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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Gary Johnson: Pro-pot, Pro-Abortion Rights Featured

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Cannabis Exec, Gary Johnson (yes, you read that right), is all in favor of keeping abortion legal. compiled some evidence (see below) against the Libertarian candidate who, by the way, announced that although he has stopped smoking pot during his presidential run, he doesn't believe that blowing a little weed now and again and holding the nation’s highest office are mutually exclusive. Okay, right!  So here's Gary on abortion:

·         In an interview with The Daily Caller on June 7, 2016, Gary Johnson discussed abortion and other domestic policy issues. He said, “I don’t even want to enter into the argument. I want to give women choice in dealing with that issue, period. Unbelievably difficult decision. I’m going to make it for a woman? Government’s going to make it for a woman? I don’t want to play a part in that role.”

·        Johnson discussed abortion and Texas House Bill 2, which requires that doctors who perform abortions have hospital admitting privileges at a facility within 30 miles of where an abortion is performed and that abortion facilities meet the same requirements as outpatient surgery centers, in an interview with The Texas Tribune on April 12, 2016. Johnson said, “I think it’s an affront to women’s rights. Abortion is an unbelievably difficult decision that anyone should have to make. But only a woman should make it.”

·        During the Libertarian Party debate that aired on Fox Business Network on April 1, 2016, Johnson said he is pro-abortion rights.

·        On his 2012 presidential campaign website, Johnson wrote, "Life is precious and must be protected. A woman should be allowed to make her own decisions during pregnancy until the point of viability of a fetus." Johnson also stated that stem cell research "should only be completed by private laboratories that operate without federal funding."

: Okay, let's cut to the chase. Hillary Clinton is 100% pro-death, as is her silly running mate, Tim Kaine. (Who? Exactly!)

Donald Trump says he's pro-life. You don't believe him? Fair enough! But from the point of view of the Catholic voter trying to act in accordance with Catholic moral theology, Trump saying he's pro-life actually makes a significant difference. Even if he doesn't fully mean what he says, you know what? He still said it. And you know what that means? There is still enough residual decency in America to force right-wing politicians to declare themselves pro-life if they want to get elected.  And that's a good thing since it buys us more time to pray, raise our kids and maybe even wake a few people up to what's really going on.

Do you realize how long it's been since most Europeans heard a politician even just claim to be pro-life? Never, in most of the former countries of Christendom.  

In other words, words have meanings and Trump said the words. Does he mean them in his heart of hearts? I don't know. Do you?  I do know this, however: so long as American presidential candidates still feel the need to say they're pro-life in order to win elections, there's hope. If Trump loses big, after claiming again and again to be pro-life, then it's possible we'll never see another pro-life presidential candidate again.

Plus, Trump is proud of his opposition to the Iraq invasion, which is why the neo-cons hate him with a purple passion, and some actual conservatives are giving him a longer look than they ever gave Romney or McCain. Traditional Catholic radio and TV commentator, Patrick J. Buchanan comes to mind in this regard.

As I've said so many times, I'm not a Trump fan per se. I see his many negatives. But one thing is sure: if Trump is elected he’ll need to cater to the pro-God, pro-family, pro-life lobby in order to be reelected. In other words, he’ll need the support of Focus on the Family and the AFA, rather than Planned Parenthood and NARAL.  And if Hillary's elected? Well, we all know exactly which demons she’ll cater to in order to get four more years.

So, you don't like Trump, you don't like Hillary. Okay, I get that. But I don't understand the thinking of those who say there's absolutely no difference, as Archbishop Chaput recently claimed.

There's a man barricaded in his kitchen during a hostile takeover, rifle in hand. To his left he sees foreign soldiers streaming into his village, preparing to rape his wife, kill his children and burn his house down. To his right he sees other soldiers coming in fast to stop them, but he's not sure if he can trust them...he's not sure how much better they'll be in the long run than the evil ones already bashing the heads of local urchins just down the street and coming for his kids next.

So, what’s he do?  What any true conservative would do, of course—he opens the door, steps into the street, and empties his gun...up in the air.  You see he just couldn't decide and so he shot the sky. Huh? Who does that! 

And then there's this:  

So why did Donald Trump select Mike Pence? He couldn't find a phony pro-lifer? But they're all over the place. That's the problem with the GOP, in fact. Should've been a piece of cake. Instead he chose Mike Pence.  Why?

Is VP nominee Pence perfect? Of course not. But, again, our Catholic brothers and sisters in Europe and around the world were stunned by this choice. Why? Because it can only mean that at least half of the American people still have a soul, and thus need to see genuine passion for the plight of the unborn and a promise of less big government intrusion in their lives if they’re going to go to the polls in November. It’s not everything but it's something, especially when the alternative is a horde of screaming, delusional, God-hating psychopaths promising to chop up our unborn babies and feed them to the Beast.  

Shoot up in the air? Really?

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Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.