I did my duty.
I voted for George Allen (R) for senate.
I’ve met Senator Allen a couple of times and he’s always impressed me with his warmth and concern for constituents. I’ve written him about issues on many occasions and he (or his staff) always writes back with his position and reasoning. On one particular issue, several constituents wrote in explaining why we thought he was wrong on the issue and he heeded our words and changed his position “after further study”.
I personally believe that Webb is a good candidate and would be a good senator were it not for that annoying “D” after his name. Webb may be a conservative democrat. He may have a concealed handgun permit and be all for supporting the Second Amendment. He may be a veteran in good standing and support the military and retirees. But putting him in office would put the Senate one step closer to democrat control and “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid”. That is unacceptable.
It DOES NOT MATTER where on the issues the Junior Senator from Virginia stands. Webb could introduce pro-2a bill after bill but if those bills never make it out of committee, what good does it do? If they never make it to the floor for a vote, what difference does it make?
In this particular case, either candidate would probably adequately represent the poeple of the State of Virginia, but the stakes of losing the Senate to Democrat control are too high.
I voted Thelma Drake (R) for the house.
This one was a no brainer. Thelma Drake has been an excellent representative, she is smart, conscientious and concerned with constituent’s issues. Phil Kellam has run a horrible campaign from the get-go, he’s a dyed in the wool liberal (read socialist/communist) and, even so, was not endorsed by the extremely liberal local paper because he is “incoherent and uninformed” etc. I didn’t even have to think about this one.
I voted no on the marriage amendment
This amendment resolution is probably going to pass in a landslide despite my vote. I personally support the concept of the sanctity of marriage. I believe that marriage is both a religious institution ordained by God and also that marriage between one man and one woman is the natural and essential element of the human family. I believe that kids REQUIRE two parents, one male and one female, to get the proper emotional balance and support that they need to develop into fully functioning, healthy members of society. I believe that homosexual behavior is immoral and unnatural.
With that said, I also firmly believe that it is none of the State’s business. This is a moral and religious issue, not a legal one. It does not harm me one iota for two men or two women or a man and three women to claim themselves to be married (I have enough trouble dealing with one wife, why any man would want three is beyond my ability to comprehend, but none of my business). I don’t believe their “marriage” to be legitimate or santified by God, but that is just my opinion…I could be wrong. But the basic point is that it is NONE of the State’s business. As far as the state and the law should be concerned, a marriage is a contract and nothing more. Who enters into that contract, what their respective genders are and what lifestyle they elect has no more bearing on the legitimacy of the contract than what style of clothing they choose to wear or what type of music they like.
That does NOT mean that I have to accept their behavior as moral or “normal” any more than I have to accept the behavior of people who engage in sexual relations outside of the bond of (legitimate, sanctified) marriage or the behavior of unscrupulous used car salesmen. That also does not mean that any Church or individual Pastor should be forced, coerced or otherwised entreated to conduct illegitimate “marriage” ceremonies. The State recognizing a legal contract does not preclude God or the Church from refusing to sanctify the union.
I know my views on this subject would be considered by people on both sides of this debate as a bit unorthodox. I’ve never claimed to be in the “mainstream”. That’s OK by me.
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. “
–Henry David Thoreau
As long as he doesn’t step on others in the process.