My usual big yawn during election years has this time around turned to into eager attention. What will the orange-haired rich guy with the personality of a ten-year-old say next? When will the familiar but annoying lady cackle at us, then demand that we not understand her past public statements and actions, as she publicly stated and acted? What tried and failed, free-stuff way of life proposal, will the kindly old man offer next?
My usual approach at election time has been to look up a candidate’s past voting record and vote appropriately. I turn them off as soon as their face appears on my T.V., thereby avoiding the blather that spews out into the room. That approach worked well to avoid governmental blather for the last two intrusive presidential terms. This has worked beautifully until this year when non-politicians ran for the presidency.
I am writing this before the expected official exemption from the observance of any law, be conferred upon the cackling lady by the F.B.I. and/or the “Justice” Department. Also, before voters have a chance to feel the Bern, and turn the United States of America into the United States of Free-Stuff.
Is The Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty?
I have always been a “glass half-full” person when asked this tired old question. First of all, it is the answer everyone wants to hear because it makes you sound optimistic. We adore movies by Quentin Tarantino with pessimistic characters who accept violent attempts on their life as normal human behavior. Their glass hasn’t a chance to fill up because it will soon be broken to pieces by a shotgun blast. But, do we really want our lives to be that way?
The more literary among us will read books by Jean-Paul Sartre, who in his autobiography wrote, “She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist.” Brooding, dark, pessimistic persons are not really attractive as a neighbor, and really scary, in real life. So I always answer, “Half full, of course.”
The cleverest answer I have ever heard was, “Neither, the glass is too big.” But no-one likes a wise guy.
What is the Current Level in Our Political Glass?
From a historical Catholic voting point of view, our choice should be the Democrat. The one party that many Catholics have always assumed would work towards our social values, with us. But, as we have been severely reminded these last two times around, that party as a whole has adopted a destroy religious freedom policy, calling it “advancing universal values.” Of course, the universe they mean is their concept, not the one created by God. The God they actually worship is really a man, hoped to now be a woman, with an eight-year reign. Destiny. after all, is determined, not voted.
The Little Sisters of the Poor are stepped on as readily as a Catholic television network or a Catholic university (read more about these cases defended by The Becket Fund here). These actions have been initiated by the executive branch of government and have been supported by the lower court system in enough cases to make it a trend. All of this waste of tax money in order to suppress Christian influence on society. An influence that is responsible for any greatness we have shown as a country.
The effect of this political failure to continue traditional American values, will be to further enslave the less rich and increase their numbers, using the vote attracting policy of dependence on government. A deepening of our national debt by disregarding over spending. This will lead to economic collapse, and possibly an irreversible dependence on the desire for a One World Government. These policies will also lead to increased involvement in every aspect of personal life from what you cannot say, to who you must share a bathroom or shower room with you.
This leads me to examine the only other practical choice.
What Can We Do with That Barely Perceptible Bit of Moisture in Our Glass?
My initial reaction to the inevitable candidacy of the orange-haired candidate was a mad search for the citizenship requirements of the Vatican. But, after further thinking, I have concluded that all is not lost. I am an optimist after all.
This election will affect three important components of government. For the benefit of all of those college students that we see on television street interviews who can’t name even our most basic of American institutions, they are the Executive, Judicial, and Legislative branches of government.
The Executive Branch is the one we tend to focus on this year. With the proper person in that office who is willing to appoint the next few Supreme Court Justices, as well as other federal court judges, pro-lifers can regain a desirable influence over that branch of government with the same presidential vote. The orange-haired guy has said distinctly about SCOTUS, “It’s going to be pro-life”. He has just released his list of potential candidates to replace Justice Scalia who recently died. We can examine this list, and decide if this avenue of escape from voting decision torture will be acceptable.
Statistics show us that pro-life is highly correlated to religious affiliation. His list of nominees will potentially also share a support for the first amendment regarding religious liberty. These are the Catholic issues high on our list of important social issues in America.
What Do We Get This Way?
We may get a big kick in the pants, but, the other way we lose our freedoms for sure and sink deeper into the amoral abyss. We get a favorable tie-breaker next January in the Supreme Court, and future favorable members for their lifetime! If the annoying lady wins, or even the kindly old man, the federal courts are lost in an amoral abyss for sure. In the last decades, the courts have been where important issues have been inserted into American life. The major ones being: Roe v. Wade in the case of abortion, and Obergefell v. Hoges which created a legal right for same-sex marriage. It is time to stop that trend and bring us back to our roots.
Part of the key to this voting strategy is making sure “down ballot offices” get filled with men and women who also support religious liberty and pro-life causes. The legislative branch of government is where these issues should be resolved with clarity, not the courts.
If the orange-haired guy can restrain himself from acting like a ten-year-old silly fool like ridiculing the handicapped, and if the adult conservative members of Congress and his administration can influence him to grow up and not play Nuke Europe and the Middle East, we have a good chance this election cycle to turn our country around so it faces the light of the world (John8:12).