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Sign the Petition Asking Pope Francis to admonish President Obama for persecuting the ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’

Sr. Mary Bernard LSP

Sign this important petition from Catholics for America TODAY by clicking on the link at the bottom.  Pope Francis and Barack Obama meet tomorrow.  So, time is of the essence.  The following post is entitled Petition: Ask His Holiness, Pope Francis to admonish President Obama for persecuting Catholic groups such as the ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’ below:

Catholics for America

Friends, below is a petition letter to Pope Francis that we hope you will sign.  We believe it is important that the Holy Father hear from his flock in America about our concerns as Catholic lay persons especially in grave matters.

Your Holiness,

President Obama is trying to force Catholic groups in the U.S. such as the ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’ to abandon their Catholic conscience and pay for services inconsistent with life and Catholic Church teaching.

President Obama is doing this through his unjust law popularly known by him as ‘ObamaCare’ and one of its directives known as the ‘HHS mandate.’

When President Obama meets with you on March 27, 2014, I humbly ask in the spirit of Matthew’s Gospel that you admonish him for his persecution of Catholic persons, businesses and others of good will who are suffering under his unjust law.

Also, in solidarity with my Middle Eastern Christian brothers and sisters and others of good will, I ask that you admonish President Obama for his support of their political persecutors.

God bless you and be assured of my prayers.

Click here to sign the petition.

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O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Obama and Democratic Party knew they would terminate 7 to 11 million individual health plans

obamacare cost up 65%Yes, President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party knew that nearly 11 million people (this number might be low) would lose health insurance over their new Healthcare law (aka Obamacare or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).)

President Obama knew the coverage would be dropped because the regulations in Obamacare are his own as detailed below by this excerpt from an NBC News article and the NBC News (VIDEO) repeats at minutes 1:55 below:

“Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, “the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range.””

“That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.”

The article then gives two examples where Obama still promised coverage in 2009 and 2012 even though he knew it would be terminated:

“Yet President Obama, who had promised in 2009, “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan,” was still saying in 2012, “If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.””

and more

“Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent.  And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.””

Democratic Party, House minority leader, Steny Hoyer admitted they knew people would be dropped but, persisted in defending their false statements:

“We knew that there would be some policies that would not qualify and therefore people would be required to get more extensive coverage,” Hoyer said in response to a question from National Review.”

and

“I don’t think the message was wrong.  I think the message was accurate…”

Next November 2014 we will discover if the Democratic Party can pull off their grand deception:  gaining seats in Congress by hailing the Healthcare law.  Will the people of the United States punish the Democratic Party for lying to them about the Healthcare law that costs the people too much, doesn’t work and cannot be fixed?

Will the people who are members of the Democratic Party recoil at the lies of their Democratic politicians and refuse to vote for them or leave their party?

The people may have a chance to show President Obama and the Democratic Party their shock toward such a bad government program next Tuesday November 5th.   This chance is the rejection of Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe;  A big supporter of the failed Healthcare law.  The Republican candidate, Ken Cuccinelli filed the first lawsuit challenging the Healthcare law.

As one of the Democratic Party’s Healthcare law supporters, McAuliffe finally is proven to be a manipulator of the people.  While Cuccinelli is proven to be the people’s defender.

Maybe the people of Virginia will show us the way by rejecting a deceptive false-leader like McAuliffe and rewarding a true leader like Cuccinelli.

Auto Dealer Association Executive Says Obama’s Auto Industry Claims are Inaccurate and Omit Facts

The president of an automobile dealers association wrote a critique of President Obama’s October 13, 2012 weekly video address about the Auto Industry.

Peter Hodges, president of the Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association in Oklahoma City, OK wrote the following as a press release on October 18, 2012:

            In President Obama’s October 13, 2012 weekly address he said broadly that the auto industry “was flat-lining” in 2008-2009 and on the verge of collapse.  He was referring to Chrysler and General Motors as the “auto industry.”  Yes, the auto industry was struggling.  However, it is important to know that there are a total of 17 automakers that have 41 brands with over 17,000 dealerships that sell their automobiles in America.  Two automakers out of seventeen do not make up the entire auto industry in the U.S.

