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How to vote intelligently

We are we are getting closer by the day to what may be the most important election in the history of the United States. The date to help determine the destiny of our nation is November 2.

State and national elections are extremely important this year. America faces political, moral, economic, military, diplomatic and security problems. If we ever needed to vote intelligently, it is this year.

When millions of Americans go to the polls to cast their votes, millions of others will not vote. They want somebody else to choose for them.

Those who vote become active participants in public policy. They have a voice in deciding how they will be governed. This is true in every country where there are free elections.

Those who do not vote should never complain. They have forfeited their right to do so. Complainers, however, will continue to be part of the problem rather than the solution. They seem to like it better that way.

Carefully examine the issues and the candidates for each elective office. How do they relate to your core convictions and basic beliefs? Who will more accurately carry out what you believe is best?

For example, if you are strongly opposed to abortion, it would make little sense to vote for a candidate who believes that abortion is acceptable. That would hold true also on such issues as bigger government, higher taxes, same sex marriages, social security, health care, gun control, environmental policies, international trade, homeland security and victory over terrorism.

What if both candidates hold positions you do not agree with? It then becomes necessary to choose the “lesser of two evils” or decide on some other basis. When we have poor choices, and we sometimes do, it is time to do some real soul-searching before we vote.

There may be some candidates you definitely do not want elected to office. If that is the case, then be sure your vote will contribute to their defeat.

When righteousness does not rule, evil will reign with a strong and destructive hand. We urgently need to stay on course. We must decide who has the moral qualities to lead us on the right road.

There are three Latin words that serve as voting guidelines for me. The words are gravitas, veritas and integritas.

Gravitas has to do with maturity, wisdom, thinking, experience, judgment and understanding. I do not want just a “talking head” to be in leadership. I want someone who is thoughtful and mature.

Veritas is related to truth and truthfulness. I want a leader who knows what he is talking about, one whose words I can believe, one who knows what he believes.

I do not want a leader who gets so caught up in his own self-importance and determination “to win at any cost” that he deceives the public with lies, exaggerations, and distortions. Any person who does not speak the truth is not qualified to lead.

Integritas deals with integrity, honesty and character. No leader is without sin or fault, but every leader should be honest.

If we cannot believe in the moral integrity and simple honesty of a person, they are automatically disqualified for a leadership role. We have had too many immoral, dishonest, hypocritical and unqualified men and women elected to public office.

It is not my responsibility to tell any person who to vote for in political matters. I do, however, urge you to exercise your right to vote intelligently.

We must never forget that “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). The positive and good promise of God says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33: 12).

It is very important that all who care about communities, states, and our nation vote. Vote intelligently!

Bill Ellis, Assist News

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