Today is the General Election Day here in the United States. It seems that since at least 2000, each election has been more ‘critical’ to the survival of our nation and that if the ‘wrong candidate’ wins, it’s over. We revert to barbarism and savagery and who knows what else.
Because of all this I have become rather jaded and cynical towards republics and democracies and have been evolving into a monarchist. Say what you will about them, the empirical evidence that republics and democracies are morally or ethically superior to monarchies is getting harder and harder to see and believe. But this is a digression and the subject for other posts, probably on my other blog, In Exile.
This election year, however, has been the first since 1860 that civil war (at the worst) or civil unrest and violence (at best) is thought by many to be the only reliable predictable outcome.
I am going to try and have as ‘normal’ or ‘hopeful’ a day as possible. I have been applying for work-at-home gigs involving various writing opportunities and some have returned positive. They need more information and so I will be working on completing some of them, and maybe filling out some more new ones. Then I am going to spend at least 90 minutes in front of the Blessed Sacrament tonight. It is my weekly scheduled Holy Hour but I may arrive early to pray.
Then I will go home and watch the election results.
My candidate is going to lose anyway, as he represents a minor third-party. This is 2020 and I have to go with my conscience as that will be accusing me when I stand before Jesus during my Particular Judgement after I die. I have to account for my actions and I firmly believe that the two major candidates are death for America. Yes, Trump is pro-life and has done much good in that area, but he hasn’t done anything that can’t be undone with an Executive Order or several. Same for the Supreme Court; Biden claims to be intent on ‘packing’ the Court with progressive judges to override Trump’s conservative appointments. A Trump win will delay the inevitable but as we’ve seen since the Watergate Scandal of 1972, we’ve gone back-and-forth between Democrat and Republican presidents. It’s almost a given that Trump will be succeeded by a Democrat. Whether it’s Biden in 2020 or someone else in 2024, only God knows right now. It’s a mess and I am just hoping that whatever happens invokes a Divine Intervention of some kind.
Oh, don’t bother debating with me on how voting third-party is ‘wasting’ my vote. I’m done with debating that. Besides, my answer is right here, in a post on my other blog: On casting a vote for a third-party. If insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, then supporting the two-party duopoly is insane. Voting for either party is not ‘voting for change,’ no matter how much your fantasies and wishful thinkings imagine it to be. in the long run it’s a disaster and in the short run just a delaying tactic, overrun in the next election cycle.
So, that’s my rant for today. I hadn’t intended on the latter two paragraphs, they just sort of ‘happened.’ My advice to you, if you’re living in the United States: “Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry.” Sage advice from St. Pio of Pietrelcina. Pray a lot today. I may be clutching a Bible (probably my Jerusalem Bible, as Mother Angelica of EWTN loved it) and reading it while the disaster unveils on my screen and chaos arises.
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