Wednesday, October 24, 2012

How Should I Vote? Obama, Romney or Neither?

            Recently, I read a blog post from a lady I have followed for several years.  She remarked that she did not know who she was going to vote for yet, but she was leaning toward Romney.  She cited that in the previous election she had voted for Obama.

            I have also read/talked to others who declare they won’t vote for either one.  They will cast a “non-vote.”            

            I have been surprised by these ideas.  First of all I have to say I’m not personally thrilled by our choices this election cycle.  I am a conservative and I did not vote for Romney in the Republican Primary Election.  Romney is too moderate in my opinion; which was exactly why my fellow blogger was willing to vote for him.  Would I go so far as to cast a “non-vote” though?

There are a lot of tough questions facing Americans today.  Questions about foreign policy, border control, welfare, environment, fiscal spending, health care, social security….. The list goes on and on.  This much I’ve established:

·         Everyone has a different idea on how to solve a said problem.  And that person always thinks they are right.

·         Both parties contain people who are corrupt and they receive financial backing from corrupt people.

·         Both parties contain honorable people despite what the other party thinks.

·         No one really has all the answers.

·         It’s impossible to agree with someone on everything.

·         Some issues are more important to some people than they are to others.

I do believe at the end of the day there are two issues that are critical and more important than anything else.  These two issues must be fought for no matter what else you believe.  Period. Game over.  These two issues are: the sanctity of human life and the preservation of the family unit.

People must be placed in government who will defend these values.  All other ideas must always be secondary to preserving human life and defending the family as the fundamental unit of society.

Elder Oaks recently said, “We also need politicians, policy makers, and officials to increase their attention to what is best for children in contrast to the selfish interest of voters and vocal advocates of adult interests.”

Whatever differences we have (which are A LOT), Romney and I do agree that human life is sacred and that marriage is defined as a union of one man and one woman.  I therefore will and must vote for him if the choice is between him or Obama.  There is no other option.

These issues are not secondary issues.  They chart the course of a moral or an amoral people. We condemn our society when we allow the sanctity of life to be desecrated by legislation.

“Children are highly vulnerable.  They have little or no power to protect or provide for themselves and little influence on so much that is vital to their well-being.  Children need others to speak for them, and they need decision makers who put their well-being ahead of selfish adult interests…

“From the perspective of the plan of salvation, one of the most serious abuses of children is to deny them birth…

“Many laws permit or even promote abortion, but to us this is a great evil.”

He did not say abortion is a difference of opinion, like whether we promote social medicine or not, but he said abortion is EVIL.

Remember the words of the Savior,

“And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matthew 18:5-6

“Throughout history, marriage has first and foremost been an institution for procreation and raising children.  It has provided the cultural tie that seeks to connect the father to his children by binding him to the mother of his children...

“Our church leaders have taught that looking ‘upon marriage as a mere contract that may be entered into at pleasure…and severed at the first difficulty…is an evil meriting severe condemnation,’ especially where ‘children are made to suffer.’”

He went on quoting a New York Times writer who noted “the striking fact that even as traditional marriage has declined in the United States…the evidence has mounted for the institution’s importance to the well-being of children.”

And finally, “The social science literature is controversial and politically charged on the long-term effect of this on children, principally because as a New York Times writer observed, ‘same-sex marriage is a social experiment, and like most experiments it will take time to understand its consequences.’”

As the family is protected so is the child.

A superficial view of the Civil War produces the idea that the war was just about slavery, but it wasn’t.  For many in the south it was an issue about state’s rights and the South fought for state’s rights.  If that had been the only issue I believe our little family would have worn gray.  However, as important as state’s rights are, the rights of human beings must always be more important.  When certain “inalienable rights,” bestowed upon us by our Creator are taken away from others then you and I must stand up and say, “NO!”

Slavery had to abolished, even if it meant big government had to come in and stop it.  Today no push for less taxes, foreign policies, or social medicine can ever be more important to Americans then the rights of all children and families.

I desire to stand before that bar of God and declare I did not vote for people that did not honor life and family.  I further desire to declare that I did vote for people who would promote morality in America.

Please join me in voting for life and family this election.


crazy4boys said...

Well said, my friend. I do think it's important, in the general election, to vote for one of the big two. A third party vote just isn't going to get the person elected, and in fact, can harm the chances of a good (or not horrible) candidate getting elected. It is so important to vote for someone who WILL protect human life and who WILL defend marriage. I think primaries are a great time to indicate personal preference, but when it comes down to two people (because honestly the third party guys just don't have the votes), you need to pick the one that most closely matches your beliefs. It won't be a perfect match, but you can find someone who is similar. Stand with them.

Joyful Saint said...

So well written. Your argument is masterfully developed.

I loved your bulletted points. SO RIGHT ON.

I would choose one of the same uncompromising principles, and one different. My principles would be:

1. Life for all. I would even consider supporting groups who would help women that have been victimized to have their babies. To celebrate these women as heroes who turned something horrible into something blessed. Financial help, mental help, and placement help for those who wanted.

2. Religious Freedom.

I could vote for someone who allowed "gay-marriage," on the principle of liberty, before I would vote for someone who wanted to take away the ability to worship according to your own conscience.

Don't get me wrong. I oppose ssmarriage, but it is further down the list.

Being A Mother Who Knows said...

Excellant points for sure Heather and Steph. Thank you! : )

Our children are the future said...

We are voting for Romney for the exact same reasons you posted. It is evil to support abortion, also, we are against same-sex marriage. The list goes on but we like Romney for that matter.

Kassie said...

Thank you for this post. I really appreciate your thoughts on this as I have actually been wondering if I should cast a non vote. You have given me much to think about. As usual.

Rebekah said...

I believe voting by principle is the way to go. The best way I’ve found to match up my principles with those the presidential candidates say they stand for is this site: We all know there will never be a perfect match but this site provides many options for answers to a big list of concerns the government is involved with. I value it as a great place to help one sort through all the hype and party line speech out there to find out which candidate really fits best with one’s principles.

Also, Deanna, I'd like to mail you something. Could you maybe give me your mailing address through goodreads?