Opinion: A vote for the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil

Willy Wonka memeI feel the need to say this. Yes, some folks might get mad at me or offended, and I’m sorry but this piece is not meant to call anyone out. Well, except perhaps the corrupt politicians who put Americans in the position to vote for the lesser of two evils.

Anyway, I might be opening a can of worms but here goes. In the last election, I voted for candidates that were the best choices at the ballot box, meaning the lesser of two evils. After casting my vote and coming home, I felt dirty, grimy, cheated; like I had participated in a beauty pageant for swine and was expected to pick the prettiest of all the pigs. You can’t put lipstick on a pig and expect it to be something beautiful.

After seeing the results of the 2010 election, I vowed never again to vote for a candidate because they were the best choice. In my humble opinion, the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil. Some people say we should vote for the candidate closer to our beliefs. Okay, but how in good conscience can I  vote for someone who might, for example, support traditional marriage but want to allow euthanasia of the elderly or infirmed?

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Part of the problem is those elected to office have been in Washington for so long they’ve forgotten who put them there. They’ve sold their morals, and souls, for cold hard cash. The politicians in Washington have forgotten the oath they swore, which reads as follows:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

Part of the Constitution is the preamble which reads, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Did you read that? Establish justice? Really? Where is the justice in forcing Americans to vote for the best candidates when both are undesirable?

Another thing in the preamble is “to insure domestic tranquility.” The definition of tranquility is to be free from commotion or tumult; peaceful; quiet; calm: free from or unaffected by disturbing emotions; unagitated; serene; placid. Those in office bring more anxiety and stress to Americans everyday by passing laws that benefit the minority. Corrupt politicians shove their agenda down our throats daily.

Why do we settle for the corruption that continues to haunt us in Washington? Where are the good and righteous men and women of our society who will run for office and stand up for moral issues? People like Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Reid have been in office for so long they have forgotten who they serve and what their morals are. It’s time for folks like them to vacate Washington.

It’s time, way past time to put term limits into place for those elected to Washington. It’s time for good men and women to take a stand for the future of America.

Somewhere I remember reading the following: “Voting for the lesser of two evils is wrong. Pragmatic voting always results in the downward trend in the quality of candidates. Politicians won’t change if they know we’ll vote for them anyway. Good candidates seldom receive the support they need to become viable. The problem of bad choices are thereby perpetuated, and the nation continues to deteriorate until the day when our choices are people like Adolph Hitler or Josef Stalin.”

When I make the following statement it’s not to infer people don’t vote with their conscience, but when you do vote today use your conscience and leave the lesser of two evils at the ballot box.

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