Richard III to Buckingham:
Because that, like a Jack, thou keep’st the stroke
Betwixt thy begging and my meditation.
I am not in the giving vein to-day.
Dcn. Keith Fournier obtained from former Amb. Doug Kmiec, Kmiec’s letter to Pres. Obama following the President’s recent shameless speech at the National Prayer Breakfast.
Hitherto, catholic Kmiec has been a promoter of Pres. Obama and his agenda on the claim/belief/dillusion that Pres. Obama really wanted “common ground” with Catholics. Kmiec argued that we could and should vote for this incredibly aggressive pro-abortion politician because of his other wonders, all the other “pro-life” things the President would do (other than protect the unborn).
A backdrop to this is what Kmiec wrote in a kind of open letter to Pres. Obama on the site of the Jesuit owned and operated America Magazine. Shameless. Apparently, now that Pres. Obama has again thrown Kmiec catholics under his religious freedom crushing treads, Kmiec is changing his verses.
Here is the text of the letter written by Kmiec to Pres. Obama after the Presidents speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. My emphases and comments.
The Feast of St. Cornelius
Mr. President Obama,
Thank you for your prayer breakfast remarks this morning. You have always impressed me as a person of sincerity in recognizing the interrelationship between the success of our country and our reliance upon God, informed by the greatest possible freedom for each person to practice their faith and come to understand God in different ways. [He just can’t stop, can he.]
In deciding against a reasonable accommodation of Catholic concerns in the implementation of the health care program, you lost sight of your own beliefs. [Or… maybe is he showing them?] For this reason, your words this morning touched neither soul nor heart in the room.
We still want you to succeed Mr. President [In what exactly??] and we are admiring of many things you have accomplished. [Starting with rescinding the Mexico City Policy the day after being inaugurated.] I, for one, would like to extend your opportunity to address significant inequalities and divisions that unnecessarily exist in our country and the larger world.
Yet, this matter goes to the heart of who we are as a people. [who are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights…] The polite, but tepid applause this morning was a sign of concern [That’s one way to put it.] that you have lost your way on this most essential topic. You have already lost the votes of many individuals who stood as people of independent mind [As opposed to… whom? People of enslaved mind?] against those who sought to defeat your efforts to promote the common good. [I have this image of a guy on a methadone program trying to break himself of the hard stuff.]
Where is the common good, Sir, in not making room for the great Catholic traditions of education, health care, and meeting the needs of the least among us? Mr. President, I asked you some months ago to explain why you remained silent when our international inter-faith efforts were wrongly assailed. You did not respond. [Remember in Shakespeare’s Richard III when the men who helped him to the throne came looking for what they were promised? “I am not in the giving vein today”, quoth Richard.]
Today, Sir, I ask you no longer as an Ambassador, [yah… that’ll move the President to tears…] but simply as a friend, why put the cold calculus of politics above faith and freedom? Please respond, for friendship will not permit me to disregard duty to faith and country. The Barack Obama I knew would never have asked me to make that choice. [Oh what irony drips for me from that last little word.]
In prayer and audacious hope [… it’s just embarrassing, isn’t it…] that we may hear further from you on this,
If you are going to comment, try to keep it above the “You’re a big poopy head!” level. Okay?