One voting left the other voting right while at the same time doing
the right thing is left out.
If a picture is worth a 1000 words, the above caption speaks volumes. If we look closely, we can see a donkey in a voting booth on the left side, and an elephant in a voting booth on the right side. These two animals were trained and led into these booths, most likely lured in by incentives; perhaps a carrot or something sweet. Letting the imagination go when comparing this picture with our current voting process would be very entertaining but, I will restrain myself for the sake of a more helpful conversation.
I want to spend this month’s culture segment on one word, the word that is being thrown around in the media as something “we the people” should just accept. The word is…. “partisanship.” Partisanship as described in the Oxford dictionary of English is: prejudice in favor of a particular cause; bias. Webster’s dictionary describes partisan as: an adherent or supporter of a person, group, party, or cause, esp. A person who shows a biased, emotional allegiance. Synonyms for partisanship are words like; bias, onesided, prejudiced, bigoted, and narrowminded. And as if this wasn’t enough to make us leery of being partisan, patriotic phrases such as, ”the United States of America,” ”united we stand,” ”one nation under God indivisible,” or,”out of many one,” seem to be in direct contrast to this word.
Holding our principles unwavering is our patriotic duty and will make our country stronger as long as those principles are also held in a uniting fashion. Holding principles in an exclusionary manner only pits American against American at a time when we need all hands on deck in order to keep our country afloat. I am convinced Republicans, Democrats, Independents and Libertarians have an equal amount of good and bad ideas, and I would prefer to take the good ideas from all parties and leave all the bad ideas behind.
When we pledge allegiance to our flag, we are pledging allegiance to the Republic our flag stands for. To give allegiance to parties or organizations above our country for any reason is not only unpatriotic; it is treasonous. Regardless of the political party we most agree with, we must never give up our independence. We do not vote by proxy, we must all do it individually. Individual responsibility to country will put our nations’ house back in order.
And that is my soapbox; individual responsibility.
There are two things I want to accomplish with this article. First, to all American Patriots; I want to share my motivation to do everything I can to preserve our country. Simply put, I think of a soldier. A soldier puts on their boots every morning and goes to a place where they can best defend the liberties of our country’s citizens. They have the resolve to accomplish their mission or die trying. They are taking care of all the dirty and dangerous jobs.
Defending those same liberties our soldiers are willing to die for, requires that the citizens themselves stand up and defend against those who wish to take them away from within. To leave our job undone is an insult to the men and women in uniform.
Second, to those who are faith based, I want to share some thoughts for you to consider. “To the angel of the church of the United States write.” ……………. Just saying, what if!
Let’s consider some” talents” we as a Church have been entrusted with. Freedom of religion, freedom to assemble peaceably, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom to petition the Government, and that’s just in the first amendment of the constitution. As important as these are they are secondary to the concept of self governing.
Our forefathers had Divine insight in setting up a Representative Democracy, which means we have a government “by the people and for the people.” Our forefathers did not have complete confidence in the people’s ability to govern themselves. They knew the people were smart enough, talented enough, hardworking and strong enough, but as evidenced in their writings they were all concerned about the sustainability of the people’s virtues.
I believe that God has blessed the United States of America for the purpose of blessing the entire world and that He left the sustainability of the virtues of the people to the influence of His Church inside a representative democracy. To put it bluntly, the Church has a critical role in defending the freedoms of the citizens of our country, it is to example the virtues and exercise the rights God has given to the people of this great nation. Our nation has approximately 320 million people, of that 320 million, 80% profess a Judeo Christian affiliation, with 25% of the nation’s population being under 18 years of age that leaves approximately 192 million voting age people who are influenced by Judeo Christian values. In the 2012 Presidential election, there were about 127 million votes cast, leaving about 113 million voting aged people unaccounted for, of which 80% of them profess to have a Judeo Christian affiliation.
With numbers like these I can’t help but wonder if many of the members of the church of the United States of America have buried their talents and are waiting the Lord’s return. The question is, what is the state of our reunion? Will we the Church be weighed and found wanting? Will the Lord say ”well done good and faithful servants” or will He call us evil and lazy?
It is not my desire to belittle or shame anyone. My hope is to inspire those who love God and country to be engaged, alert, and well informed. A goal for every American should be to go to the voting booth with the dilemma of voting for the best of two goods.
Keep in mind with the best of two goods we can’t lose, but with the least of two evils we can’t win