First off, I want to thank you all for your weigh-ins on the timely piece my husband guest-blogged for me the other day. I encourage ALL opinions (and even better, supported facts) here, and I’m glad you feel free to state your piece.
However, there are a few misconceptions I must clear up and some things I cannot let go unanswered. I ask that you be respectful in your follow-up comments, and if you are angry as you read, please come back to comment when you are done fuming and can “play nice.” 🙂
Alrighty, down to the meat.
1) I will not be voting for Obama; neither will my husband.
2) I will not be voting for a Rino. Many of you made the assertion that a vote for anyone but McCain is, essentially, a vote for Obama. I beg to differ on this account: I am accountable to God for my vote. Not just for who wins the Presidency, but my individual vote. I cannot, in good faith, vote for someone just because they call themselves Republican and just because they are pro-life and pro-marriage. Here is my reasoning.
Suppose this year John McCain ends up winning. Republicans rejoice; Democrats marvel at how they possibly lost when most media types everywhere show considerable liberal bias. 2012 comes around. This time, the “Republican” candidate is even more liberal than John McCain. He is still pro-life, but he is for gay marriage. Since he is still considered the “lesser of two evils” by Christians, he is elected. 2016 arrives. This time the only difference between the two candidates is that one promises they won’t tax as much. On all other issues social and fiscal they look the same. What do we do NOW? We, responsible Christian voters, have let the Republican party slide to this point by consistently voting in more and more liberal candidates. We gave them our endorsement simply because they were the slightly better option. Who will speak on the behalf of conservative Christians now that we have encouraged (by our vote) the party who used to represent us toward corruption?
Here is the thing. I am NOT a Republican. I am first and foremost a follower of Jesus Christ. I tend to vote Republican because it usually reflects my values and opinions to vote along those lines. But when a Republican moves him or herself closer and closer to the center, or even left (the “Maverick” who “puts aside party lines”), I cannot justify voting for them. Even if it wouldn’t be the worst option now (like Obama clearly is), McCain is not winning my vote by being mushy man in the middle. He, much like Barack Obama, changes position with the tides. Who is to say he will even stay pro-life and pro-marriage if he assumes office?
If you are worried about a President Obama and will vote for John McCain because of that, I cannot fault you. But I am equally if not more worried about losing the conservative voice. I hope you can grant me that same liberty to vote for someone who I feel I can wholeheartedly support. I would like to see the Republican party saved, but there are a lot of bad apples in it right now.
Bottom line: We get the government we deserve. If we continue to cheer this slow slide into socialism, may God have mercy.