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“Awakening from the Biden Dream”: Prof. Hadley Arkes in The Catholic Thing

In this article, Prof. Arkes expresses his hope to “wake up” from the “dream” that Joe Biden may actually be elected President. He describes Biden as an empty vessel for the Democratic party, as well as a gift to the party that keeps on giving, as he pursued the policies that laid the groundwork for the Democrats to become the Party of the Courts. Arkes concludes by responding to the “flawed candidates” argument: the candidates are both flawed, but Trump’s administration is overwhelmingly dedicated to religious freedom and pro-life causes. As for Trump himself, while he sometimes fails to “speak in sentences,” he recognizes sound advice and has, “… the wit to find his way even when the landmarks are down.” 

Some excerpts from this article [link here]:

It may be a problem worth probing: to find out how a man can spend 47 years in politics without having any principle, or sentiment, that would not be changed to suit the constituency whose approval at the moment he is craving. He was strongly against the public funding of abortions, though never able to explain just what was so wrong with abortion that he was unwilling to shower public money in support of it. And now, with a party that has become even more radically pro-abortion, Biden has suddenly overthrown that last, thin strand that might have connected him to the teachings of the Church.

All of this may be put on the resume of Joe Biden; his party owes him big.  He not only helped set in motion a trend of policies on sexual liberation, but in the course of doing that, he would transform his party. The Democrats would become the Party of the Courts: they would depend on judges to put across the most advanced parts of the liberal agenda, the parts they would not openly defend in their campaigns for office.

And that is what puts me at odds with friends who say that we have two “flawed candidates” for President, and so a prudent choice may simply be to keep a Republican Senate. But the decision runs beyond “flawed” candidates, for flawed candidates there will ever be. The hard matter here is that it’ s a choice between two different Administrations, with strikingly different views of the regime itself and a notably different cast of people exercising the powers of office.

There is an old adage that only a wise man can be wisely counseled, for he can recognize the sound advice when he hears it. Donald Trump does not always speak in sentences, but he can recognize nonsense at a hundred yards, and like that man of practical judgment described by Plato, he seems to have the wit to find his way even when the landmarks are down.

Read the complete article here.

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