Politics is always personal. If someone angers us we will vote for someone else. Recently I asked a national lobbyist why Donald Trump was getting such support. He said, “Because people are ‘furious in their wrath.’ They don’t like where they are economically—in their personal and/or family circumstance—so anger preempts any other factor. They rage at anyone who doesn’t share their religious beliefs. They like Trump because his hostility is transparent, and in a personal way, is what they themselves think and want to shout about. They don’t care if he doesn’t have foreign policy advisors. They don’t care he’s in the 1% wealthiest in our country. They’ll vote for him because anger is the motivator. Everything else aside.”
A second reason for Trump support he continued, “They’ll vote for Trump because he’s a change and we need ‘something new’ in Washington.”
It’s easy, isn’t it, to find my lobbyist friend’s “take” to be take-able. I am not the wisest card in anyone’s political deck, but I also understand that. Anger and change cast our vote.
But, personally, what about us, what about me? I ask: what, then, casts our vote?
Here’s my take. More, here’s my hope. I hope our vote is made not looking through a window. Rather, I hope our individual vote comes when looking into the mirror.
For instance, can voting become a statement of values? Our own values?
I took a test on line that asked more than twenty questions, what I call value questions…or social impact questions. It had to do with what I believed. On Social Security. On Climate Change. On gun laws. On sexual orientation. On immigration. On consideration of multiple religions in a given community….
I believe you get the point.
So, when I voted recently in Texas, I selected the candidate who best offered support for what I value. My vote boiled down to the “voice in the mirror.”
It had nothing to do with blaming or pointing or even mis-statements. Nope. It has to do with what the mirror said, about the values I hold and the morality I do my best to live.
How about you?