How do you decide who to vote for?
Do you follow a procedure that includes gathering factual information about the candidates, including their conduct and performance in business, in the community or in public office? Or, do you simply listen to, and believe the things candidates say about themselves?
It’s been my experience having been involved in a significant number of election cycles, that generally candidates tell you what they believe you want to hear! So how can you determine which of the candidates have a credible plan for keeping their promises to the voters as opposed to those who simply speak words necessary to get elected?
It is often difficult to develop an accurate assessment of a person’s ability to excel in the office for which he is a candidate. Today in Texas, everyone is a Republican (not actually but that’s what they would have you believe). During every election in which I have been involved, an examination of voting records exposed the true character of many of those running for public office. This election is no different. EXAMPLE: We have a candidate running as a Republican who has only voted one time in the last four primary elections. You guessed it – he voted Democrat!!!
Can you trust someone who lies about something as fundamental as their personal political philosophy? Learning the truth is often laborious and unpleasant but extremely important, especially when setting the course for the future with our vote.
Endorsements – How important are they?
Do you look at a long list of names of individuals who have ‘endorsed’ a candidate and think, “he must be a good guy if all these people like him”?
Do you look through the list of names for people you know personally, whose endorsement really matters to you because, even though you don’t know the candidate, you know the character and integrity of the person endorsing the candidate?
Personally, I look for the name of someone whom I know would not endorse a candidate that I would not endorse. An example of such a person is David Barton. Because of David’s character and integrity, I am comfortable supporting and voting for someone David endorses. I know he would not endorse someone he does not know well. David is but one example. There are many men and women with impeccable reputations whose endorsements warrant consideration, but I tend to completely disregard endorsements by people I do not personally know. There are other factors that are important, but if verifiable first-hand information is not available, the endorsement of someone I hold in high esteem is extremely important.
Why is he a candidate?
Is he running for office because he believes he can have a positive impact on the office for which he is competing? Or, is he simply looking for a job with benefits? Does it make sense to wait until a candidate is elected, to discover he has no core conservative principles?
I believe that if his candidacy is built upon a lie (Democrat running as a Republican) he cannot be relied upon to anchor his votes to fundamental conservative principles! Rather, he can be expected to vote according to his own personal interests.
County, State and Federal employees have become a huge voting block with enormous clout. Certainly electing more RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) will do nothing to reverse that trend!
I believe it is worth remembering that, “We deserve the government we elect”.