THE ABYSSUM VOTER’S GUIDE FOR VOTING WITH A CLEAR CONSCIENCE BEFORE GOD

 

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THIS MAP SHOWS THE PROBABLE OUTCOME OF THE VOTING IN THE 50 STATES ON NOVEMBER 8, 2016.  THE NUMBER IN EACH STATE ON THE MAP SHOWS THE NUMBER OF ELECTORAL COLLEGE MEMBERS WHO WILL BE SELECTED IN THE VOTING ON NOVEMBER 8, 2016.

The United States of America is not a pure democracy where every vote in a presidential election counts toward the election of a candidate.

Our Constitution wisely provides that in order to keep the big states from always determining the winner of a presidential election, the 50 states will choose Electors, the number based on the population of the state and in December of a presidential election year the Electors of a state will meet and cast their ballots for the nominee the voters in their COUNTY have selected.  It takes 270 electoral college votes for a person to be elected president of the United States (POTUS).

POLITICO.COM has analyzed past election results state by state and each week has averaged in this election cycle the results of five of the best opinion polls and has published on its website the results of its analysis.   Currently Politico.com has determined that there are SEVEN SWING STATES containing TWENTY-FIVE SWING COUNTIES the voters of which will PROBABLY determine who the next POTUS will be.

States:   http://www.politico.com/2016-election/swing-states

Counties:     http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/battleground-226780

In all the other states and counties, the dominance of either the Democrat Party (e.g. California) or the Republican Party (e.g Texas) means that it is almost certain that the majority of electoral votes will almost certainly go either for Hillary Clinton or for Donald Trump.  Therefore, the few voters who read this blog will not make any difference in the outcome of the election in those two states and that is why I have advised my readers in those, and similar states, to not vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.  Why?  Because in my opinion both of them, while being ontologically good persons, have subjectively through a lifetime of bad choices made themselves morally evil persons.

Voting is a human act and it is an important human act.  As such it necessarily has a moral character.  Voting consists in CHOOSING between two or more candidates.  A Christian formed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ knows that he/she can never choose evil in the absence of necessity.  A voter living in a non-swing state does not cast a vote that can determine the outcome of the election and therefore does not have A MORAL IMPERATIVE TO CAST A VOTE FOR POTUS if the choice involves choosing between two evils.

It is a different situation for a voter living in a SWING STATE AND SWING COUNTY.  The vote of a voter in one of those swing counties very well might cast the deciding vote that will elect an ELECTOR who will vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump in the Electoral College meeting in December.  It is my opinion that there is sufficient necessity in such a case to justify the voter to choose the lesser of the two moral evils and to vote for Donald Trump.

All other voters, not voting in a SWING STATE AND SWING COUNTY, should not vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump but should vote for someone else whom they consider to be a morally good person and who has manifested opinions and beliefs that are not in conflict with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  If the name of such a person does not appear on the ballot where you vote, write a name in.

My only purpose in offering this advice is to enable you to stand before God now and on your judgment day with a clear conscience knowing that you, at least in the election of 2016, did not choose evil.

God bless you and give you the grace to keep a clear conscience always.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I am a retired Roman Catholic Bishop, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas
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