i filled in the little boxes on my ballot last night. (i guess i haven't officially voted until i mail it in or drop it off at my "drop-off location")
i should preface this blog post (and now that i think of it all of my political posts) by saying, "the views represented here are the sole views of the author, they are not the official views of Grandview Assembly of God, Efcom, or any past or future employer that Abraham may have."
anyways, i tweeted this past weekend via TwitVote that i was voting for McCain/Palin. i was then replied to by someone who was voting for Obama/Biden for my reasons why. what i thought was interesting was the way she phrased the question.
was i voting for McCain, or against Obama?
after much heart and mind wrestling within me this election cycle. i thought i'd answer the question, which actually no matter either side you fall on is a good question to answer. are you voting for that person or against the other guy?
i would have to say i'm a mixed bag. but in the interest of being short (mostly because i'm tired of thinking about this election) i'll just give my reasons in bullet format.
- military background does give him a better understanding of what it takes to be a commander in cheif
- tax cuts for all (see charts here)
- wants to overturn Roe vs Wade
- merit pay for teachers
- would nominate Supreme Court Justices with “a history of strict adherence to the Constitution.”
- has a senate record of working with both parties not just his own
- seems to favor the economic issues of the poor and middle class, but not the rich (aren't we all americans? i'm not now, but i hope to be rich someday)
- consistently has voted for expanding abortion (including the despicable partial birth abortion practice)
- supports gay marriage and adoption
- has charisma, but that hasn't translated into me feeling he's prepared for the job
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i think to sum it up, Obama looks like he could play the part of the president in a movie or tv show. McCain looks like he could actually be the president.
go ahead sound off in the comments, tomorrow will be fun to watch the results late into the night. whatever your political leanings, go out and vote and be just as concerned on Nov. 5th as you are on or before Nov. 4th.
lastly if you're a Christ-follower, take some time this evening, whether at home, at your church, small-group, or elsewhere to pray for our country and the election before us.