Posts Tagged ‘Culture’

An Open Letter to Cardinal Dolan About Gays in the St. Pat’s Parade

09/03/2014

Your Excellency:

I was shocked and disturbed to hear that the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), which as an Irish Catholic organization runs the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York, has changed its policy of not allowing political advocacy groups march under their own banner starting in 2015.

While any person–gay, straight–could march in the parade as individuals in order to honor St. Patrick, the patron saint of New York, certain groups, notably the endlessly activist homosexuals, demanded to march under their own pro-gay banner.

Pro-lifers were not allowed to march and the Catholic Church is undeniably and unquestionably pro-life. Did they complain? No, of course not. The parade is not about celebrating the worthy pro-life cause. It is about celebrating a famous saint who is dear to the Irish people.

But gays, whose activities and lifestyles when practiced violate Church teaching, demanded inclusion under their own banner allegedly as inclusion but really to undermine Catholicism’s clear teaching on sodomy.

They want it normalized and celebrated. The rest of society has been capitulating but the bulwark against this ceaseless attack on traditional morality, on which society is based, is the Catholic Church. Which is why the homosexual activists try to silence and intimidate the Church.

Up to now they have not been successful. The Church cannot and has not and will not change her teaching on sexual activity, which is reserved for one man and one woman who are married to each other.

Quaint to certain people, bigoted to the intolerant elites, but true nonetheless.

While this action by AOH, short-sighted as it is, is not the same as abandoning the Church’s principled position, it does sew confusion among the faithful–and everyone else. What will people think when they see practicing homosexuals marching under their own banner in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade? They will think that the Church isn’t really opposed to sodomy. It is like artificial birth control, which priests know that most of the female flock are using despite being a mortal sin. They never condemn it anymore even though officially the Church opposes it. I believe the reason that the overwhelming number of Catholic women contracept is that they don’t think it is really a sin.

It will be the same for homosexuals, who could be pardoned for thinking that sodomy isn’t that big a deal if their brethren can march in a parade honoring a Catholic saint.

All of this is unnecessary. John Cardinal O’Connor, one of the greatest archbishops New York ever had, was a man of integrity and faith. The Catholic Church provided care for homosexuals with AIDS in the early 1980s (as it still does) yet when then-Mayor Edward Koch, with whom he was friends, tried to force the Church to violate her beliefs, O’Connor said no and threatened to close down the treatment facilities rather than violate the faith.

O’Connor did not back down. Koch did.

That was not that long ago.

Cardinal Dolan, stand up for what is right and don’t capitulate. Please reverse this decision. There is no discrimination here. Any gay can march as an Irishman. He just cannot march advocating sin. Nor can any heterosexual.

If you as the leading Catholic cleric in this country will not stand for the Church’s teachings, who will?

I pray daily for all priests and bishops to be personally holy and to teach clearly the Catholic faith to a world that does not even know the truth. I know you are a holy man but I question if you are being clear in letting the world know what the Church teaches and why. The ones that suffer from confusion and who thus fall into sin are the ones hurt, both straight and gay. Catholics must always fight for the truth with love.

Sincerely, Sualma, an Irish-American New York Catholic

What a Summer! Adventures in Obama Foreign Policy

08/31/2014

It was an interesting summer. Other than the glorious weather, which was a delight here in New York, it has featured a steady stream of bad news. Who could keep up?

There is Putin’s foray into the Ukraine. There is the attack by the Palestinians on the Israelis and the retaliation that necessarily followed. There is the Malaysian airliner that was shot down. There is the escalating attack on Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. Then there is the purely evil beheading of American photojournalist James Foley.

That is not everything and those are just the foreign highlights.

And what has our president been doing? Vacations, fundraising, golf and speeches have been his focus. Normally that would be okay but the world is in crisis. The American president is the leader of the world and has to put his personal interests aside when events dictate it.

I think even most liberals would agree that American leadership is desperately needed. Since President Obama has never been required to do anything other than be fabulous and deliver good speeches, I could understand why he would be in shock that he actually has to work. Since we have been told that he is the smartest man–ever!–this should not be so daunting.

Nevertheless, Obama recently held a press conference, which he didn’t have to do if he had nothing to say, to deliver the message that surely shocked the world: he doesn’t have a strategy to address the problems in the Middle East.

