It’s Only Funny Until We Vote
Why do so many people think they’ve got this election figured out? I’m so tired of hearing pollsters quote their findings: “29% of people say this,” “58% of people say that,” “it doesn’t look good for Republicans.” (What people?) To listen to the bevy of clairvoyant pundits who shoot their mouths off every opportunity they are graciously given by our ever-accommodating media, one would think they are reading from their own “wish books”, not offering impartial analyses as the professionals they claim to be.
They call it “news”, and it certainly is news to me. As someone who falls into the category of “Values Voter” and is a Christian Conservative, I have learned that “I am so turned off by the Foley – and other – scandals that I will probably just stay home and not vote in November”. Reeeeally? Well, have I got news for them: The terms “Values Voter” (or whatever else you want to call it) and Conservative Christian does not mean that I am STUPID.
I cannot speak for all Conservative Christians, for Evangelicals, or for the “Far Right”, but I can tell you what the people I know think and what makes sense to us. Mark Foley obviously did something wrong and is now in the process of paying the consequences. He is not being punished for being gay, nor should he be. He is NOT the entire Republican Party, or a symbol of it. We have local elections all around the country of major importance where Mark Foley is not running (Duh :-/ ).
The division of Congress hangs in the balance and this cannot be taken lightly. Not voting would be the same as a voting for a Democrat, and while the media may look down upon us as a group, I guess we only look stupid. We realize that allowing the Democrats to win would be putting Nancy Pelosi in the #3 seat for the Presidency. This, of course, is unacceptable.
It’s not like Conservative Christians think they’re perfect, we just “vote our values” when others may vote based on taxes or social issues, for example. We also realize there is a certain amount of pragmatism involved in the election process. It’s a give and take kind of thing, an imperfect system. After all, Jesus isn’t on the ballot… :-/
Bottom line? To preserve the values and the standard of morality that is important to us, we must prevent liberals from taking office, taking over Congress or taking the third chair. So, no… we won’t be staying home.