Sunday, February 19, 2012
I think every American citizen, who is eligible, should vote. One of my pet peeves is people spouting "opinions" when they have no idea what they're talking about. The only thing they know, for sure, is mommy and daddy were democrats or republicans, so that's what they are. It's easier that way, because you don't have to think for yourself, do the work it takes to see what a candidate"s voting record is. So much easier to just believe the ads for whichever party mommy and daddy always voted for.
Some people will gladly tell you who or what they're going to vote for...but ask them why they're voting for that candidate and all you'll usually get is that deer in the headlights look. Those are the ones who get mad if you discuss politics. It's the only defense they have to keep from admitting they have no idea why they believe whatever it is.
Makes cold chills go down my back to think how many people are out there in voting booths, who have no idea what the issues are and what's really important.
More and more I'm hearing people talking bout voting or not voting for a presidential candidate because of their stand on gay marriage, or some other irrelevant issue. Gay marriage is NOT a federal issue. It's a state issue. Vote for your own governor and state politicians on that issue.
The shape the world is in right now, including our own country, nobody should be a "one-issue" voter. Voters should be picking a leader who will keep our country safe. One who has a proven record of fiscal responsibility.
A huge issue for me, is something my grandfather taught me. I didn't believe him for several years, until the saying proved to be wisdom because it always worked out the way he said it would.
He said, "A man who will lie to you, will steal from you." It's true so anytime I catch a politician in a lie, he won't get my vote. If a politician has made promises and hasn't kept them, he won't get my vote. I'm proud of any man who seems to be a good husband and father, but if he's lied to the voters or not kept his election promises, he WILL NOT get my vote.
Although I am conservative, I've been "accused" of being a Republican. I used to lean that way although I've rarely voted a straight ticket. If I am convinced the Democratic candidate is the most honest and I like their foreign policy, then that's where my vote would go.
I'm also hearing remarks from uninformed people that the Tea Party is Republican. I'd like to clear that up. I've watched the Tea Party get after dishonest Democrats and dishonest Republicans alike. The Tea Party is truly it's own entity. If they find untrustworthy public officials, they expose them to voters. Their biggest concern is Americans losing their constitutional rights and frankly that's mine also.
I don't want to see my beloved America become a socialist country. Our forefathers fought for our constitutional rights. Our military is fighting and some giving their lives lost to protect our country. How our veterans are treated should be considered.
Nobody likes war, but having a strong military is important and should be considered. If we weaken our military, we weaken our country and put it in danger.
The oath of office of the President of the United States required by the United States Constitution before the President begins the execution of the office. The wording is very specific:
US Constitution, Article II, Section 1, Clause 8
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Do you feel like our President has lived up to the oath he took?
Has he kept his promise to have the most open administration there has ever been. Do you feel like he's lived up to that promise or has he just told the public what they wanted to hear and done things in secret?
These are questions you need to ask yourself before you walk into the voting booth.