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.
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.