mein kampf: a political testimony

I helped keep Barack Obama in his candidacy for U.S. President.  That’s right.  I voted for him in the Texas primary.  To be honest, I liked crazy old Ron Paul, but I knew he had no chance of winning when my time to vote came around.

“So how could you fall so far as to vote for ‘that one’?” my dear Republican readers wonder.

Sometime last year, I realized that Christians can vote for Democrats.  No, seriously, I did.  My highly respected Christ-following sister came out of the political closet and announced she was a registered Democrat.  And then I read God’s Politics by Jim Wallis.  And Wallis poisoned me even further.  I realized that voting on political issues was going to take much more mulling and measuring and masticating (sorry — I needed another m-word) than going with the general trend of the evangelical Christian public.  How should I stand politically as a follower of Christ to promote justice on the earth?  I had heard, you know, that line that says “God’s not a Republican.”  But really, God’s not a Republican.

In the past few months, everything has gotten hot.  I have heard people blast McCain and Palin; I have heard people blast Obama and Biden even harder (maybe thanks to my conservative background and the people with whom I associate?).  Everyone seems to have decided whom they’re voting for, and the other candidate may as well be the devil.

And in the meantime, I flounder.  Not on the issues.  But on the candidates.  Poverty is something God cares about deeply, and so I lean toward Obama, who cares enough to mention poverty among the issues on his website.  But abortion?  How do you even quantify the horror of abortion?  And yet.  And yet. Should the issue of abortion govern all my every political decision?  After all, what impact might our care of the environment have on future generations?  Would taking care of the earth keep millions more people alive in poverty-stricken countries in the coming decades?

I tried to quantify innocent deaths against innocent deaths; I compared the issue of abortion with the war.  (I am not strongly anti-Iraqi-war, since there is way too much confidential information for the average American to decide whether going to war was justified.  I do have my suspicions, though, that the war had more to do with oil than with the danger of dictator Saddam Hussein.)  Just or unjust war, “innocent” Iraqis have died — people just as precious as those aborted babies.  But those babies — there are so many.  So many more than those killed because of the US’s decision to go to war.  So if you’re comparing numbers… isn’t abortion still the greater evil?

Obama says he wants to educate women so there are fewer unwanted pregnancies.  He wants to make adoption a more viable option, too.  I can support that, although I hate, hate, hate his “if all else fails” solution — to murder a baby that God created.

On financial issues, McCain says, “I want to make every American rich!”  Obama says he wants to spread the wealth around — a biblical perspective if you ask me.  I’d like to say that Christians can do the job of lifting the poor from their suffering, independent of taxation fixes.  But the truth is, we’re not doing it.  Well, then, it’ll have to be done for us.

I have been disgusted by McCain’s haughty nature in debates with Obama.  Maybe he calls himself a maverick; I call him rude.  I have been positively influenced by Obama’s thoughtful, measured responses.  Truly.

On the issue of agriculture, I’m with Obama, too.  While McCain wants to enable farmers to compete in the worldwide market, Obama wants to make it easier for local family farms to thrive.  Obama’s focus is crucial in cutting our oil usage and keeping organic, local food at our fingertips.

I am not deeply impacted by the likelihood of Obama raising taxes.  Socialism does not scare me.  (Oh, how many of you must hate my standpoint on this!)  I wish we could have pure freedom in America.  I wish that the generosity of free humans would overflow with such abundance that poverty would be annihilated.  But it’s not being annihilated.  Those that would be generous have not been generous enough, and the poor continue to suffer.

And I think, too, that freedom on earth is just wishful thinking.  If you’re free in Christ, what does a bigger government harm you?  I realize that governments can get so big that God’s people are oppressed, and I believe that grieves God.  But think how the Chinese church has grown under Communism!  I don’t wish that for us as Americans at all, but I don’t think that socialism is the epitome of spiritual warfare.

What I want to vote for, come November, is a candidate that will support God’s values to care for the poor and the disenfranchised and the earth we’re supposed to be stewarding.  I have not forgotten that one of the disenfranchised ones is the tiny baby who doesn’t make it out of his mother’s womb alive.  And I hurt for that child; my gut churns for that child.  It is the one issue that is keeping me on the fence.

I wish I could just write in Ron Paul on my ballot and say my vote doesn’t matter anyway, especially here in Texas.  I could just stay home and watch McCain get Texas’s vote.  But I believe I need to decide.

