The election is not about affiliation

After all the political rhetoric, the debate is not Republican vs. Democrat. Everyone wants the same result – respect for life in all its aspects – from when they believe life begins until death, and all the possibilities that can affect life in between.

The real difference is based on who we believe can recognize the problems and provide the best solutions. We have those who believe government is best prepared to handle all the solutions. On the other hand, are those who believe government is not the best resource in every case. The ideal choice for voters would be to select political leaders who know how to properly balance the public and private sectors.

For Catholics, the church teaches that life begins at conception. Government does not provide monies for women in a crisis pregnancy situation to help bring their babies to term, but provides monies to organizations that provide abortion services. If the pro-abortionists believe in abortions, then let them pay for them.

The church teaches that we need to support the poor and disadvantaged. Do the government programs effectively do this, or do the faith-based organizations do a better job? I don’t see any politicians working in the neighborhoods collecting and distributing food, providing adequate shelter or effective retraining programs.

The two mantras in the national election are “change” and “reform.” Unlike the State government, the real power is in the Congressional elections. Congress prepares the budget, passes the laws and votes to select the judges. The political philosophy of the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate is where we should place our focus.

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