The spotlight is on politics today in America, because it’s Super Tuesday…the day for super guides and super delegates who are hoping for a super turnout at the polls in 13 states and 1 territory that will perhaps turn the tide for the upcoming presidential election. If you’re from Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, or Wyoming, I hope you’re getting your hat on! Being from Michigan, I have another week to scratch my head, and believe me, I’m scratching!I’m not a socialist, and I’m not God (of course!), but if I were running the world, I’d try to find some way for everyone to work an honest number of hours at an honest job that’s mentally challenging and emotionally satisfying, and then pay them a living wage. That’s a far cry from uncontrolled capitalism, but it’s also a far cry from present-day socialism. I’d love to have kids be able to attend college free of charge and make sure that all the elderly and ill are well cared for, but I don’t think we can pay for this right now without going bankrupt. Utopia is a good goal, but how do we get there? Not simply by spending more. So, I can’t see myself voting for a pie-in-the-sky-good-guy like Bernie Sanders. At the opposite end is flatten-them-all Trump, who might do our country a lot of good if he doesn’t end up getting us into a war with all his gun-slinging swaggering. I didn’t like bellicose rhetoric when Khrushchev was pounding his shoe on the podium 50 years ago, and I still don’t. We’re told to be wise as serpents…but also harmless as doves. Can Trump really keep out of trouble?And then, what about sweet Hillary? I’ve lost all confidence in her integrity; her scandals are legion, and her batting average is under low. When push comes to shove, I fear that we, the people, would all get shoved. Secret deals…for whom?!So, back to the Republicans. I have the utmost confidence in Ben Carson’s integrity, but apart from a miracle (and I do believe in miracles), I don’t think he will win, although I’d love to have him for our president. He’s a true statesman.For the life of me, I have trouble feeling comfortable with Cruz, even though I know his dad is a baptist pastor, and I like baptist pastors. Any supporters willing to try to persuade the rest of us on his behalf? Please speak up if so!Marco Rubio has the makings for a statesman in my mind, but he’s pretty young. (However, nothing to compare with the inexperience of Obama when he was elected!) Despite Trump trying to brush him aside, I find myself often agreeing with Rubio, and I’d vote for him if he ends up on the November ballot.I’d also vote for John Kasich (whom I felt really came through as a level-headed and wise governor during the last debate), but I don’t think either he or Rubio will win against Trump. So, that’s me…maybe it’s good that Michigan doesn’t vote for another week. How about you? I’d love to hear your opinions. Meanwhile, I hope we all study hard and use our great privilege of voting, but let’s be realistic: There is no superman on the American political stage today. Much as I’d love to see someone elected who could “save” our country, I’ve put my hope in God and will wait patiently for his son, Christ, who is the only truly super(natural)man. Through him, God promises to someday restore our world, tranforming earth into a utopian paradise. But, until then, let’s do our best, working hard personally but also trusting that God will use both the good and bad in this world to bring him glory and for our good.
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him,
who is the health of my countenance, and my God” (Psalm 42:11).
“My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
“On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.”
(—Edward Mote, 1834)
(Photos of the political candidate from Wiki; I took the 2 photos of the Capitol a few days ago while in Washington D.C.)