Let’s Get Serious About What We Want Out of Government


vote-stars1In just a few short days, voters in Iowa and New Hampshire will be making their choices on who they want to see as President for the next four years. Soon, voters in other states will follow.

I have been open about the concerns I’ve had during President Obama’s time in office. But the choices before us do not look like solutions. Both major parties are a mess.

On the Republican side, we have two bullies as front runners, and the rest of the pack runs far behind. Most candidates are rushing to the right.

Where are the candidates who recognize that we must manage the millions of illegal immigrants already in our society, that we must deal rationally with a dangerous world, and that we must substitute well-grounded plans for the government excesses of the last eight years?

On the Democrat side, we have one candidate who comes with heavy baggage and whom many distrust and another who professes socialism. They are rushing to the left.

Where are the candidates who understand that our nation’s fiscal problems cannot be solved by taxing only those making over $250,000 a year, that we must engage in the difficult task of reducing the cost of government, and that entitlement reform is needed to free up funds for other priorities?

And voters in both parties are seeking the anti-candidate, the one with the least experience in working in government. I believe this is one of the worst criteria to use in selecting our future leaders.

We want someone who has never dealt with politics before??? We think our leaders should stay above the fray rather than engaging in compromise??? We trust someone who has never demonstrated an ability to make things happen in Washington??? Who thinks that by declaring “this is what I want” it will happen???

Declaring “this is what I want” does not work in business, and it doesn’t even work in the military where hierarchy is clear. It certainly will not get the job done in our federal government.

It’s time for voters to get serious.

If voters want to debate policy concerns, that’s fine. There can be a debate over the issues of immigration and entitlement and foreign policy.

And if voters want to consider integrity or likability in making their choices, I’d agree those are factors in selecting a good leader.

But we shouldn’t choose a candidate because he or she has never governed before. And if we do, let’s not be surprised when we get someone who can’t govern.

As for me, I’m looking for someone who can work the system, not someone who despises the system. I’m not looking for someone who promises to blow up the system we have now, or who disregards the checks and balances that have served us well for over two hundred years. I’m looking for someone who understands and can articulate the decisions before us and their preferred course of action.

Beyond that, yes, I’m looking for conservative policies and regulations. I’m looking for someone who will support business growth, who believes what I believe, and who is electable. I’m looking for someone who develops rational solutions, who doesn’t always tell voters (including me) what they want to hear.

To date, I haven’t landed on any of the current candidates as someone I would support without qualification. But I have ruled out a few as people I could never support.

What do you look for in a political leader? And what are you doing to help elect such a person?

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One response to “Let’s Get Serious About What We Want Out of Government

  1. I tend to go with the phrase, “When all else fails, pray!” I think we’re to that point. II Chronicles 7:14 says “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.” So if we who believe and trust in Him will do four things, he promises to do three. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

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