Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The Beginning of the End

So. Here it comes. And here we go...

I don't think I've said it here, but nonetheless I've been saying it for months. Barack Hussein Obama will win the Democratic nomination. And, alas, he has.

I can say "alas" even though I considered it a greater evil for Sen. Hillary Clinton to win the nomination because I see both events as just that; an evil. I mainly wanted Clinton to lose (as opposed to wanting Obama to win) in order to prevent a stomach-turning feminist victory, sure to be touted for decades to come.

I watched Obama's speech as I ate dinner. When Huckabee dropped out, I stopped eating. This time it was similar, yet a little different. I knew it was coming, but still, I slowly stopped what I was doing and watched for several moments. Even after I continued to eat in silence (saying very little and feeling very grim) my stomach was tight. And was I the only one to seem to catch hints of socialism in his "plans" for my country?

McCain is a strong man, much stronger than either of the Democratic candidates (or should I say the only Democratic candidate now?). But, still, I can't vote for him. I simply can't do it. To do so, in my honest opinion, would be wrong. I can't even vote for Chuck Baldwin due to the sad position of the otherwise extremely laudable Constitution party on foreign affairs (too close to isolationism, I say).

Still, if it's Obama or McCain, I hope for McCain, albeit with grim solemnity. McCain has seen the face of war; he knows what it is. He spent five long years in as a POW in the hands of this nation's enemies in Vietnam. He will defend this country, I am at least confident of that (somewhat). Obama, however, will not. What does he have to say for himself? Nothing. McCain's record? Flawed, but at least he has one.

And did anyone catch what he said about his service to America? He said, "They might think me an imperfect servant of our country, which I surely am. But I am her servant first, last and always." Mr. McCain, I humbly suggest that you give your speech writer a raise. A really, really big one.

So, this is going to be one I'm going to have to sit out. We could be in for an ugly eight years.

God, your will be done. Help us now.

In Him,

Spencer

19 comments:

Alyssa, Midenian Scholar said...

I agree that neither candidate is ideal. But I believe it's better to vote for the best of two evils (or at least two disagreeables). If conservatives don't turn up to vote for McCain, Obama WILL win. He is too popular among the masses, and the media plays up his good looks and charming speeches so much hardly anyone cares what he really intends to do.

My good conscience says to protect the country from the worst, even if it means supporting someone less than the very best.

(erm. not saying you're wrong. just saying.)

(besides, maybe Huckabee will be vice and McCain will, ah... go on a long vacation.)

Nathan said...

So, this is going to be one I'm going to have to sit out. We could be in for an ugly eight years.

I laugh at this paradox. Those who can but choose not to vote give up their right to complain about their leaders.

I agree with Alyssa, but even if you don't vote McCain, at least write someone in who you think should run this country. Granted, their chances of winning would be slim to none, but at least by voting for someone you'd get to keep your right to complain for the next four to eight years.

As for myself, I'm not crazy about McCain, but he'll likely end up getting my vote. Bonus points if he selects Romney for Vice--because really, Republicans will be voting for their Vice President this year. Sorry McCain, but you're gonna die in office, and everyone's just waiting for it.

Stephen Boyd said...

Oh my! I can't believe this! (but I really can)

Btw, I seem to be the lone Ron Paul supporter, but I think I will have to support Baldwin for president. I have heard alot of bad things about him recently, though. Any info on his "isolationism" will be appreciated.

*Idea*- Why don't we all write in "Jeff Davis" for president?

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

Alyssa: In a way you make sense, but I agree with Douglas W. Phillips's views, as expressed in this spectacular lecture:

http://www.visionforum.com/search/productdetail.aspx?search=election&productid=40446

In the end, I am responsible for what I do, and only what I do. What the rest of the country does is not on me. That said, McCain does not meet the Biblical standards for a Godly leader, and, therefore, I simply cannot vote for him, as hard as it may be to stick it out.

(Also, I've heard something about his anti-gun ownership leanings as well. Surefire way to alienate me!)