I understand that the president is hesitant to become involved in others’ conflicts–to some extent the isolationists among us can finally find something about him to like–but he has to be mindful that he is not just one man. He represents the American people and cannot say things like not having a strategy.

It is one thing not to have a strategy; it is another to admit to it before the whole world which depends on and looks up to us.

That statement was just about the most shocking thing Obama has said and he regularly confounds with his leftist beliefs. It signaled weakness, indecision and frankly incompetence. While I initially thought this was unprecedented, I then thought of Jimmy Carter, who I am sure is grateful that Obama is making him look almost Reaganesque.

The irony is that people wrongly conclude that Obama is indeed incompetent when he really isn’t. While I don’t think he is the smartest person who ever lived–no liberal could be–Obama is accomplishing his goal of fundamentally transforming (read: destroying) the United States.

Under Obama, America has lost its top credit rating, it has developed what appears to be the worst, jobless “recovery” in history, it has been bogged down in countless regulations, it has ruined the best healthcare system the world has ever known, it has lost control of its border, it has gutted our military, it has sunken further into a moral abyss, and…you get the idea.

From his perspective, Obama should be cocky. Everything is proceeding right on schedule. By the time his second term ends, we may not be able to recognize this country and the transformation will be complete. We who love our nation may not be happy but that is just an added bonus for him.

So it was quite a summer–I shudder to think what autumn will bring!

The Persecution of Christians Worsens

07/21/2014

I am amazed at how Christians tolerate abuse and mockery and in some cases welcome it. They laugh at the priest-as-pedophile jokes. They openly disagree with Church teachings and act indignant that there are objective truths by which they will be judged. They probably don’t know that our brethren around the world suffer persecution, especially in the Middle East.

The media report extensively about the battles between Jews and Muslims. The fact that some Muslims are killing and persecuting Christians goes unnoticed. So one could almost understand why American Christians could carelessly ignore the plight of our brothers. It is less understandable how we could be so uninterested in losing our own rights to freedom of conscience. Except the majority of Christians don’t have well-informed consciences anymore and don’t understand the cost of their sin.

But our problems here, while worsening, and needing of attention, are not the most pressing ones right now. What is happening overseas needs our attention and action.

According to the patriarch of Babylon in Iraq, part of which has been taken over by ISIS, a radical Muslim group that is trying to re-establish the caliphate:

The control exercised by the Islamist Jihadists upon the city of Mosul, and their proclamation of it as an Islamic State, after several days of calm and expectant watching of events, has now come to reflect negatively upon the Christian population of the city and its environs.

The initial sign was in the kidnapping of the two nuns and 3 orphans who were released after 17 days. At the time, we experienced it as a flash of hope and as a clearing of the sky after the appearance of storm clouds.

Suddenly we have been surprised by the more recent outcomes which are the proclamation of an Islamic state and the announcement calling all Christians and clearly asking them to convert to Islam or to pay the jizyah (the tax all non- Muslims must pay while living in the land of Islam) – without specifying the exact amount. The only alternative is to abandon the city and their houses with only the clothes they are wearing, taking nothing else. Moreover, by Islamic law, upon their departure, their houses are no longer their properties but are instantly confiscated as property of the Islamic state.

Can you imagine being forced to convert under threat of force? Or being compelled to pay a special tax? While we are not being threatened with death or other extreme measures in this country, we should be praying for our neighbors suffering throughout the world. And we should be more vigilant here.

The fact that there are segments of the population–including those in high political office–that want to ostracize American Christians, particularly Catholics, by making us violate our consciences by doing things like pay for others’ contraceptives and abortifacients should be disturbing. The fact that those who oppose calling homosexual unions marriage are targeted and called bigots is intimidation. This includes photographers and bakers who refuse to violate their consciences by participating in alleged same-sex marriages and who are fined as a result.

While we are not Iraq, we are on our way to losing our rights if we don’t protect them. Just like we need to advocate for our brothers in Christ abroad, we need to protect our Constitutional rights here before we lose them. When you think about it, what liberals are doing in this country is a gentler form of Christian persecution that Iraqis and others are enduring right now. In order to help them, we need to help ourselves. Depriving people of their livelihoods and subjecting them to ridicule for not violating their consciences is a stepping stone to the kind of persecution Christians once endured.

