The Upcoming Primary

*This isn’t a “real” post, but I just wanted to throw the information out there.

In Michigan and Arizona next Tuesday, February 28th, we’ll have the opportunity to vote for the Rebuplican candidate of our choice. I love this opportunity! I voted for the first time in the primary (or any election for that matter) two years ago for governor and local offices, and I was thrilled with the experience. Lame, right? Justin didn’t vote in the primary with me but he did in the actual election in November.

Will many of you be voting in the primary/caucus (or have you already?), or just in the general election come November? I am more excited about the Republican primary this year much more than I am excited for the actual November election (what is the word for that, when it’s the actual voting time for the Republican versus Democrat? I’m not sure, but I am sure that there is a word or official title for it).

Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul. Hmmm…

And, how do you decide who to vote for? What makes or breaks a candidate for you?

I found this resource online, from wikiHow:

Choose Who to Vote for in a Public Poll or Election

  1. Register to vote

          -There may be a deadline, so make sure that you’re prepared ahead of time.

  1. Find out who all of the candidates are

    -Find out who is available to vote for. This way if you know who the candidates are, you can start to list things they say they will do. Pay particular attention to what they have already done. Words do not count for much.

    -You should also research information on the candidates. Knowing their platform will help you make a more informed decision.

  2. Ask yourself which issues matter to you the most. If you believe that corporations need to be corralled, vote for a candidate with a record of fighting big corporations and winning. If you believe that there are no exceptions and abortion should be illegal, vote for a candidate who supports this view and has passed legislature or at least supported attempted legislature against abortion
  3. Take the Political Compass Test to determine your own political views in relation to others (http://www.politicalcompass.org/test)
  4. Compare what the candidates have already done and what they say they will do regarding issues most important to you
  5. Read/Listen/Watch

    -Read the paper and a news magazine regularly, or listen to political news routinely on the radio, or watch debates on the television when they’re available. You will soon understand more about the issues and will be able to make a better decision.

  6. Look for experience and leadership as well as good decision-making ability
  7. Ask others

    -Ask other people who they will vote for and why. Others may have another way at looking at issues, which has not yet occurred to you. You may learn something from them.

  8. Detect who may be lying

    -If you think one of the candidates is lying about what they have done or will do, do not cast your vote for that person. Simple enough. Don’t put up with this. Candidates will say they will do anything but many of the things they want to do are not done without a great deal of collaboration with other government officials.

  9. Decide on who to vote for

    -Once you have the final two candidates you’d like to vote for, decide.

  10. Vote

    -By going to the polling station and casting your vote you are making an all-important decision. Make sure you know what the voting regulations are at the specific station.

    -The other way to vote is by using a write-in, or absentee, ballot. This is great to use if you will be out-of-town during the election or if you may not have the time to go to the voting station that day.

Tips: Keep with it. If you get bored, remember this is your and your community’s future you are helping to decide on.

(Source: http://m.wikihow.com/Choose-Who-to-Vote-for-in-a-Public-Poll-or-Election/)

That was a good source I suppose, but I like this one especially, because it breaks down those “important issues” for each candidate: http://www.2012.presidential-candidates.org/)

Those issues include the candidate’s views on: Abortion, Afghanistan, Budget, Business and Labor, Capital Punishment, China, Civil Liberties, Cuba, Deficit, Economy, Education, Energy, Environment, Foreign Affairs, Guantanamo, Gun Control, Health Care, Immigration, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Marijuana, Minimum Wage, National Security, North Korea, Palestinian Issue, Poverty, Prescription Drugs, Same Sex/LGBT, Social Security, Stem Cell Research, Taxes, and Trade Issues.

Check out too (and most importantly) what the Bible says on some certain topics, and advises what to look out for when choosing your candidate:

A good leader motivates, doesn’t mislead, doesn’t exploit.”

God cares about honesty in the workplace; your business is His business.”

Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds; sound leadership has a moral foundation.”

Good leaders cultivate honest speech; they love advisors who tell them the truth.”

An intemperate leader wreaks havoc in lives; you’re smart to stay clear of someone like that.”

Good-tempered leaders invigorate lives; they’re like spring rain and sunshine.”

Get wisdom – it’s worth more than money; choose insight over income every time.”

  • Proverbs 16:10-16

The more talk, the less truth; the wise measure their words.” -Proverbs 10:19

God hates cheating in the marketplace; He loves it when business is aboveboard.” -Proverbs 11:1

The stuck-up fall flat on their faces, but down-to-earth people stand firm.” -Proverbs 11:2

A thick bankroll is no help when life falls apart, but a principled life can stand up to the worst.” -Proverbs 11:4

Good character is the best insurance; crooks get trapped in their sinful lust.” -Proverbs 11:6

Without good direction, people lose their way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.” -Proverbs 11:14

Truth lasts; lies are here today, gone tomorrow.” -Proverbs 12:19

Ignore the Word and suffer; honor God’s commands and grow rich.” -Proverbs 13:13

God can’t stand pious poses, but He delights in genuine prayers.” -Proverbs 15:8

Knowing what is right is like deep water in the heart; a wise person draws from the well within.” -Proverbs 20:5

Love and truth form a good leader; sound leadership is founded on loving integrity.” -Proverbs 20:28

Mixed motives twist life into tangles; pure motives take you straight down the road.” -Proverbs 21:8

Unscrupulous people fake it a lot; honest people are sure of their steps.” -Proverbs 21:29

God delights in concealing things; scientists delight in discovering things.” -Proverbs 25:2

Obviously there are so many more verses we could look up and apply to this.

Bottom Line: Get in the Word and study scripture that may apply to adversity you feel toward a candidate – if you feel that way, if you feel there’s something “wrong” with the way that candidate is either portraying himself, someone else, or if he’s lacking confidence in what he says he believes in [or why he believes something], listen to what you’re feeling and take steps in action toward that – either move on from that candidate after discovering why they feel that way, or if it’s a minor issue, choose to overlook it. But the main thing that I ask in your choosing of a candidate, is to consider this verse that I listed above: “Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds; sound leadership has a moral foundation.”

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