“President Obama may have just lost the election.” 2

By Tom Quiner

My favorite political columnist is Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal. The headline above is her direct quote.

Ms. Noonan is not known for overstatement. Rather, she is know for her keen political insight. She served as Ronald Reagan’s speechwriter and wrote some of his greatest lines.

Even she was stunned by President Obama’s brazen imposition of the Obama Mandate on Catholic organizations.

Ms. Noonan:

“The president signed off on a Health and Human Services ruling that says under ObamaCare Catholic Institutions—including its charities, hospitals and schools—will be required by law, for the first time ever, to provide and pay for insurance coverage that includes contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization procedures. If they do not, they will face ruinous fines in the millions of dollars. Or they can always go out of business.

In other words, the Catholic Church was told this week that its institutions can’t be Catholic anymore.

I invite you to imagine the moment we are living in without the church’s charities, hospitals and schools. And if you know anything about those organizations, you know it is a fantasy that they can afford millions in fines.

There was no reason to make this ruling—none. Except ideology.”

What arrogance on the part of our president, to presume that the Catholic Church should change its belief structure simply because he, the high priest of secular humanism, demands it.

How dare he impose his religion on 77 million Catholics.


Mitt Romney’s less than resounding support for the unborn 1

By Tom Quiner

With Catholic and other faith-based organizations under attack by President Obama and his Mandate (see “Why Obama just shot himself in the foot”), pro-lifers are looking for a candidate who will go to the mat for their cause.

Will Mitt Romney?

Pro lifers trust Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich on the subject. They have track records that back up their rhetoric.

Mitt Romney says all the right things … today. He has changed his position on this issue in the past, and we desperately want to believe him.

His track record makes it hard.

You see, Mr. Romney threw Catholic hospitals under the bus when he was governor of Massachusetts.

Non Catholic readers of Quiner’s Diner need to understand the Church’s position on Life. We believe life begins at conception.

Some of our non Catholic readers think it begins at the first sign of a heartbeat. Some think it begins at viability, and some believe it begins at birth.

Catholics don’t. We believe that regardless of the means of conception, even in cases of rape, we are dealing with a human being at conception, that personhood is bestowed at that beautiful instant when soul and flesh join.

The Massachusetts legislature was more sensitive to this Catholic perspective back in the 70s. They enacted a law in 1975 that said:

“No privately controlled hospital .. shall be required to permit any patient to have an abortion … or to furnish contraceptive devices or information to such patient … when said services or referrals are contrary to the religious or moral principles of said hospital … .”

When Mr. Romney was Governor, the now solidly liberal legislature hardened their position and tried to pass a bill that required all hospitals, including private Catholic ones, to inform rape victims of the availability of an abortion pill.

The Senate passed it. The House blocked it.

As the legislature wrangled over the bill, Mr. Romney refused to take any leadership. He refused to comment, only saying that he would review it when it arrived at his desk.

The bill finally passed, and Mr. Romney, to his credit, vetoed it. The veto-proof legislature over rode his veto. Nonetheless, Mr. Romney said it was a bad bill because:

 “The bill does not involve only the prevention of conception, the drug it authorizes would also terminate life after conception.”

The Department of Public Health determined that the new law “does not nullify a statute passed years ago that says privately run hospitals cannot be forced to provide abortions or contraception.”

That meant Catholic hospitals were still safe, safe. that is, until Liberals started screaming about the conscience protection afforded on the basis of Catholic faith.

Romney caved.

He said the conscience protection bill passed in 1975 no longer applied.

He authorized the implementation of the law with these words:

“… I have instructed the Department of Public Health to follow the conclusion of my own legal counsel and to adopt that sounder view. In my personal view, it’s the right thing for hospitals to provide information and access to emergency contraception to anyone who is a victim of rape.”

The time it took for him to veto the bill … and then do an about face was a mere two days.

When Governor Romney could uphold religious liberty, he caved.

Will a President Romney cave?

“Imagine there’s no liberals …” 2

By Tom Quiner

Brighten up your Thursday morning with this delicious parody of John Lennon’s song, “Imagine.”

