I don’t often turn in a political post but as Election Day grows closer and all sides turn up the heat on their rhetoric, the histrionics I’m hearing are taking their toll trying to erode my usual patient temperament … and it’s still early!
I’m not going to discuss conservative or liberal, republican or democrat, because I believe that this year (and in 2016), parties aren’t going to be as important as the actual people running for particular seats.
What brought this on? The latest noise came from the Dems as they blasted social media with screaming headlines about how the GOP voted against and doesn’t want equality in pay. This inflammatory press passed across my FB feed from several friends all with some statement about how “this” was why they couldn’t vote for republicans.
What disturbed me most was that the headline and story was complete BS and yet seemingly intelligent people jumped right on the band wagon and took it for truth.
Listen, technically neither the GOP nor the Dems nor the Indys nor the Green Party nor whoever else I’ve missed can vote against equality in pay. The Equal Pay Act was enacted in 1963 and has been a law for the last 50 years. What we really need is someone who can figure out a way to enforce it. It doesn’t matter if you’re Republican or Democrat – no one seems to be able to get it done.
I’m afraid we’re going to see more of these smear campaign tactics than we’ve ever seen before as we move into this very tight election season and again in 2016. It’s time we got smart about our government and the choices we make.
Some of my favorite words ever come from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and as he said then, “this nation shall have a new birth of freedom” and “a government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” The government’s main responsibility is to keep us, as a nation, safe. Currently we have a government that is all about telling us what to do on any number of issues and no one is listening to what we (the people) want. If we (the people) enact laws at the ballot box, renegade state judges are now deciding that we (the people) are wrong and literally changing our votes … one person changing the votes of the majority … and getting away with it!
How can we stand for it any longer?
I sometimes have the feeling that the media is laughing at us as we spin our wheels on the foolish drivel they feed us. If we don’t change the way we read these messages, we’re never going to end this cycle. We need to be smart. We need to do our research on the candidates. Most of all we need to pray for guidance from God and vote according to His principles.
I submit that this year (and in the future) we vote according to the person and not by party lines. Sometimes the right person for the job will be connected to the Democrat party and in some instances the best person for the job will be in the Republican camp and who knows – a few may even be Independent, Libertarian, or Green. It’s going to take work on our part, but how will we be able to look ourselves in the mirror if we’re still in the same boat, or yet worse off, 2 or 4 years from now? It’s essential that we vote for who is qualified, who has good ideas, who has not let us down in the past, and who will get the job done regardless of whatever party they’re affiliated with.
Finally, we need to get out and VOTE. If we throw our hands in the air and think we’re in the minority so our votes don’t count our self-defeating attitude will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Rock the Vote my friends, and be smart!