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My voting test

Posted Monday, October 6, 2008, at 4:05 PM

Are you tired of seeing all of these so-called experts telling how to think and how to vote?

I definitely don't take a scientific approach and my reasoning may disgust some of the experts.

Be that as it may, I always ask myself one question.

Which candidate wants the title and which candidate wants the job?

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Bo, My test is which one I believe will vote with the following in mind (in order). The United States Constitution, the opinions of their constituents, and lastly their personal beliefs/opinions or their party's platform (I couldn't really care less as long as it comes in last place). If it's a state position, then the state Constitution would come between the U.S. Constitution and the constituents. In my personal opinion, there is ABSOLUTELY no other order in which an elected official should make decisions.

-- Posted by Thom on Mon, Oct 6, 2008, at 9:11 PM

McCain- Last chance

Obama - Wants to be a Star

-- Posted by redcat00 on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 4:49 PM

That might work for a public employee but an individual must adhere to his conscience.

How else can he serve a platform or constituent or a region if he can't look at the needs of the people,look at his abilities and make responsible choices based on them?

An individual might be called upon to revamp his government or ignore the will of the masses when following their lead would lead to disaster.

He must nurture his own best self.

He must think of the long and short term welfare of others.

He must consider the individual and the community.

He must ponder when it is wiser to support the Law as it stands and when it must evolve or be dismantled.

He might be assisted or thwarted by others doing the same thing but doing nothing or abdicating in favor of institutions or special interests ignores the fact that any group is made up of individuals and any representation those people might have will come from specific persons with unique thoughts and characters.

We affect our government by how we act and who we select to act on our behalf.

We are meant to have checks and balances so the limits of one,finite person are countered by his fellows and the will of the groups is controlled by men and women who assume the risk of defense and leadership.

The person in office and the constituent have a responsibility to consider what is right and necessary and try to reconcile the greater good with personal preferences.

But,it is the "one out of many" that determines the character of the whole and how it operates.

If the individual makes a bad decision about what he does or who he follows,the result can be tragic.

If he chooses not to think or act on what is needed,then the unfortunate results lay at his feet as surely as if he had orchestrated destruction himself.

We can choose to be part of the problem or part of the solution but the individual WILL be a component even if he thinks he can sit out the game.

Whether we "lead,follow or get out of the way",we must accept that we do affect what goes on in our country.

The people we elect and appoint to shape our country should have acquired the habit of serving as private individuals and should do so after they no longer have titles and salaries as public servants.

There can be no correct order of priorities until priorities are set.

These have to come from the individual up rather than the institution down.

As good as it is for us to incorporate our strengths and make a whole greater than the sum of its parts,we'd do well to recall another adage.

"This above all: to thine own self be true,

And it must follow, as the night the day,

Thou canst not then be false to any man."

-- Posted by quantumcat on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 4:51 PM

Reguardless of who wins the election HE has a big job ahead.This bail-out thing has me mad.

I saw on the news this morning that after AIG was bailed out some of their top Exces. spent $443,000 at a spa.Plus their top dogs gave them selves hug bonuses just before they released the reports that they were in trouble, their former CEO got $5 million.We the people should demand that money be given back.

My husband and I up dated our retirement accounts this week-end; we have lost $100,000. He was planning to retire in 7 years and now we are not sure when it will happen now.

-- Posted by redcat00 on Wed, Oct 8, 2008, at 11:49 AM

Al Gore wanted the title and the joh, did that make him a good canidate? I think not and so did most Vols.

-- Posted by mulehorn on Thu, Oct 9, 2008, at 1:40 PM

redcat00 sorry for your loss on your retirement savings, these are truly hard times. My mom is a school teacher, and she was going to retire this year due to health problems, I haven't asked her if it has affected her or not, but I amagine she will still have to retire anyhow. I know they are still trying to work out a plan of getting our economy back on track, I hope they figure out a way of helping those that have losed their life savings, especially if they are going to retire in the next few years coming. I know alot of prayers are going to go up, every knee must bow; But God is still in the Blessing business, and sometimes it takes hard times to get some of us to see that. There's a song called "Jesus, he will fix it; After while, after while". And that is what my prayers are for.

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Thu, Oct 9, 2008, at 2:00 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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