So, one might be tempted to wonder, why don’t we just let the citizens of Ohio vote for the president and the rest of us just stay home? The answer is obvious. The national election is a process that is designed to engage all of the citizens of our country. We are all to take a stand in this great national campaign.
It also follows that when our country strays from the right path we have nobody to blame but ourselves. We get the leaders we deserve. One day the question was posed to the English author and theologian G.K. Chesterton, "What's wrong with the world today?" Chesterton responded, "I am."
Candidates blame, mock, tear down, scold, publicly humiliate, condemn their opponents as evil, and write them off as beyond redemption. Yet if one of their loved ones had fallen into evil or error I doubt they would be so quick to gloat and lord it over them.
Could there be "a more excellent way" (1 Cor. 12:31) to win hearts to what is good and true? We can have hope. Would it be easy? No, practically impossible. It would be "easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle"(Mt. 19:24). Our Catholic faith is full of hard teachings. To truly love is the hardest.
I wonder how the electorate would respond to a political party that genuinely sought what was best for their opponents -- to be willing to suffer and sacrifice so that their opponents could be enlightened, converted, redeemed, and raised up to higher truth and goodness. Likely they would crucify it.
What indeed is wrong with the world and our country today?
Again, vote well, and very humbly. Form your conscience. Recognize the hierarchy of truths in our Catholic faith. Give primacy to issues of life and liberty and keep urging the candidates to do the same. But then know -- that to vote well is only the beginning and the very least that God calls you to do.