Saturday, October 21, 2006
Yesterday I ran into one of the managers carrying into the Store two huge yard signs for political candidates for Congress. Kennedy and Bachman. I asked him, "Where are those going?"
"They are for my yard, not the Store."
"Do you endorse these two then?" I asked.
"Of course, they are the only pro-life candidates running. As a Catholic, there is no one else to vote for." He couldn't tell if I was putting him on or what.
We just got in a book entitled, "Can A Catholic Be A Democrat?" No one has read it yet. It's a provocative title however.
Election time is always an interesting time where I work. You can be sure of who is committing a mortal sin if they say they are going to vote for the "wrong" candidate, or who is going to hell depending upon their politics. At least that is what comes out of some mouths if you're so foolish to discuss politics at work. I suppose a person can afford to be smug when they vote the 'correct' way.
Sometimes I think the doom and gloom theorists are correct about "The Chastisement". It seems to me that being coerced to vote for pro-life candidates only dooms us to the inequitable policies of the Government we have to live with. It's a chastisement in itself.
I can't think of a political candidate that I trust.
I wonder if a person is going to hell if they abstain from voting as a conscientious objector? I'll have to ask the theologians I work with.