Archive for Thursday, October 30, 2008

Reflection spawns ballot choice

October 30, 2008

It was following the movie “Secret Lives of Bees” that it became clear to me for whom I would vote in the upcoming presidential election. There is something about a life well lived and hard-fought for that I find appealing.

Wars are fought on many levels, and prisoners taken in many ways; however and wherever, character develops. It can be said that men and women who fight in declared wars are heroes, decorated or not. Soldiers who defend our freedom are to be lauded and deserved to be cared for when they return home.

There are other wars, undeclared, that women and children fight on a daily basis, often alone and unaided. Wars against ignorance, poverty, discrimination, brutality to name only a few; wars waged on the home front of many people whose faces we do not recognize and whose names we are unable to recall, because we did not come to know the faces nor have we asked their names.

We do not name them as heroes. Often we do not name them at all.

Those who come through the daily wars, challenged with prejudice and lack of opportunity, are heroes in a very real sense. They march to a drummer unheard by many but whose drumbeat is pleading and often as not compelling, even demanding.

Those who come through such life experiences seem to come out the other side in one of three ways: apathetic, mean as junkyard dogs or with a depth of character that is girded with drive, ambition and the zeal to make life better for others.

If I could choose someone to lead this country, I want someone who has come through life experiences from the bottom up, hardscrabble, a fighter, who has a zeal for making life better for someone else. I think I found him.

I would never vote for someone based on race. I wouldn’t let it stop me. I would never vote for anyone based on gender. I wouldn’t let it stop me either. In this election, I really wanted to vote for a woman but the right woman just isn’t on a ballot.

So I am going to vote for someone who would have survived July l964 with aplomb; who would have lived and worked on that bee farm and been the better for it, who marched to the drum beat of change, equality and human decency, who emerged with a deepening of character and a largeness of heart that would even forgive the one who wronged him, who loves his family first, country second.

Love of family, doing the right thing, embracing change when it’s needed, standing firm in the face of adversity, with all the hope that youth has to offer. I surprise even myself sometimes.

Comments

Jason Bailey 6 years, 1 month ago

So you've settled on Obama, then. It's not hard to read between the lines of the last two paragraphs: "drum beat of change", "embracing change", "hope".

This is all esoteric, touchy-feely Oprah stuff. It frightens me to the core to have people who vote according to "feelings". I believe that's what led to Hitler's rise in power: nationalistic good-feelings in speeches given about how the Treaty of Versailles infringed on Germany's right to living space, or lebenstraum in the native tongue. I'm not equating Obama to Hitler but the thought process you have used to arrive at your decision is exactly the same as how oppressive regimes (and bad governments in general) have come to be in the world.

I'd encourage you and everyone else to look at the record, hard facts, on the candidates. What have they voted for in their public offices? Where have they stood on the issues historically, not what they say on the stump? They never, ever, ever stick to what they say once they get into office. Election speeches are candy for the masses.

For me, the first thought is who will best protect the millions of unborn children who will be brutally murdered because of a selfish mother's choice? Who will most protect the Constitution (which is really the only job of President according to the oath of office)? Obama's already said he thinks there should be a second Bill of Rights and that the Constitution doesn't go far enough to enumerate what the government can do to the people. That's not protecting the Constitution, that's radical revision!

Rae, you said you wanted to vote for a woman but she wasn't on the ballot. Why in the world does gender matter to you? This drives home to my point that your thought process is 100% of our phase of reality and fact -- again, it's based on emotionalism and is a pale reflection of the Oprah-ization of our society.

Quite a sad statement.

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Jason Bailey 6 years, 1 month ago

Update: "Oprah" won. We have all of the people who think like you to thank....

Now that the masses are hooked on Obama's opium of slick stump speeches and freebies to the millions, let's see how the people react when the opium is taken away and the pain of reality starts to seep into the public arena.

Obama's plans are going to cost us mightily in tax increases all the way down to those making over $42,000 per year. Say bye bye to the Bush tax cuts and child tax credits. Those will be phased out by 2010. Personally, I'm looking for ways to be remunerated by my employer outside of tangible dollar value payments. Perhaps trips to Hawaii or direct contributions to a college savings account...

It's going to take inventive contortions to dodge the Obama tax hikes but I refuse to live under the sickle and hammer.

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