Much has been, and is said about people who vote on the basis of single issues. In the mass media it is primarily those individuals and groups the focus on the issue of abortion, but we should also consider those on the liberal side who do the same thing. There are those who have a sole concentration on gay rights, gay marriage, welfare, social security and healthcare to name a few. Then on the conservative side of the modern political spectrum there are national debt, defense spending, marriage, etc. In the past I have agreed with the negative judgments and lamented friends, associates and acquaintances who appeared to have a singular focus.
Now, after hearing two Republican Presidential Candidate Debates, the media responses to both and the overall responses of the media and so-called pundits I have made a decision. I am now officially a single issue voter. My judgments and determinations regarding whom I will support and vote for are now going to be solely concentrated on a solitary issue.
As I listen to politicians speak I find myself asking the question, often over and over again, but what about…? I hear the words spoken by so-called outside of the establishment candidates and wonder, when will he or she ever speak about…? The platitudes and tempting pledges, promises and commitments sound nice, but I end up asking, how does this fit with…? The pundits go on-and-on about Governor Perry, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, from the most popular to the least; they speak of President Obama, yet rarely do they even mention… Even when… is mentioned they often get it wrong, or speak from either a lack of understanding or a misunderstanding about…
Yet, this single issue is the very foundation of everything being discussed. From it stems all matters and responses to any of the issues mentioned above. My pet issue has something to say about every subject, pledge, promise and commitment spoken by every politician, pundit and reporter wither directly or indirectly. There is not a single issue which will come up in a political campaign that cannot be addressed by this single issue.
I am certain there are some of you who know of what I speak. For those of you still in the dark, I’ll offer you one more hint. This single issue is the only one which these same politicians have, or will take an oath to support and defend. It is the only one to which an oath is sworn, and to which personal integrity is tied. Yes, my single issue is the Constitution of the United States of America.
I am ready to be surprised by hearing a politician base his, or her every position upon the Constitution. Someone who would never utter the despicable word “it’s a living breathing document.” Someone who would agree to bound by “the chains of the Constitution.” Someone who would publicly declare they are unworthy of my confidence without the boundaries established by the Constitution.
How refreshing it would be to hear someone who would intone the lessons of history within their speeches, framed in their answers to questions in the media or a debate. How my emotions and thoughts would leap in response to hearing someone, anyone, declare they have heard the admonitions of our founding fathers, would unashamedly cite the founders and then declare how they would lead us back to greatness by heeding those words of wisdom, how he or she would conduct their daily deliberations based upon the words of Constitution they have sworn to uphold and defend.
Will it happen this coming election cycle? The optimist inside of me wishes, and hopes so, but the pragmatist more loudly avers, “not yet.” It won’t happen until you and I stand up for these principles on our own, until we hold our politicians accountable to their own integrity and sworn oaths. It won’t happen until you and I make it happen.
Maybe next time, or maybe, just maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised.