- Feb 27, 2021
Less than two weeks before the presidential election, a new poll indicated President Donald Trump has lost the so-called “Catholic vote” and that his nomination of a Catholic to the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, did nothing to change that equation.
“Politics for some is the new religion,” said John Carr, director of Georgetown University’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, which sponsored the May 22 discussion 530 days prior to the presidential election.
Although President Dwight D. Eisenhower was not a Catholic himself, a priest gave the invocation at the groundbreaking of his national memorial on the National Mall. A Catholic priest and military veteran, Father Leo Blasi of Hays, Kansas, also lived in Eisenhower’s hometown of Abilene, Kansas which many say would have satisfied the former president.
Presidential historian, Patrick Maney, said Kennedy became the first “celebrity president,” being the son of a millionaire and being a World War II hero with his rescue of his Navy crewmen of the stricken PT 109, not to mention his quick ascendancy in Congress and his marriage to socialite Jacqueline Bouvier.
Underlying anger and deep-seated distrust of government — and the major party candidates — are at the root of one of the most tumultuous presidential campaigns in memory, one in which many Americans will either vote against rather than for someone, or just not vote at all.