Who to vote for, or anyone at all
Posted 3 November 2008on:
So as tomorrow is Election Day in the United States, my decision first of all must be whether I will vote or not. For some people this is just a matter of laziness. For others not voting is actually a matter of principle. My faith tradition has argued over this matter in the past and is still arguing about it. How much should we involve ourselves in the kingdom of the Sword? If we vote for one of the major party candidates we know that we are voting for someone who will authorize the use of violence for the “good” of the nation. True one is more reluctant, but is there really such a thing as the lesser of two evils. Of course, there is always the choice of another candidate. Many of our minor-party candidates in this country are much closer to an ideal politics than what we have right now. But if we truly involve ourselves in these parties in order to actually make them effective in our system, do we put too much of ourselves into them as Christians. In the end though, even if my views on the matter aren’t very solid, I will vote. So then the question is Obama or McCain or someone else entirely? All of the previous thoughts have led to say that I prefer Barack Obama over John McCain for the presidency. I will however be voting for Cynthia McKinney because I do believe that the Green Party has the vision to make things better, even if not perfect. And while she most likely will not win the election, a vote for the Greens will help build the party at the local, state, and national levels, and will thus help other Greens, who can make a difference, get into office.