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I disowned the GOP two years ago. I got tired of Republicans, especially the ones I personally knew, who called very religious people ‘fanatics’ and put much more emphasis on the economy than on social issues. Sometimes I can almost sympathize with liberals in their stereotype of Republicans as hypocrites who play the Christian card to get votes and then turn the faith down when it’s not convenient for them.
When I hear Republicans I personally know they sound just like Democrats when they bash the Church on her teachings on social issues. Some of them are illicitly remarried (meaning without an annulment) and disagree with the Church fiercely on a number of issues. Now we have this ‘Republican feminism’ going on which is merely a christening of a liberal concept. Quite frankly I’m tired of feminism. Feminism has enough power in the United States; if they want to make a change they might as well go to the Middle East. I’d bet them a million dollars — if I had the money — to preach the same message in some Islamic country and see how long they last. Quite frankly I don’t see why Republicans have to boast about being feminists when there’s enough of it here already and you don’t have to be a feminist to support women’s rights (i.e. right to life, property and education). In my personal experience I’ve witnessed Republican feminists to be more annoying than their Democratic counterparts. They’re absolutely controlling and manipulative; things have to always go their way, and the GOP men praise it because they think it’s going to get them more votes. Obviously it’s not working. It didn’t work when Palin ran for vice president under McCain.
When it comes to Chris Christie banning gay therapies, or Marco Rubio saying some are born gay, to Carly Fiorina saying the Supreme Court should legally recognize gay marriage, to Ron Paul saying the U.S. should not fight ISIS, to Arlen Spector advocating for abortion, they are GOP elite. Even Ann Coulter said on The Sean Hannity Show that abortion is not America’s biggest issue, but the economy is. If there is lousy GOP leadership, then this is it. Ever wonder where the term ‘Rockefeller Republican’ comes from? It originates with the Rockefellers who were a Republican family, and still are, which founded and still run the Rockefeller Foundation known for its eugenics program. You can watch a long documentary here.
There aren’t a whole lot of Republican answers to what is a sane replacement of a statist, collectivist welfare program which has so many problems with it, which is one of the issues the Republicans are lacking on. Even many of them fail to talk about personal responsibility to give to the needy, but they sure as heck talk to death about personal responsibility to get a job. It’s amazing how many Republicans assume if somebody doesn’t have a job then it’s because they’re lazy. Like it doesn’t mean anything that the economy is complicated enough, that businesses do discriminate for one reason or another on whom they hire, and there is a lack of available jobs in the job market.
Furthermore, any reference to giving to the poor is assumed to be socialist: i.e. like Pope Francis’ call to not ignore the needs of the poor, the homeless, the hungry, the thirsty, the naked and the oppressed. Then many Republicans are horrified by the idea of labor unions which isn’t even a socialist invention. Leo XIII spoke in favor of labor unions when he mentioned how they were productive and helpful in the Middle Ages in his encyclical Rerum Novarum, and he was fiercely anti-socialist. The liberals and socialists have simply hijacked labor unions and given them too much lobby power. Let’s listen to the Church, not political pundits. Christ founded a Church, not the Republican or Democratic Party, and built it upon Peter (rf. Matthew 16:17, Ephesians 2:20), against which the gates of Hell shall never prevail (rf. Matthew 16:18). Let us listen to her as Our Lord said, “Whoever listens to you listens to me and whoever listens to me listens to the one who sent me; whoever rejects you rejects me and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me” (Luke 10:16).