May Muses

Today is May 5th: Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Thursday, May 5 in 2022, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

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Huh. Imagine that. If you want to have a big deal celebration about an event that happened somewhere else come to the U. S. of A. MAGA baby! So, who won the French and Indian war? The French or the Indians?

The Best Choice for OHIO from a friend on Facebook:

Charles Koehler: Please don’t let the media tell you how to vote or who to vote for. We need people that will stop the Biden agenda. We do not need RINOS. (RINO is a buzzword for republican in name only)

Paul asked, So what is a Republican?

Charles Koehler : A constitutionalist. Freedom of speach, freedom of Religion, free to carry a firearm, Freedom from unlawfull search and seizure, Free to elect leaders of the government, Limited government powers to mention a few off the top of my head.

Paul asked, What is a Democrat?

Charles Koehler: criminal.

That comparison renders you hoist on your own petard. Here is my explanation.

From Wikipedia; (I recognize that many do not think Wikipedia is a not good source but I find it to be a good starting point.)

Republic – A republic (from Latin res public – ‘public affair’) is a form of government in which “supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives”. In republics, the country is considered a “public matter”, not the private concern or property of the rulers. The primary positions of power within a republic are attained through democracy or a mix of democracy with oligarchy or autocracy rather than being unalterably occupied by any given family lineage or group. With modern republicanism, it has become the opposing form of government to a monarchy and therefore a modern republic has no monarch as head of state.

More from Wikipedia:

The Republican Party, also referred to as the GOP (Grand Old Party), is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with its main historic rival, the Democratic Party.

The GOP was founded in 1854 by abolitionists who opposed the Kansas–Nebraska Act, which allowed for the potential expansion of chattel slavery into the western territories. It was simultaneously strengthened by the collapse of the Whig Party, which had previously been one of the two major parties in the country. Upon its founding, the Republican party supported economic reform and classical liberalism while opposing the expansion of slavery. It consisted of northern Protestants, factory workers, professionals, businessmen, prosperous farmers, and after 1866, former black slaves. The Republican Party had almost no presence in the Southern United States at its inception but was very successful in the Northern United States, where by 1858 it had enlisted former Whigs and former Free Soil Democrats to form majorities in nearly every Northern state. While both parties adopted pro-business policies in the 19th century, the early GOP was distinguished by its support for the national banking system, the gold standard, railroads, and high tariffs.

From Merriam-Webster: Definition of republican  (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one that favors or supports a republican form of government

2 capitalized

a : a member of a political party advocating republicanism

b : a member of the Democratic-Republican party or of the Republican party of the U.S.

From Wikipedia again only to be fair;

The Democratic Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States. It was founded in 1828 by supporters of Andrew Jackson, making it the world’s oldest active political party. Since the 1860s, its main political rival has been the Republican Party.

Before 1860, the Democratic Party supported limited government and state sovereignty while opposing a national bank and high tariffs. It split in 1860 over slavery and won the presidency only twice between 1860 and 1910. In the late 19th century, it continued to oppose high tariffs and had fierce internal debates on the gold standard. In the early 20th century, it supported progressive reforms and opposed imperialism, with Woodrow Wilson winning the White House in 1912 and 1916. Since Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal coalition after 1932, the Democratic Party has promoted a socially liberal platform. The New Deal attracted strong support for the party from recent European immigrants, many of whom were Catholics based in the cities, but caused a decline of the party’s conservative pro-business wing.

From Merriam-Webster: Definition of democrat

1a : an adherent of democracy b : one who practices social equality

2 capitalized : a member of the Democratic party of the U.S.

None of these mention “criminal” but here is what M-W writes:

Definition of criminal  (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : relating to, involving, or being a crime criminal neglect a criminal organization

2 : relating to crime or to the prosecution of suspects in a crime criminal statistics brought criminal action the criminal justice system

3 : guilty of crime also : of or befitting a criminal a criminal mind

4 : disgraceful It’s criminal how unfunny this comedy is.— Rick Bentley

Definition of criminal (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one who has committed a crime

2 : a person who has been convicted of a crime

My cousin’s wife prefers the term “demoncrats” which means something to her. Perhaps you would prefer “daemoncrats” which seems to better describe a socially liberal platform. Socially liberalism is opposed by many Catholics that I know, many of whom are stuck on the whole Roe v. Wade fiasco.

Below is an unsolicited comment about that issue:

Every time the abortion discussion pops up, I like to point out this quote by Dave Barnhart, a traditional Christian pastor:

“The unborn” are a convenient group of people to advocate for. They never make demands of you; they are morally uncomplicated, unlike the incarcerated, addicted, or the chronically poor; they don’t resent your condescension or complain that you are not politically correct; unlike widows, they don’t ask you to question patriarchy; unlike orphans, they don’t need money, education, or childcare; unlike aliens, they don’t bring all that racial, cultural, and religious baggage that you dislike; they allow you to feel good about yourself without any work at creating or maintaining relationships; and when they are born, you can forget about them, because they cease to be unborn. It’s almost as if, by being born, they have died to you. You can love the unborn and advocate for them without substantially challenging your own wealth, power, or privilege, without re-imagining social structures, apologizing, or making reparations to anyone. They are, in short, the perfect people to love if you want to claim you love Jesus but actually dislike people who breathe.

Prisoners? Immigrants? The sick? The poor? Widows? Orphans? All the groups that are specifically mentioned in the Bible? They all get thrown under the bus for the unborn.”

According to this attribution is correct. “This quote truly originated with a 2018 social media post from Dave Barnhart, a pastor at Saint Junia United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.”

— Copied from Meta posting.

Over time it appears that both parties have reversed what their core platforms are. When the last party was in the White House, tariffs where imposed on lots of imports and lots of scrambling happened to get relief. Neither party seems homogeneous in any way. People are people. Most have good intentions. Many have selfish intentions. The whole of political discussion is gray.

and none of these references describes either party or the Catholic Church as constitutionalist or uses that term. Ergo, you are hoist.

I found out there is a limit to how many characters can be added to a post on Facebook. I never knew that.

Carpe the idea and thoughts of others. Be not afraid to challenge their ideas. But listen to them. Do not ignore them.