A new religion
I attended Mass with my father at St. Gertrude in Madeira Sunday morning. As I approached my father’s truck, I noticed a small white slip of paper under the windshield wiper. Everyone’s windshield in fact displayed this little leaflet, published by the “Citizen Leader Coalition.”
From the front, it looked legitimate enough to be a parking ticket, with “2004 Election Voter Guide” featured prominently at the top. Must be one of those objective candidate comparisons, right? The flipside of the leaflet stated facts, but it was just ever-so-slightly tilted:
(I’m not even going to talk about how oversimplified they made a couple of Kerry’s stances. Like a soundbyte on the six o’clock news.)
It doesn’t take a conservative organization to tell me that Bush would make a conservative Congressman. But comparing his (theoretical) voting record to someone else’s is like turning an apple into an orange. Pure alchemy.
The issues themselves are almost humorous. Am I seriously going to vote someone for President based on how often he invokes God’s name? I often wonder if Bush – and most other politicians – just tack God’s blessing onto the tail-end of their speeches simply to garner the Christian vote. Say God again and we’ll all be begging you to run for Supreme Court Justice, too. Invoking God’s name in vein is against the Ten Commandments, dontcha-know.
And since when is Kerry “anti-God”? Perhaps some other faiths might like to characterize Catholics as “anti-God,” but Kerry’s no Atheist, and such a statement would have no place in the parking lot of a conservative Catholic parish.
It strikes me that the election has become so close that each side is forced into desperately tossing gobs of distorted wet dirt at the other side. (Democrats are no angels, either.)
This election season has incited us all to madness. The popular position here at St. X is now to declare boldly “I despise them both!” since you risk verbal assault when you declare support for one party or the other.
We have brought politics to the point where we are wheedled into voting in blocs, because our community leaders tell us that voting the “wrong” way = SIN. We have brought it to the point where “getting out the vote” effectively means “cornering their vote.”
We have created a new religion. Some kind of Zoroastrianism: both sides fighting for believers, neither side having moral ascendancy. True, we can no longer say that our vote doesn’t count. But, can it count… too much?