And so I struggle.  And so I pray.  I pray that when I cast my ballot, I will do it without guilt or regret.

Afterword:

I know you’re both out there — Obama supporters and McCain supporters.  How did you make your choice?  If your few words could convince me to support one candidate above another, what would you tell me?  Please!  I really want to hear from my readers on this one.

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    • Brian
    • October 20th, 2008

    well, God bless you and whatever you decide. I don’t think I can offer any real input to your already thoughtful analysis. My own choice was made more from previous bias than I would care to admit to myself… I don’t really know what else to say other than I was just REALLY impressed with the way you looked at the various issues. Wish I could help in your agonizing decision, and I wish you the best, but mainly I write this comment to say “kudos to you for being an open-minded, good hearted person and Christian.”

    As to what helped make my decision to vote for Obama: I agree with you on the abortion issue, and I see Obama being a non-polarizing force in this. Despite Obama’s previous votes, I think that with enough pressure, his administration could make good on taking steps to actually reducing abortion… and his approach could possibly be bipartisan, where there is not even the suggestion that Republicans would take a real bipartisan approach (though if McCain wins, I hope I am wrong and certainly see that as a possibility with McCain’s record). Despite the emphasis of Bush’s pro-life stance, the statistics show that the abortion rate decreased faster under Clinton than under Bush. I also see the Iraq war as an unjust war, and get the feeling that Obama would be less likely to lead us into an unjust war in the future. I think the willingness to engage in diplomacy would be higher in an Obama administration. I feel like Obama takes his faith pretty seriously and is very articulate without being overbearing. While I am a Christian, I was impressed at how much consideration the DNC showed for people of all faiths. I like that Obama brought faith into the conversation with Democrats, rather than ignoring the role that faith has in shaping our values. Finally, while I deeply respect McCain, I was and am troubled by the choice of Palin who seems to be a very polarizing force. Where the choice of Biden seemed well-thought-out and helped shore up perceived weaknesses in experience and foreign policy credentials, the choice of Palin seemed rash and only served to shore up image problems and pander to the base.

    I admit strongly of pre-Christian liberal bias, but as a strongly committed Christian now, I see the focus on poverty, just war, and the environment as key parts of Christian faith and sees those values better reflected in Obama and the Democrats. Many parts of the Republican machine (the whisper campaign smears to mark Obama as an Arab and a Muslim and the kind of general callousness of Republican bullies) also is strongly distasteful to me.

    Again, I applaud your analysis and wish you the best as you make your decision.

  1. Does Obama see abortion as the “if all else fails” solution?

    This is enough for me:
    http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/viewarticle.php?selectedarticle=2008.10.14_George_Robert_Obama%27s%20Abortion%20Extremism_.xml

  2. Thankyouthankyouthankyou. You’ve put it more eloquently than I ever could.

    I don’t know that I necessarily have anything to sway your decision but in the end, for me the decision was based on character. Yes. Character. Shallow, some may say, but for me it was the deciding factor. Even in the midst of heavy debate, Obama remains calm and steady, and I haven’t heard any of the horribly rude, completely false, and distasteful accusations coming from him that I’ve heard coming from John McCain.

  3. First off, I’m a big Ron Paul supporter.

    I still haven’t decided if I’m voting for either of the two main party candidates.

    The only issue I wanted to address is poverty. While it’s true that Christians should be doing a better job of helping the poor. I don’t think the best course of action is to admit that the church has failed and give that responsibility to the government. The government is not the best medium for wealth redistribution for much the same reason that you don’t like McCain’s farming plans. The closer you can get to the people you’re helping the more impact you can make, not just in their finances, but in their spiritual life as well.

    We’re all ready too far down the road, as a culture, of expecting our government to take care of us. We need a culture shift to “us” taking care of “us”. The more power we transfer to the government in this arena, the more our natural tendency will be to abuse it.

  4. I agree wholeheartedly with Luke above. Many have failed as Christians to take care of the poor while many have given their lives to do so. I live in one of the poorest areas of the country and can tell you that the governments efforts to care for the poor–kind and thoughtful as they may have been in their birth–continue to perpetuate the poverty and bondage. We as Christians know the only freedom and deliverance comes from Christ, not more wealth spread around. Giving up on our calling because others have failed will give the glory to the gov’t not to our Father.

