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The "ELECTION" - A Catholic View

Will the world be very different after this election? Does the election really matter whoever’s elected. Is this election as important as the world wants us to believe it does? The world, in the guise of the two major parties and the whole ideological apparatus that supports them — the think tanks, writers, magazines and websites, the entertainment and news industries — depends upon our passionate commitment to a this-worldly politic. It does this in part by making small differences look big, and by making political identities more important than other identities.

G.K. Chesterton (What’s Wrong With the World, 1910)  compares Gudge (conservative) and Hudge (liberal). Our mainstream conservatives and liberals differ in some ways from those of 116 years ago, but not all that much. Chesterton suspects they are secretly partners and only pretend to fight. Gudge wants something profitable, and Hudge obligingly comes with an idealistic-sounding rationalization. “Hudge and Gudge, or the governing class generally, will never fail for lack of some modern phrase to cover their ancient predominance", he writes. In particular, Gudge rules by a coarse and cruel system of sacking and sweating and bi-sexual toil which is totally inconsistent with the free family and which is bound to destroy it; therefore Hudge, stretching out his arms to the universe with a prophetic smile, tells us that the family is something that we shall soon gloriously outgrow.

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Will the world be very different after this election? Does the election really matter whoever’s elected. Is this election as important as the world wants us to believe it does?

I have been considering those same things today.

I'm not all that sure what conclusions I've reached, but I think they might be the most important questions.
it makes a "hell of a lot" of difference if you live in the USA!

2000 Bush/Gore gave us Iraq - made us not green

2008 made health insurance possible for many people - gave a sane foreign policy

go all the way back to FDR - it mattered a lot!!!
Yes. There is a massive difference between the platform of the Republicans and the platform of the Democrats. It makes a huge difference now that all three branches of government will be held by the most regressive people in the world. Say goodbye to compassion for the poor, the sick, the minorities. If you are black, latino, gay or Muslim, the world has now become a dark and forbidding place with no safe space. Austerity will be imposed on the poor to compensate for the mistakes of the wealthy. The wealthiest will be enriched. And the environment will be the biggest loser. I feel sorry for the world.

This is a bad time for all.
I was never a great fan of Chesterton (in spite of his "distributionist" perspective) but he did have this one right. If the party of the poor was really interested in the poor, more would be done to ease their burden. The sad thing is that we could do even less than we do and now we probably will do less.