Dude, It’s the Pope. You Know, the Pope.

July 30, 2014 By: Juanita Jean Herownself Category: Uncategorized

So, some congresscritters came up with a bi-partisan resolution honoring the Pope.  You know, the first Pope from the Americas.  The Pope who is coming to Philadelphia.

The resolution congratulates the Pope on his election and “his inspirational statements and actions.”  You know, Pope stuff.

But maybe the nice perfunctory resolution is not so bipartisan.  Hell, this congress couldn’t get a bipartisan vote on ice cream tastes good.

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 11.39.47 AMOnly 19 of the 221 co-sponsors are Republicans. The dearth of GOP members on the measure could be attributable to assertions that the pope is “too liberal,” according to a Republican backer of the legislation.

The source noted that Francis last year denounced “trickle-down economics.”

Some Republicans believe the pope is “sounding like [President] Obama. [The pope] talks about equality — he actually used the term ‘trickle-down economics,’ which is politically charged,” the GOP official said.

The Pope.  Too Liberal.  Head.  Won’t.  Wrap.

John Boehner, who is a Catholic, even made an open request for the Pope to speak to a joint session of congress.  Hell, I’d pay money to see that.  Can’t you just see some damnfool holler “You lie!” to the Pope?

But, no, the Republicans want a vote on what would normally be considered a slam dunk.

Oh cool, they hate the Pope, too.  He’s acting too much like Jesus, you know.


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18 Comments to “Dude, It’s the Pope. You Know, the Pope.”

  1. What a surprise. If Jesus revealed himself today the so-called family values christian GOP and and their ilk would be the first to call him a terrorist and send him off to Gitmo.

    Also according to wikipedia: “trickle-down economics” is most closely identified with the economic policies known as “Reaganomics” or laissez-faire. David Stockman, who as Reagan’s budget director championed these cuts at first but then became skeptical of them, told journalist William Greider that the “supply-side economics” is the trickle-down idea: “It’s kind of hard to sell ‘trickle down,’ so the supply-side formula was the only way to get a tax policy that was really ‘trickle down.’ Supply-side is ‘trickle-down’ theory.”

    So the GOP owns that bit of stupidity.

  2. UmptyDump says:

    Republican motto for our times: Never Let Goodness Go Unpunished.

  3. austinhatlady says:

    Was just having a conversation yesterday with a good friend who is active in our church and Travis County Democratic politics about the unchristian attitudes of so many Republicans. Unfortunately, we were able to name several members of our church with those attitudes. Sigh.

  4. Again, I notice that on older people, faces cannot lie. Compare this pope’s face to the previous. Now which one really is going to get into heaven?

    It’s a game for me when a TV hosts announces his two guests and I don’t know them. One is usually a Republican and one a Democrat. Their faces pop up before the introductions. You can always tell which is which before the ID.

    There are a few exceptions (Joan Walsh comes to mind) but rarely.

  5. @cheryl…

    You really watch this crap on tv?

    Read a book. Learn something.

  6. Unfortunate thing is JJ….

    If the Pope and Dan Patrick don’t agree

    Guess who is in the wrong?

  7. 1smartcanerican™ says:

    Well, I’m not a worshipper of any organized religion, but I happen to think this particular Pope is a fantastic representative of the Catholics and they should be proud of him. He truly does represent to best of religious ideals, following the exhortations of Jesus of Nazareth rather than the evil and cruel lessons in the Old Testament.

    I can certainly understand why most of the GOP are against even the Pope since he reflects kindness, forgiveness, good sense, and love. None of these character traits are enjoyed by the majority of GOP in office at this time and they happily denounce any good Christian person and/or activities. I truly doubt they will go to their heaven – or maybe they will be surprised that they are not welcome in their perceived heaven and will yell and scream all the way to the own personal hell, a place they should recognize from their time here!

    At least these GOP critters are consistent – hate everyone who does not believe as they do, meaning most Americans!

  8. Yes, I do watch MSNBC. Read books, too. I’ve learned plenty – but thanks for being concerned.

  9. Marge Wood says:

    While I’m all for inviting the radical Pope of the world to speak to our legislators in hopes that some of it will stick, we might oughta remember that he’s the top dude in a small spot in Rome. “Diplomatically, the Holy See acts and speaks for the whole church. It is also recognized by other subjects of international law as a sovereign entity, headed by the Pope, with which diplomatic relations can be maintained.[1][2]” This is from Wikipedia.
    When John Kennedy ran for office my parents and their friends were hysterical because they thought the Roman Catholics would take over our country. There was a small and elite group of conservative Christians we knew who were defined by “He voted for Kennedy, you know.” Nobody even thought about Muslims or Hamas then. Just like the ERA lacked 3 votes by states to become law because folks were terrified that men and women would have to share the same restroom. Texas did pass it, though. I wonder what this time period will look like in history books in 50 years, or if we’ll have history books by then.

  10. Lorraine in Spring says:

    I’ve been told by “Christians” since I was a child that, as a Catholic, I’m not really a Christian.

    What’s next on the hateful, hypocritical Republican agenda – deporting all Catholics? Or just brown ones?

    John Boehner better be careful as an Orange Catholic.

  11. Marge Wood says:

    Ooh, Boehner’s a Catholic? So’s Paul Ryan. Wonder how they explain their views to the priest.

  12. Polite Kool Marxist says:

    Whether a politician is Catholic or not, they could try being human and show some respect toward the Pope. Yeah, I know, they’ll be doing that about the time they demonstrate some respect toward President Obama. What an embarrassing time to be an American, with so many haters running around in Congress.

  13. Philly is a big Catholic town. The haters won’t get a chance to be heard although that won’t stop them from trying. There will be too much cheering wherever Paco goes. Plus this is a guy who is into pressing the flesh as in hugging deformed people, etc. etc. If there is an opportunity for Paco to address a joint session of Congress, there will be a lot of empty seats. After all, this is the same Pope who recently traveled to the south of Italy and excommunicated Mafia members. And has been bad mouthing “free market” stuff.

  14. maryelle says:

    The rwnj’s have had it their way for far too long, where religion is concerned. Freedom of religion also means freedom from religion, especially the conservatives’ version. Much as I am a fan of Pope Francis, I really don’t want him involved in whatever is passing for government in Congress. Meeting with our President and speaking to the people seem much more appropriate. Keep him out of the Washington cesspool.

  15. screecherguy says:

    “Some Republicans believe the pope is “sounding like [President] Obama. [The pope] talks about equality — he actually used the term ‘trickle-down economics,’ which is politically charged,” the GOP official said.”

    Actually, the pope is sounding a lot like Jesus. You know, suffer the little children and blessed are the weak, and such. These people are NOT Christians. They’re just your everyday average ordinary assholes.

  16. I like this Pope too. Excommunicatin’ Mafiosa takes real cojones. Telling the US President he’s watching for the right move regarding children probably caused a shiver on more than one spine at either end of that news flash. Yeah I like his style so far. He has work to do within the Church as well, but a dang good start.

  17. Marge Wood says:

    I love the Pope and I’ve never been a Catholic. He gets it.

  18. I could hope the Pope would tell Congress than the President is more Christian than they are., and they should show some respect. (maybe some of them would faint dead away and not wake up.)

    I also hope the Pope will not come to harm while in the US.