Ferme la Bush!
Well, it was bound to happen . . . Republicans have found a new way to distract America from Obamacare getting fixed by spreading the Too Stupid for Prime Time whopper that President Obama is closing the US embassy to the Vatican as retribution for Catholic resistance to certain employer mandates in the ACA.
Conservative media has lit up like a Hannukah bush. Drudge shrieks “Obama’s call to close Vatican embassy is ‘slap in the face’ to Roman Catholics”; WND opines “OBAMA ‘INSULTS’ CATHOLICS IN VATICAN-EMBASSY SHUTDOWN”; and the ever thoughtful dead-heads at Breitbart, seeing right to the heart of the matter report:
. . . the Obama administration is trying to diminish and discredit the Vatican’s role in the world because it’s pro-life, pro-family, and pro-religious freedom values is at odds with the Regime’s pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage stance.
Truthiness Intermission: before your hair spontaneously combusts over this latest Obama Sacrilege, here’s a little truth serum antidote:
There are no embassies for any country in Vatican City itself — there is simply no room. All countries locate their embassies in the city of Rome. The United States has decided to move its embassy from its current location — an unremarkable converted residence — to the same compound as the U.S. Embassy to Italy. It will have it’s own separate building and a separate entrance on a different street. The new building is actually a tenth of a mile closer to the Vatican than the old one. There will be no reduction in staff or activities.
The prosaic fact of the matter is that this is a rent-saving move that should have austerity hawks delirious with joy, as it is estimated to save $1.4 million per year. [Good Grief! what do you suppose the actual rent is?]
There. Doesn’t that feel better?
Evidently NOT! for Raymond Flynn who was President Clinton’s ambassador to the Vatican who scurried over to the National Catholic Review to vent:
It’s not just those who bomb churches and kill Catholics in the Middle East who are our antagonists, but it’s also those who restrict our religious freedoms and want to close down our embassy to the Holy See.” Flynn “described the move as part of broader secular hostility to religious groups.
The latest Republican to pile on is Jeb “The Smart One” Bush who decided to tweet his indignation for all the world to see because . . . 2016!
Not a good move! a slew of twittering truth birds pooped on his parade, in short order. A few of those respondents went so far as to point out to Dubya’s little brother that it was actually Dubya, his own self, who hatched this plan and purchased the building that the embassy will be occupying soon. [Oh RIGHT! blame Bush!!!1!]
Here’s hoping that, at some point during the Bush Dynasty’s Thanksgivukah celebration, maybe between the terducken and fatted calf courses, or perhaps over brandy and seegars, Dubya can explain to little bro, Jeb, just exactly why he hated Catholics so much. After all, he’s still willing to try to save some Jews . . . and then, maybe he can also share a few tricks for keeping a lid on the STUPID!
HAPPY THANKSGIVUKAH, Y’ALL!