By Wayne William Cipriano
I’d like to make a case for voting the entire ticket of a political party, and not choosing the “best” person for each individual office.
I’m suggesting this because on the big issues – freedom, justice, peace, prosperity, etc. – both parties are in agreement, differences being procedural – how each party will achieve these lofty goals. I am not advocating that we decide on which party’s slogans or promises most appeal to us but what each party has DONE for us and our families, or less selfishly, what each has DONE for, and to, our region, state, country.
I say pick the best of the two major parties and forget the individuals and the smaller parties.
Now, Rosalie is quick to point out that a relatively small party that supports my ideas completely can never become large and put those ideas into law unless I support it. To which I respond, a vote for that small party is not only wasted now, but may actually help a party with which I deeply disagree by siphoning off votes from that party’s larger opponent party. Perhaps, she counters, a vote in a “less important” election such as a primary can inform all that this small party’s newer ideas are gaining voter approval? She introduces Bernie Sanders’ campaign as an example.
Although Sanders was running in the Democratic Primary, he offered ideas outside the main stream of both major parties and by running and receiving significant vote counts insured that some of the ideas he was offering were, perhaps grudgingly, incorporated into both party platforms, even though he was defeated. A pretty good argument, I must admit.
Still, I think my main thesis holds. If you want a set of ideas promoted based on what a party has DONE in the past (or want to avoid it), you have to elect party members all down the ballot even if you are put off by some of the individuals running. Your hometown favorite son, the guy with the best hair, the gal who looks best in a skirt, the guy who machine guns and explodes gasoline drums with incendiary bullets (where did he get those?). Mother Teresa, even Jesus Christ will have trouble forwarding the bills they espouse and I support without the help of like-minded legislators and executives. Well, I suppose Jesus might get something done considering family connections, but you see what I mean.
Yes, you might very well have to hold your nose while voting, even maybe suffer embarrassment that this clown represents your area or country, but if you want the ideas, programs, legislation that one party has actually put into place, not just hoped for, discussed, attempted, but brought to fruition, then I say you must consider voting the entire party ticket all the way down the ballot.
Until, that is, you reach the local level where the people you can vote for will actually do the work. And that is pretty much the county offices where specific things must be done and the elected officials are individually responsible for doing them without committees, deals, nor majority votes –– it’s all up to them alone.
But when you think about it the same philosophy holds true for individuals in this case as for parties above. Which has DONE or not DONE what you think should be done? Which local official at the county level or party above has most benefitted you, your family, community, region, state, country? DONE stuff, not promised stuff.
At the county level, vote for that person. Above the county level, if you want something more than pie-in-the-sky promises and later excuses, if you want your positions passed into law, the government you think is best, based on what has actually been done in the past, vote the entire party ticket and give that party the chance to do more of what you want done!
Now, begin the discussion.