    Blessings on you as you seek your answer. Ultimately it is He who “sets up kings and deposes them.” May He be glorified whatever the outcome.

  5. As promised, here are my thoughts about the candidates for the upcoming 2008 election.

    I personally don’t really think either candidate is a good choice. Hopefully I can semi intelligently share why.

    John McCain:
    While I respect him for his service to this country, I don’t feel he is pure Republican or conservative. The term RINO (Republican in Name Only) has been used on him, and I think could be appropriate. It has been said that he actually talked with Tom Daschle about caucusing with the Dems some years back. I think he has forgotten or just does not care much about the conservative principles that the party was built on. He also seems to like crossing the aisle a lot to ‘agree’ with Dems on various issues, rather than standing with his own.
    I do think he cares about the average American, and the struggles they encounter. His willingness to make the Bush tax cuts permanent is a good sign. He knows tax cuts actually help the economy. I think he was brilliant in choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate. I believe that she speaks to the average American and they can relate to her. After all she is not a Washington insider. And as we all know, you women have ways of convincing us guys to change our minds and look at things differently. Hopefully she as VP, can influence him in major decisions, that are close to conservative beliefs and principles.

    Barak Hussein Obama:
    In my eyes he is a smooth talking con artist. I think he may even be more of a smooth talker than Bill Clinton was. I don’t see how anybody claiming to be a Christian can have the views on abortion that he has. I believe these views are very contradictory to the Word. Also, who we are today is the sum of all our life experiences and influences. As I read about his association with various people that are radicals, I wonder how a person cannot be influenced. You cannot attend a church for 20 years and not know that the pastor spews radical hatred about this country. In just 4 years I’ve come to know that one of the things that John the pastor at Bear Creek preaches against a lot is legalism.
    I’ve seen a comparison on Obama’s tax plan compared to McCain’s. Obama’s plan is to let the Bush tax cuts expire (thus raising taxes), and plans to raise other taxes. How else is he gonna pay for his ‘wonderful’ programs. He plans on giving 95% of American’s a tax cut; Just how does that fit in considering that 30-40% do not pay any taxes in the first place? Not to mention that the top 5% of tax payers pay 50% of all the tax income to the gov’t already. (IRS Statistic) And he plans to make them pay more? In this economy? That’s just plum crazy. I really do not think he understands business. If you burden business with tax and regulations, it is not going to help grow the economy. I want big businesses to makes good profits, so they can continue to employ people, buy new equipment; after all broke people do nothing to grow the economy. I think his response to “Joe the plumber” says a lot about his plans.
    Obama is a typical Democrat that thinks gov’t is there to fix our problems. Problem is, Gov’t is the problem. Bigger programs and more tax and spend policies will not help us out. It will in reality take us closer to being like France and Canada. Nationalizing industries is not a good plan.
    It also takes a lot of effort to be classified a more liberal senator than Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy. He whines about McCain voting 95% with Bush (Republican party) but he had voted 100% with the Democrats. So much for any attempt at being bipartisan.
    We as Christians have been taught since our youth that the devil comes to us as an angel of light to distract us and lead us away from the truth. I think in the same manner, Sen. Obama is doing the same. Saying things that are pleasing sounding to people’s ears, then hopefully when he wins, he will go in a different direction. I just do not think his plans are what are best for this country.

    As for me, I consider myself a Reagan conservative; Smaller government, less taxes and less government regulations. God gave us a brain to use, we need to use it and not expect gov’t to take care of us. Having cradle to grave gov’t coverage takes away our incentive to pull ourselves (with God’s help) up by our bootstraps. Everything that I have or don’t have has come to me by one of two ways; my stupidity and foolish decisions, or from God as a blessing. Government has not helped me achieve or accomplish any of it.

    I will agree with the statement and belief that we as Christians have not done enough to help the poor, the widows and orphans. Too many times I think we have gotten caught in the trap of “giving him (the poor) a fish and feeding him for a day”, rather than, “teaching him to fish and feeding him for a lifetime”. Turning poverty programs over to the government is not a good idea. Gov’t cannot even balance a checkbook.

    I think Tami has made good points about third party candidates. It makes me think I should find a candidate that might even be more closer to my beliefs and convictions, and vote for them, regardless if they are not a major party.

    And Now, I’ll turn this soapbox over to the next person!

