Coons or O’Donnell? That is the question in Delaware

Sigh. Long sigh.

And pursed lips.

And tight shoulders.

I cannot be silent about this any longer.

Facts first… I could never abort a baby. Ever. If anyone every mentioned they were going to abort a baby I would speak up immediately and do everything I can do persuade them otherwise. As with the death penalty, I do not believe it is anyone’s job to kill another human being. Regardless of the situation. However, it is not my place to tell a woman she must carry her rapists child or her fathers child by incest. It is not my place, I am not a higher power. My heart would go out to any woman who is ever in that position. I would hope she could see the tragedy and pain would not go away by killing an innocent. Likewise, I would never want anyone to tell me that I have to have an abortion OR that I am not allowed.

Fact… I do not trust Chris Coons completely. I don’t think you can trust any politician completely. For two reasons, they have ulterior motives AND they can’t promise or control most of the things they claim when they are running in an election. Talk is cheap and in most cases it takes an entire congress/government to make a decision, not just one person. They can push their views all they want but when it comes down to it we live in a democracy.

Fact… I do not trust Christine O’Donnell. Same explanation as above. Additionally, I do not feel she is mature enough to handle a senate seat. And I do not feel she is knowledgeable enough to represent me or anyone else.

Now, a lot of my more distant family will probably be voting for Christine O’Connell. Their reasoning is most likely based on the fact that Chris Coons has a history of not handling money well AND he will support a woman’s right to choose. Much of my extended family are quite religious and many of them are well-off financially. Their views and their opinions are interesting, but there is no doubt we differ across the board in many ways.

I live in Delaware and as many of you know the entire nation is following our midterm elections thanks to the senate race between Chris Coons and Christine O’Donnell. You should know right off the bat, as I stated previously, I don’t like either candidate. For me this election is about choosing the lesser of the two evils. I will be voting for Chris Coons. (Although my initial vote would have gone to Mike Castle).

This morning on my drive into work I saw a sign for Christine O’Donnell in someone’s front yard. I rolled my eyes and kept driving. Then I saw another one. Fortunately the second sign was in the yard of a house which is abandoned and up for sale so I kind of laughed that one off. But the point is there are people in Delaware who will be voting for Christine O’Donnell and quite frankly that scares me.

So I want to try and understand where people are coming from…

Why vote for O’Donnell? Because she is against abortion. Ok. I get that, but again I do not feel it is the government’s decision. I mean she doesn’t want government to be involved in health care so why should she want the government involved in abortion? She is also against the Cap and Trade Bill. And I realize a lot of people are against this bill. I certainly do not want to see a tax hike. I certainly do not want to see my electric bill go up, it’s already ridiculous. However, the Cap and Trade Bill would be helpful in the long run, I’m talking the year 2050 and on. So in terms of the world we live in and the world our grandchildren will live in…we have to start taking responsibility for the damage we are causing in the environment.

A cap would force all industries to pay more attention to their carbon emission. Not just one industry, and not just on a pick and choose basis, but ALL industries. There would be penalties for non-compliance, as there should be. Incentives for doing better and consequences for doing worse…hmm makes sense to me.

The air quality in our world and specifically in our country flat out sucks. Do you have any idea what you are breathing in on a daily basis? There is no escaping polluted air people! Maybe if the air quality were improved, then by the time we see 2050 and our children have children then maybe there won’t be such a debate about health care because people will BE HEALTHIER!

The ozone that we breathe at ground level has been linked to respiratory illness and other health problems, including:

• Decreases in lung function, resulting in difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, and other symptoms;
• Respiratory symptoms, including bronchitis, aggravated coughing, and chest pain;
• Increased incidence/severity of respiratory problems (e.g. aggravation of asthma, susceptibility to respiratory infection) resulting in more hospital admissions and emergency room visits;
• Chronic inflammation and irreversible structural changes in the lungs, that, with repeated exposure, can lead to premature aging of the lungs and other respiratory illness.

The cap also serves to provide stability and predictability to the allowance trading market.

Moving on…

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
– First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

The First Amendment was written because at America’s inception, citizens demanded a guarantee of their basic freedoms. It is part of the entire reason so many people came to America in the first place, and it is the reason people continue to come to America and make it their home.

Our blueprint for personal freedom and the hallmark of an open society, the First Amendment protects freedom of speech, press, religion, assembly and petition.

