It's pretty clear that this Presidential election has left most of us Catholics feeling stuck.
Stuck between settling for an evil choice, a third party that has no chance, or simply abstaining from voting as a way of showing we won't comply with this filthy rotten system.
As the election has gone on, I have definitely drifted into the last camp on that list, so disheartened with the injustices inherent in our political system that I just can't even anymore.
In all honestly, it's a lot easier for me to abstain, being from California, a state that will predictably give all 55 electoral college votes to the candidate espousing a terribly wicked idea about a baby not getting the right to life until "sometime after birth".
My vote for president literally doesn't matter, so I will have a much easier time keeping my conscience clean by skipping passed the top of the ballot.
There is one thing I will definitely be voting for this year, however, and that is California's Proposition 62: The repeal of the death penalty initiative.
The most recent polls indicate that only 48% of likely voters are planning on voting to abolish the death penalty in our state, and that makes it all the more important that we leave the Presidential discussion behind to focus on more important issues like an opportunity to make our culture a whole lot more pro-life.
The good news it that we have our bishops on our side (from CNA):
“Our commitment to halt the practice of capital punishment is rooted both in the Catholic faith and our pastoral experience,” the bishops said in their July 14 statement in support of Proposition 62. “Our support to end the use of the death penalty is also rooted in our unshakeable resolve to accompany and support all victims of crime. They suffer the very painful consequences of criminal acts,” the bishops acknowledged, while adding that “Their enduring anguish is not addressed by the state-sanctioned perpetuation of the culture of death.”
So, if we are going to continue talking about politics, let's start the discussion on the things we as Catholic should be voting for: Let's vote for life.