“I am hard pressed between the two [three actually].” ~ Philippians 1:23
Looking down the road a few months, I think I have somewhat of a handle on how the apostle Paul was feeling when he wrote those words. No, it isn’t a stay here on earth or be with Jesus in heaven dilemma as it was for him that I find myself sitting here contemplating today; but who to vote for in November – the bad guy or the bad girl?
I certainly cannot pull the handle for Hillary, she yays my nays, pretty much standing up for everything I stand against. But I find the hand holding the pencil a bit shaky blotting out the little box on the ballot beside the Donald too as he is continually shooting himself in the foot. Goodness gracious, if he were to make it to the inaugural ball I’m not sure he would be able to dance; and, NO, Johnson fans, I can’t go there either as that ship captain supports things this deckhand just can’t get on board with.
Although I will keep singing it, I suppose the “Impossible Dream” is indeed impossible. Thus for me, it is no longer a choice between candidates but between parties. I will throw my nickel in with the party that best supports my views as a Christian and pray it will be a good investment.
Come to think about it, going to be with Jesus doesn’t sound bad, it would indeed be the better of the available choices.
I really don’t consider myself a political activist but there has been an extremely loud alarm going off in my head of recent, thinking about our countries future and the impact third parties may have on our hopes for tomorrow. Granted, it may be that Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson would do an awesome job and make a great Commander in Chief, but we will probably never know. Looking at the track record for third-party and independent candidates (with the exception of a few having been elected to Congress over the years), history doesn’t find itself in their corner. Consider Teddy Roosevelt, although one of the most popular presidents to ever occupy the Oval Office, still yet, he came up short in his bid for re-election to the White House having left the Republican Party in 1912.
The fact is, no third-party candidate has ever won a U.S. presidential election, but what it appears they have done is split parties. It is the general consensus that “Roosevelt’s 1912 candidacy took votes away from the Republican candidate, incumbent President William Howard Taft, allowing Democrat Woodrow Wilson to win with just 41.8 percent of the popular vote”. The same is believed true in the 2000 election when Ralph Nader ran to the left of Democrat Al Gore placing Florida’s 25 electoral votes in the Bush camp deciding the presidency.
CNN’s, Jim Dexter wrote, “Third-party candidates rarely win elections, but they can split parties. That can affect the outcome of an election when a third-party candidate is especially strong, or when the race between the two other candidates is especially close.”
I would encourage American voters to think long and hard and to pray fervently before siding with and marking the ballot in favor of a third-party or independent candidate as the best they can probably hope for (historically speaking) is coming in third place, just behind the major parties second place finisher who in this election year will most likely be Donald Trump – should you pitch tent with Johnson.
I feel this time around to be a pivotal and decisive moment for our nation to be taken most seriously. The values those of us claiming to be followers of Jesus cling too are in the balance. The direction to which the scales of justice, morality, and religious liberty will tip I believe rests squarely in our hands going to the polls this November. The wife and I have a basket full of beautiful grandchildren who will be left in the wake of the choice we make on Election Day as I am sure many of you do too. Therefore, pray – pray without ceasing. Go to church on Sundays, be in the company of Believers, surround yourself with those who love Jesus, who in sincerity pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. The relationship you share with Christ and his people will impact your views in every area of life including the ballot you cast.
Your vote is truly America’s Hope. Will history repeat itself? Will a third-party again be the reason the right party comes up on the short end of the stick? That, of course, will be your decision.
I am a fruit a fruit I am, My mind I find is in a jam; A round and round my thoughts they go, which one to choose I do not know. Which one’s legit, which one is spam; I am confused, confused I am,
I must decide, decide I must, who of the two that I should trust. If you can help, your help I’ll take, there is so much I find at stake,
Where will we be four years from now, behind a desk, behind a plow? At peace at war at war or peace? Perhaps it best to bend the knee;
To pray aloud and loudly pray, God please direct the choice I make,
Your will be done and may it be, the choice that keeps our country free.
Trump or Clinton, Clinton or Trump, We need to know which one to dump,
We’re in a jam, a jam we’re in, please help us through this jam again.
With both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions happening this month I sat at my dining room table Just Thinkin’ on this rainy 4th of July morning in Terrell, Texas, and what crossed my mind is this:
More frightening than the choices this election year offers are how little those making the choice know, not about the candidates, but about our government, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Polls conducted in the recent past indicate the average American knows very little about the political structure, how Washington works, the issues on the table, why there on the table, or how they got there in the first place. That being said, it appears to me the greatest danger to the American people is the American people themselves.
Most decisions made at the polls is based on cleverly worded rhetoric prepared by speech writers, the voice of spin doctors, nightly news anchors, and third party friends and family members with the latter being the more common generator of the consensus expressed on the ballot. Perhaps a test should be given before a person can be registered to vote. “Ridiculous”, you say? Is it not somewhat ironic that tests are given to ensure competency in so very many areas of life, that an individual must achieve a passing score to show himself/herself qualified to do this, that or the other, yet only a simple 5 minute (or less) form is required to be registered to vote, to allow a decision be made directing the future of our country – go figure.
No, I don’t suspect a Voters Registration Exam will be happening anytime soon, if ever. I do believe, however, that the American people should become more involved in the political process first by acquiring greater knowledge of the process and government in general. For me, it was a sad and eye opening day to find my German wife (a German citizen) knew more about my homeland than did I. Shame on me.
“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all” ~ John F. Kennedy.