Imagine an American Secretary of State one morning praying at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall and the next evening accepting a eugenics award named for Dr. Josef Mengele.
That is an apt analogy to the repugnant juxtaposition of gestures by Hillary Clinton during and following her brief visit to Mexico last week.
Color photographs and loud captions atop page one of the daily El Universal captured the Mexican public's sense of outraged bewilderment at Mrs. Clinton's visit March 26 to the Basilica of Guadalupe, Catholicism's second most visited shrine after St. Peter's in Rome. The Basilica rector, Monsignor Diego Monroy, stands with Mrs. Clinton and shows her the mestiza Madonna whose story is known to every Catholic schoolchild, an image believed to have been imposed miraculously on an Indian's cloak five centuries ago.
HILLARY CLINTON: Who painted it?
MONSIGNOR MONROY: God.
La Guadalupana is the archetypal icon of Latin American Catholicism. Catholics in the United States as well as in the Latin countries today invoke the Virgin of Guadalupe as the special patron of the pro-life movement.
Was Hillary's public diplomacy fiasco a calculated insult addressed to something she regards as a superstition, or simply the unrehearsed utterance of a person so soulless that she cannot fathom believers' sense of mystery?
A clue to the answer came in the traveling diplomat's next stop after Mexico, Houston, where she accepted the Margaret Sanger Award from the Planned Parenthood Federation.
In Houston, Hillary lauded the very evils that pilgrims to Guadalupe pray to overcome: liberalized abortion laws and making United States taxpayers pay for abortions and abortion propaganda in "developing" countries.
The comparison of Margaret Sanger (1879-1966) and Josef Mengele (1911-1979) is not overdrawn. Even a cursory examination of her life's work and pronouncements shows Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, as one of the most strident and inhumane racists of the eugenics movement of the 1920s and 1930s. In April 1932, for example, she wrote an article urging "a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring." Eugenics was a fashionable social policy panacea at that time not only in Hitler's Germany, but also among powerful elites in the United States and other Western democracies.
Hillary Clinton provides the latest manifestation of what Arthur Schlesinger Sr. called "the deepest bias in the history of the American people" and "the only remaining acceptable prejudice" -- anti-Catholicism.
Secretary Clinton's words and actions in Mexico and Houston are elaborations of the disconcerting words of President Obama's Inaugural Address, his pledge to "restore science to its rightful place and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its costs" and his gratuitous, unspecific slam against "worn out dogmas."
Nothing is more clear-cut than the chasm separating the Obama-Clinton ideology and programs from Christian faith and tradition and what Pope John Paul II, whose towering bronze image stands beside the Basilica here, called the Culture of Life.
THE ICON AND THE BATTLE-AXE
by Joseph P. Duggan
THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR
March 31, 2009
Joseph P. Duggan served in the Reagan State Department and as speechwriter to President George H.W. Bush. During the 1970s he was assistant managing editor of The American Spectator.
Mr. Duggan is writing and lecturing in Mexico City this spring.
COMMENTS ON JOSEPH DUGGAN'S ARTICLE
Timothy L. Pennell| 3.31.09 @ 7:40AM
Everybody can think what they want, and that includes me. I think that we are paying the price, for turning away from God. There's a Magaret Sanger Award? What's next? A Tiller the Killer Award? Look around. Hollywood spits in the face, of those of us who believe. They MOCK Religion, and GLORIFY everything that is anethema to God. And see where it gets them. They find themselves ADDICTED to Drugs and Alcohol. Their lives are unfulfilling. Their Family Lives, if they even have one, almost always end up in DIVORCE, and the loss of their children. So many of them end up Old, and Alone. And TRADGEDY follows them, throughout their lives. Like the Kennedy Family. The entire Democrat Party, runs on a Platform that defies everything we know about God. And now we have a man in the White House, who would DENY MEDICAL ATTENTION to BABIES, who have survived the Abotionists' knife. For a few more votes. GOD help us .
ga7788| 3.31.09 @ 8:14AM
Hillary is just one of many speakers for the man that appointed them, and why should any of us be surprised. If you look closely you maybe will be able to see the strings that are attached, and are jerked around by the likes of Pelosi, Reed. They make the rules and he stands behing the teleprompter and tells the people how great everything is going to be. Question: Who does he and they work for, the American people or the the Democratic party? I thought we had a President and not a king!
artman| 3.31.09 @ 8:36AM
The Democrat Party used to be a half-reasonable group carefully tip-toeing on the line of lawlessness and constitutionality with a subgroup of radical socialists and anti-capitalists. Now they have become led by this subgroup with lemmings trailing along behind prouder of their party affiliation than loyalty to their own Constitution. Sadly, the followers are so ignorant of the Founders intentions they would not recognize a free nation if they saw it. It is not surprising that an Obama has seized power as every nation always has such a demagogue waiting for a crisis to sway the ignorant and gullible. The surprise is the numbers of ignorant and gullible now populating America.
