Election 2016 and the Inability to Control Appetites

It is notable the large role uncontrolled sexual behavior has played in this election. While Secretary Clinton’s apparent desires doesn’t seem to be for sex, it seems she lusts for money and power. These longings probably lead to her seeming passivity towards her husband’s gross infractions which range from infidelity all the way to accusations of literal rape.

Disordered understandings of sexual nature lead to bad action. These bad actions damage not only the soul but also the body, mind, and lives of the bad actors (along with those around them). This is what happens when people attempt to break the natural law that permeates the space-time of our universe. We don’t break these moral laws, we break ourselves against them.

That’s why it’s amazing to see people who likely have impressive control over most aspects of life–leading to positions such as President of the United States for example–have such an inability to control certain other desires. Seeing people with so much to lose, people who have the abilityto do so much good in their position, risk everything on satisfying temporal sexual pleasure shows the strength of man’s fallen nature. With the expanding embrace of moral relativism and, more specifically, the anything-goes, judge-not attitudes towards sexual activities.

Last weekend we were reminded of how someone in the powerful, influential, and prominent position of Hillary Clinton can be brought down by the inability to control one’s passions. This time it was the husband of her longtime aide and friend Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner. His inability to be faithful to his wife, or just stop sending Weiner pix (hey, that’s his name!) to women has the potential of bringing down a presidential candidate.

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Since the ‘sexual revolution’, the West has been spoon-fed a lie: That fulfilling any sexual wishes “liberates” the individual. But it would seem those who seek liberation through these pleasures are always end up slaves to their passions and ultimately broken by their choices. If only we had a way of knowing this…oh, look, the Roman Catholic Church has a blueprint already:

…self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery – the preconditions of all true freedom.
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Of course none of this will ever become a learning opportunity to discuss on mainstream platforms. People will continue behaving–and ruining lives–like this with the blessing of popular culture. That is, until it’s exciting (and profitable) to make scandal out of it.☩

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WikiLeaks Suggests Anti-Catholicism in Clinton Campaign

UPDATE 10/12: Clinton campaign leader discusses with left-wing activist about creating a revolutionary “Catholic Spring” among American Catholics

In an email exchange recently uncovered via WikiLeaks, we are offered a glimpse of what Hillary Clinton’s Campaign thinks about Catholics. The exchange is between John Podesta (Chairman of Clinton Campaign), Jennifer Palmieri (Director of Communications for Clinton Campaign), and John Halpin (Center for American Progress).

From: John Halpin
To: John Podesta <john.podesta@gmail.com>; Jennifer Palmieri
Sent: Mon Apr 11 18:55:59 2011
Subject: Conservative Catholicism

Ken Auletta’s latest piece on Murdoch in the New Yorker starts off with the aside that both Murdoch and Robert Thompson, managing editor of the WSJ, are raising their kids Catholic. Friggin’ Murdoch baptized his kids in Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. Many of the most powerful elements of the conservative movement are all Catholic (many converts) from the SC and think tanks to the media and social groups. It’s an amazing bastardization of the faith. They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy.


Excellent point. They can throw around “Thomistic” thought and “subsidiarity” and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they’re talking about.

Jennifer Palmieri <JPalmieri@americanprogress.org> wrote: I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals.
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