            The President said that “we refused to let Detroit go bankrupt.”  Why would President Obama say this when he oversaw Chrysler and GM into bankruptcyChrysler filed chapter 11 bankruptcy on April 30, 2009 and GM filed chapter 11 bankruptcy on June 1, 2009.

            The President said that, “auto sales are the highest they’ve been in four years.”  But, he doesn’t say why.  It is true that new auto sales are stronger today but, this is due to pent-up demand.  What this means is consumers are simply making the new automobile purchases that they held off making in late 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. In metro Oklahoma City for example, compare those year’s new auto sales with 2007 (the last normal year for sales.)  New auto sales were down -11.2% in 2008, down -31.6% in 2009, down -26.7% in 2010 and down -18.2% in 2011.  Consumers held on to their cars longer than normal in those years because of a lack of confidence and lack certainty in the economy and marketplace.  At some point, cars and trucks must be replaced.  Since automobiles are in fact a need today, the consumer will replace their aging car or truck despite a prolonged bad economy.  Therefore, auto sales have had a strong increase because of a simple need for reliable transportation and not because of confidence in the economy and marketplace.  Metro OKC’s new auto sales in 2012 are estimated to be up 2.4% over 2007 due to pent-up demand.

            President Obama said, “…we’re not just making more cars and trucks – we’re making better ones” and that “we” raised new fuel economy standards to “almost 55 miles per gallon.”  Unfortunately, this political decision will also raise the cost of automobiles by more than $5,000 per vehicle.

            What President Obama omitted from his address was that while he oversaw Chrysler and General Motors into bankruptcy he unnecessarily terminated over 2,200 new auto dealerships that were self-sufficient, family owned businesses.  They were terminated under the false premise that they were an expense on their auto manufacturer.  Terminated auto dealers cannot sell their closed properties and are still paying off mortgages on them. The dealership closures caused 120,000 dealership employees to lose their jobs.  The President also took away the pensions of at least 20,000 automotive related workers in Ohio during these bankruptcies.  This injustice of dealership terminations was recognized by President Obama’s Special Inspector General on TARP, Neil Barofsky, who stated in an interview on CNBC in regard to his report on dealership terminations (SIGTARP) that, “This (Obama’s) Auto Team…didn’t have a single person on it who had any auto experience…We asked Ron Bloom, the head of (Obama’s) Auto Team, was this (dealership closures) necessary…and he acknowledged that this…wasn’t necessary.”

 Link to President Obama’s Weekly Address video here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/10/12/weekly-address-one-million-american-jobs-saved-and-stronger-american-auto-industry

The auto dealers association position is my profession.  The National Association of American Lay Catholics is the organization I founded to act on my passion to defend the Catholic Church with other Catholic lay persons.

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Obama Oversaw Automaker Bankruptcies: He Now Says He Refused to Let Them Go Bankrupt (Video)

In President Obama’s own White House weekly video address on October 13, 2012 he said the following:

“We refused to let Detroit go bankrupt.”

The problem with President Obama’s statement is that it is NOT TRUE.  He oversaw Chrysler and GM into bankruptcy.  Chrysler filed chapter 11 bankruptcy on April 30, 2009 and GM filed chapter 11 bankruptcy on June 1, 2009.  President Obama’s “Auto Team” handled (but, caused great damage) these bankruptcies.  Click here for that story.

Go to (0:54 or 54 seconds) in the video below to see President Obama contradict himself by saying, “We refused to let Detroit go bankrupt.”

For those of you unfamiliar with auto industry jargon, the name “Detroit” refers to the three Detroit, Michigan (or nearby suburbs) based automakers;  Chrysler, Ford and General Motors (GM.)  In this case, the President is only referring to Chrysler and General Motors.  At times in this video he uses the phrase, “The Auto Industry” too broadly.  Going beyond the size and scope of Chrysler and GM.

There are other inaccuracies and omissions in this video that need clarification like; the size and scope of the auto industry, correct interpretation of current auto sales, claims of saving one million jobs, the impact of higher fuel standards and dealership terminations.  But, those clarifications are for another time.

An error like this from President Obama on White House video is striking.  Because it is on a produced and scripted White House video, it shows me that the President doesn’t have the critical business knowledge needed for the job.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

President Obama vs. Catholicism on Unemployment (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Section 2436)

There are 23 million Americans (Bureau of Labor Statistics) unemployed, underemployed or have given up looking for employment under President Obama.  President Obama has contributed to unemployment by deliberately putting people out of work.  For example he took away 120,000 persons jobs in the auto industry by deliberately closing over 2,200 auto dealerships during bankruptcy.  The auto dealers not only lost their dealerships.  They lost their jobs too.  Many of these persons and dealerships were in states like Ohio.

