Not Excited About Romney?

This year’s GOP primary has been an odyssey filled with sound and fury. But, like elephants who never forget, millions of Republicans are muttering “haven’t we seen this movie before?” Conservatives who were looking for a solid alternative to Democrat Barack Obama are angry and disappointed. The party rank and file was opposed to the nomination of Mitt Romney, seeing him as a weathervane – willing to adopt any position or cause to suit his ambitions.

The Republican establishment, which is dominated by big business and the Wall Street elite, heard the same chorus of protests when Senator John McCain was nominated in 2008. The party elites argue that, as a centrist, Governor Romney has the best chance of beating the incumbent president in the November US elections. They claim that since his term ended in Massachusetts, a left-leaning stronghold, Romney’s positions have “evolved” and he is now closer to mainstream conservatives. Yet, his detractors say fielding a candidate who is clearly unable to articulate any coherent moral outlook is a big blunder.

American voters have not warmed up to the nominee. Since early 2011, Romney support among Republican voters in statewide polls never rose above 20 to 30 percent. In an ABC survey in March – just 34 percent of all voters had a favorable opinion of him. His unfavorable score, nearly 50 percent, was exceeded only by one other Republican, former House speaker Newt Gingrich, and by only one top candidate in 28 years, Hillary Clinton in 2008.

It is a mystery how a candidate so unpopular among average voters could remain the “front runner”. In addition, the single issue where Barack Obama is most vulnerable is his controversial national health care mandate. Unbelievably, it turns out that the original model for the “Obamacare” health law was first enacted by Governor Romney in Massachusetts. Both laws require everyone with income to purchase health insurance. As with Obama, Romney’s plan provides free contraceptive coverage, which Catholic and other religious institutions must pay for!

The outcome of the GOP primary season poses the question: is democracy taking a long sabbatical in the country where it all began back in 1776? First, there is the obvious issue of disparity in money. Multi-millionaires like Romney have a tremendous advantage over opponents. At the same time, candidates who are not responsive to the wealthy elite will always be swimming upstream. With access to unlimited donations raised by “SuperPacs,” the GOP winner shelled out hundreds of millions in slick attack ads – helping to vilify his opponents in every state primary. The two expected nominees have already raised a combined total close to US$400 million. Overall spending by both presidential campaigns in 2008 was $1.7 billion, 10 times what it was in 1976, and perhaps this will double in 2012.

A second major concern is how Governor Romney was originally designated as the front runner. Who determined that the Republican nomination was his, unless a challenger could snatch it away? It is hard to escape the conclusion that a corrupt bargain was in place from the start involving the top US elites, the GOP establishment and the national media barons. In modern election contests, the big media carefully frame the race between two poles, the liberal Democrats against conservative Republicans. In the primary debates the media make it next to impossible for a dissenting candidate to get anywhere near the nomination.

From 1970 to 2000, America’s former Christian culture has been stripped away like bark from a tree. As with Sarah Palin – a leading Christian conservative who was nominated for vice president in 2008 – a candidate who openly talks of a serious commitment to Christian or Biblical moral virtues is considered a “cult follower” or extremist.

This year former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, former Senator Rick Santorum and even Texas Governor Rick Perry were all bullied and ostracized by partisan TV journalists. When Perry or Santorum made foolish statements, the media labeled them hopeless bumpkins who were unfit for higher office.

Mitt Romney’s blunders were criticized but labelled as just bumps in the road. But the front runner made several mega-gaffes where he appeared to be getting coaching from Ebenezer Scrooge. During the worst economic crisis in almost a century, multi-millionaire Romney stated “I am not concerned about poor people”. Elsewhere he bragged about how he enjoys firing people. He described government loans which saved two-thirds of the auto industry and over 1 million American jobs as a terrible mistake. After first stonewalling on his taxes, he revealed that by using loopholes and off shore accounts he paid only 14 percent, a rate well below that of most middle-income Americans.

For independent minded voters, including social conservatives and Christians, there is a temptation to simply avoid the race or to stay away from the polls this fall. The damage done by Obama in the next four years may not be as bad as one or two terms under a slightly less liberal alternative. Before he suspended his surprising campaign, Rick Santorum said the difference between Romney and his Democratic rival is negligible. Arguments about the lesser of two evils, which surface like a swarm of cicadas every four years, are sounding hollow.

