A Critique of Mike Pence


I might sound like I’m flipping on Donald Trump, but only because of his Vice President pick: Mike Pence.  Ex-Governor Pence has an outstanding record on social issues among other topics.  He has a 0% rating from NARAL.  On the other hand NRLC gives him a 100% rating.  He voted against funding abortions.  He has voted against human cloning, the use of embryonic stem cells, in favor of constitutionally defining marriage as between one man and one woman and defending businesses from being forced into catering to ceremonies that go against their religious and moral conscience.  My friend Mr. Fontaine has expressed some hope in him.

I would not consider myself as voting for Trump but as voting for Pence.  If Trump were removed from office, resigned, or something else, Pence would replace him as president.  This is my purpose for possibly voting for him.

That being said I understand some have issues with him: namely that he calls himself a “born again evangelical Catholic”.  We are born again in Baptism (rf. John 3:5; Titus 3:5), not before and not after.  This alone, however, does not disqualify a candidate from the so-called “Catholic vote”.  In regards to social issues he’s much better than Tim Kaine.

The other major criticism is that he has closed Indiana’s borders to all refugees coming from Iraq and Syria, while he ironically stated, “Calls ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional.”  He has clashed with Catholic clergy on this issue.  The Catechism does seem to be pretty clear: “The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin” (no. 2241).  This is prudential, of course, and a nation need not welcome more refugees than it can and it would not be a good idea as even the Catechism says these nations should do so at “the extent they are able”.  Then there’s the Catechism’s call for immigrants and refugees “to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens” (ibid.).

Honestly none of the candidates are perfect, but I’d rather see Mike Pence as vice president than Tim Kaine.

More here: http://www.ontheissues.org/IN/Mike_Pence.htm



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