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I was at Church today.  I had mentioned to a friend that I was going to be voting for Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party for President.  The person I was talking to, a McCain supporter, told me that “A vote for him is a vote for Barack Obama.”  I said, “No it isn’t.  A vote for Chuck Baldwin is a vote for Chuck Baldwin.”  He then proceeded, much like a few of the comments on this blog, to tell me that anyone who votes for someone like Dr. Baldwin will help Senator Obama get elected, and that we can’t risk that.  Of course, I disagreed with him.  In fact, it made me think of a quote for Joseph Smith.  In regards to the question of whether to vote for the “Whig” candidate or the “Democratic” candidate in the election of 1844, and his unwillingness to vote for either, the Prophet Joseph Smith stated:

“….we shall have the satisfaction of knowing that we have acted conscientiously, and have used our best judgement. And if we have to throw away our votes, we had better do so upon a worthy rather than an unworthy individual who might make use of the weapon we put in his hand to destroy us.”

 Times and Seasons, Nauvoo, IV, 441.
Cited also in Roberts, Comprehensive History, II, 208-209.