I think this comes to us from Rush Limbaugh, but I discovered it on a delightful blog called “The Mad Jewess” (http://themadjewess.com).  This is a site by patriotic American girls.  Their slogan is: “We are extremely intolerant of Leftists, Atheists, Progressives, NAZIs, #OWS, O-BOTS, Paulans, and Godless FREAKS!”

So be forewarned! Tell them Quiner’s Diner sent you.

You are a racist 1

By Tom Quiner

Do you disagree with President Obama’s policies? Then you are a racist.

Mr. Obama’s supporters are very clear in this contention.

A Quiner’s Diner reader shared this feedback:

“I have a good friend who is a protestant pastor at an east-side church. Up until yesterday we had never  discussed politics, but he is the kind of guy I would have bet my life would be a staunch Pro-Life conservative. Nope. He’s an intelligent, compassionate guy, but he actually said that “all the criticism of Obama is looking more and more like racism”…

Former president, Jimmy Carter, agrees. He said that an “overwhelming portion” of those opposing Mr. Obama’s policies are racist.

A Rasmussen poll reveals that 43% of blacks believe that those who disagree with Mr. Obama’s policies are racist.

Let us be clear about this ugly allegation. The protestant pastor, Mr. Carter, and blacks who call you and me (for I disagree with Mr. Obama on most issues) racist, claim that you and I hate Mr. Obama because of his skin color.

That is what defines racism: hatred.

Of course, this is all nonsense.

People who invoke the “R” word do so in order to avoid critical thinking.

For the record, I hold black political commentators such as Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, and Star Parker in high regard.

Most conservatives do.

For the record, I consider a young black, man living in South Africa to be my son. He lived with us for ten months in the late 90s and is a part of our family today … and always will be.

In rapid fire succession, I would like to clearly lay out the concerns that independent and conservative Americans have with the policies of Barack Obama:

√ Unemployment went up after he became president.

√ Unemployment stayed up after he became president because his policies don’t work.

√ He is forcing Catholics to violate their religious beliefs by requiring faith-based organizations to provide free sterilization, abortifacients, and contraception to their employees in violation of their religious beliefs.

√ He tripled the deficit.

√ The poverty rate skyrocketed under his watch.

√ Median income levels have dropped.

√ The cost of health insurance premiums have increased an average of $2500 since he came in.

√ The number of available jobs in the U.S. have dropped from 142 million to 139 million since his policies went into effect.

√ The inflation rate has increased from .03% to 3.77% under his watch. Inflation is a hidden tax that hurts everyone.

√ Food stamp usage has increased from 32 million to 45 million Americans. Liberals may think this is good. Independents and conservatives don’t.

√ The price of gasoline has increased from $1.62 per gallon to $3.66. Again, green energy-loving liberals may think this is good. Independents and conservatives don’t.

√ Average home values have dropped by about $9000 per home during his term.

√ He increased the national debt by $4.1 Trillion. That is trillion with a capital T.

√ He increased the annual deficit by $842 Billion.

√ Guantanamo is still open, thank goodness. He stuck with the Bush approach after shamelessly campaigning that it be changed.

√ He didn’t end military tribunals, thank goodness. He stuck with the Bush approach after shamelessly campaigning that it be changed.

√ He didn’t revise the Patriot Act. He stuck with the Bush approach after shamelessly campaigning that it be changed.

√ He didn’t end the Bush-era tax cuts for “the rich,” thank goodness. He stuck with the Bush approach after shamelessly campaigning that it be changed.

√ He said he’d never sign a new piece of legislation, known as his “sunlight before signing” vow, until 5 days had passed. He’s broken this promise repeatedly, especially on mammoth pieces of legislation like Obamacare that required lots of sunlight time to be properly scrutinized.

√ He said he’d eliminate capital gains taxes for small businesses. He didn’t.

√ He said he’d never hire lobbyists in his administration. He broke the vow and hired lobbyists.

√ He said he’d stick with public campaign funding for his presidential bid in 2008. He didn’t honor his pledge. But John McCain did.

This is a very partial list. But you get the point. If you don’t, what does it say about you?