Dayton v. Kennedy

Returning Senator Mark Dayton to the Ranks of the Idle Rich in 2006

4/01/2005

PJPII

As an evangelical I feel unqualified to comment on the theological elements of John Paul II's papacy except to say I admired his commitment to orthodoxy. As a leader of his faith he was extraordinary, but it was as a spiritual voice for the oppressed people of the then-Soviet Bloc that this pope's legacy may be most widely felt. The peoples of Central Europe owe an enormous debt to JPII as it was the trinity (excuse the blasphemy) of Reagan, Thatcher and JPII who are largely responsible for their current liberty.

When he passes it will be facinating to watch John Paul's successor attempt to fill the vacuum left behind. For a quarter century he has been a consistent champion of what is often called "the culture of life". His imminent passing is not without political implications as his absence could leave an enormous void in the moral debate. With a fracus raging on euthanasia, abortion and the federal judiciary who rules on such matters, the pontiff's successor could not be in a more influential position to influence the issues that will shape the 2006 and 2008 elections.

Now that the sheep is gone, the shepherd is ready to give up the ghost.

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