Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Please Vote


Kay and I, like many of our fellow Texans, will be voting early. I'm one of the first to admit that I'm not thrilled with either candidate. But given what each says they will do, and what they have demonstrated by past actions and privately uttered words, I believe I've made my choice based on the future of our country. And despite what Michael Moore may say, I'm not a "legal terrorist" because of my vote against the candidate he favors.

Why don't we see more yard signs for candidates this time around? Two reasons, I think. The first is that yard signs have given way to social media posts. The other is fear. Yard signs have always disappeared, but in this election there have been a few instances when they also marked the occupants of houses for retaliation. One candidate's rallies were interrupted by individuals who turned out to be paid by the other side. It's getting rough out there, folks.

Social media is a great way to get a message across, but some of the posts and most of the comments make me cringe. This is such a contentious race that trolls attacking posts make some of us keep our opinions to ourselves, lest we be called racist, xenophobe, or deplorable. We're left with a difficult choice--let others know what we think or remain silent and let those who yell (both literally and figuratively) have the stage. I have kept my peace until now, but it's time to let you know whose side I'm on.

I have to admit that my vote is more against one candidate than for the other. But the difference is significant, and I hope others will see it as well. I will vote against a candidate whose actions show a disregard for national security, the sanctity of life, and the will of the people to have less government intervention.

My vote goes to the individual who promises, in the first hundred days, to reverse the illegal executive orders that have been handed down, to push for term limits on our legislators, to restore our military and once more put our nation in the position of being respected by the world, to correct many of the current situations the common people find intolerable...and to step down after one term. That's my view, and despite the advice of many in the publishing industry to the contrary, I'm letting readers of this blog know. If it costs me readers, so be it. To remain silent may cost much more.

Ours is one of the few nations in the world where free voting takes place. There are many things about our country I don't like. There will be  more after the election, no matter who wins. But win, lose, or draw I will continue to pray for our nation, and I hope you'll join me. I long for the day when we can once again proudly refer to America as "One nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all."

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NOTE: Your comments are welcome, but I will remove any comments I feel to be disrespectful of others. Civil discourse is just that...civil. Please think twice before you comment.

10 comments:

Elise Griffith said...

If this gets wordy, forgive me. I am and have been praying for our country. In my lifetime (55 years), having lived from coast to coast and many places in between, I've watched our once great nation turn away from the biblical principles I was raised with. In the 60s we lived near D.C. where my father worked, so at an early age I began to realize how removed/separate it is from the rest of America. I live in coastal CA now. It, too, is disconnected. I keep myself to myself, because we're conservative. Yet it's hard to ignore the ugliness this election has spread like a cancer throughout the United States. In school we were taught about the evils of "propaganda"; today's media seems to embrace it. Only God can heal our country.

One of the candidates will win the election. Tempting though it may be to leave that part of the ballot blank (or skip voting at all), I will cast my vote for who I feel capable of the least lasting damage. Those appointed to the supreme court by the new president can make decisions my future grandchildren will have to live with. Political corruption can take decades to eradicate. It's important to vote even if I feel like in doing so I'm merely whispering into a hurricane. I can't vote for a candidate who has regularly and repeatedly done things that would put ordinary Americans in jail, no matter how the media spins it or federal authorities ignore it.

Richard Mabry said...

Well-said, Elise. It echoes my feelings exactly.

Dawn Turner said...

I agree completely. This election has brought out the worst in people. I've seen some startling ugliness. The fact Scripture warns about this sort of thing, that the love will grow cold the closer we get to the End, doesn't make it any easier to watch.

Richard Mabry said...

Dawn, I have never seen such vituperation and vilification as this election has brought forth.

Jackie Smith said...

Elise has said it well!!! I agree.

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Jackie.

Kris M said...

Richard, Well said! My thoughts, too. It is interesting that a few years ago there were tons of signs everywhere - not so this election. And we live in a suburb of DC.

Richard Mabry said...

Kris, it's a shame when people are afraid to publicly support the candidate they feel is most qualified to serve (or, at least, the one least likely to further damage the nation we love).

Patricia Bradley said...

Amen and amen to your post and the comments.

Richard Mabry said...

Thank you, Patricia.