Charlie's Blog: Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 16

6.19.2016

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 16


I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're going and hook up with them later.
MITCH HEDBERG

1. ORLANDO MASSACRE

A radical Islamist with same sex attraction issues shot up a gay nightclub in Orlando making it the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11 and ranking as the worse mass shooting in US history. 50 died including the gunman. Somehow, this tragedy is the fault of Christians, Republicans, and the NRA. As Rahm Emanuel put it so well, "Never let a crisis go to waste." The Left has not let this crisis go to waste as they try vainly to score whatever political points the murder of 49 people can gain them.

If it weren't for the tragedy, I would be amused at the leaps of logic and imbecility the Left has performed to not blame the Muslim religion for any of this. Apparently, Christian bakers are the homophobes while Muslims that toss gay people off of buildings are not.



This country is divided between those who love God, their country, and common sense. The Left is simply evil. But more than that, they are stupid. Islam is the worst religion ever, yet it has the benefit of not being Christian. Therefore, Leftwingers love it along with atheism, socialism, witchcraft, sodomy, and anything else that is antichristian. They are antichrist. They hate Jesus Christ and all who bear His name.

I will offer prayers for the souls of the deceased. May God have mercy on them, and may He have mercy on us all.

2. WORDLESS FACEBOOK

Facebook sees the future, and the future is video. Words take too many brains to string together, so videos with people mumbling and fronting will be the new thing. Do we need any more evidence that Facebook rots the brain? Folks, do yourself a favor and quit this thing.

3. Q & A

Q: Can a Catholic vote for Donald Trump with a clear conscience?

A: Yes.

This question comes via the superb Bethune Catholic blog that I follow on the regular. I highly recommend it as it gives me hope that a person can live as a faithful Catholic homesteader. My dream is his reality. But Mr. Curley disagrees with my answer, and I understand his thinking because it was identical to my own when I refused to vote for Mitt Romney. I was a fresh Catholic then, and my conscience bothered me about voting for a guy I found so insufficient. Now, Romney would be a dream compared to Trump. I also regret that Romney did not win giving us four more years of the worst president in my living memory.

The reason Mr. Trump troubles the conscience is the blatant fact that he is not a good man, and he is certainly not the best the Republican Party has to offer. My own vote in the primaries went to Ted Cruz, but I would have preferred anyone else in that field to Donald Trump. But that is all water under the bridge as Trump is now the de facto nominee for the GOP. My personal belief is that Trump is a form of chastisement upon the Republican Party. The GOP needs a good whipping.

With Trump vs. Clinton, you are left with the inevitable "lesser of two evils" argument with the lesser evil still being evil. I think it is better to think of it not as a vote for the lesser of two evils as a vote to lessen evil. Since every human being is a sinner, you are voting for an imperfect candidate every time. But not everyone is bad as the other. In the case of Trump, he is not as bad as Hillary Clinton.

Are we allowed to vote to lessen evil? Absolutely. Here is what the Catechism of the Catholic Church has to say on the matter:
2239 It is the duty of citizens to contribute along with the civil authorities to the good of society in a spirit of truth, justice, solidarity, and freedom. The love and service of one's country follow from the duty of gratitude and belong to the order of charity. Submission to legitimate authorities and service of the common good require citizens to fulfill their roles in the life of the political community.
2240 Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good make it morally obligatory to pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to defend one's country [Rom 13:7]:
Pay to all of them their dues, taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due. [Christians] reside in their own nations, but as resident aliens. They participate in all things as citizens and endure all things as foreigners.... They obey the established laws and their way of life surpasses the laws.... So noble is the position to which God has assigned them that they are not allowed to desert it. [Ad Diognetum 5: 5, 10]
The Apostle exhorts us to offer prayers and thanksgiving for kings and all who exercise authority, "that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way." [1 Tim 2:2]
Catholics have a moral duty to participate in civic life. This means paying taxes, defending the country, and voting. You are shirking your duty as a Catholic and as a citizen by sitting it out in an election. I would add that by running for public office, supporting candidates beyond voting, and engaging in journalism and public debates are all good things as well. Patriotism and civic duty are not incompatible with being Catholic.

