From Kelly Gneiting at the Independent American Party website:
I’ve heard it a thousand times, “We’re forced to vote for the lesser of two evils.” Two flaws in this reasoning are committed in the first two words of this sentence. “We” should be replaced with “I,” and “forced” is a strong word; are you really being forced to vote for somebody…?
Another illogical phrase is, “you’ll split the vote” as in a phrase recently emailed to me “Don’t split the vote. A vote for Will Christensen is a vote for Obama!”
A common phrase quoted by a myriad of good men and women, although generally attributed to Jerry Garcia is “The lesser of two evils is still evil.” I first heard this remark from Roger Tucker of the Independent American Party. This phrase is true, though do Americans really believe this?
Yes, we, all of us, are human, and as humans we are flawed, but most of us know what right and wrong is when it comes to allegiances, and we categorize ourselves thus by our own conduct in keeping oaths of allegiance. I marvel when I read in the Holy Scriptures the seriousness of covenant-keeping.
In 2 Chronicles 15:12-13, for example, reads:
And they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul; That whosoever would not seek the Lord God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.
Covenant or oath keeping is a staple in the word of God, even if evil was perpetrated, as in the case of Herod the King, who didn’t want to cut off John the Baptists’ head and give it to the daughter of Herodias, but did anyway. The record states, “And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath’s sake,… he commanded it…” (Matthew 14:9)
Oath keeping seems to mean nothing, however, to the majority of 2015 politicians. If you were to stand and put your hand on the Bible today, and take the following oath, “I, [name], do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Pact of Pargonosis against all enemies, foreign and domestic…” wouldn’t you want to know what the “Pact of Pargonosis” is? Wouldn’t you, before taking such oath, study and learn what is in the Pact of Pargonosis and familiarize yourself with the principles thus contained? Furthermore, wouldn’t you want to learn about the original authors of the pact, and their intent in its’ authorship, ala Thomas Jefferson who said—pertaining to the U.S. Constitution:
“On every question of construction let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.” -Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Johnson, June 12, 1823
In terms of supporting and defending the Constitution, it’s rather simple: breaking an oath is evil and sin, keeping an oath is NOT evil. We flawed humans can keep oaths, can’t we?
Evidently, by and large, American leaders’ answer to this question is “nope.” A 10-year average of the New American’s Freedom Index reveals that our representatives keep their oath to the Constitution about 42% of the time. As an American citizen, are you satisfied with this? If you’ve taken a marriage vow (oath) to your spouse, what would happen if you came home to her/him to proudly exclaim, “Honey, good news, I’ve been faithful to our marriage vow forty-two percent of the time!” How would he/she react?
How do the majority of Americans react..? “Well, we got to vote for the lesser of two evils.” Let me say this very clearly, YOU DON’T HAVE TO VOTE FOR EITHER A REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT! Are you aware of this fact? Rather than being DEPENDENT Americans, you can write in a name if an honorable person isn’t listed on the ballot.
There is no time left for equivocation on the question of voting. We don’t have to vote for anybody, including the best candidate. Instead consider voting for the most honorable candidate—the one NOT involved in murderous parties or organizations. This act will leave your conscience clear before God. Joseph Smith said in 1843, that if we do this…
“… we shall have the satisfaction of knowing that we have acted conscientiously, and have used our best judgment. And if we have to throw away our votes, we had better do so upon a worthy rather than an unworthy individual who might make use of the weapon we put in his hand to destroy us.” (Joseph Smith, Jr., Times and Seasons, IV:441)
I marvel in that God does not respond to our circumstances, but our faith. He will let the centuries roll on… He will let entire civilizations slowly destroy themselves… He will let consequences of bad decisions have their long-lasting affect into the decades, centuries, and millennia. Yet most Americans seem to want something that resembles 1776 America by the next election cycle, and believe “lessoning the evil” will get us there.
The Answer? Courage
As quoted by Samuel Adams, “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” Likewise Andrew Jackson mentioned, “One man with courage is a majority.”
The point: have courage! Do you seriously think that the God of Heaven and Earth will come to America’s rescue by a ‘voting for the lesser of two evils’ mechanism, or by trying to predict what others will do and act to minimize the damage?
From John Quincy Adams:
“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”
I sincerely hope that Americans will be inspired by these words. Why insist on being controlled by one of the two major parties, who have dumped 17.5 billion dollars into buying your allegiance?
I’m an honorably discharged U.S. Marine and as such I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. It’s my opinion that a vote for ANYONE who I know won’t keep their similar oath, including Barak Obama and Mitt Romney, is breaking my personal oath, made in 1987.
The good news is God has allowed you time, opportunity, and resources to repent. You can set your personal entry straight in the record of The Book of Life. Doesn’t that matter more to you than voting for “the evil of two lessers?”