Mandeville, LA – Today’s Pile of Prep: most of the stories and research used to put together the Mike Church Show on the Veritas Radio Network’s CRUSADE Channel. 2016 is here and WELCOME to the All-New, Mike Church Show on the CRUSADE Channel, listen LIVE for Free (don’t cost nuthin’).
Sapientia et Veritas – America’s rural class was gobbled up in a variety of ways. The consolidation of agriculture, the outsourcing and automation of manufacturing, and franchising of retailing created an underclass dependent on social services and low wages. A smaller and mostly younger group got with the plan, left rural America, fled to the coasts or regional big cities, obtained the proper credentials and became successful. Some in between stayed on and went about their old ways, often confused that the familiar but often empty landscapes and infrastructure might still mean that business could go on as usual.
But the rural shakedown did not mean that our red-state interior tuned out from politics, big business, universities, government, popular culture and mass entertainment. Far from it; cable TV, the Internet, and smart phones plugged rural America into coastal culture as never before. And what fly over country saw and heard each day, it often did not like.” – Victor Davis Hanson, The Deplorables Shout Back
DeceptiCONNED: cPAC Hoisted By “Conservatism’s” Petard, It Doesn’t Care WHAT “Conservative” Means Anymore – On yesterday’s Mike Church Show I waxed on the real reasons why CPAC chose to invite Milo Yiannopoulos as their “keynote” speaker this year: they need Millennials to pack the seats and don’t care how much “Conservatism” of substance is delivered at the event if any at all. Matt Lewis arrives at nearly the same conclusion (pity him!) as did: “Yiannopoulos’s invitation was, perhaps, the logical denouement for a cause that prioritizes provocateurs over polemicists and entertainment over substance. His appearance could be seen as a microcosm of a movement that became everything it used to hate—that defines deviancy down.” Bingo. That “Conservatives” these days dod not have the terms: Just War, Mortal Sin and Scholastic Philosophy in their arsenals tells you everything you need to know about the movement. Lewis continues “No one in their right mind would pick this silly little boy” to speak at CPAC, Reagan biographer Craig Shirley told [Lewis]. “This is the first time I can recall a spoiled man child whose main purpose is self-promotion being selected as the keynote speaker at CPAC.” It has been clear to me for over a decade that the term “Conservative” was nothing more than an ad slogan, it has now grown into an ad slogan that doubles as a lifestyle for Millennials who reject modesty, decorum and the Good True and Beautiful found in The Faith.
DeceptiCONNED II: Today’s “Conservative” Yewts Are More Milo Than Chesterton – A high-school aged reader of Rod Dreher’s writes of his experience in school with friends his age who identify as “Conservative”. They may identify with the term but they are severely misguided, here’s a sample: “That’s why all the good little Christians at my high school are falling in behind him — not because they actually give a crap about conservatism but because he’s giving angry, aimless young men whose church hasn’t given them anything solid to fall back on an alternate source of values that happens to be steeped in fascist and white supremacist ideals.” Note the slam at The Church that isn’t “giving them something solid to fall back on” as in Catechism and the modest and reverent beauty of the Traidtional Mass and the teaching that it requires. I take this as a cry for help, that the Church adults need to start acting like them and stop trying to redefine for the sake of “discovery” what has already been revealed.
Miss Manners May Be Gone But Mr Manners Has Stepped Into The Breach – On a recent show I shared with the audience John Horvat’s essay about the importance of manners in our public discourse and that one of those manners is the manner of dress. I agreed (and agree) with Horvat that these items of sartorial choice do matter and in fact, like actors wearing costumes, it is easier to identify i.e. act the part of a well-mannered Christian/Catholic Gentleman when you are dressed like one. Horvat now returns to the issue after a reader upbraided him for counseling slacks and Thom McCann’s over Crocs and Cargo Shorts.
