I had a visit today from a man asking for my vote. I think it is a testament to my advancing age that I thought he seemed so young. Yet not overly idealistic as so many of the young men and women running with passion in their eyes and fire in their heart are. No, this man has seen war. He’s served in Afghanistan and Iraq, and I thanked him for his service, for which he humbly said “Of course”. He was drawn to service in battle fatigues and now, to service for this country he fought for. His attire has changed, and though I don’t know him, it seems as if the fire is the same. But then, he’s a Montanan, and that is of course how we roll.
We had an interesting conversation about state and local taxes, jobs for our area and school funding. We met with some differences, more so in that he didn’t seem to know the whole breadth of the topic, it wasn’t his main platform, after all. We talked bias and party lines. And then I asked the big (at least for me) questions. Gun control and abortion. We saw eye to eye on the gun control bit. We are Americans, we have a Second Amendment right, and the issue doesn’t lie in controlling the guns, but in other areas entirely. This is Montana, after all. My husband is currently toting his own firearm deep in the woods in search of food that will indeed (and God willing) feed my family. (Dear Reader you may disagree, but I ask that this not be a battle ground as this is not the premise of this discussion).
It was abortion where we meet odds. There was no argument however and I thought it was interesting when he laid the premise that he was Pro-Choice and also a practicing Catholic. It was as if one balanced the other. Yet he didn’t seem familiar with Psalm 139. And when I asked his thoughts on late term abortion, he skirted the issue. He told me that I was the only one who had asked him this. And after he went round about a bit, I asked him again. He didn’t have an answer, but to state that I deserved one and he would check our current law.
He doesn’t have children, this young man, but said wither certainty that when he does, he wants to raise him here. So I pointed out that I have four. Four who have all been adopted. Two of which have birth mothers who had a prior abortion. And I told him that I wonder what the difference was? What was it that prompted the choice for abortion once, and then not again. I will never know. And my heart breaks for them. For both the mammas and the babes who have been so hurt.
And he was struck for a moment, not sure what to say. I was not crass in my speaking. I was not judgemental, I have so much in my life that could be judged. But I am was curious how he was able to take his separate his legal standing and put it in a nice little box right there next to his faith. Is it that simple? If so, then that says so much to be about some one’s heart. You see, the choice to serve our country in the legal fields is kind of a big deal to me. If you want my vote, you want me to back you and the voice you will have for this state and this nation, then I want to see a bit of your heart. I want to know what it is you believe because as much as we as a nation take our personal faith out of the legislation, if we are not bound by what we believe in that chair, then we will never lead this nation in earnest. It is all just talk. A voice. A statement for what gets the vote and what makes the most people happy. If you are not led by a moral conviction, then there is room for sway and change in your stance, and that room is wide open and glittery with the call of more.
More power. More square footage. More horsepower and more drivers and more on the table. It is driven by the desire to gain, and those who sit in that legislation should be driven by the people and backed by your fundamental beliefs.
He told me more than once that I am the first person to ask him these questions. And it seemed to me that this has become an issue that was big in the 90’s and has been lost in today. But is it not the same fundamental concerns that we have? If you are willing to stand up for one right, but not another. If you can say you’re a man of the Catholic church, but that you will not lead how your faith states you should, that each deserves a time and a place. Then are you not putting God in a box?
At the heart of it, I believe he does want what’s best for Montana. And as such I think he would give us voice on many of the issues we are concerned with as a state. But where does his heart lie?