Monday, March 17, 2008

Will the Real President Please Stand Up!

We are early in this election year and already I'd like it to be OVER. Years ago, there was a movie in which a candidate withdrew from the election and suggested that the majority vote for "none of the above!!" Man to have that option!! Yet, to vote for none of the above means two things; 1) It means you vote with the majority. To abstain from voting in protest is tantamount to giving the majority your vote. 2) It means to not vote. With respect to one candidate, a vote of "present" is not an acceptable position. It means you're sticking your finger in the air to see which way the wind of politics is blowing and then your cast you sails to go with that wind. It means you're sitting on the fence---all you get from riding the fence is splinters.

Let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in time we can make a difference if we don't give up. To not vote is to give up. Let us remember that our system of "democracy" as a republic is built on the fact that everyone has a voice, and that voice is his or her vote. No where in the system is it written or explained that "You are supposed to VOTE for the winner," but rather it is highly communicated that "You are to VOTE your CONSCIENCE" and then, accept the majority's decision.

What I would like is to have a "Statesman" to run. A true "Statesmen" is one who puts the office, the welfare of the country, and the greater good ahead of any political gain. In the absence of a true statesment, we are called to make a decision among a group of candidates--none of which are the best choice. May God give us wisdom to do so.

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