Vote Blue: I Chose That Even Against My Self-Interest

Vote Blue: I Chose That Even Against My Self-Interest October 24, 2018

I am voting Blue for one final reason: I am a person of faith who also knows that a political party that claims God has their back carries so much danger to the larger good that people of real faith must, absolutely must, fight back. 


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Saturday, I went to the polls. For the first time in my life, I voted a straight ticket: Democratic Blue.

Economically, my decision hurts me. In our particular business and general financial situation, we are far better off with the less-regulated Red than the more regulated Blue. But there is more to life than my economics. I believe we must take the larger good into account.

Last Thursday morning, the President tweeted: “@realDonaldTrump: Republicans will totally protect people with Pre-Existing Conditions, Democrats will not! Vote Republican.”

Yes, he is right. There will be full access to health insurance for those with pre-existing conditions. However, because it will be free-market access and the Affordable Care Act dismantled, insurance companies will do what is necessary to stay profitable.

However much you may object to them making profits, insurance companies are not government agencies but part of the free-market economy. Various individual and institutional stockholders own those companies. They’ve invested money into them and rightly expect a profit. Because those with pre-existing conditions almost invariably use more health services and generally more expensive health services than the fully healthy, it costs a great deal to insure them.

Thus, sure, you can buy anything you want. Mr. Trump is right. However, the premiums could and probably will quickly rise to equal your yearly household income–or more.

That’s why I am voting Blue. We, as a country, need to pay attention to the common good, not just to our self-interest.

Right now, the GOP gives every clue that they want and will legislate for a “survival of the fittest” economy. If you can work, then get a job. Good luck to you and don’t expect anything from us.

If you can’t work, or if you are already sick, well . . . sorry, we will have to leave you behind for a tasty hyena meal. Tough luck.

The survival of the fittest rule excels in cruelty. Only the strong, only the ones in favor with the alpha, survive. It thrives on sucking up and cheating your peers for the few favorite spots–which themselves are always treacherous, subject to the whims of the person currently on top of the heap.

There is no place for the vulnerable, the poor, or, frankly, for Jesus. No longer does compassion occupy a seat at the decision-making table. No longer does a sense of community good find voice.  No welcome of the poor and downtrodden unless, of course, you’d like some under-the-radar slave labor.

Instead, its all about ME, ME, ME.

Do we genuinely want to live that way?

I am voting Blue for another reason, and it’s not because I think the Dems will be more ethical. Politics and corruption have always been best friends. But a Blue Congress keeps the precarious balance of democracy alive.

When we go to an only one-party rule, we head down the road to some sort of dictatorship. When there are no real checks and balances–and that certainly seems to be more and more the case with our current set of elected officials–then corruption and greed take over.

Again, I’m not saying the Dems are less corrupted, but at least the corruption will tip another direction for a while. They shouldn’t stay in power indefinitely either.

I am voting Blue for one final reason: I am a person of faith who also knows that a political party that claims God has their back carries so much danger to the larger good that people of real faith must, absolutely must, fight back.

Right now, these people who claim God has their back have made a decision that erases the existence of a substantial, but generally invisible, segment of the population: those who are born intersexed.

Yes, it’s complicated to deal with those who don’t fit in neat categories. However, since that includes most of us, the logical conclusion: kill everyone who doesn’t look like me.

We cannot have this.

I am voting Blue for the sake of the survival of this nation. I invite you to join me.


Image credit: Christy Thomas

 

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  • Ivan T. Errible

    So you don’t think religions should get tax breaks?
    Good.

  • The Mouse Avenger

    I am voting Blue for another reason, and it’s not because I think the Dems will be more ethical. Politics and corruption have always been best friends. But a Blue Congress keeps the precarious balance of democracy alive.

    When we go to an only one-party rule, we head down the road to some sort of dictatorship. When there are no real checks and balances–and that certainly seems to be more and more the case with our current set of elected officials–then corruption and greed take over.

    Again, I’m not saying the Dems are less corrupted, but at least the corruption will tip another direction for a while. They shouldn’t stay in power indefinitely either.

    You…(laughs incredulously for a moment)…you really don’t believe that modern-day Democrats are actually corrupt, do you? Or that politics & corruption necessarily go in tandem together? XD

    (beat, as it dawns on her)

    You do believe those things, don’t you? 🙁 What a shame…

    • Linda Coleman Allen

      Derision is not the way to answer things that you do not like. Intelligence calls for an educated opinion.

      • celticcoll

        And since the educated elite, as the res reviles them, and the academies that teach young people to think, are primarily blue. You have made the argument. Buying into the false claims of the puppet with the megaphone who claimed facts aren’t facts is the epitome of being uneducated.

