My Vote Will Not Be Wasted
I am not one of those independent voters who have yet to decide.
I already know that my vote will not go to someone who divides the country economically, racially, sexually, and spiritually.
I will not support someone who applies the "rule of law" only when it is convenient or in his best interest, who protects his radical administration against possible criminal probes, such as Fast and Furious, by inexplicably calling "executive privilege."
I will not vote for someone who puts our national security and the security of our allies at risk; someone who supports the Muslim Brotherhood over our ally, the true democracy in the middle east, Israel; someone whose foreign policy allows the tragedy in Benghazi, Libya to occur and then attempts to lie about it to the world for weeks.
I will not waste my vote on someone who allows Iran, a terrorist nation, to develop nuclear weapons -- while declaring a fictitious "war on women" and incredibly directing the national conversation to free birth control rather than national security, the economy, unemployment, or any such infinitely more worthy topic. As a female, if I didn't consider the source, I would no doubt be insulted!
I will not vote for someone who will not secure our borders, who will let untold numbers of illegal aliens onto our soil to infiltrate and devour governmental resources including health care, education, and general welfare, which leaves us far less for our own struggling citizens.
I cannot champion one who would force charity from others to satisfy his personal Weltanschauung, regardless of other citizens' wants, needs, and desires. I will not support a socialist agenda, including cradle-to-grave entitlements, at the expense of the hardworking citizens of this country. "A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government." That's from Thomas Jefferson.
I would never vote for someone who does not comprehend individual freedom and, above all else, who fails to understand that charity comes from the heart, not from taxation or government mandate. As Madison said, "[c]harity is no part of the legislative role of government." I will not vote for someone who forgets our founding principles!
I could never support someone who has hindered us with a 2,000-plus-page health care bill, passed under stealth tactics with no bipartisan support, not understood by those who wrote or passed it, that has already begun to cost citizens by way of increased premiums, co-pays, co-insurance, etc. even as its "good parts" have mostly yet to kick in. A bill that will increase taxes on working citizens while lowering the amount of qualified providers and establishing an unqualified medical board that will opine on life and death and interfere in the discussion between provider and patient will not get my support.
I would not endorse someone who has gone to court to block military absentee votes or the simple requirement of having to prove that you are who you say you are to vote, particularly in light of the voter fraud problems that have permeated our elections.
I would not champion someone who, knowing millions of capable people are unemployed and that the real U6 rate of unemployment is hovering around 15%, give or take, according to the BLS, chooses instead to golf, fundraise, vacation, appear on fluff celebrity TV shows, and give interviews to soft magazines -- someone who meets with Beyoncé and Jay-Z, part of the 1% he excoriates, rather than with the Israeli prime minister. I would not vote for someone whose priorities are completely upside-down.
I would not support someone who cannot ensure that we are working, as a nation, under a reasonable budget that will allow us to pay down our debt. Someone whose proposed budget received zero affirmative votes from both sides of the aisle (just about the only thing that happened in a bipartisan fashion in Congress!) will not get my vote.
I would not support someone who conveniently "evolves" into his view of gay marriage, but was noticeably absent from the national discussion when he had a majority in Congress who could actually do something about it.
It would be impossible to support someone who lies so often, so well, and so purposefully for gain (see Thomas Sowell's recent piece, "Phony in Chief") that I seriously doubt whether or not he even knows the truth anymore, or that he could be believed by anyone other than his ardent, head-in-the-sand supporters no matter what he says.
Why would I vote for someone who preaches transparency, but whose personal life is the most secretive of any POTUS -- someone who pays to have his records sealed, someone whose birth certificate has been verifiably forged, whose autobiography has been proven to be factually incorrect?
To get my vote, you need to do more than give a good teleprompted speech; make jokes about Big Bird; tacitly approve of inaccurate ads created by your supporters; crease your pants just right; buy votes with food stamps, cell phones, and amnesty paid for with my tax dollars; throw a good party; shoot hoops; act cool; and lower your golf handicap. To get my vote, you need to be someone with integrity, someone who is qualified to help turn this country around, someone who puts individual freedom above all things government, who sees the role of government as first and foremost national security and in all other ways limited.
Abraham Lincoln said: "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." That destruction begins with a single vote for the wrong candidate.