Patrick J. Buchanan
has penned a no-brainer — A Catholic Case Against Barack
. My major beef with the article is that its esteemed author insists on calling the senator "Barack." I doubt this is racist, as I was indocrinated to conclude; Mr. Buchanan was the first presidential candidate I can remember who chose a black woman, Ezola B. Foster
, as a running mate. (Please do not comment with some postmodern deconstructionist definition of "racism;" one cannot
be a racist and choose a member of the hated race as a running mate.) Of course, Senator Obama's first name is distinct, as is Senator Clinton's, and as is not Senator McCain's. Still, it seems disrespectful and, far worse, casual and informal.
Of course, Mr. Buchanan is right about "the most pro-abortion member of the Senate" and his support for "the late-term procedure known as partial-birth abortion, where the baby's skull is stabbed with scissors in the birth canal and the brains are sucked out to end its life swiftly and ease passage of the corpse into the pan." Of course, a Catholic could
vote for Senator Obama, if he did so for reasons other than his being "an abortion absolutist," but should
a Catholic vote for him? Atheist civil libertarian Nat Hentoff
came to the conclusion several months ago that "on abortion, Obama is an extremist" — Infanticide candidate for president
Of course, abortion is not an issue that is decided by the president. He has his bully pulpit and his right to appoint judges, for which the Republicans are to blame for Roe v. Wade
, which did not legalize abortion but rather nationalized it. So, a Catholic could
in good conscience vote for Senator Obama for other issues that are
the president's to decide: in this age of the imperial presidency, first and foremost foreign policy. But as we've sadly learned, Senator Obama is only slightly less terrible than Senator McCain in this area.
So, why not vote for the Constitution Party
's Chuck Baldwin
or the Libertarian Party
's Bob Barr
? (I'm leaning toward the former, as he is far more radical.) Heck, why not cast a vote for Ralph Nader
or Cynthia McKinney
? All four of these are far, far better on the presidential issues than are the two candidates The War Party
has offered us.
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