I’ve never been fond of parties, you know…the kind with a lot of people. That’s mostly because I’m an introvert by nature. But today, those parties are not the kind I’m referring to. The kind I’m referring to here, are political parties. I’m sure many of you are already reaching for the delete button…but hear me out please. I know you are weary of this election coverage. To be honest, I am too.
This year’s election is the first one in my lifetime, when I have been genuinely scared about the potential outcome. This is the first time in all the years that I was eligible to vote, that I have observed a political candidate encouraging hate, anger and outright assault of those with a different point of view.
So what’s happening? Where have we totally missed it, that we as Americans can’t see that a choice to love and accept, is better than a choice to hate and ostracize? Where have we as Americans gone wrong that so many people have chosen the road of discrimination, anger and hate?
I said before, and I’ll say it again. As a Christian, I can’t support a person for President of the United States who uses his platform to encourage the masses to assault and/or threaten others who think differently, or choose to vote for a different candidate. I will not support someone who puts down those who are vulnerable…the disabled or physically challenged for example. As both a Christian and a woman, I will not be voting for someone who has already indicated by his behavior and actions, that he certainly won’t be representing me or many of my friends.
There is a month left of this nauseating election. I don’t know about you, but I am sick and tired of hearing (and seeing) the results of hate, discrimination and the abusive words and actions of someone running for president who claims to be perfect…yet isn’t.
For me, the bottom line is that a vote for one candidate is a vote to condone all the types of behaviors that I strive NOT to participate in as a Christian (note: I said, strive) At least the other candidate has said she believes this country needs more kindness and compassion. Now, I grant you…she is not perfect. But here’s the crux of it all, she does not claim to be perfect. In fact, she has actually used the phrase, “I was wrong…or I made a mistake.”
On the other hand, the candidate who tears people down so he can step on them, does claim to be perfect. THAT is what scares me most of all! Rather than admit a mistake, he blames someone else. He is never wrong…he makes no mistakes…he is, in his eyes, the epitome of perfection.
So I’m not focusing on Republican or Democratic party politics or any of their scare tactics regarding what rights we might lose. I will vote for the candidate who will bring out the best in all of us as Americans. I will vote for the candidate I believe will give us the best hope of helping all of us…help our neighbor. That is after all, in my opinion, what makes us great as Americans.
History has taught us the dangers of following someone out of sheer loyalty, regardless of his hate for a particular race of people or his own desire to have a nation be perfect just like him. The damage there…is beyond words, and we would do well to stop and reflect on how history could easily repeat itself if our vote is a vote for party loyalty only.
Historically, we are also, “One nation under God.” Maybe that is a part of history we could embrace again if we vote with the idea that “perfection” belongs to no one…but God.
I am an American, and you can be sure that I will be voting. I believe we can yet again, be One Nation under God because God is neither Republican nor Democrat. Nope! This reluctant prophet isn’t going to be just a party girl…and she’s kind of hoping for the sake of our nation, that you won’t be either.