I grew up as a Liberal Democrat in the 1950s and 1960s; my entire family was Democrat. In 2008 my entire family (about 20 of us), with one exception, is Republican. As a 16-year-old High School student in 1959 and before I became a U.S. Citizen in 1962, I was crazy for John F. Kennedy (JFK) similar to what we see today of youngsters for Barack Obama. I plastered bumper stickers and signs all over the place for JFK. On November 22, 1963, at approximately 10:00 AM, I was in an English class at California State University, Long Beach when I heard the news of the shooting of JFK in Dallas. I got into my father’s 1961 Chevy Bel Air and raced home, crying the entire way.
It is estimated that in this time period over 80% of all Catholics were Democrats. Before anything else, I need to say that the Democratic Party of the 1950s and 1960s looked nothing like today’s Democratic Party. I left the party in 1990 due, mainly, to the fact that the Democrats were so pro-abortion and I had become pro-life sometime earlier.
In the 50s and 60s the Democratic Party was pro-life and by today’ standards would be considered conservative. JFK, today, would be considered a conservative. Something happened between the death of JFK and approximately 1980 – the Democrats became pro-abortion. Some may object to this classification of “pro-abortion;” most pro-choice advocates would call it “pro-choice.” “Pro-choice” is a fake word. I want to be clear: if you are pro-choice you are pro-abortion. I see no logical way out of this. In 1960, 78% of Catholics voted for JFK.
Most Democratic politicians in those days were pro-life: “Senator Edward Kennedy assured his constituents as late as 1971 that “abortion on demand is not in accordance with the value which our civilization places on human life.” George McGovern’s first choice for running mate in 1972, Senator Thomas Eagleton of Missouri, held pro-life views as did McGovern’s eventual running mate, Kennedy in-law and Peace Corps founder Sargent Shriver.”
After the early 1970s and the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion for any reason and at any stage of development, Roe v. Wade in 1973, the feminist movement gained power and popularity. Feminist looked at Roe as a right they had gained. At the same time many Democrats abandoned their pro-life stand and became pro-choice to appeal to the feminists and the left-wing of their party. By the early 1980s most Democratic Catholic politicians like Ted Kennedy, Joe Biden and others switched their allegiance to the pro-choice side, for the same reason. In 2004 the estimated Catholic population in the United States was 72 million, 25% of the entire population. In 1980 the Catholic population of the United States was 52 million or 23% of the U.S. population.
As one fourth of the U.S. population, Catholics had and have today tremendous political power and could control, either political party if they were united and followed the teachings of their church. Certainly, when it comes to abortion, if in 1980 the Catholics had taken a stand against the Democrats and said no, abortion is wrong – we will not allow you to go there; if you do, we’re out of this party; the Democratic Party would have backed off and not become an abortion party like they are now. Had they taken such a stand, the Democratic Party would still be pro-life today. All you have to do to be certain of such a shift is to look at the recent stand the Democrats took against offshore drilling. They stood firm until they saw that the majority of Americans were for offshore drilling. Once they saw this they caved like a wet paper bag and changed their position. Catholics had the power to shape their party but they abdicated it as they were of no consequence.
In Biblical times, the prophets, speaking for God, warned the Israelites that when they entered the Promised Land of Canaan, they were to eliminate all the residents there otherwise they would adopt the evil ways of the Canaanites. They refused to follow what they were told. When they did conquer the Promised Land, they not only did not eliminate all the inhabitants, they intermarried with them and ended up adopting their evil ways and their religion, such as the worship of the pagan god Baal. The worshipers of Baal practiced child sacrifices, the killing of babies by throwing fully formed babies of various ages from birth to two to four years old in a fiery furnace and burned them to death, just to appeal to a made-up god of the harvest. Well in the 1980s the Catholics repeated this same mistake, they adopted the evil ways of their party, such as abortion on demand – they adopted the worship of Baal, just like the Israelites of Biblical times. What excuse did Catholics and their politicians give for this? “We don’t want to push our belief on others.” Total nonsense. To this day you will hear this nonsense out of Catholic politicians such as Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and her fellow “Canaanites.”
The fact that the Catholics abdicated their power to the left wing of their party and to the feminist agenda is one of the clearest show of moral deficiency in our history. When we end our days on this earth we will have to account to our Lord what we did in our power for good and what we did to allow evil to prevail. Pro-choice Catholics have to answer this question for themselves.
As a student of history, one of my biggest question marks was how King Edward VIII, in 1936, could give up the throne of England, one of the most powerful countries in the world, just to marry a foreign woman who was already married. As a student of current history, I marvel how a large group like Catholics can not only ignore the teaching of their own church, but to give in and say, oh well, people are going to do what they want anyway, I’ll go along with them. This is akin to the United States saying to Hitler in 1941, oh well, you can do what you want, you’re so charismatic and powerful, we’ll just go along with you and just lay down. After all, we believe that war is not the answer.
This, my dear friends, is the most shameful abdication of moral courage in history, comparable to the German people ignoring the holocaust during World War II. You could have changed history – you chose not to because you had not the moral clarity and courage to do it. As a Catholic myself, I find this a complete moral failure for which there is absolutely no excuse.