Sunday, September 21, 2008

Don't Be a One-Issue Voter

Recently, in a letter to the editor of the local newspaper, someone indicated that they would vote for McCain based on Obama's and Biden's stand on abortion rights. They gave no reasons other than this.

There are many such "one-issue voters" out there. They vote based on the candidate's stand on one issue only. For some, the issue is abortion rights. For others it may be gay rights, or gun control, or some other thing.

This is not the way to pick our political leaders. We must figure out which candidate will do the best job overall leading our nation. We may not agree with their view on every issue, but sometimes sacrifices must be made. We must try to pick the person who has the best vision for our nation's future and will do the best job turning things around and getting us back on track as a world leader.

As far as abortion rights are concerned, I believe that this is a personal issue. I personally believe that abortion is wrong, but I believe that each woman must be given the freedom to decide this issue for herself.

As far as gay rights are concerned, I believe that we must treat all human beings equally regardless of their sexual orientation or other characteristcs. If being gay is a "sin" then God can deal with it at the appropriate time.

As far as gun laws are concerned, this would have been a much better world if guns had not been invented in the first place. Can we go back in time and undo that one? But seriously I believe that everyone has the right to own a gun to defend themselves, their family and their property, and to hunt if they so desire. The exception would be convicted criminals and those who are mentally unstable and have displayed suicidal or homicidal tendencies.

So Sayeth The Shack

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