Vote for the Common Good – What and Why

We believe that many Christians voters recognize that their faith calls them to oppose the policies and approaches of the Trump administration. For many of these voters, their primary commitment is not to switch parties, it is to be faithful to their beliefs and convictions and to make the common good their voting criteria. The behavior of Donald Trump makes it difficult for them to continue to support him.

The emergence of a misguided approach to “America First” has caused many of them to resist the blazoned nationalism and to “seek first the kingdom of God” as it relates to goodness, kindness, justice, truth, and decency.

We believe there is 5-15% of the Christian vote that wants an “exit ramp” from supporting the Trump administration. We work to help them see and take that exit. We believe a change of that size in the Christian vote in this country will guarantee that Donald Trump will not win re-election.

We will change these votes through direct contact with voters, changing the national narrative around religion and politics via media, and training candidates.

The Faith, Hope, & Love for a Change on Election Day National Bus Tour starts January 2020 and serves as the primary means of drawing national media interest and connecting with voters and candidates through November 3, 2020.

We Create Contexts for Direct Contact with Voters

Through the Faith, Hope, & Love for a Change on Election Day National Bus Tour, we will hold events in every State with a focus on the most significant electoral college States.

We are working to change the too commonly believed narrative “that people of faith must support Republicans.” We accomplish this through variety of messaging efforts and working extensively with the media to convey the message of voting for the common good.

We Train Candidates Running for Office

We instruct, coach, and consult candidates on how to connect with and speak authentically to faith motivated voters.

As we look to 2020 we are dedicated to not only flipping The White House, but also to flipping the script . . . the way we do politics in America.

Flipping the script means changing the narrative that has under-girded white Evangelical and Catholic support for President Trump Republicans who, for a variety of reasons, have put other priorities over the common good.

Flipping the script also includes changing the narratives among the two main political parties. The Democrat Party often feels resistant to connecting with religiously-minded voters, while the Republican Party is held hostage by religious extremism. We will work hard to help both parties engage Common Good religiously oriented voters in ways that will add benefit to their political expression and not allow religion to be a wedge issue in our politics.

Organizing and connecting with three primary groups that influence the population at-large: Pastors, Press and Politicians.

Our Convictions

American culture, law, and politics have deep roots in religious narratives. To bring about deep and lasting change and to help our nation heal and mature as a democracy, we have to engage with those religious narratives.

We believe that:

  • New religious imagination will change America
  • This transformation will never happen without sustained effort
  • Vote Common Good and its allies can turn impossible into inevitable

Stakeholders

We will organize and connect four groups of influencers:

  • Politicians
  • Pastors
  • Press
  • People

What We Mean By “Common Good”

When the Hebrew Scriptures say to treat the alien and refugee as you would want to be treated, because God desires compassion for the widow, the orphan, the poor, and the vulnerable, they call people to seek the common good.

When Jesus says to love your neighbor as yourself, and when Paul says not to seek your own interests only but also the interests of others, and when John and James say that no one can say they love God or have faith in God if they fail to demonstrate love for their neighbor, they call people to seek the common good.

When the Quran says that no one is a believer until they desire for their brother or sister what they desire for themselves, and teaches that God made us different so that we would seek to understand and know one another, the Quran calls humanity to seek the common good.

When great leaders of Sikhism say to value others as you value yourself, and to avoid creating enmity with anyone because God is within everyone, when Taoists say to regard your neighbor’s gain or loss as your own, when Buddhists and Hindus say do not hurt others in ways you would find hurtful, and when secular humanists advocate the principle of reciprocity, they call humanity to seek the common good.

This means that good-hearted Christians, Jews, Muslims, and people of all traditions cannot simply vote for what is best for themselves as individuals or even what is best for their religion, party, race, or nation alone, but must be concerned for the common good. Or to put it differently, selfish people of every religion and tradition vote for self-interest or partisan interest alone, but good people of every religion vote for the common good.

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