Friday, October 7, 2016

Who I'll Be Voting For This Election

OK.  So the title is intentionally misleading....I will NOT be voting for a presidential candidate this election...not even Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate who I voted for in 2012.  I could talk about a list of reasons why, but I'm just gonna keep this post about the candidates themselves.

Donald Trump

Let's start with the Donald.  I have WAY too much to say so forgive me if I don't expand on each claim I make in this post.  I don't want this to turn into a 50-cubit long scroll that only Gandalf has enough time to read, so if you have any questions about why I think a certain way, feel free to ask. ANYWAY....Trump......
So I do NOT think he is a racist, contrary to what CNN would tell you.  I think he is painted in a bad light by the media in general.  Most of it is nonsense.  I hate how so many people say "I don't trust the media" then turn around and trust every damn thing the media say.  CNN said Trump is a racist, so it must be true.  MSNBC said Trump says all Mexicans are rapists, so it must be true.  CBS says Trump is a warmonger, so it must be true.  The list goes on and on and on, of course.

The reason this pisses me off so much is because there are so many REAL, LEGITIMATE things to hate about Trump.  Barely anyone ever talks about how he says he thinks we should kill the families of terrorists as a strategy against terrorism.  That is absolutely terrible.  In my mind, that should instantly disqualify him in the conscience of any voter.

He thinks we should ban all immigration of Muslims (at least for a time).  To be clear again, this is not a RACIST stance....as Islam is not a race but a religion....yet it is still a collectivist mindset that is extremely dangerous.  People should be judged as individuals, not by what group they "belong" to, or more often than not, what group we ASSIGN them to.

I DO think he is extremely egotistical.  He is kind to his friends, but vicious to his enemies.  Christ teaches us to love our enemies.  He seems to favor vengeance over forgiveness.  He is rude, cocky, arrogant, dishonest, unprincipled, and an overall mean guy.  He has no principled philosophy that guides his policies.  He just says what sounds good, and people eat it up.

Man, I could really dig deep into Trump, but I don't want this post to be a hater's ball.  So I'll slow down.  I would just recommend listening to what Trump actually says in context and making a judgment off of that.  You guys are smart enough to think for yourselves.

Though I dislike Trump and could never vote for or support him unless Jesus Himself specifically told me otherwise, I do indeed think Hillary Clinton would be a lot worse.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton.  I straight-up actually believe that she is probably guilty of murder.  No joke.  I do adhere to the concept of "innocent until proven guilty."  With that said, I am not calling for her imprisonment or a death sentence on her head (I'm against the death penalty anyway), I am just saying it gives me great pause in wanting to vote for her or support her as President.  Anyone who pays close to attention to politics, news, or just Hillary in general should be able to EASILY discern that this woman is nasty.  Everything she says in public is so scripted and phony, it's ridiculous.  We know with CERTAINTY that she and the DNC colluded to steal the nomination away from Bernie Sanders.  Ya know what, I won't even go into the trail of blood in Hillary's past, her endless history of scandals and criminality, or that of her husband's....instead....let's talk about policy.

Let's just say that everything I believe about Hillary's character is false....and that she is actually a dedicated servant to the people; her policies would still be an absolute disaster for the country and the world.

Her foreign policy is exactly that of the neocons and Bush regime.  We would guaranteed be involved in more endless war.  Look only to her role in Libya, Iraq, and Syria as both Senator and Secretary of State.

She believes in higher taxation.  More government intrusion into the economy.  She is totally pro-state, anti-choice.  She basically believes that the only time Americans should have a choice is when it comes to whether or not women should be able to abort unborn children.  Her policies sway with the winds of political expedience.

Her tax plans are ridiculous and, as taxation is obviously theft, I am against any form of involuntary taxation, let alone a massive increase of them.

She is an authoritarian, just as Trump is.  They both want to use the power of government to dictate morality and lifestyle.  She wants to use the power of the state to dictate what marriage is (as does Trump).  She wants to use the power of the state to dictate peoples' health insurance (as does Trump).   She clearly stole the nomination from Bernie Sanders, not just with DNC collusion, but also with voter fraud.

Again, I could dig a lot deeper, but let's just leave it here and move on to my man Gary Johnson!

Gary Johnson - Libertarian

I voted for Gary in 2012.  I would have written in "Ron Paul," but my understanding at the time was that state law in Oregon discounted write-in votes....so I chose GJ instead.

Let's begin.  I am a libertarian.  I adhere to the Non-Aggression Principle.  Gary does not.  I believe the NAG is essential to libertarianism.  I would, of course, rather have GJ in the White House than Donald or Hillary, but not enough to vote for him.  I vote my conscience.  It tells me I cannot support GJ.  I think he is a terrible flag-bearer for libertarians.  He is more like a mix of democrat and republican.  In fact, he seems to think that being "fiscally conservative and socially liberal" is what libertarianism is all about.  He thinks that being libertarian means mixing the "good" parts of the Democrat and Republican parties.  He is very wrong.  Dems and Reps are two sides of the same fiat dollar bill.  Libertarians are a bar of gold.  We stand against violence.  We don't think violence should be used, even if by the government, to solve problems.

Gary Johnson thinks that Christian bakers should be FORCED BY LAW to bake a cake for a gay wedding.  Libertarians are SUPPOSED to say the opposite.  It is called freedom of association.  Under the same grounds, Jews would be forced to bake a Nazi cake, Muslims would be forced to bake a cake of Muhammad, etc....

