No, I will not write his name on the ballot. I believe that voting for a third party, a third person, is a symbolic act. In the case of a presidential election, a symbolic act is about as good as handing a symbolic cup of water to a man dying of thirst in the desert. I get the impulse. I’ll show em’! And then, when it is all said and done, did you get what you wanted? Maybe I’m too practical, too pragmatic, but I see no value in picking a third restaurant to eat at if by not voting for Olive Garden I will end up at the buffet at Luby’s.
This is a lot more serious than bad meatloaf.
Some people might call me a one-issue voter. So be it. I’m okay with that. My son, Luke, is okay with that too. Because when I stand before God, I will be happy to be labeled a one-issue voter. After all, God said:
“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants” – Deuteronomy 30:19
You see, if I care for the poor, but not for the unborn poor, then my care for them is ad hoc, arbitrary and ultimately grounded in whim not principle — sappiness not concern. Decisions grounded in whim make for chaos, which is a good way to describe the moral landscape of our country today. One only need to go into a local parish and have a few conversations to agree.
You and I have a choice, and I’m not talking about Gary Johnson. As the Scriptures just said, on the issue of life, our descendants really are what is at stake. We want to fix social security and healthcare, and that is good. Nevertheless, our problem is that we have aborted the population that could have paid for those programs — not even to mention the research scientists who would have found a cure for diseases but instead ended up in a dumpster behind a “health care provider”. And there are more issues that trouble us like illegal immigration. Yet the great irony of illegal immigration is that it has forced us to pay for services for the millions of children that we never gave a chance to take their first breath. Sadly, some of them we let take their first breath only to greet them with brutality instead of love.
But God is not mocked. You reap what you sow. He is sending us the recibos.
So as I said, it really is that easy. As one party says:
“We call on the government to permanently ban all federal funding and subsidies for abortion and healthcare plans that include abortion coverage.”
“We oppose school-based clinics that provide referrals, counseling, and related services for abortion and contraception.”
I’ve also heard another party say:
“[We] strongly and unequivocally support Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.”
Fellow American: “But, Brent, neither president can really make a difference! You are just a right-wing nut job.”
Me: “Thank you, sir. I agree that we don’t live in a dictatorship whereby the president can just willy-nilly make changes to large policy issues. For example, a president could never force Catholics to pay for contraception! (cough). Seriously, the point is that the president can appoint Supreme Court Judges.”
Therefore, I ask you, fellow Catholics and fellow Americans, to vote.
And consider who is important, and Who is watching.
I know who I’m voting for.