I have been emailed several times of late, all asking the same question. Why don't I make any mention of politics on my blog? I guess folks assume that I have talked about many things here and, as someone who DOES have opinions, should be proud to discuss who I am solidly behind in this Presidential race. I have posted about how I never intended this blog to get into the *messier* subjects....IE religion, sex, money, politics...NOT because I do not THINK...not because I do not CARE. I choose to NOT post about it because, well, life is scary enough and we all need a respite. I had hopes that this blog would, for the most part, provide a breather for the ills of the world. Besides, when it comes to this election,
aren't you already tired of "politics as usual"? We have been slammed from both sides of the aisle, over and over again. Some regale us with truths, some with half truths, some with exaggerations and yes, even downright lies. The venom that is oft spewed between people is sickening. I have seen such a rash of fact *twisting* from both parties of late that Chubby Checker should ask for royalties. Please visit Fact Check.org to look up the truth that is often difficult to find these days. This web site is non-partisan and approved by members of both the Democrat and Republican party. All four of the candidates have been taken to task here. Are there partisan politics being played in the media? Of course there are. ON BOTH sides of the aisle I might add. But there are journalists with integrity and intelligence that are doing their best to remain fair and balanced. Yes, I do have friends and acquaintances in the local and national media but I know them well enough to trust and believe what they tell me. Listen carefully, read everything you can get your hands on. The Internet can be used for good. You can receive most of the major newspapers in the world from your own comfy chair. You can visit all the radio and television news sources with the click of your mouse.
Yes, there are unmitigated lies on some Internet spots. I have enough faith in most people to know they can sort out the differences between fact and partisan flurry.
I have been asked, privately, why I, as a retired military wife, will not take a stand one way or another. (It is assumed that, as a military family, we will vote in a certain way...and that assumption has come from supporters of BOTH parties.)
Away from my computer, I have. I have volunteered for my candidates of choice, I have attended rallies for BOTH parties. If anyone watched ABC news this week, you saw Charlie Gibson broadcasting here in Dayton on the banks of the Great Miami River. Two of my dearest friends in the world were there and, even though I was unable to attend, they took MY heart with them. We folks in the Midwest have strong opinions just like folks all across the US.
I hope to be at 2 rallies this week (Isn't it fun to be living in a battleground state? *smile*). Uh huh. Rallies for BOTH parties. I talk to people. I listen to people. I listen to each word that the 4 candidates utter. I have done my research and read everything I can get my chubby, little hands on. Then I, as you do, have to look into my heart and vote my conscience. Neither party is above using tricks and smears. Neither party holds the mantle for Christian love and goodness. Neither party is without wrong doing.
Uh huh. Politics as usual.
I suppose that the implication is there that I am, somehow, a coward who will not air my views
on blog. A coward no. I have absolutely NO
problem entering a discussion with anyone. If any one reading this would like to email me about anything, I am more than willing to chat. But my blog is not the place.
I know that many are using their blogs to make their views known. I have no problem with this fact. It is THEIR blog, THEIR choice. And I respect and love them for this.
I only ask that MY choice be respected as well. It is a fact that some do not visit me as they once did. It was made clear that they did not *respect* my choice of candidate. Hmm....the last time I checked, I have never posted about MY choice. But you know? Even if I had posted my decision, and if anyone turned their back because of that, it is THEIR problem not mine.
My husband served this country with distinction for 27 years. He did so to protect the ideals of America, the rights we all share. One of those sacred rights is to pick an election year candidate and back him or her all the way. It is my prayer that we, as civilized people, can accept, with kindness and respect , those whose ideals differ from ours. One is not UN-Christian because they lean one way or another. One is not UN-educated when they choose one way or another.
One is not UN-American if they vote for one candidate over another. We all must make the most informed vote we can and do it with our hearts and minds open. We must be respectfully open to those who disagree with us. When we are not, it lessens us as human beings.
I realize that even this post will turn some away. I am sorry to see that happen but I have had this on my heart for days now. As I wander around the blog community, I read all manner of posts about this candidate or that issue. Some I agree with and some I vehemently disagree with. Some I feel quite neutral about. But I will not judge a person by this and only this. If I have come to care about a sister or brother blogger, their choice of candidates does not lessen how I feel about them as a person. Sadly, I have discovered that a few have turned away from me due to their assumptions and it is, only an assumption. I have no illusions that this post won't anger some as well.
It is only my opinion (and we all know how much weight that carries) that this election is turning decidedly more venomous. Not only among the 2 parties involved but between citizens as well. We, as a nation, have nothing to gain from either party going more negative.
Neither of these candidates for President are without flaws. In my opinion, either one would
bring special qualities with him into the White House. But we can choose just one of them for President.
I want to hear what a candidate is going to TRY to do to for this nation in the next 4 years.
Please do not assault my intelligence with half truth stories of who said what, who did what, who knows who, who watches NBC and who watches CBS. Who loves strawberry ice cream and who loves Rainbow Sherbert. Who cares? Tell me what your plan is...tell me what YOU stand for.
I don't want to roll around in the mud with either party. It is messy and dirty and I hate doing laundry.
Neither party has a monopoly on truth, an unsullied past, a love of family, high morals, religious ideals, and love of country.
As I said several posts ago, PLEASE vote. PLEASE care. I would much rather listen to those who are passionate about their candidates and ideals than those who remain apathetic. Apathy is the true enemy here.
And that is all I will say about that....
I am Susie Q and I approved this post.