Written by Sherry
Wednesday, 29 October 2008 09:18
Check out New Catholic Politics, a blog by Mark Stricherz, the author of Why Democrats are Blue:Secular Liberalism and the Decline of the People's Party.
Acording to his Amazon blurb, Stricherz covers in great detail the behind the scenes political maneuvering "through which secular, educated elites, using a commission created at the 1968 convention in Chicago and later chaired by Senator George McGovern, took the Democratic Party away from working class and religious Democrats. This quiet revolution helps explain why six of the last nine Democratic presidential candidates have lost."
Amy Welborn is reading the book and has a long post on it here.
Although I am not a political junkie and don't often have the time to read anything that isn't immediately work-related, I am intrigued by how much behind the scenes maneuvering by people whose names most of us will never know, so often determines the candidates who are presented to us. And it was that sort of fundamental slogging in the trenches that I was referring to in my post below "Refuse to Choose".
We need an army of exceedingly tenacious and shrewd, well-formed pro-life Catholic politicos who are willing to pay their dues at the local level and earn the right to change the course of their parties where life is concerned. We need a new intentional national coalition, a coalition that transcends party, of politicians, constitutional lawyers, bio-ethicists, medical experts and practitioners, community activists, social entrepreneurs, journalists, and scholars who collaborate together - over the long haul - to recapture the power and influence centers of our nation for life.
That is what I meant by "refusing to choose", not freezing, ballot in hand, at the entrance of the voting booth because you can't stomach either of the two options before you. Options already determined by events that occurred decades before in some smoke-filled back room.
If every bishop in the US, if every bishop in the world, spoke loudly and unilaterally for life, it would not accomplish what is needed. This is our job. It is one of those quintessentially lay tasks that cannot never be done by the clergy.
It is something only the laity can do and yet it would have an immense impact on the life of the Church. It would be one of the great lay apostolates of the 21st century.