Mitch Daniels: Words & Deeds

05/11/2011 Comments (45)

It is a common complaint that politicians say one thing during the campaign but do something entirely different when governing.

Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana is the Benjamin Button of potential Presidential candidates, he turns the whole thing on its head by not talking the talk but walking the walk.

I have been extremely critical of Governor Daniels these past months as he has openly advocated for what has been termed “a truce” on the divisive social issues so we can focus on the pressing problem of debt. He put it this way on the Laura Ingraham radio show.

“If you don’t accept that we face a republic-threatening issue in terms of the debt—and again I would love to conclude one day...READ MORE

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Braggart-In-Chief

05/05/2011 Comments (39)

I love football and I love football players who love football enough to respect the game. There are two kinds of star players in the game. There is the back who, after scoring a critical touchdown, simply hands the ball to the referee and gets on with the game. He did what he needed to do, that is his job, and now it is time to get on with the game. Then there is the other kind. Ya know, the kind of player who spikes the ball, does some kind of weird shuffle dance, and then proceeds to jump into the stands. For the latter player, it is not about the game and it is not just getting the job done—it’s all about him.

Guess which one of these players occupies the White House? Yeah…

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We Are the Humanitarian Crisis We've Been Waiting for

05/01/2011 Comments (31)

Back when the “kinetic military action” (formerly known as war) began in Libya a few months ago, I suggested that it was not a humanitarian action, but rather taking sides in a civil war. I have since amended my position. We are taking the losing side in a civil war.

After weeks of dropping lots of kinetic “stuff,” the President retroactively justified his action by stating that our actions were aimed only at preventing a humanitarian crisis. He suggested that Qaddafi was about to cut off water to hundreds of thousands of people in Misurata. So it followed that we must drop bombs because apparently dropping water was out of the question.

Then the President stated unequivocally that...READ MORE

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Supply Side Confession: The Economics of Mercy

04/27/2011 Comments (29)

Have you given any thought to the economics of mercy?

The approach of Divine Mercy Sunday troubles me. What good is mercy if it is hardly ever available? The quality of mercy is certainly strained by the stinginess by which it is often granted.

As Catholics, we naturally wish for as much mercy as possible to be doled out to all who would seek it. In theory. In practice, we wish to dole as much mercy as can be doled out between the hours of 4:00 and 4:45 pm on Saturdays or by appointment.

Defenders of this woeful practice argue that even during the 45 minutes a week confession is available, not that many people take advantage of it, so why increase the hours?

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Should I Let My Children Watch The Passion?

04/21/2011 Comments (100)

For the past five years, it has been my tradition to watch The Passion of The Christ on Good Friday. The film is exceptionally well done and moves me to tears every time I watch it.

It serves to remind me, in a way that almost nothing else can, how much my Lord suffered for me. For my sins. For my redemption. Oh how He suffered, for me.

My two oldest children are 11 and going on 10 years old. I am seriously considering asking them to try and watch it with me. I want them to understand the last supper, the agony in the garden, and the crucifixion in a way that they never have before.

This film did this for me. It moved me to pity and remorse in a way that I never felt before. It is my...READ MORE

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Voris, Corapi, And The Ned Flanderification Of Catholic Commentary

04/17/2011 Comments (265)

If you are lucky, you may have missed the current debate rippling through the Catholic interwebs. Actually, it is a debate that comes up from time time to time, this time it just happens to involve video provocateur Michael Voris.

Voris contributes to the website RealCatholicTv.com.  He produces several videos a week talking about issues related to faith, politics, and culture.  No big deal, lots of us speak or write about these subjects every day.  What makes Voris a hot topic of debate is mostly style and occasionally a little substance.

Having only watched a handful of Voris’ videos, I do not intend to debate the prudence or sagacity of all his remarks.  But I do want to talk about...READ MORE

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What Is Donald Trump Up To?

04/16/2011 Comments (41)

When you think of Donald Trump, if you think of Donald Trump, you think entrepreneur, billionaire, showman, TV personality, and you may even think of weird hair.  But when you look at Donald Trump do you really think—President?

This is the question many people are asking after Trump’s media blitz the past few weeks that has thrust him into primary discussions and water-cooler discussions.

So what is Trump up to?  What is he after?  What is he promoting?

Well, first and foremost Trump is selling Trump.  Because Trump is always selling Trump.  I believe, and I suspect most other people believe, that Trump has no real interest in running and/or being president if for no other reason that he...READ MORE

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Which Is Better? Easter or Christmas?

04/12/2011 Comments (29)

It is time to address the elephant in the room. The only way to deal with it is head on. To weigh the pros and the cons and determine once and for all, which is the better holiday, Christmas or Easter.

I could go all theological on you, but this is me so ... there will be other criteria.

Let’s get to it, shall we?

R.E.M. Sleep

On Christmas, Dad is up until 5:30 am putting together bicycles and toys clearly shipped with extra parts all the while crying on the inside about the state of his bank account. He is finally off to bed only to ripped from his sugarplum dreams a mere 45 minutes later as his joy-filled but interminably loud children demand immediate access to their undeserved...READ MORE

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Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report, a Catholic website that puts a refreshing spin on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company. Patrick, his wife Terri, and their five children reside in Long Island, N.Y.