We encourage you to exercise your right and duty to vote in the upcoming election as a well-informed citizen. Below are some quotations that can help keep this responsibility in perspective.
“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual – or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.”
Founding Father Samuel Adams, Boston Gazette, 1781 (Revolutionary-War-and-Beyond.com)
“Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature…”
President James Garfield, 1877 (Quoteland.com)
“It is not the role of the Pastors of the Church to intervene directly in the political structuring and organization of social life. This task is part of the vocation of the lay faithful, acting on their own initiative with their fellow citizens. Social action… should always have the common good in view and be in conformity with the message of the Gospel and the teaching of the Church. It is the role of the laity [to] show that they are witnesses and agents of peace and justice.”
2442 Catechism of the Catholic Church
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