Well, I’m not sure how many of you are Republicans, or Republican sympathetic independents, but the Reps had their first major debate on Thursday with a whopping seventeen candidates facing off in two different sets of debates (one aired at 5pm and the other at the normal time). Honestly, I think that there are several good candidates on the field this time around (which is more than I can say for the last Presidential election). Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Marco Rubio particularly impressed me with their passion, thoroughness, and character (though not all three in any one candidate). For your plot challenge today I want to provide you with a dilemma that I found myself in during the last Presidential election: what do you do when you don’t have a candidate?

There are two major schools of thought on this issue. The first is essentially pragmatic and argues that when you don’t have someone to vote for then you choose someone to vote against. The argument goes that you vote for the lesser of two evils and try to mitigate the damage done when there isn’t anyone good to vote for.

The other school of thought argues that voting for the lesser evil is still voting for evil. The argument generally goes that when one is asked to vote for either Lucifer or Mephistopheles, one should choose not to vote rather than vote for a devil. Now, arguments can certainly be made that candidates are not devils (though they might be questioned by those who paid close attention to Paul Ryan’s campaign tactics… especially when he flatly stated that the Republican campaign commercials weren’t concerned with the truth), but the analogy still stand. If one truly feels that neither candidate should be president, then does one have any business voting for either of them?

So, this is your task for today: write me a 1000 word story that presents and defends the position that you support on this issue. It could be one of the above positions, or it could be another position of your own devising. Have fun!

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4 thoughts on “Philosophical Story Challenge of the Week

  1. Mister T. Mastgrave,
    I feel me today not good in the night, when you have normaly to sleep. I had a epileptic attaque and i feel myself just not well. If it goes better. But i can nothing promesse.

  2. For us in Virginia the pragmatic issue is that we won’t have a chance. This is likely decided before we have a chance to vote,

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