Vote The Voice In The Mirror

Politics is always personal. If someone angers us we will vote for someone else. Recently I asked a national lobbyist why Donald Trump was getting such support. He said, “Because people are ‘furious in their wrath.’ They don’t like where they are economically—in their personal and/or family circumstance—so anger preempts any other factor. They rage at anyone who doesn’t share their religious beliefs. They like Trump because his hostility is transparent, and in a personal way, is what they themselves think and want to shout about. They don’t care if he doesn’t have foreign policy advisors. They don’t care he’s in the 1% wealthiest in our country. They’ll vote for him because anger is the motivator. Everything else aside.”

A second reason for Trump support he continued, “They’ll vote for Trump because he’s a change and we need ‘something new’ in Washington.”

It’s easy, isn’t it, to find my lobbyist friend’s “take” to be take-able. I am not the wisest card in anyone’s political deck, but I also understand that. Anger and change cast our vote.

But, personally, what about us, what about me? I ask: what, then, casts our vote?

Here’s my take. More, here’s my hope. I hope our vote is made not looking through a window. Rather, I hope our individual vote comes when looking into the mirror.

For instance, can voting become a statement of values? Our own values?

I took a test on line that asked more than twenty questions, what I call value questions…or social impact questions. It had to do with what I believed. On Social Security. On Climate Change. On gun laws. On sexual orientation. On immigration. On consideration of multiple religions in a given community….

I believe you get the point.

So, when I voted recently in Texas, I selected the candidate who best offered support for what I value. My vote boiled down to the “voice in the mirror.”

It had nothing to do with blaming or pointing or even mis-statements. Nope. It has to do with what the mirror said, about the values I hold and the morality I do my best to live.

How about you?


About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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