Tuesday, February 05, 2008
In my Deciding on a Candidate post last week I said that I would come up with a list of criteria for deciding who I planned to vote for in the upcoming election in November. Here is a list of the top five issues that I plan to base my vote upon.
Upholding the Constitution
The presidential oath is a constitutional requirement for each President to take before assuming the office.
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.The most basic quality I look for in a President is to do exactly what he or she must pledge to do.
Many of my fellow bloggers have been concentrating on science education. I think it's important, but I think a better quality of education in all subjects is of equal importance. Our children are our future, blah, blah blah. Seriously though, if we want people to make good decisions they have to not just know the facts, but be able to reason through the options.
If the government grants a right or privilege to one group, it should be granted to everyone. In most cases I can think of the government should just stay out of private affairs. Enough said.
As a society I believe that we should take care of our own. Since the government represents us a society, then I think it's the best way for us to take care of our sick and disenfranchised. Yes, I'm talking about health care for everyone. I don't know the best way to accomplish it and I think there are many issues that have to be addressed before it can be viable, but I don't think people should suffer or die because they cannot afford treatment or an operation. It reflects on us poorly as a society.
Immigration is a serious issue for our country and I think that our immigration process needs to be reformed. There are very obviously many jobs in our country that are filled by immigrants and yet we can't address that need within the law. Thus far addressing that deficit has been blocked by nationalism, bigotry against the poor, and racism. Citizens or not, they are people.
There are many other issues that are important, but didn't make my list. I feel like these issues are fundamental and will help in all areas. If you disagree, by all means, let me know in the comments and why you disagree. After all, you have plenty of time to convince me otherwise between now and November.