Monday, February 18, 2008

Voting and Freedom

This is the time of year when we get unsolicited e-mails and phone calls urging us to vote for this person or that. I got an e-mail from a poly-sci grad student from George Mason University urging me to vote for a particular candidate because I'm an ordained minister. To his credit, he did write back when I replied to his spam. Usually, you just get annoying recorded phone messages - being on the "do not call" list notwithstanding.

I did vote in the primary this year. I may vote in the general election, but I'm not sure that I will. I could exercise the write-in vote if the partisan picks are unacceptable - but then again, if I have something more important to do than cast a protest vote, I'll do that instead. I'm pretty busy these days serving a kingdom that is not of this world.

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Niccolo said...

Excellent blog. Indeed, voting for a master of this world has always strikes me as unChristian. Our loyalties should lie with God, not with the self-proclaimed terrestrial-"gods."

Father Hollywood said...

Hi Niccolo:

I think voting is a privilege that one can choose to exercise, or choose not to exercise. Of course, when the three candidates are 1) Fidel Castro, 2) Fidel Castro, or 3) Fidel Castro, maybe not voting at all is a better way to go. ;-)

Thanks for writing!

Benjamin J. Ulledalen said...

Thanks again.

When are you going to get published at Chronicles ;-) ?

Many "conservatives" would say something along the lines of, "Don't we need to abandon all of our own preferences and squables and support some good Republican against Hillary? Anybody BUT Hillary..."

What would you say to that?

Michael said...

Thanks. I enjoyed reading this post over at I'd given up on voting but Ron Paul cured by apathy this election cycle and I did a little volunteer work and cast my vote for the good Doctor. Come November I'll probably write him in and see what monstrosity democracy foists upon us.