Gregory Hartnell to Larry Wartel: What I really like about Ron Paul is how he really transcends the partisan divisions, attracting many Blue Democrats, independents, libertarians, fiscal conservatives, social conservatives, anti-globalists, anti-war activists, etc.

Hello Larry:

Thanks for the links. I will jump around and write these early morning pages without much concern for logical order…
I am a ‘bad’ Catholic in that I don’t go to Mass every Sunday, but occasionally, when my wife has a day or two off, we will go to the ‘nooner’, and I usually come out with a better attitude to life than before I entered the temple.
We usually go to pray at St. Pat’s in Oak Bay, for a number of mundane reasons, sometimes to the Franciscan chapel which is not far away near Craigdarroch Castle, and occasionally to the Cathedral, as this is our parish, but we are not registered anywhere, and have given up giving money to them at collection time, as the last three bishops (De Roo, Roussin and Gagnon) have wasted great amounts of money on real estate malinvestments, and we think they should just be spiritual shepherds, and not money and real estate managers…
I was surprised to discover that Kucinich is Catholic, as he always struck me as somewhat New Age.  In any case, I like him too, and think either he or Rand Paul, Ron’s son who just won a Senate seat in Kentucky, would both make good candidates for the Vice Presidency on the Ron Paul ticket.
Wikipedia says Ron Paul is a Baptist, but whatever religion he professes, the important thing for me is that he asserts the so-called ‘just war’ theory, which would not allow the so-called Bush Doctrine of never-ending pre-emptive war.
With the bomb, even ‘just war theory’ may very well be obsolete, but pacificism is very personal, and is very difficult to impose as a state cultural value.
I admire the great Catholic pacifists like Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, but even Merton understood that it is natural to defend oneself when the attack is unwarranted and unprovoked.
I used to think that I was a Christian pacifist, but then I got mugged in a subway in Madrid, and that changed everything.  The guy grabbed my wallet out of my back pocket.  I ran after him as he escaped from the train onto the subway platform.  I grabbed him around the neck, and held on tight until he let go of the wallet. Then I picked up the wallet, let him go and he ran off…
As for that big glossy that my wife gets from the Operating Engineers, it comes directly from the states, and it really strikes me that American Big Labor is international or ‘globalist’ when I try to read it.  It seems to be a not too thinly veiled piece of propaganda for the Democrats.
What I really like about Ron Paul is how he really transcends the partisan divisions, attracting many Blue Democrats, independents, libertarians, fiscal conservatives, social conservatives, anti-globalists, anti-war activists, etc.
Being an old hippy, I don’t really like the gun fanaticism of some of Paul’s supporters like Alex Jones (who I listen to every day), but I do understand that is all part of the revolutionary traditions of the early republic.
I think the real revolution is the peaceful inner one, and I already have a number of tools in our garage that could be used as weapons in case I needed to defend my wife or myself, and so that is quite enough… I am not about to buy a damn gun.
Generally, I don’t like monarchism, corporatism, militarism or totalitarianism of any stripe.  These are things we can get rid of through voting.
 Sexism and racism are of course also deplorable, but people should not be penalized for their thoughts or publishing their idiotic ideas.
I like to think that I am moderate, though people like Dean Fortin and his ilk might disagree…

Finally, I think the Church is still very conflicted on the role of the Jews in the killing of Christ.  The evidence that some Jews wanted him dead, and worked to that end is there in the Gospels, but the Romans also played their crucial role in this cosmic psycho drama.
We are now taught not to blame the Jews exclusively, as some priests no doubt taught in the past, but to assume the blame ourselves, that in our sinfulness we are also responsible for that murder, and this spreads the guilt around, and makes the redemption more personal and paradoxically universal.
No, I am not a deacon, nor do I have a degree in theology.  I am what they call a ‘layman’ (part of the laity, the non-ordained majority of believers who have yet to discover their own good powers).
I studied Modern Latin American History and Modern European History (post Renaissance) at the University of San Francisco, the oldest one in that City, and still nominally run by Jesuits.
I had a Jesuit teach me what little I know about the ‘Old Testament.’ I specifically remember objecting to him about this notion that the Jews were the ‘Chosen People,’ but he taught that as revealed dogma.
That concept seems to negate the universality of the Gospel message, but he explained it in terms of the direct line in Joseph’s lineage back to David.  But of course, accepting the ‘conception by the Holy Spirit’, Joseph didn’t father Jesus, but rather acted as his step-father, so that is a strange idea…
Another one who influenced me there quite a bit in the 80s and the 90s was Father Joseph Fessio, an ardent fan and the first American publisher of books by or about Joseph Ratzinger, one of his ex-theology students, in fact.
So, I heard a lot about Ratzinger long before the outside world noticed that he was climbing up the ladder to the top job.
Finally, yes, I know Howie.  He was supportive of our Vancouver Island Peace Society (VIPS) and Concerned Citizens’ efforts to get the nuclear ships’ visits to Victoria, Esquimalt and Nanoose stopped, and let Al Rycroft and other anti-nuke activists like myself get our pics taken with him in Pagliacci’s with his arm around our shoulders…
But later I heard about his Zionism and that of course alarmed me.  His friend Sid Tafler, ex-editor of Monday Mag, also is apparently a Zionist, alas.
 I never did like Howie’s tv show, which was way too vulgar for my effete tastes.
I met his sister at the Alano Club.  She was a recovering coke head from West Hollywood, and wanted me to marry her for convenience, to get into Canada.
 My mother, God bless her, talked me out of it, and I am glad she did…
Did you study in the States, too?
Shalom
Gregory
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