Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Election Day

Today is an election day - primaries are held today. Since Kentucky has closed primaries and I am a registered independent, there isn't much for me to do today. Being raised in Tennessee, I've never been able to understand the concept of a "closed" primary, but there you are. When in Rome...

Actually, it's a bit of a relief. I love my country, but I hate the political process - it puts us at our worst. Days like today force me to be intentional about spiritual disciplines so I don't end up cynical and grumpy.

Speaking of Rome... perhaps the best advice on handling days like today comes from Jesus: "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, but render to God the things that are God's." That reminds me that I am a member of the Kingdom first, and an American second.

God is in control. Thanks be to God.



Anonymous said...

Primarys are closed because they are party functions. If you want to play, join a party. In Indiana the primaries are open whick lead to members of a party crossing over and messing up the other party's choice of candidates.

I am an independent myself, so I don't particiapate--until November.

Sky McCracken said...

I guess I don't look at it as "playing" as much as I do supporting the right candidates, regardless of party.

I've heard your argument before, but in hotly contested primaries, most folks wouldn't "switch sides" to upset someone else at the expense of their own candidate possibly losing a primary, would they?

"Closed" elections in America seems to be an oxymoron - at least in theory, doesn't it?