Tom at Disputations comes up with a sign for Anne Fox of Massachusetts Citizens for Life to carry at the March for Life.
Now With 10% Less Evil
All it Costs is Your Soul
I have been rather annoyed at the Republican glee over the so-called “Massachusetts Miracle” of the election of Scott Brown. If I was a voter in this state I would have been willing to support a greater good by voting for Mr. Brown over the even more pro-abortion Catholic Democrat, but I can’t see how I would be thrilled about it. Reducing damage is a good thing, but there is still a lot of damage involved with a candidate who calls Roe v. Wade the law of the land and supports torture (enhanced interrogation for those people who like terms like pro-choice).
Strangely the very commentators who gripe continuously about RINOs finally I guess found a RINO to love – for now. Now I well understand the chess game involved to stop the federalized healthcare plan and the evil it entails. If his election, block this than that is pretty good. But as a chess game it is like sacrificing one of your pieces. Unfortunately that sacrifice could entail the unborn on a different vote. Some have rejoiced over the Brown victory calling it “Baby steps” – a highly ironic term if I do say so myself.
Scott Brown was to be a Don Quixote candidate picked as fodder in what was suppose to be an unwinnable race. Sadly I guess this means the GOP could not even come up with a pro-lifer in what they thought was a throwaway candidate. I guess nobody wants to go against the prevailing idea that a pro-lifer couldn’t win in Massachusetts. Of course how would they know not ever running any. Exactly what pro-life Republican candidates are they grooming for the future? I find it ridiculous to see the whole country leaning more and more pro-life and that it is some kind of vacuum there. Or maybe they are treating this state like a nicotine patch. Just keep putting up candidates just a little less toxic each time to get the voters use to them. It is a crying shame that this state is 44% Catholic.
Politics might be the art of the possible, but it is a failure of imagination to think this is all that is possible. The little compromises repeated again and again until they are more than just a compromise but a giving away of what you stand for. Successfully electing a pro-abortion candidate should feel more like you are glad you only got one arm broke instead of two, but it is nothing to celebrate to such a degree.
Instead we should be praying for Scott Brown that he have a truly pro-life conversion (not Romneyification).
Speaking of strange bedfellows how about those Catholics in the House. I tweeted the other day wondering about why we are called single issue voters yet the Democrats are willing to let the health care plan die if we are not forced to pay for abortions. There zeal for death ironically might very well kill the bill. So I guess I have a weird indebtedness to them if this turns out to be so. I don’t want the Federal government involved in healthcare at all. Even with a Stupak-like amendment they will go after the unborn (and others) sooner or later with incrementalism. The Party of Death is so fanatical that it could not accept the House version of the Bill and instead set the much more evil Senate bill as the standard. It is rather interesting that when Clinton was President and that owned the both houses that Hillary so screwed up nationalized health care they never came close to a vote. Once again the Democrats have the Presidency and both houses and yet can’t pass what they say they want to pass so very much.
All this reminds me of Chesterton’s famous:
The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.
Sometimes you have to cauterize a life threatening bullet wound. the “cure” may be more painful than the wound, but, it is for all of that, necessary.
It is important for people to understand that the election of Scott Brown was an act of tolerance-in the only legitimate meaning of that word.
Tolerance in its legitimate sense is related to the virtues of prudence and fortitude. Prudence is the virtue by which you asses a situation and act accordingly. Fortitude is the virtue by which you respond to a situation. In some instances wisdom (prudence) will dictate that you fortify yourself to act against injustice and act quickly. In other instances, wisdom (prudence) demands that you exhibit fortitude in not acting in the face of evil or injustice because a greater evil or injustice might follow. In this second sense tolerance never meant surrendering to evil or injustice in perpetuity, but only enduring it until such time as it was no longer imprudent to react the evil/injustice.
We should pray for Saint Joan to steel up some people to face that fire because whoever does dare to speak pro life will be treated with the same gentleness given Sarah Palin. To run for office in this climate takes true holy courage.
I feel fearful for anyone who steps out to run as pro life candidates. Their family will be lampooned on national television. They will fine themselves distorted publically by political hacks. Their accents, hobbies, attire and hair will be cruelly mocked. Their children’s grades, appearances, friends and activities will be scruitinized. Everything they’ve ever said, done or thought will be grist for the mill of destruction, deconstruction and distortion.
Anyone with a token connection and an axe to grind will find a media outlet willing to give them a venue. Good thing Air America filed for bankruptcy!
But you’re right, 10% less evil is still evil in our midst. Personally, I didn’t know Brown was pro-choice because I’m not in MASS. I thought I was fairly well informed, having followed the race, read the articles, seen the broader public debate. Ironically, Brown probably would have lost if the fact that he was pro-choice had been made more public, as he would have lost a lot of “R” votes.
You won’t get into heaven if you vote for a democrat.
That kind of confusion and doubt got Obama elected. And, got his highness invited to ND to validate pseudo-caths that it’s okay to kill 45,000,000 babies so long as you’re for stealing from productive, hard working people and ruining the economy – calling it social justice teaching.
He’s raised $5,000,000 for the Cistercians in Wrentham. Who’s to say we can’t convert him?
In politics we try to convince those who disagree with us to change their minds. Repentance is also a change of mind, isn’t it? In the last 20 years we have seen a decrease in the number of abortions, isn’t that a change of mind? I believe there is hope for Scott Brown. He is against partial birth and late term abortions, at least. That’s a start and way better than his predecessor. So, trust but verify, and pray for change of hearts and minds. AnneG in NC
Good heavens, what do you expect – it’s Massachusetts! When a pig flies, you should be properly grateful for witnessing the event instead of complaining when it crashes.
“Guard against euphoria”.
Stopping Obamacare is a positive good. Creating a certain amount of gridlock is good. Beyond that, don’t get your hopes up that the GOP now “gets it”.