8 more days to go! Here are a few of my thoughts on the election and state of the union: (for what they're worth???)
1. Please vote. We are not terribly excited about either candidate, but McCain is definitely the lesser of two evils. If you're thinking about not voting at all, remember: silence gives consent. What a God-given right it is to have a voice. President Ezra Taft Benson said: "Freedom can be killed by neglect as well as by direct attack."
2. Don't vote for a 3rd party, as tempting as it may be when you don't get goosebumps over either candidate. Voting for 3rd party is a wasted vote because there's no chance that person will win in this case. If you have any opinion on abortion, 2nd amendment rights, foreign oil dependence, the economy, ANWR options, health care, etc. , then vote for the candidate who best reflects your set of values out of the two primary candidates. I for one cannot figure out how anybody can be 'undecided' at this point. The two candidates' views and voting records/accomplishments in the Senate are fairly contrasting. Just get behind the one you think will do the most good. Just vote.
3. The economy... ouch. It is scary to review our 401K and compare it's value from 6 months ago. However, we're not anywhere near retirement, so we have faith it will come up in value again. Joseph has this economic theory that I find enlightening --- the answer to stimulating the economy without all the government bail-outs is to cut spending. Specifically taxes. Specifically payroll taxes, including cutting contributions to Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid. If we weren't forced to contribute so much to those right now, we would have our own money in our own pockets to spend or re-invest as we please. Imagine what that would do. And the best part is it wouldn't create a greater national deficit. Easier said than done, I know. As great as Palin is, admit it... Mitt would have been brilliant at helping solve this financial crisis... Obama keeps saying he'll cut taxes for 90% of Americans. That's a bunch of you-know-what. The problem with that half-truth is that only 40% of Americans pay taxes. In other words, if you get more back in your refund than you pay in, you are among that 60% who does not pay income tax. Lucky you. (See Post Title...)
4. I am scratching my head trying to understand why people think Obama is "articulate and brilliant..." Anybody can be articulate using a teleprompter, but spontaneous rally speeches are NOT his shining moments. And what makes him brilliant? After all, choosing Joe Biden proves Obama's intelletual nothingness. All Obama has to do is mention 'hope' and 'change' in the same sentence and the media is smothering him with acolades. Some 'community organizer'. And what about appointing conservative Supreme Court judges? That could really be a defining moment... that is huge in my book. Think about Prop 8. Where does each candidate stand on gay rights?Hmmmm....
5. If a socialist becomes President, it could usher in the Second Coming faster. But I'm not ready. I still have a lot of repenting to do for over indulging at Golden Corrall Friday night.
5. Think less. Less is more in terms of government control. Why would we want more government involvement in our personal lives? Smaller government = more agency and freedom.
I love the war chapters in the Book of Mormon. When studying these chapters, we must ask ourselves why Mormon included 100 recorded instances of armed conflict. That means there are 50 pages, or 10% of the entire Book of Mormon devoted to understanding war and conflict. It is so applicable to today!
Keep the faith. Fight the good fight. Goodnight...