Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Vote With Your Whole Mind
As you all know, I usually try to shy away from political posts or rants. However, the current political climate in our country today has been enough to make me rattled. And it has pushed me to speak out about something that it is on my heart, and especially, my mind.
On a recent family vacation, I noticed a large, black and white billboard near our hometown that said, "TRUMP: Pray for our nation, Take our country back."
And for the first time, I actually felt ashamed about the Republican candidate.
This is the first year that as a registered Republican voter, I do not feel "meh" about the Republican candidate; I actually feel very negative toward him. As an owner of casinos, an immodest man who brags about money and the size of his male appendage, and as one who mocks others and cannot seem to say anything coherent in a debate, I do not just dislike him. I loathe him.
So when I see a billboard with his name in the same sentence with "prayer" and the idea of recovering our lost nation, I do not just squirm, I am indignant and repulsed.
I heard Bob Dole interviewed recently on NPR extolling the "virtues" of Trump, and I just felt this overwhelming feeling: "This is so tired. This is so old. This old-school view of politics is just like Bob Dole- ancient and dying." And that's just it- Trump isn't virtuous. He isn't real. He's full of himself and he's full of it. He's motivated by money and he gains power by provoking our emotions. He's a classic demagogue.
I attended an open house party for a woman in my city who is running for the School Board. She shared her ideas, her intelligence, and her concern for every child to succeed. Her heart was in it; her brain was in it. And I just thought about George W. Bush and his "No Child Left Behind," and I thought: All I have heard is complaint about this from public school teachers. As much as G.W. Bush did right, he also definitely did many things wrong.
When I read this piece on Hillary Clinton's views on terrorism, I not only thought she sounded wise and articulate, I actually also agreed with her view and opinion on the matter. I found myself saying, "yes, yes, yes to all of this!"
And that's when I knew: I can't not vote.
I have to vote.
And this year, I'm swinging. I'm voting Democrat.
Because, simply put, I can't not vote.
And I can't in good conscience ever come close to remotely liking Donald Trump.
Hillary Clinton has knowledge. She has experience in politics. She has been personally crushed in the public eye. Although Bill Clinton is the least of my favorite people, he has a brain. His experiences would make him a good First Husband in the White House. When Obama was elected, I squirmed about his view on abortion. His first term, I voted against him. The second term, I abstained. But I remember when my sister Kira voted for him. She said: "He's the man for the job." He may not have been perfect, but I too see through the eyes of humility that our first Black President was an imperfect man who God called to the task of Presidential candidate, nominee, and winner. He was the man for the job. (I wrote more about that here).
Hillary Clinton? At least she has a brain.
And friends, So do you.
You have a brain.
And just as we should love God with our whole heart, we should vote with our whole mind.
I love God and I am devout. I vow to stand beside the Church. I am profoundly Pro-life and I always will stand beside that worldview. I feel like I came to an impasse about politics, and I felt deeply sorry. I felt remiss to admit that politics was just making me sad and nothing else. I can't speak to all of the issues that I may disagree with when it comes to the Democratic party. In my heart I am a conservative for so many reasons. Financially above all else. ;) But that's just not the point here.
However... despite feeling sad at the sorry state of politics in our country today, as I said, while I'm sad, voting yet weighs heavy on my conscience. It's just a thing that I have to do. And seeing it that way, this year it would be more against my conscience to vote for Donald Trump when I know that he is not a man of prayer, his demagogue politics will not take out country back, and Hillary Clinton has a few more significant things going for her. Her ability to understand policy, her ability to articulate the truth in difficult situations, and most of all, her mind.
And I am choosing to vote with my whole mind in this upcoming election.
I have seen a lot of rants against Hillary Clinton all over the internet. But let's face facts: That's all they are: emotional rants.
Let's use our minds, instead.
I'm voting with my whole mind this election season. And that's why I'm voting as a Democrat this year. I have inched barely over to the other side. (Barely).
What about you? Where do you fall on this trajectory?
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