Whether you are still struggling with whom to vote for, or you’re talking with someone still struggling with the choices before them – I hope this will help. I, too, have had to grapple with the competing character arguments for and against some candidates. For me, it comes down to policy; what choice will save preborn babies and their mothers from the harms of abortion? What choice will preserve marriage and family, and religious freedom?
All the candidates are flawed, but form should not trump substance. Dr. Albert Mohler, this week, made a compelling case for voting for Trump, even though he did not vote for him in 2016. Despite Mohler’s distaste for some of Trump’s character flaws, he says the alternative is unacceptable based on the societal outcome, “I cannot accept the argument that a calm man who affirms the dismembering of babies in the womb has a superior character to a man who rants like Genghis Khan but acts to preserve that life. In my ideal world, I would vote for a candidate in whom the personal, the principled, and the practical earn my admiration. I do not live in that world. I live in this world, and I must act accordingly.” Read Mohler’s full argument here. Listen to it here.
Dr. Wayne Grudem spells out specifically why he supports Trump here. It comes down to a broad view of the candidates, assessing them based on their whole, not in part.
CAP Action Endorsements
CAP Action endorses a number of candidates, none of them perfect – but all of them pro-life, pro-family. All will work to ward off the progressive move toward a socialist society, a culture of death for the elderly and the preborn, and an intolerance for long-held religious beliefs.
Every successful pro-life, pro-family candidate is potentially the difference between who runs the legislature, who chairs the committees, who decides which laws to bring to a vote, as well as which policies prevail.
This is true in both the State House and the U.S. Capitol. The Arizona Legislature is so close, it’s impossible to predict on which side of life it will fall November 3rd. It’s possible that both the Arizona Senate and the Arizona House “flip” to be controlled by those aligned with Planned Parenthood. The U.S. Congress is equally as important, with the Senate hanging in the balance. That Senate will confirm or deny judicial nominees, pass legislation, and much more.
It’s why we look beyond the campaign slogans of U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly, to his positions on life, family, and religious freedom. They are in direct contrast to U.S. Senator Martha McSally’s position on those same issues. CAP Action heartily endorses McSally.
A Kelly victory would mean two pro-abortion Democrats would represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate. And, it could mean the difference between a Democrat run Senate and a Republican run Senate. This has enormous ramifications, regardless of who wins the White House.
Unseating U.S. Representative Tim O’Halleran would bolster support for life affirming legislation. That’s why CAP Action endorses Tiffany Shedd in District 1.
See all of CAP Action’s endorsements here.
Still considering Prop 207? Consider this: Laws passed by ballot propositions in Arizona are nearly impossible to change or fix. We would be locked into bad policy. Prop 207 sets up a lucrative business for current marijuana sellers, and puts children, teens, employers and employees, and all of us on the roads in harm’s way. Marijuana industry insiders wrote 17-pages of self-serving changes to Arizona law. Sourced, up-to-date facts are here.
CAP Action also encourages a NO vote on Prop 208. CAP Action does not make a value judgment on how parents choose to educate their children, and CAP supported increased funding for public schools under Prop 123 in 2016.
Prop 208 would increase taxes significantly on some Arizonans and half of our small businesses. Only 55 cents of every dollar would go to classrooms, and education bureaucrats would not be held accountable. Arizona needs sustainable funding for education that doesn’t cripple the state’s economy.
Visit noprop208az for more information.
Judges and School Boards
Assessing judges and school board candidates can be more difficult. Visit azaction.org for dashboards detailing where judges and school board candidates donated their money. This can give you an idea of the candidates’ philosophy or ideology.
See judicial donations here.
See School board donations here.
See other information on judges here.
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