One Vote!

Blog by Sr. Pat Thomas, OP
Blog by Sr. Pat Thomas, OP

Election Season

I wish I had something really new and different to blog about this week! I read the newspapers, listen to TV news and commentators, and it is pretty much the election campaigns making the news. I keep hearing the voice of the school teacher in the Peanuts show: “Wah, wah, wah, blah, blah, wah, wah, wah.”

Voting for a President is only about 40 days away, and that is pretty much all we are hearing about. Most of it is insulting and misdirecting. Way too much hate for me! But the way our system of checks and balances works, those we elect to local, state, and federal offices are extremely important, as important as who we elect for President, if we hope to end the gridlock of these last eight years.

voteWho’s getting your vote?

So, let me ask you this – do you know much about who might be running in your town, city, or state for other elected positions, for example, Mayor, City Council, State Legislators, or Congress, etc.? Have you been so distracted by the hype over Hillary and Donald that you have not paid much attention to the local issues? This is where it all starts. This is where politicians get their feet wet, so to speak. This is our opportunity to let lawmakers know what we need to have healthy and happy lives right where we live.

I need to do my homework, how about you?

Our local elections could be the internships for some really good future leadership in our country. How much time do we spend studying the platforms of those candidates? Do we know the issues that will be on the ballots in November? I guess because I know that I am not the most informed voter in my city, I wonder how others feel? I need to do my homework, how about you?

Jesus told the people, “Render under to God, the things that are God’s, and to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s.” Voting goes to Caesar, but God, please help us make the decisions that are best for the common good of our country. Remember how important your vote could be!

Posted in Weekly Word

14 responses to “One Vote!

  1. Hi Pat,
    What a good wake-up call you gave us. I will be spending time in our library checking out platforms and statistics. I am concerned that voters will dismiss Hillary
    Clinton because she/he objects to a “woman” in a
    leadership position!! Shades of our Catholic Church!
    Cathleen Ryan

  2. Thanks much for this insight, Pat! Agree wholeheartedly! And how hard it is to get good info on the down ballot canddates with ALL the media time spent on the wah, wah, wah and blah, blah, blah! A good discipline for OP seekers of truth in our 800th year!

  3. Thank you for the reminder, Pat. I believe that it’s urgent for us to change the face of the U.S. Congress, the folks who brought us to where we are today. It strikes me that wanting to make sure Obama had only one term, and failing that, to cripple him as a leader, were unworthy goals for our national leaders.
    Congress’s invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a head of state, crossed a line; it was an embarrassing breach of diplomatic protocol.
    More recently, their refusal to open hearings on President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, and their failure to introduce bills on gun control, appear to be a dereliction of duty.
    Which legislators support these actions? Let’s get rid of them in November.

  4. Thanks, Pat…
    …once again you call us to “see more clearly” what’s right before us…and then to see what “I” can do about it…

  5. Thanks, Pat, for a timely message! As the great Tip O’Neil would often remind us – “ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL”!

  6. Dear Pat,
    I want to say “Ditto”. I do try to know what and who I am going to vote for and read as much as I can about it but I still do not know everything so I look to what I read to help me make a good decision. We always need God’s help.
    God bless America.

  7. Pat,
    Thank you for helping us face the reality of going “down” the ticket, knowing the issues, and local contenders is as important as voting for the top of the ticket.

  8. Thanks, Pat, for the reminder of how important it is to focus on the local level when it comes to choosing people to lead us on the local and state level. AND that we all need to do our homework.

  9. Dear Pat,
    Thank you for your thought provoking message.
    I too am woefully ignorant about the local and state races and issues. Thank you for the “nudge” to get out and search for the information and then to share it with others.
    Get out the Vote!

  10. Pat, I appreciate the depth and breath of your perspective. It is so easy to get caught up in the “in your face” stuff. Thanks!

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