Analyzing my beliefs on Election Day.
As I grow older, gain more experience, see more of the world, grow my family, build my businesses and become more open-minded, I find that I am becoming increasingly more frustrated with the party that used to define my beliefs. I use the word “define” purposefully because I used to allow others to tell me what I should think. No more! I’m angry with a party that refuses to hold true to conservative philosophies and is more interested in winning by spreading hate and pitting us against one another.
Today, I’m voting based on what I personally believe and not on what some talk show host tells me I should do.
Here is what I believe…
I believe government is supposed to consist of men coming together to provide the services for the common good that individuals cannot provide for themselves – and nothing else. We should not be shy about investing in those core functions; national security, public safety, and infrastructure, among others.
I believe that one of those core functions is education, and that our education system is totally failing and not even attempting to teach kids fundamental lessons they need to operate in the real world.
I believe that the welfare state is ruining not just the country, but also individuals. We are losing our work ethic and becoming too reliant on the nanny state.
I believe that I have never met a transgender person, but I have met thousands of people in poverty. I believe we should start concentrating on the issues that really matter.
I believe in the ‘United States of America,’ and that people have forgotten those first two words – United States. Power is supposed to come from the states, but the federal government has stolen too much power and grown well beyond what our founders intended.
I believe high taxes, growing bureaucracy and unneeded red tape at all levels of government are stopping entrepreneurs from growing businesses and creating more jobs.
I believe that both parties include good, honest people, and both include corrupt people. No political party has the monopoly on ethics or morality.
I believe that even the most well-intentioned politicians get wrapped up in a system controlled by special interests, and eventually, too many elected officials put those special interests above the needs of the people.
I believe that world history has proven that only strength works on the international stage. Thus, we must ensure our military is the strongest on the planet.
I believe that our immigration system needs a complete overhaul and the problem won’t be fixed with a piecemealed approach. People should come into this nation through legal means, but we must start talking about those people like they are human beings and approach them with the love commanded by God.
I believe that no one except God knows when a human becomes a human, and because of that, we should err on the side of caution and assume a human is created at conception.
I believe a woman has the right to do with her body as she pleases, except in the case of ending another human’s life.
I believe that every person has the right to protect themselves with a gun, but that guns modeled after weapons of war should be left for war.
I believe we are heading toward a culture that is too accepting of sin, but I too am a sinner and above no other man. We should approach these issues with the love of God rather than hate.
I believe that we are commanded by God to take care of our planet and that we are currently doing everything we can to destroy it. I believe that science is not our enemy.
I could go on and on, but these are the key issues determining my vote today.
So, am I still a Republican? I’m not sure. What I am is a common-sense conservative. A real one.