Fully 50-percent of the mail I receive nowadays is some sort of election propaganda. I don’t read it. It goes straight to the recycling bin. I feel good about recycling nearly everything I can. I’ve even been known to walk around youth baseball parks while picking up bottles and cans so I can put them in their rightful place. In certain states, people looked at me awkwardly when I did it. It never bothered me.
The people who send me literature clearly have no idea where I vote, or in some cases, where I used to vote. It’s irrelevant, though. No matter the state, it all goes to the recycling bin. Unread. I’ve no interest in what a candidate wants me to know, nor do I care how lovely his family looks by the Christmas tree. Or the menorah. Or the Kwanza kinara. It’s all fluff. When the time is right, I will do my research, I will make my decisions, and I will pull the appropriate lever.
Many of us, I presume, are frustrated by the requirement for candidates to pander to an extremist base and then move cautiously to the center in order to get elected. It feels too much like a game. I’d much rather you be who you are and take your chances. I know that’s unrealistic, and I don’t have a better method in mind. Still, it bothers me.
Since my days as a young child, I have always said that, were I to ever run for office, I would eschew negative campaigning. Isn’t it better to be for something than against something? Isn’t it better to publicize your virtues instead of attacking someone else? I thought so. I think so. Yet, there is a reason politicians use negative ads. They work. “We” fall for them. That’s not an encouraging sign.
- I do not support the death penalty. I believe it’s morally corrupt to kill someone because they have killed. I understand the counter-arguments. I also understand the conflict this presents given my chosen profession. None of this has given me enough reason to change my mind.
- For very personal reasons, I believe abortion is morally wrong. I further believe that it is not the right of our government to deny this option to women.
- I believe that our government needs to formulate a grand strategy in order to determine what and who we want to be. It should be informed by the defense budget, but not driven by the defense budget. If the two don’t meet, we need a new grand strategy. The days of the US as world police are over.
- I believe that if China wants to be on the world stage, as they clearly do, it’s time for China to step onto the world stage. That includes containing Ebola in West Africa and stabilizing the regions where they temporarily sate their unquenchable thirst for energy.
- I believe that multi-national organizations should not be assisting the US. Instead, the US should be assisting multi-national organizations.
- I believe that every penny we give to foreign countries should come with conditions. Firm conditions. In case you don’t know, we still give money to Russia and the West Bank/Gaza.
- I believe that private companies can outperform the government in nearly every endeavor. Private companies are good at making money. Governments are only good at spending money. There is no government incentive for thrift.
- I believe that money does not make schools good. Committed students, involved parents, and inspired teachers do. Money only helps.
- I believe that our government should incentivize the conservationist movement, with the ultimate goal of reducing our dependence on foreign oil. Completely, if possible. I understand that stands in stark contrast to my other views on government.
- I believe that, through no fault of their own, people need a leg up at times. Any assistance the government provides should not come without condition or end-point.
- I believe that our judiciary needs to stick with the Constitution and precedent. There is no room for personal beliefs or ideology.
- I believe that our tax code is beyond ridiculous. It needs to be simplified. If that means I pay more, I’ll live with it. By the way, my father is a CPA. Sorry, Dad.
- I firmly believe that our citizens have the right to bear arms. Restrictions apply. Caveats do not.
- I believe that our citizens have a right to privacy, even if that results in increased danger to the populace at large. Without that right, there is nothing left worth defending.
That is why you would not vote for me.