Today was the day that I have spent the last several weeks sitting on pins and needles waiting for. I have had every emotion from anxiety to elation fill my heart and mind as I eagerly awaited the day I could cast my vote for the first time. Last night Daddy and I reviewed the sample ballot and made sure we knew exactly who we would be casting our votes for (my mother is still a Canadian citizen and can’t vote here). Although my experience wasn't as moving and historically deep as Jasmine's it was a huge moment for me. For two generations my family has voted strictly republican, I know that for my Grandmother and my two Aunts this is a truly historical moment as women, through Gov. Palin, take another swing at the glass ceiling, and I can't share in their estcasy, but truly, there is no feeling like a good, clean conscience. One that says I did not cast my vote for a presidential candidate whose VP is guilty of rejecting her God ordained role, one that reminds me that I did not vote for the socialistic "change" promised by the other presidential candidate. Rather, I can say confidently, I voted for a man who believes in the sanctity of marriage, the LIFE of the unborn and the value of protecting that life, a man who wouldn't stand for the UN and their abhorrent policies. I cast my vote for the third party, one I never new existed until this year, but by God's grace, I am able to say that I voted, not out of fear or a determination to "keep Obama out of office" regardless of what compromises it takes to get there, but on principle, on biblical foundations, and tonight, when I go to sleep I will have the joy of knowing that regardless of the outcome, I voted for a biblically qualified, professing Christian.
"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost." -- John Quincy Adams
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