Election 2020

Obersturmbannführer Kaine: Little Eichmann, Catholic Heretic

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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.

For one thing, until the Left manages to repeal all biological laws, it still takes two to tango; and if the biological father is going to be on the hook for child support should the baby be born, he should certainly have some say in whether the child should be aborted. To make this an issue of “women’s health” is one of the great lies of the late 20th century.

It’s also instructive to note that the original Roe v. Wade decision manifestly did not contemplate an untrammeled “woman’s right to choose,” and specifically banned abortions during the third trimester. That, of course, was not good enough for the satanic Left, which won another victory in favor of female-choice baby-murder with the Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision in 1992, which effectively eliminated that restriction. (Both of these decisions, by the way, came from GOP-dominated courts, so if “the Court” is your principal or exclusive reason to vote against Hillary Clinton, you might want to rethink that particular position.) Today, the ball has been moved so far down the field that the Left regards any restriction on abortion at any time during pregnancy as “unconstitutional.”

For another, a decision to kill an unborn child has wide-ranging ramifications for society as a whole, not the least of which is economic: nations that don’t grow, die. An aborted child is another taxpayer taken out of a system that requires a next generation in order to support its retirees. Social Security and Medicare (into which the Democrats now want to herd us all in the name of “health care reform”) are already terminally broke. Why make things worse?

Finally, there is absolutely nothing in the Constitution that requires a Christian to confine his faith to “worship,” which is a marker recently laid down by Obama and his atheist cronies, in order to drive religion out of the public square and confine it to the churches. The Supreme Court still meets under Moses and the Ten Commandments, which are the fons et origo of the western legal system. The Founders’ religious beliefs infused the Constitution they wrote and passed. And the history of the 18th century is inseparable from that of Christianity itself.

So let Obersturmbannführer Kaine assert that by elevating Caesar’s transient legal code over God’s immutable laws he is actually a) helpless to do otherwise and b) answering to the higher power of “choice.”

Then let him go straight to hell.