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    Burying the dead is a work of mercy. So, too, is voting for them, according to Sister Marguerite Kloos. Or at least that’s what she thought last year until Ohio investigators nabbed her for an act of voter fraud. This…

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    Tardy Reflections on the Election

    by James Kalb

    A great many things might have changed the results in November. Hurricane Sandy might have headed into the Atlantic instead of the Atlantic states. Or moods might have shifted, so that memes like “the war against women” might have flopped…

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    Why “Gay Marriage” is Not Inevitable

    by Luis Tellez

    Election Day was a drubbing for marriage. The ballot initiatives to protect marriage lost by over 4% in Maine, Minnesota, Washington State, and Maryland. Those who support same-sex “marriage” reportedly spent over $33 million, while those who defend marriage spent…

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    The Marriage Gap in the Women’s Vote

    by Meg T. McDonnell

    This past year America has seen a trumped up “War on Women” that claimed women’s freedom depends on “reproductive rights.” At the height of the Presidential election, the Obama camp courted the female vote with an exhortation to “vote like…

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    Unborn Life Always Trumps the Welfare State

    by Peter Freeman

    Would you ever want to be buried alive? It’s a question Tom Stoppard raises in his absurdist drama, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. In the play, the titular Rosencrantz considers this riddle when he contemplates the experience of being a…

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    Todd Akin and the Shame of Conservatives

    by Austin Ruse

    Those who do pro-life work every day watched slack-jawed as a true-blue pro-lifer got garroted by the Republican and conservative establishment. Even today, weeks after the national electoral debacle, they’re beating up Todd Akin for Republican losses. Hardly a post-election…

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    For Gay Marriage Opponents, Election Losses Overstated

    by Stephen Beale

    The barely restrained euphoria that erupted after gay marriage marked its first wins at the ballot box in this month’s election overstates the significance of those victories for the future of marriage in the United States, leading social conservatives are…

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    Catholics Must Face Squarely the Dire Threat to Religious Liberty

    by Rev. George W. Rutler

    Of the 427 weddings  in my  present parish during the past eleven years  (I have lost count of all the others), the band—for want of a better word—at the most recent reception was the loudest I can remember.  Conversation was…

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    Democracy Ushers in the Reign of Civic Ignorance

    by Stephen M. Krason

    The many analyses of the 2012 election results are not saying much about what may have been the central and fundamental problem: democracy. Notice that I do not say a democratic republic—that was the nature of the American political order…

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    Romney Ceded the Language of Citizenship

    by James Matthew Wilson

    At the top, at least, the Obama campaign was premised on a clear vision of citizenship.  As a matter of course, the President spoke words of good will toward his fellow Americans, promising that those who heard him were joining…

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    Romney’s Abandonment of Social Issues Contributed to His Defeat

    by Austin Ruse

    Television and the blogosphere were alive the day after the election with conservative pundits calling for the GOP to forget social issues, to walk away from abortion and marriage, because these issues lost Romney the election. Big time political consultant…

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    An Icon of God’s Love: Bella Santorum

    by Arland K. Nichols

    The elections are over and I for one am relieved that the campaigns are in the rear-view mirror. American political discourse is a patience-testing experience, but I am grateful for and recall fondly one glimmer of love and joy from…

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    Barbaric Fragmentation: John Courtney Murray Foresaw the U.S. United in Confusion

    by R. J. Snell

    Voting patterns of this last election give ample support to the notion of the divided country, and it is now virtually obligatory to bemoan polarization while calling for unity in our fragmented polis. As obvious as our polarization seems, perhaps…

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    Electoral Paradise Lost: Rethinking Priorities in the Aftermath of Political Defeat

    by Peter Freeman

    On November 7th—the day after President Obama’s re-election—a lot of conservative bloggers tried to make the best of a bad outcome, but hyperbole also seems a frequent sight in the headlines. “The End of America I Know.” “The Day After…

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    Rotten to the Core: Obama’s “First Time” Video and the Democratic Party

    by Anthony Esolen

    By now everyone paying attention to the presidential race has heard of the tasteless double-entendre ad the Obama campaign has put out, comparing voting for the President to losing your virginity.  I am trying—I am failing—to imagine the astonishment if…

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    Biden and Ryan Represent Different Generations of Catholics

    by Elise Ehrhard

    The past four years have witnessed a battle between different generations of Catholics in public life—Generation X Catholics have taken a very different path from Baby Boomer Catholics and those born before the boomers. Generation X Catholics have emerged prominently…

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    Biden on the HHS Mandate: A Lie or a Terminological Inexactitude?

    by Donald DeMarco

    Winston Churchill deserves the credit for replacing the word “lies” with the “fabrication of terminological inexactitudes.” No one wants to be accused of telling a lie. Churchill’s ingenious phrase may mean the same thing as a lie, but it has…

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    Biden on the HHS Mandate: The Vice President’s Response was Two-Faced

    by Paul Kengor

    I continue to read more and more from Catholics upset with Joe Biden’s defense of the Obama Administration’s HHS mandate in the vice-presidential debate. I got news for you. It’s worse than you think. During the debate, Biden’s opponent Paul…

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    Voting According to Catholic Principles, Not Partisan Politics

    by Arland K. Nichols

    Election 2012 is upon us. Many are calling it the most important election in their lives. The candidates and supporters have routinely emphasized that the Presidential candidates, their platforms, and their voting records are complete opposites. The two main parties…

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    The Dilemma of Pro-Life Democrats

    by Howard Kainz

    Democrats for Life in America (DFLA) was founded in 1999 on the premise that approximately one-third of Democrats are pro-life; and it has been valiantly championing the pro-life cause in congressional and presidential elections since that time.  The pro-life Democrats…

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