The Myth of the One-Issue Voter (The Catholic Take)

clock October 27, 2012 03:18 by author John |

VotingIn the heat of the political season, you often hear the term, “single-issue voter” being bandied about, mostly from the left-of-center crowd. They use it to describe anyone that uses their faith as a reason to vote for or against a certain candidate. I propose we stop using that term. It has no real meaning.

Frequently, a person who is pro-life is described as a “single-issue voter”. While it is true that the pro-life stance can be summarized by a single phrase, it is disingenuous to assume that a person only cares about 1 issue, and is concurrently misrepresentative to equate those opposed to induced abortion with a pro-life view. A pro-life view includes advocating for life in all cases. This means standing against euthanasia, abortion, infanticide, homicide, suicide, and every other means of ending human life. It also means standing against contraception, sterilization, homosexual marriage, infidelity, adultery, promiscuity, inappropriate sex education, pornography, and in-vitro fertilization. These issues all attack the natural and proper origins of human life.

If a pro-life person can be called a single-issue voter, then by the same token, a person who advocates for the poor, “women’s rights”, peace, and entitlements can be called a single-issue social justice voter. It is all about terms. There are many aspects to the pro-life view, just as there are many aspects to the social justice view.

It is also disingenuous to assume that a person is a single-issue voter just because they believe one issue is more important than the others. A person who is pro-life doesn’t necessarily advocate for the starvation of the poor, but you would never know that by listening to the common rhetoric of the day. It seems if you take a pro-life stance, then you are labeled as “anti-poor”. Give me a break! This is nonsense, and I can’t imagine anyone with half a brain would believe it. Let’s just agree to stop labeling people as single-issue voters.

As a pro-life voter, I would be more actively involved in advocating for the poor if there wasn’t an even greater need to advocate for the unborn. I am not a single-issue voter. I just have a list of issues with life occupying the top spot.

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Abortion on the Ballot in Florida - Are You Boycotting Romney?

clock October 7, 2012 18:41 by author John |

CMR has a good post up about 2 ballot initiatives in Florida. One on abortion, one on separation of church and state. If you are pro-life and plan on sitting this election out because Romney is not fully pro-life, you should read this post.  

My 2 cents on this is this: if he has done this much to derail the culture of life and morality in this country in his first term, while needing to maintain his voter base, what will he do as a lame duck president? What will he do in four years unconcerned with public opinion? Sitting this election out is a vote for Obama.


Obama Drops the Ball

clock October 3, 2012 20:32 by author John |

Nearly all the political pundits (even a vast majority of the Democratically inclined) are now saying that President Obama lost the debate. I prefer to look at it as the truth being made clear to all. Obama now has 4 years of track record to defend. He benefitted so few in relation to the many he hindered.

Obama looked confused, listless, meandering, and frankly, defeated. I nearly felt sorry for him, but then I remembered the millions of unborn children lead to the slaughter under his approving watch. I remembered the assault on marriage launched by this president. I remembered the assault on the consciences of the Catholics of this country. I almost felt sorry for him. Then I came to my senses and realized this is the only way he could be undone. It is the only way his crushing path of destruction could be reversed. It will not bring back those children killed by abortion, but it will give us some progress toward ending their continued murder.

We just need a couple more debates like this.

US Bishops Speaking with One Voice Concerning Elections

clock September 25, 2012 20:26 by author John |

What a joy it is to witness the unified and forceful way in which the Catholic Bishops of the United States are speaking with regard to the upcoming election! In every statement I have seen so far, the bishops are emphasizing the “non-negotiable” issues that adorn the Democratic Party and Obama’s platform. While I am not a Democrat, I am also not a Republican because parties are too fickle and neither represents my beliefs appropriately. In spite of this, it seems that in general, one party is clearly the lesser of 2 evils here. It should also be noted that there are exceptions to this rule, as there are a few truly pro-life Democrats, and a few pro-abortion Republicans.

However, unless you are living under a rock, if you are a Catholic, you should by now be aware of the gravity of this election. You should also be aware of the non-negotiable issues and where each candidate stands on these issues. If not, then it would seem that you are not an informed voter, which is not a good thing to be.

Here is a sample of the public statements made by some of our Bishops recently:

Bishop Morlino (Also, a good conversation about the topic on Relevant Radio)
Archbishop Lori
Archbishop Chaput
Bishop Paprocki
Archbishop Gomez

Obama Compaign Releases Several New Flag Prints

clock September 20, 2012 11:52 by author John |

The Obama Campaign has released a new flag print that adoring fans can purchase to further the destruction of liberty as well as the unborn. It seems that the campaign is unable to count, as the flag print is missing some stripes. Extra arrogance is thrown in for free – after all, it is his country now. We are just lucky to belong to it.

