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By Dante Atkins:
Not All Doctrine Is Created Equal
The Catholic Church officially opposes capital punishment. This doctrine is in the same vein as those opposing abortion, birth control, and physician-assisted suicide: church doctrine dictates that life begins at conception and is a gift from God. Consequently, it is beyond the scope of any soul, no matter how high the earthly authority, to terminate a human life.
I am despondent. As an avid follower of political news and a self-identified solid progressive, I am experiencing strange feelings—or, more accurately, I am experiencing a strange lack of feelings. In prior election cycles, I would watch the Republican debates with energy, excitement and attention. I would be prepared to be aggrieved by their attacks on Democrats and their ever-increasing trend toward the extremes of the right wing. I would become fired up, knowing that whether it was Bush or McCain in 2000, or whether it was McCain, Romney or Huckabee in 2008, the Democratic candidate had to prevail, no matter what. Every debate would serve as a reminder and a motivator of that certain fact.
This cycle should be no different, especially now that the Republican pretenders to the throne are even more renegade than they ever have been in recent memory. In this current primary contest, the first three states have been won, respectively, by three distinct yet equally odious candidates: a former senator with a Google problem who believes that rape victims should make the best of a bad situation should they be unfortunate enough to conceive as a result of the crime; a vulture capitalist who likes to fire people and never met a policy position he didn’t like if he felt it could get him a better shot at an even higher office; and … Newt Gingrich.
In the general election, I’ll be pointing out that the president took the reins of General Motors and Chrysler, closed factories, closed dealerships, laid off thousands and thousands of workers. He did it to try to save the business.
Thus begins likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s defense of his activities at Bain Capital, a vulture private equity fund that made its money at least in part from taking over sick companies, looting their assets, laying off their workers, and leaving their communities destroyed in the process. It is a defense designed to accomplish multiple objectives at once: defend his practices at Bain Capital as business-saving measures; attack President Obama as a job-killer; and undermine what is widely expected to be one of the greatest strengths of President Obama’s reelection campaign—his determination, in the face of staunch opposition, to save the American auto industry.
To begin with, this comparison is dangerous ground for Romney.