How To Change US Politics
Today, yours truly will reveal to his eager half-dozen readers how to change the face of American politics.
Around 50 millions Americans are, broadly considered, Latinos. They are not the only Catholics of course, but they are important because they are growing. Then there are the others, those of Irish or Italian descent, or those who are simply Catholic. Note the Latinos 1) grow faster, but 2) vote even worse than the other Catholics.
All in all, if we consider all Catholics we are talking about more than 75 million people, a part of which is growing fast and might, says Wikipedia, constitute a third of the US population in 2050.
It says here that in the last elections, there was a shift of 7% in the Catholic vote against the Democrats. Of course, this was against the 2008 “let us feel good” landslide, but it’s still a great swing. This, from the background of a rather stupid (or should I better say: duplicitous) campaign of the Church, on the one side vocal as seldom before on the HHS mandate, on the other side silent in most of her bishops and guided by a man with a least two faces, both of them permanently guffawing.
Still, the observation seem pertinent to me that even this half-result would, ceteris paribus, have been decisive if the Republican candidate had been able to gather some votes more. You can put it this way: the US Church did not enough and acted incoherently, but even that would have tipped the scale if the Republican candidate had been able to mobilise just a bit more of the non-Catholic electorate.
Where does this leave us? To the consideration that there is a lot that can be done, if the work is started now and is continued in the decades to come without being intimidated, and without trying to reach cheap accommodations with the enemy like the above-mentioned two-faced, guffawing Cardinal.
Ten months of HHS half-battle have caused a swing of 7%. Another four years of constant hammering about pro-life and marriage issues might well bring, methinks, another 3 or four percent. Already that would probably mean victory for any but a disastrous Republican candidate. Another four years of constant hammering would bring even more; this, from the background of a constant work of evangelisation (alas, that’s what it is all about) particularly among the rapidly growing Latinos.
At some point, it would become clear to the Democrats that without embracing pro-life positions they are doomed. At that point, the game is up and the battle is won, then the Church does not need to persuade every abortionist in the land, only to make them innocuous.
I have often written about the sleeping giant which, in my eyes, slumbers all over the West. Many millions are vaguely socially conservative, but they are not motivated to be so, and are not trained in conservative thinking. They have around them a cowardly clergy and confused pundits, who tell them abortion is bad but, erm, not if the pregnancy comes from a rape; or that so-called “gay marriage” is bad because there are civil partnerships already.
This is confused drivel. Choose Christ, and hammer His Truth in the nation’s heads until it gets in.
If the Church starts this work, slowly others are going to follow. If the Church starts to say out loud (the operative word here is: loud) that abortion is murder, full stop, then the middle-of-the-way positions are going to die naturally.
There is a rich harvest of pro-life votes out there; but of course the soil must be tilled, and the sowing must be persistent. People are not allergic to truth, nor is truth a disease, or a tax. You bring it to them constantly and without wavering, and they will gradually absorb it.
It has always been so in the past, I can’t see what should be different now.