"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Shea's Quixotic Endorsement

Not that the voting preferences of Catholic KOS guy Mark Shea makes me fret, but I did have to chuckle to see his endorsement of a guy named Joe Schriner for President. Schriner is running a write-in campaign based on a platform designed "to simplify lifestyles, save the unborn, heal the family, return to rural values and expand local charity efforts."

This appeals to Shea because he can't stand McCain/Palin (already tarring her as a supporter of embryonic stem cell research, despite her unequivocal condemnation of the practice. HINT: Mark, a VP doesn't have to agree with every policy point of her running mate), and alas, can't vote for Barry O because although Mark sounds enamored of the guy (after all, he bashes Bush and hates the war against the Jihadis), he does inconveniently favor slaughter of babies up to and beyond the moment of birth.

What tickles me is that this Joe guy is running on some sort of pseudo-Chestertonian platform, but:
*favors amnesty for illegal immigrants
*wants to stop the U.S. from use of "food terrorism" and environmental
terrorism
* wants peace time use of the military to aid in law enforcement
* favors elimination of "offensive" weapons
* favors imposition of a health care tax
* favors abolition of the death penalty
So, he wants to encourage and reward illegal immigration that is a documented threat to the national security, he wants to violate posse comitatus by injecting the military into law enforcement, and he wants to reduce our military's ability to wage war, even it would seem, against the Taliban in Afghanistan (he even muses about "what if the Amish were in charge of the war on terror?").

On the death penalty: first, abolishing it is not within the powers of the executive branch (much less as regards use of the death penalty in the states, where it is most practiced); and second, Schriner seems to hold the heretical view that the state does not have the moral authority to use capital punishment in any case.

Odd that Shea would be recommending as the "Catholic" alternative for President a guy who would try to overstep the authority of the office, raise taxes, who is a believer in man-made global warming, who would pull the rug out from under our offensive against the Jihadis, and who after all is not even an orthodox Catholic.

This is the best Shea can come up with?

2 comments:

Dymphna said...

Shea went over into moonbat territory some time ago. Don't pay him any mind.

dudleysharp said...

Tom,

Regarding the death penalty, The President and some Governors can issue blanket pardons and commutations, thereby, effectively, doing away with the death penalty,for their term.