Michigan Primary

President’s PodiumTomorrow is the Michigan Primary and so I need to finally decide whom it is that I am going to vote for. Michigan has an open primary so you choose which party it is you want to vote for when you get to the polls. So that leaves my options open.

Last year I created a list of things that I was looking for in my next President. And here is that list….

Someone who….
1) will do what they can to help end global poverty.
2) will do what they can to help bring clean water and basic sanitation needs to the world.
3) will help change the hearts of the American people to believe that abortion is a wrong option.
4) believes in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
5) help bring an end to the conflict in Iraq.
6) will look for a way to end conflicts that hopefully will not have to result in troops being sent in.
7) will go in with the mindset that “love wins”.
8 ) will not choose to legislate morality, but instead try to teach it and hopefully change the hearts of the people in our country.
9) will turn to the Church and ask her to finally do what they are supposed to have already been doing in regards to helping the oppressed.
10) will protect our Constitutional rights at all costs.
11) will protect our environment.

So I have had that in my mind all along and basically narrowed it down to two candidates. And then I took an online quiz to help you determine who it is that I should vote for. You can find it here courtesy of WQAD in Illinois. My results were as follows, I am only listing the top 6 because it includes the two I have narrowed it down to.

Tomorrow is the Michigan Primary and so I need to finally decide whom it is that I am going to vote for. Michigan has an open primary so you choose which party it is you want to vote for when you get to the polls. So that leaves my options open.

Here is the list of people that I got when I took the survey….

1) Dennis Kucinich
2) Bill Richardson
3) Ron Paul
4) Chris Dodd
5) Mike Gravel
6) Barack Obama

Presidential SealI am really surprised that Dennis Kucinich was number one, because I just didn’t see him as someone I was agreeing with but I haven’t really heard much of him anyway. Ron Paul is one of the people that I have been leaning towards as well as Barack Obama, so I wasn’t too surprised to see them high on the list. And I find it funny that the other three I believe are basically out of the race now.

So I have a decision to make because when Michigan moved their primary up to January 15th the Democrat Party chose to boycott the primary, so there are only four choices on the ballot. And those four are basically the ones who saw an opportunity to take a state and make a name for themselves. And one of them should surprise no one, because it is Hillary Clinton.

Anyway, if I choose to vote on the Democrat ticket I will be voting “uncommitted”, because that is what I would have to vote to basically vote for Barack Obama. Or I could choose to vote for Ron Paul, who is my number one candidate. However, I am considering voting “uncommitted” just to take away percentage points from Hillary. I really don’t know what I am going to do and may not until I get asked at the polls which ballot I want, the Republican one or the Democrat one.

Now I know that people are probably shocked that I am not standing behind Mike Huckabee, I mean after all he is an ordained minister and Chuck Norris says I should vote for him, but I am not going to vote for someone who I do not believe will make a good President. In fact, on that survey I took that I linked to, Mike Huckabee was last on my list. I just am not convinced that he has what it takes to lead our nation and I will not blindly vote for him, just because he is a pastor. I believe that some people are and I think Mike is using that I am a Christian and a pastor angle just to get votes, and that seriously bothers me.

Anyway, I head off to the primaries tomorrow and I look forward to the day being over, so the ads and stuff can cease. Well, at least for a little while.

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Kim, father to Hannah & Caleb, and the connections pastor at The River Church. The thoughts expressed here are my own and not The River Church's.

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