None So Blind as Catholics Who Refuse to See

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A friend of mine was telling me about the latest political doings of her father. Her father is in his 70s, lives in Western Pennsylvania, a lifelong union man, Catholic, and Democrat. He is also conservative and traditional. And every four years, he unquestioningly, unhesitatingly pulls the lever for a Democratic presidential candidate who doesn’t share his values at all.

In 1984, he placed a giant sign in his front-yard for Walter Mondale. In 1988, Michael Dukakis. Then came Clinton, Gore, John Kerry, and Obama. But what about Obama in 2012? Oh, yes. He’s supporting Obama again. No question.

My friend learned that last week while visiting her father. His next-to-door neighbor was there, too. The neighbor shares his profile: 70-something, Catholic, conservative, traditional, and Democrat. She was literally on her way to local DNC headquarters to organize for Obama’s reelection.

My friend wanted to ask her father: “Dad, you don’t support gay marriage and forcing taxpayers to fund abortion, do you? That’s what President Obama supports.”

She bit her tongue. She knew better. Whatever she said would make no difference. It would merely anger her dad.

Why? Because her father is among the Catholic blind faithful, and he’s hardly alone.

In fact, it’s the votes of folks like this that have kept the Democrats a mainstream party capable of winning the presidency every four years, and have not merely preserved Roe v. Wade but advanced it to unthinkable new depths; they stand in lock-step with NARAL, the ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Bi-Gala, socialists, and radicals. They have blindly transformed the Democratic Party from the party of Truman and JFK to the party of Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi. They have elected the very people who are now forcing all of us to subsidize Planned Parenthood and abortion drugs.

They will do this until they die. They are the Catholic blind faithful—political party first, no matter what. And in 2012, they will pull that Democrat lever for president once again.

Gay marriage? Abortion? Sure, why not? As long as the president is a Democrat.

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

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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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