following conclusions:

  • The Flesh is real Flesh. The Blood is real Blood.
  • The Flesh and the Blood belong to the human species.
  • The Flesh consists of the muscular tissue of the heart.
  • In the Flesh we see present in section: the myocardium, the endocardium, the vagus nerve and also the left ventricle of the heart for the large thickness of the myocardium.
  • The Flesh is a “HEART” complete in its essential structure.
  • The Flesh and the Blood have the same blood-type: AB (Blood-type identical to that which Prof. Baima Bollone uncovered in the Holy Shroud of Turin).
  • In the Blood there were found proteins in the same normal proportions (percentage-wise) as are found in the sero-proteic make-up of the fresh normal blood.
  • In the Blood there were also found these minerals: chlorides, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, sodium and calcium.
  • The preservation of the Flesh and of the Blood, which were left in their natural state for twelve centuries and exposed to the action of atmospheric and biological agents, remains an extraordinary phenomenon.

Many have difficulty with the idea that Christ is truly present in the Holy Eucharist and consecrated Divine Blood. During His mission on earth many disciples left Him when He said: “Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood you will not enter heaven.” They did not understand the concept of transubstantiation in the consecration of the bread and wine at Mass that would be so defined at the Council of Trent and further validated by Saint Thomas Aquinas.

The miracle of Lanciano and the research conducted validating its reality serves to alleviate doubt, but not purge it. Purging takes place, as with Saint Thomas, when empirical data is married to faith. For despite concrete evidence, it is still beyond any human ability and experience to fathom that the species of bread and wine, when consecrated, can become human substance. But, Christ tells us Himself, as with all things; what is impossible for man is not so for God. In believing the incredible, the impossible is accomplished.

And Thomas, the doubter, after removing his finger from the scarred hands and his hand from the pierced side of the risen Christ, who now stood before him, could utter no other words but these; “My Lord and my God.”

 

 

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God’s Choice and America

The choice before God in creating the world lay between creating a purely mechanical universe, peopled by automatons, or creating a spiritual universe in which there would be a choice of good and evil. What was the condition then of such a universe? He had to endow us with the power to say yes and no and to be captains of our own fate and destiny. Morality implies responsibility and duty, but these can exist only on the condition of freedom. Stones have no morals because they are not free. We do not condemn ice because it is melted by the heat. Praise and blame can be bestowed only on those who are masters of their own will. It is only because you have the possibility of saying no, that there’s so much charm in your character when you say “yes”. Take the quality of freedom away from anyone, and it is no more possible for him to be virtuous than it is for a blade of grass which he treads beneath his feet to be virtuous. Take freedom away from life, and there would be no more reason to honor the fortitude of martyrs than there would be to honor the flames which kindle their stakes. Is it therefore any impeachment of God that He chose not to reign over an empire of chemicals? If God has deliberately chosen a kind of empire to be ruled by freedom rather than force, and if we find that His subjects are able to act against His will, as the stars and atoms cannot, does this not prove that He has given to those human beings the chance of breaking allegiance so that there might be meaning and purpose in that allegiance when they freely choose it? Here we have a mere suggestion about the possibility of evil. – Venerable Archbishop Futon J. Sheen

“Captains of our own fate and destiny on the condition of freedom.” This condition can only be provided in a free society. And specifically a free society that owes this condition to the grace of God. Thomas Jefferson wrote: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It was clear to the founding fathers that if this new nation was to survive beyond its birth it had to rely upon an absolute truth that would be difficult for critics to attack and its enemies to demoralize the colonial militia. For God is infallible and man is fallible. Had Jefferson’s declaration been born from the mind of man rather than the mind of God, the American experiment would have failed when doubt causing challenges became so overwhelming against a successful outcome. Yet, the insight and wisdom of the founding fathers in proclaiming the grounds on which they would make their stand against tyranny sacred ground, the lives, fortunes and honor of dedicated patriots were therefore not spent in vain.

G. K. Chesterton tells us that: “Soldiers fight not because they hate what is in front of them, but because they love what is behind them.” It is the love of family, country and freedom that motivates one to sacrifice one’s most precious commodity; one’s life. This is what defines a patriot. This is so, as well, for the modern patriot and today’s fighting men and women. To forsake all for a just cause. And that just cause is individual freedom for oneself and one’s neighbor.

