Wednesday, October 22, 2008

First Things First

Well, I'm going to do it.

I don't like talking religion or politics. It seems with either one, someone is always offended or put off.

However, as a Christian first, American second, and being transgender third, I prefer to hold my convictions based on those filters.

One, does my position represent the principles of my Christian faith? That God is first and I worship only Him, and I practice love and tolerance for my brothers and sisters as a means of being of maximum service to God and my fellows?

Two, does my position uphold the principles of the Constitution and our rights as defined in it, my duties as a citizen to defend those principles and to stand firm against those who wish to ignore and/or tread on those principles and rights?

And three, does my position further understanding and acceptance for my fellow transgender brothers and sisters?

First and for most, am I doing God's will? To seek that I ask for guidence and pray for it. I then have to meditate for insight. The thoughts that come to me must then be filtered though four qualifiers. Am I being self-centered, dishonest, resentful or fearful?

I'm human and I'm prone to fail. I do not profess to know alot, let alone the answers to many of my questions. Yet I'm okay with that.

I find the political climate extremely disturbing. Hate is not a commodity in sole possession of the Right. Nor is the Left the sole bearers of true tolerance.

I have little faith in either canidate as being "The Messiah" or "A Faithful Servant".

Yet based on positions and plans for our country, I find pulling the lever for Obama-Biden too difficult. It will be hard enough pulling that lever for McCain-Palin with one hand pinching my nose.

Barack Obama's desires to "distribute the wealth" are in stark contrast to our American principles. Our government is OF the people, FOR the people, and BY the people. He's too leftist for this Libertarian. Personal liberty has never been more in jeopardy than it is today.

I will defend my fellow citizen's right to express their political viewpoint regardless of whether that position is in accord with my own. I suspect many of you would do the same. For anything less is truly unpatriotic and quite un-American.

May God Bless All of Us


Tammyrae said...

It is once again time for us to pick the least of the evils presented before us. Politics have a way of casting a short term positive light but in the end the lobbyist and the party machines will reign supreme.

Obama represents a cultural change and growth of mental capacity of the people to put aside differences. McCain represents a continuation of the past. Both pledge their beliefs but in reality their beliefs are secondary to the Country's needs and the words they share have little significance when we consider their actions are limited by what the Congress and the Senate are wiling to push forward.

That said all can we hope to do is pick the Candidate that will be endorsed by both the Congress and the Senate and thereby actually be able to affect true change, while merely functioning as a figure head. Every one of us needs to focus on every election and place as many worthy candidates in power as possible while we all continue to pray for a better day.

Jenna Elizabeth Taylor said...

I agree that our issues need Congressional representation. It won't matter who is President if enough members of Congress don't support a fully inclusive ENDA. However we can't even get them to do that. I'm completely disappointed that a Democratically controlled House AND Senate haven't done squat in two years to offer any significant legislation. All they've done is point fingers at the minority. Barack is more of the same there though. There are too many inconsistancies with Obama's positions versus his thin record and trusting a politican is not my bag baby. Plus I see him as another promise the moon and give me an RC and a moonpie( less government's 40%)Clinton ran in '92 on a middle class tax cut, and one month after taking office addressed the nation and said he'd never tried harder than anything in his career to get it done, yet he couldn't make it happen. ONE MONTH! The Libertarian Party and Bob Barr hasn't got a shot, the Green Party.. Cynthia McKinney? Don't want her "goin' upside ma hed" Phhbst! The Constitution Party is too rigid socially....
Pray baby, pray!