Who Would Aquinas Vote For?

Aquinas holding Washington, D.C.

Mark Wampler has a great post at The Gregorian Institute blog. As another campaign approaches, instead of dusting off his works of contemporary Western or American political philosophy, he is opening the Summa Contra Gentiles as he assesses candidates.

Who would Aquinas vote for? Wampler doesn’t say. So I talked to one of our Thomists here about it.

Aquinas would have to be American to vote. Would he stick with Santorum, a fellow Italian American? Possibly. But Aquinas would apply the natural law to particular issues, not simply vote his ethnicity.

Aquinas would, however, look closely at electability, because he would put a high premium on ousting Obama, my Thomist said, “Because Obama has violated the highest principle, the ability to know and love God, religious freedom.”

What would he think of Mitt? Would he like that he switched his position on abortion?

Aquinas would look at the object of the act and the end, said my Thomist. If Romney switched positions on abortion issue because the pro-life position is true, then Aquinas would be be very supportive of that. If Mitt switched for purely political reasons, Aquinas would still find the object of Mitt’s act good, but not the end Mitt sought, personal gain through deception.

Would Aquinas like Gingrich’s lunar mission? Aquinas would ask “how does this help the common good?” and “Is it the best service to the common good?” and proceed from there.

At any rate, read Mark Wampler’s piece, “Looking for a Leader to Exercise the Office of the Wise Man.


Tom Hoopes is writer in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., where he teaches in the Journalism and Mass Communications department and edits the college’s Catholic identity speech digest, The Gregorian.



  • James

    Sadly, if he lived in my State of California it wouldn’t matter who he voted for because we belong to the Democratic candidate.

    On the plus side, I get to vote my conscience without being concerned about “winning”.

  • Theo

    It’s funny that the most disliked comment is the only one that attempts to discuss the thought and reasoning of Aquinas. “Disliking” it is one thing, but whether it reflects Aquinas’ thought is another story.

    People on this site may want to believe that Aquinas would have voted for Santorum and loved the U.S. Constitution. And readers may “dislike” things that suggest that either may be imperfect. Aquinas would have thought for himself on these matters and there’s a great possibility you’d be disliking him, too.

    It would help, if what is “disliked” is really so objectionable, to explain why — with respect to the actual thought of Aquinas.

  • Makemeaspark

    Give me a break guys, St. Thomas was a Catholic and Orthodox(of course). Therefore, as represented here, if he were and American Citizen then he would vote for the candidate who followed the teachings of the Magisterium the most clearly. This leaves him only one choice. need i say more?



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