A couple of years ago, one of my relatives — I’ll call her Jane — posted a message on Facebook that ordered anyone who was a friend of hers who was also a supporter of President Trump to immediately unfriend her. She made it clear that any supporter of Trump was not a friend of hers and she didn’t want to have anything to do with them.
Jane is a smart professional woman who is well-liked and respected in the community. She is also a family-oriented person who has a good heart.
After she posted her message, several of Jane’s Facebook friends clicked the like button, while others posted supporting comments. One of the comments that was posted made me laugh out loud. It was from my younger brother Carl. The post simply said, “Does that mean we’re not friends anymore?”
I laughed because when I read what my brother had written, I could hear his voice in my mind with a tone that sounded innocent and disappointed. I never got around to asking him about his comment, but I’m sure he didn’t do what Jane had demanded.
If you don’t know my brother Carl, let me just say that if you were to meet him, you would quickly realize that he is friendly, charming, sarcastic, and fun loving. He makes friends with everyone he meets, and he enjoys teasing his family members and friends.
I ordinarily avoid writing about or showing support for specific politicians. If I did that, I would drive readers who have differing political views away. I want to attract readers, not drive them away.
On the other hand, I don’t mind if people get irritated when I write about issues that are important to the Catholic Church. I expect resistance from Catholics who do not feel the same way as I do about the importance of adhering to the tenets of the Catholic faith. The way I see it is that I’m doing what I believe God wants me to do — defend and promote traditional Catholic principles and beliefs.
There is an exception to my rule about not writing about specific politicians. When a situation arises in which politics has an impact on our religious freedoms and beliefs, I believe that it would be irresponsible of me not to address the situation. One of those situations occurred last week.
On Saturday, November 7, 2020, the following headline from a Newsweek.com article caught my attention: “Catholics Helped Elect Joe Biden…” The article referenced an AP VoteCast survey that showed that fifty percent of Catholics backed Trump while 49 percent supported Biden.
It is common knowledge that while Biden proclaims to be a Catholic in good standing, he supports a woman’s right to an abortion, same-sex marriage, and transgender rights. He is vehemently opposed to all school choice initiatives, including those that would allow families to use the money allocated by the government for their children’s education at a Catholic school. When Biden was the Vice President, he supported the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services mandate that required the Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for abortion-inducing drugs in their healthcare plan.
Although there are millions of people in our country who hate Trump, his actions as president have proven that he is the most pro-life president that we’ve had since Ronald Reagan. One action that Trump took was in February 2019, when his administration barred organizations that provided abortion referrals from receiving federal family planning money, a step that striped millions of dollars from Planned Parenthood and redirected funds to religiously-based, pro-life groups.
I don’t know how any Catholic who takes their faith seriously and believes that God is the Author of all life could justify voting for Biden, yet fifty percent of American Catholics voted for him. I’m not suggesting that those Catholics should have voted for Trump. They could have voted for one of the other candidates or passed on voting on a presidential candidate this time around.
One of the greatest crimes being committed in America today is the continuous murder of unborn children.
I suppose an argument could be made that if one of the two main candidates for president supported a woman’s right to an abortion, same-sex marriage, and transgender rights, while the other candidate expressed support for and had the power to eliminate our Constitution and impose a dictatorship, then it would be acceptable to vote for the lessor of the two evils.
There are some people who have said that Trump wanted to become a dictator which meant that he had to be defeated at all costs. For the purpose of discussion, if we were to assume that those people are correct, we all know that Trump does not have the power or the authority to eliminate the Constitution and declare himself as the permanent president of the United States.
I’ve had several people ask me what I thought about the election and what I think is going to happen in the future.
The one thing that I’m most optimistic about for the future of our country is that it now appears as though we have a Supreme Court that will not do anything to negatively impact our religious freedoms, and will not allow any lower court judges to arbitrarily change our laws. In other words, it appears as though the Supreme Court will only allow our federal laws to be changed by Congress, with the cooperation of the president, which is what was intended by our founding fathers when they signed and adopted the U.S. Constitution.
The recent change is the makeup of the Supreme Court is an indication to me that despite all the evil and sin that exists in our country, God still favors our Nation.
It has been more than 80 years since we had a U.S. Supreme Court with a majority of justices who are not inclined to change federal laws by arbitrarily finding that the United States Constitution supports such a change. That’s a big deal.
We are still paying a heavy price for the actions of previous Supreme Court Justices who eliminated prayer in the public schools in 1962, legalized abortion in 1973, and legalized same-sex marriage in 2015.
There’s another federal election in two years. That election will take place after Biden, Harris, and the progressive wing of the Democrat Party have had an opportunity to force their radical agenda on our country, which includes choking off our economy by imposing new COVID-19-related restrictions on businesses and the people of America.
Various corrupt members of the Democrat party may be able to cheat in a handful of states where there are only two competing candidates, but in the next election, let’s see if they can simultaneously cheat in more than 435 congressional districts where U.S. House of Representative races are being held, and in 33 states where senate races are being held.
It was President Ronald Reagan who said,
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
As always, each of us needs to continue to dedicate a certain amount of time each day to pray for the future of our country.