Lindsay Stevens

I do love my country. I fought for it once and would do so again. But I will not be voting for President Obama or the Democrats because I fear the direction he is taking our country.

1. The president and his allies are all about centralized planning and control, and to me, this is the opposite of the basis on which our nation was founded. Centralized planning and control requires the accumulation of more and more power and centralizing that power in the hands of just a few so that control can be maintained. Should we plan all activities according to some blueprint that forces society to conform to some vision created by an individual or board?

Or, should we create conditions that allow the knowledge and ability and talent of the individual to decide how best to plan for his own future?

Freedom of choice means that if we are not satisfied with what we receive, we are free to turn elsewhere and choose an alternative. But if our government acts as a monopoly, deciding for us how we should behave and what we should do — dictating how our economy will be managed — we lose that freedom of choice.

2. President Obama has shown that he has little respect for the rule of law. The rule of law means that the government is bound by rules that are fixed and announced publicly in advance so that individuals in society can then know with some certainty how the coercive powers of government will be exercised and can act accordingly. The government has become an entity that discriminates between various elements of the economy or segments of the population to the exclusion of others rather than an entity dedicated to helping individuals grow and prosper and succeed.

3. My final fear is that Obama wants to guarantee the security of some, equality of life to all, and would take from some to give to others in order to make that happen. Life does not come with any guarantees. In a nation such as America has become, there is no reason whatever that our government should not provide for a minimum security of food, shelter and clothing for those in society that need it.

But the president is fond of quoting Abraham Lincoln as a source of his inspiration to be president. I would submit the following quote for him to follow: “You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn. You cannot build character and courage by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”

As president, Obama has tried to do all of these things that Lincoln said “you cannot” do and expect success. Obama does not offer a bigger pie so that you can have more. He only offers to give one person a smaller slice so that another can have a bigger one. What is needed are conditions that will allow the entire pie to become bigger so that each of us gets a larger piece by reaching our own maximum potential as we define it.

These are the things that have defined Obama’s presidency so far, and I do not see him changing that in a second term. So, no, I will not be voting for Obama.