Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Musings on this historic election.

Disclaimer: The opinions in this post in no way, shape, or form represent Del Sol Church or its leadership. I've written this not in the capacity of a staff member, but as an individual. Also, no animals were harmed in the making of this blog post.

For a long time, I wasn't sure who to vote for in the Presidential election. I favored Mike Huckabee and Tom Tancredo in the Republican primaries, and Governor Bill Richardson in the Democratic primaries. When the candidate fields narrowed down, I favored John Edwards on the left and Governor Mitt Romney on the right.

Finally it was whittled down to Obama and McCain. And my conundrum began because they're both senators and because I'm not too crazy about either of them.

I don't like Obama, but I don't like McCain all that much either. Mostly, I'm just glad that Hillary Clinton is out of the running - that would have been absolutely terrible, in my opinion (not because she's a woman, but because she's Hillary Clinton).

For quite awhile I thought about it, prayed about it, and just could not come to a decision. I finally made my decision late last week when I heard that if Obama is elected, the Democrats will have a "super-majority", which means they will control all three branches of the government.

That's not good - for either Republicans or Democrats to have a super-majority. So I decided to vote for McCain not because I like him, but because I think we need checks and balances in our government. Obama was never really a viable candidate in my mind because he has almost no national leadership experience, has no executive experience (though in fairness, neither does McCain), and is dangerously socialistic. There is NO excuse for his "spread the wealth" ideology; that idea goes completely and totally against the basic tenets of the American economic system.

His idea is to take money that people have worked hard for and give it to everyone else (even those that don't work or pay taxes) just because he thinks that's fair. But then that's not fair to the rich people who have worked hard to become rich.

And the idea that middle class should get tax breaks while upper class get higher taxes? That's stupid! The upper class pays about 70% of the nation's taxes, while the middle class pays a very small amount - 6.something percent, I believe. Naturally, the rich SHOULD get the biggest tax breaks because they pay the most taxes!

So for me, it's:

If Obama is elected, I'll pray for him and support him as our nation's leader because that's my duty as a Christian. But also, if Obama gets elected ...God help us.

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