The 2016 election has caused many a good man to surrender his dignity and his principles for political expediency and power, but there is perhaps no greater example of this year’s Spirit of Cowardice than Tim Kaine, a fellow who, every time he hits bottom, somehow finds a way to break through the bedrock and keep digging.
To be fair, for the most part I already disagreed with Kaine’s politics before 2016, and he has been a morally deficient politician and person in any number of ways prior to this year. But the scale and scope of his craven impulses are kind of breathtaking, even to someone who held him in fairly low regard to begin with. Consider:
Hillary Clinton’s running mate Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.) said Sunday that the campaign does not need to issue an apology for email messages, including from communications director Jennifer Palmieri, mocking Catholics…
“You’re Catholic. Should the campaign apologize for these messages?”
Kaine dodged and said that he does not believe the validity of these hacked emails.
“I just want to say the writer of this email said he sent this email,” Raddatz said, trying to get him back on topic.
Kaine dodged again, citing that the emails had the potential to be doctored by the Russian government.
“This is an important topic that everybody needs to know about these emails,” he said. “One email has come up with my name in it and it’s completely inaccurate. Now, was it inaccurate because the sender didn’t know what he or she was talking about? Was it inaccurate because it was doctored? I have no way of knowing.’”
Raddatz asked again, point blank, if the campaign should issue an apology.
“We all have opinions and I don’t think you need to apologize for your opinions,” Kaine said. “But, in fact, that’s a great thing about our country and even about being Catholic.”
What a great thing indeed! No apologies necessary. Christians of centuries past were fed to the lions, sold into slavery, tortured, beaten to death. St. Thomas More himself went willingly to the chopping block rather than place king before God. Yet Tim Kaine cannot even be bothered to defend the faith from the two-bit tinpot schemings of a couple of third-rate DNC hack politicos. This would not be hard to do. But the Clinton machine demands total fealty—not one wit of dissent will be tolerated under Hillary’s regime—and Kaine knows that, and he’s made his decision accordingly. Rather than risk some professional fallout pushing back against the slandering of his brothers and sisters in faith, he says, “I don’t think you need to apologize for your opinions.” What brave words! Screw your courage to the sticking place, man, and you’ll not fail.
Elsewhere, the rest of American liberalism was celebrating Planned Parenthood’s centennial anniversary. Since the 1970s Planned Parenthood has been providing abortions to women across the country; also since the 1970s, “Catholics for Choice” has been celebrating abortions and advocating their legality throughout the United States. Catholics for Choice “supports a woman’s moral and legal right to follow her conscience in matters of sexuality and reproductive health.” The latter is code for “killing unborn humans,” something Tim Kaine believes should be 100% legal. On Sunday, the group tweeted:
Planned Parenthood’s work exemplifies the Catholic social justice tradition.
All other commentary aside, it really is kind of quaintly horrifying to reflect upon the barbarity of abortion, and the joy that such barbarity inspires in people who consider themselves to be enlightened. The “Catholic social justice tradition” is a beautiful and wonderful praxis; abortion, on the other hand, is the savage and inhumane taking of an innocent life. This is the truth. It is so odd—so profoundly baffling—to see people embrace legalized murder as “social justice.” No good will come of it—for the unborn, or for a society that tolerates the killing of the unborn.