Reasonable Morality Requires Us to Vote for Neither

A few weeks before the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton a U.S. Congressman from the Democratic Party stood on the floor of the House of Representatives and said: “We need to stop destroying imperfect people at the altar of an unobtainable morality.” You can read and listen to the gobbledygook speech for yourself.   virtue-vice

Not every man acts and talks like Donald Trump. Not every man acts and talks
like Bill Clinton. Nor does every woman enable such men and discredit so many women like Hillary Clinton. Not every man commits adultery with multiple women. Not every man seeks sexual contact with a married woman. Not every married man flirts with women. Not every woman protects her husband’s immoral, hostile behavior while ignoring the consequences and sorrows of others, who were publicly displayed in his dishonorable path.

Morality is obtainable. It should be sought for diligently. It is reasonable to expect government leaders to be honest and upright in their personal lives. There are virtuous people who have grown in moral discipline. Many people have honored a life of fidelity in their marriage covenant.

This presidential election cycle offers us a man and a woman who are liars. They are charlatans. They are power-mongers. Deceit and façade has been their pattern for well over four decades. There is plenty of evidence. Only political sycophants and/or uniformed people fail to acknowledge it. Righteous judgment requires us to point this out and reasonable morality requires us to vote for neither.

We can hope, pray, and use our voices to proffer other individuals. It’s not too late. Party rules and pre-printed ballots don’t over rule the voice of the people.

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18 thoughts on “Reasonable Morality Requires Us to Vote for Neither

  1. Anon

    He apologized and has attempted to make it right. Yet, you still want to persecute him. Does the church not believe in forgiveness and not letting people pay for their OWN sins? We can’t expect perfection when we ourselves are not perfect. I knew you once and I would have thought better of you than to point fingers and call others charlatans, sycophants, and uniformed. This doesn’t sound like “righteous judgement” to me!

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    1. Ryan C. Jenkins Post author

      A repentant man is a changed a man. A changed man doesn’t happen over night. A forced apology because he was caught doesn’t mean instant forgiveness. That is absolute mockery of the Savior’s atonement. There are perfect men and women when it comes to fidelity in marriage. Read Matthew 23. You will get better words than charlatans, sycophants, and uninformed. And circus tent politics in this presidential race could be substituted for the Pharisees in Matthew 23. If we are so concerned about judging, then we probably don’t want to vote.

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      1. anonymous2

        John 8:7 “So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”

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    2. REDPHILLYGIRL

      Dump is a PIG! This is him……..and by the way that was NOT an apology!!! You Trumptards ARE IN FANTASYLAND!

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    3. Trevor

      Pretty sure this anonymous poster is willing to forgive Trump virtually any sin but not Clinton any of the myriad imagined sins she has committed in his mind.

      Hillary Clinton is “evil” because of a bunch of unsubstantiated, tin-foil-hat conspiracy theories, yet Trump is “repentant” because of one single pseudo-apology he muttered?

      Let’s keep some consistency in the standards here.

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      1. Rita

        “Tinfoil hat theories”? How about actual videos, emails and Congressional testimony? Hillary is only getting away with murder because the FBI doesn’t want to implicate the Resident in her criminal enterprises.
        Here’s a theory for you. There are over 50 dead people who were either in one or both Clintons’ way, had knowledge of their doings, or had been called to testify about them since their Arkansas days. My theory? Coincidence follows the Clintons around like a bad smell.

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    4. Holly Christensen

      The only reason he apologized was because he was caught redhanded. I truly believe in repentance and forgiveness but his apology was only for advancement of his personal goal as a dictator in the White House. You think that was the only time he participated in “locker room” talk? Did you see the pre-debate conference where he brought on the air Clinton’s mistresses? He did that to show how vile Clinton was/is. Are we to blame Hilary for her husband’s wayward ways? Did she threaten her husband’s mistresses? I don’t know…I’ve read some horrible articles where she did but unless we stood in her shoes at the time, I don’t think any of us truly know. Trump has cheated on his wives, bullied women and men and minorities alike, and is not of good moral character.

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  2. Doug Payne

    All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

    As bad as Trump is or comes off, the 2nd choice is FAR FAR WORSE.

    The fact so many are now denouncing Trump, or having a hissy fit over it, is exactly what this evil woman wants.

    The Lord can deal with who ever is in there he’s in charge. But to allow pure evil to run this country is a notion that is hard to take.

    You know I live ya bishop. But to not vote Will just give this vile lady what she wants.

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  3. Elmer Zink

    And so… we just give the next 3-4 Supreme Court nominations to Hilliary because of what Trump said?
    We just let Hilliary implement her “open borders” policies and all even more illegals into the Country than Obama and give all illegals, amnesty and citizenship…. because of what Trump said?

    I don’t like what Trump said. It is very Offensive. But, my goodness people. This election is about the future of this country.

    I am much more concerned about the things Hilliary has done and will do than by anything stupid or offensive that Donald Trump has said.

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  4. Jennifer Beckstrand

    I couldn’t agree more, Ryan. Thank you for having the courage to say it.

    It is definitely a double standard when it comes to the Clintons. Feminists went quiet when it came out that Bill had sexually exploited a girl almost three decades his junior and sexually assaulted several others. Democrats and Hillary tried to deflect and deceive. But two wrongs do not make a right. Trump should step down and make way for someone with decency, honesty, and a little common sense.

    I completely understand people’s reasons for voting for either candidate. These people are not evil or misguided. They are trying to make the best possible decision with the worst possible candidates. I respect everyone’s right to vote for whomever they think is best. In this election, very few people will vote without deep consideration of the consequences of their choice. But we all need to respect that some people (like me) would not be able to look themselves in the mirror if they voted for either Hillary or Donald. I deserve the right to vote my conscience and not be vilified for it.

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  5. Anita Davis

    I agree with my dear neighbor, Jennifer. My vote will not go to either of the two big parties. I can’t feel good about doing that and I agree that it’s a muddle and there are honest reasons for good people to vote in different ways. But I can’t vote for C or T.

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  6. Sherrie Downs

    Excellent post Ryan and I agree 100%! I, too, will be voting for a candidate who is not Republican or Democrat but hopefully is civil, respectful, moral and has some grasp of our Constitution. The rest of the world is either laughing at us or shaking their head in confusion as to what depraved level of decency the United States has fallen to that we are considering either candidate to represent our fine country. Hopefully, this will be a wake up call for all of us to become more involved in supporting and searching for a candidate who can represent us in a way that we will not be fearful or ashamed of their actions.

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