Final Thoughts before the Election

Even though I haven’t written about the election before except to urge everyone to vote, I couldn’t keep silent today.

If you’re like me, you’re probably sick and tired of this year’s presidential election. Even though it’s only two days away, there’s no telling how much more political junk mail will show up in my Inbox between now and Tuesday. That may be true for you, too.

Unfortunately, we can’t bury our heads in the sand. This election is one of the most pivotal–probably the most pivotal–in America’s history. Our very future depends on the results.

Yet most of us look at our choices (feel free to disagree with my viewpoint) and cringe…

  • A woman who will possibly soon be facing serious criminal charges. A woman who would build upon the policies of the president who I believe will one day be remembered as one of America’s worst. A woman who claims to have accomplished great things, but has done little more than grow extremely wealthy.
  • A man whose mouth is as big as his hair and who does much of his speaking without thinking about the consequences. A man who seems to get angry easily. A man who bravely opposes everything that’s wrong in Washington but doesn’t have any experience in governing, even at the local level.

What will happen to this country when one of these individuals becomes POTUS (President of the United States)? That’s the big question. A mystery. A scary one.

I’m not afraid of the election, however. God can use either person to accomplish His purposes for America. There must be hundreds of examples throughout history of the good things even the most evil leaders have accomplished, but what comes to mind immediately is King Herod. Yes, the same one who had all the male babies killed in order to try to prevent Jesus from becoming his rival. A truly evil man. Yet he rebuilt the temple in Jerusalem. Even the worst of leaders isn’t always all bad.

We typically get caught up in what the candidates say or claim to believe about the issues each of us cares most about, whether it’s the sanctity of life, the protection of religious freedom, gun rights, ISIS, the economy…

The list seems endless.

I believe there’s only one important issue. Everything else will be affected by it one way or another–the Supreme Court.

If you look back at the Constitution–have you read it recently?–you’ll see that the Supreme Court was designed to have VERY limited powers. And Congress alone was given the power to make laws. Yet over the years, the Supreme Court has become the most powerful branch of the government rather than the weakest, and those appointed officials on the bench–we the people don’t get to vote on them–effectively use their own prejudices and beliefs rather than the Constitution to make decisions about things the Constitution never intended for them to have any say about. And those decisions effectively become law, even though technically each one applies only to a single case.

That kind of power is dangerous, and it’s leading America downhill. The ability to appoint new Justices will make the difference between America becoming a third world socialist state or remaining a model constitutional republic.

I can’t tell you who to vote for. I wouldn’t deny your freedom to vote for your choice of candidates, no matter how much I might disagree with your choice. It’s truly pathetic, however, that because of the biases of the media we depend on for truth, few Americans have the information they need in order to vote intelligently.

I believe I know enough to vote for Donald Trump, however. Not because I like the man. I don’t. Not because I think he has enough experience. He doesn’t. Not because I think he’s a model American or even a man I would want to be like. I have many doubts about him.

But I believe he is sincere in wanting to change things in Washington and make America great once again. And that he is committed to choosing future Supreme Court Justices wisely. That makes him worth my vote.

I never know who reads this blog. I have expressed a combination of fact and opinion today. I trust you will be as tolerant of my views as I promise to be of yours if you express them courteously. Your comments are welcome.

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Why Vote?

Okay, so this topic might seem more appropriate for this November rather than right now. But I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently and wanted to go ahead and express my thoughts. Who knows? Maybe I’ll re-post this again closer to November.

If you’re like many of us, you may be horrified at the available choices for our next president. I suspect that’s true regardless of your party affiliation.

The people have supposedly spoken in the primary elections, but since there are no consistent requirements for how the primaries are handled or what the results actually mean, who knows whether the majority of Americans are actually in favor of the  presumed candidates for each party?

That puts many of us in a quandary. If we don’t like either candidate, why vote at all?

I like what a friend of mine shared about the way elections are held in Colombia, a nation in South America. If neither candidate gets a clear majority, voters at the poll get to demand that they be given different candidates to consider.

If I recall correctly, voting in Australia is legally required. A bit extreme for America’s tastes, perhaps. Being free to make a choice also requires the freedom not to have to.

And too many Americans are convinced either that their votes won’t make a difference OR they refuse to support an undesirable candidate in the hopes of defeating an even more undesirable one.

I recently saw what struck me as a rather exaggerated excuse. Something like “I wouldn’t vote for Hitler, would I?”

I wonder whether the people of Germany would’ve voted overwhelmingly for Hitler if they’d had their eyes open. And I wonder whether that may be the situation with this November’s election as well.

Both of the presumed candidates appear dangerous to me and to a number of other Americans. I’m not writing here to advocate either party or either candidate.

What I do want to do is encourage everyone to vote in November, no matter how reluctantly. Vote against the candidate you consider least desirable. But don’t let other people make your decision for you just because you don’t want to make it for yourself. The future of this nation is at stake, whether you realize it or not.

Two remarkable quotes come to mind. One is from physicist Albert Einstein. “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”

The other is from theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

It’s interesting that two such different men–men from such different backgrounds–should say essentially the same thing.

Maybe you don’t care what Einstein and Bonhoeffer have to say, and you may not care about my opinion, either.

But if we end up with a dangerous president–perhaps I should say “the more dangerous president”–in the White House as a result of this November’s election, it won’t be because I didn’t do the research to choose who I think will be the more desirable person and go to the polls and vote for him or her.

It will be because of the individual Americans who–with each vote not cast–allow others to make the decision for them. Please don’t be one of them.

Donn Taylor, an author friend of mine, just had this letter to the editor published in his local newspaper in Texas. “Several letters recently have asked whether to vote or refrain from voting in the 2016 presidential election. To answer the question, I recommend the following guideline: When there’s no Messiah running, and only Barrabas and Judas Iscariot are on the ballot, we vote for Barrabas. Failing to vote has the same effect as voting for Judas. From that point it’s just a matter of identification.”

Are you planning to vote? Why or why note? How about leaving a comment?


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