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Republican Convention - Photo by William Beutler2016 is turning out to be the strangest election season that we have seen in decades, and it may soon get far stranger.  At this point, most people assume that Donald Trump is going to be the Republican nominee, and without a doubt he has had a tremendous amount of success.  But because most of the states so far have apportioned delegates proportionally, Trump only has 44.8 percent of the delegates that have been awarded up to this point.  So Trump is going to have to do significantly better through the rest of the process in order to get to the magic number of 1,237 delegates, especially since not all of the delegates are awarded through the primaries and caucuses.  As Real Clear Politics has detailed, every state “is awarded so-called ‘RNC delegates,’ who are party officials with automatic credentials to the convention“.

Right now, more than 40 percent of all the delegates to the convention have already been awarded, and Trump is sitting at just 458.  To get to 1,237, he is going to have to do really well in the upcoming winner-take-all states.  That is why there is so much focus on Florida and Ohio on March 15th.  If Trump wins both of them, he will have a path to 1,237 delegates.  If he doesn’t, that is where things get tricky.

If Donald Trump shows up at the convention with fewer than 1,237 delegates, he will be vulnerable, and it is likely that the Republican establishment will try to steal the nomination away from him.

In order for that to happen, the rules of the convention will need to be changed.  Because right now the only candidates that are likely to be nominated under the current rules are Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

Morton Blackwell, a member of the Republican National Committee’s Standing Committee on Rules, authored a great article entitled “The Coming Trainwreck” in which he described what a mess the Republican convention rules are as of this moment.  The following is a brief excerpt in which he describes what would happen if no candidate received 1,237 votes on the first ballot…

First, a sizeable number of delegate votes cast will not be counted in the final tally of the first ballot because they will be cast for candidates who did not demonstrate, before the first ballot, that they had majorities in at least eight state delegations.

Second, the national rules provide that no one will get the presidential nomination on any ballot until someone receives at least 1,237 tallied delegate votes.

Third (and this will come as a surprise to most people), although delegate votes from states that hold primaries will be allocated by those state primaries to specific candidates on the first ballot, that does not mean that on subsequent ballots all delegates are free to vote for whomever they choose and to have those votes counted in a final tally on any ballot.

In fact, the state of Florida binds their delegates for the first three ballots.  Rules vary from state to state, and I am sure that we are going to hear a lot more about this if nobody has 1,237 delegates before the convention.

As the rules stand right now, no other candidates other than Trump or Cruz will even be able to be nominated at the convention because of a rule that the Mitt Romney campaign pushed for in 2012.  That rule requires that a candidate must have won at least eight states in order to be nominated.  Here is more from Morton Blackwell

In fact, as it now stands, the same Romney-created rule, Rule 40(b), that prevents votes from being tallied for candidates who could not prove majority support from at least eight state delegations also provides that candidates must prove that they meet the eight-state threshold “not less than one (1) hour prior to the placing of the names of candidates for nomination pursuant to this rule and the established order of business.” In other words, when the first ballot begins, no additional candidates can qualify to receive votes that will be counted.

Only candidates who meet the eight-state threshold required to receive votes that count on the first ballot can receive votes that count on subsequent ballots.

Of course these rules can still be changed.

In fact, they can be changed just shortly before the convention.

The Rules Committee is immensely powerful.  According to Time Magazine, they could very easily create a rule that says that “only candidates with blue hair” can be nominated, and nobody would be able to do anything about it.

So could they change the rules specifically to try to steal the nomination from Trump?

Of course they could.  In fact, new rules are already being proposed.  The following comes from the Daily Caller

A Republican National Committee member will propose an amendment to the GOP convention rules this summer that will allow any Republican candidate with at least one delegate to be “deemed” nominated on the first ballot.

“So, using Iowa as an example, every candidate receiving at least four percent of the vote in the Iowa caucuses will earn one delegate, and thus be nominated for consideration at the Republican National Convention,” North Dakota National Committeeman Curly Haugland, a member of the RNC Rules Committee, told The Daily Caller Tuesday.

It is interesting to note that if this new rule is implemented, the names that would be nominated on the first ballot would include Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Ben Carson, Rand Paul and Jeb Bush.

And it is also interesting to note that Karl Rove is now running around the country trying to rally establishment Republicans around an attempt to keep Donald Trump from getting to the magic number of 1,237.  The following comes from WND

At a meeting of Republican governors and donors in Washington, D.C., last month, Rove – dubbed the “architect” of George W. Bush’s election success – launched a movement to prevent Donald Trump from gaining the 1,237 delegates he needs in the primaries to win the GOP nomination on the first ballot at the party’s convention in Cleveland in July.

Last weekend, Rove stepped up his efforts to block Trump, arguing his case at the American Enterprise Institute’s World Forum in Sea Island, Georgia, a closed-to-the-press meeting of billionaire GOP donors, tech company CEOs and Republican establishment leaders.

