Murphy: Undecided

October 8, 2008 at 7:41 am 3 comments

I consider myself reasonably intelligent. My life at 40 is like anyone else’s. Working most of the day, family routine at night, and do it all over again tomorrow.

I’m going to have to schedule time to sit and learn more about McCain and Obama before Nov 4 gets here.

I’m undecided.

I have opinions, but I’m undecided. I say that because I don’t want to vote on the popularity contest, or the “who gave the better political speech.” The President of the U.S. deserves more of my time.

Unfortunately a lot of America will decide based on news headlines , looks, charisma, etc.

But I suppose that also is what makes this country great. Lots of ideas, lots of opinions, lots of thoughts – and if everyone were right we would probably collapse as a country.

Damn we had some intelligent forefathers. How in the world did they know to set the system up with so many layers that every four years there would be totally opposing viewpoints for the people to evaluate and decide who should lead.

So I’ll carve out my time to study my best—but no matter what I still feel blessed to be part of the greatest country on earth. 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  • 1. londynrose  |  October 9, 2008 at 5:02 am

    Here is an email I received yesterday that made me decide for sure, without a doubt, who I would be voting for. I thought it might help inform you as well. God bless.

    >>>If you think things are bad now, just wait
    >>>October 8, 2008

    The upcoming election is the most critical election in the history of our nation. The very future of our nation’s foundation is at stake. Every person will be affected. If the liberals win, then our foundation will no longer be based on the traditional Judeo-Christian morality. It will gradually but assuredly be based on an ever shifting, ever moving foundation. If the liberals win, the damage can’t be stopped with elections two, four or forty years from now. America will forever be changed. We will keep seeing a gradual and growing hostility toward people of faith, especially Christians. The morals of our nation will continue to decline. Our children and grandchildren will pay the price.

    In case you may think I’m a “the sky is falling” type of person, you should know: When it comes to predictions, I am a very reserved person. But not on this one. I cannot overstate the damage a liberal victory will do to our country. The upcoming election is the most important in the history of our nation. Yes, if the liberals win you will lose some of your religious freedoms and free speech rights. Churches and pastors will not be exempt. You will not be allowed to say certain things about a particular group. Every item of the homosexual agenda will be approved. All the laws protecting the unborn will be wiped away.

    I cannot overemphasize the importance of the Nov. 4 election. That is why I urge you to vote and encourage your family members, friends, Sunday School class and church members to vote. America’s future – the future of your children and grandchildren – is at stake.

    Sincerely,

    Donald E. Wildmon,
    Founder and Chairman
    American Family Association

    http://faq.afa.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=category&sectionid=5&id=13&Itemid=35

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  • 2. jampharmd  |  October 9, 2008 at 11:17 am

    I am not one who has ever blogged; however, I felt moved to respond to what I heard Murphy say this morning with respect to being undecided. I know that he is not the only one out there but I am curious what it takes to get undecided voter’s attention

    In the past 8 years, America and it’s citizens have endured 4 major crisis. The first was the worst terrorist attack in US history and the man who coordinated the attack has yet to be brought to justice 7 years later. Second, the invasion of Iraq, which was not associated with the September 11th attacks and did not have weapons of mass destructions, has cost 4,100 American lives, wounded 30,000, financially costs 10 billion per month to wage. Third, is the mismanagement of Hurricane Katrina which cost American lives and caused needless suffering. Fourth, the country is on the precipice of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

    One candidate has voted with the current administration 90 percent of the time, has admitted he does not know much about the economy, boasts that he does not use email, and has conceded some of the very principles that made him stand out as a leader in the hopes of attracting his party’s base. He selected a running mate who, although she has lead an extraordinary life, is in no way qualified to be vice president. Her higher education consists of a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho but yet she has trouble with the ‘mainstream media.’ She has been governor for about 21 months of a state that has the population less than that than the city of Jacksonville, FL. In that short time, she has still been able to find herself under investigation for misuse of power and paid herself a travel per diem over 300 nights while she slept at her home.

    The other candidate wants to lower taxes for 95% of families in America. One candidate wants to make healthcare available to those who choose it without tampering wih those of us who are lucky enough to have sufficient coverage. One thinks Americans should get $1,000 tax credit to offset record high gas prices and record profits of oil companies have made in the past few years.

    Be sure to visit factcheck.org or other websites that serve the purpose of filtering out the misleading or overstatements that each candidate makes. Also, take note who is more grandiose with the facts and how often the truth is stretched. Who has campaigned more negatively? Which candidate is offering solutions and which candidate is telling you why you should fear the other guy? Thanks for your time and I encourage all readers to check up on the numbers, thoughts, and ideas presented.

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  • 3. Murphy  |  October 10, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Thanks for the comments. I appreciate the passion and intellect in each. I hope no one confuses me being undecided for indifference. It ‘s my way of saying I know who I would like to vote for-i just need to do the homework of factfinding for a fact based decision that avoids the rhetoric and political posturing. Factcheck.org is a great resource. Thanks for writing and for listening !!

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