A Christian Democrat party?
Father Robert Araujo, S.J., a professor of law at Gonzaga Univeristy, has been startled by his ballot for Tuesday's general election:
Last week I received my absentee ballot for the mid-term elections. As I perused the ballot, which contained elections for about thirty offices, I noticed something that I did not expect. Only three of the races had candidates from the two major parties. The overwhelming percentage of offices only had candidates from one of the major parties, the Democratic Party to be specific. I came to realize that our discussion of a few weeks back on Catholics, voting, and voting guides did not address very much, if at all, this circumstance that I have just encountered. How does any voter, including the Catholic voter, deal with an election in which there is no opposition. I suppose this is what happens in totalitarian regimes where voters have no choice. But, the United States is a democracy, is it not?
He wonders if the time is not come for a Christian Democrat Party in the United States: a good thing, I think, so long as its protagonists can articulate an effective pro-life platform and don't 'institutionalise' the sort of lip service that some politicians practice today. Forza Democrazia Cristiana!