Sunday, March 30, 2008

A New Voice in Politics

There's a new voice in American son.

Nope, he's not running for office. He's registering to vote. Last year, someone in the family mentioned the 2008 elections, and we realized that our son will be able to vote. And wouldn't you know? He almost glowed. He stood a little taller.

Now he knows he has a voice.

But who to vote for? How does anyone decide?

We told him he needs to decide as an American, what's important to him. What candidate, regardless of party, speaks to issues that Zach values? Who sounds like he or she is competent at speaking and acting upon our behalf?

If you've ever been to Washington and walked the halls of Congress, you'll see that the hallways resemble high school during student council election time. Every Senator or Represetative, it seems, as a bulletin board or display outside their office highlighting their pet project. Remember high school, when students would lobby for better dances or pizza on Friday in the cafeteria? The people in their states have voiced the concerns and issues they want dealt with in Washington. Our Congress needs to remember who they are, and who put them in office. They are our servants, and we as people gave them our literal vote of confidence that they're the person meant to represent us.

We walked the hall of Congress last summer, so we saw this firsthand in our Representative's office. Not glitzy or glamorous by any means, but an office of busy workers who looked happy that they (and we) were there. Representative John Carter's staff were gracious and friendly. Of course, it's a Texas group, but we visited a Texas Senator with whom we were less than impressed (can you say moooooo as we felt shuffled through like cattle?).

Unfortunately, people vote for someone for the wrong reasons, like they did in high school.

"They seem nice."

"Someone told me they were nice."

"He makes me laugh."

Or they shun a candidate...

"Well, someone told me he was evil." Really? Do you know for sure?

"I heard that he used to..."

Anyway, as we have a new voter in the home, we're going to encourage him to investigate the candidates himself. Because he has a voice. As do we all. Most importantly, we're going to pray!


Darlene Franklin said...

Hey, Lynette, I know of a magazine looking for articles on teaching your kids about voting ... check with me if you're interested.

Thanks for stopping by my blog each day.

Rachel Hauck said...

How cool! We need your son's wise, sound vote.

The other day, I heard a woman on talk radio. The host asked, "Why are you a liberal? Tell me what you believe."

She paused. The host NICELY promoted her again, gave her suggestions.

Finally she said, "I'm for humanity."

That was her reason. Her vote is based on humanity.

Who's NOT for humanity.

The host tried very hard and nicely to get more out of her, but she had nothing. No values, no reasons or principles for why she voted the liberal ticket.

The host finally told her, "Well, we (Conservatives) are the party of humanity and let me tell you why..."

I had to get out of the car, but man, I can't believe there are people out there who actually base their politics on "I'm for humanity."