You’re About to Vote the Supreme Court
I’m not a political writer, I’m just a business woman and a mom of 3 girls and US citizen that’s concerned for her country and her family. I’m not an online fighter. I’m not an online name caller. I am just a strong woman with an opinion but I’m not of the belief that my opinion needs to be your opinion. I have voted in every presidential election since I turned 18 and I always will when that right is afforded to me.
As a business owner and leader, I’ve encouraged my people to stay out of the catty Facebook, IG and Twitter fights that inevitably pop up every single day in our feeds. I’ve done so myself when I felt the need to bite back on rude and incessantly hurtful posts. Turn the other cheek when people call you names for what you believe. When it comes to politics, our country is downright ruthless and nasty. I get it, though. I honestly do. This is something we believe. Our political beliefs and desires for our country run deep because it affects us and our kids. Many of us have opposing views. Even harder, many of the people we love and respect believe in completely opposite view points. It’s hard to write what you believe without resorting to put-downs, name calling and snideness. I’m going to attempt it today though.
I’m not writing this for a debate. If it was easier to share opinions that aren’t “cool” without being burned at the stake I would have written more, I would, but it’s just not, so I have abstained because I didn’t feel like it would be worth the time. I also want to protect my business and in this election season, that means stating no opinion. However, I believe we need opinions on both sides of the aisle to make informed choices that are right for us. I encourage you to share your opinion in a respectful way as we close this historic period for our country.
On this eve of our election here in the United States, I believe it’s my duty to talk about voting and also state my opinion (mostly because it’s not popular and I don’t see a lot of people stepping up to do it). I’m going to attempt to state my opinion without hurting the feelings of those who don’t believe the same as I do (because that’s…shocker…allowed). I’m going to attempt to state it so that you’ll also think through your own vote. At the end of this post, I hope you’re inspired to go and state your opinion by casting your vote. Even if it’s not the same as mine. We are different people with different values and experiences. We each get our own vote. Your vote counts just like mine does.
Here are a few things you should know about me.
1. I’ve never voted a straight ticket in my life and I won’t start this year.
2. I’m a fiscal conservative and social moderate to liberal but I most closely align myself to the republican party. I don’t agree with everything conservative republicans do but I don’t think that disqualifies me from the GOP. That makes me not a part of the “cool girl club” but that’s okay with me.
3. I have a few hot button issues that mean a lot to me but I’m not going to go into them, because, to be honest, I don’t think they matter in this election. I think there is only one thing that matters in this election and that’s the point of my writing this at all.
There are only 2 parties that have a chance in this election. Donald (republican) or Hillary (democrat). A vote for a 3rd party candidate is a wasted vote. I believe that. Even though you could make a case that there are good candidates in the 3rd party, either Hillary or Donald will be president. So I won’t vote for a 3rd party candidate.
In this election, believe it or not, I’m not voting for Hillary OR Donald. I am (and you are even if you don’t know it) voting for Supreme Court Justices. It’s not about the President this election, it’s about the lifers that will be appointed into the Supreme Court by either candidate.
This next sitting president could appoint 4 new justices during this next term. FOUR. Now you have to decide who you want picking them. For me, I want a little more balance. I don’t look forward to or support group of entirely left leaning justices because I don’t think that’s fair or balanced. For that reason, I’ll be voting for Donald Trump. Not because I like him as a person but because I’d like to see some balance in the Supreme Court for my generation and my kids generation. When a supreme court justice is appointed, they don’t have a short term like a president. It’s forever (until they retire or die).
Let me get this out there. I think Donald Trump is a self-absorbed jerk who doesn’t have a politically correct bone in his body. I don’t think he has political experience. I think Hillary’s desire for power has turned her into a person that will do anything to get elected. While I respect the drive, I don’t respect her as a human being with actual love for our country. I just don’t believe her. I think she makes deals with the devil and I don’t want that for president. My vote is 100% for the Supreme Court, not the president.
I know how our government works and I know the president doesn’t have that much ACTUAL power to make decisions without a check and balance (outside of a few choice powers, which we’ve seen Obama use). That’s how we were founded by amazing minds who wanted to protect the freedom of the people. This supreme court will last far beyond these 4 years. They do have a lot of power. I believe we NEED some balance here.
I’ve seen our media bend over backwards to try to protect Hillary over and over. I’ve seen them do their worst to hurt Trump. I don’t want to live with a government where I’m force fed pro-Hillary news or liberal agenda, even if I agree on a lot of the social stuff. At least if Trump is elected, the media will do their worst to harp on every single thing he does. He’s going to be checked up against a wall for everything he does. Believe it. They’re not going to cover up for him. Good. I can’t say the same for Hillary. For that reason, my vote is for Trump.
