Manipulation and Lies: Consciences Guilted for the Unconscionable

cropped-a027c-asp2bbanner1The presidential race is becoming even more fierce. The lines are no longer drawing along lines of red and blue. It is a veritable melee of various factions and positions all competing and condemning each other. For pro-life voters, the issues of abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, aid to the poor, and others have taken a back seat to the building of walls and irrelevant policies that only 90’s kids would know.

The arguments to get pro-life voters on the side of the man planning on some of the most ridiculous and absurd policies in American history–even more absurd than John Quincy Adams approving a journey to the center of the earth to trade with mole people–are becoming wide and varied, anything from the classic “but the Supreme Court” argument to tenuous claims that Clinton is the actual anti-Christ.

Perhaps the most striking act of desperation and selling out came from Life Site News, the “anti-abortion but forget helping the poor because reasons” nominally news source. It is now emphatically a GOP propaganda mouthpiece. Take this headline for example: “Don’t buy Satan’s lies: Only one political party aligns with the Church on the most basic issues.” The article is by eminent theologian and priest, Monsignor Charles Pope. If you read the article and then were confused as to how the headline relates, then you are not alone. In perhaps the most flagrant display of their political biases and ends, Life Site has finally come out of the closet we all knew they were in the whole time.

You may say I am being too harsh. That would be true if the headline where the article originally appeared, the National Catholic Register, didn’t read something like this: “Vote as a Catholic with a Catholic Moral Vision.” Seems more faithful to the actual message of the article, right? That is because the Register hasn’t implicitly endorsed a candidate, let alone a political party.

What makes Life Site all the more blatantly partisan and pandering to the consciences of good people is that Msgr. Pope says this in his article:

On the eve of an election and as a priest I frequently am baited to comment more directly on politics by naming names, and parties. I will not do so. The temporal order belongs to the laity, not the clergy. But as a priest I must convey the moral teachings and insist that Catholics connect the dots when it comes to voting. And my advice is simple: Vote as a Catholic, not as a Republican, Democrat, conservative, or liberal. Vote as a Catholic with a Catholic moral vision.

So here is the good monsignor explicitly not endorsing any party or candidate. He endorsed a Catholic vision above all, one that included the non-negotiables i.e. those things that Catholics need to uphold above all in political action. If any one has any doubt that Trump supports abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and same-sex “marriage,” the wealth of information the Internet contains can highlight the plain and simple fact: Trump either supports or is purposefully ambiguous and confusing on each and every one of these important moral issue.

Life Site is right. We should not buy into Satan’s lie that any political party is pro-life except the American Solidarity Party. Every single issue that Msgr. Pope says Catholics should support, the ASP supports them. The ASP is the clear choice for Catholics and truly anyone who is consistently pro-life. The theological misinformation and gymnastics are not reserved to Catholics. Christian thinkers such as Wayne Grudem and James Dobson seem to think Trump is the only moral choice. In the end, they all boil down to the same argument Life Site makes, though not directly: keep the GOP in power.

Here we have religious leaders and media outlets shamelessly trying to influence the American voter. It all boils down to “vote against that person by voting for this one.” There is no real promise of change; we are not that naive. There is not real policy proposal; they are not that organized. It is a battle cry of the perpetual loser: give ground now so we can gain some later. That is not solidarity. That is selling out. That is selling the lives of unborn children so you can get four years in the White House and no substantial change to show for it because the man you elected would end up a Democrat if he took an isidewith.org quiz.

There is only one political party that aligns with the Church and really basic common sense on the issues. It is the American Solidarity Party and we will not compromise our principles to the scaremongering political hacks. Only by standing up to the two party system, by making our voice heard with our vote can we make things change. The only people selling out are the actual sell outs in both parties. We need to take our government back into our own hands and away from the powerful elites in the major parties. It will not be easy and we will suffer many defeats. If it is a lost cause, then it is a lost cause worth losing for and we can say we died with out boots on rather than whipped into kowtowing before our political masters.

If it worked in Poland, it can work here too.

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