Back in the mid to late 1990’s when I ran for school board in my district and took an interest in politics, I was invited to a home meeting where Peg Luksik, who was running for Governor of PA at the time, was speaking. The only part of her message I remember, and I remember it so vividly, was about “voting your conscience.” Back then, like it is today, the message to vote for the lesser of two evils which I was not comfortable with then or now, was so strong. So when Peg Luksik spoke out against it and said to vote your conscience, it hit home with me.
For years I’ve read about and have been told to “vote for the lesser of two evils” and “never vote for an independent because you’re only giving your away vote to the greater of the two evils.” I have to admit in the past I have voted for independents which I was criticized for, not that I was bothered by the criticism because I knew I had to live with my decisions. Eventually it became unbearable to cast a vote and it became clear to me that I had to refrain from voting at all. My concern was the responsibility I would have for voting someone in who I disagreed with on so many issues. I was again criticized and even chastized (by some members of my own family) but I stood my ground knowing that one day it would all come to light, and I believe it finally has. Now those who are up in arms with Donald Trump who are saying they’ll leave the country or they will never back Trump will find it difficult, even painful to embrace their own logic (if you can call it that). Will they even vote in the upcoming presidential election. Will they break their own rules?
It was obvious, at least to me, that voting for the lesser of two evils was a dangerous path to go down and would eventually lead us to a place of desperation. I’ve spoken out against it and even posed the question to many about the day when we will have two presidential candidates who were equally disturbing, but not many were interested in listening. Frankly, most people were more concerned about the here and now and the temporary fix. They weren’t concerned about the ramifications of their decisions made “today.” But now we find ourselves in a predicament that has little to no good options, at least for those who believe that the up and coming presidential candidates are equally evil. It appears now that all who promoted the lesser of two evils doctrine were nearsighted and blind and had little regard for the impact their ideas and decisions would have for the future of our country and people. In this article it clearly points out the dilemma that many are facing today regarding the presidential race.
While all that I’ve stated above is unpleasant, there’s something much more bothersome to me and that is this: Those who promoted the lesser of two evils are the educated and highly educated. Yes, that’s right. Once again we find that those who are the experts with much education are cannot see past their noses. I’m not knocking learning but I am knocking the idea that only those who have degrees are the professionals and experts. This is what we’ve been conditioned to believe and we have bought it hook, line and sinker. When will we learn that learning from books is not the answer. Since when is experience worth little?
My question is, with all the education the professional and expert decision makers have, where has it gotten us? Our country is in extreme debt, our family entertainment has little regard for portraying healthy relationships, our constitution is being challenged and changed and our presidential debates have become stand up comedy, just to name a few. So I ask, where has all this education gotten us?
We have tossed aside and thrown away the good sense that God has so graciously given us through His Holy Spirit and we use our brains the way someone tells us to instead of how we know to be right; that is one of the underlying problems here. We then become robots and ironically enough, dummies.
No matter how much education someone has, if they are unable to think without a bias they will not have the ability to think freely or for themselves let alone have the ability to make decisions for the betterment of our communities, our country and our world. The educational system has become the cornerstone of our very lives to our detriment and has demanded that we put aside and leave behind our common sense so that the truth can be suppressed. These are sadder times than we realize.