The Republican establishment has a very deep playbook full of dirty tricks.  Just look at what they have done to the Ohio ballot.  I am a former lawyer, and I can’t even figure it out.

As I have said all along, the elite are going to move heaven and earth to keep Donald Trump out of the White House, and if that requires stealing the nomination from him at the convention, then that is exactly what they are going to do.

Of course if that happens there will be a massive uproar.  Perhaps that is why the Cleveland police are stocking up on riot gear in anticipation of what is going to happen at the Republican convention.

Let us hope that the nomination is clinched ahead of time.  Because a “brokered convention” would be a giant mess, and it would almost certainly hand the election to Hillary Clinton, and that is the worst possible outcome of all.

  • Preacher62

    Politics in general are a giant mess as is the world which has sought this avenue for their happiness and provision. We are under God’s judgment for the atrocities we have committed and only repentance and faith in the one true God offers any solution to the problems at hand.

    • PJ London

      I presume you are talking about your God, Mithra. As a Zoroastrian, I can only concur.

      • Preacher62

        No, I was more referring to Jesus Christ who created everything that is from nothing.

        • Holger Jahndel

          Preacher62>

          The Zoroastrians of Persia or Iran of the monotheistic Prophet Zarathustra are Monotheists like the Christians. The MAGOI or Astrologers of the New Testament of the bible in the Holy bible came to the birth of Christ. And MAGOI is a term for Zoroastrian Priests of Zoroastic Zarathustrism as the oldest monotheistic religion in the world. They gave presents to Christs birth, like gold, being a symbol
          for the newborn sun and SOL INVICTUS mystery cult in their religion. That is, why Christianity has the celebration of Christs Birth at 24. or 25. of December, former the date of the birth of the sun god and newborn sun or reborn sun SOL INVICTUS of the Mithras Cult. Jesus Christ was the NEWBORN SUN and king of the new aeon of the astrological Age of the Fishes for the Zoroastrians or Zarathustrians or MAGOI priests. The Incarnated logos and spiritual king and victorious sun, the magoi honored him with the symbols of their religion. That is, why the Christians have the SUNDAY as the holy day of Christianity and the mass of Christ and the service for god in church. The newer Christian rituals replaced the older Mithras Cult and SOL INVICTUS rituals, were women were NOT allowed to take part in and to celebrate the cult together with the men.
          The older SABBAT of the Jews was connected with the planet SATURN, the Planet of the judge and the harsh and hard mosaic law of the old testament. Saturn was the kings planet of the jews.
          So they celebrated the Sabbat at Saturday. But it can be said for sure, that Christianity has not only Jewish roots. It also has heritage of the Zoroastrism or Zarathustrism or Mithras Cult as a monotheistic religion. And is has roots and heritage of the Greece Philosophy in the old and new testament. Also Plato and his LOGOS term used the SUN as a symbol for god and divine Logos, also see the sun symbol and Greek philosophy in the old and the new testament of the bible.

      • Holger Jahndel

        Also the Greek Philosophers like Plato and Aristoteles were initiated in the Eleusinian Mystery Cults. And indeed Christianity also refers to the LOGOS of Platon in the Gospel of John and in the letters of St. Paul in the New Testament of the Bible. The Greek like the Persians and Egyptians were the third people in the Middle East or Orient, who had developed a moralic spiritual higher Monotheism. Except for the Jews, also taking some Greek Philosophy in the old testament of the bible. See the SEPTUAGINTA as the Greek parts of the bible in the Old Testament and the wisdom of Salomo with Greek SOPHIA or CHAKHEMA or CHOKHMA in Hebrew.
        The Spirit of Wisdom in the New Testament of the Bible. Sun woman.

  • Harry Merkin

    The fix is already in. Hillary will be our new president and I will cry.

    • Paul Patriot

      I agree. Do you think as a godless, unrepentant nation, we deserve to have freedom restored and get a president that will restore things?

      No, sadly, Hitlery is what this God rejecting nation who has accepted all kinds of depravity, deserves.

      Breaks my heart, but, people simply refuse to wake up and repent and speak out against the things that are offensive to a Holy God.

      • William Lutz

        Those are my exact words. A so called “Nation Under God” in which Americans slaughter babies, torture animals, destroy the environment, abuse drugs/alcohol, eat garbage, receive a paycheck without earning it, send kids to state schools against their will, support corrupt politicians, crave technology/social media, and promote sexual immorality.

        In a nutshell, America is a country of fat, lazy, apathetic, sexually defiant drug addicts. Adios USA!

