It is that time again. We are entering an election year. The Candidates are giving their speeches. But, have you thought about how you will vote? All too often people are caught up in voting for the right party. Is this really how we should be voting?
As the candidates give their speeches I would like for you to do something different this year. Instead of listening to all of the things that the candidate promises to deliver if they are elected. Instead, I want you to listen to how will the candidate support and defend the Constitution. Is the candidate that you will vote for making promises that are unconstitutional? If they are that should be a red flag in your consideration.
Here are a few guidelines for what you really should be considering when you head to the ballot box.
Are you voting against a Party?
Let’s be honest. Many voters are not voting for a candidate they are actually voting against a party. If voters were actually voting for the best candidate then the approval rating of Congress would be much higher. If the voters actually voted for the best candidate we would not have candidates running their entire campaign on how bad the other party is, or how they would ruin this country. When candidates are running for office in this manner often they are trying to hide how their agenda will hurt this country. They want the voters to believe that their opponent will do more harm if they are elected. Honestly, how does this make them the best candidate and not the lesser of 2 evils?
Questions voters should be asking
Instead of voting against a party start looking at the candidates and start choosing the best candidate for the office in question. Listen to what they support and ask yourself questions like:
- Is their agenda within the authority of the office they are running for?
- Will this candidate actually adhere to their oath of office?
- How will this candidate support and defend the Constitution?
Vote for the best candidate not against a party
After asking these questions then you can start considering the other issues that you consider important in the election. If the candidate that you are considering is promising to deliver this outside of the authority of the office they are seeking then that candidate should not be elected to office. If the candidate that you are considering is promising things that would violate their oath of office then that candidate should not be considered for the office they are seeking. A priority for any candidate seeking office must be to support and defend the Constitutions they are to abide by. If a candidate will not do this then they should not be in office.
How will the candidate defend my rights?
Our founding documents all talk about our unalienable rights. The Magna Carta was the result of the subjects of a kingdom rising up against the empire because the rights of the subjects were being oppressed. When the revolts in the colonies happened it was because the crown was violating their rights. The Declaration of Independence was a charge against the crown because it was violating the colonist’s rights.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
Declaration of Independence 1776
The candidate that you select should be one that has the protection of the rights of their constituents as their highest priority. This means that the candidate should challenge any attempt at the restriction or oppression of the rights of their constituents. This should apply to any elected to office, no matter what level they serve at. If the people representing us are not willing or able to protect our unalienable rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness then why were they elected?
How will you vote?
Each election is the most important election. When we fail as voters to elect the best people we fail our country. Take the time to ask the questions presented in this article. Better yet use these questions when determining who will earn your vote on election day.
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