As Plato noted in the Republic – in an oligarchy “there is not one state but two, one of the very wealthy, and one of everyone else. “If history is a guide, then Ben Franklin’s remarks at the 1787 Constitutional Convention should be noted. When asked – ‘what have we got?’ – he replied, ‘A republic if you can keep it’.” As in earlier eras, 21st century Americans will have to provide their own answer to his timeless warning.

David J. Peterson is an author and a high school teacher with a degree in economics. He lives in Chicago. 

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  • Florin S.

    Mitt Romney is a good and decent, hard working, caring man.  You have joined the detraactors because you don’t get what you want. So many stories are coming out about Romney’s kindness and generosity to those in need. And he has spoken often about his health care bill – that it was for a state not a whole country.  And every politician changes his/her mind – we all do. Be careful you are not going after him because he is a Mormon!! Gingrich flip flopped his whole life, politically and Mormon but he ‘converted’ to Catholicism and married the woman who broke up his marriage and perhaps you would prefer him.  Politicians are not perfect but Mitt Romney’s character and family values are excellent…so stop predicting doom and gloom.

  • Dean

    Yes, being a Mormon, Romney might lose some votes.  But, I see him as morally sound, and this is in part, to his being a Mormon.  There are many out there who are amoral….and you can see this as they vote for certain things.  Because of Romney’s morals, everything that he must vote on, goes through this “moral filter”….as a Catholic, I wish those politicians who call themselves Catholic would do the same thing. 

  • Desertwatch333

    I am replying to myself to correct an error – I meant to say gingrich flip flopped politically and ‘morally’…sorry. I too am Catholic but I do not look at a man’s religion but at his character and with all the digging through Romney’s life by Obama and the liberal media, they have found nothing to mar his character morally – and yet this author who is ‘not excited about Romney’ helps Obama and the liberal media and that is really sad…

  • Desertwatch333

    Even when Romney won primaries, he was never given credit.  It was always “Romney won BUT..” and yet, he kept on through it all with his wife and children at his side.  Look at all the deceptions going on in Obama’s White House; look at all the thugs he has in his ‘army’ – remember the head of the Union who cried out to Obama: “Here is your army!”?  Do we really want to give this Administration and their radical associates 4 more years to destroy our economy and our defense system and our country and our values?  Articles like this one will assure Obama another victory…

  • Servantofcharity

    I am a solid Santorum supporter and have been very disappointed at the attempt to coronate Romney as the Republican nominee.  I am sure he is a good man, though I am not excited about his becoming President.  That being said, he is running against Barack Obama.  We had better not sit this one out.  I’ll take Romney over Obama any day!  Not even close.

    John
    servantofcharity.blogspot.com

  • james

    This article sounds good and points out similarities between the Pres. and Romney, but fails to note one key point; Pres. Obama voted against the infant born alive protection act while a senator in illionois and is extremlt “Pro Choice ” against babies choice to live! Romney is at least in theory a Pro-life candiadate.

  • chrism

    What?!  Is this article somehow suggesting that we should consider not voting in the fall election?  We MUST vote to keep our republic, because if Barak Obama succeeds in clinching another term, our nation as we know it may be doomed.  May God bless and guide us.

  • Desertwatch333

    You are right James.  And Obama has deliberately enlisted Catholics who publicly and aggressively defy the Bishops and the teachings of the Church to lure other Catholics onto his side. Evil has permeated our culture more deeply since the onset of Obama’s regime and with the help of his Catholic comrades. This article, as I have said, undermines the Republican candidate but we know that Obama’s team has infiltrated every aspect of communication, especially Catholic sites.

  • edmund burk

    I am a Santorom supporter, who will not vote this november, because there is little differance beteewn Romney and Obama, except under Romney we will add to the deficit
    more slowly and instead of hostiality we will have indifferance to social issues. This
    blog post is correct, that GOP has sold it soul to wall street,big business, and Fox News.
    Not that Fox is calling the shots, but they carried the water for the progressive wing of the republican party. All you had to do was watch Fox News during the primaries to see what I mean. So the Romney/Obama match up is a false choice, either way, the nation is moving down the road of bankrupcy and on social issues heading for the gutter.
    The Rupublican sheep have bought into the false notion that it takes a moderate to defeat a progressive. And the GOP fiddles while social issues burn. As witnessed by Govener Micth Danials who was thinking about running for president, saying the GOP”needs to call a truce on social issues”.

