*is tired*

So, a week from tomorrow and it'll all be over. I know who I'm voting for, and why. And I'm sure most of you have made up your minds. But before you hit the button or fill in the bubble or whatever, I ask that you consider the possible long-term effects of the policies your candidate would pursue. Consider their past record. What have they said they'd do, and what have they actually done? What's their view of the constitution? Does their version of America match the one in which you live, the one in which you want to live? Who has their ear? What kind of people do they have following them? And who's going to wind up paying for it all when the bill comes due?

Would you want to leave them in charge of your checkbook?
I've already made my decision. Texas has advanced voting. I voted last Friday I think.

My pastor is fond of saying to vote your principles not your pocketbook. I'm more interested in what his values are - his views on life, marriage, freedom, etc. Someone with his priorities in the right place.
Well, if that's what you're basing your decision on, I think it's a pretty obvious choice. I was shooting for the more apathetic and agnostic/atheist crowd. Personally, as soon as I heard about Obama's views on abortion, he could have been the reincarnation of George Washington in every other respect and I'd still have voted for the other guy.
Yeah, I know who I'm voting for, given those considerations. Frankly, I don't trust either candidate with our nation's pocketbook (if Florida fell into the ocean or suddenly stopped mattering, perhaps social security will get fixed, but not before), but I know which suits my temperament and world view better by far. And I can feel confident in only one of the major candidates -and- his running mate considering people like me and my friends to be real Americans, even though I went to a liberal arts college, many of my friends don't believe in God or are radical feminists etc.
I must say, all the Republicans I've met have been extremely enthusiastic about St. John's, and a whole lot more tolerant about atheism/radical feminism/etc. than (admittedly few) atheists/radical feminists have been about me being a republican.

Just personal experience, and maybe I got a good sample of the one group and a bad sample of the other.

But going back to deciding between candidates, there's the whole "redistribute the wealth" thing, which is what I was referring to when I mentioned checkbooks. And the infanticide thing. And the nut-bar associates and allies thing. And the refusing to talk to newspapers/stations that ask hard questions thing. And the persecution of a plumber thing. And the anti-gun legislation thing. Not to mention how much damage a Democrat supermajority + presidency could do.

I can feel confident in only one of the major candidates that my right to free speech, to bear firearms, to follow my conscience in religious matters, etc., will remain unhindered throughout his presidency.

Edited at 2008-11-01 10:27 pm (UTC)