The reason Donald Trump has been this popular with the MAGA Antichrist Cult…
…is because he gave them moral and spiritual permission to be as selfish and cruel as they liked while still claiming God’s blessing for themselves. It’s really that simple. Being the most massively selfish figure in American political history, he told his followers they could imitate him and they felt an orgasmic sense of relief. They loved the cruelty.
So it’s really hard for them to let go of Trump as their Messiah.
But the GOP leadership and the Right Wing Lie Machine, feeling the increasing sense that the wheels are coming off for Trump and fearing getting sucked down into his nightmare vortex of crazy, started looking around for a smarter authoritarian thug to whom they can pass the baton, once they pry it out of Trump’s iron grip.
Their choice: Ron DeSantis, the authoritarian fascist dictator-in-waiting currently running Florida. And he has heard the call. So last week, he lied to some desperate refugees, kidnapped them, fleeced the Florida taxpayer of $615,000 in transportation costs, and dumped them in Martha’s Vineyard in an act of pure malignant spite:
He also sent along a videographer, because this was an audition for the GOP base.
The cruelty is the point. The Cult loves it. And this is what aspiring leaders of the Cult need to do if they are going to win their hearts away from Trump.
There is, by the way, precedent for this. Back in the 60s, to embarrass damn Nawthun librals and humiliate Black people, southern White Citizens Councils started their so-called “Reverse Freedom Rides,” giving Black people one-way tickets to northern cities with false promises of jobs, housing, and better lives.
Naturally, “prolife” conservative Christian Guardians of Western Values and Apostles of the Dignity of White Human Life promoted it:
Catholic Vote, it will be recalled, published the piece a couple of years ago that most clearly stated the entire MAGA antichrist religion strategy by calling for the elimination of the term “prolife” altogether and the weaponization of the unborn against every other form of human life the MAGA cult wants to abuse, rob, harm, and kill. So it is no surprise they give no consideration at all to the idea that these human beings have any rights. They are nothing but props to be shoveled around like concrete.
Meanwhile, here is Veritatis Splendor, one of those documents the “prolife” cult of death loves to selectively quote:
“Reason attests that there are objects of the human act which are by their nature “incapable of being ordered” to God, because they radically contradict the good of the person made in his image. These are the acts which, in the Church’s moral tradition, have been termed “intrinsically evil” (intrinsece malum): they are such always and per se, in other words, on account of their very object, and quite apart from the ulterior intentions of the one acting and the circumstances. Consequently, without in the least denying the influence on morality exercised by circumstances and especially by intentions, the Church teaches that “there exist acts which per se and in themselves, independently of circumstances, are always seriously wrong by reason of their object”. The Second Vatican Council itself, in discussing the respect due to the human person, gives a number of examples of such acts: “Whatever is hostile to life itself, such as any kind of homicide, genocide, abortion, euthanasia and voluntary suicide; whatever violates the integrity of the human person, such as mutilation, physical and mental torture and attempts to coerce the spirit; whatever is offensive to human dignity, such as subhuman living conditions, arbitrary imprisonment, deportation, slavery, prostitution and trafficking in women and children; degrading conditions of work which treat labourers as mere instruments of profit, and not as free responsible persons: all these and the like are a disgrace, and so long as they infect human civilization they contaminate those who inflict them more than those who suffer injustice, and they are a negation of the honour due to the Creator.
Of course, the cult rejects the mention of deportation or of any other grave sin beyond abortion. (They sometimes pretend to care about euthanasia but their love of euthanizing four innocents on death row so that they can euthanize 96 guilty people who do not need to be euthanized shows the falsity of their position.) But the Council fathers have in mind exactly this dehumanizing use of persons as props and political hostages and rightly calls what DeSantis has done–to the orgasmic applause of the “prolife” cult of death–“gravely and intrinsically immoral”. The fact that this cult hides behind the unborn to justify its obscene treatment of refugees only makes MAGA antichrist religion all the more a stench in the nostrils of God and humanity.
