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Vote or shut up

David Epps's picture

I have done my civic duty. I have voted in Tuesday’s election even though it is not yet Tuesday. I will be on a plane much of Tuesday so, thanks to absentee balloting, I have done my small but necessary part in the democratic process.

For the most part, I have voted in every election from the time I was eligible to cast a ballot. In 1972, I was near the end of my tour as a U. S. Marine and voted for Richard Nixon for President. In the aftermath of Nixon’s scandals, I voted for Jimmy Carter in 1976. I, like many people, was looking for a change. When the Carter years brought the wrong kind of change (in my opinion), I voted for Ronald Reagan. Over the years, I have decided that I am a conservative, pro-life, Independent. I vote those values, whoever is running.

It is estimated that less than 50 percent of registered voters will make their voices heard in the coming election. If so, that is a shame, whatever their political leanings.

Many years ago, I was in a group of men listening to a political discussion. One man was especially passionate about the ills of the country and how the powers that be were failing the citizens. One man asked the passionate individual, “So, who did you vote for?” The outspoken man replied that he had not voted in many years because it really didn’t matter.

The man who posed the question said, “Well, h***, you don’t have a d*** thing to say about it then,” and turned and walked away. With that, the discussion was over and the group dissolved.

That’s my thought about people who don’t vote as well. If you don’t vote, then just sit down and shut up. You had a chance to make a difference, however small, and you chose to ignore the opportunity.

It is the experience of most pastors with whom I am acquainted that the people who gripe and complain the loudest in church are usually those who have the least investment. Not always, of course, but usually.

Those who invest their time, their efforts, and their tithes are normally those who are eager to see the church succeed and are among the most positive about the ministry and the future.

Those who rarely attend, never volunteer, and padlock their checkbooks are often among those who attend annual business meetings and bemoan the fate of the church.

I suspect the same is true in politics. The people on both the left and on the right are passionate ... sometimes to the point of being obnoxious ... but at least they are engaged. They are doing something about what they perceive to be the problems. They are not sitting on the sidelines letting someone else always carry the ball and then griping when a player on the field fumbles.

In every election, we have an opportunity to have an influence. If we don’t like the results, we have an opportunity to fire those in office and replace them with someone else the next time around. As has been said, “Elections do have consequences.” We really do get who and what we asked for by electing people to office.

Or, we sit home and let someone else make those decisions for us. Those who vote have done their part. Those who don’t just need to shut up.

[David Epps is the pastor of the Cathedral of Christ the King, 4881 Hwy. 34 E., Sharpsburg, GA 30277. Services are held Sundays at 8:30 and 10 a.m. (www.ctkcec.org). He is the bishop of the Mid-South Diocese (www.midsouthdiocese.org) and is the mission pastor of Christ the King Fellowship in Champaign, IL. He may be contacted at frepps@ctkcec.org.]


Not true. I can vote or not vote. No one's business.
All those who vote for the party and not the person spoil it anyway!

If I were to vote, say democratic, it wouldn't mean I like abortions---now would it?

If I vote Republican it wouldn't mean I don't think women have that choice, now would it?

My vote means, as an Independent voter, that I like mostly what one candidate espouses and has done, better than the other one---that is all.

That is why I hate primaries. If I like the candidate for one party and vote for him, I am forced to vote for that party in the election, even if my primary candidate didn't make it!! Stupid. Primaries are stupid.

As to tithes, Pastor, if a church has 300 members who average salaries of $50,000 dollars, then you take in $1,500,000 a year!

What do you do with all that money?

Please don't explain that each family is different and excused and many don't make that much, and some owe too many debts, and some are sinning, and, and, and. (I know a family is 3-4 people, but so is the 50K low).So is the 300!

Just what is the percentage in actuality?

My old church got 2.5% due to some rich ones for tax purposes buying bricks and mortar with their name on it.

Cyclist's picture

But I think I'm going to write-in "Courthouse" for governor.

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I have already voted. But not for me.

I voted for Steve Brown just in case he forgets to vote for himself. Isn't he a republican? Does he like the TEAS?

I also voted for 2 other republicans, several democrats, and no judges with no competition. Didn't know a one of the libertarians.

I wasn't sure about Mr. Deal. Isn't he likely to go to jail? Something about falsifying tax forms and going bankrupt when he wasn't?

He needs a better job than what a Governor makes....unless there are some land deals like Perdue found.

PTC Observer's picture

Keep in mind who is really on the ballot.

Seven Obama lies in 2 minutes


Cyclist's picture

I'm struggling with this one. Perhaps the Libertarian.

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PTC Observer's picture

Have to vote for the Libertarian, the other two are, well let's say "established".

PTC Observer's picture

Duplicate post

You and observer and others who say no to both, will vote republican and you know it.
Just because you want another choice for a republican vote doesn't excuse you for voting for this guy! He is a shame to GA!

The Broom Handel would have been better than Sarah Palin, however.

Cyclist's picture

Don't be so sure. I suspect there are several on this board that don't like either one. Like I said, I just might write in your moniker.

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I'm sure!
I think that if you started to press the X by any other name than a republican, you would actually faint right there.

I can't see why anyone would vote for this guy. In 8 yrs our Gov Sunny has only made himself wealthy & I for the life of me can't figure out why he isn't the subject of an investigation. AnyDeal is already obviously worser. I don't think Barnes's 4 yr record is that bad. He lost to Sunny because he po'd the teachers & he po'd the Confederate "Flagelets" (AND then Sunny stabbed them in the back). If you want to vote for the stay-at-home dad go ahead. I'm all for making maryjane legal & his other planks.
Vote for the DEM in the Attorney Gen's race. Guy is a prosecutor, all the major law enforcement supports him. His repub opponent is a politician of a record for wasting money...Check out the 2 jackasses he bought & saddeled Cobb Co with.

Do you investigate Govs for having multiple yrs of balanced budgets? Sure won't have to worry about that at the Fed level.

It is possible to run a deficit budget in GA? Whatever you or I think about Washington has little to do w/ this election. I guess if you want to look that way, how will AnyDeal govern at the state level after being part of multiple fed budgets that have fought a war w/ deficits? No offsets, only tax cuts for the wealthy during wartime.

Too bad we don't have Herman Cain on the ballot. After his failed Senate race, I tried to get him to run for Lt Gov--which I truly blv he could have won easily, giving him a clear path to the Governorship. Oh yes, I voted for Deal. I blv he IS a fiscal conservative, even if he doesn't apply it to his personal life. And he knows he'll be under serious scrutiny.

What is a fiscal conservative? Reagan who put us in debt five trillion, or Bush, jr., who added another six trillion?

Deal voted for all republican spending bills! No democrat bills.

He mouths conservatism for votes, but is no better than any other "former" congressman in that area.

In Georgia, as governor, he will whack budgets (wrong items) and destroy more than Perdue has.
He will do nothing for Georgia's poor schools, nothing for our water problems, nothing about Atlanta and Fulton and Clayton County, and nothing about our crooked transportation outfit and Insurance regulations.

He will be gathering votes for "four more" as soon as elected. He also has to make some money someway!!!

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