A Request for Comments from the Remaining Presidential Candidates, 2016
Written by David Sonnier and James Cunningham
What’s the connection?
Alexis de Toqueville once said “America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” One of the leading contenders has been campaigning under the slogan “Make America Great Again,” a soundbite that obviously echoes with millions of common Americans and grates on the nerves of the entrenched politicians and elites who have, for many years, derived benefit from the corruption in our government, in academia, and in intellectual circles.
If de Toqueville was correct, then the path to “greatness” is for America to be “good” again. But what exactly has been the cause of our decline, from a “good” people to a nation dedicated to spreading wars, corruption, and moral rot throughout the world? Can this loss of “greatness” be addressed by improving government efficiency and economic policy?
As loyal and informed Catholics, we are painfully aware that the post Vatican II era has not been a favorable one for the USA. We are saddened to note that the decline of Catholic schools and other institutions over the past 40 years has been a major contributing factor, along with the decline of morality among Catholics. We note with sadness that a majority of our fellow Catholics campaigned for, voted for, and supported the most corrupt administration ever placed into the highest reaches of our government. And we saw, during this same corrupt administration, the bizarre episode of the resignation of a standing pope and his replacement by a pope whose mission seems to be, thus far, an attempt at providing some “spiritual” component to the radical ideological agenda of the international left.
The Pontificate of Pope Francis has called into question its own legitimacy on a multitude of occasions.  Setting aside the bizarre behavior of the current pontiff, it seems quite odd to have a Pope who wants to call himself “Bishop of Rome” instead of “Pope,” while a perfectly good “Pope Emeritus” sits by quietly, silenced and sidelined.
We believe it to be the responsibility of loyal and informed Catholics to place this request for comments before the leading candidates. We ask that you provide us, as well as millions of other Catholics and non-Catholics alike, who are puzzled by the behavior of Pope Francis, an insight into how each of you would handle one of the more difficult problems any reasonable, moderately Conservative U.S. president will have to confront. That problem is none other than an ideologically charged Pope whose mission seems to be one of advancing secular agendas of the left rather than guiding the Catholic Church in its mission.
Specifically, we seek your comments on whether you would be willing to authorize an investigation into the following questions:
– Why was the National Security Agency monitoring the conclave that elected Pope Francis? 
– In addition to monitoring the conclave, what other covert operations were carried out by US government operatives?
– Did US government operatives have contact with the “Cardinal Danneels Mafia”? 
– Why were the Vatican finances blocked during the last few days prior to the resignation of Pope Benedict? 
– Do you believe that the next POTUS should investigate these questions, and if US government agencies were involved in the conclave, to follow up with appropriate punitive actions?
– Would you be willing to release the results of this investigation so that, if there was inappropriate intervention, Catholics may take appropriate action?
We further request your comments on the suggestion that Mr. Edward Snowden should be granted amnesty and allowed to return to the USA and testify before Congress and the American people concerning any knowledge that he may have of involvement by the US government in the affairs that led to the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the election of Pope Francis.
Please rest assured of our best wishes and prayers during this challenging and difficult period.
David L. Sonnier, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), US Army
James Cunningham, Remnant Columnist