COMMENTARY | As a GOP voter in Huntsville, Ala., I know my voice does count. I feel especially compelled to vote this year because I am in my late 20s and a conservative evangelical Christian. Most of the people I know in my age group voted for Barack Obama in the last election.
To be honest, not one GOP candidate stood out for me; each has his own flaws. Mitt Romney claims to be a fiscal conservative and seems to have unlimited money for his campaign. The only elephant in the room is the fact that he is a Mormon. That leaves the question: Will his faith affect his decisions in office? His sound bites and various interviews say "no." As an evangelical Christian, that bothers me. One's faith should impact one's everyday decisions.
I've lumped the next two candidates together because one is sketchy, and the other is sketchier.
Yeah, Newt Gingrich has had the most on-the-job experience, but I think he would let his personal agenda take precedence over his decisions. I glean this from his extra-marital affair years back when he allegedly asked his wife to allow a mistress into his marriage. Christian or not, that is wrong. He should've asked his wife for forgiveness, not asked if there was room for one more.
Rick Santorum has been smeared six ways to Sunday by various media outlets, including the numerous flyers I have received in the mail in the past two weeks. These flyers have been paid for by Restore Our Future, Inc., which claims to have no connection whatsoever to Romney. Yeah, right.
These flyers share that Santorum has supported a teapot museum, a luxurious polar bear exhibit, and an indoor rainforest. Even though I question the motives of these flyers, I believe there is truth to the statements contained within.
So it leaves me to whom I am voting for. While I don't necessarily agree on Ron Paul's foreign policy, he has been the most consistent over the years in his stance on the Constitution and fiscal spending, which is important to me. The Federal Reserve needs to be audited, and we need to stop government's inefficiencies. This is very important to me, being a corporate accountant, as I don't like to see taxpayer money wasted; yet the national debt continues to increase. Rep. Paul is also pro-life.
I voted today for Paul because I voted with my personal convictions, despite the fact that my pick will most likely not make it to the general election. That's how it goes, but I'm willing to accept that at least my voice was heard.
P.S. -- Just please, stop with the robo-calls and sending me spam mail. My voice has been heard.
- Mitt Romney
- evangelical Christian
- Rick Santorum