The U.S. political machines are out in full force, promising voters, holding town hall meetings, and most importantly claiming to listen. They say they hear the calls for government fairness, government accountability, and government justice.
What Chaldean Caucus member, Jonas Shemi says is that, “Chaldeans need only close their ears and open their eyes.” The Sterling Heights, Michigan resident adds, “Look at their voting records, look at what they have done, look at any pledges they have taken, and then keep looking. Politicians, their press agents, and the media all work together to manipulate the people. They bang the drums for the politicians they want and quietly ignore, roll their eyes, or giggle with any mention of a politician they don’t. Remember the media is owned by corporations and all they want is someone in office they can easily influence.”
The following joke about a politician that goes before St. Peter and is given an option to tour both Heaven and Hell seems to best illustrate the point Shemi seems to be making.
While walking down the street one day a US senator is tragically hit by a truck and dies.
His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.
"Welcome to heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you."
"No problem, just let me in," says the man. "Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity ."
"Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven," says the senator.
"I'm sorry, but we have our rules." And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course.
In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him. Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.
They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne. Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go.
Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises. The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him. "Now it's time to visit heaven."
So, 24 hours pass with the senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.
"Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity." The senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: "Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell."
So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.
He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.
The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder. "I don't understand," stammers the senator. "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable.
The devil looks at him, smiles and says, "Yesterday we were campaigning......
Today you voted."
Many organizations are producing voter guides to help better communicate where politicians stand on many of the issues. The Chaldean Caucus has provided the following links to assist Chaldeans in reviewing the candidate’s values and principles, qualifications, stance on issues, and position.
This is a brilliant online program which asks you to answer 25 questions about the issues. Unlike other programs this particular site allows you to rate how importance the issue is to you. After completing the questionnaire the computer calculates your score and ranks the candidates that best compare to your political views.
This survey matches your political views with the candidates. You select your opposition or support on a number of issues from a scale of 1 to 5. Once calculated the candidates are ranked in order that most aligns to your selections.
The Catholic Answers issue issues guide identifies root issues that undermine the welfare of humanity and society. The guide also provides instructions on how faithful Catholics should vote on these root issues. The guide is in PDF format.
This is a general guideline grid on the candidates' positions on some key issues. The matrix is intended to give you a general idea as to where he candidate stands on a particular issue Some of the issues are more complex and usually require more than a 'yes/no' or 'support/oppose' position.
The American Family Association voter grid of the presidential candidates is in PDF format. The guideline is a comparison of U.S. presidential candidates on some of the more common issues of today.
A short summary provided by each candidate on conceptual issues.
Readers that have found a website they feel best helps compare where candidates stand on issues can e-mail the information to firstname.lastname@example.org