Why I vote the way I do

  • I vote Republican because the party generally is closer to my personal beliefs. As my sister once put it ~ I am a right wing conservative fundamental Christian and proud of it :o). Having said that I also believe that politicians, or leaders of any kind, should not be judged on their religious beliefs but rather they should be judged on there history of supporting the values which a person personally feels are important and their preparedness to do the job. Most politicians can talk the talk but can they walk the walk? I will vote for John McCain because he has a history of supporting the issues I feel are important. Most of these issues (for me) are related to family values and social reform.

Family values can be defined as values, which are held to promote the sound functioning of the family and to strengthen the fabric of society. The second half of the above sentence states that these values are held to strengthen the fabric of society. This implies morals, which leads to another question: Is morality something that the government has any control over? As Citizens, we need to look at what is morality. Renowned author C.S. Lewis gives a three-part definition. He says morality relates to our personal behavior in these three ways: (1) to ensure fair play and harmony between individuals; (2) to help make us good people in order to have a good society; and (3) to keep us in a good relationship with the power that created us.

I live in a very liberal state (Washington), I have seen first hand how having a liberal government, and social system has lead to the abuse of power. I have worked with children for over 20 years as a mom, school bus driver, childcare provider,home health care provider, foster parent, and adoptive parent. Our social services system is so broken that it does more harm than good. The very system designed to help those in need or those who are temporarily down and out, supports dysfunction and hurts the most vulnerable in our society ~ primarily children who have been abused/neglected. Some of these children have so much damage from a combination of abuse and bouncing from home to home (our foster care system) that they cant live successfully in any family. When an individual questions the wisdom or authority of the system or agency in charge of theses organizations they are, dismissed as out of touch, unreasonable, unstable, too chose to the situation to be objective and otherwise discredited or blacklisted.

In my state children as young as 13 are given the option to make adult decisions regarding mental health and medical treatment/services. These decisions, which are complex at best and difficult for educated adults to grasp, are given to children that may be 13 or 16 chronologically but emotionally are much younger due to numerous complex emotional and/or mental health issues. How does any of this make sense?

As parents we are expected to teach our children right from wrong and we are held responsible for there mistakes financially when they do not follow society rules. Yet the child’s rights to make adult decisions undermine our basic parental rights to keep our children safe and give them the tools to be good citizens. This is what living in a liberal society creates ~ the break down of family. a generation of young people many without direction, lacking values and self-discipline. Many of which grow into adults who feel the world owes them instead of looking at what they can do to help others and the world. We need a leader with the will, experience and leadership ability to help resolve these issues for our children’s and our countries future.

Mom of many through birth and adoption.