I have been a Democrat, a Conservative Democrat all of my adult life. To my knowledge, everyone in my family are also Democrats. However, recently I have had to evaluate why I align with this party.
The reason I have had to evaluate this is because I am a Christian, and the Bible frames my worldview. I am most certainly Pro-Life, but my Pro-Life position is not limited to abortion. I am also Pro-Life for those living among us that are poor, and/or disenfranchised by policies and systems that tend to leave them out, or not take them into account because they are invisible to the policy makers.
But recent Supreme Court decisions have caused me to re-evaluate my lifelong commitment to the Democratic party; although I still agree with many of the party’s positions. I was disheartened when President Obama shifted his previous long-held position on marriage being reserved between a man and a woman. In fact, most people also held that position even while being pushed and conceding with civil unions. In 2008, California used Proposition 8 to vote against same-sex marriage. But here we are. The U. S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of same-sex marriage.
So this political season, I recognized like I haven’t before how critical the appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court is. I don’t want someone in office that can totally dismantle what was once held as non-negotiables like marriage, what constitutes your sex, and bathroom you should use.
That’s when I found myself rooting for Ohio Governor John Kasich. Yes, I was going to vote Republican. I liked that Mr. Kasich’s experience as Governor, as a U.S. Congressman, his temperament, and his positions on moral issues more closely aligned with mine. But you know where that ended.
I absolutely cannot, will not vote for Donald Trump. It doesn’t matter how he identifies himself. He is totally unqualified. He is narcissistic, unprepared, not temperate and appeals to the ugly of our natures. I thought about Gary Johnson, but his moral positions are no different than those of Hillary Clinton.
What a quandary I find myself in, but I know that I am not alone, am I?