Obama's Flag

Doing a little digging, I found some more flags the campaign is trying to hock...

Halo Flag

The Halo flag: not only is this a patriotic expression, but religious, too.

Communist Flag

Here is a nod to the “more flexibility” that the president will have after the elections.

Remember the creepy "o" hand gesture? It seems to be making a comeback. You can bet he will be making that gesture as he strangles the freedoms from the constitution.

Anti-Life Flag

For those in the pro-choice movement.

Anti-Freedom Flag

For fans of the HHS mandate.

Mslim Brotherhood Flag

There is also the flag created for his fans in the Muslim Brotherhood.

Catholic Bishops of Illinois to Produce Bulletin Inserts for Upcoming Election Season

clock September 19, 2012 11:02 by author John |

The Catholic bishops of Illinois will be distributing 4 bulletin inserts on the Sundays leading up to the election. Looking at the introductory insert, it appears the inserts will be rather clear and speak in unmistakable terms about the upcoming election and the importance of not supporting a candidate who is pro-choice, anti-traditional marriage, and anti-religious freedom.

Some bishops have already been using very clear language about the elections, including Bishop Robert Morlino (link to mp3 download of Morlino on the Drew Mariani show), Archbishop Chaput,  and Archbishop Lori.   So the question will then come down to a basic question: How many people will follow these principles? Few will be able to claim ignorance on this one.

Obama Might Not Win Election So Bernanke Prints More Money

clock September 13, 2012 19:02 by author John |

Apparently the state of the economy is weighing heavily on Obama's chances of winning the election in November. Never fear, he has an answer for that - print some money! Hey, by the time inflation hits, the election will be over and Obama will have more flexibility. Prayers are needed for this election. We need people who will promote the common good.

Hobby Lobby Sues the Government of the United States of Obama Over HHS Mandate

clock September 12, 2012 13:42 by author John |

The arts and crafts supply store Hobby Lobby is suing the government over the HHS mandate. While they do not object to contraceptives, they do object to abortion-inducing drugs, as a matter of religious principle. It is good to see another business, particularly a large one jump into the ring to fight the draconian Obama administration over this attack on religious freedom and freedom of conscience. Read more...

Muslims Storm US Embassy in Libya and Cairo, Kill Diplomats and Staff.

clock September 12, 2012 09:21 by author John |

This is terrible! Muslims have stormed 2 US embassies is Cairo and Libya and killed a US Diplomat and staff members. Apparently they were angry about a movie made by an Israeli about Muslims and Mohammed. These are the adherents of the "Religion of Peace", right? Rather than issue a strong response, the Obama administration called out the filmmaker and showed a moral equivalence between the killing with the offending movie as if they were equally wrong and offensive.

Give it time - these people will not stop until every last Christian and Jew is converted or killed. President Obama will continue to sit by and "condemn" the attacks but do nothing in response.

Translating the Democratic National Platform

clock September 7, 2012 06:31 by author John |

When I first went to the source for the Democratic National Platform, I was at first surprised to see a blank page. At once I was filled with mixed emotions and thoughts began racing through my mind - They are admitting to having no ideas? Are they just keeping their plans secret? After the whole no God/no Jerusalem debacle, are they starting from scratch? Then after about 10 seconds, the web page finally came up and my surprise quickly turned to apprehension. I found a lot of vague, politically correct mumbo jumbo. Having taken the time to read through the document, I thought it would be worthwhile to provide a translation into regular English from the Democratic positions and phrases.