Despite the vast majority of Americans identifying as Christian, the reality is we are post-Christian. Like liberal Republicans (RINOs), the majority of Christians are Christian in Name Only (CINOs). That explains why we have lost society and why we who actually believe will lose the ability to live our Christianity publicly if we do not have a Christian revival characterized by a renewal of the faith and mass repentance.

Summer Fashion: Do People Own Mirrors?

06/05/2014

I think people do own mirrors and that makes the assault on the senses even worse. It is bad enough that our fellow man has become fond of tattoos and body piercings. Now that it is summer these ugly markings are quite visible.

And what kind of ridiculous outfits am I and others being subjected to now that that the mercury is rising?

Let’s see. I saw a girl wearing short shorts that were so short that I could literally see the bottom of her bottom. Don’t people like that worry about the germs when they sit down, like on the subway? Gross.

We are still being subjected to the unflattering maxi dresses that cling to buttocks and which make women look pregnant when they are not. When I try to determine if I should give up my seat on the bus, it helps if I can tell that a woman is actually preggers.

I have also noticed that see through blouses are still popular. Nothing like seeing a woman collecting social security wearing a white shirt that does not hide her black, or frequently, pink bra. In defense of these ladies, I have noticed that many clothes being sold are made of sheer fabrics. Of course, I do my best to steer clear of them. I know it gets hot out, but that does not mean what is inside should be showcased for the world to see.

I have also noticed that no matter what people’s size they like to wear skintight pants, skirts, tops and dresses. Whether it is the skinny slut or the overweight lady not accepting her size, my eyes are constantly assaulted. I don’t want to see it and there is only so much one can avert one’s eyes.

Not to be outdone, I have noticed that men–gay or straight, it is hard to know–are increasingly sporting fitted clothes. I don’t get why men want to wear jeans and pants that don’t allow them to breathe. I even see men wearing suits that are European style. I just don’t get it. I know it is considered fashionable but it is unmanly. Men need to stop following women’s fashions.

This includes a new trend which allows muscular men to wear tee shirts that expose their male cleavage. Again, I don’t understand why men want to imitate women. Men should be men and women should be women.

Ever notice how society has gone downhill as men have tried to be like women and women men? And now we have the rise of transgenders as per Time Magazine? Is this where we want society to go?

New York’s Irresponsible App

05/17/2014

I was commuting on the subway and I looked up to see another ad campaign sponsored by New York, the home of my benevolent fascist leaders. It featured a young couple looking at each other. It could be a cute scene but in big letters it says “my birth control + his condoms”. The ad is specifically geared to teenagers, who legally cannot even have sex before age 17. Yes, that is right. In New York, Big Brother is encouraging so-called safe sex by advising young people where to get artificial contraception.

I, as a decent person, was horrified. Our children–and teens are children–are being encouraged to have sex. Children are not ready for the responsibility of sex which has emotional and physical consequences. Based on the number of contracepting Hollywood starlets who get pregnant outside of marriage, it is easy to see that there is a high risk of these teens getting pregnant.

Big Brother loves abortion so no problem!

Even if we are only talking about birth control, why should I as a taxpayer have to foot the bill for things that not only violate my conscience but also are bad for kids? Young people do not have the sense to engage in adult behaviors without serious consequences. We tell them have fun and there is no ramifications. Pop a pill and worry not!

Broken hearts and bodies result.

In addition to giving bad advice that will lead to irresponsible and possibly illegal sex, the app also normalizes same-sex feelings.

According to the New York Daily News:

The app also offers short educational videos featuring teen actors.

In one, “Samantha” wonders why she has feelings for her friend “Alisha” even though she has a “sweet” and “attentive” boyfriend named “Richie.”

“I like sex with Richie but sometimes I can’t stop thinking about how beautiful Alisha is,” the curly-haired teen actress says.

“Or how much I want to kiss her, or go even further. So I guess I like girls too,” said Samantha.

In the video, Samantha visits a guidance counselor who directs her to a free health clinic. There, she’s given condoms and a prescription for birth control pills and told that her feelings are normal.

So not only is the app–in effect the voice of the government–encouraging potentially under-age teens to have risky sex–only abstinence is foolproof–it is also encouraging same-sex relations as normal.

