Month: October 2016

Dragging to the Polls

Can we do better next time? Given we have narrowed down (effectively at least) the election to two candidates, much as been made about the “lesser of two evils” nature of this cycle. It is sad that most of us will vote on the candidate least likely to do us harm or the one with the least negative ratings. Also, many will still vote on impulsive emotion, since we are so angry and we want to take our country back. The problem is, we have given it away in the first place.

We can’t avoid the reality that the fault is ours, the non-paid-for voters. We still go to the polls and cast our ballot in primaries (assuming we did) and select from a number of candidates before it narrows down to two. If we, in a collective sense, did differently then we might have it better now.

Since I became eligible to vote, this will be the 11th general election in which I will have cast a ballot. I can remember only two in which my first choice in the early primaries made it to the election itself, and it was the same candidate in both. The only significance that has is that others have consistently thought differently than me. I am okay with that, and do not lament that fact. Does that mean “they” have gotten it wrong that many times? Maybe. I have enough trust left to believe we will give ourselves better choices in the future, starting at the most local level, right up to the top job. Even if we can’t vote rationally this time, let’s think earlier next time and give ourselves better choices. There are better people; we just need to find them and vote accordingly.

 

Natural Rights

We have so obliterated the term “rights” in our world that there is hardly any resemblance to the rights that nature and God have given us. In fact, natural rights are somewhat beyond us to comprehend, because they do come from God. The best we can do is to reach for and seek to attain their meaning and apply them to our lives and culture.

This leaves us with the conclusion that these rights cannot be created by each generation using whatever the current definition happens to be. We apply them to exclusive groups or individuals according to a reaction to something that has happened and the perception that these “rights” have been violated. Therefore, they must be corrected and restored, with interest, by those deemed responsible for the violation. That we are all created equal (before the law) does not mean we are created with equal abilities. A classless society has never worked and will never work, simply because people are different.

Still, the beat goes on to makes things fair and level for all. History teaches us that our futility is not new, just the most recent example. What is the solution? That’s exactly the point! It is beyond the ability of finite, flawed people to create a solution to finite, flawed behavior. The solution rests with the one who created us. So, we are left with the problem: we tend to ignore him who gave us the rights in the first place. If we begin there, we have hope of that perfection we seek.