The Catholic Church’s teaching on unemployment can be found in section 2436 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church which is written in the context of the Seventh Commandment, “You shall not steal”:

CCC 2436      “Unemployment almost always wounds its victim’s dignity and threatens the equilibrium of his life. Besides the harm done to him personally, it entails many risks for his family.”

Join your Church in defending the human dignity of the worker and his family from President Obama’s wounding unemployment.  Share this information with friends.

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Catholic Voters Will Very Likely Determine the Winner of the Presidential Election

Why will Catholic voters very likely determine the winner of the presidential election in 2012?

In presidential elections the winner of the Catholic vote usually wins the national popular vote, the electoral college and the presidency.

Below are the winners of the Catholic vote from the past sixteen presidential elections with the approximate percentage they received (source: George J. Marlin and Michael Barone, American Catholic Voter: Two Hundred Years Of Political Impact (2006.)

1. 1948 – Harry Truman won the Catholic vote 65%-35%
2. *1952 – Adlai Stevenson won the Catholic vote 51%-49%
3. 1956 – Dwight D. Eisenhower won the Catholic vote 55%-45%
4. 1960 – John F. Kennedy won the Catholic vote 82%-18%
5. 1964 – Lyndon B. Johnson won the Catholic vote 78%-22%
6. *1968 – Hubert Humphrey won the Catholic vote 55%-37%
7. 1972 – Richard Nixon won the Catholic vote 63%-37%
8. 1976 – Jimmy Carter won the Catholic vote 56%-44%
9. 1980 – Ronald Reagan won the Catholic vote 50%-47%
10. 1984 – Ronald Reagan won the Catholic vote 56%-46%
11. *1988 – Michael Dukakis won the Catholic vote 52%-48%
12. 1992 – Bill Clinton won the Catholic vote 44%-35% (Bush),20% (Perot)
13. 1996 – Bill Clinton won the Catholic vote 53%-37% (Dole), 9% (Perot)
14. *2000 – Al Gore won the Catholic vote 50%-47%
15. 2004 – George W. Bush won the Catholic vote 52%-47%
16. 2008 – Barack Obama won the Catholic vote 54%-45%

* Note: Exceptions were in 1952, 1968, 1988 and 2000.

These statistics show the obvious importance of winning the Catholic vote in 2012. Here are some major issues of our time in the American political sphere; abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, manipulation of the poor, same-sex marriage, violations of conscience, violations of religious liberty, manipulation of the economy, centralized planning, collectivism, socialism, repression of thought and class warfare.

How does President Obama and Catholicism align on the above issues?

• President Obama ACCEPTS them
• Catholicism REJECTS them

The rejection of these issues can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) and Pope Leo XIII’s, Rerum Novarum paragraph 19. The following graphic illustrates where these issues can be found in the Catechism:

The incompatibility of Catholic teaching with Barack Obama’s positions seems so obvious due to so many contradictory positions that it is perplexing that the Catholic vote could reach or exceed 50% for Obama.

So, why do Catholics consider voting for Obama?

1. False “community organizations” have manipulated too many Catholics to not know the difference between “socialism” and “social justice” by teaching them that private property can be involuntarily redistributed by the government/political authority. Catholicism believes in “voluntary” distribution because the involuntary action is totalitarian and atheistic, as taught by the Church’s rejection of centralized planning/socialism.  For a an accurate reading on “social Justice’ click on Social Justice: Not What You Think It Is.

2. Because Catholic Democrat leaders and others have manipulated Catholic Social Teaching’s (CST) terminology to be euphemisms for socialism. Thus, manipulating Catholic voters to accept socialistic views as Catholic views and thus make them comfortable enough to vote contrary to their conscience and the truth.  They also abuse Church teaching on the death penalty.   Ignoring that the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty in CCC 2267.  See Catholic Democrats, The Catholic Case for Obama.

