I've been in and around politics a long time, as have many of my siblings.
As a toddler I sat on the shoulders of my Dad at the second Inauguration of President Eisenhower. As a young boy, along with my siblings, I was taken by my Dad to see, what turned out to be, JFK's last speech on November 21st, 1963.
As Air Force dependents, my brothers, sisters and I stood on the tarmac at Randolph AFB and talked with LBJ's family and political iluminaries from Hubert Humphrey to Gene McCarthy, from Mike Mansfield to Everett Dirksen. We met or saw the President of South Vietnam and the Prime Minister of Israel, among many international leaders.
We had a wild childhood that circled around meeting and talking with national political figures - a childhood unlike many kids could have had in the 1960's. But we had something else that many DID have.
We had the Catholic Church.
We were all raised as Roman Catholics, receiving the sacraments and the proper training at the proper time. I was an altar boy from 1st grade through college at West Point. Though we were a GOP family in 1960, we were however very proud when Senator John Kennedy was elected to the Presidency. We were heart-broken when he died.
By example, we were taught to make our faith count. My oldest sister, Kathleen, led by example at school and at home, amid the seven siblings. She often took us to church and set the pattern for us to blend our faith with our politics. Later, as an adult, she served two terms as mayor of her city in Michigan.
So, as I read Peggy Noonan's recent WSJ piece (and posted on this blog), I couldn't help but think about what may in fact be happening amid the country, among Catholics... and how talented and alike, these two well-spoken women, Peggy Noonan and Kathy Wright, are. Maybe they are like millions more of American women (and men), whose faith compels them past mere politics and on to things of major magnitude...
Things like, standing against President Obama telling the Catholic Charities what they will and will not do regarding issues of the church. This issue is becoming HUGE and the social media reflects it - my blog hits have been far beyond normal, regarding this issue.
I have not talked yet with my sis about the President's policy, but I HAVE read and re-posted Peggy Noonan's column and feel like I am reading words that Kathleen Mansfield Wright could have written.
This is a big deal. Though I am no longer a Catholic, the importance of this issue in the 2012 Election cannot be overstated. People of the Catholic faith, like some of my siblings and their spouses, who seek to worship the Lord through that denomination, will see President Obama's actions for what it is: a slap across the face of their faith, their family and their heritage.
And that ain't politics as usual any longer.
Rise up oh Catholic Church of the US, for we are in need of this sleeping giant's voice in America, as Ms. Noonan writes.