Painkillers shorten my temper.
Three months to go.
August, September, October.
Then the circus will end and a new one will begin.
I am heartily sick of the entire election process. We’ve been in this for over a year. Enough already. Enough with the screaming and the name-calling and the whining and the scheming and the polls and the predictions. Enough with trying to determine who’s more patriotic or who Jesus would vote for.
No political party should ever be linked to Christianity. Full stop. Should Christians seek to ground our votes in a biblical worldview? Yes. Should we be single-issue voters? No. Should we assume that any party platform is always going to be in line with Scripture? No. Do we have the right to say that one believer has “betrayed God” by voting for a certain party or candidate? No.
Study the issues. Read up on what the candidates say they want to do. Then realize that it’s Congress that does things. The Executive Branch has limited power – by design. Those seeking the office can make as many promises as they want but that doesn’t mean their particular vision will come to pass. Remember that the next President will be choosing Supreme Court justices.
And for pity’s sake stop believing that it has to be Trump or Clinton.
If you want to vote Trump, fine. If you want to vote Clinton, fine. But don’t choose either because you think you have to. Don’t go with the whole “lesser of two evils” thing.
Barring some radical change in the next 12-14 weeks, I will be voting for former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate. What’s a Libertarian, you ask? In a nutshell:
Do I agree with everything in this image? No. Do I agree with every word of the party platform? No. Do I agree with everything Gary Johnson has ever said or done? No.
I am fiscally conservative and socially liberal. This means that while I abhor abortion, I don’t think that Roe v. Wade will ever be overturned, and, even if it is, that won’t stop women from seeking abortions. This means that while I hold to marriage as being between one man and one woman, legislating one way or the other won’t stop homosexual (or polyamourous, for that matter) couples from being together. This means that while I think it’s insane that anyone can buy a gun at Wal-Mart and I definitely believe that there should be rigorous background checks, I can’t deny that the Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms and since we haven’t ever bothered to pause and clarify what that means, go get your rifle. This means that while I think using marijuana recreationally is stupid, I can’t see how it should be illegal when alcohol isn’t.
In essence, you have the right to live your life as you want, even if I disagree with your choices. Neither the Republican or Democrat parties seem to understand this as of right now. You cannot and should not police thoughts. You cannot and should not change the meaning of words. You cannot and should not live in fear of “the other” all the livelong day.
I vote Libertarian because I want a small government. I vote Libertarian because I think the Church should provide for the poor and helpless; we’ve turned that job over to the government and we should feel shame for doing so. I vote Libertarian because it’s not the end of the world that two lesbians live across the street from me. I vote Libertarian because I don’t think that the Internet should be regulated. I vote Libertarian because I believe in real immigration reform, reform that would make it easier for people fleeing war and poverty to come here the right way. I vote Libertarian because I’m basically a moderate, a centrist. I vote Libertarian because I want our military troops to come home. I vote Libertarian because the middle class shouldn’t bear the burden of paying for entitlements that will not, cannot last. I vote Libertarian because I believe the judiciary’s job is to interpret and apply law, not create it from the bench. I vote Libertarian because we desperately need to place term limits on every elected position throughout the nation. I vote Libertarian because the education initiatives of the past nearly two decades aren’t working. I vote Libertarian because I despise SuperPACS and corporations controlling the outcome (and as much as Clinton complains about Citizens United, she’s taken more than her fair share from Wall Street). I vote Libertarian because I don’t believe Planned Parenthood should receive a dime collected through taxation, federal or state. I vote Libertarian because Republican and Democrat are two sides of the same, old, tired, no longer working coin.
Really, how is it working for you, voting in gridlock year after year?
Our system is broken.
Ultimately I vote Libertarian because my job as a Christian isn’t to press laws on people, thereby coating society with a thin veneer of morality. My job as a Christian is to share the Gospel, whenever and however I can, not to force people to live by its tenets when there has been no heart change, no transformative encounter with Christ.
These are my convictions. Please, go find yours. Read. Think. Pray. Don’t go with the flow. Don’t vote out of fear. Don’t despise others. Figure out what you believe, what is dear to you, and go from there. If that means you vote Trump, fine. If that means you vote Clinton, fine. If that means you vote Johnson, fine. If that means you vote Stein, fine.
But please, I beg of you – really think about it.
If you think I’m absolutely insane for refusing to align with either major party, check this out.