By definition, such feelings are not normal. There are very few homosexuals in the population, even if one were to accept the inflated 10% figure, and bisexuality is even less common. There are many people these days who are experimenting but are not actually homosexual in orientation. But why on earth would New York want to encourage this deviancy? I know they don’t see it that way but that doesn’t change what it is.

And remember we’re paying for this propaganda. We need to stop brainwashing our children.

Children should be encouraged to have good morals, to study hard, and to be active. We need to encourage them to use the same self-control in the sexual arena that they are supposed to have with food and cigarettes.

I Met a Liberal…

05/04/2014

…who denied he was a liberal. Despite spouting liberal gibberish, he professed to be a moderate. Any other views were extremist.

I am a proud conservative female. I don’t deny it. Liberals often deny their politics. This man went so far as to say he was non-partisan.

What is moderate and non-partisan or even intelligent about the following:

I asked what he thought about Hillary Clinton. She is really smart. Ok? Can you name one accomplishment? Well, no.

What about George W. Bush? He is a moron. He went to Harvard like Obama. What is wrong with him? Where do I start? Well, give me an example besides the war. Silence.

I asked about former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and was told how wonderful he was for telling people–attempting to use the force of law–how to eat. I said that that is fascist and he is patronizing. The government does not have to instruct people how to eat; we can figure it out for ourselves. It is still a free country after all. Not according to my liberal acquaintance. People are dumb, all but .05% (which of course includes him). It is hard to argue that in light of the president’s re-election but, dumb or not, people have the right in this country to live how they see fit.

Free-dom. And despite the deterioration of the educational system which has rendered many of our fellow Americans less intelligent and educated than in the past, people are better as the decision makers in their own lives rather than a bunch of supposedly enlightened bureaucrats. That is an oligarchy, common to communist countries, and that never works out for the people.

This man is elitist and does not know it. Or maybe he does but since he is non-partisan, he is above it all, qualifying him to be part of the ruling class of bureaucrats.

I wanted to determine how leftist this condescending man was. Yes, on top of his liberal views, he fed his elitism by calling me darling–so much for the Republican war on women–and telling me I was easily manipulated. I asked if he was easily manipulated. No, of course not. I don’t know if he thought my well-educated mind was manipulated because I am a woman or a conservative or both. I think it may have been because I disagreed with him. He could not back up one assertion he made; I tried for over an hour to get him to do so. His reasoning was that he was smart and if he said something, it was true just because–no facts needed! Nice life being a liberal in New York.

Case in point was when I asked about Bloomberg’s war on legal guns. He asked me if people other than the police or military need guns. I said the people have the right to bear arms (that pesky Second Amendment that drives liberals bonkers). He disagreed and made the claim that 99% of people who have legal guns (among non-criminals) have psychiatric conditions. He could provide no documentation or facts to back this up. I told him that statistics show many Americans each year defend themselves successfully against criminals using legal guns. How that adds up to a psychiatric problem he did not explain.

Well, Big Brother knows best. I don’t know how this man got to be Big Brother in his thinking–or at least such an admirer of the concept.

As for me, I am not surprised that an educated New Yorker is liberal, elitist and in denial about these same qualities. And sexist, patronizing and obnoxious to boot!

As for me, I am glad that this educated New Yorker is a smart patriot who trusts her fellow Americans more than the Michael Bloombergs of this world.

The Ball for Life Is Coming Soon!

04/25/2014

The annual Ball for Life, which supports the good work of Good Counsel Homes that assist women in crisis pregnancy situations, will be held on Friday, May 9, 2014. This is the Friday of Mother’s Day weekend, a deliberate choice by the organizers. Motherhood needs to be celebrated. Choosing life is the only righteous option for a pregnant woman. For those in difficult situations, pro-lifers who staff Good Counsel Homes help women, girls and families in need.

The gala is held at the Racquet and Tennis Club at 370 Park Avenue in New York City. It begins with cocktails at 7 pm followed by dinner at 8 pm. The black tie optional event features dancing and a jewelry auction. Music is provided by the Glenn Drewes Orchestra.

Prior to the ball a Mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 5:30 pm to worship God and celebrate life.

Even if you are not able to attend this wonderful, life-affirming evening, please consider making a donation to the good people who assist the helpless.