  • sarah

    Great article!  So true…

  • Dale T. Peterson

    I was a Santorum supporter too, but are you kidding?  Romney is so much better in every policy issue than Obama that it shouldn’t even be a question in the minds of conservatives.  You do our cause no good by such critical comments in such a crucial election.  The freedom and economic basis of our Republic is at stake.  Your article is the Democratic ploy to move Obama’s cause along and divert attention from the disaster of the last three years.

    Dale

  • edmund burk

    This is for those of you who said my last post is democrate “ploy”. I am a conservative first, and a Republican second. I have I have voted Republican since 1992 except for govner in which, I voted for the dem instead of the rep because the rep was too progressive. When I voted for Mccain in ’08 I told myself  no more progressive Republicans. (especially when Mccain threw Sarah Palin to the wolves.) As for Romney bering better than Obama, I did’t say Obama was better, I said they were the same.
    You most not pay attention to poltics because Romney was anti gun, pro- abbortion, pro-tax and lets not forget about Romney care.(and the state funding of birth control and abortions.) And for those of you who say that Romney has changed, where are his statement proir to the election? On the the other hand, there is plenty of evidence on U-tube supporting his progressive views.
     I think that if Romney loses,(which IS a possibuilty.) it will force the GOP to rethink it’s idea of running progressives at the expence of their base.
     I cannot vote for either Romney or Obama, my standards won’t allow it.

  • K.G.

    I guess you have fallen in line with the “national media barons” as you failed to mention the ONLY candidate still in the race against Romney.  Ron Paul.  If you haven’t heard he just won the delegates in Iowa, Minnesota, and a whole host of other states.  Myself and my husband, along with countless others here in Texas, are delegates for Ron Paul.

    I hope now that Newt is out of the race more people will give some media attention to Ron Paul and the tremendous amount of delegates he has.  This race is not over yet!!!! 

  • Bob Finger

    Wow, this piece makes me not want to read stories on Catholic Exchange web page again.  If Rick Santorum was still in the GOP race I would probably vote for him in my state’s primary.  That being said: David Peterson is certainly allowed to have his opinion.  But this story on a Catholic web page borders on detraction.  Especially when much of the inuendoes are fabricated by the secular media (but not necessarily oirginated by Mr. Peterson).  It’s a sour grapes story for sure.  I think the Catholic Exchange editor(s) needs to rethink putting other pieces by David Peterson on their web page if he is to continue  this style of writing.  And by the way I am a conservative who doesn’t buy into the secular media rhetoric.  And even though he wasn’t my #1 choice, I plan on supporting Mitt Romney 100%.

  • edmund burk

    I won’t vote for Paul for the following reasons: 1. he’s forien policy is misguided and 2.
    he is liberterain on social issues.

  • Poppiexno

    We need to keep an eye on the ball! The Son of Lies reelection would be a DISASTER for this country!!! He has already caused immense harm and his destruction of our liberty would only accelerate.  Whoever you might have preferred, whatever faults you find in Romney – think long and hard about the alternative. Are you really prepared to live four more years with The Son of Lies? Personally, I tremble at the thought.

  • Eldonh60

    Are you kidding me?  I agree with Bob Finger,  If this is what we are going to get from the Catholic Exchange, I am done.

  • Dssh70

    I’m so confused, can anyone here state exactley how Romney is different from Obama. Look in my honest humble opinion, this is the beginning of.the end. A country where God is simply a bargaining chip is doomed to fail. In 100 years or less, this country will cease to exist. Unless there is a great revival !!!! Sin is like a cancer, promoting sin, an obomination, forcing those those who are faithful to Gods teaching to pay for Infanticide, spiritual genocide !!! And all anyone here seems to care about is their back pocket !!! Damn the job, healthcare, prosperity, if we don’t have God we are simply groveling in the ashes.

