Stop Slogan-Voting. Stop Hate-Voting. Stop Being Manipulated. AFTER THE ELECTION

I am going to delay moving forward with this series until after the election. I am concerned that some people might think that I am writing these posts to influence the outcome on November 6. In truth, Public Catholic is a response to what I experienced as something akin to a call to arms after President Obama signed the HHS Mandate. That mandate may turn out to be one of the turning points in my life.

All I know for sure is that this country, especially followers of Christ, are going to have a lot of work ahead of us on November 7, no matter who wins. What I’m attempting to do with Public Catholic is for a much longer haul than this one election. I don’t want that to get washed away in the election obsession that is going to overtake all our thinking for the next week.

My writing is going to be focused more — not entirely, but more — on November 6 issues. I plan to advocate rather strongly for and against certain issues and even certain votes on those issues. But I will NOT try to tell you which candidates to vote for, and I will not tell you how I’m going to vote. My votes in the legislature are absolutely public. What I do as a citizen in the voting booth is absolutely private.

I wish there was some way Public Catholic-ers could all have a big watch party together election night. Whatever happens, I know we’ll all need a break afterwards. Americans do their politics large. Then, we go celebrate a uniquely American holiday called Thanksgiving.

That sounds right, doesn’t it?

  • Mr. V.

    Yes! I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving.

    I, like many others, am tired of the whole campaign year brou-ha-ha. It’s time to cast our votes and get it over with, already. This is an important election, and there are some serious issues riding on the outcome of the voting, and I hope enough people with real morals and virtues cast their votes accordingly.

    But I am looking forward to next Wednesday. :D

  • Ted Seeber

    It will turn out to be a turning point in your life only if Obama wins and you redeclare as a Republican after the election.

    Somehow, given what you’ve wrote so far, I doubt both of those will occur.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Actually Ted, most of my life turning points have begun as something internal. This is no exception. The HHS Mandate pushed me to start this blog. It has tempered my allegiance to the Church. That’s how these things start, at least with me.

      • Ted Seeber

        Well, in that case, hasn’t it ALREADY been a turning point- regardless of how the Diebold machines are rigged?

      • Kathleen

        The HHS mandate roused my Catholic discernment, and devotion, and so it appears in that small way that good has come from evil.

  • Ted Seeber

    Also, I’m waiting for the election to write my “State of the Council” letter to go out with our dues requests. Who wins the presidency is going to have a HUGE impact on my Knights Council, which is pretty evenly split between Social Justice and Pro-Life Catholics.

    Though I suspect either way, we’re going to find ourselves working MUCH harder in both areas.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      I agree Ted.

      “Though I suspect either way, we’re going to find ourselves working MUCH harder in both areas.”

      BTW. I consider myself BOTH a pro-life Catholic AND a social-justice Catholic. In one person. :-)

  • http://PublicCatholic cris

    Dear Rebecca, I have never read so much, debated so much, prayed so much and cried so much as I have in this election cycle. I, like you, consider myself BOTH a pro-life Catholic AND a social-justice Catholic. Both candidates plan to make cutbacks in programs which effect almost everyone, though one party’s plans are extreme. The platforms of both parties state their positions on life issue, though my gut feeling has always been that the so-called “life” party is not so pro-life behind closed doors. The party representing all things “life” has had ample time, years, actually, to change, introduce legislation and uphold policies and programs dealing with “life”, AND yet, it has NOT. Your other post about the Supreme Courts decision NOT to hear the case on “Personhood” is another example of the “life” party saying one thing, but when given the opportunity,
    it does nothing. I realize that the parties themselves are not directly involve … but there are 4 liberal justices and 5 CONSERVATIVES on the court. It would be a slam dunk. .. a positive outcome (pro-life) if they chose to hear the case. Another lost opportunity for the unborn children of this country.
    Both parties claim to have deep concern for the unemployed, yet the presidential campaigns will cost over 8 BILLION dollars. Obscene!
    I see and hear many pro-lifers whom I feel hiding behind the mask of pro-life. They will often spend three or four minutes defending life, followed by jabs about the poor, the unemployed, etc. … “… they are just plain lazy … see how fat they are… they have plenty of money ….”. How can one be pro-life only for the unborn? The rest of our time on earth is what if not life.
    At this point, so close to the elections … no more debates, no more reading, etc. for me. I know where the two candidates stand, at least publicly. I will continue to pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit.
    Thank you for your honesty and sensitivity, Rebecca. May the Father continue to guide you.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you.

  • Dave

    I, too, am a pro-life and a social-justice Catholic. Can we really be anything else? Here’s the rub, though. One party pretends to care about pro-life and gives a nod to social justice. One party pretends to care about social justice and does not even give a nod to pro-life. Meanwhile, back in reality, BOTH parties spend on the military like there’s no tomorrow, bail out huge corporations, and in the process bring us to the brink of economic collapse.

    We really need to get past this two party paradigm they are trying to keep us trapped in, and fast!