Imagine this: Let’s say you are a pregnant teen rejected by your family but you want to have your baby. You have no place to go. Good Counsel is there for such people, giving them a place to live, educational opportunities and assistance with childcare. Good Counsel does what others don’t. They need our support, both spiritual and financial.

May God bless the work of Good Counsel and the vulnerable women who have the opportunity to be the moms they want to be.

The Best Gifts for Your Kids

04/12/2014

Sometimes I wish my parents had given me lessons as a child that would have benefited me as an adult. Piano lessons or ballet classes, for example. Or perhaps they could have encouraged me to play sports. These activities would have taught me discipline, teamwork, and/or social skills.

While I have acquired many of these skills in other ways, it is easier as an adult to develop them as a child. Being late in learning how to be an adult makes it harder to be a successful adult. It is not fatal but it causes complications.

What is more important is inculcating in children a deep faith. For that I am truly grateful. I may not know how to ride a bike and I am not able to speak foreign languages with ease but I know and love God.

It is something I don’t see in many other adults and even children and it makes me sad. I know people who have so much going for them but they lack faith. And I ask myself, what is the point? How can parents take so much time and put in so much effort for their children to get into good schools, and develop meaningful friendships, and have the latest gadgets but not give any thought to their children’s souls?

I don’t get it.

There are people I know who are wildly successful and their parents are so proud of them. I understand that but I don’t comprehend how anyone can think their children are in a good place when they don’t believe in God and practice their faith. I especially don’t get it when the parents are believers.

But that is the world we live in–people’s values are upside down. People equate success with goodness and make worldly values our goal. We chase the latest fashions, the fastest cars, the newest phones and call ourselves accomplished if we can get these things with the highest-paying jobs, the most prominent titles and the highest honors the world can bestow.

These are not bad things. It is just they are not the only thing. Or the most important thing.

What we should first and foremost impart to our children is our faith, our love of God and our hope for their future–particularly their future in the next life if they can live righteously and get to Heaven. That is the point of this life after all.

How few people seem to know this anymore and how detrimental it is when our greatest gift to our kids is the one we don’t give them.

The Pope, the President and the Photos: Don’t Be Fooled by the Smiles!

03/30/2014

The media made a big deal about the inaugural meeting between His Holiness Pope Francis and President Barack Obama. It was a meeting between the most popular leader on earth with the former most popular leader. The upside for Obama is that having a photo of him with the Holy Father may lead non-practicing Catholics to conclude that the pope supports the president’s agenda. The downside for practicing Catholics is that the media and many of the American people will act as though the pope is on Team Obama. After all, if the Church really opposes Obama’s promotion of abortion and gay marriage and his administration’s attacks on religious liberty, why would the pope meet with him or be seen smiling with him?

I would not meet with the president but I am not the pope. He believes in outreach and he is a world leader meeting with another leader. The pope was not endorsing Obama’s plan for this country. In fact, according to the Vatican, the pope and the president discussed issues of concern to the American Church including religious liberty. Recall that the Supreme Court just heard the case of religiously motivated corporations which demand that their First Amendment rights not be abridged by the contraception mandate buried within Obamacare.

The pope’s version of events differs from the administration’s. It seems that the pope used the meeting as an opportunity to defend life and religious freedom. The pope gave his latest encyclical, The Joy of the Gospel, to the president to read. Having read the encyclical, I know if Obama bothers to peruse it that he will find it educational and informative. It is the pope’s vision for the Church and the world based on the teachings of Jesus, Whom Obama claims to worship along with millions of other Americans.

Interestingly, I saw numerous statements in the encyclical that were previously attributed to the pope which in context did not have the same impact as when they were taken out of context. The pope is trying to get the world back to the values of Christendom. It involves a balancing of individual rights and community obligations. In America we have taken to extremes with liberals swinging toward socialism and communism, which the Catholic Church has always condemned, and the libertarian-conservatives becoming intensely individualistic at the expense of their fellow neighbor.

This is yet another reason why the federal government should not be getting involved in that which is beyond the powers granted to it in the U.S. Constitution. It is conservative Catholics who have it right. We believe in individual rights but they are balanced by our obligations to our fellow man. I think the pope understands that as have all popes. We have the right to support ourselves and our family but we have duties toward the less fortunate. But our acts must be voluntary since we have free will and should be motivated by our faith, not by government compulsion.

