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Voting for the President of the United States

POLITICAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES are ever with us. Gain perspective by reading what Rodric has to say about it. He may surprise you.

For years, voting has been an easy activity for me. I am a Republican, so I vote that way all the way down the ballot without considering voting outside of my party demarkation. I have been a Republican since I was a teenager because of my conservative beliefs. Of course, it was not just that. I believe in America and the ideals for which she stands: freedom and equal opportunity and justice for all.

Growing up in the South, I was taught that America is the greatest country on the planet, that all other nations should model themselves after the document produced by the inspiration of the minds of my nation's fathers, the US Constitution.

I believed that Americans were inherently superior to other people, which conflicted with my religious leanings, but it made me feel like I was a part of a larger force of freedom. I felt like I had something to offer the world because of my Americanism. I justified the history of my nation because I figured God allowed us to grow through our issues so that He could use the US as a light on a hill so that other nations could look to us for inspiration and guidance.

Now that I am older, I realize that I may have overlooked somethings about Americana that I cannot overlook anymore. Not having the power to do so outside of this article, I am going to expand the use of Americana to mean the philosophies and ideas preached by the philosophers and politicians in the United States over the past two centuries. It does not mean that I love my country any less, but it does mean that I have changed the way I look at other nations. I still believe that the Constitution is not just an American document for freedom. I believe that all humans deserve by birthright freedom, justice, and equal opportunity--doctrine preached by Americana. I now understand that good people, however, are in every nation. And no matter what the government of that nation is, good leaders can make it work for the benefit of that nation's people.

The system of government matters, but the goodness of the leaders of a nation matters also. Good government without good leaders... And I don't mean leaders who are good at leading. I mean leaders who are genuinely good people in their hearts. Good government, a free government without righteous leaders is not good enough.

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I am going to expand the use of Americana to mean the philosophies and ideas preached by the philosophers and politicians in the United States over the past two centuries.

By Their Fruit

As a conservative Christain, it is not hard for me to champion certain ideas or positions. I, however, am not what most people think I am. In my home, there was a slow conversion away from the Republican party because of our Christian beliefs. My oldest son, as he walked out of the door to take my other kids to the park said, "I don't want you guys to go to a park far away. We live in a neighborhood of White people and our next-door neighbors have trump flags flying. He is obviously racist."

My son said that because our neighbor, new to us since we recently moved into our current dwelling, refuses to speak to us. On one side, we have a neighbor who attends church with us, a multicultural church. On the other side, we have an avid Trump supporter who will not speak to us for some reason. My spouse and kids have determined it is because we are Black and he is a Trump supporter. Both neighbors are White families. Why are my kids feeling the way they do? We went from being a Conservative Christian mostly Republican family to being mostly Independents and Democrats. I am the last Republican left in my home. There are eight people in my home, four of whom can vote.

What is the fruit of Donald Trump? He sows seeds of division and discord. I have been holding out for him because he has also done much for ideas like recognizing Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. He has stood for religious freedom. He has championed the evils of abortion as it is currently practiced among us. He, however, is a disagreeable person. Who should I vote for in this case?

Should I choose the disagreeable man who does good things for the nation or the agreeable man who supports relief for the poor, healthcare for the poor, education for the less fortunate, selflessness towards other people, and such, Joe Biden?

Of course, there is more to consider, but who is approaching more the things that I believe? I already voted once, but my ballot was not accepted because I used the wrong type of pin. I get a redo and the redo comes with another jolt of doubt that I chose the right person.

Should I choose the disagreeable man who does good things for the nation or the agreeable man who supports relief for the poor, healthcare for the poor, education for the less fortunate, selflessness towards other people, and such, Joe Biden?

The First Ballot

I voted for President Trump. My reason was that he is an annoying tolerance that I can endure to help Americana remain. I don't want socialism, but I do like the idea the Biden wants to create separate rules for those addicted to drugs by sending them to remediation instead of prison for their illness.

I watched their final debate. I like what I heard from both sides! I mean, once I could get through the insults from both sides and squabbling, I liked what the men said. I voted for Trump because he supports a limit on abortion, a hard issue in my home. My 13-year-old son does not want the rights of women to be infringed upon to have the choice to choose what they can do with their bodies. He is as avid about his beliefs as President Trump is with his mocking of others who disagree with him. My kid went from idolizing President Trump to despising him because of what he saw on TikTok about the President.

