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Chesterton on Voting

October 25, 2008

G. K. Chesterton, arguably the most brilliant Christian of the last 200 years, had this to say about voting:

The average man votes below himself; he votes with half a mind or a hundredth part of one. A man ought to vote with the whole of himself, as he worships or gets married. A man ought to vote with his head and heart, his soul and stomach, his eye for faces and his ear for music; also (when sufficiently provoked) with his hands and feet. If he has ever seen a fine sunset, the crimson colour of it should creep into his vote…. The question is not so much whether only a minority of the electorate votes. The point is that only a minority of the voter votes.

He said it. Keep this in mind ten days from now.

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