If you feel differently, vote. If you feel the same, vote. If you want a little more info to help you make your choice based on who will be a part of our Supreme Court and the issues they’ll be weighing in on, here’s a little snipped from an article I read yesterday by Andy Andrews that was really great and balanced (it just staes if you believe this, you must vote this):
Here’s how you decide who to vote for:
Both major candidates have announced exactly the kind of justices they will choose for the Supreme Court if elected. One candidate has even listed the names of the judges from which the choice will be made. Your choice will be plain to see and easy to make. Again, your choice is not about a person. In the most literal sense, your choice is about the America in which you wish to live.
Knowing there are many issues that will be determined by the Supreme Court, let’s quickly examine only a few. From here, you will easily understand the direction you wish to take.
Do you believe that guns are inherently bad? Do you believe that there are too many guns, that gun manufacturers should be held responsible for what individuals do with them, and that the government needs to further restrict the public’s right to own and use guns? If so, you must vote for her. She has publicly promised to appoint judges that will make these beliefs the basis for laws by which we all will live for the rest of our lives.
Or do you believe strongly in the “right to bear arms”? Do you believe that further gun restrictions will only restrict the access honest citizens have to firearms and ammunition? Do you believe that a gun—while dangerous—is a tool like a car and that when used incorrectly, it is the fault of a person, not the fault of the tool? If so, you must vote for him. He has publicly promised to appoint judges that will make laws according to this line of thinking. At that point, we will live with those laws for the rest of our lives.
And this Second Amendment issue will be determined by the Supreme Court.
Do you believe that the fetus inside a pregnant woman is a tissue mass and that a woman should be able to rid her body of that tissue mass at any time during the nine months prior to that tissue mass being born? Do you believe that tissue mass only becomes a human being once it is outside the woman’s body? Do you believe that your tax dollars should be used to allow anyone who chooses, for whatever reason, to rid their body of that tissue mass?
Do you believe that counseling centers, funded by churches, set up for the purpose of encouraging adoption should be forced by law to offer abortion counseling as an alternative? If so, you must vote for her. She has publicly promised to appoint judges that will enforce these beliefs into laws by which you and I must live for the rest of our lives.
Or do you believe that the baby inside a mother is a human being? Do you believe that life has a purpose and that, from the moment of conception, each and every child is unique and valuable?
Do you believe that you should not be forced to fund Planned Parenthood—the largest abortion provider in America—with your tax dollars? Do you believe more than 50 million government-approved abortions in the United States since 1970 are enough? If so, you must vote for him. He has publicly promised to appoint judges that will reduce, restrict, and eventually do away with abortion on demand and what you believe will be made into laws by which you and I will live for the rest of our lives.
And this abortion issue will be determined by the Supreme Court.
Do you believe the United States should move toward a policy of “open borders”? Do you believe undocumented persons in the United States illegally should not only be allowed to stay, but issued driver’s licenses, food stamps, and provided medical care? Do you believe that if someone wishes to enter our country, they have every right to do so without explanation? If so, you must vote for her, for she has publicly promised to appoint judges that will reverse laws currently on the books regarding immigration. These laws will eventually lead to her stated “dream of open borders” and a new way of life for us all.
Or do you believe that America’s borders are her first line of defense? Do you believe that the word “illegal” means just that? Do you believe that only legally recognized citizens of America have a right to her benefits and protection as provided by your tax dollars? Do you believe America has not only the right, but the responsibility to carefully vet those who seek to enter our country? If so, you must vote for him, for he has publicly promised to appoint judges that will make and defend laws in line with those beliefs.
Do you believe the government is more capable of determining how your money should be used? Do you believe the government is better able to determine how your children should be educated? Do you believe the government should determine who can do business where and with whom? Do you believe a person should be given priority because of what they believe, what they are, or what they believe they are? If so, you must vote for her, for she has publicly promised to appoint judges who will open our borders, our bathrooms, and our wallets. She has promised laws to punish those who do not agree.
Or do you believe you can decide what’s best for your family? Do you believe that if you earn a certain amount of money you should be able to keep and reinvest the largest part of it to benefit those things you decide are important? Do you believe the government has been created to serve the people, not the other way around? If so, you must vote for him, for he has publicly promised to appoint judges whose rulings allow prosperity for those who work to deserve it.
These are but a few examples of the two pathways you will choose this Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Religious freedom, taxes and the economy, healthcare…in every category you examine, you’ll find drastic differences in the America that will be shaped by this election. Don’t be fooled—how you vote matters, because the Supreme Court matters.
So what kind of America will we have for the rest of our lives? This time, you actually get to choose.
Please be kind to one another. America is great. I feel so blessed to belong to this country.