      • Ivan T. Errible

        Religion is boring.

        • Tom Borromeo

          You poor S. O. D.,
          If I knew your name, I could pray for you.
          🙁

    • jekylldoc

      I do think there is a lot of corruption among the Democrats. Check out the race in New Jersey, for example. Currently they do not have nearly as much backing of rich donors seeking favors, so their corruption is much less. It was wonderful to have eight years of a president with integrity and self-respect, and so enjoy near total freedom from the sequence of resignations for pigging out at the public trough that we have learned to expect from the party in power. But it is naive to think that voting for one group of politicians will free us totally from corruption.

  • Reese

    Red is right! There are reasons that most of the world wants to come to America and nearly all of those reasons are based in Red. Capitalism generates the money to pay the bills, expand the base, build for the future AND provide aid and protection to even those outside our borders. Red does require individuals to pitch in, yes, and usually rewards those who contribute more to the progress (inventions, skills, services). Nothing is perfect, and there are risks, but the record is clear: social utopia ideas have failed over centuries, but capitalism and free enterprise continue to provide a great standard of living for those who work at it. Finally, I am amazed at the liberal condemnations of a system that is setting so many records for low unemployment among all groups. I am incredulous over liberals who want to welcome even more unskilled people into our economy to compete with Americans, drawing down wages, or to siphon even more of the money we set aside for those who need help. It makes no sense to me… America First!

    • RalfRia Nuptials

      Regulated capitalism and social democracy have performed considerably better than American capitalism over the past three decades. Every Scandinavian country has a considerably better per-capita income than the US.

      • Reese

        Yes, and they do not protect the world from tyranny, explore space, or feed and educate significant under-classes within their borders.

        • Linda Coleman Allen

          A very slanted view.

        • celticcoll

          They also don’t use a majority of the world’s recourses and produce a majority of the world’s pollution. If you are on a computer or cellphone consider where those rare elements going into them come from, and how those people inn the countries mining them are living vs. you. Just because you can be imperialistic, esp. on a site like this, doesn’t mean you get to relish in people being down-trodden to make your life comfortable. Maybe you should consider that we owe those we have used to get where we are and what are costing the planet by our consumption — yes, some of us do care arbut responsibility and ethics and not just about our own material good.

          • Linda Coleman Allen

            Amen.

        • John Purssey

          How does a tyrant protect the world from tyranny?

          • Tom Borromeo

            You misspell America as a ‘tyrant,’ … NO, she is rightly (by her WW1 & WW2 actions),
            a “TRY ant” !
            Like the proverbial ‘ant’ who labours unceasingly,
            America and it’s “Capitalism” of Judaeo-Christian stock has and is still making it’s indelible mark.
            Let us support all the ‘Positives,’ be it “Red” today or “Blue” in future &
            ‘ideal’ Red – Blue all ‘antsy’ and leading the world to the one Lord, AMEEN

          • John Purssey

            Coming in late to WW1 and WW2 were good business decisions for “the business of America is business”.
            Interfering in and supporting dictatorships and destabilisling democracies in e.g S America were tyranny supporting actions.

        • jekylldoc

          They most certainly do send billions in aid around the world. Aid from almost all European countries is much higher as a share of GDP than the U.S. And of course this aid helps enormously to protect the world from tyranny. They have contributed their share to keeping the sea lanes open as well. Considering that we now have a leader who thinks tyranny is admirable and wants to support the leading exporter of tyranny, Putin, I would question whether we are really doing what you say we are doing.

      • Alonzo

        Evidence please??? You are wrong!!!

    • Linda Coleman Allen

      The Bible does not teach what you are saying. It teaches what Christy is saying. You can be hard and greedy, or you can be a merciful Christian. Jesus says that you are not to worship money. What will you do?

      • Reese

        My generosity, which has been pretty good over my working life through my church, Salvation Army and similar, has only been allowed by my hard work in capitalism and the resulting income. Poor people don’t share much. Middle-class people like me do because we have something to share. Similarly, the USA shares more than any country on the planet, likely more than the whole UN combined. We can because we have it to share. Others do not. We are more capitalist than most and so we have more to share.

        • jekylldoc

          Has it ever occurred to you that the riches of the U.S. might have come from some sources besides just hard work? Like the best patch of farmland on the planet, available in one big seizure (from the hunter-gatherers who were here first) as an opportunity for unprecedented economic expansion? Like natural resources the equal of anywhere else on the planet? Like a slave economy with assets equal to the value of the physical capital of the nation at the time? Like Europe’s mutual self-destruction in the World Wars?

