Personal Political Analysis

Personal Political Analysis.

we the peopleOur political world is in upheaval. Teetering from season to season, one party or the other wrests control, and it seems we are drowning in a system that appears to be wrecked, but not necessarily beyond repair.

Maybe, perhaps, we even struggle with quality candidates in the running. I know it seems that way today. One candidate has many mistakes along with much political experience, and the other one has no true experience but with equal number of mistakes. One speaks with that same political voice as has been heard the past eight years, and the other one speaks like every speech is part of a reality show that can be corrected during editing.

We keep saying we want change, but when change shows up on the horizon we reject what we may have thought was an option. We mock it. We fear it. We rage against it! This comes from all sides! We even dread thinking what life would be like with or without the change. Many lash out with scathing analysis. The clamoring voices are like so much cawing from a murder of crows. The news agencies latch onto their “party” and fail to do their job of simply reporting. “Just the facts, m’am.” (in the voice of Joe Friday). They are just as much a part of the problem as the machine itself.

One local reporting agency said, “We listen to the politicians so you do not have to.” thinking this is the answer and we must trust their analysis over our own.

This seems to happen every 2, 4, or 8 years… Or along some schedule like this.

Looking for alternatives we realize it’s too late for this election cycle. We find ourselves boxed into a corner with no real choice ahead. Instead of trying to right the ship, our leaders bail from their own party and change sides. The clock is ticking. Our vote will be but a waste.

When you bail ship, where do you go? Many flock to the opposite party with open arms and struggle with remembering why that party was discounted to begin with. Lies, philosophy, reputation and snares are forgotten. Forget your idea of personal freedom, or what the country may stand for, you have just chosen the opposition for this election cycle, and who knows if you will ever go back the other way.

We are so fickle. We are so inept. Our political system is a complex mystery. Instead of critically and personally analyzing what and who we vote for, we allow ourselves to become swept up in the media storm. Our minds become anesthetized to the constant reporting and analysis. No one seems to have it correct. Everyone seems to discount the other side, or voice.  There are too many among us who simply vote according to the way a candidate looks, or speaks, or what one-liner they remember from some incessant advertisement. Gimmicky political messages twang our emotions, and we mostly vote according to these emotional tugs without attempting to understand. Many simply vote along some party line from their past without comprehension.

And we cannot wait for the 100 days to be over. We throw our votes away. Without truly understanding what we are putting into office. 

In fact, I hear people say over and again, “If so-and-so gets elected I’m going to _______.” Just fill in the blank with another country you think has it better. I’ve heard Australia, France, Costa Rica, and Canada over the past few months! I’ve not heard Russia, Iran, Iraq, or even Afghanistan!

My personal view revolves around not voting for the lesser of two evils. But you can hear this everywhere these days. Both candidates are equal evil people, so let’s just vote for the “lesser worser” of the two. Can you believe this is exactly what people are abdicating for?!!

You are blind
if you think
either candidate
being presented
is better one iota
than the other one.  

Yet, not voting is a wrong option. What choices do you have? Well. There is such a thing as a grass roots write-in campaign! Not that the candidate you write-in will necessarily make it into office, but you can send a strong message! If enough send such a message, surely the parties will hear!

Either candidate winning by a slim majority of the population has not truly “won”….

My personal view is to vote for someone who has a modicum of Godliness and lines up to the Word of God. Maybe they do not have to be a Christian to be voted for, but if their leadership takes us further down a primrose path farther from Godly values, then I cannot consciously vote for them. There are things I believe in wholeheartedly and I refuse to vote for a person who goes against my prayerful consideration for this country!

Repeatedly saying or doing something wrong never makes it right.
Repeatedly voting for the wrong person never makes it right.

In the large city to the north of me, and to the county that it lives within, the saying is, “As King County votes, so does Washington.” (That’s the state of Washington, city of Seattle, nestled within King County.) Their population mix is hugely one sided and they seem to have the power to turn the entire state a certain way. It’s somewhat like the center of America seems to vote one way, and the east/west coasts vote another way.

Obama Romney Party US
Obama/Romney Division (via Wikipedia)

How then do we decide to handle our vote? How do we handle our political voice? How do we live with the results?

Those of us who believe and attempt to follow a Godly example of life turn to God’s Word to give us guidance. The principles found within the Word of God gives me direction to prayerfully consider. Without too much analysis on my part, think about each of these scriptures in light of their place in the Bible. Go read for yourself. Try to understand your role in this current election in light of what the Bible says.

Daniel, gone in captivity, and is revealing dreams to King Nebuchadnezzar before he was thrown to the lions.

Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him. (Daniel 2:19-22 NKJV)

Isaiah reveals that God has passed Judgement on Assyria, but is exalted by his followers. It has been discussed that this scripture provided our founding fathers with the structure of our present day democracy. No, we are not a Theocracy, but those early men were, for the most part, Godly individuals. Who among us can name these three divisions of our country?

(For the LORD is our Judge, The LORD is our Lawgiver, The LORD is our King; He will save us); (Isaiah 33:22 NKJV)

Finally, two references from the Apostle Paul… First, our war is not about flesh and blood, but against spiritual enemies of God’s plan. Second. We are instructed to pray for our leaders, and for good reason.

  • For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV)
  • Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying—a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-7 NKJV)

So. Before you throw your hands up in despair. Pray. Think. Listen. Read. Ask questions. Analyze. Talk among your peers. Pray…Repeat. Again and again. Then Vote.

I am praying for you, and for our country, and every politician that hopes to get into office this year!

All thoughts are mine alone and I take full responsibility for sharing.

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