When government gets involved, it gets it wrong since our current state of polarized politics trumps our historical values as a nation. The ascendancy of some groups should not lead to the violation of the rights of less popular Americans under the First Amendment. This is why the right of a Catholic business not to provide a wedding cake to a homosexual couple should be respected. And why people of faith who know that some forms of birth control can be abortifacients should not have to violate their consciences because some women want to spend money on their lattes and iPhones instead of on their monthly pills.

I hope that the president is humble enough to learn from the pope and that he reads the encyclical. I also hope the American people are not fooled by the photo-op into thinking the pope has given the president his blessing on his war on Christianity. I am sure Francis prays for Obama since he is concerned that the most free nation on earth is losing its way. No smile can change that but prayer and repentance can.

Sick Society: Our Lost Youth

03/20/2014

I know every generation picks on the youth but things have really changed and not all of it is the rising generation’s fault. I don’t think we’ve had a worse set of folks coming of age since the Baby Boomers, who are some of the most selfish, immoral, and destructive Americans to have ever lived.

Young people generally are not considerate and do stupid things because they think they are invincible. They act before they think. The problem is we now have adults who continue this trend which is becoming dominant. Inspired by the young people who are drowning in narcissism due to social media, mainstream society is increasingly embracing their values. Indeed, the rise of extreme libertarianism is giving way to notions and policies that were unthinkable just one generation ago, maybe even only ten years ago. I am specifically talking about the legalization of marijuana and gay marriage.

To the extent that things are truly different now–we all used to say it but it simply was not true–one only needs to look at the computerization of our kids. We who are on the young side of middle age were not raised on the internet and all the blessings and curses it has created. It was supposed to connect us and it has isolated us. We all know the cliché of two people being out, possibly on a date, and instead of talking to each other, they stare into their phones. Our phones have become the center of our lives–our music, TV, conversation, socialization through Facebook and other social media sites, and access to the internet and everything that is available which consists of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

This alone makes the lives of the current generation radically different from the rest of us. They also are facing a country that is not what their parents or grandparents inherited. Somewhere along the line we stopped encouraging the young to be all they can and to achieve. We became a reality show culture where 15 minutes of fame has become more prized than finding the cure to cancer. Nancy Pelosi encourages the young to stay on their parents’ healthcare until age 26 and to follow their dreams to be artists, poets and the like.

How many poets do we need? How many contestants must we have on The Bachelor? Do the kids of today want to smoke pot so they can forget about the fact that we are quickly destroying their future? In a way I don’t blame them but eventually our society’s problems will be theirs to manage and we already saw what the stoned Baby Boomers did to our country.

Whether young people are to blame or not, they are doing things that are horrifying. There is the Duke University student who calls herself Belle Knox and pays for her tuition by making pornography, stripping and…releasing a line of sex toys (according to the New York Post, 3/19/14). We know women who have taken off their clothes instead of doing the hard work of taking a non-glamorous job to pay for school. After taking countless selfies and using a webcam since before they reach puberty, is it any wonder that young women like this would think it is “empowering”? She hides behind feminism in saying she likes “painful” sex and that it is arousing. She is 18. (New York Post)

Before she went to leftist Duke, where were her parents when she was learning to love painful sex that led to exhibitionism which may make her rich but which will destroy the little dignity she has left?

There are many more stories of our lost youth, including the sex-obsessed Miley Cyrus. She is famous but there are numerous young people who are lost even if they are not public perverts. It is a shame and we owe them so much more. We have abdicated our responsibility as a culture to our youth and they are suffering now whether they realize it or not. Mostly, they think they are liberated and cool and so much smarter. Looking something up on the internet is not the same as actually knowing something. Using a calculator or spellcheck doesn’t replace the need for a solid, moral education which teaches critical thinking skills.

Instead of this, we get kids learning about their classmates’ two daddies, or a whitewashed history of this country that de-emphasizes American achievement but focuses on other societies’ contributions to America whether real or imagined, or how to feel good about themselves even if they don’t try their best.

I feel for those with young children who don’t have much to look forward to unless we guide our youth as we used to do. The youth are the future–how they are telegraphs where the country is going. All the technology in the world won’t save this nation. A return to a sense of decency and old-fashioned values just might.


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