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McCain chooses Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for VP

McCain chooses Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for VP

Q: Are you voting for Barack Obama?

A: I haven’t decided who I will be voting for. I believe that there is a case that can be made for voting Obama-Biden, but that’s a far cry from saying I will vote for him. The issue, as far as I am concerned, is one of fairness. If a candidate is worthy of criticism, then be critical. If the candidate holds a position you like, give him honor and acclamation. In any instance, be fair.

Q: Why haven’t you endorsed Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin?

A: I’m not sure I won’t endorse him. While I agree with the majority of his platform, I am hesitant to cast my vote to the wind. This isn’t to say that voting third party is worthless. As far as I am concerned, it simply misses the objective of a “dissenting” vote, which would be the only reason for my choosing to vote for a third party. The idea is to get the attention of the candidate, or candidates, who would have otherwise had my vote. But with the 2004 CP candidate coming in with around the same number of votes as Joliet, Illinois, has people, then it’s makes grabbing attention rather difficult.

Q: What do you think about McCain’s VP pick?

A: Aside from being quite attractive, I am not sure. I received the talking points, but I don’t dare spout them off without giving them a critical examination. Still, I must admit that I haven’t had my phone ring so much in a long time. All my McCain friends are ecstatic that he chose a conservative woman. What they ignore is the constitutional function of the Vice President, the fact that this decision was probably made to satisfy those “I won’t vote for a liberal like McCain” conservatives who have a serious problem of wetting themselves when being thrown a bone, and that his choice of a woman was more than likely contingent upon Barak’s not choosing Hillary. Had Hillary been Barack’s side-kick, then we would be seeing a McCain-Ridge or McCain-Romney ticket.

Q: Who do you think you’ll be endorsing?

A. I haven’t made up my mind. I’m not even sure whether or not I will make my endorsement public. I may just make “the case” for a number of candidates and let folks run with it. It may boil down to making a case for abstention. The only thing I am confident of is that whatever decision I do make will result in a flurry of emails and phone calls from people who think I’m out of my mind. Lord help me…


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  1. This election, as well as past elections, that America is a Failed state. It is plain that both are trying “to buy” the electorate with gimmicks.

    Does a King have to that? No.

    Democracy is a failure and will always be a failure. Furthermore, America is a Novus Ordo and hence nihilistic—it is bound to fail and failing it is.

    I am voting for “None of the Above”. To “vote” for the lesser of two evils, is still voting for evil. And where is the Catholic Church and Catholics supporting women in politics? When? Women in politics is Socialism, Marxism. What does the Natural Law say? The bible? Consistent Christian teaching?

    Voting Neither is the soundest policy.


    August 30, 2008 at 9:31 am

  2. On the Palin choice…

    One commentator over at Taki mag says it all

    Palin as VP is yet another example of the GOP mainstreaming, ratifying and entrenching what was once part of the radical agenda. That’s the GOP’s job: slowly normalize what previous generations would have rejected as positively perverse; everyone quickly forgets that it was self-described commies who originally pushed for all this nonsense.

    This is what the GOP does—Mainstream the radical agenda.

    What conservative upholds woman’s right to vote, or women in leadership positions? It is quite sad. The Republican Party is NOT conservative. Never was. It was a radical group which advocated the ending of slavery in America. No true Christian really can participate in America.


    September 1, 2008 at 1:00 am

  3. Father Hardon:

    “11. The Emancipation of Women. Marxism is especially characterized by its rejection of any link that binds women to the family and the home. Women’s emancipation is proclaimed as a cardinal principle of the socialist interim that will usher in the classless society of the future. Women are to be first encouraged and then, if need be, compelled to withdraw from the family and the care of children. These are regularly stigmatized “bourgeois” activities, Liberated from household chores and the rearing of a family through thousands of childcare centers, women are to be thrust instead into public life and collective production under the same conditions as men.

    The selection of Palin by McCain and the Republican Party SHOW that their actions are Marxist. There is absolutely, and I mean absolutely Nothing Conservative about the Republican Party.

    Anyone voting for McCainiac is voting for the Marxist platform.

    (Quote pulled from: The Influence of Marxism in the United States Today by Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.)

    America is a Marxist nation and is voting for a Marxist in either election.


    September 2, 2008 at 10:22 am

  4. I think that it is going overboard to outright declare America a Marxist nation.

    For beginners, Marxism is not as rigid as most may be led to believe. The problem is equating Communism with Marxism. Marxism is far more utopian, granting the possibility of no centralized government, but the two of them must be distinguished and we ought not be too loose with our application.

    Secondly, having something in common with another ideology is a far cry from being an adherent to the entirety of the ideology. I would agree with the Socialist that Capitalism is a wretched system, but that doesn’t make me a Capitalist. I may agree witht the Communist that the wage-system is pathetic and (more often than not) reason for exploitation, but that doesn’t make me a Communist. Conversely, I may not see surplus value as an inherently evil thing, and I may wish to see the means of production help privately (though labor associations would be included), but I am hardly a Capitalist. The same may be said of the leaders of this country and the many platforms they propose. Are they Marxist? I wouldn’t go that far. But I would say that the degree by which Marxist ideas may have influenced their political philosophy makes me a tad uncomfortable.

