The situation in the United States is proving to be different this year. I have been around for quite a few elections. I can remember from Kennedy to the present. I remember competition between parties, propaganda, banners, groups for, groups against, advertising, promotions, etc. etc., but I’ve never witnessed one like this one. It’s been kind of a knock-down, drag-out. It has not been so much in ‘what can I do?’ as ‘what the other can’t do’. More criticizing the faults of the other person than promoting one’s own good qualities. It has included many attacks, accusations, rumors, hidden facts…basically it has boiled down now, to a decision that has to be made between two individuals who, neither one, has a clean worksheet. There are enough black marks against each one that it’s not so much a decision between who’s the best, but a decision between who’s not the worst. And the statement “voting for the lesser of two evils” has arisen various times.
Let’s study the statement… “lesser of two evils.” Something I read recently: “if you vote for the lesser of two evils you are still voting for evil and you will be judged for it. You should always vote for the best possible candidate, whether they have a chance of winning or not. Then, even if the worst possible candidate wins, the Lord will bless our nation more because more people were willing to stand up for what is right.”
This might indicate that the best candidate isn’t either one of the two leaders. It might be a third party, it could be a write-in. Pres. Lincoln won an election not being a member of either of the two main political parties of his era, but a third party.
The Lord has blessed this nation. It was founded on the principle of religious freedom. God wants us to be free. That’s why the country was formed. If we vote for the candidate who we believe is the most righteous and will do the best job, even if he/she is one of the evils we are talking about, the Lord will take things into His own hands and will make it turn out for our good. We need to make the best decision using our best judgment, with prayer, and vote for the candidate we really believe in and can support 100% if elected. If it happens to be one of the two we’re talking about, then we need to continue to pray fervently until he/she takes office, and keep praying for them during their complete administration. But it is important to vote for somebody we can support and sustain, even if we don’t agree completely with their platform. If you can’t support the two leaders, then find a candidate you can support, or write in somebody. But don’t just vote because if you don’t, the other will win the election.
It’s going to be tough, but we need to follow through with our best instincts and ask the One Above to help us decide.
Dear C. Aaron,
I agree with what you have to say.
Personally, I do not support and can’t sustain either of the top two candidates. I have also heard the “lesser of two evils” argument dozens of times. Concerning your quote, I believe it is attributed to Ezra Taft Benson, though the accuracy of that attribution is questionable. Even if Benson did not say that, it sounds exactly like something he would say and is great, accurate counsel.
Here is a similar quote the source of which is not in question:
“We engage in the election the same as in any other principle: you are to vote for good men. . . . To vote for wicked men [is] sin. Choose the good and refuse the evil. Men of false principles have preyed upon us like wolves upon helpless lambs. Damn the rod of tyranny; curse it. Let every man use his liberties according to the Constitution. Don’t fear man or devil; electioneer with all people, male and female, and exhort them to do the thing that is right. We want a President of the U.S., not a party President, but a President of the whole people; for a party President disfranchises the opposite party. Have a President who will maintain every man in his rights.” Hyrum Smith
And here is my advice to all:
When faced with two evils, reject both, create a good, and choose that.
As for me, I may vote for Darrell Castle. At least I know his policies are constitutional. I heard his Constitutional Party nomination acceptance speech and was almost moved to tears. That is the kind of person I want standing in that office.
I’m done voting for party. Those days are long gone for me. If I find a libertarian, or a republican, or a constitutionalist, or another party, or no party affiliation, or even a democrat who loves the idea of America, rejects socialism and globalism, and can be trusted to be absolutely loyal to the Constitution, then I’ll vote for that person.
And here is the thing. If every American would abandon the “binary choice” con, they’d soon find that a whole new world of great candidates opens up to them. It doesn’t have to be a republican or a democrat. It is only that way because we believe it.