A Sunny Side to the Obama Mandate?

Here’s another superb audio commentary by Dr. Paul Kengor on the Obama mandate:

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There may be a sunny side to the Obama mandate on contraception and abortion drugs. Consider:

When President Obama’s decree first came down, you probably thought to yourself: Ah, no worry. Democrats are liberals, and liberals could never support such a blatant violation of conscience and religious freedom. And Democrats who are Catholics would never advocate this.

Quite the contrary: Catholic Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Kathleen Sebelius unwaveringly defend President Obama’s actions in the most aggressive ways. One Democrat, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, called Republican opponents “demons.”

In the face of this, one is tempted to anger and despair.

But I offer a glimmer of hope. There is good news here: This “Obama mandate,” and the horrific statements from Democrats advancing Obama’s position, exposes them and their party to the larger population, including to your Catholic grandmother who votes Democrat merely because that’s what she has always done. Alas, this is not your grandparents’ Democratic Party. JFK and Harry Truman would not recognize this Democratic Party.

And so, there may be a saving grace at work here: This political/ideological madness on display, compliments of partisan Democrats, should have a powerful effect in permanently driving people away from a party that has embraced the Death Culture and does not deserve the votes of committed Catholics.

Many younger Catholics realize this. I was recently shown some eye-opening data on voter registration among priests in their 20s and 30s. They are Republicans by huge margins. The data also shows that older priests are registered Democrats, but haven’t been voting Democrat. They’ve been torched on life issues.

Now, I know I’ll be accused of carrying water for the Republican Party. However, I’m first and foremost an orthodox Roman Catholic. And Catholic Republicans should never blindly sacrifice their faith to their party in the way Catholic Democrats have dutifully done for decades.

But I definitely know I can’t be a Democrat. And many Catholics are right now learning the same—thanks to President Obama’s mandate and his devout defenders.

For Catholic Exchange and Ave Maria Radio, I’m Paul Kengor.


Dr. Paul Kengor


Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. His books include “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism” and “Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.”

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  • Jojo

    some right wing nuts hate it when the white house is, after a long break, run by someone who really cares about people.

  • Bartbrown

    I’m trying to be an orthodox Roman Catholic up here in Canada and we have the same issues on Official Party positions on life issues as you do.  For those Catholics who have been Democrats, this is a point in history, and they can move their support to show their party the truth.  Should the Democratic party come around to the reality of life they can return.  Blind support like you suggest is ???  

  • belinda

    Very insightful piece here.  Thanks for pointing out that an Orthodox Catholic cannot really be too loyal to either party and remain Orthodox.  One must really look at each issue and decide the morality of it.  The Democratic Party has lost its moral compass on several issues including life issues and religious freedom..  The Republican party is vulnerable in the same way (but different issues).  I’ve heard many Catholic Republicans speak of Capitalism as if it were some holy system of freedom and charity!!!!  It is easy to be blinded by our own will and follow a political idealogy instead of Church teaching.  Neither party endorces Catholic teaching in total which should lead individual Catholics to the voting booths with the flexibility at each election to vote for the candidate who most reflects the proper view of the world as taught by Jesus…..no little task.  

  • Aging Flower Child

    Type your commenhttp://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/03/conservatives_more_liberal_giv.htmlt here.
     I doubt you will read this, it was never discussed on MSNBC I’m sure either.

  • chrism

    Another silver lining:  Priests and Bishops who have been silent for the past 50 years on these issues are now stepping up to the plate.  Thanks be to God!

  • servantofcharity

    Great points.  The only question is: Are enough people paying attention?  Do they care?  If our bishops keep courageously speaking out, and our Catholic institutions continue to join the fight, perhaps we can finally answer “yes.”


  • debrr

    He only “cares” for the people who can vote for him so he keeps them slaves of the government for handouts so he can stay in power.   Another example of how he “cares” is that he wouldn’t want his daughters “punished” by a bad choice and would rather have his daughters kill his grandchildren before they are ever born.  I can think of better ways to show how you “care” for people than slavery and murder.

  • 1higherstandards

    Obama is a dictator who will stop at nothing to destroy the catholic church,  strategy:  pitting the liberal catholics against the orthodox catholics;  divide and conquer is the name of his game!!!!

  • Amyolson

    Right on, Belinda!!!  Thank you for speaking the truth.  I agree that we have to be on the pro-life and pro-values side.  However, you don’t have to be a gun freak or against healthcare for all people or against protecting the environment to be a Catholic.  Look at the issues and the individual politicians.  Vote pro-life, but remember there are pro-life Democrats and pro-choice Republicans.  Look carefully.

  • Mrovertaxed

    They did the math all before they came out with this assault on freedom, the calculations for pro-life and homosexual “marriage” have all been completed and the measurement of public opinion taken. Black people who do not support homosexual “marriage” have been calculated to sell-out based on race. “Catholic” voters have been measured for a long time and are a known quantity, perhaps 80 percent of those baptized, or about 40 million just don’t care, not really about homosexual “marriage” or in fact lean in favor, and they all use birth control anyway, and since about 1/3 of women abort and another 1/3 sympathize, again the issue is moot. The collective sin of the Church, from you, me, and the C&E crowd, not to mention the equally gigantic failure of leadership and general abandonment of catechesis have all come home to roost. Hello, Mr. Henry VIII, have you met Mr. Caligula – or however it may be spelled. The only thing that stands in the gap is the Supreme Court, and that is not a dependable life raft at all. I for one am sick of the church catering to the fallen and unrepentant crowd, I empathize with their total lack of understanding the religion to which they think they belong, but have left long-ago. How can you expect them to know what IS Catholic when they are never told, or told with a wink and a nod as evidenced by silence from the pulpit in the face of rampant mortal sin? It is the long long long long long long silence of truth from the pulpit and the failure to preach Catholic truth in season and out that has a lot to do with why we are here. That and the whole-sale destruction of the sacred at mass, to the point that it is trivialized along with the sacraments. Ask people what the most important part of mass is, they will say “when we hold hands at the Our Father” no concept of the sacred, no observation of their presence at Calvary, no knowledge of the reality of the Blessed Sacrament, they even chew gum on the way to communion. And in the end it is the corporate sin of the Church to blame, me, you, and them, whomever you wish to appoint as them. It will be generations to recover from this a long dark period of persecution at the hands of secular godless atheists and it has just begun. If the civil war was the cost of slavery, what will be the cost of murder of so many innocents by abortion? Face it, these are dark times. Yes, there are bright spots, not hopelessness but be real, evil is in the driver’s seat for the time being.

  • There is always reason to hope but many “Catholics” don’t really consider the life issues as real issues which is unfortunate. Hopefully the Catholic vote will side towards the candidate that is pro-family, pro-life, and against Obama care.