  • Kent Harris

    There are six things the Lord hates,
    seven that are detestable to him:
    haughty eyes,
    a lying tongue,
    hands that shed innocent blood,
    a heart that devises wicked schemes,
    feet that are quick to rush into evil,
    a false witness who pours out lies
    and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
    Proverbs 6:16-19
    This will be the straw the broke the camel’s back and in no way should Christians just allow this corruption to occur. What I mean is that when those who are determined to destroy this country then you must fight. If that means taking up arms then so be it.

    • Paul Patriot

      Amen. Once hitlery gets in and gets in bed with the UN, and allows US to be grafted in to the global economy, thus, losing our sovereignty, and destroying the Constitution, then it is game over.

      If their is any taking up of arms, it had better be before the.
      This is why UN and our politicians are planning to disarm the population, so that they can easy control us.

      History warns of this over and over and over again…….we are very slow to learn, and when we finally “get it” it is too late.

    • watchmannonthewall

      #1- The taking up of arms will not solve anything but rather make things worse for many, somewhat, innocent people not involved. Especially if those who take up arms call themselves Christians! ALL Christians will be branded as traitors and enemies of the state. It may happen anyway, but why hurry it? God is in control!

      #2- The Biblical pattern is that God’s people who have submitted themselves to God will be taken care of, as were Daniel and his three friends. There were other examples given by Jeremiah. God is not obligated to deliver us, but since we are His bondservants, He can do with us what He
      wishes. Do you trust Him?

      #3 John, in the Revelation of Jesus Christ wrote, “If anyone has an ear [the reference to the ear is specific to bondservants who allow the Master to bore a hole through the ear as a sign of the servant’s love for his Master], let him hear. If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword [or any other killing device], with the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints.” (Rev. 13:10) I don’t see this passage as commanding armed resistance, but rather submission just as Jesus submitted!

      A good understanding of Scripture reveals God will be the one to bring judgement on those who mess with His people, just like it was at the time of the Exodus. The Israelites did not kill anyone. God killed the Egyptians and delivered them through it. Our responsibility is to make sure we, individually, are living as He said we are to live. (See 2 Chr. 7:14 and Daniel 9:1-19) He will handle the rest.

      “Therefore the days are coming, declares the LORD, when they will no longer say, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up AND LED BACK [just like the Exodus] the descendants of the household of Israel [Are you of the “household of faith”? Israel is all 12 tribes, not just the Jews], from the north countries where I had driven them.’ Then they will live on their own soil [As promised to Abraham and his descendants, per Paul in Gal. 3:15-18!].”

      God is in charge of this election, as always. It will fulfill His purposes. We do our part by informing, voting ,and campaigning for our candidates.

      • David Gillespie

        Doesn’t it also say sell your cloak and buy a sword? I personally don’t believe in God. However I I’m aware of the fact that this country was much better with Christian values then it is now. It was a much safer place. Even though I do not believe in God I would not object to Christian values being instilled again in our populace and our politicians.

        • watchmannonthewall

          David, that is a real good point and I really don’t have a good answer for the fact Jesus said it. As I typed my response, I tried to think of what I’d say if someone pointed this fact out. All I can say is that other than when God was actually taking Israel into Canaan by giving Israel specific fighting instructions, and also when it was holding the land, taking up arms against the government doesn’t conform with Scripture, which prohibits taking judicial matters into one’s own hands. Proper justice requires going through the proper channels.
          Paul even made his appeal to Nero, the ultimate ruler of Judea. Do you think Paul had a good understanding of Nero, or maybe just Roman Law which Nero didn’t respect? Sounds a bit like today, right?
          Could Jesus have actually been speaking of “purchasing”, or becoming even more familiar with the “Sword” of the Word of God? This would make sense.
          Good question and I will have to give it more thought and study. As to the earlier response to taking up arms against rulers, for the time being, I will stand by the earlier posting.

    • Barbara Smith

      I AGREE

  • William Lutz

    The political system is rigged and none of the candidates will be able to turn things around. No matter how this election pans out, this nation will end up in the fire pit.

    First of all, Hillary and Trump are both self serving, money grubbing, dishonest phonies who only want to impose their draconian agenda on everybody. They are capable of turning this country into some sort of dictatorship. Their level of authority is undemocratic and doesn’t belong here.

    Furthermore, if the mainstream GOP somehow manages to cheat Trump out of the nomination, there will probably be a violent uprising among Trump supporters. It would be a very awful picture to say the least.

    Either way we’re f***ed.

    • guest

      I’m good with the uprising going hot.
      I’m good with rewarding the traitors for their treason, all of them.
      I’m good with including their families because, ours are not sacred, why should theirs be ?
      I have no intention of cowering and obediently serving them, or their satanic master.
      In conclusion, if you the arrogant devise to steal our nation then my advice to you is as follows:
      Set a plate worms, hell is coming to breakfast with an enormous appetite.

