Not voting is not an option
There is a serious obligation to vote especially when there are serious issues at stake. In this 2016 election we will be voting for the President of the United States of American, one of the most powerful offices in the world!
Besides, there are many candidates for other offices and other issues also appear on the ballots.
The right to vote is a great privilege of citizens, one that oftentimes has been won by great efforts.
It is then a duty of every citizen to participate in the voting process. To do so intelligently it is necessary to inform oneself about the candidates and the issues. This requires some time and effort but it is well worthwhile because it contributes to the overall common good of our society. It has been said that “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”(Edmund Burke)
It may happen that there are only two viable candidates for a given office: one that is not that well suited for the office and another who is even worse. In such a case, a citizen should vote for the person who is not that well suited but certainly one should not vote for the worst candidate.
Regarding the issues, persons of good will might have differing views on some matters: taxes, the economy, immigration, war in the Middle East, healthcare, etc. But persons of good will should certainly stand firm in favor of life (opposed to abortion above all, and euthanasia), marriage (opposed to so called “same-sex” marriage) and the family.
Catholics in particular and Christians in general and all persons of good will should take into account the clear teaching offered by St. John Paul II in The Gospel of Life, n. 72: “… the fundamental right and source of all other rights (which) is the right to life, a right belonging to every individual. Consequently, laws which legitimize the direct killing of innocent human beings through abortion or euthanasia are in complete opposition to the inviolable right to life proper to every individual; they thus deny the equality of everyone before the law.”
We must remember that the Declaration of Independence states that: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”