Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

By Secret Ballot

I hear people talking back and forth; feeling one another out. Most assume their friends will vote Republican; it’s Republican country up here in the westernmost part of Florida. Yards are littered with Romney – Ryan signs, with a few timid Obama signs here and here in a yard or on a car fender.

My Dad taught us, when we were very young, that the only appropriate answer when asked how one would vote is “I am voting by secret ballot.” He taught us how precious the right is to cast your vote and to know that no one can intimidate you into voting for someone else, because we vote by secret ballot. No husband can command his wife, no father can command his family, no minister can command his church. We each vote our individual conscience.

So we have the luxury of worrying whether we will vote the right candidates into office. We can only do the best we can with the information we have. I don’t want opinions, I want to see where a candidate stands on the issues that are important to me. And, in the end, I trust in the Lord:

Psalm 20

Now this I know:
The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
with the victorious power of his right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
8 They are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm.
9 Lord, give victory to the king!
Answer us when we call!

When I hear people moaning in the locker room, or jeering in the parking lot, I walk right by. It’s not my problem. I vote my conscience, and I leave the outcome in the Lord’s hands.

October 31, 2012 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Character, Community, Cultural, ExPat Life, Faith, Financial Issues, Living Conditions, Political Issues, Social Issues, Values

4 Comments »

  1. My reply is, “Usually not for the winner.”

    Comment by Ken | October 31, 2012 | Reply

  2. Ken, I must be dull this morning, I don’t know what you mean in your comment. What is not for the winner?

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 1, 2012 | Reply

  3. Intlxpatr :

    I think he is being clever while being a bit self deprecating in his reply to the question, by saying he usually gives his vote to the guy that doesn’t win. That means he doesnt read politics that good to predict the winner.

    Comment by daggero | November 1, 2012 | Reply

  4. Hmm. I hadn’t thought of that, thanks, Daggero. I have also often not voted for the winner, but I vote for the person I believe will do the best job . . . We don’t always get our own way 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 1, 2012 | Reply


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