          I’m all for recognizing the value of hard work, and giving some back with generosity. But the self-congratulation that you include with it is kind of pitiful, especially if you are a follower of the one who said not to parade your good works.

    • DDRLSGC

      Sorry, but Norwegians are not coming to America since they have one of the highest standards of living compare to America. Capitalism generate poverty, destroys the base, doesn’t build for the future and has not provided protection for the ordinary folks outside the borders.

      America First? You want to tell that to the wealthy people and business people who have sold America down the road for the last 38 years?

      • Reese

        Let me guess; you have at least a Masters in one of the Humanities. And, you don’t shop at Wal-Mart…

        • DDRLSGC

          Let me guess: you have no idea of what is going on in this country because you are still stuck in the past.

          • Reese

            I believe the published government figures that unemployment for blacks, hispanics, women are at historic lows (which means record numbers of all people are working which is what capitalism is good at). I believe the reports that coal and manufacturing are up, wages are up 3.1% on average and consumer confidence is at a record high. I believe we are sending troops to our border to protect it and we Americans. I believe the stock market is up and I believe the new motor-home that is parked at my house from the recent profits I made . I believe all those things, but I’m easy…

          • DDRLSGC

            Sorry, but wealth and income inequality is still outrageous. Wages may have gone up; however, not enough to make up for the wage stagnant that has occurred the last 38 years for the ordinary folks.

          • Reese

            Life can be unfair. I have certainly known some set-backs and been laid off. And, I would certainly agree that compensation for the corporate fat-cats at the top is absurd, but on the bright side, we as individuals have more freedom and opportunity than anywhere in the world. I’m certainly not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but with fairly hard work, long hours and practice, investment, I did better than expected. I take credit for nothing except hard work, but the system provided opportunities. I truly believe! May you find the right door for you…

          • DDRLSGC

            No, it is the wealthy people make sure that life is fair for them while making life miserable for the rest of the population. The system no longer provides opportunities and even the Republicans have finally admitted it; https://www.huffingtonpost.com/sean-mcelwee/are-the-republicans-serio_b_4838256.html

            Life is unfair? Well, none of us were asks by God or by our parents whether we want to be brought on to this planet.

            Since 9/11, the freedoms have become more and more curtailed due to the Supreme Court and the federal courts being pack with conservative judges and politicians passing more and more laws to suppress economic, political, and social protests in the streets plus you have corporations trying to control the local, state, and federal government at the expense of the rest of society. That is not freedom at all.

            As I have stated again, you don’t see the Nowereigans coming on over to the USA. They have better freedoms and opportunities. The same thing for Denmark, Sweden, and Finland; otherwise, they would not be in the top bracket for having the highest standards of living. You can’t say that about the USA.

          • Reese

            Au contraire! I am a living, fun-loving example of how fair – and forgiving – it can be. But, the individual must get up early and work to insure he is master of his own destiny. My early story is pathetic. I won’t bore you.

          • DDRLSGC

            Au Contraire! When you have a few people at the top determine that they have all the power and money, and they won’t share them with you, then it is impossible to be the master of your own destiny.

          • DDRLSGC

            “But, the individual must get up early and work to insure he is master of his own destiny.”

            Gee, what an inspiring motivational speech. Why don’t you say that to a modern day slave and see what kind of reaction you get from him/her? Or tell that to the people in that migrant caravan that is coming to the US border because the top American political and economic leaders didn’t want them to determine the destiny of their own lives and that of their nation.

  • Alonzo

    Throwing away self-interest? No you are not!! You are voting your self-interest whether you want to admit it or not while raising one political straw man after another, beating each one up and stomping on them. Roll the drum for these straw men:

    1. “Right now, the GOP gives every clue that they want and will legislate for a “survival of the fittest” economy.”
    2. “The survival of the fittest rule excels in cruelty. Only the strong, only the ones in favor with the alpha, survive. It thrives on sucking up and cheating your peers for the few favorite spots–which themselves are always treacherous, subject to the whims of the person currently on top of the heap.”
    3. “There is no place for the vulnerable, the poor, or, frankly, for Jesus. No longer does compassion occupy a seat at the decision-making table.”
    4. “Instead, its all about ME, ME, ME.”
    5. “When we go to an only one-party rule, we head down the road to some sort of dictatorship.” ARE YOU FORGETTING THE OBAMA REGIME? ROOSEVELT? WILSON? and so many others?
    6 “I am a person of faith who also knows that a political party that claims God has their back carries so much danger to the larger good that people of real faith must, absolutely must, fight back.”

    I could go on and list more straw man arguments, but would it change the author’s mind? NO. This article is totally irrational and political.

