Utah People's Party

…proclain liberty through out all the land….(Leviticus 25:10)

Presidential Candidate Endorsement

on October 11, 2012

In political jargon, a “field” is a set of candidates standing for one office. Typically election law allows a citizen to vote for only one of the candidates in the field for an office. The 2008 letter from the First Presidency that we quoted and cited more fully in the previous post has some  instructions on how to pick a candidate to support for a public office from a field of possibilities.

Therefore, in this election year, we urge you to register to vote, to study the issues and candidates carefully and prayerfully, and then to vote for and actively support those you believe will most nearly carry out your ideas of good government.

Before a citizen could compare candidates to the citizen’s ideas, the citizen would have to decide what his own ideas were. Surely the Lord is most pleased with citizens whose ideas on good government came from the Lord Himself. When the citizen has decided what he stands for, he then compares the candidates in the field to his own ideas. The closest candidate gets the citizen’s vote and active support.
We applied this process to the candidates still in the field for President of the United States. The People’s Party itself just started up this year (2012) and at this point is only organized in one state. That being the case, the People’s Party did not add any candidate to the  2012 presidential field. Even so, as far as we can tell from  http://www.ontheissues.org/2012.htm , there are still (as of 10-10-12) six candidates in the presidential field. Each of the following political parties has a presidential candidate: Constitution, Democratic, Green, Justice ,Libertarian and Republican. Having compared our ideas on good government to the candidates in this field, we conclude that Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party will most nearly carry out our ideas of good government. Mr. Goode of Virginia has been a member of the United States House of Representatives for eight years and has achieved an impressive track record of votes defending the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and the second amendment, among other things. The Constitution Party generally interprets the constitution correctly so Mr. Goode’s party affiliation is a relatively good sign. Mr. Goode advocates a balanced federal budget the first year of his potential term. Etc. We do not claim that Mr. Goode stands on the Lord’s side of every issue but he is the best candidate that this field has to offer and that is the criterion for the candidate that a citizen should support according to the 2008 First Presidency Letter quoted above.
As explained by the First Presidency, a citizen’s duty is positive not negative. We endorse Virgil Goode for president of the United States. We do not oppose any of the other five candidates.

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