April 27, 2017

The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend is Not a Voting Strategy

The Enemy of my Enemy is My Friend is Not a Voting StrategyI 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.

US Senate

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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Comments

  1. Wow! You sound just like me! I can’t even stomach following politics anymore and up until the last 2 years, I NEVER missed an election.

    • Bobbie Stump says:

      If you’re no longer voting, you’re just as much a part of the problem.

    • Rev. Dr. Michael E Harris says:

      I was sent on business travel once and missed one election. I now use the absentee ballot system for all elections.

      I have not always been overly concerned with politics, but have voted in all but one election since I turned 21. I was not terrified by any candidates until 2008.

  2. Amen Brother!

  3. Chris, you HAVE to vote against Al Frankenstein, even if you hate the R, do it for the rest of us. Harry Reid needs to be taken out!!! Integrity is a great character trait, but this is war! Hold your nose and vote for the Republican! There is more at stake here than your integrity. You will have that no matter what. My .02! Hit a sacrifice fly!!!

  4. Chris-

    I’ve been singing that song for years. How will the BEST candidate ever get elected if everyone voted for the lesser of two evils, because that candidate had a better chance of winning? It’s not throwing away your vote…. It’s voting your conscience !

    • Rev. Dr. Michael E Harris says:

      Somehow, the BEST candidates often lose the primaries. Many very good people enter, but never make it to the finals.

  5. Rev. Dr. Michael E Harris says:

    You have a choice of two big evils. I know that many people do not vote because they are not 100% happy with any of the candidates. I have been reading about whether Christians should vote for the lesser of two evils. Until we get an option to vote for “None of the Above”, I will have to continue to vote for the lesser of two evils.

    If you remember Senator Obama’s voting record in the Senate, you will realize that answering “Present” to all issues is about not letting the voters know where you stand. I am willing to voice my stand on any issue, and I do not care what anyone thinks about my stand or me. I only answer to my Creator.

  6. Son of Liberty says:

    I hear you, and we will get what we deserve – Al Franken will become senator again because people didn’t get the answer they wanted. To help him get re-elected – whatever our reasons – is to get much more of the same. God help us!!!

    Sorry, but false and stupid reasoning.

    Blessings,

    Son of Liberty

  7. Michael Bunker posted a series of articles a few years back that were eye opening for me. For some reason, his website isn’t up right now, but I found the first part. I think Christians should read it and reflect on it.

    http://domesticfelicitations.blogspot.com/2012/08/of-voting-government-other-unseemly.html

  8. Chris, to use your analogy would you rather have two guys with hammer and nails, or two with nail guns closing your coffin, if we can survive another year, maybe we can start to make changes to our corrupt politicians. I beg of you, for the rest of us, please vote for the lesser of two evils.
    Thanks for sharing your views.

  9. “For many years I voted right down the Republican Party line. I now, however, consider myself an independent, with conservative values and libertarian leanings”

    Wow it is scary how you sound just like me when someone asks me what my stance is.

  10. Good article, Chris. By voting with integrity, even if the candidate looks like an impossible win, you join David against Goliath or Gideon and his 300 against the army of thousands.

    Do the right thing, no matter what the odds are against it succeeding, and trust the King of David and Gideon to deliver you in due time.

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