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  posted on 11/3/2008 at 07:34 AM
Hey there sweet family,

A message from the Allman Brothers Band regarding tomorrow's election:

"Tuesday we will elect the next President of the United States. The result will have great consequences for the nation.

This election offers a choice between two men with dramatically different visions of the future. We have strong feelings about this choice. But we feel even more strongly that all Americans, regardless of political preference, have a stake in the outcome and should vote in this critical election.

This is likely to be a close election. Your vote matters. Please use it and make a difference.

Take care and know that you are loved,

Lana and Rowland

[Edited on 11/3/2008 by Lana]

 

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  posted on 11/3/2008 at 09:30 AM
Get out and vote tomorrow!
I voted last Wed and had to wait in line for 45 minutes. That's good news!!!

 

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  posted on 11/3/2008 at 10:19 AM
Roger that!!!

 

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  posted on 11/3/2008 at 10:40 AM
I already voted too, here in GA. We had a 5-10 minute wait. Others waited hours. I am sure tomorrow will be a madhouse at the polling places here. I am staying home, because I would have to pass 2 polling places on the way out of our subdivision.

If you haven't voted though, its a great way to get out of work! GO VOTE!

 

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  posted on 11/3/2008 at 11:11 AM
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... If you haven't voted though, its a great way to get out of work! GO VOTE!


If that's the case, I plan to vote as often as possible!

 

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  posted on 11/3/2008 at 05:54 PM

 

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  posted on 11/3/2008 at 09:43 PM
Must be a generic message from Headcount. I've gotten the same message (vebatim) from four other bands.

I was thinking this message would have been better served if it was sent out before October 3rd, the cutoff for voter registration.

C'mon, Jimmy Carter!

 

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  posted on 11/3/2008 at 11:13 PM
anyone who votes political issues, or forms their opinion based on what the bible says is an imbecile of the highest measure.
 

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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 01:03 AM
Well, I can't condemn anyone for having convictions and then planning their actions based on those convictions. However, I believe that selecting a candidate based on "the bible" is flawed in practice.

If someone embraces the teachings of the bible and then wishes to use that to inform their vote, then fine . . . but all too often - at least in what I have observed - that filter stops after abortion and gay rights. You believe that abortion is murder and that homosexuality is an abomination . . . okay. But what about going trillions of dollars further into debt fighting a war that has nothing to do with ensuring the security of our nation? Is there a Biblical principle that applies to that? How about the idea that the wealthier you are, the better quality of health care you receive, and the better education you receive? Where does the Bible come down on that? How about poisoning the air, water and land . . . aren't we supposed to be stewards . . . I think I read that somewhere. We had a case just this summer where a North Indiana factory basically said, **** you, we're dumping our sludge in Lake Michigan - do what you will.

I guess I'm saying, if you're going to be Christian, then be Christian . . . all the time. Don't tell me that doctors who perform abortions deserve the death penalty, and then crack jokes about dropping a few bombs and creating "Lake Afghanistan."

SO many people I know who claim to vote according to Biblical principles are doing so on those two issues . . . abortion and gay rights, and the idea that "God judges nations" and the reason we're in such a mess is because we allow these things to continue and are thereby provoking God's wrath. Therefore, they vote for the candidate who opposes these things, completely ignoring ALL of the major issues facing our nation.

You know, I can even remember the first time I heard the "abortion" issue - I was 19 or so, freshman in college, gearing up to vote in my first presidential election, and I ran into a girl I had dated a couple of times. I asked her who she was voting for, and she named the republican candidate. When I asked her why, that was her answer. Because he was against abortion, and the Democrat was "for it." Even with my limited political experience, my jaw just about hit the table. That is your basis for choosing an executive? I didn't get it. Still don't.

I would LOVE to see abortion and gay rights removed from the political discourse, at least at the executive level. I believe these are legislative questions, and should be confined to those quarters - maybe at the sate level only, but I'll let those who know more than I on such matters debate that question.

So, in my opinion, it's not the decision to base a vote on biblical principles that's the problem, but this idea that we'll be federally damned if our chief executive supports Roe vs. Wade and gay marriage. To me, this mindset is a serious impediment to making progress toward fixing some of the major problems in our country.

 

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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 01:16 AM
Great post Randy!!!

 

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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 02:33 AM
yeah, thats pretty much it. your points are well thought out and well articulated.

i will take issue with one point. abortion is both a judicial AND legislative issue. the next executive will likely make more than one supreme court nomination. during the bush years the bench shifted considerably to the right with the appointments of alito and roberts. both of these men are anti-abortion rights. whether or not they would vote to repeal roe v. wade is another matter. the fact is that there remains no sound philosophical or legal argument that allows one person to assume the right to control what another person does with their body.

because the executive makes appointments to the judiciary, i feel that issues of individual civil liberties must be discussed in any election.

i hope, like you, that the time will come that these INDIVIDUAL rights and liberties are regarded as such by the public and will cease to be a political issue. religious fundamentalism is the largest roadblock to the realization of this ideal.



 

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  posted on 11/5/2008 at 09:46 AM

 

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  posted on 11/5/2008 at 10:48 AM
quote:
Well, I can't condemn anyone for having convictions and then planning their actions based on those convictions. However, I believe that selecting a candidate based on "the bible" is flawed in practice.

If someone embraces the teachings of the bible and then wishes to use that to inform their vote, then fine . . . but all too often - at least in what I have observed - that filter stops after abortion and gay rights. You believe that abortion is murder and that homosexuality is an abomination . . . okay. But what about going trillions of dollars further into debt fighting a war that has nothing to do with ensuring the security of our nation? Is there a Biblical principle that applies to that? How about the idea that the wealthier you are, the better quality of health care you receive, and the better education you receive? Where does the Bible come down on that? How about poisoning the air, water and land . . . aren't we supposed to be stewards . . . I think I read that somewhere. We had a case just this summer where a North Indiana factory basically said, **** you, we're dumping our sludge in Lake Michigan - do what you will.

I guess I'm saying, if you're going to be Christian, then be Christian . . . all the time. Don't tell me that doctors who perform abortions deserve the death penalty, and then crack jokes about dropping a few bombs and creating "Lake Afghanistan."

SO many people I know who claim to vote according to Biblical principles are doing so on those two issues . . . abortion and gay rights, and the idea that "God judges nations" and the reason we're in such a mess is because we allow these things to continue and are thereby provoking God's wrath. Therefore, they vote for the candidate who opposes these things, completely ignoring ALL of the major issues facing our nation.

You know, I can even remember the first time I heard the "abortion" issue - I was 19 or so, freshman in college, gearing up to vote in my first presidential election, and I ran into a girl I had dated a couple of times. I asked her who she was voting for, and she named the republican candidate. When I asked her why, that was her answer. Because he was against abortion, and the Democrat was "for it." Even with my limited political experience, my jaw just about hit the table. That is your basis for choosing an executive? I didn't get it. Still don't.

I would LOVE to see abortion and gay rights removed from the political discourse, at least at the executive level. I believe these are legislative questions, and should be confined to those quarters - maybe at the sate level only, but I'll let those who know more than I on such matters debate that question.

So, in my opinion, it's not the decision to base a vote on biblical principles that's the problem, but this idea that we'll be federally damned if our chief executive supports Roe vs. Wade and gay marriage. To me, this mindset is a serious impediment to making progress toward fixing some of the major problems in our country.


This is an excellent post! I agree 100%

 
 


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