What Do You Think Our Country Deserves?

Trump or Hillary? That is the question that so many people are asking themselves and each other right now.

Pathological liar or criminal?

A man with horrifying financial skills or a woman whose finances take her above the law?

Horrifying racist or horrifying woman?

Evil or evil?

I hear so many people say, “I’m voting for Trump because, hey, at least he’s not Hillary, right?” “I’m voting for Trump because a vote for anyone else is a vote for Hillary.” “I’m voting for Trump because he’s probably the lesser of the two evils.”

I hear so many people say, “I’m voting for Hillary because, hey, at least she isn’t Trump, right?” “I’m voting for Hillary because it will be nice to see a woman in the Oval Office.” “I’m voting for Hillary because she deserves this after all Bill put her through.” “I’m voting for Hillary because she’s probably the lesser of the two evils.”

If you’re voting for either of them because you truly believe that they will do the best job in the White House and that they are the most qualified candidate, then by all means, vote how you believe. If we have differing opinions, great! I may not understand, but who am I to stop you? Remember that post where I wrote all about our differing opinions? It’s still true.

But if you fall into the other categories, here’s a newsflash: there is a third choice! Actually, there are lots of them. Third-party candidates often agree with you on more policies than either of the two main parties. And this election, we have a third party candidate on every ballot in the fifty states! The citizens of the USA don’t like the GOP and Democratic candidates. Many of us don’t understand how we even got into this position.

Losely attributed to Ezra Taft Benson, but there is no confirmation that he actually said this… Still true though.

But someone has told you that if you vote for anyone other than those two, you’re wasting your vote. *insert awful buzzer sound* WRONG! Actually, if you vote for someone else, your vote doesn’t go to Hillary or Trump. It goes to who you voted for. “But if the majority votes for Hillary, the electoral college votes still go to Hillary.” Yes, that is true. But how many people do you think are actually voting for them because they want to? As of 2014, 43% of voters are independent voters! That is more than Republicans (26%) or Democrats (30%). You can read a whole article about it here. That is the majority! If you’re voting third party, you’re not wasting your vote. If every registered independent voted for a third-party candidate (specifically the one man on every ballot), we wouldn’t have to deal with Trump or Hillary in the White House.

Even if Trump or Hillary wins in your state, you can walk free of the guilt of voting for the candidate that you support. That in itself is good enough reason for me. 

Why vote for the lesser of the two evils when you can vote for someone you actually agree with? Gary Johnson is a great choice, but there are plenty of other candidates to chose from. Do your research. Find the candidate who represents you. That’s what presidents are supposed to do. They were never meant to be rulers, just spokesmen for the people.

Please, I beg of you, don’t vote for the lesser of the two evils. Our country deserves better than that. 


The Current State of Our Nation

This will be a relatively short post, but it’s something I feel passionate about and it’s something I feel I need to share.

I’ve often discussed controversial topics with friends and strangers in comments on Facebook. I always drop out when it becomes a fight, or when the personal insults start flying. I see no reason to fight, as I’d rather have a nice discussion. But there’s a problem with that.

Everyone is so stuck in their opinion that they aren’t willing to listen, or look at the topic from the other side, or, heaven forbid, change! I’m guilty of this, and I’m not saying I’m perfect by any means. But as many people talk about the brink of WWIII with the current presidential candidates, I’m worried about a second Civil War. Our population has become so polarized in our opinions. At this point, if you disagree on anything, it’s nearly impossible to remain friends. No one has respect for another’s opinions. No one has respect for other people in general. And on the Internet, no one seems to have respect for themselves.

We’ve come to a scary place in our nation where there is no happy medium. There can be no happy medium because your political beliefs are such a defining characteristic of your life, so if you’re unsure of something, you’re considered uneducated and ostracized until you pick a side.

But here’s the thing that no one seems to understand: We don’t have to agree on anything to get along.

If you are on my friends list, you are my friend. Even if you’re not on my friends list, I respect you, because you are a fellow human being, and you’re obviously a potential friend! We may not be close, but I respect you. We may life miles apart, but I will be there when you need me. We may argue, but I will remain your friend. We may not agree, but I will never think less of you for your beliefs.

I believe that we are all children of our loving Heavenly Father. I believe that we are all brothers and sisters. I believe that our Heavenly Father loves us all equally and individually. I believe that it causes great sorrow for our Heavenly Father when he sees all of the hate spread between his children. I believe that the hateful words and actions we throw at each other cause more sorrow to our Heavenly Father than the topics that are causing the contention. I believe that we can all get over our differences and love and respect and be civil with each other. I believe that we are capable of making this nation and this world so much better than it is. I believe that you and I can make the change.

You probably don’t agree with me on at least one account. But that’s okay. I promise, I’ll still be your friend.