They voted for him before they voted against him

By now most faithful Catholics (as in “faithful to the teachings of the Catholic  Church”) know someone who admits that they voted for Obama, but wish they could push cosmic reset button and unvote their temporary insanity. Alas.

No poll will appear that asks  voters who pulled the lever for Obama if they would do so today. No matter. We know from anecdotal confessions on blogs, webpages and even national talking head voyeurs that significant numbers of voters would rescind their votes were it possible to do so.  The fracas at Notre Dame affords us a view from the wrong end of the telescope. It is worse than any hesitant lever-puller imagined. The shock some feel is near laughable–could they truly–truly?– not have known.

obama-punishmentAmong  us, wherever go, there are well meaning Catholics who had supposed  that matters such as a “living wage,” universal health care, hatred of the war in Iraq and “hope”  were cause enough to overlook the one other matter–abortion–that burdened their deliberations in 2008.  Some can be forgiven their myopic angle of view since so many US Catholics lack any schooling in basic theology.

Greater anguish resides in those who knew. And knew that they knew.  Recently an acquaintance  remarked that he could not douse his smoldering anger at Obama for a “breech of trust.”   This man is an attorney who attends mass  faithfully with his family in tow. He is a self described “happy papist.”  Not so happy at the moment.  His  idea was that Obama implied that he would proceed in an open, civil manner that permitted Catholics who disagreed with his principles to trust his good will.

I am not certain that the opposite might better serve us–that is, to vote for principle and never mind the good will. Here I take good will to be less about goodness than good form. Obama seduced many with his polished good form. However empty of any substance that can objectively be described as “good”, candidate Obama excelled at good form, good style, good packaging.  But now that the package has been opened the truth is impossible to escape.  And the truth is not about Obama who hid nothing from us.

No, the truth is about flaccid Catholics who heard what they wanted to hear and shut out all else in a flimsy hope (that word again!) that  somehow it would work out.

Catholics made the election of a hardened abortion proponent possible. Without a majority of the Catholic Vote this national nightmare could not have happened.

The one hope, perhaps, is that we have here a teachable moment. Every Catholic who now regrets his November insanity is open to our voice of faith –faith not in one  man’s promises however smoothly delivered–faith in the enduring ever new ever eternal voice of the Church who calls us back from the precipice.

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13 Responses

  1. Its pretty straight forward. Those that attend weekly mass and provide service rejected Obama. Those who only attend mass twice a year by enlarge voted for him. Its not just on abortion (I doubt they even consider such matters) still less on other social issue that Obama could line up with on weekly attendees. No it was who was either going to get me more stuff from the gov’t or get us out of economic trouble. Nothing else matter and that why we’re in the mess we’re in.

    Check that, as you stated the majority of Catholic don’t have the basics in theology; they grasp a understanding of about a 3rd grader in religious ed and have never ventured to educate themselves.

    It does however seem to me that we’ve hit bottom, I just don’t know how long we’re going to sit down here. The ND speech may help lite a fire, but I suspect it will take more.

  2. I don’t agree with everything that Obama supports but, he clearly was the best Presidential candidate that we had in our most recent Presidential campaign and he is the most intelligent Presidential candidate that this country has had in decades! Abortion is a subject that should very literally be left up to women = NO MEN ALLOWED!!!

    If you ignorant PIGS could understand that then the subject of abortion would garner the respect and understanding that it deserves, instead of the fire-breathing rhetoric that really serves to make you shine like the ignorant trolls that you are! And not just bc of this misogynistic ideological hatred against women but, bc of your racism, your anti-Semitism, your bigotry against gov’t, education, science, other types of Christianity (Catholicism in particularly!), other religions, and your seething desire to manipulate ppl to get them to give you money!

    BURN IN HELL!!!

  3. Morpheus: I don’t agree with everything that Obama supports but, he clearly was the best Presidential candidate that we had in our most recent Presidential campaign

    QB: Well I think Ron Paul was better then Obama and McCain but to each their own.

    Morpheus: he is the most intelligent Presidential candidate that this country has had in decades!

    QB: I guess that’s why we are in such trouble none of them know how to run a small business let alone a country.

    Morpheus:Abortion is a subject that should very literally be left up to women = NO MEN ALLOWED!!!

    QB: Sorry but their happen to be 25 million woman whom abortion didn’t permit that to occur by removing their voice before they were born.

    Morpheus: If you ignorant PIGS could understand that then the subject of abortion would garner the respect and understanding that it deserves, instead of the fire-breathing rhetoric that really serves to make you shine like the ignorant trolls that you are!

