Curse me and my bad memory.
I've just received exclusive word that tomorrow is the big day of the General Election. This is a secret, though. Don't tell anyone, okay?
In all seriousness, hopefully all of you that are of legal age will be hitting the polls and casting your vote for the presidency. This is something that is super awesome in my book. It's one of the reasons that our country is great. And if you don't take advantage of that right, you don't get to complain and run your mouth about everything that goes wrong over the next four years.
- PS- Regardless of who wins, things WILL go wrong. Don't get me wrong. I hate the assumptions that every person that doesn't do what we want in office is the Antichrist, but if a candidate actually were to come into office and miraculously fix every one of our problems....well....you might want to read the book of Revelation, guys. Your perfect candidate just might be Satan incarnate. [insert obligatory winky face here]
However, on the other hand, I would like to express how stunned I was at a disturbing trend yesterday while at church. It's a dreadfully awkward moment when a number of allegedly well-meaning saints approach you with a smile and a "Praise the Lord!" before asking you the dreaded question.
"So...you're voting for Romney, right?"
And then there's the shuffle of nervous laughter, floor kicking, and avoidance of eye contact as you attempt to explain, as you have so many times before, that although you love Jesus, you're a Democrat. And that while you're not in love with either of the candidates, you might just dislike one of them more than the other and that one just might be Romney.
So basically...no. No, I'm not voting for Romney.
I will not lie to you. I can honestly say that I don't know who I'm voting for. I really have considered voting third party, but I'm conflicted on how that just might be a waste of my vote. And Obama...I'm not in love with the idea of him. I wanted to like Romney. I really did. But in the end, I just could not bring myself to do it. There are too many good causes that I feel would go to the wayside, from the easily explainable of Planned Parenthood and a variety of other factors that I feel would hurt women, to those that I know that most Christians don't agree with, like marriage equality.
This is not a political endorsement for Obama. This is not me trying to persuade anyone to not vote for Romney. This is solely my expression of displeasure at the tendency of people to forgo common decency and good manners during the Election Season.
The past several months have made me annoyed and at times even angry. I don't understand how a right that is supposed to build us up and make our country better can be the source of so much angst and bitterness. I've seen friends leave nasty remarks one one another's statuses or Twitter simply because of political disagreement. My newsfeeds have been blown up during the debates with cutting words and unfounded statements about either candidate. And therefore, as a result of these things, I would like to address a few of the biggest things that have peeved me before we go to the polls tomorrow:
- I don't care if you think he's a socialist, a communist, or a demon. God does NOT endorse your hateful words about the President. You are welcome to disagree and offer up a well thought out reasoning as to why you dislike his policies. You have the freedom to express these thoughts, even if they aren't well thought out and based in truth (just be prepared for people to mock you). However, being disrespectful to the nation's leader is something that you are not scripturally permitted to do.
- Subpoint: Can we please drop the comments about Obama's lack of presidential eligibility due to his religious affiliation or birthplace, which, by the way, he's verified not once, but twice? At this point, I really do not care if Obama is a Muslim. Are we really so petty to tell a little boy today that he can't dream of being President just because he's a follower of Islam or Hinduism or Buddhism....or even no religion at all? Christianity is not a criteria for the Presidency.
Ranting aside, please do vote tomorrow. Vote for Romney. Vote for Obama. Make a write-in vote for my dog, LucyBelle, because she's awesome and would be great at foreign policy as she's freaking adorable. I don't care. Just vote. Vote and be civil. Show love. Show Jesus.