  • William Gill

    Dear GOP – I pledge that if you ignore the people’s will and try to force us to vote for a candidate we did not choose, I will not vote at all. You will not manipulate me into backing anyone else and I will not accept the blame for the guaranteed loss this will bring you. Trump is the reason I decided to vote again and for so many of us it is Trump or nothing. We are not your pawns we are AMERICA!

  • David

    The people of the USA deserve their downfall for being so stupid as to allow such trickery and foul play.

  • Tark McCoy

    Time to convert those petro-dollars into K.Y.Jelly, ’cause it’s going up, and I’m not talking stock wise!

  • DJohn1

    The key words here are “Let’s Make A Deal.”
    Donald Trump is a deal maker.
    What do the established power brokers in D.C. actually have to lose?
    IF they allow him the nomination.
    IF Donald Trump goes on to become President.
    Those are very big “IFs”.
    IF Hillary is even allowed to run given her violations of security law. Violations of which make her a felon. I am not sure Felons can run for office.
    Bernie Sanders may be the Democrat nominee by default.
    IF someone does not step forward to take Hillary’s place.
    Such as the Vice President Joe Biden.
    What we have here is a runaway train. That train cannot be brought under control by applying the brakes. It will derail the entire thing.
    It can be slowed down by apply the brakes a little bit at a time.
    The country has errored in allowing the Presidency to become too powerful. Executive orders were never meant to be permanent law. But they should expire when a President retires from office.
    The design originally was set up so that anyone could be President and be offset by the other two branches of government.
    Check and Balances meant that no matter who became President it could still work.
    The deal I speak of with Donald Trump is simple. He has to put a moderate Republican in as his Vice President. John Kasich would be ideal in that role.
    In order for that to happen, John Kasich must throw his delegates to Donald Trump with the understanding that he will become Vice President if they win.
    He has to give responsibilities to the Vice President when he is elected. One of which is Second in charge of Foreign Policy.
    Gov. John Kasich has a very good track record in Ohio and the Congress of getting things done.
    Donald has the popular vote. He can and will make the Republican Party if given the chance. What needs to happen is there has to be a broker between him and the established power brokers in charge in order for it to work. Otherwise you will have chaos.
    We do not need desperate people in charge of anything. That includes the second runner up Ted Cruz.
    My solution might even work.

    • Gay Veteran

      how many “free trade” agreements did Kasich vote for?

      “During the sixth Republican presidential primary debate, on January 14, 2016, John Kasich discussed his support from trade: “I’m a free trader. I support NAFTA. I believe in the PTT [sic] because it’s important those countries in Asia are interfacing against China….”

  • William Lutz

    I agree with a few things Trump says, but he is not very trustworthy.

    • Holger Jahndel

      I suppose, Establishment might reactivate Al Gore if Hillary Clinton fails because of corruption scandals!
      They might bring him into the Game against Bernie Sanders, the Social Democrat, and Donald Trump!

  • Tom

    ICELAND figured it out in 2008…I don’t see why we can’t do the same.

  • afchief

    If Rubio and Kacish would drop out NOW Ted Cruz would win this thing.

  • afchief

    I do not trust Trump. Trump pushes for universal healthcare, praises the individual mandate, praises PP, donates to leftists, says the Dems are better economically, advocates for torture against the law, promises to expand government subsidies, promises to expand the H1B visa program, allegedly said that all of his rhetoric on immigration is to dupe the voters, praises his partial-birth abortion loving sister as a great judge, has illegal aliens working for his properties, defrauds students of Trump university, uses the government to try to force an elderly widow off of her property so he can build a limo parking lot, threatens frivolous lawsuits but never follows up on them, curses, runs away from debates, promises to deal with Iran, the Palestinians, and radical leftists, pushes the gay agenda, praised the beauty of the gay wedding he went to, does not self-finance his campaign (loans to it and receives an additional 30% in outside donations), condemns Pamela Geller and the Draw Muhammad Contest participants for exercising their 1st amendment rights, condemns Kim Davis for exercising her 1st amendment rights, promises to keep governmental control over the vast amount of land grabs they have conducted in the west, etc……..Now try to unpack all of those with your excuses and justifications for Trump if you can!

    Ted Cruz 2016

    • William Lutz

      Good point on Trump. However, I want NOBODY 2016. Ted Cruz is a fine man with good intentions, but he doesn’t have the strong knack to change the direction of this country. None of the candidates have that ability.

    • Holger Jahndel

      If all this is true, than Donald Trump might be as worse as corrupt and criminal Hillary Clinton. Read the books and articles of the independent and investigative Journalists THORN (and those of F. William Engdahl, see his website and BLOG) at AMERICAN FREE PRESS with Pat Buchanan and Dr. Craig Roberts about the Clintons!
      That is why I would prefer Social-Democrat Bernie Sanders.
      Although I suppose , if Hillary Clinton should be made unbelieveable in public because of her corruptions and crimes and refusing to reintroduce the abolished Glass Steagall law against destructive financial speculations, that the Establishment might re-activate Al Fore to replace her.
      Bernie Sanders might be a total nightmare for the Democratic Establishment. He would be as worse for the Globalists (Neoliberals and Neocons and the Geopoliticans) as Lyndon LaRouche and Pat Buchanan.

