So I’ll be brief and to the point.
It’s a cliche — but true — that turnout wins elections. Josh Jordan handily explains that, forget the polls, forget the projections, the only thing that really matters and what actually will determine the outcome of the election is who votes, plain and simple.
I’ve already talked about the importance of Ohio. Now you can add Wisconsin and Pennsylvania to the list of critical states to be active in! Florida votes matter too!
(Basically if you are in a state that Obama won by less than 10 points in 2008 you have a chance to make history this year!)
Historically the Presidential candidate who wins the Catholic vote goes on to win the election. There are encouraging sings from a new Pew poll that the Catholic vote is moving to Mitt Romney. This shift is aided no doubt in part by bishops speaking to their flocks about the importance of voting their Catholic values.
Bishop Nicholas Dimarzio of Brooklyn said a vote for Obama “stretches the imagination.” Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay said that voting for a candidate who supports abortion or same-sex marriage could “put your soul in jeopardy.” And bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, IL urged his flock to “be faithful to Christ” when voting. Archbishop Charles Chaput, finally, is reminding us that Catholic teaching should trump party loyalty when it comes to issues such as abortion and religious freedom. (I’ll blog separately about a particularly powerful statement by the bishops of Pennsylvania.)
The media, meanwhile, is characterizing these homilies and pastoral letters as “anti-Obama,” — as if Obama hasn’t put himself on the wrong side of Catholic teaching and the common good!
And of course, this has prompted fake Catholic groups to go into overdrive to obscured what our bishops and priests are saying. Catholics United sent a threatening letter to the bishop and priest of Orlando telling them to keep quiet, for instance. The Diocese of Arlington, Virginia had to intervene to prevent the Network “Sisters on the Bus” campaign from turning one of their parishes into their campaign stop. And Catholics for Obama co-chairs like Stephen Schneck are holding press conferences and events to confuse Catholics.
Don’t let them succeed. Stand up for your Catholic values. Vote on election day, and encourage your friends and family to do the same. If you feel especially called, help local get out the vote efforts and participate in phone banks.
And please keep it tuned here over the weekend.
I’ll be blogging when able and tweeting tremendously.
Here are some concrete recommendations for how to vote:
- In Massachusetts, vote against Question 2 (assisted suicide)
- In Minnesota, vote for the Marriage Protection Amendment (Question 1)
- In Maryland, vote against Question 6 (Gay Marriage)
- In Maine, vote NO on Question 1 (Gay Marriage)
- In Washington State, vote to Reject Referendum-74 (Gay Marriage)
- In Iowa, vote NO on Judge Wiggins (pro-Gay Marriage judge)
Vote against candidates who support abortion, gay marriage, and oppose religious freedom.
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