    • Michelle
    • October 21st, 2008

    I believe in competitions in our schools. I’m a public school teacher, and yes, I believe there should be competition between public, private, etc. I believe the choice of education is in the hands of the parent–government involvement in various states has not been favorable for those who wish to have that choice. I shudder to watch that happen on a national level. I shudder for the children in this world. I believe that homosexual marriage is wrong by Biblical standards. I believe that a baby is far more important than this earth (sorry, Carrie), and that while we should take care of God’s earth, the sanctity of human life is irreplaceable. The earth WILL burn. A soul lives on. I believe that caring for the poor is a biblical issue, but I do not believe it is the government’s job to mandate how that happens and to what extent. I believe that is an issue of each individual’s heart as God works, and frankly, I believe some people in this country need to stop waiting for handouts. Yes, it’s happening. I see it in my students ALL the time, and they get it from their parents. The government’s involvement only increases the entitlement issue. I believe that the oil crisis is part of end-time prophecy, and therefore, focusing my voting ideals on this issues is really rather pointless. Realistically, no one man is going to save anything there. No one man will save this economy. We, as people, will have to make the change. More importantly, God will have to make the change if and how He chooses. We, as Christians, will have to pray. And the more power we place in the government’s hands WILLINGLY, the more we strip ourselves of basic rights like freedom of religion, freedom of education, etc. That’s scary.

    I believe that God is in control, and I believe that whomever winds up in the white house is part of the plan heading toward the day Christ returns.

    Lastly, I worry that Satan will use this election to attack the Christian community if we’re not careful. Please be careful regardless of your views.

    • Michelle
    • October 21st, 2008

    One last interesting fact that may or may not be related to this argument. Take it as you will.

    After doing the math, it would take 97% of the land in the USA to grow enough corn for ethanol to power all of our cars. Alternative fuel methods will not solve our dependency on oil, either. So truly, this is a crisis that will not go away fast, if ever.

    For an interesting and thought provoking perspective (as well as Christian encouragement), go to http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/Turning_Point/archives.asp

    Listen to the two episodes called “The Crude Awakening.” They are fascinating. While I don’t agree with absolutely everything this pastor says, I do appreciate and respect him as a person and am provoked to thought and the pursuit of holiness by 100% of his talks.

    • Korbin
    • October 21st, 2008

    The 2008 election is a difficult decision for many. For myself, I look to the decisions made by those who founded our country.

    First, God was a part of the founder’s lives and is a part of United States life today. Why did the founder’s establish a government? I believe to protect the citizens’ freedom including the freedom of religion. Protecting freedoms has become extremely complex in today’s society as our government has become a massive force and world police. Is world police included in the government responsibilities? Does having a massive defensive force mean that our government is protecting our freedoms? Many questions arise when considering the current versus historic governments and may not have a specific answer. Yet when determining for whom I might vote, become relevant questions.

    Second, the passion displayed by our forefathers far outweighs the passion of any American today? Why? The unified purpose for which they fought: freedom, freedom from a government that oppressed the freedoms of individuals. Today, we, as Americans, are like the children of Israel in the Old Testament before they entered the land of Canaan. Many Americans fail to recognize and appreciate with sincerity the purpose for which our forefathers fought.

    The 2008 vote comes down to individual freedoms (McCain) or collective freedoms (Obama). In high school government class, I was taught about the founding principles of the two major political parties. The Republicans typically stand for small government and the Democrats for big government. Also, Obama has ties with people (Jeremiah Wright and Bill Aires) that definitely do not appreciate the American philosophy. Present day, these concerns may not hold a tremendous amount of weight; however the future of America is in the balance. For me, I vote for individual freedoms and not collective freedoms.

    • clbeyer
    • October 22nd, 2008

    Thank you so much for all the thoughtful responses so far. If you think there’s more that needs to be said, keep the comments coming!

    If my head was spinning before, it certainly is now, but, I believe, now with much more substantive arguments. Thank you all for that. Maybe I will write a book some day on all that you’ve taught me.

    Or not. 🙂 But I would like to respond with at least a blog post. In the meantime, my brain and heart are still trying to wrap themselves around all that’s been written here.

    Love and peace to you all!

    • Natalie
    • October 22nd, 2008

    Ungh. Must. Not Post. Oof. Can’t stop myself. . .Politics is killing me. I stew and stew. But Carrie, as always your earnestness and clarity of expression have ensnared me, keeping me from my housekeeping (and oh, how I wanted to respond to your FlyLady entry; unfortunately, my sink needed shining. I am, by the way, in bad standing with the Flylady.)

