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Kmiec resigns, Obama shuns

UPDATE 5/3, 11:46a: I forgot to mention that Kmiec wanted his resignation effective on the date of the Feast of the Assumption, August 15, but the State Dept. rejected that request and bumped up his last day by 2-1/2 months to May 31.

5/2, 7:36p: This is so rich. Again we see what goes around comes around.

Pro-lifers know Doug Kmiec well as a supposed pro-life Catholic Republican who defected to support Barack Obama for president in 2008.

Kmiec worked hard to successfully siphon pro-life Catholic votes Obama’s way, going so far as to publish a book only 7 weeks before the election entitled, Can a Catholic Support Him? Kmiec’s answer was obviously “yes.”

For betraying his faith – as well as babies he helped doom for abortion by Obama’s victory – Kmiec got his 30 pieces of silver: An appointment in July 2009 to the cush position of ambassador to Malta, a group of Mediterranean islands off the southern coast of Italy.

Flash forward almost 2 years and Kmiec has resigned that position in the wake of a scathing State Department audit that ironically accused him of continuing to promote the kumbaya he deluded himself into believing Obama  stood for.

The April 7 report charged Kmiec with spending an inordinate amount of time on that while neglecting the duties of his position:

Based on a belief that he was given a special mandate to promote President Obama’s interfaith initiatives, he has devoted considerable time to writing articles for publication in the United States as well as in Malta, and to presenting his views on subjects outside the bilateral portfolio….

His approach has required Department principals, as well as some embassy staff, to spend an inordinate amount of time reviewing his writings, speeches, and other initiatives.

His official schedule has been uncharacteristically light for an ambassador at a post of this size, and on average he spends several hours of each work day in the residence, much of which appears to be devoted to his non official writings.

This is indeed how Kmiec viewed his role, as he later wrote in his April 13 letter of resignation to Obama:

Recently, the Office of Inspector General… expressed dissatisfaction with the extent of the time during my service that I’ve devoted to promoting what I know you believe in most strongly – namely, personal faith and greater mutual understanding of the faiths of others as the way toward greater mutual respect….

I doubt very much whether one could ever spend too much time on this subject….

But Kmiec didn’t really want to resign, which is where this story gets interesting. Kmiec wanted the Obama for whom he had sold his soul to stand up for him against the “soulless secular censorship” of the State Dept.

Obama, however, knows no loyalty, which Kmiec should have known. Wright. Ayers. Etc. Kmiec is still trying to fool himself into believing he was not just exploited for votes, although he is beginning to have doubts. Pathetic. In an open letter published April 24 in the Times of Malta Kmiec wrote:

An unfortunate rebuke… has prompted me to offer my resignation to the President, which he may or may not have accepted. It’s unclear.

A groundswell effort to reach the President to ask him to decline my offered resignation went unanswered.

Disappointed? Yes. Devastated? No. Defeated? Never. Is there an explanation or is it like the way grace works in our lives, unfathomable? It troubles me deeply not to know….

Yes, in a reflectively sombre moment, what happened last week gnaws at who we are as a people because we know by nature and revelation what is right and what is wrong.

“Even a dog knows the difference between being tripped over and being kicked.” I do too.

True, the President did not intervene. One close White House adviser said: “you cannot realistically expect the leader of the free world to stop everything to rescue you from bad guys.”

Maybe not. The cavalry should not be confused with Calvary: the first shows up in the final reel of fictional movies; the second is the authentic account of not just the leader, but the creator, of all the world, who knows us each by name and specialises in shielding us from “bad guys,” and best of all, He is always with us. He is risen! Alleluia.

The problem is Kmiec forsook Calvary.

As an aside I, myself, was the surprised recipient of one of Kmiec writings. In a December 16, 2009, WorldNetDaily.com column I rhetorically and sarcastically asked Kmiec to intervene after Obama decided to overturn the ban against taxpayer funded abortions in the District of Columbia.

On December 23 Kmiec sent me an 1,800 word essay in response (mistakenly dated 2008). At the time I wondered, how does he have time for this? Also puzzling was that Kmiec didn’t even address my topic, going off on a tangent about support of nationalized healthcare. I didn’t understand much of what Kmiec wrote, and I disagreed with what I did understand.  So I just left the letter on my email shelf. Reading it today is sad. How profoundly Kmiec fooled himself about Obama.

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