We have nearly 22 months until the next presidential election. I know it seems like a long time from now, but it will be here before we know it. And if last November told us anything, it’s that we need to vote.
So, early as it may be, here are some thoughts that I have on the upcoming election.
First of all, we all have deal breakers. Things that we are so passionate about that we just can’t vote for someone who will go against our convictions. Know yourself and know what would be willing to fight and die for and what you would be willing to live with if push came to shove.
For example (and please be respectful and remember we are all entitled to our own beliefs) abortion is an absolute deal breaker for me. No matter what, I can’t vote for someone who supports it. Parental Rights is another deal breaker. I will not vote for someone who tells me that I can’t homeschool my children or that I can’t teach them about God. Which brings me to Religious Freedom. Another deal breaker. I want someone who will protect my right to live according to the dictates of my conscience just as vehemently as they will protect the person who believes the opposite of what I do and not brush me aside just because I am “traditional” or “conservative”. Higher taxes (while undesirable) I can live with if the I can guarantee those other things are protected.
And unfortunately, the debates, campaigns and the media (goodness, especially the media) can’t be counted on these days to tell us what the candidates really stand for.
Which brings me to the title of my post. Everyone has got a book these days. Find out who is planning on running and read what they have written. That is probably the best way to know. And if you already know what your deal breakers are, then you don’t have to read their book (though I won’t tell you not to, because it can only help to broaden your understanding of the opposition).
I know that some of you will say things like “I already know what they stand for, they are [insert political party with tone of disdain]”.
Why do people vote for the party and not the person? The parties are much more alike these days then we think they are. They are both corrupt and greedy and neither vote for what their constituents want. They vote for whoever will get them re-elected, not what the people want nor what is right.
So read their books and then vote for the person you like the most.