Thursday, October 4, 2012

What Do You Believe?

Last night, after a majority of my kids went to bed, I tried to watch the debates. I couldn't watch much of it because I thought it was a joke. I do apologize if you thought differently and it's okay if you do think differently. I just wanted a straight answer out of both candidates, not have the moderator think they were a reporter, and honestly have a debate. I thought one was doing better than the other, but the whole thing could have been better.

Reading Facebook this morning was interesting because several people thought the same as I did and several thought differently. That, again, is okay because no one is going to agree all the time. Even when our country was being started and we were fighting for our independence from Britian, we didn't even agree with each other. Several colonists were adamantly against separating from Britian, several colonists were conflicted over the separation, and several colonists were adamantly for independence. For all of them, this decision was based on their beliefs and their interests.

Nothing has changed from then to now. Which candidate you are voting for depends on your beliefs and your interests. For some voters, they are having a difficult time choosing a candidate because no candidate specifically believes what they believe. For some voters, their beliefs and interests has chosen their candidate. For other voters, they are choosing not to vote because they believe any candidate running will be an unwise choice. Either way, this decision and who we elect will continue to shape our country.

I have struggled with this too though. I firmly believe the Constitution is a valid document that should be the basis of our government and any law, policy, decision, judgment or executive order should be based upon the wisdom from this document. I believe in less government and individual liberties, rights and freedoms. I believe that the People can take care of each other and themselves without government interference. I believe in helping those that truly need the help: the widows and orphans, the sick and injured, the young and the elderly. I believe that if you can work, you should be working. And yes, I believe stay-at-home mothers are some of the hardest working people in the world and that is work, just a different payout.

I believe in castle laws. I believe what happens in my home is no business of the government or anyone else unless something truly bad is happening. Then someone should interfere. I believe parents should have the right to raise their children as they see fit and have the right to decide how they want to educate their children, how they want to feed their children, how to give birth, what medical decisions they want to choose, and how to teach them responsibility and respect.

I believe in a government that is "of the people, for the people and by the people". I don't believe in a government that serves the interests of a few while encouraging the dependence of many. I don't believe being a politician should be a career, but they should be a servant of the people and when they forget they are a servant of the people then they should be out of office. And I believe that when those in power rewrite history to suit their own purposes and attempt to control the media in any respect, then that country has lost the privilege to call themselves a democracy.

You may agree with me and you may not agree with me. That will not change what I believe. I will respect what you believe if that is different from me. That is what makes this country great is the difference in beliefs and interests. As a whole, we should all be fighting for our country to be the best that it can be. That is what our country needs now: citizens who believe we are the best, we can be better, and still hold on to the principles and beliefs that guide us.

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

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