  • Dssh70

    To that I simply say beware of the wolf in sheeps clothing. What has Obama done that Romney did not do first in Mass? There will be no Exodus this time my friends, there is no place to run, and our fate lies at the foot of the cross. This is a time of repentence, and fasting !!!

  • http://nolp.blogspot.com davidfarrar

    Rah, rah, rah, put your pom poms away!  Romney is the embodiment of the GOP elite!  They are the ones who is backing him, especially the bankers. And here’s another clue for you; many of these same people are also investing in Obama’s campaign as well. 

    Corporate America’s political platform of higher government spending, higher taxes through higher annual deficits and larger national debt, and less personal liberty, is being successfully pursued by Corporate America by controlling both of the two major political parties.

    As a Tea Party supporter, I will vote this November, but it won’t be for Mitt Romney.  I plan to write in Sarah Palin.  I would rather see a liberal Democrat be unable to do anything with a hostile Republican-led Congress than see a ‘moderate’ (read: liberal) ‘Republican’ get to do anything he wants with a friendly Congress in the name of conservatism.  Last time that happened we got Medicare Part D, the Patriot Act, No Child Left Behind, bailouts for the car companies, the $700 TARP bailout, and Barack Obama.

    ex animo
    davidfarrar

  • mom of 5

    “It is hard to escape the conclusion that a corrupt bargain was in place from the start involving the top US elites, the GOP establishment and the national media barons.”   Unfortunately, I think Mr. Peterson has hit the proverbial nail on the head.  I am a former Republican, now independent (re: a woman without a party).  I voted/belonged/donated to the GOP from my first time voting in 1980 until just after the last election.  Sarah Palin and the “drill, baby drill” chants at the Republican Nat’l Convention pushed me out the door.  Right now, my feeling is…a pox on all their houses.  I can’t vote for a Democrat because I am pro-life through and through but I feel very much that I’ve been duped all these years by Republicans who have played lip service to pro-life/social conservative issues simply to get elected.  Rick Santorum was the first candidate I’ve had any feeling of excitement about since Ronald Reagan.  And, I don’t fit into the ‘conservative’ box anymore because I think the environment is important, illegal immigrants are not the cause of all our financial problems, and quite frankly, rich people should be paying more in taxes.

  • Victoria

    I suspect our only hope is prayer – and that’s a good hope.
    Keep in mind that writing in Sara Palin, or anyone for that matter, is the same as voting for Obama.
    Where is Abraham Lincoln when we need him?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501002865 Tony Frasco

    Santorum was in my opinion the best candidate fighting for our culture, society, the family, and morals.  I think the writer is mistaken by saying that Romney is just slightly better than Obama.  Obama is the most pro abortion president ever who assaults religious freedom, raised and is raising the national debt significantly, and pretty much stands opposite on the majority of issues important to Catholics.  Romney isn’t perfect, but he isn’t Obama and to say so isn’t accurate by any means. 

  • Apilgrimsoldier

    Nobody should be paying more in taxes except those who are paying none.

     Think! What’s this about?  It’s not about money. It’s not about the environment or conservative or liberal. It’s about the Constitution which outlines the rights we have been given by a mighty God who loves us. He inspired our Founding Fathers to understand that Life and Liberty were of the highest value to a nation. Our lives and the lives of our children are worth fighting for.  Our liberty, our freedom is sacred to us Catholics as we are reminded by good holy bishops.  

    I’m choosing to kick the destroyer of life and liberty out of office.  President Obama has signed into law so many changes to the Constitution that it’s hard to imagine how we’ll get it back. Obama has also been doing his utmost to destroy the pro-life movement in this nation. He’s arranged it so you, like it or not, will be paying for abortion inducing pills which will kill the little person in the womb. We’ll also see an increase in deaths of the elderly and infirm (read what the HHS bill says about duties of the committee of 15). How in the world can anyone with a wit of sense consider granting this man and his destructive army of brutes another minute, much less four years in that White House?  

    Romney is not evil. He was my fourth choice.  He’s a decent man and he learns from his mistakes. I’m voting for him. He’ll listen to us and respond better.

  • Apilgrimsoldier

    Nobody should be paying more in taxes except those who are paying none.

