Vote Well or Go to Hell

I don’t have a TV and I seldom listen to the radio, so I’m spared the unseemly barrage of political advertisements that most Americans must suffer.  Alas, I cannot evade all the campaign season’s obnoxiousness.

I hang out in circles where it’s not uncommon to hear guidance on voting given with all the gentle prodding of a Grand Inquisitor.  Acquaintances, friends, and busybodies tell me, in no uncertain terms, that my religious faith requires me, in practice, to support whatever corrupt empty-suit the Godly Old Party selects because of a handful of non-negotiable issues that have in no way been prioritized for politically partisan reasons by Heaven’s white-robed gate keepers.

No thank you.

My faith can do without subservient allegiance to the power games of any party.  I’ll vote my conscience, thank you.  Take the ol’ prudential judgment out for a drive.  Take my best guess at which would-be leaders will act on the issues that are important to me in well-articulated ways I think may have a shot at working.

In the meantime, I’ll do my darndest to tune out the sanctimonious noise, with the caveat that I may, if in the mood, take unwholesome, snarky pleasure from unintentionally comical political ads like the following.

Kyle Cupp

Kyle Cupp is a freelance writer who blogs about culture, philosophy, politics, postmodernism, and religion. He is a contributor to the group Catholic blog Vox Nova. Kyle lives with his wife, son, and daughter in North Texas. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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5 Responses

  1. Mike Schilling says:

    The Catholic Church wants things that will stand the test of fire? My guess is they’re not going for the Jewish vote.

  2. Rodak says:

    Being at work, I had to view this without sound. Maybe that’s why I didn’t catch the part about caring for the poor, the sick, and the incarcerated?

  3. Teresa Rice says:

    I understand what you mean about those unsophisticated, unnuanced Catholics who simply believe in unpopular Catholic doctrine as sacrosanct just because that is what the Church has taught since it’s inception.