Tag Archives: abortion

Hello, I’m a Cafeteria Republican

Why is it that for many people, they think that certain political ideas should go together by default? If one is pro-life, they must be for the Iraq war. If one is against the death penalty, they must be for (so-called) homosexual marriage. If one is pro-environment, they must be pro-choice. If someone is conservative politically, they are grouped with the conservative platform, and vice-versa. Shouldn’t we all know that this is not true?

Along the same lines recently, as far as I have noticed, Republicans (at least) have been toting the “united we stand” position. In other words, a Republican must be pro Iraq war, against any spending on health insurance, pro death penalty, pro-life, against environmental initiatives, for big business (especially the pharmaceuticals, big media, and auto manufactures), and against (so-called) homosexual marriage.

This is what is wrong with the American political party situation: one has to concede his or her personal position in order to meld into their respective party. I am not a cafeteria Catholic, but politics is too complex to blindly be led by all the fallible parties.

Concerns about Huckabee

I at first found Mike Huckabee to be an interesting character, as a possible bright point in the dismal lineup of presidential candidates. Unfortunately, his character did not bear up well when I looked at him further, and I’m sorry to see that some bloggers like Rod Dreher still think he’s a viable politician or sign of a genuine movement. This post is to show evidence that Mr. Huckabee would be a poor president.

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Got Tea?

Wow. Roughly 34,000 people pledged 100 dollars to today’s Tea Party online fundraiser for Ron Paul, which means $3.4M was pledged for today. It’s 2:30 and over $3M is already donated, with a $122 average donation. This does not include checks that get mailed in. We are well on the way to crushing the $4.2M record for November 5th.

Please give today if you haven’t already to get a true leader, who is not afraid to talk about hard questions to American citizens, rather than like children to pay off with easy promises on what to do with our own tax money and debt. (I should also remind folks that he is a steadfast pro-lifer and an OB-GYN who has delivered thousands of babies, practicing medicine even as a Representative.)

Also check out Catholics for Ron Paul.

Feminists for Life in Oakland!

Feminists for Life speaker Karen Shablin will be speaking at the William Pitt Union this Thursday:

Karen Shablin
“Abortion: A Betrayal of Feminism”
7:00 PM
Thursday, November 29, 2007
William Pitt Union, Kurtzman Room
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

From the biographical sketch linked above, I see that Ms Shablin was a former NARAL member and had an abortion herself. This is the first time one of the new members of the FFL speaker’s bureau has come to Pittsburgh, so it should be very interesting.

If you live elsewhere–namely Kentucky, Maryland or North Carolina–there are other speaking events held in the future by FFL listed here.