     Think! What’s this about?  It’s not about money. It’s not about the environment or conservative or liberal. It’s about the Constitution which outlines the rights we have been given by a mighty God who loves us. He inspired our Founding Fathers to understand that Life and Liberty were of the highest value to a nation. Our lives and the lives of our children are worth fighting for.  Our liberty, our freedom is sacred to us Catholics as we are reminded by good holy bishops.  

    I’m choosing to kick the destroyer of life and liberty out of office.  President Obama has signed into law so many changes to the Constitution that it’s hard to imagine how we’ll get it back. Obama has also been doing his utmost to destroy the pro-life movement in this nation. He’s arranged it so you, like it or not, will be paying for abortion inducing pills which will kill the little person in the womb. We’ll also see an increase in deaths of the elderly and infirm (read what the HHS bill says about duties of the committee of 15). How in the world can anyone with a wit of sense consider granting this man and his destructive army of brutes another minute, much less four years in that White House?  

    Romney is not evil. He was my fourth choice.  He’s a decent man and he learns from his mistakes. I’m voting for him. He’ll listen to us and respond better.

  • Poppiexno

    For those of you who will either vote for The Son of Lies or not vote for Romney, I plead with you. Whatever fault you find in Romney, please, please think of the consequences of four more years with The Son of Lies. Are you really prepared for that? Are you willing to see The Son of Lies reelected and know you did not do what you could to prevent it? I’m not asking you to compromise your concience; read the Catechism on choices between the very real evil of The Son of Lies and what you perceive to be the faults of Romney. Recall the evil The Son of Lies has already done. Not just, or even mainly, the economy or Obamacare but his support of the evil of abortion and his disdain for the constitution. If nothing else (and there is plenty else), his promotion of abortion should be enough for you to act.
    I am 78 years old and will soon leave this world but I cannot sit back and watch the evil – yes, evil – this man has done and will do if reelected. I thought LBJ and Carter were bad; they are dim shadows compared to Obama.      

  • K.G.

    What exactly do you mean by “libertarian on social issues”. Ron Paul has been consistently pro-life from conception to natural death. He can say this until he is blue in the face combined with his 30 year consistent voting record and some people will still say things like this.

    As far as his foreign policy goes, what exactly is misguided? Did you vote for Bush in 2000? Did you know he ran on the same non-interventionalist foreign policy? Also, Ron Paul is the only candidate that supports and promotes the Church’s Just War Doctrine. Are you saying that this is misguided??

  • tjomac

    A man that smeared and lied about his GOP opponent does not have the character I want in my President.  I am sick of hearing about Romney’s character and family values, Carter was a good family man too, how did that work out? I’ll be voting, and it won’t be for Romney, and it has nothing to do with sours grapes, it is a princples, which I won’t compromise for the GOP.

  • Eljayfecteau

    Out of all the reply’s I have read I like Dssh70′s warning to beware of the wolf in sheep’s clothing. If we continue down the path of choosing the republican candidate the media wants we will inevitably end up in in a society of total decadence. I hear we should vote for Romney as he is not as bad as the current president. this will be yet one more giant step to the social left. After 4-8 years of this we will get 4-8 years of the democrat’s choice if we are still a nation. This will drive us so far left we will not be able to return to an actual republic. So when you get in the booth and think “I will vote for the lesser of two evils” remember that God does not give us the freedom to choose between evils.That would be sinful.

  • Mom of 5

    This will probably get me into trouble here but…I really don’t get the continued appeal of Sarah Palin as any kind of actual political figure.  I had never heard of her before the 08 election; was initially enthused about her and thought she was the real deal.  But then, she resigned her governorship after only a short time in office (most of which was spent campaigning for VP) supposedly because she didn’t like how the media had savaged her family.  Next thing you know, she’s back on television with a ‘reality’ show and a stint as a talking head on Fox News.  I just don’t understand how she can be considered anything more than a ‘media personality’ or celebrity…like a back-woodsy Kardashian.  How on earth does any of that qualify her to be the President of the United States?

  • Florin S.

