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By JGillman, Section News
Here is a thought exercise.
Imagine if everyone was a Republican. Imagine if everyone who occupied an office in government was a Republican party member.
Would all of our problems be solved? Does it mean we have to stop worrying about what they do? Would we be satisfied to allow those individuals to manage the affairs continuously, even if they voted frequently to do things not consistent with the party platform? How about decisions made are not consistent with our core beliefs?
Think about this as you read through.
We all come with a certain amount of predisposed opinions, thoughts, ideas, based on our experiences, our education, and in large part our faith (or lack thereof). We draw from our life's preceding acts and mold our conclusions about how things should be from the outcomes we either witness, or experience personally. And over time we can make certain assumptions based on the lessons of time. We are the sum of our experiences, ideas, and environment, as well as observations of other experiences and others' ideas.
And when we select someone to speak for us, to represent our views, to be our surrogate, we entrust them with all of that experience. We give to them the unique ability to present our case on social issues and speak to the manner in which we will provide for those issues. Our values should be handed over carefully to only those who would respect them. Our voice should be heard through them.
This does not mean a person who is elected should have to go back on every decision and poll those supporters for the appropriate answer. It simply means that we (as voters) have an obligation before putting someone in office, to determine that they represent us best in their ideas, their natural instincts, or their character.
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