Mark H| 3.31.09 @ 8:49AM
This is this administration that was supposed to re-gain our respect around the world! Not to worry though. The adults will be back in charge soon enough.
MLG| 3.31.09 @ 9:09AM
At best she was woefully under prepared and did not do her homework as Sec. of State. I can’t imagine that her staff was not given an itinerary; state visits are usually scripted in detail down to the type of water being served in the limo. As Sec. of State she should have been given all the appropriate background information on each itinerary item. This is yet another example of lack of experience at all levels of this administration on even the basics of foreign diplomacy. At worst she is soulless.
Indiana Alex| 3.31.09 @ 9:28AM
Maybe she can go back to Mexico and press the reset botton.
Dustoff| 3.31.09 @ 9:29AM
But, but, but. Isn't Hillary the smartest women in the world? It's what we have been told....
Frank| 3.31.09 @ 9:55AM
How many times is Shrillary going to be give an pass for being woefully unprepared and not doing her homework? Maybe she needs to send the Pope an "overcharge" button too.
Dave| 3.31.09 @ 10:35AM
They teach lawyers to never ask a question if they don't already know the answer.
I guess Hillary missed that class.
Clusiana| 3.31.09 @ 10:51AM
Hillary never heard of the artist.
Skep41| 3.31.09 @ 12:01PM
Hey! Wait a minute! Didnt Hillary say that when she was a Goldwater Girl in her upscale Chicago suburb she used to take time off to go minister to illegal immigrants? How come all these grateful Mexicans whose lives she had such a profound impact on didnt have any images of the Virgin with them? You dont think she might have been making up stories do you? Its just like you right-wingers to attack a veteran of aerial combat in Bosnia who was refused enlistment by the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. This is the Smartest Woman In The World and she's smart enough to know that a bunch of useless retards and low-lifes are just crapping up our lovely planet and causing Glow-Bull Warming. With her hubby circling the world bird-dogging babes and banging beaver (not an endangered species in Bill's World) our esteemed Sec Of State needs all the support from us peons that she can get. And I've heard about that Virgin Of Guadeloupe, she's one of them CHRISTIAN symbols. Have the Obamunists made Christianity illegal yet or are they going to be happy just to make contributions to churches no longer tax deductible? The irony of Margaret Sanger is that her birth control nostrums have been adopted whole-heartedly by the effete, overbred types, who are birth-controlling themselves to extinction while the screaming unwashed masses are breeding like fruit flies. So Hillary is excepting a National Suicide award after she disses the symbol of the burgeoning masses.
Big Jim| 3.31.09 @ 1:37PM
This incident just goes to prove how inexperienced, lazy and down right stupid the Sec. of State really is. Every time she opens her mouth she takes one step back from ever having another shot at the presidency. Therefore brothers and sisters we should rejoice as the clown brings derision upon herself. No doubt, BO is not far behind.
John II| 3.31.09 @ 1:40PM
Dr. Right: Just a quick response. I see your point, but I'm not sure you see the point of the Duggan piece. This story reminds me of an encounter the late John Paul II had in the Vatican with our Boy President of the nineties, the apparent husband of Hillary. The Holy Father, who was trying to plug a few points about human rights and other international concerns, recalled being astonished by Bill's manner. The American president simply wasn't listening, but rather was running his eyes distractedly around the room and up to the ceiling, blinking at the artwork, rather like a slightly unruly 12-year-old.
As Tony says, Hillary should have known. She should have been briefed, at least, by her handlers at Foggy Bottom. But then the briefing, even if available from the religion-challenged secular types who run the State Department, probably would not have jelled in the imagination of Hillary, who, like her apparent husband, is ever preoccupied with matters other than the people who inhabit the world around her.
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is a usurper
because he is not eligible to be President of the United States
because he is not a Natural Born Citizen
as required by Article Two, Section One, Clause Five
of the United States Constitution regardless of
where he was born (Mombassa, Hawaii, Chicago, or Mars)
because he was not born of TWO PARENTS
BOTH OF WHOM WERE UNITED STATES CITIZENS
at the time of his birth. His father was a subject/ciitizen
of Kenya/Great Britain
and his mother was too young to pass on her citizenship
according to the law in effect when he was born.
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it can only be corrected by his removal
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