    • Gay Veteran

      Ted Cruz (R-Goldman Sachs)

      comment on another blog:

      Do not forget that Cruz voted for TPA (to give authority to “fast-track” negotiate the TPP to President Obama) and wrote an OpEd for the Wall Street journal promoting TPA, both in 2015 and the latter co-authored with Paul Ryan of The House! Never mind his desire to increase H1b Visas, all of which destroy high paying American jobs… by 500%!

      That, my friends, is what you’re “buying” with a vote for Cruz — more offshoring, more lost jobs and more personal financial******delivered by a so-called “conservative outsider.”

      Taqiyya is not only for muslims, you know.

      It appears it’s also a good moniker for Ted Cruz.

      Or maybe we should just call him Nixon.

      My assertion: Ted Cruz is a Wall Street, globalist, one-world plant. If you support him this nation dies.

      • afchief

        It is true that Cruz initially supported the TPA. However, after doing his due diligence, he uncovered TISA provisions and provisions tied to the export/import bank that were a very bad deal. McConnell blatantly lied to his face by telling him that those provisions would not be included in the legislation. But, Cruz uncovered the truth, exposed McConnell by calling him out as a liar on the senate floor, and proceeded to educate his colleagues about the deception. On the final vote, Cruz voted against TPA. Marco Rubio had to be flown in to Washington in an emergency by the establishment to get the bill to pass! TPP has not been voted on yet and Cruz has consistently stated that he would not support it.

        • Gay Veteran

          well I’m impressed, you wrote all that and not one word about “fudge”.

          there may be hope for you yet

      • AZFan

        Thx for bringing up, you are so right, i dont trust ted, he is bought and paid for, i hope trump does what he says and can stop the clintons. I feel like the country is just wanting to see the first woman pres, after this will be the first openly gay pres, probably clay aiken, then a openly muslim pres and then the anti christ.

    • Holger Jahndel

      @afchief:

      There are successfull economic systems and modern tax systems in Scandinavia with Sweden and Finnland and in Iceland!

      Even the Japanese want to introduce the Scandinavian Swedish tax modell in their country as the national taxt system of National Economy and the Benefit of the middle class producing the most jobs! And also CANADA is doing better than the neoliberal Neocon USA with the neoliberal Globalists!

      Neoliberalism has spread from the city of London and mass media like the failed fraud Monetarism of MIlton Friedman of the University of Chicago! The USA are deindustrialized by neoliberal free trade and destructive financial speculations and are loosing their whole industrial basis and the middle class is melting away now!

      • afchief

        Christianity says “what’s mine is yours” Socialism and Communism says “What’s yours is mine” as you can see, it is the complete opposite satan works in opposites, turning the world upside down and the brainwashed think the Christians are turning the world upside down when the attempt is right side up

        Socialism/liberalism is the government micromanaging the details in everyone’s lives by means of taking from those who have and distributing it in a very unproductive way to those who don’t have so much. Socialism breeds corruption, laziness, oppression, etc.

        Capitalism is man taking care of himself in a competitive but predominately cooperative market system. Capitalism breeds independence, interdependence, personal responsibility, freedom, etc

        You can’t “spread” wealth. By “spreading” wealth you only destroy it. That has been proven again and again.

        Although the leftists deny it, wealth is nothing without the people that create it. There is a reason that some people are rich and others are not. It’s called HARD WORK!!! Something you leftist do not understand.

        After the “spreaded” wealth has been consumed it will be the same people that are rich and the same that cry for having nothing

        • Holger Jahndel

          @afchief: There is something most Neoliberals and Neocons and fans of Capitalism and of Monetarism of Milton Friedman and Fans of Ayn Rands fraud philosophy of so called “Objectivism” do not understand:

          THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN Capitalism BASED ON Free Trade and Fincial speculations and private banks controlling the national Currency and vampiric stockings – and between a real and reasonable free marktes economy with a Republic or a democratic national state (like in Sandinavia with Sweden and Finnland and Iceland or like in Switzerland with the decentral EFTA and direct democracy and strong federalism for example!) making the laws and bringing a reasonable rational order into Economy.
          The Franklin Delano Roosevelt New Deal for example – with the now abolished Glass Steagall law (abolished during Bill Clintons neoliberal rule), see Abraham Lincoln rejecting free trade and private banks currency and see John F. Kennedy fighting the private banks controlling the FED or Federal Reserve Bank by creating a silver dollar as a currency (see also Ron Pauls books and articles about FED or Federal reserve System). I support the ideas of Al Gore and Lyndon LaRouche and his international LaRouche Movement and of Pat Buchanan and of Heinberg (see his articles and books about PEAK OIL and PEAK EVERYTHING!).