All Hail His Excellency Donald J. “Constantine” Trump – It is no secret that I pray a daily decant of Our Lady’s Holy Rosary for the conversion of President Trump and I encourage others to join me. I do the same for the governor of my state John be Edwards who is allegedly Catholic although I can find very little trace of it in his public life, which is where I WISH to see it. Back in march of 2016 Blaise Joseph wrote a piece for the Mercator.net titled “Is Donald Trumnp The New Constantine” . In this essay Joseph recounted the story of the deeply flawed Constantine who famously was converted by an appeal from Our Lord himself and then put into the Roman law, the legality of Christianity, and for Christendom, the rest as they say, is history. Joseph lays out his case in a manner similar to the one I have made. “American doesn’t need a president to make arguments for us. America just needs a president to give us the freedom to make our arguments without fear of being shouted down by the politically correct brigade.” Joseph is more direct in his prediction, made in March of 2016, of what impact a Trump Presidency can have on bringing our DC culture [diabolically correct] to an end. “If Trump becomes president of the US and the most powerful leader in the West, he can fundamentally change Western culture. The effects of his presidency would go far beyond the shores, and walls, of America. People would speak more freely about a range of issues. Political correctness, after being denounced by Trump over and over again, would be severely weakened. Cultural Marxism and the politics of victimhood would be crippled. Progressives who seek to shut down debate would realise that their tactics no longer work. And following this fundamental transformation of the political scene, conservatives could finally be free to make their case in the public sphere.” Considering this, the daily plea for the conversion of President Trump, that he may have his own “road to Damascus” moment, makes sense, doesn’t it? Write me and let me know!
DeceptiCONNED: CPAC Is Hoisted By Its Own Petard In Inviting/Disinviting Milo Yiannopoulos – The “C” part of CPAC stands for “Conservative” but it is the “conservatism” of Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, not the non-interventionism of Ron and Rand Paul and certainly not the Catholic Conservatism of say Patrick J Buchanan or your humble correspondent’s attempts at the title. Thus when CPAC extended a keynote speaker invite to Milo Yiannopoulas it must have thought that it was “bridging the gap” with homosexuality promoting millennials, many who call themselves “conservatives”. Milo’s previous acts of bombast were apparently not alarming enough to caution CPAC’s organizers against the invite; that and his statements that “The Catholic Church is right about everything“. CPAC has uninvited Yiannopoulos for their event and made the obligatory “we deeply regret, blah blah blah” apologies but if their point was to recruit a radical, diabolically incorrect keynote speaker, they could have asked Cardinal Burke or Chaput to come and speak. Now THAT would have been “conservative”.
Too Catholic For Satellite Radio Now Means “Too Fringe Right Wing” For Any Radio – The USA Today did a feature story on Michael Voris’ Church Militant website and TV news empire. I interviewed Voris back in May of 2015 while still on the SiriusXM patriot Channel and was immediately denounced then abandoned by several Catholic friends and supporters. Why? Because Voris was not a “real Catholic” and had supported Pope Francis’s legitimacy among other alleged atrocities. Now comes the USA Today with its hit piece of the Church Militant that reads as though the writer has never heard or been exposed to the Roman Catholic Church or Catholicism. Terming Voris’s outfit, the Church Militant, as a “right wing fringe group” in the piece’s title, the piece then covers the inner workings of Church Militant but the authors never lose their sense of amazement that Catholics should actually be saying such things, publicly and goes to great lengths to find academic support for the endeavor. At the very least, the fact that Church Militant has been profiled by a mainstream publication in such a prominent fashion should indicate to CRUSADE Channel supporters that we are on the right path in the media world.
What Is the True Meaning of Trump? – It is part rejection and part embrace. Part reactionary and part stoic. Part offensive and part retreat. Robert W. Merry brings this dichotomy into sharp focus in his essay on the “Meaning of Trump”. “The country is split down the middle—between those clinging to the era of globalism and those who despise it; between those who want to control immigration and those who think such efforts are tantamount to racism; between those who believe that radical Islamist fundamentalism emanates out of Islam itself and those who think such thinking is bigotry or Islamophobia; between those who view Trump’s election as necessary and those who consider it a threat to the common weal.” Merry doesn’t touch upon the real battle that President Trump has yet to choose a side in although he promised he would choose one: the battle of good vs evil, of the light vs the darkness; the supreme battle we were promised by Christ and encouraged that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” It is not going to be possible to navigate Moloch’s minefield without some Grace on Trump’s side, perhaps, like Constantine, he may be so blessed.
Washington State Supreme Court To God: “Drop Dead” – The “Supreme Court” of the state of Washington has just ruled that God did not exercise legitimate authority when he told Moses to “take notes” that became the 10 Commandments. The court also ruled that Sodomites have the “right” to compel anyone employed in business to vend services or products to them in the commission of their mortally sinful actions against God’s law, regardless of their religious views on the matter. This is the end folks and this is the line that must not be crossed. After the ruling, the Sodomites then danced on the grave of defendant Baronelle Stutzman. “We’re thrilled that the Washington Supreme Court has ruled in our favor. The court affirmed that we are on the right side of the law and the right side of history,” Rob Ingersoll and Kurt Freed said in a statement. So the Sodomites are now running the Deep State in Washington and ordering Christians to do their bidding or face public humiliation and financial ruin. Moloch has conquered Washington yet people scoff at my CRUSADE to consecrate the America’s to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the states to The Immaculate Heart of Mary!? Will you go “gay” or will you go Carmelite?
