AuthorTom Piatak

WORDS OF HOPE FROM ROME

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Yesterday, Italy’s probable next Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, made the following statement: “We did not fight against and defeat communism in order to replace it with a new internationalist regime, but to permit independent nation states once again to defend the freedom, identity and sovereignty of their peoples.” I posted this quote on my Facebook page, where it won quick approval from...

Tim Challies: A Modern-Day Rev. Hyde

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By Tom Piatak In writing on religious topics for myriad conservative publications through the past 20 years, my approach has been that of C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity. I do not hide that I’m Catholic, but I think Benjamin Franklin’s advice on different circumstances applies to the plight we Christians face today: “If we don’t hang together, we will most assuredly hang separately.” As my...

THEY DON’T LOVE AMERICA AND THEY DON’T LOVE US

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by Tom Piatak Pope Francis said something important in his news conference on the flight back from Kazakhstan: “To defend oneself is not only a right, but it’s also an act of love for the homeland. If someone doesn’t defend something, they don’t love it.” Francis was talking about the Ukrainians’ defense of their country from the Russian invasion. He would not use the same language to describe...

Democracy Does Not Mean Rule by Judges

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By Tom Piatak I wish all those hyperventilating over the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs would actually read the decision. It is clear, logical, and persuasive. Unlike Roe, it actually explains why its conclusion is grounded in the Constitution. Roe never had any basis at all in the Constitution. It was merely an “exercise of raw judicial power,” as Byron White noted in his...

Let’s Talk About January 6, Please!

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Inflation, after being quiescent for decades, is at a 40 year high. Gas prices are ruinously expensive. Biden passed up an early chance to negotiate an honorable peace in Ukraine, and, as a result, we are pouring billions we don’t have into yet another foreign war that does not concern vital American interests.Our southern border is wide open,  violent crime is beginning to skyrocket, and...

David Frum’s Mendacious Choice

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By Tom Piatak Look at the reasons Canadian parasite David Frum offers for opposing the $40 billion tax transfer to Ukraine: Subtle distinctions between those who oppose Ukraine aid because they affirmatively admire and support Putin, those who oppose the aid because they hate the West and want it to lose, and those who oppose the aid for the crass partisan reason that Biden is doing it. Subtle...

LEAVING NATO, WITH A TWIST: A MODEST PROPOSAL

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By Tom Piatak Although the media continue to predict a Russian attack on Kiev, followed by an attempt to retake the whole of Ukraine, such a full-scale invasion seems very unlikely at this point. Instead, it appears that Vladimir Putin has achieved his objective in Ukraine, without taking any territory he did not already, de facto, control. Despite what the Ukrainian people may or may not want...

Mass Injustice

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By Tom Piatak As everyone knows, the Roman Catholic Church has gone through a period of greatly diminished growth, and worse, in the last few decades in the lands it once dominated, defined, and even brought into being, in Western Europe, North America, and even Latin America. And no quick end to this crisis is in sight. To take just one statistic: In the mid-1960s, roughly one third of all...

Happy Columbus Day!

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Starting with the dawn, there will be lots of critics of Christopher Columbus buzzing about. Herewith a few thoughts: 1). To those who deprecate his achievement, invite them to get back to you after they’ve set sail with three ships provisioned as Columbus’ were, with the same means of navigation and communication, in uncharted seas, and manage to make landfall anywhere. 2). To those...

Why We Needed R.E. Lee, Crazy Horse, and Other “Losers”

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By Tom Piatak We are told ad nauseam that Confederate monuments should come down because we don’t honor those who lost in war and because we don’t honor those who killed Americans. We don’t honor “traitors,” either. BREAKING: Robert E. Lee statue, erected in 1890, removed from its pedestal on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia. pic.twitter.com/RGRZQXDA9n— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 8...

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