America’s two major parties recently adopted platforms designed to further their particular goals, it’s clear that neither party’s goals reflect a genuine total commitment to God, all of God’s people and all of God’s creation.
What is needed is a platform for all the people—that protects the life and promotes the dignity of every single human being from the first moment of conception to natural death.
And those most in need must come first. It’s what Catholic social teaching calls a preferential option for the poor and vulnerable.
Picking the best man for president and voting for the best candidates for other elected offices may seem easy–that is, if you’re a single issue person.
For instance, if the economy or the issue of abortion is what’s driving you to the polls, than the choices may appear to be quite clear for you. But even here, there’s more that needs to be considered than just simply liking what a candidate says.
A politician’s record, not rhetoric, is what really counts. And even if a politician has proved his or her commitment to the issue of concern, how much will that person likely be able to accomplish?
A governor has to win the approval of the majority of the legislature. The president needs the consent of most of Congress. And even Supreme Court justices appointed by him, can and have, sometimes changed their positions on issues once they have been seated on the bench.
Voting for a candidate who will probably not be in a strong position to significantly move a particular issue forward may make one feel good, but it won’t make much difference. Read more