    I understand your lack of enthusiasm for Sarah Palin but I believe she is a good woman with good family values, but not, at this point, presidential material. (neither was Obama!) The reason she stepped down from being governor, I believe, was an honest one. She said that because the liberal Dems kept suing her over every little thing, she was spending too much time and money to be able to govern effectively.  She could have stayed in office and collected the salary but she felt that was dishonest unlike Obama who stayed on the campaign trail while collecting his salary as a senator.  As far as Palin being on Fox News…she does give intelligent comments and she speaks well of important issues…many, many people still respond well to her and we need all the voices of hope and true change that we can get. Everyone does his/her part…that’s all we can do.

  • Florin S.

    You are right Dean…wouldn’t it be great if ‘Catholic’ politicians like Pelosi, Biden, Kerry, Sebelius, et al would vote with as good a moral filter…Pelosi openly and aggressively mocks the Bishops and the teachings of the Catholic Church…Biden defies the Church but does not mock…sad, very sad.

  • Florin S.

    So if you are not voting for Romney, that means you will vote for Obama? And that isn’t against your principles?

  • Poppiexno

    I’m sorry, but with respect, we can morally choose between the lesser of two evils. Please confer your catechism on this point. If you don’t vote, you are tacitly choosing the GREATER of the two evils.

  • Poppiexno

    I agree wholeheartedly. The bishops have, with a few exceptions, been derilict in their duty toward these self styled “catholics.” (lower case deliberate). Many years ago, Archbishop Joseph Rummel, New Orleans, excommunicated two prominent persons for opposing gradual racial integration of Catholic grammer schools. Now, prominent “catholic” politicians brazenly oppose the Church on the sanctity of life. and what is the response? To paraphrase the  commercial “We’ve come a long way baby.”

  • Poppiexno

    Florin S., you are correct. I continue to plead: Tjomac, can you in good concience, allow the evil of Obama to continue knowing that you have not done what you could have done to stop it? We have a grave moral choice to make, perhaps the most serious in my 78yr life time. Do we allow the evil of Obama to continue, or do what we can, each in our own small way, to stop it. The Christophers have a saying, “It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness.” Allowing Obama to be reelected is akin to cursing the darkness.

  • http://nolp.blogspot.com davidfarrar

    Palin’s greatest political appeal, especially during the McCain campaign, was the fact that somehow, somebody in Rove World screwed up and picked someone not of their political persuasion or corporate outlook. She actually shouldn’t have been picked. She wasn’t seen to be a corporate-player. Once that word got out, that was all the grassroots of the Republican Party needed to know. They wanted then, and still want, grassroot leadership who will simply pursue the party’s political platform.

    ex animo
    davidfarrar

  • tjomac

    I specifically said I wasn’t voting for Romney and the tactic of “if you don’t vote for Romney it’s a vote for Obama” is that, only a tactic to coerce a vote for Romney. There are some honest candidates left to vote for…

  • tjomac

    I cannot, I have researched Romney’s record and I have watched his face as he unabashedly lied to the American people.  I have voted for all the moderates GOP’s, McCain, Bush, and I found something in each to admire and even promote and try to convince others.  There is no aspect of a Romney candidacy that will allow me to do so…

  • Eljayfecteau

    Exactly where in the Catechism does it state that we have the choice to choose between the lesser of two evils? I have conferred to the CCD and nowhere does it state that we ever should “morally choose between the lesser of two evils.” Please correct me if I have overlooked something.

    My statement does not imply that one should not vote. On the contrary, every well informed person should vote. It is our Christian and patriotic duty to vote; and part of this obligation is to educate ourselves on ALL the candidates. My grief is that we are seemingly given two ‘bad’ choices, when in reality, there are good choices; which the majority of the population is ignoring to maintain for themselves some selfish gain which they understand would convict their conscience and contradict their lifestyles. For others, their vote is for the ‘winning team’, regardless for what they stand for, still others wrongly think that if they choose a socialist over a communist, things will get better. The two ‘main candidates’ are both part of the problem of the frog slowly boiling in the water. It is never going to jump out of the pot. 

    To seemingly be given the ability to cast one’s vote for the ‘choice between two evils’ is truly NOT a ‘choice’. This way merely opens the road to instant loss of personal freedoms or a slower continual corruption. The result for both is not for the ‘Good of the common people’. That is the effect of ‘the lesser of two evils’.  It does not, nor ever will, give way for good to take effect, but deceives the person to think they have made the best choice; in reality exactly what choice were you given to choose just between ‘two evils’? Would you rather loose your right arm or your left arm? Your right eye or your left eye? … Which would hurt less? Given or implying that we can only choose between being forced to act against our will, or slowly be drained of our morals in a way that lulls the conscience and tends merely towards emotions and feelings rather than moral justice, is evil and it robs all of our religious and moral freedom to freely choose what is good … for the common good. 

