Baha’i Principles and the 2012 U.S. presidential election.

I’ve been reflecting upon the direction of America and it’s spiritual destiny for a long time and possibly moreso throughout the year or more leading up to the November 2012 national voting day. This reflection was recently clarified by a line in the Chinvat message from the Guardian of the Baha’i Faith entitled “CYCLE OF THE SIXTH SUN” wherein the statement was written; “In any case, America is cleaning up it’s act.”. This got me to thinking more deeply about the particular issues around which the presidential campaigns and the 2012 election revolved. I saw more of the 12 basic principles of the Baha’i Faith being central to this election than at any point I can recall in past elections during my politically conscious lifetime. Here are the ones I noticed being directly debated:

The oneness of humanity.
Religion must be the source of unity.
True science and true religion must correspond.
Equality of men and women.
Removal of all prejudice.
Universal compulsory education.
A spiritual solution to the economic problem.
When I say direcly debated, I’m not talking about the principles themselves but rather the point to counterpoint of the debators and office seekers and the platforms on which they campaigned as well as some issues which were possible directions the campaigns began to but ultimately did not go. All of these added up to a variety of discussions about platforms and policies which pointed directly toward each of these specific seven of the twelve basic principles of the Baha’i Faith as the central focal point issues of the 2012 U.S. presidential election. In the 2012 U.S. presidential election I saw a great step taken toward these seven of the twelve basic principles of the Baha’i faith both politically and more importantly socially/culturally.

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