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See you at the polls

Posted Thursday, November 1, 2012, at 12:42 PM

I don't know about you, but I am ready for the general election of 2012 to be over.

It's all over the television, all over the radio, all over the newspapers, all over the billboards, all over the internet and littered across yards everywhere you look.

I realize that just a few short years ago my name was on some of those signs and ads, but please don't call me a hypocrite. At least back then we had some choices.

In my opinion, good choices in 2012 are hard to find. In fact, I think this election may well be the worst I've seen in all my years of voting when it comes to clear choices. Everything is too muddled; there seem to be no hard lines or well-defined boundaries.

I usually vote my conscious. In doing so I feel I have, at the very least, some modicum of guidance. But this year it seems harder than ever just vote the issues. Why? Because all of the candidates seem to be espousing whatever they think will get votes from this faction or that faction, from this segment of society or that segment of society.

I find it hard to believe there is that much in common between the parties and their respective candidates. I think maybe they are just getting better at playing the game; better at being chameleons when trying to glean votes from the masses, better at being quick-change artists.

"Look," they shout at gatherings and on the tube and across the airwaves and the world-wide web. "I like you. I am like you. I share your values. I am concerned about the things you are concerned about."

In reality, most of them wouldn't know need if it walked up and bit them in their collective posteriors. Many of them can't understand the middle class because they have no reference point. They don't understand the voters, because they've generally never been where the majority of us live -- economically or socially. So they make promises they cannot keep, or choose not to keep.

"I will make things better for you," they declare. "Your vote for me is a vote for yourself and your loved ones. I promise here and now that you will be better off in four years than you are right now. Your vote for me will mean a brighter future for you kids and grandkids and your parents and your dog and your neighbor's dog. Vote for me and I will guarantee your personal safety during the fast-approaching Zombie Apocalypse!"

They announce loudly: "A vote for me will propel our economy into a magnificent tomorrow that will not only help to restore our nation to a place of world prominence, but one that will also make your car run better while reducing our dependence on foreign energy and decreasing emissions and slowing the progress of global warming while strengthening our relationships with the international community and rebuilding the industrial might of our nation."

And that doesn't include the national candidates.

Oh well, as a friend of mine who was an office holder used to say, "Vote early and vote often!"

See you at the polls.


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Bravo!

-- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Thu, Nov 1, 2012, at 2:02 PM

One more thing Shep; I found it refreshing to read a political commentary by a Baptist Minister that was not a full bore shot at telling us how to vote. To come away from it with no certaintity as for whom you intended to cast your vote, was a rarity in these days of polarization, and almagamation of politics, and religion.

Render unto Caesar has become a forgotten concept.

You the man!

-- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Sun, Nov 4, 2012, at 11:37 AM

Thanks OKR -

As I said Sunday from the Pulpit - I've come to believe that far too many believers equate patriotism with Christianity - they seem to think that the two aren't mutually distinct and separate.For me - the thought that you can't be patriotic unless you're a Christian - and the similar thought that you can't be a Christian unless you're patriotic - are just nonsense. Not that I've always felt that way - mind you.

By the way - I also told the folks at church that voting - in and of itself - will never change the nation - although I always encourage everyone to get out and vote.

I believe - and we will probably disagree on this - that the thing that will make the biggest difference in our nation is for Christians to start acting like Christians in their every day walk.

Thanks again.

Shep

-- Posted by shep on Mon, Nov 5, 2012, at 11:02 AM

We disagee not so much on that point Shep. I agree that it would make a big difference. An even bigger difference would be made if the non-Christians would also emulate Jesus. I guess though that we are getting into Utopian territory with those wishes. Sure would be nice. :)

-- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Mon, Nov 5, 2012, at 12:49 PM

Glad to say our polling station was filled to capacity this morning at 7 a.m. Hope that's a good sign that folks are going to get out and vote.

-- Posted by shep on Tue, Nov 6, 2012, at 7:48 AM

Hope everyone made it to the polls - or is at least planning to go later today. Thanks!

"My name is Shep and I approved this message!"

-- Posted by shep on Tue, Nov 6, 2012, at 3:07 PM

LOL Shep. :)

-- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Wed, Nov 7, 2012, at 11:04 AM


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Bob Stewart is pastor of Union Baptist Church. His long-running column ranges in topic from matters of faith to observations about life in Saline County, politics and the sights to see in travels throughout America.
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