Continuously for many years now, we have heard year after year just how important the coming election will be for America. You would have to be dead or living in a cave and cut off from civilization not to be overwhelmed with the negative news regarding this next 2016 election.
The candidates, running in the Republican Party, are overwhelmingly abundant. However, those running for the Democratic Party are slim. And with all the reporting, slander, mudslinging; and constant “breaking news” about this one or the other, many people are still undecided.
The burden of this election lies strictly in the hands of the voters who have the awesome task of electing someone to lead and defend America. It seems that our politicians are not so much in the forefront regarding how they will perform that task of such an awesome responsibility, but are more likely to dwell on devouring each other and promoting social agendas.
The skeletons of our forefathers must be turning over and rattling in their graves at the thought that the President of the United States would be in control of childbirth, gun control, and other individual and state’s rights issues. They would be shocked by the misuse of the rule of law by elected officials as set forth by the Constitution of the United States. They would be shocked to see citizens taking to the streets to demonstrate in order to get the justice that should be applied automatically. Furthermore, they would be horrified that people would be denied their faith-based-rights to worship God as they see fit even in the public arena.
Time and tide waits for no man or woman. And the old adage, “Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of their country,” is even truer today. Time is a phenomenal thing. It is ever present and ever fleeting. Voter turnout for the last presidential election in 2012 hit an all-time low – the lowest since 1972. For a detail report of that election, you may wish to follow this link. Overview from this report is as follows:
“Based on the 41 states which held statewide primaries in both parties, turnout was 17.3 percent of eligible citizens. If the five states which held only Republican primaries are added to this total, turnout was 15.9 percent of eligible citizens. In all, 32,909,443 citizens voted out of an eligible citizen electorate for the states which held statewide primaries (five did not) of 207,581,000.”
What will motivate the American people vote? How will they make their decision? Will it be along party lines only regardless who is running? Will it be a selfish vote hoping for more hand-outs? Will it be for the economy? Will it be for safety in the streets? Will it be to defeat terrorism? Will votes be cast for someone who can break the bonds of “politics as usual,” regardless of a party affiliation? What questions should citizens ask of themselves? Do people vote according to their faith-based convictions or vote just the opposite because they have none?
How should Christians be motivated to vote? Will they just blindly vote for a party with no thought to the platform and how it will affect the nation, their community, and their families? Are there still people who vote for a particular party because that is the history of their state or family? Do they vote under the “grandfather law” by voting a certain way because that is the way “Grandpa” always voted? Will they take a little extra time to research the background and qualifications of the candidates or will they simply vote regardless? Or will they be like so many who just don’t vote – throwing that precious freedom in the trash?
Do people vote with the union? Do they cast their vote predicated on social issues like abortion, Planned Parenthood, and gun rights? Do they take the time to see who really should be elected to perform the duties of President as set forth by the law of the land? Some will tell others, it does not matter who you vote for as long as you vote?
Can casting a vote without knowledge be like a piece of driftwood in the ocean or as some have said, “Like buying a pig in a poke?” Do people spend more time deciding where to go on vacation, what car to buy, or what the odds are in the Super Bowl? Are these more important than electing a President who can affect their lives in a good or detrimental way for many years to come?
How many Americans will vote based on biased news coverage? How many will “block vote” because of racism, guns, abortion, immigration or sexism? Will women vote for Ms. Clintons not on her qualifications and experience but simply because she is a woman trying to “break the glass ceiling/” Will believers vote for Ted Cruz because he wears the cloak of a Christian?
Will they vote for Dr. Carson because he is meek and mild and gentle and soft spoken? Will Bernie Sanders collect enough votes from his socialist friends? Will they vote or not vote because Jeb is a Bush? Will they vote for Marco Rubio because of his Hispanic/Latino heritage? And then the big question surfaces – will all those people who turn out to be entertained by Donald Trump see through all of that showmanship and see a real candidate who can really make America great again? Or will people take the time to research and find the best candidate for our country regardless of all above?
There will be many who will not vote at all and yet their vote will count. It is heartbreaking to see how many do not vote at all in the greatest country of freedom the world has ever known. Some will not vote because they are just too lazy and some just leave it up to others. Honestly, some just don’t know who to vote for and so they just don’t vote. And then they can sit back and say, “Don’t blame me I didn’t vote for him/her!” But that also means they didn’t vote for a better candidate either – bad officials are elected by good people who do not vote.
In a few days, this will be a moot point for some because they are not even registered. Time is short and it is fleeting and before we know it we will be voting for a new president in the fall. However, the primary elections are of utmost importance because they will reveal who the front runners will be and then America just might be left with this old saying, “We don’t have anyone to really vote for so we must vote for the lesser of the two evils!”
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