CHARLOTTE, NC: They walk the halls of Washington every day. Imagine the difference in the quality of life if senators and representatives had to live by the same health care rules, retirement programs and dozens of other perks as do average Americans.
Al Gore isn’t the only con artist.
We’ve all heard the mantra “Do as I say, not as I do.” It’s a cop-out term that is particularly popular with liberals who love to tell us how to live our lives without following the same rules themselves. Recently, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is telling us to sell our gas engine autos and take the train, while she flys the friendly skies.
Al Gore, who has made gazillions of dollars pontificating about climate change, somehow never seems to explain how all his high-roller advocates arrive at their summits in private jets.
Remember Gore’s absurd credit program where people who used more energy than others could buy the extra power they needed in order to justify their extreme usage? It was the ultimate hypocrisy, of course, meaning if you’re rich you are more important than the dregs of society and therefore, should be entitled to all that is necessary to perpetuate your scam along with your luxurious lifestyle.
Pope Francis – the most offensive of the oxymoronic?
Of all people, Pope Francis is chief among this group of offending elites. Even though he disguises his agenda under the guise of compassion and unity for all people.
Perhaps the only major difference is in the pope’s sincerity of his goals.
“I appeal not to create walls but to build bridges” has been the focus of one of the pope’s pet policies ever since he became the supreme pontiff.
On the surface, the idea sounds great. Group hug. Peace and harmony worldwide. Break down all barriers and let people interact with tolerance and understanding.
Great concept. Great, that is until we realize that, as Raymond Ibrahim points out:
The grand irony of all this is that Pope Francis lives in the only state to be surrounded by walls—Vatican City—and most of these bastions were erected to ward off ongoing Islamic invasions.”
The Vatican Walls are old, but there are no new bridges
True, today’s pope was not around when the Vatican was encircled by the massive defensive walls of the papal residence. On the other hand, the Pope has been living in Vatican City since his papal coronation. And no bridges have been built since he took residence either.
Of course, Pope Francis is referring to metaphorical “bridges and walls” but that does not diminish the fact that if “what the world needs now is love, sweet love” then living within the confines of a massive defensive barricade is hardly an endorsement for his idealistic agenda.
Recently, Pope Francis criticized the mayor of Rome about the necessity for being more welcoming to Muslim migrants.
Here again, the pope failed to remember that the walls behind which he is safe and secure were constructed more than a thousand years ago to guard against Muslim invasions.
“Rome,” Pope Francis pontificates, “city of bridges, never walls!”
Fine. But there’s a corollary which goes “The Vatican, city of walls, never bridges!”
As Raymond Ibrahim demonstrates with historical data,
“In 846, a Muslim fleet from North Africa consisting of 73 ships and 11,000 Muslims, landed in Ostia near Rome. Although they were unable to breach the preexisting walls of the Eternal City, they sacked and despoiled the surrounding countryside, including—to the consternation of Christendom—the venerated and centuries-old basilicas of St. Peter and St. Paul. The Muslim invaders desecrated the tombs of the revered apostles and stripped them of all their treasures.”
Ibrahim then tells us that Pope Leo IV responded by building numerous additional walls, including 15 bastions along the right bank of the Tiber River.
Most people understand, of course, that a river is an ideal spot for building those bridges Pope Francis is so keen about.
The mouth of the river was closed with a giant chain to protect sacred sites from further attacks. Most notably, the defensive walls are 40 feet high and 12 feet thick in some places.
True, these projects took place in the 9th century, nearly 1200 years ago. On the other hand, just in case the pope has forgotten, 90% or most of the modern terror attacks are carried out by Muslim extremists in the name of Islam. In that sense, little, if anything has changed over the centuries.
Pope Francis might do well to reconsider his efforts to build “Bridges over Troubled Waters.”
About the Author:
Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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