Friday, January 6, 2012

The Catholic Defender: The Catholic Vote

This upcoming election is going to be one of the most important election years ever in the history of the United States of America. This is a battle for the identity of American culture. American society. This morning I was watching Fox News and the story of Rick Santorum giving a talk in New Hamphire.

Rick Santorum is a strong dedicated Catholic who has strong conservative Catholic values. He is strongly Pro-life, pro-family, pro-marriage. Today he was being challenged by college students who supported gay marriage.

Where are our Catholic leaders? Where are those voices that will stand up for our Catholic values? Have we become so diversified in our society that the voice of the Church is reduced to nominal silence?

Where is the voice of American values? Have we lost our Soul as Rush Limbaugh has said so many times? Obama care would make abortion part of it's health plan paid for by the American tax-payer. It would also enforce Catholic institutions and hospitals to provide abortion.

An interesting debate is coming between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. Since New Hamphire is the current battle ground, Newt Gingrich is changing his strategy of maintaining a positive campaign to talking off the gloves and defending his record and comparing it with Mitt Romney's record as a Moderate.

A few Years ago, Newt Gingrich converted to the Catholic Faith and like Rich Santorum, runs on a social conservative record. I do want to be fair with Mitt Romney (a Mormon) who help very liberal views accepting abortion. He is also supportive of gay rights, just short of accepting Gay Marriage.

Many pundants believe that the economy is the number one issue and this will probably hurt President Obama especially if his Obama care officially takes place because this will cripple American business, it will slow growth considerable. We have inched towards an 8.5% unemployment rate, but this does not count the many millions who are not seeking a job on the job market. If this was all counted, the unemployment would jump way up towards 11 or 12%.

It is a great concern high on the minds of all Americans, but I have to ask this question again: Where are the Catholic voters? Despite Rick Santorum's strong showing in Iowa, he did not recieve the strong Catholic vote as expected?

He picked up a strong Protestant Evangelical vote that has catapulted Rich Santorum in Iowa. At this point, he was only behind Mitt Romney by 8 votes across the State, and it is already rumored that miscounts are being found showing he might have won?

The State Republican Chairman has informed the public that it might be a couple of weeks to know the sure outcome of the caucus. What does this say about the illusive Catholic Vote? Why would a Hispanic Catholic vote differently than a Black Catholic? Or a White Catholic vote differently than any other minority?

Are not Catholic values equal among the various subcultures in American life, or is the American secular culture having more of an influence than Jesus Christ? Why would the Protestant Evangelical vote be more Catholic in their voting trend that Catholics themselves?

The real question I think is found on the strength of the family and the home. The Progressives have been trying to subvert the family institution for a long time. This onslaught even affects Catholic schools like Notre Dame.

When Alan Keys and Dr. Gregory Thompson (this year voted deepertruth's man of the year) were arrested for protesting Obama's presence at Notre Dame where Obama was given a high award by the College Dean in disobedience to the Catholic Bishops, several college students displayed hostility towards official Church teaching. This is the climate that Rick Santorum was challenged by today.

The Progressives in our higher education have infiltrated our families seeking to change the American culture. Have we as a Catholic presence lost to the community at large? Do we still have an affect in shaping society.

Rick Santorum is the product of a strong Catholic foundation who has led his own family those same values. Where is everyone else? I am very glad to see a strong conservative group such as Newt Gingrich, whom I have already mentioned and Govenor Rick Perry, who is a Protestant Evangelical, very strong pro-life stand and pro-marriage proponent.

If Rick Perry is the Rebublican nominee, he would have my support. So, for me, there are three real potential candidates to choose from, Rich Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Perry. Ron Paul is too extreme supporting the legalization of drugs, support for gay rights, and a weak foreign policy.

Our next President will be very important this next time around as the appointment of Supreme Court Judges will again be front and center. We know that Obama wants to shift the Court Ultra left. It will be interesting to see the outcome of this election of 2012.

Before Novemeber, Obama wants to spend a billion dollars for his attack on whoever the Republican Candidate will be. We know that Obama will have about 90% of the African American vote, but that would be regardless of who the Democrat would be.

We also know that Obama will recieve 90% plus of the Homosexual vote. That will range about 2-3% of society. That is a very low percentage concerning the political strength they have in the Democratic Party? Where will the Catholic vote be? Will we be scattered along Party lines regarless of what the candidates support?

In the end, I will support which ever the Republican nominee will be, but I want the process to work and I hope that the Catholic vote will matter in playing a major role in standing up for family values.

If I would have been in Rick Santorum's audience today, I would have been applauding him for standing up for traditional marriage between a man and wife. It is far more healthy for children to be raised within a real family structure.

I have written before on the problems associated with fatherless homes:

63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US Dept. Of Health/Census) – 5 times
the average.

- 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes – 32 times the average.

- 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average. (Center for Disease Control)

- 80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes –14 times the average. (Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26)

- 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average. (National Principals Association Report)

- 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes – 10 times the average. (Rainbows for All God’s Children)

- 70% of youths in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average. (U.S. Dept. of Justice, Sept. 1988)

- 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average. (Fulton Co. Georgia, Texas Dept. of Correction)

We want to support those single housholds who struggle to make ends meet, whose homes the father became a "dead beat dad". In this circumstance, Mom needs our support, who basically wants to be able to do her best in raising her children.

What we really need is a return to committment, hard work, strong family values. 2 Chronicles 7:14 states, "and if my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my presence and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and revive their land".

This is why the Catholic vote is so important, to move the hand of God, his people must come to him with a vigor, a true repentance to turn away from sin and restore our American values and freedom which comes from God. If not, we will continue to lose our freedoms and watch our values erode.

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