Well, I don’t know about the rest of you; but I was pretty ecstatic over the election results nationwide. There were a few exceptions though. I must admit that the Maniacs were rooting for Specter to lose in PA when it looked like he was behind by a lot. Thought it would teach the old boy a lesson in manners, what matters to people and to not bite the hand that feeds you. He won, which of course theoretically increases the chance of pro-life judges. But then Specter goes out and basically tells the Prez that only judges Specter like will have a shot, meaning pro-choice it would seem. Then we have massive back-tracking by Specter when it looks like he might be lynched by all those Red-State-Yahoos [RSY(tm)]. Plus you have Specter’s record of Borking Robert Bork and then his massive support of Clarence Thomas and other constructionist type judges.
So what’s the prognosis? Well, Specter’s promotion to Chairman of the Judiciary committee looks to be in doubt at least a little. All those RSY(tm) folks out there are trying to launch a grass-roots campaign to deny him the slot. Personally, I think he should not get it, but probably will. Unfortunately.
In the meantime, there’s a lot of Dems out there saying some nutty stuff. I believe Maureen Dowd or Paul Krugman was the one who said President Bush leads a group of America Haters.
Michael Moore is pleading with Dems to not commit suicide. Isn’t that a violation of their rights Michael?
X42 (That’s the most recent previous occupant of the Oval Office. Can’t bring myself to type it.) has told the Dems to shut up and stop whining. Wish he was that wise when HE was in office.
Overall there’s a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth. Liberals, and by that I mean the Professional Liberals(tm) that work at it for a living, are totally flabbergasted that anyone with a brain could not vote for them and their kind. Therefore all us RSY(tm) folks are idiots. Makes sense to me…
So what is my Catholic spin on this?
Well, the forces of EVIL were dealt a serious blow on Tuesday. It will be significantly more likely that there will be at least 3 more conservative leaning Justices on the Supreme Court. Possibly 4. That will be enough to overturn Roe v. Wade if a case can be brought to the Court. Standing in the way will be every Professional Liberal(tm) in the country from NARAL, Planned Parenthood, Catholics for a Free Choice on down to the MSM. It will take a heck of a lot of courage to get all these men/women onto the Court and a case brought forth. But it MUST be done. We have been handed an opportunity that doesn’t come around often. We can literally save millions of lives that would have otherwise died had Kerry won.
Additionally, I hope to see the war on terror proceed apace and successfully. I believe that there is enough evidence that does link Saddam Hussein to terrorists. Things like the training camp with the 737 on the ground where men trained on how to take over a plane with KNIVES AND BOXCUTTERS. There there are the meetings between the Hussein regime and 9/11 hijackers prior to the attack. While we haven’t found massive stockpiles of WMD’s we HAVE found rockets and other projectiles that were capable of being or WERE LOADED with Sarin gas and other chemical weapons. Each one would have capable of killing 10s of thousands of people in an urban setting. There is also some evidence that WMDs that did exist were taken to Syria prior to the war, possibly aided by Russia. Add to that the defiance of UN resolution after resolution and his internal terror programs, rape rooms, mass graves and other atrocities and I don’t see how we could not do this. What went on in Bosnia was not as bad as this and yet we “had” to go there. Why is one different than the other?
Domestically, I hope that we get the budget back into balance or at least on track. People forget that we have fought two regional wars back to back and had a HUGE hit on our economy prior to that. We are helping to rebuild these countries so that they don’t stay homes to terrorists. We lost 1,000,000 jobs in the 3 months right after 9/11 and were still dealing with a recession that started in the previous administration. That we still have an unemployment rate at 5.5% is astounding to me. We have ecoonomic growth in the 3.5% range quarterly.
What does that mean from a Catholic perspective?
Well, if President Bush can spend some more time refining the compassionate conservative paradigm and promoting faith-based initiatives, I would be ecstatic. I believe that these are more authentic ways of promoting Catholic social doctrine than throwing tax dollars at large, unresponsive, bloated, inefficient bureaucracies. I believe that the more compassionate and proper response to poverty and hunger is to help people get out of those situations, rather than shove money at them that also requires them to stay in those situations. There is no compassion in creating a permanent underclass that is paid for by tax dollars. That is NOT mercy.
I believe that I have the duty to help others as to my ability and maybe even more. But it is a violation of my rights and free will to take from me forcibly to create that permanent underclass. If what the government does socially does no good, then it is wrong to do it. We should be finding a way of making the poor and hungry and sick able to take care of themselves and therefore to take care of others. Christ always put a requirement on people when He helped them. Often it was to go and sin no more. Or to go and tell no one.
Which is harder? To go and tell no one or to sin no more? Or to help someone raise themselve’s from poverty?