Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Get Out And Vote!

Nothing like exercising your democratic right to vote! U-S-A! U-S-A!

The polling place was very conveniently located; I could actually see it from my backyard; at a local church. I did have to wait in line for approximately an hour and forty-five minutes though.

It seems almost strange that after at least eighteen months of presidential campaigning and political theatrics it all comes to an end in one day.

I voted for John McCain for president along with the other local level politicians who I thought were good choices too.

There was something odd that I heard while in line though. An oddity that seemed prevalent on both sides. One person said that he had to elect John McCain to protect his values and another said that it would take an Obama administration to affirm his.

Politicians are not going to make your morals right or wrong. Politicians will not affirm anything about you. If you are voting for someone who agrees with you, that's fine, but to think that your morals or values will be in jeopardy if a certain politician loses?

Vote for the politician you agree with, but don't think that a "loss" means that your morals are in jeopardy or that your character may be in danger of being lost. They aren't.

You do not need John McCain or Barack Obama to tell you how to live and what is important. We all have what, I believe it was C.S. Lewis called, a sort of moral law engraved on our hearts.

Our morality, whether we find it guided by faith, reason or any of the various -isms in the world our morals as, individuals or a people, are not in jeopardy.

So, go out and vote, but don't lose sight of your own moral compass. Even if the "Other Guy" (whomever that is for you) wins the election, you are still you. The country will go on and you as an individual will still have choices to make.

10 Comments:

Anonymous fidelio said...

Got out and voted for John McCain early this morning. Got my fingers crossed. Either way I did my duty and like you said I'll keep on making the decisions that are right for me and hope for the best for our great country.

4/11/08 13:09  
Blogger Noelle said...

I wonder if that person meant the morality of this country.

After this past administration's horrific record on human rights in Guantanamo Bay and with acceptance of waterboarding, and the way that the economy, and therefore the livelihoods of decent Americans was left to fall apart, many of us on the left see this election as a referendum on the morality of America as she is perceived by the rest of the world and her inhabitants.

4/11/08 14:41  
Blogger Reverse_Vampyr said...

Great points.

A lot of the people I work with seem to think Obama is a better choice because he "makes them think." But I've noticed they never really talk about the issues nor what his policies will do to/for America. Just that he somehow affirms their feelings.

The lemming behavior exhibited on both sides is really getting scary.

4/11/08 15:25  
Anonymous Sharp As A Marble said...

I took it to mean they were discussing their individual morality, after all this is a country of individuals, and not the country as a whole.

What the far left should consider before voting for Obama (I realize that it’s probably too late for that) is Obama’s individual morality (along with his policies as R_V pointed out) and whether it is in line with your own.

Sanctity of life is not a moral imperative to Obama. Obama has had close ties with numerous individuals who openly declare their disdain for America and has continuously lied or attempted to minimize those associations. Obama's morality is collectivist and judgmental, and assumes that government owns what you have earned and has the right to decide which others are more deserving of the fruits of your labor than you are. Obama is fine with censuring of those who would dare to criticize him.

I voted according to my moral compass and it couldn’t have pointed farther away from Obama.

4/11/08 15:39  
Blogger Digital Fortress said...

It was a discussion on individual morality and ethics, not the country as a whole.

What I had to ask myself though, what I had to use my personal moral compass to decided were: Would I attend a church whose pastor was spreading racial animosity from the pulpit? Would I shake hands with, let alone work with and befriend a known unrepentant domestic terrorist who thinks planting bombs to kill those with whom he disagrees politically is okay? Would I support infanticide? (No matter how I look at that issue I can’t say that’s okay with me.) How do I feel about human rights?

Obama said: “we have moral issues at stake.’ Of course the United States must act to stop genocide, he said. ‘When genocide is happening, when ethnic cleansing is happening . . . and we stand idly by, that diminishes us.”

And then turns around and says: “preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn't a good enough reason to keep US forces there,”

In essence, political power comes first, humanitarian considerations a distant second, at best.

Then there is Obama’s dominant ethics, the very basis of his morality and his politics of socialism. His divide-and-conquer political tactics are based on envy and covetousness, and on voters who can be bamboozled into thinking they will share in the loot his government takes from the most productive citizens.

Equality is the socialist's rationalization to justify wealth redistribution, but this too is immoral and irrational. Capitalism, as an engine of productivity, creates wealth that all share in varying degrees, which is why America's poor are materially richer than average European's or the upper class in Third World socialist nations.

And like the physics behind how an engine works, social progress is driven by difference, not equality.

If you’re fine with your choice, more power to you, but no matter how you vote(d) or who wins the election your own personal morality should not be compromised. Democracy will still be in place. Legislation can still be opposed. You can still speak out against injustice.

Also, as an aside, one should be able to set aside one’s personal moral convictions if they stand in the way of the Constitution and the recognition of individual liberty and our inalienable rights.

4/11/08 18:24  
Anonymous Alligator said...

I voted for McCain, but my home state is projected to go to him anyway.

I sure hope Obama doesn’t win, but I hear you…just gotta keep on keeping on no matter what the outcome is.

Anyway, what a few individuals did at Guantanamo Bay was terrible, but if that’s what anyone uses to judge what our entire country or our entire country’s military they are ignorant and ridiculous. Since when is okay to judge many over the mistakes of the few?

I know the economy took a hit, but I am a hard working; decent American and I’m okay. I’m not looking for hand-outs. I’ll just continue to be a hard working; decent American and I guarantee I’ll be okay. Socialism is not the answer. Obama is not the answer.

4/11/08 20:19  
Blogger Terry said...

I am feeling a bit deflated...*sigh*

The results are in, and "change" is eminent. blech!!

In a recent conversation, it was mentioned to me that as a patriotic American, it is now our (the heart and soul of America) responsibility to support the President~Elect throughout his term in office. I have always felt that patriotism was indeed very important! But damnit! DF, I am having a hard time climbing up on the bandwagon!! My morals and ethics are intact, and it goes against my grain to put my trust in a leader whose morals are so radically differnt than my own..

*sigh*

God Bless America......

Oh, this is great!! My word verification is "WHYME".... Perfect!! Don't ya think?

6/11/08 06:32  
Blogger Digital Fortress said...

Terry – I hear you loud and clear. I am very disappointed and not all that optimistic about the “changes” President Obama has in store for America.

I will support him as our President, but this being a democracy and all I will also loudly speak out against him if he does things I don’t agree with.

The only thing I guess I can say is I hope we are actually wrong about him. I don’t believe we are, but...here's to hope.

Started a congratulations to Obama post twice…the first time Blogger was having issues and last night we had a bad storm and the power went out while I was re-typing it.

The word verification fits perfectly!

God Bless America...we’re gonna need it.

6/11/08 09:17  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Has anyone reported any glitches on your blog? I can't access the comment section in your United We Stand... post from Google Reader. When I click on the home page link, I'm taken here, not to your most recent post. Is someone messing with your blog? I think it's the Democrats!

6/11/08 12:13  
Blogger Digital Fortress said...

The UB – Yes, I am still having issues with Blogger and although I am not ready to ascribe all my woes to President Obama and the Democrats just yet it does make for a good conspiracy theory.

They must have used the White House weather machine to send that tornado after Oklahoma for its electoral votes going to McCain!

Yeah, that’s the ticket...

Anyway, I’ll get some new posts up as soon as possible and even though I've never supported Obama and probably won’t be jumping on his band wagon anytime soon you and any Obama fans out there are still more than welcome here and I hope you'll continue to come by and comment.

6/11/08 13:07  

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