I had to convince my son that I don't disagree with abortion being available to women. I told him that I do not agree with it being used as a form of contraception. I also told him that I would support a law that limits under which circumstance abortions can be obtained.

I never knew what the word misogynistic meant until recently. That is what my son thinks of me, I am sure, though he has not outright said so. He definitely thinks it of the President. He believes Trump is a woman-hater because he doesn't support unfettered abortion.

Trump has been married three times and he has said many things in the past about women that have offended many people. Am I still to vote for Trump? It feels like I am torn. I have been conditioned my entire life to vote Republican to save America. I know intellectually that one man cannot change the nation without help from Congress. I did not vote Republican all the way down the ballot this time. I researched people and voted for Democrats for the first time. I get to redo my ballot, though. Am I going to vote for my first democrat as President?

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Am I still to vote for Trump? It feels like I am torn. I have been conditioned my entire life to vote Republican to save America.

Ballot Redo

I wonder if I purposefully completed the ballot with a red pin so that I could have a second chance. The very top of the ballot mentions that I must use a black or blue inked pin!

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I skipped over that instruction and used the first thing I could grab at my desk. As I colored in the first oval, which was not the presidential choice, by the way, my subconscious screamed that I needed a black or blue pin. I ignored it. I was too excited to go over the ballot and complete it.

I went over the ballot three or four times before I voted for Trump. I prayed about it a few times before I made my choice. I received no answer to go either way. I chose based on my life-long habit of selecting the Republican, a fear-based choice.

Now, I face the choice of selection again. I feel like I am choosing Trump again because I fear what would happen if I vote for a Democrat for president. The world might end. It is irrational. Nothing will go wrong if I vote for Joe Biden. I voted for a third-party candidate in the last election! I voted for an Independent, not President Trump. What could go wrong if I voted for a Democrat this time?

I posted on my social media for help before I completed the first ballot and received this advice:

You must decide for yourself if his deeds have been sufficient to have earned your vote. Do his actions and policies align with your true self? Do his behaviors and statements tell you that he is in any way similar to yourself? For me, the answer was an astounding, “No.” That does not mean you will get the same answer. It does mean that you bear some responsibility for supporting whomever earns your vote. We do not always get to choose the consequences of our actions, but being able to say that you voted with your conscience/inner voice/true self must be sufficient to weather whatever consequences may come.

Does the President represent what is best for this country as far as I can see it? Who am I to determine such a thing? I am a citizen of The United States of America and my votes matter. Who am I going to support now that I have a second attempt at voting?

I will not be using this pin this time.

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Time to Choose

Thinking about it again has opened up my mind to new influence. America is about having a choice to participate in government through representatives that reflect our ideas of freedom, justice, and equal opportunity. This time, I am not telling anyone who I vote for to avoid influencing others in a positive or negative way. Vote your conscience Americans. If Trump is your guy, vote for him. If Biden is your guy, vote for him. If some other person speaks on your behalf, write him or her in.

The person that we vote for may or may not win, but we can rest easy knowing that we voted for the person we thought would best lead us toward freedom, justice, and equal opportunity. If we all believe in those three tenets of Americana, we will always make the right choice for president, Congress, governors, and the over 50 other governments we get to participate in in this nation.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2020 Rodric Anthony

Comments

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on October 31, 2020:

JOC, thanks for reading. I am glad you enjoyed the article.

JOC from Syracuse, NY on October 28, 2020:

Enjoyed your perspective.

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on October 28, 2020:

Greg, thanks for reading and your encouragement. Your words made me feel good about my contribution. I hope everyone who can, votes. My oldest daughter is voting for the first time. She and I are on the same wavelength. I just want her to vote her conscience.

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on October 28, 2020:

A B Williams, there is no such thing as too long. I am honored you are willing to express yourself here. I did not vote for Trump the first go around because I thought he was a joke. I thought Hillary Clinton was even a bigger joke so I declined to vote for her. I watched a documentary about her later and decided I was prejudice against her because of her husband. I was out of the country during the Clinton sex scandal and hung my head in shame when people spoke about President Clinton's escapades. It was the first time I was embarrassed to have people know my nationality.

The funny thing about voting for a third-party candidate was that as I stood at the voting booth, I felt a strong impression to vote for Trump! I refused to listen to it out of respect to the dislike I had for him at the time, which hasn't changed per se. I am yet praying and repenting about my Trump feelings. It has nothing to do with his presidency, however.

Because of the division in my family, I have taken my wife's lead and will not discuss who I am voting for anymore. I know it will come out eventually, but it won't be until after the election at this juncture.

