I Vote Like a Father

Photo courtesy of Bart Byrns, because I didn't get one from Washington Co.
Photo courtesy of Bart Byrns,
because I didn’t get one from Washington Co.

It may have been the most disturbing political ad I’ve ever seen, maybe even more so than Lena Dunham comparing voting to fornication (viewer discretion is advised if you click on the link).

The “Daughters for Obama” advertisement portrays daughters begging their mothers to vote for the President, to protect their rights. From the context, I can only conclude that these girls—whom I estimate to be between 4 and 14—are asking their mothers to support reproductive rights; reproductive rights being a cute little euphemism for abortion, among other things.

I’m sure someone will be upset by the positions I express, but no more upset than I am by the direction of the country that my children will one day inherit. Before anyone complains that I should not be pushing a political agenda on a ministry blog, I must point out a few things. First, this is not about Obama vs. Romney. On October 7, 2012, I shared with my congregation my objections about both candidates. This is not about any particular candidate. Second, I’m not electioneering. By the time of my writing, the polls are closed here in Arkansas. And third, abortion is for me a primarily moral issue, not a political one.

The creators of the ad clearly missed the irony of using children to film an advertisement supporting a position sympathetic to the killing of children.

In the ad, the “daughters” implored, “Vote like a mother.”

When I vote, I vote like a father. I vote for my children, because they cannot vote for themselves. And while I cannot usually find a candidate who meets all of my criteria, I do my best to vote like a father.

  • As a father, I look for a pro-life candidate, because I know that a man who doesn’t have the courage to stand up for the rights of the most vulnerable among us, can’t be trusted to stand up for any of our rights.
  • As a father, I look for a candidate who sets a decent moral example; kids know more than we give them credit for, and our leaders’ indiscretions should not be allowed to undermine the standards we set for our families.
  • As a father, I look for a candidate who believes in the Bill of Rights, who realizes that things like the NDAA rob us of our liberty.
  • As a father, I look for a candidate who does not mortgage my children’s futures borrowing money from hostile countries in order to give it away to purchase the favor of voters and foreign governments.
  • As a father, I look for a candidate who doesn’t view my children as potential cannon fodder in future aggressive wars.
  • As a father, I look for a candidate who pursues justice, protecting the rights of the innocent from the designs of the lawless.
  • As a father, I look for a candidate who will protect my right—and my children’s rights—to live a quiet life, earn an honest living, and raise a family.

Again, there is never a perfect candidate, but these are some of the things I seek.

I vote like a father, and killing my future grandchildren has never been a part of it.