    I gave myself 100 words about why I support one side over the other. So I’ll start. . . now.

    We are at a tipping point. Domestically, our economy is wrecked: banks have failed, people are losing their houses, children are hungry (this at my children’s school in a middle-class upper midwestern suburb), and the debt our country owes is unprecedented and repaying it, if all goes well, will be grim work. (I don’t know about the alternative, if all does not go well.) Additionally, U.S. citizens are subject to warrantless wiretapping and we have announced to the world that torture is acceptable.

    Globally, we are embroiled in two wars, presently one of which bears a little hope, the other very little; we are held in low esteem by our (hopefully not former) allies; the polar ice is receding at rates that have exceeded predictions, and there is a continent of garbage in the Pacific.

    I suppose I’m beyond 100 words, so I’ll wrap up. From one candidate I hear sensibleness and thoughtfulness, a flexibility and intelligence that is in tune with and responsive to these perilous and unprecedented (at least in my lifetime) circumstances; the other candidate offers threats, anger, division and sideshows.

    Peace.

  6. Carrie,
    I’ve been composing a response to this (and a blog entry of my own) in my head for days, but I have not yet been able to sit down and type it. This morning, though, I read this article, http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=3166, and I found it quite compelling. So, this will have to do until I can get my head wrapped around my own response. Thank you for sharing such insightful thoughts. I love to see people deciding who to vote for based on (gasp!) wrestling w/ the issues, rather than party affiliation or one-issue voting or race or gender or……

  7. Carrie,
    I did not vote for either of these guys. I realize that one of them will win, but that does not mean I have to be a part of them winning or losing for that matter. I cannot put my endorsement, which is the way I view my vote, on either. On the life issue, both candidates are for death. One for babies, the other for foreigners. On the economy, neither is for cutting government spending / debt. I don’t have time to go on, but I also just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading your blog! Thanks for sharing all of your insightfulness.

  8. Dear “daughter”:
    Yes, sometimes I feel like you are partly my daughter because I have shared some part of my life with you. Perhaps I am overstepping my boundaries (definitely I have been thinking that for four or more months); however, daily my mind also thinks that I must write this to live with my own conscience–and so, I am writing to you. Above all else, I love you dearly, and sometimes I find that hard to communicate to you as an adult (it was so much easier when you were a little girl or a teenager). As we all grow older, it seems our conversations becomes more and more “surface” talk.

    This (as are all times) is a “for such a time as this”–Esther of the Old Testament. Once upon a time, Natalie asked me of what value is the Old Testament? I don’t know if she has answered that for herself yet or not, but the Old Testament is full of examples of how to live by faith and how sometimes we must risk our comfort zone to be obedient to God. Ezekiel 33 left an impact on me years ago; I definitely used that in raising my own children. Daniel reminds me that none of us are exempt from trials, but that even then–in the midst of trials– God is God.

    The following two people have some Godly advice and I hope you will take time to read some articles by both of them.

    Phyllis Schlafly is a woman whom I have admired since the 1970’s (http://www.eagleforum.org) and a woman such as I have always thought you might become during your lifetime. Yes, she is “anti-feminist,” yet she is truly a liberated woman.

    Second, please read an article by Huntley Brown. He says everything I have in my heart. I honestly do not think I am racist, but that is what some will call me if I do not vote Obama. Having had many black (that was the correct word then) friends in college, they often gave me a supreme (so I thought) compliment of saying I had no color barriers. I actually found it hard to be in the “A” family at first, and sometimes I felt they were prejudiced (as were my own parents). However, Brown is black (as is Thomas Sowell), and he understands what is so much more important than skin color, party name, gender, etc. In the end, we will only have God to answer to–no one else. (http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/huntleybrown.asp).

    I love you! God is in control–no matter who we vote for or who wins; however, we must answer to Him for each choice, action, and even each thought that we entertain.

    (please email me as I have lost your address!!)

