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  1. What seems to be left out of the debate between the ‘intrinsically evil’ policy issues and the ‘prudential’ judgment issues, is that the aims of even the prudential judgments are themselves inviolable. For instance, all public policies should aim at the common good and all members of society have a civil and social right (rooted in natural law) to the basic goods of that society (health, education, work, etc…).
    While it seems pretty clear that the Democratic platform comes down on the wrong side of many non-negotiables, the Republican platform does not seem to recognize the overarching ends of public policy (the means to achieve them are prudential, but the aims themselves are not negotiable).
    The current ideological divide really seems to leave a Catholic between a rock and hard place…..