Confession: I was pre-registered to vote 6 months before my 18th birthday. I was SO excited to be a part of this democratic process that I marched myself down to the DMV and asked if I could pre-register. I am pretty sure that the employees got a kick out of the “sweet girl” who obviously didn’t have a social life. They smiled and obliged my request and my love for all things political at that point only became official.
You see I grew up in a family where it was fun to get quizzed on who our State Senator was and what Congressional district we lived in. My Mom has made a career out of running the local offices for various elected officials and my parents were never one to shy away from hosting a political fundraiser, or bringing the whole family to attend one. I grew up immersed in politics and that had a profound influence on how I orient myself toward our government now. I am more than happy to be involved and rally others to do so as well.
If you haven’t already, please read the earlier posts in this series: Joy’s is here, and Sarah’s is here. I’ll repeat the ground rules that Joy laid out last week and then I’ll share some of the issues influencing my decision next month.
- We will not endorse–or even mention–a political party or candidate.
- We will discuss our personal point of view and how that affects our decisions.
- This is not an opportunity for us to bash, belittle or argue why another side doesn’t have it right. We are simply opening up a discussion to present the different perspectives of moms who live in the Valley of the Sun.
These posts answer the questions (1) What do I see as the role of government? and (2) what will be the main issues that I will take into consideration when voting this November?
I believe the role of government is simple yet profound: protect the constitution and in doing so protect the establishments that our country was founded on: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The most important recognizing that we are one nation, under God and therefore all men are created equal.
The top 3 things that will influence my voting this election cycle are:
- A candidate whose values align with that of our founding Fathers. This means that while I am absolutely in support of equal rights, (which I think the states should decide themselves and not be mandated by national policy) I am not interested in changing the constitution at all. Once we open the can of worms that is amending the Constitution, I believe we won’t ever stop. I am looking to get behind candidates who realize that our Constitution is a valuable and guiding document, not something to be toyed with. As a conservative in my religious beliefs, I may surprise you that I do NOT want the government to blur the lines between governmental policy and religious doctrine. I believe that when the Government ordains new laws that impose more reform it only hurts our nation, it doesn’t help it. So, while I want my candidate to align with my value system, I don’t want him to make up laws in areas that government shouldn’t be involved.
- A candidate who is Pro-Business. It is extremely important to me and my family that we don’t replace the debt with more debt. I believe we need serious budget reform and we need a leader who will make smart, budget conscious monetary decisions. I want someone to encourage entrepreneurial endeavors and support the rights of those that do so to run their business however they so choose. I also want someone leading our country that knows that hard work should be rewarded from your own paycheck.
- 3. A candidate who will protect our safety, at home and internationally. Protecting our borders, not being afraid to deploy troops, and utilizing authoritative power (humbly and with wisdom) is extremely important to me. I want the United States to remain the most powerful nation and I have no qualms in making sure we do what is necessary to remain in this position.
While it is certainly challenging to talk politics virtually, this was a really healthy and fun exercise for me to go through in preparation for this article. While you might not feel comfortable publishing your political beliefs online, I do want to encourage you to be able to know the reason why you are voting the way you are. I take my boys with me every time I go to vote. I talk them through the whole process and they love (and expect) to get a sticker at the end. Politics are divisive, the democratic process shouldn’t be. I hope you are able to enjoy exercising your right to vote this November regardless of whether your party takes home the winning ticket.