So I am not sure if it is because I am a few months shy of 30 or if it is because I have little ones this time around, but for some reason I have decided to take this political stuff a bit more seriously this time around. So here is my "quota" - you know, 25 cents worth....
I have taken the time to listen to the debates and speeches, sometimes 2 and 3 times. I have read the articles CNN and Fox News (so I can get both biases). I have tried to be as open minded as possible, given my obviously conservative leanings - but I just can't shake this feeling that our country is on the verge of disaster. Listening to the Obama/Biden ticket talk makes my tail tingle, as Verne in "Over the Hedge" would say.
Obviously this election we are picking between two people with obvious flaws. So, no decision is perfect. Obama is an incredible speaker, I will give him that. A few editorials I have read say he should win because he has been composed and consistent through out the campaign. And I say, he is a white washed tomb.
I will start with the obvious - I just can't vote for someone that is pro-abortion. Obama said at the Saddleback forum that he personally was against it, but that he couldn't possibly dictate a woman's choice that she has been anguishing over within herself and with her family. A safe answer. Psalms 139:13-14 says "For Thou did form my inward parts; thou did weave me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." If you have had a baby, or even held one, you know they are utterly perfect and helpless. They are God's handiwork, yet fully reliant on us to make every decision for them and care for them. In the first four weeks - before you really even know you are pregnant, the baby's sex is determined the nervous system forms and the heart and circulatory system are rapidly forming. Abortion is murder, and I just can't get past this, so no pro-abortion person will ever get my vote, ever.
The war, the war. Everyone thinks McCain years will be a repeat of the Bush years. First I will say - we have had no attacks on US soil since 9/11. There have been 20 foiled attacks, 20, since 9/11. Iraq or no Iraq - we must be doing something right. To date there have been 4185 soldiers killed in Iraq. This is 4185 too many. Abortion kills approximately 3,700 per day in the USA. In two days abortion surpasses the Iraq war. When a soldier becomes a soldier, they know that the ultimate price may have to be paid. I am not trying to minimize it, but these men and women are serving their country and those that die, die with pride. Those that die to abortion made no choice - they didn't have a chance.
Poverty. Poverty in America is inexcusable. According to almost everything you hear the Democratic party cares for the poor people, but lets personalize it. The only reason that the government has to take care of the poor people is because the church stinks at it. I mean really, really stinks at it. James 1:27 says "This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world". Not pure and undefiled government, but religion. The church and the people of God have got to make this a priority. Personally I am not for this socialist way of thinking - taxing the heck out of the people to redistribute wealth. But poor people HAVE to be taken care of - and the church has to respond - NOW. They have to respond lovingly. Obama brings up poverty a lot. I will mention that Obama is not poor and even in his best year he only gave away 6.1% of his income. His 7 year average 2.18% - pathetic. A biblical tithe is a tenth - a Christian should give above and beyond this. If a person really cared for the poor, I mean really cared and they made 1.6 million... I think it is a shame to not even meet the Biblical giving standard. That is greed and selfishness and, caring words are just that, words, empty words.
So I have been a bit negative. McCain isn't perfect - I will admit that up front. He is pro-life, has military experience (an understatement) and his giving far surpasses Obama. If you want to read a true story of someone who has served their country in deed, not just words. Visit: http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/2008/01/28/john-mccain-prisoner-of-war-a-first-person-account.html?PageNr=1
If I were Obama, I don't think I could stand on stage with McCain and feel justified to do so.
So McCain will get my vote.
Take my two cents, or leave it.
It is my blog after all, and you choose to read it.