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.