3. Catholics loyal to and inside the Democratic Party have made plans to use terminology associated with CST in order to manipulate the issues of abortion, war, same-sex marriage, immigration reform, etc. These CST terms are; “Human dignity”, “common good”, “social justice” and “just war.” They will also manipulate the following terms common to Catholics; justice, pro-life, preferential option for the poor, care for the environment, etc. The Democrats use of these terms confuses many Catholics, causing them to vote contrary to their conscience.  See Left at the Altar: How the Democrats Lost the Catholics and How the Catholics Can Save the Democrats by Michael Sean Winters.  See video of interview with Michael Sean Winters about his book at the “Rumi Forum.”  Winters starts talking about his book at minute 5:40:

What can you do?

Tell Catholics about the misuse of the terminology of Catholic Social Teaching (“human dignity,” “common good,” “social justice,” “justice” and “just war”) and how Barack Obama and his allies manipulate it (For example he/they says that ObamaCare and the HHS mandate promote the “common good.”)  This will have the resultant effect of a majority of Catholics voting a true Catholic conscience in 2012.

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Romney Promotes God and Four Catholic Themes in the First Presidential Debate; Obama Silent

During Wednesday night’s (last night) debate between President Obama and Governor Romney, only Governor Mitt Romney acknowledged God as our Creator and promoted four Catholic themes by promising to:

  1. Protect life
  2. Care for the poor
  3. Defend religious freedom and
  4. Stop the growth of an immoral debt

Governor Romney’s promise to protect these themes infers a promise to practice the Catholic principles of human dignity and subsidiarity (The principle of subsidiarity is defined as:  A community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order.)

President Obama was silent on God and silent on Catholic themes in the debate.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Inmigrante Cubano Advierte Que Obama Es Otro Castro, En Un Potente (NUEVO VIDEO)

El siguiente video es de mi amigo Rafael De Cárdenas. Rafael (Ralph) H. De Cardenas II viene de una larga línea de prominentes familias en Cuba. Su abuelo paterno fue un General de la guerra de independencia contra España y justicia de la Corte Suprema. Dr. Humberto De Cárdenas, su abuelo paterno sirvió como Procurador General de la Habana. Ralph llegó a Estados Unidos a través de la “Operación Pedro Pan,” donde miles de padres cubanos guardan sus hijos del comunismo.

He publicado su historia de tres partes en marzo de este año. Haga clic en los títulos para leer su historia:

1. “Cuba, antes y después de…” por Rafael De Cárdenas, tiene miedos paralelos a los Estados Unidos de Obama
2. “Cuba, antes y después de…” La segunda parte de tres por Rafael De Cárdenas
3. “Cuba, antes y después de…” Tercera parte de tres, llamados estadounidenses a la acción

(Extracto del Video) Amigo de la infancia de Rafael que es un sacerdote en vino de Cuba a los Estados Unidos en médica dejo recientemente y le dijo lo siguiente:

“… He estado en Miami en menos de una semana y estoy bastante preocupado por las políticas de este Obama. Me recuerda mucho de Fidel Castro en Cuba cuando éramos jóvenes. “

Por favor ver testimonio poderoso del Sr. De Cardenas abajo y compartir con todos.


Oh Espíritu Santo, nos fortalecen para defender todo lo que es Santo.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Cuban Immigrant Warns Obama is Next Castro in Powerful (New VIDEO)

The following video is of my friend Rafael De Cardenas.  Rafael (Ralph) H. De Cardenas II comes from a long line of prominent families in Cuba. His paternal great-grandfather was a Major General of the War of Independence against Spain and Justice of the Supreme Court.  Dr. Humberto De Cardenas, his paternal grandfather served as Attorney General of Havana.  Ralph came to the United States through “Operation Peter Pan” where thousands of Cuban parents saved their children from communism.

I posted his three-part story back in March of this year.  Click on the titles below to read his story:

  1. “Cuba, Before and After…” by Rafael De Cardenas, has scary parallels to Obama’s America
  2. “Cuba, Before and After…” Part two of three by Rafael De Cardenas 
  3. “Cuba, Before and After…” Part three of three, calls Americans to action

(Excerpt from the Video) Rafael’s childhood friend who is a priest in Cuba came to the United States on medical leave recently and told him the following:

“… I’ve been in Miami less than a week and I’m quite concerned about the policies of this Obama.  He reminds me so much of Fidel Castro in Cuba when we were younger.”

