I saw the following quotation this morning on Facebook:
I wish my moderate Republican friends would simply be honest. They all say they’re voting for Romney because of his economic policies, and that they disagree with him on gay rights. Fine. Then look me in the eye, speak with a level clear voice, and say, “My taxes and take-home pay mean more than your fundamental civil rights, the sanctity of your marriage, your right to visit an ailing spouse in the hospital, your dignity as a citizen of this country, your healthcare, your right to inherit, the mental welfare and emotional well-being of your youth, and your very personhood.” It’s like voting for George Wallace during the Civil Rights movements, and apologizing for his racism. You’re still complicit. You’re still perpetuating anti-gay legislation and cultural homophobia. You don’t get to walk away clean, because you say you “disagree” with your candidate on these issues.
– Pulitzer and Tony winning playwright Doug Wright
In the quest for finding a grain of truth amidst even the most confused of statements, I think Mr. Wright has something to offer my Catholic friends who lean Democrat. Granted, “fundamental rights” has been misunderstood and misrepresented by the playwright. For instance, health care and the “right to inherit” seem at the very least questionable as “basic human rights.” Alas, such is the problem with modern rights language to begin with. French jurist Michael Villey argued that the understanding of rights as a subjective entitlements was an innovation of the nominalist revolution and that it is Utopian, arbitrary, and ultimately sterile. We see the fruits of this language every time someone like Doug Wright invents a so-called “right” out of thin air. Then there is the misunderstanding of the nature of marriage, along with the misidentification of life choices with “personhood.”