By Greg Quinn
February 19th, 2008
I get a lot of political requests from the readers of Gunblast.com. Questions about why I take such a conservative stand. Debates as to why I may support one candidate over another. Questions such as who has such-and-such position on gun control. Questions related to one candidate’s position on one topic or another. Perhaps I get these questions because I am known to be quite active in the conservative political arena. Perhaps it is because I have been honored with numerous awards and recognitions over the years for my political positioning related to small government, tax reform, family values, constitutional rights, rights of small business, etc. I am very appreciative of the “Tennessee Businessman of the Year”, “Republican of the Year”, and especially the “Ronald Reagan Republican Gold Medal” awards that I have received. I am humbled and honored to be mentioned in the same breath as some great men that have gone on before us, such as President Reagan. But, I also consider this an opportunity given to me by God to help in some way our readers understand the real responsibilities all of us have at the polls.
It appears that the Republican nomination for 2008 is about wrapped up. Senator John McCain will be the Republican candidate for President in 2008. The Democratic party positioning at this writing is between two candidates, Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton. It appears that Obama has the momentum swinging his way, although the run is far from over for Mrs. Clinton. There are other candidates on the Republican side still hanging on, such as Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee, but neither will get the nomination nor can either have a chance of winning against any other contender mentioned previously. So, for now, it appears the choices for the President of the United States in 2008 will be Hillary Clinton, Barak Obama, or John McCain.
If you ask me, “How should I vote?”, I am not obligated to tell you who to vote for. However, I am obligated to tell you why you should vote for a certain candidate over another by their ethical positioning and their voting record. Then, armed with the facts, you can make your own decision.
Hillary Clinton is very liberal. Her history as a lawyer and as a lawmaker reflect this. Her solutions to the problems of our country are based upon her liberal views. She thinks that the country is broken and it is the responsibility of the President and the Democrats to fix the country, and fix each of us in the process. There are citizens of the US that do not have healthcare, so she feels that the government should give us healthcare. There are illegal immigrants in this country that she feels have every right to stay and benefit as any legitimate citizen. She feels, as many liberal Democrats do, that we cannot effectively make decisions for ourselves as individuals so the government should do it for us. In other words, if she had her way, the government would control our lives. People get killed with guns, so instead of making it more difficult for criminals who use guns illegally, the government should take guns from all citizens. If we don’t work yet we want to survive, the government should take care of us. Big programs, and yes, big tax increases to pay for them.
Barak Obama is even more liberal. His motto is “change”. While some change would be good, change in itself could be devastating. Obama, if elected, would inflict change in this country that would be devastating for us as a nation. He will take our guns, for certain. He will initiate social policies that sound good, but are very expensive to implement and maintain. His policies will raise taxes that will put all of us in a position of a poorer economy. He is weak on immigration at a time when most states’ social infrastructure is being torn apart by the demand from illegal immigrants. He takes a modern day “Robin Hood” philosophy; take from the rich (who create the jobs) and give to the poor. His policies on sex education, for example, teach us much about his character. He wishes to push sex education down to the kindergarten level. He is a great orator; I give him that. Yet his speeches, while eloquent, have no substance. They tickle our ears but do nothing to provide impetus for positive change. My biggest concerns regarding Obama, however, stem from concern regarding his moral positioning. He was raised by a militant Muslim grandfather and father and a mother that didn’t believe in god at all. He attended Muslim schooling during his formative years. Any psychologist will tell us that the teachings received during our formative years stay with us and influence our decision-making as adults more than almost any other factor in our lives. While I was influenced at an early age by protestant Baptist upbringing, strong family values, belief in the one true God, obedience to the teachings of Jesus, and stern discipline, Mr. Obama was influenced by a religion whose leader teaches to kill all those that disagree with his teachings. Jesus taught love; Mohammed taught hate and death. While not all Muslims adhere to the teachings in their book, their book itself teaches to destroy the “infidel” (unbeliever). The Bible teaches of love, devotion to God and family, peace, and to love even our enemies. The teachings of Mohammed are of hate, destruction, and violence. Therefore, we have a very strong right to be concerned when someone is looking to assume the highest office in our nation that was raised to be a Muslim when we understand the basics of these violent teachings. I don’t believe Mr. Obama to be a terrorist or to condone the extremist teachings. Yet, I am not willing to take a chance and put the leader of our military and our nation in the hands of one that has a possibility of being soft on terrorist views. We are in a time where we are at war with the enemy, and the enemy is the Muslim terrorist. I am not saying that all Muslims are terrorists. Yet, it is a definite fact that practically all terrorists are Muslims. Can we afford to take the chance?
While I don’t agree with every decision that Senator McCain has made during his many years of service, there is a great deal that set him far apart from the other potential Presidents. While he has in the past supported gun bans by compromise with the Democrats to prevent more restrictive gun laws, he is pro-Second Amendment rights. He believes in the strength of our military. He had rather fight the enemy overseas than at home. He is a veteran, and that is to be respected greatly when we are at war. He is a God-fearing man, and a strong proponent of family values. His voting record was largely conservative. I disagree with him in some areas where I don’t feel he is conservative enough, yet at the same time I understand the political process and recognize that a moderate positioning is necessary for problem resolution when dealing with liberal Democrats across the isle. Unfortunately, some compromise on some issues is necessary to prevent a more liberal agenda from sneaking in. I do believe Senator McCain to be a believer in the one true God, a person of high moral value, and one that would allow his decisions to be guided by strength in a higher power and with ethical and moral turpitude.
At this time when our vote is important, it is important to vote based on the teachings of the Bible. We are to love one another. We are to put God first, and obey his laws, and then love our brother as ourselves. We are to make our decisions as individuals and as a nation based upon the teachings of Jesus Christ in the Bible. And, whether or not you believe in the Bible or everything in it, we all can grasp enough to realize that the Bible teaches morality. And, at a time when morality and high ethics are something to sneer at by many rather than to covet, it is important that the decisions we make in electing the next President of our nation to be based upon morality and Godly principles of government and character.
Looking at morality, character, and conservative values, we only have one true choice in this Presidential election. We can vote for a candidate with a history of unethical legal choices while an attorney, a well-known feminist, and a very liberal humanistic agenda. We can vote for a candidate whose upbringing have the potential for forging political sympathies with the very same terrorists that seek to destroy our nation and way of life. In one of these candidates you see very little aspect of religion at all. In the other, the cloud of a militant Muslim religious upbringing overshadows any recent change of religious views. Or, we can choose a candidate who seems to have a history of making decisions based upon high moral and ethical views, who believes in God, who has more conservative values, and who believes in the strength of our military might.
In all the debates, it seems that for the most part, morality is not considered very important. With all the troubles in our world and nation, there is never been a time when Godliness and high morality were more important than today.
We have a responsibility to vote. And, we have a responsibility to vote responsibly. Vote with your convictions. Vote with the understanding of the Bible as your guide. And, vote morality.