A Price too High for me in Massachusetts

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A Price too High for me in Massachusetts

Mother Angel­ica: It don’t care what you call it, it’s a kick­back. Look sweet­heart I’m not going to pay
Peanut con­ces­sion­aire: Then you lose the con­ces­sion
Mother Angel­ica: Look if I’m going to hell it’s isn’t going to be over a peanut.

Mother Angel­ica Live

By any ratio­nal mea­sure, Char­lie Baker has been a good governor.

He has brought good gov­ern­ment back to Mass­a­chu­setts, fought for expan­sion of char­ter schools, in a hope­less sit­u­a­tion against a veto proof major­ity he’s done what he can.

He has even put him­self out there to elect republicans.

If that was the only mea­sure to judge him by I’d say he deserves re-​election and there is lit­tle doubt that he’d be a bet­ter choice than any Mass­a­chu­setts democrat.

If it was only a tem­po­ral issue he’d have my vote.

But let me remind my fel­low catholics of the require­ments for mor­tal sin, the type of sin that leads to damnation.

  1. Grave Mat­ter
  2. Full Under­stand­ing
  3. Delib­er­ate action

So when I saw this story

Gov. Char­lie Baker’s admin­is­tra­tion says it’s pre­pared to increase state funds for Planned Par­ent­hood clin­ics if Con­gress blocks Med­ic­aid fund­ing for the organization.

A spokes­woman for the Repub­li­can gov­er­nor said Baker strongly sup­ports women’s health and believes Mass­a­chu­setts has a respon­si­bil­ity to make sure Planned Par­ent­hood ser­vices remain avail­able for all state residents.

…where Gov. Char­lie Baker’s admin­is­tra­tion states flatly that they will, on their own ini­tia­tive mind you , not forced to by veto proof mar­gins, increase fund­ing to planned par­ent­hood and abet the mur­der of chil­dren, an intrin­sic evil well that changes everything.

Sud­denly a vote for Char­lie Baker becomes a vote to fund abor­tion, the mur­der of chil­dren. Such a vote would be

1..A Grave mat­ter, abor­tion namely the mur­der of Chil­dren an intrin­sic evil
2..Fully under­stand­ing that cast­ing such a vote would abet an intrin­sic evil (even if Baker him­self doesn’t under­stand it)
3..Deliberately cast in order to elect a per­son who has pub­licly stated he would do this.

Now I under­stand that in prac­tice if I vote 3rd party, or leave the Governor’s space blank it increases the chances of a Demo­c­rat win­ning who will make life in Mass­a­chu­setts, already hard for a believ­ing Chris­t­ian on any denom­i­na­tion (no mat­ter what US News & World Report) even harder.

But if that hap­pens it will be the sin of those who do it, they will have to answer the ques­tion dur­ing the vet­ting process at the gate, it will not be mine.

Now I’m sure Gov­er­nor Baker’s team fig­ures there are more votes in Mass­a­chu­setts by doing this than not and I wouldn’t be sur­prised if a lot of Repub­li­cans, even Catholic ones will, either con­sid­er­ing it a prag­matic choice or want­ing to keep patron­age in the hands of the GOP will ratio­nal­ize away such a vote as the best they can do.

And if they want to make that case to St. Peter when the time comes they are wel­come to do so.

As for me, I’ve only got one soul and I’m not going to risk it for the sake of keep­ing a repub­li­can in the cor­ner office.

Mother Angelica: It don’t care what you call it, it’s a kickback. Look sweetheart I’m not going to pay
Peanut concessionaire: Then you lose the concession
Mother Angelica: Look if I’m going to hell it’s isn’t going to be over a peanut.

Mother Angelica Live

By any rational measure, Charlie Baker has been a good governor.

He has brought good government back to Massachusetts, fought for expansion of charter schools, in a hopeless situation against a veto proof majority he’s done what he can.

He has even put himself out there to elect republicans.

If that was the only measure to judge him by I’d say he deserves re-election and there is little doubt that he’d be a better choice than any Massachusetts democrat.

If it was only a temporal issue he’d have my vote.

But let me remind my fellow catholics of the requirements for mortal sin, the type of sin that leads to damnation.

  1. Grave Matter
  2. Full Understanding
  3. Deliberate action

So when I saw this story

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration says it’s prepared to increase state funds for Planned Parenthood clinics if Congress blocks Medicaid funding for the organization.

A spokeswoman for the Republican governor said Baker strongly supports women’s health and believes Massachusetts has a responsibility to make sure Planned Parenthood services remain available for all state residents.

…where Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration states flatly that they will, on their own initiative mind you , not forced to by veto proof margins, increase funding to planned parenthood and abet the murder of children, an intrinsic evil well that changes everything.

Suddenly a vote for Charlie Baker becomes a vote to fund abortion, the murder of children.  Such a vote would be

1..A Grave matter, abortion namely the murder of Children an intrinsic evil
2..Fully understanding that casting such a vote would abet an intrinsic evil (even if Baker himself doesn’t understand it)
3..Deliberately cast in order to elect a person who has publicly stated he would do this.

Now I understand that in practice if I vote 3rd party, or leave the Governor’s space blank it increases the chances of a Democrat winning who will make life in Massachusetts, already hard for a believing Christian on any denomination (no matter what US News & World Report) even harder.

But if that happens it will be the sin of those who do it, they will have to answer the question during the vetting process at the gate, it will not be mine.

Now I’m sure Governor Baker’s team figures there are more votes in Massachusetts by doing this than not and I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of Republicans, even Catholic ones will,  either considering it a pragmatic choice or wanting to keep patronage in the hands of the GOP will rationalize away such a vote as the best they can do.

And if they want to make that case to St. Peter when the time comes they are welcome to do so.

As for me, I’ve only got one soul and I’m not going to risk it for the sake of keeping a republican in the corner office.