Saturday, October 25, 2008

Shower Thoughts

I've been mulling over a few things in my mind this morning as I took my shower. I am a Republican. That said, I can sometimes understand others' feelings and why they might be a Democrat. This could get a little lengthy, sorry. Anyway, these are my thoughts, and why I'm a Republican. (Goodness knows it's not because I think Republicans are perfect, nor do I think that Democrats are evil.)
The First Presidency of the Church recently issued a statement encouraging it's members to actively study political issues and vote based on which candidate most fits your views. The Church maintains it's political neutrality. However, the Church has, and will continue, taking a stand on issues which are both political and moral issues, such as abortion and same-sex marriage. Here are the Church's stand on each of these issues:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes in the sanctity of human life. Therefore, the Church opposes elective abortion for personal or social convenience, and counsels its members not to submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for such abortions.
The Church allows for possible exceptions for its members when:
• Pregnancy results from rape or incest, or
• A competent physician determines that the life or health of the mother is in serious jeopardy, or
• A competent physician determines that the fetus has severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth.
The Church teaches its members that even these rare exceptions do not justify abortion automatically. Abortion is a most serious matter and should be considered only after the persons involved have consulted with their local church leaders and feel through personal prayer that their decision is correct.

Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God, and the formation of families is central to the Creator’s plan for His children. Children are entitled to be born within this bond of marriage.
A broad-based coalition of churches and other organizations placed the proposed amendment on the ballot.
(Prop. 8 in California-defining marriage as between a man and woman) The Church will participate with this coalition in seeking its passage. Local Church leaders will provide information about how you may become involved in this important cause.
We ask that you do all you can to support the proposed constitutional amendment by donating of your means and time to assure that marriage in California is legally defined as being between a man and a woman. Our best efforts are required to preserve the sacred institution of marriage.
-This is an excerpt from a letter issued by the Church.

So, I figure that, although neither candidate is really likely to change either of these issues on a federal level, that these are what the Church leaders feel are two of the most important issues. Based on that alone, and the fact that the Republican party tends to be pro-life and pro-traditional marriage, I would probably be a Republican. But there's more...
We, as church members, know that the "Law of Consecration" is a celestial law. In a celestial world it works. Everyone works hard and everyone contributes what they have, thus giving us all equal footing. Some might call that socialism. To be honest with you, I don't know that much about what socialism is, so I don't know if it really is. But this is what I do know. That in this imperfect world, it won't work. Those who have worked hard for what they have would basically just pay for those who won't work hard. Or at all. (I know that this general rule doesn't apply to all people, on either end of the spectrum, so don't yell at me) Here's an example for you: My brother is an Emergency Room Resident at one of the biggest hospitals in the Dallas area. He started pre-med at the University of Arizona 13 years ago. 13 YEARS AGO! It has taken this long, with time served in the Navy (as a flight surgeon to help him pay for all of the schooling) to get him where he is. It has been a long, hard road, for him and his family. (He is married and has four kids) They have sacrificed and worked to get him here. He just found out, working with a financial planner, that the tax bracket he will be in when he finishes residency is 35%. Holy Cow! The government will take 1/3 of what he earns. That's a lot, you know. If Obama is elected, the government will take even more. Now, MY family, on the other hand. My husband provides for himself, me, our five children together, and we pay child support on two others. I'm a stay-at-home mom so this burden falls on him. After sometimes working two and three jobs over the course of 10 years, he decided to go back to school to get a Masters degree. Currently he's working full time and going to school part time. We're hoping he'll be done by the end of next year. So, who's paying for it? We're getting loans. We don't have enough extra money to pay for it outright, so we're getting loans. We'll have to pay it back when he's finished. But I don't expect those with "much" to pay for it. Where we are today is a direct result of choices we made earlier in life.
I'm sort of rambling, but here's the bottom line. I understand why many members of our church are Democrats. Many more than I realized. It "seems" to be the more compassionate party when it comes to "looking out for the little guy", I guess, but I don't believe it is in reality. Handouts.don' Work works. Even in the church if you receive aid you're expected to work for it. It's the whole "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime" thing. In this imperfect world, unfortunately, when handouts are given it generally promotes lack of effort, laziness. A "Why work when the government will take care of me?" attitude. That is so unhealthy. I don't believe that is the way the Lord would do it. The Lord expects us to work. So in a perfect, or "celestial", world, these laws work. But in this one, I don't think they do. There must be order (illegal immigrants) and there must be work. I don't know if I've explained myself clearly, but these are some of the biggest reasons I am what I am. A Republican.

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