To Vote or Not To Vote

In a few days, we will go to the polls to make what may be the single most pivotal decision we have made in many years. Tuesday, we will choose our next president. Well technically, we will choose the electors who will choose the next president, but anyway …. Never has the choice been so clear, never have the differences been so stark, and never has the choices been so critical.

In the balance hangs the fate of this nation, with one, and quite likely more Supreme Court Justices to be appointed by the next president. That is what we face, a decision that could affect us for decades. The world stands at the door of multiple crises, ISIS, the Middle East in general, North Korea and Iran, not to mention Russia and China casting their eyes on their neighbors, and moving aggressively to expand their influence and territory. In the midst of this, we struggle with porous borders, anger and discontent simmering in many cities, foreign policy that seems to drift aimlessly with no clear goal, and a military that is tired, overtaxed, and struggling to maintain equipment that in many cases has exceeded it’s intended service life.

I have talked to many, too many who state they can not in good conscience vote for either of the major candidates. Some plan to stay home, some plan to vote for everything but the president and some for one of the third party candidates. After much prayer and research I have come to the conclusion that none of these are viable responses.

As I said, I have done the research, and the only effect a third party candidate has ever had was taking votes from the candidate most closely aligned with their platform. Before you bring it up, no, Lincoln and the Republicans were not the third part candidates, nor was it a three way race in 1860. There were in fact four parties running, and the Whigs which had been the second party had effectively collapsed since the 1856 election and did not field a candidate. In that sense, the Republican Party became the second party.

Given that, and given the enormity of the gulf between parties, and the very real issues we are facing, I can not in good conscience not vote. Nor can I in good conscience vote for someone with a snowball’s chance in a very warm place of winning. We may not like the candidate’s morals, or their ethics, but each one has set forth a platform endorsed by the party. These platforms state clearly what they stand for and against. One stands with God’s will, not perfectly, but then again we are man. The other is opposed, very opposed.

Trump was not my first choice, nor second or third, I still have some reservations, but he is the choice, and while I do not pretend to understand it, I have come to the conclusion that in this election he is the God choice. Many forget that we are not electing the pastor of the US, but the leader. I just hope Trump can be that leader. I know Hillary can not.

According to estimates, as many as 4 million Christian voters stayed home rather than vote for Romney. An additional 6 million who self identified as Evangelicals voted for Obama. Were some or many of them people who refused to vote for Romney because he did not fit their preconception of a “Christian Candidate”? I don’t know, but this I do know, if enough believers stay away as they did in the last election, Hillary WILL be elected, and the fruit of that will be very bitter indeed. The damage done by her agenda and her appointments will last for generations, and may indeed be irreparable.

Mark these words well, those who do not vote, will have no one to blame for what is to come but themselves. So if you have not voted already get out and vote Tuesday. The choices are clear, even stark, one candidate and platform stands for the things close to God’s heart. OhTrump is not perfect, not by a long shot, but he has made a stand for the things of God, and he has chosen many godly men and women to advise him. The other stands opposed to those things, with equally if not more questionable morals. She has made a stand, for the ending of life, both new and old, for bigger government and with it more government intrusion into our lives, and surrounding herself with like minded people. Make no mistake; the justices she appoints will be anti life, anti first and second amendment, and pro globalization. Chose which future you want, because the man or woman who wins will determine your future and the future of the children and grandchildren to come.


About hisfool

I am a pilgrim on a journey, one which I pray leads to the day when I stand before the throne of God and hear "Well Done!" Along the way I have encountered good times and bad, been wounded and healed, fallen only to rise again. It does not make me any better, but perhaps, it makes me a little wiser and I pray a little more compassionate.
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4 Responses to To Vote or Not To Vote

  1. Well, respectfully, I have to call BS. ANY choice made in sincere conscience is a morally “viable” act, including a refusal to participate. Voting is not mandatory, and if the parties only offer candidates an individual is unable to honestly support, it is more of a moral action to refuse to grant them assent than it is to pretend voting for an awful candidate honors God. God doesn’t need the government to create change, and Jesus clearly felt political solutions were wholly inadequate to the problems of humankind.

    • hisfool says:

      Samuel Adams among others would disagree with you’re opinion, he wrote: “Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote…that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” Jefferson stated: “Impress upon children the truth that the exercise of the elective franchise is a social duty of as solemn a nature as man can be called to perform; that a man may not innocently trifle with his vote; that every elector is a trustee as well for others as himself and that every measure he supports has an important bearing on the interests of others as well as on his own.” While Daniel Webster said: “Our destruction, if it come at all, will be from…the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence.” He also stated: “Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote.” FDR stated much the same thing: “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves-and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” He was actually a little harsher on one occasion stating: “The people who say they have not time to attend to politics are simply saying they are unfit to live in a free community.”

      I could provide many others, but the above should be more than sufficient to make my point. Clearly our founders and other would take exception to your statement.

  2. Just to focus on the Constitution tidbit from the last part: Thomas Jefferson advocated that the constitution should be rewritten approximately every generation to adjust for social changes with time, or else future generations will be bound by outdated standards. At the least amendments can be repealed or replaced, and should if needed (second amendment). Not to mention Trump has advocated action and policies that are clear violations to the first amendment, Hillary has not.

    • hisfool says:

      Actually the arguments against the 2nd Amendment being no longer needed because there is no militia are invalid. According to Federal Statute,(10 U.S. Code § 311)there are still two militias, there is the organized militia, which is the national guard, and there is the general militia which is made up of all able bodied men between the ages of 17 and 45. BTW on that subject, the term “well regulated” in the context of the late 1700s was understood to mean well trained. And no it is not ancient history. It was last modified in 1956, and clarification was added in 1993.

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