Buchanan: The Deep State Took Out Michael Flynn, Time For Trump To Take Out The Deep State – The overpaid, underworked, benighted goons that have annointed themselves as necessary to your and my survival i.e. the SpyFare State, are targeting for termination, anyone President Trump appoints are brings into his inner circle, that is hostile to them. As Pat Buchanan notes, thisis criminal activity that is precisely what Deplorable ‘Muricans voted for Trump to bring to a stop. “The real crime here, however, is not that the incoming national-security advisor spoke with a Russian diplomat seeking guidance on the future president’s thinking. The real crime is the criminal conspiracy inside the deep state to transcribe the private conversation of a U.S. citizen and leak it to press collaborators to destroy a political career. But the deep state is after larger game than General Flynn. It is out to bring down President Trump and abort any move to effect the sort of rapprochement with Russia that Ronald Reagan achieved.” After his press =conference yesterday, I think trump has gotten the memo.
The Church Is Now In A Full-Blown Civil War Over Doctrine: Cardinal Coccopalmerio’s book is only the latest example of Catholic teaching being questioned. A few weeks ago, the Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica published a startling article on women priests. Its arguments were familiar: the author, deputy editor Fr Giancarlo Pani, asked readers to consider whether an all-male priesthood might perhaps be outdated. “There is unease,” Fr Pani wrote, “among those who fail to understand how the exclusion of woman from the Church’s ministry can coexist with the affirmation and appreciation of her equal dignity.”
Police State’s: Not Just For Krauts & Russkies Anymore – Those ballyhooing the takedown of Michael Flynn by the Deep State are useful idiots and a threat to liberty, and they need to shut up, now. That’s not just my conclusion, that’s the consensus emerging from those who are Never Trumpers but still have thinking faculties, like Damon Linker: “Those cheering the deep state torpedoing of Flynn are saying, in effect, that a police state is perfectly fine so long as it helps to bring down Trump. It is the role of Congress to investigate the president and those who work for him. If Congress resists doing its duty, out of a mixture of self-interest and cowardice, the American people have no choice but to try and hold the government’s feet to the fire, demanding action with phone calls, protests, and, ultimately, votes. That is a democratic response to the failure of democracy. Sitting back and letting shadowy, unaccountable agents of espionage do the job for us simply isn’t an acceptable alternative. Down that path lies the end of democracy in America.” Well, “democracy” was never supposed to be “the end” of ‘Muricah but [r]epublicanism was and yes, this seals the deal. Now, what are the people in the sovereign states to do about it?
The Train Wreck of The Imperial Presidency – Reading the headlines today, it became clear to me that the juvenile protestors and evil Has Been Media™ are kicking back, eating popcorn and enjoying the films they are helping to make: The Trump Show. Marc Ambinder claims to know that everyone who has accepted employment inside Trump’s White House is miserable, hates their boss and lives in fear of him. “Trump seems utterly exhausted and just plain miserable. His staff is also surely miserable. Many do not like him. More importantly, they don’t trust him. They don’t trust Stephen Bannon to translate his core hunches into policy, with only a few exceptions. [emphasis mine]” How could Ambinder possibly KNOW that President Trump’s staff is miserable? It matters not because in today’sw Judgement Pornosphere™ drive media, facts don’t matter, half-baked “opinions” based on circumstantial evidence is all that is required to continue pulling down a Deep State, McMansion funding paycheck. Alisdair Macintyre, where are you now!?
After Likening Trump To Hitler, Journalists Upset They’re Not Getting Called On For Questions: Members of the mainstream media were left fuming this afternoon after President Trump refused to call on any of their organizations for the third straight press conference. Yet many of these same news organizations have likened Trump to the Taliban and Adolf Hitler, floated false rumors about his use of a Russian prostitute, and accused his administration of being pro-slavery. After Trump avoided calling on MSNBC during today’s presser with Benjamin Netanyahu, MSNBC’s Peter Alexander complained that the conservative journalists he did call on didn’t ask “real questions” like he would have.
