I want to take this opportunity to give you something to think about before you head out to the polls tomorrow. First, a little background on myself. For many years I voted right down the Republican Party line. I now, however, consider myself an independent, with conservative values and libertarian leanings.
I used to follow politics closely, but over the last few years I have learned a lot about the inner workings of government and have become disenfranchised with our broken system.
In 2008 I voted for John McCain. I didn’t like everything he stood for, and while I still believe he was a far better choice than Obama, I have seen some of the things he has said and am embarrassed I voted for him.
I am tired of feeling like I voted for the lesser of two evils. Here is an analogy.
You’re trapped in a coffin and two men are nailing the top down. One is using a pneumatic nail gun and is quickly driving a nail in every half inch. The other man is using a hammer and nails, obviously going slower, and is adding more space between the nails. However, he is still nailing the lid to your coffin.
I have heard people say that the two parties are the same. I don’t believe that but I do believe that the lines that used to define them have become blurred in far too many areas. Both parties have increased our debt to unsustainable levels. They have increased the size of government and they have stripped away our God given rights one by one.
Both parties campaign the same way; candidates slander their opponents instead of building the case for what they have done and why we should vote for them. I have actually thanked God for a DVR so I can fast forward through campaign commercials.
I’m tired of campaign promises that are quickly forgotten about or laughed about and put back on the shelf, only to come out again for the next election. Take ObamaCare for example; how many candidates during the last election took a stand saying they would repeal ObamaCare? If it was their first election they may have believed it and were just naïve. But if they were already in, they knew ObamaCare is here to stay and were pandering /lying to get votes.
Here is an image of my options for the US Senate race along with some questions asked by the Minnesota Family Institute. The answers were gathered by questionnaire, recorded votes, media reports and public statements. If the candidate did not respond to the questionnaire they were given follow up calls and emails.
As you can see, the republican candidate chose not to comment on any social issue. In this day and age, and with the level of effort that went into getting answers, if we don’t know the answer, it is because the candidate feels their answer would jeopardize their chances with their voting base. I actually respect Al Franken more; while he’ll never get my vote and I disagree with most of what he says, at least he has the guts to say it.
How am I supposed to be okay with voting for someone who I only agree with on certain key issues? The enemy of my enemy is my friend is not a valid strategy for foreign policy, nor a valid voting strategy. Both lead to problems down the road.
Some of you might be thinking that not voting for the lesser of two evils is the same as voting for the bigger evil. I used to think that way, so I understand it. But that way of thinking is like saying that sitting in a room filled with second hand smoke is healthy because you didn’t smoke anything. What I am doing by not voting for either evil is simply leaving the room.
When you vote for someone, it is an endorsement of that person. I will no longer put my stamp of approval on people that only support a small segment of my beliefs. My integrity means more than that to me.
I still plan on voting; there were a few candidates that answered all of the questions in a manner that I can support. If there isn’t a candidate running for an office that I can support, I plan to write a name in.
I don’t believe that either party has my best interests in mind. I still think they will add debt, grow government, and take liberties when they can. So I plan to make the best life for my family that I possibly can. I plan on continuing to prepare, so that when the cards begin to fall from the weight of the staggering debt, we can weather it and any other storm that may come our way.
My name is Chris Ray, and I approve this message. (Sorry, couldn’t resist!)
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