To my fellow Catholic friends voting for Romney because of the pro-life issue: Hope you know you’re not a top Republican priority. The GOP’s main constituency is a collection of mostly non-church going rich businessmen and Wall Street frat boys who, when they’re not running around drinking and carousing and burying dead hookers in the backyard and snorting enough coke to get ten poor black people thrown in jail and paying for so many vacuumed-out fetuses after one night stands that you can be sure they’re giving more money to Planned Parenthood than fifty Hollywood fundraisers, are getting rich off the suffering of others thanks to a financial sector they turned into a rigged casino and used to credit default swap the entire national economy into a deep recession by intentionally giving out shoddy mortgages and betting the other way on the very failure of those toxic assets. Bankers and businessmen, the GOP’s true base, are knee deep in avarice and, yes, usury, a sin the Catholic Church may have too hastily erased. The GOP base worships a god, alright, and his name is Mammon, idolized in statue form as the Wall Street Bull, a literal Golden Calf idol.
And, yeah, Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan may be a Mass-going Papist, but his political inspiration ain’t Aquinas, it ain’t Augustine, and it sure ain’t Chesterton. It’s Ayn Rand, that God-hating abortion-loving queen of selfishness herself. My fellow Catholics, if you can’t vote for Obama because he’s wrong on one issue, that’s fair enough, even if other just-as-faithful Catholics can and will vote Democrat. But I’d recommend not voting Romney/Ryan either, unless you think the spirit of Catholic social teaching can be squared with cutting social services to pay for rich person tax cuts.