I Vote Pro-Life
Today, Tuesday, November 7, 2006, is election day. This means that tomorrow, television and radio stations will have lots of advertising space to fill.
It also means that, depending upon the outcome of the elections, this could be the end of life as we know it. Or, we could usher in a new era of peace and prosperity. At least, that’s what some would have us believe. I’m not convinced.
Don’t misunderstand. Public service can be a noble profession. However, my hope for the future is not grounded on politics and politicians.
This past Sunday afternoon, I was watching the Chicago-Miami football game. It was first and ten, and the quarterback attempted a short pass that could have resulted in, at best, at two-yard gain. However, he threw into a crowd, and the pass could have also resulted in an interception returned for a touchdown. The announcer made the astute point that a veteran quarterback understands the risk vs. reward, and wouldn’t have attempted that pass. The possibility of a two-yard gain didn’t outweigh the risk of an interception returned for a touchdown.
That’s kind of how I view politics. Opportunities for big plays are few, but opportunities to throw interceptions returned for touchdowns are many. As a result, I’m not totally dissatisfied with gridlock. A day when politicians don’t accomplish anything can be a good day.
Never-the-less, on one issue, gridlock isn’t satisfactory.
That issue is life.
I vote for life.
The vanguard issue in the life platform is abortion. I vote pro-life. While it’s not always obvious how pro-life a pro-life candidate will really be, the alternative pro-abortion candidates are usually easy to identify.
While I’d prefer to be more excited about choosing a candidate to vote for, rather than a candidate to vote against, voting against a pro-abortion candidate is a valid vote. And it’s a vote that I’m choosing this election day.