Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Independents

Time for me to admit something – I voted for Ralph Nader in 2000. There were several factors at play, the most important one being that I am in California and polls showed a clear win of by the Democrats by the Electoral College in this state. Did I think Nader could win? Of course not. My vote was a protest vote against the similarity of the two parties. The concept of our nation not needing a third party, but a second one rang true to me. Still does on some fronts. I strongly believe we need to get rid of Political Action Committees and their like. Fund raising needs to be kept minimal. Frequent public open debates should replace the massive advertising blitz that we are subject to. But I digress.

Also, in 2000 I was not as aware of my Christian responsibility as much as I am now. I was what I call a “Sunday Christian”. Having just gotten active with the youth group at my church in the fall of 2000 and diving deeper into the meaning of being a Christian at that time I was still on a stronger political rather than Christian action. It is amazing what a couple years of discovering Christ and His desires for us will do to a person.

I ask each person that might consider an independent for their vote to realize that their single vote could be the difference in deciding our next president. I think the 2 percent of the voters that voted for Mr. Nader in 2004 pulled strongly from the Democratic Party and urge them to make their future votes not a protest vote against the system, but a protest vote against the GOP.

One simple question towards that end: Which do you want more, to protest the system, or four more years of Republican handouts to the wealthy, ideological framing of issues with contrary actions, and further increases to the deficit?

Last thought on this – if those of independent thinking would write their senators, representatives, etc., and demand campaign finance reform and an end to PACs, it would be a huge number of voices being heard that haven’t been heard previously. If you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Let’s solve this. But let’s change our president first.

3 Comments:

Blogger JP Manzi said...

I voted for Nader also in 2000 (shhhhh!) I did so because I did not want a Gore or a Bush. I am glad I did at the time. Voting for the "lesser of 2 evils" is still voting for an evil and not something I could do in good conscience as a christian. My candidate may not have won but I feel I did my part voting the best person (too me) for the job. I believe that is what God would want us to do, of course that is my opinion.

4/28/2005 12:36 AM  
Blogger Christian Democrat said...

The opinion that each of us forms from our own experience is entirely valid and to be valued, but our experience continues on a day to day basis with the opportunity to re-form our opinions.

While I can appreciate your perception of "the lesser of two evils" I think there is more good being done and wants to be done by the current underdogs, the DNC, and that more bad is being done by those in power.

I will not vote a protest vote that doesn't have a chance of winning unless I am certain that the party that needs to win is assured of victory. The greater of two "evils" is a dangerous beast indeed.

4/28/2005 9:39 AM  
Blogger john said...

I think there is more than in common than separates us in political parties. I think sometimes we desire the similar things. I agree some of the Republican ideals are wrongs.
I guess I desire a world where people have religious freedom world-wide. No one is coerced into believing anything against their will. Then the merits of a religion would have be the deciding factor.
I believe in the environment just so much as it is not taken to an extreme. Even though, I have cats, I believe that plants and animals have a lesser value than man. We should be good stewards of the earth that God has given to us. I would hold animals have a higher value than a plant but do believe both were given to us by God.
In regards to military, I supported by the Gulf War, War in Afghanistan, and the Iraq War. Saddam Hussein saw himself as the great Nebuchadnezzar and desired to revived the Babylonian Empire destroying the Jews. I believe it was a strategic move to attack Iraq. Have we made mistakes? Yes. I actually believe we gave Saddam Hussein too much time.
I am pro-life and desire for abortion to be rare as people realize they are shedding innocent blood. I am for the death penalty in cases of serial murders.
I am against the gay agenda and believe homosexuality is a sin like adultery. I do believe Christians need to show love and do good like Christ reach out to prostitutes. I do not
think they should be discriminated as individuals but am against gay marriage.
I am for restrictions on what can and cannot be shown or printed in media but also believe parents and individuals have a responsibility for their own actions. Many on the right see our nations morality going down and desire to stop it.
I believe we should help the poor whether it be a fellow citizen or struggling nation but I also think we should give them the tools so they can get out of their poverty.
Sadly, I see the democratic party desiring to destroy the norms of society. I have supported Glen Poshard, a Christian democrat, who ran against George Ryan and lost as well as Dan Lipinski who took his dad Bill Lipinski's place in Congress.
I don't like the term republican and democrat but rather liberal and conservative. Even within that, I see myself as a Christian first.

8/11/2005 1:22 PM  

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