I am copying most of a previous post into this post. But I want to precede that with some other bits of commentary. There is less than a week to go. The political ads have become even more vicious and spiteful. They have become more vicious, spiteful, and demeaning than I thought possible.
Between tropical storm Sandy and the countless political polls, it seems that both sides of every race are in a constant panic. I urge you not to get pulled into vicious sniping. We mustn’t. We have to live together after the election.
In matters of style, swim with the current;
In matters of principle, stand like a rock.~ Thomas Jefferson
Now, I am not posting today to lecture anyone about a particular candidate or position. We cannot even begin to think about candidates or positions until we know within ourselves and a society that we are a nation of laws, not of men. By that I mean that principles and truth really do matter.
Throughout our lives we struggle with wanting to fit in, wanting to be compassionate and caring. All of those things can be quite wonderful and desirable. But, in today’s parlance, at the end of the day, we have to be able to look ourselves in the mirror.
At the end of our lives, we must account for our lives. Even if the majority wants something, if the thing they want is wrong, and intrinsically evil, it is still wrong. Casting our vote for particular candidates or on particular issues is not always as simplistic as the candidates would have us believe, is it?
So as we continue to prepare our minds and hearts to vote, let us be careful and full of care for each other. Let us remember that we are on this well-traveled road together. Yes, compromise is essential in order to have laws that have some of what each of us want. But laws are supposed to protect the weak and powerless from the strong and powerful.
. I truly hope that as we move beyond the election, and get back to the business of legislating, that we remember that we should protect the weak from the strong. I hope that in your corner of the world that the cacophony of politics does not tear at the precious fabric or your heart and soul.