An ‘undecided’ decides: time to vote

To the editor:
For the longest time, I was unsure whether I could vote for either presidential candidate of America’s two major parties. Neither embodies even the minimal, basic qualities I would desire in the President of the United States. I had hoped for what I call a “Do-Over.” You know, when kids play a game in which there is some form of interference not typically encountered which affects a play and it is decided by both sides to “do it over.” Unfortunately — and yet predictably — it never happened. I subsequently wondered if I could vote Libertarian. After my review of the Libertarian Party platform and its candidate, I realized that voting for Gary Johnson was not, for me, a viable option. I wrestled with the idea of not voting in a presidential election when, for decades, I have understood and never questioned both the privilege and the duty we, as Americans, have in this nation — grounded on the premise that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” and formulated in the design of self-government — to vote.
As I have watched the presidential and vice presidential debates, as I have poured over and consumed so much of what both the main-stream and conservative media have presented — not to mention, of course, musing over the political satire of Saturday Night Live — as I consider not just who will hold the office of the President of the United States but what that person desires to achieve including the appointment of possibly multiple Supreme Court justices which will undeniably affect the direction of this nation not just for a “number of years” but for generations to come, I have concluded that I cannot sit this one out.
Everything considered, I will not vote for the candidate who has been enmeshed for decades in political scandal — one after another — who presents herself and her family as those whose interests are for others when their interests are purely selfish, enriching themselves and becoming more and more powerful while conning a nation and, somehow, getting away with it year after year after year. I will not vote for the candidate who believes that unborn children have no rights and that there is absolutely nothing wrong with terminating their lives for any reason prior to their birth. I will not vote for the candidate who believes in an expansive rather than limited federal government, affecting the flexibility of individual states to legislate and otherwise govern as their own citizens see fit. I will not vote for the candidate who believes that “it takes a village” — especially a village the values and practices of which are dictated by the federal government — to effectively raise our children. And I will not vote for the candidate who, contrary to God’s infinite wisdom and design, supports the redefinition of marriage, family and even something as basic as an individual’s gender.
I do not like the alternative to the candidates for whom I will not vote. I believe, however, that this election is not only “one-of-a-kind” but one that is absolutely critical in which to be involved. As difficult as it is for me to say it, I am voting for Donald Trump. May God have mercy on us whoever it is that wins this election. Our nation is lost. Ultimately, we should have been seeking Him all along.

Ted Bierdeman
Three Rivers

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