Friday, July 3, 2009
Well known conservative and staunchly pro-life Obama supporter, former OLC head Professor Douglas Kmeic has been nominated to be the United States Ambassador to Malta. I speculate that he will be confirmed by the Senate in due course, the ambassadorship to Malta having rarely provoked controversy in the past.
There are those so cyncial as to suggest that the nomination to this position of trust is a reward, some sort of quid pro quo, as we Catholics say, for supporting our young President in his efforts to get the Catholic vote notwithstanding his support for all known forms of aborting pre-birth person-like non-person entities sometimes referred to as "babies" but more properly thought of as just cute little inconveniences. That is more of a leap, however, than we at this blog are willing to make. Before making such conceivably unwarranted inferences, we should consider that perhaps, just perhaps, the good Professor is in fact the most qualified person for this job. Consider: what are the qualifications for the job of Ambassador to Malta? No, I don't know either. But whatever they are, I am at least fair minded enough to suppose that the Professor may possess them in abundance.
Malta has a fascinating history and a rich association with the Catholic Church. Malta is very Catholic, so Catholic indeed that I suppose whatever kind of Catholic you are, you could probably find somebody else there like you. My guess is not many abortions get performed on Malta, but as it is outside of the United States, I suppose that might be OK. At one point, Charles V awarded the archipelago of seven islands, now densely populated with none other than the Maltese, to the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, and a gnarly bunch of warrior monks they were too, probably not much given to compromise on matters of religion, but that was a long time ago. The Knights spent a lot of time after that fighting Muslim pirates and to be fair, sometimes fighting whomever they were paid to fight. Warrior monks have to make a living too, you know. The Knights of Malta still exist and get to wear some very cool threads
, arguably as cool as those of the Pope himself, though probably they enjoy many fewer occassions when they get to wear them. Some people think the Knights of Malta run the world as part of a secret conspiracy, along the lines of the Illuminati, but much more Catholic. Personally, I doubt this. But if this is true, the White House has just, perhaps inadvertantly, put the good Professor in a position of almost unspeakable power. We can only pray he uses it wisely.