I Think I’m Going to Vote Republican…Strange as that Sounds…

Balloon at Republican National ConventionI can’t remember anguishing over whom to vote for this much since I was 10. In 1960 (even though I was too young to actually vote), I wanted Nixon to win. My 12-year-old sister wanted JFK, and she tried to persuade me to support Kennedy even if I really preferred Nixon, based on her theory that whoever was elected would be assassinated (according to past statistical records, which did prove to be true 3 years later). I stuck to my guns, though, and was sadly disappointed.

This election, the only candidate whose personal life made me trust him was Ben Carson, and the thought of Donald Trump was almost humiliating. I definitely did not have a high opinion of Donald Trump, and I didn’t want our country turning into a laughable reality T.V. show!   2016 Republican National ConventionHowever, last night I listened to Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, and I realized that (his past history aside) I actually agreed with most of his platform. Obama’s care of our nation will end with his nearly doubling our national debt from 10.6 trillion when he entered office to over 19 trillion today, and heading to upwards of 20 trillion before he’s out of office. I strongly want a conservative Supreme Court who will protect our constitutional rights. I believe in protecting freedom of speech and allowing religious institutions to retain their tax-exempt status. I believe in the right to bear arms, and the importance of upholding the immigration laws that are on the books. I do want protection from terrorists and fair trade agreements. I do want to support Israel and their right to have a tiny bit of earth where they can live without being persecuted. I don’t want illegal immigrants taking jobs from legal immigrants (because they’re willing to work for less and don’t pay taxes). It wasn’t socialism that made our country great and allowed for a healthy middle class; it was capitalism. What we need is the opportunity for people to be able to work hard and succeed, not to have all their needs met whether or not they’re willing to work. “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10, notice the verse says “would not,” not “could not.” The Bible always admonishes us to be kind to those who are truly needy.) I do want someone whose intention is to put the needs of the American people first and to protect our nation. Isn’t that what a good leader is supposed to do? Think of God’s injunctions from the scripture: “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10). “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel” (1 Timothy 5:8). I’m glad Alan is a compassionate physician and a generous donor, but I’m also glad he puts the needs of his children ahead of the unending neediness of the world of mentally ill folks he serves.  Donald Trump after speaking at the RNCI think if people who believe in the Republican platform don’t want to vote for Donald Trump, it’s because they don’t trust him…but hasn’t Hillary Clinton broken trust with the American people even more? Trump didn’t sound like an irrational lunatic to me last night; he sounded like someone espousing many of the views I also believe. YES, we need reform, but NO, we don’t need a continued slide into unprecedented debt and a re-formed constitution. I wish we had democratic and republican candidates with more honorable records, but that’s not going to keep me from voting for the candidate whose platform is best aligned with the values I believe in, and I hope—despite how much our political opinions may differ—that will also be true for you.

To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.” (Proverbs 21:3)


11 responses to “I Think I’m Going to Vote Republican…Strange as that Sounds…

  1. You make a lot of sense. I agree.

    • I know lots of people will disagree…but I guess that’s why we need elections! Thanks for letting me know you agree. Because I want my blog to be about lifting up God and Jesus, I don’t often discuss politics, but this election has been just “killing” me, and last night seemed like the first bit of relief for me personally.

  2. Frances Coulombe

    I sincerely respect you sharing your opinion in this piece. I too have not been sure of what to do. So thank you for sharing your insights.

  3. Not trying to contradict anything you’ve said… Trump is complex – and layered. He has no ideology which is troubling. I will never vote Hilary for sure – but still waiting to see what is going on in November. Meanwhile, you might find this article something to ponder… especially the racehorse theory which smacks of the eugenics theories of Margaret Sanger and Hitler – http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-1203-dantonio-trump-race-horse-theory-20151203-story.html

    • Interesting article. Thanks. I do believe that either Hillary or Donald will win the election, though, and I don’t think our country can sustain another 10 trillion in debt over the next 8 years, nor do I think our constitution can survive in tact with another liberal in the Supreme Court. If you think there’s any chance of someone else winning the election, let me know who!!!

  4. Christ is the only hope for the next election… and His church needs to rise up, obey and share God’s truth in love with those who are on the outside. But, alas, the church is asleep… and perhaps God’s judgement has begun
    1 Peter 4:17-19
    “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? Now “If the righteous one is scarcely saved,
    Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.”
    Until we promote obedience to the will of God, we are are only accelerating the downfall of America. When we go to the polls it’s not just about the Presidency, but also about local, state and other national races. If we choose well, they can override a corrupt President… in theory, at least. That was the intent of our Constitution.
    I am in the “angst” camp with you, Kathi.

    • Thanks, Susan. It is our personal responsibility to live right and seek God’s way on every level. Yes, angst is right! I keep reminding myself that I’m supposed to be “careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”(Philippians 4:6-7). Much harder to do than to understand, but it does bring peace to my soul when I pray, give thanks, and keep my eyes on Christ!

  5. Hi Kathi,
    Just curious whether the last few months of campaigning have led you to change your mind? I don’t envy you your choice! God bless you as you deliberate!

    • I am still totally bewildered, but I felt like the Lord told me this morning that I’m trying to figure this out in my head, and I need rather to be listening to His voice for spiritual discernment…so that’s what I’ve been doing all day. I am just waiting on the Lord for wisdom.

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