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Letter to Editor,

I was glad to read the perspectives last week by a representative of the democrats and a representative of the republicans.

Jan Braden, as a representative of the democrats, spoke in generalities about what their party can do to support the middle-class, sharing with us notable democrat leaders of the past with what they have done, and the government’s role in collegiate education. Though Jan may not be in agreement with the national party in all respects (there is agreement with most of what they stand for), Jan thinks what the republicans stand for ought to scare you. The piece closes with an exhortation to all of us to vote.

Dave McCabe, as a representative of the republican position, puts emphasis upon the founding documents of our country, and maintains that the best form of government is left with the states, not the federal government. He illustrates this with two vehicles, one traveling 65 mph (the federal government’s revenue speed), and the other at 5,700 mph (the federal government’s spending speed). The latter will crash shortly. He closes his piece with an exhortation to each of us to vote as well.

It’s is not likely that any particular person will be in agreement with all that the national party of which they are affiliated stands for. I am a conservative man; I have chosen to be that way based on a number of factors. Being conservative, however, does not align me with one party or the other – though, admittedly, I am going to be closer to one than the other. That said, however, I am an independent. I vote issues, not political affiliations.

I am opposed to the murder of innocent children in the womb; thus, I will never knowingly support a candidate that believes in the public policy of doing so (also known as abortion). Moreover, I will never compromise, knowingly, what the Lord said about the sanctity of marriage. Marriage is one man with one woman for life; as the saying goes, God did not join together “Adam and Steve.” These are two hot-button issues in our political discourse, but they need not be the only hot-button issues.

Morality plays an important role in governing. John Adams once said: “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion…Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other” (10/11/1798; referenced in America’s God and Country, pages 10-11).

The moral debauchery of society is apparent: many heterosexual unions are not tied together by marriage; drinking and getting drunk is promoted by the alcohol industry and local venders; some people in the business community make it a point to not serve the customer, but get an upper hand on him; greed, lying, stealing, manipulation, and the list goes on and on.

When you vote – what do you consider to be important?

Printed 10/24/2012)