2012 Election: An Immigrant’s Point of View -by: Ian Hodge

07 Nov

I came across this on my Facebook page today and it’s a stunning perspective at what happened in the 2012 election and what our attitude should be towards the future of the United States.  God bless.

-Joshua Hamilton

An Immigrant’s Point of View: I immigrated to this country when I was 20 years old. I recall coming across the border in a borrowed school bus carrying all of our possessions. The bus, however, was too small to carry the emotions and excitement I felt as my new life in America began. For the next 23 years I lived as hard-working legal resident, earning two college degrees but lacking the privilege to vote. During those 23 years, Americans encouraged me to become a citizen to vote and in some cases ridiculed me for not doing so. In 2008 and at 43 years old, I donned my Strathclyde kilt, raised my right hand and pledged my allegiance to the Constitution of these United States not for fear of ridicule or for acceptance but because I adopted American beliefs that were larger than my own. On 11/6/2012 I voted in my first presidential election. Although my candidate did not win, the sense of patriotic duty and freedom to participate far outweigh the disappointment with the outcome. But now I am feeling somewhat of a betrayal, not because Obama remains the President, but because of some that have written our country off, washed your hands of the process and have picked up your ball and left for home with the emotionally-charged attitude that you’re not going to play anymore. An immigrant is left standing on a battle field of mud and blood while some of the American-born have decided it’s all over. I will remain on this field for the next opponent; for me, the battle is just beginning. Before you walk out off the field, however, it’s my turn to encourage (or rebuke) my fellow Americans and, in particular, Christians. One of the reasons Christians have difficulty unifying a movement for a suitable candidate is that we impose upon the candidate our complex matrix of self-imposed standards or scriptural mandates. We expect political officials to fit the theological matrix or they are not your candidate. Case in point, I have heard Christians state that they will never vote for Romney because a vote for Romney is a vote for Mormonism. So they don’t vote at all or write someone in that is not even running (and the write-in candidate doesn’t even satisfy the litmus of their convictions). You went to an arena where the lights weren’t even on; there is not even a fight taking place. Take a knee; there are some things at stake for our country that transcend our own political or theological ideals:
1. A nuclear Iran. Transcends the “vote for Romney is a vote for Mormonism” position don’t you think? The only administration willing and capable of preventing a nuclear Iran is Israel’s Netanyahu. If Iran is blocked from getting a nuclear arsenal under the Obama administration it will be Israel’s doing with or without the support of the US. I would have preferred a candidate that supports Israel’s security. Your write-in candidate may have satisfied your conscience but you proved no points beyond yourself. You opted out of the issue from a national perspective. Ahmadinejad would recommend that you write-in your own candidate. Who would he prefer in the White House?

2. Economic collapse. If America becomes irrelevant geo-politically it will become so through financial ruin. As I read the Constitution, Amendments and Declaration of Independence prior to my naturalization, I concluded that I can create my own destiny and not have it handed to me by a government at the expense of others. Capitalism brings out the best in people; it brings out the worst in people. Socialism brings out the average in people. If not under brought control, our national debt will cripple us and your write-in candidate is putting his armor back in his locker.

The list could go on. I realize, however, that your freedom to write someone in is as valid as mine, however contrary. But why not fight the fight that is on the field instead of the fight you wish was on the field? I just re-read a letter that hangs on my wall. It is on White House stationary with the Seal of the President of the United States and signature of George W. I received it when I became a US citizen. I share with you this statement, “Americans are generous and strong and decent not because we believe in ourselves, but because we hold beliefs that are beyond ourselves.” Those of you that did not vote or chose to write someone in could not see beyond yourselves and your individual matrix of expectations that no candidate will ever satisfy completely. That is why the dems and libs can rally and beat the conservatives; they coalesce to a cause beyond their own. If the conservatives win it is because enough of the individual political and theological stars aligned and rarely because we came together for a cause greater than ourselves.

I am ready for the next battle and I am not resigned to losing this country.


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