Though young, he could have been running for reelection, and she could have been his youthful, dynamic running mate. Barely old enough to qualify, he could have squeezed out a small victory in 2008 and now could have united the nation around both his policies and charisma. She could have been identified as the one to ride her wave of popularity through the next four years and right into the White House in 2016.
He might have been the perfect combination of intelligence and personality. He might have been so popular that the other party wondered if it was even worth it to run someone against him. He might have helped our nation begin to turn back to the Lord, as he was not afraid to put his faith on display.
He might have been the one to not just say that fiscal responsibility is important, but he might have worked through a plan. We might have seen our national debt begin to move downward. International leaders might have hailed him as the greatest President our nation has ever had.
She might have been the lady who was the first in a national executive position. Though two other female major candidates made a run at Vice-President, she could have been the very first to succeed, and now she could have been primed to move up one more position in just four years. She could have been a beacon of what it means to a true lady, though one in power.
But they didn’t run in 2008, and they aren’t running for reelection in 2012.
For the next few weeks, we will consider the policies, beliefs, and personalities of four people. We will pray about whether to vote for the incumbent President, Barak Obama, along with his running mate, Vice President Joe Biden. We will also pray about whether to vote for Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan. In each of the four candidates, we will find things we must prayerfully consider, both good and bad.
But the amazing, youthful, world-changing candidates that could have been in office won’t be on the ticket.
Because, in 1973, their mothers killed them, and our nation said it was okay.
Yes, those first victims of abortion would now be old enough to be running for reelection to the highest office in our land. But we decided that they were an inconvenience.
It saddens me that we have all these troubles as a nation, and we want to blame certain parties, certain groups, or certain political leaders. We bemoan the lack of morals in our society, and we want to blame everyone around us.
America, it is very possible that God sent us the solution to our national debt, to diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to lagging morality, and it is very possible that we put those solutions–in the form of innocent children who would be the great leaders of our world–to death.
When you consider your vote over the next few weeks, just think about who could have been running.
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