          The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy (Studies in Ethics and Economics)

          von Thomas E. Woods Jr. (Autor)

          In The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy, Thomas E. Woods Jr. makes a vigorous argument in favor of the market economy from a Catholic perspective. Filling a lapse in the debate on the role of religious thought in economic theory, Woods’s uncompromising position, informed by the history of Catholic economic thought, shows that the long-seen contradiction between Catholic faith and support for the market economy does not exist. With attention to detail on almost all aspects of the free market, from the Federal Reserve System and inflation to antitrust legislation and labor issues, this book provides essential background for anyone interested in balancing issues of social conscience with modern economic principles.

          Should be required reading for any university or seminary course in social sciences that is supposed to be grounded in Catholic social teaching. Woods puts his case with such rigor and lucidity that there is probably no other text that is more effective in supporting a discussion of the application of the Church’s social teaching to specific economic issues. Economic Affairs Woods’ book is a welcome antidote to the various combinations of economic incompetence and self-righteous posturing – “liberation theology,” New Deal welfarism, social democratic interventionism, distributism – that too often masquerade as the only “authentic” interpretations of Catholic social teaching. Every Catholic – and especially every Catholic bishop – ought to consider its arguments before speaking out on economic policy. — Edward Feser, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University Thomas Woods uses the unique perspective of the Austrian School of Economics to present a clear, compelling, and uncompromising argument that the moral teachings of the Catholic Church are completely compatible with free market capitalism. Arguing that faith should be coupled with the best of secular science in policy advocacy, Woods also shows that some elements of Catholic social doctrine are the unfortunate result of factual error rather than the application of moral principle. — Samuel Bostaph, Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Dallas Finally, someone who truly understands the science of economics has given us the most thorough examination of Catholic Social Teaching yet available. I highly recommend … to all desiring to see the Catholic Church’s role in the economic realm in a proper light. It should be required reading for priests, bishops, and seminarians, as well as clerics of other denominations, as a remedy for the socialism that has crept into religious circles over the past century. — William R. Luckey, Chairman and Professor, Political Science and Economics Department, Christendom College A fine contribution to the debate concerning the possible and the proper reconciliation of Catholic social doctrine with free-market economics. Professor Woods finds an interesting niche in such a complex and uneven discussion…the author writes with splendid clarity, succeeding in explaining not-so-simple economic questions in very simple terms. Christian Social Thought The Church and the Market is an essential tool for the Catholic free-market intellectual who is fighting the pro-state biases that too often set the terms for economic discussions of modern Catholic social teaching. From welfare and wage policies to distributist demagoguery, Woods speaks classical liberal truth to today’s dominant modernist authorities, challenging them to accept at least a modicum of economic rigor into their analyses. As a result, he provides an important contribution toward defining the correct context of Catholic social teaching for the next century. — Christopher Westley, Assistant Professor of Economics, Jacksonville State University Woods’ coverage of a vast terrain (economics, history, theology, philosophy, and politics) is concise, but not breezy… The best writing draws attention to itself only after it has been read. If the reader reflects on the human source of his literary delight, he may feel a debt of gratitude such as I felt after reading each of Woods’ chapters. Woods’ firm literary hand assures the reader that he is not in over his head and delivers a work that, for all its learning, goes down smoothly. — Anthony Flood, http://www.LewRockwell.com Woods’ central message, that sound moral statements about economic issues have to be grounded in sound economics is to my mind incontrovertible. And, in the main, Woods brings this message home with well-reasoned and well-presented analysis. Both the message and the analysis deserve careful reflection. Homiletic & Pastoral Review Woods is an all-too-rare Catholic writer, one who is well versed in both Church doctrine and free-market economics… The Church and the Market is a valuable book. Crisis A person with no interest at all in Catholic social thinking can still benefit from [The Church and the Market]. The author writes with splendid clarity, succeeding in explaining not-so-simple economic questions in very simple terms… A fine contribution to the debate concerning the possible and proper reconciliation of Catholic social doctrine with free-market economic Journal of Markets & Morality Woods, one of the best classical liberal scholars of his generation, has once more placed us in his debt with this lucid and tightly argued book. Mises Review A highly readable book that reflects much effort by a serious and gentlemanly scholar. Quarterly Journal Of Austrian Economics The Church and the Market makes a convincing case that the 16th Century Scholastics anticipated elements of Austrian economics. More generally, it shows that religion is not necessarily antithetical to an appreciation of what the study of economics can offer…Woods’ contribution is that he reminds us of the theological origins of many economic concepts that we teach our undergraduates today. Heterodox Economics Newsletter

          Synopsis

          Filling a lapse in the debate on the role of religious thought in economic theory, The Church and the Market A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy, informed by the history of Catholic economic thought, shows that the long-seen contradiction between Catholic faith and support for the market economy does not exist.

