My dad is running for state representative in his district, and during the course of the campaign he has heard many different viewpoints as to what is important to that person as a voter. Opinions are opinions, and I’m not going to try and convince anyone that their value system is wrong. (I don’t think I’m going out on a limb to say that gun ownership is not one of the more important values though.) However, I propose that when you vote you consider what is helpful to everyone and not just yourself. If for example, you are worried about your taxes being too high, I think it would be wise to take a step back and examine just how helpful it is to everyone to vote for a candidate based solely on how that candidate will affect the amount of money you’ll have this year.
I am guilty of voting for my own needs and wants as well, unfortunately. Since I am very involved with agriculture, I tend to base much of my voting decisions on it. I believe that the platform I push for ultimately helps fight against poverty and other important issues, but at the same I sometimes find myself focusing only on the fact that this or that decision if enacted will positively affect my farm. A reevaluation of my voting priorities is probably necessary, and I challenge others to examine their own priorities as well.
Values, people. Values.