The election is almost upon us, and many of us have made up our minds as to whom we are going to vote for, or whether we will even bother to vote at all. On the slight chance that someone from the ever-shrinking pool of undecided voters in a critical county in a vital swing state stumbles upon this blog post, the even less likely chance that they are Catholic, and the even less likely chance that their Catholic faith informs their political conscience, I’ll make one last appeal for a GOP vote.
I say a GOP vote, and not a Romney vote, because a) the most important issue at stake in this election really only depends upon which party, not individual man, is in power, and b) many people on the fence probably aren’t very enthused about Romney the man. I’ll admit that even as someone who has made up his mind, I am still not enthused. Granted, Romney isn’t as awful as many of us imagined him to be before he took Obama to the woodshed in the first presidential debate, it still isn’t easy to joyfully rally to his banner. He lacks the consistency and commitment to principle of the enigmatic Ron Paul, a pretty old guy who manages to get thousands of modern American 20-somethings to care about things other than themselves, which is nothing short of miraculous in its own right. Still, he has emerged as a capable enough candidate for the highest office in the land. But let’s return to the issues.
What is the most important issue in this election? For many voters, it is the economy, plain and simple. In my view, that is the second most important issue, and I will discuss it below. The most important issue is the Obama administration’s assault on religious liberty. If economic problems can be likened to the physical problems of a body, an assault on religious liberty can be compared to an assault on the soul inhabiting the body. Our Lord warns us not to fear those who can merely harm our bodies, both those who can destroy both the body and the soul (Mt. 10:28). Obama can’t exactly destroy our individual souls with his ill-conceived policies, but he can cause lasting damage to the soul of the nation if he is allowed to continue his Kulturkampf in a lame-duck presidency.
The HHS mandate represents everything that is rotten about the Obama regime. Lest Catholic voters forget, the Obama White House threatened the U.S. bishops conference, suggesting that it heed the “voices of enlightened accommodation” (i.e. traitorous apostates) within the Church rather than, and this was unsaid but obviously implied, continue their annoying campaign to exist as authentic Catholics. In spite of the obviously false claims that the mandate was sufficiently altered to respect religious freedom, the bishops, other Catholic institutions, and individual business owners have filed numerous lawsuits against the administration. Resistance continues even well after the supposed “accommodation” from pulpits all across America, in Catholic churches, Protestant churches, Jewish synagogues, even Islamic mosques, if reports such as this one are accurate. People of good will, religious or not, who are concerned about the condition of liberty in the United States have rallied en masse against Obama’s repressive reproductive bureaucracy. One thing that can be said about Mitt Romney is that he will almost certainly and hopefully immediately eradicate these policies.
Now to the economy, issue number two. In Romney we have an experienced businessman who, if nothing else, has probably forgotten more about what it takes to run a successful and profitable enterprise than Barack Obama will ever know in his entire life. Obama likened his brief stint in the private sector, the only real job the man has ever held, to “working behind enemy lines.” His massive investment failures are reflective of the fact that he not only harbors a deep contempt for business, but has never so much as operated a lemonade stand.
Then there is the matter of property rights, closely related with the overall economic condition. Like the rest of the vagocracy, Obama believes that your unwillingness to pay for Sandra Fluke’s IUD implant, to which she has a divine and inalienable right, is tantamount to your depriving her of it. Your property is not your own. At the end of your work week or month, it belongs to Obama, becoming a part of his infinite “stash“, and only when he has distributed as much of it as he pleases to those whom he pleases (and please him) will he allow you to pretend that it is yours. Of course a Romney administration will also collect taxes, but at least Romney has promised to eliminate capital gains taxes on small businesses, which ought to result in significant job creation.
The third most important issue, at least to me, is foreign policy. Upfront I must state that I absolutely deplore the thrust of American foreign policy since the end of the Cold War. I am a non-interventionist who believes that America should not spend another dollar, shed another drop of blood, or throw away another smidgen of prestige in the pursuit of neoliberal or neoconservative fantasies abroad. Military adventurism in the service ideals that the allegedly “oppressed” peoples of the world vehemently reject is the height of foolishness and the worst symptom of imperial decadence. Consequently, both Barack “innocent children murdered in drone strikes that make me ashamed of my country” Obama and Mitt “Russia is our greatest geopolitical foe” Romney get my two big thumbs down. I am anti-war (for the most part) and anti-drone because I am pro-life, but it hardly matters in this election.
However. There is still something to be said about the way Obama has bungled the Benghazi situation. I suppose it isn’t as much a foreign policy blunder as it is a sign of deep corruption within the administration, all the way up to the President himself. In any case, it appears as if the regime has no legitimate excuse or defense for its actions, or lack thereof, regarding the assault on the U.S. embassy. For several days various public officials blatantly mislead the American public about its causes.
All Romney really has to do for me to be at least placated, in the end, is not antagonize Russia with a missile shield and not start a war with Iran. I would ask that he not arm Christian-hating Al Qaeda rebels in Syria and other countries with stinger missiles and AK-47s, but that would be too much. America is committed to empire, all the more so because, unlike other empires, it doesn’t acknowledge that it is an empire. That’s an icky word. Good guys don’t have empires!
Well, there it is. I probably haven’t changed anyone’s mind, and probably bored some of you by now, but it felt good to say all that stuff. Happy voting!