Sunday, October 21, 2012

Why I'm voting Independent

One of the great injustices perpetrated over the last year or so is the blatant attack of the Catholic conscience both collectively and individually. I make no secret of the fact that I'm a Catholic and that pretty much forms who I am and what opinions I hold, or rather which lens through which I look. I think that the moral universe as described by the Catholic Church is accurate and should be followed by all who care to follow morality as it actually exists in creation. Not everyone cares to follow that morality or even admits that such a morality exists. I'm not going to force them to follow my conscience, but I will kind of expect me to follow my own. 

My conscience tells me that both candidates from the two major parties in the US are in one way or another, morally ambiguous at best and morally outrageous at worst. Clearly I can't support a candidate who will promote or enact morally outrageous policies. One such case is Obama's fervent devotion to the cause of contraception and abortion. Romney has also shown himself to be less than caring when it comes to these issues and has even said in a recent debate that all women should have access to contraception. 

To avoid my vote being associated with either of these two bastions of evil, I have only one choice. And that's why I'm voting Independent.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Why I'm voting for Obama

It's always amused me that things come out of "left field" and are "sinister" (sinister being the latin word for "left"). What's so great about the Right that the Left gets shoved to the side as being either strange, weird or just plain scary? Well, it is not our duty to question the wisdom of the ages but to accept it.

So why would I vote for Obama who is, for many, the embodiment of all that is Left? Well, if you recall from my last post, I don't like either of the candidates. I am convinced that Obama is more convinced and stubborn in his ideology than is Romney. Romney is a businessman who probably cares about profit more than policy. Presumably this might translate into profit for the United States if he is elected president. However, it might not. Romney might be in the process of the Next Great Republican Dupe (NGRD) which is a common enough occurrence, right? (no pun intended.)

The worst thing for this country is for its people to become complacent, going along with the autocratic power-grab of elites from any party that happens to be in the position to grab said power. If you give one man the power over a nation while denying that he has the power, it is much more dangerous than for one man to be openly and plainly in power and accountable to the people who are quite aware that he might tyrannize. This might in itself be a sufficient argument for monarchy over and above our current broken democratic scheme. The problem is not that those in power have too much power. That will always be the case in such large nations and large governments. The problem is that it is masked behind the idea that there are all these checks and balances and that the people decide their fate. In reality, the president can and often does step all over the legislative branch not only of the U.S. but of individual states and the president hasn't been elected by direct popular vote since that became logistically impossible.

Why am I going on this tirade in favor of Tyrants and Despots? Well, because this is about voting for Obama, right? (no pun intended.)

Romney, unless we're very careful, will lull us into the idea that he doesn't give a damn about the power he's been given because apparently he loves Freedom and the Middle Class and Small Businesses and doesn't want to tax them too much. He might very well love all these things. The problem is, he might not and his promises to care about the things that we love might be a lie and we might be subject to the NGRD.

If on the other hand Obama gets elected, we already know what to expect and for those of us who object to the promotion of abortion, contraception, and big government, we already know how to approach Obama. We aren't going to let him get away with anything. He'll keep us awake and on our toes. When someone obviously takes pleasure in having the authority to rule the people and command the world's historically most respected army and get away with almost everything, freedom-loving, gun-toting americans will always be on their guard.

Obviously, the only option is for us to stay alert and that's why I'm voting for Obama.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Why I'm voting for Romney

I have been somewhat uninterested in getting embroiled in the American Political scene since it disgusts me. Yes, the European scene isn’t much better, but for some reason it seems much more amusing. Now, however, I will be digging in with gusto and I will start with my reasons for voting for Romney. 

I don’t like either of the candidates. Obama seems to me to be an idealist for all the wrong ideals and Romney seems to me to be a pragmatist for all the wrong...pragmats? One the one hand, I can respect Obama for trying to stick his “progressive” “liberal” ideals and following through in his autocratic scheme to bring hope back to America. The problem is, he is often unable to support these ideals/principles for the annoying reason that they can’t be supported. Giving women free contraceptives does not grant them economic freedom. In fact, forcing women to buy insurance or to use insurance that supplies contraceptives means that that money can not be used for anything else, regardless of whether said woman wants to buy said contraceptives. This isn’t freedom. This is being shackled to a drug-and-rubber ideology which will drive our moral stamina and economic independence out the window. 

Obama says that he believes the Free Enterprise system to be the most important system ever (my paraphrase) and I almost believe him. Except he’s caught in between believing that and believing that Fairness dictates that those who can give more must give more under penalty of law. Not to harp on economic freedom, but does he care about economic freedom? I kind of doubt it. He wants poor women to be forced into insurance plans that cover contraceptives for free, but doesn’t allow that monetary credit to be used for other things should said poor women desire it. Also, he wants rich women to have to use their money how he (or the government) dictates. They must purchase contraceptives with their insurance and they must pay a substantially higher rate than anyone else. 

Of course, this goes for men too. They deserve economic freedom as much as women. 

Finally, Obama wants to create a culture where abortion is promoted apparently so that no one might be burdened with an unwanted child apparently in an attempt to keep the poor from becoming destitute. The thing he forgets, of course, is the economic destitution isn’t the only kind of destitution. A culture built on death is not a wealthy culture. It is a culture that will eventually commit suicide when it finds itself in the way of the economic progress of mankind. Abortion will not solve our social ills because our progress will be based on our ability to kill the unwanted. 

Obama’s support of contraception, abortion and economic slavery cause me to turn my attention to Romney. Some might say that one should not vote for a candidate because he/she is not perfect, and Romney is not perfect. I don’t want to vote for Romney because as I said, I don’t like him. He seems to me to be a politician who will do anything to get elected and to get an agenda done whether he believes it is right or not. 

He is in charge of appealing to the Conservative Christians and as such, proclaims a somewhat pro-life position, looking specifically at Catholics when he chose Paul Ryan as his running-mate. I’m not sure why, maybe to appeal to moderates, but he has been watering down the prolife position for some time and indeed has not even always held a prolife position. 

And so you might wonder why I want to vote for him. The reason is that Obama vigorously supports things I disagree with. Romney on the other hand, doesn’t seem to vigorously support anything, but rather makes motions in one or more directions that I agree with. I would rather force Romney to follow up on these motions than have to deal with direct attacks on my conscience and my ideals from Obama. 

The perfect candidate doesn’t exist and never will. Obama has shown himself to be antithetical to much that I believe in. Romney, for all his failings as a person, at least will have to be accountable to ideals for which he claims some affinity. 

Of course, this will require those of us who vote for him to hold him accountable. I do not mind that responsibility. That is why I will vote for Romney.