Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Subsidiarity
Right, the two Catholic candidates don’t get this at all. (And I don’t care that they’re Catholic. I’d never vote for them.) It reminds me of the ‘200% American’ super-patriotism of the immigrants’ kids especially during the early Cold War, around the same time mainstream America nearly fully accepted Catholics. The exceptionalism/national greatness/interventionism both candidates buy. A powerful cultural-national myth hard for Catholics to break free from and a temptation for well-meaning social conservatives. Mix that with Catholics’ residual working-class politics and the Catholic social-justice left (the secular left with Jesus talk) saying welfare is the corporal works of mercy and it’s even harder.

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