It appears I touch a nerve with many evangelicals every time I contradictÂ the popular opinion among them that Christians are divinely duty-bound toÂ punch a ballot every time there is an election. In an attempt to clarify whatÂ I’m arguing, as well as prove to my fellow-evangelicals the fallacy of their thinking, Iâ€™ve come up with a good illustrateâ€”our nation’s laws againstÂ monopolies.
What prevents businesses in America from offering cheap and inferiorÂ products and services to the American consumer at exorbitant prices. It isÂ this simple fact; no business in America can take their customers forÂ granted. They canâ€™t count on customer loyalty if their customer service isÂ deplorable, their products defective, their prices exorbitant, and their business guarantees insincere and dishonest. Any business taking itsÂ customers for granted is doomed to bankruptcy, since its customers willÂ quickly be lost to a competitor.
On the other hand, what if all competition was eliminated and one specificÂ business was given a monopoly on a particular product or service? TheÂ American consumer would then be at the mercy of that one business,Â which could treat its customers shabbily, sell a shoddy product, and chargeÂ sky-high prices. Anyone needing that companyâ€™s goods or services wouldÂ have no alternative but to do business with that company. The consumerÂ would have nowhere else to turn and that company would have noÂ incentive to provide any customer satisfaction, being enabled by itsÂ monopoly to take its customers for granted.
What is prohibited by Washington politicians in commerce is both practicedÂ and protected by them in politics. Our two-party political system hasÂ evolved over time into a political monopoly. Today, Republicans andÂ Democrats have a monopoly on our politics. The electorate is left withoutÂ any viable alternatives; consequently, voters are taken for granted,Â especially those comprising the base of each party, as well as each partyâ€™sÂ patronized minorities and special interest groups. Todayâ€™s politicians knowÂ they can count on their political partyâ€™s catered to constituencies to castÂ their ballots in their favor, regardless of whether or not they renege on their campaign promises once elected and prove themselves to be self-servingÂ rather than public servants once in office.