By Michael Dean
Well, the GOP should be proud. After months of vigorous campaigning, which has produced scandals, skeletons in the closet, personal tax debacles, and the irony of, at one point, the Tea Party supporting a man whose sole contribution to the Presidential Office would have been a sales tax, the GOP primaries are a debacle.
If I had my druthers, I would reject both the top GOP candidates right now and vote for someone with higher moral standards or someone more closely aligned with my faith; however, I will vote for either Gingrich or Romney. Yet, both of these men easily have enough drama to supply 40 years’ worth of soap opera TV.
Regarding the Mormon issue: past US presidents’ religions vary greatly, ranging from Unitarian, Deist, Episcopalian, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Catholic, and Quaker. I can vote for a Mormon, even though I am a Baptist. If I assumed past Presidential success varied directly with their choice of religion and proximity to my beliefs, I would be sadly disappointed at the results. Personally, I would rather choose a bad leader going in a good direction, than a good leader going in a bad one.
But this leads to another question: Can I vote for what I see as the lesser of two evils with a clean conscience? This is not a choice between the lesser of two evils. If anything, it is merely a function of opportunity cost. If you actually do believe this is a choice between the lesser of two evils, however, do not stop there. Go ahead and apply that critique to anything politically.
The truth is that man has a sin nature. Until Christ’s return, there will never be a perfect candidate.
In light of these facts, how should we vote? Again, we need to go back to opportunity cost. If the best option is unavailable, research and find the next best one. Be informed on the candidates and know what you value most in one.
I cannot make this decision for you and neither can anyone else. What I personally value most in a Presidential candidate is his/her ability to ensure that our country remains free. Freedom is a gift from God, and as Paul said in Corinthians, “If thou mayest be made free, use it rather.” Part of using it is keeping it. America is a great nation, but as you have hopefully figured out by now, she is not perfect.
If you decide not to vote, you have absolutely no right to complain about anything that happens over the next four years.
If you do not choose, someone else will choose for you. Maybe even twice. So vote.