“Catholics For Obama” Bears False Witness on Human Dignity and the Common Good

President Obama’s “Catholics For Obama” has a comparison called The Choice For Catholics In This Election.  They talk about promoting “Human Dignity” and the “Common Good” through the President’s positions on five issues.  I will explain how Barack Obama uses these Catholic social teaching terms falsely.  Here is “Catholics For Obama’s” introductory paragraph (with my critiques in red):

Human dignity and the common good are values that define the Catholic faith, and they’re at the core of President Obama’s commitment to a thriving middle class and a fair, strong economy. Catholics support President Obama because (He uses Catholic Social Teaching (CST) terminology like “human dignity” and the “common good” to get the trust of Catholics.  Catholics loyal to President Obama use terminology associated with CST in order to manipulate the issues of abortion, war, same-sex marriage, immigration reform, etc. These CST terms are; “Human dignity”, “common good”, “social justice” and “just war.” They will also manipulate the following terms common to Catholics; justice, pro-life, preferential option for the poor, care for the environment, etc. Their use of these terms confuses many Catholics, causing them to vote contrary to their conscience.  See Left at the Altar: How the Democrats Lost the Catholics and How the Catholics Can Save the Democrats by Michael Sean Winters.) he understands the importance of an active faith in pursuit of the common good. This has been the story of his life, guiding him from his work with Catholic churches (where he worked for a Saul Alinsky-Inspired community organization to inject contradictory propositions into the Church and helped to plant the seed for the anti-Catholic ObamaCare and it’s HHS mandate) on the South Side of Chicago through his career as a public servant. President Obama’s record, character and values make the choice in this election stark and clear. Join Catholics for Obama and learn more about the President’s positions on the issues at http://www.barackobama.com/catholics.

Here are the positions on five issues “Catholics For Obama” says that the President pursues “human dignity” and the “common good” (with my critiques in red on how he violates human dignity and the common good):

  1. Economic Recovery and the Dignity of Work
    1. President Obama believes we need to keep moving
      America forward and has a real, achievable plan to
      create an economy built to last with a strong middle
      class at its core.  (Under President Obama 23 million Americans are unemployed, underemployed or have given up looking for employment.  Catholicism teaches “Unemployment almost always wounds its victim’s dignity and threatens the equilibrium of his life. Besides the harm done to him personally, it entails many risks for his family.”- Catechism of the Catholic Church, Section 2436 written in context of the Seventh Commandment, “You shall not steal”)
  2. Tax Fairness
    1. President Obama believes our tax system should reflect
      our values, reward hard work and responsibility, and ask everyone to do their fair share. President Obama supports tax reform that reflects the common sense idea that millionaires and billionaires shouldn’t pay a lower tax rate than many middle-class families.  (President Obama has made the false claim and implies here that the wealthy pay a lower income tax rate than the middle-class.  He is actually comparing the capital gains rate of a wealthy person to the income tax rate of a middle-class person.  This is a terrible deception and an example of class warfare.  Pope Leo XIII said, “The great mistake made in regard to the matter now under consideration is to take up with the notion that class is naturally hostile to class, and that the wealthy and the working men are intended by nature to live in mutual conflict. So irrational and so false is this view that the direct contrary is the truth.)
  3. Access To Affordable Healthcare
    1. President Obama passed historic health reforms so
      no American will ever go broke just because they get
      sick. Obamacare is also preventing millions of Americans with preexisting conditions from being denied coverage—increasing the security of all families.  (ObamaCare is socialism, which the Catholic Church condemns.  The Church advocates for universal healthcare but, not through government centralized planning.  ObamaCare also gave us the religious freedom crushing HHS mandate that forces Catholic and other institutions to pay for abortions, sterilizations and contraception.)
  4. Auto Rescue
    1. President Obama made the tough call to rescue
      the auto industry when it was on the brink. He saved
      local businesses and more than a million jobs up and
      down the supply chain, sparing countless families
      and communities from financial ruin.  (He closed local businesses known as auto dealerships.  Over 2,200 dealerships were closed by Obama’s “Auto Task Force” and over 120,000 dealership employees lost their jobs.  Even the head of Obama’s “Auto Task Force” admitted that closing the dealerships was unnecessary because the dealerships were not even owned by the automakers.  Many of those family owned dealerships are in financial ruin because of Obama’s decision.)
  5. Supporting Women And Families And Reducing The Number Of Women Seeking Abortions
    1. President Obama has fought to protect critical social
      safety net programs that support women and families
      against cuts advocated by Mitt Romney and the Ryan
      Republican budget.  (He promotes the HHS mandate (see above.)  Reducing abortions through contraception is not Catholic.  He promotes Planned Parenthood’s so-called service of abortion and he makes up services that they don’t provide like mammograms.  He supported born alive abortion.)

    The President promotes Isaiah 5:20, not human dignity or the common good.

    O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

    Peter L. Hodges Sr

2 responses to ““Catholics For Obama” Bears False Witness on Human Dignity and the Common Good

  1. You can not be a true Catholic and vote for supporters of abortion and same sex marriage.