Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The Angry Vote

I voted and I'm not telling who for. I did not vote for Obama or Baldwin. There was even at least one office I left completely blank because no acceptable candidate appeared. My decision, made at the very last second before I tapped the appropriate buttons on the computer screen, is between God and me. My conscience is clear but I'm not all that happy with my choice. In fact I'm kind of angry about it.

When you get down to it, choosing John McCain or Alan Keyes was an equally bad decision. Either I could vote for someone with a chance who wasn't perfect or I could vote for someone perfect with no chance. Voting for McCain meant a chance to defeat FOCA and have a clear conscience when Obama signs it. Voting for McCain meant comprimising on Stem Cell research and abortion in case of rape/incest and being remotely guilty if by chance he wins and promotes them. By voting for Keyes I would have done nothing to stop FOCA which will kill millions but nothing to promote stem cell research and limited abortion.

Even with all the Catholic Voter's Guides and even Papal directives I still felt completely unprepared as an informed voter to make a good decision. This I have concluded is for the following reasons:

1.) Catholicism and Democracy are essentially incompatible. Making them compatible is like fitting a square peg into a round hole. Yet somehow we have to make it fit in today's world. St. Thomas Aquinas said Democracy is one step above anarchy, and he's correct. Democracy is essentially mob rule. Luckily we live in a Representative Democracy and not a straight Democracy which at least gives us a slightly better system.

2.) The political system in the United States is broken. The two parties and the media own the system. The elected officials create policies and campaign laws to keep new parties out in order to stay in power. The Media only covers "major" party candidates. There is a ton of money in all of this as we all know.

And so I'm done with "politics as usual". I've absolutely had it. If the Republicans can't deliver genuine pro-life pro-family candidates then it is time we get a new party to vote for. Today I made the decision that in the next election I will not be hoodwinked again. If we want to be a better country then it is time to break the two party system. We need viable alternatives and it is time to get involved creating them. The Constitution Party might be a good start. Alan Keyes' America's Independent Party is another.

I am an angry voter. I am angry because our system stinks and there is very little we can do about it. Keep in mind that our American Revolution was fought over unfair taxes. Now are evils are even greater and less then half of us don't even mind. As long as our DVRs are working properly and iPods are charged we're pretty content right?

Here are some links:

Ron Paul's Campaign for Liberty
Constitution Party
America's Revival

1 comment:

Chrissy Joy said...

Matt, this is one of the very best posts about politics I've read from you in a long time. While we don't agree on candidates, I agree with you a lot about principle and the system not being exactly what it needs to be. Good work.

"The whole truth is generally the ally of virtue; a half-truth is always the ally of some vice." - G.K. Chesterton