How The West Was Lost: Globalization Killed Middle ‘Muricah & Some Are Happy About It – When the secular globalists slimed their way out of the Soviet Union and the Riviera’s , Marxist Mezzanines, headed for ‘Muricah, their scheme was to urbanize as much of the West and its yewts as possible; program them to be what the Bee Gees called “Children of The World”; and then turn them against the farms, fields, dairies, small towns, families and Churches from whence they came. Plied full of the elixir of non-stop porn, casual sex and easy money, these children took root on the coasts and in Mordor on the Potomac and then like the spores from Invasion of the Body Snatchers, began to assimilate those “Left Behind” in those now rotting small towns etc. Think that’s harsh? Think your little darling wasn’t duped by this globalist cabal? Victor Davis Hanson lays out the scam in chilling detail as only he can. “America’s rural class was gobbled up in a variety of ways. The consolidation of agriculture, the outsourcing and automation of manufacturing, and franchising of retailing created an underclass dependent on social services and low wages. A smaller and mostly younger group got with the plan, left rural America, fled to the coasts or regional big cities, obtained the proper credentials and became successful. Some in between stayed on and went about their old ways, often confused that the familiar but often empty landscapes and infrastructure might still mean that business could go on as usual.” Read the whole piece and then consider our CRUSADE to undo this paradigm and restore order, does it make sense now?
The Walking Dead: How Zombies & Tyrant Libs Try And Destroy The Proper Order – If you haven’t watched the Walking Dead TV show, you could spend a couple weekends catching up on Netflix before diving into this last season which is filled with what I can only characterize as a defense of tradition! Note that über bad-guy tyrant’s last act of society wide tyranny was what? A gun registration program that led to gun confiscation! Dead also refused to take the cheap shot of placing gay men in positions to make statements with their homosexuality instead portraying at least one of them as valuable for their contributions to the clan while NOT sexually acting. Then there is the character Morgan who I have been cataloguing in his campaign for life. Yes, pro-life!
“We don’t have to kill people,” says Morgan and Carol replies “of course we do.” “Carol,” says Morgan, “[y]ou don’t like it.”
Scott Morefield has an interesting take on Negan’s gun confiscation campaign and Rick Grimes and company’s congealing view that it and life, liberty cannot exist together. Morgan has an ongoing struggle with Carol over when killing is justified and when its not. Yes, a “Just War” theory discussion! More on that here.
Will You Go 60 Year Old Or Will you Go Carmelite? – Ben Shapiro, host/editor of The Daily Wire gets the opportunity to talk some seriously misguided yewts at Ferris State University in Big Rapids MI. Shapiro fields a question about the “right” to “choose” your gender being a human right that must be accepted, promoted and defended by all. Watch and learn how to position yourself as a Carmelite in the DC culture.
Today is World Radio Day Or More Appropriately, World Noise Day – I’m not sure what World Radio Day is all about today but Bishop James recalls that Aldus Huxley wrote about the “Age of Noise” 70 years ago and he was writing about radio. This before “Rock-N-Roll”, soft core porn on Country Music and loudmouths screaming war on talk-radio. Bishop Conley tells us what World Radio Day could be.
Stand With Rand: The Junior Senator From KY Is Hunting DeceptiCONS – I spent two Presidential election campaigns stumping for Congressman Ron Paul, largely because I agreed with him 98% of the time, but I also saw in Paul a man of actual principals who would not be moved by the whims of the Judgement Pornosphere™. Pauls’ son Rand has always shown some of these qualities despite running a mercurial campaign for the GOP nomination won by President Trump. Now it appears that Paul has made it a cause celebre to thwart the DeceptiCONS infiltartion of Trump’s State Department. W. James Antle III points out that Paul is enjoying some success at this including his oath that the war-lusting “Ambassador” John Bolton must not be allowed any position at State.
The “Great Manipulator”, Steve Bannon, Is Responsible For The CRUSADE Channel – If the Has-Been-Media wanted a sideshow story to go along with Time Magazine’s cover story this week showing my replacement on the SiriusXM Patriot Channel, Steven K Bannon they might contact me. I read with great attention the description Mr Bannon’s decades long quest for revenge for the obilteration of the working class and their vocations in the Rust Belt. The author of the Time story actually quotes Bannon from his early days as my replacement on Patriot, this is amazing: I was that close to world-dominating-power! “[A friend] too, was struck by what he calls Bannon’s “rather severe outlook on what our nation is going through.” Bannon noted repeatedly on his radio show that “we’re at war” with radical jihadis in places around the world. This is “a global existential war” that likely will become “a major shooting war in the Middle East again.” War with China may also be looming, he has said. This conviction is central to the Breitbart mission, he explained in November 2015: “Our big belief, one of our central organizing principles at the site, is that we’re at war.” Of course the above narrative is served only in response to the Time story because I harbor nothing but amity towards Mr. Bannon who also filled in for me a dozen or so times when I was on SiriusXM Patriot, but man, I was that close to *sarcasm* “RULING THE WORLD”! If you have a Time subscription read the whole thing here, Rod Dreher has excerpts.
