Everyone is writing about voting. Everyone. Everywhere. I swear, I heard my neice say "Obama." OK, maybe that was baby talk, but still. Everyone. Everywhere. My facebook, TV, blogs I follow-- everything is and has been about the election for about three months now.
Thank God it is over (hopefully) today.
I have deliberately stayed pretty silent on all things political, unlike the last election. Four years ago, I was involved in the Greater Pinellas Young Republicans, a group that has since dissolved into something else and I just sort of eased out of it. I voted for John McCain, and I didn't care who knew. I told everyone on facebook why they should do the same. This year, I think I "liked" Paul Ryan on facebook and that was the extent of my political voice to the masses this time around.
Because I don't know about you, but I have never, ever been swayed by anything anyone has posted on their facebook/twitter/blog. I have never, ever been swayed by a political ad. So those who rant and rave against one option and glorify another are essentially wasting their breath unless they also post informative, non-biased facts, statistics, etc. In fact, those are the only things I find helpful (and sometimes not even then). I understand why they do it-- we all want sounding boards while we're up on our soap boxes. Oh do I ever have soap boxes. But at this point, when everyone is so fed up with political ads and all the hooplah, I kind of figure that my soap box will be simply pushed away like everyone else's. So I don't waste my breath anymore. Instead, I discuss it with others in person, which is, I believe, the only way people are ever really swayed. And by "others," I don't mean strangers. I mean people I know. Because another annoyance is having strangers who know nothing of your life tell you who you should vote for.
I'm not at all apathetic. I have very strong convictions. I'm just sick of hearing everyone's all at once, and I know you are too. But I voted, and I'm very thankful for that opportunity. There was a time when women weren't allowed to; I'm very glad that has changed.
This election wasn't easy, however. Here come my convictions:
I have tremendous respect for President Obama. He has filled his role with dignity, and that is something I appreciate across party lines. However, I personally don't agree with what he thinks will improve our economy, I think he lacks experience, I think he hasn't fulfilled his promises, and I disagree with his stance on abortion. I'm not a huge fan of Mitt Romney as a person. I think he's hidden some potentially shady business deals, etc, and that doesn't smack of integrity to me. Yet, he isn't a believer in Jesus Christ, so I can't expect him to act like one. I do think he would have integrity in office, however, because it helps to have the accountability of a Cabinet. I think he can handle money well and will turn our economy around, and I believe he will do his best to try to preserve unborn lives. I'm not wild about either candidate, but not voting is the coward's way out. I voted for Mitt Romney, not because I love him; not because I think Obama is terrible, but because he aligns more with the idea of less governmental control over my life, and more importantly, he aligns with what I believe is one of the biggest issues of our time, that God will judge people for: abortion.
I cannot, in good conscience, vote for someone who doesn't have a problem with killing unborn babies. I will admit a problem though-- I don't understand how someone could be against abortion except in cases of rape and incest. In those cases, does the baby cease to be a baby? Certainly not. The fact of the matter is, yes, it is a woman's body, but not hers alone. It is also the body of a baby that cannot speak up for itself. Abortion is the largest case of genocide, and it is continuing, unchecked. Again, I simply cannot vote for a leader who would support the murder of unborn children.
So that's who I voted for, and why, and why I haven't been in your face about it. You can certainly disagree with me, as this is America. Ultimately, I know God is my King and in control-- no human leader will ever mess up his plans, and for that, I am truly thankful.