More Sorehead Behavior

Deal Hudson sets aside his Catholicism to channel his inner Republican.

I get that some Catholics can be opposed to health insurance reform, either because it’s too much in their view, or too little. I also get that people can worry over the funding of abortions through the same insurance reform. And certainly, people in the public square can be questioned as for the details of their public statements and any possible questions of their loyalty, consistency, and all.

I don’t get Deal on this, other than he just seems to be a sore loser. Like many Republicans, he pushed hard against insurance reform, and when the push came back, he, along with bishops and other reform naysayers, ended up on their political asses. In politics, you win some; you lose some. On insurance reform, the president won and the GOP lost. Game over. Get ready for the next one.

From the blogger:

I guess Winters doesn’t know that Sr. Carol’s annual salary is $856,093. She may donate all of that to her order …

This is typical GOP shillery: suggest it’s wrong that an opponent is well-paid (or even employed) and throw in a snide remark that the money may not all be going to the right place.

C’mon, Deal: you can do better than this. Write something pro-life. Or spend some time with your kids playing catch, or going to a park or the zoo, or help them with their homework. Few people care that you make a nice salary for blogging and fundraising for the Morley Institute. It’s probably not as much as Sr Carol, but then again, I’d be pretty sure all of her income goes to the Daughters of Charity.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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7 Responses to More Sorehead Behavior

  1. Andy says:

    If by “GOP shillery,” you mean “agreement with the bishops and not a dissident sister,” then, yes, that’s exactly where Deal is.

  2. Todd says:

    The bishops do not question the salaries drawn by lay people or make insinuations about where their large salaries go.

    Even if she were a dissident, Deal and you, Andy, would be better served making your case for the instances in which she promoted specifically and directly for something against church teaching.

    Deal didn’t attempt the argument that lay Catholics should be absolutely obedient to the political opinions of bishops. Though I would *love* to see him make the argument.

    No, by shillery, I mean attacking people, not addressing issues.

  3. Charles R. Williams says:

    I believe it is possibe for a Catholic to take either side on Obamacare, just as it is possible to take either side on capital punishment and immigration reform. This is truly a political issue that deals with prudential matters. The bishops have an essential role but not a definitive role with respect to the political activity of the laity here.

    Now as a political matter, Obamacare is unpopular, it violates Democratic campaign promises and will increase health care costs and health care spending. It puts us on the path to either bankruptcy or severe health care rationing. Why should those of us who oppose it give up on repealing this law? This is a democracy. We will not go away quietly nor will we turn to violence as leftists do when they don’t get what they want.

  4. Mike says:

    Now as a political matter, Obamacare is unpopular, it violates Democratic campaign promises and will increase health care costs and health care spending. It puts us on the path to either bankruptcy or severe health care rationing.

    I agree with your first paragraph. Your second, however, is objectively wrong. Of course, no conservative position is ever right, whether on the facts or on the morality, and, in case you hadn’t noticed, it’s conservatives who turn to violence when they don’t get their way.

  5. Todd says:

    “We will not go away quietly nor will we turn to violence as leftists do when they don’t get what they want.”

    It is a matter of record that regarding threats against the last two presidents, that the more liberal leader has four times as many instances of aggression as the more conservative one. I think desperate people turn to violence, but in the US, I don’t see the Left as more a source for it than the Right.

    And I do think Mr Hudson is entitled to oppose insurance reform. He damages the effort by taking it to a personal level with his political adversaries. He rather violates his web site’s own first rule in commenting, don’t you think?

  6. Lee says:

    “GOP shillery”?

    More like just plain old political shillery: I’ve witnessed the same sort of claptrap coming out of Democrats and Republicans – and Greens, Conservatives, Libertarians, Independents, and more.

    It’s one of the reasons why I’m not registered in a party.

  7. Todd says:

    This particular brand of attack is a Deal Hudson/Karl Rove specialty. Get trashed on the issue, so go after the person instead.

    While I have no doubt that other political folk get nasty in their own way, this particular flavor is Republican through and through.

    Agreed on party affiliation. I’m not registered either. Drives the Catholic Right Fringe nuts.

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