Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Catholics and Trump

From Lifezette:
Religious freedom: After winning the Michigan primary, Trump decried our culture’s “chipping away at Christianity.” He repeats the cheery Reaganesque promise, “We’re going to say ‘Merry Christmas’ again.” That’s shorthand for: You will be free to exercise your faith, not just in church, but in the public square. He boldly states that Christians are being persecuted and exterminated in the Middle East while others are able to escape.

Traditional marriage: He says consistently that he favors it, correctly notes that marriage laws are left by our Constitution to the people of each state to decide for themselves, and denounced strongly the judicial activism of the Supreme Court imposing same-sex marriage as an invented right. Pressed by a reporter about his own status as twice divorced, Trump offers no defense, no doubletalk. He says he was at fault. And Trump’s hard-working, serious, charitable children speak volumes about the job their parents did raising them.

Limited constitutional government: The Catholic principle of subsidiarity teaches that "a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions." Respecting the role of states, communities, and families and freeing them from the massive, overweening bureaucracy is something Trump wants to do — and importantly, can do. One can see him finally closing the Department of Education that Ronald Reagan had hoped to close, and taking no prisoners in reforming the Veterans Administration to end the red tape for those who deserve the best after serving our country. (Read more.)

And voters are not stupid. From The Federalist:
'Anger,' as it has been leveled at the Republican base, is a mischaracterization, designed to dismiss them as irrational and even dangerous. The truth is they’re simply good people who love their country and are honestly afraid of losing their freedom, having their private property taken away through high taxes, being robbed of their rights through increasing regulations, having their privacy invaded by the IRS and the NSA, and having an expanding government rob them of quality healthcare, the right to defend themselves, and free choice in the education of their children.

Conservatives today look at the government and they see creeping tyranny (and in some instances, not so creeping). They see very few checks and balances among the branches, they see the Constitution violated and undermined by legislators—including those in the GOP, they see judges legislating, and they see an unaccountable executive ruling by fiat. Is it any wonder they’re afraid? The question is ‘Why isn’t the GOP establishment afraid?’
It’s been said, ‘When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.’ The Republican base doesn’t hate the government as Dorothy Rabinowitz of the Wall Street Journal said in her rant against Cruz supporters. They fear a government that is no longer acting within the boundaries of the Constitution. They fear tyranny.
I wrote that two years ago. Today, we’re hearing the same thing from insiders (even if they are registered “Independents”). Nichols writes that Trump supporters “embrace being the underdog because it gives them a sense of importance and specialness that comes from believing they are in an ongoing struggle with The Man or The System or The Cartel. Thus they love it when The Donald says things like ‘everybody is stupid,’ because that’s how they feel all the time.” Nichols uses the term “stupid” seven times to describe those who oppose political insiders and Washington elites. Of the Tea Party, he says they put people on the political stage “whose stock in trade was either pristine ignorance or pure rage.”

As a Tea Party member, I can say I’m neither ignorant nor filled with pure rage. Neither am I stupid. I have been thoughtful in my opposition to tyranny in Washington, and it’s one reason I’ve pushed to keep writing, despite having little support, struggling with personal issues, and often doing it while working three jobs to help pay the bills. As a Senior Contributor at The Federalist, I continue to write, standing for local governance, low taxes, a strong defense, the civil society, the Constitution, and life in the womb. (Read more.)

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