Today we Americans are privileged to participate in what has been called the “civic sacrament” of voting.
Elections for public office are not new, of course. They were staples of the Greek democracy and the Roman republic. The papacy has always been an elected position. In medieval Europe, the Emperor was elected, the main difference from our elections being that only seven people got to vote (including the Duke of Saxony, which is why one holder of that office, Frederick the Wise, had the clout to prevent Martin Luther from being burned at the stake).
Pundits expect a big day for Republicans, who may well gain a majority on the Senate. Any predictions? [Read more…]