Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Issue of Single Issue Voters

I have often been accused of being a "single issue voter", as have family and friends.  

Well I'm not.  I think a more accurate term might be "deal breaker issue voter."  I'll explain why and why there really is a problem with true single issue voters.

I won't vote for someone who supports abortion on demand.  (AHA! You really ARE a single issue voter, you say?)

Well, I also won't vote for someone who is pro-slavery.

or believes in killing people who are not of their own religion.

or believes that citizens don't have the right to own guns.

or believes that the government owns my body.

or believes that rights are bestowed on citizens by government and not that power is delegated to government by citizens with rights bestowed upon them by God.

I could go on.

If you owned a business and were hiring someone to drive your delivery truck, would you hire someone who didn't know how to drive?  No, knowing how to drive is a requirement for the position, but probably not the only one.  What if your applicant has a valid license, a clean driver history, and happens to be a totally obnoxious jerk, or an axe-murder?  More than one thing can be a deal breaker.

Which leads me back to single issue voters.  A true single issue voter doesn't care if the delivery man is an axe murderer as long as he can drive.

Like this:

or this:

The 2nd amendment guarantees all of the others.  A citizenry without arms is one without the ability to preserve it's rights.  If the early Americans didn't own firearms we would still be British subjects.  Fighting the political battles to protect the right to self-defense is a very important thing, and something the NRA has done for a long time.


The whole point of preserving the right to bear arms is to prevent the rise of tyranny.  By shmooozing with Harry Reid (they haven't decided if they will officially endorse him yet) and hopping on the government suppression of free speech bandwagon, the NRA seems to say tyranny is long as we can keep some guns and the money keeps flowing into our coffers.

And that is the problem with single issue voters.

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