"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

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Principles

Politics is a strange business.

Some on the left are wringing their hands about the appointment of our own beloved governor of Virginia, Tim Kaine, to head the DNC. Why are they unhappy? Because in their view Kaine is "anti-choice, anti-gay and anti-stem cell research." The reality of course is much different, Kaine is none of those things, in fact he is simply a typical unprincipled politician. While professing to be morally opposed to the death penalty, he signs death warrants as governor when he could commute those sentences.

And he is on record as opposing the repeal of Roe v. Wade, and were he not in Virginia, where even Dems have to be somewhat moderate, he would no doubt be in favor of unlimited abortion. (never mind the incomprehensibility of being in favor of the legal slaughter of innocent infants while being opposed to the execution of thoroughly culpable murderers, all the while posturing as a good old Irish Catholic).

Memo to the left: don't worry, he's one of you.

On the other hand we have the political spectacle of Roland Burris, former Illinois AG, and Rod Blagojevich's pic for Obama's vacated US Senate seat, who as AG continued to prosecute against the wishes of his own staff the wrong man for a capital murder to which someone else had confessed. He was running for governor and didn't want to appear soft on crime-- yes, shocking, another unprincipled politician.

Yet rather than oppose him for this singularly sufficient reason, the dems after weakly professing to oppose him because their corrupt colleague picked him, appear poised to cave in and seat him in the Senate.

These two guys are the worst example of political cowardice: despite their personal opposition to capital punishment one declines to exercize his commutation power, no doubt fearing the political ramifications, and the other would watch an innocent man sentenced to death, so he could appear tough on crime to win an election.

2 comments:

Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Totally off-topic... I just wanted to let you know that I ran into your son at Mass yesterday. And what a pleasant suprise that was!

And for him to drive all the way from The Point to Sacred Heart is admirable.

Good job!

Tom McKenna said...

Thanks... he called and mentioned he met you. He said he approached you and asked if you were "the Catholic Caveman."

I told him you must have thought the bishops had finally sent the hit man out for you.

he's gonna try to get up there once a month or so... he really liked the parish.