Can Your Vote Make a Difference?

I think it can.

If you haven’t already voted, and intend on doing so this Tuesday; I’m urging you to vote for the Romney/Ryan ticket. The reality is that either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama will win this election. No third party candidate will win – that is the reality. We must be pragmatic when so much is at stake and ground ourselves firmly within the real, and not within the ideal.

We do not live in a perfect world where we are given perfect choices. Politics is never pretty, nor clean. But we are still subject to its real outcomes. Regardless of whether my conscience can fully support Obama or Romney, I will be forced to abide with the policies that result from electing either. I will pay my taxes either way – regardless of whether my conscience wants to. I am amazed at how many Catholics have said that their consciences will not allow them to vote for one of the only two candidates that can win; yet somehow their consciences will allow them to pay their taxes and fund the winner’s policies. Please, let’s be consistent.

Romney is not a perfect candidate. He has been pro-choice, and now says he is pro-life in most aspects of the abortion issue. Most recently, to a reporter in Ohio, he reiterated his stance as this:

“I think I’ve said time and again that I’m a pro-life candidate and I’ll be a pro-life president. The actions  I’ll take immediately is to remove funding for Planned Parenthood.  It will not be part of my budget. And also  I ‘ve indicated that I will reverse the Mexico City position of the president. I will reinstate the Mexico City policy which keeps us from using foreign aid for abortions overseas.”

As well, see Romney’s official “pro-life pledge” here.

Can he be trusted? I have no way of knowing if his actions will follow his words if he is elected. But I do know for a fact what Barack Obama’s actions have been as president according to National Right to Life:

• President Obama appointed pro-abortion advocates Elena Kagan (2010) and Sonia Sotomayor (2009) to the U.S. Supreme Court.  As a key political aide to President Clinton, Kagan helped direct a political strategy that blocked the enactment of a ban on partial-birth abortions during the Clinton Administration.  Sotomayor had previously helped direct the litigation projects of a private organization that filed multiple pro- abortion lawsuits, including challenges to parental notification requirements.

• In March 2009, President Obama issued an executive order to allow federal funding of research that requires the killing of human embryos.

• In 2009, President Obama ordered U.S. funding of private organizations that perform and promote abortion overseas.  His Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, told Congress that the Administration would advocate world-wide that “reproductive health includes access to abortion.”

• In 2010, President Obama narrowly won enactment of a massive health care law (“ObamaCare”) that will result in federal funding of health plans that pay for elective abortion, and will lead to large-scale rationing of lifesaving medical treatments.  Obama actively worked with pro-abortion members of Congress to prevent effective pro-life language from becoming part of the final law.

• In 2011, President Obama indicated he would veto the entire federal spending bill — forcing a government shutdown — rather than accept a provision cutting funding to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.  The Obama Administration later blocked efforts by several states to cut off government funds to Planned Parenthood.

• In 2011, the Obama White House issued formal veto threats against the Protect Life Act (H.R. 358), a bill that would repeal the abortion-expanding provisions of the 2010 ObamaCare law, and the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3), a bill to permanently prohibit any federal program from funding elective abortions.

• In February 2011, the Obama Administration rescinded a regulation that had been issued by the Bush Administration, which would have protected health-care providers from being penalized for refusing to participate in providing abortions.   In 2012, the Administration issued a “final rule” to force many groups, including religious schools and hospitals, to provide health plans covering certain drugs and procedures, even if it violates their religious and moral convictions.

• In May, 2012, the White House announced President Obama’s opposition to a bill to prohibit the use of abortion to kill an unborn child simply because the child is not of the sex desired by the parents.  The White House said that the government should not “intrude” on “private family matters.”  (H.R.3541)

And here is Obama’s own nifty little page comparing his and his opponent’s positions on “women’s issues”.

I think the only thing faithful Christians everywhere can do now is cast a vote to limit evil. To mitigate the number of abortions that take place now and in the future. That is the only real choice in front of us. The Catholic vote has always been important, but I’m nervous that this year it will be a story of activism and acquiesnence: liberal Catholics will do what they always do and vote for the Democrat, while many faithful, traditional Catholics either vote third party or not at all. The impact of this scenario will be an Obama win. And a continuation of this:

Each heart represents one baby who is aborted every day. That’s 4,000 babies a day in the United States.

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To the opportunistic, misogynist, pro-choice male: the jig is up.

In light of the recent March for Life, along with this current issue of the Obama Administration’s “contraceptive mandate,” I have found myself angstily ruminating on the topic of abortion. It seems the older I get, the more horrifying a concept it becomes. I’ve always objected to it; but now more than ever, I am shocked, disgusted, saddened, frustrated, and bewildered by those who peddle this barbaric practice under the guise of “a woman’s choice” or “safe, legal medical treatment” or “reproductive health,” or any other gross euphemism they come up with.

Being male doesn't make you a man.

So what I’m about to say is probably going to, at first, come off as a bit anti-man. But please understand that I am entirely pro-man – I love men and respect them for what they necessarily are: responsible, mature, loving, loyal, hard-working, strong, and dignified. what I do not love, however, are fully grown males who refuse to become men. Such males mostly shirk responsibility, maturity, commitment, integrity, and sacrificial concern. They are more prevalent in our society than ever – which, I believe, has lead to its undoing. So, that said, I continue. Continue reading