I’ve been poking around these threads for a while now, and I’ve run into a common theme here that rather confuses me, and I’m hoping someone can shed some light on this issue for me.
I’m currently in RCIA, and I have a protestant background. I have considered myself politically liberal for my entire adult life. I am pro-life (believe it or not, there is a pretty large contingent of pro-life liberals out there), and that is an important position to me, but most of my primary concerns revolve around issues like ensuring that our social welfare programs are equipped to help everyone who needs them, and I believe firmly in the idea of universal healthcare, an end to our needless wars, etc. It is because of these issues that I was attracted to the Catholic church in the first place, because it tends to emphasize actually caring for the needy and sick and being pro-life towards the born as well as the unborn-- things that a lot of Protestant churches tend to gloss over or ignore altogether.
And yet, I find so many Catholics on these boards bemoaning the re-election of the president, some even going so far as to say that voting for him is a mortal sin! And this seems to be for the SOLE reason that he is pro-choice. I find this utterly baffling. I don’t see how this matters in the slightest-- what is the president going to do about Roe v. Wade, whoever he is? The president cannot overturn a supreme court decision. Ronald Reagan didn’t do it, neither did either President Bush. During the years since Roe v. Wade, we’ve had plenty of years of both conservative legislatures and conservative Supreme Courts, and the decision still stands. So what difference does it really make? A President Romney tenure would certainly have yielded the same result (none!) as far as life goes. And yet, how much worse for the poor, the sick, the elderly would a Romney presidency have been! Do none of his other policies matter in light of a belief that he has almost no power to do anything about?
I am asking for help understanding, because this attitude seems so prevalent here. I am not trying to stir anything up, I am genuinely confused.