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on October 28, 2020:

Readmikenow, thanks for reading and commenting here. I appreciate your acknowledgment.

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on October 28, 2020:

Bill, our lives do depend on who we vote into office to some degree! I like what you wrote. Who we vote for now affects how the next twenty years will go--longer even. It may seem ignorant to some or even most, but I'd rather be a fool for believing than a fool who believed in nothing. I believe in Americana, as I use it in the article. I believe the rights we have should be enjoyed by all humans in every nation. I believe we should be an example to the world that representative free government does work and is no longer an experiment.

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on October 28, 2020:

Pamela, I love the USA. I pray to God for our survival as a place that upholds in our hearts truth, justice, and the American way, which to me is having a voice and using it to improve the nation. I DO NOT want socialism at all. I don't want to condemn it so much anymore. I just don't think it will work in our large nation of opinionated and free people. Also, in my neighbor's defense, it could have been the fact that my wife parked our car a few inches in front of his house when we first moved over here. My oldest kid thinks it is because he is a Trump supporter. I think the attitude and his political leanings might not be related. I go to church with Trump supporters. I also support the president of the United States as long as he is in office. I am not necessarily a Trump supporter, but I pray for him and honor his office. I am more a Republican party supporter than a Trump supporter. Presidents come and go, but the party is a fixture I want to always remain.

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on October 28, 2020:

Very thoughtful and well-written piece. Would that many more Americans would put even this much thought into their decision on voting day. Well done, and thanks for sharing and encouraging everyone to vote!

A B Williams from Central Florida on October 28, 2020:

P.S. - I'm sorry I know that I have been long, but I must agree with Pamela, the Trump supporters that I know are all about vast opportunity and good lives for ALL Americans. I hate to hear that about your neighbors. :(

A B Williams from Central Florida on October 28, 2020:

Hi Rodric, I really enjoyed this article and your candidness. It should spark dialogue and that's what we need in America right now...dialogue!

The last election I reluctantly voted for Donald Trump, I wasn't sure if he was in it for the right reasons, but the alternative, Hillary Clinton, had just told me that I was "deplorable" and that I only "voted the way the men in my life instructed me to vote". She obviously knows nothing about this strong, conservative, very vocal, southern woman.

This time around, I am not the least bit hesitant, I cannot wait to vote for the man. I've never seen a President keep promises as this one has. I've never seen such accomplishment, in such a short period of time. Politicians, both R and D, are skilled at kicking the can down the road, for that insures longevity in their chosen careers....as Politicians! They don't wish for things to get done, because they can't afford for things to get done.

Trump only knows to get things done and I love that people are finally coming around, as they see it for themselves.

I too am a Christian and because I am, I do not support abortion, never have, never will! I will always be the voice for that small, helpless human that has a heartbeat, ten little fingers and ten little toes, but no voice. So tired of their disposal called everything people can come up with, in order to keep from calling it...what it is. As a woman who has given birth to three children and been present for the birth of three grandchildren, how women can support abortion, I will never comprehend!

Also, I don't believe for a minute that Biden leads. I was watching Newsmax last night, at 9:00 on a Tuesday night, the temperature 10 degrees in Omaha, Nebraska, there was a Trump rally (the third that day for the President) and 29,000 people were in attendance... at that one alone! Here in Florida we've seen Trump truck parade after Trump boat parade, they are breaking out all over the place. It's exciting, people are fired up and nothing is happening on the other side, I think MSM is trying to make it appear as if it is Biden's to lose, but where are the signs. Polls!?! Mainstream media tells us so?!?

Readmikenow on October 28, 2020:

Thankyou for sharing your voting experience and thinking. I enjoyed reading it.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 28, 2020:

This is such a flawed system, and yet it has survived turbulent times, and will continue to survive turbulent times in the future. There was a time I believed my vote didn't matter. I don't believe that today. It must matter, or we've all been fools for far too long. Having said that, I vote as if my life matters, which it does. :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts, my friend.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 28, 2020:

At least in America we have the right to vote, which isn't true in some countries. This is an interesting article about making that choice. I am sorry to hear about your awful neighbors. The Trump supporters I know would never treat you like that as they like everyone and do not care what color you are. We should all live that way as every life does matter and no one is second class. I hope you make the best choice for our country as I think it is a hard time to vote as Kamala Harris wants socialism and I sure don't either. Good luck with your struggle to make a choice, Rodric.