Our founding fathers realized that in order for the population to never again be taken over by evil, all must be educated so that we can recognize evil when it rears its ugly head. But when politicians are getting better and better at hiding their real agendas or incompetence and voters struggle to figure out who is the best candidate for the job, the question is “how do I vote?” I’ve picked up some techniques that are helpful to me.
1) Make sure the candidate is applying for the correct job. Once, I looked at a voters pamphlet for a water commissioner position, and one of the candidates was talking all about the federal government and economy and had nothing to say about water issues. His mind was not on the job. In the Lieutenant Governor’s 2016 race, many candidates were talking as if they would be representatives making laws. The Lieutenant Governor presides over the state senate, keeps the agenda moving, votes only to break a tie, and takes over for the governor when the governor is out of state. Only 4 of 9 were talking about the real job.
2) Make sure the judges are impartial and will uphold the law, even if they disagree with the law. It’s the legislators’ job to make the laws, not the judges. The judges decide if people are following the law, and what the fair punishment should be. Judicial candidates should also be recognized as “well qualified” by their peers.
3) Look carefully at what the candidate is saying and what the candidate is not saying. Any candidate can complain about a situation, and about people. What sets the candidates apart is their solution to the problem. That is what we are really voting for. What laws will representatives and senators write when they are in office? When a candidate says he/she will get something done, we need to look at how they intend to accomplish that, because any candidate can say they will fix the problem, but not every fix will work. Do they need to change current law or simply enforce it? Is that feasible? How many senators and representatives will agree with a new law or a budget item? Will that new law or allocation be fair to everyone else?
4) Read the constitution if you are unsure of what it says – you should have gone through the entire thing when you went through middle and high school. Make sure that the presidential candidate is willing to uphold what it says. If our nation ever does not follow our constitution, we are in big trouble as a nation – there will be no limit on how we can disregard the constitution. We are already on shaky ground because we have “temporarily” repealed habeas corpus.