As for distinguishing between two really bad candidates in a race, here is what Pope St. John Paul II had to say on the matter in Evangelium Vitae:
Voters are rightly concerned about the degree to which their vote represents cooperation in the evil which a candidate embraces. Obviously, voting for a candidate whose principles exactly coincide with Catholic teaching would eliminate that worry. However, that is a rare, if not non-existent, situation. Even those who embrace Catholic principles may not always apply them correctly. The fact is that most candidates will imperfectly embrace Catholic principles and voting for ANY candidate contains many unknowns about what that candidate believes and will do. 
The moral distinction between formal and material cooperation allows Catholics to choose imperfect candidates as the means of limiting evil or preventing the election of a worse candidate. The justification of doing that is described above. Formal cooperation is that degree of cooperation in which my will embraces the evil object of another's will. Thus, to vote for a candidate because he favors abortion is formal cooperation in his evil political acts. However, to vote for someone in order to limit a greater evil, that is, to restrict in so far as possible the evil that another candidate might do if elected, is to have a good purpose in voting. The voter's will has as its object this limitation of evil and not the evil which the imperfect politician might do in his less than perfect adherence to Catholic moral principles. Such cooperation is called material, and is permitted for a serious reason, such as preventing the election of a worse candidate.
That last part is why you can vote for Donald Trump with a clear conscience. Hillary Clinton is worse than Trump. Hillary will appoint at least one if not two justices to the Supreme Court and will certainly litmus test them to make sure they are pro-death on abortion, euthanasia, and the rest. Her policies will be a continuation of the Obama travesty. The woman also belongs in jail for criminal acts. Trump is merely a scoundrel with a big mouth and will have to work with an entire GOP that will certainly make up the rest of his cabinet. A vote for Trump is a vote against Hillary Clinton.

Now, if we must vote, why not vote for a third party candidate? Certainly, there are better candidates like those running on the ticket of the Constitution Party. Certainly, they are better candidates than Trump. But this becomes a matter of prudence. You may as well vote for yourself as a write-in candidate and call it a day. Prudence demands that we vote for the best candidate with a reasonable chance of winning. Voting a third party anything is like firing a gun in the air and calling it an act of defense against a potent enemy when it is merely a token act of defiance. In the choice between the symbolic and the potent, prudence says to go with the potent.

For many conservatives, they want to distance themselves from Trump because they don't want to be tainted by his stank. Having Hillary win allows them to regroup for the next four years and hope people have forgotten Donald Trump. But this is to put the purely personal against the good of the country. For myself, I will pinch my nose with one hand and cast my ballot with the other hand for Donald Trump. You have to vote for the guy, but you don't have to do it with enthusiasm.

4. QUOTABLE QUOTES

The world is violent and mercurial — it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love — love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a parent; being a writer; being a painter; being a friend. We live in a perpetually burning building, and what we must save from it, all the time, is love.--Tennessee Williams

The Barbarian hopes — and that is the mark of him, that he can have his cake and eat it too.He will consume what civilization has slowly produced after generations of selection and effort, but he will not be at pains to replace such goods, nor indeed has he a comprehension of the virtue that has brought them into being. Discipline seems to him irrational, on which account he is ever marvelling that civilization, should have offended him with priests and soldiers.... In a word, the Barbarian is discoverable everywhere in this, that he cannot make: that he can befog and destroy but that he cannot sustain; and of every Barbarian in the decline or peril of every civilization exactly that has been true.

We sit by and watch the barbarian. We tolerate him in the long stretches of peace, we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence; his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creed refreshes us; we laugh. But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond, and on these faces there are no smiles.--Hilaire Belloc

If you don't behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave.--Archbishop Fulton Sheen

The most total opposite of pleasure is not pain but boredom, for we are willing to risk pain to make a boring life interesting.--Peter Kreeft

I don’t deserve any credit for turning the other cheek as my tongue is always in it.--Flannery O'Connor

5. ODDS AND ENDS

--Someone needs to take Pope Francis aside and tell him to just shut up. The man would do well to never grant another interview for the remainder of his pontificate. Only Trump has a bigger and more careless mouth than the Holy Father.

--Father James Martin, SJ lives down to the reputation of Jesuit priests today. Sodomy is sinful, and his winking eye and double talk on the issue are evil. A wolf in a sheep suit.

--I love America, but if I had to leave the USA, I would choose Switzerland as a new home.

--The "pan" has left the Pan-Orthodox Synod.

6. LINKS OF INTEREST

Brexit: The Movie

Why Pantheism Stifles Science (and Christianity Does Not)

The Index

Answering Pope Francis On Invalid Marriages

Flannery O'Connor at Lourdes

Pearce on Belloc

FOR SALE: Baby Parts

The Conjuring 2

Why Was Christ Crucified Between Two Thieves?

Pearce on Multiculturalism