Pope Francis spoke to a joint session of Congress today, and there is a great deal of cherry-picking about what the Pope talked about.
For instance, the anti-Death Penalty folks are touting his statement against the Death Penalty.
However, many seemed to miss his further suggestion for abolition of life sentences. The Pope said,
“…a just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation.”
Last time I checked, there is no “goal of rehab” dimension included in the “alternatives to the death penalty” in Nebraska. It’s all pretty much, “SUPER life in prison”.
And many on the anti-Death Penalty side of course are not so hopped-up on the Pope declaring, “protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.”
For some reason the OWH’s Erin Grace didn’t send a finger-wagging Tweet to the Governor at THAT point of the speech.
It is always interesting when certain people demand that Catholic politicians follow the Pope…when he’s on their side.
And many point out that Pope Francis is his own person — as all Popes are — and isn’t necessarily going to follow the path of his predecessors.
For instance, Pope John Paul II went to his native Poland, stood up to the Soviet Union, and essentially started Poland’s Solidarity movement. He then worked with President Reagan to further the downfall of the Communist system.
And for those of you too young to know or remember, LOTS of (leftist) Americans believed that Pope John Paul II and President Reagan should have just let the Russians be Russians (they loved their children too, you know) and do things their own way. Why were Reagan and JPII always poking the Bear with a stick! It was just war-mongering!
Of course the Poles, and the Czechs and the Hungarians all knew better — and Pope John Paul II better than most.
Pope Francis on the other hand, decided to go to Havana, sit down with Fidel Castro and not meet with the dissidents who were dragged away while they protested Cuba’s authoritarian government.
Maybe he has a plan.
Oh, and Donald Trump couldn’t hold back trying to upstage the Pope in the middle his address:
Doesn’t he know that’s what Facebook is for?
Following up from earlier in the week…
Some interesting notes from the Scott Walker drop-out in a few different articles from Politico.
The first, ICYMI, noted that the Ricketts family — including Co-Chair Todd Ricketts — were among the last to know that Walker was ending his bid. Politico noted that they had a huge funder planned for Walker at Wrigley Field — one can imagine that this took a fair amount of planning — and it went down the drain as Walker dropped out.
Of course all of the follow-up on this has been that the Walker camp expanded way too rapidly and wasn’t ready for a full-throttle national effort. Others, who Leavenworth St. has heard from, have less than admirable things to say about Wiley (those comments rhyme with “glass-bowl”) and aren’t surprised to see him trying to CYA from him.
The end analysis from Politico vis-a-vis Walker is essentially…he went through this in Wisconsin. Lost a race, cooled his jets for a few years, made political friends, then came back strong a few years later and won the Governor’s office.
So now his plan is…if the Presidency really doesn’t look likely, get out early with dignity, take the high road, earn as many political chits as possible, then come roaring back in 4, or maybe even 8 years.
That’s pretty long-haul, but it’s a plan.
And in theory, he’ll have 4 or 8 years to make his apologies to the Rickettes of the political world.
And for those of you listening to KFAB yesterday morning and wondering about the name, yes Gary Sadlemyer interviewed my wife about getting online tickets stolen.
Strangely, he didn’t refer to her as Mrs. Street Sweeper…