Without the First Amendment, religious minorities could be persecuted, the government might well establish a national religion, protesters could be silenced, the press could not criticize government, and citizens could not mobilize for social change.

I know Christine O’Donnell has her opinion on the First Amendment…where she does not believe in the separation of Church and State. And there has always been a debate on this matter. In the Board of Education of Kiryas Joel Village School District v. Grumet, 512 U.S. 687 (1994), Justice David Souter, writing for the majority, concluded that “government should not prefer one religion to another, or religion to irreligion.” The Congress attempted to restore this standard by passing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but in City of Boerne v. Flores, 521 U.S. 507 (1997), the Supreme Court held that such an attempt was unconstitutional regarding state and local government actions (though permissible regarding federal actions).

From a Coons/O’Donnell debate… (Wednesday, Oct. 13 at the University of Delaware.)

“My opponent has said that statements we made in our 20s should be off the table and after he made that statement – days later – he started running ads going back on his word,” she said. “While I’ve made statements in the past, my faith has matured. Regardless of my personal faith, when I go to Washington, D.C. It is the Constitution that I will defend and it is the Constitution by which I will base my votes.”

I sigh again… Christine O’Donnell you can only defend the Constitution if you KNOW the Constitution. The link here directs you to a video of a debate where O’Donnell challenges Chris Coons to show where the Constitution requires separation of church and state.

Look, I don’t care if she is a witch or if she is a member of the clergy. The FACT is that the founding fathers knew all those years ago that the government rules SHOULD NOT BE BASED on any ONE religion. The First Amendment to the Constitution protects our most basic rights — freedom of speech, press, religion, assembly and petition. You simply can not mess with that, you just can’t. It embodies the spirit and challenge of the United States as a free country. Citizens have freedom to attend a church, synagogue, temple or mosque of their choice – or not to attend at all.

The First Amendment ensures that “if there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein,” as Justice Robert Jackson wrote in the 1943 case West Virginia v. Barnette.

The ability to express oneself and the right to be heard are essential components of freedom. Why would anyone be against teaching tolerance?

I think the issue for most voters, nationwide, this year is the economy.

At the debate between Coons and O’Connell held at the University of Delaware, Blitzer asked O’Donnell and Coons what government spending they would cut to reduce the national debt.

“The national deficit is nearly equal the gross domestic product,” O’Donnell said. “When the deficit equals the GDP, the economy collapses.”

O’Donnell said she would cancel the unspent stimulus bill, put a freeze on discretionary spending, put a hiring freeze on all non-security personnel, eliminate Medicaid fraud and abuse and eliminate the pork spending in education.

Coons said the overwhelming amount of spending is composed of the military, Medicaid, Medicare, social security and interest on the debt. He supports President Obama’s proposal to put a freeze on non-defense discretionary spending for three years and cutting spending for things the military no longer needs, such as the C-17 “as we invest in making our military more modern, flexible and responsible for the real threats” in the world.

Coons said this campaign should focus on the issues Delawareans are worried about – how to tackle the deficit and get people back to work, not on personal financial troubles that caused a national distraction in the national press.

“You’re just jealous because you weren’t [portrayed] on Saturday Night Live,” O’Donnell quipped.

I digress. I don’t care how nice you might be in person or how down to earth you are or how you were portrayed on SNL.

Christine O’Donnell you are not ready to join the Senate.


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3 Responses

  1. Christy Mannering says:

    Well thank you, I appreciate your thoughtfulness and comment. I am very well, running a 5K after work today. Hmmm maybe that means I’m crazy, haha.

  2. Christopher Yasiejko says:

    Christy, I’m blown away by the level of detail in your essay. I mean, damn! You discussed some touchy subjects without being divisive, and yet you were pointed with your argument.

    Sweet. I hope you’re well!

  3. Brian says:

    Everything I hear from her is just a generality. No specifics. Like “cutting medicaid fraud”. Well how? And like you said, how are you going to say you’re for small government but at the same time want government deciding whether a woman is allowed to have a baby or not?

    She touts the Constitution as her ‘bible’ but clearly hasn’t a clue about what the Constitution actually is.

    She wasn’t ready for the Senate in 2006, or in 2008 and she’s still not ready in 2010. Perhaps she should just stop running.