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Who Must I Vote For

Updated on April 29, 2016
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Came to the United States in 1962. First attended Rochester College in Rochester, MI. Graduated from Abilene Christian University, in 1966.


Who must I vote for?

For some this is an easy question, not depending on convictions, but rather simply on party affiliations. For some the question has no answer, either because of a lack of affiliation, no interest generally in politics, or no interest in the current candidates.

In order for you to understand my dilemma, you need to understand where I am coming from. As all my family, and most of my friends know, I was born in South Africa. When I left in 1962, as a young man of 21, (voter age), my political mind was already in full swing. It had to be, as the country was dealing with Apartheid, and terrorism, as we knew it then, was just around the corner. Everyone knew it was coming. With that knowledge, fear set in, and entrenchment dug deeper in both the minds of the whites and blacks.

The Calvinistic influenced government ruled with an iron fist, and democracy flew out of the window. We were told who we could or could not have as our friends or neighbors, who we could or could not eat with or marry. Although my dad had grown up in the Dutch Reformed (Calvinistic) church, our affiliation was not there, and so our family opposed (at first), the government. So I found myself on the “liberal” side of the equation. I did not want the government, or anyone, telling me what I could or could not do, especially in my relationship with others. My home and environs were sacred and “we the people” were a democracy.

When I immigrated to the States in 1972 (I had previously been here, from 1962 to 1971, as a college student), in order to become a citizen, I had to study the American “system,” which drew me into politics. Something strange happened. The anti-government control was not on the left, it was on the right.

I have seen what happens when the constitution is subverted by “political correctness.” I have seen what happens when the minority attempts to usurp the majority. I have seen what happens when power commandeers the will of the people, and I don’t believe that this country must stand for it either. Oh South Africa is “free” but ask its people how much they like their terrorist government now? It’s not a matter of black or white there any more, it’s a matter of what the power of an irresponsible government is doing.

So who must I vote for? A Republican, who speaks a good game before the election, yet assimilates into the cauldron of witches brew when he arrives? A Democrat, who adds water to the brew to make it more powerful, and thus diluting the Constitution? Or must I vote as an Independent, thus throwing my vote into the fire of opposition, just to make the pot burn hotter.

You tell me, There is still time.


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