Obersturmbannführer Kaine: Little Eichmann, Catholic Heretic

During a generally disgraceful performance at the vice-presidential debate last night, Tim Kaine delivered himself of this enormity:

"We really feel like you should live fully and with enthusiasm in the commands of your faith, but it is not the role of the public servant to mandate that for everybody else," he said.

On the surface, this seems reasonable enough, and indeed it's the standard position for Democrat Catholics who subordinate their "religious beliefs" to the increasingly Stalinist demands of leftist party orthodoxy -- whatever they may happen to be at the moment. But it's a lie, and a monstrous one at that. Kaine's answer on abortion is basically Adolf Eichmann's answer on the Holocaust: I don't let my personal beliefs interfere with state policy.

It was impossible for Eichmann to deny his role in the killing of Europe’s Jews. [Lawyer Robert] Servatius adopted the defense strategy that had been used at Nuremberg. Since he could not disavow the crime, he disavowed the responsibility for them. “He was just following orders.” Eichmann’s defense was designed to let the SS Officer fade from the stand and replace him with the benevolent bureaucrat, a man whose actions had been misrepresented by the prosecution. He even went so far as to claim that his early actions during the period of forced emigration had been for the benefit of the Jews.

And this is Tim Kaine's problem: he either believes it when he says he's "personally" anti-abortion, but that the demands of an imaginary constitutional "right" -- only discovered, after centuries of constitutional jurisprudence, in 1973 -- somehow supersede the moral teachings of a church nearly two millennia old and, furthermore, a teaching from which it has never wavered; or he's lying.

I know which way I'm betting. If Kaine cannot reconcile his faith with his party, it is his party that should go, not his faith. And the fact that he's running on the Democrat ticket tells you all you need to know.

And while we're on the subject of blatant political falsehoods:

“We can encourage people to support life, of course we can,” said Kaine, a practicing Catholic. “But why doesn’t Donald Trump trust women to make this choice for themselves? That’s what we ought to be doing in public life: living our lives of faith or motivation with enthusiasm and excitement, convincing each other, dialoguing with each other about important moral issues of the day. But on fundamental issues of morality, we should let women make their own decisions.”

No, on "fundamental issues of morality" -- which are laid down by dogma, not by personal interpretation -- we should not let women make their own decisions. Because it is not exclusively up to them.