Please watch Mr. De Cardenas’s powerful testimony below and share with everyone.

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Obama Didn’t Save the Auto Industry: He Took Away 2,200 Dealerships and 120,000 Jobs

As a Catholic who works in the trade association profession in the auto industry it was unsettling to hear President Obama claim that he saved the auto industry.  President Obama closed over 2,200 auto dealerships, which caused the losses of decades old family-owned businesses and over 120,000 jobs they provided.  The closures were allowed to happen under the false notion that auto dealerships were an expense on their auto maker.  The President ignored the fact that auto dealers are not an expense to automakers.  Auto makers own none of what you see at auto dealerships.  Auto dealers own all their property;  the cars and trucks, parts, buildings, land, signs, everything.  The dealerships pay their employee’s salaries and millions of dollars in taxes to state and local governments.  The manufacturer has nothing to do with any of these things.

Facts:

  • President Obama purposefully and unjustly took away 2,200 self-sufficient, family owned businesses under the false premise that they were an expense on their auto manufacturer.  He deliberately put these people in debt with no way to recover.  Auto dealers still cannot sell their closed properties.
  • President Obama’s decision to close dealerships cost 120,000 persons their jobs and livelihood.
  • The President’s action defrauded auto dealers of their property rights and their employees of their wages.
  • See SIGTARP Report summary (page 2) for confirmation of these facts

**********[UPDATES to this post were made October 5, 2012.  Updates are surrounded by red brackets and asterisks**]

[The video below is of the Special Inspector General speaking about the Auto Task Force’s (Obama’s) handling of the auto dealers. This was Obama’s own Inspector General, Neil Barofsky.  He gets to the point quickly in this 9 minute video:

Click on the video below.  Barofsky states in the video:

“This (Obama’s) Auto Team… didn’t have a single person on it who had any auto experience…  We asked Ron Bloom, the head of (Obama’s) Auto Team, was this (dealership closures) necessary… and he acknowledged that this… wasn’t necessary.”

Below are important excerpts from the summary page (pg. 2) of the SIGTARP Report (Office of the Special Inspector General (Neil Barofsky) for the Troubled Asset Relief Program):

  • “GM and Chrysler significantly accelerated their dealership termination timetables, with Chrysler terminating 789 dealerships by June 10, 2009, and GM announcing plans to wind down 1,454 dealerships by October 2010.”
  • “(Obama) Auto Team’s view about the need for GM and Chrysler to reduce their dealership networks and do so rapidly was based on a theory that, with fewer dealerships (and thus less internecine competition), like their smaller networked foreign competitors, the remaining dealerships would be more profitable and thus would permit the dealerships to invest more in their facilities and staff.”
  • “one expert opined that closing dealerships in an environment already disrupted by the recession could result in an even greater crisis in sales… job losses at terminated dealerships were apparently not a substantial factor in the (Obama) Auto Team’s consideration of the dealership termination issue.”
  • ” it is clear that tens of thousands of dealership jobs were immediately put in jeopardy as a result of the terminations by GM and Chrysler. Finally, the acceleration of dealership closings was not done with any explicit cost savings to the manufacturers in mind.”
  • “Treasury should have taken special care given that the (Obama) Auto Team’s determinations had the potential to contribute to job losses, particularly given that one goal of the loan agreements was to “preserve and promote jobs of American workers employed directly by the automakers and subsidiaries and in related industries.”
  • “This audit concludes that… (Obama) Treasury (a) should have taken every reasonable step to ensure that accelerating the dealership terminations was truly necessary… (b) should have at least considered whether the benefits to the companies from the accelerated terminations outweighed the costs to the economy that would result from potentially tens of thousands of accelerated job losses.”

See SIGTARP Report summary (page 2) for confirmation of the above excerpts and facts.]**********

The President’s actions against auto dealers violated the Catholic social teaching principles of social justice and the common good  by removing owners rights to their property and defrauding workers of their wages.  His actions (he calls it “shared sacrifice”) were an example of collectivism, centralized planning and socialism.  All of these ideas are rejected by America and all are rejected by Catholic teaching in regard to the commandment, “thou shall not steal.”

Many people have forgotten what damage President Obama did to the auto industry and the auto dealer and their employees.  Please remind them.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.