Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Let's focus

It is a pet peeve of mine for people to focus on things that don't REALLY matter as far as electing a governing official is concerned. It's a nasty tactic that candidates use against their opponents to distract from the real issues and it really really really bothers me. People need to focus on the things that ACTUALLY matter. What is this person's experience/background? What has their voting record looked like? What is this person's stance on the issues that matter to me? Call me crazy, but THOSE are the things that should determine whether you want to vote for someone or not.

It's no secret - I'm not a fan of our current president. At all. But that is because I disagree with his policies. I don't think he had enough experience before being elected President. I think he's dishonest. I REALLY didn't like his voting record before he was elected. All that being said, it still really annoyed me when people focused on his religion when he was running for president. So he may or may not be or have been Muslim. So what?? I don't care who he prays to - I want to know what he plans to do about healthcare, the economy, education, illegal immigration, and other important issues.

Now, I am not trying to start an Obama debate. I really don't care to argue about why he is or is not a good president. We all have our opinions. Numbers and facts don't lie, but everyone can twist the data to suit their view, so I really REALLY don't want to get into it with Obama fans. Let's just agree to disagree, yes?

The point of this ramble is this: Does a candidate's religion really matter when it comes to deciding whether or not to cast a vote? Yes and No. Mostly NO, but I can see where some people may be concerned. Your religion, if you are devout, can dictate a lot of your decision-making. It is the foundation of your beliefs and often plays a huge role in your character. What kind of person are you?

SO. Seems to me that a lot of people have some concerns surrounding a few of the Republican candidates' religion. They are "Mormons", or, to use the correct name, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. But what does that mean?

The "Ask a..." feature next week is going to be "Ask a Mormon"

*Dun dun duuunnnn!!!*

Now is your chance, people! You'll get to hear from a real, live Mormon. I've got a list of questions, but I think it's important to open this up to readers. For those of you who have questions or have always wondered about x,y&z - send me your questions! What do you want to know? Now is your chance to scratch that itch.

It is my hope that I can help educate people about this subject and, hopefully, lay this matter to rest. Maybe it will put peoples' minds at ease so they can focus on real issues and important factors so we can elect a President that can change the status quo for the better. Don't allow yourself to get tangled up in the games candidates play to distract you. It worked last time and now we're all paying for it.

You can ask questions in the comments on this blog post, or feel free to email me

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