I started voting as soon as I was eligible at the age of 18. I have voted for winners and losers along the way. I rarely write or post on politics but I am often asked what my positions are on various issues. I am registered as an Independent. I read the platform positions of the political parties and believe they are very important for careful consideration. There are some basic principles that guide me in voting (they are not exhaustive), which are driven by my convictions. Some I believe are explicitly derived from biblical positions, and others are simply from my perspective as a patriot and a citizen of the United States. I am not in any way looking for an argument if you think differently. These are my positions, and because it is (still) a free country, you can hold positions that are contrary, even if I think you are wrong.
I vote pro-life because I do not trust the judgment of anyone leading, who does not value human life or see a problem with the killing of babies. The right to life is the most fundamental of all rights. I believe life should be valued and protected from its natural conception to its natural conclusion and at all points in between. I will never under any circumstance, knowingly not vote pro-life. I don’t even have to think about it, and I am not changing my mind, or equivocating on this issue. If someone calls me a single issue voter, it doesn’t shake my conviction, at all.
I vote pro-family because I believe family is a basic institution of society. I believe God created male and female, and ordained marriage between biological males (from birth) and biological females (from birth). I do not agree with the redefinition of marriage, or the societal confusion about gender and human sexuality.
I vote for the United States Constitution. I also think judges ought to hold to it as it has worked quite well for 244 years. Necessary changes have been made along the way, but it should not be changed merely based on the cultural winds of the moment.
I vote pro-religious liberty and I do not think there should be a religious litmus test on people in the public arena. The religious liberty rights we have should be valued and protected, because they are beneficial to the spread of the Gospel which is central to me. I think the government has gone way overboard in many places in this country through the pandemic, with restrictions on religious liberty. For example, read what has been happening to Jewish people in New York recently if you are not aware.
I vote pro Second Amendment, because it is in the Constitution, and I like guns, and have had them my entire life, and know how to use them. The safest places in this nation are the ones with the most freedoms related to this issue. The most dangerous places in this nation are the ones with the most restrictions. Look it up for yourself.
I vote pro military and law enforcement, because I like being safe, and I believe in the rule of law. I appreciate all who have, and are serving. Keeping the citizens safe is a significant part of the purpose of government. I don’t think the United States should go around the world apologizing for who we are. I also don’t think we should get tied up in endless and unnecessary wars and conflicts.
I vote for education especially at the local level where it is mostly funded and implemented. I have numerous educators in my family as well as among friends, and I support those who are doing good and who are trying to make a difference in the lives of young people.
I vote for as limited government as is possible. As Ronald Reagan (my favorite president in my lifetime) once said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government and I’m here to help.” I think the more government control and dependency, the worse off a society it. Give them an inch and they will take a mile.
I vote in favor of capitalism. I realize there are other viewpoints on this, but simply stated, I am not a Communist, or a Socialist, and I resist and reject anything that trends politically in that direction. I think all who are able to work should work, and be responsible, and contribute to society. I think the free market is the best alternative for freedom.
Government is important, but it is not ultimate. It is an earthly institution given by God, with limitations. I do not publicly endorse candidates, nor attach myself to them, because they, like me, are flawed and imperfect people. I often have to hold my nose when voting, by choosing the best option presented to me. Rarely do any line up consistently with my viewpoints. Some candidates are better than others, and the positions of some disgust me. I pray for our leaders as we are commanded to do in Scripture. In summary, I am a conservative, hopefully a compassionate one, and I do not plan on changing. I believe all people should be treated with dignity and kindness, including those I vigorously disagree with. The public discourse and exchange of ideas needs vast improvement from where we currently are in this polarized environment.
Go and vote. Many people have paid the ultimate price to give you the freedom. The least you can do is exercise it.