  • Tom Borromeo

    a patently CONfusing BLUE DAMNyou’b S.P.I.N. [Self-Peeled Internalised Nada]

    enough of such double-entendres, … you get the point.
    :/

    Here is the basic issue, “Common Good,” says this person.
    Questions:
    “PRO-CHOICE, PRO-ABORTION, Female Reproductive Rights,” … FREEDOMs ???
    @ the expense of the DNA unique individual human being living inside the womb of it’s Mum ?
    SubCON(vis)ciously, CONvenient, SELF-Filled, SELFish, DAMNgerous,
    50+ MILLIONS of babies KILLED since ’73 in Roe vs. Wade, w/the majority of them being
    African-American, … that’s DEM’d pretty COMMON !!!
    Slippery slope, if you can kill our own baby, then you can kill your own father/mother/granddad/grandma,
    ‘for your Common Good.’
    🙁

    This is the basic issue, “LIFE,” because without ‘Life’ … what else can be so important ?

    “Choice” w/o “LIFE” is nothing, ABSURD.

    THINK, … & then ADVOCATE THE TRUTH.

    • Larry Longua

      Amen.

    • Illithid

      It cheers me immeasurably to see such coherence in my political and philosophical opponents. Please keep up the good work.

  • jekylldoc

    The case for a social safety net is stronger than just the need for compassion (which only matters to our souls, not our pocketbooks.) Darwinian policy would not support public schools. The foolishness of such a change is usually recognizable to even the most ardent Tiny Government types. People need support and empowerment, not just incentives. Getting the balance right is not easy or obvious. That’s why there are two parties. But the lies about protection for pre-existing conditions tell me just how corrupt the intransigent right has become.

  • Jim Bales

    Thank you, Pastor Thomas.

    As an American, and as the parent of an active-duty USAF officer, I appreciate your putting our nation’s well-being first.

    Best
    Jim Bales

  • Ivan T. Errible

    There is no god.

    • Tom Borromeo

      O.T.,
      Off Topic.
      Duuh.
      :/

  • Reese

    Relevant also to this debate, I know a few who read this blog find Trump’s words upsetting. Here’s what he is up against:
    Democrats didn’t care when Madonna said she had thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.
    Democrats didn’t care when Kathy Griffin posed with a mock severed head of President Trump.
    Democrats didn’t care when a Broadway Play depicted the assassination of President Trump.
    Democrats didn’t care when Johnny Depp said, “how long has been since an actor assassinated a President”.
    Democrats didn’t care when Congressman Steve Scalise was shot at a baseball game.
    Democrats didn’t care when Robert De Niro said “somebody needs to take out Trump”.
    Democrats didn’t care when Carole Cook said “Where’s John Wilkes Booth when you need him?”
    Democrats didn’t care when Republican candidate Rudy Peters was attacked by a man with a switchblade.
    Democrats didn’t care when a Republican Party Office was set on fire.
    Democrats didn’t care when Eric Holder said “When they go low, we kick ’em”.
    Democrats didn’t care when Trump family members received suspicious packages in the mail.
    Democrats didn’t care when Secretary of Defense James Mattis received death threats.
    Democrats didn’t care when Maxine Waters said “you get up in their face at the mall, in restaurants, at gas stations and you tell them Republicans they’re not welcomed anywhere”.
    Democrats didn’t care when Sarah Sanders and her family were harassed at a restaurant, instructed to leave and chased down the street.
    Democrats didn’t care when Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was harassed and chased out of a Mexican restaurant.
    Democrats didn’t care when Trump adviser Stephen Miller’s life was threatened and he was chased out of a restaurant.
    Democrats didn’t care when Attorney General Pam Bondi was harassed and chased out of a theatre.
    Democrats didn’t care when two Republican senators: Rob Portman of Ohio and John Boozman of Arkansas were harassed in their own yards and on their own doorsteps.
    Democrats didn’t care when a 71-year-old female staffer for California Rep. Dana Rohrbacher was knocked unconscious by an angry group of liberal protesters.
    Democrats didn’t care when a North Carolina GOP office was firebombed by an angry mob of liberals.
    Democrats didn’t care when Hillary Clinton said “we can’t be civil to Republican until Democrats return to power”.
    For over two years Democrats have encouraged hate, harassment, vandalism, acts of violence and even threats of assassination. But we are the racist white nationalists etc etc.

    • DDRLSGC

      The Republicans are the ones who have been encouraging and condoning hate, harassment, vandalism, acts of violence, threats of assassination for the last 38 years, and even tried to carry out assassinations last week. Newt Gingrich and Lee Atwater were the ones that have refused to be civil for the last 38 years.

  • Travis Routh

    Democrats believe in abortions and homosexuality. The Bible is very clear on these issues. I would never vote for a Democrat.