It has been said during this election cycle that we must “Vote our Conscience.” That means to vote in accordance to what we consider to be correct, right, or morally good.
I don’t know about you, or the people expressing this idea, but that is the way I have always voted. Maybe those pushing this term around in this election cycle of a guilty conscience themselves and haven’t voted this way in the past.
I would say that the first rule in “Voting our Conscience” is to actually vote. To me it would be morally wrong not to perform my civic duty and not vote in an election. So come November I am voting.
For most of the elected officials at the state and local levels of government it is an open and shut case. Most of the candidates are party line types. The conservatives are Republicans and the liberals are Democrats. So I would vote for the conservative ones. My moral stance would not allow me to vote for a liberal who undermines my beliefs.
Here in my home state of Iowa we have a judicial retention vote. This is great, I think it should be implemented nationwide and apply to all levels of the judiciary, including the Supreme Court. We ask our judges many times where they stand on specific issues and what their moral beliefs are that guide their opinions. Most refuse to answer wrongly thinking they are above such things. So during the retention vote, since I don’t know where these judges stand on specific issues. I always vote not to retain them. Again with my conscience it would be morally wrong to allow them to continue on the bench without knowing they will protect the rights of the people and the Laws of God.
On the Federal level of government. I have a senior Senator up for reelection this term. Despite his age and how long he has been in office. Chuck Grassley has been the gatekeeper and has prevented yet another liberal judge from entering the Supreme Court. For this it would be morally wrong to vote him out of office at this time. So he will have my vote again.
My congressman for my district is up for reelection as well. And since he learned statecraft at the right hand of Chuck Grassley. I will continue to vote for him. He has no opponent worth voting for anyway in November. Only a liberal Democrat which I cannot violate my conscience allow such a person to go to Washington.
The President of the United States is by far the hardest job in the world. And in November we as a people will elect the next leader of the free world. As always, every four years we decide the fate of not only ourselves but of the world. It is a great moral responsibility and one that cannot be taken lightly.
Every 4 years we come down to just 4 options come November. We could stay home of course and not vote. But then that would be morally wrong and it would naw at your conscience as a “what if” for the next 4 years. So that option automatically when “Voting our Conscience” is out.
We could vote for a 3rd party candidate or write-in. However history has taught us that those candidates seldom, if ever, win an election. And seldom, if ever, force the election to be decided by the US House of Representatives. It is a protest vote mainly. And the voice we raise by doing it is seldom heard by anyone.
With those 3rd party candidates or write-in’s we can thank history’s lesson that they generally cause the opposition party to loose the election. As they generally come out of the opposition party at the time and split its voting base. In this election year that would be the Republican Party. Any 3rd party candidate or write-in vote will only help the Democratic Party’s nominee to win the election.
Since the Democratic Party nominee in 2016 is Hillary Clinton. A person I find to be a lying, cheating, immoral, and wicked as they come power hungry politician. I cannot in good conscience allow my vote to help her directly or indirectly. It would be morally wrong. She is against everything that I stand for, including the continuation of this great Republic.
I cannot then when “Voting my Conscience” cast a vote for any 3rd party candidate or write-in. The risks are too great that Hillary Clinton would win the election in November. And that is something that I cannot be a part of at all.
This leaves the Republican nominee Donald Trump as the only morally good option. The only vote of conscience that can be done in 2016. Some ask many questions concerning Mr Trump. Is he conservative? Is he a born-again Christian? Is he this, is he that? What is his real motives. I have answered these questions and more in previous posts. But given the current situation there is but one choice in November. And that choice is Donald Trump.
I always vote according to my conscience on what is correct, right, or morally good. And seeing Donald Trump, despite any flaws he has as a human. He is our best moral choice. He surrounds himself with conservative teachers. He surrounds himself with evangelical leaders whom he calls friends. And Donald Trump isn’t after political power. He wants to leave a great Republic to his children and grandchildren.