God bless the actual Christians who immediately set to work to welcome and help these refugees. They do not hog the spotlight as the servants of the devil do. But they are there.
Here is what the actual Catholic faith looks like, welcoming Spanish-speaking refugees with a Mass at Martha’s Vineyard. So proud of the way “fake Catholics” have stepped up.
Kudos also to the Godless Libs:
So weird to live in a time when the Greatest Christians of All Time see themselves as persecuted heroes yet inflict wanton cruelty on the weak while those who call themselves unbelievers obey Jesus and beg Christians to imitate him–only to be told “Fuck your feelings!” by these self-styled martyr saints. The Churches at Martha’s Vineyard opened their arms to the refugees the MAGA antichrist religion governor sent them in spite. And his spite was an audition for the votes of the Greatest Christians of All Time. But since the actual Christians don’t seek the spotlight, you don’t hear of them. The loudest figures in the US Church are servants of antichrist religion, enemies of the least of these, enemies of this Pope, and (by their fruits you will know them) enemies of God. God grant them the grace of repentance. And God bless and prosper the quiet witness and service of the disciples of Jesus Christ at Martha’s Vineyard.
Thanks very much for the Parable of the Pinko Libtard; I like it very much.
I live in the NY metro.
On Saturday morning the NYPost front page reported that the Sanctuary hypocrites in Martha’s Vineyard had “deported” the migrants off the island, ha ha ha. Which is a curious way to describe making arrangements for food, clothing and shelter on Cape Cod, but it’s what you can expect from the NYPost I suppose.
Should Ron DeSantis be denied Communion?
Not my job to make that call. He should be rebuked by his bishop though.
As a practical matter, as a lay person I oppose that sort of posturing by Bishops regardless of the issue. It makes the Church look both strident and ineffectual. If the man went to Mass yesterday, he heard the prophet Amos preaching against those who mistreat and exploit the poor. If that doesn’t get his attention he wouldn’t be likely to change his views if the Bishop chastised him, or even if a Man should rise from the dead.
I’m from Massachusetts. In fact, Martha’s Vineyard is part of the same diocese I live in: Fall River. The part of the state I live in is known as Little Portugal. The school district I’ve worked for is an urban one, with plenty of immigrants. Not surprised at Massachusetts’ response either, particularly in this part of the state. Those who assumed that Martha’s Vineyard kicked the migrants out do not have a clue about resource limitations on the island. Hopefully, the migrants will get the help and support they need now and maybe we can find out what really happened in Texas/Florida.
What is so striking to me is that there’s been an immigration issue since the 1980s. Both parties and politicians has had opportunities to improve things but have not or just kicked it down the road. Of course, no one wants to consider that US foreign policy and geopolitical interests in Latin America may have helped create and perpetuate the crisis we have now. There has been and continues to be a lack of political will to address this issue. The spite, racism and hatred is open. What’s really sad and frustrating to me? Both Texas and Florida have governors who are co-religionists. We all heard the same readings this Sunday. The apparent response? More of the same. There is no white person or Catholic person in the United States who isn’t decended from immigrants. How soon we forget our own stories and history.
@Kate: Ah, but those were “good” immigrants, who left their highly prosperous countries and came to America to build its fortune and fulfill the American Dream, not people to mooch off the state.
One detail about the last sentence: Technically, everybody in America is an immigrant, as natives are descended from the people who crossed the Bering Strait land bridge about 10,000 years ago. That aside, I suppose there probably is a number of Catholics in USA who aren’t descended from immigrants, and there’s certainly a lot of them in Latin America (coming to USA, they would become immigrants, but there were at least some who became US citizens when California, Texas and other southern states were annexed).
You’re asking a question governed by Church law (Canon 915, specifically).
Denying Communion for a matter like this requires that the person be “obstinately perserving in manifest grave sin.”
