Shaking off the dust on this blog. My apologies for the lack of output; it's been a very busy time.
And right when all the great blogging issues come before us: the election, baseball postseason, Pope Francis' in-air press conferences, football, the start of a new semester...
All of that will receive due consideration. This Wall Street Journal op-ed by William McGurn, though, merits a quicker response. Mainly because it lays out clearly, that for all the reasons why Donald Trump is not a fit candidate--let alone acceptable choice--for the Presidency, and all the reasons casting doubt on Hillary Clinton's candidacy, one of the real problems is actually Virginia Senator Tim Caine, Clinton's vice-presidential candidate. Look up "devastating take-down" and you'll find this post.
The devastation wrecked here has two thrusts: 1) the association with Blanshard's old anti-Catholic battleaxe; if the Clinton-Kaine campaign has any historically-aware Catholics on staff, they'd be wise to counter that particular argument quickly and concisely. Blanshard represents the "intelligent" anti-Catholic voice that replaced the older, more violent anti-Catholic bigotry of the Ku Klux Klan and the Know-Nothings. Rest assured, though, Blanshard wanted an American political discourse freed of any intruding Catholic influences. Kaine, as McGurn wisely notes, has served up just the sort of Catholic candidate Blanshard longed to see: one eagerly ready to jettison any element of Catholic identity and teaching that doesn't fit established norms. Just look at how Kaine spoke confidently about the Church's future change of its marriage teachings. 2) McGurn raises an important--and yet unanswered question: when do the "pro-choice" voices ever defend somebody who has chosen life instead of abortion? Or does "pro-choice" really mean, as some critics insist, "pro-killing"? We wouldn't accept that--certainly Democrats do not--when applied to the death penalty or certain military endeavors. So if not there, then why elsewhere?
Eye of the Tiber posted this on Twitter. True enough, Pence, who went to college a Catholic and graduated as an evangelical Christian, actually spoke to the Church's pro-life message much more clearly than the self-professed Catholic himself, Senator Kaine. This is the postmodern world in which we live. Hence McGurn's critical post.
Exhibiting a moral consistency rarely found these days on the Internet, EOTT paid Trump homage with this:
We need critical voices like McGurn's and others and we also need humorous voices like EOTT to keep our sanity and humanity about us in this craziest of elections.