Revealed For Realz: The Diabolical, Dumbocrat Party & Its Horde of Teachers Union Orcs – Yesterday, the Vice President (Mike Pence) cast the tie-breaking vote on the nomination of Betsy DeVoss as Secretary of Education. WHY did the Dumbocrat Party invest weeks of phone calls, emails, TV and internet ad campaigns to defeat the Education nominee? Two words: teachers unions. These diabolical hordes that have controlled the “public education establishment” since the 1950’s have huge unions that rely on Mordor’s patronage and protection. The mere suggestion that private or even public “charter” schooling might get a boost from Trump is cause enough to ring the “all hands on deck” alarm in Hades: this is war. As the WSJ explains this is about evil’s survival: “The answer is the cold-blooded reality of union power and money. The National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers are, along with environmentalists, the most powerful forces in today’s Democratic Party. They elect Democrats, who provide them more jobs and money, which they spend to elect more Democrats, and so on. To keep this political machine going, they need to maintain their monopoly control over public education.” We should all pray that President Trump is swayed to bring the DOE to an end by castrating the beast from the inside, listen to Kevin Gutzman and my conversation about this on this week’s Constitution hour.
MSNBC: Watch Out For “All The President’s DEAD Men” – If there is such a thing as a “journalist” at MSNBC you may spend the next four years looking for the creature and come up empty handed, then there’s Katy Tur. In an interview with U.s. Senator Deb Fischer, Tur insisted that because President Trump has disdain for the obvious bias shown him by “journalists” that he might “go after them” and that may result in “suspicious deaths”. So now President Trump, because he has not publicly, loudly denounced then threatened President Putin, must think all that Putin does or has done is good, wholesome and repeatable. What’s next, because President Trump hasn’t by name done the same for insert bad guy name here, he harbors secret desires to copy their work too? The madness of the Has-Been Media grows daily as Katie Couric’s channeling the thoughts of transgender fetuses showed us. Then There’s This…
It’s February 2017 And The Immodesty Is About To Go Nuclear Because It WENT Nuclear – Venerable Bishop Sheen called out ‘Muricah back in the 1960’s while speaking to a group of young Catholics on “Youth and Sex”: “8:15 in the morning, the 6th of August, 1945, when we flew a military plane over this city, when we dropped that atomic bomb on it; that bomb on blotted out boundaries. There was no longer a boundary between the military and the civilian, between the helper and the helped, between the wounded and the nurse and the doctor, between the living and the dead. For even the living who escaped the bomb were already half dead. So we broke down boundaries and limits and from that time on the world has said we want no one limiting me. … You want no restraint, no boundaries, no limitsI have to do what I want to do. Now let’s analyze that for a moment, is that happiness?”
The Tragedy of Post Christian, Philosophia Perennis Devoid Thinking – Read this piece from AmConMag writer Noah Millman to get a closeup view of why Philosophia Perennis is so desperately needed to corral the erroneous thinking Men are sure to engage in when NOT grounded in the eternal quest for True Wisdom i.s. Sapientia. The issue Noah, is not whether “only the Saints” can live by the Magisterial code, it is that by God’s Grace the Saints DID live the Tradition WHILE receiving the Graces needed to do so. You cannot approach Grace as zero sum, mathematics, as in if I do ______ I will receive ______ “Grace credits” but if I do ______I will have deducted ______ Grace Credits. Grace is present in the world and we are given the supply needed at Baptism, the suffering of the Christian Faithful is simply to maintain the state you enter at Baptism, using the Gospels and the Traditional Teaching as MEANS to that END. As Padré Gaetano tells us in Humility of Heart: “And has not a saint abundant reasons, from the thought of his own weakness, to live always in a state of great humility, when he knows that from one hour to another he may lose the grace of God and the kingdom of heaven which he has merited by years of laboriously-acquired virtues? “Unless the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it.”