This is the first election that I am old enough to vote in (missed the last Presidential election by 6 months). Growing up, my grandparents and my mother instilled in me a need to vote. My grandfather would say, “if you don’t vote, you can’t live under my roof.” In my family (immediate) my mother always voted, and my father never did. One of my older brothers doesn’t vote, yet the other one does, and it only recently actively politically involved.
So since I am able to vote in this election, I’ve been doing more research on it then I honestly normally would. I want to be an educated voter, and not just vote for who my mommy tells me to vote for (not that she does tell me, that was just an example).
I’ve read MANY blogs lately, and facebook posts (I guess I don’t consider facebook a blog, but more a way of stalking individuals and hearing the latest gossip??). Anyways, I’m really tired of hearing people complain about “single issue voters”. Here’s my reflection…
Let’s say someone IS a single issue voter, and I’ll use abortion since if you disagree with abortion, and care about it strongly that automatically makes you a “single issue voter.” Okay, so an individual is “pro-life,” but what judgemental people who automatically claim that that certain individual is a “single-issue voter” don’t understand is that that ONE issue covers many others at the same time! For instance…
If you happen to be that “pro-life” voter it tells you that the candidate respects unborn life, and is morally sound. It tells the voter that the candidate finds all life precious, not just those who have already been born. Abortion was legalized by lawmakers. Therefore is shows that voter that if a candidate is “pro-life” then they are interested in appointing proper, moral judges and encourage moral lawmakers to be appointed. It also shows the voter that the candidate is willing to stand up for a difficult issue, thus making the candidate trustworthy, that when a difficult issue arises, they will be ready.
Do I think that voting is important? – ABSOLUTELY!!!!!
Am I a “single-issue voter?” – No.
Would I rather someone who has a very important issue (maybe something close to home/something they devote their life to) vote just for that issue and still vote? – Yes.
I think it is more important that people are voting.
My brother was listening to a local radio show (I forget which one now) and they went around a university campus asking students who they are voting for. Their response??
When asked why?
“He promotes Change” (if they could even give an answer)
When asked “what kind of change does he promote?”
Find something you believe in, fight for it, and if it is just that issue…who cares! It’s not my business to ridicule you for how you vote or what you vote for. Atleast you’re voting!!!
I leave you with this quote from Sarah Palin from the Republican National Convention…
“In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.”