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The Catholic vote

Published on -9/26/2012, 10:03 AM

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The time will once again soon be upon us when we will file into the voting booths and hope for the best. It seems that our nation has come to a crossroads. Do we continue down the path that we are headed and let our current president further his agenda on our country, or do we choose a different path?

Anyone can look and see that the national debt is now past $16 trillion. Anyone can also look at the Democratic Party platform and see that they are pro-abortion and anti-traditional family values. The president is asking for four more years to do what? Bankrupt our country and take away our freedoms. These are his policies and we can see exactly where they are taking us. No president in history has ever done so much financial and anti-Christian damage to our country as this one.

When choosing the best candidate to run our country for the next four years what should we take into consideration then? Well, for Catholics, we must follow our faith. What is our faith? The Catholic Church takes an absolute stance that we must not vote for a candidate that promotes intrinsic evils. What are some intrinsic evils according to the Catholic Church? Abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem-cell research and changing the definition of marriage. The Democratic Party platform is pro-abortion, euthanasia and embryonic stem-cell research. They are also against traditional marriage. You can check this on their own site. They do not try to hide it, but go as far as flaunting it. Maybe some of you missed the pro-abort and anti-traditional marriage speakers at the DNC. On top of all of this, they are the party that is trampling our religious freedoms with the HHS mandate. The choice becomes clear, at least who a Catholic person cannot vote for if they are to really consider themselves Catholic. The entire Democratic platform is based on intrinsic evils. In case there is someone out there who hasn't heard, this is the same Democratic Party that took God out of their platform before putting him back in with an oral vote that actually rejected him again. How did that happen, you ask? God was only put back into the platform due to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ignoring the delegates and just proclaiming it passed. Look the video up, and watch it for yourself.

There are many so-called pro-life, pro-family Catholics who are very pro-Obama. They do not try to hide the fact that our president upholds the views listed above and claim that they differ in opinion with him about them. Yet they throw their vote in for him because they claim that the Romney-Ryan plan could cause problems in other arenas. Here is the exact problem with their thinking. They are willing to forget about intrinsically evil actions for the simple fact that they either want their party to win no matter what or they are not as informed as they claim. Well consider yourself informed. At the end of the day, no matter what you think about the Romney-Ryan plan, it is not intrinsically evil -- and the Obama plan is. The Republican platform is pro-life, pro-traditional marriage and family and pro-religious freedom. The Democratic platform is opposed to all of these.

I now remind you President Obama has given out thousands of exemptions to the HHS mandate except when it comes to Christians. When it comes to Christians we have to sue our own government and obtain exemptions through the courts. And if you happen to agree with the HHS mandate, then you do not agree with the church. The Catholic Church in America has taken the stance that the HHS mandate violates our religious freedom.

Those worried that the Romney-Ryan plan could cause complications in other arenas seem to completely forget that President Obama and his policies are bankrupting our country. Once again I remind you, $16 trillion in debt. We are not bulletproof in America, people. We can go bankrupt just like any other country. This is the man that said himself that if he didn't turn things around in four years he should be looking at being a one-term president. He can blame whoever he wants about how things are going. The fact is he made promises he has not kept, and I happen to agree with him that he needs to be a one-term president. Even if a person did not like any candidate, it should be plain to see that a bankrupt United States is far worse than anything the Republican Party is proposing. No party is going to be perfect, but we can choose the better of the two and make sure that we do not vote for people we know for sure are promoting intrinsic evils.

In closing, I would like to state I would rather vote for a man who is Mormon but lives his life and values through his actions that promote Christian ideals than a man who says he is a Christian but has shown us time and time again that he cares nothing for the Christian ideal. President Obama will stop at nothing to ramp up funding for abortion, redefine marriage based on a feeling rather than a sacrament and try to strip us all of our religious freedom through the HHS mandate. I challenge any Catholic person to show me where our faith says it's OK to support intrinsic evil. And when you can't find it, don't vote for Obama.

Cody Marintzer

Hays

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