I am all for freedom of speech. I am so thankful that our country allows each individual the right to say and think what they truly want to, with the exception of a couple restrictions by the freedom of information act or whatever. I am glad that people feel so passionately about the election this year. I am hopeful that whomever ends up being president will really try to do the best for the country that they possibly can.
But let me be frank. I am sick of people trying to persuade me one way or the other. I know how I am voting, and I really detest the way that everyone, on both sides, but from my experience, certain parties are worse than others in this regard. Clearly we are at odds with how we weigh the issues and how we choose to vote. However, I fully acknowledge everyone's desire to see the best choice made for this country. I do not doubt that everyone is voting for the candidate that they think is best. We don't have to agree, but lets at least respect each other's right to choose where they feel God is leading them. I have no doubt that many Christians feel very strongly that McCain is the right choice for president, and I can see their arguments and their points are valid. Let's stop bickering. But at the same time, I know that the other Christians that I know who will vote for Obama, are just as passionate about the reasons which lead them in the another direction. I have yet to endorse a specific candidate, but I'm sick of people trying to persuade me one way or the other. I do not want to tell someone else who to choose. I feel as though people don't have enough faith in each other to let them make their own decision without judgement. If I wanted to be told who to vote for, I would ask, and so far I haven't asked anyone. And I am not looking forward to the haughty attitude that either side will have once the final numbers come back and a president is chosen. If I didn't feel so strongly about my right to vote, I would really consider walking away from the polls this year. But since I value my right to vote, despite the electoral college really making the difference, I vote for women everywhere in the US and for people in other countries who have no choice about their leader. But I'm sickened. Truly sad and disappointed in all that I see in the political realm. I'm eager to see the election over with.