Irrational voting has put country in trouble

Jan. 11, 2013 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 10, 2013 at 7:11 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

The recent presidential election indicates serious problems involving voters. It is not that one does not have the right to vote for any candidate but rather the basis one uses to make these decisions. Many vote without the vaguest idea of a candidate's qualifications or his/her political ideology, and many only vote for candidates of their party's affiliation. Many limit reasons for their voting choice to personal concerns disregarding other important issues that may have a serious impact on our nation's future and/or their very lives. Other ill-informed voters believe government should care for them from cradle to grave. They have been "schooled" by politicians in the concept of "sharing the wealth" with the rich paying higher taxes to protect entitlements - no cutbacks or revisions. Other flawed factors in voting patterns involve race, gender, bias, greed or religion, etc.

As a result of voters' illogical/unreasoned patterns of voting, I believe the following events will likely occur during the next four years: stagnant economy with high unemployment; no realistic spending cuts resulting in a $20 trillion national debt; taxes will increase on everyone; health cost/insurance will increase; more environmental controls and regulations especially in the domestic energy sectors; increased inflation due to Federal Reserve policy of artificially keeping interest rates low by purchasing Treasury Bonds; continuation of abortion laws meaning millions of lost unborn lives; more gun control laws; "Cap and Trade" legislation may be passed in reference to climate control, which would raise utility costs. If Supreme Court Justices' vacancies occur, the status of the new court will be dominated by liberals; lack of leadership in foreign affairs and failed policies will diminish our role in the world; excessive cuts in military spending and size will place our nation at risk and the underfunded NASA budget will relinquish our leadership in space to foreign countries.

If these predictions are happening by the 2014 elections, I pray that voters will finally wake up and elect people who will turn this country away from socialism and restore our nation and morals in a manner intended by God and our Constitution.

Allen J. Novosad, Edna



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