Politics

I despise politics, mainly because it is so messy. I vote, clearly recognizing my civic responsibility. And I pay attention to the issues and the players so that I can make an informed decision because voting without knowing who you are voting for is just as irresponsible as not voting.

But my choice in this fall’s election was decided quite a bit ago. One man thinks abortion is okay and would not even vote to protect the life of children born alive and suffering the wounds of a botched abortion. The other man thinks that life, and our duty to protect it, begins at conception.

Case closed.

But I marveled that I spent all day yesterday checking the news wires for the big announcement. I even checked Drudge, my husband’s favorite site, but one I rarely peruse. The VP candidate won’t change my vote, but he might change the vote of those who don’t pay attention to the issues.

Biden is “Catholic.”

He also possesses gravitas in foreign affairs and comes from a working class background. He’s a really good pick for Obama who needed strengthening in these areas with big pockets of Americans who can’t relate to him.

But it’s the “Catholic” thing that gets me. The only thing worse than a pro-death politician is a pro-death, Catholic politician. I guess it’s good that Congress is closed on Sunday; we wouldn’t want morality to come into play at the office.

Today was a good day to read this homily written before the VP pick was announced. Of course, if a Catholic attends Mass with Biden, it probably won’t make a difference.

Father Farfaglia writes:

The bottom line is this: if abortions continue our country will collapse. If you want America to survive well into the future, we must end abortion. This is the issue.

Are we a better nation than we were 40 or 50 years ago? I’m not one to wax nostalgic, and I very much favor modern technology (like dishwashers and air conditioning and computers). I don’t mean that way. I mean, are we nice to each other? Divorce, child abuse, road rage, and just general courtesy like eye contact with a sales clerk: compared to days gone by, do we treat each other with respect? Why have we changed? It’s not cell phones and text-messaging that have made us self-centered. It’s a general disregard for human life beginning with the killing of our most defenseless members.

And pertinent to the VP pick, although Father Farfaglia didn’t know who that would be when he wrote it:

Everyone recognizes that we are caught in the middle of a culture war here in America. However, at the same time, we find ourselves in the middle of civil war going on right within the Catholic Church. How can we expect good results from the elections if our own Catholics, be they the clergy and the laity, are themselves profoundly divided and even polarized on the most fundamental issues of life? If the Church in America is still struggling with scandalous clergy and rebellious people in the pews, how can the Catholic Church provide the spiritual leadership that is so desperately needed in these chaotic times?

If we cannot recognize and protect an innocent child’s right to live, then there is no point in fussing over any other issue. To worry about Social Security or taxes when a million babies are killed every year would be like a resident of the town of Dachau in the 1930’s thinking the town needed a strong mayor who could take the federal government to task for running and offloading trains at night when people were trying to sleep.

A society that is not completely repulsed by the death of a million children a year has no business being upset at the price of gasoline.

Thanks to Donna-Marie for the homily link.

10 thoughts on “Politics

  1. Absolutely Michelle. Absolutely. And if we the people (of the Church) don’t fight on this issue, it will be lost.

  2. Very true, very true.I am not 100% certain Biden goes with Obama’s “Change” mantra, though. Biden is all about insider politics, and doesn’t even have a whiff of “change”. So O must have been vying for the older vote, and maybe the catholic vote. Personally, I don’t know any Catholics that will change their mind based on the VP pick, but we’ll see.

  3. Wow, I had missed that Biden calls himself Catholic! Not that that would have influenced me at all, I was already voting against Obama. Pro-abortion “catholic” politicians become an ugly, sticky issue every election year. I just wish more bishops would do something about it.

  4. He’s Catholic!…well I’m not voting form him anyhow! No way!

  5. Hey, Michelle? You really shouldn’t pussy-foot around. You should really just come out and say what you mean for once.HAHAHAHA!Truly, you are absolutely correct and that last paragraph says exactly what I’ve been thinking this whole year.

  6. I wonder if today’s Gospel reading pricks the conscience of < HREF="http://catholic-mom.blogspot.com/2008/08/better-than-gold-medal.html" REL="nofollow">those who call themselves Catholic but blatantly disregard the teaching authority of the Church<>.

  7. Such a great post!

  8. The problem I have with voting strictly based on a candidate’s view of abortion is that we’ve had 8 years of a “pro-life” administration and yet abortion is still 100% legal and readily available. How many years did the “pro-life” party rule the senate and congress? And yet, abortion is still completely legal and readily available. They haven’t made any changes despite running on a platform of being pro-life and anti-abortion.When you add in the angle of Catholic emphasis on “social justice” and “sanctity of human life,” I hardly believe the Republican’s war policies, torture policies, and the idea that innocent lives (most often women and children) lost in war are “collateral damage” etc measure up to our Catholic ideals.I am absolutely against abortion but to focus our entire political ideals completely on pro-life issues is to ignore our responsibility for social justice and the sanctity of human life (all human life, including innocent non-Americans).Not meant to start any trouble or flame war, just sharing my view, hopefully respectfully.

  9. Had Pres. Bush been an abortion supporter, he would have nominated very different people to the Supreme Court, he would not have vetoed pro-abortion legislation, and he would have permitted greater use of embryonic stem cells than what he did permit.Not every Republican is pro-life. I do not vote the party line because of this. Just because the Republicans held the majority does not mean that pro-lifers held the majority.Democrats supported the war, too. War sucks. Innocent people get hurt and die. There is no pro-war policy that thinks “collateral damage” is okay, and the military takes every reasonable precaution to avoid the deaths of innocent people. There is also no pro-torture policy and soldiers are never required to obey unlawful orders. The big debate is what really constitutes torture, and what use of force in interrogations is permissible. One may define the withholding of sleep as torture, another may think that’s okay. The idea that interrogators routinely beat, waterboard, scream at and otherwise terrorize prisoners is absolutely false.My bottom line is this: if you, as a politician, can not recognize the rights of unborn children to life, than I can not trust your morality on any other issue. If you are not willing to say, without hedging, that you are pro-life, then I do not trust your integrity. If you do not vote, when possible, to defend all human life, then how I can I expect you to defend my own right to life or property or speech (let alone that of non-Americans).

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