Saturday, July 31, 2010

Voting for US Senator this fall

Just saw this article on Boxer vs Fiorina for this fall's US Senate race:

Boxer tries to highlight differences on abortion

By JUDY LIN Associated Press Writer
Posted: 07/29/2010 12:00:48 PM PDT
Updated: 07/29/2010 12:28:10 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Jobs and the economy may be foremost on voters' minds, but Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer has been quick to stress another issue that has been a hallmark of her political career, her support for abortion rights.

Her opponent in this year's tight Senate race, Republican Carly Fiorina, often steers around the issue.

During one recent television interview, Fiorina was asked about the personal experiences that led her to oppose abortion. She acknowledged that people can have different views, then quickly steered the discussion back to the unhappy state of the economy.

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The article goes on to say that Carly's mother-in-law was told to have an abortion, but she didn't -- as a result Carly has her husband. Carly apparently believes in the sanctity of human life, and that life begins at conception.

So here's my problem. I can't stand it that Boxer hopes to get more votes by trumpeting her support for baby-killing. I know it's not mental-health-ly correct to say this, but it makes me crazy. It might make me mad enough to vote against her.

But Carly Fiorina? Really? I still do not understand why Hackborn fired that torpedo into the belly of HP, but he did and she hit us. Besides the Compaq fiasco (immoral and a lousy business decision), she was awful as CEO, wasting the shareholders' money buying private jets and flying around doing marketing rather than managing the company. She steered the company in absurd directions (HP as a manufacturer of TV sets for example). The board finally got rid of her, a few years too late....

So I don't want either of these clowns as senator. They are not even funny.

And this makes me sad. But suddenly I remembered who's really in charge; I remembered, "Fret not yourself; it leads only to evildoing" (Psalm 37:8, NASB? or see other translations). Come to think of it, I reminded myself often of that when Carly was the boss and I was still at HP. Here are the first six verses (NIV) of Psalm 37:

1Do not fret because of evil men
       or be envious of those who do wrong;
2for like the grass they will soon wither,
       like green plants they will soon die away.
3Trust in the Lord and do good;
       dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4Delight yourself in the Lord
       and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5Commit your way to the Lord;
       trust in him and he will do this:
6He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
       the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
OK, I've taken a deep breath. I'll vote against one or the other of these clowns this fall, or maybe I'll vote against both. But I'll try to remember what Piper wrote about voting -- that voting, or the election itself for that matter -- is not the be-all or end-all. Yet I do wish we had a real choice here.

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