My byline of CatholicLeft continues to ruffle a few feathers of those across the North Atlantic, mostly I think, because of the state of political positions taken there. So, I feel a bit of clarification is needed.
Sadly, utilitarianism is now coming to be seen as synonymous with radicalism across the political spectrum.
I consider the issues of abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage and the like to be examples of the individual being placed above the community, where 'what I want' is more important than anything else and this is truly damaging. This infects the whole of the political spectrum, increasingly throughout Europe too.
I am a communitarian and hold views on issues of taxation, criminal justice, healthcare provision, welfare support, housing, defence, privitisation of industries, immigration, et al, that put me firmly on the traditional left of politics. All of these views are deeply fed by my religious beliefs as much as are my opposition to those matters already addressed.
It is healthy to have Christians in all parties to fight and strive to be heard for the needs of all. The Democratic Party in the USA has been hugely damaged by its sidelining of the traditional working class Christian (particularly Catholic) voice. It means that it can win Presidential elections (as the Republicans keep shooting themselves in the foot with the choice of candidates and extreme positions in election platforms) but not, outside of extraordinary years, the elections to the House of Representatives. It baffles many of us this side of the Pond, that coal miners vote for Republicans, but that is fault of the Democratic Party becoming more aligned to 'liberal' causes that the needs of the working man and woman.
For what it is worth, the worst thing you could call me is a liberal.