    Lastly, I am convinced that Catholics have an obligation, a sacred duty, to participate to the best of the ability in the dealings of their nation. The popes have been quite explicit regarding the Christian Citizen and civic responsibility. Elections are sloppy, but so is reality. In this election the issue would be minimizing damage and working to assure that the conditions wherein good policies can be maximized is put in place. Not an easy choice, but one we’re stuck with.


    September 3, 2008 at 12:53 am

  5. I think you are a little short-sighted to think that communism/Marxism just deals with economics. Marxism also is called “social democracy”. Marxism is violent revolution while as social democracy works slowly in a democratic process. But more also, Marxism has a Cultural side. There is a term called “Cultural Marxism”. Not only does Marxism have a cultural side, it also has a structural soft side. The Income Tax is from the Communist Manifesto. The Central Bank is also from the Communist Manifesto. There are ten planks in the Communist Manifesto, and every one of them has been adopted in America. In 1880, there were over 200 communist and socialist organizations in this country—In 1880. That the federal government deals in agriculture, communications, education, is all in the ten planks of the Communist Manifesto. Communism is NOT just economics and this is where many people are fooled.

    This is NOT the Roman Empire for the Roman Empire was still the Old Order. Christians could participate with the Pagan Roman Empire to some extent.

    We are facing a different beast. Ideology that rejects the Old Order. This is much much different.

    Sun Tzu said, “Know thy enemy”. One must correctly read the times and the events. The only thing now, is violent counterrevolution. That is the only sane approach. Only total failure of the Republican Party will lead to real conservativism. Victory for McCain will not change anything in the Rep Party. If voting for McCain, will only delay the inevitable. Once a dog goes bad, (has the taste of blood), the only way to cure it is to kill it. You can’t save the pooch.

    Same here. You are not correctly reading what is going on. The fundamental basis of America is totally flawed. It can’t be fixed. The only thing is the complete and utter collapse of the US and starting things over on the right foot. That is the ONLY remedy. You can’t put a bandaid on a ruptured artery.


    September 3, 2008 at 10:13 am

  6. Where did you get the impression I believed Marxism to be purely economic? I ma well aware of what Marxism is, Mr. Wheeler. I am also aware of the fact that America has, in one way or another, to a degree greater or less, adopted the 10 planks. On the other hand, we would be amiss to ignore the fact that many of these are mere means to an end, with the end result being, amongst other things, the abolition of class distinctions, all production concentrated into public hands, and political power losing its political character. Once again, America may have a number have come to embrace a number of things advanced by Marx, and this will not deny. But to say we are a Marxist/Communist country is pushing it.

    I don’t share your pessimism, but I don’t take it with a grain of salt. My contention has been, and will continue to be, that we, as Christians and conservatives, ought to vote in a manner that a) best reflects what we wish to see happen and b) provides an atmosphere wherein we may work towards positive change with the least amount of difficulty. This is a balancing act to be sure, but it is a reality for any and all who don’t share your pessimism.

    Can we peacefully fix it? I don’t know. But I believe we have a duty to try, no matter what the odds of success may be.


    September 3, 2008 at 10:01 pm

  7. Plato tackled this problem in the Republic and in the Laws. And once something gets infected, so bad, no medicine can cure it.

    Plato, in The Laws, is constructing a society in order to bring about stability and the right culture for that society. He counseled that Atheists be quarantined. Under quarantine, they are counseled and taught. But after five years, and they are still adamant–they are to be put to death quietly and in the middle of the night. They are to be gotten rid of. Once the malady of atheism becomes a plague, the only way to stop it is by killing the hosts. This was the Catholic modus operandi against the Cathari. They were preached to, monks were sent to teach them out of their error. When no progress was made, The Church authorized, sanctioned, and promoted a crusade against them, to wipe them out and they did. Some have seen this as an influence by Plato which all high Churchmen were familiar with.

    This is wisdom.

    To vote for McCain/Palin is to vote against principle and for pragmatism. Are you just advocating for pragmatism in this? Death and Killing also has its benefits and this society of America are so soft and so far from common sense that only the presence of harshness will bring humans back down to earth. Are we unwilling to take the hard road?

    We are facing the same thing that the Spanish Catholics were facing from the Red Republicans in Spain in 1936. Generalismo Franco took the road that Plato advised. He fought back. This is the only way. Both Generalismo Franco and General Pinochet were correct in their actions. Generalismo Franco saved Spain from disaster and that only happened because he fought back with guns and artillery.

    We are facing the same situation. Granted both Franco and Pinochet failed ultimately because the Left still got control of Spain and Argentina. They left academia and schools and their leftist teachers intact. They paid no attention to the culture.

    What we need is a good Catholic General to sieze control of America, rewrite the Constitution, bring back the Monarchy and Aristocracy, and as Shakespeare said, “The first thing we do is shoot all the lawyers”. Shakespeare needs to add to that list: academics, journalists and Catholic bishops along with their loopy liberation theology priests.


    September 3, 2008 at 10:09 am

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