Remember Last Year: "What Obama said was that Pennsylvania's small town voters are bitter about losing jobs and that to explain their frustrations, they 'cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them.'" (Might it not be possible that people "cling" to religion because they love Christ, rather than because of poor economic circumstances?) http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89604711
After making that statement President Obama apologized and stated that he misspoke: "Obama said Saturday that he deeply regretted if the way in which he worded his statement had offended people." Id. (note that he did not apologize for his belief but for how he said it).
A year later, President Obama adds this follow up: Dddddddid I stutter?!
From a new Department of Homeland Security Document on "Rightwing Extremism" (http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=94803):
First, let's establish that there are bitter people out there:
"rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues. The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment." DHS at 2 (bitter about losing jobs).
Second, clinging to their guns and religion:
"Rightwing extremism in the United States . . . may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion . . . ." DHS at 2 (religion).
"Proposed imposition of firearms restrictions and weapons bans likely would attract new members into the ranks of rightwing extremist groups,as well as potentially spur some of them to begin planning and training for violence against the government. The high volume of purchases and stockpiling of weapons and ammunition by rightwing extremists in anticipation of restrictions and bans in some parts of the country continue to be a primary concern to law enforcement." DHS at 3 (guns & legal purchasing).
Congratulations to all those Americans (including Blue Dog Democrats!) who are anti-abortion and pro-legal gun purchasing, you are all possible rightwing extremists. You earned this label without ONE citation to a researched fact!
Welcome to the new tone. I cannot believe that Notre Dame University is helping to usher in this new tone and is honoring it with a degree. Why does anyone think this man and administration are interested in honest dialogue?
P.S. If this does not qualify as rash judgment or calumny I don't know what does!
CCC 2477 "Respect for the reputation of persons forbids every attitude and word likely to cause them unjust injury. He becomes guilty: - of rash judgment who, even tacitly, assumes as true, without sufficient foundation, the moral fault of a neighbor; . . . ; - of calumny who, by remarks contrary to the truth, harms the reputation of others and gives occasion for false judgments concerning them."
CCC 2479 "Detraction and calumny destroy the reputation and honor of one's neighbor. Honor is the social witness given to human dignity, and everyone enjoys a natural right to the honor of his name and reputation and to respect. Thus, detraction and calumny offend against the virtues of justice and charity. "
P.P.S. With respect to encouraging President Obama with an honorary degree:
"CCC 2480 Every word or attitude is forbidden which by flattery, adulation, or complaisance encourages and confirms another in malicious acts and perverse conduct. Adulation is a grave fault if it makes one an accomplice in another's vices or grave sins. Neither the desire to be of service nor friendship justifies duplicitous speech. Adulation is a venial sin when it only seeks to be agreeable, to avoid evil, to meet a need, or to obtain legitimate advantages."