Posted by: vftmom247 | 2012/06/29

Voting and religion

I hate this election year. I really, truly do. This will be the first presidential election, and only the third time overall that I hable not voted. Heck, I kicked my newly-eligible son to the precinct voting booth, and insisted he be an informed voter. In our household, if you don’t vote, you are ineligible to complain about politics.

This year, I can’t vote. Not because of location; an absentee ballot would be a pain, but would’ve been no major big deal. I just can’t bring myself to vote for a Republican again (not crazy about their immigration policyfor social concerns) and equally can’t bring myself to vote for Obama’s health care. Not that I don’t fervently believe the US needs national cohesive health care. I’m in Germany, I understand the need for it. As a Catholic, I just can’t support the little deal about requiring certain forms of coverage that, in my humble opinion, amounts to the state meddling with my religious beliefs, and must have the Pilgrims just spinning in their graves.

So this election year, I am just really bummed. It feels so disconcerting to know that there is an election, to know I should be voting, but to know in good conscience as a faithful Catholic, I just don’t have a candidate I can elect. In either party. And as a faithful, registered voter American, that just is a teensy bit scary too.

Comments really welcome on this one.



  1. The good news is that your single vote won’t swing the election. But one party or the other will win. Democracy is full of compromises. In my state, 19% for people have no health insurance. Is this not sinful? The U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for the new healthcare act to be passed — but fixed. If the Republicans win, the healthcare act will be dead. I will be voting to re-elect Democrats.

    • I know. I am so torn. Health care is vital for all; i have seen the results in the emergency room. No room for true emergencies to get in because of uninsured people with minor illnesses. Yet, what the healthcare act is currently requiring me to do as it is currently worded is to directly violate one of the tenets of my religion.


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