Like many children of the Eighties from practicing Catholic families, I attended the National Right to Life March in Washington D.C. (I remember on one of these bus rides, I was exposed to the vulgar wonders of Eddie Murphy’s Comedian album, segments of which I can still quote to this day. But that’s neither here nor there.) I remember the spectacle of it all – marching through the streets of the nation’s capital in the bleak midwinter, visiting even bleaker congressional buildings, making such a show of our pro-lifedness. And then we’d go home, and continue on our merry way. And for what?
Recently I came to the realization that no amount of marching, lobbying or political activism on behalf of purportedly pro-life candidates will change hearts. This election makes that realization ever more stark, where on one side, the socialist candidate wants to allow the murder of infants in utero on a seemingly unprecedented level, where on the other side, the fascist candidate wants to allow these infants to grow up to become practice targets for terrorists in a “hundred-year war.” This article by G. C. Dilsaver reinforces that realization infinitely, and says much more eloquently all that I have sensed about not only this election, but past elections.
This final salvo from Dr. Dilsaver is particularly compelling (my emphasis added):
Dear Christians, refuse to offer a pinch of incense by refusing to punch the ballot for either official Republican-Democratic Axis candidates. Refuse to offer tribute to the gods of American socialism, totalitarianism, and imperialism and their incarnation in the president. Resist participation in this sham election. The USA is the most powerful and hence the most dangerous nation in the history of the world. Its potential for evil is absolutely unprecedented. If there is not a reversion to the constitution then totalitarianism is inevitable. If this reversion does not occur the only hope for our country will be in those willing to give their lives as witnesses to Christ against the antichrist of the State. Whoever occupies the Whitened Sepulcher House this January is a tool of the powers and principalities of this world and of the devil. And all who facilitate the legitimacy of this sham election are, at best, the devil’s dupes, at worst his minions.
I was thinking hard about staying home this first Tuesday of November before reading this — and not just because of the life issues. Try to convince me otherwise.