It is 2016–the year that conservatives have been waiting for! Barack Obama will be out of office in less than a year, and there is nothing we’d like better than to breathe a sigh of relief while watching a Republican take the oath of office.
Then again, it’s been a frustrating last couple of election seasons. Many of us are frustrated by the Republican party as a whole. A string of too-smooth moderates, a few people who are too conservative to actually get elected, and a sprinkling of people that no one has ever heard of–those have been our candidates in the last couple of elections.
This is the first presidential election I can vote in, and I have been excited about it. I’ve watched politics for almost as long as I can remember. I wish I hated them, but I obviously don’t, because I’ve just kept watching. I remember going to a “Dubya” rally during his 2004 campaign. I was only about 8 or 9 at the time, but from then on, I was hooked.
As a high school senior, I took a civics class because I really wanted to have a better knowledge of how the US government works. What’s more, I was in that class in New Hampshire during the primary season of 2012, so I got the exciting experience of actually going to several rallies and meeting several candidates. I don’t claim to have a complete or perfect understanding, but I did learn how to look at a lot of the details of an election to get the best possible understanding of what’s really going on.
I’ve noticed that people tend to make decisions quickly, based on very little information. Especially when it comes to politics. A lot of people don’t enjoy digging into politics, and I understand that. And digging for good information takes time that a lot of people don’t feel like they have. I get it. Really, I do. But it’s not something you should take lightly. Who you vote for–or even whether you vote at all–affects so much of what happens to our country as a whole!
“But I’m just one person. My vote doesn’t actually matter,” you say.
Well, voter turnout for the 2014 midterm election was only 41%. So you are not alone in that feeling. In fact, more than half the country is with you on that. So actually, it matters quite a bit.
Where politics is involved, seeing the big picture is important. But most people read a news article or two a week and make decisions based on that. And that isn’t enough to give you a big picture view.
You could get more out of the primary results, for example.
No news article I could find told me this, but some simple addition told me that minority candidates (two Hispanics and an African American) won 60% of the vote in the Iowa caucus.
Simple addition/subtraction also told me that 67% of Republicans in SC did not vote for Donald Trump.
54.4% of Alabama voters did not vote for Trump.
Ted Cruz won delegates from every Super Tuesday state except Vermont. Same for Rubio.
We started this election season with 16 candidates that people nationwide had actually more or less heard of. We are now down to five, but it’s no wonder that the vote is still so split.
If Carson, Kasich, and Bush had been done sooner, either Cruz or Rubio could have picked up some of their support and may have had a better chance at winning more states. But that’s mere conjecture. After all, Trump would likely have won more supporters as well.
If Kasich and Carson had dropped out before Super Tuesday, we would have seen a more realistic representation of what Republicans actually think of the top 3 candidates. Why are those other two still in, again?
Now, if you’re reading this thinking, “Wow, she seems like she’s all about beating Trump,” that’s because I would like very much to vote for someone other than Trump in the election. I do not like him. He agrees more with the Democrats than the Republicans. If you don’t believe me, check a few resources other than CNN and Fox. Look at what he actually says and does. Count the number of times he’s contradicted himself in the last few months. Or go on YouTube and search “Trump v. Trump debate.”
Do a Google search on what will happen to the Republican party if Trump receives the nomination. You will find a ridiculous amount of people–even educated, civic-minded people and even other politicians–who have said that they will not vote for Trump. They will stay home or vote for a third party, but they will not vote for Trump. A Trump nomination will effectively tear the Evangelical voter base away from the Republican party–possibly forever. And the election will go to Hillary. I have no doubt.
Again, I have done research. I have consulted a multitude of sources. You can too, if you utilize Google. I’m not making this stuff up. I couldn’t if I tried.
If it comes down to it, will I vote for Trump?
Yes. I will feel the same as if I had voted for Hillary, but I will vote for my party’s nominee and hope for the best. And then move back home to Maine, where I can slip into Canada quickly and unnoticed if necessary (some sarcasm intended).
If Republican leaders are smart, they will look more closely at the numbers, realize that the majority of their party does NOT want Trump, and make a decision from there. To not consider that will split the party. I don’t have a lot of faith in the Republican leadership on this point.
But you know who I do have faith in?
God. I have faith in God.
I believe without a doubt that whatever happens in this election is in God’s control. I believe that He will take care of His people no matter what happens. He has told us that he raises leaders up and takes them down again. He has promised to take care of His children.
Do you know what I don’t believe in?
Doomsday predictions. What happens to the US does not necessarily dictate what happens to the rest of the world. These might not be the last few days before the Rapture. People thought that the end times had come when Rome fell, during the Civil War, both World Wars, the Cold War… I know people who thought that Obama was the anti-Christ!
Maybe things won’t actually be that bad, no matter who’s in office. Or maybe God wants us to suffer a little bit and learn to trust him more.
Regardless of what happens in the election, regardless of what happens thereafter, regardless of all else, I believe that God is in control.
All the panicky conservative Evangelical Christian Republican voters should be able to rest in that. Including me. Don’t stop praying. Don’t stop voting. But trust. Just trust.