I have also noticed many a time how people allow their political preference to overrule their Catholicism. I do not wish to be one of these people. On the left, they make excuses for murder and perversion; on the right, they make excuses for torture and, well, murder (what else were Nagasaki and Hiroshima?). Certainly there are many people with strong political preferences who do not allow them to override their religion, and I commend these people strongly. Nor do I wish to make a moral equivalency between the Republican party and the Democrat party. I only wish to point out that neither side is satisfactory from the Catholic point of view, although speaking generally one side may come much closer in the two or three most important issues. I think the great G. K. Chesterton would agree with me, with his passionate condemnations of Big Government and Big Business. I recommend with fervor that you read his book What’s Wrong with the World. And read everything else he ever wrote. And join the Chesterton Society.
I’m going to go ahead and put my political preferences on the plate. I’m a Catholic, and therefore I’m against abortion, sodomy, contraception, torture, and other unnatural acts. (Incidentally, these things have something in common: besides obviously being against the natural law, they’re acts that people naturally feel a repulsion for; that is, not only are they known to be wrong to the intellect, but in a normal person who has not been desensitized, the affections also react. Example: no normal woman would react with anything but horror if you said to her “Do you want to murder your baby?” That’s why they don’t call it killing. But that’s another subject, and one which has been covered many times by better writers than myself.)
Therefore I do not like either political party. Obviously, the Republicans come closer than the Democrats; the vast majority of Democrats vote for murdering infants in the womb, and only some Republicans do that. However, although I would still vote for a Republican over a Democrat, and I am certainly far from equating torture with abortion (as vile as torture is, abortion is more abominable and considerably more common), I cannot say that I am impressed with Republicans. Roe V. Wade was nearly forty years ago, and abortion is still legal in every single state. George W. Bush and John McCain supported embryonic stem cell research. Heaven help us if they’re the pro-life option! Even Rick Santorum, who I very much want to like, campaigned for Arlen Specter and evidently supports torture. (I do think he seems to be quite a nice person, but I cannot support all his actions as a politician.)