        • Holger Jahndel

          @afchief:

          Also see Prof. Margrit Kenendy about SILVIO GESELL and BIOREGIONALISM!

          Prof. Dr. Margrit Kennedy

          was an architect, an ecologist, a financial expert and a critic of the prevailing economic system. As a Professor she headed the department of “Technological Advancement and Resource Efficient Construction” at the University of Hannover’s architecture school. As early as 1982 she recognized that the broader application of ecological principles were inhibited by fundamental flaws in the monetary system, especially the consistent need for economic growth resulting from interest and compound interest. Through her continuous research and scrutiny she became an expert on the subject, working on practical solutions for essential Problems:

          How can we create a sustainable monetary system?

          What characterizes monetary systems which do not collapse repeatedly and which serve us rather than control us?

          Where can we find examples of well-working monetary systems in the past and present?

          http://www.margritkennedy.de/index.php?lang=EN

          Curriculum Vitae

          Foto Margrit KennedyProf. Dr. Margrit Kennedy was an architect with a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a Ph.D. in Public and International Affairs. Over the span of her long career, she published books, articles and reports on community school planning and building, women and architecture, urban ecology, permaculture, money, land and tax systems. She also practised architecture and urban planning in Brazil, Nigeria, Scotland, the USA and Germany and worked as a professor for Ecological Building Technologies at the Department of Architecture, University of Hanover.

          For more than 28 years, she lived in the eco-village of Lebensgarten in Steyerberg, Lower Saxony. In 1982, her work in ecological architecture led her to the discovery that it is virtually impossible to carry out sound ecological concepts on the scale required today without fundamentally altering the present money system or creating new complementary currencies.

          Her book ‘Interest and Inflation-Free Money, Creating an Exchange Medium that works for Everybody and Protects the Earth’ was published first in 1987 and updated and revised in 1995: Seva International, Mumbai, India & Okemos, Michigan, USA – wcbpllc@voyager.net, you can find it here…

          As a consultant in complementary currencies, she helped in the preparation for creating a sustainable money system with demurrage for the planned international city of Auroville, India, for (the city of Santiago de) Cali, Columbia, and for different regions in Argentina, Germany and New Zealand. From 1988 – 2004 Margrit and her husband, Prof. Declan Kennedy, ran international workshops on different aspects of monetary reform, in both English and German, in Steyerberg, Germany.

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        • Holger Jahndel

          @afchief: Also read Ron Pauls books and articles about the Federal Reserve System of the FED – the US Federal Reserve Bank controlled by private banks like Goldmann-Sachs and Chase Manhattan Bank of the Rockefellers and Morgan Stanley or Stanley Morgan. The criminal Federal Reserve System John F. Kennedy wanted to stop. Also read the theologist G. Edward Griffin and the US Senator Ron Paul and his son Rand Paul. Or Michael C. Ruppert R.I.P. and Lyndon LaRouche and the LaRouche Movement!

          The Creature from Jekyll Island : A Second Look at the Federal Reserve Paperback – May, 1998

          by G. Edward Griffin (Author)

          Where does money come from? Where does it go? Who makes it? The money magicians’ secrets are unveiled. We get a close look at their mirrors and smoke machines, their pulleys, cogs, and wheels that create the grand illusion called money. A dry and boring subject? Just wait!

          You’ll be hooked in five minutes. Reads like a detective story – which it really is. But it’s all true. This book is about the most blatant scam of all history. It’s all here: the cause of wars, boom-bust cycles, inflation, depression, prosperity.

          Creature from Jekyll Island is a “must read.” Your world view will definitely change. You’ll never trust a politician again – or a banker.

    • AZFan

      Read about how ted cruz wanted to quintuple the green card scam, i know people that were laid off then had to train their foreign replacement. Ted lied about being backed by goldman sachs and his wife works there. I dont trust the rich jews at goldman, they pay off politicians left and right and pushed free trade and globalization, they also made the real estate market crash worse, they are evil. I cant believe teds interview with ingram back in the summer how he says there are many benefits to green cards and ingram questions him on the corporate green card abuse and he says im not aware of that. He has switched sides on issues too. I will vote trump, i would vote cruz if he wins nomination but i just really think trump has the best chance to stop the corrupt clinton machine.

  • Guest

    Afcheif…I’m a foreigner and can tell you Cruz wouldn’t win this thing! Hope is nice but come one, trump appears unstoppable at this point. Cruz is actually starting to slip it seems.

