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Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 12:56 pm, Thu Oct 7, 2010.

I'm responding to Karl Welsbacher's Sept. 23 letter triggered by someone stealing the Jerry McNerney campaign sign from his yard.

Mr. Welsbacher reminds us that we are free to vote and campaign for candidates of our choice and that we should be able to voice opinions even if someone disagrees with us. I agree with the first point and appreciate the opportunity, in this letter, to illustrate my concurrence with his second point by expressing my strong disagreement with Mr. Welsbacher's statements.

Lest anyone think I'm an "evil fascist right-winger," I've been a registered Democrat for 40 years. For the last 30, however, I've desperately searched for Democratic candidates who share my Christian-based social and pro-life values and limited government perspective, and who would appoint judges who would protect the unborn and the Constitution.

My areas of disagreement are three. One, Mr. Welsbacher is being dishonest when he states that George W. Bush "destroyed the American economy by encouraging American companies to move operations to Third World countries." Moving some company operations to countries like Mexico has been a trend that began well before the Bush administration or Republican-controlled Congress.

We can encourage technological advances and increased U.S. manufacturing jobs while providing jobs to people in these "Third World" countries so other North American families can have better lives, accomplishing both goals while being consistent with our Christian responsibility to help others.

Two, statements about former congressman Richard Pombo doing a "lot of questionable things with taxpayer dollars" are without merit. Mr. Welsbacher's gossip is inconsistent with Christian teachings.

Three, a Catholic should never support a candidate who votes contrary to the teachings of the church regarding pro-life issues. As a Catholic congressman, Mr. McNerney voted in conflict with the Catholic Church's teachings regarding the sanctity of human life for the unborn by voting incorrectly 100 percent of the time on seven key, pro-life issues facing Congress during its last two sessions (www.catholicadvocate.com/?page_id=10).

Yes, Mr. Welsbacher, your candidate's campaign sign should be safe on your lawn. Unfortunately your candidate does not offer, in return, any measure of safety for the unborn.

Frank Wernette

Lodi

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17 comments:

  • Mary Henschel posted at 8:44 pm on Thu, Oct 7, 2010.

    Mary Henschel Posts: 46

    Steve,

    Your point seems to be that McNerney should be able to claim to be a Catholic and make up his own mind when it comes to following the dictates of the Church. Some call people like this "Cafeteria Catholics", but okay.

    I just wish he'd once in awhile vote on his own, at least representing the will of this district, instead of voting lock-step with whatever Nancy Pelosi wants. To me, that's just as bad as following the dictates of the Pope without question.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 5:31 pm on Thu, Oct 7, 2010.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2238

    Tom, the question posed by Mr Wernette was not whether abortion is right or wrong, it was whether OUR elected representatives should humbly bow to the dictates of the Rat in the Vatican.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:56 am on Thu, Oct 7, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    ditto Tom...

     
  • Tom Carlson posted at 7:24 am on Thu, Oct 7, 2010.

    Tom Carlson Posts: 69

    You guys have gotten so far off the point of Mr. Wernette's letter. He is saying he looks for candidates that share his same viewpoints. Don't we all? He is merely pointing out that by sharing his church affiliation, Mr. McNerney seems to say he is in alignment with those who share that faith affiliation. However, he has been disappointed with Mr. McNerney's votes and does not believe they line up with his personal views and how he understands the tennents of his Catholic faith.

    This is a valid point by the writer. When a candidate says he is affiliated with a certain group, you would expect his actions to line up with the values of that group. In the writer's case, he expects a professed Catholic to vote in ways that would affirm that Catholic affiliation. Mr. McNerney was just an example of the writer's disappointment with this particular elected official.

     
  • Tom Carlson posted at 7:17 am on Thu, Oct 7, 2010.

    Tom Carlson Posts: 69

    Steve Schmidt,

    I find it interesting that you can condemn the Catholic church for the rape of these children, but not condemn the Supreme Court in the same way for the killing of unborn babies. Why don't you rant about the "disgusting" Justices who continue to allow this "alarming" practice to continue?

    Do you really care about children, or just those children who can further your own agenda?

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:10 am on Thu, Oct 7, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Manuel and Manuel. All the things you stated are obvious. All abuses are horrific. I agree with both of you about that aspect. When I said you were disgusting, it had to do with the thousands of caring loving people in the Catholic organization structure that you were casting an ugly false picture of… I object to the picture you paint. All the Catholics I am familiar with would agree with you about any abuse as they have loving hearts.. You are down right wrong about the organization as a whole. The situations you describe are so rare in the overall picture that it is unfair to do what you are doing. If you think it is fair to do what you are doing, go ahead. You obviously think you represent what is good and right. Who am I to say anything?

