Ad Limina Apostolorum's Guide to Voting
Inspired by Tom's recent graphic explorations into the theology of divine election and the moral act of the democratic vote on Disputations (which I'm convinced are somehow related, incidentally), I have here attempted to outline the moral value of the vote in question. Rather than viewing the vote as an 'expressive' act, I'm inclined to see it as a 'mathematical' act. Besides, all this talk of 'proportionality' leads me to think that arithmetic might indeed be the solution to the dilemma.
Thus, in the above equation, the following should be kept in mind:
M = Moral value of the vote, taken as aggregate
V1 = Moral value of the politician for whom the vote is cast
p = Population of the voter's state of residence
s = Number of electoral votes belonging to state of residence
t = Total number of available electoral votes in nationwide election
P = Politician's chance of election, taken as percentage and based on current polls
V2, V3, etc. = Moral values of other viable politicians on ballot
c = Total number of viable politicians on ballot
I1, I2, etc. = Particular moral issues, treated in sequence
o = Opinion/stance of politician on issue in question, taken as percentage corresponding to Catholic teaching, where 100% equals complete overlap.
i = Intention of politician to take action upon issue in question, taken as percentage, where 100% equals guaranteed action.
e = Presumed efficacy of politician's presumed action upon issue in question, taken as percentage, where 100% equals guaranteed results.
f = 'Foundationality' of issue in Catholic 'hierarchy of values,' where 100% equals a fundamental issue which admits of no exception.
With any luck, unless my formula is lacking some aspect, this should resolve the Catholic voting debate once and for all.
# posted by Jamie : 3:25 PM