A Duty to Vote

This election season can’t end early enough. It seems like it has been going on forever and that almost every second of it has been a nasty affair. As we have written in these editorials several times, neither candidate has values and policy which can be considered in complete accord with our Catholic social teachings. Both candidates have also exhibited serious character flaws, which can cause the voter to truly question whether or not either is fit for the office of the President of the United States.

Many voters are simply voting along established political party lines, not really considering the issues or the personalities involved; still others are voting in response to the past eight years of presidential politics. Many are choosing the candidate whom they perceive to be the lesser of two evils; and still others are speaking about just not voting at all.

Of all these options, the last one is not an option. We as citizens of the United States have a responsibility to vote. People have fought and died for the freedom that we possess in our nation. To choose not to vote, even in an election when the candidates aren’t the best, is the wrong thing to do.

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