Sunday, August 8, 2010

If you vote for a democrat, are you voting for the whole party?

Someone told me that he would not vote for a certain democrat because anyone who would associate themselves with those democrats(assuming he meant the liberal, money snatching, babykillers) was not ok to vote for.

Lowe Finney is a democrat. I like Lowe.
He is running against Don McLeary, (who was a democrat until he changed parties in 2006.)

I didn't want to be accused of being a democrat (nor would I want to be accused of being a republican). So I decided to do some research before I dared voice my humble opinion again.

I went to to check out the voting records of each.
They had 36 different motions voted on by Lowe Finney.
They had 6 for Don McLeary.
That wasn't helpful. I needed all of the votes.

So then I went to Very easy to do.
Here they had 840 different motions voted on by Finney.
They had 0 for McLeary because he wasn't in office this year.

So I googled every phrase I could think of with McLeary, Tennessee, voting record, general assembly, etc. Nothing.

On McLeary's website he says he voted for a few different things but I want to SEE where that is listed.

But I could at least look at the results that I found on Lowe. I mostly looked at the voting records of the bills where it looked like the democrats and republicans were divided.

1. A bill about separation of church and state.
Lowe voted with the republicans:
* In Favor 2009 House Bill 1598 (Prohibit Government Burden of Freedom of Religion). Passed in the Senate (25 to 7) on June 16, 2009, to prohibit any government entity from "substantially" burdening a person’s free exercise of religion unless the government can show that imposing the burden is essential to furthering a "compelling governmental interest" .

2. A bill about implementing an AIDS/HIV program in TN. At first I thought that he voted for it. But when I sent an email to his wife about him spending my money on something like this, she reminded to look at the bill. This was not a bill to implement the program but to encourage the health department to STUDY doing the program.

Since I couldn't find McLeary's voting record, Lowe's wife sent me the link.
Then you type in 103rd and 104th assembly. It's hard to look through and since Mcleary was a democrat then, it may not reflect how he would vote in the future.

I sent McLeary an email asking him if he would vote differently then he did 5 years ago. He hasn't written me back.

Lowe's family has been democratic for generations.
This is Lowe's reading list.

"Surprised by Hope" by N.T. Wright
"Christ the Center" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
He is getting ready to read "The Radical Disciple" by John Stott
And he highly recommends "Basic Christianity" by John Stott
Lately he has been listening to Tim Keller's and David Platt's sermons.

Don McLeary is reading... I have no idea. I've sent two emails, but there has been no response.
I checked out his website and he is starting off his campaign with a God and Country event with gospel music and patriotic songs.

I haven't really found anything bad about either, but I'm more impressed with Lowe Finney.
Don McLeary says on his website that "Lowe Finney voted for and supported President Obama and was high-fiving Joe Biden 2 weeks ago. He supports their policies and I don't – IT'S THAT SIMPLE."

I'm not surprised that Lowe voted for Obama. Would he vote for him now though?
I'm not surprised that he supports our President. So do I. Do I agree with the President? No. But I do support him as the leader of our country. I have no desire to go to war with the President.
I'm not surprised that he was high-fiving Joe Biden. Lowe's a fun guy. High-fiving hardly means anything more than that.

I'm still waiting. Waiting for someone to present some solid evidence to make me choose McLeary over Finney.

If your only argument is that Finney will always vote for the democrats on the things that matter. Look at his voting record and show me where that is true.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Abolish Welfare

If I made myself really uncomfortable and gave more than I wanted to give to the poor, would we even be having a conversation about healthcare reform and welfare and redistribution of wealth?

It's easy to criticize the democrats for wanting to take our money, but its a little harder to complain about the fact that they want to give it to the poor (and sometimes the lazy, indulgent, and just plain stupid).

Matthew 25:41 - To those who do not feed the hungry and clothe the naked, Jesus
says, “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Proverbs 28:27 - “He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his
eyes to them receives many curses.”

Luke 14:13-14 "But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just."

What are you and I doing to make sure that welfare isn't even needed?

Friday, March 5, 2010

Peace, Jobs and Democracy... not.

Peace, Jobs, and Democracy!
Sounds great, but it's the banner of Stalin.
Stalin believed that the USSR was building a society "in order that the human individual may feel really free. We built it for the sake of real personal liberty, liberty without quotation marks. It is difficult for me to imagine what "personal liberty" is enjoyed by an unemployed person, who goes about hungry, and cannot find employment.Real liberty can exist only...where there is no unemployment and poverty, where a man is not haunted by the fear of being tomorrow deprived of work, of home and of bread."
Comments? Are you a Stalinist?
Sounds a lot like what I hear on the news everyday, which brings me back to the point of why I have this blog in the first place.
AMERICA IS CLUELESS! We hear lovely, true words that sounds right, but something is off. We hear, but we do not comprehend. We listen, but we don't analyze.
There are two commercials that really illustrate this point.
1. Taco Bell- Taco Bell has a diet plan now. WOW. Really? It's totally legit. Just eat certain food at Taco Bell and you could lose weight. What's sad is that some people will lose weight because they will follow this plan and they will eat dramatically less food then they were before, and they will praise the wonders of the Bell, while still being CLUELESS that they are victims of marketing. People see, and they don't understand.
2. American Singles Cheese- Now this one is really depressing. I heard a commercial on the radio for Kraft Singles Cheese that announces that a country is only as great as it's cheese or something like that. They say thankfully, our cheese doesn't have holes in it... blah blah...Our cheese is the one and only, always made from milk, SINGLES CHEESE. (Trumpets blare and the American flag is raised.) Doesn't anyone else see the irony in this kind of patriotism. America is represented by fake, nasty, abnormally orange cheese...that doesn't mold, because there are too many preservatives in it.

Yay for America and Peace, Jobs and Democracy. Right? I mean if you can convince America to diet eating Taco Bell, and to feel patriotic when they eat singles cheese, then how hard is it to convince them that democracy which stands for equality and freedom can best be carried out by taking your money and giving it to the poor. Sounds good right? ... maybe not quite.

I am all for giving money to the poor, but let ME do it how I want. I am all for peace, but not giving in to whatever everyone says just because it sounds good. I am all for people having jobs, but let the rich create the jobs, so that people have goals to work towards instead of feeling like no matter what they do, everything is going to be redestributed anyway.

Wake up!