Catholics Adhere to Their Traditions, They Will Vote for Ron Paul
by Walter Block: The
Fed as a Criminal Organization
For whom should
Catholics vote in the Republican primary? Who should they support
this November? If this community stands by its principles, there
is an overwhelming case for favoring Congressman Paul.
Dr. Paul has
delivered 4,000 babies. Early in his medical career, he was shocked
at the inhumane way our society treats these youngest members of
our species. He was particularly horrified by partial birth abortions.
This obstetrician-gynecologist is just about the staunchest pro-life
advocate this side of the pope himself. Romney has waffled on this
issue, as he has on pretty much every question, and the less we
say about Obama’s views on this matter, the better. Paul’s dedication
to the human person is not limited to babies. He opposes the death
penalty, and his anti-imperialism war positions are perfectly congruent
with his pro-life philosophy.
This is the
doctrine in Catholic social thought that supports decentralization.
Other things equal, preference ought to be given to the lowest level
of organization possible: first, the individual and the family,
then the community, the church and other voluntary groups, the city,
the state and, finally but rarely the national government, and even
less so any world busybodies. As far as this doctrine is concerned,
the name of this man should really be Ron Subsidiarity Paul. Does
he not insist that the Congress (a lower level of government), not
the President alone (a higher one), should declare war, as stipulated
in the U.S. Constitution? Does he not wish to undermine Roe v. Wade
by allowing each of the 50 states to decide this matter, rather
than the federal government? Does he not follow the same policy
with regard to ending our insane (and racist) war against drugs?
option for the poor
Paul favors the free enterprise system. Laissez faire capitalism
(the very opposite of crony bail-out-the-fat-cats capitalism),
is the last best hope for the poor. There can be few who have done
more to alleviate poverty than Bill Gates, Ray Kroc and Wal-Mart.
Adam Smith’s invisible hand said it best: under a small government
limited to protecting rights, people are led by their self-interest
to promote the public good, which, preeminently, involves enriching
Let us consider
just two elements of this magnificent philosophy:
- War as a
last resort. All non-violent options must be exhausted before
the use of force can be justified.
against an armed attack is always considered to be a just cause
Afghanistan, Iran and Libya actually attacked us? Of course not.
No self-defense there. The moral monstrosity of 9-11 was perpetrated
mainly by Saudis; ‘twas blow-back from prior U.S. invasions.
How can stationing US troops in 130 different countries be reconciled
with Catholic just war theory, asks Paul.
"do unto others as you would have them do to you," while
not quintessentially Catholic, is certainly included, and given
an important place, in this religious tradition. Congressman Paul
is forever saying things like, How would we like it if they
did to us (bombing innocent women and children, invading other countries,
stationing our military bases there) what we are doing to
them. If this way of analyzing the world does not fit in
with the Catholic tradition, then nothing does. In contrast, in
sharp contrast, the other candidates for the Republican Party’s
nomination for president claim that the reason they hate
us is because of our freedoms and liberties. Nonsense on a stick.
We are not all that free, as it happens. In any case, this sort
of Golden Rule thinking is a Ron Paul refrain, and very consonant
Ron Paul with
his "states’ rights" philosophy, supports rights-violations
as long as they are perpetrated by the 50 states. Nonsense. The
14th amendment to the constitution imposes the Bill of
Rights on the latter.
war stance would leave our country defenseless. Nonsense. He opposes
imperialism, not self-defense. His policies would leave us
safer. Our military would not seek foreign monsters to destroy,
but would rather be stationed on our shores, the better to protect
us. When we stop poking sticks at foreign hornet’s nests, fewer
of them will come here to bite us.
Paul is out
of step with yet another vital doctrine of the Catholic Church,
a motto of my own Loyola University New Orleans: "social justice."
No. There are numerous scholars/pundits, with impeccable
progressive, leftist, socialistic and liberal credentials, who favor
his anti-war, anti-drug law, anti-bailouts for crony capitalist
policies vis a vis Obama, Romney, Gingrich and Santorum. These commentators
are second to none in their support for social justice. For evidence
on this see especially here,
but also here,
For further arguments in support of Catholics favoring Ron Paul,
version of this essay entitled "Ron Paul exemplifies Catholic
values" recently appeared in The Loyola University New Orleans
Student Newspaper Maroon; see here.)
Block [send him mail] is a
professor of economics at Loyola University New Orleans, and a senior
fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He is the author of Defending
the Undefendable and Labor
Economics From A Free Market Perspective. His latest book
Privatization of Roads and Highways.
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