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Are you ready for some voting?
Gary Kelly

"Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual...but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country." Samuel Adams

It can be called "trickle-up" virtue. If voters expect their government officials to maintain a standard of morality and values, then it is the duty of those voters to vote for like-minded candidates of the same worldview. 

Questions you might ask concerning candidates of choice:

Does your candidate prefer a cradle-to-grave-nanny-state of government controls, regulations, and programs? Or does your candidate exhibit that of a Biblical worldview of virtue, where personal responsibility and commitment comes by way of liberty, freedom and justice as derived from God? If the voter is looking for fiscal responsibility, which candidate will prefers capitalism and free enterprise over socialism and regulations?

If voters consider themselves proponents of the original intent of the Constitutional vs. treating the Constitution as a "living document," which of their candidates hold that same ideal? For example, which candidate will fight to uphold the Second Amendment whereby "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed?" Or which candidate opposes those rights and would instead impose gun control legislation upon law abiding citizens?

Is your candidate concerned more with fiscal responsibility or moral virtue? In other words, does your candidate say there are more important issues then same-sex marriage, abortion, and the assaults against America's Christian heritage, such as school prayer, displays of the Ten Commandments and Nativity scenes? Which candidate agrees with the Declaration of Independence on how "unalienable Rights" are to be "entitled," according to "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God?" If not, by what standard do they base their foundation for "civil" rights?

When the candidate you vote for reaches office, what will be the worldview of the judges that candidate nominates? Will they nominate judges who hold liberal secular progressive worldviews like those just outlined, or judges with a Biblical worldview and strict Constitutionalists? How will your vote "trickle-up?"

Will your candidate be one of a sound and unwavering defense of these United States, or will that candidate be concerned about  international opinions at the expense of securing and protecting Americans and you their constituent? Does that candidate prefer America's power and sovereignty under the U. S. Constitution or that of global citizenship under the United Nations Charter and an unelected Security Council?

Which candidate uses words to deceive and coerce you in order to violate or compromise our laws and evil?  Which candidate use catch phrases like "undocumented workers" versus illegal aliens? Which candidate uses "reproductive rights" versus abortion? Which candidate uses "Separation of Church and State" versus "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God?" Which candidate uses "sustainable development" versus land grabs? Which candidate uses "community development" versus eminent domain?

Which candidates are supported by the likes of ACLU, NOW, Union leaders who impose force dues, GLSEN, Robert Reich, Bill Mahr, NARAL, UN, George Soros, Michael Moore, Barry Lynn, Rosie O'Donnell, and Barbra Streisand? What is their worldview compared to yours? Is their worldview secular progressive where government is god, or is it Biblical?

"A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user." Theodore Roosevelt

Our veterans have fought and defended America's way of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and demonstrated that freedom is not free, and that freedom must be guarded and maintained with eternal vigilance. Apathy has a higher price, and per chance, this complacency may not have an impact on today's voters, but our descendents will definitely reap what we sow. In other words, are you letting those who do vote decide what kind of future your descendents will have?

America's founders staked the future of liberty and justice, and the very core of our republic on the right to vote, and warned that abusing this privilege would lead to anarchy. The choices are clear and we each have the privilege to vote. Whether or not that privilege is taken seriously or abandoned without a justifiable valid excuse, is also a choice each of us makes. For voting resources and founder quotes see: http://www.earstohear.net/resources/voting.html.


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