Oh that wacky political system
February 5, 2008 § 15 Comments
Today I did NOT vote. I actually haven’t voted in… several years now. I used to vote. Oh how I voted. I would go down to the polls and feel all patriotic and dutiful and stuff. I proudly carried my voter’s registration card around with me in my wallet, and am convinced it saved me when I was put on trial by Q for the crimes of humanity. Ok, so maybe it wasn’t for the crimes of humanity but rather failure to obey a traffic device. And alright, so it wasn’t actually Q, but the judge did bear a rather striking (and considering the circumstances, frightening) resemblance to John DeLancie. But that is neither here nor there.
The reason I do not vote is actually two-fold. At some point, I came to the conclusion that it is WORK to suss out where a politician really stands on all issues, and also where I stand on all issues. I mean, half of the stuff these guys talk about I simply do not think about day to day. How often am I faced with immigration issues? I mean, really?
So the lazy part of me was already starting to lean towards chucking it in on this whole political … thing.
But, being an analytical thinking person, even my lazy part could not be justified. I think. I can’t help it. and as I reasoned out issues and topics and weighed and sifted, it occurred to me that (at the time) neither of the Presidential contenders truly stood for … well… ME. I could not in good conscience vote for either option.
Oh, I know what folks will say, if you don’t vote, you can’t complain; choose the lesser of two evils; he who does not exercise his rights will soon lose them; etc. etc. But a true ethical dilemma and moral question began to formulate.
For instance, in the case of the Bush vs. Gore campaign: Life was my primary issue. I could not support someone who was for abortion. But I also couldn’t support someone who was for the death penalty.
See my quandary? Either way, I was voting to support *someone’s* death. Innocent or guilty, I do not support death.
Well, I thought and prayed about it, and eventually came to the conclusion that there are many things that I believe that do not fit in the political arena. And that there is NO candidate who fully exemplifies everything that I hold dear– and in fact, if there WAS one, I wouldn’t vote for him/her because I so STRONGLY believe in a separation of Church and State and don’t believe they belong in office. Indeed that means that I will not vote for a Christian, because I do not believe Christians should hold office.
Radical, I know.
Turns out I’m not the first or only one to feel this way. I started to look into this and it turns out that historically, the Christians of the first couple of centuries believed the same way– you could not take office once you had become a Christian. And later on, the Anabaptists would revive this understanding and tradition.
So I’m not the only one. And I feel very good about my decision.