Not only is life the first, and most important inalienable right listed in the Declaration of Independence, it is one of the most sacred of all gifts given to us by our Creator, and the entire Catholic faith hinges on its sanctity. Nobody can deny that President (yuck) Obama is the “champion” of the woman’s “right” to “choose”. But many wrongly assume that the Republican party is the pro-life party. Every time I hear Republicans talk about being “pro-life”, I can’t help but shake my head. For some reason, being against abortion has come to mean being “pro-life”. But, honestly, I don’t expect any more from your average big-government Republican (the same people that booed the Golden Rule in the debate on 1/16). They are playing the game of politics, just like Democrats do. However, I did expect much more from CatholicVote.org, and was thoroughly disappointed when they decided to endorse Rick Santorum.
I honestly expected this Catholic organization to know better than to tout a pro-unjust war, pro-torture, and pro-capital punishment candidate. His beliefs align with the GOP’s, not the Church’s. He supported the Iraq war. He supports torture (euphemistically known as Enhanced Interrogation). He said he would bomb Iranian nuclear facilities. He said he would invade Iran tomorrow…and CatholicVote just put out an advertisement lauding the pro-life, pro-Constitution, and pro-liberty candidate that is (not) Rick Santorum. I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry.
It comes as a surprise to some people, although it shouldn’t, to be told that Ron Paul is the only true pro-life candidate in this race. When I talk about pro-life, I am talking about a respect for the sanctity of every human life. This means adhering to the Just War Theory, opposing torture and capital punishment, and protecting the God-given rights of the unborn. The Catholic Church has said that capital punishment can be used when necessary in the most extreme of cases, but Pope John Paul II said that “as a result of steady improvements in the organization of the penal system, such cases are very rare, if not practically non-existent.” Protecting the pre-born child, but saying that you are glad when Iranian scientists are assassinated (Santorum) is not pro-life. Protecting the pre-born child, but saying that multiple drug-offense felons should be put to death (Newt) is not pro-life. Both men also supported the unjust war of the last decade, and are in favor of more warmongering. And if you need any evidence about Romney not being a pro-life candidate, you should probably first pull your head out of the hole it has been residing in for the past years, and then conduct a quick Google search.
Ron Paul opposes abortion, and he has been fighting it in the quickest and most pragmatic way possible: remove the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court (see Article III, Section 2 of the US Constitution). This would instantly nullify Roe v. Wade. Ron Paul opposes all undeclared war, and all unjust war, as spelled out in St. Thomas Aquinas’ Just War Theory. Ron Paul, granted, used to support capital punishment, but admitted in 2007 that he was wrong and now opposes it. He is vehemently opposed to all torture. He is literally the only candidate who respects the sanctity of all life. Ironically (and sadly), the two Catholics in the GOP field just aren’t up to snuff when it comes to the Church’s teachings. Dr. Paul is.