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I breathed a gigantic sigh of relief today. Thank God Barack Obama was re-elected.

I think it proves what we’re always taught: that love trumps hate. I will sleep easier knowing my president has my back and doesn’t hate me for things that I can’t change.

The fact that Obama was re-elected shows a shift in my generation and in the American population. I’m not the only one to notice either. It’s exciting.

We still have lots to do, but we’re on track.

With Election Day coming up Tuesday, I’ve been looking up candidates that will show up on my ballot. I found a very helpful website that tells you what will be on your ballot down to the local stuff, and so I’ve been researching.

My county’s U.S. Representative is up for re-election. His name is Tom Graves. He’s a Republican.

His website discusses a 5 Way Conservative Test that presumably Graves uses to determine which bills he approves. One of the five ways reads:

Does the proposal increase personal freedoms? Does it impede on the freedoms of others? Does it limit others personal rights or property rights? Does it interfere with justice? Does it allow individuals to decide how to make personal choices for themselves and their lives without harming others? Does government coerce their choices with this bill?

This sounds wonderful. Perfect. I could not have said it better myself.

But Graves is a Republican, and because of that, I know that he applies those questions differently than I do. Read the rest of this entry »