Over at The American Chesterton Society website is a reprint of an editorial from the January/February 2012 Gilbert Magazine. With the outcome of the election still uncertain, it behooves all of us to think about the issues from a perspective that is neither Left nor Right, but Catholic. And how better than to look at issues the way Chesterton (one of the patrons of this blog) would.
The editorial's author, Sean P. Dailey, makes the following very cogent point in comparing the Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party movements:
They remain enemies because they are stuck in outmoded and counterproductive partisan divisions. Occupy Wall Street attacks Big Business, but remains blind to the fact that the Obama administration is stuffed with Wall Street fatcats who not only helped engineer the current recession, but made enormous profits doing so. The Tea Party attacks Big Government, yet ignores the fact that when a Republican administration once again occupies the White House, it too will be stuffed with those same Wall Street fatcats, as was the Bush administration.
And this willful ignorance will be aided and abetted by the great corporate ally of Big Business and Big Government, the Mainstream Media.
We deplore the negative elements in both the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street, especially OWS’s alliances with abortionists and the Tea Party’s silence about abortion. But until both movements recognize they are fighting the same fight, neither will be an effective agent for real reform.
It is time for the good guys and the bad guys to stop shooting at each other and recognize their common enemy.
You can read the entire editorial here: Good Guys, Bad Guys, and Hudge & Gudge.
For any pro-Obama readers who think that they are electing an Occupy Wall Street sympathizer, read the great article by Timothy Carney at the Washington Examiner exposing the President as a corporatist.
And ultimately, as Catholics we should be primarily concerned with the Holy Father's non-negotiables over economic issues--Life, Marriage, and Freedom. Our Lord assures us that if we seek the Kingdom, all of our temporal needs will be taken care of.