I do not like politics. I do not watch politics. I loathe political hate ads (they are a waste of millions of dollars that could be better used elsewhere.) Don’t tell me who you are , show me who you are by the things you do. Don’t tell me what you are going to do, tell me how you are going to do it. Don’t slam the other candidate, it makes you look bad. Anyway, I was thrust into this place I do not like by a seven-year-old.
The other day my first grader came home and told me that her class was going to vote for president and she had to decide how to vote. Our conversation went kind of like this:
So, who are you going to vote for?
“I think I’m going to vote for Hillary.”
It was like I had asked the most difficult question ever. After a moment, she responded,
“Because she is a girl.”
“Not a good reason. Too many people vote that way. You need to know something about the person and what they stand for before you make a decision.”
Suddenly, our conversation was over and she went off to finish her homework.
The next day, when I got home from work, our conversation continued:
“Do you know who Gary Johnson is?
Yes, do you?
“Of course. He is running for President with Hillary and Trump. I think I will vote for him.”
“You think so? Why?”
“Dad, have you seen him?”
“Yes, but that is not a reason to vote for him. Too many people do that already. You have to look at more than skin color, whether they are male or female, or if they are cute or not.”
“So, how do I know who to vote for?”
“You have to research how they feel about the things you care about. You are a Christian (her own decision), and do you believe what the Bible says?
“Okay. So, as a Christian you should decide if the person you plan to vote for feels or believes the same way you do. If you believe the same way they do about the important issues, then that is who you should vote for. If they argue against what you believe then maybe you shouldn’t vote for them. Let’s get the computer.”
So, we found a web-site that had a comparison of things each candidate said about different topics. We went through the issues that she found an interest in. The seven-year-old mind is a strange, but wonderful thing. It is so full of questions, but has just enough knowledge to analyze some facts to form opinions.
We discussed babies and abortion; we discussed same-sex marriages; we discussed illegals; we discussed guns. For some reason, she didn’t want to talk about corn subsidies, but we did spend about an hour and thirty minutes talking about the candidates and seeing if she agreed with any of their opinions.
I reminded her that every candidate was not perfect and each in some way went against the American people. I think that the most important thing that I told her was to use her knowledge of God and the things that the Bible tells us are right, and choose the candidate that feels the same way she did.
“Dad, none of these people make a good choice for president.”
“I know, honey, everyone has their own opinion of who to vote for and why it is the right thing to do.”
Her response was, “That’s hard, dad. Who should I vote for?”
“I can’t tell you who to vote for. That is the best part. You get to make your own decision and no one has the right to tell you who you should vote for. No one can tell you that you made the wrong decision. Just remember, that God is still in-charge.”
She went to school and made her decision. I didn’t ask the question I so badly wanted to know.
*** John E. Stack is the author of Cody’s Almost Trip to the Zoo, Cody’s Rescue Adventure at the Zoo and Olivia’s Sweet Adventure. Also, to be released very soon: Cody and the Great Zoo Escape, and Secret Lives (of Middle School Teachers).