God can bestow upon mankind what is Himself. We are capable of every virtue that is God. Likewise, we are capable, through His gift of free will, to the contrary vice. In our exercise of freedom we can make but one of two choices: we can do what we should or what we want. In choosing what we should aligns us with God’s truth. In choosing what we want aligns us with relative truth; truth then being what we perceive it to be, often to suit our particular need at a particular time. The former brings order and harmony. The latter chaos and discord. Such is the tug-of war that abides in each free man and woman’s soul. A wise old native-American once said: “In each person’s soul are two dogs fighting. One is good, the other evil. The one that wins is the one that is fed the most.” We may very well lose the freedom we most cherish by using it unwisely. Love and freedom, sadly, are never most appreciated until they are lost.

May God Bless and conserve our individual freedom with prudence. Happy 4th of  July!

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Reconciled

There once was a preacher who would bring the Word of God from town to town. He was called the “Train Preacher,” because he would travel by train to evangelize. And at each stop along the way he would preach until the train was ready to move on. He then climbed aboard and was on his way to the next stop. On one of his trips, as he sat in the back, he noticed a young man who had a well worn suitcase beneath his seat. Often this young man would get out of his seat and pace about the train car clearly agitated. When he once again settled into his seat the preacher approached the young man, hoping to be of some help, and asked if it’d be OK if he took the seat next to him. The young man said that would be OK. The preacher asked where he was going, making the usual small talk to break the ice. The young man said he had been away for a long time and was on his way home. The preacher told him that he had noticed that he seemed stressed, and would he like to talk about it. Well, the flood gates opened. The young man unburdened himself by telling the preacher that he wasn’t sure if he would even be welcomed home. The priest said I’m sure your parents must be anxious to see you. I don’t think so said the young man. “And why is that?” asked the preacher. Because my dad and I never saw eye to eye on much of anything. We always battled. One day I had had it and packed this bag and headed toward the front door. My dad said; “If you walk out that door, don’t ever come back!” I said; “Don’t worry….I won’t! And stormed out the door. I kept going until I was out of the state. I took minor jobs just to get by. I was not living any where near a good as I was at home. Then one night after having been drinking at a bar with some guys I got to know, one of them got it into his head that it would be a good idea to rob the local gas station. Well, as bad as the idea was, the consequences were worse. We all ended up in prison. I just got out today and am on my way home right now. I am scared though, because I don’t know if I’ll be welcome.  The preached interjected: “I’m sure all is forgiven, after all you are their son.” He said, “I can’t be sure of that, seeing how I left, and that I ended up in jail and all. A few weeks before I was released from prison I wrote a letter to my folks. I told them everything that had happened since I left. I was sorry for leaving and that I would understand, after all I did, if they did not want me back.” In the letter I asked them, if they wanted me back to please tie something white around a limb of the old tree at the train depot. If I saw it I would then know that I was forgiven and that they wanted me back. If I saw no white item tied on the tree then I would just move on and never bother them again. “Preacher, sir,” the young man asked, now with tears streaming down his cheeks: “I’m asking you to look for me because we are just about to arrive at the depot, and I’m so scared to look. I really want to go home.” The preacher agreed to look for him. As the train made the last turn the young man’s head was down expecting the deserved rejection. Why would they not, considering all that had transpired? The preacher peered out the window staining his neck to see. When the depot came into the clear the preacher said to the young man; “I think you may want to see this.” The young man rushed to the window. He did not see one white article, but, rather, every limb of the old tree was adorned with every white article of cloth that his parents must have owned. No greater affirmation of a welcome could there be than what was before their eyes; with emphasis! The young man grabbed his tattered bag and rushed off the train. The last thing the preacher saw was the young man running up a hill behind the depot to a house on a hill. And on that road quickly moving toward him was an elderly woman and man. The young man got his wish….he was home. – (Father John Gatzak, Executive Director of the Office of Radio & Television)