     
  • Manuel Martinez posted at 9:49 pm on Wed, Oct 6, 2010.

    Manuel Martinez Posts: 641

    There is no question that wrongdoers are present in all social groups, in any society. The difference however rests with the actions of the organization to which these individuals belong in response to the crime. Rather than turning known pedophiles over to the proper authorities and assisting them in their investigations regarding the physical contact and rape of young children, the Vatican sought to remove these priests from their districts and shift them elsewhere in the hopes that nothing further would follow. It is unethical, regardless of the organization. It is you, who I view as disgusting, for defending the institution that harbors such individuals and shields them from prosecution.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 8:07 pm on Wed, Oct 6, 2010.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2238

    Darrell, the fact that you can look at the apocalypse of rape and sexual abuse that the Catholic Church and its leadership have visited on the innocent CHILDREN who were entrusted to their care and ascribe it to the every day operational detritus of running a large organization, well..... words fail me but, at the very least I have to say that I find it alarming.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:53 pm on Wed, Oct 6, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Manuel and Steve, I am not Catholic or attend church... so I do not defend the church out of blind faith...but you are both disgusting. I think you are both so jaded that you couldn't see goodness if it was glued to your eye. That is such a mischaracterization, exaggeration, and falsehood. Every organization has horrible people. The Catholic Church is no exception. They have and are doing everything they can to improve from my observations. I have always believed that you are who you surround yourself with. I will leave you two to converse with those who admire your thinking. Take care and good luck in your blogs.

     
  • Manuel Martinez posted at 4:55 pm on Wed, Oct 6, 2010.

    Manuel Martinez Posts: 641

    I concur with Steve, if the Vatican pursued such actions, protecting it's own priests whom raped young children by shipping them to other districts and shielding them from prosecution, it stands to reason that the Vatican demonizes itself, we simply distribute that message en masse in disgust.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 4:45 pm on Wed, Oct 6, 2010.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2238

    Darrell, the Catholic Church demonized itself when it acted to facilitate the rape of tens of thousands of children around the world. You can defend the morally bankrupt leadership at the Vatican until the sun goes down but you will only serve to further discredit yourself.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:47 pm on Wed, Oct 6, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    One can debate the pros and cons of outlawing abortion but to say that a politician should vote a certain way just because the Pope has ordained it ...

    Steve… good job of demonizing the Catholic Church with blatant untruths. It’s not your fault I think. Your thoughts are a result of the information you consume. Steve, can you tell me where you learned of the principles and teachings of the Catholic Church? I took a class taught by Catholic clergy once a week for 60 weeks to understand better, and I still am less clear than I would like.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 3:14 pm on Wed, Oct 6, 2010.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2238

    One can debate the pros and cons of outlawing abortion but to say that a politician should vote a certain way just because the Pope has ordained it is not just absurd, it is un American.

    I suppose the next thing Mr Wernette will demand is that our Representatives adopt the Vatican's policy of aiding and abetting child molesters.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 12:52 pm on Wed, Oct 6, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Franck, I am not person who attends church, but I have empathy for your thoughts that Mr McNerney does not offer any measure of safety for the unborn.
    I studied the Catholic doctrines though and if I am right, this is a prolife issue that is consistant with a unborn child to a death row inmate. Since a woman can choose to become pregnant or not, and since a baby cannot choose to undue what his/her mother did, the burden in my opinion should be held by the only person that has control. I think that since courts have found people guilty of murder by killing an unborn baby, it is obvious that it is a baby ,and not tissue mass, in our courts. So I think you are right that McNerney should represent all people in his district, especially the defenceless unborn. Unfortunately, there are citizens who who do not mind this lack of representation for selfish reasons.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:18 am on Wed, Oct 6, 2010.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4308

    Your comment is right on, Mr. Schmidt.

    Mr. Wernette wrote: "As a Catholic congressman, Mr. McNerney voted in conflict with the Catholic Church's teachings regarding the sanctity of human life for the unborn by voting incorrectly 100 percent of the time on seven key, pro-life issues facing Congress during its last two sessions (www.catholicadvocate.com/?page_id=10)."

    I think the last time I checked, Congressman McNerney was representing (ALL) the people of the United States and the US Government, not the Pope and the Vatican.

    This is the type of rhetoric that was brought up during the 1960 presidential race when various groups used the scare tactic that JFK would be subject to his Catholic faith and take his orders from the Pope. Is this how we are going to judge candidates, based on their obligations to their religious affiliation?

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 8:18 am on Wed, Oct 6, 2010.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2238

    In my experience the term "Christian-based social and pro-life values" is usually code for the movement to impose a fundamentalist christian version of sharia law on the freedom loving people of this country.

     

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