    Here is a good link and below it, a reference to what I speak of. 

    http://catholicism.org/lesser-of-two-evils.html
    [11] “Hence this is the first precept of law, that ‘good is to be done and pursued, and evil is to be avoided.’ All other precepts of the natural law are based upon this.” St. Thomas Aquinas,Summa Theologica, I-II, q. 94, a. 2.[12] There are, however, occasions when civil authority sees itself obliged to tolerate (not promote), in practice, a moral evil whose eradication, due to very special circumstances, could produce a much greater evil such as social instability or civil war. Cf. Msgr. Giuseppe Graneris, s.v. “Effect, Double,” p. 448; Fr. Ludovico Bender, O.P., s. v. “Lesser Evil, Choice of,” p. 705; and Msgr. Pietro Palazzini, s.v. “Tolerance,” pp. 1236-1238, all in Francesco Card. Roberti and Msgr. Pietro Palazzini, Dictionary of Moral Theology (Westminster, Md.: The Newman Press, 1962); Antonio Lanza and Pietro Palazzini, Principios de Teologia Moral(Madrid: Ediciones Rialp, S.A., 1958), vol. I, pp. 152-153.

  • Florin S.

    Please let me know who is the other ‘choice’ you speak of? And as for choosing the ‘lesser’ of two evils, the paper regarding voting put out by the Bishops and spoken about by Cardinal Dolan speaks clearly about choosing the ‘lesser’ of two evils. In other words if you have a candidate who promotes and supports abortion and infanticide and another who supports choice for a woman who is a victim of rape or incest, then the choice is the second…but you can choose not to vote at all…please don’t say that Mitt Romney is evil…that is playing with fire my friend. I am a Catholic missionary and I’ve worked among evil in Haiti and in India with Mother Teresa and Mitt Romney who has done good for many in secret is not an evil man. His political stands may not agree with yours, nor do they all agree with mine, but he is far, far from evil…

  • Eljayfecteau

    Why do people put words in my mouth? I did not state “Mitt Romney is evil…”

     I am happy that you did the heroic task of missionary work and had the great privilege and reward to have done so along side a Saint! I am sorry you had to deal with such a noble undertaking among evil circumstances. There is greater merit with these things. We have to admit, evil is everywhere. Now, are you implying that Mitt Romney is the equivalent of Mother Theresa?

    Political stands and choices are the ‘evil choices’ of which I speak that we are given, not the men. God love us all; Obama included. I see his political stands as intrinsically evil; as they are. I also see some of Romney’s choices on life issues as such. Are you stating that Romney’s stance is that abortion, which I believe you imply as a “choice for a woman who is victim of rape or incest,”  is acceptable? If this is true, then you have just made my point true.  Because a statement was made … again to gain favor and sway a vote based upon emotions and feelings rather than moral justice. Because a woman has conceived from an evil act that was inflicted upon her, does not give her the ‘choice’ to kill. It is never a choice. Using this invalid argument is an underhanded easy way for a politician to ‘gain favor’ with the Pro-Live and Pro-Choice agendas. It is merely double-talk.
    There are other “less evil”… political choices besides Obama and Romney. These are not the only two on the platter. 

    We will not find a candidate who agree with all of our political stands; but we must choose one who’s stands are most in line with the Law’s of God in the ways of Moral and Social Justice. That is what I am saying.  

  • Florin S.