And what of us? Are many of us not prodigal sons and daughters ourselves? Are we running toward home or from it? Have we distanced ourselves from God or drawn closer? Often we have turned from God and Church because we may foster some guilt due to the vices in our lives. We question, as the young man, how could God ever forgive me? It is this type of thinking that keeps us from Him and happiness. For we think as men and women not as God. What may seem impossible is not so for God. Our wills, too, often are not aligned with His. Another possibility for separation is that many have become confused and misguided by the propaganda of the worldly. First principles of life, enforced through reason and faith, are gifted us by the First Cause of all that is. These principles have been distorted by relativism. Up is down, down is up; right is wrong, wrong is right, good is evil and evil good. God is fallible and man is infallible. All these are seeds of doubt planted in men and women’s minds tainting the heart and weakening the will. We the creatures, through truth, are endowed with the ability to know the Creator as the son knows his father.

But there are times when many seek God with a passion. Mostly not out of love but fear. Fear when they find that they are no longer in control as they once were. An injured or frightened dog will run toward home because instinct tells him that there he will find comfort and safety. After 911 churches were packed… standing room only. The confidence of a nation was shattered. Not since Pearl Harbor was there such a national realized threat. We were all one and not divided because we were all in a most unusual position at the same time. For once, we realized that we are all in the same boat. We had been attacked on our own soil and our confidence in security was shaken to its core. Then, as it is with the human race since the exodus of the Old Testament, once the threat was over church attendance reduced to the sparse numbers prior to this event as though nothing had ever happened.

There are two reasons why we desire to come home. If the call is out of fear then it is shallow and non-committal. But when out of concern for a lost love then it takes root. And nothing will stop us from getting there nor will anything again drive us from it. Life teaches hard lessons. It is the fool who finds himself repeating the same mistakes over and over again.

Remember the example of the young man. We, whether we will to admit it or not, are on our way home. Our level of desire to return is so determined by the trials or lack thereof in our lives. We, too, often require a sign that we will again be accepted home. The young man was informed so by the white cloth garments hanging from the tree limb. Mankind is so informed by a sign fashioned from a tree on a hill some two thousand years ago. But God hung not a white cloth on a limb but Himself. Through the sacrifice of His divine Son, God welcomes us all to join Him in His house. But to do so we must embrace our cross in like manner with courage and surrender. God’s promise of eternal life with Him was so affirmed on that hill. For the man who hung next to Him acknowledged the Christ as God. And by that acknowledgement was forgiven all his lifelong transgressions against God and man, and, thereby, reconciled. We, as he, are thereby represented, and are too welcomed home.

 

 

 

 

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A Father’s Day Tribute

As a tribute to any man who so courageously accepts and embodies that which defines Father.

CROSSROADS-Right Choices

“But the Common Man does not in the least want to found a sect. He is much more likely, for instance, to want to found a family.” – G.K. Chesterton

Anthony Malizia, was born on September 14, 1911 in Settefrati, Italy. Settefrati, is located in the mountains of the Province of Frosinone; in the Italian region Lazio, about 120km east of Rome and about 40km east of Frozinone.

My father emigrated, from Italy, to the United States, as a young man – entering the country, by way of Ellis Island, N.Y. He was sponsored by a cousin, and fulfilled his dream by becoming  a U.S. citizen. His name is one of so many, who shared that common dream, that is forever engraved, on “The American Immigrant Wall Of Honor,” at Ellis Island in New York Harbor.

In 1940, he would marry my mother, Antoinette, who was, herself, a resident of New York City. They would move to, and live…

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On Giving

    
Go break to the needy sweet charity’s bread; “For giving is living, and living is giving” the angel said.” And must I be giving again and again?” My peevish and pitiless answer ran. “Oh no,” said the angel, piercing me through, “Just give till GOD stops giving to you.” – UNKNOWN
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Who Am I?

 

 

 

I am what drove men to sacrifice their lives and fortunes to create a new nation under God. I am what, throughout this nation’s history, has compelled and still to this day compels men and women to do the same to preserve me. I am what motivates an aversion in any human being, especially an American, toward a tyrannical thumb that would seek to forcefully direct the course their hearts. I cannot be recognized by any of the senses. Yet my existence is confirmed when I have been lost. Man cannot give me who is inherent in all men and women, but man can take me away. I am FREEDOM.

Know, on this Memorial Day, that I can only be lost when I am taken for granted.

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