The polls say the Republicans are going to do quite well today, which means I'll be watching the androgynous drones have emotional breakdowns on MSNBC tonight.
I should hope that my four loyal readers know by now that I don't believe voting makes any real difference. As Mark Twain said, if it did they wouldn't let us do it. Voting is not so much about choosing who will actually rule over us or the policies that will affect us. It's more about publicly reaffirming our allegiance to our state religion: liberalism. Every two years we must choose between the left-liberals or the right-liberals. The left-liberals are leading the march toward our inevitable socio-economic collapse. The right-liberals are bringing up the rear, impotently grumbling about how the vanguard is moving too quickly but not really disagreeing about our ultimate destination. Those who are inside the Overton window are allowed to criticize some of the symptoms of liberalism without ever really questioning liberalism itself. Everyone agrees that the purpose of government is to maximize freedom which, paradoxically, always leads to an ever larger and more intrusive State. If the goal is to maximize freedom, then we necessarily need a bigger and more powerful State to ensure that nobody oppresses anyone else.
Both left-liberals and right-liberals support the separation of Church and State. In democracies and republics, every citizen is theoretically part of the State. In practice, this means the separation of individual believers from the Church which is proceeding apace.
As is the case every election cycle, right-liberals urge us to vote because the left-liberals are worse. They are worse in the sense they want to hasten our decline and fall. They're worse in the sense that they passionately despise men like me, as opposed to right-liberals who eagerly court my vote while treating me with benign neglect during the off season. On an emotional level, I admit it's fun to watch left-liberals clean egg off their faces. But deep down inside, everyone knows that their individual vote is not going to make a difference in how we are actually governed.
My vote makes less of a difference toward the common good than my smiling at the girl who prepares my coffee at Starbucks. My smiling at her makes an immediate difference in her day, far more than my vote will make at the local, state, or especially the federal level. Good Catholics have a responsibility to work for the common good. Voting is not the only, or even a particularly significant, part of that responsibility.