Why Can’t Catholics Vote Libertarian?

In an article published on Catholic Exchange, the author, Joe Fulwiler, makes some claims about libertarians and libertarianism that I find offensive, but that I also realize may be shared by many other Catholics.  In musing about a perfect “Catholic Party,” which he says would combine the pro-life aspects of the Republican party and the social justice and poverty relief programs of the Democrats, Fulwiler actually describes the Libertarian Party as the opposite of a Catholic Party. Continue reading

Why Romney Got Spanked

George W. Bush was president from 2000-2008.  He was a Republican, so consequently, he ran on “small government” principles, at least initially.  However, in those 8 years alone, he almost doubled our national debt.  He started (and prolonged) two wars, and neither war was executed with a declaration from Congress.  He ballooned Medicare and the Department of Education.  He brushed aside the fourth amendment with his passing of the Patriot Act.  He paid hundreds of billions to bailed out companies that should have failed.  By all accounts, Bush was not a small government president.  He was a moderate at best, a Teddy Roosevelt progressive at worst. Continue reading

Why I am Not a Libertarian – A Libertarian Response

Catholic philosopher Nathan Schlueter recently published an article called Why I am Not a Libertarian.  I would advise reading that article and then reading this one, although you don’t have to.  Also, when I start addressing his numbered arguments, you should read his argument first, then read my response.  I am going to shed some light on some of his arguments from a libertarian perspective, and do my best to convince the reader of my position over his. Continue reading

The Disparity Among American Catholics

I hate the word politics. It comes with so many disgusting connotations; I’d much rather people (including myself)  be talking about economics and philosophy than about politics.  Unfortunately, in my study and discussion of economics and philosophy, there comes a time where these economic and philosophical principles have to be put into action as policy.  So politics is virtually unavoidable. Continue reading

Not If We Kill You First (=-P)

In the most recent example of American mishap on foreign land, a US soldier decided to go Rambo on some Afghan citizens in the middle of the night.  Reports suggest he may have had brain trauma, but this is irrelevant, because that individual is not to blame for the surge of anger coming from Afghanistan.  If you believe this,  you’ve probably been watching too much msnbc.  And you probably wouldn’t even see the truth if it slapped you in the face and called you a liberal. Continue reading

Santorum: What Right to Life?

As a Catholic, I believe life is the most precious gift we’ve been given.  As a libertarian, I believe that life is the most important of our natural rights that the government exists to protect.  All other rights extend from this existential right.  We should put politicians in office who protect this right. Continue reading

Santorum and Planned Parenthood

The main reason I started this blog was to protest the endorsement that CatholicVote.org gave Rick Santorum.  He is a Catholic, yes.  But he is a poor conservative, and he certainly does not deserve the Catholic vote.  I have attacked him before on his blatant disregard for St. Thomas Aquinas’ Just War Theory, as well as for his policy of picking winners and losers by subsidizing the manufacturing industry with taxpayer money (these reasons among many others). Continue reading