Actions speak louder than words
Written by Justin Ross
There are many reasons to vote for President Donald Trump—these are the main factors that will affect my vote this year.
First, actions speak louder than words. Trump might not have the best control of his mouth, but in the end, he has good results. In these last four years, he has accomplished a lot. In 2016, he promised his supporters that he would build a wall, cut taxes, bring back jobs, leave NAFTA, grow the economy and more. I do not agree with everything he has done, but I agree with the majority. It is refreshing to see politicians keep a majority of the things promised for once.
Secondly, I agree with his pro-life stance. I stand by the interpretation that a human life starts just after conception. As it says in the Bible, “You knit me together in my mother’s womb…” (Psalm 139:13). I cannot endorse a candidate who stands by the killing of infants. Trump has taken a strong stance against abortion.
According to BBC, last year he did not allow federal funding to go to organizations that provide abortions or refer mothers to abortion clinics. Biden wants to pass a federal law that allows abortions. He also wants to repeal the Hyde amendment, which blocks taxpayer money to be used for abortions except for in cases of rape, incest or endangerment of the mother’s life. This would make it much easier to use abortion as an easy way out of a pregnancy instead of giving the child a chance to live.
The final and most important reason that decides my vote is how a candidate views the freedom of religion. Trump has passed executive orders from protecting children’s religious freedom in schools to advance religious freedom worldwide.
Biden has said a lot of things, but a policy about the LGBTQ+ community has me worried the most. I believe it could threaten religious freedom. In this policy, he states “Religious freedom is a fundamental American value. But states have inappropriately used broad exemptions to allow businesses, medical providers, social service agencies, state and local government officials, and others to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people.”
This might seem nice, but I could see him using this to force churches to approve of LGBTQ+ behavior and forcing them to have LGBTQ+ pastors.
I have never and will never stand for everything a candidate stands for. Each candidate has things that I disagree with. Trump has more that I agree with, and I believe that he will give me more time to spread Christ to others.
It’s time things go back to normal
Written by Christina Cannon
The first presidential debate this term yielded what may be, for the first time in the history of the United States, a Saturday Night Live spin-off that was profoundly less bizarre than the actual event. As the dust is settling in the weeks after the debate, the deadline for Americans to decide whom to elect is fast approaching and requires a decision.Here are the reasons I will vote for Biden and a few possible implications of his election.
The main reasons to elect Biden are centered around the need for a return to normalcy and stability. It is often argued that overlooking the recently published tax records, demeaning remarks and questionable foreign relations is a necessary price to pay for perceivably favorable policies and political stances. However, this thinking has generated a kind of nation-wide tolerance of turbulence in the air over the Potomac.
Upholding principles at the price of party politics is a difficult decision for many voters to make and has become, unfortunately, understandable. There will obviously not be a single, unified party if Biden becomes president. And, arguably, there never should be; unity is not synonymous with agreement. What there will be, though, is a potential for two disagreeing parties to be ‘united under one flag,’ left to their own devices to fight each other about how to better the country, instead of why the other holds no place in it.
America was far from perfect before the last election, and it will be far from perfect after the next one. I propose a presidency under Biden will be boring, un-newsworthy and prosaic, but it will also peacefully, agreeably and justifiably “normal.”