politics, Thoughts

Why I Don’t Like Politics

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.)

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.

politics, school

Austin really is weird

Have you ever seen one of those t-shirts or something that says “Keep Austin Weird”? Well, it really is weird. Not that it’s a bad place to be, but it sure makes my hometown look nice.

Anyways, I had a great time. It was a long car ride, but those things go by pretty quickly when you have four other good friends in the car. We got to the hotel (which was very cool indeed; it had trees and indoor ponds and stuff, and basically it was hollowed out in the middle where everything was, and you could see all the rooms from the middle. I’m not certain if I’m making myself clear.
Anyways, we got to the hotel at about 6:45 PM, loaded our stuff into the room (which was very nice except for the fingernail clipping we found on a countertop), and left a little later for dinner, which was also very nice. We stayed up till 1 AM watching TV (which I very rarely do-watch TV, that is), got up at 7:15 for the complimentary breakfast, left around 8:15 for the Capitol Building, arrived, checked in, all that jazz (after a few jokes concerning my fear that they would confiscate my very sharp knitting needles from my bag) and listened to a talk until a little after noon.
Then we each spoke to employees of five different Texas Representatives to inform them that we opposed some bill or another (not a very exciting one, but one with potential ramifications for homeschoolers). The reception we got was really amazing; they actually listened to us, and most of them took notes. One especially amusing incident occurred when one woman inquired concerning who had drafted the bill. “SUCH-AND-SUCH?! But he always seemed so normal!” As we left, I heard her pulling someone aside and showing him the bill, saying “I can’t believe such-and-such wrote this bill…” It was rather funny.

After all this, we bought lunch at the cafeteria (which was sadly no longer serving anything but sandwiches by that time). We debated whether to go to the homeschool debriefing or watch the House debate a bill (one that is actually rather interesting and important for us pro-lifers); we ended up dropping by the gift shop and then going straight to the House. It was fascinating. We watched them for just over an hour, and it was really, really interesting. Nothing terribly exciting happened but it was incredible to watch them debating something like that.

Yes, so that was my exciting venture into Texas government. By the way, I heard the Capitol Building is one foot taller than the one in DC. Everything really is bigger in Texas. And it is a lovely building.