So yesterday, a member of my parish handed me a voting guide. I didn’t even look at it.
There is simply no need to. It’s so dang frustrating to me, but the truth is, most politics are simply irrelevant. Well, that’s not quite what I mean. Politics are very relevant. It’s just that I do not get to choose who I am voting for through any view on how I feel the country should be run.
What I mean is this. I have very real opinions on how the finances of our country should be run. I have deep concerns about the health care of everyone, and deep concerns about doling out health care for free. I have deep concerns about corporate law, taxation, the financial backing of banks, the 99%, the 1%, the interstate commerce clause, our presence in the middle east, our relations the European nations, exploitation, how we should relate to the third world countries, and every other political issue that comes up.
I have a very real opinion on all these things, but my opinion is completely irrelevant. Totally and completely useless. I cannot vote my opinion on any of these issues for the simple reason that there are intrinsic evils that I must vote against.
There are two things about this that I just despise. First, I’m always a negative voter. I never get to vote for something that I like, because I always have to vote against that which I hate. This just sucks. Second, when I explain this basic voting philosophy, people have a tendency to think I am being shallow, uncompromising, disinterested, or extreme. This also sucks.
So I wanted to take a minute to explain myself. There are six things that in my opinion are uncompromisable, because they are intrinsically evil, as in really, really bad stuff. I simply cannot vote for any positive change until these evils no longer exist. I think anyone who was more concerned about their tax rates in Germany while the Jews were being rounded up into the slums were being shallow, uncompromising, disinterested and extreme. Stopping great evil comes before small goods.
So here are the six things I cannot vote for in any way, because they are too evil to abide.
- Homosexual Marriage
- Death Penalty
- Embryonic Stem Cell Research
- Human Cloning
No, I did not put them in order of “evilness”, I’m not even going to attempt to rank these, but in an effort to explain why these things are such a real issue, I will treat each one of these individually over the next six posts.