I hate controversy. I generally go to great lengths to avoid awkwardness of any kind. I just want everyone to get along and live together in love and harmony forever and ever amen. This is why I do not wear my political affiliation on my sleeve. I do not put bumper stickers on my car. I do not put signs in my yard. And I do not discuss politics on my blog.
That’s right, I’m throwing caution to the wind. Living on the edge. Except that I think I’m going to close comments because I am SCAYERED.
And yet, that is the very reason I have decided to write this post. It seems to me that conservative voters tend to be less vocal about their views. But after I read this article yesterday, I decided that whether or not it’s true, it’s time for this conservative to speak up. I’m not writing this post to start a debate or even a discussion, but simply to state who I am voting for and why, to share my side for the information and consideration of anyone who cares, and perhaps to encourage other conservative voters who have been keeping their cards close to their vest to speak up as well.
I started this election by looking at both candidates with an open mind. I talked to people on both sides of the fence and read articles and watched several of the debates. But in the end, I came back to my roots. I don’t think liberal is a bad word. I certainly don’t think Obama is evil incarnate. I honestly sympathize with the opposing position on most issues. But I keep coming back to McCain, and this is why.
I do not have the confidence in our government to take over the health care system and make it better. I am not impressed with the way the government runs Social Security and welfare and other systems. I am convinced that competition is necessary to make businesses run more efficiently and to drive excellence. Yes, I realize there are other countries who are pleased with their government-run health care, but most are nowhere near as large as we are, and most probably started out that way.
I’m not saying that our system is without fault, but I believe there are better ways to care for the underprivileged and uninsured than to centralize our heath care and increase other government programs. Frankly, I resent the implications and outright accusations that conservatives are selfish and tight-fisted. We just believe the private sector is far better equipped to handle the needs of the underprivileged in our society. And that basic belief is what drives my voting choices.
As for the war, that’s a huge issue in this election, and while I don’t like war, I believe we need to finish the job before we come home. I trust McCain on this issue given his experience in the military and in Congress for so many years.
I am leaving social issues out of this post because they are secondary to me, and I am writing a blog post not a book. You’re welcome.
And there’s one more thing that’s been on my mind during this election. As a Christian, I believe that God is on His throne no matter who is in the White House. What’s more, He ordains the rulers of this world AND He commands us to honor and obey them insofar as they do not ask us to sin against Him. To act like it’s the end of the world when our candidate of choice is not elected is implying that we don’t trust God. He is not affiliated with any political party. His ways are not our ways, and He accomplishes His will through people of all colors and stripes and party affiliations.
So I will get out and vote my conscience on Tuesday. But I will not participate in the drama and dire predictions that are bound to ensue in the Republican camp if McCain doesn’t win the election. Whoever is elected president deserves our respect and our prayers, no matter who we vote for.
I have a great deal of respect for my liberal friends, and I truly
believe we all want the same thing in the end – a safe, healthy,
productive society where we can live and work and play with freedom and
security. And because of that, I think I may change my mind and leave the
comments open. I don’t think it’s necessary to close them. I trust my readers more
than that. That said, any comment I feel to be inflammatory or unkind
will be deleted.