    QB: Well I’m sure the person in control of this site doesn’t fit that description, but perhaps there is some true in what you say about me.

    First here are the reasons woman chose to have an abortion-

    Table #2 – Having a baby would dramatically change my life 74; Would interfere with education 38; Would interfere with job/employment/career 38; Have other children or dependents 32; Can’t afford a baby now 73; Unmarried 42; Student or planning to study 34 ; Can’t afford a baby and child care 28; Can’t afford the basic needs of life 23; Unemployed 22; Can’t leave job to take care of a baby 21;
    from: http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/psrh/full/3711005.pdf

    Note that the reasons are primarily for economic ones and because as you say men are pigs. They fail to take responsibility for their actions. If man were held accountable for their actions 75% of the abortions would be avoided.

    My point then is that women really don’t have a choice at all, we as a society refuse to help them.

    The rest of your comments simply miss the mark as to generalized and stereotypical to respond to.

    Morpheus: BURN IN HELL!!!

    QB: Well the Christian message is that we all deserve that ending, but faith in Christ will save many of us. I hope He will be merciful with us all.

  4. screw obama!

  5. gracious!

    I must attend to the poor orphaned blog a little more frequently.

    I’m not anxious to censor visitors. I welcome opinions that are well thought out–THOUGHT out–not emotional outbursts. And despite our differences in perspective, let a basic charity define our exchanges please.

    Abortion issues aside, Obama is hardly the most intelligent choice presented to the American electorate in years. If his intelligence were so commendable, we’d see his transcript. He has never held a private sector job, that is, demonstrated his ability to succeed beyond government grants and funding. His singular inability to string three sentences together without a teleprompter is yet another indication that Obama’s touted intelligence is the creation of his handlers.

    • Barack Obama is the most intelligent President that this country has had in decades!! …at the risk of sounding redundant, here it is:

      A graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, Barack Obama served as the first black President of the Harvard Law Review in the schools history. He worked as a community organizer and practiced as a Civil Rights attorney before serving three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. He taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. (I think that IS actually considered a private sector job, troll!!) He was elected to the US Senate in November 2004 with 70 percent of the vote.

      As a member of the Democratic minority in the 109th Congress, he helped create legislation to control conventional weapons and to promote greater public accountability in the use of federal funds. He also made official trips to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. During the 110th Congress, he helped create legislation regarding lobbying and electoral fraud, climate change, nuclear terrorism, and care for returned U.S. military personnel.

      This is why Barack Obama is the most intelligent President, and Presidential candidate, that this country has had in decades and this is why he is the best choice to be President of the United States!!

      Period.

      Point.

      Blank!

  6. The Democrat and Republican parties are a major threat to the freedoms of America. They haven’t been for the people since prior to TR being president. Until the country moves towards two or three different parties that value the people then the current corrupt ones we will continue to move towards third world status over the next 40 years.

    • You can spread developmentally stunted, fear & hate mongering, tinfoil hat-wearing, conspiracy theories all that you want, about that party, the other party, blah, blah, blah, ….

      But, only one thing is clear! Ron Paul is a white supremacist SHILL who wants to destroy the United States of America by abolishing at least half of the federal gov’t and xenophobically turning us against the rest of the world!!

      If YOU want to suck his dick and drink his salty Kool-Aid, then fine! But, pimping him and his ideas on the internet makes you NO fucking better than a God damned prostitute!! And for that you can go straight to Hell!!!

  7. Amazing the “courage” one can have on the internet. Your language is sophomoric. I’m pretty much done with you.

    • Soo, I filled your stomach with your own teeth and your mouth with your own blood…and after leveling you, the ONLY thing that you can do is say that my language is sophomoric!? Why don’t you just admit that Ron Paul is a white supremacist shill and that is the way that you are! You’re a bigot and that’s why you support Ron Paul….

      If it goes thru correctly, you should be able to click my name and go to the YT video that details, in two parts actually, what Ron Paul really stand for! I’ve also included that url at the bottom of this message.

  8. The laws of rhetoric determine a debate and you have clearly lost. All you can do is resort to name calling.

    You are correct that Ron Paul would like to dismantle half the federal gov’t. And I wish him well in that objective.

    You apparently read way to many liberal spin doctors to swallow the white supremacist line.

    He explicitly stated he doesn’t support those views.

    NAACP Director in Austin denies Ron Paul is a white supremacist.

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