“Christians may not win. This is exactly the point: that we always win, even if we were to be always defeated, where ‘winning’ is realizing a greater humanity, and ‘being defeated’ means not having power. As one of you said once in a discussion: ‘We aim for a victory without power!’ This was what he meant. It’s the victory of the human. By facing life according to faith, we achieve a victory of the human, our gesture is more human. This does not mean that our position prevails politically, economically, and so on, that we attain power.” Luigi GiussaniA Brief Overview of the Coming Election
This year the Republicans appear to stand as winners in the November election, but this is due to the legitimate frustration of the American people rather than anything beautiful that the Republicans propose. The Democratic party is more deeply embracing nihilism and the culture of death and the Republicans strongest claim is that they are not Democrats. What the Republicans propose does not correspond to the human heart, but at least it is more open to life. Overall, the Republican proposal is a return to ideology and does not approach our country's political reality and the difficulty most families are exposed to through our nation's economic uncertainty.
In the end, it is likely that the party platforms of both political parties will make American families worse off in the long-run. And yet, we are still forced to make a decision in this election year. Let's hope that we, as a country, remember to support the three non-negotiable areas identified by Pope Benedict: the protection of human life from conception to natural death, to defend marriage as a union between a man and a woman, and the protection of parental rights to educate their children.
Communion and Liberation offers a short flier that addresses this year's election and offers two fundamental criteria to judge this reality.