Not Red or Blue


“I am not a Democrat or a Republican, I vote for the men who will do what I feel is best for our country.” *

John Kristiansen, 1960

That's the answer my dad gave me when I began to take some interest and ask questions abut the up-coming elections. And today I find that I follow in my father's footsteps—I am not Republican or Democrat. I am a Constitutional Conservative — and as such, I will vote for the person I feel will best uphold the constitution and conservative values.


No man is perfect, that’s for sure! We may not be fond of either candidate that is set before us, so it's important to look at the issues. It's easy to get caught up in emotion and be swayed in one direction or another.


Here are some beliefs I hold dear that will impact my vote:


I believe in and value :

  • worshipping freely

  • freedom of speech

  • freedom to live in peace and pursue the dreams God has given me

  • holding firm to our federal constitutional democratic republic

  • equality — because God created each of us in his image — rights preceded government

  • the sanctity of life from conception, to birth, to a natural old age

  • opportunities for anyone to rise above their circumstances and become successful

  • school choice, giving parents options to decide what’s best for each child

  • borders to be open to everyone who enters under our law

  • borders to be closed to anyone who would circumvent or ignore the law

  • peaceful protests [right to assemble]

  • law and order - with support for our police

  • a strong and viable military

  • a vibrant economy with opportunities to create a private business with limited restrictions

  • the right to keep and bear arms

  • the importance of Israel

  • history to be remembered—with all of it’s imperfections—so we can learn and grow from it

I am strongly against:

  • abortion - killing thousands of innocent lives

  • socialism [government controlling everything]

  • a rampant welfare system that enslaves its recipients [I want to give people opportunities—a hand-up and not just a hand-out]

  • open borders that allow anyone to come in without vetting — including criminals, drug runners and traffickers

  • violence and destruction of public and private property

  • universal healthcare

  • redistribution, reparations

  • criminals released to re-commit crimes before sentence is completed


Based on my stated values, my choice is clear.


Interested in more about all of this?

More on the sanctity of life

More on Israel

USA - No Other Place

My self-reflection in a chaotic time

On being a Christian in a political season


On the impact of communism, marxism & socialism on the US:

Under my desk

Hidden in Plain Sight


So what about you?

Have you taken time to write down what you believe in and value?

This is a historic time, and you are alive for such a time as this!

Your vote matters.

Taking time to write things down will help you to see clearly which candidates most align with your values.



* I had a comment about the quote —

it says "men" instead of "men or women."


This quote was from 1960, and there were only men running for office back then. Full disclosure: I was tempted to change "men" to "person" in order to be more politically correct. I opted for honesty.


I remember most women I knew back then were secretaries or clerks—and if they were able to go to college they were usually nurses or teachers . . .


When you think about, we have certainly come a long way since 1960, haven't we?!?


My dad was an immigrant, coming from Denmark when he was 3. Life was hard and his dad committed suicide when he was 12, leaving his mom with 7 children. He stepped up and worked hard all his life and was so excited to become an American citizen! He and my mom were determined to help me be the first one in our family to go to college.I'm so grateful to them for all they did to build a good life for my sister and I.


I always try to remember that each generation does the best they can with the insight they have—and no one will ever be perfect! My parents' sacrifices gave me a "leg up” and it’s been my desire to do the same for my kids, grands, and the generations who follow.

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