Moral core

To the Editor

When we go into the voting booth do we vote our moral conscience or do we just vote along party line? Most of us come up with reasons, justifications or rationalizations for our votes. It is difficult to determine whom to vote for without examining our inner most core values.

Values are shaped by our faith, family, friends, respected leaders, etc. Likewise, our country’s values shape policies for our economy, foreign relations, health care, immigration, environment and other issues that face our nation. American values do not include racism, sexism, bigotry, discrimination or inequality.

We cannot escape from the commercials claiming how each candidate will be best for America and its citizens. Which candidate is the most prepared to be the leader of the greatest country in the world? I try to sort out the truth from lies, realizing that our voting responsibil- ity can be daunting!

In evaluating the credentials and experience of candidates, I find myself looking at not only their promises, but also what each has done to contribute to the betterment of humankind.

Have they only been concerned about building their own empires or have they used their money, power and influence to help the most vulnerable and powerless in our country and the world?

Which candidates have fought for justice even when it was of no benefit to their personal bottom line?

Perhaps a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. better explains what I am trying to say: “An individual has not begun to live until he can rise above the narrow horizons of his particular individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity”.

Be educated and correctly informed voters, guided by the love in your hearts and your moral core values. Our democracy depends on it!

Karen Sullivan


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