  9. okay, I’m old, conservative, and also “blog-inept.” I cannot get this to complete

    • Klint
    • November 2nd, 2008

    Well let me give it another try ( I must be the one who is blog inept) and please for give my english.. run ons, incompletes etc. lol
    Wow… I am stunned! I hardly ever read your blog, but Kara got me on to this one. I just cannot keep from sharing my thoughts.
    I cease to be amazed at seemingly millions of people fawning after Barak. How can we as a people be so ready to embrace a man who is definitely an excellent speaker, has a controlled temperment, is good looking, and yet has such a telling 2 years in the Senate? Check out his voting record… or wait maybe performance doesn’t matter … he is only going to be the most powerful man in the world! Obama was sent to Washington to represent the views of the people of Illinois and he didn’t even vote on well over half the bills! Not only that when he did vote it is quite shocking what he voted for… partial birth abortion and cut funding for troops in Iraq… check it our yourself here…. it is a fact not just words.
    McCain on the other hand is seemingly disdained by many … afterall he is old, kinda ugly , comes across rude and even survived being a POW… ouch! But I ask you to get the facts about his voting… consistently pro life, consistently pro war (if you want to look at it that way) and definitely not spread the wealth.
    On socialism… Obama says plainly spread the wealth. (BTW who is going to decide how much is enough to live on? And who is too rich?) A biblical principal? I think not. Have you seriously considered how socialism would impact our lives? Directly and indirectly? I believe we can find an example of socialism in the Acts. The people involved in this situation were all christians and it did not work. Can you imagine what kind of a mess it will be when we leave it in the hands of unbelievers? Socialism or spreading the wealth will ultimately punish the diligent and reward the lazy. This is far from any biblical principal I am aware of.
    On poverty…you indicate “I will make you rich” is not good and yet you agree with Obama because seemingly poverty has made it on to his agenda. I ask you what is the difference? I mean really if we are not living in poverty doesn’t that make us rich? Whats the standard? Do you really believe it would be a good thing to eliminate all poverty? This may be too easy for me to say as I am not livning in poverty, but please consider for a moment… Christ said the poor you will have with you always. Christ identifies with the poor. He was the richest man to ever walk the face of this earth and yet he chose to be poor(physically speaking). I think it is a fallacy to believe either one of the candidates will do much about poverty. Which I am curious… if you could how would you eliminate poverty? Consider this for a moment in regards to poverty … Communism oppresses people and creates poverty, Socialism depresses people and creates poverty, and Capitalism (freedom) gives you the choice to live in poverty.
    On your statement ” the truth is we are not doing it” ….. I find this statement almost offensive… at the very least it is extremely troubling. While it may be true that individually we as christians (me first) are not giving enough, it is certainly not true for us as Americans. America has given more money, resources and BLOOD than any other nation in the history of the world toward eliminating oppression, poverty, and many other injustices. It is a fact… how can we forget all those brave men and women who have played a role in winning first our freedom to worship…. Not a state demanded and inforced religion, but the religion of our choosing! Then the war fought to eliminate the terrible injustice in this very country of slavery. And how can we forget all the blood that was shed to destroy Hitlers regime in his attempt to annihilate the Jews? Yes we did destroy much of Europe in the process, but we also rebuilt much of it with America dollars. We could go on and on about what America has done for the good of this world. It is shameful that today it is thought of as offensive and that some how we would be better off negotiating these types of things, at least that is what Obama seems to think…. hmmm wander where we would be if we sat down to negotiate slavery?
    On abortion and war… First of all I think this is a flawed comparision/argument. With abortion you have a completely innocent, helpless being that is always the target of death. With war you have informed people who know the danger and in general are not the target of death. However I would like to pose the question to you (since you might find abortion the compromise instead of war) Just what would you be willing to go to war for? Poverty? Oppression? Hitler? Freedom? Abortion? And what would be the result of the war? I believe I could make a very strong case that we have accomplished more…. far more good through war than what we have destroyed…..especially if we are talking poverty and oppression.
    Ultimately I understand that we serve a sovereign God, and he will put in office who he wants. That does not allow us to convince ourselves that we should not vote or that it doesn’t matter who we vote for. Our ability to vote has been won be thousands of American lives and is our duty to vote lest they would die in vain.
    I am voting for McCain not because he has it all right but because I believe Obama has it all wrong. I hope you and many others will too.
    Last of all can you please explain how go from considering a vote for Obama to writing in Ron Paul? 🙂

    Klint

  10. I am officially in the Constitution Party now… willing to vote outside it, but am not this time around. Both of the “major” party candidates disturb me to the core…

  1. November 3rd, 2008

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