    Just out of curiosity, does it offend Americans that they can speak up and vote but it really doesn’t matter as the “establishment” is gonna pick who they want anyways? It seems like all this campaigning is to give Americans the illusion of democracy when behind the scenes the “establishment” ignores the peasants anyways? I see why so many Americans don’t waste their time voting!

  • Holger Jahndel

    The international EIR NEWS AGENCY ONLINE of the LaRouche Movement, beyond neoliberal postmodern Globalist mainstream Media with the manipulations and lies and frauds of the Neoliberals and Neocons and Geopoliticians and the financial network of the City of London and the corporations and bankers and Globalisation

    http://news.eirna.com/

    Rigged Democracy – Nearly 10% Of Democratic Party Superdelegates Are Lobbyists

    Tyler Durden’s pictureSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 03/10/2016 22:00 -0500

    Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

    On July 25, these superdelegates will cast votes at the Democratic National Convention for whomever they want, regardless of primary and caucus outcomes. Democrats like to describe superdelegates as mostly elected officials and prominent party members, including President Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

    But this group, which consists of 21 governors, 40 senators and 193 representatives, only makes up about a third of the superdelegates. Many of the remaining 463 convention delegates are establishment insiders who get their status after years of donations and service to the party. Dozens of the 437 delegates in the DNC member category are registered federal and state lobbyists, according to an ABC News analysis.

    In fact, when you remove elected officials from the superdelegate pool, at least one in seven of the rest are former or current lobbyists registered on the federal and state level, according to lobbying disclosure records.

    – From the ABC News article: The Reason Why Dozens of Lobbyists Will Be Democratic Presidential Delegates

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-03-10/rigged-democracy-%E2%80%93-nearly-10-democratic-party-superdelegates-are-lobbyists

    Daily Peak Oil Blog

    http://www.mikeruppert.blogspot.de/

    From the Wilderness’ Peak Oil Blog

    With the arrival of Peak Oil, the curtain has closed on Act 1 of the drama Petroleum Man. What will happen in Act 2? Chekhov said, “If there’s a gun on the wall at the beginning of the play, by the end it must go off.” In the world’s nuclear arsenal are many guns on the wall. If life copies art, will there be an Act 3 in which the players, having learned their lesson the hard way, live sustainably? To explore these and other questions… FTW’s Act 2 Blog. Read, comment, take heart! Orkin

    FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016

    From Jenna Orkin

    Rigged Democracy – Nearly 10% Of Democratic Party Superdelegates Are Lobbyists

    Peak Oil and 9.11.

    http://www.fromthewilderness.com/

    Also see Prof. Margrit Kenendy about SILVIO GESELL and BIOREGIONALISM!

    Prof. Dr. Margrit Kennedy

    was an architect, an ecologist, a financial expert and a critic of the prevailing economic system. As a Professor she headed the department of “Technological Advancement and Resource Efficient Construction” at the University of Hannover’s architecture school. As early as 1982 she recognized that the broader application of ecological principles were inhibited by fundamental flaws in the monetary system, especially the consistent need for economic growth resulting from interest and compound interest. Through her continuous research and scrutiny she became an expert on the subject, working on practical solutions for essential Problems:

    How can we create a sustainable monetary system?

    What characterizes monetary systems which do not collapse repeatedly and which serve us rather than control us?

    Where can we find examples of well-working monetary systems in the past and present?

    http://www.margritkennedy.de/index.php?lang=EN

    Curriculum Vitae

    Foto Margrit KennedyProf. Dr. Margrit Kennedy was an architect with a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a Ph.D. in Public and International Affairs. Over the span of her long career, she published books, articles and reports on community school planning and building, women and architecture, urban ecology, permaculture, money, land and tax systems. She also practised architecture and urban planning in Brazil, Nigeria, Scotland, the USA and Germany and worked as a professor for Ecological Building Technologies at the Department of Architecture, University of Hanover.

    For more than 28 years, she lived in the eco-village of Lebensgarten in Steyerberg, Lower Saxony. In 1982, her work in ecological architecture led her to the discovery that it is virtually impossible to carry out sound ecological concepts on the scale required today without fundamentally altering the present money system or creating new complementary currencies.

    Her book ‘Interest and Inflation-Free Money, Creating an Exchange Medium that works for Everybody and Protects the Earth’ was published first in 1987 and updated and revised in 1995: Seva International, Mumbai, India & Okemos, Michigan, USA – wcbpllc@voyager.net, you can find it here…

    As a consultant in complementary currencies, she helped in the preparation for creating a sustainable money system with demurrage for the planned international city of Auroville, India, for (the city of Santiago de) Cali, Columbia, and for different regions in Argentina, Germany and New Zealand. From 1988 – 2004 Margrit and her husband, Prof. Declan Kennedy, ran international workshops on different aspects of monetary reform, in both English and German, in Steyerberg, Germany.