*Warning: This is a political post. If you tend to get upset about these types of things, then please don’t read it. I don’t want any scathing comments. These are just my thoughts and opinions, so be nice. 🙂
Tomorrow morning my husband, my young son, and I will stand in line to cast our votes in what has turned out to be a very historic election. I will proudly wear my “I Voted” sticker, and that night I will watch the news as the results come in.
I’m not the political fanatic in our home. While my husband spends much of his free time following the latest polls and debates, I generally try to avoid them. I do follow the election, but only to some extent. I already know who I’m voting for, and I prefer to not let politics dictate my emotions and moods. I prefer to stay away from debates, as they usually don’t result in anybody actually changing their minds.
Tomorrow, however, I will eagerly cast my ballot. I will do so because of my son.
Having a child changes everything. You can talk and talk about wanting the best future for your children, but if you don’t actually have any, then it’s just talk. This year, when I vote, it’s with the best interests of Miles’ future at heart. Suddenly, the “future of my children” is very real, because I can see it in my son’s big blue eyes.
I have friends who aren’t voting this year, or who will be writing a name in. They don’t agree completely with the Republican candidate, so they are holding their “principles” high and not voting for him. They are voting with their “conscience”. They say that they cannot in “good conscience” vote for someone who is more Moderate, for gun control, not opposed to abortion under any circumstances, not against homosexuality, not wanting to do away with the federal government completely, a Mormon, or any other reason.
I cannot in “good conscience” not vote for him.
No, I don’t agree with Romney completely. I’ve made it very clear before that I am against abortion, even in cases of rape. I lean more Conservative than Moderate any day, and I firmly believe that the federal government has become far too big. However, I will most assuredly be casting a vote for Romney tomorrow morning.
Everyone has a right to their own opinion. Many will vote for a third-party candidate or a write-in because they are voting on “principle”. They insist that they are not wasting their votes. They may not be in the sense that they are standing firm in their beliefs and voting based on them. In truth, however, they know that there is no chance that anyone but Obama or Romney can win the election. It’s just the facts of life.
Those same people may criticize me for “voting for the lesser of two evils”. They are entitled to their opinions. But so am I. I could not in good conscience vote for someone tomorrow who has no chance of winning. Why? Because when I imagine four more years with Obama in office, my son’s future starts looking very bleak. I know that in my heart-of-hearts, I’d do whatever it takes to prevent that.
In a perfect world, Romney may not be my choice for president. I hate to break it to you, but we don’t live in a perfect world. We live in a fallen world, and we must do the best we can in it. In my opinion, casting a vote for someone besides Romney is, in essence, voting for Obama. That vote that could have been used to prevent four more years of Obama has been made basically null-and-void. It counts, and it’s not a waste, but it’s not going to change this world or the future of our country.
So, before you cast your votes tomorrow, look deep into your children’s eyes. Think about the kind of world you want to leave for them. In voting for Romney tomorrow, I am not “voting for the lesser of two evils”…I am voting for the best option. Someday when my son asks me what part I played in this election—in helping decide the future of this country—I want to be able to tell him more than that my vote counted. I want to be able to tell him that my vote mattered.
Tomorrow when I vote, I am voting because of Miles.