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"Abortion and the Catholic Factor"

Read this right now.

Which reminds me of something I forgot to mention in my recent blogs on "Catholic" politicians and Holy Communion. They will sometimes assert that, as elected representatives, they have to do the will of those who elected them, whether or not that will is in accord with Catholic thought.


I'm way too familiar, for instance, with the senatorial speechifying of John Kerry. Now, whenever he purports to be taking some kind of an approach to actually sort-of taking a position on an issue, he seems to try to formulate arguments pro and to respond to arguments con.

Why? Doesn't he just have to take a poll and find out what his constituents want him to do?

Of course not. No elected representatives do that, unless they're keen on getting re-elected and the election is drawing near. Most of the time, they motion, and sponsor, and debate, and vote according to what they think they ought to do — which may very well be for low-minded, self-serving political calculations as well as high-minded, ethical considerations — not according to what they think their constituents want them to do.

Isn't that what parliamentary debate is all about?

So, the I-Just-Do-What-My-Constituents-Want excuse is bogus.

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Thu. 04/15/04 06:52:02 AM
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