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Monday, August 29, 2005

AP profile on Tim Kaine

There's a good profile of Tim Kaine on the AP wire today. Here's what he had to say on the death penalty:
If elected, Kaine said, the laws of the United States and Virginia and his oath to uphold them _ sworn on a Bible _ would trump the wishes of the Vatican, which opposes abortion and capital punishment.

That means he would carry out executions, as governor after governor has done with regularity for decades in Virginia. End of discussion.

But as an article of faith?

"The answer is I would like that there be no death penalty in Virginia, absolutely," he said almost wistfully. "But I see what happens every year. That bill is presented and it's presented very ably in a very articulate way, and it goes nowhere."
Six weeks ago, I posted on the tension between Mr. Kaine's view(s) on abortion.
In this hypothetical, though, he has a chance to pass legislation in accord with his personal beliefs, but he would choose not to do so? Remember, this would be a bill that the Supreme Court says is Constitutional, that a majority of legislators support, and that matches with Kaine's personal beliefs, and he wouldn't sign it? Why not?
Today's coverage of the death penalty leaves me even more confused. With abortion, he wouldn't sign a law restricting abortion even if Roe v. Wade is overturned. But with the death penalty, he would sign a law ending the death penalty if it passed the GA?
  • Death penalty = contrary to moral code, but will uphold the Commonwealth's laws, but would change the law if given a chance
  • Abortion = contrary to moral code, but will uphold the Commonwealth's laws, but would NOT change the law if given a chance

2 Comments:

Blogger GOPHokie said...

I guess Tim thinks the government should sanction killing innocents but saving convicts. Maybe we should convict unborn children of something, then they can't be executed.

12:25 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But for Virginia? Catholic public servants must remain mindful that their public actions and statements, when they directly contradict and conflict with Catholic moral principles, have the potential to give scandal to, and confuse and mislead, the faithful - a grave sin. While it is seldom easy to reconcile personal political ambition, fueled as it is by public opinion polling and partisan litmus tests, with steadfast fidelity to Catholic moral principles, for the Catholic politician, simply ignoring the contradictions is never morally permissible. Tim Kaine's dilemma is neither novel nor unique: "Am I a faithful Catholic who happens to be a Democrat, or a faithful Democrat who happens to be Catholic?"

In the Robert Bolt play, A Man for All Seasons (the film adaptation of which won the Best Picture Oscar in 1966), Thomas More is finally betrayed by his one-time friend and protege, Richard Rich. After Rich offers his perjured testimony at the trial, testimony that ultimately condemns More to the block, More notices that he is wearing a chain of office, and inquires of Rich what it signifies. Informed that Rich is now Attorney General for Wales, More delivers a devastating indictment: "Richard, the Lord said that it did not profit a man to gain the whole world if he lost his soul. The whole world, Richard ... but for Wales?"

11:17 PM

 

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