Nathan: But who am I going to vote for? I can't think of anyone I can write in, that's alive anyways. And I think I still have the right; I have a big "right" to complain, because things are so bad, I can't even vote!

Stephen: No offense to you but I could never vote for Ron Paul.

Chuck Baldwian and isolationism (or what I consider to be isolationism):
http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/c2008/cbarchive_20080520.html

I'm thinking I like your idea, Stephen. Davis-Stephens, '08. :-P

Alyssa, Midenian Scholar said...

I attended a leadership conference where some famous guy (B...B...Dr. Bob Reccord! that's it) talked about voting, and said he couldn't ever vote for someone pro-choice. While I think that's a great ideal, I just don't think it will hold up in the reality all the time. I guess that I think sometimes the big picture is more important than things I might really disagree about with the president.

As to moral duty, the place to appoint Godly leaders is in the beginning--but if there aren't any really ideal Godly leaders to choose from, does our responsibility to our nation no longer matter? If we can't have someone we believe is Biblical, do we just throw in the towel on the whole lot of them?

Sometimes there just *aren't* any Godly people to step in. By turning their backs on the problem, the church basically gives the issue over to sinful people to handle, and then complain about it when things don't go well.

We've survived okay-ish presidents before. I just don't know if we will survive Obama without permanent damage. And I don't think the solution is to refuse to make any move about it, and sit back and just let the damage be done.

Nathan said...

Alyssa, you are officially my favorite commenter on this blog. Why must I agree every time you post?! :-D

Alyssa, Midenian Scholar said...

*beams*

Stephen Boyd said...

Spencer:
I agree completly with your assesment of McCain. I think he was actually a democrat and they put him up the run as a republican because he's so liberal.

As for Dr. Paul, while you may not agree with him 100% (I certainly don't) I appreciate his strict constructionist view of the constitution. Huckabee- We did not support because he is NOT a friend of homeschoolers.Oh well, that's history!
My personal solution is for everyone to move South of the Mason-Dixon and let's secede again!

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

My personal solution is for everyone to move South of the Mason-Dixon and let's secede again!

We can do that! Davis-Stephens, '08. :-P

Alyssa, Midenian Scholar said...

I was talking to my dad about the elections, and he brought up an interesting point. There are many Biblical examples, particularly the Old Testament, where God holds the kings accountable for what happens in the kingdom.

America doesn't have a king. It is ruled by the people. So the people are the kings, and will be held accountable for what they do with their responsibility. Not voting is like a king's neglect--giving up his (or her) responsibility.

Stephen Boyd said...

Actually, it's spelled "Stevens". :P

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

Um, no it's not. Are we talking about the same guy here?

Stephen Boyd said...

My bad!!! (I don't know what I was thinking about!)

:-(

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

LOL, it's okay! You made me go and check, though. I was so sure it was "ph".... That was awesome, Stephen! :-P

Hey, that means you have to be Steven for a while, doesn't it? :-D

Stephen Boyd said...

ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!!!!!!!!! The reason I got him and I mixed up was because I had forgotten that both of our names are spelled the same way.

(btw, just ask some of my friends how riled I get if someone misspells my name!)
:-P

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

Hehe, okay, I won't say I'm not tempted, but I won't call you that.

Spencer

P.S. You familiar with Dr. Maturin?

Caleb said...

I think that protest votes are valuable and useful. To me, voting for the lesser of two evils is not an option. It makes it appear that I agree with that evil. As Christians it is our responsibility to stand up for what is right regardless if it will do any "good" or not. I will definitely vote (write in) just for the sake of saying "I disagree" if nothing else. We need to let our voices be heard that we want at least a basic, fundamental righteousness and will settle for nothing less.

Stephen Boyd said...

Spencer: The Dr. Maturin from Master and Commander?

Caleb: You are right. I think the defining question for Christian is: does this candidate meet the biblical qualifications for public office?

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

Stephen and Caleb, thank you! I agree with both of you, my friends.

Spencer

P.S. Stephen, yes, that Dr. Maturin. :-P