Litmus Test

On Monday evening, the first debate of the candidates for President will take place.  Ninety minutes, no breaks, no chairs, no teleprompters or earbuds, and no excuses.  Some are predicting a Hildebeast meltdown, some are predicting a Trump blow-up.  Regardless, this debate and the next will most likely determine the independent vote.

For those undecided reading this post, allow me a few minutes to ramble on how I determine how my vote will be cast between two candidates.

Those regular readers of this blog know that I am a 2nd Amendment supporter, and make no apologies for that.  Any candidate worth my vote must support, without question, the 2nd Amendment.  This is more than having firearms or weapons.  It is about the heritage of this country, how it was founded, and more importantly, who is really in charge of this country.  Without getting into a history lesson, this is my explanation for this criteria.

Candidates that state support for the 2nd Amendment recognize that the rights of the citizens of this country take precedence over the government.  It is not only this specific Amendment that is important, but the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence.  The candidate, by supporting the 2nd Amendment, also supports (without stating) the rest of the founding documents of this country.

It is therefore expected that these candidates will honor their oaths of office, and abide by the restrictions of the Constitution upon their office.  And in general, this has proven to be true.

If we look at political office holders who state opposition to the 2nd Amendment, we generally see that the rights of the citizens have taken a back seat to the political and personal aspirations of the individual candidate.  For instance…

Democrats have generally been anti-2nd Amendment while Republicans have been pro-2nd Amendment.  The public was generally not in favor of the Affordable Care Act (aka ACA aka Obamacare) as evidenced by the following exchange during a town hall with then Senator Arlan Spector and then HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibilius, a woman stood up and stated,

“I look at this health care plan and I see nothing that is about health or about care. What I see is a bureaucratic nightmare, Senator. Medicaid is broke, Medicare is broke, Social Security is broke and you want us to believe that a government that can’t even run a cash for clunkers program is going to run one-seventh of our U.S. economy? No sir, no!”

Amid great public outcry, the Democrats overwhelmingly voted for the ACA without a single Republican vote, taking away the freedom of the citizens of this country to select their own healthcare at affordable prices, and involving government control into an area not permitted by the Constitution.  As we have seen, the ACA is failing exactly as predicted, and We The People are literally paying the price for that failure. 

Yes, the Democrats were voted out of office for their failure to honor the rights and the will of the people, but once again we have in this election cycle two main party candidates on opposite sides of the 2nd Amendment.  If you apply this litmus test, and look at the positions of the candidates in respect to what rights of the people they respect, then there is clearly only one choice.

And it’s not the person with the “D” or G” behind their name…  The only choice that has a chance of being elected has the “R” behind their name, not the “L”.

Some have accused me of being a single-issue voter.  So be it, but if one looks deeper, there’s a reason for it.  If you have a better strategy, I’d love to hear it.

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About Tom Roland

EE for 25 Years, Two Patents - now a certified PMP. Married twice, burned once. One son with Asperger's Syndrome. Two cats. Conservative leaning to the Right. NRA Life Member.
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