Frankly, I haven’t been able to bring myself to read much of the coverage of the Martha’s Vineyard stunt, because it’s sounds just like the inanity I strive to ignore in the tabloids at the grocery store checkout line…just in a context where such inanity is even less excusable.
But for the sake of discussion, I will presume that what happened was kidnapping, done in such a way as to constitute grave sin (related note: CCC 2297 discusses kidnapping and terrorism together. It identifies terrorism as gravely wrong, but does not make a similar general judgement about kidnapping). It clearly was “manifest” as DeSantis planned it as an intentionally public act. The part that is lacking is persevering in this activity.
If DeSantis’ bishop were to counsel DeSantis on the moral seriousness of kidnapping, and he continued to do such things, then it would become a case where Canon 915 should be invoked to deny Communion.
At the same time, Canon 916 gives the instruction, not to the minister of Communion, but to all of us individually, to on our own consciences refrain from receiving Communion when we are aware of having committed grave sins.
Interesting information, thanks,
Your mistake is responding as though Cbalducc was actually posing a question rather than trolling for an “AHA!” moment.
I believe that the Washington Post gave a brief overview this weekend of different attempts to address immigration legislation. Both (W) Bush and Obama proposed legislation that didn’t get traction in the Congress, instead there was a lot of racket about “amnesty for illegals”. Which extends to Republicans refusing to even discuss the Dream Act, which seems pretty reasonable to me. So actually leaders on both sides have tried (and the one president who actually *did* give an amnesty was Ronald Reagan — you could look it up.) And the late John McCain, no particular liberal, tried and failed to promote legislation, which may have been the last time that Republicans did so.
The larger immigration issue is complicated, sure, and I do think Republicans would rather make hay over it than legislate. But this little caper is different and worse. Somebody deliberately lied to 50 human beings and transported them to MV to advertise their hatred and contempt.
As to Abbot and DeSantis — there’s an expression we can borrow from the Hebrew, “hillul Hashem”, which roughly means “to disgrace God”. That’s what I see here.
Elizabeth , 100% agree with what you wrote “hillul Hashem ” these men with power have disgraced God, the Supreme Creator, The Holy .
I agree with you Elizabeth. Thanks for the details that escaped me the first time.
I agree.. Mark is right – Trump is going to end up as MAGA’s Ludendorff. Can you picture Newsome saying “Let’s round up some women dying from botched backyard abortions and shipping then to Florida or Texas to make an Ann Coulter-level punchline come to life “? There’s no symmetry there.
The right wing: “Asylum seekers should stay put in the first non-life-endangering country they land at, and not keep passing through other countries until they find one with a welfare state they like!”
Also the right wing: “Asylum seekers whose first arrival in the US is a border State should be bussed north to rich liberal playgrounds, so that Blue America can get a taste of what life is like with migrants pouring in!”
I suppose one could draw the distinction that Italy and Sweden are separate “countries” whereas Texas and Massachusetts are the same “country,” although I wouldn’t voice that aloud where a Texan might hear you.
I suspect that Florida He-Man’s real “principle” is neither that immigrants should either where they land nor that immigrants should be moved around different jurisdictions, but that the immigrants themselves must have no say in their fate.
I feel like both keeping on until you come to a country with a nice welfare state and stopping as soon as you land someplace that won’t kill you would both lead migrants straight through the US and into Canada, but maybe I’m just being cynical.
I don’t get the buttons meme. Those two statements, both of which MAGA folk either believe or act like they believe, are not mutually exclusive.
Anyway, I’ve seen it pointed out that those immigrants, perfectly legal asylum seekers, had mandatory court dates that were definitely not in Martha’s Vineyard. Missing those court dates is, of course, illegal. “Oh, you’re not criminals? Not yet you’re not.” Really highlights the purpose of much of our criminal law: To harm whomever those in power feel like harming and wrap it in a veneer of law and order.