Elections have the potential to impact everything from your marriage to your paycheck and from your career to your ability to earn a living. They can affect things like healthcare, immigration, carbon credits, bank accounts, employment, success or failure of small businesses, banks, and corporations, retirement accounts, and many other things as well. Elections matter.
Sadly, many voters approach an election with but one thing in mind:”voting the party line.” The late President John F. Kennedy’s famous inaugural statement has changed. It has evolved from: “Ask not what your country can do for you, Ask what you can do for your country,” to “Ask what your country can do for you, Ask not what you can do for your country.”
Unfortunately, many refuse to think before voting. Others wish to be told for whom to vote. Though it is hard work, one should seek to know their favorite candidates before going to the polls to cast their all-important ballots. In some cases it has become harder to discern many candidates’ views because they deliberately conceal their past. However, with some research, you can discover many things about them before you cast your vote.
Some things you may wish to understand before voting for your favorite candidate…
Do their views align with your views on major issues? Sometimes it can be hard to tell. Why? It is becoming harder to discern candidates’ true views because so many are disingenuous if not deliberately deceptive. Media, campaign commercials, and political handlers are complicit in deception because they sometimes push an agenda that obscures a candidate’s views in order to see him elected. In other cases, they can be guilty of deliberately misrepresenting (or openly lying about) an opposing candidate’s views to prevent him from winning an election.
2. Voting Records
Have your favorite candidates’ votes aligned with the will of their constituents, or have they voted without little to no regard for the wishes of their people? Have their votes aligned with your principles, character, and commitments?
What are their philosophies about governing, earmarks, money, the economy, taxes, deficit spending, and other important issues?
Are voters held in contempt as “ill-informed vassals,” or, are voters respected as "well-informed citizens" whose views and concerns actually matter?
5. Entitlement Programs
How do they view Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid? Do they wish to privatize, eliminate, or revise these programs?
Most politicians are accused of “Never meeting a tax that they didn’t like.” Is he / she a "Tax-and-Spend"
candidate or a “Fiscally Responsible” candidate?
7. Controversial Issues
Many avoid issues like Abortion, Social Security Reform, or Term Limits. It is unfortunate but true that approximately 98% of politicians’ primary goal is that of their own reelection. Are they there to grab power or to serve their constituents?
8. Special Interests
Are they are there to serve or are they there to advance causes of the American people or the causes of special interest groups?
9. American Issues
Where do they stand on critical issues facing America?
Jobs and Unemployment
Cap and Trade
10. http://www.christianretirement.com would never ask you to vote for a certain party or candidate. We would however ask you to be informed as you cast your ballot. Government is the servant of God. Pray for the Lord's guidance as you discover more about your favorite candidates and cast your ballot.