Sunday, April 27, 2008

And this is what you can do about it...

These are the views on torture of the main presidential candidates for the 2008 election. You be the judge.




Vote your conscience, don't vote the odds.

Unfortunately they all profess religious beliefs as is required by the unashamed bigotry of religious voters in our nation. Ah well, beggars can't be choosers. As much as I dislike the religious affiliations of ALL of the candidates, I would rather vote for a Christian who supports my freedom to denounce his religion then I would for an atheist who supports torture.

Of course the best of all worlds would be a candidate who was an atheist, has an understanding of human rights, and was intellectually honest enough to fight evil where there's evil and defend good where there's good. We need political leaders who can reason and be honest about where their reasoning leads them. Unfortunately, in politics we often get what we ask for. If the majority of voters are irrationally dedicated to the superstition of gods directly, or irrationally worshipful of society as a god, then in either case what we will get will be either religious zealotry or socialist propaganda. Either way, human rights of the individual end up taking a back seat to the "good of the many" without anybody stopping to think how "the many" can have rights if "the one" does not.

That's why I usually vote Libertarian, depending on the candidate of course. The bottom line, don't vote the odds, vote your conscience, but at the very least get out there and vote. If enough people do the same then no matter how forsaken you may feel your political views may be, then at least there's the chance for change. If everyone just votes what they think has the best odds to win, then it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and your ideals always get sold short.

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