I’ve been fighting this for months, and here I am, eve of the election, unable to hold it in any longer. Not that my little opinion will make any bit of difference; but all the same, I feel compelled to put it out there this evening.
I think Barack Obama has some good ideas. I read The Audacity of Hope earlier this year and have listened closely to every word that has come out of his mouth and am honestly impressed by this man’s rise, his eloquence, his political finesse. When he spoke at the Democratic National Convention 4 years ago, I looked at my husband and said, “That man will be President someday.” When I listen to him speak, I feel an unfamiliar tickle of hope that just maybe things could get better for America on certain fronts. I believe him that he will make changes, some of them long overdue, that will better the state of the union. I tend to “like” the guy more than McCain too, for whatever that’s worth. I mean, he’s charming. But then I can’t shake off this recollection that so was a certain snake in a certain garden. Charming, that is.
And quite honestly, I don’t adore John McCain. He’s just okay for me. I’m not his biggest fan. I did vote for him in the primary, simply because I felt that he was the only one of the candidates who could even possibly prevail against either Clinton or Obama. (There’s the rare pragmatist in me.) I do think that if McCain were elected, the policies of our nation would likely not change too much, the economy may not get the same jumpstart than if Obama is elected, and that environmental issues may not be tackled with as much innovation and gusto as in an Obama administration. So there you have it: my honest concession.
There are some things, however, that I really disagree with Obama about. For example, I think “spreading the wealth” is a terrible idea, even though I’d probably be one of the beneficiaries of that. When you give an extra $1500 to someone in my tax bracket, we don’t usually go stimulate the economy. We get caught up on bills or pay off a little bit of debt. When you give a tax break to the small business owner or the “rich guy,” he takes some business risks, expands his company, hires more people. To me, that’s a no-brainer which one of those is better for our nation’s economy in the long run. I’m honestly concerned that Obama’s “solution” to our economic woes will further stunt the economy. But then I’m admittedly no economist. And our personal financial situation is seemingly stable. But even if it weren’t, I really don’t think I could vote on that issue alone, which seems to me to be what many people are doing.
I also think that Obama’s government-run healthcare idea is a recipe for disaster. There is not a single country in the world with an enviable social healthcare system. Seriously, do the research. Do you know how long transplant patients have to wait for organs in Canada and Switzerland?? Tragic scores of them die before their number pops up on the bureaucratic queue. My husband works for the military and has government-run healthcare anyway. We’re already in that system, and at the bottom of the totem pole because we’re lowly civilians, and trust me, I’d love to go back to a private, competitive-market healthcare facility, but I don’t have that option living overseas. But again, that issue just doesn’t light a fire in me to swing one way or the other.
But there is an issue from which I cannot escape its burden. I care about a thousand things in this country. I have a thousand-and-one opinions about almost every issue under the sun. But I just can’t vote for a candidate who is pro-choice. I can’t do it. I can’t. I am almost grateful to Barack for being SO unapologetically pro-choice–that makes it at least a little easier on me. But still I have been bothered for months by my own “simplicity” and have earnestly struggled with reconciling myself to the idea that I might be a single issue voter, when it comes down to it.
A respected friend of mine said to me today that he thinks there are just bigger fish to fry in this election than abortion. I almost threw up. You see, that’s the problem. Too many of us, even Christians who know better, try to dehumanize this abortion problem. Make it into just a “policy” or “idea” in our minds. But it’s not just an idea. And it’s certainly not just a fish to fry. We’re talking about defenseless human beings–the very smallest, very most helpless kind. And not to be trite, but really, Dr. Suess’ Horton says it about as well as it can be said: “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” I just had my 20-week ultrasound the other day, and I can already see that this little guy is full of life and personality. And according to the Word of God (Psalm 139), he is a real person in there, fashioned in the image of God, not just a “fetus.” He has a beautiful beating heart, ten little toes and ten little fingers, and a soul and a spirit designed to live a life in worship of his Creator. But according to Barack Obama’s ideology, if I suddenly decided I didn’t want to be pregnant anymore, for whatever reason, I should be able to kill this child in my belly, no questions asked, and even by appallingly murderous methods. I’m sorry, but WHY is that not murder? If someone walked in my house right now and shot me as I was typing this ostensibly offensive blog , they would be charged with two murders, not just one, because of the child in my womb. Or if I killed my own child the moment after delivery, I would obviously be charged with infanticide. But if I have an abortion, it’s okay for me to kill my own child? That is infuriatingly unjust and illogical!!!
If we are Christians, then our spiritual citizenship is in Heaven, not in America or even on this planet. Our Christianity MUST trump our patriotism or nationalism if they come into conflict with one another. And in this election, I believe they do come in conflict. I know that many people are struggling financially and see Barack Obama as a way out perhaps, but really, are our finances more important than the sanctity of human life? Is there ANY “political” issue really more important than this one? Could there possibly be a bigger fish to fry? I say no way.
And how can we Christians do nothing and say nothing as this happens? It’s not right. So there! I’m saying something: “YOPP!” (Another Dr. Suess reference for those of you NOT currently swimming in childrens’ literature.) And WOW, do I feel better.
I take no pleasure in announcing that someday there will be an unimaginably great reckoning for the atrocious injustice done to these millions and millions of defenseless babies. So let’s speak up, even if that colors us unpopular or uncouth or simple-minded. Please sound your own barbaric YOPP at the polls tomorrow.