Archive for March 2008

Governor David Paterson of New York: Super Liberal – By George J. Marlin

March 30, 2008

This article appeared on Human Events.com. 

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Happy Easter, 2007

March 23, 2008

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen on Easter:

The law He gave was clear:  life is a struggle; unless there is a Cross in our lives, there will never be an empty tomb; unless there is the crown of thorns, there will never be the halo of light; unless there is a Good Friday, there will never be an Easter Sunday.

George J. Marlin is the Editor of The Quotable Fulton Sheen (Doubleday).

Governor Spitzer, Cardinal Egan and the Feminists – By George J. Marlin

March 16, 2008

Throughout his political career, Eliot Spitzer relentlessly promoted the feminist movement’s agenda.

To curry their favor, as attorney general, he harassed pro-life health clinics and broke up prostitution rings.  At press conferences he described call girl operations as a “scourge,” as “egregious,” an “abuse of young women,” and a “systematic exploitation and suppression of young women that is simply unacceptable.”

As governor he introduced legislation “to enshrine the protections of Roe v. Wade in New York State law.”

The Catholic Courier recently reported that Spitzer’s radical bill, Reproduction Health and Privacy Protection Act (RHAPP), “would establish the choice to terminate a pregnancy as a protected and fundamental right, and would ensure that abortions were legal throughout all nine months of pregnancy…. It would also allow post-viability abortions to be performed outside of hospitals and on an outpatient basis in clinics…. The proposal also would eliminate the conscience protection in current law, which allow doctors and hospitals to refuse to perform abortions; medical students to refuse to lean how to perform abortions; and Catholic agencies, hospitals and schools to refuse to provide insurance coverage for abortions.”

It should be noted that since the Spitzer prostitution story broke on March 10, feminist groups have been silent.  Not one word; not even a statement of sympathy for Mrs. Spitzer and her daughters.

Meanwhile, Spitzer’s foe, the spiritual leader of New York’s Roman Catholics, Edward Cardinal Egan, who has huge policy disagreements with Spitzer and whose scheduled Monday, March 10, Albany meeting with the governor was abruptly cancelled, has not been silent.  The Cardinal said he would be “keeping the governor and his family in his prayers.”

One can only hope that Eliot Spitzer grasps the irony.

On Governor Eliot Spitzer’s Resignation – By George J. Marlin

March 12, 2008

De mortuis nihil nisi bonum.

William F. Buckley Jr. On New York Pols – By George J. Marlin

March 9, 2008

I was very grateful for the positive reactions to my March 2, 2008 essay “William F. Buckley Jr. – My Political Godfather.”

I was surprised, however, that so many people had forgotten or were unaware that Bill Buckley had a significant presence on New York’s political stage.

To understand why New York conservatives revered him, please read the following Buckley comments on local pols: (more…)

William F. Buckley Jr., – My Political Godfather – By George J. Marlin

March 3, 2008

For me and scores of young New York conservatives in the 1960s, William F. Buckley Jr. was more than a journalist, novelist and TV personality; he was the man who fired us up to fight for our principles in the political trenches in our neighborhoods.  To Buckley’s 1965 mayoral campaign slogan, “Do you have the guts to listen?” our answer was a resounding, “Yes!” (more…)