    Where did you see me state that I like Romney to Mother Teresa? Are you arguing just for the sake of arguing? I did not imply that one could abort because of rape or incest!! I said that the Church and the Bishops have declared that if there are two choices one may choose the lesser of two evils but you just ignore that and go on about your own interpretation so I’m not going to bother debating with you.  If the choice comes down to Obama or Romney, then Romney’s positions are absolutely the lesser of two evils. Obama voted against the ‘born alive infant act’ and if he is elected, he will again bring that up and try to push it through so that babies who survive abortion would be allowed to die alone and uncared for.  You still refuse to say who your choice is – if there is another choice besides Obama and Romney, why are you reluctant to state who that is?  And please don’t try to push your interpretations as being wiser that those of the Church herself or the Bishops.  Even Cardinal Burke has stated that in the case of 2 evils, we can choose the lesser evil…if Romney still believes that abortion is okay after rape or incest while Obama would legalize every abortion and would legalize infanticide, then the choice is apparent: vote for the lesser or do not vote.  You are not wiser than the Church and you still have not stated who your choice is…

  • ck

    I wanted Rick Santorum and was very disappointed when he dropped out. That said, I am now going to get behind and support Mitt Romney. Am I excited about him? No. However, Mitt Romney has little in common with Obama. This President (Obama) is Anti-Family, Anti-Religion, Anti-Constitution, and aggressively Pro-Abortion. And if that alone does not bother you, his Administration is also using the UN to push Abortion, Contraception, and Gay, Bisexual, Lesbian, Transgender — “special rights” around the world. And might I add — to the great offense of many nations. That’s right. Nations around the world think these are the “values” of the United States. No wonder we are so disliked.

  • Eljayfecteau

     I understand the reservation one might have about Paul’s foreign
    policy, but I cannot understand how we can vote for another politician who has no conviction except for getting elected. That being said, Paul is truly prolife
    and Romney is not. Life is my first and foremost concern when voting. This issue will determine how a president will govern the nation. 

    I have held my nose in the past to vote for the weak choices
    the GOP has given us, only to see those votes wasted as they were doomed to lose.
    The argument, that not voting for the GOP choice, is not a sufficient one to win the
    contest.

    Since FDR the Conservatives in this country have continued
    to give ground to Liberals by doing the same things over and over. Tactically
    that is a recipe for utter destruction. If the conservative block in this
    country does not stand up for the truth with conviction, it will fall by the
    way side and we will see the collapse of this great nation.

    I for one, would rather have four more years of a do nothing
    government followed by a “good” president than have a different liberal
    socialist put in, which would only allow further, and possible irreparable deterioration. The choice of this will only give way to the power to get his liberal agendas enforced. If
    we put Romney in as president, our country will have as much chance as the
    babies being brought into the abortion clinics which he will fight to keep open.

    I will vote for Paul as he is, in my opinion, a truthful and good man, who believes in the future success of this country and ALL its people.

  • Florin S.

    I am trying to understand your struggle.  My prime issue too is life – the sacredness of life. Please go to LifeSiteNews (I hope it’s still there) where they have a short video by Jill Stanek, the Nurse who held a tiny baby who had survived abortion – she held him and rocked him until he died. She shows Obama voting 3 times against the born alive infant act – he will find ways, if he is re-elected, to slaughter more and more babies, to have more babies who survive attempts to kill them – slaughtered. He will go on a rampage against life such as we have not seen before…I will not tell you how to vote – if there are enough no votes then Obama will win and he will destroy everything you hold dear…no matter how much you may dislike Romney, he will not…choices are hard – pray for the gift of discernment…and I will pray with you.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PX4RBVYF5ZFPSJXNC6Q5XXWWMQ Ray Scheel

    Reading through, are you simply unaware that there are parties other than the DNC and the GOP presenting presidential candidates, or are you deliberately presenting having to either choose to vote for one or the other as if there was no other option as a  false dilemma?

    There is also the issue that the GOP race between Romney and Ron Paul is much tighter than the media is letting on when looking at the delegate count.  The AP is simply refusing to update states where the delegates selected went to Ron Paul if that did not match what their predictions were.  If Romney does not win enough *pledged* delegated to win outright before the GOP convention, it is very likely that a second round of voting will yield Ron Paul as the nominee. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PX4RBVYF5ZFPSJXNC6Q5XXWWMQ Ray Scheel

    Too many people have come to believe that Israel wants us intervening in the Middle East when they have actually asked us to back off.  Rather and “abandoning Israel”, Ron Paul’s position is the closest of any of the candidates to the policies the Israeli government has been *asking* us to take, but the GOP establishment drones refuse to hear anything that would reduce our *unnecessary* foreign military interventions…

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