For the people of the United States of America, we are only days away from the day of the presidential election. My interpretation of the fluctuation of the polls this week is that people are still changing their minds. I am also puzzled by the number of people who still have not made up their minds. So, in this blog post, I am providing a way to help people decide or to be a little more sure of their decision. I admit this method is a little brainy but this is a very important decision and using our brain in addition to our emotions is not a bad idea.
In January, the newly elected president will make the following oath, "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." In order to make a sound decision with our votes, we should take a look at the preamble of the constitution.
Constitution of the United States
Adopted by convention of States, September 17, 1787; Ratification completed, June 21, 1788
We the People of the United States, in Order to
form a more perfect Union,
insure domestic Tranquility,
provide for the common Defense,
promote the general Welfare, and
secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,
do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
The Preamble consists of well-thought-out action verbs and themes - form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common Defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty. If you study these themes carefully, you will see how they work together and support each other to create a well-balanced approach to the governance of the country.
These are the criteria I would use to measure the qualifications of any candidate running for office in the United States. I have created 2 charts below– one of each of the viable candidates for this election. For each of constitutional” criterion, rate the candidate using the scale of 1 to 5: “1” being awful at it, “5” being brilliant at it. Circle the number that represents your evaluation of the candidate for each statement. Add up the circled and that will be the score you have for this candidate. Do that for both candidates. The one with the higher score is the one for whom I would recommend for you to place your vote on election day.
Reflection Questions for Proper 26 (Year C)
Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
2 Thessalonians 1:1-4,11-12
Eric H. F. Law
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