Election 2012: America is more than 30 pieces of silver

No matter how you cut it, the value of our vote this year is about money: How much more money we get in benefits and how much more we get to keep. Photo: AP Images

WASHINGTON, DC, August 28, 2012 - No matter how you cut it, the value of our vote this year is about money. Mitt Romney’s VP pick, Congressman Paul Ryan, confirms that the GOP has decided that this year’s election will be about us making and keeping more money. The Obama campaign is just as determined to make it about the government giving us more money—including that “rich” people pay their “fair share” so the government can give more to the rest of us. Somehow, this all reminds me of the story of Judas.

Sanhedrin high priest Caiaphas convinced Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus with a kiss. Caiaphas then delivered Jesus into the hands of Pontius Pilate. This ultimately led to Christ’s death by crucifixion. All of this was done for 30 pieces of silver.

When Judas realized the calamity caused by what he had done, he threw the pieces of silver back at those who had bought his self-serving act and then hanged himself. Judas regretted his greed, but it was too late: The results of his one action could never be undone. Because of that, Judas is a name that has been, and will forever be, associated with greed and betrayal.

I do not want to drag anyone off into the theological weeds. It’s just that I can’t help thinking that we are being asked to also commit one act—the casting of our vote this November 4—for the modern equivalent of pieces of silver. And, like Judas, the results of just one act may set this nation on a path that cannot be undone—no matter the calamity or our regret.

Lest we forget, America and Americans are about so much more than money. We love, we fight, we die, and we thrive because of our freedom. Our riches, both material and cultural, were born of religious liberty and sovereignty of the individual person, not vice versa.

John Adams wrote, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Today, both morality and religion are under siege, disguised as promoting rights and choice by the very people we elected.

Our president unilaterally decides which duly enacted laws will be enforced, waived, or ignored. Father, mother, and the foundation of civil society—the family—are being dismissed in the public classroom in favor of government-sponsored sexual diversity training and so-called same-sex marriage.

Like some sick joke, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) funds the killing of another two million preborn babies each year as healthcare. And it puts freedom of religion on the block as payment: People of faith and conscience are forced to help fund this war on the preborn or face the wrath of the IRS.

Meanwhile, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act cannot get to a vote in the House of Representatives, and the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2012, originally introduced to prevent abortions targeting sex or race, failed to pass—after race was mysteriously absent in the final version that went to the floor.

So while the candidates and parties try to persuade us to vote solely based on money, remember that the Judas story also started with a sweet kiss and pieces of silver. Then, at least, Judas played a nefarious role in the salvation story.

In our case, if our act of voting is based on money—ignoring family, faith, and freedom—instead of saving America, we may just hang ourselves.

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Paul E. Rondeau

Paul E. Rondeau's research and writing on social issures has appeared in law journals, private publications, and  the popular press.  His work has been cited at the U.S. Supreme Court, United Nations and by best-selling authors.  He serves as executive director at American Life League.  He can be contacted at prondeau@all.org.


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