One thing I'll say, and this is kind of out of left field, but Gary Johnson admits to being an atheist, or at least agnostic.  I respect that.  I am a Christian....and deeply so.  I prefer that our president would also be a man after God's own heart.  However, I respect that GJ tells the truth about his beliefs. I won't name names, but I would say that probably 90% of politicians who say they are "Christians" are only claiming so for political points, not out of servitude to the Lord.  "By your fruit you shall know them."

Jill Stein

I respect Jill a great deal.  She is honest, forthright, principled, and genuine.  I put her in the same category as people like Bernie Sanders and Dennis Kucinich.  I respect her, I just disagree with her philosophy.

She believes in government to do good.  I do not.  I believe that the only way for government to be effective in solving the worlds' problems is to give it great power.  I believe that power corrupts and that the corrupt crave power.  It is like the One Ring in Lord of the Rings.  People might seek to do good with it, but, in the words of Aragorn, "You cannot wield it! None of us can!  The Ring answers to [Satan] alone!"  I replaced Sauron with Satan, whatevs.  It felt right.  Anyway.....

Jill Stein is cool and well-intended and sincere about solving real problems, I just disagree with her vehemently on how those problems should be solved.


OK!!!!  I think that concludes why I will not be voting in this election.  I will abstain my vote just as I abstain my consent.  I do not desire a king, for I already have one.  His name is Jesus and he is super tight.  You should meet Him if you don't already know Him.  I promise you will love Him. :)


P.S.  For the record, the only two people who I considered maybe voting for this election cycle were Rand Paul and Ben Carson.  I respect both of them greatly.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Christina Grimmie

Christina Grimmie was without a doubt the greatest woman I've never met.  I started following Christina on YouTube years ago after hearing her amazing voice in some random video.  Her voice is what initially perked my ears, but her personality, her kindness, and her sincere love for Jesus are what captured my heart and the hearts of so many others.

She was the purest light in our entire generation.  I truly mean that.  There is no one that used the spotlight and fame as purely as her.  Over the years, I've sat back and watched so many great young men and women start out so pure and be destroyed by the fame that came upon them.  Christina was special.  She was strong.  She overcame the temptations that come with fame and popularity.  She didn't sexualize everything she did like almost everyone else falls into the trap of doing.  She didn't change her style to fit what the entertainment industry would have wanted.  She didn't fall for the enemy's traps and succumb to the ways of the world.  She carried the banner of Christ high in the sky for the world to see.  And it makes me cry even just writing this to think about how she was taken from us so ruthlessly.

We need MORE Christina Grimmies in the world, not less!!!

Her murder reminds me of the evils in this world.  It reminds me that Satan is the "prince of this world" as scripture tells us.  She was the brightest light out there and darkness couldn't stand it anymore.

In the short time she was allowed with us, she brought strongholds of the enemy crumbling to the ground.  Wherever she went, she shattered the paradigm of the ways of this world and brought the kingdom of heaven in its place.  People would be suicidal, stuck in dark depression, and one small tweet from Christina could turn their whole life around.  One simple smile from her could bring people to tears. The Holy Spirit was so prevalent in her, and it was so easy to tell.

I feel so many emotions today, even days after her death.   I'm sad that I won't ever be able to meet her or even just see YouTube videos or tweets from her.  I'm confused as to why in the world this was allowed to happen.  I'm overjoyed knowing that Christina is with Jesus. I'm heartbroken for her friends, her brother Mark, mama Grimmie, and her father.  I can't even begin to contemplate what they must be going through, how they feel, how they hurt.  More than anything though, I am angry with the evil this world.  I hate the devil.  I hate him.  I hate his plots and schemes.  I hate his temptations.  I hate how he corrupts children of God to commit such dark deeds.  I hate how powerless I feel in situations that are out of my hands.  I hate how little I've done to combat such evil.  I hate how much time I've wasted wallowing in this world, instead of helping to bring light into it.

It is SOOOOO weird to feel so strongly about someone that I've never even spoken to.  I don't even know how to explain it.  I prayed for her regularly, almost daily.  I joked (well, half-joked) with my friends that this was the girl I hoped to end up marrying :).  I legitimately talked to God about that a lot haha....just asking Him to set us up and somehow make it happen; asking Him to build me up to be worthy of a girl like her.

I have known other people that have died:  My grandparents, a high school acquaintance who died while trying to rescue a child from rapids, a college acquaintance who committed suicide.....but those don't even come close to how I feel about Christina's death.  Not even close.  I'm heart-broken.  And it seems so strange to me, because I never even saw her in person before.

Christina, you have inspired me to draw closer to the Lord again.  You have given me hope of what people can be in the face of such strong opposition.  You were, and I'm not just saying this to flatter you, the overall best girl I've ever even heard of in my entire life.  So genuine, so beautiful, so precious, so kind, so loving, so funny, so interesting, so special, so filled with life and love...the only thing I'm mad at you about is that you've set the bar SO high for what I want the woman I marry to be like, that I don't know if I'll ever be able to find her :).  You brought so much good into this world....and I'm so jealous that Jesus gets to be with you and that you get to be in paradise with him.  I am going to finish the race that God has set before me, and after I have crossed the line....you're the first person I'm going to come see when I get there.

God, please bless the Grimmie family, Christina's wonderful friends, Team Grimmie, and most importantly those people like the man who murdered her, who need you more than anyone.  Please forgive him for what he has done, as I know that is exactly what Christina would have wanted.

With deep love,
Braeden