Democratic Phrase Plain English
Moving America Forward Advancing our Agenda
We gather to reclaim the basic bargain that built the largest middle class and the most prosperous nation on Earth – the simple principle that in America, hard work should pay off, responsibility should be rewarded, and each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us. Let's throw out some red meat to the independents - something about the classic American Dream. You know, just so they don't get too suspicious about all the unemployment, food stamps, and the entitlement society we are building.
Reclaiming the economic security of the middle class is the challenge we must overcome today. That begins by restoring the basic values that made our country great, and restoring for everyone who works hard and plays by the rules the opportunity to find a job that pays the bills, turn an idea into a profitable business, care for your family, afford a home you call your own and health care you can count on, retire with dignity and respect, and, most of all, give your children the kind of education that allows them to dream even bigger and go even further than you ever imagined. Reclaiming the money of the middle class is the challenge we must overcome today. That begins by replacing the basic values that made out country great, and by requiring everyone who works hard and plays by the rules to fill a job in the government or stand in a bread line, sucking the life out of profitable businesses, trimming your family, making it harder to afford your home and health care we decide on, retire with a meager income from social security until it goes under, and until your quality of life is below our threshold, and most of all, giving your children the kind of education that we determine to be age-appropriate, such as sex ed in 5th grade, and teaching them to go further than you wanted them to go before marriage.
We see an America where everyone has a fair shot, does their fair share, and plays by the same rules. We see an America where everyone eats out of our hand, does what we tell them to do, and plays by our rules.
We’ve come a long way since 2008. We suffered a lot since 2008.
As a result of our efforts, today, young Americans entering the workforce can stay on their parents’ plans As a result of our efforts, today, young Americans cannot enter the workforce and must stay in the parents' basement.
Insurance companies will no longer be able to arbitrarily cap and cancel coverage, or charge women more simply because of their gender You are now paying for contraceptives through your insurance plan whether you like it or not, whether your conscience objects or not.
We also recognize there is no substitute for a parent’s involvement in their child’s education. We also want to separate parents from their child's education, indoctrinating them so that they will vote for us.
Cutting Waste, Reducing the Deficit, Asking All to Pay Their Fair Share Creating waste, ballooning the deficit, taxing the lifeblood out of anyone not on food stamps
the President and the Democratic Party believe in the right to organize and in supporting America’s workers with strong labor laws the President and the Democratic Party believe in the rights of organized goons and in strong-arming America's workers with suffocating labor laws
Helping Small Business Taxing Small Business
President Obama and the Democrats are committed to rethinking, reforming, and remaking our government so that it can meet the challenges of our time. How about some socialism? Maybe some communism?
Greater Together What's yours is mine. Private property will not be respected.
adoption programs for all caring parents Handing over orphans to be raised in selfish, homosexual relationships
President Obama’s administration has offered men who want to be good fathers extra support Homosexual men have received support, otherwise, we have undermined the role of fathers in the family
Democrats are leading the way on supporting healthier, more physically active families and healthy children. We support eugenics and organizations that trim the weakest from society, such as Planned Parenthood
Americans with disabilities Targets for Euthanasia
Faith-based organizations will always be critical allies in meeting the challenges that face our nation and our world – from domestic and global poverty, to climate change and human trafficking. Your Church will be allowed to operate if it supports our agendas.
Democrats are proud of our support for arts funding and education We will continue to pay for profane images in public museums and liberal voices at public radio and tv stations
At the core of the Democratic Party is the principle that no one should face discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability status Certain rights are valuable, such as the right to free contraception, abortion, and eventually publicly funded sex-change operations. Freedom of religion is so yesterday.
Democrats support our civil rights statutes and we have stepped up enforcement of laws that prohibit discrimination Democrats have stepped up harassment of pro-lifers. You are now considered terrorists.
Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women Taxpayer funded and uninhibited sex, contraception, and abortion. Never mind your religious convictions.
we must continue our work to prevent vicious bullying of young people and support LGBT youth Freedom of speech and religion will be replaced with required encouragement of homosexuality and sexually deviant behavior
protect women against pregnancy discrimination We will help kill your child so you can keep your job
free access to preventive care, including prenatal screenings, mammograms, cervical cancer screening, breast-feeding supports, and contraception We will help you find out if your child is worth keeping, like if it is the gender you prefer or has the right color eyes. We will also force religious institutions to pay for contraception coverage
The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay Our goal is more abortions. The next step is forcing you, the taxpayer to fund them.
We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples. We promote sexual deviancy. Our next step is to force religions to perform same-sex "marriages".
Too many Americans live without hope for a better future or access to good, family-supporting jobs. Fifteen percent of our fellow citizens live in poverty The more people we have on welfare, the more people will vote Democratic. We'd like to see about 60% of America on government assistance.
Preventing the Spread and Use of Nuclear Weapons We will get rid of our nukes, hopefully the rest of the world will play nice
Crucial to achieving all of these objectives has been, and will remain, expanded cooperation with Russia. After the election, we will have more "flexibility" to do what Russia wants
We have restored America’s leadership at the UN by cooperating with our partners there We want to use the UN to force abortions, contraception, and a one-child policy on the entire world
Combating HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Condoms for everyone!
Standing With Those Demanding Greater Freedom Empowering the Muslim Brotherhood
Standing up for Women’s Rights Around the Globe More Abortions!
Gay Rights as Human Rights Gay rights before religious rights

Mirror of Justice has a good piece on the differences between the Democratic and Republican platforms on the topic of life. Check it out!